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Amazon Prime Day is in full swing, with thousands of deals up for grabs on everything from laptops and TVs to fitness gear and home appliances, plus of course Amazon's own Echo speakers, Fire TVs, Kindles and other gadgets. Click the links below to go to our Prime Day hub pages, when you'll find the best deals sorted by product category, and links to all the main Amazon store pages.
Prime Day Apple deals: MacBooks, Apple Watch and more
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Apple devices are many things, but they aren't cheap, and Prime Day presents the perfect opportunity to pick up your dream device for less. We've rounded up all the best deals on MacBooks, AirPods, iPads, iPhones and the Apple Watch, including the 2020 MacBook Air (M1) for the lowest price we've seen in both the US and the UK.
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If you're looking for a new laptop, Prime Day is the time and our laptop deals round-up is the place. Whether you need a machine for work or play, we've found the best offers for every budget on machines from Dell, Asus, HP, and all the other leading brands.
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OLED TVs are among the big Prime Day sellers, and we've picked out the best deals from LG, Sony and Samsung. Whether you're looking for a new big-screen centerpiece for your home theater or something more modest, we've got you covered.
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From premium noise-cancelling headphones to budget buds, there are Prime Day offers on just about everything you could want to put over or in your ears, and we've picked out the sweetest-sounding deals from the biggest audio brands.
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Kotaku Tuesday, July 11, 2023 3:05 AM

Games downloads are enormous these days, and they're showing no signs of getting smaller. Those gigabyte numbers just keep going up, so your storage, whether hard drives, solid-state drives, or microSD cards, must match it. Tomorrow and Wednesday (July 11 and 12) could be a good time to expand your favorite console's…


Kotaku Tuesday, July 11, 2023 3:00 AM

Is that gaming shelf of yours looking a little sparse? Missed out on a few modern classics? Been meaning to pick up a couple of games that grabbed your attention but were perhaps not quite worth full price? This year's (two-day) Amazon Prime Day sale has some particularly excellent games worth grabbing at a discount,…


PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 7:12 AM
     Starfield book, five years in the making, is over 1,000 pages long

A gigantic Starfield book, which tells the history of the Bethesda RPG game from its initial reveal back in 2018 right up to the coming Starfield release date, is now more than 1,000 pages long and available for download. Written by an extremely dedicated fan and Starfield historian, it compiles every screenshot, rumor, fact, and Todd Howard quote about the coming space opera from the past five years, providing an in-depth history of the Starfield pre-release period and how Bethesda steadily revealed its successor to Skyrim. If you want to reminisce about those early days, when all we had was a few bits of concept art, or study the workings of the most ambitious pre-launch campaign in recent gaming history, this will prove a vital document.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Starfield release date, Starfield companions, Starfield system requirements

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 6:58 AM
     Diablo 4 Malignant Hearts explained

What are Diablo 4 Malignant Hearts? Following the events of the Diablo 4 story, a new curse known as Malignance has started to spread to every living creature in Sanctuary. This curse turns its host into a bloodthirsty being, making enemies more powerful than ever before.

The first Diablo 4 season is almost upon us, introducing Malignant mechanics, a brand-new storyline, and access to the battle pass. In the new season, any elite enemy has a chance of being Malignant. If you happen to take one of these enemies down in Diablo 4, you gain access to a powerful Malignant Heart that has the potential to create stronger Diablo 4 endgame builds to tackle the Malignant army.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Diablo 4 builds, Diablo 4 review, Diablo 4 classes

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 6:54 AM
     Is Exoprimal on Game Pass?

Is Exoprimal available on Game Pass? Capcom's new multiplayer online-only shooter may be a bit of a hard sell at full price, so many are hoping there's a way to try shooting at hundreds of dinosaurs for a fraction of the cost.

As an online co-op game with teams competing to eliminate the most dinosaurs, it is no surprise that many are asking if Exoprimal is available on Xbox Game Pass. With the Exoprimal release date coming very soon, you may want to check that your PC meets the Exoprimal system requirements. After all, even if the dinosaur game is free to try, it doesn't mean it'll work on your rig.

Continue reading Is Exoprimal on Game Pass?
MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Exoprimal release date, Exoprimal system requirements, Best dinosaur games

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 6:51 AM
     Anime Dimensions codes July 2023

July 11, 2023: Several Anime Dimensions codes have now expired, so moved them to a new location.

