December 2022

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Cult of the Lamb’s first big update will bring new attacks for every weapon

Audio player loading… Action base-building roguelike Cult of the Lamb (opens in new tab), one of this summer’s hits, comes barreling into Winter announcing its first big content update for next year. It’ll bring new stuff to the adorably violent cult of floofy animals, focusing on the combat portion of the game over the cult management.The new content update will feature new moves for The Lamb itself, letting you press and hold the attack button to drop a heavy attack that’ll be unique to each weapon. They’ve showed off an area-of-effect smash for the sword, a boomerang throw for the…

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PC Gamer Hardware Awards 2022: The best gear of year

As the wan sun fades on this bleak year of 2022 we are given to look back and think about all we have to be grateful for. And in PC gaming tech terms that means we’re looking at all the gaming gear released over the past 12 months to pick our favourite tech in a bunch of different categories.And you know what? That includes graphics cards this year, in an actual meaningful way. We paid lip service to GPUs last year, when they existed in a mostly theoretical rather than physical sense, but finally, we can actually buy new cards….

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The RPS Selection Box: CJ’s bonus games of the year 2022

As both a parent and the resident news lad here, I probably spend way more time talking and writing about games than getting hundreds of hours to actually play them. While most of the games I’ve snuck the odd minutes with – I hesitate to say hours – made it onto our Advent Calendar for Horace’s approval, the three below were a few that made me and my family smile at different points throughout 2022. Roll on 2023 – and even more games. Possibly my most magical Christmas as a kid was in 1997, aged 12. I got a Saturn…

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Retailer Shares Failure Rates for GPUs, Motherboards, SSDs, More

Hardware Sugar (opens in new tab), a retailer in the Philippines, has shared the failure rates for the most popular hardware brands over its four-year operation. Although it’s a small sample size, it’s interesting to see which brands are returned more frequently. Aside from the relatively small sales area, also be aware that other factors, like user error, can impact this type of data. As such, treat it as interesting information and not an absolute. Graphics cards had the highest failure rate out of all the hardware components, specifically those from Gigabyte. The retailer’s RMA data showed a 5% failure rate…

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The RPS Selection Box: Alice Bee’s bonus games of the year 2022

I didn’t play as many games as I wanted to this year – but then I say that every single year and will probably continue to do so until the end of time (I assume at some point my consciousness will be uploaded into an immortal robot that will exist until the heat death of the universe, and that robot will still be doing previews). Like everyone else who has written their selection box, my top picks made it onto the Advent Calendar this year. But some didn’t! Here are but a three of them. Read more

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The year in NFT buffoonery: Rug pulls, hacks, and poor choices

Has anything good ever come from NFTs? Aside from the Christopher Moltisanti meme (opens in new tab), I mean. I really can’t think of anything. The functionality they offer games is technically different than what’s been available for years through conventional microtransaction sales, but it’s practically the same thing for those who don’t play games to be financial speculators, and the whole business of making, buying, and selling them is awash in corruption and criminality. “A useless, costly, ecologically mortifying technology,” is how French trade union Solidaires Informatique (opens in new tab) described it, and I have no notes.Myself, I…

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How to Take Screenshots in Windows 10 or 11: Regions, Full Pages, Delayed Shots and More

There are so many reasons you might need to capture a screenshot in Windows 10 or 11. You might need to show a coworker or a friend how to use an application. Perhaps you need to capture an excerpt from a webpage, highlight the relevant portion and share it on social media. Or maybe you have an image stuck in one of your programs and can’t export it any other way.Whatever your reason, there are lots of ways to take screenshots in Windows and which method you choose should depend on what you need to capture and how you intend…

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Asus ROG Maximus Z790 Hero Review: Holding Out for a Price Drop

Today’s best Asus ROG Maximus Z790 Hero deals (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)£642.51 (opens in new tab)View (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)No price information (opens in new tab)Check Amazon (opens in new tab)We check over 250 million products every day for the best pricesHot off our test bench and ready for review is the Asus’ ROG Maximus Z790 Hero. Currently priced at $629.99, this premium motherboard offers a slew of features along with the classic high-end appearance found on the ROG Maximus motherboards. You get twelve USB ports on the…

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The eighth RPS Christmas Cracker 2022

A little known fact is that all of the RPS staff are complex clockwork automata, designed and built by a little gnome with the kind of inch-thick glasses that make your eyes look comically large. We’re each powered by a spell that lasts but 12 months, so every Christmas we fall over like sad marionettes. The gnome has to spend a couple of weeks trekking up a mountain to see the fairy who can recast the spells on us. You can help fund his sled dogs and provisions by becoming a member of the RPS supporter program. While he’s away,…

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Elden Ring’s environment is still my gaming highlight of 2022

As 2022 comes to a close, it’s natural that we all take a look back at the year behind us and think about the games we’ve played. This year, for me, was mostly taken up by some amazing narrative indies like The Case of the Golden Idol and Strange Horticulture. But really, a large part of my heart belongs to Elden Ring, and in particular Elden Ring’s environment. My brain is still baffled by the scale and beauty of Elden Ring’s world. I would gasp a little when I found something new, overlooked a ridge to rolling fields speckled with trees…

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Why’d nobody tell me about the heavy metal turtle racing scene in this JRPG?

