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Terminator: Resistance trailer isn’t Colonial Marines… we hope

Terminator: Resistance trailer isn’t Colonial Marines… we hope

The trailer begins with a block of TERMINATOR lettering that says we'll be playing in Los Angeles, 2028, 31 years after Judgement Day. It looks a whole lot like we're going to be playing a first person shooter like METRO Exodus but with terminator machines and sound effects and visuals instead of post-apocalyptic Russian monster madness.

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Steam Library’s long-overdue makeover is now in public beta

Steam Library’s long-overdue makeover is now in public beta

Despite the challenge that Epic Games raised against it, Valve's Steam remains the digital game distribution platform of choice for the majority of developers and publishers. That, however, doesn't mean it offers the best experience when browsing and looking for games. After 16 years, Valve is finally changing the face of Steam and those who want to try it out can now do so. At their own risk, of course.

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Steam tweaks recommended games to de-emphasize popular titles

Steam tweaks recommended games to de-emphasize popular titles

Discovery on Steam is something that has always been difficult to perfect, due in part to the sheer number of games on the service. Steam has attempted to improve the discovery system over the years, and while some aspects have gotten better, sometimes people still encounter recommendations that don't make much sense. Today, Valve issued an update to Steam Discovery, and the changes it's making could be pretty big.

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Civilization VI adds its own brand of Battle Royale gameplay

Civilization VI adds its own brand of Battle Royale gameplay

You know that battle royale is THE thing in gaming when even games that you'd least expect adds a battle royale mode. That's the head-scratching revelation that game developers Firaxis made in its September 2019 update for Sid Meier's Civilization VI. More than just the usual fixes and balancing changes, the update's new Red Death feature turns the normally peaceful and relaxing game into a massive battle for survival.

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KFC breaks into gaming with a Colonel Sanders dating sim (yes really)

KFC breaks into gaming with a Colonel Sanders dating sim (yes really)

KFC has done a lot of strange things to draw attention to its brand in recent years, but this might be the strangest yet. KFC has revealed that it's breaking into the gaming space by acting as publisher on a dating sim. With KFC at the helm, that means none other than Colonel Sanders will be the object of your affection, though the version of Colonel Sanders that's in this game probably isn't the one you're used to seeing.

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New Steam Labs features launch for experimental game-finding

New Steam Labs features launch for experimental game-finding

Several new experimental features were released today in Steam in the system called Steam Labs. This ecosystem is a place where Valve tests its newest ways in which users can find, view, follow along with, and likely BUY new games. Users can have a peek at the system through Steam Labs right this minute - assuming you're all about testing things that aren't yet fully realized, of course.

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ACRON: In which smartphone squirrels attack a VR tree

ACRON: In which smartphone squirrels attack a VR tree

The game goes by the name "Acron: Attack of the Squirrels!" and it ties together VR gameplay (for one player) with smartphone gameplay (for 2+ other players). The game puts the VR player in the role of the evil tree, while the 2-or-more other players are squirrels. The tree attacks the squirrels.

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Destiny 2 cross saves detailed as Steam launch approaches

Destiny 2 cross saves detailed as Steam launch approaches

Earlier this year, Bungie announced that it had acquired the publishing rights for the Destiny series from Activision. As part of this acquisition, Destiny 2 is going to leave Activision Blizzard's Battle.net client and head to Steam instead. The switch is about to happen, and today, Bungie shared more details about the transition.

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Samsung PlayGalaxy Link, Steam Link offer another way to stream games

Samsung PlayGalaxy Link, Steam Link offer another way to stream games

In a week or two, Google will be giving more details about its Stadia game streaming platform. Together with the likes of Microsoft xCloud and even older platforms like NVIDIA GeForce Now, it almost sounds like the industry is heading towards a cloud gaming streaming future. That definitely has its perks as well as its drawbacks but there is a sort of middle ground that's being pushed by Valve and now Samsung in theory, offers the benefits of playing PC games on any device, though with some of its caveats.

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Valve Index VR headset kits released, for real this time

Valve Index VR headset kits released, for real this time

The folks at Valve released new Valve Index VR headset kits today for immediate shipping in the USA. The Valve Index VR system was actually first released in late June, but "initial quantities were outpaced by demand." As Valve tells us today, "users were asked to reserve their hardware as new kits were in production." Today's the day when new kits begin to ship.

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Steam Labs is Valve’s playground for experimental features

Steam Labs is Valve’s playground for experimental features

Most PC gamers probably see steam only has a digital games store but developers will tell you that the platform is a lot more than that. While it offers developers some features like controller support, statistics, and others, platform maker Valve is also thinking about other features to add to the platform itself. Now it is gathering those experiments under a single Steam Labs roof for the public to see and, for the daring, to try out.

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Steam Interactive Recommender just out-Googled Google

Steam Interactive Recommender just out-Googled Google

After spending just a few minutes with Valve's new Interactive Recommender for Steam, I can already see the massive improvement. I've been using app stores and game stores since before they were digital, and I've never experienced such a smooth process. This is a positive, well-planned, thoughtful, non-intrusive way to use machine learning, and I'm glad it was a gaming company that had to be the first to make it happen.

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