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Raspberry Pi Transforms Nerf Gun Into Call of Duty Controller

If you don’t know what to do with your old Nerf guns or maybe just want to upgrade them, you could always turn them into working video game controllers as Alfredo Sequeida did with his latest Raspberry Pi project. The best Raspberry Pi projects offer more than just proof of concept, they have real-world applications. Sequeida not only transformed his old Nerf gun into a controller but successfully uses it in Call of Duty. The project required installing a few new buttons as well as integrating existing hardware like the trigger, which was soldered to open GPIO pins. An old…

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This week in PC gaming: Final Fantasy 14’s story continues, Shadow Man: Remastered releases

This Week in PC Gaming is also available on YouTube. 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. Expect a new episode every Sunday morning and expect it to tell you something you didn’t know or already forgot about. Catch the new episode every Sunday here on PCGamer.com or subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified when a new episode goes live. New releases – April 11 to April 17April 15 Shadow Man: Remastered – 90’s horror revival…

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It looks like PlayStation wants to bring Uncharted, God of War and more to mobile

By Dom Peppiatt 11 April 2021 16:28 GMT It looks like PlayStation is eager to adapt some of its more popular IP for mobile, and the company is already working on going more mobile.Sony has posted a new job listing for a Head of Mobile at Sony Interactive Entertainment PlayStation, with the successful applicant having the leadership and talent to “lead the development and strategy of mobile gaming and help shape the future of gaming for a world-class studio”.“As Head of Mobile, you will own and develop the mobile games strategy for PlayStation Studios and help build a foundation for future…

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Nintendo wants to focus on more original IP in the future

Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has said that the company will be focusing more on original games, as well as supporting existing IP.Despite the demonstrable success Nintendo has enjoyed by focusing on the likes of Mario, Splatoon, Zelda, Animal Crossing, and so on since the Switch launched back in 2017, it seems the company is eager to diversify its portfolio going forward.In an interview with Nikkei (thanks VGC), Furukawa has suggested that Nintendo needs to commit to creating new franchises and evolve its output in order to better challenge the growing competition in the home entertainment department from other companies like Sony and Microsoft.Watch…

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ASRock Unveils Intel Z590 Mini-ITX Motherboard with Thunderbolt 4

ASRock has quietly introduced one of the industry’s first Intel Z590-based Mini-ITX motherboards with a Thunderbolt 4 port. The manufacturer positions its Z590 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 platform as its top-of-the-range offering for compact gaming builds for enthusiasts that want to have all the capabilities of large tower desktops and then some, so it is packed with advanced features.  The ASRock Z590 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 motherboard supports all of Intel’s 10th and 11th Generation Comet Lake and Rocket Lake processors, including the top-of-the-range Core i9-11900K with a 125W TDP.  One of the main selling points of the Z590 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 motherboard is of course its Thunderbolt 4…

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Great moments in PC gaming: Late night cruises in Euro Truck Simulator 2

Great moments in PC gaming are bite-sized celebrations of some of our favorite gaming memories. I’ll admit it, I used to be a bit of a Truck Sim trash-talker. I thought people who enjoyed driving a virtual truck across condensed countries had far too much free time on their hands. I blame it on the summer holidays I spent in my Dad’s truck, where 90 percent of my day consisted of napping in the cab bed, and the other 10 percent being desperate for the toilet. But lockdown fever and a particularly bad day left me desiring a late-night drive…

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Outriders’ crossplay is fixed, but inventory wipes remain

Due to a desynchronization between the code for the PC and console versions of Outriders, the looter-shooter’s crossplay hasn’t been working for over a week. That’s been fixed now, according to the official Outriders Twitter account. It’s not all good news, however. The bug that’s been causing some players to lose their entire inventories after a crash has continued, even after this week’s patch. The patch, which also nerfed the trickster and technomancer classes, was intended to greatly reduce the frequency of inventory wipes. But as publisher Square Enix noted in a post-launch dev news update, “Since the recent patch…

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Quantic Dream issues statement on toxic workplace court case

In 2018, French press outlets Canard PC, Le Monde, and Mediapart published articles about the work culture of Quantic Dream—the studio responsible for games like Fahrenheit, Beyond: Two Souls, Detroit: Become Human, and Heavy Rain. According to Canard PC’s investigation (link contains NSFW images), Quantic Dream employees were subject to a “long crunch pattern” on each game, and one manager created and shared “600 photomontages of dubious taste” featuring the faces of staff edited into the bodies of others, including porn stars and a Nazi—harassment that led to the departure of the entire IT department and a court case being…

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Despite Shortages, PC Shipments Up 55 Percent in Q1

News stories about chip shortages for various applications have become so common in the past few months that they now sound like background noise. It’s no secret that demand for PCs and other electronics is high, but sales of personal computers have actually beaten all the expectations in the first quarter as they increased by 55% year-over-year, according to the latest data from IDC. Apple seems to be the biggest winner here since its shipments have more than doubled. The industry shipped as many as 83.981 million PCs in Q1 2021, up 55.2% from the same quarter a year ago and…

