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Xbox Game Pass launches June 1 with these 100 games

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Xbox Game Pass launches June 1 with these 100 games

Game subscription service Xbox Game Pass is available from today for Xbox Live Gold members, and will launch for everyone on June 1.

Game Pass gives players unlimited access to 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games for US$10 (NZ$11) a month.

Every month, new games cycle in and out of the service, and games are fully downloaded rather than streamed.

A free 14-day free trial is available now for Live Gold subscribers, and will roll out to everyone on June 1.

"We know that a gaming subscription service is only as good as its catalog of titles," said Xbox.

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Leaping Tiger Gaming Lounge returns to Wellygeddon with panels, a co-op sesh, and more

Leaping Tiger Gaming Lounge returns to Wellygeddon with panels, a co-op sesh, and more

Kiwi startup Leaping Tiger is hosting two days of events at Armageddon Wellington this Queen’s Birthday weekend.

The friend-finder app maker is hosting four panels, a Hearthstone Fireside Tournament, co-op gaming sessions for the public, a fighting game tournament, and more in the Leaping Tiger Gaming Lounge Gaming at the expo.

The panels will feature local industry experts discussing game development, paths into the games industry, VR/AR, and streaming in NZ.

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Team Regicide just made its LoL OPL debut more difficult

Team Regicide just made its LoL OPL debut more difficult

Oceanic Pro League newcomer Team Regicide has made its first game in the competition more difficult by not submitting a roster in time for the deadline.

Riot required all OPL teams to submit five active starting players and one substitute by May 22 to be eligible to compete in the competition, but Team Regicide failed to submit a conforming roster.

According to Riot, these deadlines ensure that the proper background checks for all players in the league can be conducted. They also ensure that every team in the league has equal visibility into their respective Week 1 opponent’s roster.

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Accidentally set fire to your own cards in Gwent, in open beta now

Accidentally set fire to your own cards in Gwent, in open beta now

Gwent, the expanded standalone version of the card game from The Witcher is now in open beta on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

It is free-to-play with optional in-game purchases.

In Gwent, players partake in fast-paced duels that combine skill-based play with bluffing and careful deck construction.

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Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is coming to Xbone and PS4

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Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is coming to Xbone and PS4

Action RPG Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in spring, Capcom has announced.

The game contains both the original Dragon’s Dogma and its expansion Dark Arisen – the same package that released on PC last year (and on seventh-gen consoles earlier than that).

A five-year-old game coming to current-gen consoles isn't particularly newsworthy, except that Dragon's Dogma is such an easy game to recommend – even to those who aren't super keen on RPGs.

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Bandai Namco delays Get Even following Manchester attack

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Bandai Namco delays Get Even following Manchester attack

Bandai Namco is delaying the release of survival horror Get Even in response to the recent terrorist attack in Manchester, England.

The game was due out tomorrow on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, but will instead release a month later on June 23.

On Monday night a suicide bomber killed 22 and injured 59 in an attack at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

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Uncharted film now stars Spider-Man Tom Holland as young Nathan Drake

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Uncharted film now stars Spider-Man Tom Holland as young Nathan Drake

Deadline is reporting that none other than Spider-Man himself will play a young Nathan Drake in the forever-in-development Uncharted film.

Tom Holland played the presumably disgusting part-man part-spider mutant in last year's Captain America: Civil War, and is set to reprise the role in Spider-Man Homecoming this year, and also in Avengers: Infinity War in 2018.

However, it looks like at some stage he'll have to put aside some time to play mini-Drake in what is now a prequel to Naughty Dog's Uncharted game series.

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The next Dragon Age is underway, and Sunless Sea's writer is pitching in

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The next Dragon Age is underway, and Sunless Sea's writer is pitching in

BioWare has started work on the next Dragon Age title, and at least one high-profile writer is attached.

Sunless Sea creator Alexis Kennedy confirmed to Eurogamer that he is writing a "segregated" section of the game for BioWare, which I suppose could mean he's penning sidequests or DLC.

Or, perhaps he working on something to do with the Dragon Age tactical spinoff BioWare executive producer Mark Darrah polled folks about last year.

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A cardboard version of action RPG Hand of Fate is coming

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A cardboard version of action RPG Hand of Fate is coming

An Aussie video game that plays somewhat like a card game is getting a tabletop adaptation. Makes sense!

Brisbane's Defiant Development is crowdfunding Hand of Fate: Ordeals, a tabletop adaptation of its popular action RPG.

Ordeals is billed as a strategic dungeon-crawling and deck-building experience set between the original game and its upcoming sequel.