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Original Starcraft Free to Download April 18, 2017

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What can I say about the classic PC title Starcraft that hasn’t already been said by every online pundit in history before?  I first became aware of the game Starcraft back when G4 was in its heyday.  G4’s Cinematech show featured the original opening cinematic.  A year later, I discovered it was the number one game played in my freshman college dorm.

Today, the original Starcraft is now free to download and play.  You can download it and the expansion pack Brood War for free right here.  The game is compatible with the original retail version, so you’ll finally be able to play against the friends who have bugging you to get the game for over a decade.  Retail owners will just need to install the newest patch for the game (version 1.18), which was recently released.

Starcraft and Starcraft: Brood War is out now for PC and Mac.


Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam  April 17, 2017

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After the Halo franchise exploded in popularity thanks to Bungie’s incredible FPS games on the Xbox platforms, Microsoft looked into expanding Halo into other genres including Real Time Strategy. In 2009, Microsoft and Ensemble Games released Halo Wars on the Xbox 360, one of the best RTS games designed specifically for the console.

PC RTS fans have been begging Microsoft to port or re-release Halo Wars to the PC for years now, and with Halo Wars 2 getting released on Xbox One and Windows 10 earlier this year, hopes were high the original title would finally see a PC port!

Microsoft has just announced Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, the updated port of Halo Wars remastered for the Xbox One, is coming to the PC through the Windows 10 Store and Steam!

Just keep in mind the game does not allow cross-platform multiplayer, so players who purchase the game on Steam will only be able to play against other Steam owners online.

Anyone who already purchased the Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition on the Xbox One, either digitally or at retail, won’t need to buy the game again unless they want to play it exclusively on Steam.

Halo Wars Definitive Edition is coming to Steam on April 20th, 2016 for a price of $19.99 US.

Gaming History You Should Know – Eric and the Dread Gazeebo April 16, 2017

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It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for another story of Gaming History You Should Know.  The pen-and-paper RPG series Dungeons & Dragons has been around for decades and like with anything popular among nerds it has inspired its share of humor.  That’s right, in fact it has inspired so much humorous content it would take me a week just to feature everything I could find in a single Google search that I thought was funny!

Among all of these jokes and all this humor, people wonder what is the story that is probably the most recognized in all of D&D lore?  The answer to that question would be the story of Eric and the Gazebo, or as its more often called online, Eric and the Dread Gazebo.

The original story of Eric and the Gazebo was written by Richard Aronson and was printed in 1985 or 1986.  It detailed a team of adventurers who come across a gazebo for the very first time. While the story is fictionalized it was based on real events from a D&D session Richard had once played.  It was later copied online some time in the 1990s under the name of Eric and the Dread Gazebo where it was further recopied and spread like wildfire.  If you aren’t familiar with the story, here’s a pretty good version of it presented as voice over.

So there you go, the history behind Eric and the Gazebo, that same story your RPG group will occasionally reference during games.  If you’d like us to highlight more of our favorite Dungeons & Dragons inspired humor, post a comment below!

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Trailer April 14, 2017

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Just wanted to leave this here. Enjoy!

Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is coming to theaters December 15th, 2017

PlayStation 4 Software Update 4.55 Released April 13, 2017

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Sony has just released a minor software update for the PlayStation 4’s system software.  The new update is called version 4.55 and it includes non-specific optimizations.

You do not need to install the software update to access the PlayStation Network at this time, but installing it could become mandatory later on.  The update clocks in at around 340MB.

RF Switch – The Legend of Zelda April 13, 2017

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Rock band RF Switch performs a fantastic set list of songs inspired by video games and television shows from the 80s, and from that era, I can think of no song more iconic than The Legend of Zelda.  Here is their version of that theme, which they performed live at CT GamerCon 2017.

In case you missed it, here is their rendition of the theme to Metroid.

Splatoon 2 Release Date April 12, 2017

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Since it was announced, Splatoon 2 is expected to be the most important online multiplayer game on the Nintendo Switch. And now, Nintendo released their latest Nintendo Direct video with an all-new preview of the game! 

You saw that right, we finally have a release date!  Splatoon 2 is coming July 21st, 2017 exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.

Remedy Games is Returning to Multiplatform Development April 12, 2017

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It has been one year since the release of Quantum Break on the PC and Xbox One and I’ve got an announcement for anyone interested to hear more about the studio that made it!  Huge news was revealed earlier when Quantum Break and Alan Wake‘s developer Remedy announced they would be developing their highly anticipated next game for multiple platforms including the PS4.

This is huge news because the last two major titles Remedy worked on were exclusive to Microsoft’s platforms due to the fact Microsoft published them, and console loyalists have been begging them to release games on the PlayStation platform ever since.

We don’t know very much about Remedy’s next project except for the fact that it has the internal code name P7, but you can be sure we will talk more about it as time develops!  Until then you should join our Let’s Play Quantum Break series on Beam!

Windows 10 Creators Update Released April 12, 2017

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A major operating system update has been released for Windows 10. Dubbed the Creator’s Update, the new version of Windows 10 greatly expands gaming and streaming functionality.  In fact, I’ll let Major Nelson from the Xbox Community tell you more about it!

The Windows 10 Creators Update is a free download for any PC users equipped with Windows 10. It will likely be delivered to your system via Windows Update soon!

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Riverboat Revelation Cinematic Trailer April 12, 2017

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Earlier today the team from Naughty Dog released an eye opening cinematic trailer for the upcoming Uncharted 4 single-player expansion Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

The new story picks up after the events of Uncharted 4 as we watch the dearly missed character Chloe Fraiser team up with antagonist Nadine Ross in a search across India. 

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is expected to arrive in August.  Uncharted 4 is out now exclusively on PS4.