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Culture & Gaming

Battle.net isn’t Battle.net anymore, even if Blizzard calls it Battle.net

Enlarge / Seriously, Blizzard, what are we supposed to call this thing? It has been over eight months now since Blizzard made the low-key announcement that it would be “transitioning away” from the longstanding Battle.net branding in favor of a more generalized “Blizzard Tech” label. And it has been two months since the Battle.net Launcher…

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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is massive open world with chaotic fighting

PREVIEW: Marvel is riding high on a revival, and everyone is cashing in on the action. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, and Lego will be the next to do that with the unveiling of Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, which debuts on November 14 on the PC and consoles. In a preview event, Warner…

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GameMaker Studio 2 gets an education edition

YoYo Games has launched an educational edition of its cross-platform 2D game engine GameMaker Studio 2. The Windows and Mac game engine is now available in a convenient education package. Under the terms, any approved university or school affiliate will now have access to a free trial version with zero time restrictions or commitments and…

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Overwatch: Ranking its first year of seasonal events

Overwatch has found a fantastic way to keep players engaged … and to keep taking their money. Five times in the past year, the team-based shooter has launched special events. Each one last for a couple of weeks and introduce new cosmetic items that players can unlock via loot boxes while the event is happening. Each one also…

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Guardian Kingdoms aims more for Age of Empires or StarCraft than Clash of Clans

Phoenix One Games hopes to build their realm with their first fantasy mobile strategy game, Guardian Kingdoms. The mobile strategy genre has proven to be incredibly lucrative, with Supercell (Clash of Clans) reporting $2.3 billion of revenue last year and Machine Zone (Game of War) bringing in an estimated $590,000 revenue  daily. Since these games launched in 2012…

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Why LawBreakers is heading to PC and PS4 instead of Xbox One or Switch

Xbox One and Nintendo gamers are going to miss out on Cliff Bleszinski’s new game — at least at launch. LawBreakers, a new character-based shooter (think Overwatch), is going to launch on both PC and Sony’s PlayStation 4 later this year. It doesn’t have an official release date, but it is currently in beta testing on…

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Universal’s Dark Universe risks being yet another extended universe franchise

Enlarge / Not just any universe… a DARK one. (credit: Universal Studios ) If you can’t beat ’em, misunderstand ’em. That appears to be the logic coming from the programming wizards at Universal Studios. The film production company took the (mummy) wraps off its “Dark Universe” initiative on Monday, and its intent is clear: to…

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Lawbreakers dev: PC/console cross-platform play is “dumb”

Enlarge / All those Lawbreakers characters had better be playing on the same platform… After years of online gaming being strictly segregated by platform, recent months have seen a resurgence in the idea of playing with friends and rivals on different hardware . That includes some hesitant attempts by game makers to cross the PC/console…

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Injustice 2 Review: Gods, monsters, and unholy beatings

Enlarge / Little touches like these, before and after fights, really give the game personality. (credit: NetherRealm Studios ) There’s a lot going on in Injustice 2—maybe more than the game itself can keep track of, at times. But thanks to developer NetherRealm’s ongoing commitment to making the most accessible fighting games this side of…