Gaming fourm NeoGAF goes up in smoke after sexual harassment allegations against founder - GameZone

Gaming fourm NeoGAF goes up in smoke after sexual harassment allegations against founder

For years, one of the biggest video game forums has been NeoGAF. Gamers from all over the world gathered to talk about all things games, developers looked to the forum to gain an insight into the minds of their consumers, and there was even the occasional leak from various insiders.

The site has a pretty unique reputation, some people love it, some people find it absolutely toxic due to some of the members in the community who can be vicious. However, it appears that just about everyone is turning on the site right now.

Site founder Tyler Malka, who goes by the alias "EviLore", has found himself in hot water after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman. The woman outed the notorious forum owner in a Facebook post where she claimed that Malka was her friend and after a night of partying in her hotel room, she got sick. The accuser then stated that she hopped in the shower alone and Malka attempted to join her, uninvited. She goes on to state that she had a boyfriend at the time and wasn't giving him any signals. After telling him to get out of the shower, he became hostile towards her.

This all comes in the wake of a number of sexual harassment accusations in both Hollywood and the gaming industry. Acclaimed film producer Harvey Weinstein used his power to assault women in a variety of ways, stars like Ben Affleck have now been accused of groping women at industry events, and a former Naughty Dog employee recently stated that he was harassed by a lead at the studio and PlayStation attempted to buy his silence with $20,000. After refusing the money and realizing nothing was going to be done to the predator, the employee was let go by Sony and Naughty Dog.

Over the last month, people have been very vocal about their personal experiences with many celebrities condemning the actions of people like Weinstein and even coming out with their own tragic stories. With that said, members of NeoGAF are taking a stand against Malka who already has a history of sexual harassment/assault, dating back many years. It all began with a few members taking the risk of having their accounts banned to speak up, after being silenced by moderators and EviLore, more and more began to rise against the site.

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Which Original Xbox Games Do You Most Want To See On The Xbox One? - Kotaku

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With new speculation about which games Microsoft will have available at the start of it’s Xbox to Xbox One backward compatibility program, it’s a good time to remember just how many great games were exclusive to the old platform.

Earlier today Twitter user h0x0d leaked twelve different games they claim to make up the first batch of Xbox games on Xbox One. It included Crimson Skies, the first game revealed for the program back when the head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced it at this year’s E3, as well as a number of other ones that have recently started popping up in different parts of the Xbox One marketplace. Those include King of Fighters: Neowave, Dead to Rights, Red Faction II, and Fuzion Frenzy, although it’s worth noting that Fuzion Frenzy has had a store listing ever since it was made available on Xbox 360.

Microsoft has said that the new program will be rolled out before the end of 2017, meaning sometime in the next couple of months and most likely in November, the same month it introduced backward compatibility with Xbox 360 games back in 2015.

While the games speculated about are are all good for the most part, many of them are also all currently available on other platforms. While it would be nice to be able to pop in the original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic disc and start playing through one of BioWare’s best RPGs, the game is currently easy to get on PC, iOS, and Android. There are, however, a lot of weird and underrated games that debuted on the original Xbox and never got ported anywhere else.

Who could forget Otogi: Myth of Demons for instance, one of From Software’s earlier action games that preceded Demon Souls by nearly a decade. While Halo was what helped put Xbox on the map, games like Otogi showed its library had more depth and nuance than its marketing liked to let on. The combat was frenetic but fluid, and while it may not have been as complex as games like Devil May Cry or, later on, Bayonetta, it made up for it with the simple intuitiveness.

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Review: Fire Emblem Warriors - Destructoid

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It took other publishers a long while to get on Koei Tecmo's Warriors train. While their studio Omega Force was pumping out hit after hit, no one really dared to ask "hey, can we collaborate?" for a number of years. Now it's hard to imagine a series that wouldn't work with the current crown prince of console hack and slash. Because Zelda ended up being one of their absolute best, the sky is the limit.

Fire Emblem Warriors brings the whole idea back to Earth.

Fire Emblem Warriors (New 3DS, Switch [reviewed])Developer: Omega Force, Team NinjaPublisher: NintendoReleased: September 28, 2017 (JP), October 20, 2017 (WW)MSRP: $59.99 (Switch), $29.99 (New 3DS)

Although we've gotten plenty of meaningless character vignettes and curated demos leading up to the release of Fire Emblem Warriors, I really didn't know what the game was about until I actually got my hands on it -- that is to say, relative to the rest of the series. In reality, it borrows a bit from Hyrule with its very similar postgame and leveling systems, but with a less interesting hook centered around an uninteresting pair of twins.

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Apple invites Upgrade Program members to 'get a head start on your upgrade to iPhone X' - 9to5Mac

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We’re fully expecting the iPhone X pre-order and launch period to be chaotic, and Apple wants its iPhone Upgrade Program members to have the smoothest experience possible. For that reason, Apple is pushing IUP members to ‘get a head start on your upgrade to iPhone X’ starting Monday, October 23, ahead of pre-orders on Friday, October 27.

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Get a head start on your upgrade to iPhone X on 10.23.Use the Apple Store app on your iPhone to get ready for pre-order so you can speed through checkout on 10.27.

The ‘head start’ on Monday appears to only apply to customers already enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program and doesn’t necessarily guarantee launch day inventory. The process instead is intended to let upgraders complete the loan eligibility process through Apple (which relies on Citizens One behind the scenes) before the official pre-order period kicks off at 12:01 am PDT on Friday, October 27.

This lets current iPhone Upgrade Program customers cut down on the checkout process time and complete the transaction on Friday as fast as possible; customers buying through carrier upgrades or without a contract already have fewer steps at checkout.

The ‘head start’ period doesn’t seem to apply to new customers wanting to join the iPhone Upgrade Plan, however, so your best bet on getting the fastest checkout experience is sticking with your current plan for iPhone X if possible. Apple notes on its Upgrade Program website that iPhone orders may be limited and “will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis.”

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Director Explains Matchmaking Issues Three Years After Launch - Twinfinite

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Frank O’Connor, franchise development director at 343 Industries, wrote a long post on the persistent multiplayer issues behind the Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the fixes necessary for the Xbox One X version to both the Halo subreddit and the game’s official forum.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched for the Xbox One in November 2014 and contained the entirety of the four main games – Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4 – onto one disc. The plan had been to just give Halo 2 an anniversary update with updated graphics and features, just like the original game.

“But we kept talking about it – and the conversation inevitably led to the “problem” of a franchise existing over multiple generations of hardware,” O’Connor wrote. “This was built for Xbox One – and prior games were spread across 360 and OG Xbox. So we figured, why not finally put the whole Chief saga on one console?”

343 Industries threw “a ton of resources” at the ambitious project on a new console with different hardware architecture, but ran into problems during matchmaking testing. Since the internal testing “ultimately weren’t reflective of the real retail environment,” it led to problems of long wait times, splitting up parties, and network incompatibility at launch. O’Connor noted there were other bugs, but the matchmaking problem made the smaller issues worse.

“The fixes and patches we’d applied were pretty delicate and we ended up in a precarious situation where there was no way to make more fixes without potentially breaking something else or making things worse. We weren’t happy with that situation, but we were stuck between a rock and a hard place – most users were (by this time) able to play properly and find matches, and further tinkering might put that at risk.”

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