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Hitman player discovers Potato Jesus Easter egg two years after it was added to the game

Two years after developer IO Interactive stealth added a Potato Jesus Easter egg to Hitman, a player has finally found it.”Just noticed this in Sapienza,” wrote u/tanstaafl in a post on r/Hitman.Included in the post is an image of a picture on a wall that’s quite clearly a take on…

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Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? – Issue 242

All together now.The nights are drawing longer and the gaming news is drying up as new releases ship, but no one could ever complain that there’s nothing to play. The release calendar is absolutely stacked right now, so here’s what we’re playing this weekend.Sammy Barker, EditorI’m so close to 100…

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Soulcalibur 6 players are fighting online with their (NSFW) nightmarish penises

Soulcalibur 6 came out yesterday – and already people are fighting online with their penises.The game has a character creation mode that’s… well, it lets you make some pretty nightmarish concoctions.Twitter user Nordaenn is credited as coming up with the Soulcalibur 6 penis, but it’s this tweet, below, that’s gone…

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Outspoken FIFA 19 pro quits game after EA ban for abusive behaviour

A professional FIFA player who was also an outspoken critic of EA has quit the game after receiving a ban.Kurt “Kurt0411” Fenech, from Malta, was banned from competing at EA’s FIFA 19 esports tournaments for two months for “abusive behaviour” towards FIFA players and others in the community.Fenech published a…

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How game design encourages order and chaos in equal measure

A while ago I’ve had a discussion with a certain Spelunky-loving editor of this website in which I argued that most roguelikes, Spelunky in particular, were too chaotic for me to handle. I like the orderliness of a JRPG or a round-based strategy game, games where after a while things follow a reliable pattern. However, there’s a flaw in my argument, which is that game design, no matter what type of game you prefer, is all about learning patterns. It’s only through learning these patterns that emergent play, the chaotic and unexpected stuff, can actually happen. On the box, The…

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Is This Our First Look at Red Dead Redemption 2's Dual Discs?

Install or nothing.We’re not entirely sure why Rockstar hasn’t just come out and told everyone that Red Dead Redemption 2 will ship on two Blu-ray discs, but here’s what appears to be our first look at the title’s dual set-up. The photos come courtesy of a Canadian YouTuber and seem…

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Insomniac Pokes Fun at Spider-Man PS4's Puddles with New Stickers

:clap:.Oh we love this! You may recall prior to Marvel Spider-Man’s release there was some controversy regarding the title’s puddles – or lack thereof. The hot button gaming drama of the time, many forum goers complained that the amount of H2O in a particular scene had been reduced, prompting shouts…

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Warframe's massive open-world Venus expansion, Fortuna, is out next month on PC

Developer Digital Extremes has announced that Fortuna – Warframe’s massive open-world Venus expansion – will be launching on PC in November, with an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 release due “soon after”.Fortuna was first unveiled during Warframe’s third-annual TennoCon, which took place in July this year, and it looks spectacular.…

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Spider-Man PS4 Adds Brand New Features with 1.08 Patch

The game that never sleeps.There was a mix-up with the latest update for Marvel’s Spider-Man this week, but v1.08 is available now. This patch actually bundles v1.07 in as well, and it includes an absolute slew of free new features, including New Game + and Ultimate difficulty. It also incorporates…

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Fly Through Two Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Missions

Top gun.To be honest, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is shaping up to be exactly what you’d expect it to be – but that’s a very good thing. These two new gameplay videos – showcasing Missions 6 and 7 respectively – confirm as much, as dodgy dialogue and cheesy music…

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Usain Bolt Could End Up in FIFA 19

An especially pacey winger.Usain Bolt, the world record holding sprinter who, in his prime, was pretty much the fastest human on the planet, may soon end up in FIFA 19. The former athlete, now 32 years old, has been pursuing a career as a professional footballer over the last few…

