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Xbox's $1 Game Pass includes 'Gears of War 4' and 'Mass Effect'

If you've been thinking about trying out the Xbox Game Pass, but don't want to risk the normal $10/£8 price, Microsoft has a deal for you. It's offering the first month of membership for $1/£1, giving you access to well over 100 games. Show More Summary

'PUBG' will be tweaked to add socialist-friendly messages in China

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been this year's sleeper hit, and it's about to officially be released in China. The rub is, it'll have some pretty significant changes given the country's strict state-mandated censorship. Local publisher...Show More Summary

'Gran Turismo Sport' brings back a classic solo racing mode

As good as it was for Polyphony Digital to finally reach the PS4 with Gran Turismo Sport, its game modes were a bit of a shock for long-time fans. What about those old-fashioned cups? You're about to get them back. The developers are...Show More Summary

'Pokémon Go' is making major changes to raids

Niantic has announced big changes to Pokémon Go raids, designed to even the playing field for trainers at all levels -- and pleasing Magikarp fans in the process. The raid system, particularly EX Raids, has faced criticism because of...Show More Summary

The Morning After: Wednesday, November 22nd 2017

Hey, good morning! The plan for the end of net neutrality is coming. We'll hear all the details later today, but let us distract you with cigar-shaped asteroids, and ooh, Animal Crossing on your smartphone.

Steam tweaks community reviews to fight spam

Valve has known that its platform Steam, the biggest marketplace for PC titles, has had a review problem for years. Groups of users abuse a game's rating by 'review bombing' them, propping up negative feedback with far more 'this was helpful' votes than is humanly possible. Show More Summary

'Minecraft' now livestreams building sessions directly to Mixer

A large part of Minecraft's allure is showing off your work. And now, it should be relatively easy to do that in real time. Mojang has released an update that lets you livestream directly to Microsoft Mixer (its parent company's service, naturally) from within the game on Android devices, Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles. Show More Summary

'Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition' is coming to PC

BioWare's Dungeons & Dragons-based RPG Neverwinter Nights (NWN) is getting an enhanced edition for PC. The revamped game from Beamdog -- a studio that cut its teeth on remasters of PC classics, such as Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment -- will be up for pre-order tomorrow for 20 bucks. Source: Beamdog (Twitter)

’Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’ is now available, a day early

This week, Nintendo announced that the mobile installment in its popular Animal Crossing franchise, called Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, would arrive on iOS and Android devices around the world on November 22nd. But it turns out that the game is here a little bit early. It is apparently available now for download on both iOS and Android. Via: Gamespot Source: App Store

Twitch users can gift subscriptions to fellow viewers

Twitch is continuing to roll out the many upgrades it promised at TwitchCon. As of today, you can gift 1-month subscriptions to anyone on Twitch, regardless of the tier. They don't auto-renew (you "currently" have to buy every month),...Show More Summary

Pixar’s VR debut takes you inside the entrancing world of ‘Coco’

On November 22nd, Pixar is set to release its latest animated masterpiece. It's called Coco, and one of its central themes is Dia De Los Muertos, a Mexican holiday that honors the dead. To help promote the film, Pixar partnered with Oculus to produce its first-ever VR experience. Show More Summary

Sony's latest PlayStation VR bundle takes on the 'Doom' hellscape

Sony is clearly determined to get PlayStation VR on to your head no matter what game genre you prefer to play. In addition to its recently announced Skyrim bundle, it's launching a Doom VFR bundle that includes id Software's hellish virtual reality shooter alongside the headset, PlayStation Camera, Move controllers and the latest PSVR demo disc. Source: PlayStation Blog

Your gaming skills could earn you a Drone Racing League contract

So you want to be a professional drone racer? Then you should probably download Drone Racing League Simulator from Steam. To coincide with the game's official launch, watchmaker Swatch has announced it's sponsoring tryouts for the 2018 season, where top prize is a spot in the 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season and a $75,000 contract. Show More Summary

'Assassin's Creed' producer is creating a new action game franchise

BioWare's Anthem isn't the only awe-inspiring action title on Electronic Arts' slate. According to EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, the company's Montreal-based studio Motive is building an original franchise with Assassin's Creed producer Jade...Show More Summary

The Morning After: Wednesday, November 15th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to Wednesday. Firefox Quantum is here, and it may be time to consider a browser switch. Also, we have a few reports from the Engadget Experience and first impressions of HTC's new VR headset.

MekaMon is an anime-styled battle bot you pilot with your phone

Between the success of shows like BattleBots and the amount of interest in last month's MegaBots debacle, it's pretty obvious that people really want to watch robots fight. But while watching two mechanical titans grapple can be satisfying, few things have captured the feel of the robot battles in video games and anime. Show More Summary

‘Final Fantasy XV’ hero Noctis heads to ‘Tekken 7’ next year

Given what cross-promotion Square Enix has done to bring other games into Final Fantasy XV, it's no surprise that they're lending out some of its elements, too. The hero of last year's hit RPG, Prince Noctis, will be added to the roster...Show More Summary

Razer's latest gaming keyboard can survive spilled drinks

Razer's keyboards have been many things, but tough generally wasn't one of them -- knock your drink the wrong way and that elaborate input device was toast. That won't be as much of a problem in the future, as Razer has unveiled a new version of its signature BlackWidow Ultimate with IP54 water and dust resistance. Show More Summary

The Game Awards nominees include ‘PUBG,’ ‘Zelda’ and ‘Persona 5’

The Game Awards, the industry's equivalent to the Oscars or Tony's, seeks to commemorate the year's best titles -- and boy, what a year 2017 has been. By our April roundup, we'd already seen many of the titles on this year's ballot. This year's awards show, the fourth annual, will be livestreamed on December 7th.

Microsoft expands Xbox digital game gifting to all users

Back in October, Microsoft began allowing digital gift-giving for games on the Xbox One. Users could log into the Xbox Store and select an Xbox One game to send digitally as a gift. The catch was that the feature was limited to Xbox Insiders. But now, just in time for the holidays, any Xbox user can send a digital game as a gift. Via: Gamasutra Source: Twitter, Forbes

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