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Saturday, Dec 03, 2016



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Grand Theft Auto Online Import/Export This Month

The Rockstar Newswire has details on a new Import/Export update coming this month to Grand Theft Auto Online, the multiplayer arm of Grand Theft Auto V. This will apparently allow the theft of more cars in the car theft game, as it permits trade in the exotic cars that are too hot for the bozos at the local chop shop to handle. They promise more details to come, and in the meantime offer this outline:

Savvy CEOs know there's always more for the taking. While Special Cargo business in Southern San Andreas is booming, another opportunity to expand your hold on the city awaits. With GTA Online: Import/Export it's time to muscle into the lucrative and specialized field of high-volume exotic car theft.

Stealing and dealing high-end vehicles is serious business. Building on the supply chains of Further Adventures in Finance and Felony, Import/Export introduces a whole new series of criminal pursuits as CEOs and their organizations boost, modify and resell the most wanted vehicles in the city for big profits. It will take talent, coordination and the tactical use of some brand new Special Vehicles to get the job done, all while staying one step ahead of the police and rival challengers from across the city and countryside.

New Vehicle Warehouses will house the results of your importing and exporting operations, while CEOs can also reap the fruits of their labor with expansions to the Executive Office buildings. Add massive Executive Office Garages with up to three floors of showroom quality storage for as many as 60 vehicles, complete with customizable décor and a Custom Auto Shop.

Stay tuned for more details about Import/Export, including a glimpse at all new Special Vehicles that deliver a unique breed of vehicular mayhem and destruction to GTA Online.

Watch Dogs 2 Patch

The first patch for the Windows edition of Watch Dogs 2 is now available. This includes a couple of fixes from the console version that didn't make it in before release, as well as a couple of PC-specific fixes. Here's word:

Today we have just pushed Title Update 1.06.135.3 for PC to the live environment to fix top known issues that have been identified since launch. This Title Update is now available to PC players.

This PC patch has the same fixes as the patch 1.06 for PS4 and Xbox One with a couple more fixes that are PC-specific. These two additional fixes are:

  • Improved stability on AMD Crossfire systems – This patch fixes instability on Crossfire systems (AMD dual GPU systems).
  • Fixed Donut NPCs Glitch – After downloading this patch, PC players will no longer see hilarious hordes of Donut people roaming the streets. Only a regular number of Donut people should now be seen on the streets.

This patch also has the same fixes as the latest console patch:

Online Performance

  • [Performance] Game Crashing – This patch will have various crash fixes for a smoother gameplay experience.
  • [Online & Multiplayer] Seamless Online – Players should now experience improved reliability of seamless online and matchmaking through the Multiplayer App.
  • [Multiplayer] Activity Frequency – This patch fixes the issue of the cooldown resetting after a player dies while being the target of a hack during Online Invasions. Players should now experience regular cooldown times and a normal frequency of getting hacked during their gameplay.
  • [Online Invasions] Target Detecting Hackers through walls using NetHack – Some players reported being able to detect Hackers through walls using NetHack during Online Invasions. This bug is fixed in this patch.

Dungeon Souls Launches

Dungeon Souls is now available on Steam for Windows, OS X, and Linux. This Roguelike action/adventure has been dungeon crawling through early access for a while now, but now is officially released. This post has details on the first patch since the game's release, which adds co-op support, among other things. This post relates to the release, and outlines what's improved since the game entered early access. Word is:

We are so happy to announce that Dungeon Souls has left Early Access.

Main improvements:

  • LOCAL CO-OP
  • IMPROVED CRAFTING SYSTEM
  • ADDED CONTENT AND POLISH
  • TRADING CARDS (Waiting on final Steam approval, ETA later today)
  • ACHIEVEMENTS
  • TONS MORE STUFF (Play and find out!)

Enjoy the game. Thank you to the community for all your great help and support. Make sure you enter the giveaway (see image and this: https://twitter.com/BlackShellMedia/status/804736473207447552 ) and spread the word!