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Agent 47 can dress up as a sinister scarecrow in Hitman's free Hallowe'en DLC pack

IO Interactive has announced that it’s releasing a special Hallowe’en-themed DLC pack for Hitman on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 – and it’s completely free.Hitman’s free Hallowe’en DLC offering should already be available to download on all platforms, and brings with it a selection of somewhat seasonal tricks and…

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Soulcalibur 6 review – a return to form that's not without its flaws

My fondest memories of Soulcalibur, the long-running 3D fighting game from Bandai Namco, are playing on Sega’s Dreamcast and Nintendo’s GameCube, parrying until I felt like I could parry blindfolded. I’ve always loved Soulcalibur’s parry – a clash of weapons, a spark, a cling! Predict your opponent’s move, time the…

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Can Now Be Preloaded on PS4

The West awaits.If you’ve pre-ordered Red Dead Redemption 2 digitally on PlayStation 4, you’ll be happy to hear that you can now download the title ahead of its 26th October release date. Those of you with slower internet connections may want to get it done sooner rather than later, because…

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Legendary UK Magazine GamesMaster to End After 25 Years

Multiformat publication GamesTM also axed.It’s been a rough decade for games magazines, and two more casualties have been claimed. Legendary publication GamesMaster, which has been running for a whopping 25 years, will end on 1st November, as will its multiformat accomplice GamesTM. Staff from both magazines will be redeployed throughout…

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Everybody's Golf VR Takes a Shot in Virtual Reality Next Year

Hole in one.One of Sony’s oldest franchises will make the transition to its newest piece of hardware next year, as Everybody’s Golf VR lines up a Spring 2019 release. In development at Clap-Hanz and Japan Studio, the PlayStation VR exclusive will move the series’ classic gameplay to an all-new perspective,…

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UK mags GamesTM and GamesMaster shut down

Veteran UK video game magazines GamesTM and GamesMaster are to close. Both mags are in the process of publishing their final issues, Eurogamer’s sister site GamesIndustry.biz announced this morning. Future, the publisher of both magazines, said staff would be “redeployed” at the company. GamesTM launched in 2002 at Imagine Publishing,…

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PlayStation 4 exclusive Days Gone delayed

Days Gone will now release on 26th April 2019 instead of its previous release date in February.It’s probably for the best. As well as gaining a couple of extra months in development, Days Gone’s previous release date would have seen it launch directly against Anthem, Crackdown 3 and Metro Exodus.The…

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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales review – a card game with the heart of a blockbuster

I had concerns about Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. What worried me most was the story. It’s the most important thing; the premise the game is sold on, and a chance to return to the world of The Witcher. How could Thronebreaker possibly follow on from the outstanding The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? When I first played, I wasn’t sure it could. The queen whose royal sabatons I was filling left me cold. I couldn’t relate to her stuffy world of advisors and generals, and I didn’t like them. Her mission to reclaim gold stolen by bandits? Hardly mutant monster-hunter Geralt…

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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales review – a card game with the heart of a blockbuster

I had concerns about Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. What worried me most was the story. It’s the most important thing; the premise the game is sold on, and a chance to return to the world of The Witcher. How could Thronebreaker possibly follow on from the outstanding The Witcher 3:…

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Smaller Game Stores May Not Be Able to Sell Red Dead Redemption 2 Until November

Supply issues, apparently.Imagine being an independent retailer, banking on this year’s biggest game making up a chunk of your end of year earnings, only to be told that you won’t receive stock until November. That’s the dilemma staring a bunch of small US shop owners in the face, as a…

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Claire Redfield's Military Costume Doesn't Look Particularly Practical

It’s ‘armless.As revealed earlier in the month, Claire Redfield can change into a military themed outfit in Resident Evil 2 – assuming that you order the Deluxe Edition of the game, or one of its many other premium permutations. And here’s our first look at the legendary heroine sporting her…

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Guide: SoulCalibur VI – All Characters in the Finished Game

