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Steam Summer Sale 2019 is Now Live

Wallets be aware.

If you noticed Steam is loading slowly today, or even not at all, there is a good reason for it. The Steam Summer Sale 2019 kicked off just about an hour ago today. It seems as though this year's official name for the sale is the "Steam Grand Prix Summer Sale" and it runs from now (June 25) through until July 9, 2019.

During this time, you'll be able to save a lot of money on a lot of games. I'm talking about thousands of games being on sale here. You want Assassin's Creed Odyssey for 50% off? You got it.

How's about Devil May...
 

Steam Will Not Support Ubuntu 19.10 and Later

But will still support Linux.

Valve is one of the big reasons why gaming on Linux has seen such a massive surge in recent years. One of the biggest pushes came not from specially created Linux builds of games, but from Proton, a fork of Wine that Valve released to allow for games to become playable on Linux that may not have native Linux support. At present, there are over 5,400 games that work through Steam on Linux thanks to Proton.

Over the years, Valve has recommended that those looking to get into using Linux try out Ubuntu Linux. Last Friday, that all changed....
 

Fortnite '14 Days of Summer' Event Begins Today

A fortnight of Fortnite.

Today marks the start of Fortnite's "14 Days of Summer" event. Epic Games says that for each day, players can drop into Fortnite for something new. This event applies to both the still fairly popular Battle Royale mode and the less popular, but still enjoyable, Save the World mode.

In Battle Royale a new item will be unvaulted every day for 24 hours. There is going to be a new "LTM" featured each day. This is in addition to new daily challenges and free wards. There are also going to be new outfits "and more" featured...
 

Review: Judgment (PS4)

The same, but different.

Sega, specifically the Yakuza team at Sega, are really damn good at what they do. The primarily Japanese developer has been on a roll with their stellar Yakuza-focused releases this generation that include Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami and Kiwami 2, and Yakuza 6. All of these titles have received high praise both from myself and from other media outlets these past few years.

It should then come as no surprise that the level of quality found in those titles does not take any sort of hit with the team's latest release, Judgment. Make no mistake about...
 

EA Attempts to Distance Themselves from 'Loot Boxes' by Calling them 'Surprise Mechanics'

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it must be a surprise mechanic.

EA and loot boxes, loot boxes and EA. In some people's minds, there is no better pairing save for "gamers" and "rising up." For the past several years now, the studio has been repeatedly under fire for how they included loot boxes in many of their titles. They have included loot box mechanics in games like Madden with their Madden Ultimate Team card packs, FIFA with the similar Ultimate Team mode, Battlefield 1, and perhaps most notably, Star Wars Battlefront 2.

In fact,...
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  • Ubisoft to Phase Out Online Passes Starting with Assassin's Creed IV

    Ubisoft to Phase Out Online Passes Starting with Assassin's Creed IV

    Good news for those that hate having to redeem an online pass to access additional content for a game they just bought as Ubisoft said they are phasing out online passes effectively immediately. Starting with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, the Uplay Passport offering will be a free download to everyone with the game.

    This will allow gamers to access online features without adding in any additional code or having to purchase anything should you buy the game secondhand.
    The Uplay Passport program was initiated as a means of giving customers full access and support for online multiplayer and features,
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  • New Trailer for South Park: The Stick of Truth Reveals a Delay Until March 4

    New Trailer for South Park: The Stick of Truth Reveals a Delay Until March 4

    Another delay has hit South Park: The Stick of Truth. This time, the delay pushes the game from a December release until all the way into March. March 4th to be more precise.

    This means that the game has been delayed a full year from its original release date. Of course, the issues with THQ didn't help matters when it came to the initial delays for the game.

    Feel free to check out the new trailer for The Stick of Truth below.

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  • Call of Duty: Ghosts Confirmed for 720p on Xbox One, 1080p on PS4

    Call of Duty: Ghosts Confirmed for 720p on Xbox One, 1080p on PS4

    Infinity Ward's Mark Rubin has come out and officially stated that Call of Duty: Ghosts will run at 720p on the Xbox One. He also confirmed that the PlayStation 4 version will run at 1080p.
    "Hey, been on the road last couple weeks so haven't had a chance to update, but wanted to confirm that for Xbox One we're 1080p upscaled from 720p. And, we're native 1080p on PS4. We optimized each console to hit 60 FPS and the game looks great on both," Rubin said on Twitter. "Still on the road, but glad to see the great reception to [Call of Duty: Ghosts co-op mode] Extinction. Can't wait for next week's launch."
    There you ...
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  • Snapmatic Contest for Grand Theft Auto V Includes a Plush Chop Prize

    Snapmatic Contest for Grand Theft Auto V Includes a Plush Chop Prize

    Rockstar Games kicked off a new contest for owners of Grand Theft Auto V. As the title implies, the contest focuses on the Snapmatic tool, an in-game photo app that lets you take a picture of anything and upload it to the Social Club.
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  • PlayStation 4 Will Not Support Uploads to YouTube

    PlayStation 4 Will Not Support Uploads to YouTube

    As part of their massive pre-release FAQ for the PlayStation 4, Sony revealed that the console will not allow direct uploads to YouTube at launch.
    Can I share my game videos on YouTube?

