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Rally Your Troops in XCOM 2’s Propaganda Center.

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The first part of XCOM 2’s major expansion of War of the Chosen went live today as the games Propaganda Center is now available to download for PC/Steam users.

The XCOM 2: War of the Chosen Propaganda Center contains the Photo booth application where players create their own propaganda posters using a variety of backgrounds, filters and soldier poses featuring your favorite XCOM troops.  This free standalone app for Steam users will give players a sample of the propaganda posters available to create in the upcoming expansion.

These posters actually provide your squad with morale boosts that have an affect on gameplay.

Features
Photobooth: Use dozens of customizations like backgrounds, filters, poses, and more to design, customize, and share images of your troops with the world.
Character Pool: Import your customized soldiers from XCOM 2 into the Propaganda Center to use them in the Photobooth. Prepare for your next campaign by creating an entirely new squad and importing the pool into XCOM 2: War of the Chosen.
Impact the world: Access your creations with the click of a button for quick and easy sharing.

The Propaganda Center is available now on Steam and will be part of the expansion download for console users on August 29th. September 12th.  To check out some of what can be created, hit the #Xcom2 tag on twitter!

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Get Ready to Pay a Little Bit More for Netflix and Other Digital Download Products

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It’s been floating around for awhile but now it’s official.  Digital goods offered by overseas providers into Australia (such as Netflix and Amazon) will be slugged with the 10% GST.  Movies, music, games, television shows and books offered by overseas providers like Netflix, Amazon, Google Play and Steam will all increase by 10% on July 1st.

Speaking with itnews, Treasurer Joe Hockey said “What we’re doing is going to digital providers overseas and saying ‘can you apply the GST to the products you provide into Australia?”  Companies such as Netflix have already stated they plan to comply with the request once local regulations were in place.  A spokesman for Netflix added: “Netflix has been and will be compliant with all applicable laws and regulations, and pay taxes as required under local and national law.”

Netflix’s local competitor Presto welcomed the tax as it was “critical” all players operate by the same rules.

Good news for those who buy physical goods from overseas retailers – those items will remain GST free, as long as the total cost does not exceed $1000.  Playstation, Xbox and Apple Itunes users will also be happy to know there will be no increase as the GST already applies.

How do you feel about the new so-called ‘Netflix tax’?  Sound off in the comments below.