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Quantic Dream is Suing French Press Outlets for Libel

Quantic Dream has found itself in hot water barely a month before the worldwide release of their newest title, Detroit: Become Human. CEO and founder David Cage has taken both the French newspaper Le Monde and the investigative website Mediapart to court for libel.

Months ago,
Le Monde, Mediapart, and the gaming magazine Canard PC released reports of Quantic Dream’s unhealthy workplace environment. A trove of digitally edited images of employees was found on company computers, featuring employees’ faces edited into sexual and inappropriate photos. Both Cage and co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumière claimed to be unaware of the images, but employees said the images were indicative of the culture of the company as a whole. Le Monde reported that the turnover rate of the company was additional evidence of a toxic environment, with a total of fifty employees leaving between 2015 and 2016.

Multiple accusations of racism and homophobia were directed toward Cage himself. Cage has repeatedly denied the accusations. Due to his work with LGBT activist Ellen Page in
Beyond: Two Souls and civil rights activist Jesse Williams in Detroit: Become Human, he claims that his work speaks for itself.

Cage finally decided to sue
Le Monde and Mediapart for their reports, alleging that their journalists are a part of a smear campaign against Quantic Dream. Canard PC has not been brought into the lawsuit.

Hearings of the case will begin in June. This is perhaps the first time a gaming company has taken legal action against the press. Should Cage successfully win the lawsuit, it could set a legal precedent that may change the face of gaming journalism.

Source: Kotaku

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A Nintendo Switch Demo Event Will be Held in Paris on January 13th

Nintendo is gearing up for a special Nintendo Switch presentation in January, and around that same time they’ll begin demoing the upcoming console to members of the press. Nintendo has scheduled several hands-on events in Japan, and yesterday they announced a Nintendo Switch hands-on press event for New York.

This event takes place on January 13th, and Nintendo revealed today that a similar event will be held in Paris on the same day. Like the New York event, this will only be open to the press, and not to members of the general public. So far Nintendo has not announced any public Nintendo Switch events.

Source: Gameblog France

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France’s Education Minister Has Asked Niantic to Remove Rare Pokémon from Schools in Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO has been a major hit ever since its launch, but it has also drawn out its share of concerns as people and governments struggle to adapt to the sudden popularity of Niantic’s “real-world genre” game. Some have responded by outright banning the game, as a French mayor did a week or two ago, but others are looking to solve things more diplomatically. This looks to be the case with another French official, Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, who is now looking to meet with Niantic to ask that they remove rare Pokémon from schools in the country.

Some might expect that this is simply because the minister doesn’t want kids to play the game during classes, but in fact her concerns are nowhere near that trivial. Rather, she fears that rare Pokémon spawning on school grounds could lead non-students to swarm the campus, which may pose a security risk—a definite concern for the country, as France remains in a state of emergency following several major terrorist attacks in the past year. Vallaud-Belkacem has not yet met with Niantic about this, but she hopes to explain the situation to them and convince them to keep rarer creatures out of school areas, though whether she only means Legendary Pokémon or a broader group of creatures is currently unclear.

If you ask me, this seems like a pretty reasonable request, though the programmer in me has to wonder if an outright ban would be easier for Niantic to pull off. But what do you think—is the minister’s request a valid one, or is she making a mountain out of a molehill? Is there a different way you’d rather see Niantic approach problems like this? Should we even care anymore, as
Pokémon GO seems to be on the decline in popularity as of late? Give us your thoughts on this and more in the comments!

Source: The Associated Press

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A French Mayor Has Banned Pokémon GO in His Town

Last week,Thailand threatened to ban Pokémon GO due to the amount of accidents since the game’s release. Now, a French mayor has actually banned the game in a French town called Bressolles. He said that all business owners in France have to contact the mayor for permission to set up their premises, and this applies to Niantic “even though their settlement is virtual.”

“When a cafe or a restaurant owner wants to open a business in any French town, they have an obligation to request prior authorization to the mayor. The rule applies to all people wishing to set up an activity or occupy a space on a public property. So it applies to Niantic as well, even though their settlement is virtual. They use the entire planet as a playground.” — Mayor Fabrice Beauvois

He also went on to say that the game is becoming a “dangerous addiction” for young people, and it puts pedestrians and drivers at risk when they are playing. Therefore, in his decree to Niantic, he has requested that they remove all PokéStops and Pokémon from Bressolles.

