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Tekken 7 is now of­fi­cially a thing. Built on the lat­est ver­sion of Epic’s Un­real en­gine, al­most noth­ing is known about it save for what was re­vealed in a brief and de­lib­er­ately vague teaser trailer. “With Un­real En­gine 4, we could rapidly achieve vis­ual qual­ity ex­pected on next-gen plat­form and go be­yond it,” says game di­rec­tor Kat­suhiro Harada. “Not only is Un­real En­gine 4 pow­er­ful and easy to use, but it al­lows us to im­me­di­ately bring Tekken 7 to any plat­form we de­sire.”... ex­cept Wii U, which is not com­pli­ant with DirectX 11 and, by ex­ten­sion, Un­real En­gine 4. By the way, Harada, what hap­pened to Tekken x Street Fighter? It was only an­nounced FOUR years ago, so yeah, no rush. Could its (per­haps ter­mi­nal) de­lay have any­thing to do with Street Fighter x Tekken’s fail­ure to meet sales tar­gets? Hm­mmm! >> Amer­i­can games re­tailer GameS­top is al­legedly seek­ing to fund videogame de­vel­op­ment in ex­change for exclusive con­tent, claims an­a­lyst Colin Se­bas­tian of in­vest­ment firm RW Baird. “[GameS­top] in­di­cated that soft­ware pub­lish­ers are more en­thu­si­as­tic about part­ner­ing with it,” Se­bas­tian wrote in a note to in­vestors. “For ex­am­ple, by of­fer­ing exclusive con­tent on each ma­jor game re­lease, and longer term, fu­ture mod­els may in­clude GameS­top of­fer­ing exclusive game­play.” Asked for com­ment by Eurogamer, a spokesper­son for the com­pany re­sponded “We will not be in­volved in the cre­ative process - the artis­tic de­sign and de­vel­op­ment - that's not our do­main!”... Ha. Bull­shit. Here’s the thing: money buys in­flu­ence ir­re­spec­tive of whether it’s ac­knowl­edged. If we ran GameS­top – and God will­ing, one day we will – there’s not a snow­ball’s chance in a hell that we’d pump mil­lions into a game and not ex­pect some say in its con­struc­tion. It wouldn’t be a mat­ter of sim­ply de­mand­ing cer­tain fea­tures or cut­ting oth­ers, but more like em­pha­sis­ing cer­tain fea­tures, such as the one’s exclusive to GameS­top, at the ex­pense of other, per­haps non-GameS­top-exclusive fea­tures. This is a bad idea. >> Fox News has used an edited ver­sion of the BioShock In­fi­nite logo as a ti­tle card for – and this is just too ironic for words – a xeno­pho­bic jin­go­is­tic seg­ment called “De­fend­ing the Home­land”. Tweeted BioShock In­fi­nite cre­ator/de­signer/mega­mind Ken Levine: “It's not the irony of that Fox news thing that both­ers me so much. It's the type­set­ting.”... We con­cur. And that’s some shittyass pho­to­shop­ping there, Fox.

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