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Friday, Dec 02, 2016

Path of Exile Breach Launches

The Path of Exile website announces the launch of Breach, the new expansion for Path of Exile. This is part of Content Update 2.5.0 for Grinding Gears' action/RPG, and includes the launch of the Breach Challenge Leagues. You can find more details on the Breach page and this announcement:

Path of Exile: Breach is a massive game update that includes the Breach League, a new renderer (Direct X 11/64 bit) and numerous other improvements and additions. More information about Path of Exile: Breach can be found at www.pathofexile.com/breach

Path of Exile: Breach has already gotten a ton of praise in early previews. "The Grinding Gear team have a great handle on what the players want and continue to deliver content across all aspects of the game," commented MMORPG

"We're really proud of the Breach challenge league," said Chris Wilson, managing director for Grinding Gear Games. "It creates tense situations where players have to weigh risk vs. reward. We're looking forward to playing it ourselves alongside the community when it launches this weekend."

Path of Exile: Breach Features:

  • Enter the Breach: Tears in the fabric of reality have formed throughout Wraeclast. Engage them to expose an alternate realm and reveal those who dwell there. Slay monsters inside the Breach to keep it open long enough to reap your bounty.
  • Challenge the Breachlords: Deep in the Breach, you may draw the ire of horrific new bosses: Breachlords. The more damage you inflict on them, the more treasure they'll part with during their escape.
  • Conquer a Breachlord's Domain: Among the riches found in the Breach, you may also encounter Splinters. Combine 100 Splinters of the same type together to create a Breachstone. When placed in the Map Device, a Breachstone allows travel into a Breachlord's Domain, the one place where they are truly vulnerable.
  • Treasures of the Breach: Monsters from the Breach drop new unique items that are specific to their Domain. When slain in their Domain, Breachlords can drop Blessings that allow these new uniques to be upgraded.
  • Performance Improvements: Content Update 2.5.0 includes the release of our new 64-bit Path of Exile client that uses DirectX 11. It's a lot faster than the previous version and includes technical improvements such as new fog and cloth physics systems.
  • Breach Supporter Packs: To celebrate the Breach league, we're launching two new Supporter Packs. These exist alongside our current Atlas of Worlds Supporter Packs and feature points, forum titles, portrait frames, a weapon effect, a portal effect and an entirely new type of microtransaction: Cloaks.
  • And Much, Much More! Alongside the Breach league and the new renderer, this update also includes many other changes such as piles of new Unique items, a new Channelling Support Gem, Unique Golem Jewels, a revamped Forsaken Master levelling experience (with many usability improvements) and graphical improvements to early Act One areas.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Knights of the Eternal Throne Launches

The Star Wars: The Old Republic website announces the launch of Knights of the Eternal Throne, the latest expansion for BioWare's MMORPG. They also made this post to unveil this new trailer to show off what's new. The game is free-to-play, but the new content is for those who subscribe. Here's word on what they get:

In Knights of the Eternal Throne, players can experience the thrill of taking command as the ultimate ruler of the galaxy for the first-time ever in a Star Wars game. Players take on the role of the Outlander, leading an explosive fight for control against the most powerful family in the Eternal Empire. In their quest for the throne, players make choices that influence the galaxy for the light or dark side of the Force™, ultimately deciding who will live, who will die and who will rule the galaxy.

“This year, it’s even more personal. We’ve raised the stakes for the player as they fight to seize control of the Eternal Throne and rule the galaxy,” said Producer Ben Irving. “But that’s not the end of your story. In fact, it’s just the beginning. You must be prepared to make difficult choices along the way to not only take the throne, but also fight to keep it.”

After conquering the throne, the all-new Galactic Command gameplay gives players an evolving multiplayer progression system featuring visceral, fast-action Star Wars combat to grow their power and influence. With three challenge modes to choose from, everyone can play their way. In new Uprisings, players will join with three allies to confront enemy factions rising up to challenge their command while earning rare and powerful rewards. In every battle, players will have to choose a side in the ongoing Dark vs. Light Side War. As the dark or light side takes control, battles will erupt across the galaxy – offering big group battles that bring players together like never before to shift the balance of the Force™ to their side.

