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    Microsoft is turning Windows 11's Start Menu into an advertisement delivery system

    https://www.ghacks.net/2022/11/21/microsoft-is-turning-windows-11s-start-menu-into-an-advertisement-delivery-system/ I'll never understand the move to dilute the user experience on core products. Apple is doing it with App Store, and even subscription services like News+ - Microsoft is doing it...
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    Mick Gordon (sound designer of Doom) issues statement regarding DOOM Eternal

    This is one HELL of a read my friends. This is what happens when you run a business around creative talent. The creative process takes time and compromise, and upper management only cares about numbers. The thing I don't understand is id software knew they were going to have a hit on their...
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    Which gaming laptop should I keep?

    I have two gaming laptops ordered and i'm torn which one I should keep. Some quick thoughts of mine... I HATE the "gamer" design language of the Asus, but I am sure I can paint that red bit black and turn off the stupid RGB glow around the front. I like the look of the Alienware... all black...
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    Which gaming laptop should I keep? Alienware vs Asus.

    I have two gaming laptops ordered and i'm torn which one I should keep. Some quick thoughts of mine... I HATE the "gamer" design language of the Asus, but I am sure I can paint that red bit black and turn off the stupid RGB glow around the front. I like the look of the Alienware... all black...
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    Casualties of Hurricane Ian.

    Just a couple pictures gaming-related of losses in our home. My wife and I lost everything... both cars, all our possessions, all of our furniture.... everything. The Nintendo 64 my grandmother bought me when the N64 launched who just happened to pass away the day after Hurricane Ian went over...
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    The Splinter Cell remake will update the game’s story ‘for a modern audience’

    This already sounds like another forthcoming disappointment from Ubisoft... “Using the first Splinter Cell game as our foundation we are rewriting and updating the story for a modern-day audience,” reads the scriptwriter job ad...
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    Portal with RTX

    Who would have saw this coming?
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    512GB SanDisk Micro-SD Card. 53% off from $99.99 to $46.99

    Offer good for 15 more hours. I imagine this'll be nice for a Steam Deck and/or Nintendo Switch. https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-512GB-microSDXC-Memory-Adapter/dp/B08GXXKY6P
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    I can't figure out this 3 display configuration problem at work. 4K display only showing as 1080p.

    What's supposed to be a really easy thing is turning into a months-long headache. We hired a guy who needs 3 monitors... 2 standard 24" widescreens and a single larger TV-sized 4K display for viewing high-detailed maps and aerials. So I figure let's just hook him up with our standard widescreen...
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    Are the majority of new game purchases loose in the case or do I just have bad luck?

    Ever since I started buying console games again a couple years ago after a long stint being mostly on PC... I have noticed that possibly 4/5 of the games that I have bought new either locally at a store or online have all arrived with the disc loose in the case. When I hear that disc moving...
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    Starfield and Redfall Delayed to first half of 2023

    Was really looking forward to Starfield, but I am okay with this delay.
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    PSA: Migrate your Bethesda Account games to Steam starting today (04/27/2022).

    Just a PSA: Bethesda is sunsetting the Bethesda launcher, and starting today you can migrate any game you have on the Bethesda Launcher over to Steam. Link to library transfer: https://bethesda.net/en/account/transfer-library Article...
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    PSA: Migrate your Bethesda Account games to Steam starting today (04/27/2022)

    Just a PSA: Bethesda is sunsetting the Bethesda launcher, and from today you can migrate any game you have on the Bethesda Launcher over to Steam. Link to library transfer: https://bethesda.net/en/account/transfer-library Article...
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    Max Payne and Max Payne 2 remakes coming from Remedy and Rockstar

    HYPED! https://www.polygon.com/23013939/max-payne-remakes-remedy-rockstar
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    Any PlayStation equivalent to the PC's "Motion Sensitive Fix" mod for PlayStation?

    THIS mod I would absolutely love on PlayStation but I can't find any equivalent on the Mods search for PlayStation. Anyone know if there is something for PS that reduces the first-person camera movement when sheathing, unsheathing, and using bow & arrow...
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    Sony buying Bungie!!!!

    These acquisitions lately are just crazy! https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2022-01-31-sony-buying-bungie-for-usd3-6-billion
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    "Crysis 4" confirmed with new teaser from Cytek.

    "Will it run Crysis?" (Probably not. lol) Maybe we'll be able to run it maxed-out in 6 years... :LOL: Oh and in case anyone forgot Crysis 3 came out 9 years ago in 2013... so it's possible we'll see a release in 2023 for the 10 year anniversary of the last installment? Who knows...
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    SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 2280 2TB PCIe Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.3c Samsung V-NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V8P2T0B/AM - Newegg.com $279.99

    Use code EMCBN2Z48 for $50 off for $279.99 total. Also comes with a FREE heatsink. This is an absolutely insane deal for one of if not the fastest M.2 SSDs on the market. https://www.newegg.com/samsung-2tb-980-pro/p/N82E16820147796
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    Quick Samsung 980 Pro question.

