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Wonky Pigeon lets gamers ‘destroy city with poo’

Wonky Pigeon lets gamers ‘destroy city with poo’

Getting tired of playing games as a goat, but don’t find ordinary human characters interesting enough? Late last week a new game launched on Steam called Wonky Pigeon, and in it you play as a pigeon who, apparently, is able to channel his dark side (as if pigeons possess anything more). The gamer is tasked with flying above a city and, it appears, a farm of some sort and identifying targets -- that is, people who are going about their own business until, out of nowhere, the pigeon unleashes its most foul weapon.

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The Twitch community is trying to play Dark Souls collectively

The Twitch community is trying to play Dark Souls collectively

Twitch, the live game broadcasting service, has had two successful attempts in the past where all viewers were in control, at the same time, of the game being played. First was one of the original Pokemon games, then came an older Metal Gear title. Thousands of people, all inputting commands into the chat window. It was madness, but in both cases, they were successful in beating the games. Now the Twitch community is doing it again, but this time with Dark Souls, the first entry in what is easily one of the most difficult series in recent history.

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Electronic Sports League reveals new drug policy

Electronic Sports League reveals new drug policy

Last month, the eSports organization Electronic Sports League revealed that it would be instituting a drug policy following revelations of drug use from a professional gamer. The nature of the drug policy wasn't revealed at the time, excepting that it would ban gamers from using drugs that give them a competitive edge in pro gaming competitions. The league revealed the new drug policy today in a post on Reddit, saying that it will be following the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) list of prohibited substances [PDF].

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PlayStation Plus’ first Vote to Play free game promotion starts this week

PlayStation Plus’ first Vote to Play free game promotion starts this week

Last week, Sony announced that as part of the PlayStation Plus subscription service, PS4 users would be getting opportunities to vote on a handful of games, with the winner being included in the next month's free game lineup. While it was said these voting campaigns wouldn't be held every month, it wasn't clear when the first one would begin. Turns out, it starts this week! The three games PS Plus members get to choose from have been announced, and voting will begin Thursday, August 13th.

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World of Warcraft: Legion unveiled with teaser

World of Warcraft: Legion unveiled with teaser

Blizzard has announced the upcoming expansion to World of Warcraft, it is called Legion. The company showed off Legion at Gamescom in Germany earlier today, including releasing the first teaser for the expansion that includes a look at both gameplay and its different features (we’ve the video after the jump). Among other things, World of Warcraft: Legion will include a new level cap raised to 110, as well as a new hero class called Demon Hunter.

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 debuts new art style at Gamescom

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 debuts new art style at Gamescom

The last time the upcoming Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 was shown off publicly was during E3 in June. It featured a graphics style that was very reminiscent of the series' classics THPS 1-4, albeit a bit more advanced because of today's gaming hardware. Characters were representative of the real-world skaters, even accounting for the older ages of some of them. That feeling of nostalgia extended to the game's controls and level designs. But at the Gamescom event in Germany this week, THPS5 is being presented with a slightly altered graphics style.

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Mighty No. 9 delayed again, now releasing in 2016

Mighty No. 9 delayed again, now releasing in 2016

Bad news today for fans of the upcoming game Mighty No. 9, the spiritual successor to Mega Man from its creator Keiji Infanue: its release has been pushed back from next month to sometime in "early 2016." This comes as a shock, as Mighty No. 9's scheduled release, September 15th, was so close, and it's the second delay following an initial push-back in April. The news came from developer Comcept and was delivered to backers of the game's Kickstarter on their exclusive forum.

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Halo 5 Xbox One console announced alongside Halo Wars 2

Halo 5 Xbox One console announced alongside Halo Wars 2

Microsoft's Xbox One presentation at Gamescom 2015 continued its bombshell news announcements with the revelation of the Halo 5 Limited Edition Xbox One console bundle. Priced at $499, the package includes a 1TB model Xbox One with a special design echoing the game's aesthetic, along with a matching controller and a downloadable copy of the latest Halo game. But the Halo news didn't stop there, as Halo Wars 2 was given a world premiere with a teaser trailer.

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Xbox One: DVR in 2016, backwards compatibility in November

Xbox One: DVR in 2016, backwards compatibility in November

As Microsoft has already kicked off its Xbox One announcements at the Gamescom 2015 event in Germany, the company is starting out with some big announcements about hardware functionality. While the backwards compatibility update first announced at E3 now has a release date in November, the biggest excitement is about the new DVR functionality coming in 2016. The feature will enable the recording of live over-the-air TV, with no subscription fees.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ‘Reckoning’ DLC arrives tomorrow

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ‘Reckoning’ DLC arrives tomorrow

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is getting its final DLC tomorrow. The downloadable content pack is called Reckoning, and it will be coming first for those with the Xbox One and its older sibling, the Xbox 360. This is the fourth DLC for the game (and the last one, so enjoy it) - it’ll bring with it four maps and the end of Exo Zombies. The upcoming release is joined by a snazzy new trailer showing off what you can expect, and we have it in full after the jump.

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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition includes all original games via backwards compatibility

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition includes all original games via backwards compatibility

With less than a month until release, Microsoft has just announced that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, the hit game remastered for the Xbox One, will include the four original Gears titles for free via the Xbox One's upcoming backward compatibility feature. The first four games were all released on the Xbox 360, and consist of Gears of War (the non-Ultimate Edition, obviously) Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and Gears of War: Judgment. That means players get the entire Gears series with the purchase of only one game.

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PlayStation Plus subscribers will get to vote on future free games

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get to vote on future free games

PlayStation gamers who subscribe to the $50 per year PlayStation Plus service are well accustomed to the free games each month, but soon they will be able to help decide which games are given away sometime in the future. As it is now, each month sees two free games each for the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita, while lately there's been a lot of cross-buy titles, which makes a game available on two or all three of the systems. However, Sony has always been the one to choose the games.

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