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Kotaku Tuesday, August 1, 2023 6:41 PM

Respawn and Electronic Arts' popular single-player Star Wars sequel, Jedi: Survivor, is making the leap from current-gen to the older PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.


Kotaku Tuesday, August 1, 2023 6:32 PM

James Donaldson aka Mr. Beast, one of the most popular YouTube stars in the world, is suing the virtual kitchen company he partnered with after fans complained about poor-quality food being delivered to their homes. Mr. Beast says that the company sacrificed quality control in order to expand as quickly as possible.


Kotaku Tuesday, August 1, 2023 5:15 PM

Remember those Xbox 360/PS3-era Transformers games? Wouldn't it be cool if you could easily buy and play those in 2023 on modern platforms? I think so. And so does Hasbro. But according to the toy company behind the popular transforming robot franchise, Activision has apparently lost the games and doesn't know where…


Kotaku Tuesday, August 1, 2023 4:35 PM

It is far too often the case that failed hardware components lead to unnecessary disposal. That means another expensive purchase for you and more stuff sitting in landfills for the Earth. Thankfully, Microsoft is now offering replacement parts and educational info for fixing tired and worn out controllers, meaning you…


Kotaku Tuesday, August 1, 2023 3:10 PM

The Last Hope: Dead Zone Survival—a Switch-exclusive budget game that many called a knockoff of Sony's The Last of Us—has been removed from the Nintendo eShop. Meanwhile, Sony has started removing the game's trailers from YouTube.


Kotaku Tuesday, August 1, 2023 2:55 PM

After nearly 15 years, feminist game critic Anita Sarkeesian's non-profit organization Feminist Frequency will cease operations in early 2024. The news was delivered via official press release with Sarkeesian citing endless burnout and exhaustion from growing the site over the years, which she says has proven…


Kotaku Tuesday, August 1, 2023 2:25 PM

Do you have any Xbox gamers in your life? Maybe you've occasionally tried to talk to them about peculiar hobby? They can be a prickly bunch, and understandably so given how rough it's been out there for, well, about a decade now. Time heals all wounds, unless you're an Xbox fan and someone says the wrong thing.


PCGamesN Tuesday, August 1, 2023 7:22 PM
     Dark Souls and Skyrim come together in this upcoming RPG

Eldrimar is an upcoming RPG game that I am genuinely excited about, especially as someone who has long been awaiting The Elder Scrolls 6. By blending the disturbingly dark setting of soulslike titles with the familiar first-person gameplay of Skyrim, Eldrimar builds itself into a unique fantasy experience. As a fan of all things medieval, especially when such elements are thrust into fantastical or magical worlds, I would definitely say that Honor Games' upcoming title is at the least, a very fascinating one.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best indie games, Best RPG games, Best soulslike games

PCGamesN Tuesday, August 1, 2023 6:37 PM
     Final Fantasy XIV director wants playable Pixel Remasters in the MMO

Final Fantasy XIV is my favorite MMORPG ever, and it's largely thanks to how active Square Enix has been with its player community. Director Naoki "Yoshi-P" Yoshida has always taken fans' feedback to heart, proving time and time again that Final Fantasy XIV has one of the most active development teams around. Following his recent appearance at the FFXIV Fan Festival 2023, Yoshi-P has discussed the game's upcoming expansion and what he personally wants to see implemented as playable content in the MMO.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best MMOs, FFXIV Island Sanctuary guide, FFXIV Island Sanctuary animals list

PCGamesN Tuesday, August 1, 2023 7:25 PM
     Baldur's Gate 3 players, delete your early access saves before launch

Baldur's Gate 3 has been keeping me occupied on a daily basis now as I explore all that the RPG game's early access build has to offer. Larian Studios has obviously put in a massive amount of work, as I haven't even gotten close to being bored yet. The full launch this week is exciting nonetheless, and between the new character creation and story content coming, Baldur's Gate 3 may very well end up as my game of the year. As the release approaches, Larian Studios has been preparing us for it by sharing feature and lore tidbits as well as instructions to follow prior.