Every playable soul.So, which characters have made the cut in SoulCalibur VI? Bandai Namco’s long running fighting game franchise is out now on PlayStation 4, and fans naturally want the character roster to be as sharp as possible. The series has a catalogue of impressively designed duellists, and SoulCalibur VI…

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Rockstar Games defends itself over working conditions claims

After report of 100-hour weeks, studio’s co-head Rob Nelson says: ‘We will not stop working to improve in this area’Rockstar North’s co-studio head Rob Nelson…

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Rocket League cross-play party system delayed until 2019

Let’s face it – everything’s better with friends, and this is a mantra Rocket League developer Psyonix has championed for some time. As one of the studios most vocally in favour of cross-platform play, Psyonix has actually already implemented the feature, which currently allows PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch…

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Sony Wants 100 Per Cent of Its US Operations to Be Powered by Renewable Energy

And it’s aiming for 2030.We all need to be thinking about conserving energy, but it’s especially crucial that companies run their operations responsibly and in a more environmentally friendly manner. Sony was recently given a very poor D-rating by Greenpeace in a tech report, after it relied on just five…

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Reigns: Game of Thrones review – death, disaster and dark magic on your phone

iPhone, Android, PC; Devolver Digital/NerialYou decide the fate of the denizens of Westeros in this Game of Thrones tie-in, which is, appropriately, a bloody riotAn…

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Rockstar Employees Rally Around Company After Crunch Concerns

Staff irritated by accusations.Earlier this week, an interview with Rockstar co-founder Sam Houser sent shockwaves through the industry, as he appeared to suggest that the studio had been working 100 hour weeks in order to get Red Dead Redemption 2 out of the door. This, he later clarified, was not…

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The Battlefield 5 campaign lets you play as the Nazis but "it's not a hero story", insists DICE

The Battlefield 5 campaign lets you play as the Nazis, but “it’s not a hero story”, the developers have insisted.The Last Tiger, the last of the game’s War Stories due out in December 2018, is set during the twilight of World War 2 as the German army “descends into chaos”.…

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Review: WWE 2K19 – The New King of the Ring

The crown jewel.Much like the WWE’s actual touring schedule, the WWE 2K series never stops. This lineage of games has been releasing every single year since WWF SmackDown on the original PlayStation in 2000. As a result, each entry has started to become mostly iterative rather than radically different, as…

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Fallout 76 Brotherhood of Steel retcon explained by Bethesda

Fallout fans take their lore seriously, and last week a post suggesting Bethesda had retconned the Brotherhood of Steel into Fallout 76 prompted many to furiously debate the organisation’s roots.The discussion stemmed from an in-game note from Fallout 76 which mentions the Brotherhood of Steel’s extended involvement in Appalachia -…

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Blizzard Tempers Expectations for Big Diablo News at BlizzCon 2018

Cold day in hell.Will Diablo IV be announced at BlizzCon 2018? For a while there it was starting to seem more and more likely, with Blizzard dropping hints that the future of its loot-heavy role-playing series would be unveiled at next month’s event, but now the developer’s trying to temper…

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THQ Nordic Won't Release Wreckfest Until It Loves Playing It

Another one bites the dust.Wreckfest has broken down and been taken back to Bugbear’s workshop, where it will remain for repairs into 2019. The title – which was due out on 20th November – has been delayed on the PlayStation 4 by THQ Nordic, as the publisher works to get…

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey's first live Epic Mercenary event has been cancelled

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was due to launch its first live event this week, setting players forth across Ancient Greece in search of limited-time japes. However, thanks to unspecified technical issues, Ubisoft has been forced to admit defeat and cancel the whole thing.

