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Intel wants AI to scrub toxicity out of gaming… but who watches the watchmen?

Over at Gamescom Intel has spoken a little about its plan to utilise AI to combat toxicity in gaming communities. Aiming to reduce the human time spent wading through sh- comments, lots of mean comments – Intel is hoping to utilise the computing breakthrough of the 2010s to intuitively weed out the worst offenders in-game like some sort of cyber Judge Dredd. “Toxicity – we talked a little about that and how it might hamper some peoples’ desire to get into the gaming space or continue playing certain games if the community’s getting too toxic,” Troy Severson, sales director of …

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Borderlands 3 devs are surprised that games like Destiny “haven’t cribbed a bit more from us.”

Borderlands 3 is out just next month, almost five years after the release of The Pre-Sequel – and a full seven years after Gearbox’s own previous entry in the series, Borderlands 2. That’s a long time in the games industry, with many shooters similar to Borderlands releasing in the franchise’s time away. We spoke with Borderlands 3 producer Chris Brock about how titles such as Destiny and Titanfall have influenced it, but he’s actually more surprised that these games “haven’t cribbed a bit more from us.” We spoke to the producer of Borderlands 3 at Gamescom about Gearbox’s various competitors …

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Here’s everything shown off during Geoff Keighley’s Gamescom Opening Night Live

This year’s Gamescom saw Geoff Keighley of The Game Awards fame kicking off the Cologne fair with a two-hour long event designed to showcase some of the biggest and most interesting titles around. Arguably the most interesting new project shown off in Germany was Disintegration from 30-strong Seattle-based V1 Interactive. This is a totally-not-Halo tactical vehicular sci-fi shooter title from, er, the creator of Halo, Marcus Lehto’s new studio starring some guy in metal armour. That’s being published by Take-Two’s Private Division label. There was also Death Stranding – as touted by Hideo Kojima’s BFF Geoff Keighley – during which …

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s PvP will have dedicated servers

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint will use dedicated servers for its PvP mode, Ghost War. “I’m extremely delighted to announce that Ghost War PvP in Breakpoint will have dedicated servers,” said Ghost War’s lead designer, Alexander Rice, at a press event last month. “It’s probably been the most-requested community feature for a while.” Rice also highlighted the advantages of dedicated servers not just for quality of life in general, but in particular when counteracting cheaters, hackers, and exploits. The decision is one of several that Rice outlined which clearly indicate that Ubisoft is taking Ghost War far more seriously in Breakpoint than it …

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Multiplayer PlayStation games may come to PC and other devices says Sony’s Shawn Layden

What you need to know Sony wants its titles to reach more gamers. In a recent interview, the company’s Shawn Layden said select titles could be broader distribution. Layden focused on PC during the interview. It’s unclear when select titles, if ever, will show up on other platforms. Today, Sony announced that it was acquiring Insomniac Games. The developer has worked on a lot of PlayStation-exclusive games in the past, so it seems like a great fit. However, it seems like the company has larger ambitions going forward. According to a report by Bloomberg, Sony may produce multiplatform games soon. …

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Respawn CEO Vince Zampella apologizes for developer comments in Apex Legends furor

Respawn Entertainment CEO Vince Zampella has apologized for disparaging comments made by members of the Apex Legends development team, including executive producer Drew McCoy, in a heated Reddit thread over the weekend. Zampella said that regardless of the threats and abuse the development team faces, it needs to “lead by example,” and promised to do better in the future. The tough weekend for the Respawn community management team began on Friday when McCoy said that he’s been in the industry long enough “to remember when players weren’t complete ass-hats to developers.” Responding to a player who asked if McCoy could …

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Get A Free Month Of Xbox Game Pass PC With This Sweet Promotion [Update: It’s Over]

[UPDATE: All of the codes for a free month of Xbox Game Pass for PC have been claimed.] Xbox Game Pass for PC was announced and launched during E3 2019 and has since accrued a significant library of awesome games. These include first-party titles like Forza Horizon 4 and Sea of Thieves, in addition to third-party games like Metro Exodus, Prey, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Now, Alienware is giving away free one-month keys for the program. You can claim your free month of Xbox Game Pass for PC here, but you should act fast: there’s less than 4,000 …

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Managing your gaming space when you don’t have much room

