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Fast typist? Prove it and you could win $5,000

Think you’ve got what it takes to be crowned the ‘Ultimate Typing Champion? Now’s your chance to prove your typist skills as German keyboard manufacturer Das Keyboard is rounding up the fastest fingers in the world to duel it out for a chance at a $5,000 grand prize.So if you think your touch typing skills are worthy, you can head over to the Ultimate Typing Championship website to register for qualifiers. These online qualifiers will take place from August 3-10. If you come out amongst the top 25 then you’ll be entered into the finals on August 22, which will…

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Kingston KC2500 1TB NVMe SSD review

The KC2500 1TB isn’t Kingston’s first foray into NVMe SSD territory, but it’s fair to say from the outset that it’s probably its best so far. On paper there doesn’t seem to be a lot of difference between this and its previous offering, the KC2000—both the KC2000 and the KC2500 use the same Silicon Motion 2262EN controller and the same 96-layer 3D TLC NAND. The time difference between the release of the two drives has allowed Kingston to tweak things though, and tweak it has. The newer drive boasts a 300MB/s improvement on the read speeds alongside a 700MB/s boost…

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This Skyrim mod adds a two-handed weapon that’s just a chair

I’ve downloaded a lot of weapons mods for Skyrim over the last eight years, but none quite so grand and intimidating as The Chair. XvomTheMad’s mod is literally just a chair, but it’s solidly built and quite deadly. Carrying around a chair instead of a greatsword or a mighty axe tells everyone around you that you’ve grown past the need for conventional weapons—everything is now a weapon in your hands. Like Bullseye, but without all the throwing and getting beaten up by Daredevil. The Chair is not a magical artefact made out of dwemer bones that you can unearth in a dungeon;…

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PC Building Simulator’s new DLC is a taste of what it’s actually like to build PCs for a living

The life of a techie. Go on, breathe it in: T-shirts stained with thermal paste grease, hands shredded to pieces, incessant badgering by your friends and family to troubleshoot their PCs. Alas it’s but a dream to most. But fear not, wannabe tech support, esports is calling out your name, and you better pack your best case fans because you’re about to be offered the chance of a lifetime building for the top teams in PC Building Simulator’s Esports Expansion DLC, an unlikely story mode where a mere civilian like yourself can take on the role of team tech support….

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Fortnite is getting cars on Wednesday

Cars are coming to Fortnite this week. The new vehicles, or at least some of them, will be added in a patch on Wednesday, August 5, according to a tweet from the official account.We’ve known for a while that Fortnite is getting cars, and there are already some on the map, although they can’t yet be driven. In posters scattered around the island, we’ve seen a pickup truck, a big rig, a sedan, and the car featured in the tweet embedded below, the Whiplash. According to the tweet, the name Whiplash is “a warning.”It’s not just a name. It’s a…

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Take-Two’s Private Division to publish games from the makers of Ori, Armello, and OlliOlli

Private Division has announced it has partnered with several prominent game studios, such as Moon Studios, League of Geeks, and Roll7, to publish a game from each developer. The titles of the games haven’t been announced yet, and none are expected to be released until 2022, at the earliest.We do know a bit about the upcoming games, however. Moon Studios is working on a new Action RPG, according to job listings on its website. According to the founders, that game will have Moon Studios “aiming our sights even higher” than it did with Ori and the Blind Forest and its…

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 5: Everything we know

CoD: MW Season 5 is just around the corner. Following Infinity Ward’s official reveal and a couple of leaks shared by the community, we’re starting to build a clearer picture of what lies ahead for Modern Warfare and Warzone. On top of the rumored loot train chugging through Verdansk, we should also expect a new weapon alongside a bundle of new operators from the mysterious new Shadow Company. In a more traditional sense, Season 5 is also bringing new maps to standard multiplayer.Now let’s get you up to speed on everything we know about Call of Duty: MW Season 5.Call…

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When are cars coming to Fortnite?

Epic surprised everyone when it announced that Fortnite Season 3 would feature drivable cars. Not just golf carts, hoverboards, or boats—but honest-to-god cars. We’ve now got an official release date for cars in Fortnite, following a brief delay.A lot of information about drivable cars in Fortnite has leaked, so we’ve rounded up everything we know, including the release date, what kinds of cars are available, and where you can find them. We’ll also teach you how to most effectively drive once Epic lets us behind the wheel.When are cars coming to Fortnite?Epic has announced an official release date for cars…

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GTA 5 sold even better after its Epic Store giveaway

The unstoppable money-making machine that is Grand Theft Auto 5 is still going strong in 2020, with publisher Take Two predicting an even stronger year for GTA Online in the fiscal year ahead, it said in its Q1 earnings call on Monday. Take Two praised the strong performance of GTA Online since its Diamond Casino update last year and record-breaking active player numbers, but what’s really surprising is how well GTA 5 has sold, even after it was given away for free on the Epic Games Store.”In the six weeks following the Epic Store promotion, Grand Theft Auto 5 sold…

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The DLC for the Frog Fractions 4K remaster is Frog Fractions 3, which is actually Frog Fractions 4

Yesterday I reported on the Steam release of a 4K remaster of legendary flash browser game Frog Fractions on Steam as Frog Fractions: Game of the Decade Edition. I personally called it “perhaps one of the greatest indie games of all time” and I suppose I should actually correct myself: it is perhaps one of the greatest indie game series of all time. I will spoil nothing about that here.Anyways, I closed that out by saying “Someone do let me know if the $8 Hat DLC is Frog Fractions 3.” After that I went and bought the $8 “Hop’s Iconic…

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If you can’t go to a real bar, manage one in this lovely fantasy tavern sim