Last week, Ubisoft announced that Odyssey’s live events -…

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Dream Daddy Flirts with PS4 on 30th October

Coming out on top.We’ve got a bone to pick with the PlayStation 4 version of Dream Daddy: where’s the exclusive Kratos add-on pack? Game Grumps, the creators of last year’s PC-based dating sensation, could have at least given us Joel from The Last of Us – heck, we’d have settled…

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You'll soon be able to date your Dream Daddy on PlayStation 4

Daddy dating game Dream Daddy will soon be dispensing its delightful daddies for the delectation of PlayStation 4 owners, starting on October 30th.Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator launched on PC last year and quickly became something of an internet sensation. Turns out everyone’s thirsty for daddies. It casts players…

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Something strange is happening to Fortnite's floating island

Fortnite’s map is continually evolving – we’ve had rockets, meteors, and most recently a giant purple cube (nicknamed Kevin) which spent several weeks rolling over the grassy hills of Lazy Links. Having transformed Loot Lake into a millennial version of the Wizard of Oz, the cube seems to have reached…

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Being openly political in games is "bad for business", The Division developer says

Video games are big business, and publishers inevitably want to sell as many copies as possible. So why risk alienating half your audience by being openly political if half your audience might be turned off by what you’re trying to say?That’s the point which The Division developer Alf Condelius made…

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Sean Bean will be killed off again, this time as Hitman 2's first elusive target

Everyone knows Sean Bean dies in (almost) every film he’s in. But now you’ll get to kill him yourself – as the first Elusive Target in Hitman 2. Better known as Boromir, Sharpe or poor old Ned Stark, Sean Bean will appear in Hitman 2 as a former MI5 agent…

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Japanese Sales Charts: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Is a Huge Hit on PS4

Blackout.Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has stormed the the top of the Japanese software charts, shifting an impressive 229,000 copies on PlayStation 4. Immediate sales have bettered those of Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and Call of Duty: WWII, making this a big…

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Hitman 2's First Elusive Target Mission Stars Sean Bean

The Undying.The first season of IO’s Hitman on PS4 had a great set of missions to start with, but the limited time Elusive Targets kept things ticking over. These special missions gave you one chance to take down a brand new character in one of the game’s existing levels, and…

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Rumour: Red Dead Redemption 2 Physical Copy May Come with Two Discs on PS4

Please insert disc 2.We know that Red Dead Redemption 2’s install size is pretty huge, but what does that mean for people who buy the game physically? Discs these days usually just load the game onto the hard drive, but at about 100GB, will one Blu-Ray be enough?Read the full…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review – a battle royale with military precision

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC; ActivisionThe shooter has gone multiplayer-only, bringing its own brand of exhilarating action and tactical warfare to the game modes popularised…

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The Quiet Man's second playthrough will add sound in a game about deafness

It seems a little odd to instantly undermine your game’s central selling point. Nonetheless, that’s exactly what’s happening with Square Enix’s new title. The Quiet Man, which is due to release on PC and PlayStation this November, centres on the journey of a deaf protagonist as he searches for a…

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Catch the Black Cat if You Can in Brief Spider-Man PS4 DLC Teaser

Felicia, you gotta see her.Has this trailer been published before? We don’t remember seeing it, but we’re sure someone’s furiously typing away in the comments now, telling us we’re late. Either way, this 30 second teaser trailer for the first Marvel’s Spider-Man add-on pack was published to PlayStation’s YouTube channel…

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PSN Is Down for Some, Sony Has Acknowledged the Issue

Down but not quite out.It appears as though the PlayStation Network is experiencing some turbulence tonight, as reports over the last couple of hours or so suggest that the service is struggling. Social features appear to be down, and some users are saying that they simply can’t sign in. We…

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DICE reveals more of Battlefield 5's single-player campaign in new trailer

With just over a month to go until Battlefield 5 releases on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, DICE has unveiled a brand-new trailer, this time focussing on the events of the game’s single-player story campaign.As was the case in Battlefield 1, Battlefield 5’s solo campaign – which has been…

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Guide: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – How to Unlock All Blackout Characters

