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  1. New Infinite Crisis Trailer Launches as the Game Opens up for Beta

    Go kick some ass, everybody.

    Looking forward to the new Infinite Crisis game? You can jump in on the open beta right now for free. If you still need convincing, check out the new trailer that puts good vs. evil and asks what you fight for.

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  2. Steam for Linux Beta Available Now

    It almost seems too good to be true, but Steam for Linux is finally in a tangible form, and the beta is available now. The service only provides a couple dozen games at the moment, but it does offer some other neat features, one of which we didn't expect right away.

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  3. Steam for Linux Really, Truly Happening: External Beta Announced for October

    Way back in April, Valve said they'd be bringing their PC games distribution platform to Linux, sort of legitimizing Linux as an operating system people could enjoy without missing out on one of the PC world's biggest services. Then, in early August, Valve said after some tweaking, they found their games ran better on Linux than Windows 7. Now, it looks like Steam for Linux is moving closer to a reality, as Valve has announced that an internal beta will be starting next week, and a private external beta will begin in October.

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  4. Steam on Your TV? Big Picture Mode to Launch Beta this September

    At last year's Game Developers Conference, Valve really got people talking when they unveiled Big Picture. A new mode for the company's online game distribution platform, Steam, Big Picture would allow users to play their downloaded games optimized for their TV screens. Today, Valve announced that the new mode will launch its beta in early September of this year. Soon, you'll be able to sit back on your La-Z-Boy with a controller in your hands and play your Steam games on the biggest screen in the house. Plenty of people are excited, but most have just one question on their minds: Does this mean that there's a Steam Box around the corner? Read on, good people! Read on.

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  5. You Can Now Apply for Dawnguard DLC Beta on Xbox 360

    As if there weren't already enough slavering fans of Skyrim and all things related to it, Bethesda Softworks has now revealed via their company blog that folks can apply to be in the beta for the much-anticipated Dawnguard DLC. There's just one catch: The application is only for the Xbox 360 version of the game. Cue the disappointment for everyone on the PlayStation 3 and the rejoicing for those who have it on Xbox 360.

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  6. Diablo III Open Beta Starts Today, Here’s How Anyone Can Play for Free

    For those of us that have continued to be locked out of Blizzard's closed beta test of Diablo III, there is good news. This weekend, Blizzard will be stress testing their servers for the hack and slash game, and needs all the help they can get. That means anyone can play through the beta for the forthcoming game between Friday, April 20 at 21:01 CEST and Monday, April 23 at 19:00 CEST. This will be a good weekend.

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  7. Report: Windows 8 Public Beta Opens February

    Thanks to a fairly steady stream of leaks, the public already has a fairly good idea of what is going to be baked into Windows 8, the forthcoming operating system from Microsoft. However, it was a mystery when users outside the company would be able to get their hands on it. A new report now claims that it could be sooner than you think, with a public beta possibly beginning early next year.

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  8. Glitch Unlaunches, Tiny Speck Taking It Back To Beta

    After going live about 2 months ago, unapologetically unconventional browser-based MMO Glitch is making an unapologetically unconventional move and unlaunching. That's right, it is going back to beta. The game isn't going to stop running or anything, but performance may get a little weirder while developers slather on a whole new set of skills, mechanics, and other features. Anyone who purchased a subscription is welcomed to a full refund, and the development team promises that this is actually a forward movement. They just need to go back to beta for a while so they can focus on improvement instead of scaling for growth.

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  9. Screenshots and Videos of Diablo 3 Leaked

    Fans of Blizzard's long, long awaited sequel Diablo 3 have been chomping at the bit for information on the game since it was announced in 2008. True to form, Blizzard has remained tight-lipped, only periodically posting new information to the game's official website. On the subject of a release date, the game's developers have stuck to their guns saying it will launch when, and only when, it is "ready." That changed a little bit this past Friday, when screenshots and a video of the game leaked on to a fan forum. The images and brief video of the character selection screen are believed to have come from a Blizzard employee involved in a closed "friends and family" beta test that is rumored to be underway. They show the game's launcher, some of its controversial authentication system, and then snippets of gameplay. The video is achingly brief, and reveals little more about the character classes that wasn't already known. Of course, it should be noted that these images, if legit, may bear little to no resemblance to the final product. However, the mere existence of this leak is exciting if for no other reason than reminding fans that this game could be coming soon, and looks like an awful lot of demon-slashing fun. Read on after the break for the video and images.

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  10. Minecraft to Enter Beta Phase on December 20th

    Sometimes it is difficult to remember that Minecraft, a game that has more than 2 million registered users and has sold more than 600,000 digital copies (I know this for a fact because those numbers are from mid-November and I just bought my copy yesterday, so...) is actually still in alpha. Especially when you just had an office Minecraft party last night. Well, the word has come down from on high (or from game creator Markus "Notch" Persson) that Minecraft will be shifted into beta in no less than nine days. This change will come with a refocusing of the developer's goals, new features, and a difference in pricing.

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  11. It Begins: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Closed Beta

    Some time on Wednesday afternoon, Blizzard gave players hungry for any kind of update on the latest expansion for their online obsession (present company included) a big gift: the opening beta testing for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and the lifting of the non-disclosure agreement that was binding all players of the alpha testing stage. Now, we could probably go on for a while about the new features of the expansion, but any one who doesn't play the game probably doesn't care, and if you do, you should really be looking at others for your WoW news. So we'll just try to provide something that will be interesting to players and non-players alike: the sound files for the new racial emotes of Goblins and Worgen.

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