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Judge tells ZeniMax and Oculus to end their legal battle

One of the biggest stories of 2017 for the VR industry is also one of its longest. The year started out with ZeniMax Media taking Facebook-owned Oculus to court over an alleged theft of technology. A jury eventually ruled that Oculus must pay ZeniMax $500 million , but that wasn’t the end of things —…

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Xbox fans hate ‘parity,’ but I want it after playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Bungie confirmed at E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show) in Los Angeles last week that its upcoming sci-fi shooter Destiny 2 will run at 30 frames per second on all consoles. That includes even the far more powerful Xbox One X from Microsoft, which has the horsepower to render the game faster than PlayStation 4,…

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Super Mario Odyssey: Yo, what’s in this hole?

Super Mario Odyssey is reintroducing exploration to the 3D platforming series. As we saw at E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade event) in Los Angeles last week, that means you will find secrets hidden everywhere throughout the various worlds. An example of that is the sinkhole in the desert stage that I played in the…

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Super Mario Odyssey’s interdimensional travel is one of its best visual tricks

I got to play around 40 minutes of Super Mario Odyssey at E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) trade event in Los Angeles last week, and while it was a blast overall, the best part is that each moment is often bursting with surprises. Above: A visual delight. Image Credit: Nintendo As always, Nintendo has put…

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Creative’s Sonic Carrier megasoundbar was the most impressive tech at E3

Gaming is reaching a point where its most bleeding edge technologies are challenging to demonstrate to a remote audience. At last week’s E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo gaming trade event) in Los Angeles, PlayStation VR and the Xbox One X’s 4K HDR gaming struggled to translate to gamers watching livestreams at homes. But that’s the…

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Overwatch is improving its highlights and loot boxes

In a new developer update, Overwatch lead designer Jeff Kaplan detailed changes coming to Blizzard’s hit team-based shooter. Players will be able to bookmark their own highlights while they play the game, and they can also export them as videos. Meanwhile, Blizzard is promising that loot boxes will soon give out fewer duplicate items. Overwatch…

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Final Fantasy XIV’s seemingly unstoppable DDoS attack is the new norm

Cyberattackers are assaulting the servers for Square Enix’s popular Final Fantasy XIV online role-playing game , and the publisher is struggling to deal with the problem. Square Enix confirmed on Final Fantasy XIV’s official website today that someone (or a group of people) has barraged its servers with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack since June…