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Red Dead Redemption down to £8.24 in this week's Xbox Deals with Gold

If you’re an Xbox owner that is currently struggling with the five-month wait for Red Dead Redemption 2, you can run the risk of treating yourself to the original RDR and spoiling your proverbial dinner later in the year. That said, a copy of Red Dead Redemption – which is not only backwards compatible, but enhanced in 4K for Xbox One X as well – for less than £9 is hard to pass up.Red Dead is down to £8.24 at the moment, while the Undead Nightmare DLC pack will set you back another £6.75. Worth it just for that Bigfoot…

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How gamers with disabilities shaped the Microsoft Adaptive Controller

Solomon Romney was 15 when he realised video games had finally beaten him. Born with no fingers on his left hand, he’d managed just fine through the 1980s, hanging out in the arcades, benefiting from the limited inputs of those classic coin-ops with their one-stick-two-button set-ups. “My dad was a late night talk show host so I didn’t spend much time with him,” he explains. “But gaming was something we had. We’d go to the movies, then we’d go to arcades. That was where I was happiest, that was where I realised gaming was an empowering activity. It’s always been…

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This week's best deals: 4K TVs, PS4 Slim bundles, PC discounts and more

It’s been an emotionally charged week here at the Eurogamer office, as we said goodbye to a now-unnamed video producer. All things change in time, however, and the same is true for the weird, wonderful and occasionally troubling world of gaming deals. All of which is to say – hey, it’s time for another roundup of the week’s best deals.As usual, we’ve got deals that’ll work in the UK, deals that’ll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. Let’s get started.This week’s GOG sale…

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How ideas of civilisation have shaped gaming

When I was a kid, I played a lot of Civilization 2. I played a lot of strategy games in general, but having a deep love of both history and sci-fi, the epic sweep of Civ 2 from prehistory to the stars held a particular appeal. I loved taking my little people from their huts and ziggurats to the world of science and advanced space-flight.But there was something that always bugged me. It didn’t matter who you played as, when you hit a certain point all those lovely ziggurats and castles and pagodas vanished and were replaced by grey, blocky…

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Onrush is like being in a washing machine filled with cars

There are a bunch of variables to play with in Onrush, even in the current beta. For the opening hours of my first morning playing, however, none of them seemed to matter very much.There are vehicles to pick from, ranging from fast-and-light to slow-and-heavy. Each come with their own skills and their own gimmicks. There are courses, throwing you over sand dunes and past tumbledown churches or skipping across day-glo volcanic lakes, a sudden burst of rainbow colour amidst stinging gusts of snow, all of which conform to the basic Onrush ideal, which seems to be a wide, chummy donut…

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This week's Xbox Live Deals with Gold include Mass Effect Andromeda for £6

In case you’ve not noticed by now, Microsoft changes its batch of weekly Deals with Gold each and every Tuesday. Every now and then, the current Spotlight Sale will also change. All of these are fancy ways to say ‘there are some discounts on Xbox games again this week.’ So hey – there are some discounts on Xbox games again this week. Most notable of which is Mass Effect Andromeda’s standard edition, which Xbox Live Gold members can pick up for its cheapest price yet – just £5.94.In addition to that bit of intensely cheap gaming, you can also pick…

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Leaked image shows an Xbox accessibility pad with two giant buttons

A leaked image image of what is reportedly a new accessibility controller for Xbox has appeared.The image shows a white, flat, rectangular pad shaped a bit like a NES controller (quite an old reference now isn’t it?), with two huge circular pads for buttons A and B. Presumably these are programmable, and it looks like you’ll be able to switch between stored configurations for them by pressing the small white button by the three-light display above the d-pad.Elsewhere, across the top of the pad, are a string of icons denoting ports behind them for linking up to other equipment to…

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This week's best deals: GeForce 1080, PS4 Pro, gaming monitors and more

One more week into May, one more week of questionable British weather – and whether you’ve had more of the fickle patches of sunshine or the random torrential downpours, at the very least we are one week closer to being able to play all those fancy new video games like Red Dead Redemption 2, Vampyr and, um, Dark Souls Remastered, I suppose.Nevertheless, as usual, there’s another weekly list of the best deals from around the internet right here for your perusal. It’s got games in it, it’s got tech in it, it’s got lots of lovely things. Let’s have a…

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How Blizzard created the Overwatch fandom – and how the fandom left Blizzard behind

If you want to know the difference between an Overwatch fan and a member of the Overwatch fandom, ask them which characters are LGBTQ+. Attentive fans will likely know that Tracer has a girlfriend, Emily, based on a dialogue line she has on a single map and a comic released separately from the game. It’s less likely, but possible, that they will have seen the Tweet from lead writer Michael Chu and know she was confirmed to be a lesbian specifically. Ask a member of the fandom and they’ll probably have a list. Pharah and Mercy are usually dating, as…

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