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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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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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No Man’s Sky wins legal battle over name with Sky TV

No Man’s Sky wins legal battle over name with Sky TV

If legal battles where corporations try to prevent anything from sharing even a single word with their name seem ridiculous to you, prepare for a huge eye-roll. It turns out the highly anticipated space exploration game No Man's Sky was in danger of dealing with a last-minute name change. Why? The developer has been engaged in a 3-year legal battle with Sky TV, the UK television broadcaster, which apparently owns the word "sky."

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Overwatch Competitive Play changes revealed, still no release date

Overwatch Competitive Play changes revealed, still no release date

No more than a day after Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan offered details about what new content players can expect over the coming months, he's followed-up with a developer update video that outlines the changes coming to Competitive Play. The game mode, which focuses on ranked multiplayer matches more suited for serious FPS players, is said to be nearing completion and has been greatly overhauled after its initial test during the Overwatch beta period in May.

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Dead Rising 4 will be Xbox One, Windows 10 exclusive for first year

Dead Rising 4 will be Xbox One, Windows 10 exclusive for first year

One of Microsoft's bigger exclusives announced during its E3 presentation this week was Dead Rising 4, the latest in the zombie-surviving action series. The game is due for release on Xbox One and Windows 10 this fall, but will be exclusive to those platforms for one year, developer Capcom says. This is a bit of a surprise, as the Dead Rising series has a history of being limited to Microsoft's platforms.

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Blizzard details new Overwatch content including Competitive Play, characters, maps

Blizzard details new Overwatch content including Competitive Play, characters, maps

Now that Blizzard's new FPS hit Overwatch has been out for a few weeks and dug its claws into players, the developer has outlined what's coming down the pipeline over the next year in terms of new content and features. In a post on the Battle.net forums, game director Jeff Kaplan wrote about Competitive Play modes, new characters and maps, as well confirmed that these future additions will be part of free updates.

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Xbox Play Anywhere unites Xbox One and PC gaming

Xbox Play Anywhere unites Xbox One and PC gaming

New hardware wasn’t the only major announcement at the Microsoft briefing today. Ever since Quantum Break for the Xbox One was said to come with a PC copy of the game, people have speculated that this would become a staple of the Xbox platform. Today, that became a reality.

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Rocket League heads to Neo Tokyo for June update

Rocket League heads to Neo Tokyo for June update

Rocket League developer Psyonix has announced the details on the upcoming June update for the hit soccer-with-RC-cars game. Available for free on June 20th, the update will introduce a new arena, "Neo Tokyo," featuring a neon-drenched, cybperunk-inspired take on the metropolis. There's several new features as well, such as a new play mode and the ability to trade-in items, along with two new DLC cars that can be purchased separately.

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Microsoft: Sorry, PC gamers, no Halo 5 for you

Microsoft: Sorry, PC gamers, no Halo 5 for you

As one of the Xbox One's biggest exclusives, Halo 5: Guardians has been available since October. However, being a Microsoft-owned franchise, each subsequent release is met with the question of whether a PC port will eventually be made available. Halo 5 has been no exception, with franchise director Frank O'Connor stating back at release that there was a possibility the console game could come to the PC. It seems those plans, if there were any, have been squashed.

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The Division cheaters will now get banned on the first offence

The Division cheaters will now get banned on the first offence

Ubisoft has had a bit of a problem on their hands with The Division. Well, there are a number of issues that I could talk about, but perhaps one of the worst is the rampant cheating issues that have existed since the game was released. And nothing kills an online game faster than opponents that you simply can't defeat, because they're using cheats and exploits to aid them.

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Valve releases free Destinations tool for creating VR worlds

Valve releases free Destinations tool for creating VR worlds

When it comes to virtual reality, most people don't really care about how it gets made, they just want to experience it. The same is true about video games in general. However, for those that are interested in creating virtual worlds to explore, Valve has some good news for you today.

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst DRM locks you out if you upgrade your computer too many times

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst DRM locks you out if you upgrade your computer too many times

One of the nice things about PC gaming is the fact that over time you can upgrade your system piece-by-piece, in order to achieve better performance. This means faster load times, better graphics, and higher resolutions. Unfortunately, it also means heavy-handed DRM that can lock you out of your favorite games.

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