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GTA Online player claims to have figured out why the game loads so slow, offers fix

A GTA Online modder has apparently been able to reduce loading times by up to 70% and has offered the fix to players wanting to cut down their own loading times, too.Modder T0ST has published an article digging into the infamously appalling loading times in GTA Online. After doing some research and writing a unique program to interact with the game files, T0ST managed to reduce loading times by as much as 70%.Turns out that the game doesn’t necessarily struggle to load thanks to its open-world nature, but because there’s a CPU bottleneck that will be most felt on low-…

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Watch the whole Act 1 of Hamilton remade in Animal Crossing: New Horizons here

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 February 2021 15:36 GMT A creative and dedicated Animal Crossing: New Horizons player has spent an impressive seven months recreating the opening act of Hamilton in the relaxed Nintendo Switch game.One of the best parts of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the tool case it gives to players to be creative; in the past, we’ve seen players recreate Revenge of the Sith, the entire Sinnoh map from Pokemon Diamond & Pearl, early 2000s music videos and The Wizard of Oz in the game.But perhaps the most impressive feat we’ve seen achieved in the title is the painstaking recreation of the…

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E3 2021 live event has been cancelled – report

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 February 2021 13:19 GMT The live component of E3 2021 has been canceled according to documents released by Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Commission.A document published by the Board of Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Commission (spotted by Resetera user Rösti) notes that E3 2021’s physical event has been canceled.The document notes that the convention commission is working with the ESA (the E3 organizer) to work out broadcast solutions for an online-only E3 later this year.Earlier this month, we heard that E3 2021 was planning to be a digital-only show, though official comments from…

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E3 2021 planning to be a digital-only show – report

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, will once again be an online-only affair in 2021 as its organizers plan around the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.The organization behind E3 the Entertainment Software Association, is reportedly carrying out planning for a digital event in summer 2021 – similar to the online event we saw for E2 2020 – as the world continues to deal with the effects of coronavirus.As per a new report from VGC, the ESA has outlined proposals for this summer’s show and has sent pitch documents to various publishers around the world, suggesting that three days’ worth of live-streamed coverage…

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Steam has broken last month’s record and logged 26 million concurrent users

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 7 February 2021 16:48 GMT Steam has – yet again – set a new record for the highest number of users online at the same time, breaking the 25 million user record that was recorded for the first time back in January.Steam has once more broken its own record when it comes to the number of concurrent players online, with Valve’s platform today soaring past the impressive 26 million concurrent users mark.This beats the record set last time we reported on Steam’s concurrent users on January 2, when the platform peaked at 25,416,720 online users. Both these…

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Monster Hunter Rise demo players really, really liked the Long Sword

Fans of Capcom’s upcoming Nintendo Switch game, Monster Hunter Rise, used the Long Sword more than any other weapon in the game’s demo.Back at the start of January, Capcom announced that the game would be getting a free ‘limited time’ demo allowing players to ‘try before they buy’ when it comes to the latest installment of the long-running franchise.The Rise demo arrived on January 8 on the Switch eShop (weighing in at ~1.6GB) and was playable until February 1. During that time, it turns out, Capcom managed to harvest some pretty interesting information about player habits in the monster-slaying title.All 14…

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Plans for a Wall Street GameStop movie are already in the works

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 1 February 2021 17:34 GMT A movie based on the turbulent events surrounding the on-going GameStop/Reddit stock situation is already in the works.In a new report by Deadline, it’s been revealed that MGM has acquired the rights to the book proposal for a new title called ‘The Antisocial Network’ from author Ben Mezrich.This book will follow the events of “a ragtag group of amateur investors, gamers, and internet trolls” who – through investments, coordination, and playing the bankers at their own game, “brought Wall Street to its knees.”Apparently, Mezrich and his representatives started sharing the proposal…

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You can play as the Bernie Sanders inauguration meme in Soulcalibur 6

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 31 January 2021 15:15 GMT Ever wanted to play as Bernie Sanders in Bandai Namco‘s Soulcalibur 6? Of course you have, and now a new mod brings the mitten-wearing politician onto the stage of history.The image of Sanders sitting on his fold-out chair, arms crossed, mask on, and sporting his infamous mittens has become burned into the consciousness of anyone that’s been on the internet over the past few weeks.A plethora of memes have circulated showing off the US Senator for Vermont sitting at the Biden inauguration, but perhaps the most laudable effort comes from User619 and JoeMashups who have managed…

