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Missing Pieces: Oculus overload, Titanfall cheater island, and COD meets Ahnold

Hayden Dingman | March 31, 2014
Apologies, devout readers, for the lack of Missing Pieces last week. Who knew that writing about Game Developers Conference would leave my face all battered and bruised by the end, rendering me incapable of picking up news-related puzzle pieces off the ground?

Silly me. I should've known nothing could be so easy. Naval Strike has now been delayed on the PC until April. Maybe...maybe put your credit card away until we know whether it runs. Fool me once, Battlefield...

Killer Instinct moves to Divekick developer Iron Galaxy

When Amazon announced its acquisition of Double Helix, all the legions of people who care about Killer Instinct were like, "Hey, what happens to Killer Instinct?"

Well stop asking your simplistic and direct questions, legions of fans. The answer is that Divekick developer Iron Galaxy Studios will take over Killer Instinct development. I don't want to stir up any controversy in the fighting game community, so I'll just let you decide how you feel about this news.

Cheaters sometimes win

Companies seem to have caught on that simply banning cheaters from play is an ineffective and somewhat tedious way to go about cleaning up multiplayer. Titanfall is the latest to enter the "Creative Approaches to Cheaters" crowd, quarantining any players of ill-repute into their own matchmaking playlists in what Respawn calls the "Wimbledon of aimbot contests."

"Hopefully the aimbot cheat you paid for really is the best, or these all-cheater matches could be frustrating for you," Respawn wrote in a news post.

Sweet, sweet justice.

More reading

Sick of Oculus news? Here's details on the new Lego game that might bankrupt every parent, a new Kinect for Windows, the latest Nvidia Shield update (two words: remote streaming), and Nvidia's shiny Titan Z graphics card — yours for only $3,000.

That seems like plenty to keep you occupied through the weekend. We'll see you back here next week.


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