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World of Warcraft is free for lapsed players this weekend

World of Warcraft is free for lapsed players this weekend

It may seem hard to believe, but World and Warcraft has a long and storied history that nearly goes back 14 years. In that time, plenty of people have played the game and later dropped their subscriptions, and now Blizzard is trying to tempt those lapsed players back. If you played World of Warcraft at one point in the past but are no longer subscribed, Blizzard is inviting you to check out what the game has to offer for free this weekend.

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Steam Summer Sale 2018 on now with 1000s of deals on games

Steam Summer Sale 2018 on now with 1000s of deals on games

Just as the rumors foretold, the Steam Summer Sale has launched at last. Like every other annual sale Valve holds, this one offers deep discounts on many of the games in Steam's catalog. Steam veterans might not find a ton of exciting deals after years and years of sales like this, but for anyone who might be a relatively new to the world of PC gaming, the Steam Summer Sale is definitely a good time to pad your library.

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PUBG is copying one of the best things about Fortnite

PUBG is copying one of the best things about Fortnite

Hot on the heels of the reveal that PUBG's long-awaited third map, Sanhok, will be arriving this Friday, PUBG Corp has made another big announcement. The company today revealed a new way to earn cosmetics, and it's calling it the Event Pass. If you're a Fortnite player, you likely already know where this is going, but you also know that probably isn't a bad thing.

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PUBG’s Sanhok map finally launches this week

PUBG’s Sanhok map finally launches this week

After months of waiting and a lot of testing, PUBG's new Sanhok map is nearly ready for prime time. PUBG Corp has announced that the new map will launch in the live version of the game later this week, which means no more downloading test servers if you want a chance to play it. The map has proven very popular with players throughout its testing phases, so expect it to get a lot of playtime once it's finally in the game.

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Steam Creator Homepages give developers a gaming storefront

Steam Creator Homepages give developers a gaming storefront

With an ever-increasing number of games offered through Steam, Valve can sometimes have a tricky time with discovery. Highlighting new and updated games on Steam's homepage or encouraging players to look at their discovery queues are a couple of ways Valve has tried to get games in front of people who might be interested in playing them, but the company can always do more. This week, we're seeing Valve launch a new feature it calls Creator Homepages, which could help further fuel discovery.

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Blizzard reveals World of Warcraft Classic to be based on patch 1.12

Blizzard reveals World of Warcraft Classic to be based on patch 1.12

At last November's BlizzCon, Blizzard finally announced World of Warcraft Classic, a close-to-vanilla-as-possible version of its long-standing MMO that fans have wanted for years. There's been little news on the game since that reveal, leaving many players to wonder exactly what version of the game Classic would be based on, as that would indicate which features and content would be included. Blizzard has now answered that question, stating that Classic will be WoW's patch 1.12.

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If you’ve ever used Steam, you need to see this

If you’ve ever used Steam, you need to see this

In keeping with the strict General Data Protection Regulation laid down by the European Union, Valve has rolled out a new data portal to Steam users that can only be described as "exhaustive." This portal puts pretty much every piece of information about your Steam account in one place, serving up boatloads of data you probably never even cared to look at in the first place. While some of this data was accessible in one way or another before GDPR became law, this new portal organizes it and makes it easier to find specific information.

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Microsoft just announced three new Gears of War games

Microsoft just announced three new Gears of War games

If you went into Microsoft's E3 2018 press conference expecting Gears of War reveals, you certainly got them. Microsoft revealed a trio of new Gears of War titles today, including Gears 5. The other two games are going to provide interesting takes on the long-running franchise, especially if you happen to like collecting Funko Pop figures.

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Hitman 2 launches later this year with a new co-op game mode

Hitman 2 launches later this year with a new co-op game mode

It was something of a risk to release 2016's Hitman reboot as an episodic game, but between solid reviews and a rather positive reaction from fans, it seems to have paid off. Developer IO Interactive is going to try to recreate that success later this year, today announcing Hitman 2 for a November release. This time around, it'll be serving up the exploits of Agent 47 with the help of a new publisher: Warner Bros Interactive.

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Valve’s new Steam rules allow for pretty much any game to be listed

Valve’s new Steam rules allow for pretty much any game to be listed

Steam has been the subject of a lot of controversy lately, with concerns from players over what Valve will and will not allow on the store. The company's decision to remove some games from Steam while keeping others that seemingly exist to offend has led to outcry from some segments of its player base. Valve figures the solution to this problem is to loosen the Steam store rules, even if the games that end up being listed might make some users upset.

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Alienware’s new headset and gaming mouse mark an unusual peripheral focus

Alienware’s new headset and gaming mouse mark an unusual peripheral focus

Alienware, known for its high-end, pre-built rigs, announced a dive into PC gaming peripherals today. The Dell-owned company has two new PC accessories in particular: a wireless headset and a wired gaming mouse. Though Alienware has dabbled in gaming mice and keyboards throughout the years, this new headset - called only the Alienware Wireless Headset - is particularly notable, as it's the first wireless headset the company has ever produced.

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MSI gaming products march onto Computex 2018

MSI gaming products march onto Computex 2018

Computex is, naturally, all about computers but of late it has been dominated by gaming PCs, laptops, and peripherals. Perhaps hinting at where the PC industry is headed, PC makers are showing off their latest wares designed to take a beating as far as high-end gaming goes. We’ve heard from ASUS’ ROG brand and, unsurprisingly, MSI isn’t going to take the challenge sitting down. Spanning laptops, towers, and monitors, MSI’s new gaming products have on thing in common: they don’t look like hulking technobeasts.

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