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New Super Mario Bros speedrun record set by less than half a second

New Super Mario Bros speedrun record set by less than half a second

If you're unfamiliar with the practice, speedrunning is when players try to complete a video game from start to finish in the fastest time possible, usually with all the standard rules and/or requirements in place. The original Super Mario Bros. for the NES is a classic example of a game that can be speedrun, however its world record completion time of just under 5 minutes is one long thought to be impossible to improve on. Until earlier this week when one player topped it by mere tenths of a second.

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EVE: Valkyrie arrives for PlayStation VR on October 13

EVE: Valkyrie arrives for PlayStation VR on October 13

CCP Games has announced that EVE: Valkyrie will be available for the PlayStation VR starting on October 13. Following that launch, the studio will hold a double experience points weekend from October 14 to October 17, giving existing players and those new to the game the opportunity to level up quickly. The double experience points will be available to PC gamers, as well, not just those playing the PS VR version of the title.

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GTA Online Bikers DLC now available

GTA Online Bikers DLC now available

The GTA Online Bikers DLC is now available. With it, and as we detailed last month, players get access to motorcycle clubs and all the fun stuff that comes with them, including motorcycles and outfits, weapons, and business of ill repute, among other things. Rockstar Games is launching a new Snapmatic photo challenge to coincide with the DLC launch, as well.

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Outlast 2 demo available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Outlast 2 demo available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC

It’s October, and that means it’s socially acceptable to shroud yourself in all things scary and disturbing. If you prefer to entertain fears via your gaming console, good news: Outlast 2 has a new demo that can be downloaded for free on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 until November 1. The demo went live a handful of hours ago on the PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store, as well as Steam, of course, as an unexpected surprise for fans.

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Microsoft announces two more Xbox One S Gears of War 4 bundles

Microsoft announces two more Xbox One S Gears of War 4 bundles

Gears of War 4 is the Xbox One's big exclusive title this holiday season, and Microsoft is doing all it can to make sure as many gamers pick up a copy as possible. To make things easy, the company has announced two new bundle options that pair GoW4 with the new Xbox One S, in addition to the previous limited edition bundle that features a 2TB console in crimson red.

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Ubisoft CEO praises NX, says it will put Nintendo ‘back in the race’

Ubisoft CEO praises NX, says it will put Nintendo ‘back in the race’

2016 is drawing to a close, and we've yet to get any official announcement from Nintendo on its upcoming "NX" console or details on its games. Despite this, expectations continue to be set that the game system will launch in March 2017, with this being backed up by Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. The executive has praised the NX before, and continues to emphasize that the console will be a big hit for Nintendo.

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Battleborn to go partially free-to-play in the near future

Battleborn to go partially free-to-play in the near future

Battleborn, the recently released first-person hero shooter from the developers of Borderlands, mostly scored well among critics, but has been little more than a flop among gamers (thanks in part, no doubt, to the release of Blizzard's Overwatch). However, developer Gearbox is committed to continuing support for the game, and it appears that a shake-up in how it's sold is part of their plans. In other words, Battleborn will be going free-to-play in a manner, with extra content and options requiring purchase.

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PlayStation Plus games for October include ‘Resident Evil’

PlayStation Plus games for October include ‘Resident Evil’

Sony has announced the free games arriving for PlayStation Plus in October, and they're pretty great, particularly for PlayStation 4 owners. If you have Sony's latest console, you'll be getting Resident Evil and Transformers: Devastation, while PlayStation 3 owners will be getting Mad Riders and From Dust. PS Vita owners will also be getting two games, Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ and Actual Sunlight.

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Minecraft Boss Update & Add-Ons to debut in October

Minecraft Boss Update & Add-Ons to debut in October

At MineCon this weekend (that's Minecraft Convention), Microsoft-owned develop Mojang announced that the much-anticipated Boss Update will finally be released on October 18th for Minecraft: Pocket Edition on both iOS and Android, Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, and the new Minecraft: Gear VR Edition. First revealed at this year's E3, the Boss Update brings the game's boss battles to players on these versions for the first time.

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Street Fighter V PC update included rootkit, now pulled over malware concerns

Street Fighter V PC update included rootkit, now pulled over malware concerns

Thursday saw the release of an update for Street Fighter V on both PS4 and PC that included several new features, including new character Urien, a versus CPU mode, and stage KOs, or the ability for players to defeat opponents using a level's environment. But those playing the fighting game on PC noticed that they got something extra for their platform: a rootkit that allows any application access to the PC's kernel.

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Now you can play No Man’s Sky as a Doom mod

Now you can play No Man’s Sky as a Doom mod

Do you wish you could play No Man's Sky but don't have a PC (or PS4) powerful enough to run it? Maybe you're interested in the game, but turned off by all the reports about a lack of satisfying gameplay and/or the missing features that were promised before launch. Or are you one of those types that just really likes games that make use of tech from the original Doom? Well, if any or all of those statements apply, there's a mod that will be right up your alley.

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Call of Duty 3 gets Xbox One backwards compatibility

Call of Duty 3 gets Xbox One backwards compatibility

Xbox One backwards compatibility has added Call of Duty 3 to its roster, allowing those with the latest Xbox One console to play the older COD title. The addition was confirmed by Larry Hyrb via a tweet yesterday; the support is in place now, so you can go ahead and pick up the title for your Xbox One if you're so inclined. The addition joins both Call of Duty 2 and Black Ops on the backwards compatibility list.

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