N.C. cancer patients’ lives are at stake if Senate doesn’t act this week

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Cancer patients increasingly take pills for their treatment rather than injections. But insurance rules make them far more expensive. Diedra Laird 2015 file photo

A cancer diagnosis is one of the most disrupting and frightening experiences a person can go through. I know because it happened to me just last year.

I live with two forms of blood cancer – myelodysplastic syndrome and myelofibrosis. I am also one of the fortunate ones. Ongoing treatment has so far been successful in keeping the cancer in check, but I live with the reality that my body will stop responding so positively and I will need a new treatment game plan.

And unless the North Carolina Senate acts this week on legislation bringing fairness to cancer health coverage, I will also continue living with the reality that I might not be able to afford the next treatment I need, even though I have health insurance.

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For many years, intravenous (IV) delivery was the primary method for administering the medicines used to treat cancer, but these days, many of the frontline cancer treatments are in pill form – used in conjunction with injectable or IV therapies, or even in place of them.

In fact, well over one-third of the anti-cancer medications approved by the Food & Drug Administration over the last two years are in pill form. For many cancers, the most effective and appropriate form of treatment comes in a pill, and for some cancers, such as chronic myeloid leukemia, an oral therapy is the only available treatment option.

Despite the need for oral anti-cancer medications, some health plans in North Carolina require patients to pay a large sum for them, often in the thousands of dollars, as opposed to the more reasonable fixed copay charge for IV treatments. The high costs make it difficult and often impossible for cancer patients to get the therapies their doctors prescribe. Without those prescribed therapies the prospects for continued life are extremely limited.

The sobering reality is that cancer is the leading cause of death in our state, with nearly 57,000 North Carolinians diagnosed each year. And yet, North Carolina is one of only seven states that hasn’t enacted legislation requiring health insurers to cover oral anti-cancer medications in the same way they cover injectable or IV chemotherapy.

The state House passed such legislation – known as the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act (HB 206) – this year and during the past two legislative sessions, yet it has never gotten a hearing in the Senate.

With the clock ticking down on this year’s session, time is of the essence for the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act and for the many North Carolinians that it would help. I hope senators will finally listen to our voices and allow the legislation to move forward.

Health insurance is a pool we all pay into so that we can afford care if or when we need it. No North Carolinian should have to forego the necessary treatment prescribed by their doctor because insurers do not cover oral anti-cancer medications in a fair way. It’s time to bring insurance policies in line with modern medicine – and in line with the rest of the country – and make cancer care fair in North Carolina.

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This week in games: Overwatch gets a server browser, Project Cars 2 targets 12K and more

Project Cars 2

More Kickstarter news this week. Can you believe it? Last week I joked about a renaissance but now I’m pretty sure it’s actually happening.

That, plus Overwatch gets a server browser, South Park delays a second time, a bevy of launch trailers and announcement trailers and trailer trailers, and Project Cars 2 talks about supporting 12K resolutions. Mmmm, that’s a lot of pixels.

This is gaming news for February 6 through 10.

St2sis

Another chance for me to talk about Stasis? Excellent. If you don’t know, Stasis is the best horror game you (probably) didn’t play in 2015. An isometric horror game in the vein of the classic Sanitarium, Stasis is some excellent derelict space ship sci-fi.

And now the developers are working on a follow-up, titled Beautiful Desolation. Like PC Gamer, I apparently missed word on this in January, but there’s a Kickstarter campaign and everything. I’m not a huge fan of the name, but I am a huge fan of the art on display so far, and fervently hope it reaches its funding goal.

Tormented Bards

Let’s keep on the crowdfunding theme for a second and talk about inXile. The studio released details on both the upcomingTorment: Tides of Numenera and the slightly-less-upcoming Bard’s Tale IV this week, with a look at Torment’s story and Bard’s Tale’s combat. Here’s Torment:

And Bard’s Tale:

Finish the fight

Halo Wars 2 launches next week, at least for Ultimate Edition buyers. Will it be good? No idea, but it sure does have some beautiful cinematics.

