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eSports league will start policing drug use among gamers

eSports league will start policing drug use among gamers

Drug testing athletes is nothing new, and the same sort of policy will soon apply to gamers. Earlier this month, pro Counter-Strike player Kory ‘Semphis’ Friesen admitted to using Adderall, along with others on his then-team Cloud9, during a big tournament. Some consider this cheating, as Adderall, much like Ritalin, can be abused to help improve concentration and focus for anything ranging from studying to playing video games. Adderall use among pro gamers isn't uncommon, and that's a problem.

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Hearthstone expansion “The Grand Tournament” inbound

Hearthstone expansion “The Grand Tournament” inbound

Today Blizzard announced the next expansion pack for “Hearthstone”, and it is called “The Grand Tournament.” The announcement was made at an event in San Francisco earlier, and was joined by a video showing off the upcoming expansion (available after the jump). The expansion will be arriving next month, and follows the Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion that has already been released. There will be a new board, new cards, and more.

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The Last of Us soundtrack will soon be on vinyl

The Last of Us soundtrack will soon be on vinyl

Think carefully and you might remember hearing mention of The Last of Us soundtrack being slated to eventually arrive on vinyl. Your memory isn’t playing tricks on you — mention of the plans were made way back in December 2014, and now we’re finally hearing more about the imminent release: the vinyl soundtrack will be available to buy this upcoming Wednesday, and it will feature a stunning new cover made by the same designer who made the originally teased cover for the release.

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Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle goes up for pre-order

Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle goes up for pre-order

Football fans, today brings good news: the Xbox One is arriving in a new bundle, and it’s bringing Madden NFL 16 with it. Called, most appropriately, the Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle, it includes an Xbox One with a 1TB hard drive, offering ample space for all the downloads you’ve got planned, as well as a full download for Madden NFL 16 when it launches next month (August 25, to be precise). It is coming with a couple other perks, too, and you can pre-order it now.

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Modder heard you likes Doom, lets you play Doom while you play Doom

Modder heard you likes Doom, lets you play Doom while you play Doom

Yo dawg…, etc. We've seen the classic PC shooter Doom hacked and modded to run on everything from an ATM to an Android Wear smartwatch, but this tops them all. A modder going by the name The Zombie Killer on YouTube has managed to get Doom to run inside of Doom. Yes, really. You can walk up to a computer terminal while playing Doom, and from that in-game machine start playing Doom. No word yet on how deep the rabbit hole really goes.

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Twitch debuts Choice Chamber, first game encouraging viewer interaction

Twitch debuts Choice Chamber, first game encouraging viewer interaction

Studio Bean has just has just released the first game that uses Twitch's interactivity features as a primary feature. This project was funded in part by Twitch through KickStarter. At its core, Choice Chamber is a basic 2D side-scrolling game, throwing enemies and environmental hazards at players. But where things get really mixed up is in the fact that anybody watching the broadcast who can make live comments can have a direct impact on how the game unfolds.

UPDATE: This article previously suggested that Twitch developed this game when it was actually "Studio Bean." Twitch's role was to contributing money to their Kickstarter to help bring the game to final fruition.

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Shenmue 3 Kickstarter sets new record for most funded game

Shenmue 3 Kickstarter sets new record for most funded game

You may remember that in early June, the Kickstarter campaign from Koji Igarashi, producer of the well-known Castlevania video game series, for his new title Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, set a new record for the most funded game on the crowdfunding platform. Unfortunately, Bloodstained hasn't been able to hold onto the title for very long. With roughly 11 hours left (as of this writing), Shenmue 3 is the new record holder, raising over $5.6 million.

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Goat Simulator arrives on PlayStation next month

Goat Simulator arrives on PlayStation next month

Coffee Stain Studios has announced that its Goat Simulator, the fun game where people play as goats, will be arriving on Sony’s gaming consoles soon. Mark South of developer Double Eleven made the announcement today, saying that after collaborating with the studio the game will be launching for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on August 11. The PlayStation versions of Goat Similar are going to be special, however, including a bit of extra fun that other versions haven’t had.

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PlayStation Now debuts in UK as open beta

PlayStation Now debuts in UK as open beta

After roughly a year of availability in the US and Canada, PlayStation Now, Sony's on-demand game streaming service, is finally launching in the UK this week as an open beta. The service is starting out with rentals only, but Sony says it will add full subscription options later in the summer. PlayStation Now lets gamers stream select PS3 titles to not only their PS4 and PS3 consoles, but also to a handful of Sony's internet-connected televisions and Blu-ray players.

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Five Nights At Freddy’s 4: first game trailer arrives

Five Nights At Freddy’s 4: first game trailer arrives

The game Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 became official in late April following a big tease, and early this morning fans were greeted with a change to the game's release date: it'll be arriving on August 8, leaving less than a month's wait; previously the game was set to be released on Halloween, but instead Halloween will mark the arrival of a game expansion. Following that the game's first (and perhaps only) game trailer has been released, and it makes a big change over the previous games.

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