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Former Skullgirls and Indivisible developers have started up a new co-op studio

A group of former Skullgirls and Indivisible developers from Lab Zero Games have launched an “employee-owned cooperative game development studio” called Future Club, following resignations and layoffs from Lab Zero last month. In August, a number of Lab Zero devs resigned, saying they could no longer tolerate the inappropriate behaviour of the owner, Mike Zaimont. Then, just a week after, Lab Zero laid off many of their remaining employees. (more…)

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New Xbox app beta lets you download Xbox games even before you buy them

By Sherif Saed, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 10:46 GMT Xbox’s unified experience approach is extending to mobile.Microsoft has rolled out a feature-rich update to its Xbox app on mobile. Currently available in beta, and only on Android devices, the new Xbox app brings together Xbox’s various services and offerings under the one umbrella.The updated app essentially works as a companion to Xbox, letting users join party chat, clear notifications and share clips and screenshots. It also includes Xbox Game Streaming, which lets you play Xbox games you have installed on your phone remotely.But one massive feature users of the new…

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Newegg Mistakenly Lists Pricing For Custom GeForce RTX 3090 GPUs

Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3090 (Image credit: Asus)The GeForce RTX 3090, which will likely destroy even the fastest gaming graphics card, has already gone up on Newegg. Although the U.S. retailer doesn’t publicly disclose the pricing, a resourceful Redditor has discovered a way to uncover the prices for the different custom models. We confirmed the postings, and even found a few extra. The GeForce RTX 3090 is scheduled to go on sale on September 24, just a couple of days from now. Nvidia itself will charge $1,499 for the Founders Edition, but there will be tons of custom options for…

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Have You Played… Outland?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Outland doesn’t have a unique bone in its red and blue body. You can reach new areas in the world after unlocking abilities, like Metroid; you navigate the environment with the agility of the Prince Of Persia; and you take out baddies by changing the colour of your character, like Ikaruga. Its that last one that makes Outland a great 2D action-platformer, rather than just a good one, though. (more…)

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xCloud is coming to Australia in 2021

Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service will launch in Australia as soon as “early 2021”, Xbox head Phil Spencer has confirmed. The service, which is currently available as part of an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, launched in North America, Europe and South Korea last week.Spencer confirmed the news with YouTuber Skill Up on Twitter. In answer to queries about the Australian roll-out, Spencer replied “should be in early 2021, we are doing internal testing with our local Australia teams now.”Here’s the exchange:Yes you can. Should be in early 2021, we are doing internal testing with our local Australia teams now….

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Best SSD for gaming in 2020

If you’re not planning on dropping the best SSD for gaming into your next PC build then you seriously need to rethink your priorities.  At one point a small SSD boot drive was a luxury, now it’s a necessity to ensure you get to playing your games as fast as possible. And, with the way games are going, the best SSD for gaming is an increasingly crucial part of any gaming PC build from now on. Game installs are growing—case in point: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at over 200GB—but you needn’t settle for slower HDD storage just to make it…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War beta confirmed for October

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War is coming in November, and in what is now a well-established tradition a beta test will take place about a month before it comes out. Activision announced the beta dates today, and in what is rapidly becoming another Call of Duty tradition, PlayStation 4 players will get to go first.The PS4-exclusive period will begin on October 8 for anyone who’s preordered the game, and then roll into a PS4 open beta from October 10-12. The next weekend, beginning on October 15, the beta will open up to players who have preordered on…

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John Carmack says Microsoft buying Id Software could let him “reengage” with old titles

Microsoft are buying Bethesda , or rather their parent company ZeniMax Media. Like a nesting doll, Bethesda themselves are the parents of yet other game studios that Microsoft will also own. What of, say, Id Software? One of Id’s co-founders John Carmack reckons that the Bethesda buyout is a good thing. He says that the new Microsoft ownership could allow him to “reengage” with his old work. (more…)

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Asus Rated Best Laptop Brand for First Time Ever

Every year for the last 10 years, Laptop Mag has released a list of best laptop brands. For the first time ever, Asus has earned a spot at the top of the list.According to Laptop Mag, the laptops coming from Asus over the past year have been consistently reliable with powerful specs to back them up. The machines have ranged from simple Chromebooks to serious gaming systems.Laptop brands are evaluated based on a range of criteria from hardware design and review scores to support and warranty services. The time period reviewed this year began May 15, 2019 and ended May…

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Former Skullgirls developers have launched a new studio called Future Club

In August, multiple employees of Skullgirls devloper Lab Zero Games resigned from the studio after an internal investigation revealed an alleged pattern of inappropriate behavior from lead designer Mike Zaimont, who had assumed control of the company. Shortly after that, Zaimont laid off all remaining employees. Today, some of those former members of the studio announced that they have launched a new operation called Future Club, “a cooperatively structured independent game studio.””We wanted to start fresh with a company structure that was worker owned and gave everyone a say in the future of our organization,” CEO and producer Francesca Esquenazi…

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The Fallout Miami mod is looking hot in its environments trailer

