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...

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...

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...
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  • PES 2016 Going Free-to-Play in December

    PES 2016 Going Free-to-Play in December

    A free-to-play version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (PES 2016) will be released on December 8. This free version will include an Exhibition Mode, seven teams (including Bayern Munich, Juventus, AS Roma, Brazil and France), the myClub feature, and a full Training section.

    In addition, this free edition will be compatible with all future updates made to the paid game. This includes roster updates throughout the PES 2016 season....
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  • Recent PS4 SDK Update Unlocked Additional CPU Core for Gaming

    Recent PS4 SDK Update Unlocked Additional CPU Core for Gaming

    Up until a recent SDK update for the PlayStation 4, the team at Sony decided that the system needed at least two CPU cores to run the operating system and other associated tasks. Well, that was changed a few weeks back when an SDK update for the platform rolled out where Sony unlocked a seventh core that could be used for gaming purposes.

    Yes, Sony removed a dedicated operating system core and is allowing developers to make use of it for whatever they need it for in their games. The news "broke" in a changelog from the FMOD team. FMOD being a fairly well known middleware solution for audio effects in games.
    Firelight Technologies FMOD Studio API Detailed Revis
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  • Black Desert Online - Beta Begins Soon, New Region Reveal, and New Tamer Class

    Yesterday, we got some fresh news on updates coming concerning Black Desert Online. This news is an all-in-one package of word on an upcoming beta, a new region, the new Tamer class, and more. Ready? Set. Go!

    Daum Games announced that the beta will begin on Wednesday, December 16 at 7AM (UTC) and will end on December 22 at the same time. Testers will get to pick from the Warrior, Sorceress, Berserker, Ranger, Wizard, and the new Tamer class.
    With the support of Heilang, the divine beast, Tamers can perform ruthless combination attacks or take enemies down on their own, by borrowing divine forces. Though innocent at heart, Tamers are able to channel their passion into a powerful
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  • Sony Working on Official Remote Play Functionality for PC

    Sony Working on Official Remote Play Functionality for PC

    This past week, some third-party fans managed to get PlayStation 4 remote play working on their computers using some homebrew software. This apparently spurred some to ask Sony's Shuhei Yoshida if the company has any official plans to roll out official remote play functionality. Here is his official response.

    There is no word on how long Sony has been working on the development of remote play functionality. Between this news and the news that Sony has been working on PlayStation 2 emulation for quite some time, Sony seems to be on a roll with the good news....
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  • Valve Introduces Three Day Hold on Trade Items for Non-Authenticator Users

    Valve Introduces Three Day Hold on Trade Items for Non-Authenticator Users

    Valve is introducing a three day hold on all trades between people that do not have their Steam accounts secured with the Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator. Valve recently tossed up a new Support page that details how you can prevent the 72-hour hold on all trades. It's actually quite simple.
    What is a trade hold?
    A trade hold is a period of time where the items traded are held by Steam before they are delivered.

    Why are trade holds necessary? Trade holds protect your items. Because Steam accounts are valuable, especially if they have items worth stealing. If you haven't protected your account with a physical device (using the Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator), a trade hold will
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  • Where are the Reviews for the Steam Controller and Steam Link?

    Where are the Reviews for the Steam Controller and Steam Link?

    Hello denizens of Total Gaming Network! I feel as though I owe some sort of an explanation here as to where the promised reviews are for the Steam Controller and Steam Link.

    Part of it is because I am hitting some terrible mental blockades that have really put a damper on creating anything cohesive as far as reviews go. It started with the Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns review and it has not let up since then. I'm not sure why I've been hit with such a terrible bout of writer's block when it comes to reviews, but I have and it sucks. With that said, I have been working on reviews for the Steam Controller and Steam Link as best as I can. In fact, I even have a bulk of the review "finished" for the Steam C...
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  • 10 Awards and 10 World Premiere Trailers for The Game Awards 2015

    10 Awards and 10 World Premiere Trailers for The Game Awards 2015

    Geoff Keighley mentioned this morning that there will be 10 "world premiere" trailers shown off at The Game Awards 2015. These don't really mean 10 new games, but rather 10 new trailers for games that may or may not already be announced. These go alongside the 10 on-stage awards that will be given out.

    There are 22 award categories this year, meaning that less than 50% of the actual awards will be given any on-stage time at The Game Awards. But hey, at least you'll get that new gameplay trailer for Far Cry Primal.
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  • PSA: The Steam Fall Sale - Exploration Sale - is on Now

    PSA: The Steam Fall Sale - Exploration Sale - is on Now

    Valve kicked off the Fall 2015 sale for Steam earlier today. They're calling it the "Exploration Sale" and includes nearly 8,800 games on sale throughout the service. Gone are the daily deals and gone are the rotating community voted sales. What you see is what you get for this one. There is literally no reason to wait if you see a game on sale that you want to buy since it won't be going any cheaper during the sale period. Valve will cycle in new games on the main page but again, these sale prices do not change for the duration of the sale. This particular sale ends December 1 at 10AM (PT). On top of that, Ste...
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  • Global Sales of PlayStation 4 Surpass 30 Million Units

    Global Sales of PlayStation 4 Surpass 30 Million Units

    Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 has sold over 30 million units since its launch. Actually, to be more precise, Sony sold through over 30.2 million units since its late 2013 release.

    These figures are accurate as of Sunday, November 22, according to Sony. They say that the "PS4 continues to demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history."
    "We are sincerely grateful that gamers across the globe have continued to choose PS4 as the best place to play since launch two years ago," said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "We are committed to bringing
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  • EA Promises Free Maps for Star Wars Battlefront

    EA Promises Free Maps for Star Wars Battlefront

    EA's Executive Vice President Patrick Soderlund, said that Star Wars Battlefront will receive new content in the months ahead. This new content will be free regardless of whether or not you purchased the Season Pass for the game and will include new maps and Star Cards.
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  • New Jersey Makes Swatting a Felony Punishable by up to 10 Years in Prison

    New Jersey Makes Swatting a Felony Punishable by up to 10 Years in Prison

    New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, just signed into law a bill that will make the penalty for swatting a felony throughout the state. Swatting, the act of making false emergency calls with the purpose of endangering lives, will now carry a punishment of up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $150,000.

    Democratic Assemblyman, Paul Moriarty, added his own thoughts about the new bill.
    "It is time to send a message that this is not going to be treated lightly. "We are talking about elaborate hoaxes that have drawn teams of specially trained officers, sometimes resulting in the closure of whole city blocks or roads, a
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