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Missing Pieces: Oculus Rift rumors, Wasteland 2 arrives, and the rest of this week's must-know games news

Hayden Dingman | Sept. 22, 2014
Hi there, and welcome to a very mobile episode of Missing Pieces! Today I am rolling down the highway on the way to this weekend's Oculus Connect conference, where we'll hopefully be hearing some exciting news about our cyberpunk future!

Dirty little secret: You could literally plug your existing off-the-shelf Xbox One controller into your PC right this moment with any MicroUSB cable and get the exact same experience, and there's still no wireless Xbox One PC solution.

Considering how prevalent the Xbox 360 controller is with PCs, it's astounding how much Microsoft has dropped the ball on this.

EA in Pamplona

Did you know EA delayed Battlefield: Hardline so it could add "more innovation"? That's what CEO Andrew Wilson said at GamesBeat this week!

Oh man! I can't wait to see what results from having "more than zero" innovation in the game!

Good news: You don't even have to wait. You can check out this new trailer for the "Hotwire" multiplayer mode, where you score points by driving a car around while the other team tries to shoot you and what the heck am I even writing am I having a stroke?

I scream for ice cream

And finally, combating this week's batch of cynical punches to the face is Marin County, which is offering to buy back your violent video games and toy guns on Saturdays in October in exchange for — I swear I'm not making this up — Ben & Jerry's ice cream. "What do these fat gaming kids enjoy more than games?" they asked. "Oh yeah, ice cream."

The question now is, "How do I turn in my Steam library?"

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Did you hear Microsoft bought Minecraft?

We also have previews with a game (new Rollercoaster Tycoon!) and a piece of hardware (Logitech's new G910 Orion Spark mechanical keyboard), a modder turned an Xbox One into a "laptop" of sorts, Shadowrun's Dragonfall expansion got released as a standalone product, and we've got reviews of both Spacecom and Wasteland 2.

And if you're confused what games are still coming out in 2014, we've charted out the rest of the year's release calendar.

Stay tuned this weekend to the site and to my Twitter feed for more Oculus news! Hopefully this'll be a big one. Otherwise I'm really going to regret this long bus ride.


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