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    Epic Games Freebie Crashes

    Epic is currently drowning in Fortnite cash, and it’s using this opportunity to mount a challenge to Steam. For more than a decade, Steam has been the uncontested king of online game distribution, and developers have been griping about that with increasing frequency. The Epic game store offers some free titles (in addition Fortnite) to entice users, but one recent release has been crashing because it was missing some “steam” files. No, not Steam files, but files called “steam.”

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    Super Mario Bros.

    You might think spending $60 on a new AAA video game is a lot, but three video game enthusiasts just spent more than $100,000 on a single game, and they don’t even plan to play it. The record-setting price for the game makes a bit more sense when you find out it’s an ultra-rare sealed early copy of Super Mario Bros. for the NES.

    The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) launched in Japan in 1983 as the Famicom, but it wouldn’t come to North America until two years later. Nintendo wasn’t sure how the NES would be received in the US, so it started the rollout in several “test markets” like New York and Los Angeles. The games produced for this initial run are known as “test market games,” and that’s what makes the newly sold copy of Super Mario Bros. so valuable.

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    The Original Diablo Is Now Up for Sale


    I remember the first time I heard about Diablo. The game had actually already been ought for a year, but I and my college-age friends didn’t hear about it until the beginning of 1997. Most of our college campus shut down in January for Winter Term, but freshman were required to stay on campus to complete a course of our choosing. I don’t remember what I studied. I do remember Diablo.

    That’s why it’s more than a little odd to see Diablo returning to the screen in all its pixelated glory on GoG. Not that there’s anything wrong with GoG — in fact, up until Epic launched its own game store earlier this year, GoG was the closest thing in existence to a Steam competitor. But it’s a little odd to see Blizzard, which owns its own digital distribution service, ponying up to put one of its own games on a competitor’s storefront.

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    Nvidia Dropping Support for 3D Glasses

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    It’s hard to predict what the next big trend in consumer technology will be. A few years ago, everyone was convinced it would be home 3D displays. Companies raced to get 3D TVs and monitors into stores so we could all watch Avatar and play 3D games. Even smartphones started to launch with 3D screens. It’s unlikely you have any 3D displays in your home because they were expensive, impractical, and lacking content. Nvidia is finally admitting defeat in 3D — it will end support for 3D Vision after the next driver update in April 2019. That driver will also be the last for Kepler mobile GPUs.

    There are several ways to do 3D on the small screen, and that was actually one of the problems. You had to commit to one version of the technology, and getting matching devices and content could be a real hassle. Heaven help you if you wanted to buy a 3D Blu-ray player. What little interest there is in 3D gaming has moved on to VR, but even that has limited consumer appeal.

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    Star Wars: Dark Forces

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    Star Wars: Dark Forces enjoys an iconic reputation among PC gamers. It was the first major video game title set in the Star Wars universe to adopt first-person Doom-style controls — and unlike the myriad number of Doom clones that were flooding the market at the time, Dark Forces was actually good. Even better than that, it told a completely original story in the Star Wars universe at a time when the EU was barely in its infancy and nerds were hungry for new Star Wars, in any form.

    Now, that classic game is getting a remake — but not an official one. Jason Lewis, a senior developer at Obsidian, is working on recreating the game and has posted art to his ArtStation page. All images shown are his property.

    The artwork is gorgeous. Lewis isn’t a character artist or modeler, so it’s not clear when we’ll see a playable game, or if it can even secure a release at all (he’s working on a stormtrooper, according to PC Gamer). Not all companies have been willing to play nice with fan remakes and recreations. But Dark Forces is an iconic, incredible game, even if it’s somewhat overshadowed by its sequel. So why do I call it “terrible” that we’re seeing this happen?

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