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

PCGamesN Tuesday, August 1, 2023 4:53 PM
     Remnant 2 smashes records, selling over a million copies in a week

Remnant 2 has been breaking records since its release, already overtaking Gunfire Games' preceding title in peak player count. The RPG game is well-known for its dark setting and unique bosses, as well as its support of co-op play. It seems that the developers' work on making a remarkably improved sequel has more than paid off, as positive Steam ratings continue to roll in and new players pick up Remnant 2 to enjoy it with friends.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Remnant 2 archetypes, Remnant 2 review, Remnant 2 bosses

PCGamesN Tuesday, August 1, 2023 4:01 PM
     League of Legends patch notes – 13.15 finally nerfs Aatrox

League of Legends patch 13.15 is certainly thorough, bringing the much-needed nerfs for Aatrox, buffing up Caitlyn, making Camille more powerful, and also introducing new skins for the MOBA as the Soul Fighter event rolls on. If The Darkin Blade has been ruining your day lately, and you've been waiting for League of Legends to redress the balance, this is your lucky patch. Here's all the League of Legends champions buffs and nerfs in LoL 13.15.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: League of Legends Arena tier list, League of Legends patch 13.14, League of Legends tier list

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 1, 2023 6:10 PM

Hitman 3 turned into Hitman: World Of Assassination last year, grouping the entire trilogy of missions all under one roof and adding a roguelike mode. The murder sim has been relatively quiet since.

Now a new elusive target is coming to the game this autumn, the first in two years. It's about taking down a character called The Drop, played by real-world DJ Dimitri Vegas.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 1, 2023 5:47 PM

When I was a kid growing up in rural New Mexico, I dreaded the first day of school. I had to give up whole days of biking in the desert with my brother and playing video games, sure, but the real problem was school supplies. My poor mom had to track down a huge list of supplies the school said we needed, from pencils and paper to expensive binders and calculators. Sure, back to school sales took the sting out of these mandatory purchases, but it was often a real stretch to get everything I needed, and I'd need to make friends quickly to borrow anything I didn't manage to come to school with.

That's why I was particularly amused, a decade and a bit later, to find out that Ebay is offering 20% off back to school purchases in the US, and that category of products includes a $999 LG OLED gaming monitor. Even for a university student, that's one heck of an upgrade for the new school year - but a darn good deal if you're considering this kind of ultra-premium gaming monitor.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 1, 2023 5:17 PM

For a few evenings last year, a friend and I had fun playing escape room puzzler Escape Simulator. He's smarter than I am, which was a boon because we were playing coopratively. It might be less beneficial now, since Pine Studio have just released Escape Simulator's "Versus Update". It lets you race to solve escape room puzzles competitively, with a new "truly challenging room that takes place on a quiz show from the '80s."

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 1, 2023 5:13 PM

Ugreen is a Chinese brand that has made a name for itself by providing surprisingly good design and build quality with the same aggressive pricing as its domestic competitors. I've used one of their USB-C chargers before, but I wish I'd bought this 4-port Gallium Nitride (GaN) charger that offers three USB-C ports, one USB-A port and a maximum output of 100W - sufficient for many lighter laptops, but more importantly the Steam Deck, mobile phones, tablets, headphones and controllers. This normally costs £50, but today it's down to £42 to Scan in the UK.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 1, 2023 4:56 PM

I have an affection for '90s first-person shooter Sin I suspect the game doesn't deserve, because it had a handful of good guns, ATMs you could press the buttons on, and a fight on the rooftop of a train. I am therefore always interested in each seemingly cursed attempt to revive the series.

The latest is Sin: Reloaded, from frequent remaster crew Night Dive Studios. Announced back in 2020 without an update since, Night Dive now say that the project "isn't dead" but will be tackled "at a later date."

