games
Animal Crossing Needs a Rent Freeze

We are all seeking an escape. It’s that desperate need for the world to slow down, for the people to take a minute, for our leaders to develop an ounce of compassion and/or any sort of backbone, and all us schmucks with zero power to just...take a goddamn breath. Animal Crossing, a game where you join a bunch of anthropomorphic animals on an island, is literally a virtual escape from the world. When you show up ready to board the plane that’s what the two little raccoons even tell you. Animal Crossing is meant to be the balm to our anxiety riddled little lives. Only it sucks beyond measure. Read More >>

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Stadia’s Unrealised Potential Is Why Baldur’s Gate 3 Developers Are Obsessed With It

Earlier this week, the developer behind Baldur’s Gate 3, Larian Studios, invited press to watch hours of gameplay in which a developer died over and over again in the difficult isometric RPG based on Dungeons and Dragons. I went because the Baldur’s Gate series is one of my absolute favourite ever made – and also because the third in the series is one of the highest-profile games coming to Stadia this year, and I’m on a quest to understand the cloud gaming platform (and its slowly-growing roster of rivals). Read More >>

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Nintendo Has a Cloud Problem

Nintendo showed off its latest first-party title, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, yesterday, and the reception was mostly good. However, gamesindustry.biz noted that there’s at least one big problem with the yet-to-be-released game: you’re pretty screwed if you lose your save. Read More >>

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Stadia Finally On Phones Not Made By Google, But Still No iOS Support

Google Stadia is finally getting an upgrade...sort of. Google’s cloud gaming service is coming to a whole new slew of phones and for once they’re not Google-made ones. Read More >>

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The Sony PS5 is Making the PS4 Look Cheap

Bloomberg is reporting that Sony is having a problem driving the price down on this year’s PS5. The console is expected to launch later this year, but Sony is struggling to get the cost of manufacturing below $450 (£345) per unit. Read More >>

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You’ll Never Guess Who Has One of the Top Bids on That Rare Nintendo Playstation

An incredibly rare piece of gaming history is up for auction right now and guess who is trying to buy it for their ridiculous-sounding attempt at game conservation? Oculus founder Palmer Luckey tweeted last night that he was the top bidder for an incredibly rare Nintendo Playstation that is currently being auctioned by Heritage Auctions. Read More >>

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It Appears U.S. Has a ‘Smoking Gun’ Confirming Huawei-Built Spy Backdoors

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the U.S. government officials are claiming Huawei, a phone and telecommunications company with ties to the Chinese government, has the ability to spy on users of mobile phone networks employing Huawei equipment. The claim comes after years of accusations from the U.S. government and repeated denials from Huawei. Read More >>

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Maybe Microsoft’s Xbox Chief Didn’t Say the Stupidest Thing About Cloud Gaming This Week

In a quote in Politico’s new technology-focused publication, Protocol, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer said something seemingly earth-shattering for any gamer: it isn’t Nintendo or Sony that Microsoft views as primary competitors in the gaming space, but Amazon and Google. That sounds deeply stupid. Google’s Stadia has basically been a flop, and Amazon hasn’t even launched a gaming console or service (no, the Amazon Fire does not count). But the cloud gaming race is a little more complex than it seems at first glance. Read More >>

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At Long Last, Our Netflix Autoplay Nightmare Is Over

Netflix hasn’t killed autoplaying videos entirely, but in a tweet today it announced the ability to at least turn off the autoplay trailers and next episode “features”. Read More >>

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After 7 Years in Beta, Nvidia’s Game-Streaming Service Is Finally Live

Nvidia’s big game-streaming competitor to Google Stadia and Microsoft Project xCloud, GeForce Now, is finally launching today. While Stadia relies on a cultivated selection of games, and Project xCloud leans largely on Xbox One-only titles, the biggest appeal of Nvidia GeForce Now is the ability to play just about any PC game you want. Read More >>

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Someone Talk Me Out of Spending £680 on Some Keyboard Caps

I need your help. When I get anxious, I like to buy things. I’ve been good about it for the last few years. I buy a sofa – because I need a sofa. Or I buy a new computer case because my old one is too big for the space where I’m putting the computer. Sometimes, I’ll blow money on a much pricier and more useless item. Keycaps. I love to spend more money than I should on the caps that go on a keyboard, and right now there’s a set of keycaps I would very much like to own. Read More >>

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Day After Announcing Record Revenue, Apple Gets Hit With £833 Million Judgement

Apple was having a pretty good week. The company just reported a record quarter, raking in billions thanks to the iPhone 11 and selling a whole lot of AirPods and Apple Watches. Just a day later, Apple and its wireless chip provider, Broadcom, were slapped with a $1.1 billion (£833 million) judgement. According to Bloomberg, the fine is the 6th largest patent judgement of all time. Read More >>

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Five of the Worst Ways People Have Tried to Fix Their Computers

Sometimes your computer breaks. It happens. You spill something, or drop something, or you try to boot up and nothing happens. Many of us resolve the issue with a liberal use of Google, and others take the failing device to a person trained to fix computers. And some people thoroughly screw up their device trying to fix it themselves, and then take it to a repair shop. Read More >>

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You Still Haven’t Heard of Quibi, But Don’t Worry, Its CEO Apologised for Calling Journalists Paedos

The new streaming service Quibi is facing an uphill battle. Most people don’t know what it is or why it exists. That’s partly because it hasn’t even launched yet, but CEO Meg Whitman recently put it on the map in a less than tasteful fashion when audio leaked of her comparing journalists to paedophiles. She has now apologised for the comparison. Read More >>

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Google Drive Is Down for Some People

Google Drive and Google Docs are down...at least for some people. According to Downdetector, the popular cloud service and software suite appeared to crater out of existence at 5:57 pm GMT today. The outages were mostly in the US, but some cropped up in the UK as well. Read More >>