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Blizzard makes it free to change gender in ‘World of Warcraft’

Blizzard When World of Warcraft: Shadowlands comes out later this year, Blizzard plans to stop charging players a $15 fee to change the gender of one of their characters. Much like how you can tweak your character’s appearance at an in-game barbershop, you’ll be able to do the same with their gender once the expansion comes out.    …

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Tencent’s new blockbuster US game studio is led by a ‘GTA’ veteran

VCG via Getty Images Tencent is determined to have more of an impact on gaming outside of China, and not just by pouring money into existing studios. Reuters reports that Tencent Holdings has created a new California studio, LightSpeed LA, that will develop and publish “AAA” (read: blockbuster) titles. The team will be led by …

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‘Cyberpunk 2077’ ditches its wall-running mechanic

CD Projekt Red Cyberpunk 2077 will no longer have one of its more intriguing movement mechanics that have been showcased in demos over the last couple of years. CD Projekt Red says it has ditched the wall-running ability. “[Wall-running] is something that we removed due to design reasons, but there’s still going to be a …

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Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell launches a game studio

Ramin Talaie/Corbis via Getty Images It’s been a while since Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell left Facebook, and now it’s clear what he’s doing next. TechCrunch reports that Mitchell has launched a new game studio, Mountaintop, with the help of industry veterans who’ve worked at Double Fine, Fortnite creator Epic Games, Hidden Path, Respawn and The …

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PlayStation 2 can play homebrew games by using DVD player exploits

Junko Kimura/Getty Images The PlayStation 2 is over 20 years old, but it’s still difficult to hack if you want to run homebrew games without tweaking the hardware. You usually need to install a modchip, buy a specially-configured memory card or even pry the system open to block the disc reader’s sensors. However, it might …

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‘Crash Bandicoot 4’ will be revealed tomorrow at 11AM ET

Toys for Bob/Activision The Crash Bandicoot series is finally getting a modern sequel — not a remaster or a kart racer. Toys for Bob and Activision have announced that they’re revealing Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time on June 22nd at 11AM Eastern, including a stream at Summer Game Fest. The teaser video doesn’t say …

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EA is bringing ‘Skate’ back

EA Yes, after years of rumors (not to mention near-constant fan demand), it’s finally happening: there’s a new Skate game in the works. There’s nothing to show at this stage (you’re looking at Skate 3 above). It’s “really early,” as the team explains. This does put the speculation to rest, though, and it’s safe to …

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Guinness reinstates Billy ‘King of Kong’ Mitchell’s world records

David Greedy via Getty Images Billy “Video Game Player of the Century” Mitchell has been vindicated. Today, Guinness World Records reinstated the Donkey Kong and Pac-Man records that were stripped from Mitchell in 2018. Once again, Mitchell holds the first perfect score on Pac-Man and several records for the highest score on Donkey Kong. He …

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‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ will let you pilot an X-wing in VR

EA Motive A few days after it officially announced Star Wars: Squadrons, EA has released the first trailer and revealed a bit more about what to expect from its next Star Wars game. As expected, the EA Motive-developed title is centered around first-person dogfighting. It’s coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC (on Origin, Epic …

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‘Control’ is headed to PS5 and Xbox Series X

Sponsored Links Remedy Entertainment Remedy’s mind-bending action-adventure Control has won plenty of praise, including for its gorgeous visuals. But, at least before the developer improved the game’s performance with patches, it struggled on the base PS4 and Xbox One, and dropped to as low as 10 frames per second at some points. Performance certainly shouldn’t …

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