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Valve gives The Lab a competitive update

Valve gives The Lab a competitive update

Whenever I introduce someone to VR, there are a few different titles that I load up for them to play through. The first one is always Valve's The Lab. Most people I know are alreay familiar with Portal, so it's already a familiar setting. Plus, it does a fantastic job of slowly introducing the player to different aspects of VR. The game has just gotten a big update that will add more replay value to some of the mini-games.

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HTC VIVE released in-stores, ships in 72 hours

HTC VIVE released in-stores, ships in 72 hours

The folks at HTC have made the SteamVR headset HTC Vive available to customers around the world this week. This update makes the room-scale virtual reality headset available to retail stores now as well - Microsoft Stores, GameStop, and Micro Center locations (select locations) - wherever said stores might end up appearing, perhaps near you. Worldwide shipments will be available immediately through VIVE.com shipping to 24 countries.

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Blizzard and Facebook team up to take on Twitch

Blizzard and Facebook team up to take on Twitch

If you want to watch people playing video games, you have to primary options. If you're looking for pre-recorded videos such as Let's Plays, then you'll want to head to YouTube. If you want to watch the action as it's happening live, then Twitch is the place to go. Twitch is getting a new competitor in the live gaming scene though, and it's a big name.

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The time is right for Xbox One and PS4 cross-play

The time is right for Xbox One and PS4 cross-play

Not long after Microsoft and Sony released their latest consoles, South Park did three episodes centered around the consoles (and they were a great parody on Game of Thrones, to boot). The episodes touched on a problem that gamers have faced since online gaming took off during the previous console generation. Namely, the decision of which popular console to choose.

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World of Warcraft to get graphics settings overhaul, greater draw distance with Legion

World of Warcraft to get graphics settings overhaul, greater draw distance with Legion

When a developer is designing a game, there are certain limitations that they have to take into account. One of those is the fact that there are only so many objects that you can have displayed on a screen at one time. One way to keep those objects in check is to limit the draw distance. Well it's been a long time since Blizzard started work on World of Warcraft, so they're making some changes in the next expansion to keep the game up to date.

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Overwatch may let PS4 and Xbox One gamers play together in the future

Overwatch may let PS4 and Xbox One gamers play together in the future

Last month, Rocket League became one of the few games that allows gamers to play online with their friends, even if they're on different platforms. The developer, Psyonix, wanted the game to be as accessible as possible, and since a mouse and keyboard doesn't offer an edge against a controller, it was a no-brainer. When that happened, many people have started wondering if other games would soon follow suit.

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Battlefront 3 remake is coming to Steam for free

Battlefront 3 remake is coming to Steam for free

Despite its commercial success, many people were disappointed by Star Wars: Battlefront. Don't get me wrong, the game is absolutely beautiful, but the lack of a single-player campaign, as well as the omission of space battles really hurt the game. These are pretty common knowledge by now, but what you might not know is that there was another Battlefield game in the works a while back, and it's about to be released on Steam for free.

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Minecraft Pocket and Windows 10 Editions get pistons galore

Minecraft Pocket and Windows 10 Editions get pistons galore

While Minecraft has undergone many changes over the years, the core focus of the game has remained the same. It's still a building game first, and everything else is secondary. Well soon you'll have some new tools to create even more interesting things in the Windows 10 and Pocket Editions of the game.

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Overwatch’s Super Bans are great news for (non-cheating) gamers

Overwatch’s Super Bans are great news for (non-cheating) gamers

Nothing takes the fun out of an online game like cheaters. It's one thing to take on opponents that are simply much better than you at the game. That gives you incentive to work hard, practice, and get better. But if you run into players that don't take damage, seem to headshot from across the map, and can see through walls, you aren't going to have any fun. Blizzard knows this, and that's why they're making sure that cheaters don't ruin Overwatch.

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Valve reveals over 500,000 Steam Controllers sold, new customizations coming

Valve reveals over 500,000 Steam Controllers sold, new customizations coming

While Valve's unique Steam Controller wasn't well received by everyone, it has been popular for many a PC gamer. Just how popular? Enough to sell over half a million units since its release last November, a new blog post has revealed. While it certainly has a long way to go before it overthrows the dual analog stick layout as the norm, there's no arguing that the Steam Controller's strength lies in its deep customization options.

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GOG lets users import certain Steam games for free

GOG lets users import certain Steam games for free

Steam may be the dominant marketplace platform for PC games, but its rivals are starting to get serious about luring away users. One such competitor is GOG (previously known as "Good Old Games"), operated by developer CD Projekt Red, which has just launched a new feature that aims to integrate users' Steam library with their GOG library. Dubbed Connect, it offers to make select games purchased on Steam also available on GOG, all for free.

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Fable Fortune card game debuts after death of Lionhead

Fable Fortune card game debuts after death of Lionhead

UK developer Lionhead Studios may be dead, having closed its doors earlier this year, taking the Fable franchise with it, but the series has just re-emerged, albeit in a different form: a virtual card game. Titled Fable Fortune, the game was being developed in secret by Lionhead at the same time as the now-cancelled Fable Legends. Similar to Blizzard's Hearthstone, Fortune is a free-to-play collectible card game, and now work on it is being continued by a handful of former Lionhead employees.

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