    No. At launch, PS4 users will be able to use the Share button on the DUALSHOCK 4 controller to upload gameplay videos to their Facebook account, or to stream live gameplay to Ustream or Twitch. PS4 owners can follow PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation.com for further news on other services to come after launch.
    Right now, the streams sent to Twitch will be archived for later viewing if the user has archiving enabled on their ac...
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  • Steam Surpasses 65 Million Accounts

    Steam Surpasses 65 Million Accounts

    Valve announced today that Steam has surpassed 65 million total user accounts. That is a 30% increase in growth over the previous 12 months.
    Looking ahead to 2014, Valve looks to expand Steam's services and offerings to gamers and developers by holding the Steam Developer Days in Seattle, WA this January and rolling out the recently announced Steam Machines with a variety of hardware partners later in the year. "The main goal of Steam has always been to increase the quality of the user's experience by reducing the distance between content creators and their audience," said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. "As the platfor
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  • FXAA Ruins Texture Quality in Battlefield 4

    FXAA Ruins Texture Quality in Battlefield 4

    We already know how FXAA use tends to blur textures in games while simultaneously serving as a quick method of AA. However, it seems as though FXAA use in Battlefield 4 blurs textures more noticeably than in any other game.

    HardOCP suggest turning the "Antialiasing Post" setting to "Off" in order to fix the blurred texture issue. The other AA settings in the game should be ok to adjust to your own tastes, just leave Antialiasing Post "off."
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  • Microsoft Must Really Like the 'Xbox Huge' Meme

    Microsoft Must Really Like the 'Xbox Huge' Meme

    So, Microsoft made another giant Xbox, this time it's a giant Xbox One. Unlike the previous large console of theirs, there is only one of this One and it's in Vancouver. O Canada, what are you doing up there? It's said to be 40 feet long and 20 feet wide. Microsoft has hinted that the console will "unlock" after people "pledge" their gamertags and/or souls. Gamers can pledge their tags in person, online, or from the Xbox 360 dashboard. I'm going assume this is for residents of Canada only, but I have no idea. Prizes include Xbox One consoles and a trip to Toronto for the system's launch. (via ...
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  • Pay What You Want for a Game Music Bundle... of the Damned!

    Pay What You Want for a Game Music Bundle... of the Damned!

    It's like a Humble Bundle but just for game soundtracks! A "Game Music Bundle... of the Damned!" has been released that lets you pay what you want for upwards of 17 video game soundtracks from some of your favorite horror or spooky games.

    A minimum of $1 will get you soundtracks to Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Limbo, Bloodrayne, and Dead Space.

    Pay more than $10 to get the above and:
    • Home
    • Year Walk
    • Penumbra
    • The Horror at MS Aurora
    • Organ Trail
    • Alice: Madness Returns
    • Plants vs. Zombies
    • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
    • [Survaillant]
    • Manor of the Damned!
    • Gone
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  • First Titanfall is Exclusive to Xbox and PC, Vince Zampella is Not Happy

    First Titanfall is Exclusive to Xbox and PC, Vince Zampella is Not Happy

    Sorry hopeful PlayStation 4 owners, it looks as though Titanfall from Respawn Entertainment won't be headed to your platform. EA has stated that the game will remain exclusive to the PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One for the entirety of its life.

    EA CFO, Blake Jorgensen, said this during today's financial call for EA.
    "In the case of Titanfall, it's a brand new IP and it's exclusive only for the life of the title on Xbox One and Xbox 360 and PC."

    Before you get upset with Respawn, here is what Respawn Entertainment's Vince Zampella had to say about this matter.
    Ho boy. Yes, it looks as though h...
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  • Scream Fortress 2013 is Live for Team Fortress 2

    Scream Fortress 2013 is Live for Team Fortress 2

    Get ready for Helltower and the Scream Fortress 2013 update for Team Fortress 2. A new map, new magical abilities, new items, new newness.
    DockTort-urous Halloween Special, which this year is based entirely around the terrifyingly complex legal questions that haunt maritime law. AWOOOOOOOO! [Sound of receiving a jury summons]
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