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Unable to go to a real one, early access PC game SimCasino is my latest obsession

SimCasino is a great new take on a tried-and-true genre – and it’s helping me through some lockdown blues. Video games are my first gaming love, but I confess I have another. For better or worse (which, naturally, depends on luck), I love a gamble. In moderation, of course – but Blackjack, Poker, even slots – in person, at least, these give me a thrill. The digital kind has never really done anything for me, which means in pandemic lockdown I’ve been unable to scratch that itch – but then I discovered SimCasino.A recently-opened PC Early Access game, SimCasino is…

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Halloween event guide

By Lauren Aitken, Friday, 30 October 2020 12:06 GMT Halloween is almost here in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Jack has a new trick-or-treat event for you to enjoy with friends. Throughout October, you’ll have been purchasing Halloween costumes from the Able Sister’s store, grabbing Candy from Nook’s Cranny and growing Pumpkins, now it’s time to have some spooky fun. There will be lots to do and new recipes to find, so let’s get started.Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Halloween event guideThis Saturday – October 31, for the uninitiated – Jack will be available in your island’s plaza on Halloween…

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Minecraft Caves and Cliffs update is coming in summer 2021 and it has goats

Minecraft Caves and Cliffs is an update in the works for the game, and it will feature all sorts of new items along with goats.Yes, goats are coming to Minecraft with the Caves and Cliffs update, and they are super cute.Announced during Minecraft Live today, the update is being made to the cave and mountain system with improved cave generation and features things like “lush caves and dripstone caves.”There will also be a brand new archeology system adding a sense of a history element to the game, and you can expect to see new crystals in the caves. You will…

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Pumpkin guide – How to grow different colours and find all the DIY recipes

Pumpkins are finally being added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, so here’s our guide on how to grow the perfect Pumpkin patch. The humble Pumpkin signifies the arrival of autumn and throughout October, you’ll be able to grow your own. Not only will you be able to turn your entire island into a Pumpkin farm if you wish, but you’ll also be able to create a bunch of new Pumpkin items, such as an Arch, different type of lamps and, of course, a Jack-o-Lantern.So, how do you grow your own Pumpkins besides from pinching a few from your best friend’s…

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fall update adds Halloween event, Pumpkins and more

The Fall update will be coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons soon, so let’s take a look at what’s being added. From September 30, you’ll be able to enjoy the new Fall update. You’ll be able to grow Pumpkins in preparation for Halloween as well as use them for spooky new projects, and a bunch of Halloween Costumes will be coming to the Able Sisters’ store. You can also use your Nook Miles to buy body paint and coloured eye contacts to make yourself look extra scary, as well as learn DIY Halloween costumes from your islanders. Jack, the “czar…

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Skyrim mod accidentally turns it into a game where no one has eyes anymore

By Cian Maher, Sunday, 30 August 2020 21:57 GMT Apparently loading your Skyrim mods incorrectly can potentially change the Dovahkiin simulator into a game where there is no such thing as eyeballs anymore. Loading mods wrong can have a range of effects on how Skyrim actually plays out. Whether said mods conflict with a necessary narrative aspect of the game or simply render certain errors that lead to absolutely ridiculous bugs, modding your game invokes an inherent risk of absolutely breaking it.That’s pretty much exactly what happened to a user called Camjdent on Reddit. Check out the post below. HELP…

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New Monster Hunter game could be in development for Nintendo Switch

A brand new Monster Hunter game is purportedly in development for Nintendo Switch, according to recent statements from a Capcom insider. The news comes from a report published by VGC. According to said report, a Twitter user known as Dusk Golem – who has reported on Capcom several times in the past – recently said that the studio is currently working on a new Monster Hunter title for Nintendo Switch.You can check out Dusk Golem’s tweet below. To elaborate on two things, Monster Hunter Switch is running on a Switch compatible version of the RE Engine, which is why I’ve…