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 1, 2023 4:15 PM

Baldur's Gate 3 is mere days away, and you may be wondering if you can prep in some way for the epic RPG's release. You can, it turns out: not by pre-loading its 122GB download size on Steam, no, but by deleting your Early Access saves and uninstalling the game entirely.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 1, 2023 4:08 PM

Want a sit/stand height adjustable desk for $119? Monoprice are currently selling their WFH single motor model for exactly this price when you use the code BIG30 at the checkout, saving you a ton of money on a desk with an MSRP of $279.99.

This is available only on the white model, which I happen to think looks great - and this is really an outstanding price for a sit/stand price of this size (47.2 x 23.6 inches, for the record).

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 1, 2023 3:56 PM

The WD SN740 is a 2230 NVMe SSD, one of the few small enough to fit into the Steam Deck and ROG Ally gaming handhelds. It's also the cheapest of these options, and is now available for £80 at Scan - compared to £85 for the recently discounted Corsair MP600 Mini and £105 for the not-so-discounted Sabrent Rocket 2230.

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Siliconera Tuesday, August 1, 2023 5:00 PM

Vaporeon Is the New Ambassador for Water Day in Japan

August 1st is Water Day in Japan. The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism appointed Vaporeon ambassador for Water Day in 2023. This water-type Pokemon is promoting public understanding of the value of clean water throughout the entirety of Water Week.

From August 1-7, 2023, the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism plans to hold educational events across Japan in cooperation with related ministries, agencies and prefectures. This will all happen with Vaporeon attending events as a mascot. Water Day is a Japanese national holiday dedicated to promoting water conservation and raising awareness of the finite nature of water resources and the importance of water resource development. On Water Day and during Water Week, the Japanese national government, local governments, businesses and private organizations all cooperate to help spread the importance of maintaining clean, healthy water each year.

You can view the promotional video starring Vaporeon in this tweet:

This year, Vaporeon acting as an ambassador and mascot is intended to help deepen the interest in water conservation in the general public. It uses the same Pokemon mascot costume as other past promotional events. Various facilities across Japan will also be lit up with blue lights to commemorate Water Day.

Water Week runs August 1-7, 2023, and an official website is open.

The post Vaporeon Is the New Ambassador for Water Day in Japan appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, August 1, 2023 4:00 PM

FFVII August 2023 Calendar Features Cloud on his motorcycle

It's a new month, which means a new FFVII calendar from Square Enix for August 2023. The Japanese Twitter account consistently releases new ones regularly for us to use on our computers and mobile devices. This month's is a piece of FFVII Remake art with Cloud on the Hardy-Daytona motorcycle he uses throughout the series.

Here's a gallery showing both of the August 2023 FFVII calendars with Cloud. August 11, 2023 is highlighted. This is because that's Cloud's birthday. It could also explain why he is the featured character for the month. However, Tifa was not the featured character in May 2023, which is the month in which her birthday falls. Instead, Aerith appeared on that calendar.
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As a reminder, Cloud is following Zack. The July 2023 calendar was a summer-themed one. It featured Zack as he appeared in Crisis Core: FFVII Reunion. In it, we could see him from behind as he was on the beach on vacation at Costa Del Sol. While he got to see some members of the Turks, like Cissnei, there during the game, he was the only character to appear in that calendar image.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is available for the PS4, PS5, and PC. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will arrive on the PS5 in early 2024.

The post FFVII August 2023 Calendar Features Cloud appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, August 1, 2023 3:00 PM

Review: Picontier Is a Great Farming Life Sim for the Switch

There are a lot of farming and life sims on the Switch, so much so that a game like Picontier could easily fly under the radar. It probably doesn't help that we first heard about it back in 2016, but it's never gotten tons of attention. Which is a shame, because it's a novel experience with an unexpected sort of sort surrounding it, and more people should really give it a chance.

