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PS4 2017 exclusives revealed, excludes Detroit, Dreams

PS4 2017 exclusives revealed, excludes Detroit, Dreams

The holiday season might be over, but, for gamers, that really only means that the sales are done. The new year also heralds the arrival of new titles that have once been teased and will soon become real. That is practically Sony's message when it gave an appetizer of a video showing off the PlayStation 4 exclusives that fans can look forward to this year. That is, if all goes well. Unfortunately, the editors over at Sony missed the erroneous inclusion of two titles, briefly raising false hopes.

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First ever Steam Awards ends, here are the winners

First ever Steam Awards ends, here are the winners

Awards in the gaming industry, whether big-time, Triple-A stuff or indie, are nothing new. There are even halls of fame, like in history, sports, or entertainment. But awards from a single distribution platform? Virtually unheard of! That is, until Valve decided it was time to set the course of history straight with its first ever Steam Awards which just concluded at the turning of the year. Now the votes are in and the trophy winners have been revealed. But if you were expecting anything like the Emmy's, you're definitely in the wrong industry.

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Nintendo Switch needs retro games to succeed

Nintendo Switch needs retro games to succeed

With the Nintendo Switch on the horizon, many people will tell you that the console needs a strong launch library out of the gate if it wants to succeed. They're right, of course, but I also think there's a segment that could have a great effect on whether the Switch sinks or swims: retro games. Nintendo's Virtual Console has been around since the Wii, and the Switch will almost certainly have a Virtual Console of its own. While perfecting the Virtual Console may not be as important as a deep and varied games catalog, it still needs to be a key area of focus if the Switch wants to succeed.

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A Virtual Reality gun tracked IRL: Athena by Ilium

A Virtual Reality gun tracked IRL: Athena by Ilium

The folks at Ilium want to create a device that'll be tracked in virtual reality to make the reality of shooting games in VR more real. What could possibly go wrong with this situation? If they're able to create this accessory in a limited fashion and keep it supported through the largest platforms available - very little could go wrong. Of course they need to get some funds for it, first.

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Stealth turns your entire body into a game controller to get you fit

Stealth turns your entire body into a game controller to get you fit

Plenty of video games over the years have launched to try and help people have fun while getting fit. All you need to think about is the Nintendo Wii for a perfect example. A new video game system has landed on Kickstarter that uses your smartphone and your body as the controller called Stealth. Stealth is intended to help you get in shape while playing games on the smartphone.

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Original Zelda design docs reveals the craft behind the game

Original Zelda design docs reveals the craft behind the game

The Legend of Zelda is perhaps one of the most iconic franchises in the gaming industry, but the very first game, released just a little over thirty years ago, definitely looks dated by today’s graphics standards. That said, the creation process of the game itself, from the levels to the super memory efficient programming is still a treasury of knowledge and insight even for today’s game developers and designers. Which is why Nintendo generously giving both game makers and players a peak at some of the design documents of the immortal classic.

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Mega Man Mobile pre-registration is up, no rewards offered

Mega Man Mobile pre-registration is up, no rewards offered

Nintendo may be taking its sweet time to bring its sweet time to bring even just its characters to mobile, other Japanese gaming giants aren't so slow-paced. Square Enix, for example, has practically ported its entire Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series to smartphones and now Capcom is following suit with Mega Man Mobile. The company has just opened up its pre-registration page for the game but, if you were hoping to get something in return for being an early bird, no such luck.

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Amazon Digital Day will have your wallet groaning

Amazon Digital Day will have your wallet groaning

If you lucked out on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas deals, don't you fret, Amazon has got you covered. At 00:00 PT on 30th December, that is, midnight in the Pacific (3 AM Eastern), Amazon will be letting loose a barrage of sales, from 50% to 75% to 80% off on loads of items on its shelves. Digital shelves, that is. Amazon Digital Day cometh and while it will naturally be limited to digital products, this day and age that is exactly what buyers want.

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Mario Kart 64 finally comes to Wii U Virtual Console

Mario Kart 64 finally comes to Wii U Virtual Console

Poor Wii U owners didn't have much in way of new games to play over the holidays, but the arrival of Mario Kart 64 on the Virtual Console changes things a bit. Widely regarded as one of the best Nintendo 64 games ever made, there's a good chance that many Wii U owners have a lot of fond memories with this game. You can relive those memories without having to plug in a Nintendo 64 by paying $10, or a discounted rate of $2 if you owned it through the Wii's Virtual Console.

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Diablo 3 20th Anniversary brings in-game goodies to other Blizzard titles

Diablo 3 20th Anniversary brings in-game goodies to other Blizzard titles

In celebration of Diablo's 20th Anniversary, Blizzard has announced cross-game promotions with each of its other titles. The Lord of Terror will be featured in all Blizzard titles in one way or another, with some games getting more content than others. Blizzard hasn't revealed when, precisely, these promotions will begin, but it seems safe to assume that they'll kick off on or around December 31, which is the anniversary of the original game's release.

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Super Mario Run for Android pre-registration opens

Super Mario Run for Android pre-registration opens

Super Mario Run has been breaking records and it has been doing its record breaking while only be available on one of the major smartphone platforms. Super Mario Run has been on iOS only since launch and has still ticked up about 40 million downloads. Android gamers will soon get to join in the action with Super Mario Run coming soon for Android.

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The Best Games of 2016: Civilization VI

The Best Games of 2016: Civilization VI

The games in the Civilization series can be notoriously difficult to judge. There are so many working parts that the intricacies become overwhelming, and every time I try to describe one of the games to my friends, my explanation tends to collapse under its own weight. It doesn't help that all of the Civilization games thus far have been great, whether they're great at launch or they become great later on in life through expansions and DLC.

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