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New Algorithm Makes CPUs 15 Times Faster Than GPUs in Some AI Work

GPUs are known for being significantly better than most CPUs when it comes to AI deep neural networks (DNNs) training simply because they have more execution units (or cores). But a new algorithm proposed by computer scientists from Rice University is claimed to actually flip the tables and make CPUs a whopping 15 times faster than some leading-edge GPUs.  The most complex compute challenges are usually solved using brute force methods, like either throwing more hardware at them or inventing special-purpose hardware that can solve the task. DNN training is without any doubt among the most compute-intensive workloads nowadays, so…

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Here’s a look at Resident Evil Village’s map

Any new game in the Resident Evil franchise is sure to get folks excited, but the meme avalanche that ensued over Resident Evil Village’s Lady Dimitrescu was something different. She’s been the focus of attention for the last few months, but Capcom has recently branched out to show off the world map and a new character. IGN got a peek at the map, which shows the location of Castle Dimitrescu (where the PS5 demo takes place, and the tall vampire lady lives) in the north. ‘Heisenberg’s Factory,’ ‘House Beneviento,’ ‘Morseau’s Reservoir,’ and a few other interesting locations are scattered around…

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Spellbreak’s first major update is now available

Spellbreak, the free-to-play battle royale game with a fantasy theme, arrived on the Epic Games Store in September of last year. It quickly amassed 5 million players, and now developer Proletariat is keeping the fun going with a new update. Spellbreak’s Chapter 2 update, nicknamed ‘The Fracture,’ is now available on all platforms. It adds a new 5v5 objective-based mode, where you have to capture and control zones to gain points for your team. There’s also a new seasonal ranking system, like just about every other competitive multiplayer game these days, as well as new outfits to buy and more…

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You can now use the best of Yahoo! Answers as a Typing Of The Dead dictionary

Yahoo! Answers announced this past week that it was closing down. This is bad news to those who used the question-and-answer website to learn about the world, but doubly bad news for the much larger population of people who liked to laugh at the dumb questions and dumber answers posted there. To mourn the site’s approaching closure, the operator of the YahooAnswersTXT Twitter account has created a custom dictionary for Typing Of The Dead: Overkill. So now you can kill zombies by typing, “What does Bigfoot want??”. Read more

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Stellaris details its free 3.0 ‘Dick’ update in new video

Stellaris is one of the best strategy games available on PC right now, a massive space sandbox that makes almost anything possible. Paradox Interactive already announced a free update for the game alongside the Nemesis Expansion, and now the developers have published a video showing off some of its features (embedded above). Stellaris 3.0 ‘Dick’ is named after Philip K Dick, the science fiction author behind The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the latter of which served as inspiration for the 1982 film Blade Runner. It’s more fun to just call it the…

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Ubisoft promises two major updates for Ghost Recon Breakpoint this year

Ghost Recon Breakpoint was released back in 2019, and received generally-poor reviews for its tedious gameplay and all-over-the-place design. Ubisoft promised that it would continue to update the game based on player feedback, and now the company has revealed what’s changing this year. Ubisoft reiterated last month that Ghost Recon Breakpoint would receive a few updates throughout 2021, and now a roadmap has been published. There are two major updates planned for this year: the ‘Teammate Experience Update,’ and a fall update that Ubisoft is keeping secret for the moment. (Image credit: Ubisoft)The Teammate Experience Update is primarily focused on…

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Age of Empires 4 out this fall, first in-engine gameplay shows the Delhi Sultanate, more

A look at Age of Empires 4 gameplay was shown off today by Relic during a presentation.Age of Empires 4 is coming later this year in the fall to PC and Xbox Game Pass for PC and through Steam. A closed beta is also on the way. Watch on YouTubeA virtual village is also available to view through the Age of Empires website.During the presentation, one of the four historical campaigns available was shown, and it was the Norman Campaign.After that, the new unit Delhi Sultanate was shown going up against the English. Lots of elephant units were shown, and…

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Age Of Empires 4 looks like it’s got the right balance between old and new. And Elephants.

Despite being the fifth main game in its series, the only way of looking at Age Of Empires 4 is as a sequel to Age Of Empires 2. The first and third Age titles were both fine games, of course, as was their stoner cousin Age Of Mythology. But it was AoE2 that would be enshrined as one of the all-time RTS greats, and it’s the inevitable benchmark against which AoE4 will be measured, when it launches later this year. Just the twenty-year fug of strategy dad nostalgia surrounding the series would have been a significant enough headwind for AoE4…

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Age of Empires developers ‘have not forgotten about Age of Mythology’

Ahead of Saturday’s Age of Empires fan event, Microsoft arranged a roundtable interview with developers from Xbox Game Studios and the current developers of the Age of Empires series at Relic Entertainment. While the interview was mostly focused on the upcoming Age of Empires 4, another game came up—2002’s Age of Mythology, a spin-off that traded AoE’s more grounded history for Greek, Norse, and Egyptian mythology. Someone asked if Mythology would ever get the Definitive Edition treatment given to all three Age of Empires games. “I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: I have not forgotten about Age…