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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....
 

Battlefield 5 'Firestorm' Battle Royale Reveal Trailer and First Details


The upcoming battle royale mode for Battlefield 5 was finally revealed today thanks to an all-new trailer. The trailer doesn't show actual gameplay, but it does offer an "in-engine" look at some of the antics you and your crew will get up to.

I suppose I should preface this by saying Firestorm is the name of this new mode. It's slated to be added to Battlefield 5, free of charge to everyone that owns the game, on March 25.

Firestorm finds 64 players battling it out to be the last one standing in a match. The map size is said to be "ten times larger...
 

Google Teases Their New Gaming Console in GDC 2019 Promo Video


It's no secret that Google has been working on a gaming console. They've had a patent filed since late 2018 showing off the potential design for the new console's controller. It's kind of the typical console controller design that most of us have already come to know and probably love.

It's currently unclear as to what Google has planned for this device. Multiple sources have said that it will be a console that focuses on streaming. However, some rumors have suggested that the hardware included will make it more powerful than an Xbox One X. And while a lot of great hardware...
 

Stela is a New 'Cinematic Platformer' from SkyBox Labs


SkyBox Labs, a development studio that is helping to co-develop Halo Infinite with 343 Industries, just announced a new title today. Their new game is called Stela and it's being billed as a "cinematic platformer." It's looking for a 2019 release on the Xbox One and PC and will make its debut at GDC 2019 as part of Microsoft's ID@Xbox Developer Showcase.

Players will have to overcome challenges and alter the terrain in order to solve puzzles and make their way past various enemies. The first trailer for the game was shown off today. More information will eventually...
 

Judgment to Ship with Two Sets of English Subtitles


Building off of yesterday's news of a June 25th release date for Judgment in the West, comes word today that the game will ship with two different English subtitles to choose from. This was revealed as part of today's new media release for Judgment on the PlayStation Blog.

The Yakuza localization team already does an absolutely tremendous job, but it looks like they're trying to up the ante with Judgment. The idea to have two separate English subtitles ties in to the fact that Judgment will have English audio in addition to the original Japanese audio. Those who played the...
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  • Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2 Updates Released - November 26, 2013

    Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2 Updates Released - November 26, 2013

    A double dose of update news for you tonight as both Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2 were updated by Valve.

    Changelog for TF2 for November 26, 2013

    - Fixed missing backpack material for the Australium Force-a-Nature - Fixed the Killstreak counts for the Mantreads, Chargin' Targe, and Splendid Screen - Fixed the Killstreak sheen effect not working on the Mantreads - Fixed the Ping column in the Scoreboard getting clipped in 4:3 resolutions - Fixed the Mann vs. Machine return-to-lobby timer not updating properly after a mission has been completed - Updated the Killstreak Fabricator's description to include the sheen and the Killstreaker effect for its output
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  • Microsoft Offering Gamers with Defective Xbox One Consoles a Free Game

    Microsoft Offering Gamers with Defective Xbox One Consoles a Free Game

    Microsoft is offering those Xbox One owners that are experiencing the faulty drive issue a free game as a way of apologizing. Polygon received a forwarded email detailing the offer.

    The email will let users download either Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, or Zoo Tycoon for free.
    "While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game," a statement from Microsoft said. "We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios."
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  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Coming to Mobile Devices in December

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Coming to Mobile Devices in December

    Rockstar Games announced earlier today that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will be making its way to various mobile devices next month.
    Encompassing Los Santos, San Fierro, Las Venturas and everything in between, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been upgraded for its mobile release. Newly remastered graphics including dynamic and detailed shadows, greater draw distance, an enriched color palette, plus enhanced character and car models make this the best-looking version of San Andreas yet. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas also features brand new touch controls including contextual control options to display buttons onl
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  • Xbox One Reportedly Costs $471 to Build

    Xbox One Reportedly Costs $471 to Build

    The Xbox One reportedly costs $471 to build, meaning Microsoft has just a $28 margin between the cost per unit and the price they're selling it for. As noted previously, the PlayStation 4 costs $381 to build, so what makes up the differences between the two machines?


