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Titanfall Suits Up On March 11

Electronic Arts and Call of Duty alumni Respawn Entertainment announced today that the highly anticipated shooter/mech fighter hybrid Titanfall will be falling onto store shelves and hard drives all across the US on March 11, 2014 and in Europe on March 14, 2014.   The game’s release date is simultaneous for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows.

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The game will be available in both a standard edition and a $249.99 Collector’s Edition, which includes a light up statue (!), a 190 page artbook, and a poster of the Atlas Titan. Pre-orders for both versions are available, although the Collector’s Edition requires a sizable $100 deposit up front.  The standard edition can be preordered for $59.99 on Origin.

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Watch Dogs Delayed to 2014, Polygon Reports

It looks like Ubisoft’s hackerrific open world stealth game needs a few more months in the oven, as Polygon’s Colin Campbell reports.  The report suggests that further details as to the game’s new release date are forthcoming, but this certainly causes one to wonder what issue could be compelling enough to merit a significant delay on a flagship next-gen title this late in the game.

Update: It looks like the game’s been delayed to “Spring 2014”, along with Ubisoft’s open world racing game The Crew.  The fate of the Watch Dogs PS4 launch day bundle available from certain retailers remains uncertain for the time being.

Back to the Mines: Spelunky Roulette Mixes Saltybet and Spelunky With Amazing Results

For those of us who loved SaltyBet and all the virtual imaginary gambling it entailed, there is a new, equally entertaining alternative available for fans of Spelunky.  Spelunky Death Roulette is a platform for the betting of imaginary money on Twitch streams of Derek Yu’s Spelunky, a high mortality rate platformer/roguelike with a randomly generated set of perpetually deadly levels.

Unlike Saltybet, though, the money here isn’t riding on a winner, but a method of losing: players place imaginary money on guesses as to the likely cause of the unfortunate streaming player’s inevitable demise. It works in no small part due to the highly mercurial nature of mortality in Spelunky, and there’s a fun novelty to rooting for someone to fail, but only in a very specific way.  Check it out at http://spelunkyroulette.sparklinlabs.com/ .

Credit for discovering this gem goes to Rock Paper Shotgun’s Graham Smith at http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/10/15/always-bet-on-spelunky-death-roulette/#more-172557

League of Legends Account Info Compromised

Yesterday Riot Games announced that some basic account information including “usernames, email addresses, salted password hashes and first and last names” were compromised, as well as payment information for some transactions from 2011.

Perhaps more importantly, however, Riot announced the addition of two new security features that are currently under development: email verification and two-factor authentication via SMS or email.  The moral of the story here for the time being, of course, is to change your login details.