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Age Of Empires 4 review: a confident and moreish strategy epic

It’s tempting to bang on about the history of Age Of Empires, but let’s be real here, you already know it well enough. Even if you haven’t played them, the Age Of Empires games were a pillar of RTS design, and probably the most popular candidate for a comeback since publishers largely abandoned the genre in the 2000s. Let’s not argue about which of its elements is the defining one. They’re base building, four-resource-gathering contests between factions based on historical world powers, and progress throughout a match happens in explicitly tiered eras that loosely represent historical ages. Age Of Empires…

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Age of Empires 4 review — A learning experience

Fires rage around you as lives crumble in the wake of your army’s unrelenting assault. Your foe surrenders at last. There’s rejoicing among the soldiers, but you pause and wonder why. Does raiding a small village and defeating a few peasants count as a victory worthy of pride? Age of Empires 4 is a video game before anything else, so regardless of how you feel about the events you control, this triumph ticks an objective box and earns experience. It’s also a new kind of real-time strategy game, one that treats its history with more care and is intent on…

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Jagex to publish Runescape-inspired idle game Melvor Idle

Runescape developer Jagex’s publishing wing has picked up a promising indie release for its Jagex Partners label, making Melvor Idle an indie no longer. The idler game, similar to games like Clicker Heroes or Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, released on Steam last year and wears its influences from Jagex’s flagship Runescape very proudly.  Melvor Idle is a detailed, multi-track idle game that seeks to reimagine “the core components of the RuneScape franchise in a way that they could be enjoyed casually,” says the publisher. It’s a fairly feature-rich idle game, one that has a lot of things to…

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LDN UTD go undefeated in Valorant LVP Rising Series 4, announce partnership with Durham University for esports tournaments, scholarships and more

It’s been a busy few days for UK esports organisation LDN UTD. On October 20th they announced an esports collaboration with Durham University, and a day later their Valorant team won the LVP Rising Series 4, before playing in the Red Bull Home Ground qualifier. The two events were a clash for LDN UTD, who managed to (in their words) ‘speedrun’ their way to victory in the LVP tournament, beating fellow UK org Tenstar in the final, before playing in the separate qualifier versus Ninjas in Pyjamas. Continue reading LDN UTD go undefeated in Valorant LVP Rising Series 4, announce…

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Caves of Qud update has relaxed story mode and a coral-encrusted arcology

Impressively large and strange roguelike Caves of Qud has a new update out on October 25, a big one adding two new regions, a new village, and a bunch of improvements for those looking to get into what can be an intimidating genre.  In short, the creators say that the patch, called Palladium Reef, has got: “Wander and Roleplay modes, 9 preset builds, gorgeous new chargen UI, an arcology plastered in coral, gutsmongers and organ markets, thousand-year-old frogs, biblically accurate angels, extradimensional clams, anarchist commune, an algae snack, something called “sunslag”, skin glitter, tongue tyrants, spaser weapons, star kraken, flowerfolk,…

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Graphics card and CPU shortages may last until at least 2023, says Intel

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has said supply-demand balance for various hardware elements won’t level out for a few more years. You’ve probably heard about the global chip shortage by now: it’s one of the reasons that PS5 stock has been tricky to get hold of and it’s affected the availability of the Xbox Series X/S consoles, too. Sony has previously said it expects supply chain issues to last until 2022, whilst Xbox estimated that it would have a handle on…

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Xbox is collaborating on a Wu-Tang themed action-RPG – report

Brass Lion Entertainment is reportedly working on Project Shaolin; an action RPG that will feature music from the Wu-Tang Clan. According to industry insiders, Xbox is working with Brass Lion Entertainment to create a Wu-Tang Clan themed game which currently goes by the moniker ‘Shaolin’. According to Windows Central – with extra verification coming in hot courtesy of journalist Jeff Grub – Xbox is reportedly working with developer Brass Lion Entertainment on a third-person RPG with four-player co-op and a focus on melee combat. “The campaign is planned to run for a couple of dozen hours, complete with a rich…

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This Week in PC Gaming: Age of Empires 4, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and some scary games

Welcome to This Week in PC Gaming, a show where we take a look at the new games, updates, events, and more coming at you over the next week, every week, until the end of PC games as we know it.  This week we get up close and personal with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Age of Empires 4 brings back classic RTS action to the PC, Darkest Dungeon 2 promises to be the most stressful road trip ever,  The PC gaming forecast is taken over by scary games you should play this week in order to get in the…

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How To Build A Smart Fog Machine with a Raspberry Pi

Halloween is upon us, and this year I’m building a series of smart Halloween decorations that are also Raspberry Pi projects.  So far, I’ve created a Raspberry Pi-powered zombie arm that slaps guests and a person-following creepy head. However, one of my all time favourite decorations is a fog machine. The only unfortunate thing about them is that they’re analog. Now, with a bit of hacking, we’re going to be connecting a fog machine to a Raspberry Pi, and activating it with person detection. This way, we only use fog juice when there are people close by. Here’s how to…

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There’s an official D&D supplement about the heroes and villains of Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2

James Ohlen was lead designer on both of BioWare’s Baldur’s Gate games, and now he’s head of Archetype Entertainment, an internal studio working on story-driven videogames for Wizards of the Coast. Apparently he also had time to whip up a supplement for Dungeons & Dragons based on Baldur’s Gate, with help from some other ex-BioWare veterans (Drew Karpyshyn, Brent Knowles, and Jesse Sky are in the credits).  Minsc & Boo’s Journal of Villainy contains write-ups of characters from both the original games statted for D&D 5th edition. Some are presented as potential patrons for your characters, others as opponents. It…

