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Mario + Rabbids versus mode brings a new type of battle on December 8

Mario + Rabbids versus mode brings a new type of battle on December 8

Mario + Rabbids will get a new "Versus mode" tomorrow, enabling players to challenge a friend on the same system in what is essentially a strategy game with big restrictions. Because of these restrictions (three available actions per turn, namely), players will need to think their moves out ahead of time, strategically using a three-character squad per game.

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Tomb Raider 2018 game confirmed with SHADOW name teaser

Tomb Raider 2018 game confirmed with SHADOW name teaser

Square Enix will be announcing a new Tomb Raider game next year, it has revealed, and its name may be SHADOW. It's not the first time we've heard rumor of a game called "Shadow of the Tomb Raider," but Square Enix kind of made the name official. The first letter in each sentence of the announcement, which was published via Twitter, spells out the word "SHADOW."

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PlayStation 4 Pro and PS VR get big December price cuts

PlayStation 4 Pro and PS VR get big December price cuts

Sony has announced major price cuts for the PlayStation 4 Pro and the PS VR, giving last-minute Christmas shoppers a chance to get both devices at a discount. The deals won't kick in until December 10, but when they do, buyers will be able to get the PS VR at $199.99 USD, while the 1TB PS4 Pro will start at $349.99 USD.

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Teen claims he spent $10,000 on video game microtransactions

Teen claims he spent $10,000 on video game microtransactions

Amid the massive controversy surrounding microtransactions in games comes an open letter from Redditor "Kensgold" addressed to EA, DICE, and "other devs." According to Kensgold, he is 19 years old and has spent about $10,000 on microtransactions in the past two years. According to the user, he burned through his savings by the age of 15, spending it all on a city builder mobile game. The problem snowballed from there.

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Limited Edition Destiny 2 Ghost brings character to life with Alexa

Limited Edition Destiny 2 Ghost brings character to life with Alexa

Activision has launched for preorder a new Internet of Things device that brings the game character Ghost to life. The device, which is a limited edition model, gives Destiny 2 fans a way to interact with Ghost, including exploring the game's universe and using voice commands for equipping loadouts. The device will be released only a few days before Christmas; those who want to ensure they get one can preorder it now from Amazon.

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Destiny 2 XP earn rate will be recalibrated to level up faster

Destiny 2 XP earn rate will be recalibrated to level up faster

Bungie has detailed the changes it is making to Destiny 2 following the "tough criticism" it faced in recent weeks. At the heart of the controversy was how Destiny 2 handled experience points, specifically the fact that players were rewarded with less the longer they played certain elements of the game, plus the increase in points needed to level up. Updates will be arriving on both December 5 and December 12.

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Destiny 2 XP system tweaked after accusations that it was rigged

Destiny 2 XP system tweaked after accusations that it was rigged

Bungie is changing the experience points system used by Destiny 2 following a controversy claiming that the system is rigged. The controversy revolves around claims that as players spent longer amounts of time playing during a recent event, the amount of experience points they earned gradually decreased. In addition, a lengthy analysis posted on Reddit seemingly confirmed speculation that the amount of XP needed to level up had increased, fueling player ire.

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Esports pro Vasilii suspended after threatening violence

Esports pro Vasilii suspended after threatening violence

As esports move into the mainstream, so does its controversies. LoL Pro League recently announced the suspension of player Li Wei Jun, known under the handle "Vasilii," for "audible threats of physical violence" he allegedly made toward his girlfriend in October. The League says that it conducted interviews during which it was told that no actual physical assault happened. However, the League says that "he made credible threats of physical violence and death threats toward a defenseless person in a private home that were intimidating enough for her to call the police."

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COD: WWII Thanksgiving double XP weekend has started a day early

COD: WWII Thanksgiving double XP weekend has started a day early

If you're a Call of Duty: WWII owner, you can start reaping double experience points now and continue doing so though Monday, November 27. The double experience points weekend applies to all MP Modes, giving players a chance to rake in much more points than they otherwise would during these next few days. The 2XP kicked off at 1PM EST today.

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Steam Link is $5 as part of big Black Friday sale

Steam Link is $5 as part of big Black Friday sale

Steam has launched an "Autumn Deal" that includes a huge discount on the Steam Link, its small device for streaming a game from a PC to a TV. How much of a discount? The device, which is typically $49.99 USD, is currently priced at $4.99 USD. The Steam Controller has also been discounted, though not quite so extensively, and there's a discounted bundle with the two together if you're in need of both.

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Games with Gold December 2017 list: Warhammer and more

Games with Gold December 2017 list: Warhammer and more

It's that time of the month: Microsoft has unveiled its Games with Gold list for December 2017, revealing to subscribers the titles they get for free with their Xbox Live Gold subscription. According to Microsoft, the latest round of free games have an overall value of $104, though you'll only enjoy that full value if you have both an Xbox One and an Xbox 360 console.

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Don’t plug the Xbox One into a surge protector says Microsoft

Don’t plug the Xbox One into a surge protector says Microsoft

Having power issues with your Xbox One console? The reason may be how it is getting power, or more specifically, how you've set it up to get power. Microsoft recently fired off a tweet via its Xbox Support Twitter account explaining that it designed the Xbox One to plug directly into a wall outlet. Don't use a surge protector even if you are running out of spare plugs.

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