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Half-Life gets an update 19 years after it launched

Half-Life gets an update 19 years after it launched

Reviving old games seems to be a trend now. And, no, we’re not just talking about a case of “retro” fever. This is about old titles having their dust brushed off, shaken, and updated for the modern age. Blizzard did that with the original StarCraft, not the Remastered edition mind, and now Valve is apparently doing likewise for its debut game. Half-Life just got its first ever update in like forever, nearly two decades after it first took PC gaming by storm. At least back in 1998.

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Unreleased SNES Rayman prototype “released” for posterity

Unreleased SNES Rayman prototype “released” for posterity

The gaming industry is a very secretive one. Much of the planning, brainstorming, and testing happens behind closed doors and eventually gets lost and forgotten. That means knowledge and experiences that could educate future generations turn into dust, sometimes literally. Fortunately, there are those who have recognized that depressing situation and have taken upon themselves to archive and preserve gaming history, which is how gamers and game developers are now able to enjoy a Rayman game that was scrapped and almost never saw the light of day.

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Mario, Zelda are NOT the Nintendo Switch’s top sellers in Japan

Mario, Zelda are NOT the Nintendo Switch’s top sellers in Japan

In the very first days of the Nintendo Switch, nay even before it launched, some remarked, only half-jokingly, that the console is really just a dedicated gaming device for Zelda, Breath of the Wild. Three months later, however, the numbers show otherwise. Nintendo Japan has just released its list of best-selling games for its latest console and while two of its biggest franchises, Zelda and Mario, do make it to the top 5, they are far from being the most sought out games on the Nintendo Switch.

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Super Smash Flash 2 has everyone, should have kitchen sink

Super Smash Flash 2 has everyone, should have kitchen sink

It may not be a household name like Street Fighter, but Nintendo's Super Smash Bros is also one of the best loved fighting game franchises, because of its ironically (for a fighting game) lighthearted nature and the assortment of characters pulled from various Nintendo properties. But what if you take those elements even further, almost to their most illogical conclusion. Then you et McLeod Gaming's Super Smash Flash 2, a 2D "retro" rendition of the Smash Bros concept that includes almost every gaming or geek culture icon you can think of and then some.

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Bethesda E3 2017 announcements: Wolfenstein II, Skyrim Switch, VR

Bethesda E3 2017 announcements: Wolfenstein II, Skyrim Switch, VR

After month after month of announcements about phones, its gamers' time to have the stage. Kicking off with a gaming-centric Computex last month, the spotlight has now turned towards the annual E3 show. On the heals of Microsoft Xbox One X reveal and EA and BioWare's new Anthem "Destiny-alike" shooter, Bethesda, makers of The Elder Scrolls and owners of DOOM, just unloaded a ton of new games, starting with something that has been a long-time coming: Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch.

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BioWare’s Anthem mashes up Destiny, Warframe, and jetpacks

BioWare’s Anthem mashes up Destiny, Warframe, and jetpacks

BioWare just not so recently launched its fourth major Mass Effect installment, which received rather scathing reviews because of its bugs. Even while it is still recovering from that fall from grace, the game developer is already dipping its toes in waters that might just be as controversial. As earlier rumors have predicted, its new Anthem game revealed at E3 does indeed share some similarities with Destiny. But then again, that is pretty much the standard these days. Still, Anthem manages to set itself apart adding exosuits and jetpacks to the mix.

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FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch lets you kick off anytime, anywhere

FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch lets you kick off anytime, anywhere

At E3 2017, almost all eyes are on Microsoft's flood of juicy announcements surrounding the Xbox platform, including the Xbox One X and the new exhaustive backwards compatibility catalog. That, however, doesn't mean that other companies are slacking off. Nintendo and EA Sports, for example, has just revealed more details about the hit football (soccer for some) franchise FIFA 18 that will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch, letting players decide exactly when, where, and with whom they want to play it.

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Tokyo RPG Factory’s LOST SPHEAR is a JRPG spin on a familiar plot

Tokyo RPG Factory’s LOST SPHEAR is a JRPG spin on a familiar plot

Although it has had its fair share of loyal fans and players all over the world, JRPGs, a genre that pundits argue is a misnomer, have recently experience a resurgence in popularity. That's partly due to the wealth of "retro" indie games as well as a sort of counter-culture against the graphically sophisticated but sometimes mind-numbing button-mashing of modern games. Sensing a potential lucrative market, Square Enix formed Tokyo RPG Factory to blend JRPG tropes with modern gaming systems, as can be seen with the studio's second title: LOST SPHEAR.

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Nintendo unloads more juicy ARMS tidbits for the Switch

Nintendo unloads more juicy ARMS tidbits for the Switch

As promised, Nintendo just held a Direct livestream divulging more details about ARMS ahead of its launch on the Nintendo Switch this Spring. In addition to a more concrete launch date next month, the stream was packed with too much information that could fit in the short stream. Whetting Splatoon fans' appetites, Nintendo unleashes more information about ARMS' weapons, playing modes, and characters. Whetting Splatoon fans' appetites even more, Nintendo shared a short trailer for the upcoming Splatoon 2 as well.

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Rovio still has game, launches Battle Bay sans birds

Rovio still has game, launches Battle Bay sans birds

Rovio made a fortune out of its Angry Birds franchise and, for a time, it seemed that that was all that it could do. Sure, there are a lot, and we mean *a lot* of Angry Birds games of different types, even a Transformers crossover. But, at the end of the day, they are still about agitated avians. Trying to prove that it isn't jut about birds, divas, or nibblers, Rovia has, somewhat quietly, launched a completely new title called Battle Bay that has no birds in sight. But, don't worry, you still get to fling stuff at your foes.

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Zelda Breath of the Wild’s first DLC detailed, second still a mystery

Zelda Breath of the Wild’s first DLC detailed, second still a mystery

Breath of the Wild has cemented its place in history with record-breaking success and rave reviews. If Nintendo's numbers are to be believed, it's the best Zelda installment yet. It doesn't hurt that it is, for all intents and purposes, the Nintendo Switch's launch title. Riding on that success, Nintendo is now teasing some of the things players can expect from the game's first DLC, which seems to revolve around giving players a harder time.

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Breathe of the NES pays tribute to Breath of the Wild 2D prototype

Breathe of the NES pays tribute to Breath of the Wild 2D prototype

Back at GDC in March, just before The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launched, Nintendo made an unprecedented revelation. It showed the tool it used to quickly prototype some of Breath of the Wild's gameplay mechanics and ideas. To make a long story short, it was practically a recreation of BotW's 3D world in the 8-bit 2D aesthetics of the original Zelda game. The developers should have expected that someone would be inspired by this. And, of course, it did happen. And so Breath of the NES was born.

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