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Kiwi ARPG Path of Exile coming to Xbox One this year

Kiwi ARPG Path of Exile coming to Xbox One this year

New Zealand-developed ARPG Path of Exile will make its way to Xbox One this year, developer Grinding Gears announced today.

The studio made the announcement via a forum post and a new trailer touting the acclaimed free-to-play title's features.

Like its PC counterpart, the Xbox One version will be free to play, and will include all content up to and including the 3.0.0 expansion at launch.

However, players will be segregated into PC and Xbox gameplay realms, due to "small gameplay differences between the two versions," including targeting systems and the number of Flask slots.

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Nintendo reveals Fire Emblems for 3DS, Switch, mobile

Nintendo reveals Fire Emblems for 3DS, Switch, mobile

Nintendo today announced a whopping four new titles in its Fire Emblem tactical role-playing franchise via a livestream today.

The first title, Fire Emblem Heroes, is designed for smart devices, pitting characters from various Fire Emblem games against each other in turn-based combat.

It will feature in-app purchases, and will release on February 2nd for Android and later for iOS.

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Mass Effect Andromeda features craftable, nameable weapons

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Mass Effect Andromeda features craftable, nameable weapons

Mass Effect Andromeda will bring weapon crafting to the series for the first time.

Posting on Twitter, lead designer Ian Frazier revealed the feature, which will allow players to craft and name weapons, with a well-deployed Galaxy Quest reference:

Previous Mass Effect titles' melee options were limited to Shepard's omni-tool blade, but the new game will feature true melee weapons like swords and hammers, occupying a melee-specific inventory slot.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild runs slightly better on Switch

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild runs slightly better on Switch

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will run at a higher degree of quality on the Nintendo Switch than on the Wii U, Nintendo says.

In a statement to IGN, the platform holder confirmed that the Switch version of Breath of the Wild will run at 900p when output to a TV, compared to the Wii U version's 720p.

When played in the console's mobile configuration, the game will scale back to the device's 720p screen.

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Zuckerberg testifies ZeniMax's Oculus lawsuit is "just wrong"

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Zuckerberg testifies ZeniMax's Oculus lawsuit is "just wrong"

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week testified in court, defending Oculus against ZeniMax in a long-awaited IP-theft case.

Zuckerberg stated that he was "highly confident that Oculus products are built on Oculus technology," refuting claims the Oculus Rift was based on technology developed at the ZeniMax-owned Id Software.

"The idea that Oculus products are based on someone else's technology is just wrong," said the multi-billionaire,

He also reiterated Oculus' prior assertion that ZeniMax was trying to capitalise on Oculus' Facebook buyout, saying "like most people in the court, I've never even heard of ZeniMax before."

"It is pretty common when you announce a big deal or do something that all kinds of people just kind of come out of the woodwork and claim that they just own some portion of the deal."

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The best answers from Valve CEO Gabe Newell's AMA

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The best answers from Valve CEO Gabe Newell's AMA

Valve co-founder and president Gabe Newell participated in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" this afternoon, fielding questions about everything from Valve operations to – of course – Half-Life 3.

He confirmed that the film collaborations between Valve and JJ Abrams were still happening, promised to autograph a copy of the famous Lord Gaben picture, and divulged that playing Star Trek on a mainframe using punch cards sparked his interest in video games.

He also shared some interesting t5hings about how Valve works. Here are the rest of his answers, ordered by topic:

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Aussie-made Don Bradman Cricket 17 out now on Steam

Aussie-made Don Bradman Cricket 17 out now on Steam

Don Bradman Cricket 17, the latest sports sim from Melbourne developer Big Ant Studios, is out now on Steam for NZ$75.

It released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 last month.

Billed as "the most realistic cricket game ever made" Don Bradman Cricket 17 features fully motion-captured players; stadium, player, team and logo creator modes; and for the first time in a cricket game, female players.

