Google game streaming service makes Assassin’s Creed Odyssey playable in Chrome

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Google game streaming service makes Assassin’s Creed Odyssey playable in Chrome

Google’s plans to offer some sort of streaming game service or console have been rumored for a while, but today, the company has officially announced what it’s calling “Project Stream.” The first test of the technology will begin on Oct. 5, with selected participants given the chance to stream and play through Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey in their Google Chrome browser during the trial period.

You can see a video of the game being played in 1080p at 60 fps, reportedly streaming, at the top of this post.

New legendary Pokémon Zeraora is finally available in October

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New legendary Pokémon Zeraora is finally available in October

GameStop will give out a special Pokémon starting later this month, The Pokémon Company announced. It’s the mythical monster Zeraora, an electric type that was first shown off earlier this year.

As is often the case with legendary Pokémon, Zeraora’s reveal greatly predated its in-game debut. The Pokémon Company introduced it with a short teaser in April. Ahead of the release of a new trading card game expansion featuring the Pokémon, however, players can get Zeraora for their games via a download code.

Super Mario Odyssey’s unused indie rock Rosalina needs her own game

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Super Mario Odyssey’s unused indie rock Rosalina needs her own game

Amid all of this Peachette and Bowsette talk comes a new Mario princess to fawn over. To be clear, she’s not technically new — but Nintendo’s Super Mario Odyssey art book, which hit Japanese retail last week, introduces us to a version of intergalactic royal Rosalina that puts a new spin on the character. Guess what? We’re all obsessed with her now.

It’s easy to see why, because Super Mario Odyssey’s proposed take on our girl Rosie is a marked change from her standard regality. Had Rosalina appeared in the Switch game, she would have donned a T-shirt and jeans, according to artwork that spread on social media this weekend. Better yet, Rosalina would have played the acoustic guitar, bangs in her face while she strummed, like a disaffected, grunge-adjacent teen.

New Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay trailer shows off heists and other ‘nefarious activities’

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New Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay trailer shows off heists and other ‘nefarious activities’

Rockstar Games released its second gameplay video preview for Red Dead Redemption 2 today, focusing on the sundry experiences and “nefarious activities” players will enjoy as outlaw Arthur Morgan.

While Rockstar’s previous gameplay preview for Red Dead Redemption 2 focused more on the game’s world and characters that players will interact with, today’s is all about what you can do in the Wild West. In the video, Rockstar boasts that players will discover experiences “naturally as you move fluidly from one moment to another.” That runs the gamut from large-scale heists, like train robberies, to smaller, more personal missions.

Tropico 6: A familiar getaway that’s anything but a vacation

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Tropico 6: A familiar getaway that’s anything but a vacation

For me, the hours-burning allure of Tropico wasn’t so much the decadence of being a despot with total control (or the illusion of it, at least) over an island paradise. It was in the decay — the entropy that can only be shown in city blocks planned under a government warped by the shortsightedness, desperation and instant gratification of its leadership.

I used to live in Washington D.C., which probably inspires my city-building approach to Tropico — begin with very orderly straight lines and discretely purposeful districts, and over the course of a hundred years watch it turn into crap. That’s why the Tropico 6 beta underway has already claimed more than seven hours of my time, most of it in sandbox mode. The beta still has me excited for the next game even though that has been delayed into 2019, and most of what I’ve seen so far reminds me of Tropico 5.

Neo Cab challenges you to ‘stay human’ in its bleak dystopia

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Neo Cab challenges you to ‘stay human’ in its bleak dystopia

In the dim lighting of XOXO’s underground arcade showcase, tucked into a corner is the demo fro Chance Agency’s first title, the neon-blue-and-teal Neo Cab, a game about the connections between people and the creeping advance of artificial intelligence in a near-future city.

In Neo Cab, you take on the role of Lina, one of the last human taxi drivers in the town of Los Ojos, right after the mysterious disappearance of your close friend. Picking up characters and shuttling them around the city gives you a chance to talk to them and learn their stories, as well as make connections that you can use later. Between the interactive fiction segments of conversation (while the car drives itself from destination to destination), you’ll be managing your cash, your mood, and your car’s battery levels.

Gearbox CEO says personal assistant stole millions

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Gearbox CEO says personal assistant stole millions

Randy Pitchford, the Gearbox Software co-founder and chief executive, and his wife are among the victims of a Texas man whom authorities say is responsible for millions of dollars in theft and unauthorized purchases.

The tale of John Wright Martin, 33, is laid out in a detailed report this weekend by The Dallas Morning News. Wright, who had been the Pitchfords’ personal assistant, is currently nowhwere to be found. He is depicted as a charming grifter with a taste for luxury items, whose spending went undetected until it was too late.

Valve designers change unfortunately-worded Artifact card

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Valve designers change unfortunately-worded Artifact card

Valve got itself into and out of an inadvertent kerfuffle when a poor choice of words on a card in its upcoming Artifact game arched eyebrows on social media.

Artifact, which is a Dota 2 digital card-collecting game, is releasing in November. The game’s official Twitter channel has been touting its features and explaining gameplay in the runup to the launch date. Wednesday’s example was meant to highlight card interactions.

Mojang announces Minecraft: Dungeons

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Mojang announces Minecraft: Dungeons

At Minecon today, Mojang announced a new role-playing game set in the Minecraft universe. It’s called Minecraft: Dungeons.

Due out next year on Windows PC (no word yet on other platforms), the game is being developed at Mojang’s home base in Sweden. It’s an overhead-view dungeon crawler, populated by monsters and familiar figures from the Minecraft world. Players can take on the world alone, or as part of a four-person group. Visually, the world is an enhanced version of Minecraft’s familiar landscape of blocks.