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Walmart starts selling used video games

Walmart starts selling used video games

For many, trading in a used game means making a pit stop at GameStop, something Walmart challenged earlier this year with a used game trade-in program kicked off in March. Under that, gamers could trade in their old unwanted video games in exchange for store credit, putting pressure on others in the used game market and leading up to what the company started today: the sale of used games. Joining this a special announcement about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

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Alienware 13 and Graphics Amplifier: merging the powerful and portable

Alienware 13 and Graphics Amplifier: merging the powerful and portable

Alienware is targeting gamers who want the best of both worlds: a portable gaming machine that is powerful enough for when they're out and about (or just chilling in the recliner), and a powerful machine for when they need all the performance they can get. In comes the Alienware 13 laptop and the Graphics Amplifier, which complements the laptop by boosting its performance to desktop levels via graphics card innards. The company has also dropped some details about its Area-51 flagship gaming rig.

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PlayStation 4 software update 2.0 arrives October 28

PlayStation 4 software update 2.0 arrives October 28

The past couple of weeks have been a blur of game console updates and pre-update details, with the Xbox One October update having started rolling out on October 15, and PlayStation having followed closely behind it with details about its own users can expect in the 2.0 update. While Sony did detail the goods last week, in terms of features and improvements, it didn't say when PlayStation 4 users could expect to see the update, which makes it hard to be anticipatory.

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Paranautical Activity creator resigns after making death threat

Paranautical Activity creator resigns after making death threat

In case you missed it, a bit of hoopla surfaced earlier this week revolving around Steam, the game Paranautical Activity, and the game's rage-prone creator Mike Maulbeck. The final version of Paranautical Activity was released on Steam on Monday, but some snafu resulted in the game's page showing it as "Early Access". This frightened Maulbeck, who was worried that still being dubbed Early Access would "cripple" the game's success. Rather than dealing with the problem like an adult, Maulbeck resorted to raging -- something that resulted in a death threat, the game being pulled, and, more recently, the creator resigning from the company.

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Counter-Strike zombie chickens rise for Halloween

Counter-Strike zombie chickens rise for Halloween

What's more fun than video games? Easter eggs and similar things slipped in games for the sole purpose of giving you a smile (or, you know, a fowl-based zombie to kill). Halloween is quickly approaching, and as it approaches gamers have been presented with what the company calls "A Murder Most Fowl". That is, a zombie chicken, which you can identify by its green color and outstretched feather-frocked wings. The zombie chickens aren't the only addition, however, with Valve going all-out in the holiday spirit.

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PlayStation Experience details drop with ticket sales inbound

PlayStation Experience details drop with ticket sales inbound

Earlier this month Sony revealed that it wants to get its fans together for a big shindig in Las Vegas called PlayStation Experience. During this two-day event, gamers are promised all sorts of fun activities spanning the gamut from gaming to developer panels with a bunch of stuff between. When it was announced, Sony only revealed the price of tickets, saying that it would be back at a future date with info on when they can be purchased. That future date was yesterday.

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Xbox One November update preview rolling out

Xbox One November update preview rolling out

Now that the Xbox One's October update is rolling out to gamers, bringing with it a large roster of features, all eyes have turned towards what next month has in store. Those in the preview program won't have to wait that long, of course, and today Major Nelson hit up Xbox News to discuss what the system update preview is bringing with it. The preview is starting to roll out today to those in the program, with the full launch being set for next month.

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Former dictator’s Call of Duty lawsuit heats up: creative freedom at stake

Former dictator’s Call of Duty lawsuit heats up: creative freedom at stake

The alternate history genre is a popular one, and has been around for as long as humans have been making up stories. Historical figures and events are often used in fictional works that take a creative license when it comes to storylines and depictions. Abraham Lincoln, for example, was never a vampire hunter, but that didn't stop a movie about that idea from being created. This type of creative freedom could be at risk, however, if a former dictator's lawsuit against Activision over his portrayal in Call of Duty: Black Ops II succeeds.

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Maisie Williams talks about possible The Last of Us role

Maisie Williams talks about possible The Last of Us role

This past summer, a teaser poster for a theatrical rendition of The Last of Us was released at the San Diego Comic Con, and in it we got a glimpse of an unknown girl. It was during an SDCC panel that Maisie Williams -- best known for playing Arya Stark in Game of Thrones -- was revealed as being a contender for playing Ellie. Though the movie is still a long way off and details about it are slight, Williams recently confirmed that talks took place, and went into some details about what went down.

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PlayStation 4 trumped Xbox One in September sales

PlayStation 4 trumped Xbox One in September sales

In the latest console war, Sony has frequently trumped Microsoft with more PlayStation 4 sales than Xbox One sales. We've seen that reflected many times, such as at the year's beginning when the PS4 was deemed the bestselling console in the US in January. According to NPD, that reign is holding steady, and despite anticipation otherwise, the PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One last month. This was despite Microsoft dangling a free game in gamers' faces last month, which many believed would boost the Xbox One's sales numbers.

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