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What Xbox One’s self-service refunds mean for consumers

What Xbox One’s self-service refunds mean for consumers

Earlier this week, Xbox One owners participating in the Xbox Preview program were greeted with a rather nice surprise: Microsoft has implemented a beta test for a refund system. Not only is this refund system apparently planned for both Xbox One and Windows 10, but it's also self-service, meaning you don't need to go through customer support to get your money back. This is very exciting news because it's a move that's ultimately great for consumers.

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After seven years, Bayonetta finally arrives on PC

After seven years, Bayonetta finally arrives on PC

Back in the days of the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, you may remember gamers making a lot of noise about a game named Bayonetta. The Platinum-made action game found a lot of fans when it first launched back in 2010, but one notable oversight is the fact that it never made it to PC. That all changes today, as Sega and Platinum Games have release Bayonetta on Steam.

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8-bit Bayonetta released free on Steam as April Fools’ surprise

8-bit Bayonetta released free on Steam as April Fools’ surprise

Sega has bucked the trend of lame April Fools' pranks this year by doing something that's actually cool. The game publisher has released an 8-bit version of the popular 3D action game Bayonetta on Steam. While the 2D game is very limited in mechanics — "Jump! Shoot! Score! Being bad never felt so retro," the description reads — it is completely free to download, making it a nice surprise for fans.

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GOG Galaxy goes out of beta, adds cloud saving

GOG Galaxy goes out of beta, adds cloud saving

When it comes to digital distribution of PC games, Steam is undoubtedly the most well-known name, though some, like EA, have their own stores and distribution systems. Steam, however, is hardly the only game in town, especially when it comes to older titles. That's where GOG, formerly "Good Old Games", comes in. With GOG Galaxy, however, it is becoming more like Steam but with one important caveat: the user is still in (almost) complete control of everything.

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Square Enix brings back the Surprise Box in time for Spring

Square Enix brings back the Surprise Box in time for Spring

Subscription boxes have become quite the fad but not everyone actually wants random physical trinkets that pile up. Some, like gamers, prefer to go digital. Square Enix once had such an offering that blended the random whimsical fun of subscription boxes with its digital titles and now that “box” is making a comeback. The Square Enix Surprise Box has returned to keep you occupied this Spring season. Presuming, of course, you get lucky and don’t own any of the surprise games already.

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Valve channels Nintendo with 3x new games and hardware

Valve channels Nintendo with 3x new games and hardware

This week the folks at Valve have revealed that they have three new "full" games in development for the virtual reality universe. This information came from a media roundtable held by Valve in Bellevue, Washington, where other messages were released to the media as well. It was also there that it was announced that Steam Greenlight was being shut down in favor of a new program that'd take its place.

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Steam Greenlight shutting down to make way for Steam Direct

Steam Greenlight shutting down to make way for Steam Direct

It would appear that the days of Steam Greenlight are numbered. Many PC gamers who have used Steam for the past few years will be familiar with Greenlight, which allows Steam users to vote on independent games that are looking to get a listing on Steam's storefront. Greenlight has been around since 2012, but Valve announced today that it will be shutting down this spring.

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Mobius Final Fantasy now on Steam, FF VII Remake event begins

Mobius Final Fantasy now on Steam, FF VII Remake event begins

PC gamers who have dreaded the rise of mobile gaming as a writing on the wall need not be too weary. At least not this week. For one, the originally mobile game Fallout Shelter has just landed on Windows 10 with Play Anywhere perks. For another, Mobius Final Fantasy, one of the very, very few new original Final Fantasy games made specifically for mobile devices, has not also just arrived on Steam. And to commemorate the occasion, not to mention the now 10 million players, Square Enix is also kicking off the Final Fantasy VII Remake collaboration event that brings Cloud and a few other FF7 references to the game.

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EU probes Valve, game publishers over Steam region blocking

EU probes Valve, game publishers over Steam region blocking

Digital copies are games are quite convenient. Without the need for physical access, they are easier to distribute and can reach as many as possible. In theory, of course. In practice, however, games don’t always reach all countries, even countries that belong to the same region. That situation has prompted the European Commission, the European Union’s legislative body, to take a closer look into the business of “geo-blocking” games practiced by Steam owner Valve and five game publishers to see if this almost ordinary way of doing things is, in fact, an anti-competitive practice.

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Mobius Final Fantasy coming to Steam with FF VII Remake crossover

Mobius Final Fantasy coming to Steam with FF VII Remake crossover

Square Enix has tried to bring original Final Fantasy titles to mobile, but none has made it prouder than Mobius Final Fantasy. Raking in downloads and mostly (though not completely) positive remarks, the game brings a smidgen of some modern (read: 3D) FF elements in handheld servings. Now it wants to share that joy with PC gamers as it brings Mobius Final Fantasy to Steam in less than two weeks. And to further sweeten the pot, it is making a “collaboration” with the Final Fantasy VII Remake.

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Tekken 7 release date, pre-order bonus Eliza announced

Tekken 7 release date, pre-order bonus Eliza announced

Good new for fighting game fans: Tekken 7 finally has a release date. It has a lot more than just a release date too, with Bandai Namco making a bunch of Tekken-related announcement today. The new information coming our way today includes details on Tekken 7's collector's edition, season pass, and how to unlock the character Eliza from Tekken Revolution, so there's a lot to get through.

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Xbox controllers now supported by Steam Controller Configurator

Xbox controllers now supported by Steam Controller Configurator

Valve's own Steam Controller may be one of the most interesting hardware peripherals for PC gaming, but it comes with a steep learning curve. The trade-off to this, however, is that it's deeply customizable, thanks to its software that allows any game's controls to be reassigned and mapped to buttons of a user's preference. A few months ago, Valve began opening up this software and making it compatible with the PS4's DualShock 4 pad, but now it's doing the same for Xbox controllers.

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