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‘Minecraft’ now has 112 million players per month

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes Fortnite might still have the lion’s share of public attention, but that doesn’t mean it’s hurting the other gaming phenomenon. Microsoft’s Helen Chiang told Business Insider in an interview that Minecraft now has 112 million active players every month, a surge of 20 million over figures from October 2018. This …

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‘Gears 5’ will add new modes and maps in its first six months

Sponsored Links The Coalition/Microsoft Now that Gears 5 is out the door, The Coalition and Microsoft are ready to preview what’s next. They’ve outlined what you can expect in the first six months, and there shouldn’t be a shortage of new material. The initial season (“Operation” in Gears speak) is starting off modestly with weekly …

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Even ‘Civilization VI’ is getting a battle royale mode

Sponsored Links Firaxis/2K Games Firaxis and 2K are taking an all-too-familiar approach to revitalizing a game: tack on a battle royale mode in a bid to capture the Fortnite crowd. They’ve released an update to Civilization VI that introduces Red Death, a 12-player competitive mode that grafts battle royale on to a strategy game that …

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PC-to-mobile game streaming arrives on the Galaxy Note 10

Sponsored Links Chris Velazco/Engadget Samsung’s PlayGalaxy PC-to-mobile game streaming app is ready to roll, provided you have the right hardware. The tech giant has released PlayGalaxy Link in the US and South Korea for Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ owners who want to play computer-quality games on their handsets. You’ll need a reasonably brawny …

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EA meets with gamers to help curb toxic behavior online

Sponsored Links CHRISTOPHE GATEAU/AFP/Getty Images EA knows online harassment is a problem with its games like anyone else’s, and it’s taking some (small) steps toward creating a less toxic space. The publisher used the recent Gamescom expo to hold the first meeting of the Healthy Communities Player Council, a group of gamers teaming with EA …

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More ‘The Last of Us Part II’ details will emerge on September 24th

Sponsored Links Naughty Dog/Sony Naughty Dog has been fairly quiet about The Last of Us Part II since E3 2018. You’re about to hear a lot more, though. The studio has sent invitations for a media event that will discuss the post-apocalyptic action game in greater detail. While details aren’t forthcoming at this stage, it …

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‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ continues with ‘Re Mind’ DLC this winter

Sponsored Links Square Enix You’ll soon have another fix if you can’t get enough of Kingdom Hearts — you know, Square Enix’s other big RPG franchise. The developer has revealed Re Mind DLC that will continue the Kingdom Hearts 3 story this winter. The teaser doesn’t say much about what’s coming to PS4 and Xbox …

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Nintendo explores ‘bendable’ Switch controllers

Sponsored Links Nintendo/USPTO Nintendo is apparently concerned that the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers might not be flexible enough. The console maker recently applied for a US patent on Joy-Cons with hinges that would let the top half “bend” to provide a more ergonomic grip. This would work whether or not the controllers are attached — side …

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‘Gears 5’ launch trailer highlights the variety of game modes

Sponsored Links The Coalition/Microsoft Microsoft is determined to pull out all the stops for the imminent Gears 5 release, and that includes showing how it pulled all the stops for the game itself. The tech giant has posted a definitive launch trailer that showcases the cover shooter’s five main modes, including the shiny new Escape …

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Emulator uses AI to offer the translations your games never had

Sponsored Links LibRetro Many classic video games are only available in one language, making it difficult to enjoy them as a non-speaker unless you have a fan translation. Now, though, you might just need the right software. Version 1.7.8 of the RetroArch emulator front end has introduced an AI Service feature that uses machine learning …

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