Live to serve

It’s not the sexiest update, but Overwatch is getting a server browser to complement its bevy of matchmaking systems. Want to play a custom game with friends? You can finally—nine months after release—do so.

Project C2RS

I’d sort-of forgotten that Slightly Mad Studios has been working on Project Cars 2. Hard to forget, given the stink people made when the sequel was originally announced, coming as it did mere months after the release of the original. But regardless, I’d forgotten.

There’s video now though—gorgeous video. Also, support for 12K resolutions (12K!) and more. Time to upgrade your graphics card, sim racers.

More-za

Speaking of racing games…well, actually no. The big news this week is that Playground Games, developer of the beloved Forza Horizon series, is working on a new game—and it’s not a racing game. According to GamesIndustry.biz , Playground is opening a second studio and branching out into a new genre, in addition to (presumably) the 2018 Forza Horizon game.

If this mythical second project ends up even half as good as Forza Horizon, we’re in for a treat.

South Park: Still Not Whole

Bad news, South Park fans: Latest game The Fractured But Whole has been delayed yet again, this time to a rather ambiguous “sometime this year.” That’s the second delay for the superhero-themed sequel, which was originally supposed to arrive in December and then was pushed to early 2017. Now? Well, we’ll see.

Cue the Miyamoto quote about a bad game being bad forever, and et cetera.

Siege lifted

Ubisoft’s doing just okay with-or-without South Park though, I imagine. Case in point: Rainbow Six Siege is still humming along, still 2015’s best shooter, and just about to start its second season of DLC characters and maps. You’ll get four minutes of that below, with a look at the new “Velvet Shell” operators and Coastline map.

Oh, and Ubisoft also brought back the Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition. For $15 you get the game and access to four operators, with a whole lot of grinding if you want to unlock the rest—or you try it, enjoy it, and buy the full game (maybe when it goes on sale?) to continue as normal. Your call.

Wild

Okay, more Ubisoft news. Ghost Recon: Wildlands is set to release in March. Ubisoft’s continued its tradition of “Silly Live-Action Trailers” for this one—except this time they’ve made a whole live-action movie. There’s a teaser below. Go microwave some popcorn. I’ll wait.

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This week in games: Dirt 4 revealed, Square Enix teams up with Marvel’s Avengers, and more

Dirt 4

I hope you like videos, because we have about a million of them this week. Launch trailers, announcement vids, Planet Coaster rides, the works.

This week: A Dirt 4 teaser, Bossa’s new skateboarding turf war, Square Enix teaming up with Marvel, Ni No Kuni II on PC, the Pillars of Eternity documentary, the end of Star Wars recreated as a roller coaster, and so much more.

This is your gaming news for the busiest week of January, a.k.a. January 23 to 27.

Tony Hawk: American Paintland

Bossa’s Worlds Adrift isn’t even released yet, but apparently the studio’s been working on two games simultaneously. This week the Surgeon Simulator dev announced Decksplash, some sort of skateboarding game that involves painting an arena with sweet tricks. Literally.

I don’t know. It’s hard to explain. There’s video though:

The long tail

There are two releases I’m excited about this week. The surprising part? Both are related to games that launched way back in ye olde 2015. Some of 2015’s best games, actually. First up, Crypt of the Necrodancer, which released its Amplified DLC prequel into Early Access.

And then there’s Cayne, a free (FREE!) prequel chapter to isometric horror game Stasis. I haven’t gotten a chance to play Cayne yet and don’t know how good it is, but Stasis itself was brilliant. Highly recommended.

Dirty

Another new announcement: Dirt 4, which is set to release a mere four months from now on June 6. Presumably 2015’s Dirt Rally will live on as the sim-oriented half of the series and Dirt 4 will be more arcade-y—a bit of a Forza and Forza Horizon dynamic. We’ll see! For now, there’s just a short teaser.

Avenged

When’s the last time there was a good Marvel game? Maybe one of the Lego titles? Point being: Marvel may have taken over Netflix and movie theaters, but its video games have been either bad or nonexistent since the PS2 era.

