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Virtual Reality with some real cash, Refunds on Digital Games, and VGX announcements headline.

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TALKING POINT - VIRTUAL REALITY - REAL CASH

Ever since we got our heads inside the helmet of virtual goodness that is Oculus Rift we've been excited about the second dawn of virtual reality. Even if there are drawbacks, most notably the motion sickness it can entail, there's something tremendously appealing about immersing yourself completely in a different world.

This week Oculus VR received some serious venture capital as they are looking to bring out the commercial consumer product of Oculus Rift next year. A whopping $75 million, and clearly that's many that could turn Oculus Rift into a game changer. In addition to talented individuals like CTO John Carmack, Oculus VR also have some very savy and experienced funders backing them. We expect 2014 to be a big year for virtual reality. Who was saying that ten years ago?

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TALKING POINT - REFUNDS ON DIGITAL GAMES

GOG.com have won the hearts of many a PC gamer with their commitment to DRM free games, and they're next initiative is likely one that will appeal to gamers as well. It's been in the works for a while now, but as of now you will get a refund if you can't get a game you bought on GOG.com to work.

"GOG.com trusts the games that it sells: they do their very best to only select high-quality games and, whenever possible, tests them extensively to make sure that they're in top working order; now they're backing up that trust with a promise that they'll do whatever it takes to make the games work or else refund gamers back their money. There's also some trust in their users involved, since the very nature of DRM-free gaming means that they can't "de-activate" any games that the user reports as broken."

Let's hope it doesn't get abused, cause honestly this is a very positive move on the part of GOG.com.

TALKING POINT - VGX ANNOUNCEMENTS

Technically Spike TV's VGX took place last Saturday, but we'll include it here as we pen our round-ups on Fridays. While the boys were happy to tell us more about games we've already seen with the exception of the long awaited next-gen port of the most recent Tomb Raider, it was indies Hello Games with their No Man's Sky and Telltale Games with a couple of great announcements in Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series</A> and <a href="http://www.gamereactor.eu/news/102214/Gearbox+%2B+Telltale+%3D+Tales+from+the+Borderlands/">Tales from the Borderlands that were the big talking points of the show.

Well, they would have been the main talking points if it wasn't for the awkwardness of the prodcution and the performance of co-host Joel McHale. And that whole "GTA concert" thing. Check out any number of compilations on Youtube for an idea of just how bad it was.

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ON GRTV

An in-depth talk about Diablo III: Reaper of Souls with lead writer Brian Kindregan and lead level designer David Adams and a chat with game designer Patrik Lasota about Helldivers.

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As you've come to expect there were plenty of livestreams - Monday brought Batman: Arkham Origins multiplayer + Flower and Battlefield 4 on PS4, Tuesday meant World of Warcraft, and Wednesday gave us Gran Turismo 6 vs. Forza Motorsport 5. Thursday was a trip down memory lane as Doom celebrated 20 years, and finally Friday meant Call of Duty: Ghosts and Extinction as part of GR Friday Nights on Xbox One.

OTHER HEADLINES

Sony releases PS4 in 16 more countries
Namco Bandai announces Tales of Zestiria for 2015
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z gets Mighty No. 9 DLC
Silence: Whispered World II announced
Report: Terminal Reality closes shop
Law firm launches investigation into EA misleading investors about Battlefield 4
Project Eternity renamed Pillars of Eternity
Xbox One sells 2 million in 18 days
The Elder Scrolls Online gets a release date
First Super Smash Bros. was said to come next spring, then Nintendo squashed the rumour
DICE goes public with Battlefield 4 bug tracker
Xbox One not hitting delayed regions until Q3 2014?
MGS gets exclusive Snatcher content for Xbox
Miiverse comes to Nintendo 3DS
More singleplayer missions with Trevor, Franklin and Michael are coming to GTAV
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag multiplayer DLC detailed
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes gets release date
Elijah Wood and Wil Wheaton join Broken Age cast
Last week's Ebay scam victim gets an Xbox One
Graphics Battle: Crysis 3 vs. Killzone: Shadow Fall
Destiny gets a September release and the beta is delayed

The week also featured previews of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. We reviewed Stick it to the Man!, and talked to Carbine about Wildstar.

AND FINALLY...

With the disappointment of the fake teaser site fresh in mind, we're reached by some rather believable signs of life from Fallout 4 (reported by Kotaku). While the contents of the voice casting scripts perhaps shouldn't be taken as final word on what the story revolves around it places the game in Boston and the surrounding area. A fresh wasteland to explore in other words. Regardless of where Fallout 4 is set... we cannot wait for it.

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Fallout: New Vegas - the most recent game in the series.


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