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Friday, November 18, 2016

11/18/2016 - Moon Grey Merge VR Goggles Now Available at Best Buy
New Moon Grey Merge VR Goggles Now Available Exclusively at Best Buy

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Merge VR just announced the launch of a new color of goggles this holiday season - Moon Grey, available exclusively at Best Buy today.

"Our signature purple headset has become an industry favorite, and we're excited to offer the new Moon Grey color to our customers," said Merge EVP Dan Worden. "These exclusive goggles at Best Buy are sure to be a hot item this holiday season, which makes them the perfect gift for every tween and techie on your shopping list."

The Merge VR Goggles were recently selected as an 'Expert Pick' holiday gift by Consumer Reports, along with the HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR. Of the three, the Merge VR Goggles are the only option for people who want to experience virtual reality using their iPhones and most Android phones.

In time for holiday shopping, Merge announced that they're the only virtual reality goggles safety tested and approved for ages 10 and up. Dedicated to making virtual reality fun, easy, and safe for everyone, they also created VR START (www.VRSTART.com ), a curated library for all users to find fun, high-quality VR experiences.

About Merge VR
Founded in 2013, Merge Labs, Inc. is a Texas-based startup focused on making virtual reality fun and easy for everyone. The privately funded company and its team are led by Founder Franklin Lyons and Co-founder Andrew Trickett, who have backgrounds in gaming, technology, design, content development and hardware creation. Merge's flagship product, the Merge VR Goggles, are compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and built to be accessible, affordable, portable, durable and easy to use. Merge has also created www.VRSTART.com , a curated online discovery portal that features the best virtual reality and 360º experiences available.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

11/17/2016 - Aksys Games and Fighting Gamers at UCI present Anime Ascension

Aksys Games and Fighting Gamers at UCI proudly present Anime Ascension 2017! Anime Ascension will be held February 18-19 at the University of California Irvine Student Center Ballroom C&D. Anime Ascension is a large format fighting game tournament event dedicated to providing the premiere anime fighting game experience. Rejoice as your favorite games are celebrated with large format tournament brackets and pot bonuses! Register here!

Check out the official site for more information!

Event Details:

When: February 18-19 (Saturday and Sunday, 8am-10pm)
Where: University of California Irvine Pacific Ballroom C&D
Games: Guilty Gear Revelator, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late, King Of Fighters 14, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round.
Pot Bonuses:  $5k for Arc System Works games.
Entrance Fees: $40 Venue fee plus $10 per main game entered. 
Early bird special $20 venue fee until 12/8/16!

Follow @aksysgames and @AllAksys on Twitter for more info!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

11/16/2016 - Overhauled Networking and Menus come to Awesomenauts
Completely overhauled networking and menus come to Awesomenauts

Awesomenauts Update 3.3: Rise of Galactron just launched on Steam! With Galactron, we’re introducing a completely overhauled frontend and backend. This includes a from the ground up rebuilt matchmaking, and a complete overhaul of the game’s menus. And of course: Galactron himself, who is a giant robot, in space.

This update brings a AAA style matchmaking to Awesomenauts, lowering both pings and skill differences in matches across the board. Galactron does this by gathering up players in rounds of about five minutes, and then figuring out how to best group those players across matches.

In addition to the overhauled matchmaking, Update 3.3 brings a persistent party system to make it easier to play with friends, a rejoin-feature to allow players to reconnect to games they accidentally disconnected from, and harsher leaver penalties for players who abandon their teammates.

This all results in a greatly improved player experience and also lays the groundwork for many awesome features that will be coming to Awesomenauts over the next year. Including a live spectator mode coming next month, and a level editor with full Steam Workshop integration coming next year!

Today we honor our giant robot: Galactron. And I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlord. All hail Galactron!
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

11/15/2016 - Offworld Industries Charity Event Hugely Successful
Offworld Industries Charity Event Hugely Successful