Skins galore.Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode operates in a similar manner to that of other Battle Royale games, in that skins are the main form of customisation. The base game ships with a large assortment of different characters to play as, and here’s how you unlock them.…

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Insomniac shows off Spidey's new suits from next week's The City That Never Sleeps DLC

Insomniac Games’ acclaimed Spider-Man is about to get its first paid DLC next week, in the form of the story-based The City That Never Sleeps. Insomniac has already teased most of its features, but if you were curious about its promised new Spidey suits then, well, here you go…The City…

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Fans think Destiny 2 bug points to Dreadnought return

Destiny 2 has a new bug where you sometimes see loading screens with visuals and music for the series’ Dreadnought ship. The only problem? The Dreadnought is not supposed to be in Destiny 2. Introduced in Destiny 1 expansion The Taken King, the Dreadnought is a fan-favourite location, a hulking…

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Catch a Glimpse of New War Stories in Battlefield V Single Player Trailer

Lone soldier.If you’re unhappy with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s lack of single player campaign, Battlefield V has just flaunted its solo offering. War Stories makes a return from Battlefield 1, this time highlighting several untold tales from World War 2. Check out the new trailer above.Here’s the official…

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Review: Warriors Orochi 4 – Worse Than Warriors Orochi 3

Snake eater.Warriors Orochi 4 feels like it was developed on a shoestring budget. It cuts corners everywhere, from the removal of several game modes that were in previous titles, to the the fact that 95 per cent of the game’s story is told through static character portraits and text boxes.…

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Trails of Cold Steel I and II Have Cross-Save Support on PS4

The adventure continues.Publisher XSEED Games has confirmed that the upcoming PlayStation 4 ports of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel and The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II will have cross-save functionality. This means that you’ll be able to transfer save data from the PlayStation 3…

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Minecraft competition could put your cat in the game

As a dog owner, I can’t say I’m hugely excited by this competition – but I’ve heard some people like cats, so here I am. Minecraft is looking for its next cat superstar, and it could be your very own pet. According to Mojang’s blog post, entrants need to take…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review: a polished, pulsating battle royale

One of my favourite things to do in Blackout, Call of Duty’s take on battle royale, is to crash through windows. I know it makes a lot of noise, I know it alerts nearby enemies to my position and I know there’s a door right next to the window. But…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review: a polished, pulsating battle royale

One of my favourite things to do in Blackout, Call of Duty’s take on battle royale, is to crash through windows. I know it makes a lot of noise, I know it alerts nearby enemies to my position and I know there’s a door right next to the window. But I just can’t help myself. Sprint, vault, smash! I’m inside, glass on the floor, loot to pick up or – hopefully – an enemy player who dies at my hand while marvelling at the grandeur of my entrance.Vaulting through windows is so much fun because it’s so slick. It just…

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Rockstar attempts to defuse 100-hour work week controversy amid storm of criticism

Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser has tried to walk back comments he made about staff working 100-hour weeks on the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2 – a statement which sparked widespread criticism throughout the video games industry yesterday.Houser made the claim in a Vulture article based on a personal tour of…

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PlayStation says it has fixed messages that were crashing consoles

Over the past few days, several PlayStation users have been reporting a malicious console-crashing attack sent via console message. Players claimed a specific character combination had “bricked” their consoles, forced them to factory reset their PlayStations, and that “even deleting the message from the mobile app” didn’t protect them. The…

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Neon and corporate dystopias: why does cyberpunk refuse to move on?

Repeatedly reproduced and reimagined since the 80s, the tropes of cyberpunk must evolve or dieThe future has looked the same for almost four decades. A…

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Only a Handful of Senior Employees Worked 100 Hour Weeks on Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Clarifies

And apparently it was their choice.So a big stink was raised early this week when news came out about Rockstar employees working 100 hours a week in order to finish Red Dead Redemption 2. As is always the case here on the world wide web, everyone immediately lost their minds…

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