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Image: Courtesy of Eidos-Montréal

Eidos-Montréal will include the ability to toggle licensed music on and off in its upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy" game, a move that will allow streamers to broadcast safely.

Why it matters: The licensed soundtrack of "Guardians of the Galaxy" would have made it impossible for streamers to play the game on platforms like Twitch or YouTube.

  • A representative for the game clarified the feature in an interview with GamesBeat.
  • Copyright infringement is a notoriously difficult problem for streamers, who under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) can have their videos deleted, or even their accounts banned, for including licensed music.
  • Not even songs featured in video games keep streamers safe from punishment.

Eidos-Montréal's "Guardians of the Galaxy" is expected to feature more than 30 licensed tracks, including popular songs from Iron Maiden, Rick Astley, KISS, Wham and Blondie.

Be smart: Music is a huge part of what makes "Guardians of the Galaxy" iconic among Marvel properties.

  • From a narrative perspective, music is how space hero Star-Lord connects with his Earth roots, and more specifically, remembers his late mother.
  • But it also helps set the tone for Guardians, which is one of Marvel’s cheekier, funnier properties.

Senior narrative director Mary DeMarle told GamesBeat that music will play an integral part in the game.

  • One feature, the huddle, groups up the Guardians in the middle of battle. Star-Lord can give a speech based on some of the game’s songs to pump up the team. If done correctly, the gang will all get powerups to keep fighting.
  • “If you choose wrong, Peter still thinks he did a great job, so he’s still boosted and he gets the bonus,” DeMarle said. “Then you dive into the fight and you’re listening to the song that he chose to make his speech. You can sit there and be playing in this final battle to one of the licensed songs.”
  • Players can also listen to music from a jukebox on their ship.

The big picture: Developers are becoming more considerate of streamers who want to play their games.

  • Remedy Games was one of the first AAA studios to include an option in its 2016 title "Quantum Break" to turn off licensed songs.
  • CD Projekt Red added a similar feature to last year’s "Cyberpunk 2077."

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Screenshot: Remedy Entertainment

Next month’s release of “Alan Wake Remastered” highlights one of the most frustrating things about gaming: new games age quickly, and, before you know it, they become hard to access or play.

Why it matters: Games have such a significant preservation problem that even an acclaimed interactive thriller like “Alan Wake,” released a mere 11 years ago, needs an expensive salvage effort to bring it to a large audience today.

Breaking Biden's diplomatic logjam

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Data: Center for Presidential Transition via Congress.gov; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The logjam for reviewing and confirming President Biden's ambassadorial picks is finally starting to break.

Why it matters: Biden is far behind his predecessors in the rate at which his ambassadorial picks have been confirmed. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a series of high-profile hearings and votes this week to finally begin chipping away at the backlog.

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Democrats brace for staredown over paid family medical leave

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senior House Democrats are braced for battle with the Senate over whether paid family medical leave — a key priority for progressives — will be included in President Biden’s final budget reconciliation bill, lawmakers and aides tell Axios.

Why it matters: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has indicated he wants to cut the program to reduce the bill's price tag. “Paid family and medical leave must be in the final package,” Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, told Axios on Monday.

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