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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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Inside soundtrack came from within an actual human skull

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Martin Stig Andersen, the sound designer and composer for Playdead’s Inside wanted a different yet familiar soundscape for the indie platformer. His solution was to play it through an actual human skull. "I had the basic idea of trying to recreate sounds as they would sound if they were happening inside your head," Andersen wrote in a post on Gamasutra. "That was the curious thought that led me to acquire a human skull and experiment with it." Inside tells the cryptic story of a young person on the run from a mysterious evil, and plays with themes of mind control and genetic engineering. Our review called it a "jaw-dropping ... superbly crafted, beautiful game." It’s the spiritual successor of the critically-acclaimed Limbo, which was released in 2010. "I didn't really want to hear...

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Psychonauts 2 will get all the money its investors pledged

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Psychonauts 2 is the first crowdfunded game project to offer equity investment to everyone, not just the rich. Its campaign, run through the Fig crowdfunding platform, concluded in January of this year with nearly $3.83 million raised. But neither Fig nor developer Double Fine Productions has been able to collect a portion of those investment dollars — specifically, money from non-accredited investors — because of an ongoing review by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. That process ended last week, and today non-accredited investors are being asked to pay for the shares they reserved. But even if Fig and Double Fine can reach those many hundreds, perhaps thousands of investors who reserved the right to purchase shares in the project, those individuals are under no obligation...

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