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Introducing Steam Labs - A Place to Test New Steam Features

Launching today with three experiments.

Valve has just launched a new area on Steam where users can test out new, experimental features for Steam. They're calling this area the Steam Labs and it is here where users will be able to test out potential new Steam features. These tests may one day become commonplace on Steam, but for now they are mere experiments ripe for testing and potential changes based on user feedback.

If you ever used Gmail, you may already know what to expect from these Labs experiments. That is to say, there is no guarantee that they will be fully...
 

Nintendo Lite Announced - $200 Handheld Device Coming in September

Cheaper, smaller, colorful.

Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch Lite today. Priced at $199 (USD), this new iteration of the Switch hardware will be released on September 20, 2019. It will come in three different colors (Grey, Yellow, and Turquoise) at launch. A carrying case and a screen protector is also going to be available at launch for the Switch Lite.

Compared to its older brother, the Switch Lite will be a portable only device. You will not be able to dock the Switch Lite to a TV as you can with the regular Switch. In addition, the Switch Lite does not have...
 

Facebook Reportedly Bringing Splinter Cell Back... as a VR Game

Who wished on a monkey's paw?!

There is a story circulating today saying that Facebook may have already signed deals with Ubisoft to bring back Splinter Cell and a new Assassin's Creed title. That's not the weird part. The weird part here is that the deal is to create VR games in these two popular franchises. And since it's Facebook that pushed the deal, that would mean that the games would be Oculus "exclusive" and sold through their Oculus Store.

This is, at least right now, merely a rumor. It came to light today via The Information (full article is locked...
 

G2A Offers to Pay Media Outlets to Run Pre-Written Defense Article

Add it to the list.

Third-party gray market key reseller, G2A, has been under increased fire the past week. Sure, it's had its fair share of accusations and criticisms slung its way over the years, but nothing quite like what we've seen in the past week. Today, an email sent from G2A to a handful of website owners, attempted to manipulate the public image of the company in an incredibly scummy way.

The email included a "transparent" and "unbiased" pre-written article about G2A that presented a warped spin on the truth about stolen game keys. The "truth"...
 

Earth Defense Force 5 Coming to PC this Week

EDF! EDF! EDF!

The fifth mainline installment in the man vs. bugs saga known as Earth Defense Force was announced to be coming to the PC. Not only that, but Earth Defense Force 5 is coming to the PC this week on Thursday, July 11. That's a mere three days away from today! You can presently add it to your Wishlist on Steam if you want.

As usual, you will play as a member of the Earth Defense Force (EDF) as they battle giant ants, massive spiders, and all sorts of creepy crawlies. At your disposal will be a huge arsenal of weapons, vehicles, mechs, and customizable class...
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  • Dust2 Lives on with Today's Release of Bizarre PC/VR/AR Title DUSTNET

    Dust2 Lives on with Today's Release of Bizarre PC/VR/AR Title DUSTNET

    Play Dust2 like you've never played it before.

    DUSTNET is a new multiplayer deathmatch game that simultaneously resurrects and completely reimagines Dust2. And yes, when I say "Dust2" I am very much talking about de_dust2 from Counter-Strike. Only, this isn't Counter-Strike, or is it?

    DUSTNET allows cross-platform play between those on PC, those playing in VR, and those using augmented reality (AR). Players go back to the ruins of an old server that is forever stuck on de_dust2. The game has changed. The world is a sandbox and what you can do is determined...
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  • Free New Level Out Today for I Expect You to Die

    Free New Level Out Today for I Expect You to Die

    There are now more VR spy puzzles to solve.

    An all new level was released today for I Expect You to Die, the VR spy puzzle game from Schell Games. This DLC is being offered up to everyone that owns the game at the low price of free. That's right, this new level can be downloaded and played right now without having to spend a penny.

    You, as a super secret spy agent are placed into the "Seat of Power" in Dr. Zor's boardroom. Here, you will be put to the ultimate test. You must retrieve Dr. Zor's super secret information and safely escape. You will have to make...
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  • Darksiders III - Keepers of the Void DLC Available Now

    Darksiders III - Keepers of the Void DLC Available Now

    New weapons and items added.

    The Keepers of the Void DLC for Darksiders III is now available across all platforms. This includes the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

    For $12.99 (USD), you can get this new content that adds in a number of new "items of dubious and mysterious origin" to the game. Not only that, but these new weapons will help you do battle within the Serpent Holes, as Fury battles an "ancient threat that resides there." New weapons are, of course, also included. However, the big reward for players will be the legendary Abyssal Armor....
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  • Changes Coming to PUBG Matchmaking

    Changes Coming to PUBG Matchmaking

    Faster, more fair matches.

