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Cancelled Google Stadia projects reportedly include episodic Kojima Productions horror game

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 February 2021 12:07 GMT Reports detailing the situation behind Google Stadia‘s canceled projects shed a little light on a reported Kojima Productions episodic horror game.A VGC report has revealed that Google was talking to Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima about making an “episodic horror game” for the ill-fated cloud streaming platform, Google Stadia.The game may be what Kojima was referring to in Summer 2020 when he vented his chagrin after a game that he’d been working on was killed. The outspoken designer and director told a Japanese publication a “major” project had been canceled….

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Whispering Hills, the mod that brings Silent Hill to Fallout 4, gets its first episode

Whispering Hills is a Fallout 4 mod that adds a whole lot of fog and a variety of familiar monsters to the Commonwealth. While an earlier version of it has been around for a while—we’ve been writing about it since Jon said no thanks to the Sirenhead update in 2019—the Episode 1 update brings some significant additions. Chiefly, a questline to follow complete with a voiced NPC. Said questline will introduce you to Midwitch Elementary School (based on the original Silent Hill’s school, Midwich), and part of the town of Whispering Hills. It’s based on Centralia, the town used as…

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Unsurprisingly, E3 2021’s live event seems to have been cancelled

Documents for an upcoming meeting of the Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Board (found by a poster on the Resetera forum) list E3 as a “Cancelled live event in 2021”. E3 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and while the ESA looked for ways to replace it with an “online experience”, in the end nothing came of it. Earlier this year the ESA suggested said that, “we are transforming the E3 experience for 2021 and will soon share exact details on how we’re bringing the global video game community together” and the above document contains the note,…

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Deep Rock Galactic outlines 2021 plans, including biggest update ever

Cooperative mining and shooting game Deep Rock Galactic is getting more new updates into 2021, including what looks like the largest update in the game’s three year history. The sci-fi dwarves aren’t stopping their bug-killing any time soon, it seems. The first update will be smaller, coming in April, while the second is planned for some time between July and September. The first update is called Bits N’ Pieces, and will include official modding support (on Steam.) It probably won’t include Steam Workshop integration in the first release. There’ll also be a big balance pass on weapons, as well as…

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What’s the most valuable cosmetic item you own?

Whether it’s a CS:GO gun skin, set of Second Life clothes, Hearthstone card back, PUBG bandana, or Team Fortress 2 hat, what fancy in-game cosmetic have you acquired? Armor effects in Path of Exile go for a fair bit, but then someone once paid $38,000 for a pink war dog courier in Dota 2, which puts everything else in perspective. What’s the most valuable cosmetic item you own? The Steam Tools item value sorter might help if you don’t know the value of items or aren’t even sure what you own. Here are our answers, plus a few from our forum. (Image credit: EA)Alan Dexter:…

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Valorant’s next agent, Astra, is a cosmic controller with an intimidating ability set

Map control is power in Valorant, and the newest agent joining the roster has a ton of it. Astra, a cosmic caster hailing from Ghana, brings a boatload of utility and a powerful astral form that allows her to divvy up her abilities wherever she wishes. It’s too early to say how prominent Astra will be, but it’s hard to see why you wouldn’t want her on your team with a skillset like this: C: Gravity WellACTIVATE a Star to form a Gravity Well. Players in the area are pulled toward the center before it explodes, making all players still…

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E3 2021’s Live Show Has Been Cancelled According To LA Tourism Documents

Shocking nobody, it seems there won’t be a big, physical live E3 event this year in Los Angeles. As spotted by Resetera user Rösti and reported by Twinfinite, newly filed documents from the Board of Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Commission appear to list E3 2021's live show as cancelled.Earlier this month, it was reported that the Entertainment Software Association was planning to hold E3 2021 completely digitally. This new document, part of a larger 84-page PowerPoint slideshow intended for a March meeting of the board, seems to confirm that an all-digital E3 2021 is indeed happening. In the document,…

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Intel 8-Core Tiger Lake-H CPUs Claw Their Way Into Lenovo’s Legion Laptops

