August 2020

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Cheat seller ceases Call of Duty hacks following Activision lawsuit

Activision has filed suit against a cheat and hack program developer, forcing the company in question to disable their hacks for Call of Duty related products. The cheats in question were used in both Warzone and Modern Warfare. Hack maker CxCheats posted a statement to their Discord server, later taken down along with the whole server, regarding the lawsuit.”As a result of our lawsuit with Activision, we have agreed to cease development and support for all Call of Duty related products or services sold through the site,” said the statement posted by the screenname Cam, “These products will not be…

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“It’s bad out there but you can handle it, if you’re badass enough,” says Mike Pondsmith

Cyberpunk 2020 creator Mike Pondsmith recently spoke about putting the punk in Cyberpunk 2077, noting that “it’s bad out there but you can handle it – if you’re badass enough.” The news comes from a recent report published by Red Bull on the music of Cyberpunk 2077, in which Pondsmith discussed the way punk music directly influenced the creation of his dystopian universe.“It’s not just the philosophical attitude of the punk scene and it’s not just the music,” Pondsmith said. “Everything about punk inspired Cyberpunk originally. There is an inherent type of personal rebellion that is so specific to punk,…

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Sony continues to acquire developers to bolster Worldwide Studios roster

By Cian Maher, Sunday, 30 August 2020 19:01 GMT Sony recently announced its intention to continue acquiring major studios to work on its first-party games as part of the Sony Worldwide Studios roster. The news comes from a recently filed corporate report, which also includes details on the company’s intention to port more of its first-party games to PC following the commercial successes of Death Stranding and Horizon: Zero Dawn on Steam.According to the report, “Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to invest in, or acquire, firms with abundant creativity and cutting-edge technologies to build up Worldwide Studios, an association of first-party title…

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Intel’s SSD Toolbox Has Reached End of Life, New Tool Introduced

New Intel Memory and Storage Tool  (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)Intel’s SSD Toolbox has been the primary maintenance program for Intel SSDs for almost a decade, but the company is finally winding it down and replacing it with a newer app called the Intel Memory and Storage Tool. Intel silently announced the change by posting a notice on the download page for the old tool. (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)These tools allow you to maintain your SSD and monitor your SSD’s status. For example, you can run firmware updates that can improve SSD efficiency and reliability. You can also see your SSD’s overall…

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Warzone streamer brags on Twitch without noticing his cheat engine is showing

A popular Call of Duty: Warzone player recently outed himself as a cheater while he was live on Twitch, bragging about skills enabled by a cheating engine he thought was off-stream. The streamer in question, MrGolds, was talking himself up as a top player at the time, asking if any of his viewers had ever seen anybody play like him. In fairness, his performance actually would have looked pretty impressive if not for the massive “EngineOwning” aimbot program open in the middle of his screen. Check out the clip below.“Have you ever seen anyone play like me?” MrGolds asks at…

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Best Gaming CPUs for 2020

When shopping for the best gaming CPU, you’ll want to balance performance and features with your PC budget. Our tips and picks below will help you choose the best CPU for gaming. But for detailed help on picking the best processor for your gaming rig, you can check out our 2020 CPU Buying Guide. And if you’re on the fence about which CPU company to go with, our AMD vs. Intel feature dives deep and comes up with a clear winner.For a list of all processors by performance, check out our Desktop CPU Hierarchy for CPU comparisons backed by processor benchmarks. We…

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How to Make a Raspberry Pi Work-From-Home Status Indicator

If you’re working from home and have kids or a partner around, you’ve probably had them barge into your home office when you were in the middle of an important meeting. Do you wish your family would visit you at more convenient times during the work day? In this tutorial, we’ll set up a method to show your work status (busy or available or “in a meeting”) on a Raspberry Pi LCD screen you can hang outside your door.How does it work? When you’re done, you’ll be able to update your status screen from a browser window on your PC. You’ll…

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Eiyuden Chronicle, spiritual successor to Suikoden, raises over $4.5 million on Kickstarter

Given that Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes raised $1.5 million the very first day it was on Kickstarter, triple its humble $500,000 goal, we knew it was going to finish with an impressive total. It certainly has, completing its crowdfunding campaign with $4,571 million. That puts it just behind Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, which raised $4.7 million on Fig.Eiyuden Chronicle reunites Yoshitaka Murayama, the creator of the Suikoden series and writer of the first two games, with character designer, writer, and producer Junko Kawano, who worked on the first and fourth Suikoden. Like its inspiration it promises to be a…

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Why is Suikoden such a big deal?

To say Eiyuden Chronicle’s Kickstarter campaign has been successful would be an understatement. Eiyuden presents itself as a spiritual successor to Konami’s acclaimed JRPG series Suikoden, reuniting original director Yoshitaka Murayama with several key developers. Launched with a funding goal of just over $500,000, it has now wrapped up with $4.57 million in funding, having hit every one of its stretch goals.It’s been compared to Castlevania’s spiritual successor, Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night, Kickstarted by ex-Konami producer Koji “IGA” Igarashi, who has lent support to Eiyuden. Suikoden was never as popular as Castlevania though, yet it has maintained a dedicated…

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Great moments in PC gaming: Making a body pile

