Four PC classics delisted from GOG.com next week

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Four PC classics delisted from GOG.com next week

Three 1990s games from Electronic Arts’ Origin Systems PC line will be delisted from GOG.com on Monday, June 28. The titles are Ultima Underworld 1+2, Syndicate Wars, and Syndicate Plus, the 1996 re-release that comprises the first Syndicate and its expansion.

All three are currently available for $1.49 each. Anyone who buys the games before their delisting will still find them in their GOG.com library of titles after they’re taken down. They may still re-download them, too. The removal takes effect at 9 a.m. EDT on June 28.

Ultra-rare Atari 2600 game nets more than $10K for Texas Goodwill

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Ultra-rare Atari 2600 game nets more than $10K for Texas Goodwill

One of the Atari 2600’s rarest games — a third-party titled called Air Raid, known for the distinctive T-shaped handle on its cartridge — recently brought more than $10,000 at auction to Goodwill stores for Dallas and the North Texas region.

Alex Juarez, a Goodwill e-commerce processor, found the game in a bin of unsorted, donated games and toys. Juarez, in the video above, explains that he recognized the unusual cartridge but consulted his father to be sure it was a valuable find. Sure enough, it was.

Miles Morales, Returnal, and more PS5 exclusives on sale this weekend

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Miles Morales, Returnal, and more PS5 exclusives on sale this weekend

The PlayStation 5 Demon’s Souls remaster, plus Returnal, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Nioh’s two PS5 remasters, are all on sale for at least 25% off this weekend on the PlayStation Store. The sale is good through Tuesday, June 29.

The surprise weekend offer takes Returnal and Demon’s Souls down from $69.99 to an even nicer $49.69, and Miles Morales from $49.99 to $29.99. The digital deluxe editions for all three games are likewise discounted, from $89.99 to $70.19 for Demon’s Souls; from $79.99 to $59.99 for Returnal, and from $69.99 to $49.99 for Miles Morales.

More Forsaken and Shadowkeep weapons return in Destiny 2’s next update

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More Forsaken and Shadowkeep weapons return in Destiny 2’s next update

Destiny 2’s next update, on July 6, will reissue the remaining 12 legendary weapons from the Forsaken and Shadowkeep expansions, rounding out a promise made earlier this year to return about two dozen weapon and armor sets from their earlier sunsetting.

Nine of the returning weapons can be found on the Moon: Loud Lullaby, One Small Step, Tranquility, Arc Logic, Dream Breaker, Every Waking Moment, Love and Death, A Fine Memorial, and Night Terror. Three more are found in The Dreaming City: Tigerspite, Twilight Oath, and Abide the Return.

Axolotls are the real star of the latest Minecraft update

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Axolotls are the real star of the latest Minecraft update

Do you know axolotls, those salamander-like creatures that live in the water and sometimes have no eyes? They’re in Minecraft now, and the blocky little creatures have set fan communities ablaze with their adorableness.

The creatures were part of the Caves and Cliffs update launched on the Bedrock version of Minecraft on June 8. The update was a hefty one — it brought news blocks, powder snow, and glowing lichen. However, it seems that all the other improvements pale in comparison to the newly added axolotls.

Celebrate Sonic’s birthday with a free copy of Sonic Mania from Epic

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Celebrate Sonic’s birthday with a free copy of Sonic Mania from Epic

Sonic Mania is currently free on the Epic Games Store, and will be available for fans to snag until July 1. The promotion is tied-in with Sonic’s 30th anniversary, which is a pretty impressive run.

Sonic Mania is unique in that it’s a fan-made project that was published by Sega, and the game was well-received. Sonic Mania goes back to the style of the original Genesis platformers without just being a rehash; the game added new mechanics and some impressive level design the original formula.

Destiny players and Bungie are currently at war over spoiler culture

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Destiny players and Bungie are currently at war over spoiler culture

Last weekend, Destiny fans erupted in an argument over data-mining and spoilers. What started as the sale of a mysterious emblem quickly turned into players turning on some of the community’s most valuable members: data miners.

Images of a mysterious new emblem called “A Classy Order” started circling around Twitter over the weekend. Destiny community manager Dylan “dmg04” Gafner publicly reached out to “Tryhard ‘Trials Player’ Tristan,” a user sporting the new emblem, to ask how they acquired it. Minutes later, Gafner tweeted a warning to players that started the weekend’s debate.

Pokémon Go players push back on Niantic for undoing a positive pandemic change

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Pokémon Go players push back on Niantic for undoing a positive pandemic change

On Monday, Pokémon Go developer Niantic announced it was changing some in-game bonuses and gameplay adjustments that were added to the mobile game in 2020 to adapt to pandemic conditions. While some gameplay tweaks added over the past year, like Remote Raids and extended Incense duration will remain, Niantic said, one major change to the game will be removed: the ability to interact with Pokéstops and Gyms from further away.

Pokémon Go will return to the pre-pandemic distance — about half the current distance — required to interact with a Pokéstop or Gym later this summer, initially in the United States and New Zealand. That means players will have to get closer to real-world locations in order spin Photo Discs (to earn items) and battle in Gyms.

The Sims 4 is getting in-game music festivals with good vibes

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The Sims 4 is getting in-game music festivals with good vibes

The Sims 4 players will get a new stage to explore this summer, with an in-game musical event called Sims Sessions. Sims Sessions will run from June 26 through July 7, and includes artists like Bebe Rexha, Glass Animals lead singer Dave Bayley, and singer and songwriter Joy Oladokun.

The Sims franchise has a long history of collaborating with artists to bring their music into the game. Notably, every song has to be changed, because in the Sims everyone speaks Simlish — even the celebrity cameos. While songs are often used for promotional purposes, Sims Sessions will have them be integrated into the game world.