And now Konami has a Frogger TV game show in the works

The video game TV adaptation news doesn't appear to be slowing, and now Konami's revealed it's having a go by turning its arcade classic Frogger into an obstacle course game show. As detailed by Deadline, the newly announced show will air on NBCUniversal's Peacock platform (13 episodes have been ordered from Eureka Productions), and is […]

Bethesda Auctions Chance to Design Starfield Character for Charity

Bethesda fans are eagerly awaiting any morsel of information about Starfield, the studio’s upcoming sci-fi open world game, but a new charity auction may actually let you influence it directly. Bethesda has paired up with Make-a-Wish for the Evening of Wishes 2021 event, a gathering of different auctions that go to support the organization’s efforts. Bethesda’s prize? The chance to help design a character that will appear in Starfield.
We're delighted to provide the opportunity to design a character for Starfield to one lucky winner – as well as an Xbox Series X and a bunch games. https://t.co/t11jBSc1Z6
The auction is live now and benefits @WishMidAtlantic so they can continue granting Wishes pic.twitter.com/zg7SKtzuM8 — Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) February 23, 2021 Judging from the official auction description, it seems this can be either designing an original character or simply designing a lookalike of yourself. The winner will also get to work alongside Bethesda executive producer Todd Howard in some capacity.
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The auction winner will also receive an Xbox Series X and 16 Bethesda games.
As of 3:00 PM PST, the current bid for the lot is $4,000. You can find the auction at eveningofwishesdc.org under the “exclusive experiences” category.
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Bethesda revealed Starfield all the way back in 2018, and has provided scarcely any update since then. Earlier in 2020, we learned that Starfield was receiving a “major engine rewrite” for next-gen consoles, with Todd Howard saying it’s the biggest update ever made to Bethesda’s Creation Engine, which powers Skyrim, Fallout 4, and Fallout 76. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/space cowboy for IGN.

FPS Boost Continues Xbox’s Back-Compat Mastery

The Xbox backwards compatibility team flexes their muscles again with FPS Boost, an unexpected and awesome new improvement to back-catalog games. We celebrate the new feature. Plus: Diablo 2's long-rumored remaster has us super excited, we wonder what's next for Bungie as the studio expands, March's Games With Gold revealed, and more! Subscribe on any of your favorite podcast feeds, or grab an MP3 download of this week's episode. For more awesome content, check out the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered, featuring an interview with Brian Raffel, the cofounder of Raven Software – the studio behind Star Wars Jedi Knight II Jedi Outcast, Soldier of Fortune, Heretic, Hexen, Star Trek Voyager Elite Force, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, X-Men Origins Wolverine, and this year's Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, among many others: [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/10/27/working-on-call-of-duty-star-wars-star-trek-and-more-stories-from-raven-softwares-cofounder-ign-unfiltered-54″] It's already been an incredibly fun year of Xbox coverage, and the best is yet to come. Join us! Oh, and feel free to leave us a video Loot Box question below using Yappa and you might be featured on an upcoming episode! For more next-gen coverage, make sure to check out our Xbox Series X review, our Xbox Series S review, and our PS5 review. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s Executive Editor of Previews. Follow him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan, catch him on Unlocked, and drop-ship him Taylor Ham sandwiches from New Jersey whenever possible.

Splendid city builder Anno 1800 is having a free weekend to celebrate third season of DLC

Anno 1800, Ubisoft's superb Industrial-Revolution-era city builder, is getting a third season of paid DLC starting today, 23rd February, and to celebrate, the game is free to try this weekend. Anno's free weekend starts this Thursday, 25th February, and runs until Monday, 1st March, during which time players can put the excellent base game through […]

Chicago Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Ban Sale of Violent Video Games Like GTA 5

