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AMD Reaches Highest Overall x86 Chip Market Share Since 2013

(Image credit: AMD)AMD’s Cinderella story continued today with a report from Mercury Research, one of the chip industry’s premier market analyst firms, that indicates AMD had reached 18.3% of the overall x86 share and 19.7% of the client market. That’s the company’s highest share since the fourth quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2012, respectively. The company also broke its all-time record for notebook market share penetration. We have the full breakdown below, including the company’s gains in the desktop, notebook/mobile, and server segments.The news comes on the back of AMD’s stellar Q2 2020 earnings report, along with…

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Getting a bunch of negative user reviews is not automatically a ‘review bomb’

After a couple beta weekends with hearty Twitch viewer numbers, Fall Guys released on Steam this morning. With high demand came server issues, and many buyers haven’t been able to play, or haven’t been able to play as much as they wanted.Same old! We could pre-write a news story about every somewhat anticipated online game’s launch day server issues and it’d be accurate 90 percent of the time. What’s a bit different is how the developer spun the situation. In a tweet that has been shared more than 4,000 times, Mediatonic wrote that Fall Guys was being “review-bombed on Steam.”It…

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Blizzard confirms that a digital BlizzCon will happen early next year

In May, Blizzard was forced to pull the plug on BlizzCon 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, like many other companies that were forced to scrap their big festivals, it said that it hoped to put together an online substitute instead, expected to take place sometime in 2021. During Activision’s second-quarter earnings call today, Blizzard president J. Allen Brack confirmed that the plan is still going ahead.”We are planning on channeling the spirit of BlizzCon into a virtual event in the early part of next year,” Brack said during the call’s Q&A session. “We’re really fortunate to have a…

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Call of Duty: Mobile success proves Diablo Immortal was a good idea, Activision says

The backlash that followed the 2018 announcement of Diablo Immortal—a mobile game—was truly furious, beyond even what Blizzard expected. Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham tried to put a positive spin on it, saying the reaction merely reflected the “passion” that fans feel for the games, but complaints like “they just spit in our faces” speak for themselves pretty well.However you want to look at it, it doesn’t sound like Blizzard, or its parent company Activision, are planning on rethinking their mobile strategies. In fact, Activision Blizzard CFO Dennis Durkin said during the Q&A section of today’s quarterly financial call that the…

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Activision confirms that Treyarch and Raven are making the new Call of Duty

We don’t know much about the next Call of Duty game, beyond the fact that it’s happening, but there are some fairly solid rumors kicking around. Like the title: Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War. Activision confirmed another rumor today in its Q2 FY2020 earnings, saying that it is in fact being developed by Treyarch—and Raven, too.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone continue to be major successes, with Modern Warfare sales continuing to grow primarily through upgrades from the free-to-play Warzone battle royale, Activision said in its earnings slideshow. In-game net bookings, mainly via DLC and microtransaction…

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National Videogame Museum completely recreated in Doom WAD

The National Videogame Museum in Frisco, Texas, is about to get an interesting new exhibit: a Doom WAD that completely recreates the National Videogame Museum itself. Not only is that cool, but you can download the WAD, fire it up, and check out the museum without having to leave your home.The National Videogame Museum Doom WAD is the creation of Chris Baracani, co-owner of developer DevHour Games and a tour guide at the museum. According to Chris, one of the museum’s owners asked if he could recreate the museum inside Doom, to someday be used in one of the museum’s…

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The Missing Link is an impressive and eerie Zelda romhack years in the making

A demon is roaming the land, kidnapping fairies. There’s a village of zombies deep inside the Lost Woods. Link’s friend Saria has transferred her essence into a sword that shoots out soul (laser) beams when you swing it. The Missing Link is a fan game, all right, but from the hour or so I’ve played, it’s a damn good one.The Missing Link, released in late July, is a romhack for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, first released on the Nintendo 64 in 1998. Unlike some romhacks that remix parts of a game but leave the bulk of it…

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This trailer for Flight Catastrophe will convince you to stick to bus travel

I’m fresh off the horrors of automobile collision investigation simulator Accident when this sucker lands in my inbox. It’s a trailer for Flight Catastrophe, a simulator about horrifying shit happening aboard a commercial airliner. The trailer is… something. You can watch it below, though if you don’t want to see a bunch of terrified airplane passengers being blown up and a burning plane plunging toward the ground, you might want to skip it.You’ve no doubt already scrolled down to watch but I’ll keep typing up here anyway. In Flight Catastrophe you’re in control of a huge commercial jet packed with…

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Riot Games is shifting some patches so it can take next week off

Riot Games—the whole studio—is taking next week off. The company announced today that the week of August 10 will be used “to disconnect, recharge, and reboot,” and as a result, timelines for some patches and launches will have to be jiggled around a bit.”This has been a big year for Riot for a lot of reasons. Putting the ‘s’ in Riot Games was perhaps our proudest moment as a company so far, but tending to so many new games is a delicate balance. Add COVID-19, working from home, and everything else going on in the world, and it can be…

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AMD Big Navi and RDNA 2 GPUs: Release Date, Specs, Everything We Know

AMD Big Navi, Navi 2x, RDNA 2. Whatever you want to call them, AMD’s next-generation GPUs are promising big performance and efficiency gains, along with feature parity with Nvidia in terms of ray tracing support. Will Team Red finally take the pole position in our GPU hierarchy and lay claim to the crown for the best graphics card, or will the upcoming Nvidia Ampere architecture—or maybe even Intel Xe Graphics—spoil the party? It’s too soon to say, but here’s everything we know about Big Navi, including the RDNA 2 architecture, potential performance, expected release date and pricing.We’ve done our best…

