Square Enix Is Making A Halo 2 Anniversary Play Arts ~Kai~ Figure | New Pictures

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Square Enix has put the colored version of upcoming Halo 2 Play Arts -Kai- figure on display at San Diego Comic Con 2014. They figure was first revealed at E3 2014 when Square Enix announced another collaboration with 343 and Microsoft – the Play Arts Kai Halo 2 Anniversary Edition Master Chief figure. This figure will be the third version of Master Chief Square Enix has created for their Play Arts ~Kai~Halo line. It’s nine inche tall and includes two weapons: a covenant energy sword and Halo 2’s iconic dual SMGs. Pre-orders for the figure should be opening soon. Stay tuned.

 

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Drakengard 3 “Story Side” Novel Will Be Released in August [Japan]

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A new Drakengard 3 novel will be hitting Japan next month. “Story Side” will be telling an additional story about an unseen branch. The story will follow Zero, Itoner sisters and Mikhail and reveal how, when and where they were born in the first place. The book has 258 pages and pricing is set to 1008 yens which is approx.7.40$€ / 10$. People who know how to read Japanese can pre-order their copies now or pick up the book from the stores on 28th August.

For now, the book is a Japanese-only release.

Introducing Square Portal Science – Know How Gaming Affects To Your Life

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It’s important to know how gaming affects to your life because it isn’t just a hobby – it’s a way of life. Have you ever had a discussion with your friends, parents, teachers or other people about how gaming really affects to your life? We here in Square Portal are planning to help you to know a bit more about the subject you are talking about and base your knowledge on real researches alongside your own experiences.

When it comes to science, there will be articles about gaming’s bad and good sides, but it’s always good to keep a certain kind of criticality when it comes to researches. The beauty of science is that it can be fixed if it’s broken, which is why results keep changing after more researches are completed after years of hard work.

When analyzing the results, you should carefully examine: Who paid the research and hired the people, how the data acquisition was executed, how big was the sample and how and what kind of people were chosen in the research. As you see, there are many factors influencing to the results, which is why it’s important to keep our eyes peeled for trust-worthy information. All science articles on our site will be based on real researches done by scientists, but remember that the results are never 100% accurate.

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This week we thought to start with a research about rage quitting. Is it caused by video games’ violent content or experiences of failure and frustration? You can read the article from here!  Remember to post your thoughts to the comments section and tell your experiences of rage quitting, and why and when have you done it.

By posting a comment you can also win a PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn!

Rage Quitting: Caused By Games’ Violent Content Or Experiences Of Failure And Frustration?

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This article is the first part of Square Portal new series called “Square Portal Science” – Read more about it from here!

For us gamers the experiences of failure and frustration are part of our everyday life. Have you ever felt angry and annoyed when having problems at defeating a challenging boss fight or losing to another team during an online multiplayer match? It’s quite a common thing to see big medias accusing video games’ disturbing and violent content for causing aggression to gamers, but is the content really the reason what causes the aggression? Are games doing something to people that other things in this world don’t?

A new study shows hostile behavior isn’t actually linked to game’s violent content but to gamers’ experience of failure and feeling of frustration during the gameplay. This may be something what has been clear for us gamers for a long time, but now there’s actually a study to support our thoughts. As crazy as it may sound many studies have only focused on games’ content not on players’ psychological experiences, according to ScienceDaily. University of Rochester was one of the very first to actually take a closer look at the players’ psychological experiences with games.

"Any player who has thrown down a remote control after losing an electronic game can relate to the intense feelings or anger failure can cause," explains lead author Andrew Przybylski, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University, who said such frustration is commonly known among gamers as "rage-quitting."

“Any player who has thrown down a remote control after losing an electronic game can relate to the intense feelings or anger failure can cause,” explains lead author Andrew Przybylski, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University, who said such frustration is commonly known among gamers as “rage-quitting.”

According to co-author Richard Ryan, aggressive behavior isn’t unique to gaming, and the same phenomena appears in sports as well when players lose a game as a result of a bad call.