It’s weird the things you miss when you’re in a pandemic lockdown. I’ve been buying a bunch of shirts online lately because I discovered I miss going clothes shopping—even though I’ve always hated clothes shopping. Even before the COVID-19 outbreak I almost never went to pubs because I rarely ever drink anymore—but now that I can’t go to a bar I suddenly very much want to go to a bar.That’s one reason Traveller’s Rest, an Early Access innkeeper simulation, is so appealing to me right now. But it’s not the only reason! There’s a strong Stardew Valley and Graveyard Keeper…

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Psychedelic trance shooter Moose Life, from Jeff Minter, comes this month

Jeff Minter’s studio Llamasoft is set to release another of their weird shooters this month as Moose Life comes to Steam on August 12th. This one is exciting and exceptionally strange. I will let the game’s official description explain why: “A trippy, exhilarating voxel arcade shooter specifically engineered to take you to a happy, tranced-out pleasure zone full of deer and mushrooms.” The trailer is superb, and the jokes contained within are also superb. “Invincibull” is a good par for the course but “Cervus with a smile” is absolute gold. Moose Life is a classic arcade shooter with a banging soundtrack…

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Fortnite astronaut challenge: How to find the ancient ship and install its missing parts

Deep beneath the waves off the coast of Craggy Cliffs, Fortnite developers had hidden a mysterious spaceship since the start of season 3. Thankfully, the water has receded enough to reveal the entire spaceship, and players are now tasked with a new secret challenge: Find the ancient ship and install its missing parts.If you don’t know where to look to find the ship’s missing parts, this challenge can be a drag. So, we’ve gone ahead and laid out every step of this secret challenge so you can complete it and get that sweet, sweet XP.Ancient ship locationYou’ll find the ancient…

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Microsoft is serious about trying to buy TikTok in the US

Microsoft is currently in discussions with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, about acquiring the popular video sharing service, and intends to make a decision one way or the other no later than September 15, the company announced on Sunday. The decision hinges in part on how related talks go with White House officials, including US President Donald Trump.Confirmation of Microsoft’s interest in TikTok comes after Trump threatened to ban the service in the US. TikTok is one of several Chinese apps that face a potential ban in the near future, with Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows recently telling reporters there…

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Author unwittingly copies videogame crafting recipe for a historical novel

Sometimes when you search for something unrelated to videogames on the internet you will get something related to videogames. For example, the other day I was looking for a bit of information on growing really big pumpkins and up popped the Stardew Valley wiki. This is normal, but one would normally verify information before acting on it, no? Perhaps not.Irish author John Boyne has gotten caught up in this mistake in his latest novel, A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom, when looking for dye ingredients. Presumably while casually googling the ingredients of red dye, up popped a complete listing…

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Spider-Man is coming to the Avengers game, but only on PlayStation

In the movie biz, Sony is willing to share custody of Spider-Man with Marvel Studios in the service of making a few billion dollars. But in videogames, specifically in the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers, Sony is keeping Spidey locked up tight. Crystal Dynamics announced on Monday that Spider-Man will be joining the Avengers team next year as a post-launch update, but only on PlayStation.”We can’t wait for you to add Spider-Man to your Marvel’s Avengers roster in early 2021, and as we’ve promised before, he will be available at no additional cost to owners of the base game, exclusively on PlayStation,”…

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Penko Park is Pokémon Snap but in an eerie abandoned wildlife reserve

There have been a handful of Pokémon Snap-style games on PC, but none like Penko Park. Instead of snapping cute puppies in baseball caps and budgies riding roombas, you’ll be snapping the creepy creatures of Penko Park, a forgotten nature reserve that has long been abandoned by humans. Unlike Pokémon Snap’s happy-go-lucky adventure, Ghostbutter’s photography game is a lot more unsettling. Who knows what entities have thrived without someone watching over the park? Wide-eyed sprouts, singing bugs, and dancing sprites are all nestled into every corner of this overgrown region—and there’s a darker side to this park. (Image credit: Ghostbutter)With all these…

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When is Apex Legends getting crossplay?

Excited to play with your pals using the upcoming Apex Legends crossplay features? Not only is Apex Legends coming to Steam, it’s also getting cross-platform play this year. While we’ll have to wait a little longer for these features, console and PC players should finally be able to take on the arena together soon. Rounding up your squad is enough of a challenge already without taking different platforms into account. Teaming with your buddies in Apex should be a breeze, allowing you to focus all your energy on landing a victory. Here’s a quick look at how Apex Legends’ crossplay will…

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Where to find all the Fractured Intel in Warzone

Looking for all the Warzone Intel locations? Call of Duty’s Hunting the Enemy mission is one of the trickier intel hunts you’ll find in the game. While a few of the clues are self-explanatory, others are intentionally misleading or don’t make much sense. If you’re having trouble deciphering the hints yourself or just want to get the job done quick, I’ve gathered the locations of every Fractured Intel piece for your convenience.There are a few important things to know going in. First, intel prompts will only show in Battle Royale mode. As convenient as it’d be to utilize respawns in…

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AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs in short supply says XPG… suggests Intel is better anyways

Laptop and desktop manufacturer XPG has suggested that AMD is facing shortages for Renoir APUs. In a post over on the official XPG support forum, the XPG_gg brand account outlines that it may face difficulty building systems around the Ryzen 7 4800H due to a delay in shipments until September.”On July 31 we received an announcement from our ODM that we are facing a serious CPU shortage from AMD in Q3 2020,” the Reddit post reads. “Large orders that have recently been confirmed to be shipped from our ODM in the middle and end of August are now supposed to…