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How lockdown changed gaming in the UK: 9 key takeaways from Ofcom’s Online National 2021 Report

Ofcom has published its Online National 2021 Report which features a host of data about gaming habits in the UK – and how these changed after the pandemic hit last year. We’ve rounded up 9 stats from the report. 1. Almost two thirds of adults played games last year With people at home for much of the year, online gaming saw a big increase in 2020. Nearly two thirds (62%) of adults, and 92% of 16- to 24-year-olds, said they played games on an electronic device, and over half of all gamers agreed that gaming helped them get through lockdown….

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Fortnite Season 7 Battle Stars | How to redeem all Battle Pass content

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7 has launched with a slightly different Battle Pass system. Instead of advancing through tiers and unlocking content linearly as you go, you’ll now earn Battle Stars that you can spend to unlock content that appeals to you first.Watch on YouTubeIf this sounds a bit too good to be true, you’ll probably be unsurprised to learn that there are quite a few restrictions. Battle Pass content is divided into Pages, and you’ll need to complete previous pages and/or level up before you can get to the higher ones which (for most people’s money, I think) contain…

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59% of women gamers say they adopt a non-gendered or male identity to avoid harassment while playing online

Image source: FemaleLegends More than half of women gamers say they mask their identity when playing online, according to a new survey. Reach3 Insights and Lenovo surveyed 900 women across China, Germany and the US, and 98 men in the US, capturing quantitative and qualitative data – including video selfies – ‘in order to get a deep understanding of the experience of women gamers’. The research found that 59% of women use either a non-gendered or male identity when playing games online to avoid conflict. Continue reading 59% of women gamers say they adopt a non-gendered or male identity to…

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Rust | How to get stone on Console and PC

Stone is a core resource in Rust. It comes in handy in any number of survival situations, whether you’re building a shelter or crafting weapons.Watch on YouTubeFortunately, stone isn’t particularly hard to come by in Rust. However, if you want to farm it efficiently, it’s still worth knowing the best places to look. Where to find stone in Rust How to mine stone in Rust Setting up a mining quarry What is stone used for in Rust? Where to find stone in RustIn Rust, you can often find loose stones lying on the ground. Picking up a stone you happen…

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Red Bull Kumite London preview with UK FGC commentators F-Word & Tyrant: ‘Hopefully this kicks off more offline events as it’s been really tough without them; I’d like to see the UK FGC maintain its level of hunger beyond this event’

Red Bull Kumite London gets underway this weekend (May 22nd and 23rd, from 2pm to 10pm BST each day on Twitch and YouTube), with some of the world’s best Street Fighter players going head-to-head. The event marks a return to a physical offline setting at London’s Red Bull Gaming Sphere, and features a host of UK FGC (fighting game community) talent, including participating players ProblemX, Hurricane, Boltstrike and Jones, as well as hosts for the event such as Ryan Hart and Damascus. Continue reading Red Bull Kumite London preview with UK FGC commentators F-Word & Tyrant: ‘Hopefully this kicks off…

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Destiny 2: Ignition Code, Exotics, and more | Best new weapons in Season of the Splicer

Destiny 2: Season of the Splicer comes with the usual host of new seasonal weapons. And with so much new gear to track down and try, the FOMO is real.Watch on YouTubeBelow we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting new weapons for you to be on the look out for this season: Ignition Code in Destiny 2: Season of the Splicer Exotic weapons in Destiny 2: Season of the Splicer — Cryosthesia 77k Hidden Exotics in Season of the Splicer — Vex Mythoclast Future War Cult weapon reissues Ignition Code in Destiny 2: Season of the SplicerThere are plenty…

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Destiny 2: Synthweave | How to create Ornaments using Armor Synthesis

Destiny 2 finally has its own transmog system, fulfilling a long-awaited playerbase request.Play the newly-released Season of the Splicer for the first time and you’ll be prompted to complete the Armor Synthesis introductory mission. At the end of this, the new season vendor Ada-1 will move into the Tower, bringing the Loom along with her. The Loom is the home of the transmog system (also called Armor Synthesis).Watch on YouTubeBut before you can use the Loom, you need the materials to work with. And that means collecting a resource called Synthweave. How to earn Synthstrand, Synthcord, and Synthweave in Destiny…

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Destiny 2: Season of the Splicer | Override, Armor Synthesis, and more explained