Picontier begins with Pico's grandfather, a scientist named Jeda, heading to the island with them. After doing some work in a lab there, he instructs Pico to go to sleep. So we watch as our avatar heads into a pod and sleeps for an unspecified amount of time. Upon waking, an AI being known as Aila is there to greet us and guide us toward a new life dedicated to farming end exploring the island. However, something seems a bit off. The other villagers all seem to have woken up at the same time, it seems all the food spoiled, there's a huge hole in one person's house-slash-safe, and there are remnants of blockades and things like tanks with vines growing over them around the area.
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Farming in Picontier both does and doesn't work like we expect. Seeds are acquired from shrines across the island initially. You need to find them to begin planting. You can then offer 30 of that item to a shrine for a stat boost. You also eventually get seeds from a seed maker, which offers 10 in exchange for three of an item. Monsters appear and drop an array of items when defeated. Crafting ends up being critical, primarily for equipment, though also for making food via recipes. Villagers can be befriended to get quests that advance the story or grant access to new recipes for items or dishes. Not to mention hitting certain hallmarks means unlocking new areas, which also tend to hint at the general idea that something happened and this island might be special somehow.

What I really like is how there are little quality of life touches and it's so simple to keep moving forward in Picontier when playing this farming sim and RPG on the Switch. You can toggle a setting to show exactly how many days it takes for certain crops to grow. Expanding your inventory, shipping box, and storage box space is all done via money, with early upgrades being fairly affordable. It's easy to fall into a pace of breaking boxes and gathering items from portions of the map you unlocked so you can continue to craft or earn more money. Your neighbors might not have a lot of depth or things to say, but they're often entertaining enough and instead offer new material or recipe rewards that make the interactions with them worthwhile.
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Plus it does have a great sort of look to it. Picontier possesses the same sort of pixel art style as other Kan.Kikuchi and Skipmore games like Fairune and Kamiko. It's very effective at conveying an idea or rendering an item in a simplistic, yet stylish and recognizable way.

The only thing I wish Picontier did a bit better is explain things. For example, getting chickens for the first time is a good example. After completing certain mainline quests, you get a mini drone that lets you acquire animals. You then also get access to an item to befriend wild chickens. However, I didn't catch that I'd then need to craft that item to do so until I went into the workbench in my house next, which ended up being two in-game days later. Also, it never tells you that hey, you'll need to progress the main quest before the orbs blocking exploration to certain areas of the island will be removed, which might frustrate someone as they try to find a way to do more.
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Though, if I really wanted a wish granted, it would be for greater equipment durability. Things break really easily in Picontier! I suppose it's to give us an excuse to craft and spend money on things. But while a hoe, pickaxe, or axe gets an admirable 50 uses before it's gone for good, some swords have as little as 20 "whacks" in them. Considering even the earliest enemies you'll see take multiple hits before they fall, a lot of your inventory and money goes toward having enough weapons around and ensuring you're ready for those situations.

Still, I really loved playing Picontier on the Switch! It's a lot of fun, and it does a lot of streamlining that makes farming and exploring feel different than other life sims like Stardew Valley, Rune Factory, and Story of Seasons. The ambiance is interesting, as is knowing that something is off and "happened" while Pico was napping. The pacing could have been a bit different and equipment durability changed, but it's still worth people's time and attention.

Picontier is available for the Nintendo Switch and PC.

The post Review: Picontier Is a Great Farming Life Sim for the Switch appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, August 1, 2023 2:30 PM

Persona 5 Tactica Premium Trial Event Announced

Persona 5 Tactica is an upcoming tactical role-playing game featuring a new storyline as well as new characters, and Atlus announced a premium trial event for Japan. It will provide participants the chance to experience the first two hours of the game before its scheduled release on November 17, 2023. The demo takes place in Tokyo on September 2-3, 2023. Applying to take part in the trial in advance is required before participating.

