LG cuts staff from Silicon Valley lab, says webOS development will continue

LG has conducted a round of layoffs at its Silicon Valley lab, home of its webOS development team. The company cut around 20 members of its staff in what LG characterized as a realignment to improve efficiency. “These changes will not negatively impact LG’s webOS development efforts in any way,” LG told The Verge in a statement. LG acquired webOS back in 2013 and has been using the platform as the operating system for its line of TVs and in smartwatches.

LG says it is combining its user interface and product management groups at the labs into one division, and the new group would continue to focus on webOS development along with new areas like “automotive platforms.” Reducing a development team and the expansion of an OS to a new…

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Author: Micah Singleton

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Elder Scrolls Online Customer Support Center Closes, 300 Jobs Lost – Report

A ZeniMax customer support center for The Elder Scrolls Online in Ireland has effectively closed, with around 300 jobs lost as a result. That’s according to a report today from local newspaper Connacht Tribune (via VG247). The paper states that the 300 jobs lost are a mix of full-time and contract employees. Only around five or six employees are reportedly still working at the European Customer Services Centre in Galway.

Representatives for ZeniMax could not be reached by the newspaper. GameSpot has also reached out to the company in an attempt to get more details on this news. We’ll update this post with anything we hear.

ZeniMax originally announced plans to open the support center back in 2011 with the aim of delivering player assistance to European audiences. It was subsidized by IDA Ireland, a government agency designed to attract businesses to the country.

The Elder Scrolls Online itself is developed by ZeniMax Online Studios in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

The game was released in April 2014 for PC after years of development. The MMO dropped its compulsory monthly subscription in January 2015, shifting to a pay-once model with further support from microtransactions. Console versions of the game debuted on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June 2015.

In an apparent attempt to drive more people to the game, Bethesda recently launched a promotion where you can win $1 million just for playing.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL review

A year ago, I gave up on Windows Phone. Frustrated by a lack of quality apps, poor hardware offerings, and a feeling of missing out, I bought an iPhone like millions of others. I haven’t regretted switching away from Windows Phone at all.

But I have been waiting for a true flagship Windows phone to come along and tempt me back. Microsoft’s Lumia 950 XL is supposed to be that phone: it’s the latest and greatest hardware, powered by the new Windows 10 Mobile operating system. Like many other Android and iPhone handsets, it has a fast processor, high-resolution display, and impressive camera. Those are table stakes for any modern, high-end smartphone, but what makes the 950 XL (and its smaller sibling, the Lumia 950) unique is its…

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Bandai Namco Teasing New Game — "Can You Feel the Hunger?"

Dark Souls and Pac-Man publisher Bandai Namco has launched a teaser website for a new game.

In a tweet referencing the teaser site, the publisher wrote: “Can you feel the hunger?” The company also used the hashtag #MysteriousGame, which is featured on the teaser website itself.

The website, www.bne-project.com, features a countdown clock that ends this coming Monday, December 1. There’s an assortment of shapes also displayed on the page, along with some crackling sounds. BNE is likely a reference to Bandai Namco Entertainment.

If you stay long enough, you’ll see a message written in Spanish. It roughly translates to,”Teamwork show us the way,” according to Google.

A line from the website’s source code reads: “Find the clues, share them with your friends and discover the mysterious game.”

We’ll have more details on this game, whatever it turns out to be, as they become available. What clues can you find on the teaser website? Let us know in the comments below!

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens — watch our staff's first reactions

It’s official: we are living in a post-The Force Awakens world. As dutiful consumers of pop culture, many of the Verge staff were right there on the front lines last night, at Thursday night preview screenings across the country. And as fans, we had a lot to get off our chest. It was a big night, full of emotion, and/or exhaustion, and we captured our raw, unfiltered reactions immediately upon filing out of the theaters.

The opinions are subject to change. The passion is forever.

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Xbox One Exclusive Scalebound Will Have "Broader Appeal"

Bayonetta and Metal Gear Rising: Revengance developer Platinum Games’ upcoming Xbox One exclusive, Scalebound, is a “gift” for Microsoft, marketing executive Aaron Greenberg says in a new interview. When asked if Microsoft might be challenged to the market the game widely, considering it’s from a Japanese developer that people may not be familiar with, Greenberg said it’s actually an opportunity.

“It’s another gift for us,” he told DualShockers. “If you think about what [game director Hideki Kamiya] has created, and his history of just creating incredibly unique games, that are such high quality and that are loved by core gamers… To be able to have him making a new IP exclusive for us and a big title, I think it’s something we’re really excited about.”

Scalebound was announced at E3 2014 and is due out next year–but it remains something of a mystery. Greenberg described it as an action RPG, and as such, it has the opportunity to appeal not only to fans of Platinum’s past work, but also anyone who likes those kinds of games.

“We think of it as an action RPG game, and we think it will both appeal to fans of the games that Platinum has made, but at the same time, I think it will be a game that will have a broader appeal to folks that maybe haven’t played their games before,” he explained. “So we’re excited to be able to introduce that to a broader audience as well.”

Scalebound will offer four-player co-op and aims to demonstrate “the power of what the Xbox One can do.” One of Platinum’s original ideas was to make Scalebound a motion-controlled Wii game starring a little girl and featuring dinosaurs instead of dragons.

What are your thoughts on Scalebound? Let us know in the comments below!

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Poll: Who’s NOT seeing the Star Wars?

Last night my Instagram and Twitter feeds exploded with images of ticket stubs for The Force Awakens. Granted, I follow a lot of geeky people, many of whom were lined up for the midnight US box-office openings. But I didn’t expect the appeal to be so universal.

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Author: Thomas Ricker

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