That might change, though. This week Square announced a partnership with Marvel, with both Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal apparently working on an Avengers game. Let’s hope it’s as interesting and innovative as Spider-Man 2 was at the time.

A trailer for every star in the galaxy

BioWare’s certainly making up for the fact we had no Mass Effect news for months and months and months. This week? Two trailers, one cinematic (below) and another focusing on the crew.

Quake!(Con)

When’s the last time Quake was the focus of QuakeCon? Been a while, eh?

But with Bethesda announcing Quake Champions at E3 2016, it’s safe to say it’ll take center stage at this year’s QuakeCon. If that piques your interest, Bethesda announced it’ll return to Dallas from August 24 to 27. And hey, it’s free so…

Pray for release

The star of QuakeCon 2016 will probably not make another appearance this year though, considering it releases on May 5. That’s Prey of course, which nabbed an official release date.

Ni No Kuni on PC

The original Ni No Kuni and its painterly art style may be forever stuck on the PS3, but its sequel is making moves. Bandai Namco announced this week that Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will be coming to the PC day-and-date with the PS4.

Lamentations of the players

Conan Exiles hits Early Access next week, and if you’re curious what to expect then here’s a trailer featuring a crucifixion, a burly man, and a sabertooth with a scorpion tail.

Thimbleweed Park

This post is reaching its trailer capacity, but I somehow missed a Thimbleweed Park trailer last week so I’m going to rectify that now because, well, the game looks great. This one centers on Ransome, the swear-filled clown.

Building Pillars

Pillars of Eternity II launched a Fig campaign just yesterday and it’s already blown past its $1.1 million goal. Excellent. If you’re curious what goes into game development though, you might be interested in watching The Road to Eternity, the documentary that chronicled development of the first Pillars of Eternity (originally for backers only). Set aside an hour and a half this weekend and watch.

That’s no moon, it’s a roller coaster

Planet Coaster’s been out for a bit and we’re starting to see some really impressive projects—like “Death Star Strike,” a Star Wars-themed coaster replete with a Millenium Falcon, X-Wings, TIE Fighters, and the trench run from A New Hope. Created by Chuck Maurice and Co., the coaster apparently took over 100 hours of work and all I can say is “Wow.” (Via Rock Paper Shotgun)

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Microsoft to cut 700 jobs this week

Microsoft will cut down the jobs of 700 employees in the coming fiscal year, i.e. 2017.

Microsoft to cut 700 jobs this week

Microsoft to cut 700 jobs this week

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In the last one year, all the newspapers have had screaming headlines of loss of thousands of jobs across the Information Technology/ IT software sector.

As reported by Business Insider, Microsoft Corp is expected to conduct other mass layoffs this week when the company will be reporting its quarterly earnings on Thursday, January 26.

According to reports, the company is planning on cutting 700 jobs in total.

More on the job cut:

  • According to CNBC, the cuts will not be concentrated in one particular area, but are a part of an effort to update skills across the company
  • Moreover, the layoff is a part of Microsoft’s previously announced plan to cut 2,850 jobs by June 2017 – which is the end of Microsoft’s 2017 fiscal year
  • Therefore, it can be seen that the total planned job cuts have reached up to 4,700, or about 4 per cent of its workforce
  • As reported by CNBC, the company is in the middle of a years-long transition to a cloud model, where customers are required to buy software subscription services.

Not only this, under its Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has witnessed several rounds of layoffs, including cutting nearly 7,400 jobs in its last fiscal year — primarily from the smartphone business,  as per the IANS report.

In June last year, Microsoft reportedly had more than 114,000 employees with more than 1,000  positions ready to fill, as reported by Inquisitr.

Major job-cuts by Microsoft:

  • The company’s previous job cuts have come in areas including its smartphone business and global sales team
  • In September 2016, Microsoft had shut down its Skype’s London offices.

