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Yeesh, Scrabble adds ridic load of new words to dictionary

Yeesh, Scrabble adds ridic load of new words to dictionary

Scrabble wants you to pwn your opponent, and so now it'll let you officially use pwn and a slew of other words as part of your gameplay. The last update to the Scrabble dictionary took place back in August of last year, and likewise modern lingo was added to the list, including the ever-important “selfie”. This time around you will find even more tech terms and modern slang, including the likes of ridic and pwn, hacktivist, and so many more.

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Level 257: a day at the upscale Pac-Man themed arcade and lounge

Level 257: a day at the upscale Pac-Man themed arcade and lounge

"To play is human." Such is the philosophy behind Level 257, a new luxurious lounge, arcade, restaurant, and bowling center near Chicago. Whatever you think it is, you're wrong. It's not an arcade. It's not a bowling alley. It's not a lounge. It's not a restaurant. At least, it's not any of those things in the way you're thinking of them. Level 257 is a place all of its own, and no single part of it exists separate of the other. It is luxury that invites you to dress casually. It is an arcade woven around a miniature library. It is sparkling bowling lanes a few paces from a full bar and cushioned leather lounge seating. It is, ultimately, an experience.

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Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon for 3DS arrives this winter

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon for 3DS arrives this winter

Nintendo made a wee announcement today, revealing that the new Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon game for the 3DS will be launching some time this winter. This follows 2013’s Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity game, and will be launching in North America for those using Nintendo’s portable console. The news was jointly revealed by the Pokemon Company International and by Nintendo. More details after the jump!

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BBC’s Grand Theft Auto movie earns it a lawsuit

BBC’s Grand Theft Auto movie earns it a lawsuit

In case you hadn't heard, the BBC is working on a Grand Theft Auto movie and it, by all accounts, is progressing nicely. Or was up until the moment Rockstar Games slapped the BBC with a lawsuit. The lawsuit was recently filed against the BBC by Take-Two Interactive, which is Rockstar Games’ parent company. The reasons revolve around trademark infringement, and according to a statement Take-Two tried to work things out with the BBC before resorting to the legal route. Apparently the talks did not go well.

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Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm open beta arrives

Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm open beta arrives

Blizzard's anticipated Heroes of the Storm game has arrived, at least in its open beta iteration. Back in early April 2014 the Alpha invites were going out, and since this past January the game has been in a closed beta. Right on time, that closed beta has flipped the sign over to "open", and it comes only a short while before the planned June launch of the game. Anyone can play now under the beta, but there might be some snafus.

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Retro Freak can play old console games if you have cartridges

Retro Freak can play old console games if you have cartridges

There is no shortage of devices and software that will let you relive your youth's gaming days by letting you play that generation's console titles. But this retro console, appropriately named Retro Freak, is admittedly and curiously different. It makes a boast no other custom-made console has so far been able to make. It claims to be able to play any and all old console games, from Famicom all up to the more recent Game Boy Advance. That, however, seems only possible if you actually have the game cartridge at hand.

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‘Cities: Skylines’ update: some mods lost, but tunnels arrive

‘Cities: Skylines’ update: some mods lost, but tunnels arrive

The game that lets you create your own cities, aptly named Cities: Skylines, has received a pretty big update today, and with it comes the addition of a bunch of new buildings and oft-requested tunnels. For some, though, it’ll also bring some bad news as some mods will be disabled as a result. Version 1.1.0, which is the latest version, will require “many” mods to be updated by whomever created them, otherwise they’ll be relegated to one’s memory and those who refuse to update.

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Facebook Messenger platform’s next target: games

Facebook Messenger platform’s next target: games

We should have seen this coming a mile away. After all, it seems to be the trend with popular instant messengers these days anyway. Facebook is said to be now eying adding the power of games to its Messenger service, leveraging the nascent platform announced barely two months ago. But while the move may sound like a no-brainer in retrospect, Facebook's motivations might be somewhat different, driven instead by reports that its Messenger Platform as a whole is starting to become a slow-moving flop.

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Mojang trolls Minecraft player with crude handle

Mojang trolls Minecraft player with crude handle

When you choose a username in certain places — like Minecraft, for example — it’s expected that you abide by certain decency rules. No crude or offensive names and such. Many people don’t listen to such rules, of course, and so there are also word filters into place to weed out many of them. Humans are a creative lot though and so word filters can only do so much; many times offensive and crude names squeak through and enter into the wild, living on until spotted or tattled on. Such was the case with one Minecraft player who spent years playing with a particular crude name before getting hit with a light-hearted jab from Mojang itself.

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GoT ‘Sons of Winter’ screenshots arrive before game’s launch

GoT ‘Sons of Winter’ screenshots arrive before game’s launch

Telltale Games' upcoming title "Game of Thrones Episode 4: Sons of Winter" will be arriving very soon for a handful of devices, and ahead of that the company has decided to tease gamers with several screenshots, some of which tease actions and others that tease landscape -- and that, as far as we can tell, don't spoil anything too big about the game. This is the fourth installment in the series, and before all is said and done there will be two more episodes arriving in the future.

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