September 2020

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Call of Duty Warzone crashing after Season 6 update

By Matt Martin, Wednesday, 30 September 2020 08:36 GMT Call of Duty Warzone is crashing on PC, PS4 and Xbox One following the introduction of its big Season 6 update. Activision has said its looking into the problem after numerous angry reports from players, but there doesn’t seem to be a fix or update from the publisher almost 24 hours after the latest update went live.“We’re actively investigating an issue where some players are experiencing crashes after the update in #ModernWarfare and #Warzone. Stay tuned for updates,” said Activision Support. We’re actively investigating an issue where some players are experiencing…

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Have You Played… Paunch?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Paunch is tagged “Psychological Horror” and “Sexual Content” on Steam, and while this is wrong, it also couldn’t be more accurate. Two players take control of huge sumo wrestlers called Bob and fight to the death by flinging large rocks at each other. One can also opt to charge down the opposing player and lay them out with a solid hook to the chin. It is immediately arousing, yet disquieting. (more…)

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Owlbear Rodeo is a more lightweight virtual tabletop for your D&D needs

Right after they massacred my boy, Gorthok the Thunder Boar. (Image credit: owlbear.rodeo)I’ve been running a Dungeons & Dragons campaign online for over three months now, mostly using Discord since a few of my players enjoy its dice-rolling bot Avrae. And though we often imagine action scenes using theater of the mind, a phrase I can’t say out loud without putting on a voice because it sounds way too overblown for “just describing where the gnolls are”, we do sometimes bust out a battlemap and slide tokens around on a grid.While there are plenty of alternatives, and I’ve looked into…

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Serious Vikings plot England invasion in this new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla trailer

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla promises to be a very serious videogame, if the above trailer is any indication. It’s two minutes of scene setting: from their icy windblown home, the game’s starring Vikings plot their invasion of the lush English land across the sea. The trailer demonstrates a handful of ways this will be achieved: by burning down grandiose old buildings. By sneaking stealthily across rooftops. By plunging one’s blade into the neck of unaware enemies. By sailing to England (that comes first, I guess). You know, all the usual Assassin’s Creed things. It is very impressive though, and I for one…

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Upgrade to mesh Wi-Fi with the Asus RT-AX92U for $50 off

Asus makes some of the best gaming routers around, as the company not only produces excellent hardware, but usually includes software features you don’t normally see on consumer-level routers. While not technically part of the company’s gaming router lineup, the Asus RT-AX92 is an excellent mesh router system, and now you can get a 2-pack for $349.99. That’s a $50 discount over MSRP, and the lowest recorded price on Amazon so far.The Asus RT-AX92U AiMesh AX6100 (great name, I know) is built to use the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard, which means lower latency and higher speeds for devices that support…

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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey stretches its space legs in new dev diary

Elite Dangerous has always been about ships. Flying ’em, fighting ’em, crashing ’em into asteroids because you forgot flight assist was turned off. Why would you ever want to get out and walk? With the Odyssey expansion promising just that, Frontier’s latest dev diary has outlined the trading, scavenging, gunslinging and mingling you’ll be getting up to should you choose to leave the comfort of the cockpit. (more…)

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A perfectly normal abyss has appeared in Microsoft Flight Sim

Yup. That seems about right. After evicting the Queen and erecting a colossal monolith in Melbourne, the unknowable architect behind Microsoft Flight Simulator‘s world gen now appears to have pulled at the very fabric of the Earth, ripping a massive hole out of a field in South America. At least, I very much hope this is a simple computing error – has anyone actually been outside to check lately? (more…)

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Horizons expansion to be included with Elite Dangerous in October

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 20:52 GMT Frontier Developments has announced the Horizons update for Elite Dangerous will be folded into the base game.The Horizons expansion will be added to Elite Dangerous on October 27 as a free update.Players will receive the complete Horizons experience on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. If you previously purchased Horizons, you will receive an exclusive Azure paint job compatible with all 41 ships currently in the game.The expansion will remain on sale on all platforms until October 26 to allow players a last chance to obtain owner rewards and access to the Azure paint jobs.Horizons brings…

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Demon’s Souls Digital Deluxe Edition and digital pre-order bonus announced

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 20:22 GMT Sony has announced pre-order bonuses and a Digital Deluxe Edition for Demon’s Souls.If you pre-order Demon’s Souls digitally, you will receive the Reaper Scythe weapon.If this sounds familiar, it’s because the official store page revealed the new weapon as a pre-order bonus a couple of weeks ago, and then removed it.The Reaper Scythe is a pole weapon with a curved blade and can “mow down” enemies in a single blow, but is difficult to handle and requires both strength and dexterity to use.Sony also announced a Digital Deluxe Edition of the…

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An inheritance from a long-lost relative demands you live surrounded by Nier: Automata or Cyberpunk 2077 statues

Dearest reader, I bring you tragic and wonderful news. A wealthy long-lost relative has died (oh no!) and bequeathed you their estate (oh ho!) but with one unusual condition (o-oh?). Should you wish to claim their riches, titles, and mansion, you must fully accept into your heart and life one of two new ludicrous 1/4-scale video game statues. From now until your end, you shall live surrounded by them. Tell me, reader dear: will it be the giant Nier: Automata trio or the 51cm Cyberpunk 2077 Keanu Reeves? (more…)

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Judge says Epic was ‘not honest’ when it bypassed Apple’s payment system in Fortnite

The legal dispute between Epic Games and Apple took another step forward yesterday with the hearing of Epic’s request for an injunction against Apple’s decision to remove Fortnite from the iOS App Store. A ruling on the request wasn’t issued, but it doesn’t sound like it was an especially good day for Epic: As reported by CNN, judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers was critical of Epic’s actions leading up to the lawsuit, saying the company was “not honest” when it released the Fortnite update that enabled users to bypass Apple’s payment system.The judge seemed to suggest that Epic’s actions actually help…

