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We Are OFK review

We Are OFK’s greatest flaws emerge from its hook: The game exists to launch OFK as a music project. It’s the fictional origin story of a ‘real’ virtual band (think of Riot’s K/DA musical group). The songs have to work as standalone commercial hits, leading to compromises that wouldn’t be made for a regular OST, all while the plot itself goes out of its way to criticise such compromises as inauthentic. The characters are also a product that the game is trying to sell: It badly wants me to like them, support them, and project myself onto them. We Are…

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New Tales from the Borderlands coming in October, according to Amazon

Someone at Amazon is probably in trouble. New Tales from the Borderlands is set to be released October 21, according to a listing on Amazon. The listing has since been removed, but luckily the internet is faster than a speeding finger hitting delete, and Gematsu was able to grab all the details. For starters, there will be a pre-order incentive called the Adventure Capital Pack that comes with cosmetics for the characters Anu, Octavio, and Fran, It also comes with 10,000 in-game currency as well as an FL4K Vaultlander collectible for use in-game. According to the listing, the narrative-driven adventure…

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Helldivers 2 is definitely real, and probably announcing soon

Audio player loading… Another Nvidia leak bears out: 12 seconds of footage from a Helldivers 2 trailer has leaked on Twitter ahead of an official announcement. As sequels go, Helldivers 2 shouldn’t be a big surprise at this point: developer Arrowhead Game Studios (also the makers of Magicka) hasn’t released a new game since Helldivers in 2015, and last October Arrowhead tweeted some cryptic binary code that seemed like a tease for an announcement that never materialized. In other words: it’s about time. The first Helldivers was published on PlayStation by Sony, and actually arrived on Steam under Sony’s banner…

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Samsung 990 Pro Is the Center of a PCIe Mystery

According to a Tweet by @KOMACHI_ENSAKA, rumors surrounding a PCIe 5.0 enabled Samsung 990 Pro have been shot down. The evidence comes from a PCI-SIG database update, showing the spec sheet for Samsung’s “990 PRO M.2” SSD featuring the older and slower PCIe 4.0 interface. But the story of the 990 Pro started very differently from where we are now. Originally, the 990 Pro was “confirmed” to have the new PCIe 5.0 spec by the very same database a few days earlier by the same Twitter user, a well known leaker. However, the database listing for the 990 Pro with…

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Marvel’s Spider-Man PC update brings improvements to DLSS, ray tracing

Visual and stability issues also fixed. Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered was released last Friday, and Insomniac Games and Nixxes Software have released a first small patch with multiple fixes and improvements. According to the developers, the teams are working on the next patch that will be more substantial and consists of bug fixes, improvements, and additional features, based on the feedback received. This patch fixes various ray-tracing-related crashes, improves Windows version check to prevent false positives, makes visual improvements to HBAO+, and fixes the issue where ray-traced reflections in stainless steel were rendered distorted. The teams made several visual improvements to…

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QuakeCon returns today as a digital-only event, here are some highlights

This year’s QuakeCon begins today, and it’s once again being staged as a digital-only event. The organisers say they’re committed to being an in-person event again in 2023 but for now there’s still some intriguing streams to tune into starting from 6pm BST/7pm CEST/10am PST. Read on for more info and our personal highlights on what’s happening at QuakeCon 2022. Read more

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Ubuntu Announces Compatibility With Second RISC-V System

The popular free operating system Ubuntu will now be officially available (opens in new tab) on a second line of RISC-V single-board computers, this time the VisionFive (opens in new tab) board from Chinese manufacturer StarFive.  (Image credit: StarFive)The Raspberry Pi (opens in new tab)-like board, which matches a dual-core 64-bit U74 processor running at 1GHz with 8GB of RAM, a 4K video decoder (though no proper GPU) and some interesting co-processors for neural networks and deep learning. There are also all the ports you’d expect including GPIO, on a board that measures just 4 x 2.8 inches (100 x…

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Roccat Kone XP

(opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)£79.99 (opens in new tab)View (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)£79.99 (opens in new tab)View (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)£79.99 (opens in new tab)View (opens in new tab)Show More DealsWe check over 250 million products every day for the best pricesI never expected to like the new Roccat Kone XP. Especially not as much as I do. With greater concerns over environmental change, pandemics, and rising inflation, news of yet another over-the-top RGB gaming mouse from Roccat is not exactly…

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Pingu meets Elden Ring thanks to this fan-made Unity project

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. One bored Unity developer decided to create a Pingu x Elden Ring project just for fun. Remember Pingu? The kids claymation program that was on TV years ago, where the lovable penguin Pingu went out his daily life eating fish and getting yelled at by his dad? Thanks to the work of one Unity developer – Adrian Mendez – Pingu has found a new home far from the arctic as a boss in an Elden Ring inspired project uploaded to…

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Amazing new Doom mod replaces enemy sprites with voxel models

I often grumble about remasters and ‘HD texture packs’ making classic games look worse than the original (heck, I don’t even play Quake with newfangled texture filtering). And yet, I am delighted by a new Doom mod which replaces all the sprites for enemies and items with new 3D forms. The secret is voxels, carefully recreating those old 2D sprites in 3D pixels. It’s pretty great, in a ‘makes the game actually look the way I had remembered it’ sort of way. Read more

