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Best of the Rest: Alexander's picks of 2014

ATTENTION: The year 2014 has concluded its temporal self-destruct sequence. If you are among the escapees, please join us in salvaging and preserving the best games from the irradiated chrono-debris. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft If you'd told me a year ago that I'd spend a majority of my 2...

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PlayStation Now offers subscription service, available January 13

Sony announced this morning that PlayStation Now, its streaming game service, will be available January 13 in the US and Canada. The service will be offered in two varieties, one at $19.99/month and the other at $44.99 for three months, which would be about $15/month. Curiously, no yearly plan is o...

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WRUP: Housecleaning

Geralt is so over 2014. There's plenty to look forward to in 2015, including the next adventure from The Witcher, The Batman and the co-op hunting of Evolve. We'll wrap up our best of 2014 features next week. What's everyone playing?...

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Xbox countdown sale wraps today

Xbox wraps up its daily deals leading into the new year today, featuring add-ons like the Dead Rising 3 season pass and Red Dead Redemption's super excellent Undead Nightmare Collection. There's also BioShock Infinite's Burial at Sea's two episodes at about $5 apiece. There's also been a slew of...

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Xbox One's $50 holiday trimming ends this weekend

The Xbox One's "special, limited-time" pricing of $50 off in the US ends this Saturday. The discount applies to both the Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle ($350) and Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle with Kinect ($450). Major Nelson also lists several national retailers that also have ad...

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WRUP: A cup of cocoa

It's time to slow things down. What's everyone playing?...

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Destiny approaching 13 million players

Just before the influx of new holiday players become initiated into the Cryptarch love-in, Bungie announced that nearly 13 million players have entered Destiny. Following up with Activision, we've had this figure clarified as "PSN IDs and Xbox Live Gamertags that have jumped on and played Destiny."...

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Chinese game market rivals US

A report from the China Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association pegs the country's gaming revenues this year at about $18.5 billion, a 38 percent increase year-over-year, reports Xinhua. Mobile and social games saw the most dramatic increases to $4.4 billion (+145%) and $11.7 billion (+52.5%...

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WRUP: Elegy for a backlog

The experimental Elegy for a Dead World and the emotional Never Alone didn't make chipping away at the block of ice that is our backlog any easier. What's everyone playing this weekend?...

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny top 2014 console sales in US

Activision's strategy of heavy investment in a small group of franchises resulted in the company having the two top-selling console games of the year. The publisher announced this morning that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Destiny were the number one and two games, respectively, to sell-thro...

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