Weekly Recap: Destiny: Taken King Breaks Records, Konami Quits AAA Game Development?

Here's a roundup of the week's biggest stories and some you might have missed.

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THE BIG STUFF:

Destiny: The Taken King Breaks PlayStation Download Records: The DLC's $40 price tag apparently didn't turn too many people away, as the game got off to a blazing hot start. What's more, the game set a new record for both total number of players and peak online simultaneous users, outpacing the original Destiny day-one launch on September 9, 2014.

Konami Ceases AAA Console Game Development, Reports Claims: More drama with Konami this week, as reports are suggesting that Konami, with the exception of its PES series, is done with AAA game development. Get the full story here.

THE OTHER STUFF:

If you believe industry analyst Michael Pachter, dedicated video game consoles will be irrelevant in the next decade. What do you think?

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Movie news! Director Brad Bird has talked more about The Incredibles 2, the sequel to (probably) my favorite Pixar movie. He also confirms the movie will launch sooner than expected. Nice.

Deus Ex and Epic Mickey's Warren Spector has changed his mind about virtual reality. He wasn't originally too thrilled by the technology, but that's no longer the case. He tells Kotaku in a new interview, "VR will play a large role in some areas of life. I have no doubt about that."

With 180 million downloads, Real Racing is one of the biggest racing games in the mobile space. So it's not too surprising to learn, then, that the developer behind the game isn't too worried about Forza or Grand Turismo. Get the full story here.

Oh this is great. Here's a funny instructional video for Rock Band 4. October 6 can't come soon enough.

You asked for it, and now they're coming. Two new Japanese RPGs (JRPGs), Stranger of Sword City and Students of Round 2, have been announced for the Xbox One. Read about them here.

2001's Super Smash Bros. Melee continues to get new updates, at least from fans. A recently released mod adds Replay functionality to the fighting game. Check out the video below.

California's Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE) has launched another Kickstarter campaign to raise more money for the purposes of, among other things, moving to a larger, better location.

Call of Duty fans, grab some coffee and watch this. Treyarch has published a 10-minute overview video that goes into depth about the Black Ops timeline. Enjoy!

Whoops! A few lucky people received early copies of FIFA 16 on Xbox One due to a little mishap. The game launches to everyone on Tuesday.

The Heroes of the Storm Americas Championship is taking place this weekend in Las Vegas. Can't make it? Not to worry, as the entire event--all of it--is being streamed live on Twitch. Watch it here.

Gamasutra has a great roundup of analysts' reactions to Nintendo's appointment of a new president this week. Hear what they all had to say here.

Ever wondered what Snake would look like wearing Quiet's outfit? Thanks to artist Anne Pogoda, you no longer have to wonder.

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Still using Zune services? Not for much longer, you won't. Microsoft has announced that music services for Microsoft's ill-fated music player will close on November 15. The device you already own will continue to work though, of course.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III has receive an R18+ rating in Australia, the highest possible rating in the country. It's also the first game in the series to receive that rating, as all past entries receive MA-15+ ratings. How this might affect sales remains to be seen.

Have an excellent weekend!

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