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A brief history of cheating at video games

Sponsored Links AleksandarGeorgiev via Getty Images For as long as we’ve played games, there have been players willing to break the rules in order to win. Whether it’s rolling weighted dice, counting cards, or hip checking pinball machines, you can bet your bottom dollar that if there’s a game of chance, someone’s working to work …

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EU charges Valve and five publishers with geo-blocking games

Valve Software Two years after the EU began investigating whether Valve uses regional pricing and geo-blocking practices in its Steam store, the European Commission has formally charged the distributor and five game publishers. The Commission released its “preliminary view” that Valve, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax prevented consumers from purchasing videogames …

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‘Anthem’ was the top-selling game in the US this February

BioWare/EA BioWare may be racing to fix Anthem after its bumpy launch, but it doesn’t have to worry quite so much about its bottom line. NPD Group data shows that the shared-world shooter was the top-selling game in the US in February, and the second strongest game for 2019 up to that point (Kingdom Hearts …

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Microsoft’s latest preview program lets you test ‘Halo’ PC releases

343 Industries There was already a preview program for the Master Chief Collection when 343 Industries was fixing the Xbox One version, but it’s giving the concept another shot now that the PC ports are on the way. It’s launching a Halo Insider Program that will give you a chance at playing pre-release versions of …

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‘Hyper Light Drifter’ devs’ next game goes rollerblading across clouds

Heart Machine/Annapurna Interactive The developers of Hyper Light Drifter have introduced their second game, and it’s about as strange as you’d expect… if not more so. Heart Machine has offered a brief peek at Solar Ash Kingdom, a game that blends a “surreal” world, “massive enemy encounters” and, importantly, “wild high-speed traversal.” From all indications, …

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‘Crackdown 2’ is free on Xbox One ahead of updates to its sequel

Ruffian Games/Microsoft Studios Just because you’re playing Crackdown 3 doesn’t mean you’ve played its predecessor — in fact, that’s not too likely when the second game launched nearly nine years ago. The developers want to plug that hole in your gaming history. In addition to teasing some updates to the current game (more on those …

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Sony officially discontinues the PlayStation Vita

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images You knew the PlayStation Vita wasn’t long for this world, and now it’s official: Sony has discontinued the last two Vita models. The move marks the last step of a long, gradual phase-out that included a halt on first-party games in 2015, the discontinuation of physical games and the end …

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Game streamer Ninja will have his own toy line

Wicked Cool Toys You can’t usually show support for a game streamer in the real world outside of t-shirt and stickers, but Wicked Cool Toys is kicking things up a notch. It’s introducing a line of toys themed around streamers, starting with Twitch superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. You’ll find two-inch collectibles in blind packs ($5 …

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‘GTA Online’ cheat creator ordered to pay $150,000 in damages

Rockstar Games Game publishers are still using lawsuits to take down cheaters, and their latest move could deal a particularly serious blow. A court has ordered Florida resident Jhonny Perez to pay $150,000 in damages (and $66,869 in attorney fees) for creating and sharing Elusive, a paid cheating tool for GTA Online that allowed infinite …

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