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Can the new Call of Duty League be the NFL of competitive gaming?

This weekend, however, it’ll be the scene for something very different: a glimpse at the future of professional Call of Duty.It all starts on Friday evening when the Chicago Huntsmen take on the Dallas Empire in the very first match of the fledgling Call of Duty League (CDL). ...

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The transforming Xbox 360 D-pad is proof that bad buttons can get better

The Xbox 360 controller is considered to be one of the best video game controllers ever made — except for one thing: the D-pad.Great controller, terrible D-pad
Microsoft knew it had to fix things, and in 2010 — a full five years after it launched the Xbox 360 — it tried to do so in a singularly impressive fashion with the Xbox 360 Limited Edition controller, which featured a transforming D-pad. ...

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Rush Grotto is a cute, fast-paced, free dungeon crawler

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(Image credit: Daniel Moreno)When you want to raid a dungeon but you only have a few minutes to spare, consider Rush Grotto: an extremely fast-paced, perhaps the fastest-paced roguey dungeon crawler you can play, for free, in your browser.Yes it is a bit weird to have to walk, walk, walk, walk, walk between enemy encounters and traps, but the game picks up steam quickly, throwing more complicated arrangements at you, every time you advance a dungeon floor. ...

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Apex Legends dataminers have a good theory about the mysterious flying lights

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Three mysterious lights were recently spotted in the skies above Apex Legends' World's Edge map.They're too high up for players to get a closer look, but dataminers have offered up a rather convincing theory, potentially backed up by some datamined code. ...

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Here's a cheap AMD laptop for the kids that isn't a Chromebook

Granted, I wouldn't touch this laptop for $599, but at the current discount, you'd be very hard pressed to do any better.Definitely worth a look," one user wrote. ...

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As coronavirus sparks new interest in Plague Inc., dev warns it's 'not a scientific model'

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(Image credit: NDemic Creations)Popular pandemic simulator Plague Inc.was released for mobile devices in 2012, while the updated Plague Inc. ...

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Frame Fatales, the all-women speedrunning event, returns in February

That debut event didn't have a charity component, but Frost Fatales will be raising money to support the Malala Fund, founded by Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, which aims to encourage and support education for women around the world.Awesome Games Done Quick, which wrapped up earlier this month, raised a record-breaking $3. ...

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When does Warcraft 3 Reforged unlock?

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The multiplayer beta of Warcraft 3 Reforged, which retools the classic real-time strategy game for 4K, is available now.The full version, however, won't unlock until Tuesday, January 28. ...

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Activision signs exclusive deal with YouTube for pro esports livestreaming

With the term of that contract now expired, Activision said today that it's signed a new multi-year deal with YouTube for exclusive livestreaming rights for all of Activision's pro esports leagues and events, including the Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, Hearthstone Esports, and World of Warcraft Esports.Welcome to the family, Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, and Hearthstone Esports. ...

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Play an endless, ruthless seagull battle royale in The Beach

It's cute and fun to watch those little birds scurrying around on the sand, and it's highly reminiscent of The Beach, an endless indie battle royale game—though The Beach features seagulls instead of sandpipers and the gulls dig for gold coins instead of food.They also try to drown each other as they compete to be king of The Beach. ...

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Apex Legends fans have found more images of the rumored new character Revenant

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EA and Respawn revealed yesterday that the new character coming in season 4 of Apex Legends is a big, Doomfist-looking brawler named Forge.That may have come as a bit of a surprise to fans of the game: Our October 2019 report on "what we know about the next Apex Legend" was all about a completely different character named Revenant. ...

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Beware of AMD coolers with extra heatpipes: they aren't real AMD products

Unfortunately, though the shots of the supposedly upgraded cooler look real, they are not genuine AMD products.Stock air coolers that come bundled with processors have not been terribly exciting over the years, though to AMD's credit, its Wraith coolers for Ryzen CPUs are pretty good. ...

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GOG's Lunar Sale is live

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If you've not already devastated your wallet by celebrating the upcoming Chinese New Year on Steam, GOG's hosting its own Lunar Sale, cutting the prices of more than 1,500 games.At a glance, the discounts are the same as Steam's, but there's still a lot of great stuff in there. ...

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What's the difference between flash and SSD storage?

Unlike DRAM/RAM/memory, flash and SSD are not referring to the same thing, even though flash memory is used in SSDs and flash storage can be considered an SSD.What is flash storage? ...

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Ark: Genesis delayed until February, but on the plus side it'll have giant space whales

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(Image credit: Studio Wildcard)Ark: Genesis, the first chapter of the next expansion for Ark: Survival Evolved, was originally planned for release in December of 2019, though it was later moved to January of 2020.On the plus side, the new screenshot above gives us a nice look at a couple of the expansion's space whales. ...

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Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition is getting a beta soon

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Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition is the last of Microsoft's Age of Empires remasters, and with the second one out of the way it's the next one on the docket.If you're eager for an early look, you'll need to join the Insider programme. ...

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Amnesia developer Frictional Games is teasing its next game with an ARG

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A few weeks ago, Amnesia developer Frictional Games started teasing something on a website that's been dormant for four years—a pulsating neuron.And now it's undergone yet another change, kicking off an ARG. ...

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GDC survey reports that 54% of developers think game workers should unionise

30 percent of developers said they were uncertain, while 16 percent said they were against it.Only 23 percent said they thought people would unionise, with 22 percent believing it wouldn't. ...

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This clever contraption makes the bezels on your multi-monitor setup disappear

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Monitor makers have made strides in designing displays with increasingly thin bezels, but they have not been able to make them disappear altogether.It installs between monitors set at a precise angle and presto chango, the bezels disappear as if by magic. ...

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Save $260 on the RTX 2080 Ti, the best graphics card can buy and power-up your rig

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Saving a few hundred bucks on a top-tier graphics card is no joke, especially on the best consumer graphics card on the market, namely the RTX 2080 Ti. ...

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