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Star Trek: Bridge Crew loses the VR requirement

Star Trek: Bridge Crew loses the VR requirement

The VR action game Star Trek: Bridge Crew just lost its virtual reality requirement, Ubisoft has announced, saying the new non-VR option is arriving as a free update. Bridge Crew lets players experience the Star Trek universe in a virtual ship, taking on a particular role within that ship to help tackle obstacles and otherwise face various in-universe challenges. Until now, you needed a high-end virtual reality headset to play the game.

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Xbox Games with Gold for January feature vampire and treasure hunters

Xbox Games with Gold for January feature vampire and treasure hunters

With the arrival of 2018 will come the year's first selection of Xbox's free Games with Gold. Microsoft today revealed a new group of games that will be available for free to anyone who is subscribed to Xbox Live Gold. Since Xbox Live Gold is a requirement if you want to play multiplayer games, we're guessing that most Xbox owners will get to partake in these freebies.

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Xbox Game Pass: 5 reasons to give it a try

Xbox Game Pass: 5 reasons to give it a try

Microsoft is rounding out the year by adding a bunch of games to Xbox Game Pass, a service that allows you on demand access to a library of titles. Though it's similar to PlayStation Now, Xbox Game Pass is still in its infancy as a service, so what's the benefit of signing up for Microsoft's service when Sony's own is available on PC and therefore doesn't require a PlayStation 4? There were already a few reasons why you might give Xbox Game Pass a shot over PlayStation Now, and Microsoft just turned it into an even more tempting proposition.

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5 must-have Switch accessories for your holiday odyssey

5 must-have Switch accessories for your holiday odyssey

For a lot of people, travel goes hand-in-hand with the holiday season. Many people will spend this weekend driving or flying to spend Christmas with family, and those trips can be packed with a lot of downtime and general boredom. Luckily for us, 2017 saw the release of the great portable console in the Switch, but if you're going to take it on the road, you need be equipped with some accessories to both protect your Switch and make sure it doesn't run out of juice.

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Razer Phone Review : Real Mobile Courage

Razer Phone Review : Real Mobile Courage

The first Razer Phone clearly wasn't designed to take on the competition with bright, flashy colors. Razer didn't make their first phone with curved edges, and it didn't include a front-facing 3D face-sensor setup for animated emoji messages. Instead, Razer took the top-notch knowhow of the team at formerly-NextBit and combined it with their own understanding of their massive cult of modern gamers. With some top-level branding and a genuinely nice box to package it all up, the Razer Phone is like no other company's "first try" I've ever experienced.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild is done after Champions’ Ballad DLC release

Zelda: Breath of the Wild is done after Champions’ Ballad DLC release

At this point, we can safely say that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the best games of the year. Breath of the Wild has been earning a number of different Game of the Year honors as we close in on the end of 2018, so it's only natural that players would be wondering about the future of the game and whether or not we'll receive more DLC. It looks like we won't, as Breath of the Wild is now considered to be a finished product by its creators.

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Xbox Game Pass promo: $1 for a month, plus 10 new games inbound

Xbox Game Pass promo: $1 for a month, plus 10 new games inbound

Earlier this year, Microsoft launched its own alternative to Sony's PlayStation Now subscription, and it's called Xbox Game Pass. With Xbox Game Pass, subscribers get access to more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, which are streamed over the Internet in the same way that Netflix streams movies. Xbox's streaming game subscription is usually $10/month, but a promotion currently has it priced at $1/month.

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Google Santa Tracker Snowball Storm game has a PUBG feel

Google Santa Tracker Snowball Storm game has a PUBG feel

Google's Santa Tracker has been up and running since the beginning of December, unlocking a new game or feature each day of the month. The advent calendar-like approach has held a few gems over the course of the month, but today's new game is something that will be instantly familiar to a lot of PC gamers. It's a new mini game called Snowball Storm, and it seems to take inspiration from one of the year's biggest games.

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Steam Link $5 deal returns: game prices slashed up to 90%

Steam Link $5 deal returns: game prices slashed up to 90%

Steam has kicked off another sale, slashing prices on a bunch of games and other goods, including the Steam Link. The latter, a device for streaming Steam games to a TV, is once again priced at $5, a 90-percent price drop from its usual $50 cost. In addition to getting the Steam Link for almost nothing, Steam users have the opportunity to get some notable games like Dark Souls III and Wolfenstein II for up to 75-percent off.

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Civilization VI for iPad is here, but you won’t buy it

Civilization VI for iPad is here, but you won’t buy it

Civilization VI - the latest game in the immensely popular Civilization series and one of our best games of 2016 - is arriving on iPad today. This appears to be a port of the full game, which will be exciting for mobile gamers who are used to pared back mobile ports of console and PC games. The price Aspyr Media and 2K Games are asking for, on the other hand, likely won't be very exciting.

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Nintendo Power podcast rises from the ashes of long-running magazine

Nintendo Power podcast rises from the ashes of long-running magazine

For most people who grew up in the 1990s, Nintendo Power will be an instantly familiar name. Nintendo's own in-house magazine for much of its 24 year run, Nintendo Power was famously shut down by Future US back in 2012. The brand is making a comeback today, though not in a form that fans of the magazine will be used to.

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Apple loot box rule forces apps to now reveal IAP odds

Apple loot box rule forces apps to now reveal IAP odds

Apple will force all apps offering "loot boxes" to disclose just how likely you are to get each possible item, addressing rising criticism of the in-app purchase that it's a gateway into gambling. Loot boxes - variously known as loot crates or prize crates - are virtual items which are bought without the purchaser knowing exactly what could be inside. Designed to encourage in-app purchases and introduce a sense of random chance, they've been criticized as a money-making scheme and even targeted with anti-gambling legislation.

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