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10 hilarious, brutally devious ways game developers punish pirates

The Sims 4's encroaching pixelization is the latest in a long line of hilarious anti-piracy efforts.

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Dreadnought preview: It's like World of Tanks and Battlestar Galactica had a baby

Remember that scene in Battlestar Galactica where the ship warps in the atmosphere? Dreadnaught is that scene, but playable.

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Missing Pieces: Rome: Total War II gets a free expansion, Grim Fandango details, and more must-know games news

This is the gaming news you need to know from the first week of September.

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Final Oculus Rift pricing, hardware teased as Gear VR reveals Oculus-ready interface

And even better: The final hardware design for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift is already locked in.

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Dead Rising 3 (PC) Apocalypse Edition review: The zombie apocalypse, now with silly hats

Slaughtering zombies with whatever's at hand while dressed in ridiculous costumes is fun, even if the PC port of this Xbox One launch title is perfunctory.

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A City Sleeps hands-on: This musical shoot-em-up will give you nightmares

Rock Band creator Harmonix has another new game and this time it's an ultra-hard shoot-em-up. Plus it comes out in October. We got a chance to try it out at PAX.

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The 11 best PC co-op games to play with your friends

Sure, you can play these games alone, but they're way better with a buddy.

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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell preview: This game has an armchair that fires rockets

No, really. It does. This Saints Row IV expansion takes the series to new depths -- and new heights, thanks to Johnny Gat's demon wings.

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Lord of the Rings: Shadow of Mordor preview: Killer of orcs, controller of minds

Lords of the Rings: Shadow of Mordor doesn't truly feel like Lord of the Rings, but the lore is there and it's still a blast to play.

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Alienware's Area-51 gaming desktop reborn as a powerful Haswell-E-packing triangle

The iconic Area-51 is back, and this time it really looks like a UFO. But the Alienware gaming PC's bizarre shape cures some case-design woes in a surprisingly pragmatic fashion.

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10 obscure Steam features that can power up your PC gaming

Steam can do a whole lot more than let you buy and play games. Buckle up and get ready to dive deep into Steam's hidden features.

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Preview: 100 turns with Civilization: Beyond Earth

Yes, it's like Civilization V in space, but it's more than that, too.

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Microsoft's standalone Xbox One Kinect due in October with bonus game

As promised, Microsoft will deliver its standalone Kinect sensor for the Xbox One, tossing in a free game to sweeten the deal.

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Lichdom review: A masterful magic system hobbled by ho-hum gameplay

Lichdom is the first game to really get magic right. Unfortunately it does so at the cost of most everything else.

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Amazon's $970 million buy gives Twitch the best of both worlds: Money and freedom

Amazon offers Twitch major league resources AND continued independence -- a combination that likely wouldn't have been possible if the video streaming site was bought by YouTube.