What are the active Anime Dimensions codes? No doubt you're no stranger to Roblox's anime offerings, as there are loads of them out there. However, this one is a good option if you ever want to transform into the likes of Goku, Luffy, or Naruto and punch/Ki Blast/ninjitsu your way through hordes of enemies.

There are plenty of other anime-inspired games on the Roblox platform with redeemable codes for free in-game currency and more. This includes Anime Adventures codes, Project Slayers codes, and Kage Tycoon codes. For now, though, here are some Anime Dimensions codes that can get you free gems and boosts for your chosen fighter.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Roblox games, Roblox promo codes, Roblox music codes

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 7:00 AM
     Best Amazon Prime Day PC gaming deals 2023

Amazon Prime Day is now here and will be running through July 11-12 in the US and UK. The annual event is a chance for Amazon Prime members to access exclusive deals across the site, including on the best PC gaming gear like headsets, keyboards, and SSDs.

Although the deals aren't typically as good as they are on Black Friday, the event is still a fantastic opportunity for Prime subscribers to save money with the latest PC gaming deals. Whether you want a new monitor, mouse, or motherboard, it makes sense to enhance your setup while there are so many discounts available.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best graphics card, Best gaming PC, Best SSD for gaming

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 6:51 AM
     The best parkour games on PC 2023

What are the best parkour games? Walls suck. Sorry, we said it, walls are the worst. We would far prefer a world where we could just walk straight to our destination without having to navigate around buildings and houses. There are plenty of action-adventure games that agree with us, with many modern games allowing the player to traverse the world by scaling sheds, clambering over condos, and aggressively ascending architecture whenever it dares to get in our way.

Freerunning across a map, soaring over walls, and throwing in some neat-looking twirls and flips in a virtual space is what we're all about. Some of these parkour games also happen to be some of the best PC games you can play right now. The art of movement can span many genres, from FPS games to action-adventure games, here are the best parkour games on PC.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 6:43 AM
     Project XL codes July 2023

July 11, 2023: We checked for new Project XL codes and added one expired code to the expired list.

What are the new Project XL codes? The RPG game is a mashup of Arcane Adventures, Project Jojo, and King Piece, a thrilling adventure game that you'll need to sink some time into to level up your character.

These Project XL codes provide mastery XP and double mastery time periods for you to get the best abilities for your character. We update this list on a regular basis with new codes, and you can check how to redeem codes below too. If you're a keen Roblox player, be sure to keep an eye on other free goodies with our updated list of Roblox promo codes, and if you're stuck for choice, here are the best Roblox games in 2023.

Continue reading Project XL codes July 2023
MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Roblox games, Roblox promo codes, Roblox music codes

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 7:49 AM
     Is Roblox shutting down in 2023?

Is Roblox shutting down? There always seems to be a rumor that Roblox is going to shut down. Let's get one thing clear early on: this is a hoax. Roblox Corporation has Tweeted confirmation that the game isn't going anywhere, so you can relax and get back to playing your favorite games.

However, if you are curious to know where this rumor sprang up from and how it got so big then we've done a little digging to uncover one of the sources of the speculation. With Roblox achieving a lifetime revenue of over $1b, and over $70m in payouts to creators it would seem utterly ludicrous for the game to shut down. While the game is still up and running, why not snag yourself some freebies in the best Roblox games with our Project Mugetsu codes, Anime Adventures codes, and Blox fruit codes?

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Roblox games, Roblox promo codes, Roblox music codes

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 6:34 AM
     The best Roblox games in 2023

What are the best Roblox games? Games aren't just better than ever for kids; the means of creating them are, too. The best example of that is Roblox: a massively multiplayer online game creation platform, and since it is so easy to make something fun, there are millions of Roblox games to enjoy. User-generated creations allow you to weather the existential threat of a natural disaster, try your hand as a pizza maker, and take a break away from it all with a spot of peaceful scuba diving.

From sims to RPGs and adventure titles, we've highlighted the best Roblox games to enjoy, with over 100 million other pals in online games. Think of it like Minecraft and LittleBigPlanet smooshed together and forged into an entire platform to create one of the best free PC games available. Below you can find the best Roblox games and more about this exciting platform. If you're looking for some Roblox freebies, you can check these guides for working, new Shinobi life 2 codes, and Project Mugetsu codes.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Roblox games, Roblox promo codes, Roblox music codes

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 6:26 AM
     Baldur's Gate 3 Shadowheart companion guide

Who is Baldur's Gate 3's Shadowheart? Shadowheart is one of the first Baldur's Gate 3 companions you'll come across in the Early Access build of the game - and although she's immediately happy to cooperate with you in order to find a solution to the wiggly little problem you've both got festering in your ocular region, you'll soon find her to be sassy, condescending, and frequently disagreeable.

