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What’s your favorite ‘casual’ game?

The word “casual” is more often used as an insult than a description, but it doesn’t have to be. It can instead be a useful way of describing a genre of games that are just as likely to be your jam as any other—the kind of games anyone can pick up and play, whether they’re familiar with typical gamer conventions or not, perfect for short sessions as well as deep dives.Casual games don’t have to be easy (endless mode in Plants vs. Zombies is no picnic), they just have to be easy to get into. Match-3 puzzle games like Bejeweled…

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Crapshoot: Bikini Karate Babes, which does exactly what it says on the tin

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, prepare to see beat-em-up action like you’ve never seen it before! With women fighting in skimpy, ridiculous costum— waaaaaaaaait…Karate translates as ‘Empty Hand’. Damn, no easy joke opportunities there! But is Bikini Karate Babes the gaming equivalent of Ronseal—primarily aqua and potassium tripolyphosphate? There’s only one way to find out, and we’re going to do so by trying something roughly 98% of online write-ups of Bikini Karate Babes have never even dreamed of: actually installing…

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Where to stoke campfires at Cape Cod in Fortnite

Fortnite week 9 challenges are here, and it’s yet another chance to earn a big helping of XP. With the season likely about to start winding down, this could be one of your last chances to do so. This week, in addition to a bunch of the usual challenges, you’re tasked with stoking three campfires at the Cape Cod location.If you’re unsure of where to look and don’t want to waste time combing the island of Cape Cod, we’ve whipped up a guide to help you find all campfire locations.First, here’s a helpful overhead view of all the locations at…

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Epic is right to fight Apple, but drafting Fortnite fans into a corporate war is tacky

In one of the strangest and most public legal disputes in recent memory, two of the biggest companies in the world (three, if you count the side-grapple Epic is having with Google) are currently fighting to see who gets our hard earned money in exchange for a John Wick skin. A brief rundown of how we got here:Epic Games installed a workaround in the Fortnite mobile app that allowed players to buy V-Bucks directly from Epic, rather than through Apple; this stopped Apple from taking a 30 percent cut of transactions.Apple then pulled Fortnite from the Apple Store……Which led Epic…

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Spelunky 2 aiming for PC release in October

There was a bit of mumblin’ and grumblin’ when long-awaited Spelunky 2 got a PS4 release date announced without mention of a PC date. The bad news is there’s still no date. The good news is that Mossmouth have given their goals for a timeframe and hey—it’s soon! Spelunky 2 may be emerging on PC in October. (more…)

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Team modes are good, actually: Every Fall Guys minigame ranked

Frantic party royale Fall Guys is a massive hit, and despite only being out a week everyone already has strong opinions—and wrong opinions—about which of its game modes are the best and which are the worst. We’re wading in too, with judgments about every single minigame. Click the upper right corner of the image below to see just how fervently you agree with our Fall Guys Tier List. And beneath, you’ll find our reasoning for the rankings.(Image credit: Mediatonic)S TierTip Toe – “Very dangerous. You go first.” Slime Climb – Brutally separates the beans from the chaff. Egg Scramble – Team games…

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The US Army is back on Twitch, and it is not going well for them

(Image credit: US Army)The US Army is once again livestreaming on Twitch, and it is not going great for the Army. The Twitch chat is once again being flooded with comments about war crimes, and this time it seems that no effort is being made to stop them.The Army’s troubles began when its esports team’s livestream came to widespread notice in July, which led to a flood of users in Twitch chat repeatedly asking the streamers about war crimes. Bans were issued, predictably, but the matter took a big turn when Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute said that, because…

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Upgrade to a 144 Hz Gaming Monitor for $150

Right now, I’m typing this post on a 1080p @ 144Hz monitor that cost me $300 when I bought it back in 2016, and while the price has fallen somewhat on displays like this over the years, it’s still difficult to find them below $200. That’s where the AOC C24G1 monitor comes in. Currently on sale for $144.99 on Amazon (down from $179.99), it’ll give you FHD gaming at 144 fps for a fraction of the best monitors from bigger brands. The AOC24G1 Gaming Monitor is a curved 24 inch monitor with a max 1920 x 1080 resolution and a…

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Cheap gaming laptop deals this week

Cheap gaming laptop deals may be our very favorite PC gaming deals to track down. Why? Because gaming laptops are the do-it-all devices that let us work and game from anywhere, and modern laptops manage to do that while delivering hours of battery life and performance that nearly rivals a desktop PC, at least when it comes to the best gaming laptops. Of course, putting all that into one system that weighs only a few pounds is going to be expensive. But not if you find a cheap gaming laptop deal.Every week we go searching for the best cheap gaming…

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Mount and Blade 2 shows off official mod tools in a new dev update, and they look awesome

Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord mods have been around since the game first released on Early Access back in—wait did Bannerlord seriously only release four months ago? It feels like it’s been forever. Holy hell that feels surreal for some reason. Anyway, mods. So, yeah, players have been hacking and modding Bannerlord for a long time now, but I’m predicting that scene is going to explode with cool stuff pretty soon because its official mod tools are just weeks away.Today, Taleworlds showcased what to expect with a new developer update video breaking down its suite of official mod tools, and…

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Apex Legends’ new season 6 trailer shows off Rampart in action

Last week all you Apex Legends players got the stylish animated introduction to Apelegs season 6 “Boosted”. Now it’s time for a look at how you’ll be actually playing the newest shootin’ and lootin’ character Rampart. There’s a bit of everything we’d already heard about in here: the new Legend, new SMG, and new crafting system. Check it out with your own peepers below. (more…)

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Horizon Zero Dawn patch fixes ‘several’ issues, but there’s a lot left to be done

Horizon Zero Dawn on PC is really good—unless you happen to be one of the apparently very many people who have run into the technical and performance issues that have plagued the game since launch. As we noted earlier this week, it ran fine for Jacob, our senior hardware editor, but our reviewer experienced issues with stuttering and wonky framerates when he tried it at 4K, even with a muscular CPU and 2080 Ti graphics card.Developer Guerrilla Games said on Steam shortly after Horizon Zero Dawn’s launch that it was aware of the problems and investigating them, and followed up…

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What’s your dream Warhammer 40k game?

The twisted, hopelessly pessimistic universe of Warhammer 40k is impossibly large. Carefully spelled out in over 300 tie-novels and codexes, it’s full of way more vibrant and bizarre details than you might expect if your only exposure to it has been through the lens of a seven-foot-tall Space Marine. There’s a daemon planet that’s actually a really large obese man in the fetal position and an ork warlord once accidentally travelled back in time and decided to kill his past self just so he could have a second copy of his favorite gun.It’s these kinds of fascinating details that are…

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Pony Island developer’s horror deck-builder Inscryption plays a new trailer

Spooky deck-builder Inscryption has drawn and played another trailer to tease you into its weird mashup of card, critters, escape rooms, and like five other genres probably. Brewing up a genre stew is apparently something of a thing for developer Daniel Mullins Games who you may know from past games Pony Island and The Hex. A new trailer for Inscryption lets on that it’ll be just as wild a ride when it launches in 2021. (more…)

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Call of Duty ARG continues with more Cold War teasing, but no reveal yet

Earlier this week we said that a Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War ARG was teasing an upcoming reveal for the next game in the series, leaked long ago as Black Ops – Cold War, that was set to happen today. But with the big day here, it appears that what we’re really getting, sorry to say, is more ARG.The first change came before 12 pm ET, with the appearance of a sticky note on the television at pawntakespawn.tv, with the world “tangledweb” on it. That led to a different image of a typewritten message, rambling about tactics,…

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A whole 7.5 million people claimed A Total War Saga: Troy for free yesterday

I don’t know how many folks are said to have fought in the Trojan War but I wager it’s fewer than those about to participate in its digital recreation. Ancient strategy romp A Total War Saga: Troy launched yesterday and folks were able to grab it for free for the first 24 hours. Either there are a lot of historical strategy buffs in the house or folks just really really like free stuff because Sega say that 7.5 million people snagged a copy yesterday. (more…)

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Track down two Legendary Coyotes in Red Dead Online this week

Red Dead Online players have two new legendary animals to track down this week.Two Legendary Coyotes are running around in Red Dead Online this week, and it’s your job to track them down.One is the Legendary Midnight Paw Coyote which can be found somewhere southeast of Strawberry, while the Legendary Red Streak Coyote has been spotted around Pike’s Basin.Harriet wants to know more about the coyotes, so bring some samples back to her for payment and XP for the Naturalist Role. That said, Gus will turn the pelts into clothing if you prefer.Speaking of Harriet, if you track and hunt down all…

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EA Access and Origin Access Basic to be rebranded EA Play

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 14 August 2020 17:51 GMT A quick bit of news: EA Access and Origin Access Basic will be rebranded EA Play.Starting next week on August 18, the services will be rebranded as EA Play, and Origin Access Premier will be renamed EA Play Pro.Benefits will remain the same, but EA says it will be “adding even more in the coming months” such as exclusive in-game challenges and monthly reward drops on select titles.The move to the new name also means the EA Play event will be renamed EA Play Live, the first of which – under…

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The Microsoft Flight Simulator series has had quite the glow up

Microsoft Flight Simulator will let us hop into the cockpit and soar across the world next week. It was only announced last year, so it’s not been a long wait, but every extremely pretty screenshot and clip has made it agonising all the same. And there’s still time for one more: a visual history of the series. Microsoft Flight Simulator is quite a bit older than most people writing about games today, including myself, and first appeared way back in 1982. Back then, it was a bunch of white lines that, if you squinted, kinda gave the impression that maybe you…