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Entry now open for casual Aussie Rocket League, LoL, and CS:GO tournaments

Entry now open for casual Aussie Rocket League, LoL, and CS:GO tournaments

Australian gamer hub Throwdown Esports is kicking off the year with casual Rocket League, League of Legends, and CS:GO tournaments that are open to the public.

Registration is free and open now for all three games, and matches kick off on January 22, 24, and 25 respectively.

There is a AU$15,000 prize pool up for grabs, and those who make it to the finals will play live at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter on February 26 against pro players from each respective title.

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Australasia's only chipmusic festival returns to Melbourne

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Australasia's only chipmusic festival returns to Melbourne

Australasia's only chipmusic festival is returning to Melbourne for its fifth anniversary.

Square Sounds Melbourne is a four day microfestival held locations in and around inner Melbourne, with its core base being one of Melbourne’s best known and most beloved live music venues, The Evelyn Hotel.

The focus of Square Sounds Festival is on chiptunes – music made with or inspired by video game consoles. With old consoles scavenged from toy boxes and op shops in hand, this year’s line up runs the gamut from Game boys to Amigas, smashing preconceived notions of video game music with featured genres as varied as the performers themselves.

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CS:GO team abandons SoloMid to reunite with sacked player

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CS:GO team abandons SoloMid to reunite with sacked player

Team SoloMid has been left without a Counter-Strike team after four of its players opted to follow a fifth player – who had been fired – out the door.

Right before Christmas, Sean ‘sgares’ Gares was fired from SoloMid for his part in rallying its roster to fight against what he saw as bullying tactics by the Professional eSports Association (PEA) – a league SoloMid had signed on to participate in.

In short: players felt they were being forced into exclusivity contracts against their will, which meant they couldn't participate in the high-profile ESL's Pro League as well as the PEA.

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Revamped LoL Oceanic Pro League kicks off Saturday

Revamped LoL Oceanic Pro League kicks off Saturday

This year's League of Legends Oceanic Pro League kicks off this weekend live from a new world-class broadcast studio in Sydney, Australia.

For the first time in Oceania, shoutcasters, analysts, players and coaches will all be under one roof for broadcasts, and outside of competition, all teams will be living in gaming houses.

The new studio features a broadcast quality set design that includes LED feature walls in the two team rooms and shoutcasting studio. Tech additions include enhanced graphic and replay potential, 10 full-HD player cameras, 1080p 60fps streaming capability, and a wireless communication network for teams, referees, broadcast and live operations.

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Resident Evil 7 scented candle promises deep VR immersion

Resident Evil 7 scented candle promises deep VR immersion

Capcom has licenced a Resident Evil scented candle for those who wish the game to be an assault on yet another of their senses.

Capcom partnered with gaming merch company Numskull for the Resident Evil 4D candle, which it calls "the perfect way to set the scene when playing Resident Evil 7: Biohazard".

The candle has a burn time of around 25 hours.

"Contrary to earlier reports that jumped the gun a little, the candle definitely does not smell of blood," said Numskull's Ben Grant.

"However, it does manage to represent the scent of the Baker House Mansion, adding to the horror, fear and adrenaline you get whilst playing the game – especially in VR."

