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Super Meat Boy launches on NVIDIA Shield Android TV

Super Meat Boy launches on NVIDIA Shield Android TV

Games like Dark Souls are known for their ability to frustrate players with sheer difficulty, and unexpected death traps. While that's a big deal now, back in the NES era, games like that were somewhat commonplace. A few years ago one developer decided to recapture the insane difficulty of 90's games, and gave birth to Super Meat Boy. And just when you thought that game had made it to every available platform, it makes its way to yet another.

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Watch the fastest Super Mario Bros. game ever played

Watch the fastest Super Mario Bros. game ever played

The first video game I ever played was the original Super Mario Bros. I can't tell you the number of hours I spent playing the game as a kid. Even now, I'll go back to it. It's a nice way of returning to your roots. But regardless of how many times I've played it, I'll never play the game as well as Darbian.

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New Ghostbusters game revealed by Activision to coincide with movie’s release

New Ghostbusters game revealed by Activision to coincide with movie’s release

In case you haven't heard yet, there's a new Ghostbusters movie coming out this summer. It's a new story with new characters, and lots of fans of the franchise are excited about it. But out of nowhere today, mega-publisher Activision has announced a new Ghostbusters video game, which will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on July 15th, the same day that the movie hits theaters.

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Senator Franken clarifies his letter to Oculus

Senator Franken clarifies his letter to Oculus

Last week we reported that Senator Al Franken had sent a letter addressed to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. This happened not long after some rather interesting wording in the Oculus Rift Terms and Conditions led to concern from many consumers. While Oculus hasn't formally responded to the letter, we reached out to Senator Franken for comments on his letter.

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Blizzard’s US servers go offline, hacker group takes credit

Blizzard’s US servers go offline, hacker group takes credit

If you were hoping to play World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, or any other Blizzard title last night, you probably had issues connecting. In fact, all of Blizzard's US servers were down for an extended period last night. There was no scheduled maintenance causing the downtime, instead the culprits were a group of Lizards.

The hacker group known as Lizard Squad decided that they needed to target Blizzard's US servers last night, and they appear to have made quick work of them. All Battle.net games were offline for an indeterminate amount of time last night and this morning. The hacker group took credit for the attack, and were sure to tweet about it just before they began their assault.

Blizzard responded to the attack by confirming that they were in fact hit with a "potential DDoS" at one of their datacenters. They then stated that they had taken actions to bring their services back up, and would continue working to mitigate the impact. A bit later they confirmed that a second attack had happened, but their "supercool internet-shield" stopped it.

Many people are wondering why Lizard Squad picked this time to focus an attack on Blizzard's service. There are a few theories floating around, though the group hasn't confirmed their motive. Personally, I think that it might have something to do with the legal action against private vanilla WoW server, Nostalrius. Perhaps some members of the Squad enjoyed playing on the server, and decided to see how Blizzard enjoyed having their servers shut down.

Regardless of the motive, Blizzard appears to be unharmed after the attack, and a large number of players were inconvenienced for a few hours. There are also reports of the team hacking one or more Blizzard staff email accounts, though Blizzard hasn't confirmed these.

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Revive patch lets you play Oculus Rift games on HTC Vive

Revive patch lets you play Oculus Rift games on HTC Vive

Virtual reality might be hailed as the next best thing since sliced bread but the launch of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive might also be heralding a new kind of "console wars". While tied to the more open PC platform, games and apps for each of the two VR giants mostly remain within their own walled gardens. Well, sort of. While it is possible for the Rift to gain access to the Vive's SteamVR platform, the reverse isn't true. Now a homebrew open source project named Revive tries to bridge that gap, at least while Oculus hasn't set its foot down yet.

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Fable Legends is really gone for good, refunds going out

Fable Legends is really gone for good, refunds going out

Some legends just aren't meant to be and simply fade with the passing of time. If there were any hope that Lionhead Studios' stillborn cooperative online action game would live on, those were now all dashed. As of 13th of April, 2016, Fable Legends is no more. Considering it never really got a public release, some would probably say it never really was in the first place. The one sliver of good news is that at least those who made in-game purchases will all be refunded in due time.

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Flappy Bird has been ported to…an ecig

Flappy Bird has been ported to…an ecig

The Flappy Bird hysteria has died down, the app is still absent from the app stores (excluding the bajillion knockoff apps), and yet the game hasn't disappeared from our hearts and porting efforts. The most recent port involves a particularly large e-cigarette with an equally large black-and-white display, as well as a trio of buttons...and the fixings needed to play a tiny, probably frustrating game of Flappy Bird.

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Star Wars: Battlefront ‘Bespin’ expansion coming this June

Star Wars: Battlefront ‘Bespin’ expansion coming this June

Star Wars: Battlefront will be getting a new expansion called ‘Bespin’ this upcoming June. This will be the second digital expansion pack since the game’s release, following the ‘Outer Rim’ DLC, and it’ll include four new maps that’ll be available for all of the “most popular” game modes. What awaits gamers in the expansion pack? Among other things, says game producer Craig McLeod, you’ll get to “spend time in a carbonite chamber.”

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Grand Theft Auto V has made “at least” $500 million from microtransactions

Grand Theft Auto V has made “at least” $500 million from microtransactions

Microtransactions are a double-edged sword. Through them developers can earn additional money, which can fund future content, and can allow them to release games and content for less than they might have, without them. But they can also be a cash cow that helps those who don’t mind spending cash, and leaves those on a tight budget feeling left behind.

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The Division’s new loot system and trading explained

The Division’s new loot system and trading explained

The first big update for Tom Clancy's: The Division has dropped, and with it comes one huge change. Sure, there are plenty of changes, but I want to focus for a minute on just one of them. Loot. Specifically, you can now trade loot with your friends, but it's not quite that simple.

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New Xbox One incoming, according to FCC filing

New Xbox One incoming, according to FCC filing

Since early March, rumors have been swirling around that Sony is planning on releasing an updated PlayStation 4. The idea is that it will pack some extra power that would let it run 4K games, among other things. This would likely also help with some of Sony's VR plans, as the console will need all of the extra juice it can get. But what about Microsoft? Well it turns out that the company may also be considering a new revision of the Xbox One.

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