For those of you who need a helping hand gaining her favor in the fantasy game, we've got everything you need to know about gaining approval with Shadowheart. If you're wondering how she can be best used in your party, we've got some tips for you - warning; there will be extensive Baldur's Gate 3 spoilers ahead. Don't forget to check out our other companion guides for Minsc, Halsin, and Wyll if you want to try something different.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Baldur's Gate 3 release date, Baldur's Gate 3 races, Baldur's Gate 3 classes

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 6:18 AM
     Da Hood codes July 2023

July 11, 2023: We added the new Da Hood codes for the month of July and checked for expired codes.

What are the new Da Hood codes? You need tons of cash to equip yourself with the best weapons on these mean streets, whether you're a criminal that's ransacking banks and shops across the city or a cop trying to stop this crime spree in its tracks.

Da Hood is a third-person shooter game you can play on the Roblox platform, and you can earn cash by either robbing places or catching criminals in the act. No matter if you decide to side with the robbers or cops, you'll find that having lots of cash can help you take advantage. If you're in need of further freebies, we've also got the latest Blox Fruits codes, Anime Adventures codes, and Shinobi Life 2 codes to redeem.

Continue reading Da Hood codes July 2023
MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Roblox games, Roblox promo codes, Roblox music codes

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 7:48 AM
     All Baldur's Gate 3 spells

Which Baldur's Gate 3 spells can you use? While the RPG game is based on Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition, not every 5e spell is available - and you can't use every spell. Therefore, knowing which spells are at your disposal is going to come in handy.

Sure, you might be able to hurl a Fireball at your enemies, it's a classic move, after all, but there are hundreds of other spells that might take your Baldur's Gate 3 foes by surprise, with a variety of positive, negative, and even hilarious results. Whichever of the Baldur's Gate 3 classes you choose to play, you can have the option to cast spells thanks to multiclassing, so knowing which compliment your other skills and abilities is essential. That said, here's all the BG3 spells available to magic users at the Baldur's Gate 3 release date.

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MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Baldur's Gate 3 release date, Baldur's Gate 3 races, Baldur's Gate 3 classes

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 6:11 AM
     Doors codes July 2023

July 11, 2023: We checked for new Doors codes and to see if any have now expired.

What are the new Doors codes? Doors is a horror game on the Roblox platform that's not for the faint of heart – especially if you're sensitive to jump scares. Your goal is to advance through a series of doors while avoiding the terrifying entities that give chase. Of course, reaching that final door is easier said than done, with chase sequences and puzzles that can easily spell your doom. Thankfully, our list of the latest Doors codes is here to help you reach Door 100 in one piece.

The latest Doors codes unlock a trove of additional supplies in the Roblox game - including Knobs, Revives, and Boosts - so be sure to redeem them before they expire. We've also included a step-by-step guide on how to redeem Doors codes, as well as how to obtain more in the future. Bring some levity to the spooky escape room by tuning your radio to the best Roblox song IDs. If you're a Roblox enthusiast, our Shinobi Life 2 codes and Project Mugetsu codes are sure to be of value.

Continue reading Doors codes July 2023
MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Roblox games, Roblox promo codes, Roblox music codes

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 6:00 AM
     The best Sims 4 mods 2023

What are the best Sims 4 mods? Well, you've come to the right place. The Sims became a must-have simulation game on the PC when it was first released in 2000, and over 20 years later, the series is still going strong with a new Sims game on the horizon. You only need to look at the game's strong library of user-generated content to see where all this success coming from.

The Sims 4 modding scene is thriving, with plenty of weird and wonderful additions to one of the best PC games for living your alternate virtual life. Suppose you want more customization options before the Sims 5 release date. In that case, loads of Sims 4 CC packs and expansion packs are available, while the mods below completely overhaul gameplay mechanics. We've compiled a list of just some of the best Sims 4 mods, accompanied with links to all the download pages. Be sure to read the install instructions for each mod.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 6:47 AM
     The 67 best Minecraft skins 2023 – cute and cool skins to use

Where can you find the best Minecraft skins? We've scoured the internet and tried on some of the coolest Minecraft skins out there to save you the trouble, whether you want to look like your favorite animal, superhero, or anime character.