News Index


Kiwi ARPG Path of Exile coming to Xbox One this year
Kiwi ARPG Path of Exile coming to Xbox One this year
NEWS No longer exiled from consoles.
PC
Nintendo reveals Fire Emblems for 3DS, Switch, mobile
Nintendo reveals Fire Emblems for 3DS, Switch, mobile
NEWS Four games, all alike in franchise.
Mass Effect Andromeda features craftable, nameable weapons
Mass Effect Andromeda features craftable, nameable weapons
NEWS We're calling our krogan hammer The Thagomiser.
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Zuckerberg testifies ZeniMax's Oculus lawsuit is "just wrong"
Zuckerberg testifies ZeniMax's Oculus lawsuit is "just wrong"
NEWS $2 billion at stake.
1
Zelda: Breath of the Wild runs slightly better on Switch
Zelda: Breath of the Wild runs slightly better on Switch
NEWS Do you like...moderate resolution gains?
1
The best answers from Valve CEO Gabe Newell's AMA
The best answers from Valve CEO Gabe Newell's AMA
NEWS Portal 2 his fave Valve single player game.
5
Aussie-made Don Bradman Cricket 17 out now on Steam
Aussie-made Don Bradman Cricket 17 out now on Steam
NEWS "The most realistic cricket game ever made."
Entry now open for casual Aussie Rocket League, LoL, and CS:GO tournaments
Entry now open for casual Aussie Rocket League, LoL, and CS:GO tournaments
NEWS AU$15k up for grabs.
CS:GO team abandons SoloMid to reunite with sacked player
CS:GO team abandons SoloMid to reunite with sacked player
NEWS SoloMid loses ESL spot.
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Resident Evil 7 scented candle promises deep VR immersion
Resident Evil 7 scented candle promises deep VR immersion
NEWS Ably covers soiled pants smell.
Australasia's only chipmusic festival returns to Melbourne
Australasia's only chipmusic festival returns to Melbourne
NEWS Bust out your air gAtari.
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Revamped LoL Oceanic Pro League kicks off Saturday
Revamped LoL Oceanic Pro League kicks off Saturday
NEWS New studio, payment model.
Game Mode to boost performance on Windows
Game Mode to boost performance on Windows
NEWS Part of Creator's Update.
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What are Switch hands-on impressions saying?
What are Switch hands-on impressions saying?
NEWS A preview round-up.
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Nintendo's Switch is more expensive than PS4 and Xbox One
Nintendo's Switch is more expensive than PS4 and Xbox One
NEWS Peripherals also pricey.
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Nintendo's Switch event kicks off at 5pm – watch it here
Nintendo's Switch event kicks off at 5pm – watch it here
NEWS Go go Nintendo.
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PS VR support coming to Dirt Rally via paid DLC
PS VR support coming to Dirt Rally via paid DLC
NEWS Includes co-driver functionality.
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League of Legends finally has a single player practice mode
League of Legends finally has a single player practice mode
NEWS But who will berate our poor performance?
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Sony shutters MediEvil and Rigs studio Guerrilla Cambridge
Sony shutters MediEvil and Rigs studio Guerrilla Cambridge
NEWS After 20 years in the biz.
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Gravity Rush 2 mostly soars, say critics
Gravity Rush 2 mostly soars, say critics
NEWS Kat's back.
Aussies upset top US team at Paladins Invitational
Aussies upset top US team at Paladins Invitational
NEWS From underdogs to just 'dogs'.
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The Tale of the Ice Staff is a cute ARPG that needs your help
The Tale of the Ice Staff is a cute ARPG that needs your help
NEWS Locally-made, sort of.
Hacker publishes 1.5m Counter-Strike data profiles after failed extortion
Hacker publishes 1.5m Counter-Strike data profiles after failed extortion
NEWS Including phone numbers, emails.
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Independent Games Festival Awards finalists revealed
Independent Games Festival Awards finalists revealed
NEWS Virginia nabs four noms.
Work has ceased on Platinum Games' dragon action RPG Scalebound – report
Work has ceased on Platinum Games' dragon action RPG Scalebound – report
NEWS Microsoft bails.
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The 13 biggest holiday news stories
The 13 biggest holiday news stories
NEWS Mass Effect aside, that is.
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Dispute sees top Counter-Strike pros abandon team-owned league
Dispute sees top Counter-Strike pros abandon team-owned league
NEWS Team kill.
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Half-Life 2: Episode 3 could have been an RTS or live action game – report
Half-Life 2: Episode 3 could have been an RTS or live action game – report
NEWS Surely not?
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Mass Effect: Andromeda has a release date
Mass Effect: Andromeda has a release date
NEWS Messier 31 awaits.
PC, XO, PS4
Happy holidays everyone!
Happy holidays everyone!
NEWS Be well, stay safe.
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