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Telstra has knocked AU$10 off its NBN plans for a limited time

Telstra is offering a rare discount on its NBN plans, in the form of a AU$10 saving on your monthly bill for six months. It only applies to new customers, unfortunately, and naturally you’ll need to live somewhere NBN friendly. But it’s fairly uncommon for Telstra to reduce the cost of its pricey NBN plans, so it’s worth consideration. The NBN 50 plan, which has an advertised “50 Mbps typical evening speed” is normally AU$90 a month with a 24 month contract, but at the moment you can sign up for AU$80 a month for the first six months, after…

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Minecraft gets glowing squids in its new Caves & Cliffs snapshot

Minecraft’s forthcoming Caves & Cliffs update is still a while away, but dedicated players have already sampled its wares in the form of content snapshots. The latest of these, memorably titled 21W03A, adds glowing squids and glowing lichen to the Java Edition of the game. That’s pretty cool, because the ocean is a very drab place, especially in the dark. The glow squid can be spotted “from even far distances” and will drop glow ink if you slay the helpless beasts. This ink can be used on signs, works with colours, and can be used to craft a glow item…

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6 tips to help you survive in Everspace 2

Everspace 2 might not be a roguelike like the first game, but it’ll still kick your ass. The galaxy is a dangerous place full of roaming bands of pirates who are more than capable of turning you into debris. And with dozens of weapons, ship types, and special abilities to choose from, it’s not always clear which is the right tool for the job.  Everspace 2 isn’t just about combat, either. Though it just released in Early Access, it’s a surprisingly complex space game where you can buy and trade commodities for profit, mine asteroids and craft ship upgrades, and…

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There’s a sea of hentai junk games on Steam, and then there’s Crush Crush

Since Valve changed its stance on selling NSFW games a constant stream of them has been arriving on Steam. In December of 2020, 75 new games appeared in the sexual content category, not counting DLC or games that had clearly been tagged as a joke, like Halo Infinite. Some are part of an endless supply of hentai puzzle games. Others get filed under “visual novel,” where anime-looking games end up by default. Have a look at Steam’s page for visual novels, sorted by concurrent users. The first result, higher than well-known examples of the genre like Danganronpa and Doki Doki…

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We’ll never forget Hitman 2’s most legendary weapon: the homing briefcase

Maybe we need a museum of amusing videogame bugs. The way patches are delivered automatically these days, I fear we’ll lose busted game builds unless developers are fastidious about preserving them. Take, for instance, the homing briefcase from Hitman 2, which appeared in November of 2018. What a tragedy it would be to lose a legend like that! Thankfully, after fixing this particular bug, developer IO Interactive later preserved it as an unlockable item. Despite the name everyone gave it—the “homing briefcase”—the core issue wasn’t the homing ability of the briefcase, exactly. Thrown objects in Hitman 2 always hit their…

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Avowed: Release date, gameplay, and everything we know about Obsidian’s Skyrim-like RPG

Avowed is a big, first-person RPG set in the same world as Pillars of Eternity, and it sure does seem like Obsidian’s spin on the Elder Scrolls. It makes sense if you think about it. Over the past decade, Obsidian has garnered a lot of love and praise for taking beloved RPG subgenres and adding its own unique twist. Pillars of Eternity was a love letter to cRPG greats like Baldur’s Gate, while The Outer Worlds evoked the grim satire and meaningful choices of Fallout: New Vegas (which Obsidian also created). Now it looks like Obsidian is inching into Skyrim’s…

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Guide a shape-shifting spacecraft through serene alien worlds in Exo One

My weird disc-shaped spacecraft is hurtling through the red skies of an alien world. Countless fiery meteors are falling from the sky and crashing into the angry seas below with explosive force. But, throughout the chaos, my little ship gracefully glides through the sky and I’ve never felt more at peace. That’s what I love about Exo One. The worlds you find yourself visiting are completely unpredictable, but you can always escape to the skies. It’s a sci-fi exploration game that sends you on a journey through time and space in search of a team of astronauts who have sent…

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Raise a glass to WinDirStat: the space-saving hero of PC gaming

If you’re familiar with WinDirStat then you already know why we’re head over heels for this nifty application. You might as well cheers and be off for this one, too: this is for anyone not yet familiar with this not-so-hidden gem of PC organisation, that which is more useful than ever right now in PC gaming. What is WinDirStat? You’d hardly guess it from the name, but WinDirStat is a free open-source visual disk usage analyser. Sounds riveting, yeah? Trust us, it is. It shows you what is taking up your storage space, and it does so through the use…

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Nvidia’s RTX 2060 and 2060 Super GPUs rumoured to be returning

Nvidia is preparing to re-release the GeForce RTX 2060 and 2060 Super GPUs. So says French hardware site, Overclocking (via Videocardz).  The rumour comes around a month ahead of the late February launch of the RTX 2060’s successor, the RTX 3060. It’s claimed stock of the reborn RTX 2060 and 2060 Super has already been sent out to board partners and system builders. If true, the move comes as Nvidia continues to struggle with supply of its new RTX 30 series boards in the face of huge potent up demand from gamers and cryptocurrency miners, plus supply chain upheaval in…

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Team Ninja have no plans for Nioh 3 ‘at this point’

Fumihiko Yasuda, franchise director for the Nioh series at Team Ninja, has been doing the interview circuit to coincide with the release of Nioh 2: The Complete Edition, which is due on PC next month. Something that’s come out of those interviews is that the studio doesn’t have plans to make it a trilogy—at least, not at the moment. As Yasuda said to TheGamer, “Team Ninja would like to focus on working on new titles, so there really isn’t a plan for Nioh 3 at this point.” That said, he is open to the idea of more Nioh games—eventually. “But…