    AllThingsD notes how the Kinect makes up at least $75 of the system's total cost. The most expensive component, however, is the AMD made chip that combines the CPU and GPU at a cost of $110. The PS4 chip costs only $100 in comparison. The Xbox One's DDR3 memory costs Microsoft just $60, which is $28 less than the GDDR5 memory in u...
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  • Double Fine Regains Rights to Games, Promises to Re-release Games

    Double Fine Regains Rights to Games, Promises to Re-release Games

    Double Fine has regained the publishing rights to both Costume Quest and Stacking. Next year, the company plans to re-release those two titles alongside Psychonauts for Windows and OSX.
    Double Fine Productions and Nordic Games have announced that Double Fine has reacquired all the publishing and distribution rights to its games Costume Quest and Stacking. Additionally, Double Fine has decided to partner with Nordic Games to bring retail release of Psychonauts, Costume Quest, and Stacking for Windows and Mac in North America and Europe during the first half of 2014. "I am pleased that we have regained full control over Costume Quest and S
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  • Wasteland 2 Beta Slated to Begin Next Month

    Wasteland 2 Beta Slated to Begin Next Month

    To those who backed Wasteland 2, Brian Fargo from inXile Entertainment said via Twitter that the beta for the game will begin next month.

    Specifically, he said that it should actually begin in just two and a half weeks....
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  • Possible PSA: Steam Autumn Sale Kicks Off Tomorrow, November 27

    Possible PSA: Steam Autumn Sale Kicks Off Tomorrow, November 27

    Let's keep this rumor train rolling strong! According to documents leaked earlier this month, a Steam Autumn Sale will begin tomorrow, November 27 and will end December 3.


    The document appeared on Reddit on November 3 and supposedly comes from a Russian developer that recently had their title Greenlit on Steam. Another Reddit user verified that he was sent a copy of the email from said developer. If this is true, you have about a day to prepare your wallets. If this is true, don't expect to see anything drastically different in the Steam Holiday Sale 2013 as the email notes how the sale items ...
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  • Fallout 4 Possibly Teased in Survivor 2299 ARG

    Fallout 4 Possibly Teased in Survivor 2299 ARG

    I've been sitting on this one for a while since it wasn't very clear that this "Survivor 2299" thing was actually related to Fallout 4. There was a huge amount of speculation that it was and also some evidence showing that it might not be. However, as the days go on, more and more details are emerging that seem to indicate this is a legitimate ARG for an upcoming Fallout 4 reveal. Again, all of this is merely speculation at this point and may end up just being a huge joke on the Internet and fans of the Fallout series. When you first visit the site you are greeted with a countdown and some morse code. The morse code originally pointed to a date of December 11, 2013. ...
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  • Call of Duty: Ghosts is the Top Selling 'Next-Gen' Title

    Call of Duty: Ghosts is the Top Selling 'Next-Gen' Title

    It turns out that players still want to play Call of Duty as shown by the fact that Call of Duty: Ghosts is the best-selling "next-gen" title released so far. Activision announced that Ghosts is both the top-selling game for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and the most played game on both platforms.

    According to GameStop PowerUp Rewards, it is also the most "desired" game of this next-gen turned current-gen era.

    Activision Publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg, said...

    "Around the globe, Call of Duty: Ghosts is leading the next generation. It's the #1 selling title at key retailers and it's also the most played game on Xbox One and PS4 globally.
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  • Nine New, Great Looking Screenshots from Infamous: Second Son

    Nine New, Great Looking Screenshots from Infamous: Second Son

    Sucker Punch recently released some new screenshots for Infamous: Second Son, the PlayStation 4 exclusive title slated for release in March 2014.


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  • iBuyPower Reveals Details and Price for their Prototype Steam Machine

    iBuyPower Reveals Details and Price for their Prototype Steam Machine

    iBuyPower revealed their own prototype box today for their own upcoming Steam Machine. Keep in mind that various manufacturers will be allowed to make their own devices and iBuyPower is one of them. Their unit will go on sale next year for $499 (USD), the same price as an Xbox One. Included will be a multicore AMD CPU, AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 500GB hard drive. The unit itself is smaller than an Xbox One but larger than a PS4. The power supply is included inside the case and appears to come in a glossy white with a customizable light bar running across the middle of the unit. Included will be...
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