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Evo 2016’s Street Fighter V tournament will be broadcast on ESPN

Evo 2016’s Street Fighter V tournament will be broadcast on ESPN

Just in case you needed more evidence that professional-level video game tournaments are becoming mainstream entertainment, the ESPN television network has announced that it will be broadcasting the Street Fighter V world championship tournament, held in Las Vegas, later this month. The championship is part of the Evolution Championship Series (Evo), an annual event that hosts a number of high-level fighting game tournaments for other titles, including Tekken, Mortal Kombat, Super Smash Bros., and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom.

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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 One background music arrives August 2

Xbox One background music arrives August 2

In January, a tweet suggested that we’d see background music support arrive for the Xbox One this summer, and now we finally have a date: it’ll arrive on August 2 with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, according to Microsoft. The Anniversary Update will bring changes to both the Xbox One and the Xbox app on Windows 10; in addition to the background music support, owners will see Language Region Independence and more.

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Street Fighter V trailer shows off tomorrow’s story mode release

Street Fighter V trailer shows off tomorrow’s story mode release

Tomorrow will bring the cinematic story mode update for Street Fighter V, and ahead of that release comes a trailer straight from Capcom showing off what you can expect. This is a major update, one that has been known for months and that brings the “A Shadow Falls” story mode. Capcom promises gamers will get a “ton of new content” with the update, and there will be two new characters joining the mix: Balrog and Ibuki.

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Music rhythm game ‘Thumper’ confirmed as PlayStation VR launch game

Music rhythm game ‘Thumper’ confirmed as PlayStation VR launch game

PlayStation VR early adopters now have another cool looking game to choose from when the virtual reality headset debuts on October 13th. Thumper, a unique, music "rhythm hell" game from developer Drool, has just been confirmed as a PSVR launch title. Priced at only $20, Thumper will also be released on Steam on the same day, and even better for PS4 players is that the game will support play both in VR and on a standard 2D television.

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‘Paragon’ early access comes to PS Plus next month

‘Paragon’ early access comes to PS Plus next month

PlayStation Plus members will be getting early access to 'Paragon,' Sony has announced, with that early access being slated for July 5. Next month will also be bringing a handful of free games -- also for PlayStation Plus members -- including Saints Row: Gat out of Hell and Prince of Persia: Revelation. The full lineup of free PS Plus games will include two for the PS Vita, two for the PlayStation 3, and two for the PlayStation 4.

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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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Top 10 classic Racing Video Games of All-Time

Top 10 classic Racing Video Games of All-Time

Racing video games have been the bread-and-butter of the video game industry since the very beginning, standing tall alongside side-scrollers, sports titles, and RPGs as the backbones of many a successful franchise. They're an easy sell, really: throw some fast cars and exotic locations, in digital form, at a demographic that's too young to legally drive, and you're bound to find more than a little traction.

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Splatoon hack lets you play with a real water gun

Splatoon hack lets you play with a real water gun

The PlayStation and Xbox platforms are clearly moving towards a future where virtual reality is an option for playing console games. But what about the Wii U? What could the aging system offer players in terms of realism and freedom of movement? Well, if Nintendo adopted this mod from the researchers at Japan's Kougaku Navi, you could play the shooter Splatoon on a head-mounted display while using a real water gun.

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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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Destiny developer Bungie gives more details on leaving PS3, Xbox 360 behind

Destiny developer Bungie gives more details on leaving PS3, Xbox 360 behind

When Destiny's upcoming expansion, Rise of Iron, was officially revealed during a livestream just a few days before E3, developer Bungie clearly stated that the content would not be coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, now referred to as "legacy consoles." In other words, all future development and releases would be exclusive to the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game. Now Bungie has revealed more concrete details about how Destiny will work on those older consoles, and how players can migrate their progress to the current platforms.

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Star Wars Battlefront ‘Bespin’ DLC now available

Star Wars Battlefront ‘Bespin’ DLC now available

Star Wars Battlefront owners who have been waiting for the latest DLC pack to arrive can download it now. Bespin, the newest expansion pack, became available as of yesterday (and right on time). The DLC takes gamers to the vast and sparkly clean CloudCity, where they can battle it out in five new maps with a couple of new weapons and several new star cards, as well as a pair of new heroes.

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