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Steam Summer Sale 2019 is Now Live

Wallets be aware.

If you noticed Steam is loading slowly today, or even not at all, there is a good reason for it. The Steam Summer Sale 2019 kicked off just about an hour ago today. It seems as though this year's official name for the sale is the "Steam Grand Prix Summer Sale" and it runs from now (June 25) through until July 9, 2019.

During this time, you'll be able to save a lot of money on a lot of games. I'm talking about thousands of games being on sale here. You want Assassin's Creed Odyssey for 50% off? You got it.

How's about Devil May...
 

Steam Will Not Support Ubuntu 19.10 and Later

But will still support Linux.

Valve is one of the big reasons why gaming on Linux has seen such a massive surge in recent years. One of the biggest pushes came not from specially created Linux builds of games, but from Proton, a fork of Wine that Valve released to allow for games to become playable on Linux that may not have native Linux support. At present, there are over 5,400 games that work through Steam on Linux thanks to Proton.

Over the years, Valve has recommended that those looking to get into using Linux try out Ubuntu Linux. Last Friday, that all changed....
 

Fortnite '14 Days of Summer' Event Begins Today

A fortnight of Fortnite.

Today marks the start of Fortnite's "14 Days of Summer" event. Epic Games says that for each day, players can drop into Fortnite for something new. This event applies to both the still fairly popular Battle Royale mode and the less popular, but still enjoyable, Save the World mode.

In Battle Royale a new item will be unvaulted every day for 24 hours. There is going to be a new "LTM" featured each day. This is in addition to new daily challenges and free wards. There are also going to be new outfits "and more" featured...
 

Review: Judgment (PS4)

The same, but different.

Sega, specifically the Yakuza team at Sega, are really damn good at what they do. The primarily Japanese developer has been on a roll with their stellar Yakuza-focused releases this generation that include Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami and Kiwami 2, and Yakuza 6. All of these titles have received high praise both from myself and from other media outlets these past few years.

It should then come as no surprise that the level of quality found in those titles does not take any sort of hit with the team's latest release, Judgment. Make no mistake about...
 

EA Attempts to Distance Themselves from 'Loot Boxes' by Calling them 'Surprise Mechanics'

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it must be a surprise mechanic.

EA and loot boxes, loot boxes and EA. In some people's minds, there is no better pairing save for "gamers" and "rising up." For the past several years now, the studio has been repeatedly under fire for how they included loot boxes in many of their titles. They have included loot box mechanics in games like Madden with their Madden Ultimate Team card packs, FIFA with the similar Ultimate Team mode, Battlefield 1, and perhaps most notably, Star Wars Battlefront 2.

In fact,...
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  • Bungie Adding Microtransactions to Destiny Next Week

    Bungie Adding Microtransactions to Destiny Next Week

    The latest news posting by Bungie's DeeJ says that microtransactions and a new currency are coming soon to Destiny. Beginning on October 13, the in-game NPC Tess Everis returns to the tower along with the Eververse Trading Company.

    This new system will include new items to sell starting off with 18 new emotes. All of these items can be purchased with the new in-game currency, Silver. Silver, as you may already guess, can be purchased with real-world money through your preferred platform's (Xbox Live, PSN) market.

    Bungie says that if you don't want to purchase anything from Tess you will never have to.
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  • Far Cry Primal Teased by Ubisoft; Leaked by the Rest of the Internet

    Far Cry Primal Teased by Ubisoft; Leaked by the Rest of the Internet

    Ubisoft has an annoying lengthy teaser going on leading up to the announcement of a new game. Thanks to a few sites, including IGN Turkey, jumping the gun in a big way, the reveal is already known. The game is Far Cry Primal and it seems as though it will take place during the Ice Age. We're talking about cavemen and crazy mammals. Of course, this also means no dinosaurs.

    This seems to be the Far Cry Sigma that was recently added to the Steam database this past week.

    If we didn't have these leaks, it could be days before the reveal was fully shown during this unnecessarily long live stream. Seriously, the video below...
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  • Capcom's New York Comic Con 2015 Lineup Includes Street Fighter V, Resident Evil 0, and More

    Capcom revealed their game lineup and panels for the upcoming New York Comic Con 2015 event. This week, you will be able to see games such as Street Fighter V and Resident Evil 0 if you are in attendance at NYCC.
    GAME LINEUPUmbrella CorpsStreet Fighter V
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  • Halloween Coming to Rocket League in Free Update

    Halloween Coming to Rocket League in Free Update

    Psyonix has kindly whipped up some special Halloween themed content for Rocket League. These limited-time items will be freely available to everyone starting on October 18. Of course, if you unlock an item while they are unlockable, they are yours to keep forever.