Of course, you can always choose a default Minecraft skin. There are seven new characters to choose from as part of the Trails and Tales 1.20 update: Noor, Sunny, Ari, Zuri, Makena, Kai, and Efe. That said, if you'd rather rock a more unique and ultra-cute Minecraft skin instead, we'd recommend a custom fit. With an abundance of cool skins to choose from, however, it can be hard to find the best ones on your own, so here are some of the best Minecraft skins available to download right now on NameMC.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Minecraft seeds, Minecraft skins, Minecraft mods

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 5:56 AM
     Clicker Mining Simulator codes July 2023

July 11, 2023: Added one new Clicker Mining Simulator code to the list.

What are the new Clicker Mining Simulator codes? The digging simulator tasks you with mining your way through a quarry, discovering treasures, gathering gems, opening chests, and upgrading your equipment along the way. Each new section of the earth comes with its own mining challenges, tougher ground that requires better tools and more power to break.

The Roblox game has a healthy following; players with staggering amounts of power behind each swing; players that have seen things you wouldn't believe. A slow start in the free PC game quickly develops into a mining flurry, with each swing of your pickaxe improving your strength, enabling you to forge on ever deeper. Below are the latest Clicker Mining Simulator codes to help you with your underground adventures.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 5:57 AM
     Is Diablo 4 on Game Pass?

Is Diablo 4 on Game Pass? There's been a lot of confusion regarding Diablo 4 appearing on Xbox Game Pass due to Microsoft's attempted acquisition of Activision Blizzard over the past year. Microsoft and Activision have deals in place like the Xbox Series X and Diablo 4 bundle, but does that mean the game is coming to Game Pass?

We don't blame you for wanting to know if the RPG game is on Microsoft's subscription service - after all, that's at least $70 you could be saving. With the Diablo 4 release date finally here, check out what the devs say are the best Diablo 4 builds, as well as our definitive guide to the Diablo 4 classes, as well as our Diablo 4 review if you're still on the fence about the purchase. Now, here's everything you need to know about Diablo 4 Game Pass on PC and Xbox.

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MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Diablo 4 builds, Diablo 4 review, Diablo 4 classes

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 5:54 AM
     Baldur's Gate 3 leaps up Steam charts after bear sex reveal

The Baldur's Gate 3 bear scene has immediately become one of the best examples of why I choose to spend my life writing about videogames. It's romantic, it's imaginative, it's funny - following its reveal at the Larian Panel from Hell showcase, frankly, the Baldur's Gate 3 release date cannot get here soon enough. And it seems like the rest of the RPG game world agrees. Following the showcase, and the tender love scene between Astarion and Halsin, Baldur's Gate 3 has leapt up the Steam sale charts to sit comfortably above the likes of Call of Duty, Cyberpunk 2077, and Grand Theft Auto 5.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Baldur's Gate 3 release date, Baldur's Gate 3 races, Baldur's Gate 3 classes

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 7:48 AM
     Starfield release date, latest news, and gameplay

When is the Starfield release date? It was initially going to be in November 2022, but Bethesda announced a Starfield delay in March 2023, pushing the game back until September. Thankfully, we still got a pretty decent showing of the new open-world game at the Xbox and Bethesda showcase over the summer.

To put it lightly; Starfield has potential. Potential to be one of the best PC games ever. Although the finer details from the space-faring, open-world game haven't risen to the surface yet, we do know some things. We know the Starfield release date, and we've pieced together every last scrap of information from interviews, trailers, and passing comments from devs to build a picture of what we all might be playing this year. Here's everything we know about Starfield so far.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Starfield release date, Starfield companions, Starfield system requirements

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 5:48 AM
     Blizzard president says a Diablo 4 Game Pass launch is

Diablo 4 might soon be owned by Microsoft with the impending Activision Blizzard acquisition, but that doesn't necessarily mean the new RPG game will be coming to PC Game Pass anytime soon. While some sort of Diable 4 Game Pass release might be possible in the future, be that DLC, seasonal content, or potentially the full game, Blizzard has confirmed that for right now it has no plans to bring Diablo 4 to the service.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Diablo 4 builds, Diablo 4 review, Diablo 4 classes

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 5:51 AM
     Diablo 4 maintenance schedule

What is the Diablo 4 maintenance schedule? All live service games need a bit of a breather sometimes, a little bit of downtime now and then prevents bigger problems down the line. This can be super frustrating as a player, as you need the game to be online even if you're adventuring solo, so we've put together a Diablo 4 maintenance schedule for you to plan your sessions around.