What a weekend! Between Squad Up 4 Stack-Up on Veteran’s Day, the Steam free weekend, and the 50% off sale, things got a little crazy at Offworld Industries - in a good way. Offworld is proud to announce that $19,460 was raised to help veterans through Stack-Up on Veteran’s Day! The goal for this campaign was $20,000 by December 31st of this year, but since Friday’s charity livestream went so well there is a lot of confidence that it can be reached much sooner.
Squad Up 4 Stack-Up
On Friday, November 11, 7 straight hours of fundraising for Stack-Up was underway with dozens of prize giveaways, a Q and A session with Squad developers, an interview with a former US Marine, and of course the game itself. The makers of Squad also revealed and launched the brand new Kokan map during the event!
Offworld Industries is proud to be partnering with Stack-Up for this event and going forward - veterans are an integral part of Squad’s player base and there are also a few on the Offworld team, so finding a charity dedicated to supporting vets through gaming made this partnership an easy decision.
Steam Events
Over the Veteran’s Day weekend Squad was not only free on Steam, but also 50% off. As a game with an admittedly high learning curve, the team was thrilled to see so many great examples of people stepping up to lead squads, teach newbies about the game, and frolic in the chaos. Having a community so committed to making sure new people feel welcomed and prepared to play is something the makers of Squad take pride in - players who showed up for the free weekend and decided to stick around by buying the game did so in large part because the existing community gave them such a positive experience.
Wrap Up
The excitement may be over for now, but there’s still work to be done. The fundraising campaign is $540 shy of its fundraising goal for Stack-Up and it goes until December 31st. The Squad community proved on Veteran’s Day just how much power it has to help make this goal a reality. Donations can still be made on the campaign page [
https://tiltify.com/events/squad-up-4-stack-up] or through the Squad merchandise store [https://store.joinsquad.com/], where $5 from every item purchased goes to Stack-Up.
ABOUT Offworld Industries LLC:
Offworld Industries LLC is an independent studio formed in 2014 by 15+ developers who had worked together for a combined 50+ years on the Project Reality Mod for Battlefield 2, with the founding purpose to bring a standalone successor to the acclaimed mod to market.  Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the team has brought on modders and industry professionals to form a 25+ man studio with the goal of bringing a new take on the large scale tactical shooter.
Official Site:    
Steam:     http://store.steampowered.com/app/393380
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoinSquad
Twitter:     https://twitter.com/JoinSquad
Press Kit:     http://press.joinsquad.co

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Monday, November 14, 2016

11/14/2016 - New Content Revealed for Ark Survival Evolved

Seattle, WA - November 14, 2016 - Studio Wildcard, the studio that never sleeps, unveiled today a game-changing content update coming soon to the dinosaur survival adventure ARK: Survival Evolved on Steam and Xbox One. Revealed as part of the December cover feature with PC Gamer magazine, the TEK Tier update is endgame content in ARK’s crafting system that rewards hard-working players with awesome sci-fi armor, weapons, structures and gear.
The TEK Tier will put players in power armor granting them advanced abilities, and add powerful TEK saddles with mounted energy weapons to the capabilities of some favorite dinos. Want to snipe at enemy tribes with a plasma rifle while tearing across the map with a jet pack? How about living under the ocean in a vacuum sealed Underwater Base, fully protected from the hazards of land and sky? Look for all of this and much more as the TEK Tier rolls out in free updates to ARK: Survival Evolved on Steam PC and Xbox One in the coming weeks and months.
Meanwhile, check out the gameplay trailer which reveals more details

ARK: Survival Evolved is in development for Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program, PlayStation®4 with VR support, and Steam PC. The game is currently playable in Microsoft’s Game Preview on Xbox One and Steam’s Early Access program, which includes Oculus Rift VR support and an integration of Steam community features such as Steam Economy and Steam Workshop for custom maps and mods. Players can host private/LAN servers and have access to a custom-built version of the Unreal Engine 4 Editor for creating mods. The world of ARK is designed to be modder-friendly and ever-expanding!
To join our growing band of ARK survivors, journey to Steam or Microsoft’s Game Preview on Xbox One to download the game. For the latest updates follow us on
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Studio Wildcard was co-founded in 2014 by industry veteran Jeremy Stieglitz and Jesse Rapczak, former Technical Art Director at Microsoft Game Studios, with the mission of bringing AAA quality to ambitious indie productions that are designed for core gamers. With combined 25 years of industry experience across multiple independent and studio-backed titles, Jeremy and Jesse have teamed up with other veteran developers for Seattle, WA-based and Gainesville, FL-based development studios that also include distributed team members across multiple continents. Wherever talented, driven developers may reside, Studio Wildcard intends to seek out and work with them!
Instinct Games is Egypt’s leading game development studio. Started in 2011 by former Timeline Interactive co-founders, the Instinct Games team develops and produces video games on all major platforms utilizing its competent technical team. Its mission is to collaborate with world class partners to foster Egypt’s video game development ecosystem and set a precedent of high quality, low cost, entertaining indie games with worldwide appeal.

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