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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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  • 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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  • Square Enix Scraps Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Pre-Order Program

    Square Enix Scraps Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Pre-Order Program

    Square Enix and Eidos-Montreal announced today that they have cancelled the "Augment Your Pre-Order" program for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. This is a good move from the companies after fans were very vocal about how stupid the entire idea was.
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  • Zangief is in Street Fighter V - Screens, Trailer, and Info

    Zangief is in Street Fighter V - Screens, Trailer, and Info

    Zangief, another long standing staple of the Street Fighter franchise, is confirmed today for being in Street Fighter V. The big Russian brawler was shown off first at the IgroMir event in Russia.
    About Zangief When it comes to raw strength, not many of the World Warriors can compete with Zangief. Training day and night, he believes that the only way to victory is to have a body complete with perfect muscles. Due to his intense training, which includes wrestling bears, Zangief is able to lift even the heaviest opponents with ease! In Street Fighter V, Zangief shows off the results of his training through his newfound V-Skill (Iron
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  • Frictional Games Talks SOMA, Sales Figures, and the Future

    Frictional Games Talks SOMA, Sales Figures, and the Future

    First up, let's dive into how Frictional Games provided fans with a quick post-launch report on SOMA. In just 10 days, SOMA sold about 92,000 copies across every platform (PC and PlayStation 4). They say that just those number of sales will allow the company to pay their expenses for another two years. Sales have leveled out to be around 2,000 copies per day. Frictional Games even breaks down how that compares to their previous titles.
    How does this compare to our other releases? Well, Amnesia: The Dark Descent sold 30,000 copies in the first month (and around 20,000 the first week). So SOMA's launch is obviously a lot better than that. Compared to Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs,
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  • Former Activision Developers Announce New Studio and New Game - Icon: Disc Jam

    Icon: Disc Jam is the newly announced title from former "AAA developers" that have worked on franchises such as Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, and Tony Hawk. The studio, High Horse Entertainment, is making Icon: Disc Jam on Unreal Engine 4.

    It essentially appears to be a modern take on Windjammers and this makes me quite happy.
    Description A fast-paced action-sports game that pits 2-4 players against each other in a unique combination of air hockey and tennis. Players scramble to retrieve and throw a glowing disc while unleashing devastating abilities and defending variable-point end zones. An exciting blend of strategy and skill, this arcade-inspired title boast
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  • Block N Load is Now Free to Play

    Block N Load is Now Free to Play

    Block N Load, a game that on the surface combines base building ala Minecraft with a fast-paced FPS, is now free to play. Developer, Jagex Games Studio, made the announcement today alongside a fairly major update to the game.
    Block N Load now includes a daily challenge system that gives players objectives that have to be fulfilled either within a single match or 24 hours. Challenges come in the form of multiple conditions, including gaining a certain number of kills or completing specific actions, and allow players to generate a flow of gold bars that can be used to purchase new Heroes and Perks. The introduction of a Perks System in Block N Load allows players to
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