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Battlefield 4 China Rising DLC is free until August 9

Battlefield 4 China Rising DLC is free until August 9

The Battlefield 4 China Rising DLC is free until August 9, giving game owners a chance to snag the expansion without paying. The DLC takes gamers to the Chinese mainland and gives them new an array of devices, including new vehicles and a new game mode that takes the battle to the sky. There are also four new multi-player maps with the DLC: Silk Road, Altai Range, Guilin Peaks, and Dragon Pass.

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Pokemon GO PokeVision alternatives post-update

Pokemon GO PokeVision alternatives post-update

After a big set of changes in Pokemon GO come August 2016, original major Pokemon GO map apps like PokeVision collapsed. Not so much collapsed as suffered a big set of blows from Niantic, who asked them to shut down. Like the hydra, when one head is cut off, two spring up in its place. In this case, we've got a collection of resources that've sprung up in PokeVision's place - and not all of them are made for maps!

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Nintendo Power issues, all 145 of them, are now free to browse

Nintendo Power issues, all 145 of them, are now free to browse

Archive.org may be best known for preserving sometimes essential web pages that have disappeared from the Interwebs. But of late, it has been performing a valuable service to the gaming community as well. It has also been preserving those same gone but never forgotten legacies, from some classic games themselves, to the literature that has sprung up around them. It latest addition to its growing treasure trove of gaming history is thirteen years' worth of Nintendo Power issues, giving gamers today a look and feel of the video game culture and journalism back in time of the first Marios, Zeldas, and home consoles.

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Overwatch Summer Games update adds new loot boxes, Lucioball mode

Overwatch Summer Games update adds new loot boxes, Lucioball mode

Overwatch is getting a pretty significant update in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics, which kick off later this week. The update - appropriately titled Summer Games 2016 - rolls out today and will run for the duration of the Olympics, and it's offering up new loot boxes and a new game mode that will be instantly familiar to Rocket League veterans.

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Amazon’s next Alexa skill is “choose your own adventure” gaming

Amazon’s next Alexa skill is “choose your own adventure” gaming

Amazon's Echo may not seem like the obvious candidate for gaming, but Alexa is hoping to get developers to think beyond the gamepad with its latest voice-control skill. The new gaming category for the Alexa Skills Kit is initially targeting "choose your own adventure" style titles, with Amazon hoping to build on the success of The Wayne Investigation, a Batman-themed mystery game that has already proved wildly popular.

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New Pokemon GO bug may transform the Pokemon you catch

New Pokemon GO bug may transform the Pokemon you catch

Pokemon GO veterans may not want to stop catching those useless Weedles and Caterpies just yet, as a new bug that apparently changes Pokemon after they've been caught has surfaced. Unlike the three-step bug, which was just infuriating, this one actually has the potential to be awesome, but then again it could also end up disappointing a lot of players who manage to track down an ultra-rare Pokemon only to have it change into something different after the fact.

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Pokemon GO developer Niantic breaks silence, issues statement on recent problems

Pokemon GO developer Niantic breaks silence, issues statement on recent problems

If you haven't heard yet, it's been a turbulent few days for Niantic Labs, developer of the wildly popular Pokemon GO. On top of slowing launches in new regions, Niantic has also remained silent on when it intends to fix the "three step glitch," which has broken the game's tracking feature and left players to wander around aimlessly when a Pokemon they want to catch pops up on their nearby list.

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Xbox One S 2TB, wireless controller now available for order

Xbox One S 2TB, wireless controller now available for order

This is definitely a busy week for Microsoft, good or bad. It has just recently started rolling out the promised Summer update for the Xbox One ahead of the Anniversary Update for Windows 10. But while PC users are still waiting for that to take place, gamers, and perhaps those who want to give gifts to certain gamers, have something more to look forward to. Yes, the Xbox One S is finally here, at least in the US, and can now be ordered direct from Microsoft, along with the new Xbox Wireless Controller.

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PS Vita fully hacked to support homebrew and emulators

PS Vita fully hacked to support homebrew and emulators

With the prevalence of mobile gaming and then the focus on VR, both PC and console based, it seems that the biggest casualty in the gaming world are the handhelds. To add insult to injury, the PlayStation Vita, and especially the PS Vita TV, a.k.a. PlayStation TV, hasn't really been given that much love by Sony of late. It still has, however, its share of loyal owners who are more than happy to extend the use of their handhelds. Luckily for them, at least for the most adventurous ones, there now exists an easy to use hack that opens the door to more content, legit or otherwise.

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Pokemon GO’s controversial changes might mean refunds for angry fans

Pokemon GO’s controversial changes might mean refunds for angry fans

If, like a seemingly significant number of players, you're upset with Niantic's latest Pokemon GO antics, you might like to know that other users have been successfully been requesting refunds for their in-app purchases through both Apple and Google. This backlash from fans comes after Niantic issued a patch that removed tracking from the game entirely and allegedly moved to shut down third-party apps like Pokevision, which saw increased use once Pokemon GO's in-game tracking feature broke.

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Niantic is the worst part of Pokemon GO

Niantic is the worst part of Pokemon GO

A team of developers called Niantic created Pokemon GO. They saw this April Fool's Joke just like everyone else in the world, and saw potential. Once they received the GO-ahead, they got to work, splitting their staff between working on their already-active game Ingress and the game that'd be built on the progress they'd already made: Pokemon GO. What went wrong?

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Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer summons Z-Moves, Alola forms

Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer summons Z-Moves, Alola forms

A new Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer has arrived, and this time around, we're seeing a lot more than just new Pokemon. In fact, this new trailer may give us our closest look yet at new gameplay features present in Pokemon Sun and Moon, showing off aspects like Z-Moves and island trials, which are apparently taking the place of traditional gym battles.

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