“When people feel they have no control over the outcome of a game, that leads to aggression,” he explains. “We saw that in our experiments. If you press someone’s competencies, they’ll become more aggressive, and our effects held up whether the games were violent or not.”

How the study was executed?

Almost 600 college-aged participants were asked to play custom-designed video games across six lab experiments. To find out which aspects cause the aggressive feelings, the researches manipulated the interface, controls and degree of difficulty. They also used different kinds of violent and non-violent games during the research.

In one experiment, players were randomly asked to play easier or more challenging version of Tetris after they had held their hand in the painfully cold water for 25 seconds. The researchers led them to believe that the length of time was determined by previous participant, but in reality, all participants were assigned the same duration. After participants have played the game for a while they were asked to assign the amount of time a future participant would have to leave their hand in the water. Players who played the more difficult version of Tetris assigned on average 10 seconds more of cold water pain for the next player than the people who get to play the easier version of the game.

Do violent content cause aggression for players?

Does violent content cause aggression for players?

Across the experiments, researchers found the lack of mastery of the game’s controls and the high difficulty players had completing the game led to frustration – not the imaginary or visuals. It seems that aggression is a negative side effect of the frustration felt while playing the video game. One of the researches explained that non-violent games like Candy Crush and Tetris can actually cause more aggressive behavior than shooters, if their controls are poorly designed or games are just too difficult.

“When the experience involves threats to our ego, it can cause us to be hostile and mean to others,” Ryan explains.

The researchers also surveyed 300 gamers to identify how real world gamers might experience the same phenomena. When asked about pre- and post-game feelings, gamers reported the same things that the research proved before – inability to master a game or its controls causes feelings of frustration and affects to the enjoyment in the experience.

The researchers say that the findings offer an important contribution to the debate about the effects of violent video games. Ryan says that many critics of video games have been premature in their conclusions that violent video games cause aggression. “It’s a complicated area, and people have simplistic views,” he explains, noting that nonviolent games like Tetris or Candy Crush can leave players as, if not more, aggressive than games with violence, if they’re poorly designed or too difficult.

Original Report & Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University of Rochester. Original report was written by ScienceDaily who may have edited the materials for content and length. Square Portal wrote a summary of their earlier report.


Journal Reference:

  1. Andrew K. Przybylski, Edward L. Deci, C. Scott Rigby, Richard M. Ryan. Competence-impeding electronic games and players’ aggressive feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2014; 106 (3): 441 DOI: 10.1037/a0034820

Canadian Singer “Lights” Loves The Final Fantasy XIII Saga – Gets Lightning’s Haircut

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Square Portal’s gossip news writers strike again, which means it’s time for some casual news! A Canadian electropop musician, singer and songwriter, “Lights”, has got a new haircut which looks exactly like Lightning’s haircut! It’s no surprise since she had already told her fans: “Anyone that thinks I wouldn’t get my hair cut like Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII doesn’t know me.” In March 2014, she also posted a picture of her copy of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and this summer she had finally got the perfect Lightning haircut she wanted. It seems quite cool, don’t you think?

UPDATE: Our own reader Katie confirms on our Facebook page that Lights really is a big fan of the saga. Katie has even got a chance to talk with Lights about Final Fantasy XIII. That’s quite amazing!


Many of us love Final Fantasy games and the Final Fantasy XIII saga and it’s not secret that there are big fans among popular artists and celebrities as well. Lights isn’t only celebrity to admit her love towards Final Fantasy games: Earlier this year, Lupita Nyong, who won “The Best Female Actor” oscar from her role in 12 Years A Slave, admitted that she loves Final Fantasy VIII and used to always play it as a child. Do you know any other celebrities who have revealed their love towards Square Enix games such as Tomb Raider, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, etc.?

Have you ever considered to get a game character’s haircut? If you could choose any, which game character’s hairstyle would you love to get? Post your thoughts on the comments and you may win a copy of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn!

Sneaky promo time: Lights’ new album “Little Machines” will be out later this year and she has released a new single from the album.

Write The Best Comment Of The Month And Win A Prize!