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Emerges As A Serious Rival For The Intel Core i9-10900K

AMD Ryzen Desktop Processor (Image credit: AMD)Hot on the heels of the Ryzen 7 5800U, chip detective @TUM_APISAK has unearthed multiple Ashes of the Singularity submissions of yet another AMD unannounced processor. On this occasion, the Ryzen 7 5800X emerged to give the Intel Core i9-10900K a run for its money.The Ryzen 7 5800X’s lineage is currently a mystery to be solved. On one end, the chip could belong to AMD’s upcoming Zen 3 (codename Vermeer) family, which the chipmaker will present on October 4. If that’s the case, it would appear that AMD might finally integrate both processors and…

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla trailer takes a look at the story

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:41 GMT A new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla trailer has been released, giving you more insight into the story.In the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla trailer, you will see Eivor torn between his duty to his brother and his personal quest for glory. There’s also a bit of fighting with the Saxons thrown in for good measure.Eivor’s clan is looking for more in the land of England, as they are driven from Norway by war and dwindling resources. Here, you will come across the Hidden Ones, Saxon kings, and the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok.You will also…

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Best budget gaming laptop deals of the week – 29th September 2020

It can be hard to find a powerful gaming laptop for less than £1000 / $1000 these days, so to help you find one that can still play games to a decent extent, we’ve put together this list of all the best budget gaming laptop deals you can buy right now. We’ve looked at loads of gaming laptop deals in both the UK and US, the ones you’ll find below are what we think represent the best value for money. While most will struggle to play games on max settings, there are still a couple of RTX 2060 laptops to…

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Crusader Kings 3 players have cannibalized a pope, had 40m+ kids, and instigated 1.4m+ holy wars

Crusader Kings 3 players have been busy in Paradox Interactive’s latest title, and ahead of the massive 1.1 update joining the game, the developer has shared some amazing stats.Paradox Interactive’s highly-anticipated follow-up to Crusader Kings II hasn’t even been out for a month yet and already players are achieving some remarkable things.In a press release sent out by the developer, a list of absurd and impressive feats are listed.They range from genuinely quite impressive (40,591,268 children have been born in-game since its September 1 launch!) to, frankly, quite gruesome (18,212,157 successful murder schemes have been executed).Away from the binary function…

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MSI Stealthily Revamps GeForce RTX 3080 Design Amid Stability Concerns (Updated)

MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio (Image credit: MSI)Update 9/29/2020, 7:30am PT: MSI sent over images and a statement disputing any claims that it has changed the design on its 30-series GPUs. Included are four images of the backs of the cards, showing the capacitor configuration. The MSI RTX 3090 Gaming Trio and MSI RTX 3090 Ventus 3X have a layout with 4x SP-Caps and 2x MLCC clusters, while the MSI RTX 3080 Gaming Trio and MSI RTX 3080 Ventus 3X have a layout with 5x SP-Caps and 1x MLCC cluster.Original Article:The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 just can’t seem…

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AMD Zen 3 CPUs listed as Ryzen 5000-series chips in benchmark leak

AMD may skip the Ryzen 4000-series naming altogether with its next-gen Zen 3 CPUs (aka Vermeer), recent database entries suggests. An 8-core processor has been spotted on the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark database bearing an unexpected name, AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, which suggests the next-generation of Ryzen CPUs will skip right onto the arguably more impactful 5000-series branding.The 8-core, 16-thread loadout of this processor (spotted by TUM_APISAK, who also provided a link to the entries) would likely see it launch as a direct successor to the Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 7 3800XT, both of which offer an identical…

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Call Of Duty: Warzone Season 6 brings armoured trucks and vampire bats

Bravo Six to readership, Call Of Duty: Warzone Season 6 is out right now on all platforms. Drop into Verdansk and you’ll find a brand spanking new subway system to commute on, new guns to pick up, and a new battle pass replete with goodies. The main goodie being a vampire bat called Edward who will chew on your opponent’s face for you. Delightful. (more…)

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HyperX Launches High-Capacity Impact DDR4 RAM for Laptops, SFF PCs

HyperX Impact DDR4 SO-DIMM RAM (Image credit: HyperX)HyperX, Kingston’s elite gaming division, today launched new Impact DDR4 SO-DIMM offerings with capacities that span up to 64GB. HyperX’s announcement points to high-capacity kits that could be the best RAM for enthusiasts needing large amounts of memory on their notebooks or small form factor PCs.Impact memory modules are equipped with the brand’s Plug N Play feature that automatically sets up the memory to run at the advertised frequency without any manual tweaking. Compatibility-wise, Impact memory modules should play nicely on both AMD Ryzen and Intel platforms.HyperX Impact DDR4 SO-DIMM Specifications New Part NumbersFrequencyLatencyCapacityMSRPHX424S15IB2/162400CL1516GB$77HX424S15IB2K2/322400CL1532GB…

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Xbox Series X 1TB storage only uses 800GB for games

By Dom Peppiatt, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 11:06 GMT Hands-on tests of the upcoming next-gen Xbox Series X console have revealed that 20% of space on the internal SSD is reserved for system files.According to a hands-on preview over at IGN, the Xbox Series X reserves about 198GB of the hardware’s internal 1TB SSD for the operating system and essential system files.Xbox is giving consumers the option to buy expandable storage for the hardware, but a 1TB expansion for the Xbox Series X and S will set you back an eye-watering $220/£220/€270.It should be noted that about 80GB of any…