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Overwatch’s Super Bans are great news for (non-cheating) gamers

Overwatch’s Super Bans are great news for (non-cheating) gamers

Nothing takes the fun out of an online game like cheaters. It's one thing to take on opponents that are simply much better than you at the game. That gives you incentive to work hard, practice, and get better. But if you run into players that don't take damage, seem to headshot from across the map, and can see through walls, you aren't going to have any fun. Blizzard knows this, and that's why they're making sure that cheaters don't ruin Overwatch.

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Minecraft hits the 100 million sales milestone

Minecraft hits the 100 million sales milestone

Do you play Minecraft? You’re certainly not alone if you do. According to Mojang, the company has sold an average of 53,000 copies of Minecraft everyday so far in 2016, and it has officially reached (and exceeded) the 100 million sales milestone since first launching. To help put that massive number in perspective, Mojang says that if you were to take everyone who has purchased Minecraft and put them together in the same country, it would be the 12th most populous nation in the world.

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These are Pokemon Sun and Moon’s Legendaries

These are Pokemon Sun and Moon’s Legendaries

Pokemon Sun and Moon (AKA SUMO) have two legendaries as of today - Solgaleo and Lunala. As you may have guessed, sunnier of the two will appear in the Sun version of the game, while the Lunar pokemon will appear in Moon. Despite their names, they will not be Sun Type nor Moon Type - nor any sort of astronomical sort of type. Solgaleo is a psychic/steel Pokemon and Lunala is psychic/ghost Pokemon. Both will be fully identified only when the game has been released, as it always is.

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Valve reveals over 500,000 Steam Controllers sold, new customizations coming

Valve reveals over 500,000 Steam Controllers sold, new customizations coming

While Valve's unique Steam Controller wasn't well received by everyone, it has been popular for many a PC gamer. Just how popular? Enough to sell over half a million units since its release last November, a new blog post has revealed. While it certainly has a long way to go before it overthrows the dual analog stick layout as the norm, there's no arguing that the Steam Controller's strength lies in its deep customization options.

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GOG lets users import certain Steam games for free

GOG lets users import certain Steam games for free

Steam may be the dominant marketplace platform for PC games, but its rivals are starting to get serious about luring away users. One such competitor is GOG (previously known as "Good Old Games"), operated by developer CD Projekt Red, which has just launched a new feature that aims to integrate users' Steam library with their GOG library. Dubbed Connect, it offers to make select games purchased on Steam also available on GOG, all for free.

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MSI launches Windows 10 PCs geared towards Virtual Reality

MSI launches Windows 10 PCs geared towards Virtual Reality

Computex 2016 is almost over, but there is no break to the flood of new computing devices and components being announced, ready to storm the market in a month or two. Although the product selection is as diverse as the computing industry, many of them have a common theme: virtual reality. Joining what could be the next gravy train, MSI has also revealed its own army of VR-ready PCs, most of them laptops. The lone exception, however, is the odd yet totally understandable "Backpack PC" that tries to make VR a little more portable.

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Vivendi wins hostile bid for Gameloft, Ubisoft might be next

Vivendi wins hostile bid for Gameloft, Ubisoft might be next

The term "hostile takeover" already prejudices minds with its outright negative connotation, but that might exactly be the sentiment between Vivendi and Gameloft. Media giant Vivendi has long expressed its desire to takeover Gameloft, a giant in the mobile gaming industry, and it has now practically succeeded. Vivendi proudly announced that it now holds majority share in Gameloft, which practically means it can now take over the smaller company. Undoubtedly much to the dismay of Gameloft's execs who have publicly expressed their desire to remain an independent game maker.

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Fable Fortune card game debuts after death of Lionhead

Fable Fortune card game debuts after death of Lionhead

UK developer Lionhead Studios may be dead, having closed its doors earlier this year, taking the Fable franchise with it, but the series has just re-emerged, albeit in a different form: a virtual card game. Titled Fable Fortune, the game was being developed in secret by Lionhead at the same time as the now-cancelled Fable Legends. Similar to Blizzard's Hearthstone, Fortune is a free-to-play collectible card game, and now work on it is being continued by a handful of former Lionhead employees.

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Fallout 4 mods are now live on Xbox One

Fallout 4 mods are now live on Xbox One

There are a number of differences that set consoles and PCs apart, as far as gaming goes. Better graphics, key/controller mapping, and mods are some of the major ones. However, now one of those is no longer exclusive to the PC, thanks to Bethesda's most recent initiative.

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Atari-branded IoT devices are coming, but we’re not sure why

Atari-branded IoT devices are coming, but we’re not sure why

If you head to the store to pick up something that's got the Atari logo on it, you'll probably end up with one of those joysticks that you hook up to your TV, that plays a bunch of retro games. Or maybe a t-shirt, because retro is in. However, someday in the future, Atari will have their name stamped on IoT devices.

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Half-Life 2 city scanner drone actually flies

Half-Life 2 city scanner drone actually flies

One of the coolest video game franchises that we haven't seen in ages is Half-Life. Many a gamer will have fond memories of spending tons of time playing the original Half-Life and the second game in the franchise, Half-Life 2. One of the things that anyone will remember from Half-Life 2 are the flying City Scanner drones that would find you and shine their light in your face until you shot them down or smashed them with your trusty crowbar.

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Minecraft cracks down on brand promos (by banning them)

Minecraft cracks down on brand promos (by banning them)

Minecraft maker Mojang has banned servers and mods that exist only to promote a product that is unrelated to Minecraft itself. In a statement today, Mojang’s Owen Hill said that the existence of such promos “doesn’t feel right, or more importantly, fun.” As such, Mojang has updated its Commercial Usage Guidelines with a new section, doing so while reassuring users that it won’t “affect the usual server and video monetization.”

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