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Crapshoot: The Hobbit, the text adventure that let try to you kill Gandalf

From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett wrote Crapshoot, a column about rolling the dice to bring random obscure games back into the light. This week, the adventure that brought Tolkien’s epic fantasy to life like never before—using text! Wait, hang on… In the middle of the earth, in the land of the Shire, lives a brave little hobbit who we all admire. With his long wooden pipe, and fuzzy woolly toes, he lives in a hobbit-hole and everybody knows him. Bilbo. Bilbo Baggins. He’s only three feet tall. Yes, Bilbo, Bilbo Baggins. The bravest little hobbit of them all. Well,…

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Call of Duty marketing finds a new level of tastelessness

The latest marketing push for Call of Duty: Vanguard wants you to believe its graphics are so realistic that conflict photographers can’t tell the difference between the videogame and reality. “Call of Duty: Vanguard captures the epic intimacy of World War II in an incredibly immersive manner,” said chief marketing officer Fernando Machado, presumably keeping a straight face. A pair of photojournalists were given “special camera-like portals [to enter] into the game engine itself,” where they captured images just as they would if they were photographing a real conflict. Naturally, they also raved about how realistic the experience was: “As…

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PSA: You can grab a free Overwatch battletag change until November 5th

Through November 5, 2021 players on Battlenet can change the battletag associated with their Overwatch account for free. It’s only available for the limited time through the 5th of November, and you can only grab it if you don’t already have a free name change on your account.  So if you already have one, use it and snag another free one, I guess. It’s a great opportunity if you, like Blizzard, regret the name you chose. Such as, for example, a prominent character in your shooter.  For you, however, it’s probably more like when I chose my StarCraft username back…

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GTA Trilogy system requirements are here

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition system requirements have been revealed via the Rockstar Store, and things have come a long way since 2005, when GTA: San Andreas was released on PC. Back then, visiting Los Santos called for only a GeForce 3 video card, though the GeForce 6—released a year before—was recommended for seeing all of CJ’s possible hairstyles at their most glorious. You also needed a whole 256MB of RAM, with 384MB recommended and a parenthetical note adding “the more the better!”  In 2021’s version, you’ll need a GeForce GTX 760 or a Radeon R9 280,…

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Xbox October update adds 4K Dashboard, Night Mode, and more

Enjoy a natively rendered 4K dashboard on Xbox Series X consoles. Microsoft has released the Xbox October update and it features a 4K dashboard for Xbox Series X, Night Mode for Xbox consoles, and new Quick settings. The update adds a natively rendered 4K dashboard on Xbox Series X consoles which increases sharpness and text readability. Prior to this week’s update, the Xbox Series X dashboard, Guide, and other menus were upscaled from 1080p to 4K. Now, if you have Xbox Series X connected to a 4K display will see the dashboard natively rendered in 4K while browsing the Home,…

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Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp delayed to spring 2022

Needs more time in the oven. Nintendo has announced Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp will miss its December release date. Originally set to release on December 3, the game will instead arrive sometime in spring 2022. According to the notice, the game just needs a little more time for fine-tuning. The game contains the two installments of the classic strategy series Advance Wars in a remastered collection. Both games have been rebuilt ‘from the ground up and will also feature a new graphical style. In the game, with the help of Andy, Max, Sami, and other Commanding Officers, you will…

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Overwatch’s McCree gets a name change next week

So long, Jesse McCree. Hello, Cole Cassidy. Blizzard has made good on its word to change the name of Overwatch character Jesse McCree, and the modification will go into effect next week. Starting October 26, McCree will from here on out go by the name of Cole Cassidy. Back in August the studio announced it was changing the cowboy’s name to “something that better represents” what the game stands for, as the character’s namesake was Diablo 4 lead level designer Jesse McCree. The name change is part of Blizzard’s new policy which forbids naming any character or location in its…

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The best and worst in-game Halloween events we’re playing this year

October was seconds old when people started declaring the start of spooky season, but Halloween is the one yearly event we’re happy to let claim an entire month. No one complains when signs for costume shops start appearing on the sides of abandoned department store buildings—it’s exciting, unlike the cloying Christmas songs that later invade all the still-operating department stores sometime in November. (It did, however, feel a bit tragic to see the Spirit Halloween sign on the side of an old Fry’s Electronics, the iconic Silicon Valley electronics chain that went out of business earlier this year.) Likewise, in-game…

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How to Replace the Start Menu in Windows 11

Windows 11 has some interesting new features, but its UI is polarizing. If you’re like me, you downloaded a Windows 11 ISO and did a clean install on a test machine, but don’t like the new version of the Start menu because it takes up more screen real estate and makes you click to see a button to see a complete, alphabetical list of all your apps.  Fortunately, with a third-party app and possibly a registry tweak, you can get a different style of Start menu that’s closer to the look and feel of Windows 7 than Windows 10 and…

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Valkyrae faces backlash over new line of gamer-focused skincare products

Content creator Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter is facing criticism over a line of gamer-focused skincare products called Rflct that promise to “protect against and repair blue light damage” caused by exposure to digital screens.  There is no medical consensus that exposure to blue light through screens causes harm. “No one has established an independent causal association between blue light coming from the computer and visual symptoms,” Dr. John Lawrenson, a professor of clinical visual science at City, University of London told The New York Times in February. A prominent YouTuber and streamer promoting what to some appeared to be gaming-branded pseudoscience…