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Crusader Kings II: Monks & Mystics Announced

Paradox Interactive announces Monks & Mystics, a new expansion coming to Crusader Kings II. They say this is coming soon, and in the meantime offer an announcement trailer and these details:

The bells of the abbey summon monks to prayer while, a continent away, the faithful are summoned by a muezzin’s call. Religious practice imposes a schedule on the chaos of medieval life, and the routine adds harmony to a divided realm.

Routine and harmony. We can’t have that, can we?

Monks & Mystics is the latest expansion to Crusader Kings II, the hit medieval grand strategy role-playing game from Paradox Development Studio. In Monks & Mystics, the religious aspect of the game is further explored with new mechanics and character associations that can tie a faith closer together or render it asunder.

The major feature of Monks & Mystics is the addition of Societies – secret and otherwise. Characters can join monastic orders, secret cults and Gnostic heresies. As the society gains members, it gains power and prestige for its leaders. Societies open new actions for characters and can lead to new event paths.

As well as the chance for your ruler to explore forbidden knowledge:

Monks & Mystics includes:

  • Monastic Orders: With lay offices available to non-clerical characters, monastic orders will increase your character’s piety - but they have expectations.
  • Cults: Gnostic heresies may flourish and its is rumored that the worship of Satan continues in the darkened fringes of the world
  • Climb the Ranks: Characters work their way up the ladder of Societies, unlocking new abilities and triggering new event chains
  • Hunt for Heretics: Send your chaplain out to find secret societies that undermine the holy church and your realm. But what if the hunter is guilty himself?
  • Other New Councillor Actions: Your councillors have a fourth action that will make them more powerful and integral to sound rulership
  • And much more: Assassins, archaeological expeditions, holy relics, great treasures and more

Crusader Kings II: Monks & Mystics is coming soon to major digital retailers, including the Paradox Store.

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Full Throttle Remastered Trailer

A new trailer is now available for Full Throttle Remastered, the biker game remake in the works at Double Fine Productions. The version we've seen most places only refers to the PlayStation edition, presumably because the PlayStation Experience 2016 gets underway tomorrow, but IGN has a copy that concludes with reassurances that this is: "Coming 2017 - PlayStation 4 - PlayStation VITA - Windows." That said, their embedding code is meh, so we also have the PS4 version of the trailer. Continue here to read the full story.

LawBreakers Beta Signups

Boss Key Productions invites those interested in LawBreakers to sign up on the game's official website for beta testing that will take place next year. They illustrate the news with this trailer which debuted at last night's game awards, showing off "a never-before-seen role, new highly vertical battleground and a further look at the game’s intense gravity-defying gameplay." Cliff Bleszinski revealed beta plans at the show as well:

Bleszinski outlined plans to “deliver a shooter experience unlike anything gamers have played before” with “a truly vertical battleground and gravity-defying gameplay”, as well as inviting viewers to be part of the beta tests starting in 2017 to help shape the game development.

LawBreakers promises a bloodbath of role-based gravity-defying combat across an alternate futuristic landscape. Players will choose whether to fight to uphold the “Law,” or be out for blood as a “Breaker,” as they take part in the combat raging across iconic locations including the boiling oceans off the Santa Monica coastline, to a gravity-ravaged Grand Canyon and beyond.

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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Announced

Telltale Games officially announces Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, though we saw first unofficial word on this a couple of weeks ago. This will include five episodes, and they say the first will come to PCs, consoles, and mobile devices next year. Here's an announcement teaser trailer, and here's word:

Award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment, Telltale Games, along with Marvel Entertainment, today announced an interactive episodic game series based on Marvel's iconic sci-fi franchise Guardians of the Galaxy. The first of five episodes in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series will premiere digitally in 2017 on consoles, PC, and mobile devices.

"The energizing blend of humor, emotion, teamwork, and full-on sci-fi action-adventure of the Guardians provides an enormously satisfying space to explore through Telltale's unique style of interactive storytelling," said Kevin Bruner, Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games. "In Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, players will take on multiple roles within the ragtag band of heroes, and take the pilot's seat in directing their escapades around the universe. We are always honored to be working with the best creative partners and storytellers in entertainment, and working with Marvel on this series leaves us excited to share what we've been developing when it premieres in 2017."