The Persona 5 Tactica premium trial event will be held over two days. Each one will be divided into four sessions, with there being a morning session starting at 10am JST and an afternoon session at 2pm JST. Applications are accepted until August 6, 2023, 11:59pm JST. Winners will be notified by email from the domain【】on August 9, 2023. Atlus accepts only one application per person. Also, applicants must be at least 18 years old to participate. If there are too many applicants, potential players will be selected through a drawing. Transportation expenses are to be paid by the participant. Photography is strictly prohibited.

Those who wish to participate in the Persona 5 Tactica premium trial event must complete the official form to apply.

Persona 5 Tactica will launch globally on November 17, 2023. It will release on the Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Windows, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam.

The post Persona 5 Tactica Premium Trial Event Heading to Tokyo appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, August 1, 2023 2:00 PM

Roger Guilty Gear Plush

Arc System Works announced a plush toy based on Roger, Bridget's bear from Guilty Gear. The plush toy is available from the company's storefront to pre-order now. It is set to release in Q3 2023. It's normally priced at $174.99, but is currently listed at the pre-order price of $149.99.

The Roger plush takes its appearance from Guilty Gear Strive, featuring a special wash tag and a detailed zipper tag hanging from his neck. The plush features a "luxury exterior" fabric and custom stitching, along with a soft foam interior. It measures 18 inches tall while sitting, but it is 24 inches from head to toe.

Roger is a bear that assists Bridget in battle in the Guilty Gear series. Despite being a plush toy, he is sentient and boasts a high degree of intelligence.

Bridget herself appeared as a plush replica from Good Smile Company back in February 2023. It's not the only Bridget related merchandise to get a release since her inclusion in Guilty Gear Strive either. Good Smile Company also confirmed Pop-Up Parade and Nendoroid figures. Spiritale and Kotobukiya are also releasing figures based on her. Roger makes an appearance in many of them as well.

Guilty Gear Strive is available now for the PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X. The Roger plush is available to pre-order now ahead of a Q3 2023 shipping date.