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SUMMER COMPETITION

It’s summer and we feel like giving some cool stuff away! But it’s just too boring to try to get likes, favorites and retweets on social media, so we thought to do something to make the comments section more lively and reborn. Your mission is easy – simply write the best comment of the month and the game is yours! This doesn’t mean spamming, though. Let’s go through the rules.

THE RULES

1. Write a thoughtful, argumentative and well-written comment
2. Continue talking in other news posts with more great comments = more chances to win
3. Avoid spamming
4. Don’t post comments to news older than two month
5. Add your real email account or log in with your social media account that we can contact you if you win the prize
6. The Competition is open for everyone (US, EU, ASIA, JAPAN, THE EARTH etc.)
*More rules are added if needed

Note: It will take a little of time for a comment to arrive since our moderator goes through them to decrease spam!
Hint: Invite your friends to discuss too! This will increase everyone’s chances to win!

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THE PRIZE

A copy of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn [PS4]* and a month of subscription time (new users only)
*It’s a promotional copy.

The Best Comment of the Month will be chosen in the beginning of September, so all comments, from now, are qualified for the competition. Ask more in the comments section if you have any questions!

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX Limited Edition Announced, New Screens Released

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Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX is getting a limited edition for both Europe and North America! Preorder to ensure an automatic upgrade of your Standard edition order (while supplies last) and obtain an exclusive pin badge featuring Sora and Mickey Mouse! The limited edition is also available on the online store (NA / EU).

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Have some new screens from the remastered HD cinematic cutscenes of Kingdom Hearts: Re:coded as well!

 

Check Out This Batman Action Figure Designed By Tetsuya Nomura

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San Diego Comic Con 2014 starts today and Square Enix will be present to showcase its various games and merchandise! Visit our previous news post to learn more details on what Square Enix will be showing.

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Square Enix also has its own contribution to Batman day by revealing a Batman action figure designed by Tetsuya Nomura himself! The design was made for a old game which ended up being cancelled.

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KINGDOM HEARTS PLAY ARTS

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Photos via: @SQEX_MD_NA, @SquareEnix, @KINGDOMHEARTS, @SquareEnixUSA, @FinalFantasy

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call Gets New Screens, Legacy of Music Contest Announced

Here is a new trailer with new screens below showing more of what to expect from the upcoming Nintendo 3DS rhythm RPG Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call.

 

To celebrate its release, Square Enix has also announced the Legacy of Music contest where entrants can win various amazing Final Fantasy prizes! Entries will be judged by the series’ legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu. Watch the overview below to learn how to submit your entries and the prizes that you can win!

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call is due for release on September 16th in North America and September 19th in Europe.

MdRadio Returns – Nomura Comes To Spill Final Fantasy XV / Kingdom Hearts III News?

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will be returning soon, and the host and the merchandising manager of Square Enix Japan, Hidemi Matsuzuka, will be making a podcast with his special guests, Ichiro Hazama (Theatrhythm producer) and Tetsuya Nomura (Final Fantasy XV director). This special podcast focuses on Square Enix’s merchandise products, but sometimes there are interesting game details as well.

In the first podcast last year, Nomura said that they had decided when to show Final Fantasy Versus XIII again. He also revealed that Square Enix was supposed to show Versus in 2012 and there was a reason why it wasn’t. He said would understand it when we get the new info. Eventually it turned out that Final Fantasy Versus XIII had become Final Fantasy XV and moved to PS4 and Xbox One. At the time of E3, Nomura gave more details about FFXV and Kingdom Hearts III during the second radio show.

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Matsuzuka meeting with Hazama and Nomura

According to Matsuzuka, MdRadio will be returning very soon and we should get more news about it later this week. He also posted a picture of a meeting with Hazama and Nomura where they are probably discussing the contents they will be talking about during the podcast. Let’s not forget that it’s less than two months until Tokyo Games Show 2014, which may lead Nomura to tease something about Square Enix’s plans for the biggest Japanese gaming event. If the same thing happens like previously, it might be possible we get some very small teasing about FFXV and KH3.

