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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...
 

G2A Offers to Pay Media Outlets to Run Pre-Written Defense Article

Add it to the list.

Third-party gray market key reseller, G2A, has been under increased fire the past week. Sure, it's had its fair share of accusations and criticisms slung its way over the years, but nothing quite like what we've seen in the past week. Today, an email sent from G2A to a handful of website owners, attempted to manipulate the public image of the company in an incredibly scummy way.

The email included a "transparent" and "unbiased" pre-written article about G2A that presented a warped spin on the truth about stolen game keys. The "truth"...
 

Earth Defense Force 5 Coming to PC this Week

EDF! EDF! EDF!

The fifth mainline installment in the man vs. bugs saga known as Earth Defense Force was announced to be coming to the PC. Not only that, but Earth Defense Force 5 is coming to the PC this week on Thursday, July 11. That's a mere three days away from today! You can presently add it to your Wishlist on Steam if you want.

As usual, you will play as a member of the Earth Defense Force (EDF) as they battle giant ants, massive spiders, and all sorts of creepy crawlies. At your disposal will be a huge arsenal of weapons, vehicles, mechs, and customizable class...
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  • New Lineage II Expansion Announced by NCSoft

    New Lineage II Expansion Announced by NCSoft

    NCSoft announced the next content expansion coming for Lineage II: Infinite Odyssey. Expected to release this Spring, the new update will include new hunting zones, a new raid boss, and new skills to use.


    [indent]As Lineage II prepares for its 11th anniversary in North America this April, a new chapter is being added to the ongoing saga. With the arrival of the Ertheia, the latest race to join in the war to protect Aden, the heroes of the world have gained new allies. But even with their numbers bolstered and their forces strengthened, they may not have enough power to defeat what lies in wait for them. ...
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  • Invasion: Nexus Coming in Next Update for WildStar

    Invasion: Nexus Coming in Next Update for WildStar

    A new content update is coming soon to WildStar called INVASION: Nexus. The content, available now on the PTR, brings a lot of "new, community-feedback based content to the game."


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  • The Final 16 CS:GO Teams Headed to ESL One Katowice 2015

    The Final 16 CS:GO Teams Headed to ESL One Katowice 2015

    On Thursday, the group stage phase of ESL One Katowice 2015 kicks off for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. These 16 teams will be competing for a share of the $250,000 prize pool.

    You can watch every match on GOTV, or on Twitch with a linked Steam account
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  • Sony Officially Details PS4 Update 2.50 Features Including Suspend/Resume and More

    Some of the features rumored for the 2.50 firmware update for the PlayStation 4 have been officially revealed today by Sony. SCEA's Scott McCarthy provides some of the preliminary details on what you can expect when the update eventually starts to roll out.

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  • All Titanfall DLC Maps are Free to Everyone

    All Titanfall DLC Maps are Free to Everyone

    If you own Titanfall on any platform, you might be happy to hear that Respawn is giving away the Season Pass away for free. That's right, you can now play every map that was previously locked behind a paywall for the tidy sum of $0 (assuming you already own the game already).
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  • Battlefield Hardline Trial Available Now on EA Access

    Battlefield Hardline Trial Available Now on EA Access

    If you own an Xbox One and pay for the EA Access subscription, you can play a 10 hour long trial of the full Battlefield Hardline offering. I believe that this allows for players to access all of the game's multiplayer offerings and only the start of the single player campaign.

    The download is a bit over 45GB, but if you were planning on buying the game already and have EA Access, you may as well get some time in now. There is (obviously) no system like this for the PC or PlayStation consoles.
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  • Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords Expansion Announced

    Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords Expansion Announced

    Triumph revealed the Eternal Lords expansion for Age of Wonders III today. It will be coming to the PC, Mac, and Linux on April 14. That also means, for those unaware, that the Mac and Linux versions of the base game are also coming out on that same day.
    Eternal Lords Content Includes:
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  • Battlefield Hardline Writer Had to Remove Dialogue to Dehumanize the Bad Guys

    In speaking with Polygon, a Battlefield Hardline writer, Rob Auten, mentioned how they actually had to remove lines of dialogue from the game in order for the "bad guys (to feel) like bad guys."
    Writer Rob Auten told me that one of the difficulties he had with this game was creating thugs who were engaging enough to seem realistic, but not so engaging that the player might feel guilty about shooting them. "I wrote one about this guy getting back together with his ex-girlfriend," Auten explained. "Someone on the team pointed out that 'hey idiot, this is someone you are about to shoot in the head, not deliver flowers to,' so we decided,
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  • QuakeCon 2015 Second Round of Pre-Registration Opened Today

    QuakeCon 2015 Second Round of Pre-Registration Opened Today

    The second round of pre-registration began today for QuakeCon 2015. Today opens up the BYOC Select-a-Seat with QuakeCon done Quick package deal.

    BYOC Select-a-Seat with QuakeCon done Quick
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  • Go Inside the Mind of Claptrap in Fourth DLC Pack for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

    The fourth "add-on content pack" for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will literally take your characters inside the mind of Claptrap. That's right, Claptastic Voyage is the fourth piece of content for the game and will be out on March 24. This will be released alongside the Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2, which raises the level cap to 70.



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  • Project Cars Again Delayed This Time to Mid-May

    Project Cars Again Delayed This Time to Mid-May

    Project CARS has experienced yet another delay. The anticipated racing title from Slightly Mad has already been pushed back multiple times, the latest now pushing the game to a possible mid-May launch window.
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