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1. EA Adds Offline Mode to SimCity

SimCity will soon be playable in offline mode, developer EA Maxis announced this week, 10 months after saying it couldn't be done "without a significant amount of engineering work."

The studio will add offline mode for all players with Update 10, a free upcoming patch. Once the single-player mode is added to the game, all previously downloaded content will be accessible without an internet connection, and SimCity will store single-player save games locally instead of in the cloud.


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3. Speed Runners Raise 1 Million Dollars for Charity

The livestreamers at Awesome Games Done Quick crossed the $1 million mark raising money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, according to the organization's official site.

The milestone more than doubled AGDQ's goal of $500,000. As of this writing, the group's donation tracking page lists $1,014,209.32 in donations received. Of the 27,403 donations from 18,053 donors, the maximum donation was $10,000, while the average donation was $37.01.


4. Battlefield 4 Patch on PC to fix Stability Issues

A new update for the Windows PC version of Battlefield 4 is out today, aiming to address server stability issues that have plagued the game since launch.

According to the Battlefield blog, the patch will hit sometime later today with fixes for a memory leak issue that occured after level shutdowns, a fix addressing player rank icons on the scoreboard that were failing to update, as well as a fix for users in Asia unable to start Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 on Windows 8.1.


5. Wii U Fit Review

Wii Fit U does a fair job easing players into exercise with its accessible beginner activities, but too much of the game lacks any real physical benefit. Even if I could get past the inaccuracies in how it reads movement, this game promotes poor exercise habits at its worst and merely fools people into thinking they're getting healthier at its best. Wii Fit U isn't a meaningful solution to getting active and in shape; it's a half-assed stepping stone at best.

4.5 out of 10


6. Last of Us Single Player DLC Trailer

7. Titanfall Has no Single Player

Titanfall has been "really tough" to market due to its lack of a traditional single-player, according to developer Respawn.

That's according to producer Drew McCoy, who took to NeoGAF to reveal how the team has been forced to take a different approach in terms of trailers and the like to get the game noticed.


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10. Gone Home and Gaming Adolescence

Adolescence is videogame culture's greatest fear. That we will forever be stuck with juvenile power fantasies: fast cars, Big Fucking Guns, and boob physics. That videogames will be lost to adulthood like comic books once were. Just as Katie Greenbriar comes home to a home that isn't a home for anyone, so Gone Home reveals a secret that turns out to be an obvious one, and one much bigger than videogames: today, narrative writ large is mired in a permanent adolescence that videogames can now easily equal, the modest, subtle pleasures of the literary arts melting under Iron Man's turbines, impaled by Katniss Everdeen's arrow.


11. Pink Starburst Cocktail

1 ounce Pinnacle whipped vodka (133)

1 ounce half and half (20 cal)

1 ounce fruit punch (or crystal light fruit punch)

fill with Orange Juice (26 cal)

top with splash of diet lemon-lime soda (diet sierra mist)


Mix Pinnacle whipped vodka, half & half, and fruit punch (or Crystal Light version) in a 12 ounce glass. Fill almost all the way with an Orange Juice of your juice and top with a splash of diet lemon lime soda (Sprite, 7up, or Sierra Mist).