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“It’s bad out there but you can handle it, if you’re badass enough,” says Mike Pondsmith

Cyberpunk 2020 creator Mike Pondsmith recently spoke about putting the punk in Cyberpunk 2077, noting that “it’s bad out there but you can handle it – if you’re badass enough.” The news comes from a recent report published by Red Bull on the music of Cyberpunk 2077, in which Pondsmith discussed the way punk music directly influenced the creation of his dystopian universe.“It’s not just the philosophical attitude of the punk scene and it’s not just the music,” Pondsmith said. “Everything about punk inspired Cyberpunk originally. There is an inherent type of personal rebellion that is so specific to punk,…

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You can adjust the size and color of subtitles in Cyberpunk 2077

By Cian Maher, Sunday, 23 August 2020 21:35 GMT CD Projekt Red recently confirmed that players will be able to adjust the size and color of subtitles in Cyberpunk 2077 in order to make reading in-game text easier for people. A significant amount of contemporary games are still built in ways that make them less accessible to large amounts of people. One of the core tenets of design pertaining to this is subtitles, which make games far more approachable for people who are aurally impaired.After the official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account posted a screenshot of a character, one fan replied…

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Black Myth: Wu Kong trailer was fully playable

The trailer for Black Myth: Wu Kong dropped earlier this week and stunned viewers all over the world – remarkably, the gameplay demo showcased actual, playable footage. Developed by Hangzhou-based studio Game Science, Black Myth: Wu Kong is a contemporary retelling of iconic Chinese mythological text Journey to the West. It’s set to be the first AAA game developed entirely by a Chinese studio, and players have been massively impressed by what the team has demonstrated so far.Games industry analyst Daniel Ahmad recently translated an interview with Game Science, during which the team announced that it has been hugely surprised…

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Final Fantasy 14 player eats 999 eggs in front of large crowd

A Final Fantasy 14 player recently consumed 999 virtual eggs and livetweeted the whole experience. The player in question is named Ross O’Donovan (cheers, PC Gamer). Shortly after logging in to Marlboro, a fellow Eorzean traveler presented him with 999 eggs for no apparent reason. Naturally, O’Donovan did what any reasonable human being would do and decided it was time to chow down.Fortunately, virtual chompers don’t tire, and digital bellies don’t get full. So consuming 999 eggs is possible – it’s just a bit time-consuming. Logged onto FFXIV and some guy gave me 999 eggs and asked me to eat…

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New Beyond Skyrim trailer gives us our first look at Black Marsh

The Beyond Skyrim team recently unveiled a brand new trailer featuring our very first look at Black Marsh. For those unacquainted with Beyond Skyrim, it’s a collaborative project being developed by a variety of modding teams attempting to build continent expansions for Bethesda’s iconic RPG. Although the team has worked on Bruma, Morrowind, Elsweyr, and more, the most recent reveal focuses on Black Marsh, home of the Argonians.As you can see, Black Marsh is black and marshy. It’s also the oldest part of Nirn, for anyone interested in lore. The Argonians have been knocking about for ages, and the Kothringi…

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New Skywind trailer offers a fresh look at fan-made remaster of Morrowind

A new gameplay trailer for Skywind, the upcoming fan-made remaster of Morrowind built in Skyrim’s engine, recently dropped online, offering us a fresh look at what to expect. The video, titled “Battle at Nchurdamz,” is the team’s first gameplay demo in a year, and highlights a vast array of improvements that have been implemented into the mod since its last development update.You can check out the full Skywind gameplay demo below.As you can see, the video gives us a look at the fight against Hrelvesuu, a daedroth under Daedric Prince Molag Bol. in the Nchurdamz Dwemer ruin.“One of the most…

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword listed for Switch on Amazon