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Dell Pro Webcam (WB5023) Review: Perfect Plug-and-Play in 2K

Dell impressed us with its sleek, sexy 4K Dell Ultrasharp webcam — but $199 is a lot to pay for a webcam, especially when most of the popular video conferencing platforms only support a maximum resolution of 720p or 1080p.  Well, if you’re a pandemic-displaced remote worker with a tight home office allowance, the Ultrasharp now has a cheaper, lower-res, more pedestrian sibling: The Dell Pro webcam. The Dell Pro webcam is a 2K QHD (1440p)/30 fps (1080p/60 fps) webcam with a 78-degree field of view, HDR, and 4x digital zoom. It has a built-in monitor clip with a tripod…

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Intel production halted in Sichuan China due to 60-year-high heatwave

Audio player loading… China’s Sichuan province has had to make some tough decisions in face of the most intense heatwave in 60 years. The three-level power supply control measures now in place have seen giants like Intel closing factories in order for the province to keep up with its rising air conditioner usage. What does that mean for us? Higher chip prices in the future, potentially. For now, though, the important thing is trying to keep the Chinese population alive. Already one of the warmest regions, Sichuan is now competing with soaring 40°C (104°F) temperatures, as well as the least rain…

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Lord of the Rings, Killing Floor and more gobbled up by Embracer Group

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The industry ultra conglomerate will now be able create new projects in Middle Earth. Embracer Group, known for an ever-growing collection of video game studios and IP, has swallowed up even more as news that Lord of the Rings and Middle Earth has now fallen under the Embracer umbrella. This means that any new games, television shows, or other types of media that release within Tolkien’s world will do so under the giant burning eye of Embracer Group. The higher…

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The DioField Chronicle is shaping up to be real-time Fire Emblem meets Final Fantasy

Square Enix have made a vast array of RPGs over the years, but rarely have they ventured into the realm tactics and strategy games. A couple of big names come to mind, the obvious one being Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre if you count their PSP remake of Quest’s SNES original, and most recently, Triangle Strategy on the Switch. Outside of that, though, it’s all a bit barren, which is why the real-time tactical sword-swinging of their upcoming strategy RPG The DioField Chronicle is such an interesting landgrab for them. To say they’re pushing into new territory would be an…

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Today’s Wordle 425 answer and hint: Thursday, August 18

Audio player loading… If you’re having some trouble with today’s Wordle, you can find the answer to the daily challenge right here. And if you’re just after a few clues or some general tips on how to play everyone’s favourite online word game then you’ll be pleased to know I’ve got all of that covered too. Today’s answer just hit me like a bolt of lightning out of the blue, possibly as some sort of cosmic apology for yesterday’s sorry efforts. I’ll take the win, even though I’m not entirely sure where it came from. Wordle hintToday’s Wordle: A hint…

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Embracer goes on spending spree: buys Lord of the Rings IP rights, Tripwire Interactive, and more

Audio player loading… Embracer Group, the parent company for a vast and expanding roster of studios and publishers including THQ Nordic, Gearbox, Plaion (formerly Koch Media) and Saber Interactive, has announced it will acquire Middle-earth Enterprises, which basically means it owns IP rights for The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and a bunch of other Middle-earth related stuff the company doesn’t even know about, yet. The purchase price is undisclosed “due to commercial reasons”.  To be clear: the acquisition won’t mean Embracer Group will own J.R.R. Tolkien’s actual literary works, which remain the property of the Tolkien Estate. It…

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Roccat Kone XP Air Review: Packed with RGB and Buttons

If you think the Roccat Kone XP Air looks like other gaming mice you’ve seen, you’re correct: Roccat’s flashy new wireless mouse shares a similar silhouette with Logitech’s G502 and Razer’s Basilisk Ultimate. It also shares a similar price point of $170 — which makes it more expensive than every other mouse on our list of best gaming mice and every mouse on our list of best wireless mice. Roccat’s Kone XP Air is an RGB-infused wireless ergonomic gaming mouse with 11 physical buttons and multiple layers of functionality that allow you to program up to 29 different functions. The…

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Mark Zuckerberg spent $10B on the metaverse and all he got was this stupid selfie

Audio player loading… I don’t want to start this post by personally attacking Mark Zuckerberg’s eyes, which have in years past been described as “two weird lil black marbles” and “vacant, black shark eyes.” Who wouldn’t look utterly bereft of a soul after trying to explain the internet to the United States Senate? I also don’t need to suggest Mark Zuckerberg may in fact be a robot, since there’s an entire meme community devoted to that joke. I am avoiding these easy, obvious dunks on ol’ Zuck because his latest “metaverse” selfie looks so bad, he’s already owned himself harder…

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Turn any Thunderbolt-equipped laptop into a gaming powerhouse with this £93 GPU enclosure

Thunderbolt graphics card enclosures are one of the coolest bits of kit you can get, I think. Open up this metal box, put a graphics card inside, and suddenly any PC or laptop you connect to it via Thunderbolt gets a substantial upgrade in gaming prowess. These docks used to cost around £200 or £300, but recently we’ve started to see radically more affordable options – and today we’ve reached a new low-water mark. The Lenovo Legion BoostStation can handle GPUs up to 300W (think an Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti or AMD RX 6800 XT), and is available for just…