Valve, Capcom & Bethesda Fined $9.5 Million For "Geo-Blocking" PC Games

The EU have fined Valve and five publishers a total of €7.8 million (USD$9.5 million) over their practice of “geo-blocking” PC game sales on Steam, which basically means forcing users in a country (say, Germany) to only pay the German price for a game, instead of letting them buy a cheaper version of the same game…

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Source: Kotaku – Valve, Capcom & Bethesda Fined .5 Million For “Geo-Blocking” PC Games

Bernie Memes Are Here For All Your Curmudgeonly Needs

Today at noon Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, but online it was another super-old white guy who stole the show thanks to a photograph by Brendan Smialowski showing Bernie Sanders sitting in a chair emanating such levels of sass and “I don’t have time for this shit”…

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Source: Kotaku – Bernie Memes Are Here For All Your Curmudgeonly Needs

Rust, As Told By Steam Reviews

If you even casually follow the Grimace-colored streaming monolith that is Twitch, you’re well aware that the current flavor of the month is Rust, a survival game that originally came out in 2013. This means new players are discovering the genre oldtimer for the first time. While some enjoy the game’s inhospitable…

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Source: Kotaku – Rust, As Told By Steam Reviews

How To Ensure Your Old Hitman Data Follows You To Hitman 3

Hitman 3, out today for pretty much all of the platforms, sees Agent 47 continue his spree of heinous crimes, including murder and travel journalism. Like the previous entry in IO Interactive’s sumptuous Savile Row simulator, you can import levels and character progression from prior games. It’s only a matter of…

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Source: Kotaku – How To Ensure Your Old Hitman Data Follows You To Hitman 3

Ocarina Of Time Demo Fragments Reveal A Much Earlier Version Of The Game

Nintendo preservationists Forest of Illusion recently got their hands on a Nintendo 64 development cart containing what appears to be the demo version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time shown at the Space World ‘97 trade show. This early build includes maps, items, abilities, and even story beats that didn’t make…

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Source: Kotaku – Ocarina Of Time Demo Fragments Reveal A Much Earlier Version Of The Game

A Farewell to Liyue, An Exceptional Part Of Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact has one of the most exciting regions that I’ve visited in a video game in years. It’s called Liyue and its geological and agricultural bounty is distinct from other open world games. To the west, a traveller can find gorgeous cliffs of ashy stone and golden amber. In the east, rugged archipelagos mark…

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Source: Kotaku – A Farewell to Liyue, An Exceptional Part Of Genshin Impact

To Get Into Hitman Games, Try Starting With Hitman 2

Hitman 3 is out today. And while it’s pretty different from previous games in the rebooted trilogy, it’s still a lot of fun. If you’re new to the series or coming back from a while away, should you jump right into 3 or start with the earlier games? Personally, I’d say you’d be fine just starting with 3, but if you…

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Source: Kotaku – To Get Into Hitman Games, Try Starting With Hitman 2

The New Hawkmoon Quest Is Solo Destiny 2 At Its Best

Destiny 2 has always primarily been, and will likely always remain, a multiplayer game best experienced with kind strangers or old friends. But occasionally there have been times where the loot shooter has invited and even encouraged players to see what troublesome fun they can get up to on their own, and the latest…

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Source: Kotaku – The New Hawkmoon Quest Is Solo Destiny 2 At Its Best

Rare Sketches Of Donkey Kong Country Show Off DK's Early Evolution

In the latest video from YouTube’s DK Creations (via NintendoLife), long-time video game artist Kev Bayliss shows off original sketches from Rare’s Donkey Kong Country, and talks about how he transformed Nintendo’s original cartoon ape from 2D villain to 3D-rendered platform hero.

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Source: Kotaku – Rare Sketches Of Donkey Kong Country Show Off DK’s Early Evolution

Takaya Imamura, The Man Who Designed Tingle, Has Retired From Nintendo

In his three decades at Nintendo, Takaya Imamura worked on some of the company’s most iconic games, including F-Zero, Star Fox, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. He also designed Tingle, and for that, we will be forever grateful.

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Source: Kotaku – Takaya Imamura, The Man Who Designed Tingle, Has Retired From Nintendo

Horizon Zero Dawn's Last Big PC Patch Has Finally, Mostly Fixed The Port

While it was great that PC owners got to play a big Sony exclusive last year, what wasn’t so great about Horizon Zero Dawn’s port was that it ran like shit. Well, five months later things are looking much better.

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Source: Kotaku – Horizon Zero Dawn’s Last Big PC Patch Has Finally, Mostly Fixed The Port