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UK streamer Vicksy secures early Vex pentakill on live servers and reaches her highest viewer numbers on Twitch

One of the first Vex pentakills since the champion was added to live servers (possibly the first on an English stream) has been pulled off by UK streamer Vicksy. The 26-year-old from London is known for playing mid-lane in League of Legends, with champs like Zoe, and she regularly reaches Master tier. Vicksy also has experience in UK esports, having played in the scene years ago before transitioning to streaming and also taking part in Twitch Rivals tournaments. Continue reading UK streamer Vicksy secures early Vex pentakill on live servers and reaches her highest viewer numbers on Twitch

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Chris Pratt is Mario in the animated Mario Bros. movie

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Nintendo has assembled quite the stacked cast for its upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie. Not content with all the new game reveals at last night’s Direct, Nintendo spiced things up even further with the first news of its animated Super Mario Bros. feature with Illumination studios. The star-studded cast was introduced by none other than Shigeru Miyamoto himself. We didn’t get a look at the character designs, or really any details about the story, setting, or plot. Miyamoto did, however,…

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Nintendo and Gfinity announce 2021 Splatoon 2 Inkfest UK tournament

A new challenge for fans of Splatoon 2 is on the way with the Splatoon 2 Inkfest UK tournament 2021 series presented by Nintendo UK and tournament provider Gfinity. Matches will take place online via the Nintendo Switch across 12 weeks, kicking off on Saturday September 25th before culminating on Saturday December 11th 2021. Registration for the Splatoon 2 Inkfest UK Tournament 2021 is now open via the Inkfest UK Tournament Hub, which will be the main hub for the latest information and where teams can sign-up to take part. Continue reading Nintendo and Gfinity announce 2021 Splatoon 2 Inkfest…

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Crystal Dynamics is working on the new Perfect Dark game

The new Perfect Dark game is being co-developed by Crystal Dynamics, the Square Enix studio responsible for the recent Tomb Raider trilogy, Marvel’s Avengers and Gex (vale Gex). The announcement was made today by the game’s primary studio, The Initiative. “We are partnering with Crystal Dynamics, the world class team behind character-driven games such as Tomb Raider, to bring this first-person spy thriller to a new generation,” The Initiative tweeted. “The teams couldn’t pass up a chance to work together.  We’re still early in development, but incredibly excited to use this unique opportunity to deliver on the vision for Perfect…

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Phantasmagoria 2’s lead actor is taking us on a trip down FMV memory lane

Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh released in 1996, and it had just about everything you could ask for from a full-motion video horror adventure game: secret experiments, psychic powers, mad scientists, alternate dimensions, alien creatures, government teleportation programs, a bunch of gruesome murders, frontal nudity, and at least one severed head. Despite that impressive list, Phantasmagoria 2 wasn’t exactly a critical hit at the time. It did have its share of fans, however, thanks to its campy B-movie charm. Even today, lead actor Paul Morgan Stetler, who played Phantasmagoria 2’s tormented protagonist Curtis Craig, says he still gets plenty…

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Watch today’s Nintendo Direct here

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Nintendo’s first proper stream since E3 2021 will last around 40 minutes. Nintendo’s next Direct livestream takes place later this evening and you can watch it right here. This will be a standard presentation which Nintendo says will feature both first and third-party news. The main focus tonight will be titles releasing on Switch this winter. You will be able to tune in at 3pm PT, 6pm ET, 11pm UK. As far as what we expect out of the stream,…

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In Lumencraft, drill your way to safety or into a physics-based lava flow

There’s a moment in Lumencraft’s debut trailer that absolutely sold me on its concept. Between all the bug shooting and rock-blasting particle effects, it’s a simple river of physics-based lava that looks like the biggest threat, trickling its way into every tunnel you dig, overflowing into every moat you make. (Image credit: 2Dynamic Games)Lumencraft developer 2Dynamic Games describes it as a top-down shooter with tower defense elements like turrets to fend off huge swarms of underground bugs. You’re humanity’s last hope to obtain the precious Lumen minerals, which store up enough energy to stave off extinction. Like all macguffins, you’re…

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Kioxia’s PCIe 5.0 SSD Just Hit 14,000 MBps

Kioxia PCIe 5.0 SSD (Image credit: 刘于苇/Weixin)Kioxia recently held a presentation at the China Flash Market Summit (CFMS) where the company teased a next-generation PCIe 5.0 SSD that will blow even the best SSDs out of the water, according to a Weixin user. The prototype will likely hail from one of Kioxia’s data center product lines, however, it’s not far-fetched to think that consumer PCIe 5.0 SSDs will offer a similar level of performance. PCIe 5.0 is a much-awaited upgrade to the PCIe standard as it’ll offer twice as much throughput over the current PCIe 4.0 interface. While PCIe 4.0…

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Guardians of the Galaxy videos shine the spotlight on leadership both in and out of combat

The new videos show the importance of strong leadership. Two new Guardians of the Galaxy videos have been released, and in them, senior gameplay director Patrick Fortier discusses how players can lead their team of intergalactic misfits. In the first video, Fortier discusses how the Guardians synergize in battle, while the second focuses on how players can lead the Guardians outside of it. Each of the crew have their own distinct personalities out of combat, and each have their own unique specialties and abilities on the battlefield. For example, Rocket serves as the group’s multi-target explosive specialist, Groot as its…

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Europa Universalis 4 is going free on the Epic Store

