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How Summer Games Done Quick 2016 makes speedrunning a marathon

How Summer Games Done Quick 2016 makes speedrunning a marathon

As I write this, I'm watching a group of three guys sit on a couch as one plays through the Illusion of Gaia, an old SNES action RPG that was released way back in 1994. The person playing the game is a speedrunner by the name of Adam "puwexil" Dunn, and his goal is to do a 100% run of the game – which is defined as finding all of Illusion of Gaia's 50 collectible red gems in addition to completing the game itself – as quickly as possible.

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Now Team Fortress 2 is getting a ranked competitive mode too

Now Team Fortress 2 is getting a ranked competitive mode too

Blizzard's FPS Overwatch is shaping to be one of the hottest games of 2016, and its new Competitive Play mode is drawing in all the hardcore players with its ranked, skill-based matches. Now Team Fortress 2, Valve's class-based shooter first released in 2007, is jumping on the bandwagon with its own competitive matchmaking mode, included in the upcoming "Meet Your Match" update.

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The Witcher 3 Game of the Year Edition confirmed, August release date rumored

The Witcher 3 Game of the Year Edition confirmed, August release date rumored

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a game that has captivated critics and gamers alike, but if you've been waiting for an inevitable Game of the Year edition before getting in on the action yourself, your time might be coming up. After being leaked in a listing by German ratings board USK, developer CD Projekt Red has come out and confirmed the game's existence for Xbox One, PS4, and PC, failing to give many details beyond the fact that it actually is coming.

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Blizzard brings lawsuit against Overwatch cheat maker

Blizzard brings lawsuit against Overwatch cheat maker

Rather unsurprisingly, Overwatch has become one of the biggest games of 2016 in just a few short weeks. Unfortunately, the game's popularity comes with a number of drawbacks. Chief among this list of drawbacks is the problem of cheaters, who have been flocking to the new game to assert their dominance through hacks and cheating programs. Blizzard has determined that enough is enough and, not content with just banning the offenders from the game, has gone after the creator of Overwatch cheating software in a new lawsuit.

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New Overwatch Easter egg is Blizzard’s tribute to fan who died

New Overwatch Easter egg is Blizzard’s tribute to fan who died

Blizzard's hit FPS Overwatch received a sizable update this week, introducing a few small patches and adding the long-awaiting Competitive Play mode for PC and Xbox One players. But it also included a small Easter egg on the Lijiang Tower map, acting as the developer's tribute to a Chinese fan who sadly never got to play Overwatch, but was excited for its release.

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Xbox Play Anywhere offers up multi-platform gaming in September

Xbox Play Anywhere offers up multi-platform gaming in September

Of all the things announced during E3 2016, one of the most interesting was Xbox Play Anywhere. A new initiative by Microsoft, Xbox Play Anywhere allows users to play multi-platform titles on both Xbox One and Windows 10 while only requiring the game be purchased once. Microsoft revealed today that the service will be going live on September 13, but there are a few details users will want to know before they attempt to take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere.

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BioShock: The Collection remaster confirmed for Xbox One, PS4, PC

BioShock: The Collection remaster confirmed for Xbox One, PS4, PC

2K Games is hoping you've not grown tired of what feels like an endless sea of remasters, because today the company announced quite the whopper. It will be remastering the BioShock franchise for release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, bringing the long and storied franchise into the current generation. Officially dubbed BioShock: The Collection, the remaster will span the original BioShock (which is about to turn nine years old if you can believe it) to BioShock Infinite, a game that took the world by storm a few years back.

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Steam Summer Sale: 10 RPGs worth checking out

Steam Summer Sale: 10 RPGs worth checking out

We've found ourselves smack in the middle of the Steam Summer Sale, and for many RPG fans, this time of year is both one of great excitement and one of horrible choice paralysis. There's somewhere in the area of 1,500 RPGs available on Steam, and until July 4, the vast majority of them will be offered up at a deep discount. How do you know which one to buy? While I've yet to make my way through all the RPGs Steam offers, I have put together a list of 10 of my favorites, in the hopes that it may help some of you indecisive types find your next favorite game.

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Overwatch Competitive Play hits PC today, PS4/Xbox One next week

Overwatch Competitive Play hits PC today, PS4/Xbox One next week

The long wait for hardcore Overwatch players is finally over! The new Competitive Play mode has arrived for Blizzard's hot new FPS, and that means ranked multiplayer matches with a focus on player skill and teamwork to overcome equally matched opponents. Unfortunately for players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, they still have to wait until next week. The update enabling Competitive Play is now available, but only for the PC version of the game.

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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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