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Valve Finally Shows Off New Steam UI Overhaul

An update to the Steam user interface and library has been in the works at Valve for years now. Today, the company finally feels comfortable enough to show off their Steam UI overhaul and did just that during a presentation at GDC 2019. I'd like to first thank Game Informer and PC Gamer (and again) for a lot of the information and screenshots you'll see below.

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First up, let's talk about the changes coming to how your Library will look and function with this new update. The Friends list is now integrated into a column on the right side. No idea if this is an optional...
 

The Outer Worlds, Remedy's Control, Detroit: Become Human, and More Announced as Epic Games Store Timed Exclusives


As part of today's GDC presentation, Epic Games announced a number of timed exclusives that are coming first to the Epic Games Store. Among these games are The Outer Worlds, Control from Remedy Entertainment, and even some PlayStation 4 exclusives like Detroit: Become Human from Quantic Dream.

Some of these titles, such as The Outer Worlds, will also appear on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10. I guess this just lends more confirmation that Epic is less about purchasing exclusives and more about simply paying companies to keep their games off of Steam. Consumers should not...
 

System Shock 3 GDC Teaser


As part of the Unity keynote at GDC 2019, a new teaser trailer for System Shock 3 was shown off. I suppose that also confirms that System Shock 3 is being built on Unity. I think that was already known prior to this? Perhaps not.

The game is currently in development from OtherSide Entertainment. A release date for the horror title is not yet known. ...
 

Nvidia Announces Real-time Ray Tracing for Older GTX Cards


Nvidia just announced today that they are bringing real-time ray tracing to their GTX lineup of cards. This support will begin with a driver update currently slated for some time in April.

Get ready to have your framerates destroyed. Think about it this way: Nvidia's RTX cards have special hardware that is dedicated to handling the load of real-time ray tracing. Even with this special hardware, enabling real-time ray tracing still destroys framerates on these new cards.

Now they're going to add support for it on to their older cards? It will certainly make your...
 

Epic Games Launcher Allegedly Scrapes Local Steam Data Prior to Granting Consent, Epic Responds

Earlier today, Reddit user PhoenixPoint and ResetEra member Madjoki found out that the Epic Games Launcher may be collecting your Steam history at startup. As part of their investigation, they found that at startup, the Epic Games Launcher searches your local computer for a Steam install. If it finds that Steam is installed, it then apparently proceeds to pull a list of files typically stored in your Steam Cloud. This data includes game saves for all users that have logged in to Steam on your computer.

Madjoki also found that it pulls a list of your Steam friends and their name history....
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  • Assault Android Cactus Hits Nintendo Switch March 8

    Assault Android Cactus Hits Nintendo Switch March 8


    The colorful twin-stick shooter, Assault Android Cactus, is hitting the Nintendo Switch on March 8. You may recall seeing our review for it when it originally released on the PS4 in 2016 where we found it to be a largely enjoyable game. It also came out for PC in 2015 and Xbox One in 2017.

    The Switch release will include Campaign+, which reimagines the original 25 stages with new enemy waves, dynamic transformations, and "more intense boss fights that provide a tough twist for even the most seasoned Cactus veterans." The team says that the Switch release still runs...
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  • Tech Support: Error Unknown Release Date Announced

    Tech Support: Error Unknown Release Date Announced


    Time. To. Hack. That is precisely what you'll be doing come February 27 when Tech Support: Error Unknown releases on the PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam and other major retailers.

    The game begins with you taking up a position of a new member of the IT department for Quasar Telecommunications. This company is a "multinational-juggernaut of a corporation." As the game isn't a simulator, this isn't where the story ends. Instead, players will soon find out that something is afoot at Quasar. Soon, you're knee-deep in a cyber tug-of-war between Quasar and the Tech Support...
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  • Darkest Dungeon 2 Announced

    Darkest Dungeon 2 Announced


    Darkest Dungeon 2 was officially announced today. The reveal came not from a press release or just a teaser trailer, but rather in an exclusive interview between PC Gamer and developer Red Hook Studios. The original game, a turn-based roguelike that picked up quite the fanbase, was originally released back in 2016.

    Despite this unique reveal avenue, Red Hook didn't say too much about the new game. Some of the details pulled from the interview can be found below.
    • The combat system that fans largely enjoyed is making a return. However, there will be some additional mechanics
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  • Dwarf Slayer Character Reveal for Warhammer: Chaosbane

    Dwarf Slayer Character Reveal for Warhammer: Chaosbane


    The first of four playable characters was given a reveal trailer today for Warhammer: Chaosbane. The character is a dwarf and they are a Slayer. I wanted to clear that up because the headline reads that the character is a slayer of dwarfs and that's just not right.