The tech giant continues to hire in many areas, even as it cuts some jobs

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This week in games: Free Overwatch, free Elder Scrolls Online, and more Rainbow Six: Siege

Were finally starting to wind down the year. Watch Dogs 2 hits PC in a week and a half, Dead Rising 4 shortly thereafter, and…thats pretty much it for 2016. Soon itll be time for Game of the Year discussions and then the steady drumbeat of Spring 2017.

But for now, the news rolls on. This weekend its a bunch of free games (including a few days of Overwatch), plus Remedy teases a fresh trailer, Rainbow Six gets another year of add-ons, and Total War goes for broke. This is gaming news for November 14 through 18.

Giving thanks early

If youre one of the dozen or so people whove yet to play Overwatch, set aside some time this weekendBlizzards hero-based shooter is free from today through November 21 at 4 p.m. Pacific. Download Battle.net and create an account if you havent already. Youll see Overwatch in the sidebar. All your progress from the trial carries over to the full game, if you decide to buy in once your free access runs out.

Shoot-y games not your style? You can also hop into Elder Scrolls Online for free, also through November 21. Its been a while since I played, but Ive heard its a bit better than it was at launch. Its no Morrowind, butwell, its free this weekend.

Okay, neither of those sounds good? Well I hope you like winter sports because Ubisofts open-world ski/snowboard/wingsuit(?)/whatever game Steep is in open beta this weekendif you can bear with Uplay.

Wake me up

Over the summer, Remedy 1) Teased two new games and 2) Said that neither of them is Alan Wake 2. So keep that in mind before you get your hopes up.

That being said, Remedys teasing a trailer for a new game. All weve got is this 20-second video of Sam Lake saying hes Sam Lake. Good enough for me.

sam lake remedy

Long haul truckin

American Truck Simulator captured the time-honored American tradition of roaring down an open road in a big rig, but it certainly didnt capture how damn big the US of A actually is. Good news, then: SCS Software went back in and redid the entire map, making it quite a bit larger in the process. The old map was 1:35 scale, the new (beta) map is 1:20. Time to load up on 7/11 taquitos.

Now if only we could somehow combine American Truck Simulator with Google Earth VR for maximum realism.

Total-er Warhammer

Total War: Warhammer is the strategy game that just keeps on giving this year, with yet another suite of DLC prepped to launch on December 6. This time its Realm of the Wood Elves with uh…Wood Elves, believe it or not. New campaign, new units, new leadersbut unfortunately the same ridiculous $19 price as the last DLC, from which the games Steam rating has still not recovered. Anyway, heres a trailer:

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Total-est War

The Total War news doesnt stop there though. Another historical Total War is on the horizon, and according to an interview with Eurogamer the series is going to an era we [meaning Creative Assembly] havent tackled yet. Considering the breadth of Empire and Medieval, best bets on something modern or something real old.

And the strange development saga of Total War: Arena continues. According to PC Gamer, publishing rights for the free-to-play multiplayer title are being handed over from Sega to Wargamings latest subdivision, Wargaming Allianceand theres still no release date in sight. Bizarre.

Press 0 for Operator

Rainbow Six Siege is coming up on its one-year anniversary, but the end isnt imminent yet. According to Ubisoft the game will receive at least another year of stuffmeaning four maps and eight new characters, if its anything like 2016. Not bad.

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This week in games: Steven Seagal joins World of Warships, Forza Horizon 3 goes wintery

Steven Seagal

Battlefield. Titanfall. Call of Duty. Tyranny. Dishonored 2. Where’s a person supposed to find the time to play all these games?

Let alone care about news. This week, Forza Horizon 3 gets a demo and teases its first expansion, Mass Effect teases next week’s teaser, and Steven Seagal hits World of Warships. This is gaming news for October 31 through November 4.

Free time

If you need to fill your weekend with something and don’t have any of this year’s million game releases on hand, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide (the best game with the worst name) is free-to-try on Steam this weekend, from now until Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific. It’s basically Left 4 Dead, but with rat guys.

