Destiny’s Rare Item Dealer Xur Stay Extended Because of Xbox Live, PSN Issues

Destiny‘s rare item merchant, Xur, Agent of the Nine, will stick around a little longer because of the recent connectivity issues with Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, Bungie has announced.

“We understand that Xur has been hard to reach for a lot of you this weekend, so we’re going to extend his stay,” Bungie’s community manager David “Deej” Dague said on the game’s official forums. “Our current plan is to allow him to remain in the Tower with his current inventory until Monday night at 10pm PST, just before the weekly reset.”

Dague added that Bungie will keep an eye on the overall situation and extend Xur’s stay for as long as needed and is feasible. Next week, Xur will return to his normal schedule with refreshed inventory.

Rockstar Games similarly extended Grand Theft Auto V’s Christmas update for the same reason.

Thankfully, Xbox Live services were restored on Friday, and it seems that the PlayStation Network finally started working again last night.

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Walmart Shopper Buys PS4, Gets Box Full of Rocks Instead

A man in Denver bought a PlayStation 4 from Walmart only to discover it was filled with rocks instead of Sony’s new console.

A Walmart employee told the unlucky shopper, Igor Baksht, that the console was previously returned, so he opened the Grand Theft Auto V bundle to make sure everything was there before wrapping and gifting it to his 13-year-old niece.

“Just to make sure everything was inside, that all the contents were inside, all the games were inside,” Baksht told ABC 7News. “When I opened it, I said, ‘Oh my God.'”

At first, Walmart wouldn’t take the console back because it had no proof of how it came in, but on Christmas Eve afternoon, the store manager agreed to the return and gave Baksht his money back.

It’s hard to believe that Walmart would accept a PS4 and sell it to another customer without ever checking its contents, but apparently this kind of thing happens. The ABC 7News report highlights previous cases in recent years where people opened their Christmas presents of iPads and iPhones only to discover that they were filled with stacks of paper.

As to why Baksht was buying a 13-year-old a PlayStation 4 with a copy of Grand Theft Auto V, he didn’t say.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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Walmart Shopper Buys PS4, Gets Box Full of Rocks Instead

A man in Denver bought a PlayStation 4 from Walmart only to discover it was filled with rocks instead of Sony’s new console.

A Walmart employee told the unlucky shopper, Igor Baksht, that the console was previously returned, so he opened the Grand Theft Auto V bundle to make sure everything was there before wrapping and gifting it to his 13-year-old niece.

“Just to make sure everything was inside, that all the contents were inside, all the games were inside,” Baksht told ABC 7News. “When I opened it, I said, ‘Oh my God.'”

At first, Walmart wouldn’t take the console back because it had no proof of how it came in, but on Christmas Eve afternoon, the store manager agreed to the return and gave Baksht his money back.

It’s hard to believe that Walmart would accept a PS4 and sell it to another customer without ever checking its contents, but apparently this kind of thing happens. The ABC 7News report highlights previous cases in recent years where people opened their Christmas presents of iPads and iPhones only to discover that they were filled with stacks of paper.

As to why Baksht was buying a 13-year-old a PlayStation 4 with a copy of Grand Theft Auto V, he didn’t say.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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Watch The Order: 1886’s Silent Night Trailer

Sony has released a new, Christmas-themed trailer for the PlayStation 4-exclusive shooter The Order: 1886.

The new trailer is set to Silent Night, has a creepy vibe. It includes a few new bits of footage, as well as some things we’ve seen before in previous trailers, like the scene from The Video Game Awards 2014 trailer in which the characters rappel down the side of a zeppelin.

The Order: 1886 is also currently holding a promotion where it’s giving away a new prize every 18 hours, 8 minutes, 6 seconds, until the game’s release on February 20, 2015. It’s currently offering a different version of the “Endless Duel” statue from the premium edition of The Order: 1886. You can find out more on how to participate in the contest here.

GameSpot’s latest hands-on preview for The Order: 1886 showed reservations for the game, as you can see in the video below.

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Watch The Order: 1886’s Silent Night Trailer

Sony has released a new, Christmas-themed trailer for the PlayStation 4-exclusive shooter The Order: 1886.

The new trailer is set to Silent Night, has a creepy vibe. It includes a few new bits of footage, as well as some things we’ve seen before in previous trailers, like the scene from The Video Game Awards 2014 trailer in which the characters rappel down the side of a zeppelin.

The Order: 1886 is also currently holding a promotion where it’s giving away a new prize every 18 hours, 8 minutes, 6 seconds, until the game’s release on February 20, 2015. It’s currently offering a different version of the “Endless Duel” statue from the premium edition of The Order: 1886. You can find out more on how to participate in the contest here.

GameSpot’s latest hands-on preview for The Order: 1886 showed reservations for the game, as you can see in the video below.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

For all of GameSpot’s news coverage, check out our hub. Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Watch The Order: 1886’s Silent Night Trailer

Sony has released a new, Christmas-themed trailer for the PlayStation 4-exclusive shooter The Order: 1886.

