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Minecraft movie finally gets a premiere date

Minecraft movie finally gets a premiere date

Given Minecraft's influence in pop culture, particularly in gaming, it isn't really a surprise that it's getting a movie of its own. After all, almost every major video game franchise has a full-length film to its name, live action or otherwise. Some even have two, in case the first failed. So yes, the Minecraft movie is a real thing and now it even has a real date. Mojang reveals on its site that the film will be released on May 24, 2019, in regular, 3D, and IMAX theaters.

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New Sonic the Hedgehog game teased for 25th anniversary

New Sonic the Hedgehog game teased for 25th anniversary

It may (or may not) surprise you to find out that Sonic, our little blue hedgehog friend from the 1990s, turns 25 this year. Despite a number of rocky releases in recent years, the Blue Blur is still kicking and shows no signs of slowing down, as Sonic Team lead Takashi Iizuka has teased a new game to go along with the character's 25th anniversary.

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Top 10 classic Racing Video Games of All-Time

Top 10 classic Racing Video Games of All-Time

Racing video games have been the bread-and-butter of the video game industry since the very beginning, standing tall alongside side-scrollers, sports titles, and RPGs as the backbones of many a successful franchise. They're an easy sell, really: throw some fast cars and exotic locations, in digital form, at a demographic that's too young to legally drive, and you're bound to find more than a little traction.

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Custom Game of Thrones Xbox One is real, but prepare to be disappointed

Custom Game of Thrones Xbox One is real, but prepare to be disappointed

There you are, still in awe after last night's Game of Thrones finale. You're replaying all of the intrigue and drama over and over again in your head as you cling to your Hodor plush and look at maps of Westeros and Essos plastered on your walls, trying to figure out where the series will be headed once it returns next year. One might even dare to call you a superfan, and what better for such a Game of Thrones fanatic than this special edition Xbox One?

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New Quake level for the original game celebrates 20th anniversary

New Quake level for the original game celebrates 20th anniversary

It's rare that a PC game is still remembered 20 years after its launch, so many of them are forgotten. Not Quake though, this game was of the most influential PC games and one of the first massively popular first person shooter games that helped to spawn the category. It's been 20 years now since Id software launched Quake the first time. MachineGames has a new level for the original Quake game that is available for free here.

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Sony settles with PS3 owners over Linux lawsuit

Sony settles with PS3 owners over Linux lawsuit

A long-running class-action lawsuit from PlayStation 3 owners angry over losing the ability to run Linux on the console may finally be over. When the PS3 launched in 2006, it featured support for "OtherOS," which let owners install Linux on the console's hard drive. Only a few short years later, Sony disabled the feature in a software update, claiming it was necessary to fight piracy. After years of court battles, Sony has now agreed to a settlement worth millions of dollars.

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Splatoon hack lets you play with a real water gun

Splatoon hack lets you play with a real water gun

The PlayStation and Xbox platforms are clearly moving towards a future where virtual reality is an option for playing console games. But what about the Wii U? What could the aging system offer players in terms of realism and freedom of movement? Well, if Nintendo adopted this mod from the researchers at Japan's Kougaku Navi, you could play the shooter Splatoon on a head-mounted display while using a real water gun.

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New Quake episode released in honor of 20th anniversary

New Quake episode released in honor of 20th anniversary

2016 appears to be the year to honor the influential FPS games from developer Id Software. First we got a brand new Doom that actually lives up to the legacy of the originals, and this last week saw the 20th anniversary of the first Quake. In an unexpected surprise celebrating the latter, a brand new episode for Quake was released — for free — by MachineGames, the developer behind the recent Wolfenstein titles The New Order and The Old Blood.

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Destiny developer Bungie gives more details on leaving PS3, Xbox 360 behind

Destiny developer Bungie gives more details on leaving PS3, Xbox 360 behind

When Destiny's upcoming expansion, Rise of Iron, was officially revealed during a livestream just a few days before E3, developer Bungie clearly stated that the content would not be coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, now referred to as "legacy consoles." In other words, all future development and releases would be exclusive to the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game. Now Bungie has revealed more concrete details about how Destiny will work on those older consoles, and how players can migrate their progress to the current platforms.

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Oculus Rifts drops DRM, allowing games to be played on HTC Vive

Oculus Rifts drops DRM, allowing games to be played on HTC Vive

Back in May, Oculus adopted the controversial position of implementing DRM for games developed for its Rift virtual reality headset, preventing them from being played on the rival HTC Vive hardware. This was very frustrating for VR enthusiasts and developers alike, as the industry is only beginning to take off, and the fear was that locking down games and platforms this early would hinder consumer adoption. Fortunately Oculus has backtracked, removing the DRM that prevented Vive compatibility.

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Steam Summer Sale begins: look upon it and despair

Steam Summer Sale begins: look upon it and despair

The Steam Summer Sale, as it's called by those who don't know its true name, has begun. Therein you'll find a set of games with their prices kicked in and smashed with hammers, and there they'll continue to be bashed until the 4th of July, 2016, at 10AM PDT. If you can last that long, I applaud you. On the other hand, you could find "Learn Japanese to Survive! Hiragana Battle", an educational RPG, for less than it costs to purchase a cheeseburger.

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Wu-Tang’s RZA to produce ATARI album [UPDATE: CEO comments]

Wu-Tang’s RZA to produce ATARI album [UPDATE: CEO comments]

Wu-Tang co-founder and original beat abbot The RZA has teamed up with ATARI to co-produce an album "based on music from iconic ATARI games. This album will consist of "original tracks inspired by sounds and music from iconic ATARI games" - and RZA wont be alone. "I’m so excited to work on these iconic games to deliver what I believe will be one of my best albums," said RZA, "I am going to invite some of my friends to join me and it will be Game On with the first beat!"

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