October 2020

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CD Projekt Red’s share price fell 25% in the last two months

As Gamesindustry.biz notes, CD Projekt Red’s share price peaked in late August with a market cap of 42.4 billion Polish złoty, which is about $US10.7 billion. The individual share price was just under 461 złoty per share, or $US116.50. Subsequently, the studio instituted mandatory extra hours to complete work on Cyberpunk 2077, and then announced a delayed release date. The share price dropped to 331 złoty, and is currently at 335 złoty, which is about $US85. I’d already forgotten there was a Witcher-themed augmented reality game in the vein of Pokemon Go announced in August, but that announcement coincided with…

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House of Ashes is the next Dark Pictures Anthology game, here’s the trailer

Horror game anthology The Dark Pictures has revealed its next game, House of Ashes, by secreting a teaser trailer within just-released game Little Hope. Given the look, it’s likely that House of Ashes is about American soldiers and specialists in Afghanistan who uncover some ancient evil, and looks like it will star Ashley Tisdale. House of Ashes is due to release in 2021. The minute-long House of Ashes trailer shows American helicopters flying over rough mountainous terrain reminiscent of eastern Afghanistan’s Hindu-Kush. As the trailer opens, we hear American soldiers describing being attacked by something the listener “wouldn’t believe.” A…

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Asus ROG strix B550-F Motherboard Down to $179 at Newegg

As Black Friday inches closer, hardware manufacturers are dropping deals left and right on our favorite hardware. We know it isn’t always easy to tell the deals from the duds, so we’ve dedicated a whole page to sharing the best deals on tech we can find. Today we’re showcasing a discount on the Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming motherboard. It’s usually priced around $209, but you can pick it up today for just $179. ASUS ROG Strix B550-F: was $209, now $179 @Newegg If you want to lock in this deal, you’ll need to use Promo code EMCGDED23. The sale…

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League Of Legends’ RPG spin-off Ruined King arrives next year

Much as Riot might like to think otherwise, a MOBA just ain’t the best place to show off your sprawling lore. It’s just hard to care about my wizard’s tragic past when I’m trying to hold mid. That’s where Ruined King: A League Of Legends Story comes in, a singleplayer turn-based RPG that’ll let you linger and explore Runeterra’s fantasy scenarios outside the brutal confines of a 90-minute multiplayer murderfest when it arrives next year. (more…)

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Intel is bringing its discrete Iris Xe Max graphics card to thin-and-light laptops and ‘value desktops’

Intel has unveiled its first discrete Xe graphics card, the Intel Iris Xe Max. It’s a mobile GPU designed to drop into thin-and-light notebooks to give creators the edge while they’re on the go. The Iris Xe Max GPUs match the Iris Xe graphics silicon of the new Tiger Lake processors in terms of raw specs, and promises to also boost performance by pairing the two GPUs together. This sort of total platform initiative is something AMD has recently championed when users pair its next-gen CPUs and GPUs. The upcoming RX 6000-series cards can potentially offer higher gaming performance when…

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Super Lone Survivor will remaster an unsettling classic next year

Remember Lone Survivor? It’s hard to believe Jasper Byrne’s harrowing side-scrolling adventure game is almost a decade old at this point, but such is the equally terrifying march of time. Today, the developer and composer announced Super Lone Survivor, a remake that’s bringing the 2011 game up to date with a new engine and a brand new chapter later next year. (more…)

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Devolver’s Disc Room Game Jam is full of novel ways to get sliced

Okay, so nobody was accusing Disc Room of being short on blades. But as Devolver Digital have proven, there are so, so many ways to be sliced and diced by a room of spinning saws. Wrapping up today, the official Disc Room Game Jam over on Itch has summoned dozens of razor-sharp new takes on the game, from paint-splattered puzzles and household chores to an unexpected mash-up with one of the year’s biggest games. (more…)

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League of Legends turn-based RPG Ruined King is coming to PC and consoles early next year

By Sherif Saed, Saturday, 31 October 2020 13:03 GMT Riot Games has narrowed down the release window of the first League of Legends spin-off.Ruined King: A League of Legends Story was one of several series spin-offs announced last year. Like all of the announced projects, Ruined King is being developed by an external partner and published under the company’s Forge label.The game is coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch in early 2021. It will also arrive on PS5 and Xbox Series X a little bit later, and all owners will be able to upgrade their copy for free.Airship…

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Ruined King, the first singleplayer League of Legends game, will be out in early 2021

Ruined King was announced in December 2019 as the first-ever singleplayer League of Legends game, and also the first game to come out of the Riot Forge publishing label. Today Riot announced that Ruined King: A League of Legends Story, as it’s officially named, will go into full release on Steam and the Epic Games Store in early 2021. The League of Legends spinoff is being developed by Airship Syndicate, whose previous releases including Battle Chasers: Nightwar and Darksiders Genesis, as part of Riot’s effort to push beyond the mega-hit MOBA League of Legends. Riot Forge releases will be set…

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Halo 4 gets a few more days of testing, adds crossplay to Reach

If there’s been one small positive about this year, it’s the reliable rollout of once console-locked Halo games on PC through Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With Halo 4 currently on the launchpad, 343 Industries have chosen to extend the game’s testing (“flighting”) period by another week, with the Insider client now testing crossplay support for Halo Reach. (more…)