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  • Steam to Have Dedicated Retail Presence at GameStop, Game UK, and EB Games

    Steam to Have Dedicated Retail Presence at GameStop, Game UK, and EB Games

    Valve announced today that physical retailers GameStop, GAME UK, and EB Games (Canada) will have dedicated sections set up this Fall for Steam. Valve says that these sections will feature Steam Hardware devices alongside Steam prepaid cards.
    Through the holiday season, GameStop, GAME UK, and EB Games will be the exclusive non-digital retailer for the Steam Hardware products in their respective territories. Steam prepaid cards launched in stores three years ago, and sales performance for those offerings has been increasing each year. "GameStop, GAME UK, and EB Games are leading retail destinations for core gamers and early adopters," said Gabe Newell of V
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  • SOMA Review

    SOMA Review

    ”Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” – Dr. Seuss

    SOMA takes everything you think you know about what “humanity” means and throws it into a blender. What is humanity? Are you human because you have the physical attributes we commonly associate with being a homo sapien? Are you a human because of higher-level thoughts and consciousness? If you remove one piece out of the complex grab bag of what we see humanity as, are we still actually human?

    SOMA presents these questions, and more, as you play through the roughly seven hour-long story. The game is classified as a survival horror game but I found it to be far more sci-fi than horror. It was, at least in my opinion, not quite as scary as Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Are there moments where it can be frightening? Absolutely. For me, however, the bulk of the horror came not from the diverse and chilling monsters or the deep-sea environment, but rather from how the...
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  • CIG and Roberts Space Industries Refutes The Escapist's Slander and Threatens Legal Action

    The other day, Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) and Roberts Space Industries (RSI) came under attack by a slanderous hit piece from The Escapist. I wrote up my thoughts about that in our ever growing blog section. That was the latest in a series of events that saw notorious Internet "trolls" going after CIG and RSI without much in the way of facts.

    The Escapist doubled down on their claims, saying that their sources were verified by the site's legal component and that everything checked out. They are sticking to their article. "Not so fast," says RSI's legal counsel! Today, Ortwin Freyermuth, the person who responded to Derek Smart's bullshit issued a lengthy response to The Escapist. The ent...
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  • Halo 5 - Live Action Launch Commercial

    Halo 5 - Live Action Launch Commercial

    Microsoft and 343 Industries released the live action TV commercial for Halo 5: Guardians. Oh, I guess Master Chief wasn't dead after all. Go figure!

    Halo 5 is slated to be released at the end of the month on October 27 for the Xbox One.

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  • No Man's Sky Segment from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    No Man's Sky Segment from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    This past Friday, Sean Murray from Hello Games went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to show off No Man's Sky to a national audience. The video below features the full interview alongside a demonstration of the game. It may not be new footage to you or I, but the people watching at home that may not be into video games, this was all new territory.


    A release date for the game still has not yet been revealed.
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  • Skreens Adds Split-Screen Functionality to Any Game

    Skreens Adds Split-Screen Functionality to Any Game

    I received this press release a few days ago and opted to check it out later. Later ended up being about three days (whoops), but here we are. It was a mailing about something called Skreens, a device that combines multiple inputs into one output picture. This could be a very interesting way to have couch co-op in Halo 5, provided you own two Xbox One's and two copies of the game.

    What is Skreens?
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  • Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson Join Cast of Assassin's Creed Movie

    Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson Join Cast of Assassin's Creed Movie

    Joining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the staff for the upcoming Assassin's Creed film are none other than Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson.

    Irons will assume the role of Cotillard's father in the film while Irons will play as Fassbender's father. All actors are under the direction of Justin Kurzel when filming begins next week.

    Jeremy Irons is perhaps best known for his work as Scar in The Lion King, Simon Gruber in Die Hard: With a Vengeance, and for his role in The Man in the Iron Mask. Brendan Gleeson had prominent roles as Alastor "Mad Eye" Moody in the Harry Potter films and also...
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