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Blizzard will be ceasing support for Windows XP and Vista this year

Windows XP was the defacto operating system for a very long time. I remember immediately upgrading in 2001 and not really thinking about changing until I eventually tried out Windows 7 in 2010. The removal of MS-DOS was pretty big, but the ...   read

 
 
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eShop downloads on the Switch won't be console locked

One of the more curious choices Nintendo used to make with downloadable games came in the form of console locking content. On any of its previous systems with some form of storefront (Wii, DSi, 3DS, and Wii U), every download would be assoc...   read

 
 
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Bottle Caps for Pokemon Sun and Moon are being distributed at game stores worldwide

[Header image by SittingOvationArt on Etsy] No, it's not a Fallout crossover. In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Bottle Caps are used in Hyper Training to raise one of your creature's statistics to the maximum potential value. They're esp...   read

 
 
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Puyo Puyo Tetris brings two classic puzzle franchises together

With all of the hoopla over the Switch presentation tonight, most people didn't realize that some third-party games were even coming to the system. While this may not be a heavy hitter, Puyo Puyo Tetris is heading to the West for the Ninten...   read

 
 
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DiRT Showdown is free over on the Humble Store right now!

The overlooked DiRT Showdown is now free on the Humble Store for the next two days. While the game isn't exactly groundbreaking or packed with loads of content, it does basically replicate the style of Burnout while providing some neat dive...   read

 
 
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It is a mega day for Xbox One backward compatibility

I guess adding seven games in a single day wasn't enough for Microsoft's backward compatibility service. They needed to round off the number so it wasn't odd and I'm perfectly fine with the choices they made. Mega Man 9, Mega Man 10, and Be...   read

 
 
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Some of Codemasters' racing games have been delisted from Steam

In the digital era of games, not everything lasts forever. As crazy as it may sound, sometimes licenses for cars, music, or product placements end up rendering a game unsellable after a certain date. It looks like that has come to pass for ...   read

 
 
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PSA: Don't forget to download this month's Pokemon, Meloetta

Just a reminder; the last Pokémon distribution for 2016 is set to end this Saturday, December 24. This month's Pokémon is Meloetta, and if you miss this opportunity you probably won't have another one for quite some time....   read

 
 
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Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon are now available for digital purchase

With the advent of the Games on Demand service for Xbox 360, multi-disc games were not available for purchase digitally. While this initially might have been due to file size restrictions with Xbox Live marketplace (Arcade games were origin...   read

 
 
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Magearna is now available in Pokemon Sun and Moon

Update: Added European/Australian QR code below. As mentioned previously, Pokémon Sun and Moon are getting their first mythic Pokémon starting today. Magearna is a Steel/Fairy type and resembles a clockwork doll with a po...   read

 
 


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Meloetta and Magearna are this month's distributed Pokemon

Every month this year, Pokémon players around the world have been able to download a new digital creature to celebrate the franchise's 20th anniversary, one that's not available through normal gameplay. The final Poké...   read

 
 
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PSA: Genesect Pokemon distribution ends Thursday

As part of the celebration for Pokémon's 20th anniversary, players have been able to download one of the rarest creatures to their cartridges every month this year. The distribution for this month's Pokémon, Genesect, is ...   read

 
 
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The Steam store has a new look today

"Keep scrolling for more recommendations." I think that sums up the direction Valve has taken the Steam store in recent years. You can manually search for games by name or genre, or peek at the chart-toppers, sure, but have you seen these p...   read

 
 
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The Windows store version of Infinite Warfare won't work with the Steam version

[Update: According to Microsoft, this problem falls entirely on Activision. Microsoft allows the possibility of cross-play with UWP apps and CD Projekt Red's upcoming GWENT even has the feature. I'm guessing Activision just wants the game o...   read

 
 
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Valve will soon require that only screenshots be shown in the Steam store

Valve has put out some new guidelines for the upcoming "Discovery 2.0" update to the Steam store and misleading screenshots will no longer be allowed. The guidelines specify that all screenshots must be from actual gameplay. Valve won't be ...   read

 
 
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Get a Genesect for any 3DS Pokemon this month

Every month this year, Pokémon players around the world have been able to download a new digital creature to celebrate the franchise's 20th anniversary, one that's not available through normal gameplay. This month's feature...   read

 
 
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(Update) EA seems to have banned an entire country from Origin

[Update: On the day of this post (10/30/16), I had reached out to EA via their customer service e-mail to get an answer on the situation. The response I got was very helpful and should put anyone at ease. "The short answer here is that this...   read

 
 
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Weird Al closing out BlizzCon

Weird Al Yankovic is pretty important to me. I'm old enough to remember listening to Weird Al on the radio, Sunday nights on the Dr. Demento Show. Even before that, I would trade cassette tapes with kids at school trying to collect all of A...   read

 
 
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PSA: Keldeo Pokemon distribution ends Monday

As part of Pokémon's 20th anniversary, at least one of the harder-to-get creatures has been made available every month this year. Although there were two of the special Pokémon available this month, the Keldeo d...   read

 
 
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Review in Progress: Civilization VI

Many empires have risen and fallen throughout the history of mankind. What once stands as a towering achievement to human ingenuity and engineering soon becomes rubble, dust, and bones. The cycle repeats and history moves on; nothing demons...   read

 
 
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Dead Star pulled from digital storefronts due to low sales

It seems that Armature Studios can't catch a break. ReCore launched to some tepid reviews and now its other game from 2016, Dead Star, is being pulled from digital storefronts. You can no longer purchase the game from the PlayStation Store ...   read

 
 
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Hoopa second chance now available for U.S. Pokemon players

We let you know on Saturday about some of the special Pokémon distributions happening during the month of October. Yet another legendary creature just became available in North America, the Djinn-inspired Hoopa. Previously, Hoopa was...   read

 
 
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Grab two Legendary Pokemon starting this month

Every month this year, the Pokémon company has been distributing one of their legendary monsters as part of their 20th anniversary celebration. For October, there are two creatures available via different distribution methods, Keldeo...   read

 
 
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What hardware will it take to overthrow Gandhi in Civ VI?

Civilization VI will be releasing in a little less then a month's time. Prospective buyers may want to know if their hardware is capable enough (spoiler alert: it probably is). Firaxis has revealed what kind of PC it will take to topple the...   read

 
 
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PSA: Victini distribution ends this week

Heads up, Pokémon players; the Victini distribution event that's been running this past month is set to end on September 24. You'll need an internet connection and a copy of Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, or Pokémon X o...   read

 
 



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