Final Fantasy 9 now available for PC on Steam

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Final Fantasy 9 now available for PC on Steam

The PlayStation JRPG finally comes to Windows

It's a little later than expected, but Final Fantasy 9, which first hit PlayStation in 2000, is now available for Windows PC via Steam. Square Enix is currently selling the classic role-playing game for $16.79, a 20 percent discount from its $20.99 asking price.

Final Fantasy 9's Windows PC port boasts Steam achievements, trading cards, auto saves and cloud saves that are designed to work with other devices. Final Fantasy 9 was ported to Android and iOS earlier this year.

Splatoon teams up with SpongeBob in the most appropriate crossover ever

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Splatoon teams up with SpongeBob in the most appropriate crossover ever

The Splatfest you didn't know you were waiting for

Nintendo and Nickelodeon have partnered to bring a touch of SpongeBob SquarePants to Splatoon, its aquatic creature-starring multiplayer shooter on Wii U. The game's next Splatfest event, beginning April 23 at 6 a.m. PT, will be inspired by characters from the nautical-themed cartoon — although, surprisingly, the sea sponge's neighbor Squidward Tentacles won't be involved.

The great Grand Theft Auto lawsuit explained

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The great Grand Theft Auto lawsuit explained

If you're looking to read a dark tale of deception, greed, betrayal and intimidation, then you should get stuck into Leslie Benzies' lawsuit against former partners Dan and Sam Houser, the bosses of Grand Theft Auto house Rockstar Games.

His lurid allegations are like something out of Game of Thrones.

Benzies was part of a three-man leadership team that steered the Grand Theft Auto franchise from 16-bit obscurity to global multi-million dollar success. Together, he and the Housers became close pals and enjoyed fabulous wealth and power. GTA publisher Take-Two lavished profit shares and bonuses on the three men.

Capcom says it will address Street Fighter 5's rage-quitting issues in April

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Capcom says it will address Street Fighter 5's rage-quitting issues in April

An update is coming to Street Fighter 5 this month that will address the rage-quitting issues that plague the fighting game's online mode, Capcom said in a tweet today.

Exactly how and when Capcom plans to roll out its anti-quitting measures weren't specified, though the company promised more details "soon."

Capcom started cracking down on quitters last month, punishing repeat offenders for leaving matches early and denying their opponents' victories. Capcom's methods for going after rage-quitters and stripping them of League Points were inefficient, however, and required players to send videos to the company for review. At the time, Capcom said it was "only targeting the worst offenders in our system."

Rift's 'exclusive' games and demos already running on HTC Vive

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Rift's 'exclusive' games and demos already running on HTC Vive

That didn't take long

The Oculus Rift has already seen the loss of a few games that were supposedly exclusive to the platform, and it looks like third-party programmers are making sure many other Oculus Rift games will be able to run on the HTC Vive. A proof of concept program posted on GitHub has enabled Lucky's Tale and the Oculus Dreamdeck demos to run on the HTC Vive.

"It works by reimplementing functions from the Oculus Runtime and translating them to OpenVR calls," the page states. "Unfortunately Oculus has implemented a Code Signing check on the Runtime DLLs, therefore the Revive DLLs cannot be used unless the application is patched."

Stardew Valley tops a million copies sold, two months after launch

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Stardew Valley tops a million copies sold, two months after launch

People are really into marriage and farming

Stardew Valley has sold over a million copies, publisher Chucklefish Games confirmed to Polygon. That makes the farming simulator one of Steam's biggest releases of 2016 thus far, according to SteamSpy.

"It's actually at 1,007,000 [copies sold] as of now," a representative for Chucklefish Games told Polygon in an email. That figure has yet to be reflected on SteamSpy, a third-party tracking platform that keeps tabs on how games on Steam are selling. Based on the updated number, its list of 2016's biggest commercial hits finds Stardew Valley sitting just under the free-to-play Ark: Survival of the Fittest and H1Z1, whose sales numbers comprise both free and paid versions.

Diablo 3 lead designer leaves Blizzard for Obsidian

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Diablo 3 lead designer leaves Blizzard for Obsidian

Reunites with fellow former Interplay staffer

Leonard Boyarsky, one of the co-founders of Troika Games and recent lead designer on Diablo 3, has left Blizzard Entertainment, according to his Facebook page. He's now employed at Obsidian Entertainment, a move announced by both the company and Timothy Cain, another Troika Games founder.

Boyarsky was employed at Blizzard since 2006, according to his Linkedin. During his tenure, he served as Diablo 3's lead world designer. Diablo 3 launched in 2012 and has been updated since its initial release, most recently including a big one in November.

Star Wars Battlefront's second expansion finally adds Lando this June

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Star Wars Battlefront's second expansion finally adds Lando this June

There's no better Cloud City companion, after all

Electronic Arts detailed new content coming to Star Wars Battlefront, including what's available in its next expansion, Bespin. The second of four planned downloadable content packs arrives this June as part of the game's Season Pass. It will finally introduce a fan favorite to the mix: Lando Calrissian.

As previously announced, Bespin will take place in Cloud City, a location first introduced in The Empire Strikes Back. Four new maps based on the area will be included, as will new Star Cards, blasters and a new game mode. Alongside Lando is another playable character: Dengar, a bounty hunter hired by Darth Vader to take down Han Solo.

Trademark filing suggests 'Amazing Katamari Damacy' is the series' next game

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Trademark filing suggests 'Amazing Katamari Damacy' is the series' next game

Please don't be a mobile port, please don't be a mobile port...

Bandai Namco has registered a new trademark in the Katamari Damacy series, this time for Amazing Katamari Damacy. Members of NeoGAF first spotted the listing on the European Union Intellectual Property Office's database, which offers few details past the game's name.

Before filing for the trademark on April 11, Bandai Namco's European division picked up Amazing Katamari Damacy's domain nameThat website doesn't currently redirect anywhere, however.

Homestuck is finally over after seven years

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Homestuck is finally over after seven years

First chapter debuted April 13, 2009

The popular webcomic Homestuck drew to a close today, almost exactly seven years after it began. After 8,150 pages since its April 13, 2009, debut, creator Andrew Hussie chose to end the series with a video. For those prepared to watch Homestuck's finale or otherwise unafraid of spoilers, you can watch the 9-minute animation above.

On the MS Paint Adventures website, which hosts the series, Hussie wrote today that he plans to create an epilogue for the series sometime in the future. "It'll take a while to produce though, whatever specific form it ends up taking," he added.