"With story at the core of everything that Marvel creates, who better to team with than master storytellers Telltale Games," said Jay Ong, Senior Vice President, Games & Innovation, Marvel Entertainment. "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series fully showcases Marvel and Telltale's rich legacy of storytelling, and fans will find themselves immersed in an original, character-driven narrative. As part of our strategy to establish a new standard for Marvel games, this is certainly among the great titles to come."

The series will also be coming to retail as a special season pass disc, which will include the first episode in the season, and will grant access to the subsequent four episodes as they become available for download via online updates. Specific platform details are yet to be announced.

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Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Announced

People Can Fly and Gearbox Publishing announce plans to reload Bulletstorm with the Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, a remade version of the first-person shooter coming to Windows Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on April 7, 2017. This includes all additional content, visual upgrades, a new campaign mode, and more, including the ability to play through the game as Duke Nukem for those who preorder. There are details about this on the Bulletstorm website, including this announce trailer. Here's more on the plan:

People Can Fly and Gearbox Publishing are pleased to announce Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition as the critically-acclaimed shooter comes to PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC on April 7, 2017 in stunning ultra-high resolutions. Updated with hi-res textures, increased polygon counts, sterling audio, smoother framerates, and running in up to 4K resolution on PC and PS4 Pro, this upgraded version of the game comes with all of the previously-released DLC along with all-new content. Also for the first time ever, players who pre-order the game will get the chance to play as the iconic Duke Nukem in Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition. Featuring full voice over from the voice of Duke, this feature will replace main character Grayson Hunt with Duke Nukem and provide a never-before-seen experience to fans.

“We are thrilled to be working with People Can Fly to bring Bulletstorm to new audiences and platforms,” said Steve Gibson, Head of Gearbox Publishing. “Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition takes a critically-acclaimed game and adds so much to it with some killer new content, including all the separate add-on packs, and kicking up the presentation to a level that wasn’t possible with technology before. We hope fans of the franchise, both new and old, are going to love this.”

Step into the boots of Grayson Hunt after a crash landing on an abandoned resort planet forces him to make a hard choice: survival or revenge. An exiled member of the elite assassin group Dead Echo, Grayson’s blind desire for vengeance finds his crew stranded on Stygia where he can finally confront the commander behind his betrayal—or get his team off the planet alive. Battle your way through throngs of Stygia’s mutated inhabitants, performing masterful kills throughout the single-player campaign—or one of 30 competitive score-challenge or 12 co-operative multiplayer maps—using Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition’s unique “Skillshot” system that rewards you for executing the most creative and deadly kills imaginable.

Set to launch on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on April 7,2017, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is the definitive Bulletstorm experience, including:

  • The Total Package – All previously-released content including all maps, modes, and more on your favorite modern platform
  • New Overkill Campaign Mode – Blast your way through the campaign by starting with an unrestricted arsenal of weapons and Skillshots
  • New Echo Maps – Showcase your skills on six brand-new levels for the score-based Echo Mode
  • Killer Visuals – Presented with updated models, environments, and animations all running at a smoother framerate than ever before
  • The Art of Destruction – Orchestrate masterful kills by mixing fast-paced gunplay with unique kick, slide, and leash combos
  • Visceral Audio – Bask your ears in Skillshot glory with newly remastered audio effects
  • Duke Nukem’s Bulletstorm Tour – Pre-order the game and get the option to play through the entire Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition campaign as Duke Nukem, featuring a fully rerecorded script and brand-new lines from the original voice of Duke

“Everyone at our studio is excited to be delivering what we feel is the very best Bulletstorm experience to fans around the world,” said Sebastian Wojciechowski, president of People Can Fly. “The team has worked tirelessly to ensure that Bulletstorm’s debut for a whole new generation will be great, and we hope that gamers everywhere are ready to step into Grayson’s boots again and show the world how creative they can get with their Skillshots.”

