November 2021

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Starfield’s devs discuss its shared DNA with other Bethesda games

I don’t much envy Bethesda. All game development seems like a bunfight with the impossible, but following in the footsteps of Skyrim is surely cursed. Starfield, the team’s sci-fi open-world game, needs to be the same and different and better than Skyrim, a game that has been consistently popular for ten years. In the latest, teasing, behind-the-scenes Into The Starfield video, the development team discuss some of the values that remain the same between Starfield and Bethesda’s other games. It maybe starts with the cups. Read more

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EU Official: Semiconductor Independence Is Impossible

The European Union consumes hundreds of millions of chips every year, but only a handful of them are made within the bloc. Although countries like Germany are encouraging chipmakers to build fabs there, it is unlikely that the EU will ever become completely independent from other countries as far as semiconductor supply is concerned. That is according to Margrethe Vestager, EU’s Commissioner for Competition. Leading contract makers of semiconductors — such as Intel, Samsung Foundry, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. — spend around $30 billion per year on capital expenditures and billions on developing new process technologies. Analysts believe that a…

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Pokemon Go players will be busy in December with the Season of Heritage and Community Day

The year is coming to a close, and Niantic has a special month planned for Pokemon Go players. Starting tomorrow, December 1, the Season of Heritage kicks off and will last until March 1. It appears Professor Willow has discovered a historical cave site with a giant door that has strange unlocking mechanisms. Somehow this ties into exploring heritages such as the histories of places, Pokemon, and fellow Trainers. According to rumblings online, this could be a hint at what to expect during the season leading up to the January 28 release of Pokemon Legends: Arceus. You see, the upcoming…

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Best Raspberry Pi Deals 2021

With more than 40 million units sold and a powerful community of makers and fans behind it, Raspberry Pi is more than a single-board computer; it’s a huge platform with an even bigger ecosystem behind it. Whether you want to build your own robot,  create an A.I.-powered security camera or just set up a simple computer for programming and web surfing, the Pi is for you. With the holiday shopping season starting earlier than ever in 2021, you can find deals on everything from Raspberry Pi cases to screens, kits and perhaps even add-on boards. These are great for your…

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Sting to perform song from Arcane, the League of Legends’ animated series, at The Game Awards 2021

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Sting is set to perform live. Sting will be performing live at The Game Awards 2021 next month. The song he will be performing is What Could Have Been, which is part of the original soundtrack of Riot Games and Fortiche Productions’ League of Legends-based Netflix animated series Arcane. More musical performances will be announced in the coming weeks. This year’s show will return to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 9, and things will kick off…

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Xbox Cloud Gaming gets an image quality boost—but only on Edge

In a double-pronged attack on its competitors in the cloud gaming and web browser wars, Microsoft has released Clarity Boost, an image quality update for its cloud gaming service Xbox Cloud Gaming. But here’s the catch: you’ll only get this perk when playing games through the Edge browser. At this point, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can only take advantage of Clarity Boost through Microsoft Edge Canary—an insider build of the browser that acts as a kind of testing bed for new and sometimes experimental, features. Cyber Monday deals: see all the best offers right now!Once you’ve installed Canary, go…

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Danganronpa and Zero Escape veterans have released a new murdergame game on PC

If you enjoy games where people are trapped somewhere mysterious in a deadly game, here’s a new one for you: World’s End Club. Released on PC today following Apple Arcade and Switch versions, it’s made by a team including two heavy-hitting murdergame veterans: the director of the Zero Escape series, and the writer of Danganronpa. It’s about a group of schoolchildren who find themselves in an undersea theme park and are forced by a clown to- oh for, what is it with these cheery mascots who have one jacked-up eye and a propensity for violence? Read more

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According to 343 Industries, Halo Infinite’s cheating problem is “we anticipated”

In light of recent talk of cheating in Halo Infinite, we’ve got an update on 343 Industries’ plans on the matter If you’ve been playing Halo Infinite multiplayer over the past few weeks since its launch, you may be aware of a growing concern amongst the community regarding cheating in 343 Industries’ free-to-play FPS. Following much discussion about its effects on the experience, we’ve gotten word from several members of the development team on what players can do right now to combat this issue, and future plans to tackle it further. The first public statement came from Halo community manager…

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Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Part 2 is finally here

We’ve waited so long for Minecraft‘s Caves & Cliffs update to be complete, but it’s finally here. Caves & Cliffs Part 2 arrived today, bringing with it deeper underground layers, taller mountains, and a couple of new biomes to explore. I’ve been really eager for the 1.18 update specifically so I can build a nice home in the new Lush Cave biomes. Underground houses are the best! And now I can live near pretty cave plants! Read more

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In-depth interview: UK Rainbow Six Siege casters AceOfPyrite, Fluke and Dezachu review the Sweden Major and look ahead to the 2022 Six Invitational

Earlier this month Faze Clan beat NiP 3-2 in an all-Brazilian final to win the Rainbow Six Siege Sweden Major, with Latin America dominant as a region. Soon after, Ubisoft announced the 2022 Six Invitational will be returning to Montreal, Canada, next year from February 8th to 20th, with UK talent featuring in Rogue and Navi. Dom Sacco speaks to a trio of UK Siege casters – AceOfPyrite, Fluke and Dezachu (pictured left to right) – to ask about their top moments and takeaways from the Major, and what they’re looking forward to at the upcoming Invitational. Continue reading In-depth…

