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Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 to play nice with Unity game engine

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You can't have too many supported platforms and Unity Technologies seems to agree, announcing that its self-titled game creation tool will be coming to both Windows 8 and its mobile sibling. According to CEO David Helgason, "The Unity community has been asking for access to Windows Phones and have...
Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 to play nice with Unity game engine

Steam to debut Big Picture beta soon, make couch potatoes of PC gamers

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Early last year, Valve mentioned it was working on something called Big Picture mode for Steam, an alternative user interface with controller support designed specifically for use on televisions. According to Gabe Newell, the distribution services' couch-ready UI is almost upon us. "We should have both Linux and 10-foot...
Steam to debut Big Picture beta soon, make couch potatoes of PC gamers

Nintendo Wii U eShop only sells 18+ games between 11PM and 3AM in Europe

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Nintendo's Wii U console doesn't trust you, Europe. At least not with your digital purchases, as European Wii U owners are reporting that various "Mature" titles (18+ per Europe's PEGI ratings) are unable to be purchased outside of a late-night window (11PM to 3AM). Trailers for said titles can't...
Nintendo Wii U eShop only sells 18+ games between 11PM and 3AM in Europe

EA brings Origin gaming platform to the Mac in limited alpha

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Electronic Arts announced that starting today, users will be able to download and test an early alpha build of their popular Origin gaming software for Mac. According to a post on the Origin blog, only a few thousand players in North America and the United Kingdom will be able...
EA brings Origin gaming platform to the Mac in limited alpha

GameStop confirms June 1 end to PlayStation 2 trade-ins, will continue selling used stock 'for several months'

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GameStop is shuttering its PlayStation 2 trade-in business as of June 1st, a company spokesperson confirmed to Engadget. "We can confirm that as of June 1st we will no longer be accepting the PS2 console or its related product for trades," the statement reads. Several of GameStop's retail locations...
GameStop confirms June 1 end to PlayStation 2 trade-ins, will continue selling used stock 'for several months'

Microsoft opens international barriers to Xbox Live account migration

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Microsoft's throwing open the doors on Xbox Live account migration worldwide for its Xbox 360 consoles, today announcing that XBL accounts are now transferable from region-to-region. That includes everything in your Gold level account: Achievements, virtual monies, Gamerscore, and that gorgeous Avatar. Previously, moving from one country to another...
Microsoft opens international barriers to Xbox Live account migration

Oculus Rift won't come bundled with Doom 3, credit or refund offered instead

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This news is likely to be a bit disappointing to some Oculus Rift backers. Project supporters were set to be rewarded with a copy of Doom 3: BFG Edition, which was to arrive bundled with each development kit. Unfortunately, it turns out that the device won't support the game...
Oculus Rift won't come bundled with Doom 3, credit or refund offered instead

NVIDIA needs your help to optimize its PC gaming optimization software, private beta goes live today

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NVIDIA's "GeForce Experience" application isn't so much an "experience" as it is a software application designed to optimize video game settings for a wide variety of PC setups. It's also a kind of Steam for drivers, if you will, in that it automatically maintains an updated list of drivers...
NVIDIA needs your help to optimize its PC gaming optimization software, private beta goes live today

Valve updating select Steam games with system requirements for Linux users

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Linux for Steam might not be ready for mass consumption just yet, but we're now able to get an idea of what system requirements will be for some of the platform's games. Valve has updated select titles with Tux-friendly specifications. While some games don't appear to require a specific...
Valve updating select Steam games with system requirements for Linux users

Mozilla partners with Epic Games to bring Unreal Engine 3 to the web

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Building on its recent advancements in JavaScript optimization, Mozilla has announced a partnership with Epic Games that will bring the Unreal Engine 3 to Firefox. Unlike the ill-fated InstantAction, this gives developers the opportunity to port high-end titles to the web without the use of plugins. Hardly content with...
Mozilla partners with Epic Games to bring Unreal Engine 3 to the web
Logitech announces Mac OS support for G Series gaming accessories

PlayStation Store update hitting PAL regions on October 17th, North America on October 23rd

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If you feel the current design of the PlayStation Store leaves a lot to be desired, then you'll probably be glad to hear it's being totally revamped. A new UI should do a better job of pushing fresh content at you, and its appearance will be consistent regardless of...
PlayStation Store update hitting PAL regions on October 17th, North America on October 23rd

Six months out, Nintendo's Wii U is a harder sell than ever

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Nintendo's Wii U launched at retail just over six months ago to a lukewarm reception from critics. An even more tepid response from consumers followed, with week-one sales trailing behind those of its predecessor. A massive day-one patch, missing functionality (Nintendo TVii, anyone?) and an ever-expanding launch window for...
Six months out, Nintendo's Wii U is a harder sell than ever

First non-game titles now available on Steam, game dev tools lead the charge

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Valve Software -- makers of the iconic Half-Life series, as well as proprietors of digital storefront Steam -- today released Steam's first non-video game software (original scheduled to launch in early September). ArtRage Studio Pro, CameraBag 2, GameMaker: Studio, 3D-Coat, 3DMark Vantage, and 3DMark 11 join Valve's own Source...
First non-game titles now available on Steam, game dev tools lead the charge

Slacker now streaming tunes on Xbox 360

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After receiving a pre-Valentine's Day makeover, Slacker has officially made its way to the Xbox 360. Free to download for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in the US and Canada, the 116.17MB app brings the internet radio station's revamped color scheme, music guide and a posh set of voice controls...
Slacker now streaming tunes on Xbox 360

Google Maps with Street View arrives on Nintendo Wii U in Japan, free for a limited time