These ghouls certainly don’t need any more sun, but perhaps your Vault 111 escapee could use a bit of heat to even out those dweller tan lines. Biggo modding project Fallout Miami recently put out a new trailer for their “DLC-sized” addition to Fallout 4 showing some of the toasty new locales you’ll be able to explore when it launches. (more…)

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Online-only ‘BlizzConline’ announced for February 2021

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 21 September 2020 20:40 GMT Activision Blizzard has announced BlizzConline, an all-digital, online-only event that will be the alternative to a physical BlizzCon 2020.Earlier this year, Blizzard announced that it would cancel this year’s event – BlizzCon 2020 – ‘in light of all the health and safety considerations’ the company would want to make.Now, to make up for the event’s cancellation, the studio has announced BlizzConline. The new event will take place on February 19 and February 20, 2021. At the time of writing, it is unclear whether or not the event is going to be free,…

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Zotac Overwhelmed With 20,000 GeForce RTX 3080 Pre-Orders From Amazon

Demand for the GeForce RTX 3080 has reached a fever pitch, and you can’t currently find any RTX 3080s in stock at any retailer. Once cards are actually come in stock, they’re immediately gobbled up by customers (or bots). That’s also having an impact on GPU makers, like Zotac, which says it’s struggling to process 20,000 RTX 3080 pre-orders from its Amazon storefront.While Zotac certainly appreciates all the orders on one level, supplying them will be a challenge. Zotac_DACH announced on Twitter (and has since deleted) that it is completely overwhelmed by the 20,000 units, and it will take at…

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Check out the Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time launch trailer here

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 21 September 2020 19:34 GMT Activision and developer Toys for Bob have released a new Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time launch trailer ahead of the hyperactive orange mammals return to consoles next week.Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time was announced for PS4 and Xbox One earlier this year, and is due to arrive on October 2, 2020.The latest gameplay trailer celebrates Crash’s return with a whistlestop tour through the various environs you’ll be battling through in the new game, as well as some sneak peeks at which characters you’ll be able to play as once the game…

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Dell Quietly Slashes Price of the 4K 120Hz OLED Alienware 55 Monitor by $1000

Dell was the first company to unveil a large-format gaming display — the Alienware 55 — based on an OLED panel back at CES 2019. It just so happens that Dell appears to be the first maker to slash pricing of such a product, too. The Alienware 55 uses a 55-inch OLED panel featuring a 4K resolution, 400 nits peak brightness, a 130,000:1 contrast ratio, a 0.5 ms gray-to-gray response time, as well as a 120 Hz maximum refresh rate. This high refresh rate along with support for VESA’s Adaptive-Sync technology in its AMD FreeSync Premium as well as Nvidia G-Sync-compatible…

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BlizzCon Online is scheduled for February 2021

As with most other physical conventions this year, BlizzCon 2020 is cancelled due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Blizzard said that they wanted to take the con online but didn’t think they’d be able to squeeze it into this calendar year. They were right on that front, but you won’t be waiting until next November for the con to return. Honorary BlizzCon 2020 will now officially take place in February 2021, they’ve announced. (more…)

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Prime Gaming adds new SNK games, Apex Legends skin, Rocket Arena and more

Prime Gaming is handing out some more bonuses for Amazon Prime subscribers in September.As well as the opportunity to try out more games, you will also be able to claim even more in-game loot in various titles.From now through until October 10, Prime members can add EA’s recently launched (and quickly forgotten) title, Rocket Arena, on PC via Origin.Final Strike Games and EA Originals collaborative team-based shooter has failed to get much traction with players since it launched earlier this summer, but maybe a shot in the arm via this Prime Gaming giveaway will be able to attract a few…

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Nvidia apologise for RTX 3080 launch, saying “we were not prepared”

Nvidia have apologised for last week’s “frustrating” [cms-block] launch, stating that demand for their new flagship GPU was “overwhelming” and that “we were not prepared for this level [of enthusiasm], nor were our partners.” The apology was posted on their GeForce blog earlier today, answering community questions such as what the overall RTX 3080 stock situation is like at the moment, and why their own ‘Notify Me’ emails were so slow to being sent out. Here’s what they have to say about it. (more…)

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Report: Why The GeForce RTX 3080’s GDDR6X Memory Is Clocked at 19 Gbps

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)German publication Igor’s Lab has launched an investigation into why Nvidia chose 19 Gbps GDDR6X memory for the GeForce RTX 3080 and not the faster 21 Gbps variant. There are various claims, but it’s not entirely clear how exactly some of the testing was conducted, or where the peak temperature came from.The GeForce RTX 3080, which is the newly anointed king of gaming graphics cards, comes equipped with 10GB of GDDR6X memory. Unsurprisingly, the 10 memory chips are from Micron since the U.S. chipmaker is the only one that produces GDDR6X…

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Future Bethesda games will be on Xbox Game Pass from day one

Bethesda’s future releases will be added to Xbox Game Pass at launch. In a blog post announcing Microsoft’s latest acquisition, Xbox head Phil Spencer also confirmed an impressive coup for Xbox’s subscription service.Spencer says that “with the addition of Bethesda, Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. This includes Microsoft’s intent to bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC.” That’s been Microsoft’s approach for many of its first- and third-party titles for a while now, with the…