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EGM Weekly: July 13, 2013 Edition

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Posted on July 14, 2013 AT 11:30am

 

Welcome to EGM Weekly, a round up of the top news, reviews, and features from the past seven days.

This week, the U.S. Government recognizes League of Legends pro players as athletes, Windows chief Julie Larson-Green takes over the Xbox division, Capcom’s senior VP Christian Svensson leaves the company, Grand Theft Auto V impresses Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima, and much more.

Plus, the EGM Crew reviews Civilization V: Brave New World and Shin Megami Tensei, previews Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and comes together for another episode of the Game Over Podcast.

Here’s this week’s best:

NEWS

U.S. Government Now Recognizes League of Legends Pro Players as Athletes

The United States government now officially recognizes professional League of Legends players as pro athletes, Riot Games eSports manager Nick Allen informed GameSpot. READ MORE >>

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Sony Won’t ‘Segregate Indies from Traditional Publishers’ on the PlayStation 4

Self-publishing on the PS4 is designed to level the playing field for indies by treating them like publishers, according to SCE Europe’s Agostino Simonetta. READ MORE >>

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Capcom’s Christian Svensson Departs, Company Hit by Layoffs

Staff reorganization at Capcom has resulted in the loss of senior vice president Christian Svensson, along with an undetermined number of other employees. READ MORE >>

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Microsoft Confirms Windows Chief as New Xbox Boss

Microsoft has officially confirmed that Windows chief Julie Larson-Green is now the new boss of Xbox as part of a significant company shuffle. READ MORE >>

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Hideo Kojima Impressed by Grand Theft Auto V Gameplay Freedom

Hideo Kojima has stated that he is very impressed by the level of freedom that Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V offers players. READ MORE >>

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Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus Announced for PS3

Insomniac Games and Sony have officially announced Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, following some teasing on Twitter. READ MORE >>

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Obsidian Would Love Another Shot at Fallout, Entirely Up to Bethesda

Obsidian Entertainment chief creative officer Chris Avellone—who worked on Fallout 2, Planescape: Torment, and Fallout: New Vegas—says the company would love another shot at Fallout. READ MORE >>

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The Last of Us Is the ‘Fastest Selling New Software Title’ in PS3 History

Sony has announced that Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us has managed to achieve a lifetime sales total of over 3 million units since its release on June 14, making it the ”fastest selling new software title” in PlayStation 3 history. READ MORE >>

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Alternatives to Original Xbox Name Included ‘MITH,’ ‘FACE,’ and ‘MARZ’

Talking to Edge Online, original Xbox co-creator Seamus Blackley touched upon the amount of effort that goes into naming a new brand, and revealed some of the alternative names that console could’ve been called. READ MORE >>

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Infinity Ward: Call of Duty: Ghosts ‘Will Have a Co-Op Mode of Some Sort’

Infinity Ward has confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts will feature some sort of co-op mode, but the developer is keeping tight-lipped about what that mode is. READ MORE >>

REVIEWS

Civilization V: Brave New World

Will Civilization V‘s expansion pack, Brave New World, find a way to suck you in? Or is this a time sink worth passing? Check out our review to find out. READ MORE >>

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Shin Megami Tensei IV

While it falls a little short of what I wanting for a long-anticipated new major chapter in the Shin Megami Tensei series, Shin Megami Tensei IV is still a highly enjoyable RPG that mixes Altus’ trademark flair for style with some new ideas and engrossing narrative twists. READ MORE >>

FEATURES

Checking Up on Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Splinter Cell: Blacklist is just a few months out from release, and we got to go hands on with a massive chunk of the game. Has this larger taste made us more or less excited for Sam Fisher’s next adventure? Read the preview to find out. READ MORE >>

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Weekend Play: Animated Adventures in Post-Pandemic Lands

Welcome to EGM’s Weekend Play, a weekly account of what games the editors of EGM are currently playing, and an open conversation with you, the reader, about what you’ve been playing. READ MORE >>

PODCASTS

Game Over Podcast 042: Grand Theft Grocery Run

The EGM crew brings you the Game Over Podcast, our end-of-the-week conversation where we discuss some of the biggest recent events in gaming. LISTEN HERE >>

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