Carjackings are on the rise in Chicago, and as a result one local lawmaker is proposing a bill that could potentially ban the sale of violent video games in the city altogether. As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, Democratic Rep. Marcus Evans Jr. has introduced a bill that will amend the city's 2012 law that prevents the sale of violent video games to minors, to be expanded into a full ban. HB3531 will take a ban that applies only to people under the age of 18 and expand it wholesale. According to the summary, HB3531 “Amends the Violent Video Games Law in the Criminal Code of 2012. Changes provisions that restrict the sale or rental of violent video games to minors to prohibit the sale of all violent video games.” As part of a growing concern over the increased rate of carjacking in the city, the lawmaker is proposing a ban on games like Grand Theft Auto. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2018/03/08/president-trumps-violence-in-video-games-highlight-reel”] The bill will also modify the current definition of “violent video game” under the Criminal Code to mean video games that “allows a user or player to control a character within the video game that is encouraged to perpetuate human-on-human violence in which the player kills or otherwise causes serious physical or psychological harm to another human or an animal.” In a statement to IGN, the Electronic Software Association (ESA) disagreed with the proposed bill, saying: “While our industry understands and shares the concerns about what has been happening in Chicago, there simply is no evidence of a link between interactive entertainment and real-world violence. We believe the solution to this complex problem resides in examining thoroughly the actual factors that drive such behaviors rather than erroneously ascribing blame to videogames based solely upon speculation.” Video games have long been a target of lawmakers, for reasons beyond violence. Lawmakers in Hawaii proposed banning video games with lo..

Stardew Valley Board Game Announced, Available to Order Now

Stardew Valley developer Eric Barone has announced a new board game adaptation of the popular farm life game, and it’s available to order now for $55.
The result of a collaboration between Stardew Valley’s sole developer Barone (who often goes by the moniker ConcernedApe) and Cole Medeiros, ConcernedApe’s head of operations and business development, the project took a total of two years to design. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=stardew-valley-the-board-game-announcement-photos&captions=true”] “In 2018 Eric Barone and Cole Medeiros, introduced online through their mutual friend Matt Griffin, played a co-op game of Stardew Valley and discussed the idea of making a Stardew Valley board game,” the announcement reads. “They didn't know exactly what it would look like, but they knew Stardew had all the components of a great board game.”
After two years of refining and playtesting, all spent in between development time for the video game, the pair officially had a board game.
Much like the original video game, players work cooperatively to grow crops, raise animals, build out their farm, and gather resources from across the valley. Players can also befriend the familiar townspeople and earn hearts to reveal secret goals. To win, you’ll need to restore the Valley to its original greatness and keep Joja Mart from mucking it all up. The game can be played with 1 – 4 players, with an estimated 45 minutes of playtime per player.
To do all that, players need to achieve four “Granda Goals” and restore all of the community center rooms before a deck of season cards is exhausted.
The game, which retails for $55, comes with a board of Stardew Valley to play on, tiles (for items like crops, ore, buildings, animals, etc), numerous cards for things like events, epic items, and mine levels, gold tokens, and more.
ConcernedApe notes to fans that the board game is meant to evoke the lengthy nature of playing Stardew Valley, so while it’s design..

Stardew Valley’s official board game adaptation looks delightful in reveal trailer

Developer Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone's farming life phenomenon Stardew Valley is making the jump from the digital realm to the tabletop today, with the launch of the official Stardew Valley board game – and it's looking utterly delightful in its reveal trailer. Stardew Valley: The Board Game, a co-operative experience for 1-4 players, is a collaboration […]

PlayStation State of Play Announced for This Week

PlayStation has announced a State of Play will premiere later this week on Thursday, February 25 at 2 pm PT/5 PM ET. The new State of Play will feature updates and deep dives on games coming to both PS4 and PS5. PlayStation published a new blog announcing the newest State of Play will premiere later this week and will “serve up updates and deep dives for 10 games coming to PS4 and PS5.” Along with updates on existing third-party and indie titles, there will also be new game announcements. State of Play returns this Thursday! Tune in live at 2 PM PT/5 PM ET to see updates and deep dives for games coming to PS4 and PS5.
Full details: https://t.co/qMFCMCuIGU pic.twitter.com/NjwB40YlU1 — PlayStation (@PlayStation) February 23, 2021 PlayStation says the show will be around “30 minutes or so, give or take” and that there will be no hardware or business-focused updates during the show. That means the full 30 minutes will be spent on games. This is the first variety State of Play from PlayStation since August 2020, which showcased a variety of third-party games coming to the PlayStation 5. A smaller State of Play focused entirely on Destruction AllStars was released in January. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=the-best-ps5-games&captions=true”]
Sony has been slowly ramping up its announcement cycle as the company announced it is working on a PlayStation VR 2 headset for PS5, a delay for Gran Turismo 7, and that it's bringing more first-party PlayStation games to PC such as Days Gone later this spring. The zombie game from Bend Studio will be the second PlayStation-exclusive coming to PC after Horizon Zero Dawn. Make sure to check out our guide on how to watch the February 2021 State of Play. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Matt T.M. Kim is News Editor at IGN.