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Diablo 3 patch 2.4.2 brings three new difficulty levels

Diablo 3 patch 2.4.2 brings three new difficulty levels

Diablo III owners will be getting patch 2.4.2 very soon, and with it will come a trio of new difficulty levels — levels XI, XII, and XIII. If that’s not enough to satisfy you, the patch will update existing items and add new items, including updates to a lot of Legendary and Set goods and additions to the Legendary items and powers. The update goes on from there, including some UI tweaks and some enhanced Adventure Mode rewards.

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Pokemon GO players get a German bridge to themselves

Pokemon GO players get a German bridge to themselves

Pokemon GO players in Germany now have a bridge (mostly) to themselves, a move made by the Mayor of Dusseldorf to address the large number of players who gather in the area. As it turns out, the Girardet bridge — which is normally open to both cars and people — has a Pokestop on both ends. Because of this, players tend to congregate on the bridge, and during those times it can become dangerous or difficult for cars to get through. As a solution, the city has put traffic directors in place to, when necessary, close down the bridge to vehicular traffic.

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DOOM’s big free update tomorrow brings two multiplayer modes

DOOM’s big free update tomorrow brings two multiplayer modes

Bethesda Softworks will release a big free update for DOOM (2016) tomorrow, the second of its kind for the title. This particular update adds a pair of new multiplayer game modes, addressing the mostly justified criticism about the game’s lackluster multiplayer experience. The new game modes are comprised of capture-the-flag with a single flag and moving bases and a capture-and-hold mode where gamers take control of specific zones.

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Minecraft on Windows 10 to get Oculus Rift support very soon

Minecraft on Windows 10 to get Oculus Rift support very soon

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Minecraft Windows 10 Edition beta, with it having first been released in late July 2015. Thousands of bugs have been squashed in the months since, among other things, and the future looks brighter than ever. As part of that future, and building upon what we heard last year, Microsoft has announced that Oculus Rift support will be added to the Windows 10 Edition of Minecraft in the next few weeks. The support will arrive as part of a free update.

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PlayStation Plus game lineup for August detailed

PlayStation Plus game lineup for August detailed

Sony has revealed the list of free games coming for PlayStation Plus subscribers next month. There are six games total, with the two PlayStation 4 offerings being comprised of Tricky Towers and Rebel Galaxy. There are a couple PlayStation 3 titles, as well, and two for the PlayStation Vita, with one of those titles, Ultratron, also being available for the PS3 and PS4 as well.

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Overwatch tournament will be broadcast on TBS with $300K prize pool

Overwatch tournament will be broadcast on TBS with $300K prize pool

The popularity of Overwatch, the hit new FPS from Blizzard, continues to grow, and right alongside the rising mainstream interest in eSports. Fitting, then, that the Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) cable channel has chosen to host an Overwatch tournament, complete with a prize pool worth $300,000. The Grand Final, which will be held in September, will even be broadcast live on both TBS and Twitch.

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Sonic Mania is a new game straight from the Sega Genesis era

Sonic Mania is a new game straight from the Sega Genesis era

It's hard to remember the last decent Sonic the Hedgehog game — most would agree Sega's once iconic series took a drastic turn downhill following the Sonic Adventure titles on the Dreamcast. With each disappointing games' release in the years that followed, all fans asked for was a Sonic title that played like the originals from the early '90s: 2D graphics and fast gameplay. It may have taken them over 15 years, but it looks like Sega has finally gotten the point.

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PlayStation 4 was top selling U.S. console in June

PlayStation 4 was top selling U.S. console in June

Sony’s PlayStation 4 was the top selling game console in the United States in June, according to NPD Group, the same honor it had in May and months before it. Microsoft, meanwhile, has bragged that the Xbox One hit 1.2 billion gaming hours in June, a milestone of its own representing a doubling of gaming hours versus the same month last year. Finally, for its part, Nintendo says it saw sales across the 3DS family of devices jump in June versus the month before, as well as high game performance.

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System Shock remake adds PS4 version to Kickstarter campaign

System Shock remake adds PS4 version to Kickstarter campaign

Old-school PC gamers' hearts were set aflutter late last month when it was revealed that a remake of the sci-fi/horror classic System Shock was in the works from developer Nightdive Studios. Announced as a Kickstarter campaign, the game has already surpassed its $900,000 funding goal, and with exactly one week left, currently stands at $1.09 million. The big news today is that the project has been updated to include a PlayStation 4 version.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider hits PS4 with VR support on October 11

Rise of the Tomb Raider hits PS4 with VR support on October 11

Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to the PlayStation 4 on October 11, Square Enix announced today, and it’ll be bringing PlayStation VR support with it. We heard last summer that the PS4 version of the game would be arriving in time for this year’s holiday season, and mid-October gives enough time to target those early Christmas shoppers. The October 11 release will be for Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, and it’ll bring with it a new story chapter dubbed “Blood Ties,” all the DLC that has already been released, and more.

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Pokemon Go pushes Nintendo market cap to $42 billion

Pokemon Go pushes Nintendo market cap to $42 billion

Love it or hate it, one of the most popular mobile games to launch in a very long time is Pokémon Go from Nintendo. The game has players wondering around their city and getting exercise in many cases all while trying to catch Pokemon and level their characters up. Nintendo has ridden the wave of popularity that Pokemon Go has generated quite literally to new heights with shares soaring another 14% in trading on Tuesday.

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Hackers take credit for forcing Pokemon GO servers down

Hackers take credit for forcing Pokemon GO servers down

Hacking collective OurMine has taken credit for the difficulty you may have experienced recently with Pokemon GO. OurMine reportedly has hit the game’s login servers with a DDoS attack, resulting in a plethora of reports about players not being able to login. The team has recently been in the news for gaining access to some notable social accounts, including ones belonging to Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Google's Sundar Pichai.

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