N7 Eve

Next week is supposedly the big Mass Effect: Andromeda news blowout, with a big ol’ reveal slated for November 7 (a.k.a. “N7 Day”). But EA teased some stuff this week, including…a mailing list? Exciting.

The best part of this trailer is realizing the ascent stage of the Apollo lander (a.k.a. the part that ferried the astronauts home) is still attached to the landing framework, for some reason.

More-za

Forza Horizon 3 is the best arcade racer to hit the PC in a long time, so I’m pretty excited to dip back in for a winter-themed expansion coming sometime soon. (Though I think it’s funny Microsoft is releasing a winter expansion when it’s currently summer in Australia.)

Forza Horizon 3 expansion tease

And if you’re still on the fence about Forza Horizon 3, there’s now a demo. Sounds like it covers the opening region of the game, including the famed Twelve Apostles landmark.

Killing moon

Killing Floor 2 apparently emerges from Early Access later this month. If you’ve held off killing ridiculous numbers of zombies until the game was polished to a mirror sheen, you’ll be able to hop in on November 18.

Here’s an appropriately gory trailer:

A-maize-ing

“It’s a video game about sentient corn.” That’s really all you need to know about Maize, an adventure game releasing December 1. Here’s the tiniest of tiny teasers.

Under Siege

I’m pretty fond of teasing my colleague Gordon Ung about his obsession with World of Warships. But perhaps the joke is on me, because this week Wargaming announced that Steven “Above the Law” Seagal himself is now available in the game as a Commander. And you better believe there’s a trailer.

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Lenovo Phab2 Plus landing in India next week

The Lenovo Phab2 Plus smartphone, which was unveiled at the company’s Tech World event back in June this year, will be launched in India next week – November 8 to be precise. Media invites for the event have been sent and the company has also started teasing the launch on Twitter.

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The handset will be launched as an Amazon exclusive in the country. There’s, however, currently no information on the price tag that it will carry – the phone was launched carrying a $299 tag in the US.

Specs-wise, the Phab2 Plus is powered by Mediatek’s MT8783 chipset and sports a 6.4-inch HD display. It has 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory, as well as a 4,050mAh battery. In terms of camera, the phone features a 13MP/8MP combo. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

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This week in games: Gwent’s beta, Evolve’s end, and Michael Phelps meets Call of Duty

Michael Phelps will shoot you

It’s Halloweekend. Don’t do anything (too) stupid. Maybe just stay inside and play a horror game.

This week’s spookiest gaming news: Battlefield 1’s zeppelins are like a Hindenburg ballet, meteors ruin your day in Cities: SkylinesEvolve ends development…again, and somehow Michael Phelps ended up in a Call of Duty commercial. This is gaming news for October 24 through 28.

And Nero fiddled

It’s safe to say disasters were one of the most conspicuous absences from the original Cities: Skylines, so I’m excited for the upcoming Natural Disasters expansion if only so I can—after saving, of course—pepper my poor populace with meteors and then put out the fire with a tsunami. Here’s some footage:

Doom (4) Doom

The Doom (4) Doom mod, which aims to bring all the guns and what-have-you from Doom (2016) back into the original Doom, hits 2.0 this week. Here’s a new trailer [Warning: Turn down your speakers] the dev made to mark the occasion:

Fully evolved

Looks like Turtle Rock had just enough time to transition Evolve to free-to-play before 2K cut the cord. This week, the studio announced that all development on Evolve has ceased and that it now falls to 2K to maintain the servers moving forward. From the announcement:

“This is the life of AAA game developers who aren’t self-funded and don’t own their own IP. We don’t get to make the call. We all know that going in but we still sign the dotted line because we love what we do. We are happy to have gotten the opportunity to do something risky, something new and innovative. We created a brand new Sci-Fi world. We got to go to planet Shear and interact with alien flora and fauna. We got to hunt down, trap and kill giant monsters together. We got to BE the monster. What an awesome experience.”

Farewell, Evolve. You weren’t always great, but at least you were unique and interesting. And best of luck to Turtle Rock with whatever the studio turns to next.