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True to Iwata-san's word, Google Maps with Street View is indeed making its way to the Nintendo Wii U this month. Word of the mapping service's impending arrival first came this past December, but at the time, no mention was made of availability outside of a vague January 2013...
Google Maps with Street View arrives on Nintendo Wii U in Japan, free for a limited time

New 3DMark arrives for Windows, gaming PCs brace for punishment (video)

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There's nothing quite so crushing to the self-esteem of a gamer as a new 3DMark build: even a year-old flagship PC can feel like a clunker as it struggles to get a decent frame rate in Futuremark's visually intensive tests. It's time to get masochistic once again, as the...
New 3DMark arrives for Windows, gaming PCs brace for punishment (video)

Valve is "jumping in" to the computer hardware market

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Valve Software has just revealed a bit more about its apparent intention to jump from gaming software to computer hardware: a job posting for an industrial designer noticed by CVG states that the company is "frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space" and that Valve is...
Valve is "jumping in" to the computer hardware market

The Witness is headed exclusively to PlayStation 4, the next game from Braid creator Jonathan Blow

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Nothing could've been more delightful than Braid creator Jonathan Blow suddenly appearing on-stage at Sony's big PlayStation 4 reveal only to make fun of all the explosions the event had already featured. Oh sure, he was also at the event to reveal that his latest game, The Witness, is...
The Witness is headed exclusively to PlayStation 4, the next game from Braid creator Jonathan Blow

Microsoft Creative Director Defends Always-Online, Insults Customers, Murders Logic...All In One Day!

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Remember that whole SimCity thing, where the always online requirement of the game turned into launch failures, massive backlash, and caused EA/Maxis to lie like it was their job? Yeah, good times. It was almost as if the whole debacle was some kind of how-not-to-do-video-games piece of performance art. Well,...
Microsoft Creative Director Defends Always-Online, Insults Customers, Murders Logic...All In One Day!

Microsoft working on a fix for Halo 4 SmartGlass issues, arriving in 'the coming weeks'

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Microsoft's SmartGlass and Microsoft's Halo 4 apparently aren't quite getting along on Windows Phone 8 devices. Using SmartGlass, Halo 4 players can normally access their stats and other info about their robot supersoldier using the long-established Waypoint service -- except for Windows Phone 8 users, apparently. A forum thread...
Microsoft working on a fix for Halo 4 SmartGlass issues, arriving in 'the coming weeks'

EA reveals Battlefield 4 headed to PC this fall, refuses to confirm next-gen (video)

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This year's Battlefield series entry -- Battlefield 4 -- is headed to PCs this fall. The game wasn't given other platforms, but logic dictates it'll arrive on the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 successor. Apparently, since only Sony's next-gen console is a known quantity and Microsoft's staying mum,...
EA reveals Battlefield 4 headed to PC this fall, refuses to confirm next-gen (video)

Good Old Games now supports Mac, kicks off with approximately 50 games

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Everyone's favorite DRM-free digital games distributor, Good Old Games, is now offering support for just over 50 games on Mac OS-based machines. That means that classics like Syndicate and the Wing Commander series are now offered through the service, not to mention new classics like Botanicula and The Witcher...
Good Old Games now supports Mac, kicks off with approximately 50 games

Green Throttle Games Atlas and Arena hands-on (video)

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Amid Nintendo's latest piece of kit and the buzz for the next generation of home consoles, a quiet voice is whispering in the consumer's ear: Android, it says. Between dual-analog gamepads, crowd funded hardware and hardcore gaming tablets, Google's mobile OS is gaining ground among gamers. It certainly has...
Green Throttle Games Atlas and Arena hands-on (video)

Steam Big Picture beta hands-on

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Been keeping up with Steam's Big Picture interface? Then you probably know it's already in beta. The 10-foot UI hopes to help Valve's content distribution portal get comfortable in front of your couch, offering gamers access to their favorite PC titles from a gamepad-friendly interface. We piped the beta...
Steam Big Picture beta hands-on

Samsung patent ties emotional states to virtual faces through voice, shows when we're cracking up

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Voice recognition usually applies to communication only in the most utilitarian sense, whether it's to translate on the spot or to keep those hands on the wheel while sending a text message. Samsung has just been granted a US patent that would convey how we're truly feeling through visuals...
Samsung patent ties emotional states to virtual faces through voice, shows when we're cracking up

Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 now working on Linux through Google Chrome, more or less

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A Holy Grail of Linux gaming has been an Unreal Engine 3 port. Getting one for the OS would unlock a world of games that has been the province of, well, just about any other mainstream platform. Thanks to Google preserving Flash on Linux through Chrome, that dream is...
Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 now working on Linux through Google Chrome, more or less

Hasbro Lazer Tag hands-on (video)

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The NERF has been dropped, but Hasbro's Lazer Tag system is still the same awesome toy we got a taste of in February. The difference is, now they're retail ready. Individual blasters, complete with iDevice dock, will hit shelves in just over a week, while packages of two are...
Hasbro Lazer Tag hands-on (video)
Valve's Steam: Not just for games anymore

Ubisoft UPlay may accidentally contain web plugin exploit, Ezio would not approve

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If you've played Assassin's Creed 2 (or other Ubisoft games), you may have installed more stealthy infiltration than you bargained for. Some snooping by Tavis Ormandy around Ubisoft's UPlay looks to have have discovered that the service's browser plugin, meant to launch locally-stored games from the web, doesn't have...
Ubisoft UPlay may accidentally contain web plugin exploit, Ezio would not approve
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