Desert Bus for Hope 2019 Charity Event Underway

Better late than never.

We're just a few days late in sharing this news with you, but when it comes to charity: Better late than never, right?

The latest annual charity drive (get it?) that is Desert Bus for Hope is well underway. A group of people have already spent three days driving across the desert, in real time, in an effort to raise money for charity. In three days and 6 hours, the crew has already raised over $388,400 for the Child's Play charity. The team is still going strong after all this time.

For those that don't know,...

Google Stadia Launch Games are Lacking

Stadia comes out of the gate already limping.

With the soft launch of Google Stadia rapidly approaching, it seems like we're beyond due for a look at the platform's launch lineup. Hell, we're probably beyond due for a look at the Stadia UI and full featureset, but that is another matter entirely.

Today, Google revealed a list of 12 games that will serve as the launch titles for when Stadia has a soft launch on November 19. For $130, you were able to get in on the ground floor of the launch of Stadia with the Founder's Edition. These kits have...

EA Working on Cross-Save and Progression Sharing Between Steam and Origin

Seems EA is serious about this return to Steam.

With the recent announcement that EA was making a return to Steam, a number of questions remained unanswered. A couple of those questions focused on whether or not there would be support for things like cross-save or even cross-progression between EA's own Origin platform and Steam.

Fortunately, we have a few promising answers today. Most developers don't like to split their communities and EA is no exception. It seems they are working to get Origin to work similar to how Ubisoft's Uplay works with...

Diablo 4 is Always Online and Includes Microtransactions

This is the Diablo you pictured, right?

Yesterday, Blizzard took time away from appeasing China to kick off their two day BlizzCon event for 2019. One of yesterday's big reveals was the announcement that Diablo 4 is coming. What they didn't share in their reveal announcement to the public is the fact that Diablo 4 will require an online connection.

Not only that, but Diablo 4 will include microtransactions. Of course, all of this has a chance to change over the course of development, but I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you. Speaking of development,...

Diablo 4 Officially Announced - First Details, Screens, and More

The franchise returns to its dark roots.

Another unsurprising reveal at this year's BlizzCon was the announcement of Diablo IV. The sequel to the colorful action-RPG that is Diablo III promises to tone back the color gamut a wee bit, with hopes of appeasing fans of Diablo II.

As with the other reveals made today, Diablo IV does not yet have a release date. However, we do know that it's in development for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. So far we know of three classes: Druid, Barbarian, and Sorceress. We also know that you will be traveling...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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  • Two Multiplayer Modes Announced for Man of Medan

    Two Multiplayer Modes Announced for Man of Medan

    Bet you didn't expect this game to have multiplayer.

    There will be two different multiplayer modes for The Dark Pictures Anthology - Man of Medan. This confirmation comes from publisher Bandai Namco and developer Supermassive Games today.

    One of these modes, Shared Story Mode, is a more traditional online co-op for up to two players. The other mode, Movie Night Mode, is for local play where up to five players share one controller, making decisions and choices for one of the five main characters.

    The Dark Pictures Anthology - Man...
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  • New Monsters Revealed in Latest Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Trailer

    New Monsters Revealed in Latest Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Trailer

    Plus your first look at the new gathering hub.

    A new trailer and developer update video came out today for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. The latest from Capcom offers an overview of the new subspecies variation of monsters. We also get our first look at the new gathering hub in Seliana. Of course, additional gameplay improvements and additions are also shown off.

    Subspecies monsters are new "extreme" and "twisted variations" of existing monsters. They will increase the difficulty of hunts and will require master-level skills...
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  • New Look at the Horrors in Moons of Madness

    New Look at the Horrors in Moons of Madness

    VIew 12 minutes of gameplay.

    In space, nobody can hear you scream. In space, Cthulhu fhtagn. Today, you get a long look at the gameplay for Moons of Madness, an upcoming horror title set on Mars that is being billed as "Lovecraft in space." Coming this Halloween for the PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, Moons of Madness places you in the space suit of Shane Newehart as he experiences cosmic horror amongst the cosmos.

    Rock Pocket Games and Funcom show players what they can expect to experience in a few months. Funcom notes that...
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  • Earth Defense Force 5 is Now Out on PC

    Earth Defense Force 5 is Now Out on PC

    The EDF deploys!

    Today is the day in which PC players can fight to save Earth from giant alien insects. That's right, Earth Defense Force 5 is now available on PC via Steam. It's published by D3PUBLISHER Inc. and developed by SANDLOT. The game is currently on sale for 20% off for its launch, making it just $47.99 (regular $59.99) until July 18.

    There is also a bunch of DLC available, if you're into that sort of thing. Some of the DLC is more cosmetic in nature while some of it does give you a small advantage on the battlefield in the early stages...
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  • Introducing Steam Labs - A Place to Test New Steam Features

    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...
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