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Tencent gets exclusive rights to operate PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in China

It’s just like everyone always says in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds : China No. 1. Internet megacorp Tencent has revealed that it will have the exclusive rights to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in its home market of China. It will run the servers, and it will focus on complying with (or bypassing) tough regulations. Tencent is also promising to…

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Harold Halibut is like a cheery BioShock under an alien sea

Too often, depictions of postapocalyptic society focus on grimdark, gritty, and gruesome. But Harold Halibut offers another perspective: dreamy and awkward, channeling Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic. It’s a PC point-and-click adventure with a stop-motion aesthetic, and it’s the debut effort from German indie studio Slow Bros. The studio has been working on Harold Halibut for over…

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Belgium pushes to ban loot boxes in Europe

Belgium’s Gaming Commission has determined that loot boxes in gaming are gambling, according to a report from the news website VTM  (first reported by PC Gamer ). And the country’s minister of justice Koen Geens says he will try to ban the process of blind, randomized loot boxes completely. This comes after Electronic Arts courted…

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YouTube culture is turning kids against art games

GUEST: My game “Everything is going to be OK ” was included in Double Fine’s Day of the Devs. Yay! I’m happy to get publicity for my game, and Double Fine’s public event for indie developers in San Francisco looked like a great place for that. This is probably the first time, outside of E3, that…

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Turtle Beach’s Stealth 600/700 Xbox One headsets: Look, ma, no dongles!

Microsoft opened up its wireless technology to peripheral manufacturers in September , and that means we’re getting a wave of new gaming headsets for the Xbox One. Turtle Beach is one of the first companies jumping in, and I’ve spent some time with its Stealth 600 and 700 devices that work with that console as…

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Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV review — not worth the gil

REVIEW: The fan service is strong with Square Enix’s Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV. I’m convinced that the studio had trouble deciding whether they wanted to make a Noctis dating simulator or a fishing game, so it said, “Why not both?” I played it on PlayStation VR, and while it’s neat seeing the Final…

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Why doesn’t Star Wars: Battlefront II have more hero skins? GamesBeat Decides

Star Wars: Battlefront II has emotes and win poses, just as Overwatch does. But while Blizzard Entertainment’s hit team shooter has plenty of costumes for your characters, Battlefront II does not. While different outfits — often called skins — seem like a great fit for this take on the Star Wars universe, Lucasfilm and Electronic Arts…

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Axis & Allies creator Larry Harris is back with WWII tabletop game War Room

Back in 1984, Larry Harris released one of the most popular board games of all time, Axis & Allies. It sold millions of units as it appealed to both hardcore war gaming fans and casual audiences as well. Now, after designing 200 games, Harris is revisiting WWII with his magnum opus, War Room. For the…

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Splatoon 2 paints new updates for November 23

Nintendo’s colorful team shooter Splatoon 2 is getting some new stages and looks. Some of the updates will unlock on November 23, while others will roll out beginning November 24. This content is free for folks who already own the game, which is available on the Nintendo Switch for $60. Splatoon 2 topped the best…

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age’s HD remake gambit pays off with 1 million in sales

Square Enix revealed on Final Fantasy’s official Twitter account that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age has reached over 1 million in sales. The Zodiac Age is an HD remaster for PlayStation 4. Final Fantasy XII first came out for the PlayStation 2 in 2006. The original version sold more than six million copies worldwide. Square…