Great moments in PC gaming are bite-sized celebrations of some of our favorite gaming memories.When you’re playing a stealth game or immersive sim there’s nothing more fun than defeating all the NPC guards (whether with chokeholds, tranq darts, half a brick in a sock, or whatever), then dragging  the bodies to a hidden corner of the map where you can collect them together in a great big pile.It’s been observed by others that plenty of videogames are really about tidying up, whether they have us wiping icons off a map or deleting bad guys from a level. They tickle the…

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You don’t need to own Doom Eternal to play The Ancient Gods, Part One

During Gamescom’s Opening Night Live, we saw a trailer for Doom Eternal expansion The Ancient Gods, Part One. To summarize: Somebody heard you hate the Marauder, so now here’s two of them at once.In an interview with PCGamesN, id Software executive producer Marty Stratton explained that it will be an expandalone, only he didn’t use that beautiful word for some reason. What he said was, “we want the DLC to reach as many people as possible. In fact, you don’t even need to own Doom Eternal to buy the DLC and play it.”Game director Hugo Martin clarified that it’ll be…

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Chivalry 2 delayed to 2021

Chivalry 2, the Monty Python Black Knight duel simulator initially planned for release this year, has been delayed until 2021. As a recent development update from Torn Banner Studios explained, “As we settle in to working together in new ways in a COVID-19 world, our development timelines are shifting to utilize this additional time to better meet our core goals for Chivalry 2”.Though we’ll be hacking off each others’ limbs later than expected, when released Chivalry 2 will contain “several quality of life improvements and also include what was originally post-launch content”. “This means more maps and game features will be…

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Sacred Fire is a “psychological” RPG where manipulation and emotions are key

Sacred Fire is an upcoming RPG set in ancient Scotland that uses a system based around psychological decisions and emotional development in gameplay. Players will manipulate their allies and enemies’ motivations to succeed you’re encouraged to “control your emotions and outsmart your opponents to turn the odds into your favor.” And yes, that’s the voice of Doug Cockle on the trailer. He’s also known for playing Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher series.The main conflict of the game revolves around an invasion of Scotland—called Caledonia at the time—by the Roman Empire. Sacred fire’s story focuses on freedom of choice, and is…

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Streets of Rage 4 will be getting ‘more content’

Members of Dotemu, Guard Crush, and Lizardcube, the three groups behind Streets of Rage 4, recently did an AMA on Reddit. In between all the questions about when they would add missing character Eddie “Skate” Hunter or give everyone a dash move, they were asked: Will Streets of Rage 4 be getting DLC?According to Cyrille Imbert, CEO and executive producer of Dotemu, the answer is yes. “We haven’t decided anything yet,” he wrote, “but we have tons of ideas and listen to you guys as well. So there will definitely be more content. We just need a bit more time…

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Ubisoft apologizes for using a raised fist to represent villains in a mobile game

A statement from Ubisoft says that the company will be removing the ‘raised fist’ symbol from the mobile game Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad. The game used the symbol to represent its villains, a revolutionary organization called Umbra. In a statement posted to Twitter, Ubisoft called the inclusion of the symbol “insensitive and harmful in both its inclusion and how it was portrayed.”An update regarding Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad: pic.twitter.com/G6Hb1SO7GxAugust 29, 2020Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad is a “hero collecting” game available on iOS and Android that includes heroes and villains from the broader Tom Clancy brand. Ubisoft has stated that it will…

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AMD Sneaks Out The Radeon RX 5300 For Casual 1080p Gaming

AMD Radeon RX 5300 (Image credit: AMD)It isn’t the first time that we’ve heard about the Radeon RX 5300, but it certainly comes a surprise that it took AMD so long to finally launch it.The Radeon RX 5300 prides itself as an entry-level graphics card that delivers outstanding gaming performance at 1080p, but it’s doubtful we’ll see it on our list of Best GPUs. The graphics card might be exclusive to OEMs only – the only place we’ve ever seen the Radeon RX 5300 is inside pre-built machines. As you would expect from a Navi-based offering, the Radeon RX 5300…

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Custom RC Remote Works Great with Forza Horizon 4

This custom controller project from Dave Madison is perfect for racing game fans! Madison modified a grip-style RC controller to operate with games like Forza Horizon 4.The project is based on a DumboRC X4 RC controller. Some of the inner hardware was replaced and additional buttons were added to the final design. The end result is a working unit that provides a new experience when driving in games like Forza.The DumboRC X4 is a 2GHz wireless controller intended for RC boats and cars. Madison had to remove the wireless receiver and connect it to a USB-enabled microcontroller. This processes the…

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Grounded roadmap outlines upcoming plans for the game

Obsidian Entertainment has outlined its update plans for Grounded.Grounded players should give the game’s feature board a look to see what’s coming to the game.Obsidian has outlined what to expect in the game as far as planned updates, future updates, and what is being considered.Coming soon to the game are new creatures such as the firefly and roly-poly, the Ant Queen, and pets such as aphids.Other things to look forward to are a full completeable story, sandbox environment, Haze environment, insect pet enhancements, and improvements to birds with additional interactions.Higher tiered armor, tools, and weapons are part of the plan,…

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Sony wants to bring more first-party games to PC

Sony has said in a 2020 corporate report that it plans to bring more first-party games to the PC in the future. “We will explore expanding our 1st party titles to the PC platform,” says the report, “in order to promote further growth in our profitability.” The decision to bring more of the Sony in-house catalog to the PC is cited as a key strategic point to the coming direction of its Game & Network services division.The reason for the change is partially given in the report: “Competition from online PC games and players from other industries is expected to continue…