Ron Gilbert's 'Thimbleweed Park' gets physical collector's editions

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Ron Gilbert's 'Thimbleweed Park' gets physical collector's editions

Fans of adventure game classics have a reason to give Thimbleweed Park one more look -- it's about to get a physical release, complete with both standard ($35) and limited collector's editions ($65) for PS4 and Switch. Made by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick (Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion) the side-scrolling adventure game erupted from a 2014 Kickstarter before its eventual release on PC, consoles and mobile devices.

Microsoft forms a new gaming cloud division

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Microsoft forms a new gaming cloud division

With little fanfare, Microsoft has announced that it's launching a new gaming cloud division, a move that would set the company up to enter the world of game streaming. As The Verge reports, it's something Microsoft been building up for a while with the acquisition of small companies like PlayFab, which is focused on game development in the cloud. The company also has the basic structure of what a cloud streaming offering could look like with Xbox Game Pass, its subscription service that gives players access to large library of games for $10 a month.

What to look for if you're buying a TV for gaming

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What to look for if you're buying a TV for gaming

Most TV makers (and buyers' guides, for that matter) assume you're buying a set for the sake of enjoying movies or shows, and that's understandable. But what if you're more interested in playing Monster Hunter World than watching Murder on the Orient Express? Your criteria can sometimes be very different; the TV that works well for Netflix might be miserable for gaming. You don't have to buy a specialized set, though. There are many TVs that fit the bill for console gaming, and it's just a matter of shifting your expectations. Here's what you'll want to look for.

Google to test video ads on the Play store

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Google to test video ads on the Play store

Imagine that you're browsing the Google Play store, looking for your next favorite app. You're searching through top ten lists and recommended apps. And then all of a sudden, you're greeting with a blaring, earsplitting video ad for an app. That could be a reality, according to Google. Today, the company announced that it is testing video ads for apps in its Play store. Judging from provided images, it appears that these videos will not be autoplay -- but think of the horror if they were.

'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' arrives on September 14th, 2018

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'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' arrives on September 14th, 2018

Square Enix has revealed that Lara Croft's next chapter will be Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the third and "climactic finale" in her origin trilogy. A new video teaser (below) has Lara fighting soldiers in the jungle, and finishes with a dramatic shot of an eclipse over some kind of ziggurat or pyramid. More importantly, the end of the video shows that the game will be fully revealed on April 27, 2018, and released on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC on September 14th, 2018.

'Yakuza 6' makes Tokyo's red-light district virtually real

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'Yakuza 6' makes Tokyo's red-light district virtually real

I'm a relatively late fan of Sega's famed Yakuza franchise. It was the 2015 'prequel', Yakuza 0 on the PS4, that got me hooked: it was the series' first title to be localized in Chinese, which helped me understand its rich storyline on the humble beginnings of series protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu, and his strangely charming acquaintance, Goro Majima. What also fascinated me about these open-world games was how most of it was based on Tokyo's Kabukicho and Osaka's Dotonbori, often with incredible attention to detail.