So you’ve unshackled yourself from mom and dad and moved into a dorm room, or maybe you’ve moved into a new apartment. They’re basically the same thing, but we’re not here to judge. We’re here to help, because odds are you’ve got about one cubic foot worth of space to do all your studying, work, and most importantly PC gaming in. Things can get tricky when you factor in cords, your PC’s chunky case, and basic safety. Don’t even get me started on VR gaming. I’ve got the bruises to show for my struggles. Below, we’ve laid out some helpful …

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Fast-paced 3D platformer Cyber Hook announced for Switch, PC

Publisher Graffiti Games and developer Blazing Stick have announced fast-paced 3D platformer Cyber Hook for Switch and PC (Steam). It will launch in Q1 2020. Here is an overview of the game, via Graffiti Games: About Cyber Hook is a fast-paced, 3D platformer that has you using parkour skills and a grappling hook to scale and ride walls, while fighting enemies and blasting blocks with a finger laser gun. Hurtle forward in a gorgeous retrowave environment that you can manipulate via time warping and abusing physics to break the level design. Key Features Intense Parkour Action – Fast-paced 3D parkour …

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Black Ops 4 design director says he’s been asked to “disconnect” from Call of Duty

It looks like David Vonderhaar, design director at studio Treyarch, could be stepping away from its Call of Duty series. In a series of now-deleted tweets posted on his Twitter account over the night, Vonderhaar seems to indicate that his time with the series could be done, at least for the time being. As spotted (and recorded) on ResetEra by user JigglesBunny, Vonderhaar appears to say in the tweets – most of which are now unavailable to view – that he has been asked to move away from Call of Duty on a day-to-day basis, though at times the messages …

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Don’t Miss This Huge PC Game Sale With Deals On Monster Hunter World And More

The summer may be a slower time for new releases, but there is definitely no shortage of sales. Steam and Humble Bundle’s summer promotions are behind us, but we’ve still got some time on the calendar for more. The latest comes from Fanatical, which has a bunch of awesome Steam games (and a 10-game mystery bundle) discounted in its Summer Sale, with an offer for an extra 10% off with coupon code FANATICAL10. The big hitters in this sale include Monster Hunter World for $26.45, Mortal Kombat 11 for $48.59, and Resident Evil 2 for $30.77, in addition to Devil …

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Every PC game at Gamescom so far

This week is Gamescom, and that means another avalanche of announcements for the games industry. That includes lots of trailers, and even though the event is just getting underway today, there’s enough of them to warrant a collection of them already. We’ll update this post with new games as they are announced throughout the conference this week. Minecraft (Windows 10 Edition) RTX enhancement Developer: MojangComing to PC? DefinitelyWhen’s it out? “Within the next year” Nvidia started the week off on a high note with its announcement that Minecraft’s Windows 10 edition will be getting official RTX-powered ray tracing support in …

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Wargaming reveals World of Tanks’ limited-time battle royale

There was a time, not so long ago, when the addition of a battle royale mode to an already popular war-adjacent game was an inevitability. I thought that time had passed, but World of Tanks developer Wargaming appears keen to prove me wrong. Earlier today, the studio announced its new last-man standing mode, Steel Hunter. A trailer for the new arrival (which you can check out further down this article) shows off some impressively fast-paced gameplay, and has World of Tanks looking more edgy than ever before. At this point, the rules should be more or less burned into your …

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Why one PC developer turned down the security of Epic’s exclusivity offer

Enlarge / Artist’s conception of DARQ‘s developers sadly walking away from Epic Games Store exclusivity. If you’ve been following the PC gaming space in recent months, you know Epic has been throwing a lot of money around to secure exclusives big and small for its Epic Games Store (EGS) on PC. But there has also been a small and growing trend of developers who are publicly rejecting Epic’s money and exclusivity terms for a variety of reasons. Rise of Industry creator Alex Mochi, for instance, said in a screengrabbed Discord conversation that Epic’s “deal didn’t appeal to me” because “I …

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Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes PC release date revealed

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, the latest game from Killer7 creator Goichi “Suda51” Suda, is coming to Steam on October 17. It’s the first time Suda’s No More Heroes series will arrive on PC—the previous two games were Nintendo Wii exclusives, while Travis Strikes again first released on the Nintendo Switch earlier this year. You play series hero Travis Touchdown, an otaku wielding a beam saber on a quest to become the world’s greatest assassin. This time around, Travis warps into a possessed video game console, battling bugs across games spanning a handful of genres. There’s plenty of top-down …

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