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QuakeCon returns today as a digital-only event, here are some highlights

This year’s QuakeCon begins today, and it’s once again being staged as a digital-only event. The organisers say they’re committed to being an in-person event again in 2023 but for now there’s still some intriguing streams to tune into starting from 6pm BST/7pm CEST/10am PST. Read on for more info and our personal highlights on what’s happening at QuakeCon 2022. Read more

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Amazing new Doom mod replaces enemy sprites with voxel models

I often grumble about remasters and ‘HD texture packs’ making classic games look worse than the original (heck, I don’t even play Quake with newfangled texture filtering). And yet, I am delighted by a new Doom mod which replaces all the sprites for enemies and items with new 3D forms. The secret is voxels, carefully recreating those old 2D sprites in 3D pixels. It’s pretty great, in a ‘makes the game actually look the way I had remembered it’ sort of way. Read more

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The DioField Chronicle is shaping up to be real-time Fire Emblem meets Final Fantasy

Square Enix have made a vast array of RPGs over the years, but rarely have they ventured into the realm tactics and strategy games. A couple of big names come to mind, the obvious one being Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre if you count their PSP remake of Quest’s SNES original, and most recently, Triangle Strategy on the Switch. Outside of that, though, it’s all a bit barren, which is why the real-time tactical sword-swinging of their upcoming strategy RPG The DioField Chronicle is such an interesting landgrab for them. To say they’re pushing into new territory would be an…

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Turn any Thunderbolt-equipped laptop into a gaming powerhouse with this £93 GPU enclosure

Thunderbolt graphics card enclosures are one of the coolest bits of kit you can get, I think. Open up this metal box, put a graphics card inside, and suddenly any PC or laptop you connect to it via Thunderbolt gets a substantial upgrade in gaming prowess. These docks used to cost around £200 or £300, but recently we’ve started to see radically more affordable options – and today we’ve reached a new low-water mark. The Lenovo Legion BoostStation can handle GPUs up to 300W (think an Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti or AMD RX 6800 XT), and is available for just…

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Revitalise an old PC with a 480GB SSD for less than £30

Do you still have a laptop or desktop in your life running off a hard drive? Right now you can pick up a comfortably-sized 480GB SATA SSD for less than £30, thanks to a discount code available at Ebuyer’s Ebay store. Use code BANK15 to drop the price of a cheap and cheerful Adata SU630 SSD from £35 to £29.78, and marvel at the speed and responsiveness improvement you’ll see on machines that were previously running on mechanical hard drives. I performed an upgrade using a similar drive on my brother’s old laptop, and it breathed new life into a…

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What’s better: a level 1 rat, or Alone In The Dark’s jacket inventory?

Last time, you decided that nude mods are better than going into meats and guts. Oh sure, you’re brave with your votes, but not one single commenter was brave enough to address the subject of honking their pud. Cowards. If you won’t expand, we have to move on. This week, I pose a question of squeaky critters versus a squeaky coat. What’s better: a level 1 rat, or Alone In The Dark’s jacket inventory? Read more

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Fact check: Tony the Tiger’s milk-cooled PC would work, somewhat

Tony the Tiger – the neckerchiefed mascot of Kellogg’s Frosties – is becoming a VTuber, with some kind of heavily sponsored Twitch stream scheduled for this Friday in which “he” will play “a popular battle royale game” with some other livestreamers. I’m not very interested in this, to be honest, but I am curious about the “milk-coolant PC” that Tony’s avatar will be using to get the W’s and build creepy parasocial relationships with viewers. Could such a PC, liquid-cooled by a dairy product, actually function? Read more

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Get an RTX 3060 GPU for £279 thanks to this Ebay code

Earlier today we looked at a deal on AMD’s top graphics card, the RX 6950 XT, and now it’s time to look at the opposite end of the market: one of Nvidia’s cheapest RTX graphics cards. Ebay is running a promotion today that knocks 15% off the price of brand-new items when you use the code BANK15 at the checkout, and you can use this to pick an RTX 3060 12GB for just £279. This is a great price for this mid-range GPU, and it’s especially rare to see features like hardware-accelerated ray tracing and DLSS image reconstruction at this…

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Immortals Fenyx Rising, Immortality, and more Zachtronics coming to Game Pass this month

Microsoft have laid out their PC Game Pass plans for the second half of August, adding another eight games to the subscription service across the remaining weeks then removing eight at the end of the month. Additions include Zachtronics hacking game Exapunks and Ubisoft’s child-friendly open world ’em up Immortals Fenyx Rising. Alas, games going include the wonderfully sad What Remains Of Edith Finch and wonderfully wonderful Hades. Read more

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Sidescrolling lost-world adventure Little Orpheus finally lands on PC in September

Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture devs The Chinese Room are bringing their postponed cosmonaut adventure Little Orpheus to PC on September 13th. The game had originally been due to launch on March 1st but was delayed. Little Orpheus stars a Soviet Russian character, and the devs wanted to review its content before release out of sensitivity to the conflict in Ukraine. Check out the trailer below. Read more

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Unity rejects AppLovin’s $17.5b takeover offer

Unity Software have chosen to reject a $17.54 billion (£14.58 billion) all-stock takeover offer from mobile gaming technology company AppLovin to instead pursue their own planned merger with AppLovin’s rival ironSource. Unity’s board of directors unanimously cast aside the AppLovin offer, which hadn’t been sought by the game engine company, after a “thorough financial and strategic evaluation”. The board has recommended that shareholders vote against AppLovin’s offer. Read more

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This RTX 3090 Ti is under £1200, some £691 below its UK RRP

The RTX 3090 Ti is the fastest consumer graphics card Nvidia has ever made – but the rumoured imminent arrival of their RTX 4090 graphics card means that it’s now going for nearly £700 below its original £1879 UK RRP. In fact, you can now pick up one of these graphics cards for less than £1200, just £100 more than the launch price of the RTX 2080 Ti for around 75% more performance. Read more

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Sci-fi sequel Deliver Us Mars delayed until 2023

Sci-fi puzzle adventure Deliver Us Mars has seen its launch window moved from September to next February. Devs KeokeN Interactive put out a statement crediting the delay to ensuring the game is “the best it can be”. The game was first revealed back in March, and then announced for a 2022 release in June. Read more

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Your troupe of brawling, eccentric performers packs a wallop in Circus Electrique

Instead of commanding a group of rugged, blood-soaked mercenaries on a turn-based death crawl through unimaginable horrors, how about a neo-Victorian circus troupe brawling with biomechatronic Londoners? That’s Circus Electrique, a turn-based RPG that’s much more lighthearted than its Darkest Dungeon counterpart (and seemingly main inspiration). But after playing a preview of the game’s first mission, there’s more than meets the eye in this part steampunk RPG, part circus tycoon management sim. You play as Amelia, a young, bold journalist returning to London to cover the grand re-opening of the Circus Electrique. A metaphorical spanner gets lobbed into the works,…

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I think my cats hate video games, and I’m absolutely devastated

As many of you well know, I rather enjoyed cat adventure Stray recently. As an owner of two tortoiseshells myself, it was right up my alley. I do, however, have a confession to make. When I started seeing other real life cats enjoying the game alongside their respective humans, I began to feel sad and a bit left out. You see, my cats Maple and Midna (still!) haven’t shown any interest in Stray whatsoever, not even flicking up their ears in response to the cat’s in-game meow. I’m not gonna lie, it kinda broke my heart a little bit. However,…