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Destiny 2: How to get Hawkmoon with random rolls and the exotic catalyst

Hawkmoon was my favourite gun in Destiny 1, so I was pretty nervous when Bungie announced a reworked version was coming to Destiny 2. But I needn’t have been—the redux version of this exotic hand cannon is a monster, and much better in PvE than the original, which was mostly renowned for its PvP prowess. If you haven’t got Hawkmoon, our guide to earning the base version is here.  I say base version because when Hawkmoon originally dropped it had a missing perk with a question mark called Transformative that read: “Future drops of this weapon will have random rolls.”…

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Bloober Team reveals The Medium system requirements and a new trailer

I selected The Medium, Bloober Team’s upcoming horror-mystery about a woman who can walk between the real world and the spirit realm, in the third round of our 2021 fantasy draft because I honestly have high hopes for it. Call it a feeling, or a premonition if you will: Bloober Team hasn’t quite hit what it’s been aiming at yet, but it’s due, and I’m getting really good vibes off of this one. With its release now a little over a week away, the studio has dropped a new trailer digging into some of the Medium’s abilities, and—more practically for…

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Destiny 2 patch notes: Shatterdive and Whisper of Fissure nerfs, out of bounds and raid glitch fixes

Last week Bungie revealed some changes coming to Destiny 2 aimed at, among other things, dialing down the impact of the Hunter’s Shatterdive ability, which as we noted “has been enjoying an icy reign of terror” ever since the Revenant Stasis subclass was added in the Beyond Light expansion. Today, courtesy of the patch notes for the 3.0.2 update that just went live, we’ve got the full details on that and everything else that’s changed. The two nerfs we were expecting break down like this: Shatterdive: Now has damage falloff vs. unfrozen targets. Max range damage reduced from 50 to 5. Damage…

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The best cheap gaming keyboards in 2021

The best cheap gaming keyboards will still give you a proper PC gaming experience, while leaving you some spare dollar to spend on those other components you’ve got saved on PC parts picker. That’s even more important in a world where some manufacturers think charging over $200 is acceptable for gaming peripherals. All the RGB in the world can’t be worth that, surely.  It’s worth noting that when we say ‘cheap,’ we’re talking about pricing, not quality. Most keyboards in this guide are under $50 and, while they might be lacking some of the bells and whistles of their pricier…

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Nioh 2 looks good on PC, but still needs some work to be a worthy PC port

I was so engrossed in Nioh 2’s character creator that I was tempted to stay in it, tinkering endlessly, and never actually play the game that comes after it. It’s a great character creator: Every time I hit the randomize button I saw a new face that I liked, or that at least made me laugh. After almost an hour, though, I pried myself away from the character creator to get to the combat at the heart of Nioh 2 and test out how it runs on PC. For the most part, it’s good, with some surprising PC-exclusive features. But…

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A new game in the PUBG universe will release on PC and consoles ‘by next year’

The PUBG universe is expanding next year with the survival horror game The Callisto Protocol, but in the meantime, it looks like there’s another PUBG game coming to PC and consoles this year. According to Bloomberg, a new “PUBG-related” game will ship “by next year,” while another battle royale for mobile is also coming in 2021. The news comes as part of a profile of Krafton CEO Kim Chang-han. Krafton Inc is the South Korea-based holding company home to Bluehole, PUBG Corp, and Striking Distance—the latter is the Glen Schofield-helmed studio responsible for The Callisto Protocol. Later this year, Krafton…

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Nuts launch date trailer introduces a big mystery: Why do these squirrels have TNT?

My dad spent a not-inconsiderable number of hours waging war against the local squirrel population over control of his bird feeders. He fought bravely, and resolutely, and ultimately he lost: After an incident involving an angry squirrel who got loose in the back of his truck, he decided the whole thing wasn’t worth the hassle. Detente was achieved: The squirrels were permitted to go about their business more or less unmolested, and somehow life went on pretty much as it always had. All of this came to mind today with the announcement that Nuts, the “adventure in squirrel surveillance” that…

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Hitman 3 – the cheapest way to get it on PC in Australia

Hitman 3 releases tomorrow, January 20, and early impressions suggest it’ll be a brilliant send off for IO Interactive’s murder sandbox trilogy. Unlike the first two games, Hitman 3 is an Epic Games Store exclusive. Since Hitman 3 is designed to contain the whole trilogy, so long as you own the first two games, that has caused a bit of an issue for owners of those games on Steam — but Epic and IO are moving to fix it. So unless you’ve already pre-ordered Hitman 3, the big question is: where can I buy it for a few bucks less?…

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Ninja Theory’s upcoming game takes place in an absurdly photorealistic apartment

It’s been nearly a year since Hellblade developers Ninja Theory announced Project: Mara, a psychological horror game set in a single location featuring a single character. Much of that time was spent meticulously and thoroughly creating a physical location as a digital space: One fairly large city apartment. They’ve taken extreme measures to create it. From ultra-close photography of surfaces to a LIDAR scan of the entire apartment, Ninja Theory’s artists have built procedural tools to create the apartment’s materials and space in photorealistic detail.  (Image credit: Ninja Theory)”There’s this kind of a shift going on within Ninja Theory in…

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This free puzzler is a clever twist on the Minesweeper formula

A nice little puzzle game called Hexceed launched last week to little fanfare, and it’s quite good. It’s a Minesweeper-esque game designed to flex your critical thinking, logic, and spatial reasoning skills. It’s also completely free for the first five worlds—that’s 472 levels by my count. There’s an optional buy-in that adds a bonus thousand levels to clear. Between all that and the relaxed soundtrack of chill beats, Hexceed is a great entry in the genre of relaxing puzzle games. What at first starts as a mundane, hexagonal logic puzzle about not clicking mines quickly becomes more complex. as the…