What are your thoughts on the Mayor’s arguments? Let us know in the comments!

Source: The Big Story

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​Pokémon GO is Now Available in France

Pokémon GO has been such a hit early on that developer Niantic Labs is struggling to keep the servers running smoothly. Because of this, the mobile game’s release was delayed in many countries. It launched in quite a few European countries about a week ago, but France was not among them. Niantic later explained that they delayed the game’s release in France due to the tragedy in Nice. Thankfully, the wait is over now, as Pokémon GO has launched in France. Will it claim the top spot on yet another nation’s download and revenue charts?

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Pokémon GO’s Release Was Delayed in France Due to the Tragedy in Nice

The global launch of Pokémon GO had to be delayed due to server overload, but Niantic has slowly been rolling it out in more territories, and on Saturday it became available in 26 countries across Europe and the Mediterranean. Pokémon GO still isn’t available in France, and The Pokémon Company has addressed this in a statement to IGN France.

Due to the recent tragedy in Nice, France, The Pokémon Company has decided to delay the game’s release, and they’ve issued the following statement: “As a sign of respect for the French people in this time of national mourning, the release of Pokémon GO is postponed. Our thoughts and prayers are with France and the victims affected by this terrible attack.”

Source: IGN France (via VentureBeat)

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Xbox France is Giving Away a Beautiful Game of Thrones-Themed Xbox One

Game of Thrones has just delivered a finale that was non-stop action and offered an explosive amount of satisfaction, but unfortunately that means that we have to wait a whole year for the show to resume (and it’s not looking like George R. R. Martin is going to release his next book anytime soon). In order to ease the pain, Xbox France is giving away an amazing Game of Thrones-themed Xbox One in combination with the sixth season of the show on Blu-ray. It seems that this action is limited to France so far, but who knows? We can always hope that this artistically crafted console will one day make it to the rest of the world.

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Splatoon’s Squid Sisters Will Give a Live Performance at Japan Expo in France

Splatoon‘s Squid Sisters have quickly become popular gaming icons among Nintendo fans. In fact, Callie and Marie are so popular in Japan that Nintendo has held a pair of concerts for the fresh duo, playing live music from the game (as well as some new songs) while CGI versions of the Squid Sisters perform on stage. These performances proved to be very popular, and Nintendo UK has just announced that a third concert will be held at the Japan Expo in Paris France. The concert is scheduled for July 8th, but no other details have been revealed at this time. We’ll keep you up to date as more news is announced!

Source: Nintendo UK

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Valve Has Been Sued By a French Consumer Group

A while back, Valve introduced a two-hour refund policy for Steam; simply put, if you haven’t played a game you’ve bought for more than two hours, you can return it for a full refund. However, a French consumer group called UFC-Que Choisir has sued Valve on the behalf of the public over its digital policies, claiming that they infringe on French law.

UFC has argued that the consumer protection that exists in Steam is far too narrow and does too little to protect the end user. Primarily, the group has a dispute with Valve concerning five key points (credit to Reddit user Silencement for translating the original article):

  • Steam’s Subscriber Agreement explicitely forbids users to sell their games, despite the transfer of ownership of digital products/licenses being legal
  • Valve declines any responsibility in case they get hacked and users’ personal info get stolen
  • Valve claims ownership on the rights of any user-created content uploaded on Steam
  • It is impossible to get the money on your Steam Wallet back if your account is closed/deleted/banned
  • Valve applies Luxembourg’s consumer law regardless of the user’s country

What do you think? Is Valve doing enough to protect consumer rights?

Source: UFC-Que Choisir (via Reddit)

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Nintendo Reports Strong Sales for 3DS and Wii U Games in France

Earlier today, Nintendo announced that Splatoon has eclipsed 1 million sales in Japan. Nintendo’s new IP has been selling well all over, as a sales report shows that it has sold another 280,000 copies in France, making it the second best-selling Wii U game in that region.

Other solid numbers include 220,000 sales of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (which just launched in October), as well as 200,000 packs of Amiibo cards to accompany the game. Super Mario Maker has sold 145,000 copies since launch in September, Nintendo Presents: New Style Boutique 2 – Fashion Forward has sold over 100,000 units in less than a month, and Xenoblade Chronicles X has sold over 40,000 units in its first two weeks.