Please, be only a little excited.

FINAL FANTASY XIV Letter from the Producer Part XVI Recap

Final Fantasy XIV Letter from the Producer XIV livestream starts now! It will contain new details about the upcoming patches such as Defenders of Eorzea! Perhaps we will be hearing more about new jobs, marriage system and dungeons. Also, the lead designer of the game, Nobuaki Komoto, will be a special guest and answers fans’ questions as well!

We will update this post as new details are revealed

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LIVE UPDATES

1. Naoki Yoshida and Toshio Murouchi are discussing about PvP modes: They are working on to a feature that allows you to save all actions and traits per job, so you don’t need to constantly re-do them.

2. In Patch 2.35, they will allow players to use glamours with PvP gear, and they will be adjusting the PvP mode in general as well.
More maps coming to Frontline but it will take some time. Japanese players are most active when it comes to this PvP mode!

3. Mob Hunt talk – a new addition which was released alongside patch 2.3 – allows you to hunt big monsters with other players and gain big rewards. The system has been slightly broken and players have found it a bit problematic, and it has been causing some tension because some players may have rushed too much and haven’t left anything for other players. They have adjusted the new mode a bit and will continue until it pleases everyone.

4. Talk about the Syrcus Tower.

5. Talk about the new dungeon called “Hullbreaker”. For now, we are only fighting Kraken’s tentacles but the Kraken itself will make a comeback later on.

6. A new video clip of Ixal Stronghold and an epic scene with different enemy races!

7.Time to talk about future contents!

8. Talk about Lightning and Snow!

9. A fan asked if there will be additional costumes or hairstyle from previous Final Fantasy series characters similar to Light and Snow where the developers answered they can’t say too much, but you will be able to get famous outfits and hairstyles from some quests added with certain patches!

10. Now they are showing the new Ninja job in action!

 

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11.Minfilia is making a special presentation of Eorzea’s Economic Trends and changes between spending and earning gils.

12. No big changes but charts are showing how people earn and spend their gils.

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13. A chart about gil spending on housing .

14. Summary of charts

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15. Gold Saucer concept artwork!

16. More talking with fans and answering their questions. (Check out the comments section)

17. The first anniversary special event announced! 14 hours live broadcast, special fates such as Dragon Quest X, Final Fantasy XI and Lightning Returns will be back! More to come!

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18. Moonfire Faire seasonal event revealed!

19. Free trial program revealed: Players get an opportunity to try FFXIV for two weeks then transfer their characters to the full game once the trial ends. More details announced later.

20. Final Fantasy XIV movie contest revealed! Celebrate the first anniversary of Final Fantasy XIV by creating own movie! The contest will be starting in late July.

Weekly News Recap | Weeks XXVIII – XXIX

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New Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn “Frontline” Artwork [6000x8000]

Square Enix has release a new amazing piece of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The artwork is named as “Frontline” which also is known as a new PvP challenge which engages three teams of adventurers, each team representing one of the three Grand Companies, trying to do battle to claim disputed territory. Teams consist of up to 24 players in an alliance, allowing for a grand total of 72 players in a single battle.

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First Ever European Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival – Get Tickets NOW

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Square Enix has confirmed presale tickets to its first ever FINAL FANTASY® XIV FAN FESTIVAL are now exclusively available to active FINAL FANTASY XIV subscribers across Europe and PAL territories. The European event will be held at London’s Tobacco Dock on 25th October 2014, with similar festivals also being held in Tokyo and Las Vegas on different dates.

FAN FESTIVAL will celebrate everything FINAL FANTASY® XIV: A REALM REBORN™ and will give some of its two million registered fans the chance to meet the game’s developers, participate in in-game events, enjoy live entertainment, bag some exclusive event loot, and much, much more!

Tickets for the London Fan Festival are priced at £65/ €80 per standard ticket, and £85/ €104 per VIP ticket. VIP tickets include access to an exclusive Friday night (24th October) event where you can eat, drink and meet members of the development team. Each Fan Festival ticket will grant access to the main event for 25th October.

