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Worlds to explore in ‘Rime’ and horror to re-live in ‘Friday the 13th: the Game’

New video games out this week: “Rime.” (Out Friday) A lovely-looking adventure/puzzle game in the vein of “Ico” and “The Last Guardian” from Grey Box Games. Rated E-10+ for Everyone 10 and Older. $30 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. “Friday the 13th...

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Dell leaves beige boxes far in the rearview with its design reinvention

Let’s think together for a moment about all the things you and I wish for when we’re buying a new laptop. It should be fast and powerful, at least capable enough to run the apps we need. It should be quiet, because no one wants to hear a jet engine...

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DC heroes and villains are back to fight, ‘Mortal Kombat’-style, with ‘Injustice 2’

New video games out this week: “Injustice 2.” The giant roster of DC Comics heroes and villains returns in this fighting-game sequel, duking it out in settings from Gotham City to Atlantis. New fighters include Darkseid, Poison Ivy, Robin and Supergirl...

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How the Nintendo Switch defied skeptics (including this one) to become the most-wanted console

I was wrong. I can admit that now with the comfort of knowing that I don’t have to be wrong any longer and with a Nintendo Switch gripped tightly in my hands. Back on March 3, gaming titan Nintendo released Switch, a frankly weird video-game device...

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Reality: Austin’s VR game maker Owlchemy Labs snapped up by Google

Austin’s Owlchemy Labs, which has been a bright spot in Austin’s burgeoning virtual-reality gaming and filmmaking scene, has been acquired by Google. Owlchemy is responsible for one of the few hits among VR games so far, “Job Simulator,” which was...

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Retro shooter ‘Strafe’ brings back 1996 while ‘Minecraft’ comes to Nintendo Switch

New video games out this week: “Strafe.” Studio Pixel Titans and publisher Devolver Digital are unleashing a blast from the past: a new 3-D shooter modeled after the cutting edge technology of 1996. Bloody (by 1996 standards) and over the top, “Strafe”...

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Austin’s Arkane Studios grows to a full studio, spreads its wings with ‘Prey’

In the new video game “Prey,” an alternate-reality sci-fi thriller set on a space station, the character you portray unravels the mystery of their own identity. The first choice in the game for players, to make the point even more explicit, is whether...

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Austin-made ‘Prey’ arrives this week, along with indie ‘TumbleSeed’

New video games out this week: “Prey.” The new immersive sim from the Austin studio that made “Dishonored” features an abandoned spacecraft, super creepy “Mimic” monsters and lots of super-detailed environments to explore. It’s out on Friday and,...

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