Xbox's $1 Game Pass includes 'Gears of War 4' and 'Mass Effect'

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Xbox's $1 Game Pass includes 'Gears of War 4' and 'Mass Effect'

If you've been thinking about trying out the Xbox Game Pass, but don't want to risk the normal $10 price, Microsoft has a deal for you. It's offering the first month of membership for $1, giving you access to well over 100 games. It's also offering Xbox Gold for $1, so Xbox is clearly trying to push users onto memberships over the holidays. This month, new titles include Gears of War 4, Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter and others.

Belgium moves to ban 'Star Wars Battlefront 2'-style loot boxes

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 Belgium moves to ban 'Star Wars Battlefront 2'-style loot boxes

We learned last week that Belgium's gambling authority was investigating loot crates in Star Wars Battlefront II over concerns that they constitute gambling. Now, the decision is in, and the answer is a resounding yes, according to Dutch-language publication VTM Nieuws. The commission claims that purchasable add-on boxes, the contents of which are randomized, mix "money and addiction" and thus are a form of gambling.

Steam tweaks community reviews to fight spam

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Steam tweaks community reviews to fight spam

Valve has known that its platform Steam, the biggest marketplace for PC titles, has had a review problem for years. Groups of users abuse a game's rating by 'review bombing' them, propping up negative feedback with far more 'this was helpful' votes than is humanly possible. While Valve tried a passive solution two months ago, but it didn't fix the problem. So the company is trying a couple more changes: Diluting the effects of likely review-manipulators and making sure a game's top ten reflect the title's overall approval rating.

'Minecraft' now livestreams building sessions directly to Mixer

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'Minecraft' now livestreams building sessions directly to Mixer

A large part of Minecraft's allure is showing off your work. And now, it should be relatively easy to do that in real time. Mojang has released an update that lets you livestream directly to Microsoft Mixer (its parent company's service, naturally) from within the game on Android devices, Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles. If you've just finished recreating an entire country, you can take people on a live tour without starting a broadcast in a separate app or service first. And your audience doesn't have to simply watch, either.

'Rez Infinite' arrives on your phone through Daydream VR

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'Rez Infinite' arrives on your phone through Daydream VR

Rez Infinite is a sublime experience in virtual reality, but there's a catch: that requirement for PlayStation VR or a PC usually means you're tied down. That won't be an issue after today, provided you have the right hardware: Enhance Games has released Rez Infinite for Android. You'll need a Daydream-compatible VR headset with a controller (and the phone to match, of course), but you too can soar through virtual worlds and shoot enemies to a trance beat. And yes, the Infinite-only Area X is as visually intense as ever -- modern mobile hardware is clearly up to the job.

'Bait!' brings an ice fishing expedition to Facebook's social VR

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'Bait!' brings an ice fishing expedition to Facebook's social VR

Facebook launched its social VR Spaces beta last April, finally showing us a compelling experience that helped put the social media company's acquisition of Oculus in the first place. Recently, Oculus showed off a little ice fishing game from casual game studio Resolution Games at the Oculus Connect 4 conference. Now, the game -- dubbed Bait! -- is ready to take you and a friend into Spaces VR together.