How to purchase presale tickets:

1.    This week all players will an active subscription* will be sent an email that includes a unique promotion code to purchase tickets.

2.    On Thursday, 17th July, 2014 at 10 a.m. (BST), advance ticket sales will go live.

3.    Visit the ticket purchase site and enter the unique promotion code found in the email.

4.    Advance ticket sales will be on a first-come, first-served basis and fans may only purchase a maximum of two tickets per order.

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How to purchase general sale tickets:

1.    Starting Thursday, 31st July 2014 at 10 a.m. (BST), any remaining tickets will go on sale.

2.    People will not need a promotion code to access the site and purchase tickets.

3.    Previously provided promotion codes will no longer be valid.

4.    Tickets will remain on sale via the website until Thursday, October 24th, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (GMT) or until the event is sold out.

For more information on tickets and ticket T&Cs, please visit the: Lodestone Fan Event Presale Guide and the official event website.

*Subscription must be valid on 9th July 2014

What Square Enix Has In Store For San Diego Comic Con 2014

Square Enix has prepared some good stuff for this year’s San Diego Comic Con from showcases of games and merchandises to exclusive signings! From July 24-27 be sure to stop by at BOOTH #3829 at the San Diego Conventional Center. Here’s a brief list of the show’s activities:

1. Deep Silver/Square Enix Arcade

  • When:Friday & Saturday, July 25-26, 11:00am – 2:00am
    Where:
    Whiskey Girl
    702 Fifth Ave
    San Diego, CA 92101

2. Games

  • LARA CROFT® AND THE TEMPLE OF OSIRIS™
  • KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX
  • NOSGOTH™
  • THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL™
  • HITMAN: SNIPER™
  • HITMAN GO™
  • Metro Redux™  
  • Sacred™ 3 

3. Merchandise Sales

4. Members Raffles

Go here for more details.

That’s not all, Tetsuya Nomura will be present alongside another famed game developer, Hideo Kojima, for an exclusive autograph session for fans! The signings are limited as you will have to purchase a Play Arts Kai at Square Enix’s booth in order to obtain a ticket for the session.

Photos via @hidemi_mad_EN

Here Are The Last Screens Of Final Fantasy XIII Reminiscence ~ Tracer Of Memories ~

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The final chapters of the online released novel Final Fantasy XIII Reminiscence ~ Tracer of Memories ~ came out with new screens featuring Caius Ballad and Lightning. The online novel features events between Lightning Returns’ ending and epilogue, depicting the new lives of the main characters. There has been no word yet on any official translation plans of the novel. You can view the older screens here.

More English Voice Actors For Final Fantasy Type-0 HD And Agito Surface

With the localization of Final Fantasy Agito and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on the way, more English VAs are announcing their involvement in the games.

Bryce Papenbrook is voicing Machina Kunagiri, one of the members newly assigned to Class Zero along with Rem Tokimiya. People may know him well as Zidane Tribal from Dissidia Final Fantasy.

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Robbie Daymond is voicing Kurasame Susaya, Class Zero’s captain. Most people would know him as Tuxedo Mask from the Sailor Moon series.

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call Collector’s Edition Now Available In Europe

 

 

 

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call Collector’s Edition includes:

  • Nintendo 3DS™ Collector’s Pouch (Fits All Models) – Exclusive, limited edition Nintendo 3DS™ Collector’s Pouch
  • 5-Track THEATRHYTHM REMIX CD – “THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL – REMIX SELECTIONS” Music CD (5 tracks)
  • 20-Track BEST OF THEATRHYTHM CD – Exclusive, limited edition “THE BEST OF THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL” Music CD (20 tracks)
  • 5 Premium CollectaCards – Exclusive set of 5 Premium, limited edition cards, based on the popular CollectaCard designs of the game. Enter the password on the card into the game, to get the in-game version of that CollectaCard!

You can now pre-order on the official Square Enix Europe store.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call is due for release on September 16th in North America and September 19th in Europe.