Turok’s first two games come to Xbox One in March

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Turok’s first two games come to Xbox One in March

The first two Turok games — Dinosaur Hunter and Seeds of Evil — have gotten re-releases on Windows PC and now Nightdive Studios is ready to bring them to Xbox One.

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil arrive on Xbox One on March 2, for $19.99 each. It’s some good news for Nightdive, which a week ago told Kickstarter donors that the $1.35 million effort to remake System Shock had gone “on a hiatus.”

Speedrunner stakes claim to Super Mario Bros.’ triple crown with a sprint through the Minus World

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Speedrunner stakes claim to Super Mario Bros.’ triple crown with a sprint through the Minus World

This speedrun of Super Mario Bros. — finishing the game’s notorious Minus World — shaves a fraction of a second off the past mark and yes, world records fall daily in speedrunning’s vibrant, always-competing scene. But, if this is verified, it means one player has world records in the three main Super Mario Bros. speedruns recognized at Speedrun.com.

Kosmic, (Kosmicd12 on Speedrun.com) a speedrunner savant of Super Mario Bros., set the record last night. He credited another runner with discovering a faster means to clip through the wall in world 1-2, which accesses the Minus World. Kosmic’s 2:33.587, if recognized by Speedrun.com (it’s not, yet) is 143 milliseconds faster than the standing record, set four months ago by SoloQ. So there is not much room for improvement.

Facebook pulls VR shooter from conservative political conference

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Facebook pulls VR shooter from conservative political conference

In retrospect, this was probably not the best week to show off a virtual reality first-person shooter at a big news-making event, much less one where the National Rifle Association unloaded some fiery rhetoric about gun rights.

Either way, Facebook showed and then pulled Bullet Train, which has been an Epic Games proof-of-concept VR demonstration for about three years, from a booth it was staffing at the Conservative Political Action Conference. This is the leading gathering of the nation’s conservative thought leaders.

Papers, Please the movie is out. Watch it for free.

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Papers, Please the movie is out. Watch it for free.

The short film adaptation of Papers, Please is out now, and it’s free to watch. See it on YouTube or Steam, either way, it’s free. And it’s a good film.

The YouTube version of this Russian-language film offers subtitles in 22 languages, which is an artful statement itself. Several of them are nations formerly of the Eastern Bloc, whose cold, bureaucratic governments are the basis for “Arstotzka,” the fictitious nation for whom the protagonist, an immigration inspector, works.

Metal Gear Survive’s extra character save slots cost $10

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Metal Gear Survive’s extra character save slots cost $10

Konami’s Metal Gear Survive quickly hits players with a reason to pay extra money on top of the game’s $39.99 asking price by restricting the number of character save slots. Players have access to just one slot, while three additional character slots are locked behind an in-game currency purchase.

Naturally, that in-game purchase isn’t sitting well with some Metal Gear fans. And it’s not the only questionable Metal Gear Survive microtransaction either. The game is replete with ways to spend small amounts of money.

Blizzard’s Warcraft 3 updates have fans hoping for a remaster

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Blizzard’s Warcraft 3 updates have fans hoping for a remaster

Warcraft 3, Blizzard’s real-time strategy game from 2002, is getting a brand-new patch. Patch 1.29 has been released onto Blizzard’s public test realm and includes balance changes for heroes, 16:9 widescreen support and updates to the map pools.

But a patch to a 16-year-old game isn’t the real news here. In fact, Blizzard last updated Warcraft 3 in 2017 and has been working on updates to its classic games for years. What’s potentially more interesting is the installation process for the strategy game itself and Blizzard’s plans to promote Warcraft 3’s latest update.

Nintendo now lets people leave Switch game reviews on its site

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Nintendo now lets people leave Switch game reviews on its site

A new update to Nintendo’s website now allows users to leave customer reviews of specific Switch games.

Certain games like Splatoon 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild already have the new review mechanic implemented on those individual pages. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see a section called “Customer Reviews,” with five stars just underneath it. People are allowed to leave reviews after signing into their Nintendo Account.

Fake Kaz Hirai Twitter account to end with a charity drive

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Fake Kaz Hirai Twitter account to end with a charity drive

KazHiraiCEO, one of the best gaming-related accounts on Twitter, will cease to tweet on June 15, right after E3 2018. But the anonymous user behind the handle wants to wind things down on a thoughtful note: by raising money for a charity organization.

“Like the PlayStation Network, my Twitter account has provided a free online service to gamers for many years. But just like the PlayStation Network, I have decided to change that,” wrote Fake Kaz Hirai on Twitter. “KazHiraiCEO is moving to a free-to-read business model with microtransactions…for charity!”

Crytek’s latest, called Hunt: Showdown, is a strange beast

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Crytek’s latest, called Hunt: Showdown, is a strange beast

Crytek’s latest game, Hunt: Showdown, is now live on Steam’s Early Access platform. At first glance, it looks a bit like other shooters in the survival or battle royale genre. But if you drop into the game expecting to find the next PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds you’re going to have a pretty rough go of it. Let’s talk about what the game actually is, as well as some of what you need to understand in order to have fun.

Hunt: Showdown is absolutely not an arena shooter. Instead, it’s a mashup of two other fairly obscure games: Evolve, the team-based monster hunting game released in 2015, and a newer, hardcore tactical shooter called Escape From Tarkov. There’s also a little bit of the player-versus-player mode from The Division thrown in for good measure.