Audio player loading… It’s nearly the end of the year and I’d like to take you all to absolute task for not telling me that there’s an indie JRPG called Chained Echoes which is apparently not only quite good, but has a 15-second turtle race set to explosive, shouting hardcore metal. (If you also did not know I invite you to echo shame session here.)I mean seriously, it’s hysterical and an amazing green light on trying the game. For one thing, it shows something JRPGs often lack any awareness of: A sense of humor. It’s a great moment that begs…

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Sennheiser’s legendary HD 599 open-back headphones are down to £87 on Amazon

The Sennheiser HD 599 SE has been one of my favourite pairs of headphones for a long time, with its open-back design, neutral sound signature and comfy velour earpads combining into one of the best affordable headsets for critical listening and gaming in my book. These headphones normally hover around £100 to £180, but today they’ve dropped to a near-all-time-low: £87 at Amazon UK. Read more

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Never-Released RTX 3070 Ti 16GB Graphics Card Surfaces

The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, formerly one of the best graphics cards, has a long-lost sibling that never debuted on the market. However, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 16GB, which we’ve seen in multiple EEC listings, seems real or at least has existed for some time.Hardware leaker MEGAsizeGPU (opens in new tab) has shared some photographs and a GPU-Z screenshot of what appears to be the unreleased GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 16GB. It’s a little confusing, though. The pictures show a GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition. The design and the model name on the backplate confirm it. However, the GPU-Z screenshot…

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You get two guesses as to what puzzle game Sushi for Robots is about

Audio player loading… I’m a sucker for a clever indie puzzler, so naturally Sushi for Robots looks quite nice, doesn’t it? It’s a simple premise, the robots are obsessed with some sushi and you’ve got to serve it to them by setting up the weird conveyors they eat from. It’ll release in Spring of 2023, but we know a bit about it now, and I like how that looks.It’s a solution-driven puzzle game, one where you use the tools available to you in order to customize the outcome: This one is stickers, which let you place new effects on the…

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PC Gamer Hardware Awards: The best gaming keyboards of 2022

Choosing the best gaming keyboard of 2022 is going to be a damn close call. Of the many gaming keyboards we’ve looked at throughout the year, loads have delighted us—the MelGeek Pixel (opens in new tab) notwithstanding. However, only one will forever be regarded as the soulful switchmeister of 2022. Let’s look back at the year to get a better bead on which one might end up this year’s absolute king of caps.2022, it would seem, is the year of the smol gaming keyboard. Each and every keyboard nominee we’ve chosen this year comes in a compact form factor, be…

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Alice0’s favourite posts of 2022

It’s been a weird year at RPS for me. After eight years as news editor, I started the nebulous new role of associate editor. This brought a broad mandate to cover indie games and PC Game Pass and to do, like, whatever else I think might be fun or good. It has been weird to not clock in and just Do News, and to have responsibility only over myself. This freedom has felt great when I’ve had ideas, and terrible when I’ve not. I’m still feeling it out, settling in, and making mistakes, but I’m quite enjoying myself. Hopefully you…

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Watching AI evolve this year has been a rollercoaster

2022 sure has been a year for AI. Image generation in particular has taken off somewhat spectacularly this year, though we’ve seen plenty of advancements in the broader scope of machine learning too. It’s given us a lot to think about in the games industry, in fact. And while many will herald it as something that may well solve all our problems, others have taken a slightly less welcoming approach.As with any advancement, there’s been a fair amount of controversy coming along with it. Beside the iRobot-fuelled fear that AI will one day rise up and take us hostage, there’s the…

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The RPS Selection Box: Alice0’s bonus games of the year 2022

I confess: I usually did my damndest to rig the RPS Advent Calendar vote. When every year has so many more than 24 good games, I always tried to tactically vote and reshuffle points to wedge in a few wee great games I knew not many people had played. But with a change to voting procedure this year, I simply couldn’t get some games on our list. So, here are the games I would’ve slammed into our advent calendar if I were still allowed to cheat, along with some that simply didn’t quite make the cut. Read more

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AMD, Intel, and Nvidia Reportedly Slash Orders with TSMC

Being the world’s No. 1 foundry, TSMC was almost immune to the softening high-tech market in Q2 and Q3, but it looks like the party is over even for the world’s largest contract chip manufacturer. TSMC’s leading customers began to revise their orders to the company, affecting the foundry’s results starting from the fourth quarter of 2022, reports DigiTimes. According to the report, virtually all TSMC clients will experience a downturn and have to cut orders, so TSMC’s utilization will decline significantly in Q1 2023. For example, the utilization rate of TSMC’s N7-capable lines (7nm, 6nm-class technologies) will decline to around 50% in early…

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Galax Vivance VI-01 Gaming Monitor Review: Solid Value and Performance

One of the great things about a popular gaming monitor category is that it spawns value models from less-visible manufacturers. Not only do these displays sell for low prices, but they also often come with excellent performance and solid build quality.I rarely add a new company to my list of monitor reviews, but here, I have the Galax Vivance VI-01. It’s a 27-inch flat IPS panel with QHD resolution, 165 Hz, G-Sync certification, FreeSync compatibility, HDR and extended color. It checks all the important boxes for less than $300.Galax Vivance VI-01 SpecsSwipe to scroll horizontallyPanel Type / BacklightIPS / W-LED,…