This week's news-y edition of Tuesday Game Room comes to you with less of that thing you probably/maybe don't like, and for the low low price of $399 absolutely nothing! Why not celebrate this radical new price point with your weekly discussion of all things video games?

What have you been playing this week?

As detailed in my impressions post, I've been spending a little time with WildStar's open beta this week in between Myth tome farming in FFXIV. There's not really much more to say that I haven't done already - WildStar is a really well done MMO, but it feels these days, in such a crowded market, being one of those just doesn't really cut it any more. I like it, in fact I like it a lot, but I doubt I'll play it beyond the beta when I can get a similar fix elsewhere.

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That said, it's not like there's much out that I really want to play at the moment anyway, so it's nice to have something new to tinker with for a bit. I wish I had something other than an MMO to play for once!

New Releases!

It's a pretty jam packed release week - spearheaded by the digital release of The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 3: In Harm's Way (finally!), on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Mac Computers today and tomorrow. But that's not all: The Last Tinker: City of Colors, a colourful old-school platformer in the vein of your Banjos and your Marios and what have you makes its way to the PC, as does the 'next-gennified' hack n' slash Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends Complete Edition, as well as the long awaited port of The Behemoth's zany 2D platformer Battleblock Theater.

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Meanwhile on console's it's still a digital affair too - aside from the latest Walking Dead, Super Time Force hits the Xbox Live Marketplace of both the 360 and Xbox One, and finally, the Wii U eShop gets a little loving with the release of Scram Kitty and His Buddy On Rails.

And now, the News

Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:

  • Microsoft reveals its Kinectless Xbox One SKU, for the same price as PS4 - Well well well, things just got interesting, didn't they? Available the day after Microsoft's E3 Press Conference next month, June 9th (lord knows why they didn't wait till then to reveal this - maybe sales figures are worse than predicted at the moment?). This new bundle will no longer include the Kinect sensor - for man a detracting feature - as well as the reason the console came in at $100 more than the PS4, which has been outselling the system consistently since launch. It's not the only big Xbox news out today either - in a further bid to restore parity between the XB1 and the PS4, Xbox Live Gold is no longer required to access streaming media apps such as Hulu and Netflix (a long point of contention for the company), and Games with Gold hits the new console with a PS+-ian makeover, promising free games to download every month that you'll only get to keep while you remained subscribed. A Microsoft eager to please disgruntled fans, a Sony looking to keep its early lead in the race... this E3 just got very, very exciting, regardless what system you own. Hooray!
  • Russia's Gay Propaganda Laws slap The Sims 4 with an 18+ rating - Not content with looking as ridiculous as possible with its anti-gay laws, Russia took a further step into absurdity this week with the revelation that, thanks to the fact that Sims of the same gender can engage in sexual relationships with each other in the upcoming title (something that's been available since the very first entry in the franchise, it should be noted), the newest Sims game will be awarded an 'adult' 18+ rating. Everywhere else, the game will be rated 12+.
  • Nintendo apologises for comments surrounding same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life - Speaking of gay relationships, Nintendo quickly came under fire last week for flatly refusing to take a stance over the 'Miiquality' fan campaign to get same-sex relationships into the upcoming zany slice of life sim Tomodachi Life, declaring that their games are for entertainment rather than social commentary. Whilst many didn't expect Nintendo to patch in gay relationships to the game (it's been out in Japan for almost a year at this point, and the west is just getting a simple translated port rather than any new game elements), the response from the company rankled some. Nintendo later came out and apologised for its brusque rebuttal, saying that they appreciate feedback and would strive to achieve a greater level of diversity and representation in future titles.
  • CCP issues perma-bans to vandals after real-life EVE monument is defaced - The line between video games and real life blurred a little more last Thursday, when CCP, the developers behind EVE Online revealed that they had located the criminals behind the defacing of a recently unveiled monument to the game and its playerbase to celebrate the game's 10th year of operation. The monument, constructed in Reykjavik harbour and etched with the names of over half a million EVE players, had seen one of the names on it scratched out by a vandal, accusing the player who they'd deface of being a troublemaker in game. In total 3 people were permanently banned from the game and one suspended for 6 months - all four were also banned from attending CCP's annual EVE FanFest celebrations in Iceland. Let that be a lesson to you all: Don't deface monuments, especially ones dedicated to an MMO with a hugely passionate developers and fans behind it.

We'll be back this time next Tuesday for more gaming discussion, but for now, sound off in the comments with the games you've been playing, and what you're looking forward to this week - and don't forget to join us on Steam!