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GameSpot editor Chris Watters, who recently visited Treyarch's offices in Santa Monica to play the game, writes in his in-depth preview that Black Ops III represents the first game in the series that lets players choose the gender of the campaign protagonist.
Black Ops III's campaign supports co-op for up to four players, so in theory, you could play through the game with a squad of four female fighters.
Campaign director Jason Blundell said Treyarch took inspiration from Mass Effect's hero, Commander Shepard, a character who can be played as a male or female. The overall script for that game didn't need to change to accommodate a player's gender--and Black Ops III's won't, either.
According to GamesRadar, Treyarch Studios head Mark Lamia described Black Ops III's story as being "gender neutral." He also referenced the script for Alien, which was originally written for a male to play the lead role before Sigourney Weaver ultimately got the part. "The emotions and dynamics between characters is kind of gender neutral," he said about Black Ops III's story.
Female playable characters came to Call of Duty in a big way with 2013's Call of Duty: Ghosts. That was first game in the series that let gamers play as a woman, though you could only do so in multiplayer mode.
For lots more on Black Ops III, check out GameSpot's in-depth hands-on preview from our visit to Treyarch's office in Santa Monica recently. You can also see some images in the gallery below.
Currently, Minecraft players on console can choose only the blue-shirted male character Steve when they start a new game. However, a new update coming to the PlayStation and Xbox versions of Minecraft this week will let people select a new character, a woman named Alex.
"Jolly old Steve doesn't really represent the diversity of our playerbase," Mojang developer Owen Hill said. "For that reason, we're giving all players opportunity to play with an Alex skin instead. She brings thinner arms, redder hair, and a ponytail."
Alex skins, which were already available in the PC version of Minecraft, will come to consoles for free via a new game update this Wednesday, April 29.
"If ESPN ever forced me to cover that, or do play-by-play, I would quit," Cowherd said during his radio show. He supplemented his comments with splices of commentary from the Heroes of the Storm tournament last night.
"Somebody lock the basement door at mom's house, and don't let 'em out," he added, referencing the players. "I will quit this network if I am every asked to cover that."
Cowherd went on to say that he "tolerated" Donkey Kong, but stopped caring about fantasy worlds after the Harry Potter series.
Also during his show, Cowherd aired a play-by-play segment where commentators talked about a sequence in the Heroes of the Storm tournament that they said was the equivalent of going up for a slam dunk in basketball without having control of the ball. Cowherd didn't hold back in his comeback for this, too.
"I'll tell what that was the equivalent of there--me putting a gun in my mouth and having to listen to that," he said.
The gaming event that Cowherd blasted on his radio show was "Heroes of the Dorm," a collegiate tournament that saw teams from Arizona State University and the University of California at Berkeley duke it out for a chance to win college tuition. Berkeley ending up winning.
Cowherd's comments, and his tone, aren't all that surprising, given the sports media veteran's history of being outspoken and abrasive. He works in radio; his job is to entertain, after all.
What do you make of Cowherd's comments today? Let us know in the comments below.
Today's best deal comes from Walmart, which has the Xbox One Halo Master Chief Collection Bundle for $349 with a free game of your choice. Only certain games are eligible, but the options are solid, including Destiny, Sunset Overdrive, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and more.
Toys R Us is selling the Halo: Master Chief Collection and Assassin's Creed Xbox One bundles for $350 each with your choice of a free (select) game. Game choices include Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition, Forza Motorsport 5: Game of the Year Edition, and more.
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for Xbox One and PS4 is already $50 at Amazon and Best Buy. If you're a Gamers Club Unlocked member, you can get it at Best Buy for just $40.
Groupon has the 64GB PlayStation Vita memory card for $85. Expensive as that may be, using the promo code "sale3" brings it down to $76, which isn't much more than the 32GB card still goes for.
Toys R Us has a big Buy One, Get One 40 Percent Off sale on toys-to-life figures that includes Amiibo, Skylanders, and Disney Infinity.
Below you'll find the rest of today's best deals divided by platform:
Dell's previously excellent PS4 deal has been tempered somewhat, but you can still get the system, The Last of Us Remastered, and a PlayStation Silver headset for $400.
