Grand Theft Auto modding tool gets updated, is available again

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Grand Theft Auto modding tool gets updated, is available again

The modding toolkit at the center of a dispute between its creators and Take-Two Interactive, which roiled the Grand Theft Auto PC community over the past two weeks, has received an update and is being distributed. It's another sign that Take-Two is backing away from a hard-line stance on modding.

OpenIV got a small update, notes PC Gameer. It’s now build 907 of version 2.9, implementing "bug fixes and small improvements." By itself that isn't much of a development, except that OpenIV's makers had taken the toolkit offline on June 14, after receiving what they said was a cease-and-desist demand from Take-Two's legal representatives on June 5.

Wonder Woman is about to set a box office record

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Wonder Woman is about to set a box office record

Let's start with this: Wonder Woman is going to set a box office record after this weekend’s receipts are counted.

The record takes some explaining, but it's going to do the most box office business, globally, of any live-action movie directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins). Estimates put Wonder Woman at $621.3 million since its premiere three weeks ago. The old record was held by Phillida Lloyd, who directed Mamma Mia!, which premiered in 2008.

Start summer with big savings on Steam, Sonic, and more of the best game deals

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Start summer with big savings on Steam, Sonic, and more of the best game deals

The big deal news this week is without a doubt the Steam Summer Sale that launched on Thursday, but there’s several other deals also worth checking out. Score discounts on hardware and accessories including gaming controllers and charging stations, and video game titles including the Hitman and Sonic the Hedgehog franchises.

Looking for tech deals? Check out The Verge’s roundup here.

Rockstar urges Take-Two to ease off on Grand Theft Auto modders

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Rockstar urges Take-Two to ease off on Grand Theft Auto modders

Rockstar has issued a statement through its support knowledge base solidifying their support for user-created mods of its games.

“Rockstar Games believes in reasonable fan creativity, and, in particular, wants creators to showcase their passion for our games,” the post begins. “After discussions with Take-Two, Take-Two has agreed that it generally will not take legal action against third-party projects involving Rockstar’s PC games that are single-player, non-commercial, and respect the intellectual property (IP) rights of third parties.”

The FBI kept a list of D&D players as part of its hunt for the Unabomber

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The FBI kept a list of D&D players as part of its hunt for the Unabomber

Newly released documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) shed light on what the nation’s top cops thought of the Dungeons & Dragons scene in the 80s and 90s.

Five separate sets of documents were released as the result of a FOIA request made about a year ago by Reason’s C.J. Ciaramella. They asked for any FBI records regarding D&D’s previous parent company, TSR. A couple of dozen redacted pages came back last week, all of which are posted on Muckrock.

Celebrate Sonic’s 26th birthday with these rad sneakers

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Celebrate Sonic’s 26th birthday with these rad sneakers

Sonic the Hedgehog turns 26 today, an age accompanied with little fanfare. A Twitter account dedicated to his birthday does have a list of ways to help fans celebrate with Sonic, but these limited-edition sneakers seem like the coolest option.

Japan’s Anippon collaborated with the Sonic the Hedgehog brand to produce these swanky slip-ons, which are modeled after Sonic’s own iconic footwear. Unlike Sonic’s shoes, these have the speedster’s name printed on the heel, to ensure that everyone is well aware of the inspiration behind them.

Take a look inside The Art of Prey

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Take a look inside The Art of Prey

Prey is a game anchored in a remarkable sense of place. In The Art of Prey, a collaboration between developer Arkane Studios and Dark Horse Books, you can explore its creation. The book chronicles the creation of a space station called Talos 1 where terrible things happen as it floats on the far side of the moon.

You don’t have to wait until The Art of Prey’s June 27 release date to peer behind the scenes, though. Thanks to Dark Horse Books, you’ll find several pages below that show everything from grayscale renditions of the game’s characters, environments and mysterious alien plague to the color palettes chosen to set the mood in Talos 1’s art deco-inspired environments.

Pokémon Go’s new gyms award coins faster after complaints

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Pokémon Go’s new gyms award coins faster after complaints

Pokémon Go’s revamped gyms remain a work in progress, as trainers are quickly discovering. It appears that Niantic is keeping an eye on early critiques of the features, though, as the developer has already tweaked how the maligned coin payouts work.

Players found that they were earning far less of the game’s currency, PokéCoins, under the new gym system. In the past, having one Pokémon defend a gym would automatically grant users 10 PokéCoins per day, even if it was quickly ousted from its spot. When the update launched, players instead received coins on an hourly basis — and just one for every hour their Pokémon sat in a gym. And Pokémon must now be defeated before players see any of their prize money, so those whose Pokémon are the very best will just horde coins forever before being forced to turn them over to their owners.

Titanfall 2 getting new maps and more in next free DLC pack

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Titanfall 2 getting new maps and more in next free DLC pack

Titanfall 2’s sixth add-on, The War Games, will bring in two new maps and a game-changing feature when it launches June 27, developer Respawn Entertainment announced this week.

The main map, War Games, is an urban environment created in a pilot simulator pod. It features a mix of wide-open city streets for titan combat and multistory buildings with large windows for pilot battles. There are also a few open tank garages in which both types of forces can duke it out, along with a bonus for acrobatic pilots: bridges between the buildings that are perfect for wallrunning with their Tron-esque glowing colored sides.