W_A_T_C_H_D_O_G_S_2

“The entire Bay Area is a playpen for counter-culture.” I guess the unspoken “If you can afford to actually live here and still have principles” part that should come afterward doesn’t make for sexy marketing.

Anyway, here’s a Watch_Doggies 2 trailer:

Almost a Witcher

The Gwent beta is now underway, so if you’re hankering to get in on some Witcher-y card gaming action and you haven’t yet signed up for beta access, you might want to go do that. Invitations will be sent out in waves for the next few months, and you have plenty of time—according to the FAQ, “The Closed Beta is expected to end sometime in the spring of 2017.”

They live

Once upon a time live-action trailers were a novelty, something to be regarded with curiosity and (maybe) a bit of humor. But now it seems like every game has one. Don’t believe me? Well I’ve got two for you this week.

First up, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and this ridiculous trailer, which features a humorous “Canada Builds Wall” throwaway gag within the first five seconds. Also, Guns N’ Roses and uh…Michael Phelps.

Slightly more serious is this Titanfall 2 trailer, which I’d argue is better written than the game itself.

Lead zeppelin

I leave you this week with this beautiful Battlefield 1 bug. See you next Friday.

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This week in games: Diablo 4 whispers, Civilization VI launch

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I thought I’d be posting news about Red Dead Revolution 2 here this week, but since Rockstar didn’t bother announcing a PC version, instead we’ll roll with Diablo 4 rumors,Stellaris getting a big story expansion, Watch Dogs 2 needing two extra weeks to hit PC, and King’s Quest finally drawing to a close.

Definitely no Nintendo Switch or Red Dead news here. This is your PC gaming news for October 17 through 21.

Watch (everyone else play) Watch Dogs

In a now-familiar move for anyone who follows Ubisoft’s November releases, Watch Dogs 2 has been delayed on PC—but only for two weeks! Now it’ll launch November 29 instead of day-and-date with consoles on November 15. Good news for people who don’t want a repeat of Assassin’s Creed: Unity, bad news for people who hoped to play it over Thanksgiving.

And I mean, if the game is bad at least the console reviews will warn you.

Speaking of, the “Let’s Completely Overhaul This Game” 1.4 patch for The Division goes live October 25. Maybe some of you are still playing The Division? Maybe?

One last Titanfall trailer

It’s true: EA really is going to dump Titanfall 2 a week after Battlefield 1 and a week beforeCall of Duty. That seems crazy! But here’s one final trailer, barring a last-minute delay to…you know, like March or something.

BlizzCon Rumors

We’re two or three weeks out from the start of BlizzCon 2016 Edition, and that means the rumors are starting to fly fast and thick out here. The biggest story: A potential Diablo 4announcement, the root of which can be traced back to a BlizzCon promo bag with a four-sided die, or “D4.” Here’s Rhykker with a longer explanation, or you can just wait until BlizzCon kicks off on November 4 to find out more.

Still questing

While not quite as drawn out as the episodic structure of say, Kentucky Route Zero, at almost a year-and-a-half since the first episode of the new King’s Quest it’s been…well, basically forever since we started this journey. Some incentive to go back, though: The fifth and final chapter releases on October 25.

And I count myself among those who need to return to the series—I haven’t played since the first chapter. Time to catch up.

Rusty Lake 2

Rusty Lake Hotel is one of my favorite “I’ll give this game a try” games of 2016, so word that there’s already a sequel and that it released this week? Excellent. Here’s a trailer forRusty Lake: Roots.

Leviathans

The Paradox DLC Machine is hard at work. Stellaris received its first story-centric expansion this week, subtitled Leviathans, which fleshes out the mid-game. There’s a trailer below. But more important: The free 1.3 Heinlein patch is also out now, bringing with it some system and UI tweaks. Quality-of-life stuff.

Launch day

Other strategy news this week: Civilization VI launches today. Here’s a launch trailer, featuring a lady with scary-big eyeballs.