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King Pins is Sokpop’s teeny tiny take on Age Of Empires

I do love a good RTS from time to time. It’s just that, well, I start to lose focus as soon as I’m juggling a dozen units or more, my perfect opening collapsing into a panic of select-all death balls. Fortunately, that’s not a problem I ever see myself having in Sokpop’s King Pins, with the Dutch indie rascals stripping the genre down into an adorably simple single-screen strategy puzzle for you and up to three pals. (more…)

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Ellen Page is going to be in a comedy about an all-women esports team

As the Hollywood Reporter, er, reported, there’s a movie about esports called 1Up currently in the works. Ellen Page will play the team’s coach, and Paris Berelc the star of the show, a young player who quits a mixed team to start her own all-women’s team. It’s being directed by Kyle Newman, director of Fanboys, from a script by Julia Yorks, who writes kid’s TV shows. According to the Hollywood Reporter, 1Up “has been described as being in the vein of Pitch Perfect but set in the world of eSports with a Gamergate backdrop.” I don’t know about you, but…

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Have You Played… World Of Horror?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. I am not usually one for horror games. I don’t like jump scares and I prefer my video games to be chill and relaxing instead of stressing me out to high heaven. To be honest, I’m still not sure why I decided to put myself through panstasz’s all-caps World Of Horror last week when the name itself would normally be a big, all-caps “Nope” for me. But it was on Game Pass, and I’ve been mildly intrigued by its 1-bit, Junji…

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Crapshoot: The other Blair Witch videogames

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… if you go down to the woods today, you’d better go armed to the teeth? Hmm. Wait. Somehow, that doesn’t quite sound right… Love it or hate it, The Blair Witch Project is unquestionably the pinnacle of horror movies in which nothing actually happens. Like trees? Seinfeld? Serial killers? Then this is the film for you. It’d be a great nap movie too, if not for all the shouting. On release, it raised many questions,…

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Ghostbusters: The Video Game is the real Ghostbusters 3

This Halloween Epic Games is giving away Ghostbusters Remastered for free, and do not pass this opportunity up. I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a classic, but this is the Ghostbusters 3 we never got, and now never will.  Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered adds only one thing to the 2009 original: a title card at the end of the opening sequence which reads ‘Dedicated to the memory of Harold Ramis.’ Ramis died in 2014. Dan Aykroyd and Ramis were the co-writers, lead actors, and animating spirits behind Ghostbusters, and played off each other as actors: Ray…

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Wipeout-inspired Pacer is out now with combative car racing

If you’re in the mood for futuristic cars that shoot at one another you might like—no, it’s not Mario Kart and it’s not Wipeout either, though it’s definitely inspired by the latter. The name’s Pacer and it’s a futuristic racer where your fancy anti-gravity vehicles zoom around tracks while also shooting one another with guns and such. (more…)

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Halo 4 beta test extended to November 6, now includes crossplay for Halo: Reach

The Halo 4 closed beta test—”flight,” in Halo parlance—that got underway last week has been extended to November 6, and updated with a range of fixes and tweaks, as well as crossplay support for Firefight and multiplayer in Halo: Reach. Halo Insiders! We’re extending the Halo 4 flight an additional week to end on Nov. 6th at 10AM PT. With the extension, we’re adding:🔀 Halo: Reach Firefight and Multiplayer are now in for Crossplay Testing🖥️ Halo 4 PC and Xbox Updates🔥 And more!🛫 https://t.co/naKaJY1bguOctober 30, 2020 “Our flight patch brings some additional goals for this flight! Along with Crossplay and Advanced Graphics Options…

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Mojang don’t want you to fight the scary Wardens in Minecraft’s Caves & Cliffs update

During their recent Minecraft Live presentation, Mojang introduced quite a lot of new blocks, features, and mobs (hello, axolotls) coming in the Caves & Cliffs update next summer. Among them is this horrible beastie, The Warden, who will live down in the Deep Dark cave biomes. Wardens have oodles of health and can slap you in the face for massive damage, so I know there are confident adventurers out there thinking “yeah, I’m going to kill it”. During a new Q&A session about the update, Mojang say they would rather you didn’t, or at least that they won’t encourage you…

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Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 Works With Intel Gigabit NIC Card

In a recent tweet, Raspberry Pi expert and enthusiast Jeff Geerling announced that after much work, he managed to get an Intel I340-T4 4x Gigabit NIC working with the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 using a Compute Module 4 I/O board. After everything was said and done, Geerling was able to record a maximum performance throughput of 3.06 Gbps. Connecting the hardware was easy enough but still came with a bit of a challenge The Compute Module 4 I/O board has a 1x slot, but the card uses a 4x plug. Geerling easily bridged the connection with a 1x to…

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Genshin Impact’s first big update confirmed for November 11th

Before Genshin Impact goes ahead and adds a whole new area, it has to finish with the current one. The developers, Mihoyo today confirmed that the main storyline’s chapter in Liyue will wrap up with the first major update on November 11th. That’ll also add reputation levels with cities, with useful rewards like a portable stove and treasure compass, as well as start the first event. (more…)