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Bots have made Capcom Arcade Stadium one of the most popular games on Steam

Take a look at the following games and point the odd one out: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Capcom Arcade Stadium, PUBG, Apex Legends. Four of them are consistently and astronomically popular online games that have been among the most-played games on Steam for years, while one is a half-decent retro games emulator that has averaged about 20 players a month since it came out in May 2021. And yet, at the time of writing, Capcom Arcade Stadium is, according to both SteamDB and Steam Charts, the third most played game on Steam right now, clocking around 477,000 (it’s just…

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Retro MS-DOS Palmtop Resurrected With Raspberry Pi Zero

We miss the palmtop computer, one of the many varieties of sub-laptop rudely swallowed up by the rise to dominance of the smartphone and tablet. Hooray, then, for Canadian hacker Rune Kyndal, who has crammed a full Linux computer (a Raspberry Pi Zero W) and color screen into the shell of an HP-95LX PDA (Personal Digital Assistant). He’s called it the HPI95LX, obviously, and Hackaday reported on it Image 1 of 5 (Image credit: Rune Kyndal)Image 2 of 5 (Image credit: Rune Kyndal)Image 3 of 5 (Image credit: Rune Kyndal)Image 4 of 5 (Image credit: Rune Kyndal)Image 5 of 5…

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Halo Infinite is boosting XP again to reduce grind

Though Halo Infinite launched in decent shape (our Ed called it “the most stable FPS I’ve played all year“), one bone of contention has been the slow pace to unlocking things on the battle pass. The developers, 343 Industries already boosted progression pace, but evidently that wasn’t enough, and now they’re coming round for another pass at the pass. From today, they’re planning to offer bonus XP for the first six matches you play every day. Read more

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Xbox Cloud Gaming gets a new Clarity Boost feature – but only in Microsoft Edge

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Xbox has revealed Clarity Boost, a new feature exclusive to Xbox Cloud Gaming that only runs via Microsoft’s Edge browser. If you’ve ever been a little unimpressed by the image quality when you’re streaming a game, Xbox might have just the thing for you with its newely-announced Clarity Boost feature which promises to improve the sharpness of titles running on Cloud Gaming streams in the Microsoft Edge browser. Per a new post over on the Xbox blog, Microsoft noted that…

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong delayed into May 2022

I’m sure one day we’ll get to masquerade as vampires, but it seems we’ll be waiting a little longer than expected (again). Developers Big Bad Wolf have delayed Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong into May 2022. They say the extra three months will help ensure their team keep a healthy work-life balance, while having more time to add polish and go through QA. Read more

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Generation Zero is the latest surprise arrival on Xbox Game Pass

Despite not getting an official announcement from Microsoft (yet), Generation Zero has appeared on Xbox Game Pass today. Generation Zero – Avalanche Studios’ four-player co-op open-world shooter set in 1980’s Sweden – has just arrived on Xbox Game Pass. Spotted by our own Tom Orry on the Xbox app ahead of an offical email landing in our inbox to announce it, the game appears to be downloadable from today (November 30) on the subscription service. A dedicated Xbox Game Pass trailer has been posted to Systemic Reaction’s YouTube page, too (see below), that shows off the distinct environment and vibe…

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How to Create a Zoom Meeting “On Air” Light with Raspberry Pi

With work from home here to stay, I need a way to make sure I don’t get interrupted when I’m on a call or in important meetings – and what better way to do that than an on-air light that shows everyone in my home that I’m busy. I primarily use Zoom for my conference calls, so today we’ll be using the Zoom API, a Raspberry Pi, and some programmable LEDs to make an automatic, zoom-detecting, on-air light. This is a great first Raspberry Pi project if you’re just getting started with Pis or electronics – here’s how you do…

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New RISC-V Raspberry Pi Alternative VisionFive V1 Coming Soon

A new single-board computer based on the RISC-V architecture has been revealed by StarFive, who previously announced, then cancelled the Beagle V in 2021. The $149 VisionFive V1 as reported by Liliputing looks set to be a rival for the Raspberry Pi . Image 1 of 2 (Image credit: StarFive)Image 2 of 2 (Image credit: StarFive)Measuring 3.9 x 2.8 inch the board is slightly larger than a Raspberry Pi 4 and features a 1.5 GHz dual-core SiFive U74 RISC-V processor. The RISC-V CPU is backed by 8GB of LPDDR4 and a micro SD card slot, plus HDMI 1.4, gigabit Ethernet,…

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Best Cyber Monday PC gaming deals: RTX desktops and laptops under $1000 and much more

Welcome to our constantly-in-renovation home for all the best Cyber Monday PC gaming deals. Do you like what we’re doing with the place? This is where we highlight actually good deals we’ve found for Cyber Monday and keep tabs on all the finest leftovers from Black Friday. Cyber Monday is the big day, but we expect many of today’s deals to last awhile longer, and for a few retailers to keep putting up new bargains throughout the so-called Cyber Week. (Do you think Robocop wakes up every Monday and sighs ‘Time for another Cyber Week?’ I bet he does. It’s…