Season of the Splicer is the 14th season of Destiny 2, running from May 11th to August 24th.This is the game’s second season in 2021, taking over from Season of the Chosen which is drawing to a close today after its three month tenure.Watch on YouTubeThe major new features of the new season seem to be building on the successes of the last, with six-player matchmade activity Override a headline feature on launch day.Additionally, there’s the long-awaited introductions of a transmog system and seasonal challenges, as well as several other new features that are sure to keep you plenty busy…

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Fortnite wolves | How to tame or kill wolves

Fortnite: Chapter 2 Season 6 has the Primal theme, bringing with it a host of wilderness survival mechanics. Among the new additions are wild animals which are now roaming the map. Currently the local fauna is made up of chickens, frogs, boars, and wolves.Of the four, wolves are particularly interesting for a couple of reasons. They’re the only animal in the game that will attack you on sight, so it’s good to know in advance how to deal with them if they spot you.But taking the time to tame a wolf will get you a fearsome animal companion who’s capable…

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Fortnite: Golden Artifacts near the Spire | All locations for the weekly quest

Fortnite: Chapter 2 Season 6 launched yesterday, and naturally a new set of weekly challenges are already underway.Completing these quests are of vital importance if you’re looking to unlock all the content from the season’s Battle Pass, including some highly sought-after new skins.This first quest requires you to collect three Golden Artifacts from near The Spire, a new location that’s opened up on the map.Where to find Golden Artifacts in Fortnite: Chapter 2 Season 6So far we’ve found five Golden Artifacts, though you only need to collect three to complete the challenge. (This can be done across multiple matches).All of…

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Fortnite: Season 6 | New skins, map changes, and more

Fortnite: Chapter 2 Season 6 begins today, with a new set of collaborative skins based on Tomb Raider‘s Lara Croft garnering the most attention.There’s still more to see, however, as the season also introduces weapon crafting, the game’s first single-player story segment, and a whole host of other new skins which are worth looking out for (even if they’re maybe not Tomb Raider levels of cool).The season’s theme is wilderness, with the subtitle Primal giving you some hints as to what changes to expect on the map. New skins in Fortnite: Chapter 2 Season 6 How to unlock the new…

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Rainbow Six Siege hits 70 million players

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 9 February 2021 17:58 GMT The online shooter has attracted 25 million users in less than two years. Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege has attracted around 70 million players since its release at the end of 2015.That’s according to the French publishing giant’s financials for the three months ending December 2020, in which it said that the tactical online shooter had seen “solid acquisition” during the quarter.Siege was released in December 2015 with the number of users flocking to the shooter increasing in recent years. By March 2018, the title had 30 million players, while 12 months…

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Rust Streamer Drops | Everything we know about this week’s Twitch Drops

You may know Rust as the MMO survival game where everyone is stark naked the vast majority of the time. You may also have heard by now that the game’s January 2021 update introduced Twitch Drops into the game, including collaborations with a number of major streamers which reward you for watching their channels.Following the success of last month’s event, a second series of Twitch Drops have been made available in Rust. All you’ll need in order to claim some exclusive in-game items are a Twitch account and a Steam account. There’s one catch though: these Twitch Drops are only…

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Take-Two shuts down GTA Online cheat maker

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 12:07 GMT Company donating proceeds to a charity of the publishing giant’s choosing.Video games giant Take-Two Interactive has killed a website that made and distributed exploits for GTA Online.As spotted by Eurogamer, LunaCheats has been shut down after having had “discussions” with – read: legal threats from – Rockstar’s parent company. This has resulted in the outfit closing down its business, with its website saying that it will be donating proceeds from selling GTA Online cheats to a charity of Take-Two’s choosing.“After discussions with Take-Two Interactive, we are immediately ceasing all maintenance, development,…

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Bungie tweaks Destiny 2 rewards for Dreaming City and The Moon

The studio wants to incentivise people returning to older areas.Destiny 2 maker Bungie is trying to make players want to visit The Moon and Dreaming City areas once again.In an update on its website, the studio said that it was reissuing the Reverie Dawn and Moon Dreambane armour for the Dreaming City. These apparently drop with high stats when earnt in Shattered Throne or Pit of Heresy. Furthermore, the final chest in Pit of Heresy won’t drop the Masterworked Dreambane armor piece anymore.To replace this, the Dreambane armor piece that players will find now comes with seven armour energy and…