This week in gaming

“The Stick of Truth” censored


IGN UK has reported that Obsidian Entertainment’s newest game, “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” will be partially censored in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The portions removed include anal-probe sequences and two abortion sequences. These scenes will be replaced by an image background and a description text selected by “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, according to a letter included with press copies of the game sent to reviewers in the affected regions. The removal of theses sequences will reportedly have no effect on the rest of the game.

Twitch on Xbox One in March


Alongside the release of “Titanfall” on March 11, Xbox One owners will be getting their very own Twitch.tv application allowing them to stream their gameplay to the Web without the use of expensive game-capture devices aside from the console itself, according to the Associated Press.

The Xbox One application will feature the ability to also include video from the Kinect sensor in the stream, allowing players to chat live with their viewers. Viewers will also have the option to join a streamer’s online party in whatever game they are currently playing.

Twitch streaming has been available on the PlayStation 4 since launch, but those accessing the service via their PS4 consoles cannot view streams being broadcast from any other platform, according to the article posted by AP.


A Pokepromotion for 3DS owners

Register a 3DS and a select game to receive “Pokemon X/Y”for free.


Nintendo is running a promotion through March for 3DS owners. If you register a 3DS console and one of a few select games through Club Nintendo during the promotion, you’ll get a free download code for “Pokemon X” or “Pokemon Y.”

This follows a similar promotion offered in the United Kingdom a few months ago that offered a download code for “Super Mario Land 3D” under the same conditions as this promotion. “The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures” was also offered for free on the North American 3DS eShop last month.

More information can be found here.



No more online play on Wii and DS


Nintendo revealed this week that they will be shutting down the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, which provides online play for games on the Wii and DS consoles.

Applications available on the Wii like Netflix, Hulu Plus and the Internet browser will be unaffected by the shutdown, as will Wii U and 3DS games.