Steam has over one billion accounts

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Steam has over one billion accounts

Steam quietly welcomed its billionth registered account in April. Steam ID Finder shows that they joined on April 28, netting themselves a Steam ID with a lot of zeroes, but no parade. Valve hasn't marked the occasion, probably because the number doesn't mean quite as much as concurrent or monthly active users. Both of them are still pretty high, too. 

Mordau's breakout success has its servers under siege

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Mordau's breakout success has its servers under siege

Mordhau, a first-person medieval combat game where you can decapitate one another with polearms, is a very fun game. It's also very laggy. Since it launched yesterday and has crawled up to become Steam's global top seller, Mordhau's servers are buckling under the weight of all those would-be knights trying to stab one another. It's really spoiling the fun of its extremely deep combat.

Blizzard isn't going to Gamescom this year

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Blizzard isn't going to Gamescom this year

Gamescom is the biggest videogame trade show in the world: It drew 370,000 visitors in 2018, compared to just over 69,000 for E3. It's open to the public while E3 is, technically at least, mainly an industry-only event, which is obviously a big factor in that difference, but even so there's no denying that it's major international event. Despite that, Blizzard has decided to skip it this year. 

Ghost Recon Wildlands' new character looks like an awful lot like The Punisher

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Ghost Recon Wildlands' new character looks like an awful lot like The Punisher

If you haven't played Ghost Recon Wildlands yet, I have to ask: Why? It's an excellent open-world shooter, big, varied, reactive, filled with vehicles to drive and guys to shoot, and perfectly willing to let you do whatever dumb, self-destructive stuff seems like a good idea at the time. But if you're somehow still not convinced, you can find out for yourself in the upcoming free-to-play weekend, which will also see the kickoff of Operation Oracle, a two-mission job "that will challenge your perception of the truth." 

Xbox Adaptive Controllers are being used to help wounded veterans in rehab

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Xbox Adaptive Controllers are being used to help wounded veterans in rehab

Gaming is a popular pastime for members of the military, but injuries can introduce challenges to accessibility at time when many veterans need it the most. To help address those challenges, Microsoft has signed a deal with the US Department of Veterans Affairs to bring the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a device designed to make gaming accessible for people with disabilities, to 22 VA rehab centers across the country.