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This 'Madden' ad with Dave Franco and Kevin Hart is absolutely bananas

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With a new season of football on the horizon, a new version of Madden NFL Football comes to video game consoles everywhere—just as it was in the beginning.

To celebrate this week’s release of the 2015 edition, Kevin Hart and Dave “I’m the Better” Franco star in what might possibly be the greatest or worst video game commercial ever made. You kind of have to judge for yourself.

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What's a 'Hohokum?' The origins of a strange, relaxing new game

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Out this week on Playstation devices, Hohokum is hard to sum up in words. It’s sort of like Snake—the cell phone game we played before anyone knew what a Candy Crush was—except you don’t ever lose, and it takes place in a 2D dreamland full of creatures and landscapes born from the mind of a graphic artist. It’s really quite pleasant even though it doesn’t tell you what you’re supposed to do. Also, it has a pretty sweet soundtrack.

It’s not every day that you see a game like Hohokum coming out on major consoles. So EW reached out to the game’s creators—artist and designer Richard Hogg and developer Ricky Haggett—to talk about their whimsical creation.

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The Mister Rogers of 'Minecraft' is headed for Hollywood

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The newest voice in children’s entertainment is shrill, British, and very, very square. Thanks to the jaw-dropping success of the videogame Minecraft—a sort of online digital LEGO universe in which kids (and more than a few grown-ups) build their own worlds, play in them, and invite their online friends to join them—a 23-year-old former bartender from the south coast of England has become millions of kids’ onscreen BFF.

Operating under the Minecraft alter ego of stampylonghead (a.k.a. Stampy Cat)—a boxy orange character with a la-di-da voice and a rat-a-tat laugh—Joseph Garrett has attracted a legion of elementary-school-age fans into Stampy’s Lovely World, where he eats cake for breakfast, visits his friends iBallistic Squid and a bear called L for Leeeeee x, and embarks on often-silly adventures with dragons and aliens. “I never set out to make children’s content,” says Garrett, who boasts a mop of curly hair and the slight build of a man who spends most of his days in front of a computer screen. “It was more that I was enjoying making these videos, so these are the videos I’m going to make.” READ FULL STORY

Survey finds gender pay gap in games industry narrower than US average

A recent industry survey of game developer’s salaries has found that the wage gap between genders is narrower than the national average.

Conducted by industry publication Gamasutra, the survey was conducted in May 2014 and covered the entirety of 2013, with 4,000 participants. The survey found that men working salaried jobs in the games industry make an average of $85,074 annually. For women, the average annual salary was $72,882—that’s 86 cents on the dollar.

Of course, the wage gap between genders widened or narrowed depending on what position was being considered. Designers have the smallest gap, with women making 94 cents for every dollar men make, and audio professionals the largest—68 cents on the dollar. The outlier is in Quality Assurance, where women make four cents more than men on average. It’s also the lowest-paid job of those surveyed. READ FULL STORY

What it's like to attend a gaming competition that's as big as a rock show

One of the biggest events in competitive gaming is underway this weekend, and unless you knew where to look, you’d miss it entirely.

Organized by acclaimed game developer Valve for four years running, The International is the annual championship tournament for the wildly popular multiplayer game Dota 2. Abbreviated from Defense of the Ancients, Dota 2 organizes players into two teams of five tasked with defending their home base (the titular “Ancients”) whilst simultaneously trying to take down their opponent’s base on the other side of the in-game arena.

It’s a fast-paced genre mashup that reads like a greatest hits of video game favorites—equal parts Diablo, Warcraft, and any one of a dozen tower defense games—yet the result is something entirely new. What results is called a MOBA—short for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena. It’s arguably the most widely-played genre of video game, and tournaments like The International are a big reason why. READ FULL STORY

Amidst layoffs, Microsoft abandons bid to be the next Netflix

Another contender for the Netflix crown has fallen.

On Thursday, Microsoft announced that the company will shut down its Xbox Entertainment Studios division, well before any of the studio’s marquee series go live. The news comes hours after Microsoft announced massive restructuring plans that will see the company eliminate up to 18,000 jobs this year.

In an internal memo published by Re/code, Phil Spencer, head of the company’s in-house video game production wing Microsoft Studios, briefly outlined Microsoft’s strategy for the Xbox in light of the sudden upheaval: READ FULL STORY

See Stampylonghead, Minecraft's hero to children, introduce you to his world

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Stampylonghead, ie. StampyCat, is the newest voice in children’s entertainment. But don’t expect to find him on television: This blocky, pixelated character only lives online, generating millions of page view in YouTube videos created via the uber-popular video game Minecraft.

The silly orange character is high-pitched, British, and has a magnetic attraction with the elementary school set, who love his juvenile adventures. They take him to remote, fantastical lands where he fights his nemesis, Hit the Target, and battles aliens and other ne’er-do-wells. He is the creation of 23-year old former bartender Joseph Garrett, who is on his way to turning his clever YouTube videos into a global brand. READ FULL STORY

'Sunset Overdrive': Exclusive Mondo poster print

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Austin-based company Mondo has risen to glory in the last few years, designing one cool movie poster after another and even doing the same for some TV shows. Now, EW is excited to share the first-ever Mondo video game poster, a very cool image designed to capture the insane wonder of Insomniac Games’ buzzy, hyperkinetic actioner Sunset Overdrive. READ FULL STORY

'Donnie Darko' reimagined as an 8-bit videogame -- VIDEO

It’s Donnie Darkobut without Donnie’s impassioned Smurfette monologue and with 8-bit graphics — the result looks like a very, very mad world, indeed. READ FULL STORY

'The Simpsons' reveals new character... via mobile game

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After 25 seasons, The Simpsons still knows how to deliver surprises.

The animated series quietly debuted a new character earlier this month, but not in an episode — Chester Dupree, slacker brother-in-law of Dr. Julius Hibbert, made his first appearance via the mobile game, The Simpsons: Tapped Out.

Chester was mentioned — but not seen — in an episode back in Season 24, Gone Abie Gone. Dr. Hibbert asks his wife, Bernice, if she has asked her brother to spy on him. “Chester needs a job, she says. “I paid him to build a shed,” Julius replies. “Where is my shed, Bernice?”

His half-built shed appears in the recently-released Level 41 in Tapped Out, which is a mobile city-building game. (The premise: Homer destroyed Springfield and needs a hand rebuilding the town.) Chester is a premium character whose motto appears to be, “College was the best eight years of my life!” READ FULL STORY

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