'Destiny 2' puzzle leads to a real-world reward

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'Destiny 2' puzzle leads to a real-world reward

Bungie is well-known for including cryptic references in its games, but it's not often those references lead to real-world gains. A massive team of gamers investigating an area in Destiny 2's new Warmind expansion decoded an elaborate cipher puzzle that, in the end, produced a message with geographical coordinates in upstate New York (conveniently, near the home of Warmind developer Vicarious Visions). That, in turn, led to a very tangible prize that included not only coins (one for each person who visits), but a life-size replica of the Valkyrie weapon from the game -- the only example you'll find outside of Bungie and Vicarious Visions.

Valve switches on Steam Controller's mobile connection in beta

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Valve switches on Steam Controller's mobile connection in beta

Valve's latest beta client activates the Steam Controller's Bluetooth Low Energy function -- a necessary feature if you want to use the gamepad to play on a mobile device in the near future. If you'll recall, the company recently announced that Steam Link will be able beam games to the dedicated iOS and Android apps it's releasing during the week of May 21st. That means you'll soon be able to play on a phone, tablet or TV, so long as it's on the same 5GHz network as the host PC or it's connected to the computer via Ethernet cable.

HQ Trivia is hosting a special game with 'The Voice'

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HQ Trivia is hosting a special game with 'The Voice'

HQ Trivia's game on Monday night will give you the chance to earn and withdraw more than a couple of bucks in earnings. The hit mobile game will give away $50,000 that evening -- and a trip for two to LA to see The Voice's live finale on May 21st. HQ Trivia has teamed up with the singing competition in what NBC describes as a "first-of-its-kind partnership."

‘Spartan Fist’ is a first-person brawler with blocky cartoon violence

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‘Spartan Fist’ is a first-person brawler with blocky cartoon violence

The world of good first-person indie games is a small one, and beat-em-ups are similarly scarce. Spartan Fist, then may be the brightly-colored first-person puncher you've been waiting for. Glass Bottom Games' third major game stars detective Emma Jones, the protagonist from the company's first two titles (Jones on Fire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), as the current owner of the titular fists.

Microsoft now lets you gift PC games from its digital store

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Microsoft now lets you gift PC games from its digital store

Microsoft's Xbox gifting feature was a big hit with players last fall. Now, the company has expanded digital gifting to include PC games and PC downloadable content (so things like map packs and skins). It's also made all Xbox One games eligible for gifting. It's a pretty straightforward process. Head to the Microsoft Store, find your game and select 'buy as gift'. Just enter the recipient's email address -- or choose their Gamertag if you're gifting via Xbox One -- and they'll get a redemption code. Then you can sit back and wait for the gratitude to roll in.

Horror game 'Hello Neighbor' is heading to PS4 and Switch

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Horror game 'Hello Neighbor' is heading to PS4 and Switch

A stealth horror PC game called Hello Neighbor will have you sneaking into your creepy neighbor's house again and again until you unravel his sinister secrets. What's truly interesting about the game, however, is that your neighbor gets smarter the more you play -- the villain's AI learns from your actions and reacts to them accordingly. Sneaked in through the front door? He'll install CCTVs to prevent you from getting in again. That kind of thing. Unfortunately, the game was exclusively available for PC and the Xbox One. That thankfully won't be the case soon enough: Hello Neighbor for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch will come out on July 27th, 2018.

'Forgotton Anne' is a puzzle-platform game hidden inside an anime

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'Forgotton Anne' is a puzzle-platform game hidden inside an anime

Forgotton Anne looks like a gentle animated feature film you can't quite remember the name of, with an art style somewhere between Studio Ghibli and those curious kids' animation series I used to watch from Europe. The charming characters, mostly anthropomorphic objects called forgotlings, make for an entertaining adventure, combined with occasionally smart puzzles and surprising gameplay twists. That said, ThroughLine Games have made a gorgeous animated story where the gameplay comes second.