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Sonic Mania is a new game straight from the Sega Genesis era

Sonic Mania is a new game straight from the Sega Genesis era

It's hard to remember the last decent Sonic the Hedgehog game — most would agree Sega's once iconic series took a drastic turn downhill following the Sonic Adventure titles on the Dreamcast. With each disappointing games' release in the years that followed, all fans asked for was a Sonic title that played like the originals from the early '90s: 2D graphics and fast gameplay. It may have taken them over 15 years, but it looks like Sega has finally gotten the point.

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PlayStation 4 was top selling U.S. console in June

PlayStation 4 was top selling U.S. console in June

Sony’s PlayStation 4 was the top selling game console in the United States in June, according to NPD Group, the same honor it had in May and months before it. Microsoft, meanwhile, has bragged that the Xbox One hit 1.2 billion gaming hours in June, a milestone of its own representing a doubling of gaming hours versus the same month last year. Finally, for its part, Nintendo says it saw sales across the 3DS family of devices jump in June versus the month before, as well as high game performance.

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Pokemon GO: Five places you should avoid playing

Pokemon GO: Five places you should avoid playing

With Pokemon GO launching in yet another region today - welcome to the party, Japan! - I thought it might be a good time to remind everyone that even though Pokemon fever is still running strong, there is still a time and a place for Pokemon hunting. To be a little more specific, there are a few places you should avoid playing at all costs, no matter how strong the temptation is.

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Microsoft’s OneDrive seeks out Pokemon for you

Microsoft’s OneDrive seeks out Pokemon for you

Pokemon GO is a topic more popular than most other software, hardware, and everything in-between - it's no surprise that a company like Microsoft would jump in on the trend with their own software product feature. As such, Microsoft OneDrive has been updated to include automatic detection of Pokemon-related images. When a user's device uploads Pokemon GO snapshots - both digitally and in-person, while catching - they'll be sorted by OneDrive without any additional effort on the part of the user.

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10 things you need to know about NVIDIA’s TITAN X

10 things you need to know about NVIDIA’s TITAN X

Today NVIDIA reveals its next most powerful graphics processing unit in the world, the NVIDIA TITAN X. This graphics card will cost users a cool $1200 - or around that thereabouts - and will very likely crush all graphics cards that came before it. According to NVIDIA, the creation of this graphics card was hinged on a bet. According to NVIDIA, "Brian Kelleher, our top hardware engineer, bet our CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, we could get more than 10 teraflops of computing performance from a single chip."

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Pokevision makes Pokemon Go hunting a snap

Pokevision makes Pokemon Go hunting a snap

If you are really into Pokemon Go you may care more about catching them all than you do about all the walking. The idea behind the Pokemon Go game is that you get out, walk, and interact with like-minded people while catching the little creatures. There could be very good reasons why you don’t want to walk around as intended to find those Pokemon though, like the fact that its roughly 197F here in Texas right now.

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Pokemon GO is finally, once and for all, available in Japan

Pokemon GO is finally, once and for all, available in Japan

It was perhaps the ultimate irony. A franchise that originated in Japan and a game that started its beta test in Japan has only know arrived in Japan, after around 30 countries have enjoyed the insanity first. But at least for the Pokefaithful and the Pokemaniacs, the long, painful wait is finally over. Yes, Pokemon GO is now available at long last in Japan, which means we're probably about to get overloaded with all the wacky antics and ads that the country is famous, or notorious, for.

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Square Enix teases Apple Watch RPG Cosmos Rings

Square Enix teases Apple Watch RPG Cosmos Rings

Anyone who follows gaming will know that Square Enix is capable of doing some wacky stuff. The company's nearly 30 year existence has seen hits and misses with plenty of weird offerings dotted in between, but today we're getting a tease for what might just be the company's strangest decision yet: it would seem that Square Enix is planning a new RPG game for the Apple Watch.

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Nintendo NES Classic Edition revealed: super tiny!

Nintendo NES Classic Edition revealed: super tiny!

The newest gaming console from Nintendo is also the cutest - the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. This device looks very, very similar to the original NES, and indeed has many of the same features, but this time it's a whole lot smaller, and comes with games built-in. Not crappy games - good games. The games you remember playing. And the controllers are the same - it's basically everything you want and nothing you don't. You don't have to blow on any cartridges to make them work - unless you want to!

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Rocket League dev ready to roll out PS4, Xbox One cross-platform multiplayer

Rocket League dev ready to roll out PS4, Xbox One cross-platform multiplayer

Rocket League and its developers are ready to change the world once more, with Psyonix saying today that everything is in place to pull the trigger on cross-platform multiplayer between PS4 and Xbox One. Assuming such a feature is allowed to go live, it'll be a big step for the gaming industry, as the online communities for Xbox One and PS4 have previously been cut off from one another.

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Pokemon GO egg chart and distance research

Pokemon GO egg chart and distance research

Today our continuing collection of tips and so-called "cheats" for Pokemon GO continues with a bit of research on Pokemon Eggs. These extremely strange elements in the game are one of the biggest motivators for users to get out and walk - long distances for big-power Pokemon. Three tiers of eggs exist - 2km, 5km, and 10km, and it's generally understood that each egg level's distance suggests the power of the resulting Pokemon - better Pokemon for longer distances. Over the past couple of weeks we've gathered some insight on the best way for users to hatch these eggs, as well as a chart showing which Pokemon come from which eggs.

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System Shock remake adds PS4 version to Kickstarter campaign

System Shock remake adds PS4 version to Kickstarter campaign

Old-school PC gamers' hearts were set aflutter late last month when it was revealed that a remake of the sci-fi/horror classic System Shock was in the works from developer Nightdive Studios. Announced as a Kickstarter campaign, the game has already surpassed its $900,000 funding goal, and with exactly one week left, currently stands at $1.09 million. The big news today is that the project has been updated to include a PlayStation 4 version.

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