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Bid Farewell To Microsoft Points After Next Xbox Update

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I’m not fond of goodbyes, but this is one I can get behind. Starting with the next Xbox 360 update, Microsoft will be scrapping their annoying Microsoft Points faux currency in favor of real money. This means you won’t need to whip out a calculator to figure out the least amount of money you’ll have to spend to buy that $12.50 DLC. It also means we won’t have to see the ‘remaining balance of 40 (useless) points’ in our Xbox Live wallets.

Any points you already have will be converted to their real world equivalent when the next update rolls out later this year. They listened all right. I only wish their hearing was a bit better, since we’ve been asking for this since 2005. More after the jump.

From Microsoft’s Xbox Wire blog:

Earlier this year, we announced that we are bringing local currency to Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. This change was a direct result of customer feedback. You told us you want to be able to buy things using money instead of points, and we listened.

Our goal is to make this transition as easy as possible for you. After the next Xbox 360 system update, when you go to buy something or redeem a Microsoft Points card or code on your console with your Microsoft account, we’ll add to your account an amount of currency equal to or greater than the Xbox Marketplace value of your Microsoft Points, which will be retired.

Making a purchase will be faster and easier than ever. You will see item prices expressed in local currency; no need to calculate what an item costs! You will still be able to directly purchase content from Xbox stores using any current form of payment available in your region, including credit cards. And with a rollout starting in late 2013, you’ll also be able to buy new Xbox Gift Cards (denominated in your local currency) through our online retailers and in local retail stores. These gift cards can be added to your Microsoft account online and are another easy-to-use payment option for customers.

Don’t worry about your Microsoft Points Cards either. We’ll continue to accept purchased Microsoft Points Cards and codes until further notice, and we’ll add to your account an amount of local currency equal to or greater than the Marketplace value of those points. In addition, we know you’ve worked hard on your Microsoft Points earned through Xbox Live Rewards. These will remain in your Xbox Live account and transition to local currency with the rest of your Microsoft Points.

We’re excited to bring local currency to Xbox Live. It’s a decision based on your feedback, and another way we’re working to make Xbox Live the best community for gaming and entertainment today.

So that’s that. Soon, MSP will go the way of the Dodo bird. However, unlike that majestic feathered creatures, these won’t be missed.

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‘OMDO’ is ‘Doom’ With a Magic Eye Book

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We all know about Brutal Doom, the amazing mod that’s breathed a whole new experience into classic Doom. But have you tried your hand at OMDO? Or more accurately, have you ever used one of those Magic Eye books?

Yep, someone has taken classic Doom, put the entire shareware episode through a random dot autostereogram (aka a Magic Eye filter thingie), and the result is quite literally something you’ve never played before. Really, this is all just one of those goofy mods that takes the whole “can you do ‘x’ with ‘y’?” phrase and runs with it.

As mentioned, the entire shareware episode of Doom (which is Knee Deep In The Dead) has this effect applied to it, so either you cross your eyes or relax them to the point that you’ll be able to see what you’re playing. It also helps to have memorized the maps. It can also be difficult to play for long periods, so don’t go crazy.

To find out more about this mod, head to its homepage.

Yes, this is an actual screenshot.

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‘Devil May Cry 5’ Likely Coming Out “Before End of March 2019”

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It took its sweet time, but Devil May cry 5 is on its way. And sooner than you think.

The E3 trailer gave a Spring 2019 release date, but according to Capcom’s investor relations arm, that window has been narrowed to before the end of March. In the same press release, Capcom’s other big reveal, the Resident Evil 2 remaster, is again confirmed for its January 25th, 2019 release date.

Devil May Cry 5 is being directed by Hideaki Itsuno, who also directed Devil May Cry 3, Devil May Cry 4, and most recently, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. Judging from the trailer, the game appears to have DMC4‘s Nero as the main protagonist, with Dante being secondary. Or, it could be Capcom messing with us again.

We’ll find out as the game creeps closer to release.

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‘Angels of Death’ Set for Release on the Nintendo Switch June 28th

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I can’t say that I’m familiar with Playism’s psychological horror game Angels of Death. The game was originally released as Freeware, but has since made its way to Steam. It’s also spawned a manga adaptation, and an anime adaptation that’s scheduled to air later this summer. And now, the game is headed to the Nintendo Switch, where it will be on the Nintendo eShop June 28th for $14.99. You can also pre-order it now for a 10% discount.

The game is divided up into four parts, and centres on Ray, a girl who awakens in a room resembling a basement, with no memory of how she got there. While searching for the exit, she happens upon Zack, a murderer whose entire face is bandaged up, and whose clothing resembles the Grim Reaper. Begging her to kill him, Ray promises to fulfil his wish only if he helps her to escape.

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D3 Publisher Bringing Horror Adventure ‘Disease: Hidden Object’ to the Nintendo Switch

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Psychological horror gamers will have something new to take with them on the go later this year with D3 Publisher’s upcoming horror adventure game Disease: Hidden Object for the Nintendo Switch. The game is currently being developed by OperaHouse Corporation, and will be available worldwide via the Nintendo eShop. No word yet on a release date.

In Disease: Hidden Object, you play as a former doctor caught in your doubts, drifting between the real world and your hallucinations. While moving between these two worlds, you must search for clues and documents to find the truth about the “abolished hospital” (presumably your former place of occupation). Find out more about the game on its official site.

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