In Real Life

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A Canadian man is facing federal charges after allegedly flooding over 1000 Twitch channels with 150,000 spam messages early last year. The messages, which included racial and antisemitic slurs, spurred the British Columbian supreme court to issue a criminal charge for "mischief in relation to computer data" in early December, CBC reports. He could face up to 10 years in prison.

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"When you're spending a lot of money, you have to justify your project by saying it's going to appeal to a lot of people, which essentially means it cannot be a strong flavour. I think by definition you just have to be more mainstream." That's Alex Hutchinson (lead designer on the Sims 2 and Spore, creative director on Assassin's Creed III and Far Cry 4) saying his new indie studio Typhoon will compete with AAA titles by keeping a narrow focus and offering a more distinct flavour.

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On Christmas, like many people all around the world, I spent some quality time with my siblings hunched around a video game. During a standard run through one of Super Mario 3D World’s many colourful levels, my sister asked if it was weird for Mario to be running around and attacking a bunch of cute creatures minding their own business.

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This is what love is.

Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Except for that one time my 5-year-old son made me farm 9999 coins in Super Mario Odyssey so he could get the stupid Skeleton outfit. Nah mate. I'll definitely be keeping a record of that wrong.

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The holidays might be officially over, and new games are starting to fly in thick and fast. Over on the Switch, there's a port of the excellent Darkest Dungeon, as well as some other indie ports.

A couple of interesting indies are dropping, though. Nantucket looks like a real find for board gamers, while InnerSpace should be very easy on the eye. AO Tennis finally drops, and the digital recreation of Meanwhile could be a fun surprise out of nowhere.