The post Carry Bridget's Roger Plush from Guilty Gear in Real Life appeared first on Siliconera.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, August 1, 2023 6:29 PM
     Postulants Parlor Puzzle Remnant 2The Losomn region offers lots of puzzles for you to solve. Among these many puzzles is a game that is a hybrid between chess and tic-tac-toe that is located in the Postulants Parlor dungeon. This puzzle may seem challenging initially, but it becomes easier once you know your objective. You need to get three of your white pieces in a row before your opponent gets three of their black pieces in a row. However, you will get cursed should you lose a game. Here's how to solve the Postulants Parlor puzzle in Remnant 2 How to solve the Postulants Parlor Chess Puzzle in Remnant 2 Each space on the Postulants Parlor Puzzle board is connected to a door in the Postulant Parlor dungeon. A door will be closed if a black piece is on a specific space on the board. Likewise, the door will be open if a white piece is in that space instead. This means there are several solutions to the puzzle based on the door you want to open and three pieces of valuable loot behind each door. How t...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, August 1, 2023 6:11 PM
     How to play Multiplayer in SubnauticaSubnautica is a phenomenal game that allows players to explore the ocean's depths like no other. It's an isolated and sometimes terrifying experience that might be less intimidating with a friend. The issue is, Subnautica is designed to be played solo. The Steam store page even explicitly says so. Fortunately, there's a way around that if you're on Steam. Let me show you how to play Multiplayer in Subnautica. How to play Multiplayer in Subnautica As Subnautica was built as a solo experience, you'll have to jump through a few hoops to enable multiplayer. This method requires port forwarding, and if you're unfamiliar with it, I recommend reading this guide on the process. Sadly, every Router is different, and I can't give a 'one shoe fits all' explanation. It's not 'difficult,' but it's a little odd if you've not done this sort of thing before. Here are the steps: Image by PC Invasion Downgra...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, August 1, 2023 5:05 PM
     Baldur's Gate 3 Best CompanionsUnless you are playing a four-player multiplayer campaign and have no room in your party for more characters, companions are essential in Baldur's Gate 3. Since you need companions on your journey through Baldur's Gate 3, you'll benefit from knowing who the best companions are. After reading this guide, I'm confident you'll be confident in selecting the best companions in Baldur's Gate 3. Best companions in Baldur's Gate 3 tier list Since Baldur's Gate 3 is fully out now, there will likely be more companion characters to discover as we play through the Acts. However, we know about 10 (well, 22 actually) companions you can have in Baldur's Gate 3. Here is my ranking of the best companions in Baldur's Gate 3 and why. Shadowheart, the Cleric – Recruited after talking to her on the beach after freeing her from the mind flayer pod. If you didn't do that, Shadowheart can still be recruited on the beach bu...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, August 1, 2023 5:00 PM
     Dreamcatcher Melee Weapon Remnant 2There are a ton of secrets hidden in Remnant 2, but to access them, you need to unlock the Dreamcatcher melee weapon. Once obtained, you can use this weapon to access the game's secret parts, unlock new archetypes like the Invader, or obtain powerful weapons like the Crescent Moon Bow. However, the process to get the Dreamcatcher is long, but we have broken the steps down into an easy-to-follow guide. Here's how to get the Dreamcatcher in Remnant 2. How to unlock the Dreamcatcher in Remnant 2 Image: Gunfire Games Here's how to get the Dreamcatcher in Remnant 2: Go to Marrow Sanatorium Get the Nightweaver Stone Doll This is done by collecting 3 Stone-Carved Dolls and the Prison Key Enter The Tormented Asylum using the rift This is done by using the Soulkey Tribute on the Nightweaver Web Beat The Nightweaver boss Use the Nightweaver Stone Doll on the Strange Web How to get to the Marrow Sanatorium in Remnant 2 Image: Gunfire Games You can find the M...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, August 1, 2023 4:33 PM
     How to farm the Vile Apothecary Heart in Diablo 4Since you're in  Season 1 of Diablo 4, you've probably experienced some of the new features like the Malignant Hearts. These hearts are important because they are a part of your Seasonal Character's build. They benefit certain aspects of your hero stats such as offensive and defensive power. In other words, they are quite important and it's a good idea to seek them out. However, like many items in Diablo 4, there are a handful of these hearts that are rarer than others. The following heart seems to be rather rare. For this guide, you'll learn how to farm the ultra-rare Vile Apothecary Heart in Diablo 4. If you're using a Rogue, consider following this guide, you could make things a lot more interesting.  Diablo 4: How to farm the Vile Apothecary Heart The first thing to take away from this guide is that this heart is a Wrathful Heart, which is rare on its own. The second thing is that you must be playing on World Tier 4 to have a chance of running into it.  There are a f...

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, August 1, 2023 5:16 PM

The trailer shows gameplay of the sand surfing mechanic

The post Atlas Fallen Gets New 'Lord of the Sands' Trailer appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, August 1, 2023 4:33 PM

The upcoming titles include Broforce Forever, A Short Hike, Everspace 2, and more.

The post Xbox Game Pass Adds Broforce Forever, Everspace 2, and More appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, August 1, 2023 4:05 PM

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, August 1, 2023 3:43 PM

Douse also emphasizes that Baldur's Gate 3 has no exclusivity deal

The post Baldur's Gate III May Not Launch For Xbox Until Next Year appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Apple Watch 9 could be a huge upgrade

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The Apple Watch 9 could be a major upgrade
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The Apple Watch 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 smartwatches could be with us as soon as next month, and the rumors are that they'll be fitted with a brand-new processor – one that's going to result in a serious speed boost for the wearables this year.
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Here's why the Galaxy Z Fold 5 doesn't have an S Pen slot
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TechRadar's US Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff has been taking a look at some of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 prototypes that Samsung ended up not using: an integrated S Pen slot was under consideration, but it seems the resulting trade-offs weren't worth it.
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