A listing for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword recently appeared on Amazon UK, implying that the iconic Zelda title will soon receive an official Nintendo Switch port. The listing was spotted by Wario64 on Twitter – check out the tweet below, which includes a screenshot of the Amazon UK site. Legend of Zelda – Skyward Sword (Switch) listed on Amazon UK https://t.co/rTExkqzwib pic.twitter.com/zQEwGEzIWY — Wario64 (@Wario64) August 16, 2020As you can see, the game is clearly listed as a Switch port in the title. While there’s no release date attached to it right now, pre-orders are already open, indicating…

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Some areas in Cyberpunk 2077 have been ruined by global warming

By Cian Maher, Monday, 10 August 2020 18:33 GMT Today’s Night City Wire livestream revealed lots of new details about Cyberpunk 2077 – including the fact that global warming has ravaged one of the game’s primary areas. The first half of today’s stream primarily focused on the three distinct lifepaths in Cyberpunk 2077: Corpo, Street Kid, and Nomad. If you want a breakdown of what each lifepath entails, we’ve already put together some explainers for Corpos, Street Kids, and Nomads. But that’s not what we’re discussing here – instead, we’re going to focus on global warming in Cyberpunk 2077.“Time has…

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Cyberpunk 2077 Corpo lifepath explained

CD Projekt Red dropped the second episode of Night City Wire earlier today, offering viewers a more detailed look at the Cyberpunk 2077 Corpo lifepath. The Cyberpunk 2077 Corpo lifepath footage shown during Night City Wire episode 2 started with an accusation of filing reports late – unlike the Street Kids and Nomads of Night City, Corpos’ main concerns have to do with money, power, and Night City’s upper echelon.“The world’s never going to find out,” a voice tells V, echoing the kind of shady deals that run rampant in corporations all over the world today.The words, “Trust no one”…

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Cyberpunk 2077 Nomad lifepath explained

The second episode of CD Projekt Red’s Night City Wire aired earlier today and featured brand new details on the Cyberpunk 2077 Nomad lifepath. Unlike Street Kids and Corpos, those who adhere to the Cyberpunk 2077 Nomad lifepath are completely unfamiliar with Night City.According to today’s episode, Nomads are the type of people who experience their first kiss in a corn field somewhere deep in the unforgiving Badlands – which were recently revealed via official Cyberpunk 2077 concept art.Unlike other people, Nomads often get to choose their own families in the deserts that stretch far away from the game’s corporate…

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“You will soon like Layla as well,” says Assassin’s Creed Valhalla narrative director

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla narrative director Darby McDevitt recently stated that fans of the series will soon be given reason to like Layla again. For those unacquainted with the overarching story of the Assassin’s Creed series, Layla Hassan is a member of the Assassin’s Brotherhood. She investigates Kassandra’s memories in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and later receives the Staff of Hermes from her after exploring the Lost City of Atlantis.By the end of Odyssey, Layla becomes the “Heir of Memories,” having used the Staff of Hermes to make contact with Aletheia.Anyway, according to McDevitt, “[Fans] will soon like Layla as well.” Check…

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GTA Online summer update early details: co-op, new vehicles, and more

Early details about the upcoming GTA Online summer update have been revealed online, including information on co-op, new vehicles, and more. Details about the GTA Online summer update originally surfaced over at Rockstar Newswire, where a comprehensive breakdown of what to expect from the new update was recently published, as well as an official release date – August 11.“Featuring everything from tense new co-op missions launched from your Super Yacht to the track-based thrills of new Open Wheel Races, to a fleet of new vehicles to acquire and much more, Summer in Los Santos has something for everyone,” reads the…

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Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes launches on August 11

The Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes event is due to kick off next Tuesday, August 11, and will run until September 8. Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes is returning as the next event in the Season of Arrivals series, which was originally supposed to run until September 22, but has since been extended to November 10 due to COVID-related delays.You can check out the official Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes trailer below, which manages to pack a whole lot of chaos into a relatively short clip.We’re four seconds in and somebody’s already rocking neon dumbbells. Now that’s a way to…