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Hello, guys, Marcelo here. It’s the 24th of December, 2016. Let’s review the top 5 game news of the week here on Gamerati News Update.

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You can play Magic: The Gathering with Seahawks Defensive End Cassius Marsh

The American football player Cassius Marsh plays professionally for the Seattle Seahawks but he has another passion: Magic: The Gathering. Marsh plays the addictive card game since he was 11 and, if you live in Renton, WA, you can see him playing at Shane’s Card Shop every week.

And if you’re looking for a chance to play against Marsh — across the table, I mean — look for him at MOX Boarding House at Bellevue. He’ll be hosting a Magic: The Gathering charity tournament on 30 December. It starts at 6 PM and the entry fee of $30 will benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Puget Sound.

Side note: the word for sports player and the word for gamer, in Portuguese, is the same.


The Plot Thickens at Hasbro’s Crowdfunding Gaming Challenge

The winner of Hasbro Gaming Lab Next Great Game Challenge Spring 2016 is The Plot Thickens by Brigette Indelicato, Mike Callahan, and Thomas Rochelle. The Plot Thickens is a collaborative storytelling card game in three editions based on classic tropes of literature: Detective Noir, Sci-Fi, and Romance. In the game, players use story cards to tell an improvised narrative and earn plot points for every story card used.

The Next Great Game Challenge is part of Hasbro Gaming Lab, which collaborates with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo and takes submissions from game designers across the world. The winners of each seasonal challenge get a $25,000 prize, a trip to Hasbro HQ in Rhode Island, and the opportunity to work with Hasbro to make their game a reality.


Should men avoid rock music when playing games?

You might’ve seen it on social media that a test done by the Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music showed men make on average 29% more mistakes and are 23% slower than women when playing board games while listening to rock music.

Yeah, cool, right? There’s some holes to be poked at the study if you actually read it and know what to look for in a research paper. First, the volunteers were all college students, which kinda restricts the sample pool. Second, reaction to music has a solid cultural background (for example, a lot of people in the West believes classical music makes you smarter). Third, the study comprises one test, that used specifically Sonata for Two Pianos by Mozart, Thunderstruck by AC/DC, or the sounds of an operating theater. Fourth, the only board game used was Cavity Sam.

So this story should actually read “Male British college students should avoid listening to Thunderstruck by AC/DC when playing Cavity Sam”. If you’re not a Brit in college, aren’t playing Cavity Sam, and aren’t into AC/DC, maybe it doesn’t work like that for you.


Battlefront will rollout Flames of War 4th Edition

Flames of War is a World War II tabletop miniatures wargame produced by the New Zealand company Battlefront Miniatures. The 1st Edition set of rules was published in 2002. In March of 2017, we’ll get the 4th Edition.

The new rules will be accompanied by a whole new line of plastic figures. Two rulebooks, for Early and Late-war settings, free to download online, will allow you to use your current collection with the new edition by bringing the rules to the new standard.

Some new releases already announced for the 4th Edition are Desert Rats, El Alamein, and Afrika Corps. You can count on more news before the edition is released in March of next year.


The Steam Winter Sale kicked off yesterday

As one who missed a lot of big discounts on Steam because I wasn’t paying attention, I made it my duty to let you know the Steam Winter Sale began 22 December and will last for ten days.

There you can find the complete collection of Shadowrun by Harebrained Schemes, Baldur’s Game II Enhanced Edition, Invisible Inc., Rocket League, Doom, Fallout 4, Dark Souls III (if you’re feeling masochistic).

Pretty much everything is on sale. So don’t miss out. Fire up your Steam app and look for that game you’ve always wanted but was just waiting for the perfect discount. The Steam Winter Sale ends 2 January.


To wrap up this edition of Gamerati News Update, some quick announcements of upcoming games: Dark Eden, a 192-page PDF sourcebook for Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition is now available by Modiphius for £14.99 ($18.41); the card game HMS Delores by Asmodee hit US stores this past week, MSRP $24.99; Spire of Dawn, a new box set for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar can be found in specialized stores right now for $80; on 29 December you’ll be able to find in stores Evolution, an expansion for XCOM: The Board Game by Fantasy Flight, MSRP $24.95; and The Mutant Epoch Quick-Start Rules by Outland Arts is available as a PDF for free right now at outlandarts.com. Link in the description below.


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