Community News Update: Friday 9/20

Time for a sobering community news update.

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Starting this week on a somber note. This week a gaming giant left us for a more peaceful place. Former President of Nintendo Hiroshi Yamauchi passed away this week at the age of 85.

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The hour of change for GameSpot draws near, many things will be different than they were before and with all the updates happening Lark Anderson felt that it would be a good time to take a moment to go over some of the more frequently asked questions.

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After years of production gamers of all sorts are celebrating Grand Theft Auto V's milestone of reaching more than $1 billion in global sales in just three days of being on the market, which is faster than any entertainment property in history. But it hasn't been all sunshine and rainbow's, many of you are still probably familiar with the response that was heard site wide as Carolyn Petit gave the game a 9/10 (a near perfect score) yet was still met with a resounding level of backlash. So much so that of course it was this week's topic for Feedbackula.

In non GTAV related news (since that seems to be anyone can talk about. The ye' olde debate of video game violence and their direct effect to the games that play them once again creeps to the surface. First we have UK prime minister discussing the "corrosive" effects that games like GTA can have on a person's behavior. Though is report lacks substance to really back up his argument. However for those of you wishing to delve into a more meaty debate when it comes to violent games, the recent article about the role of video games in mass shootings by an Ohio State professor suggests that people should stop looking for one clear answer because. well there isn't one.

Community Feature: Asagea_888's My Four Cents -- Bye, bye, Auction House

This week's community feature highlights Asagea_888 and the blog written about the auction house.along with some other insights from this long time Diablo 3 player.

Review of the Week:

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The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD is a lovingly updated version of a timeless, though flawed, adventure. - Read the Review

GTA Contest Reminder

Friendly reminder SocialSpotters! We're giving away copies of Grand Theft Auto V for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Entering to win is simple, just "like" this post, leave a comment, make sure you're "liking" us on Facebook and tell us your platform of choice for your chance to win (US Only).

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Closing things out Team Social wanted to talk for a second about changes coming to our comments policy. It is apparent that something needs to happen in the community, specifically the way the comments and forum posts are handled. Since the rules change in 2011 things have been a type of roller coaster. That time is coming to an end. Make sure you stay tuned for the next community update where we will be sharing our new policies regarding forum etiquette. But until then, happy Friday and we will see you next week.

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