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French court rules that Steam’s ban on reselling used games is illegal

A French high court this week delivered a blow to Valve, ruling that European consumers are legally free to resell digital games bought on Steam, just as they’re able to resell packaged, physical games. The ruling was delivered by the High Court of Paris (Tribunal de grande instance de Paris) two days ago, according to…

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Spending $60 on a video game doesn’t make sense anymore

It used to be, if you wanted a video game at launch, you’d pop into a store and set down $60. Maybe that store was brick and mortar, or maybe it was a digital boutique, but the expectation was always the same. You pay a premium, and you get to own the game. In 2019,…

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The Office reboot is a ‘goal’ for NBC’s Peacock streaming service

A reboot of The Office could be headed to NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service. “It is my hope and goal that we do an Office reboot,” NBCU’s Bonnie Hammer, chairman of direct-to-consumer and digital enterprises, told Deadline. NBCUniversal announced details about the service earlier this week. Named Peacock, the streaming service will be the official, exclusive…

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Rockstar’s new launcher makes Grand Theft Auto 5 always-online, PC gamers say

PC gamers who have installed Rockstar Games’ new, proprietary launcher say it effectively turns their copies of Grand Theft Auto 5 into an always-online game — even the single-player portions. Based on a Rockstar Games support entry posted online, this could be unintentional. “We are aware of an issue that is affecting some players’ ability…

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Apple Arcade: release dates for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV

Apple’s gaming subscription service, Apple Arcade, launches today, Sept. 19. The company has an ambitious plan to bring premium Apple-exclusive games to its many platforms, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac computers. But if you were hoping to play Grindstone, Exit the Gungeon, Mini Motorways, or any of the other Apple Arcade highlights on…

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PlayStation State of Play for September 2019: date, time, livestream

The next episode of State of Play, Sony’s semi-regular video series for PlayStation news, will air Tuesday, Sept. 24, the company announced Thursday. The show will begin at 4 p.m. EDT / 1 p.m. PDT and will run for “around 20 minutes,” Sony said in a post on the PlayStation Blog. Viewers will see “new…

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NBCUniversal will close its game publishing business

NBCUniversal is getting out of the game publishing business. Instead, it will shift its efforts to a licensing model. A spokesperson was unable to comment on how many of the roughly 50-person team would leave the company, and how many would be reassigned internally. “Given the realities of the increasingly competitive nature of the mobile…

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Dota 2 ban wave issued, and the community is celebrating

A bunch of Dota 2’s most toxic players have been banned this week, developer Valve said in an update on the Dota 2 blog. Banned players are receiving decades-long bans, and most of the community is delighted. Valve said its latest ban wave includes multiple violations, starting with players that have “exceptionally low behavior scores.”…

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Rainbow Six Siege: DDoS attacks and what’s being done about them

Rainbow Six Siege has a big enough problem with denial-of-service attacks disrupting matches that Ubisoft Montreal told its community of a multi-pronged plan to deal with it all, including siccing their lawyers on sites that host distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. In an update devoted entirely to the DDoS issue, developers said they were also lowering…

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A Total War Saga: Troy: first gameplay details and screenshots

The next title in the Total War series will allow fans to replay the Trojan War. Called A Total War Saga: Troy, developer The Creative Assembly say the game will be an historical look at one of the most legendary conflicts in the history of Western literature. A new teaser trailer was released today on…

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