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The best gaming PC in 2020

Buying the best gaming PC is the fastest, easiest way to get into PC gaming. And, so long as you pick a rig from one of the best gaming PC builders, then their after sales service ought to make it the most stress-free too. Sure, building a gaming PC for yourself can be immensely satisfying—we’ve created entire careers talking about the best ways to do it—but simply buying one as a complete system will take all the hassle out of the process, and give you someone to blame if, heaven forbid, anything goes wrong.While part of the innate beauty of…

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Some Call of Duty: Warzone players are now able to pre-load the Season 5 update

By Sherif Saed, Monday, 3 August 2020 12:40 GMT This week’s Season 5 patch for Call of Duty: Warzone can be pre-loaded right now by some.For the first time ever, Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare players are reporting that the Season 5 update, due to officially release on Wednesday, is now available to pre-download.A number of players on PS4 saw a notification for patch 1.24 in their console’s download section, and shared screenshots on Reddit. The patch is a little over 36GB, but it won’t actually install until Wednesday.Once it’s done downloading, you’ll be able to continue playing…

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How to Overclock Any Raspberry Pi

There’s free, extra performance buried inside your Raspberry Pi. Just as you can overclock a PC, increasing its CPU speed above stock, you can overclock any model of Raspberry Pi .  In fact, on newer models, you can not only turn up the Raspberry PI’s CPU speed, but also its GPU speed. You can, for example, get a Raspberry Pi 4, which defaults to 1.5 GHz CPU / 500 MHz GPU all the way  up to 2.1 GHz / 750 MHz or perhaps even higher.We’ve written in the past about the benefits of overclocking a Raspberry Pi 4 specifically, but…

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Will Have VR Support

On August 18, Microsoft is finally launching its latest flight sim, simply called Microsoft Flight Simulator. It has been a long wait for the title, and one of the features we’ve been most looking forward to is VR support which Microsoft has now confirmed, though at first only on the HP Reverb G2 headsets and Windows Mixed Reality devices.No precise date was quoted, but Microsoft said that the VR support would kick off in fall 2020 as a free update, coinciding with the launch of the HP Reverb G2. Support for headsets other than WMR and the HP Reverb G2…

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Xbox Series X pre-orders seemingly opening soon, according to Australian partner

By Sherif Saed, Monday, 3 August 2020 11:21 GMT It looks like we may be closer to some big Xbox Series X news than we thought.Telstra, a large telecom company in Australia, has advised customers to update their details in anticipation of Xbox Series X pre-orders “opening soon.” Telstra is Microsoft’s partner in the country for Xbox All Access, a subscription programme that allows customers to own an Xbox console and Live Gold and pay the price in monthly instalments. Those who registered to receive information about Xbox Series X from Telstra got the message today, as seen on Reddit…

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Total War: Three Kingdoms—I’m on a mission to seize the throne as a devout pacifist

I’ve recently written two diary series for PC Gamer, and they both involved an enormous amount of killing. Well, I’ve had enough. No more swords. No more guns. No more leaking bags of skin at my virtual feet. From here on out, I’ll only be offering my enemies cake and presents. I’m going pacifist, and there’s nothing you can do to stop me. To demonstrate my commitment to the non-violent path, I’m going to peacefully play what is by sheer weight of numbers the most violent series ever made, Total War. Specifically, I’m playing Total War: Three Kingdoms, for which Creative…

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Konami hints at impending Silent Hill news

Konami has gone about directing attention towards a new Silent Hill Twitter account in a bit of an unorthodox way.Konami has kicked off what could only be seen as a teaser for something Silent Hill-related. On Friday, the publisher posted the Silent Hill 2 siren on its official Twitter account, sending series fans into a tizzy.Naturally, this fuelled intense speculation about Silent Hill from fans hungry for something new. Close your eyes. Always scary. Silent Hill 2 Siren pic.twitter.com/0FpiTjDScR — Konami (@Konami) July 31, 2020The fun didn’t last long, as Konami quickly replied to that original Tweet claiming the post…

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Grown-up Pokemon game Monster Crown enters Early Access

Way back in 2018 we told you about the Kickstarter for Monster Crown, a game of mad-science crossbreeding and turn-based battles somewhere between Pokemon and Dragon Quest Monsters that ended up being funded to the tune of $45,415, well over its humble $5,000 goal. Now, it’s finally entered Early Access on Steam and is 10% off this week.Monster Crown has you making pacts with monster, then breeding and fusing them to create new species as you adventure across Crown Island battling and trading (which you can also do online). Unlike Temtem, it’s a bit mature in its storytelling, with a…

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Popular D&D tabletop campaign Curse of Strahd is being re-‘vamped’

(Image credit: Wizards of the Coast)Whenever there’s a discussion about the best adventure for Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, gothic fantasy campaign Curse of Strahd usually takes top spot. An update of the classic 1983 adventure called Ravenloft, it introduces the haunted land of Barovia and its vampiric ruler, Count Strahd von Zarovich (also seen in the 1994 videogame Ravenloft: Strahd’s Possession).Wizards of the Coast are well aware of Curse of Strahd’s popularity, and will be releasing a re-vamp (get it?) in time for Halloween. This fancy premium edition will come in a coffin-shaped boxed set including a deck of…

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The legendary Frog Fractions is now on Steam in remastered 4k

Perhaps one of the greatest indie games of all time, Frog Fractions is a weird edutainment-ish Indie game that everyone loved back in 2012 and everyone still loves now. You can now get the game in remastered form, for free, as promised, on Steam. Frog Fractions is a surprising, joyous game that celebrates everything good about gaming—no joke. This re-release ahead of Flash’s demise this year is upscaled to 4k and still completely free. You can buy a cosmetic hat DLC for $8, though, if you like.Here’s the description, per the game page: “In Frog Fractions, the player controls a…