    A new post on Steam outlines PUBG Corp.'s plans to improve matchmaking in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. The gist of it is that they plan on creating a more fair playing field with this updated matchmaking system, while also attempting to reduce the wait times in certain regions.

    Daegon Kim from PUBG's Matchmaking System Development Team provides a very lengthy and comprehensive explanation as to what the team hopes to accomplish with some of these changes. A shortened form of the post can be read below. If you'd like to see more details about...
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  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Coming in October

    Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Coming in October

    Stop monkeying around.

    On October 29, 2019, those on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One will get to pick up and purchase and play Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD. This same game will also hit the PC via Steam at some point during Winter 2019.

    This was originally released for the Nintendo Wii back in 2006. Of course, back then such a thing like HD was a mere dream. Folks back then were stuck at pitiful resolutions like 480p or even 576i. Ewwww. Could you even imagine? Thankfully this HD release in 2019 will include updated graphics, control schemes fit...
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  • Tetris Effect Coming to PC Next Week as Epic Store Exclusive

    Tetris Effect Coming to PC Next Week as Epic Store Exclusive

    No word on if it's a timed exclusive.

    The game that many called 2018's game of the year is coming very soon to the PC. That's right, Tetris Effect brings its psychedelic strategy-puzzle gameplay to a PC somewhat near you on July 23. Ah, but there is a catch, because of course there is.

    In case you missed it, Tetris Effect is exclusive to the Epic Games Store. There is no saying whether or not this is a timed exclusive release, or if this third-party PC release will remain an exclusive to that launcher. This release will mark the first time that the game was available...
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  • Horror Game Devotion May Not be Re-released

    Horror Game Devotion May Not be Re-released

    Developer says this may change, but not any time soon.

    This past February, Taiwan-based Red Candle Games pulled their then newly released horror title, Devotion, from the Steam store. This came after it was discovered that the game had shipped with an Easter egg that references how China's president, Xi Jinping, looks like Winnie the Pooh. What followed was a wave of review bombing on Steam from upset Chinese citizens that continued to toe the line that the government has repeatedly pushed upon them.

    The original plan from Red Candle Games was to remove the game from...
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  • Respawn to Force Apex Legends Cheaters to Play Each Other

    Respawn to Force Apex Legends Cheaters to Play Each Other

    That's one way of dealing with cheaters.

    Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind Apex Legends, says that they will soon begin to implement a new method of anti-cheat in their still fairly popular battle royale title. Unlike many other methods of anti-cheat, this one aims to issue softbans against known cheaters.

    In short, this means that people who are detected to be cheating will be matched up only against others who have been found to be cheating. These people will not be matched up against those who are legitimate players. That is, of course, assuming their system...
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  • Gears 5 Does Away with Smoking

    Gears 5 Does Away with Smoking

    Smoking is bad, but violence...?

    Gears 5 will not include any depictions of smoking. The upcoming third-person shooter, slated for release on September 10 on PC and Xbox One, does away with all tobacco use after a push from the Truth Initiative. The anti-smoking organization, Truth Initiative, approached Turner, the company that owns the rights to broadcast Gears 5 ELeague esports matches. Turner, after speaking with Truth Initiative, spoke to The Coalition about the removal of the use of tobacco from the game.

    Previous entries in the Gears of War franchise have had...
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  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 Out Today on PlayStation

    Dragon Quest Builders 2 Out Today on PlayStation

    I dig a hole, you build a wall.

    Square Enix passed along word today that Dragon Quest Builders 2 is now available for the PlayStation 4. This sequel to the block-building RPG is a fresh, stand-alone experience. This game will offer some new features for longtime fans in addition to those who have never played the previous games.

    If you are not sure if you'd even like the game, there is a free demo for Dragon Quest Builders 2 that you can try.

    In Dragon Quest Builders 2, you assume the role of a young apprentice builder who ends up washed up on the Isle of...
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  • Ion Maiden Renamed to Ion Fury for Probably Obvious Reasons

    Ion Maiden Renamed to Ion Fury for Probably Obvious Reasons

    Classic 90s FPS has a new name.

    Ion Maiden billed itself as an "old-school FPS" similar in style to the classic games from the 90s. It entered into Early Access a little while back and it plans to exit Early Access on Thursday, August 15. On that date, the game will toss round after round on the PC, with console releases on the Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One coming later.

    The game is being developed by Voidpoint and published by 3D Realms and 1C Entertainment. Only, there's just one problem. It won't be called Ion Maiden. As you can probably guess, a band...
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