Epic Games boss defends exclusivity strategy

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Epic Games boss defends exclusivity strategy

Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney took to Twitter to defend his company's strategy of securing exclusive distribution rights for games on PC. Sweeney said it's the only viable way to change what he calls the status quo of the games industry and that ultimately, it's good for players.

Aperture Hand Lab is a Portal-based tech demo for the Valve Index VR headset

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Aperture Hand Lab is a Portal-based tech demo for the Valve Index VR headset

When Valve announced its Index VR headset back in April, it also shared screenshots of Aperture Hand Lab, a tech demo designed to showcase the capabilities of the Index controllers. The controllers are noteworthy because unlike those for other VR headsets, they track individual fingers rather than just clenched-fist hand movements. That tech demo is now available on Steam, if you want to try it for yourself, and you don't even need an Index to play it.

Watch a speedrunner absolutely fly through Titanfall 2

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Watch a speedrunner absolutely fly through Titanfall 2

Watching someone speedrun Titanfall 2 after you've played it is like realizing you and Usain Bolt both have human legs. You're technically both doing the same thing when you go for a run, but it sure looks a hell of a lot different when he does it. This great speedrun from Summer Games Done Quick illustrates how crazy fast you can move in Titanfall 2 when you chain together slides, wall jumps, and some advanced techniques to keep your momentum maxed out.

Solasta: Crown of the Magister promises a deep, D&D-style tactical RPG

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Solasta: Crown of the Magister promises a deep, D&D-style tactical RPG

Solasta: Crown of the Magister is a new tactical RPG announced today by Tactical Adventures, a Paris-based developer launched last year by Amplitude Studios co-founder Mathieu Girard. It aims "to bring the true tabletop roleplaying experience to videogames," Girard said in the debut development diary, which also features some brief but very promising clips of pre-alpha gameplay footage.

Black Mesa's Xen beta is now available

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Black Mesa's Xen beta is now available

Rise and shine! It's been a long, long wait for Black Mesa's final chapters. When Black Mesa (the modder-made recreation of the original Half-Life in the Source Engine) was released in 2015, it ended with Gordon Freeman's leap into the portal that takes him to Xen. The actual Xen levels themselves weren't yet complete. But today, at long last (we've been hearing the Xen levels were almost ready since 2017) , you can get a healthy taste of Xen as the team behind Black Mesa have made three chapters of the alien dimension available in a technical beta.