Intel’s 11th-Gen eight-core Tiger Lake-H 45W processors for mobile devices are expected to land in the first quarter, and, judging by the latest retailer listings (via momomo_us), the 10nm chips shouldn’t be far off. Intel has launched several Tiger Lake chips that adhere to power limits under 35W. However, the chipmaker will have to roll out the 45W parts if it really wants to compete against AMD’s core-heavy Ryzen 5000 (Cezanne) processors. Like all Tiger Lake offerings, the 45W processors are based on Intel’s 10nm SuperFin (10SF) process node and wield Willow Cove cores and Xe LP graphics. Besides the…

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Terraria back in development for Google Stadia

After a bit of an issue, Re-Logic’s Terraria is back in development for Google Stadia.Earlier this month it was revealed that Terraria for Stadia has been canceled due to Google having disabled the studio head’s Google account without warning, and being unable to address the problem.Basically what happened was that for some reason, founder Andrew Spinks’ Google account had been disabled without reason. According to Spinks, he did not violate the terms of service or do anything to cause the account to be disabled (thanks, Neowin).“My phone has lost access to thousands of dollars of apps on Google Play, I had just…

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint players can look forward to new content throughout 2021

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 27 February 2021 17:12 GMT Ghost Recon Breakpoint players can expect new content for the game to be released in the coming months.According to the developers, Ghost Recon Breakpoint players can expect updates based on feedback and a few surprises thrown in.Surprises could mean new cross-over events such as the one with Rainbow Six Siege which occurred back in January.“We will keep working to add more to the game and offer you all some exciting content for the months to come,” reads the statement. “We are designing the future of our game based on your feedback…

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You Can Mine Ethereum With Apple’s M1: Here’s How, but You Probably Shouldn’t Bother

Ethereum mining is most profitable on high-end graphics cards, but enthusiasts are often willing to use whatever they have on-hand, especially as the cryptocurrency’s value continues to rise. Now they’ll have another option: Apple’s new M1 chip. Zensors software engineer Yifan Gu found a way to make the ethminer utility run on a MacBook Air featuring the M1 processor. It required a bit of setup, but Gu made the code available on GitHub, so curious Mac owners can check it out themselves. This isn’t the first time someone’s used the M1 for mining. CryptoAge reported in December 2020—just one month…

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Frogwares is asking folks not to buy The Sinking City on Steam

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 27 February 2021 16:22 GMT With The Sinking City having returned to Steam, Frogwares is asking that you not purchase it.According to a tweet from Frogwares, the version of The Sinking City up for sale on Steam was “not created” by the team.The studio has not published any additional updates on the matter, but it likely has to do with a dispute between the developer and the game’s publisher Nacon, formerly Big Ben Interactive (thanks, GI.biz).Back in 2020, the studio pulled the game from the marketplace and terminated its contract with Nacon due to claims of…

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SNK is working on rollback netcode for The King of Fighters 15

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 27 February 2021 15:23 GMT The King of Fighters 15 team is working hard to implement rollback netcode into the fighting game.The feature, which will aid online matches providing improved performance and functionality, is being worked on for The King of Fighters 15. Previous iterations in the series used a delay-based netcode (thanks, ScreenRant).According to the game’s producer Yasuyuki Oda, the team at SNK has been “working hard on an internal rollback solution” from early in the development cycle.“There is still a lot of work remaining so we can’t make any promises yet, but please be…

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Best Buy Laid Off 5,000 Employees in Response to the Online Shopping Boom

Fry’s Electronics wasn’t the only electronics retailer affected by COVID-19. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Best Buy laid off 5,000 employees of its 102,000 employees in response to the pandemic-hastened rise of online shopping. Best Buy CEO Corie Barry said in an earnings report that “online sales grew almost 90% to a record $6.7 billion and made up 43% of our total Domestic sales” in the 13-week fourth quarter of 2021 that ended on January 30. But that doesn’t mean the company’s brick-and-mortar stores were obsolete. Quite the opposite: Barry said, “almost two-thirds of our online revenue was…