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Bohemia Interactive’s new Humble Bundle has a surprising number of non-Arma games

You might think that the Humble Bohemia Interactive 2020 Bundle, which from here on we’ll be calling the Humble Bohundle, would be nothing but Arma from start to finish. That is not the case, however. It starts with Arma, specifically Arma X: Anniversary Edition, at the $1 entry tier, but you’ll also get:Point-and-click adventure Fairy Tale About Father Frost, Ivan, and NastyaMartian exploration sim Take On MarsStrategy-action game Carrier Command: Gaea MissionChopper flight sim Take On HelicoptersPersonally, I hadn’t even heard of most of those games, so that makes them kind of interesting in their own right. But that’s not…

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We’re giving away 30 copies of Risk of Rain 2 on our forums

The roguelike shooter Risk of Rain 2 will be out on August 11, and you—that’s right, all of you—have a shot at owning it for free when the big day arrives, because our community team is giving away 30 copies to randomly-selected users on the PC Gamer Forums.Getting in is easy: Just sign in to the forums (or sign up, if you haven’t done that yet) and post a message in this forum thread about RoR2, or what you liked best in the first game if you’d rather talk about that. And that’s it! Just like that, your name’s in…

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Baldur’s Gate 3 won’t launch in August, but more information is coming soon

Larian Studios recently announced that Baldur’s Gate 3 won’t launch this month as planned, but we’ll be getting more information on the game on August 18. Larian made the announcement on Twitter, stating that it won’t be releasing Baldur’s Gate 3 in Early Access this month as intended. Check out the tweet below. Good news and bad news. BG3 won’t hit August, but it’s just around the corner. We’ll be announcing the release date, as well as big news on the Panel From Hell alongside @geoffkeighley, @LarAtLarian and the Larian crew. Tune in Aug 18th. https://t.co/S1RlVpJ8yw pic.twitter.com/NCkrnHHpH0 — Larian Studios…

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Some devs wanted Assassin’s Creed Valhalla to only have a female Eivor

Recently revealed messages appear to indicate that at least some of the Ubisoft team working on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla only wanted a female Eivor. The news comes from Twitter, where an illustrator who has previously collaborated with Ubisoft on the official Assassin’s Creed Symphony tour shared information provided to them by one of the people who reported misconduct allegations against former Assassin’s Creed Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail.Check out the tweet below. I was approached by one of Ash’s victims who showed me bits of conversations and confirmed something that isn’t quite out, but that won’t surprise anyone.Just like for…

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What Is an IPS Monitor? A Basic Definition

Dell S2719DM IPS monitor IPS stands for in-plane switching, a type of LED (a form of LCD) display panel technology. IPS panels are characterized as having the best color and viewing angles among the other main types of display panels, TN (twisted nematic) and VA (vertical alignment). However, IPS panels are also the most expensive of the three.When choosing a PC monitor, you may opt for an IPS panel because of its great image quality. Their best use case is professional (art, graphics et cetera) work. On the other hand, gaming monitor manufacturers tend to opt for TN panels because they’re…

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A person submitted all of their college essays in Skyrim Dovah

If you have a lecturer that really, really annoys you, you could probably get back at them by writing all of your assignments in Skyrim Dovah, aka Dragon language. A Reddit user named NicolasYang248 recently did exactly that. I’m not sure whether or not Nicolas did this out of spite or curiosity, but who cares. What matters is that there is a professor somewhere in the world sat looking at a Dragon to English translator right now, trying to decipher organic chemistry diagrams or close readings of Romantic poetry written entirely in Dovah.The best part about this is the delivery,…

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Best Gaming Headsets 2020: Wireless, Budget and More

Finding the best gaming headset for you isn’t easy, and that’s partially due to the sheer amount of market saturation we’re facing right now. With the ever-rising popularity of eSports and the relative simplicity of combining off-the-shelf audio hardware with cushy earcups, a sprinkle of software wizardry and maybe some RGB, PC gamers are now offered more options than ever. A quick search of a few popular online retailers will yield hundreds of choices across dozens of companies, ranging from under $10 (£8) to over $600 (£460).If you’re going back to school soon, now’s a great time to invest in…

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What Is a G-Sync Monitor? Nvidia G-Sync Explained

You’ve come to the right place if you’re wondering what is G-Sync. In short, Nvidia G-Sync is a type of display technology used in certain PC monitors, laptops and TVs to fight screen tearing, stuttering and juddering, especially during fast-paced games or video. G-Sync only works when the display is connected to a system using a compatible Nvidia graphics card (including third-party branded ones). So if you don’t yet have a compatible card, be sure to check out our graphics card buying guide, as well as our in-depth comparison of the features of AMD and Nvidia GPUs. And if you’re…

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Swimming in games sucks

The predictable video game mechanics are having a party. Crafting System has brought his own homebrew keg. Instafail Stealth Segment shared a flan before retiring to the corner to ignore everyone. Turret Section is starting a game of beer pong. The doorbell rings! Oh no. It’s Swimming. He’s brought his guitar, homemade cottage cheese, and his uncle, who’s had enough of snowflakes and is just telling it like it is.The party might not be ruined—Quick Time Event is about to backflip off the roof, which will be fun no matter how it goes—but there’s a morale-sucking danger zone that didn’t…