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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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One Austin house. Five esports stars. Training for glory.

If this were a “Rocky” movie, this would be the montage where Rocky Balboa is eating raw eggs, slamming the side of beef with his fists and running up the 72 steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Instead, in this montage, there might be some slight...

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Nintendo Switch game drought ends with ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’ this week

New video games out this week: “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.” Out Friday. The hit Nintendo Switch console gets its first big game that’s not called “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.” That it’s basically an enhanced version of an existing Nintendo...

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