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’d really like to try one of those massive Paradox grand strategy games, but I don’t want to invest any money into it because the whole thing is likely to end quickly and badly?” I certainly have. Then one day, many years ago, I threw caution to the wind and bought Europa Universalis: Rome, determined to scratch that itch. 30 minutes later, as I flipped hopelessly through the phone book-sized manual, I realized that I had been right all along. I was way out of my depth. The good news for anyone in a…

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Diablo 2: Resurrected’s hotkeys are still a goddamn mess

Terrible news continues to pour out of Blizzard like pus from of a festering wound around a splinter you forgot about and left for way too long. You should really get that looked at. Still, they must be drawing some comfort from the fact that Diablo II: Resurrected is out today, one of Blizz’s most beloved games of all time. Naturally, a lot of people will be excited for the remastered version. But if my tone is more immediately aggro than the last time I wrote about Diablerrected, that’s because I was previously playing the beta through the rose-tinted haze…

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The Rally Point: Putting Mech Engineer on trial (and error)

When you’ve played a lot of games, or seen a lot of films, or probably eaten at a lot of restaurants or generally oversaturated your life with one subject, it’s easy to start making rules and codes for How It Should Be. I given a lot of games a hard time for being opaque and failing to explain themselves. And yet here I am, finally writing about Mech Engineer after watching and playing it for nine months, waiting for it to hit the point where I can almost, sort of, not exactly recommend it… but share my fascination with it….

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You can now play 10 Hours of FIFA 22 with EA Play on consoles and PC

EA Play members can get a jump start on FIFA 22 ahead of its release. EA Play members are now able to play 10 hours worth of FIFA 22 thanks to a new trial. If you are a EA Play Pro member, you can play it on your PC from today. The 10-hour gameplay trial will allow you to start building your Ultimate Team squad, create a club in Career Mode and play Volta Football. All progress will carry over at launch for members who purchase the full game. Members also get early access challenges with rewards live in FIFA…

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Worlds 2021 English-speaking broadcast talent announced: We’ve profiled every host and caster to help you get to know them ahead of Worlds

Riot Games has officially announced its English on-air hosts and casters for the 2021 League of Legends World Championship (Worlds), with plenty of UK & Ireland talent included – and some for the first time. With such a comprehensive list of names, Megalodontus provides a quick rundown on who these talents are, including profiles on each, so you can get to know them ahead of the Worlds broadcast. LPL casters Oisín ‘Penguin’ Molloy Hailing from the Republic of Ireland, Penguin is now a caster for the LPL but was also most recently seen casting the Amazon EU Masters 2021 Summer…

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AMD’s Older Radeon GPUs Get Ray Tracing Support on Linux

Sometimes new technologies can work on old hardware. Who needs one of the best graphics cards when you can just use older hardware? This week enthusiasts working on Mesa, an open source implementation of OpenGL and Vulkan APIs for Linux, created a merge request for the RADV ray tracing driver for AMD’s RDNA 2 GPUs, enabling it to work with previous-generation graphics cards. The question is, how well will they work? “This PR implements ray-tracing for older generations (Navi, Vega, Polaris, etc.),” wrote Joshua Ashton, a developer of DXVK and other Direct3D-on-Vulkan works for Valve, reports Phoronix. “It does this by emulating…

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Cryptominers’ $9.5M sea utopia foiled by actual risk of bio shock

Imagine a utopia where cryptominers, cryptocurrency enthusiasts, and investors alike could be free to live, far from the ever imposing reach of mankind’s laws. This was the vision of bitcoin fanboys, and utopian idealists, Grant Romundt, Rüdiger Koch, and Chad Elwartowski. These three were determined to make their dream of crypto-Rapture a reality. That is until they realised some hard truths tied to running a floating colony. The plan was simple: Buy a $9.5 million retired cruise liner > pop over to Panama > build a utopia > profit! Sounds easy right? What these three idealists didn’t foresee, however, were…

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Death Stranding Director’s Cut downgrades from Monster energy drinks to store brand

Of the many changes and new additions in Death Stranding Director’s Cut, I bet this is one you wouldn’t have expected. Death Stranding is full of product placements. We’ve known that about it since before it even came out. When it did release, players discovered a host of other, less obvious ads for real-world products, such as Norman Reedus’ biker travelogue show. But none was more blatant than Monster energy drinks, which not only show up everywhere in-game, they’re tied into a game mechanic: drinking them boosts Sam’s stamina. Given how the entirety of Death Stranding is about travelling vast…

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Asus ROG Strix LC GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Review: The Fastest Card We’ve Ever Tested

The Asus ROG Strix LC RTX 3080 Ti sets a new record for out-of-box performance, no doubt helped along by the copious RGB lighting — you all know RGB makes your PC parts go faster, right? Despite having just half the VRAM of the RTX 3090, a healthy factory overclock combined with excellent cooling make this the fastest graphics card we’ve ever tested, at least until the next heavily factory overclocked card shows up. This would potentially be one of the best graphics cards you could buy right now, if you could actually go out and buy it. The formula…

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How Tales of Arise rose up for a new audience

Bandai Namco’s first Tales Of game, Tales Of Phantasia, weighed in at a previously unheard of 48MB when it released in 1995. That’s a mere wisp of data nowadays, but a veritable beast for a Super Famicom game cartridge. The cost of these high capacity carts, combined with westerners’ ho-hum attitude towards RPGs at the time, likely axed any chance it had of being translated. Later Tales games have had better success in the west – 2003’s Tales Of Symphonia was arguably its first breakout hit outside Japan – but the series as a whole has always seemed to exist…