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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…

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The Overwatch Summer Games returns for 2020 with Lucioball Remix and new cosmetics

The Overwatch Summer Games have returned for 2020, and you know what that means—it’s time to play some Lucioball. This year’s event introduces a “faster, more chaotic” game mode called Lucioball Remix, which puts two balls in play through the entire match. When a goal is scored, the ball will respawn after a brief pause, but players will not reset like they normally do—you just keep on playing. Bonus balls, worth bonus points, will also spawn in occasionally, and a couple of Lucioball maps are being changed up to keep things moving quickly: Busan is getting new pillars and surfaces to enable…

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Best Gaming Keyboards for 2020

The keyboard is your biggest connection to your computer, since it’s the part that you touch the most. Therefore, getting a better one can mean a more instantly noticeable difference than upgrading your CPU even. If you’re a gamer, your choice in keyboard is even more critical. You need something that can team up with your natural gaming skills and is comfortable for long gaming sessions and typing too. Appealing design choices to accompany your rig wouldn’t hurt either. With school starting back up soon, a good keyboard is must-have tech for students, so why not make it fit for fun too?…

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Best Gaming Microphones for 2020

When it comes to ensuring you’re voice is heard on the battlefield, nothing quite beats a dedicated standalone USB microphone. As much as the mics on the best gaming headset have improved over the years, they still can’t hold a candle to the wind when it comes to a plug-in, full-sized microphone. Better yet, you can now get some of the best gaming microphones — or at least a fairly serious one — for well below $100/£100. And if you’ve already outfitted yourself with one of the best gaming keyboards and best gaming mice, opting for an excellent standalone mic is…

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 5 roadmap revealed

Infinity Ward recently revealed the official roadmap for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 5 for both standard multiplayer and Warzone. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 5 kicks off tomorrow, Wednesday, August 5. It’s worth mentioning that Activision Support recently tweeted that players can pre-download it from August 4 (that’s today!), so if you’ve got rubbish internet and want to make sure it’s ready to go as soon as it goes live, make sure to start installing it ASAP.But that’s not why you’re here! Here’s the roadmap for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 5, as tweeted out by…

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Ubisoft reminds Rainbow Six Siege players that kills don’t matter to your MMR

Have you ever just barely lost a ranked match of Rainbow Six Siege and wondered why you lost more MMR than your last win? Unfortunately you won’t find any fine details into Siege’s ranking process in the game itself, but a new post by Ubisoft is a useful guide to understand how the game tracks your skill over time.The new post is actually an updated version of a similar guide from 2016 that accounts for features added to the game in the last four years, like MMR rollback and the Unranked playlist. The most relevant info, I think, is the…

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Apple Releases First Intel Macs Since Beginning Arm Transition

Apple today announced its first Macs featuring Intel processors since its June WWDC stream publicly revealed the company’s plan to begin moving to its own Arm-powered Apple Silicon chips. This makes good on the company’s promise to continue releasing Intel Macs through the next two years as it transitions to Apple Silicon.First among these new Intel-based Macs are the updated 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs, which comes with 6-core, 8-core, and 10-core 10th generation Intel processor options. The post also announced an updated 21.5 inch iMac Pro, which has options for Intel Xeon processors ranging from 10 cores to 18 cores….

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LG OLED48CX TV review

LG’s OLED48CX is a game-changer. Not only is this the first sub 50-inch OLED television, it’s also the first TV that LG has made that supports 4K resolution at 120Hz. This makes this 48-incher a mouth-wateringly viable option for PC gamers looking to replace a traditional IPS or TN panel. Meet the new gold standard when it comes to a 4K TV that can also act as one of the best gaming monitors around.That freshly shrunken form factor is a big deal. Previously, the smallest OLED TV you could buy was 55-inches. While a 48-inch screen is hardly bite-sized, it’s…

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Wipeout-style racing game Pacer blasts onto Steam this September

When Wipeout first released back in 1995 it completely blew racing games out the water with its hyper-fast pace and anti-gravity crafts. Except for an HD Collection in 2017, Sega’s sci-fi racing game has since been in retirement, but a spiritual successor is on the horizon.  Developers R8 Games has announced that their anti-gravity racing game Pacer will be out on Steam September 17, 25 years after Wipeout’s release. Check out the reveal trailer above for some glossy combat racing; sunglasses are heavily advised.  Following a successful Kickstarter, it launched on Steam Early Access back in 2015 as Formula Fusion…

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Intel 665p M.2 SSD Gets EoL Date Less Than a Year After Release

Intel SSD 655p (Image credit: Newegg)In what might come as a shock to many, Intel yesterday announced the discontinuation of its Intel SSD 665p. The 665p (codename Neptune Harbor Refresh), which was the successor to the Intel SSD 660p, debuted in November of last year. According to Intel’s Product Change Notification [PDF], the drives will be available to order until January 31, 2021 with the final shipment date taking place April 30, 2021. Intel cooked up the 665p with a similar recipe used in the 660p. The drive arrived with the same Silicon Motion SM2263 NVMe SSD controller with the novelty of…