Sigh

“We traced his bloodline back 500 years…to the Assassin’s Creed.” That’s all I have to say about this trailer for the upcoming movie. Fingers crossed that line was cobbled together specifically for the trailer, because…yeah.

Nope 7

A few weeks ago someone modded an exploding Note 7 into Grand Theft Auto V. Samsung was so honored, they tried to get the video taken down with a DMCA claim. YouTube denied their request. Here’s the video again, for posterity.

Let sleeping dogs lie

Normally I’d end on that ridiculous Samsung news again, but this week I’d like to take a serious moment and lament the closing down of United Front, the studio that madeSleeping Dogs. Apparently United Front’s latest game Smash + Grab wasn’t enough to save them (despite a free weekend just this past week), and the studio has reportedly closed down. Refunds for Smash + Grab are available through Steam.

It’s one hell of a sad end to a talented studio. Best of luck to those affected.
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This week in games: Tyranny snags a release date, polygonal Lara Croft returns

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Hey Civilization fanatics: Maybe try going outside this weekend. You know, before Civ VI releases next Friday. Might be a good idea to get some sunlight.

The rest of you? Keep on reading this wrap-up. This week we’ve got a release date forTyranny, polygonal Lara Croft, and Overwatch’s excellent Halloween event featuring the terrifying Dr. Junkenstein. This is gaming news for October 10 through 14.

Petty theft

This weekend’s Steam freebie is Smash + Grab, a beat-em-up multiplayer game and the latest from Sleeping Dogs developer United Front. I haven’t checked it out yet but…well, maybe I will this weekend. It’s free until Tuesday, after all.

And for anyone who owns a Vive, Raw Data is also free-to-try this weekend. I’d recommend it—it’s one of the better (read: more polished) VR shooters at the moment, though its Early Access status means there are still bugs and balance issues to be worked out.

The Dark Side

Every couple of months EA drops another expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republicand I think to myself “…If only this were a Knights of the Old Republic game.” It’s a feeling I’ve held onto for about five long years now, and this latest (beautiful) trailer for the upcoming Knights of the Eternal Throne expansion has only made it worse:

The Darker Side

We’re right in the thick of autumn, big-name games dropping left and right, and there’s none I’m more excited for than Tyranny—Obsidian’s “The battle between good and evil happened, and evil won” CRPG built in the Pillars of Eternity engine.

And it’ll be here less than a month from now. As revealed Thursday, Tyranny launches on November 10.

I’m a little teacup

Last we’d heard of the Max Fleischer-esque cartoon-game Cuphead, the developers had tacked platforming onto what was originally a game made entirely of boss battles. Quite an undertaking, to just “add platforming,” and thus it comes as little surprise the game’s been delayed into 2017. Let’s all shed one large, cartoon tear to mark the occasion.

Prey too

Want to play Prey 2 as a lady? Well, we already knew you could but now Bethesda’s redone its trailer as such. Here’s Morgan Yu, looking a bit different than last time:

Prepare for singleplayer

Respawn must feel real broken up that Titanfall didn’t have a singleplayer campaign, because they just cannot stop talking about its inclusion in Titanfall 2. Here’s a snapshot of Respawn’s “Single Player Gameplay Vision” to go alongside the cinematic trailer from a few weeks ago.

Broverwatch

A co-op mode? In Overwatch? Apparently so. The game’s Halloween event went live this week, and along with a bevy of skins, icons, sprays, et al is a new game mode, “Halloween Terror” starring one Dr. Junkenstein. Be sure to play between now and November 1 if you want that sweet, sweet loot.

Tomb Raider’s 20th

I guess the perks of having a game hit your platform almost a year late include “DLC Packed Right In The Box,” as evidenced by the Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration for PS4. But hey, you can buy the new story mission right here if you’re so inclined.

More important is the fact it gets you “five classic Lara Croft skins,” one of which is represented in this incredibly absurd screenshot that I can’t stop laughing at:

Tomb Raider 20th

Almost makes me want to play the whole game a second time through.

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