It won't make a difference how good your Diablo 4 character is if the game isn't playable, so make sure you're prepared for the worst. If the game is down, why not pass the time with our Diablo 4 classes guide, and theorycraft the perfect Diablo 4 build to take Lilith down? Here is the Diablo 4 maintenance schedule so you aren't caught short on one of your marathon sessions.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Diablo 4 builds, Diablo 4 review, Diablo 4 classes

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 5:31 AM
     The Forest cheats and console commands

What are The Forest cheats and console commands? They are the best and simplest way to make your life of survival from the creepy cannibals a little easier, so here's a list of each one.

Compared to the best The Forest mods, which have some wild and wacky possibilities like altering the tides and respawning trees, these console commands are more straightforward. While you need to take some steps to enable The Forest cheats and console commands, which we've outlined at the bottom of this guide, once you know how to do it everything is quite simple. You can skip the initial The Forest plane crash sequence, teleport to any coordinates of your choosing, kill animals at the push of a button, and even enable god mode.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The Forest System Requirements, The Forest mods, The Forest cheats

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 5:41 AM
     Fable 4 release date speculation, trailers, and story

What is the Fable 4 release date? Fable was finally revealed at the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase a few years back, but details about the long-awaited sequel have been thin on the ground following that announcement. But don't despair, young chicken chaser - we do have some details that we can share ahead of the Fable 4 release date, especially after the follow-up trailer revealed at the Xbox Games Showcase this year.

For one thing, we know Fable 4 is currently being developed by Playground Games, the studio behind the Forza Horizon series. We also know that it won't be called Fable 4 at all. Join us while we dig through the juicy details, discuss what's likely to appear, and gush openly about what we're hopeful about in the whimsical action-adventure game.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Fable 4 release date, Best RPG games, Best story games

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 5:22 AM
     New Fortnite weapons – all the guns in V25.11

What are the new Fortnite weapons? With Chapter 4 Season 3 now underway, there are new areas to explore throughout the island, and that means a whole host of new guns to wield. These range from machine guns, rifles, and other returning weapons to brand new ones such as the FlapJack Rifle and Cybertron Cannon, which could define the meta in the near future.

So after checking out the Fortnite map, you should probably brush up on what Fortnite weapons are now available for the battle royale game.  This includes all the exotic weapons sold by Fortnite NPCs, and even some new items that can help you greatly when it comes to sprinting across the island towards safety.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 11, 2023 5:21 AM
     Is Oxenfree 2 Steam Deck compatible?

Is Oxenfree 2 Steam Deck compatible? Playing the supernatural thriller Oxenfree 2 on your Steam Deck shouldn't be a scary process.

The original game in the series, aptly named Oxenfree, is playable on the PC gaming handheld. However, we haven't yet officially got word from Valve on whether this spooky sequel will be Steam Deck compatible.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, July 11, 2023 8:00 AM

In the wake of publishers adopting NFTs and predictive language programs so flimsy that even 1998 Kojima would have laughed you out of the room for daring to call them actual AI, you fools, you complete donkeys, Konami's infamous pivot-to-pachinko seems almost quaint now. Perhaps embarrassed by the relatively small amount of egg on their face compared to some of their more ridiculous contemporaries, Konami have decided to come crawling back to try and buy our collective forgiveness by way of their second-only-to-Squeenix PS1 back catalogue. Well it won't work, you swines! What's that? Suikoden remasters? Well, it still won't work! Metal Gear Solid on Steam, you say? Balls. Balls and zounds.

MGS1 has, of course, been available via GOG for quite a while now. It's a noble, if barebones port, but it does mean I have Snake-related options besides dusting off my PS1 classic, which is currently doing a bang-up job keeping a dodgy table bang-upright. Either way, I've found myself on a bit of Metal Gear kick recently. Phantom Pain, for all its narrative faults, holds up still as a cracking stealth sandbox rivalled only by Hitman. And MGS1 is still dramatic, still goofy, still alternately comedically overwrought and genuinely touching. But most of all, it's still haunted by the same ghosts that dwelled inside it all those years ago.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, July 11, 2023 6:16 AM

Sega Of America employees have successfully voted to unionise under the banner Allied Employees Guild Improving Sega (AEGIS). The new multi-department union represents over 200 employees at the company's Irvine and Burbank offices, working across divisions including QA, marketing, localisation, product development, live service, and more. Yesterday's vote had 91 workers voting "yes" and 26 voting "no."