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Steep Released

Ubisoft announces the release of Steep, a new action game that allows players to take the plunge with some extreme wintersports. The Steep website has details on the release, future plans, season passes, and more. This trailer offers a look at gameplay, and this one details the season pass. Here's the deal:

In Steep, players drop in to the Alps and ski, snowboard, wingsuit and paraglide through the game’s massive open world playground, filled with exhilarating challenges and breathtaking views. Riders can discover remarkable places and experience unforgettable moments through many different activities including “Mountain Stories”, which offer more narrative oriented opportunities. To show off their creativity, players can combine six different playstyles as they perform crazy stunts and discover uncharted areas: Explorer, Freerider, Freestyler, Bone Collector, Extreme Rider and Pro Rider. The sky is the limit; thrill-seekers and explorers alike can drop in anywhere and roam the Alps to learn the mountains’ secrets. Steep’s open world will be further enriched by the majestic slopes of Alaska in a free update available after launch.

With development led by Ubisoft Annecy*, Steep is designed for a culture that’s all about sharing experiences with the world. Steep features seamless multiplayer, populating the world with players as they naturally explore the Alps. Players and friends across the globe can take on challenges together or compete with each other to snag the top spot on the leaderboards. The game’s replay feature expands this experience, allowing players to relive their wildest tricks and memorable lines and even share them on social media. It doesn’t stop there, as challenges can be created from any line to compete with friends on a variety of customizable levels: time, tricks, risks taken and many more.

For the ultimate Steep experience players can purchase the Gold Edition, which includes the game and the season pass. The season pass gives players access to three packs of exclusive challenges, unique costumes, and adrenaline-pumping add-on sports to make each ride unique and each experience even more exciting.

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Prey Gameplay Video

Bethesda.net now offers a new trailer from Prey, showing off over eight minutes of gameplay from the upcoming return to the shooter series. The clip includes developer narration, and it reveals more details about what to expect. Here's how they introduce the clip:

Powers. Tools. Weapons. Aliens. And a massive space station. In signature style, Arkane Studios’ sci-fi thriller blends simulation and narration, dropping you into a carefully crafted world, then setting you free to play as you want. Watch almost nine minutes of pure Prey gameplay, with some light narration from Creative Director Raphael Colantonio and Lead Designer Ricardo Bare.

With so much to see, the video is worth watching multiple times. But to help you uncover all the details in this extended gameplay walkthrough, we’ve compiled a list of seven key takeaways…

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Mass Effect: Andromeda Trailer

Here's a new Official Gameplay Trailer from Mass Effect: Andromeda that debuted at last night's game awards show. The clip shows off the continuation of BioWare's space opera. Here's the brief description:

Explore the Andromeda Initiative: http://x.ea.com/27448

Mass Effect: Andromeda puts you in the role of the Pathfinder; an elite soldier, explorer and guide tasked with finding humanity a new home an uncharted galaxy. From arresting visuals and thrilling combat, to epic story and characters, Mass Effect: Andromeda is truly the next generation of Action/RPG gaming.

Mass Effect: Andromeda - Coming Spring 2017 to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, and Xbox One

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Space Hulk: Deathwing Footage

Streum On Studio announces the conclusion of the technical beta for Space Hulk: Deathwing, their upcoming Warhammer 40K first-person shooter. They mark the occasion with the release of over 13 minutes of gameplay footage of from the solo campaign. They say the clip is to "make the wait until release more bearable," but of course the more everyone likes it, the less bearable the wait will be. Here's word on what they learned in the beta, and what they are showing in the video:

The Beta has helped settle several gameplay adjustments and technical tweaks that the development team has already started to tackle tirelessly. Feedback from the community and players has proven invaluable for the teams at Streum On studio and Focus Home Interactive, who are now putting all their efforts into offering the best possible experience for players when the game releases.