    Their name is Bragi Axebiter and they have taken up the oath of the Slayer. Having taken up this oath, he vows to cleanse his honor by dying in combat against a formidable adversary. Warhammer: Chaosbane is slated to be released on the PS4, XB1, and PC starting June 4. Those who get the more expensive Magnus Edition...
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  • New Karma System Announced for One Piece World Seeker

    New Karma System Announced for One Piece World Seeker


    A new karma system is coming with One Piece World Seeker. A new trailer from Bandai Namco shines a light on this system. Players will be able to track their relationships with new characters that they meet throughout their adventures.

    Progressing the Karma System to certain points with characters will open up different side quests related to those characters. Should you decide to partake of these newly open quests and finish them, the players will be rewarded with new items and experience.

    We have a new trailer that focus on this Karma System to share with you...
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  • The Warclaw Mount Revealed for Guild Wars 2

    The Warclaw Mount Revealed for Guild Wars 2


    The Warclaw is a new and somewhat fearsome feline mount for Guild Wars 2. Slated to arrive on February 26, this mount is obtainable via the World vs. World PvP mode. However, once you earn it, you can summon it anywhere and everywhere that other mounts are able to be summoned.

    The Warclaw has some special abilities including Evade, Battle Maul, and Chain Pull. These can prove to be quite useful in a variety of World vs. World scenarios. It will be made available to everyone that owns Path of Fire. And if you don't yet own Path of Fire, you should check out our review to see...
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  • Epic Games Suing Fortnite Live Event Organizers

    Epic Games Suing Fortnite Live Event Organizers


    This past weekend, a little Fortnite themed event was held in Norwich. The event, called Fortnite Live, charged event-goers around $20 (USD) to enter the event that included a whopping four go-karts, a climbing wall, and areas to play Fortnite.

    From multiple accounts, the event was a rather large disaster. The various activities were severely lacking. People had to wait in line in the cold just to get in. In total, around 2,800 people attended the event in which they were mainly charged a lofty fee just to play Fortnite, a free-to-play game. Shortly after the end of the event,...
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  • Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption Gets a Giant Chicken Boss and Steam Release Today


    Another Indie and Dark Star Game Studios released some new content today for the PC version of Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption. This game not only has new content available today on PC, but it also marks the day in which the game is out on Steam. It was previously available only through the Discord Store. Those of you who have or want the game on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch shouldn't worry though. The new content will be making it to you by the end of the month.

    New game modes apply various modifiers to the gameplay. One may increase your speed at the...
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  • Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn DLC Teased via the Power of Anime

    Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn DLC Teased via the Power of Anime


    Square Enix is using anime to tease the upcoming Final Fantasy XV DLC "Episode Ardyn." Oh, by the way, Square Enix is also announcing today that Episode Ardyn will be out on March 26, 2019.

    Before that, though, it's all about Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn - Prologue, an anime short that serves as a prequel to the upcoming DLC. The DLC itself is an all-new storyline that places you in the shoes of Ardyn Lucis Caelum. The content is set 35 years prior to the events of Final Fantasy XV and takes players from Ardyn's imprisonment, the world of darkness, an on to a path...
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  • The Power of Loot Boxes in Games

    The Power of Loot Boxes in Games

    Is it gambling like UK online casinos or is it gaming? Loot boxes have been used by developers for the last few years and are subject to many debates. There are some who think that this system allows games to be free, and there are some who claim, they make players accustomed to gambling. In any case, it seems we can continue to discuss loot boxes for a long while. In this article, we will take a close look at the topic and talk about how this mechanics affects games and players.

    For example, an ad of NetEnt casino would be telling you about the advantages of NetEnt slots. What Are Loot Boxes?First, we need to explain what the loot boxes are. We can simply define them as digital boxes that are sold with real money in the in-game stores and contain virtual items. They have been used for quite a long time, but they became popular because of the Overwatch, developed by Blizzard. Overwatch is a buy-to-play game, but it has also loot boxes that can be pu...
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  • Day One Patch Notes for Anthem Released

    Day One Patch Notes for Anthem Released


    The "day one patch" for Anthem has just been detailed by BioWare and EA. This is the update that will be required for players to download prior to hopping into Anthem on February 22. As far as I can see, this update has not yet been released to those playing on either EA Access or Origin Access.

    The update contains a decent list of fixes and quality of life improvements. Notably, it addresses the overly long loading times that many players have been very vocally complaining about. It also helps to address infinite loading screen issues, crash bugs, and more.

    The full list of changes can be found below. ...
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