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Razer announces OSVR’s first batch of SteamVR games

Razer announces OSVR’s first batch of SteamVR games

This week is a big week for "unreal" reality. Microsoft has just started the pre-orders of its prohibitively expensive augmented reality HoloLens development edition headgear. HTC has also started the same for its Vive virtual reality headset. Google has put up a section on its Store for Cardboard goggles, including Mattel's new ViewMaster. And now, Razer is announcing the first games, all from Steam, that you will be able to play in virtual reality mode on any Open Source Virtual Reality development kit that you may have.

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Final Fantasy XIV accused of ripping off band’s song

Final Fantasy XIV accused of ripping off band’s song

Final Fantasy XIV has stirred up a bit of a controversy, with some gamers claiming the song played during a boss battle is a ripoff of the Powerman 5000 song “When Worlds Collide.” The game's producer says the song is an original "industrial rock" track developed specifically for the game, but any casual listen reveals it has a striking similarity to Powerman 5000's own track.

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Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 launch for PS4, Xbox One this year

Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 launch for PS4, Xbox One this year

Capcom has announced that Resident Evil 4, 5 and 6 will be arriving on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this year, starting with the 6th installment and working backwards as the year progresses. The first game will be available as a download and physical disc (the latter in North and South America) on March 29, with more general timeframes provided for the next two games (you’ll have to wait until autumn to get the fourth game). A teaser trailer joins the announcement.

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Secret menus discovered in Mortal Kombat arcade games

Secret menus discovered in Mortal Kombat arcade games

Back in the day if you wanted to play video games with your friends, you headed to the local game arcade. The arcades were packed with all sorts of cool games like Mortal Kombat and a slew of other fighting, driving, and classic arcade games. Recently secret menus were discovered in the Mortal Kombat 1, 2, and 3 arcade games that were so popular in the arcades more than 20 years ago.

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Remastered BioShock collection for PS4, Xbox One surfaces in Brazil rating

Remastered BioShock collection for PS4, Xbox One surfaces in Brazil rating

This isn't the first time we've heard speculation about "BioShock" remastered, but this time around the speculation is joined by seemingly solid evidence. A Brazilian government agency has listed “BioShock: The Collection” on its website alongside ratings for five versions of the game: two for PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, and another three for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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‘The Division’ beta had record 6.4m players

‘The Division’ beta had record 6.4m players

“The Division” beta came to an end today, and with its close comes an announcement from Ubisoft: more than 6.4 million gamers played the beta, making it the largest beta ever for a new title on present-gen gaming consoles. Ubisoft went on to break down some of the details, among which is that players spent an average of 5 hours playing the beta.

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Square Enix to bring diorama-esque Hitman Go to PC, PS4, Vita

Square Enix to bring diorama-esque Hitman Go to PC, PS4, Vita

For gamers, the Hitman franchise has always been about stealthily killing your adversaries and targets. Usually, these types of games took on a real-time first person perspective to add to the atmosphere of an anxiety and excitement. But in early 2014, Square Enix turned what was then its newest Hitman title on its head and slapped it on what is best described as a pretty board game. Perhaps riding on the fanfare surrounding the upcoming Hitman title, the game publisher will be taking Hitman GO from mobile to your PC and favorite console or handheld.

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New Monopoly edition replaces cash with scanner and cards

New Monopoly edition replaces cash with scanner and cards

Monopoly, the game that drags on forever and has caused more than a few family fights, is back with a new edition called Monopoly Ultimate Banking. Rather than including paper money, as has been the norm for most of the game's existence, Ultimate Banking ditches the physical cash in favor of player credit cards and a bank scanner that tracks funds.

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Play as a goat in the FBI’s new bizarre anti-extremism game

Play as a goat in the FBI’s new bizarre anti-extremism game

The FBI has a new website that educates the public about violent extremism and encourages visitors with the slogan "Don't be a Puppet." That’s great, except it is all joined by a new odd online game called Slippery Slope where visitors play as a goat running down a blocky virtual field. Use your arrow keys to avoid the blocks (hay bales?), or else you’ll crash into them and suffer what appears to be a goat-tactic explosion (intentional or unwittingly isn’t clear).

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This may be the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube

This may be the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube

We've heard a fair amount of news about Rubik's Cubes lately, but mostly focusing on speed records for how fast they can be solved, both by humans and robots. But what about other challenges and records involving the puzzle toy? There's 4x4 and 5x5 cubes already, increasing the difficulty of the original 3x3 by several notches. Instead, what would happen if a standard cube was simply made bigger… like, a LOT bigger?

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Need for Speed for PC trailer teases March 15 release

Need for Speed for PC trailer teases March 15 release

As promised, Need for Speed is arriving this spring — March 15, to be precise — a launch that had been delayed in September 2015. Though having to wait longer is always disappointing, the postponement was for a good reason: the extra time was needed to give PC gamers unlocked frame rates, something fans had been heavily requesting. It’ll all be worth it in the end, then, and as that end draws near, EA has revealed the PC version in a new trailer.

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No new Assassin’s Creed in 2016, Destiny 2 coming 2017

No new Assassin’s Creed in 2016, Destiny 2 coming 2017

Game franchises can sometimes live on and on for years. Some even for decades. But being old and venerable doesn't always mean you always get it right. Sometimes, you can lose your way and need to find your way back. That might be the kind of soul-searching that Ubisoft will be undertaking, or should undertake, this year when it decided not to launch a new Assassin's Creed title this year. In the meantime, Bungie will be forging ahead with Destiny 2, though it seems that it is the game's destiny not to launch this year either.

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