To make the wait until release more bearable, here are 13 minutes of uncut gameplay footage from the single-player campaign. A new Xenos threat has risen from the depths of the Space Hulk. Your Deathwing squad must purge this newly discovered strain, which resembles the Ymgarl Genestealers. These creatures are even more cunning, tough and lethal than regular Genestealers, and their presence on the Space Hulk Olethros remains a mystery. The Psygate, a psychic bridgehead established by the Librarian, enables the Librarian to change equipment and Psychic powers during missions. This allows them adapt to various encounters while exploring the Space Hulk. Squad mates’ loadouts can be also be swapped using the same ability. For example, equipping them with shields and war hammers will transform your squad into a particularly strong and hard hitting force. But, of course, with this setup, your companions won’t be able to deal damage from a distance or heal teammates.

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On Overwatch Season 3 Placement

A new video from Our Overwatch looks at the ranking and placement system for Season 3 in competitive Overwatch. The system started out a little wonky, and Blizzard has been tweaking it each season. Unfortunately, on some levels it seems to be getting steadily worse, and the video outlines a system where players are being ranked just as they were last season in spite of how well or poorly they do in placement matches. Blizzard has expressed a desire to make ranks more stable, but the current system makes one wonder why they are bothering with placement matches at all. They also discuss how this impacts the ability of friends to play together, as their group of six who did all their placement matches together ended up split across ranks, and can no longer queue together. As the description of the clip reads: "After season 2 placing and ranking was a broken system we had faith that season 3 would bring better things. However, the first day has showed that the system is very much the same and punishes solo Queue players & sick stacks alike." Continue here to read the full story.

Dauntless Announced

Phoenix Labs announces Dauntless, saying this will represent the "next evolution" in co-op action/RPGs when it comes next year as a free-to-play PC game. The developer boasts veterans from BioWare, Riot Games, Capcom, and Blizzard, and they offer this cinematic trailer with a first look at their concept. Here's an outline of the game:

Phoenix Labs, an independent game studio built on the foundation of delivering great games for players to enjoy together, has revealed their debut title at the 2016 Game Awards with Dauntless. Dauntless is an online co-op action role-playing game (RPG) set in an untamed science-fantasy world. Players take on the role of elite warriors known as Slayers who protect humanity by hunting ferocious Behemoths. Dauntless is being created by a team of industry veterans from BioWare, Riot Games, and other acclaimed studios, led by co-founders, Jesse Houston, Sean Bender and Robin Mayne.

The world of Dauntless has been shattered by a cataclysmic event, creating a vast array of uncharted and majestic floating islands. Behemoths, as cunning as they are vicious, consume the land, and it’s up to the Slayers to hunt them down before they destroy what remains of the world. Slayers will explore an ever-changing frontier, brimming with verdant flora and unique wildlife.

“Phoenix Labs is made up of the most talented and passionate game developers in the world,” said Jesse Houston, co-founder and President at Phoenix Labs. “We make games because we love to play them, and we want to share these experiences with gamers everywhere. We’ve taken inspiration from games like Dark Souls, Monster Hunter, and World of Warcraft to create a new, gripping gaming experience.”

In Dauntless, Slayers can go at it alone or join cooperative parties with up to four people to take on the Behemoth threat. No two encounters are alike - each brings its own unique challenges and rewards. To survive on the Shattered Isles, players collect rewards from their hunts to upgrade their arsenal of weapons and armor in a deep and robust crafting system.

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Overwatch Wins Big at The Game Awards

There's a post on Engadget about The Game Awards with a list of the winners and a recap of the goings on. They call this the "best show yet," noting it is thankfully each entry since splitting from SpikeTV "gets subsequently less embarrassing to watch." They also note that one of the industry's better known voice actors had some words for his colleagues on strike among the "emotional" moments in the show: "There were a few emotional moments onstage as well, including Ryan Green accepting the Games for Impact award for That Dragon, Cancer; Keighley presenting his friend Hideo Kojima with a statue for Industry Icon and Nolan North throwing striking voice actors under the bus during his acceptance speech for best performance." Blizzard's Overwatch was the big winner, walking away with prizes for Best eSports Game, Best Multiplayer, Best Game Direction, and Game of the Year.

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Happy birthday Unreal Tournament! A post on BeyondUnreal reminds us it's been 17 years since Epic's multiplayer shooter was released. The game came out in the U.S. on November 30, 1999, and in the E.U. on December 3rd, so noting it today neatly splits the difference.

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