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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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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,

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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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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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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.