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Super Nintendo World is coming to Minecraft

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 31 January 2021 12:23 GMT Super Nintendo World will be available for Universal Studios visitors soon, but if you’re unable to attend there’s an alternative in Minecraft.Earlier this year, we got a virtual tour of Super Nintendo World that showed prospective visitors what they could expect to see if they got tickets to the new attraction, and now creator Dippy22 has taken it one step further.The enterprising Minecraft player has begun work on making Nintendo’s section of the Universal Studios resorts in Japan and California available in Mojang’s iconic platform.Dippy22 is aiming to have the map based on…

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Someone has completed Hitman 3’s Dubai level in 9 seconds

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 24 January 2021 15:54 GMT Hitman 3 only came out this week, and already we’re seeing players absolutely smash the completion time of its first level.If you’ve looked at the leaderboards since the game officially came out, you’ll know that some enterprising players are already smashing the six levels in the game, but Dubai in particular seems to be attracting some particularly quick attempts.Currently, the world record completion for the level stands at a frankly baffling nine seconds. Nine! Verified by speedrun.com (via PCGamesN), two speedrunners completed the any% category for On Top of the World…

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GameStop stock hit record high after Reddit-backed short squeeze

GameStop stock surged to its highest recorded share price over the weekend, hitting $76.76 per share on Friday, up nearly 80% in a single day.GameStop’s stock had been steadily rising for the past week, coming up from nearly $20 per share on January 12 and hitting the peak value on Friday thanks to an ongoing campaign from users on the subreddit WallStreetBets and some campaigns by YouTube and TikTok investment accounts (thanks, GamesIndustry.biz).As per Bloomberg (paywall), Friday’s flurry of Reddit-fuelled day-trading made GameStop (or GME) the most actively-traded US stock on the day and even causing trading to be halted multiple times…

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons player turns their island into one big IKEA store

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 24 January 2021 12:23 GMT It may have been out for almost a year now, but fans can still impress when it comes to particularly creative Animal Crossing: New Horizons designs.We’ve seen players recreate Revenge of the Sith, the entire Sinnoh map from Pokemon Diamond & Pearl, The Wizard of Oz, and even early 2000s music videos in the game. But it seems the well of inspiration never runs dry for players facing down a global pandemic and taking solace in the cozy, safe world of New Horizons.This week, we saw a particularly inspired design by…

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Here are some of the best runs from Awesome Games Done Quick 2021

Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 is over now, and as ever, the seven-day speedrunning marathon introduced us to some legendary moments.AGDQ 2021 is the second-highest earning marathon in the event’s colorful history, raising an impressive $2,758,847 in donations from the game-playing public for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. That means this year’s charity donation is second only to AGDQ 2020.In case you couldn’t keep up with the breakneck speed of the proceedings (and who could blame you?) we’ve collected some of the most notable runs from this year for you below, so you can enjoy all the skills on show in…

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Someone has modded Gilmore Girls into Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 10 January 2021 16:02 GMT If your next run through a Fire Emblem game needs more drama and emotional nuance, someone has modded Gilmore Girls into Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.Developer Marlowe Dobbe (the artist behind Dicey Dungeons) has created the inspired mod, called – unsurprisingly – Fire Emblem: Gilmore Girls and made it free to download, too.The mod does a great job in turning the 2004 GBA title into a peculiar re-telling of the early 2000s teen drama, complete with all the mechanics you’d expect from an Intelligent Systems RPG. Mods are asleep time to…

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You can play a crowd-controlled version of Pokemon Red through a Twitter avatar

Programmer Constantin Liétard has worked some technical magic and created a script that updates a Twitter account every 15 seconds so users can play Pokemon Red.Constantin Liétard, a 3D Programmer working over at Gameloft Montreal, has managed to create the next big thing when it comes to unconventional Pokemon Red runs.Liétard posted an announcement to Twitter via his account, Screenshakes, telling people that they can play through Game Freak’s first generation game by replying to his pinned tweet with comments such as “A” and “Start”. The inputs will be read, and Twitter users will be able to control the game…