Weekly News Roundup: ‘Minecraft’ stirs up controversy, ‘Uncharted 4’ delayed, and more

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Press that pause button and stretch those fingers. It’s time to round up gaming news from around the web that may have slipped under the radar.

minecraft

Minecraft is in big trouble across the sea. Turkey is still attempting to ban Minecraft due to the games dependence on violence. Gamespot first reported Turkey’s complaints against the blocky world building game on February 11. One month later Gamespot announced that Turkey will continue to investigate the violent nature of Minecraft, and is even considering a country wide ban on the game. According to Turkey’s Family and Social Policies Ministry, although Minecraft has educational values, mob creatures must be killed to protect the players creations, therefore the game is based on violence. Microsoft, who owns the franchise, had this to say:

The world of Minecraft can be a dangerous place: it’s inhabited by scary, genderless monsters that come out at night,” it said at the time. “It might be necessary to defend against them to survive. If people find this level of fantasy conflict upsetting, we would encourage them to play in Creative Mode, or to enable the Peaceful setting. Both of these options will prevent monsters from appearing in the world.

apple pay

Now you can pay for games with your phone or watch! GameStop announced this week that they will now accept Apple Pay when you buy games from them.

We are excited to make it easier and more convenient for our customers to shop at GameStop,” said Jason Cochran, senior vice president of U.S. stores at GameStop. “Providing a positive, memorable customer experience is our top priority. Incorporating the latest in mobile technology, like Apple Pay, into our stores is another way we are offering customers options to help simplify their purchases.

The actual card numbers will not be stored for each credit/debit card users register. Apple Pay will utilize a unique Device Account Number which is assigned, encrypted and  securely stored in the Secure Element on the users device (iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch).

titanfall-2

Surprise! Titanfall 2 announced for next gen consoles. Okay, so it wasn’t really a surprise, but hey, now its official. In an interview with IGN Respawn founder and CEO Vince Zampella had this to say:

“I guess EA announced a sequel, so I could play coy and pretend I don’t know anything about it, or… yeah. So we’re working on a sequel. No official name yet, but we’re working on that. That’s the main focus but we’re starting up a second team and doing some smaller stuff too. Small, exploratory, taking it slow! It’ll be multiplatform.”

The Titanfall sequel will be coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC. As for the possibility of single player missions, that remains to be seen.

uncharted-4 delay

Looks like Nathan Drake needs a little more time to prepare for his next adventure. Engadget reported that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End would be delayed until spring 2016. Creative director Neil Druckman said that since the first gameplay was revealed, more of the story has come together and it has become crystal clear “that this game is much more ambitious than we originally envisioned.” Chin up folks. Given Uncharted‘s reputation, it’ll be well worth the wait.

Powers-Copley-Heyward

PlayStation announced the premiere of Powers, the companies first scripted television program. While everyone will be able to watch the first episode for free, PlayStation Plus members will be able to watch the entire season free of charge.

If you’ve been following us, you already know that Powers is not your normal, shiny superhero story – it asks deep and challenging questions. Powers explores the concept of what it would be to be a superhero in today’s celebrity-obsessed culture. What if having a superpower is like having an addiction? What if you could fly, but you still had all the vulnerabilities of an average human being? And what if you lost your powers, and had to police your ex-mates while living as a mere mortal? In this show, not all people with powers are heroes, making the storyline mature and the characters deep, complex and challenging.

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