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We Are Chicago

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We Are Chicago is a game with a message, and it never let me forget it. Developer Culture Shock Games is a studio set on “giving a voice to underrepresented people,” per its founder, Michael Block. Block enlisted a multiracial collection of residents of Chicago’s North and South sides to …

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League of Legends’ most controversial sales may actually be its best

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This week, Areeb “Bubobubo” Pirani, the revenue lead for League of Legends developer Riot Games, published a post on Riot’s /dev blog explaining the game’s business model and values. He explained that Riot’s goal is to assure that players can be competitive at the game even if they don’t spend any money on it, while assuring that players who do choose to spend feel they get a good value when buying League’s huge array of champions, skins and other cosmetic items. Riot’s values are admirable, and its free-to-play model is relatively generous in comparison to those used by many other successful free-to-play games. But this post comes at a time when Riot is facing backlash from the community over changes to its store, and Pirani’s explanation may be a response to that backlash. But,...

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The difficulty in banning the ‘most toxic League of Legends player in North America’

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It’s a new year and a new competitive season for League of Legends, and it may be time for Riot Games to reconsider its permanent disciplinary ban on notorious troll Tyler1. It’s going to take a lot of explaining about what happened and why. This situation digs into some of the most challenging aspects of online gaming in 2016, and how tenuous the control of these games can be for the people trying to police the community. Okay, so what’s a Tyler1? Tyler1 is a Twitch streamer, YouTube content creator and League of Legends player who was banned from the game for his persistent and outrageously toxic behavior in April 2016. If you visit Tyler1’s YouTube channel, which has 450,000 subscribers, or his webpage where you can buy a #FreeTyler1-branded tank top, you will see a banner graphic...

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Blizzard is celebrating Diablo’s 20th anniversary in all of its games

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On Dec. 31, 2016, Blizzard’s Diablo series turns 20 years old. To celebrate, Blizzard will hold a special event called The Darkening of Tristram in Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, in which players will be able to revisit the original game’s cathedral dungeon, sometime in January. But that’s not all Blizzard has planned for the Lord of Terror’s upcoming anniversary. Blizzard announced today it will also sprinkle some Diablo-themed goods in its other games — Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Overwatch, StarCraft 2 and World of Warcraft — as part of the celebration. Most of those cross-franchise perks appear to be player portraits and sprays for games like Overwatch and StarCraft 2, but some of the other offerings — like a Hearthstone Tavern Brawl — sound a bit more robust. Here’s a tease of...

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5 Steam alternatives you can trust

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If Steam is down, there is no reason to fret! The internet is filled with alternative services worth throwing your wallet at. Each have their own unique advantages, deals and community. Whether Steam is down or you’re looking to try out a new service, here are five you can check out: GOG.com GOG.com Some of your favorite AAA game franchises are on on GOG, like the Witcher and Walking Dead games, in addition to some of your favorite developers like Bethesda, Double Fine and more. Not only that, they regularly sell games in easy-to-buy, discounted bundles. Origin Origin If you’re in the market for AAA games, Origin has you covered. Huge titles like Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, FIFA 17 and the Mass Effect franchise are all one click away. Like...

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Sid Meier’s Civilization 6

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Few of the friendships in my life have been as enduring as the one I maintain with Civilization games. It began 20 years ago, with the release of Sid Meier’s Civilization 2 and has continued though each and every game since, right up to Civilization 6. Like all good friends, …

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Wasteland 3 meets $2.75M crowdfunding goal

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inXile Entertainment’s crowdfunding campaign for Wasteland 3 on Fig met its $2.75 million goal this weekend, just three days after the developer launched its latest project. Currently, the game’s crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $2.8 million, pushing Wasteland 3 toward a series of stretch goals. According to inXile, the developer’s Fig campaign will add the following features to the role-playing game at funding milestones: $2.85M: 37 Pieces of Flair – We unlock further Ranger customization, which could include multiple body types, more heads, and more hairstyles. Plus we’ll show items that your Ranger has equipped (gear like shovels, binoculars, etc) on their models. $3M: Car Companion (Codename: Morningstar) – We add a talking car companion! Morningstar is an AI built to...

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