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Steam cracks down on refunds for No Man's Sky

Steam cracks down on refunds for No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky has been out for three weeks, and players are still attempting to get refunds.

Reports hit social media and Reddit over the weekend claiming that retailers like Amazon, Steam, PlayStation, Humble Bundle, and GOG were issuing refunds, despite some claims falling outside the retailers' refund guidelines.

For example, Steam requires games to have been owned less than 48 hours, and played less than 2 hours, in order to be eligible for a refund; several Reddit posters claimed to have had their purchases refunded after considerably longer – sometimes after up to 50 hours of gameplay.

However, since that posting, the Steam page for No Man's Sky has been edited to include a warning, at the top of the page, which states that "the standard Steam refund policy applies to No Man's Sky. There are no special exemptions available."

Former Sony director Shahid Kamal Ahmad, who was instrumental in securing No Man's Sky as a Sony exclusive, tweeted:

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Ratings boards detail Resident Evil 7's "intense acts of violence"

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Ratings boards detail Resident Evil 7's "intense acts of violence"

New details for the upcoming Resident Evil 7: Biohazard have been revealed thanks to an Entertainment Software Rating Board ratings listing.

According to the US-based ESRB, which rated the game 'M':

This is a survival-horror game in which players assume the role of Ethan, a man searching for his missing wife in a derelict mansion. From a first-person perspective, players explore the environment and use pistols, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives and chainsaws to kill mutant creatures. Combat is accompanied by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and exaggerated blood-splatter effects.

As players progress through the story, cutscenes can depict instances of gore and intense acts of violence: a character’s arm dismembered by a chainsaw; a man’s leg taken off at the knee with a shovel; a character impaled through the face with a shovel. Some areas also depict mutilated corpses with exposed organs/viscera. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard in the dialogue.
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Your Facebook friends can now watch you suck at Overwatch

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Your Facebook friends can now watch you suck at Overwatch

Players can now stream their sessions of Blizzard games via Facebook, thanks to the latest update to the Battle.net launcher.

Blizzard Streaming was announced in June, emerging in the wake of Facebook's new integration and live API features.

"Blizzard games are best when played with friends," said the studio's corporate operations exec Gio Hunt, "so it's important to us to provide our players with features and services that make it easy and fun to share their experiences with each other."

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Tomb Raider just got a Hardline new director

Tomb Raider just got a Hardline new director

There may not be a sequel announced for Rise of the Tomb Raider yet, but that hasn't stopped developer Crystal Dynamics from appointing a new director.

Ian Milham will now take the reins on the franchise, according to the Tomb Raider Tumblr page.

The franchise has lacked a director ever since Rise of the Tomb Raider director Brian Horton left the studio in January for Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward.

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Master of Orion reboot exits Early Access, enters orbit

Master of Orion reboot exits Early Access, enters orbit

Master of Orion's modern reboot is now complete and available, having completed its Early Access period over the weekend.

The 4X strategy game was built from the ground up by Wargaming's WG Labs and Argentinian development house NGD Studios.

Much as in its predecessors, players engage in exploration, diplomacy, research, and conquest to rule the galaxy as any of 10 disparate races.

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Ubi, Microsoft shut down several free-to-play PC games

Ubi, Microsoft shut down several free-to-play PC games

Ubisoft will close down four free-to-play games by the end of this year, the company announced through the games' official sites.

Real-time strategy title The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot will cease operations on October 25th after 20 months of official release.

October 31st will see the end of online card game Might & Magic Duel of Champions and strategy RPG Tom Clancy's Endwar Online, the latter of which only officially released in February of this year.

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Nintendo must "do a better job" with NX launch

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Nintendo must "do a better job" with NX launch

Nintendo is aiming not to repeat the mistakes of the Wii U launch with the NX, says Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime.

Speaking to [a]listdaily, Fils-Aime defended the Wii U, saying "we continue to believe that the innovation of the second screen was a worthwhile concept," while noting that its lineup of exclusive games is "by far the most unique."

However, he added that with the upcoming NX console, the company needs to "do a better job helping people to understand its uniqueness and what that means for the game playing experience."

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Duke Nukem 3D remaster may be coming this week

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Duke Nukem 3D remaster may be coming this week

A new release or remaster in the Duke Nukem series appears to be on the cards, according to its website and online rumours.

The hypermasculine shooter franchise's official website currently displays a banner reading "Happy 20th Anniversary," referring to the 1996 release of Duke Nukem 3D.

Underneath the banner is a countdown timer set to end on Friday, September 2nd at 5pm Pacific time.

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2013's Rocksmith 2014 getting remastered for 2016

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2013's Rocksmith 2014 getting remastered for 2016

Ubisoft's Rocksmith 2014 Edition is being remastered and re-released three years after its launch, without a change in title.

The remaster will bring new menus, additional practice tools, a customisable learning curve, and statistic tracking to the rhythm game and teaching tool.

In addition, the package will include six bonus songs:

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Your Facebook friends can now watch you suck at Overwatch
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Your Facebook friends can now watch you suck at Overwatch
Gameplay storms the newsfeed.
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Tomb Raider just got a Hardline new director
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Tomb Raider just got a Hardline new director
Despite no sequel being announced.
Master of Orion reboot exits Early Access, enters orbit
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Master of Orion reboot exits Early Access, enters orbit
Or, y'know, your PC.
Vampyr – 15 minutes of gameplay
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Vampyr – 15 minutes of gameplay
Dontnod's vampire RPG looks bloody promising.
Ubi, Microsoft shut down several free-to-play PC games
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Ubi, Microsoft shut down several free-to-play PC games
Halo Online offline.
Battlezone – VR Hype trailer
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Battlezone – VR Hype trailer
Through the Woods trailer
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Through the Woods trailer
Nintendo must "do a better job" with NX launch
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Nintendo must "do a better job" with NX launch
Learned "critical lessons" with Wii U.
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