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The Morning After: Wednesday, August 23rd 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.Wednesday has arrived. It brings the last gasp of eclipse talk (for a few years, anyway), as well as our first close look at the SNES Classic Edition. Oh, and don't forget, check Engadget for all of the Samsung...
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Blizzard’s making ‘Overwatch’ competitive seasons short and sweet

By now, Overwatch gamers are accustomed to getting updates. Blizzard keeps spoiling us with new characters, modes, and events. They in turn keep the game fresh for returning players 14 months down the line. Judging by its latest announcement, the dev...
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Amazon’s latest Twitch Prime giveaway eyes ‘Madden 18’ fans

Amazon's well and truly got football fever. It seems securing the rights to select NFL games for Prime Video wasn't enough, it's now also got the hook-up for Madden 18. The latest instalment in the long-running sports franchise just dropped. And, Twi...
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Ubisoft’s next ‘Anno’ game relives the age of trade and empire

The Anno RTS series focuses more on civilization-building than straight-up combat, and its later editions explored that premise centuries into the future. But the franchise's next entry casts back a couple hundred years to the past when mankind's map...
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Everyone is rightfully mad at Nintendo today

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The Super NES Classic went up for pre-order today in North America. It was a disaster.

It all started at about 1 a.m. ET when pre-orders for the SNES Classic went live on Amazon and Best Buy. While most of North America was asleep, lucky night owls nabbed SNES Classics before they sold out. It took 30 minutes.

"#SNESClassic in Cart" Yes!
"Turn on app location?" No!
"Set up Best Buy TouchID?" NO!
"Sign up for.." CHECKOUT!
"Item no longer available" pic.twitter.com/VP49mV4J9B

— Andre Meadows (@BlackNerd) August 22, 2017

As the sun came up and people rubbed their eyes and squinted at Twitter while rolling out of bed, they realized what they had missed. And they were pissed. Read more...

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Nope, ‘Alto’s Odyssey’ isn’t coming out this summer

It's going to be a bit before we can play Alto's Odyssey. The followup to the ridiculously relaxing snowboarding game Alto's Adventure won't be out any time soon, developer Built By Snowman writes. "The endless desert still awaits and it's even vaste...
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Sony ‘won’t allow’ cross-platform dino survival in ‘Ark’ either

Stop me if you've heard this before: The makers of a huge multi-platform game want to unite their disparate users so everyone can play together, regardless of whether they're playing on PC, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, and Sony is blocking that. This t...

Here is the leader of Germany surrounded by cosplayers from Overwatch, Final Fantasy, Horizon Zero Dawn, Super Mario, and more.

Angela Merkel confirmed in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switchpic.twitter.com/maB7Q5MoYF

— C. Benoit-Gonin (@Kocobe) August 22, 2017 Read more...

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Angela Merkel fits right in at German gaming expo, tries ‘Farming Simulator’

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Apparently German chancellor Angela Merkel loves video games.

Merkel opened this year's Gamescom — a consumer video game trade show that has been held in Cologne, Germany every year since 2009 — and stuck around to see some cosplayers and even get her hands on some games. Of course, people on Twitter captured some of her best moments.

Here is the leader of Germany surrounded by cosplayers from Overwatch, Final Fantasy, Horizon Zero Dawn, Super Mario, and more.

Angela Merkel confirmed in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switchpic.twitter.com/maB7Q5MoYF

— C. Benoit-Gonin (@Kocobe) August 22, 2017 Read more...

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SNES-inspired 3DS XL hits Europe in October

Miss out on the SNES Classic pre-orders that went up (and promptly sold out) overnight? Nintendo has a consolation prize for you. Sort of. The storied game-maker will release a Super Nintendo-themed 3DS XL this October 13th. There's a catch though: I...
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‘Final Fantasy XV’ comes to your phone this fall

Square Enix is bent on bringing Final Fantasy XV to every platform imaginable, and that includes the phone in your pocket. It just unveiled a Pocket Edition of the road trip role-playing game that will hit Android, iOS and Windows 10 (yes, despite i...