Amazon is offering an $80 bonus toward the purchase of certain PS4 bundles when you trade in eligible consoles and bundles (including Xbox 360 and PS3), giving you the chance to save anywhere from $150-$350.
Groupon has manufacturer-refurbished PS4s for $330. Or, if you prefer to shop elsewhere, eBay also has seller-refurbished systems from $300 to $330.
The final week of Sony's Spring Fever event is here and it's a Call of Duty-centric one, with discounts on bundled versions of Advanced Warfare, Ghosts, Black Ops II, and more. You can find the full lineup of PSN games included in Spring Fever here.
Other PS4 game deals:
PlayStation Plus' free games for April include Tower of Guns, Killzone: Mercenary, and Dishonored, and are available now.
Best Buy is offering a $175 credit toward an Xbox One when you trade in a 250GB Xbox 360 or PS3 Slim console.
On eBay, you can buy a year of Xbox Live Gold for $42.
Best Buy will take $20 off the price of a one-year Xbox Live Gold membership when you buy any Xbox 360 or Xbox One.
Get $50 in Xbox gift cards for $45 at Best Buy.
Microsoft's latest Deals With Gold promotion is on, discounting a handful of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games--almost exclusively from the Call of Duty series. You can check out all the deals here.
Other Xbox One game deals:
The free Games with Gold titles for April are available now and include Child of Light on Xbox One and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag on Xbox 360. 360 owners will be getting twice as many games as usual this month, with the third and fourth games now available.
Amazon's digital EA games sale continues. You can get The Sims 4 for $40, each of the Dead Space games for $5, SimCity 4 for $5, the Mass Effect Trilogy for $10.20, and much more. You can see all the deals here.
The latest Humble Bundle features various EA games and is nearly over. You can pay anything to get games like Dragon Age: Origins, Peggle, and Dead Space 2, while beating the average sale price (currently $4.97) will also get you Dragon Age II, Mass Effect 2, and new additions to the bundle, like SimCity 2000 and Wing Commander IV. Best of all, 100 percent of the money can be sent to charity--EA isn't taking a dime.
There's also a new Humble Weekly Bundle featuring multiplayer games. Paying any price will get you games like Primal Carnage and God Mode, while a $10 purchase will get you Homebrew: Vehicle Sandbox, Chariot, and more.
Green Man Gaming is currently offering discounts on orders for some of the year's biggest releases. You can get Grand Theft Auto V for $46.79, Batman: Arkham Knight for $43.79, Magicka 2 for $11.24, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited for $46.79, Project Cars for $37.49, Pillars of Eternity for $32.84, or Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward for $30. You can find all the discounts in Green Man Gaming's VIP page, which you can access by signing up for a free account.
You can get 20 percent off at Green Man Gaming with the code: SAVE20-APRILM-AYDEAL
The original Syndicate is free on Origin.
Other PC game deals:
If you don't mind a refurbished system, Nintendo's online store has a Wii U bundle with Nintendo Land for $200, or Nintendo Land and Super Mario 3D World for $225.
Walmart is offering a New 3DS XL bundle with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and your choice of select Amiibo figurines for $230. Alternatively, the retailer has a New 3DS XL bundle with your choice of select games and a Pokemon figurine for $229-$237. Eligible games include Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Code Name: Steam, and quite a few more.
Amazon is selling the Wi-Fi PlayStation Vita for $170.
Amazon prices are accurate as of publishing, but can fluctuate occasionally throughout the day.
GameSpot's gaming deals posts always highlight the best deals we can find regardless of retailer. We also occasionally use retailer affiliate links, which means that purchasing goods through those links helps support all the great content (including the deals posts) you find for free here on the site.