The new trailer is set to Silent Night, has a creepy vibe. It includes a few new bits of footage, as well as some things we’ve seen before in previous trailers, like the scene from The Video Game Awards 2014 trailer in which the characters rappel down the side of a zeppelin.

The Order: 1886 is also currently holding a promotion where it’s giving away a new prize every 18 hours, 8 minutes, 6 seconds, until the game’s release on February 20, 2015. It’s currently offering a different version of the “Endless Duel” statue from the premium edition of The Order: 1886. You can find out more on how to participate in the contest here.

GameSpot’s latest hands-on preview for The Order: 1886 showed reservations for the game, as you can see in the video below.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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eSports Can Be in the Olympics, Former Diablo and World of Warcraft Dev Says

Blizzard’s former chief creative officer Rob Pardo recently discussed the possibility of adding eSports events to the Olympics.

“There’s a very good argument for eSports being in the Olympics,” Pardo told the BBC in an interview. “I think the way that you look at eSports is that it’s a very competitive skillset and you look at these professional gamers and the reflexes are lightning quick and they’re having to make very quick decisions on the fly. When you look at their ‘actions per minute’, they’re clearing over 300.”

Pardo said that it’s hard to think of video games as a sport if you define it strictly as something that requires physical exertion, but that he questions that definition given other events already included in the Olympics.

Sports television network ESPN has been airing Dota 2 and League of Legends eSports events on its online branch, ESPN 3, but the company’s president John Skipper recently stated that he doesn’t consider video games played at that level to be a sport.

“It’s not a sport—it’s a competition. Chess is a competition. Checkers is a competition,” Skipper said. “Mostly, I’m interested in doing real sports.”

Pardo, a 17-year Blizzard Entertainment veteran who was lead designer on the original World of Warcraft and who also worked on the Starcraft, Diablo, and non-WoW Warcraft franchises, left Blizzard earlier this year.

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eSports Can Be in the Olympics, Former Diablo and World of Warcraft Dev Says

Blizzard’s former chief creative officer Rob Pardo recently discussed the possibility of adding eSports events to the Olympics.

“There’s a very good argument for eSports being in the Olympics,” Pardo told the BBC in an interview. “I think the way that you look at eSports is that it’s a very competitive skillset and you look at these professional gamers and the reflexes are lightning quick and they’re having to make very quick decisions on the fly. When you look at their ‘actions per minute’, they’re clearing over 300.”

Pardo said that it’s hard to think of video games as a sport if you define it strictly as something that requires physical exertion, but that he questions that definition given other events already included in the Olympics.

Sports television network ESPN has been airing Dota 2 and League of Legends eSports events on its online branch, ESPN 3, but the company’s president John Skipper recently stated that he doesn’t consider video games played at that level to be a sport.

“It’s not a sport—it’s a competition. Chess is a competition. Checkers is a competition,” Skipper said. “Mostly, I’m interested in doing real sports.”

Pardo, a 17-year Blizzard Entertainment veteran who was lead designer on the original World of Warcraft and who also worked on the Starcraft, Diablo, and non-WoW Warcraft franchises, left Blizzard earlier this year.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gets Snipers-Only Mode

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now has a new sniper-focused multiplayer mode, developer Sledgehammer Games has announced.

One Shot, as it’s called, is a brand new, snipers-only mode where all players have reduced health and have to choose from very specific classes. Each of the five classes was custom designed by Sledgehammer Games with help from professional Call of Duty player NaDeSHoT to test players’ sniper skills in Advanced Warfare.

Each class features the MORS, a bolt-action railgun sniper, along with a variety of perks, Scorestreaks, and Exo abilities. You can find the full details on the classes on the game’s official website.

Sledgehammer Games is celebrating the new mode with a double XP weekend, which co-founder Michael Condrey said it might extend given the ongoing service issues with Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.

Activision and Sledgehammer Games recently released a teaser trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s upcoming zombies mode, Exo Zombies. The first episode in the Exo Zombies season is included with January’s Havoc expansion, which you can get through Advanced Warfare’s $50 DLC pass or by itself for $15. The expansion also adds new multiplayer maps and weapons to the game.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gets Snipers-Only Mode

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now has a new sniper-focused multiplayer mode, developer Sledgehammer Games has announced.

One Shot, as it’s called, is a brand new, snipers-only mode where all players have reduced health and have to choose from very specific classes. Each of the five classes was custom designed by Sledgehammer Games with help from professional Call of Duty player NaDeSHoT to test players’ sniper skills in Advanced Warfare.

Each class features the MORS, a bolt-action railgun sniper, along with a variety of perks, Scorestreaks, and Exo abilities. You can find the full details on the classes on the game’s official website.

Sledgehammer Games is celebrating the new mode with a double XP weekend, which co-founder Michael Condrey said it might extend given the ongoing service issues with Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.

Activision and Sledgehammer Games recently released a teaser trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s upcoming zombies mode, Exo Zombies. The first episode in the Exo Zombies season is included with January’s Havoc expansion, which you can get through Advanced Warfare’s $50 DLC pass or by itself for $15. The expansion also adds new multiplayer maps and weapons to the game.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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