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Dead Cells' glorious confidence trick

Not to brag, but I have one hell of a Biro on the go at the moment. You know the kind of thing, right? Cheap disposable pens tend to have their own characters – the grindy one, the gritty one, the one that you’re forever trying to coax back to life with mad eddies and whorls. This one, though, this one is the one you dream about. Oh man, it is glorious. A thick black line that just flows out onto the page. So smooth! Strangely rich. I feel like I could take that line anywhere, even if I’m just…

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Here's what's been resolved in No Man's Sky latest patch

Hello Games has detailed what’s been resolved in the latest No Man’s Sky patch.In an update on the official website, the post confirmed update 1.55 has now rolled out across PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and includes fixes for a UI memory leak, a number of crashes triggered by plants, freighters, and by creating a race track in a borrowed Exocraft, as well as a number of other performance and gameplay improvements. The patch also resolves issues where players would get stuck in The Purge and Ghost in the Machine missions, as well as a specific bug in which…

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New Microsoft studio, The Initiative, acquires senior talent from Santa Monica Studio, Rockstar and Crystal Dynamics

The head of Microsoft’s new studio, The Initiative, has taken on a wealth of new talent from a number of high profile studios, including Sony-exclusive Santa Monica Studio, Rockstar and Crystal Dynamics.Studio head Darrell Gallagher originally made the announcement on LinkedIn, but has since deleted the post. However, ResetEra’s CrimsonEclipse was able to take a screenshot before the post was removed.New additions to the team include God of War (2018)’s lead producer Brian Westergaard, Rockstar’s Christian Cantamessa, Daniel Neuburger from Crystal Dynamics, and Microsoft’s own senior director of portfolio planning, Blake Fischer.Read more…

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Battlefield 5's next alpha test goes live next week, but it's still only for PC players

EA is testing Battlefield V again with a second PC-only alpha event kicking off on 14th August, 2018.After outlining the lessons learned from the first closed alpha, EA confirmed that further testing would be coming, and recently detailed what to expect in a new blog post by live producer, Alexander Hassoon.For Closed Alpha 2, EA would like testers to focus on the matchmaking and squad joining functionality, as well as “simply playing as you normally would”, so it can evaluate the “tweaked leveling curves”. Read more…

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K1nzell and Mitr0 top this week's European Fortnite Summer Skirmish Duos tournament

K1nzell and Dmitri “Mitr0” Van de Vrie from Team Atlantis have won the European leg of Fortnite Summer Skirmish’s Week 5 tournament.After duo Not Vivid and Liquid Poach secured a win at the North American competition, K1nzell and Mitr0 teamed up and topped the leaderboard in Europe, netting the $75,000 top prize.The Fortnite Summer Skirmish is an 8-week series of competitions offering $8 million in prize money. The format and competitors change on a weekly basis and this week, players were competing in King Pin, a duos match in which points are amassed by eliminations (worth one point), a Victory…

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What does it take to run Monster Hunter World on PC at 1080p60?

Just how demanding is Monster Hunter World’s PC port? Is it really heavy on CPU as coverage of the closed beta seemed to suggest? And if so, what PC hardware is actually required to run the game at a consistent 60 frames per second? We went into this one expecting a battle – lowering CPU requirements is far more challenging with far less room for manoeuvre than tweaking graphics settings. But after extensive testing, the reality is that it is indeed the GPU side of the equation that makes running this title so challenging – and even a GTX 1070…

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This week's best deals: QuakeCon sale, gaming laptops, GeForce 1080 and more

We’ve reached another weekend and so there’s another batch of this week’s best gaming deals to check out, right here and now. While all I really want to do is lose myself entirely inside the new PC release of Monster Hunter World, there are definitely things that might raise an eyebrow in this week’s selection.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.It’s time once more to offer up the chance…

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Creating a utopia in Fable 3

I decided to create a communist utopia in Fable 3. Actually, I probably shouldn’t use the word utopia as it suggests that I think it would be good, when in reality I have no idea, as I’ve never lived in one. Or a dystopia of any kind. (I don’t think.) I mean how many people need to be pissed off for it to fall in the latter category? 1 million? 1000? 100? If that’s the case then every time there’s a rail strike the whole of the UK descends into one. That and the contentious issue of using the VAR…

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The Overwatch League's problems can't be papered over with rainbows

When the Overwatch League’s Los Angeles Valiant won the season’s fourth stage after previously finishing fourth, eighth, and third, I joked that it must have been the power of their Pride patches.Halfway through the stage, the team announced a partnership with the charity You Can Play, which aims to promote equality for LGBTQ+ sports players. It was the first time that the latter had worked with an esports organisation, and saw the Valiant sport rainbow coloured versions of their logo on their team jerseys. It was a gesture that immediately endeared me to them – you support me, a queer…

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