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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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  • Flying Wild Hog Announces JUJU - A Colorful New Platformer Coming to PC and Consoles

    Flying Wild Hog, the studio behind Shadow Warrior just announced JUJU, a classic style platformer that is slated to come to PC and consoles later this year.

    Journey with the shaman panda, Juju, and his lizard sidekick, Peyo, as they embark upon a dangerous and mystical journey to save Juju's father and the world from an ancient evil. Run, bounce, chant, and battle humongous bosses with a friend or family member in this beautifully animated, lighthearted adventure.
    There will be two-player cooperative play included in the game. It's slated to be released for the PC and unspecified consoles th...
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  • Everything You Need to Know About Destiny on PlayStation 4

    Everything You Need to Know About Destiny on PlayStation 4

    The above video shows off Destiny on the PlayStation 4. It apparently tells you "everything" you need to know about the game. Everything you need to know about the game has been condensed to just a two minute video.

    Did you catch it all?...
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  • Rare Suffers Layoffs

    Rare Suffers Layoffs

    Following the launch of Kinect Sports Rivals, developer Rare has reportedly suffered from some layoffs. Parent company Microsoft confirmed there was a "change to our development process and methodology at Rare" but did not disclose any actual reason for the layoffs.

    Eurogamer notes that about 16 employees were let go from the company. In comparison, the entire Kinect Sports Rivals team included roughly 150 employees. So while it wasn't a huge number of people it's never a good thing when [I]any/I] layoffs have to happen.
    "At Xbox, our goal is to constantly create new fun, social and interactive
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  • PlayStation Now Private Beta Begins May 20 on PlayStation 4

    PlayStation Now Private Beta Begins May 20 on PlayStation 4

    PlayStation Now already has a closed beta running for PlayStation 3 users. Tomorrow, May 20, the beta will kick off for PlayStation 4 gamers. According to the PlayStation Blog, if you already registered you should keep an eye on your Inbox for an invite and voucher code starting tomorrow.

    In addition, Sony is opening up the PlayStation 3 beta for the service to a wider audience tomorrow.
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  • YouTube Buying Twitch for $1 Billion

    YouTube Buying Twitch for $1 Billion

    Google, by way of YouTube, has apparently reached a deal to purchase the popular streaming company, Twitch, for over $1 billion. Sources familiar with the deal say that it's $1 billion (USD) in an "all-cash offer" and it is expected to be announced very soon.

    Representatitives for both parties declined to comment on the deal with Variety.
    The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If completed the acquisition would be the most significant in the history of YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion. The impending acquisition comes after longtime
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  • Titanfall on PC Removes Pilot Hunter and Capture the Flag Modes Due to Lack of Players

    Yesterday, Respawn Entertainment removed two multiplayer modes from Titanfall for the PC. The reason? Apparently, not enough players were playing those modes.
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  • Report: Halo: The Master Chief Collection Includes HD Versions of Halo 1-4 on Xbox One

    The Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been rumored through anonymous sources with Engadget. As you may expect from the name, the collection will include HD versions of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4.

    This is to build up towards the release of Halo 5: Guardians next year. So where are games like Halo: ODST and Halo: Reach? Well, those games aren't a part of Master Chief's main story so it wouldn't make much sense to include those in with the "Master Chief Collection" of games. If true, that certainly takes the wind out of the sails of Microsoft and 343 Industries as they pro...
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  • Battlefield 4 Premium Video Gives First Look at Dragon's Teeth

    Battlefield 4 Premium Video Gives First Look at Dragon's Teeth

    When DICE promised gameplay footage for Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth this week, this wasn't exactly what most people had in mind. They released a general "Premium" video that just happens to have a very brief glimpse at Dragon's Teeth included.


    Did you blink? Yeah, you probably missed it....
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  • Three new Batman: Arkham Knight Screens Feature Harley Quinn, the Batmobile, and Pointy Ears

    The Batman: Arkham Knight Twitter account just revealed three new screenshots for the game. As the title implies, these shots include a look at Harley Quinn, the Batmobile, and some super pointy ears.


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  • Expanded Euroleague Lineup for NBA 2K15

    Expanded Euroleague Lineup for NBA 2K15

    2K has announced that NBA 2K15 will feature more teams and players from the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. This is the start of a multi-year global partnership between the league and 2K.
    NBA 2K15 will feature 11 additional teams from the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, including top-level FC Bayern Munich of Germany, JSF Nanterre of France, Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul of Turkey and Partizan NIS Belgrade of Serbia, bringing the total number of playable Euroleague teams to 25, including every team that participated in the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague. All squads will be fully updated to reflect trades accurate to the day of release. The full list of 25 teams to be included in NBA 2K15 are: Alba Berlin Anadolu Efes Istanbul Brose Baskets Bamberg (new)
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  • Massive Doesn't Want to "Do a Battlefield 4" with The Division

    Massive Doesn't Want to "Do a Battlefield 4" with The Division

    Responding to criticisms about the ambitious 2014 release window for The Division, developer Massive said that it felt like they were "punched in the face" when Ubisoft announced that extremely early date.
    Finally our source tells us of how annoyed people at the studio were at Ubisoft without consulting with Massive when they revealed a 2014 street date at last year's E3. "It felt like being punched in the face to be perfectly honest. At the end of the day we don't want to do a Battlefield 4 and release an unfinished game. There's too much potential in the concept that is The Division at the moment, that we've asked for more ti
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