    I got the 2TB 980 Pro for my PS5, but i've been trying all day to update the firmware through 2 different laptops and it won't update. Samsung Magician in both laptops says "the device is connected to the driver that magician does not support." Samsung Magician says the firmware on this one...
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    Sony Expects Microsoft to Keep Activision Games Multiplatform

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/sony-expects-microsoft-to-keep-activision-games-multiplatform-11642665939?reflink=desktopwebshare_twitter
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    Star Citizen and Squadron 42 are still years from launch, CIG confirms

    Shocked! "MCV extrapolates that the formation of the new Manchester studio, which will bring the studio to over 1000 workers within five years, means that Star Citizen could be eyeballing a 2027 launch. Jones doesn’t exactly confirm that, but he does say that “by that time, [CIG] will be...
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    Cyberpunk 2077 "Soft Relaunch" Q1 2022

    So I am creating this thread because now that we are in 2022, the next 3 months is when we are supposed to get the "next-gen" or I suppose you can now call it "current-gen" free upgrade to PS5 and Xbox Series X. I bought Cyberpunk last year for $10 for PlayStation with a free Steelbook from Best...
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    Starfield release date officially announced.

    November 11, 2022 https://bethesda.net/en/game/starfield/article/5cc68VBsUpeXWnM40NB1ot/starfield-release-date-teaser-trailer
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    ‘Alien: Isolation’ Announced for Android and iOS Devices; Arriving December 16th

    This is the most unexpected announcement of this year to me. I don't play games on mobile, but I honestly would've thought we'd get a proper VR version of Isolation first...
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    Halo Infinite becomes most-played Xbox game on Steam ever in under 24 hours

    Wow. I haven't played a Halo MP since the first, but this being F2P deserves a shot! https://www.gamesradar.com/halo-infinite-becomes-most-played-xbox-game-on-steam-ever-in-under-24-hours/
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    Players found cheating in Call of Duty games may now find themselves banned from the entire franchise, including all previous games and future titles

    Good. https://www.callofduty.com/blog/2021/11/RICOCHET-anti-cheat-progress-report-post-vanguard-launch
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    Elder Scrolls 6 will release for Xbox and PC only

    This may have been obvious, but there has been speculation whether ES 6 would come at all to PlayStation and it's all confirmed now that it isn't. If it does come I suspect it would be at least a year or more after Xbox/PC launch for it to come to PlayStation... or never, but who knows... it for...
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    Far Cry 7 Is A Live Service Game Similar To Assassin's Creed Infinity - Report

    * Halo Infinite * Assassin's Creed Infinity * Far Cry Everlasting * Call of Duty Unending * Mortal Kombat Eternal * Ghost Recon Interminable * Elder Scrolls Inexhaustible * Fallout Boundless * FIFA Forever Welcome to gaming as a service. The NEXT LEVEL of entertainment...
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    Rockstar's most recent update to the Steam version of L.A. Noire added online-only DRM.

    The update was made in April of 2021. Prior to that the game was playable offline. There is currently no known fix or patch that reverts the update, and you can't roll back to the previous version either, since Rockstar changed the executable's file name with this update (trying to launch the...
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    Sony has formed the ‘PlayStation PC’ label for its PC games push.

    According to a Corporation Wiki listing, Sony Interactive Entertainment registered the PlayStation PC name in April this year via its California-based headquarters. Although the name appears to be a formality, it represents another strong signal that Sony intends to increase its gaming output...
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    Pulse 3D Wireless Headset Midnight Black for PS5 Preorder - $59.59 + Free Shipping (Originally $99.99)

    Not sure if pricing error, but you can pre-order the originally $99.99 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset Midnight Black for PS5 for only $59.59 and it says "Sold and shipped by Walmart.com" so I think this is legit and a great price...
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    Court issues permanent injunction in Epic v. Apple case

    Big win for Epic. Google Play Store is next I bet. https://www.theverge.com/2021/9/10/22662320/epic-apple-ruling-injunction-judge-court-app-store
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    Suggest a linear-ish FPS/3rd-person game with campaign?

    So I finished Doom Eternal recently and loved it. I started playing Rage 2 and while the shooting feels great I don't have it in me to play a open-world game, and just feel like a lot of companies are making "open-world" games to artificially pad a game with extra "play time." I am playing Gears...
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    US Senate approves massive $52B spend on easing the chip shortage

    "President and CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association, John Neuffer, praised those who voted for the passing of the bill, calling the move a "Pivotal step toward strengthening US semiconductor production." https://www.pcgamer.com/senate-pass-bill-innovation-competition-chip-shortage/ A...
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    Did Nvidia change the pricing of the 3080ti from $999 to $1199 at the last minute?

    Sure looks like it to me... thoughts? https://twitter.com/Kepler_L2/status/1399605257529876480?s=19
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    Sony may be working on a new portable gaming console.

    A recent job posting for Sony for a "Head of Mobile, PlayStation Studios" seems to suggest Sony is either looking at mobile gaming again, or something else... "...the job listing is looking for someone to "Build and execute against a mobile 3-5yr business plan," meaning that Sony might be...
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    Are there ANY good "modern-themed" team-based shooters today that are like what Counter Strike Source used to be (other than CS: GO)?

    I haven't played a good team-based multiplayer shooter in a very long time. CSS was the last one I played and I was really good and competitive at the time... I was in the beta and then our clan had our own server and everything... I also played a lot of UT2K4 but that was just against the bots...
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    WTB: Xbox One S

    If anyone has a Xbox One S lying around I'd be interested. I don't even need the controller or power cable. Color and HDD size is not important either. I'd link my heatware but it's not loading for some reason, but I have lots of trades through Reddit and eBay if you want those I can provide them.
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    Any game/console collectors can appreciate this?

    Picked up both of these this past weekend.
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    Brought a launch fat backwards compatible PS3 back to life and wanted to share.

    I don't have many people to share this with so I thought i'd share it here. A little background... When the PS3 launched it was really hard to get. A good friend of mine got his hands on two... the 60GB model and the 20GB model. He sold me the 20GB model for retail cost. I was always fond of the...
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