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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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  • Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is Coming to Steam on May 12

    Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is Coming to Steam on May 12

    Square Enix continues to show the PC some love as they announced today that Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is coming to Steam on May 12. This was a game previously released on mobile devices that continues the story from the original game. The original game has been on Steam for about a year now.

    Story Seventeen years have passed since the war's end, and the son born to King Cecil and Queen Rosa of Baron has grown into a young man. Prince Ceodore has enlisted in the airship fleet known as the Red Wings, eager to meet the expectations demanded of his blood and station. Yet once more another moon has appeared in the sky, and with it vast horde
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  • Crypt of the NecroDancer Launches Today with a Mini-Documentary and Sale

    Crypt of the NecroDancer Launches Today with a Mini-Documentary and Sale

    Today, Crypt of the NecroDancer leaves the stigma of "Steam Early Access" and becomes a full-fledged full retail release. Along with today's release, there is also a new mini-documentary film made about the game's development and a 25% discount on the game for a limited time.


    Think of NecroDancer as a roguelike rhythm game with some mechanics and ideas that are similar to games like The Binding of Isaac. Oh, and it just happens to have an amazing soundtrack by Danny B, the composer for the music in the original Binding of Isaac game! It also features an extended soundtrack from A_Rival and FamilyJules7X....
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  • The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Begins Tomorrow

    The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Begins Tomorrow

    Tomorrow, Bethesda will roll out the beta for the console version of The Elder Scrolls Online.


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  • Total War: Warhammer Announced

    Total War: Warhammer Announced

    Creative Assembly, Games Workshop, and SEGA announced Total War: Warhammer today. Why it isn't called Total Warhammer I'll never know.

    Total War: WARHAMMER will take the series to a realm of grand high fantasy for the very first time in its history. Our rules have changed, and with change comes war on a scale as yet unimagined. The limitlessly deep and rich universe of Warhammer heralds a new era for Total War. Gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and storms of magical power take their place on the battlefield, alongside thousands of warriors clashing in real-time tactical battles. In the turn-based campai
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  • Bungie Gives Details on House of Wolves Content Including Easy Weapon Upgrades, Material Exchange, and More

    A short time ago today, Bungie's live stream of some of the content coming in the Destiny House of Wolves content was shown off. Some of the major points shown off include the following:
    • You can now exchange your surplus materials for materials that you actually want or need. For instance, you can now exchange an Ascendant Shard for an Ascendant Energy. You can also exchange materials for Glimmer.
    • Bungie also showed off some of the new vendor legendary weapons.
    • Those new legendary weapons can be reforged at any time, provided you have enough of the required materials.
    • Existing legendary and exotic
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  • Minecraft Being Used to Suggest Changes to South Australian Parks

    Minecraft Being Used to Suggest Changes to South Australian Parks

    The South Australian State Government has asked primary school students to help design changes to the national parks in the region using Minecraft. The competition tasks the students with creating their ideal park either from scratch or to propose changes to existing parks.

    The winning designs would be used to help guide $10 million worth of upgrades to these national parks.
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  • Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) Voices His First Video Game Character for The Witcher 3

    Charles Dance is perhaps most recently known for his work as Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones series. He was also in Dracula Untold, The Imitation Game, and Last Action Hero to name just a few of his films. Now, he's trying out the world of video games with his role in CD Projekt Red's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.


    Dance lends his voice talents to the role of Emhyr var Emreis, the "ruthless Emperor of Nilfgaard."...
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  • Crypt of the NecroDancer to Launch with Two Remixed Soundtracks in Newgame+ and Newgame++

    If you manage to finish Crypt of the NecroDancer once, you can look forward to playing Newgame+. Finish it twice and you can get your hands on Newgame++. Included in both Newgame+ and Newgame++ are two remixed soundtracks to enjoy.
    Finish the game once and you'll get a new soundtrack from A_Rival, the producer from the EDM trio Super Square, who ignites dance floors with hardcore, club-rocking tracks infused with a nerd-inspired retro feel. His solo work draws inspiration from big name party rockers such as Feed Me, Will Sparks and Deadmau5.

    Finish twice and get FamilyJules7X's soundtrack. FamilyJules7x, or Jules Conro
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  • GameLoading: Rise of the Indies Video Documentary is Now Available

    GameLoading: Rise of the Indies Video Documentary is Now Available

    A Kickstarter funded project that aimed to document and detail the lives of many Indie developers was released today. It's called GameLoading: Rise of the Indie and is the result of three years of filming and interviews with people like John Romero (Doom), Davey Wreden (The Stanley Parable), Rami Ismail (studio Vlambeer), Zoe Quinn (Depression Quest), and more.

    In the spirit of movements like the French New Wave, Punk and Grunge, hundreds of independent game auteurs are emerging with their own unique voices and artistic visions. Independent games include a breadth of cultural issues-morality, gender identity,
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  • EA Sports UFC Out Today on Mobile and Tablet Devices

    EA Sports UFC Out Today on Mobile and Tablet Devices

    EA Sports announced today that EA Sports UFC is now available on mobile and tablet devices.

    Choose from a roster of over 70 fighters in four divisions and begin your journey to the top. From Jon Jones' spinning back elbow to Georges St-Pierre's Superman punch, each fighter boasts a unique set of special moves that players can unlock and upgrade to take out the UFC's toughest competition. Win fights, level up and earn coins to put towards new abilities and fighters. Gamers can also play through full fight cards for upcoming UFC events to earn exclusive in-game rewards - the more you play, the more rewards
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  • Killing Floor 2 Available Now on Steam Early Access

    Killing Floor 2 Available Now on Steam Early Access

    Killing Floor 2 is available now through Steam Early Access, featuring three maps and four out of the 10 eventual class types you will get to choose from.

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