AEGIS announced plans to unionise earlier this year, with goals that included higher base pay, better benefits, balanced schedules, and proper staffing to "end patterns of overwork." At the time, AEGIS claimed that "nearly a third of Sega's long-time workers still lack full-time status, paid time off, proper training, or even bereavement leave."

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, July 11, 2023 6:07 AM

If - like me - you quickly ran out of storage space on your Steam Deck by downloading 30 games released around 2007 that you'll never play, you'll be on the lookout for a compatible microSD card so you can comfortably download another 70 without breaking a sweat. Thankfully, Amazon Prime Day has your back, offering some pretty tasty discounts on the Samsung Pro Plus in its 256GB and 512GB varieties.

Our James reckons these specific cards are the best fit for Valve's chunky handheld, and I agree. As usual I took his advice and ended up with the 512GB card that has served me well over the last 12 months. Although the 256GB model might be enough if you're planning to stuff it full of games with a smaller footprint (such as the excellent Pizza Tower, Vampire Survivors or many other of the Steam Deck's best games), I'd recommend the 512GB card if you're leaning towards beefier titles.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, July 11, 2023 6:00 AM

Larian Studios are nothing if not enablers of wild, unspoken desires. In Divinity: Original Sin II, they provided the impossible - making each companion character a playable protagonist, and weaving their unique plotlines into the tapestry of the main story. It was one of the RPG's great innovations - handing you a killer backstory, a tangible motivation, and a set of prompts for how you might go about roleplaying your exiled lizard prince or demon-possessed musician. For those of us who struggle with the blank page of character creation, it was a godsend (quite literally, since the adventure concerned your ascension).

Choosing a set character came with an obvious drawback, however. It robbed you of the chance to make the most of Larian's character creation tools, fiddling with freckles and tattoos and biceps until you had an alter ego entirely your own. With Baldur's Gate 3, Larian have threaded the needle, conceiving an origin character who looks, sounds and fights however you like, yet enters the game with a frankly frightening amount of personal history and suspiciously lumpy baggage - and as they announced during the final Panel from Hell last week, some of that baggage will be soaked in blood. Optionally available as one of seven starting personalities, the Dark Urge is a mass murderer. Their species, gender, class and eyebrow thickness are up to you, but what you can't change is their deep and insatiable need to kill for pleasure.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, July 11, 2023 5:57 AM

If you've put up with a clunky clicker for too long, now's the time to pull the trigger, or in this case, press down with enough force to add the HyperX Pulsefire Haste to your basket. It's got a hefty 50% discount for Amazon Prime Day, the biggest discount since last year's Black Friday. Can I vouch for it? Yes, I have one! It's light and accurate and does a very good job of skating across my mat like a perfectly tuned puck.

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is a cracking option if you're after a no-nonsense gaming mouse that'll stand you in good stead for anything, really. MOBAs, ARPGs, the likes of CS:GO, all handled brilliantly by the Pixart 3335 sensor. Its honeycomb shell also means it's really light, with an ambidextrous body suited to lefties or righties alike. I wouldn't say the included grip tape is all that useful, mind. Mine sort of peeled off, but I've had no qualms popping my thumbs and fingers on its plastic body.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, July 11, 2023 5:32 AM

A liveblog? For Amazon Prime Day's PC gaming deals? I'd be lying if I said this wasn't an unfamiliar use of the tech – normally I just use liveblogs to relay game announcements or make fun of Geoff Keighley's clothes.

There is, however, a lick of sense behind it. Sifting through the hundreds, if not thousands of discounted gaming wares is a time-hungry process – just ask Ed and Liam, who I've shandhaied into helping this year – and the main Prime Day PC gaming deals hub, the Prime Day graphics card deals hub, and the Prime Day Steam Deck accessories deals hub all tend to get larger but less frequent updates. To say nothing of the Anti-Prime Day deals guide, which also highlights savings on quality hardware from non-Amazon sellers. Keep an eye on this liveblog, though, and we'll point out the really great stuff more or less as soon as we find it.

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