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Q&A: 2K hires LucasArts veteran Haden Blackman to head up Hangar 13; work begins on super-secret next-generation AAA game that uses proprietary tech.

Borderlands and Civilization publisher 2K Games today announced the formation of Hangar 13, a brand new, San Francisco-based developer led by Star Wars games veteran Haden Blackman, who spent more than a decade at LucasArts in the 1990s and 2000s. 2K has big plans for Hangar 13, but the publisher isn't giving much in the way of specifics just yet about the studio's first game. All we know is that Hangar 13 is working on a AAA "next generation title,"...
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The Game Awards, formerly known as the VGX and VGAs, will be broadcast live, and you can watch the winners, new game trailers, and surprise announcements here.

The nominees for the the former VGAs have already been announced, and you'll get to see who the winners are live on Friday, December 5 at 6PM PST. We'll have a livestream of the show embedded above as well as interviews from the red carpet and analysis and commentary immediately after show. While the focus of the VGAs will, obviously, be on awards, the event also promises to reveal new trailers for upcoming games and "more than a dozen world...
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It’s a free-to-play, “persistent-world strategy game” from Creative Assembly.

London-based developer Creative Assembly has announced Total War Battles: Kingdom, a free-to-play, "persistent-world strategy game," due out "soon" for mobile devices and PC. Set during the turn of the 10th century, Kingdom combines realm-building and tactical battles, according to publisher Sega. "Ultimately, players will be able to join in massed multiplayer wars against other lords in a fight for the throne," reads a line from the game's description. "Deception, spying, and outright betrayal against enemies and friends alike will see...
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Platform’s 100 million users can now stream their gameplay without Twitch.Valve’s juggernaut digital PC gaming platform Steam today added a major new feature: broadcasting. Steam Broadcasting allows Steam users to watch their friends’ games with just one press of a button. In a statement, Valve said Steam Broadcasting was designed for “ease of use.” And indeed, it is simple. All you’ll need to do is click “Watch Game” on your friend’s profile to see their gameplay. Valve points out that there are no strings attached–you don’t have to also own the game, pay a fee, or install any additional apps. To try out Steam Broadcasting today, all you need to do is opt in to the Steam Client Beta, which you can do through the Steam Settings panel. It’s not all good news, however, as Valve cautions that “bandwidth may be limited” during the Steam Broadcast beta, suggesting you may run into a few technical snags here and there. Steam Broadcast will have a variety of privacy settings. When a friend requests to watch your game, you can allow or block their attempt. You can also choose from the following privacy settings regarding who is able to watch your games. Only friends I invite can watch my games Friends can request to watch my games (default) Friends can watch my games Anyone can watch my games (public broadcast, can be found in the game hub) By default, only gameplay is visible to people watching Steam streams. However, you can choose “Broadcast my desktop when not in game” through the Broadcast options page. Steam Broadcasts also forbid a range of content. This includes the following: Porn, inappropriate or offensive content, warez, or leaked content or anything else not safe for work Any discussion of piracy Cheating, hacking, game exploits Threats of violence or harassment, even as a joke Posted copyright material such as magazine scans Soliciting, begging, auctioning, raffling, selling, advertising, referrals Racism or discrimination Abusive language, including swearing Steam Broadcasts are also live-only; archiving is not supported. You can read lots more about Steam Broadcasts on the Steam website. In releasing Steam Broadcasting, Valve is entering the streaming market currently dominated by Twitch, which is owned by Amazon. Steam is indeed a force, with 100 million accounts, though it remains to be seen what effect Steam Broadcasting might have on Twitch.

Valve's juggernaut digital PC gaming platform Steam today added a major new feature: broadcasting. Steam Broadcasting allows Steam users to watch their friends' games with just one press of a button. In a statement, Valve said Steam Broadcasting was designed for "ease of use." And indeed, it is simple. All you'll need to do is click "Watch Game" on your friend's profile to see their gameplay. Valve points out that there are no strings attached--you don't have to also own the...
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Gifts can’t be traded now for the first 30 days.

Valve has changed Steam's policy to disallow users from immediately trading games purchased as gifts. The company made the announcement with brief post to the Steam Trading Cards Group page. "We've made this change to make trading gifts a better experience for those receiving the gifts," Valve said. "We're hoping this lowers the number of people who trade for a game only to have the game revoked later due to issues with the purchaser's payment method." Games purchased as gifts can...
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Daedalic Entertainment says it will be an adventure game slated for 2017.

Blackguards developer Daedalic Entertainment has announced that it will develop a game based on Ken Follett's best-selling historical novel The Pillars of the Earth. The book isn't the kind that usually gets adapted by game developers. Written by Ken Follett and first published in 1989, the novel follows disputes between clergy, nobility, and regular people, revolving around the building of a cathedral in a tumultuous 12th century England. The book was made into a miniseries in 2010 that aired on...
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Get Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag for $20 The Last of Us Remastered for $22, and more.

The best new deal of the day is from Amazon, which is offering the PC version of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for $20. Steam's Exploration-themed Fall sale is still going, Microsoft has a huge sale with up to 75 percent of on Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, and Origin is discounting over 200 PC games. Even Blizzard, which doesn't discount its games as often, is offering Diablo III for $20, World of Warcraft (including the first four expansions) for $5,...
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Get Civilization: Beyond Earth for $35, Company of Heroes 2 for $10, and more.

As early reports indicated, Steam's Exploration-themed Fall sale kicked off today, and will last through December 2. Unlike last year's Fall sale, this one will will not include any flash sales, with some deals lasting for 48 hours and others for 24 hours. Here are some highlights available for the next 48 hours: Watch Dogs -- $30 Civilization: Beyond Earth -- $35 Lords Of The Fallen -- $30 The Stanley Parable -- $4.49 The Wolf Among Us -- $8.49 Dead Island -- $5 The Vanishing of Ethan Carter...
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“Blood Sport,” a system where taking in-game damage draws real-world blood, gets shut down by Kickstarter.

When you lose blood in the game, you also lose it in real life. That's the concept for Blood Sport, a new gaming project that was seeking funds on Kickstarter before the crowdfunding site suspended it. The concept is relatively simple. Every time your character took damage in a game, any game, the system would draw blood into a sterilized donation bag similar to the standard blood bank experience. Here's how it works. When you take damage in a game like...
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PayPal email indicates Steam Fall Sale starts on Wednesday.

It looks like the Steam Fall sale is kicking off this Wednesday, November 26, which is either the best or worst news depending on how much money you have in your wallet. Valve hasn't made an official announcement, but an email from PayPal (via VG247) encouraged customers to stock up on Steam Wallet codes from the PayPal Digital Gift store, saying the Steam Fall Sale will run from November 26 to December 1. Not a huge surprise given that the sale...
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