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This mod lets you swap Geralt’s other romance partners for Yennefer

In The Witcher 3 and its expansions, Geralt has the option of dancing the horizontal tango with several different ladies. For readers of the original books, however, there’s only one option for Geralt and that’s his canonical love, Yennefer. Previously you could simply avoid getting medieval jiggy with other women by not choosing the flirty dialogue, but now there’s a mod that will let you watch all those sex scenes—yes, even the one where you bang while flying in a cloud—but with Yennefer instead of Triss, Shani, Keira, Syanna, someone named Jutta I don’t think I even met in my…

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Spintires got a major update and new DLC

Good news for mudders, muddin’ folks, and off-road enthusiasts of all stripes: The original Spintires has a brand new update and DLC. Though it’s some six years old, current developer Oovee Games has admirably spent the last year lavishing updates on the game. The 1.6 update has revamped some major parts of the game, deeply reworking water interactions and the mud physics and simulation. Additionally, tires on some vehicles can now be variably inflated, some vehicles now have differential steering, and articulated chassis vehicles are now supported. The new DLC is a sprawling map based on the Ural mountains and is…

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Total War: Troy lays out the Greek and Trojan heroes in detailed videos

Creative Assembly’s next strategy game is A Total War Saga: Troy, and we’ve heard a lot about it to this point, but the consummate strategy enthusiast always hungers for more. To that end, Creative Assembly has released a couple new videos about the game highlighting the unique campaign mechanics for playing as the heroes on both the Greek and Trojan sides. A key part of differentiating the factions in the small theatre of this focused Total War game is the heroes: They give flavor to your army, have unique mechanics, and dictate what units you can recruit.Here are the Greeks:Achilles…

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Here’s a mod that turns MechWarrior 5 into an RTS

I like MechWarrior 5 just fine, you say to yourself, but what if it was an RTS? Well, modders love you. They love you almost as much as they love the long-lost MechCommander series. Mechcommander Mercenaries is a mod for MechWarrior 5 that turns the game into an RTS of sorts. I say of sorts… but it’s pretty much completely functional.Posted over on Nexus Mods by the eponymous Mechcommander Mercenaries Modders, the mod lets you use a movable camera and a top-down view to issue orders to your lance of mechs. You can order them to move, smash through terrain,…

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Raspberry Pi Project Syncs Philips Hue Lights With Your TV Using HDMI

If you’re a movie buff, designing the perfect home theater is a must! This project, created by MCPCapitalLLC, uses a Raspberry Pi to create ambient lighting that matches whatever you’re watching on TV.The setup is known as Harmonize Project. It interprets HDMI input from your TV with the Pi to determine what color to send to the Phillips Hue bridge.A demo of the project was released in December, but this week the source code was officially made available for anyone interested in recreating the project at home.Harmonize Project was tested with a Raspberry Pi 4B and uses Python to control…

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Best PC Cases 2020: Our Tested Picks for Your New Build

When it comes to finding the best PC case for you, there’s a lot to consider. First and foremost you’ve got to be thinking about good airflow. Keeping your hardware cool, and noise levels as low as possible is paramount to good system performance and your own peace of mind. There’s a lot to consider when choosing the best PC case, even in that small facet of case design. A mass of variables affect it, from the number of included fans (and total fan mount locations), to sound dampening material, and overall shape and design, the list is endless. And then…

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Best Motherboards for Gaming, by Socket and Chipset

Note: For AMD’s AM4 X570, B550, B450 and Threadripper motherboards, see page two. This first page focuses on Intel, after laying out some basics. Choosing the best gaming motherboard or best motherboard for another type of build is in many ways the most integral part of your PC build, despite the fact that CPUs and graphics cards often get more attention. Every part of your PC plugs into your board. Its form factor dictates the size of your computer, and its chipset and socket dictate what kind of processor you can install.If you’re not sure which chipset you’re after when…

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How to Disable the Annoying SSH Password Warning on Raspberry Pi

When you set up a Raspberry Pi, assuming you’re using Raspberry Pi OS, your system will have a default username of “pi” and password of “raspberry.” If you enable SSH for remote access, which is necessary if you’re doing a headless Raspberry Pi install, the system gives you a nagging warning message if you haven’t changed that password. You get a dialog box on the desktop that you have to click to dismiss and a small text notice in the terminal upon login.Obviously, changing your password is good security hygiene on any computer, but if you have a lot of…

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What did you play last week?

Andy Kelly has been playing Microsoft Flight Simulator in advance of its release, and been properly wowed by its fidelity. The thought of flying over a version of the city where I live that—at least from a height—looks photorealistic? That’s exciting, and so is the idea of being able to return to places I’ve visited. The closest thing to a flight sim I’ve played in the last few years have been games where you’re a bird, but this might just drag me back.Chris Livingston has been playing Blaseball, a simulator of baseball that is apparently being played in Hell (unlike…

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Great moments in PC gaming: Playing on the first mass-market PCs in the 1980s

Great moments in PC gaming are bite-sized celebrations of some of our favorite gaming memories.I’m a member of the generation some folks have taken to calling “Xennials”, the tiny but distinct generation sandwiched between Millennials and Generation X. My favorite description of us is that we’re the generation who came of age with the internet, but are just old enough to remember functioning in a world without it. I can even pinpoint when I first had a sense that I’d been born around the cusp of a great shift—the night my parents came home with a brand-new Commodore 64.It seemed…