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New Overwatch Easter egg is Blizzard’s tribute to fan who died

New Overwatch Easter egg is Blizzard’s tribute to fan who died

Blizzard's hit FPS Overwatch received a sizable update this week, introducing a few small patches and adding the long-awaiting Competitive Play mode for PC and Xbox One players. But it also included a small Easter egg on the Lijiang Tower map, acting as the developer's tribute to a Chinese fan who sadly never got to play Overwatch, but was excited for its release.

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China cracks down on mobile games with new approval requirement

China cracks down on mobile games with new approval requirement

China's ever-present grip on the Internet and everything related to it just got a little tighter. In an effort to crackdown on popular media, mobile game developers must get their games pre-approved by the Chinese government before launching them in the nation. The rule went into effect today, though it was first announced in early June. To avoid running afoul of the new regulations, developers must submit their games to China’s State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television, more commonly called “SAPPRFT," at least 20 days before launch.

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Xbox Play Anywhere offers up multi-platform gaming in September

Xbox Play Anywhere offers up multi-platform gaming in September

Of all the things announced during E3 2016, one of the most interesting was Xbox Play Anywhere. A new initiative by Microsoft, Xbox Play Anywhere allows users to play multi-platform titles on both Xbox One and Windows 10 while only requiring the game be purchased once. Microsoft revealed today that the service will be going live on September 13, but there are a few details users will want to know before they attempt to take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere.

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GameStop rolls Xbox 360, PS3, Wii into one mega bundle

GameStop rolls Xbox 360, PS3, Wii into one mega bundle

We're already well into the era of Xbox One and PS4, but if you somehow managed to miss out on the previous console generation entirely, GameStop has a new console bundle directly targeted at you. The massive games retailer has announced that it will bundle the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii together, putting a price tag of $160 on the package. Obviously, this is meant to help GameStop clear out its remaining stock of these increasingly obsolete consoles, but it's not a bad deal for someone looking to pick up these older consoles on the cheap.

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Overwatch Competitive Play lands on Xbox One along with nerfs, bug fixes

Overwatch Competitive Play lands on Xbox One along with nerfs, bug fixes

Well, that was quick: after launching on PC earlier just a few days ago, Overwatch's competitive mode has landed on Xbox One, bringing with it long-awaited nerfs to two very popular characters. Competitive mode has been missing from Overwatch up until now, with Blizzard opting to remove and rework the mode while the game was still in beta. Now it returns to the immensely popular game, giving players the chance to test their skill in an environment that is conceivably more focused on teamwork and communication.

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Astro A50 wireless gaming headset works with PS4/ PC and Xbox One/PC

Astro A50 wireless gaming headset works with PS4/ PC and Xbox One/PC

Astro Gaming has unveiled a new wireless gaming headset that will work with the PS4 or the Xbox One and your PC for gaming wherever you feel like playing. The headset is called the A50 Wireless and it has a base station that supports the PS4 and PC or Xbox One and PC. The headset transmits on a 5GHz frequency for reduced latency thanks to a less crowded spectrum.

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Street Fighter V trailer shows off tomorrow’s story mode release

Street Fighter V trailer shows off tomorrow’s story mode release

Tomorrow will bring the cinematic story mode update for Street Fighter V, and ahead of that release comes a trailer straight from Capcom showing off what you can expect. This is a major update, one that has been known for months and that brings the “A Shadow Falls” story mode. Capcom promises gamers will get a “ton of new content” with the update, and there will be two new characters joining the mix: Balrog and Ibuki.

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Twitch Social Eating category launches, confuses everyone

Twitch Social Eating category launches, confuses everyone

Slowly but surely, Twitch has been expanding beyond being just a website where people can stream themselves playing video games. At first, it was channel support for things like gaming talk shows or music, then came the launch of Twitch Creative, which allows users to stream as they do all sorts of creative and artistic things, from cosplay to 3D modelling. Today Twitch is celebrating the launch of a new category, and it's sure to leave some of you befuddled: social eating.

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BioShock: The Collection remaster confirmed for Xbox One, PS4, PC

BioShock: The Collection remaster confirmed for Xbox One, PS4, PC

2K Games is hoping you've not grown tired of what feels like an endless sea of remasters, because today the company announced quite the whopper. It will be remastering the BioShock franchise for release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, bringing the long and storied franchise into the current generation. Officially dubbed BioShock: The Collection, the remaster will span the original BioShock (which is about to turn nine years old if you can believe it) to BioShock Infinite, a game that took the world by storm a few years back.

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Pokemon GO is the best game EVER: here’s why

Pokemon GO is the best game EVER: here’s why

Today is the first day I'm able to speak in public about my experience with Pokemon GO. It's been about a week and a half since I first started playing in the Field Test - very similar to the Beta most people were playing (likely identical) - and it's time to let loose. This game is fantastic. Not in the same way a visually spectacular game like Fallout 4 or DOOM are fantastic, but in a new way. A way that's not like any game I've played before. Pokemon GO is a real game-changer.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon gets new trailer with strange monsters in tow

Pokemon Sun and Moon gets new trailer with strange monsters in tow

We still have quite a while before Pokemon Sun and Moon launch, but in the meantime, reveals of new Pokemon from the game keep trickling out. Today Nintendo is giving us a glimpse at seven new monsters and a single old one, simultaneously getting fans hyped and leaving a few of them scratching their heads. These new Pokemon were leaked a few hours before the official trailer dropped, giving fans a window to claim they were fakes before Nintendo came out and confirmed that no, these new monsters really do exist.

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Final Fantasy VII Monopoly is coming in 2017

Final Fantasy VII Monopoly is coming in 2017

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary since the release of Final Fantasy VII on the original PlayStation. The beloved game not only introduced many gamers to the RPG genre, but set the mold for other RPGs to come over the next decade. And in 2017, you'll be able to experience the classic in a whole new way. No, I'm not talking about the upcoming PS4 remake — rather, you'll be able to play FF7 on the tabletop. Say hello to Final Fantasy VII Monopoly.

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