"The Company listed its ADSs on the NYSE in September 2002 mainly to diversify its opportunities for fund-raising and to raise the visibility of the KONAMI brand. Since then, the Company has made efforts to enhance disclosures for shareholders and investors with the goal of deepening their understanding of the Company, in addition to complying with the disclosure requirements of U.S. securities laws and regulations, providing consolidated financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ('U.S. GAAP'), and establishing internal controls in accordance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
Meanwhile, the external environment has significantly changed as indicated by the increases in trading volume of Japanese stocks through stock exchanges in Japan by overseas investors due to the internationalization of the Japanese financial and capital markets, as well as the narrowing of the gap between U.S. and Japanese disclosure standards with respect to financial reporting due to a series of amendments to Japanese laws and regulations and accounting standards.
While the Company believes the initial objectives of the U.S. ADS listing were mainly achieved, it has judged that the continued listing on the NYSE is not economically justified, taking into account the market changes as stated above and the fact that the trading volume of its ADSs on the NYSE accounts for only a small fraction of the total trading volume of its shares. Therefore, the Company has decided to apply for voluntary delisting of its ADSs from the NYSE and for termination of registration of its ADSs with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the 'SEC') under the Exchange Act."
The original story is below.
On the same day that Konami officially confirmed that Silent Hills is no longer in development, the company has announced [PDF link] that it's voluntarily delisted itself from the New York Stock Exchange. The company's American Depositary Shares are no longer listed as of April 24.
Konami has also announced that it's filed a Form 15F with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to terminate its obligation to report quarterly financial earnings in English. However, the company said it will continue to do so in an effort to "ensure that [Konami's] overseas shareholders and investors will continue to have appropriate information."
Konami's deregistration with the SEC will become effective July 12, while reporting obligations will come to an end on July 23 (though as mentioned above, Konami will continue to make this information available in English).
As for why Konami is doing this, the publisher said in its Form 15F that, over the past year, 99.71 percent of the company's common stock was traded in Japan and the United Kingdom. By region, Japan accounted for 97.48 percent, while the UK made up 2.23 percent, leaving just .29 percent for the US.
Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter told GameSpot today that Konami's decision to delist itself from the NYSE is a "cost-saving move." He estimated that taking this action will save the company about $5-$10 million per year. "The stock doesn't trade much [in the US], so it probably occurred to them that it wasn't worth being listed [in the US]," Pachter explained.
Konami will report earnings for its latest final period next week on May 8. It's possible that the publisher will shed more light on why it's decided to delist shares from the NYSE during this event.
In other recent Konami news, the publisher is reportedly in the midst of a power struggle with veteran developer Hideo Kojima. He's expected to leave Konami after Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain ships in September.
The Simpsons skin pack comes with the entire Simpsons family, along with other figures from the long-running animated TV show, including Seymour Skinner, Otto, Üter, Groundskeeper Willie, and music teacher Dewey Largo, among many others.
It's expected to become available when the PlayStation Store refreshes tomorrow, April 28.
The full list of Simpsons characters available through the $3 pack is below. This expansion is specifically focused on the Simpsons family itself and Springfield Elementary School characters, suggesting further character skin packs could come later.
In other Minecraft news, Mojang has announced that, in an effort to give players more diversity options, all console versions of the game are being updated with a new female character skin called Alex.
"Now, everyone loves Steve--he's probably the most famous minecrafter in the world, and has excellent stubble," Mojang said in a post on its website. "But jolly old Steve doesn't really represent the diversity of our playerbase. For that reason, we're giving all players opportunity to play with an Alex skin instead. She brings thinner arms, redder hair, and a ponytail."
Alex, already available on PC, will come to all console versions of Minecraft this coming Wednesday.
In addition, Mojang has rolled out new achievements for the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft, which--until now--had fewer achievements than the Xbox One edition. "That's a bit silly when you think about it," Mojang said. The new update will add 30 new achievements, which together elevate the game to a total gamerscore of 1,000.
Finally, Mojang has also updated the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft with more music tracks.
Watch as a massive whale escapes from the ocean and wreaks havoc on Los Santos. It interrupts traffic, crashes into helicopters, and invades pool parties. "Truly a majestic creature," Merfish writes.
Looking for more exciting GTA V mods? Check out this one where a killer kitty exchanges gunfire with police and then escapes in an SUV.
GTA V has shipped 45 million copies to date across Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. That figure is expected to grow thanks to the arrival of the PC version earlier this month.
Via: Game Informer