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Twitch becomes more social, starts beta-testing Friends list feature

Twitch becomes more social, starts beta-testing Friends list feature

Twitch, the video game live-streaming website, is taking a few step closer to being a social network. The company has announced a new Friends feature that, like just about every other social service on the internet, lets users connect and add friends on the site through their profile page. In addition to adding other users as a friend, you'll be able to see when they're online and chat via private messages.

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Mojang releases new, non-Minecraft game on Steam for free

Mojang releases new, non-Minecraft game on Steam for free

You most likely know Mojang as the small, Swedish developer behind the mega-popular Minecraft, as well as now being owned Microsoft. However, that doesn't mean Minecraft is the only thing its employees work on. The latest side project, so to speak, has just been announced, and it's already available to play now! It's called Crown and Council, and has been described as a "fast-paced strategy game."

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The Beatles: Rock Band DLC will disappear next month

The Beatles: Rock Band DLC will disappear next month

Rock Band is a game that holds a special place in my heart. Sure, Guitar Hero introduced me to the genre, but I've spent so many nights rocking out with my friends on our sweet plastic instruments. The game has nearly 1,700 downloadable songs that have been released, but starting next month, some of them will disappear forever.

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Blizzard “failed horrifically” on Project Titan

Blizzard “failed horrifically” on Project Titan

There's no question that World of Warcraft is the most successful MMO of all-time. After 11 years, the game is still running strong, with more current subscribers than any other. But this wasn't going to be their only MMO. For years there were whispers about another planned MMO, named Titan. But what happened?

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Did AMD just confirm the PlayStation NEO, and a new Xbox One?

Did AMD just confirm the PlayStation NEO, and a new Xbox One?

Everyone's doing their quarterly earnings calls around now, and we've gotten a lot of interesting information from them. The latest call was from AMD, and once again, there was at least one tidbit that hints at things to come. Specifically, they are planning on releasing three new chips that are typically used for gaming consoles, and one of those will be released later this year.

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AI’s next big challenge is a Doom deathmatch

AI’s next big challenge is a Doom deathmatch

Computer AI has long been defeating humans in the game of chess, and earlier this year Google's AlphaGo became the first to beat a world champion in the ancient Chinese board game Go, but now it's time to settle the score in a game that really matters: a classic FPS. That's what a group of AI researchers hope to see, with a new challenge inviting computers to face-off in Doom, but playing as humans would.

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Amazon won’t sell certain games to non-Prime customers

Amazon won’t sell certain games to non-Prime customers

Amazon Prime has a lot of benefits that I personally enjoy. However, the $99 per year price tag can be a bit steep, and not everyone cares enough about the benefits to shell out that much money. Well it seems that if you're not interested in picking up a Prime subscription, Amazon doesn't want to sell you certain video games anymore.

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Ubisoft patches two major exploits in The Division

Ubisoft patches two major exploits in The Division

With the first round of content for Tom Clancy's: The Division, Ubisoft had to work on some balancing issues. This was mostly centered around the game's crafting, and ended up making it a lot harder to craft weapons and other gear. Considering how easy it was to craft the best stuff, it wasn't too surprising. Of course, that was the least of their problems, and they released a patch today to address two other major issues with the game.

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Eve: Valkyrie will have cross-platform multiplayer for Rift, Vive, and PSVR

Eve: Valkyrie will have cross-platform multiplayer for Rift, Vive, and PSVR

Since online multiplayer games first made their way to consoles, they have been a huge dividing factor among gamers. After all, if you own a PS4 and your best friend bought an Xbox One, your days of getting together and playing online are over. Now the same issue is worrying PC gamers who have picked out their VR headset of choice. Thankfully CCP Games is ready to put some of those worries to rest.

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst delayed until June

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst delayed until June

If you're looking forward to Mirror's Edge Catalyst, then you're probably pretty excited for this weekend. The closed beta will begin tomorrow, and will last for five days. Unfortunately, while some people may be playing the game as early as this weekend, everyone is going to have to wait a bit longer for the game's full launch.

Today the game's Design Director Erik Odeldahl announced that the game would be receiving another delay. This is the second time that the game has been delayed. The game was originally slated to be released in February, and was pushed back until May 24th. Thankfully this delay isn't quite as long.

The game is now set to be released to the public on June 7th here in the US. I'm not quite sure just how much work can be done in those extra two weeks, but EA feels that it will be necessary, in order to address player feedback from this weekend's upcoming closed beta.

No one is ever excited to hear that a game has been delayed, but I really don't mind. Sure, I'll have to wait a bit longer. However, I'm of the mind that a delayed game is far better than a buggy launch.

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Modded Sega Genesis games getting official support, distribution on Steam

Modded Sega Genesis games getting official support, distribution on Steam

Fans of Sega's Genesis console (also known as the Mega Drive in Europe and Japan) have long been able to dive back into their library of classic 16-bit games on Steam, but starting next week, it's going to be even better. Complete with Sega's support, Steam is launching the Sega Mega Drive Classics Hub, which will include the ability to play modded versions of the games.

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Nintendo’s official Star Fox anime comes to YouTube

Nintendo’s official Star Fox anime comes to YouTube

Star Fox Zero, the long-awaited return of Nintendo's fighter jet-piloting space shooter series, is finally being released on the Wii U this week. To mark the occasion, Nintendo produced an anime short that serves as an introduction to the story told in Zero. The best part is that the 15-minute movie, titled Star Fox: The Battle Begins, is available to watch for free on YouTube.

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