Source: Chloé Woitier (via Perfectly Nintendo)

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Report: Many Yarn Yoshi Amiibo Have Been Destroyed in France

According to several alleged tweets and preorder cancellation emails, a portion of Nintendo’s stock of Yarn Yoshi Amiibo have been destroyed.

Reportedly, French retailers Auchan and Boulanger have been sending out cancellation notices to many individuals who preordered the Amiibo; they claim that they are not able to fulfill these orders because the plushies have been destroyed. Currently, the issue seems to be isolated to France, and it’s unclear if this will affect the Amiibo’s stock in the rest of Europe or North America down the road.

Source: NeoGAF (via My Nintendo News)

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A News Station Accidentally Uses a Screenshot from MGS 2 for the Paris Hostage Story

The recent hostage situation in Paris has struck panic in many people across the world.

So much so that a
Québécois news station used a rather conspicuous image when describing the tragedy, featuring Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty hiding under a cardboard box.

This isn’t entirely out of the blue, as one hostage managed to get to a police officer by hiding under a carton, but it really is strange of the network to have chosen an image from a video game that’s nearly thirteen years old.

Speculation is that the reporter noticed the image trending across social media and thought it was a construction of the events that took place.

This isn’t the first time a reporter mistook
Metal Gear for real events in the past year, with Canadian station Global News using a parody of the theme song from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater during a shooting rampage, and Russia Today using an image from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as an example of African child soldiers.

While the whole scenario is depressing, the use of the image was very coincedental, considering how the plot of
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was centered around a hostage crisis.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity Distorts History, Says Former French Minister

Assassin’s Creed Unity has been heavily criticized by reviewers and gamers alike. These complaints and concerns have all centered on the gameplay itself. Recently, however, the game’s content has been called into question. Former French minister Jean-Luc Mélenchon has spoken out against Assassin’s Creed Unity, saying that the game distorts the truth behind the French Revolution.

The French Revolution took place in the last decade of the 18th century. Urged by the commoners’ resentment of the aristocracy, the Revolution brought about a great change in French society. Mélenchon, in an interview with radio station France Inter, said that
Assassin’s Creed Unity gets it all wrong. Instead of viewing Robespierre as a hero and the government as corrupt, Mélenchon states that Robespierre is portrayed as a monster, while the aristocracy are the good guys. He continued:

“It is propaganda against the people, the people who are (portrayed as) barbarians, bloodthirsty savages.

And the man who was our liberator at a certain moment of the Revolution – because the Revolution lasted a long time – Robespierre, is presented as a monster.

[Assassin’s Creed Unity] presents an image of hatred of the Revolution, hatred of the people, hatred of the republic which is rampant in the far-right milieux (of today).”
— Jean-Luc Mélenchon

Having never played the game, I can’t say one way or the other regarding these claims. Do you feel that
Assassin’s Creed Unity looks at the French Revolution from an opposite viewpoint?

Source: The Telegraph

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The Last of Us: Remastered is Getting a PS4 Bundle

According to a listing on Amazon France, The Last of Us: Remastered is set to get a PlayStation 4 bundle (at least in France).

While the bundle has not been confirmed by Sony as of yet, it will probably be released outside of France if the listing is legitimate. The bundle is set to release on July 30th, a day after the release of the title; it includes a black 500 GB PS4 console, a DualShock 4 controller, and a copy of The Last of Us: Remastered.

Source: Amazon France

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The Wonderful 101 is the #1 Wii U Game… in France

The Wonderful 101 isn’t selling very well. With mediocre numbers in Japan and an inability to compete in Europe, Nintendo doesn’t have a lot of confidence for the North American launch, giving retailers a minuscule amount of shipments. However, there is a light in the darkness.

The Wonderful 101 has shown promising numbers in France. It is the best-selling Wii U game in the region, with Pikmin 3 and New Super Luigi U rounding out the top three. Keep in mind, this is the top three best-selling Wii U games; the numbers do not represent all hardware. However, it’s good to know that more Wii U owners are experiencing Platinum’s newest project. A higher attachment rate is always a good thing.

There is one possible explanation for this: Wonder Green is attracting the population with his outrageous French accent. Who doesn’t love that Fat Green Lantern?

Are you playing The Wonderful 101? Sound off in the comments.

Source: Playeressence

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