The best and worst gaming laptop brands of 2018
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 August 2018, 9:00 am

Gaming laptops are awesome. In some cases, they are highly configurable powerhouses with their own light shows, and in others, they are bargain machines that offer just enough oomph to play the latest and greatest PC games. But there's a lot to consider when purchasing a gaming notebook, and that includes the brand.

A claustrophobic trio of Ludum Dare gems
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 August 2018, 8:00 am
Based on the theme of “running out of space,” the latest Ludum Dare game jam was always going to produce some anxiety-inducing results. These three are some of the best examples of that, exploring the fears of drowning, being an overworked dog shelter employee, and being trapped on a crowded tube, while somehow still managing […]

Abyssal Sites
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 August 2018, 6:48 am
When I first heard about the addition of Abyssal sites to New Eden I was a little sceptical. I instantly christened them "Abysmal Sites" and let it at that. Once they arrived in the game I largely ignore them; a mix of disinterest plus fear of the unknown

Federal court orders alleged hacker to pay for bail with cryptocurrency
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 August 2018, 5:49 am

Defendants in US federal court cases now have another option for staying out on bail: emptying their virtual wallets. A district court in San Francisco has ordered alleged hacker Martin Marsich to pay the equivalent of $750,000 in cryptocurrency if he wants to live in a halfway house while facing trial. It's not clear if this is the first instance of an American court accepting digital currency for bail (Assistant District Attorney Abraham Simmons expressed doubt about it to the Daily Post). However, it's likely a novelty at the federal level.

Source: Daily Post

Wreak cute chaos in It’s Paper Guy!
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 August 2018, 4:00 am
Here is something delightfully cheerful for your weekend: It’s Paper Guy! is a game about cutting through any and all obstacles in your way, regardless of the consequences, and it’s adorable. It was created for a student project in three months, with the developers intending to produce “a feel-good game connecting and providing fun to […]

'Forza Horizon 2' leaves the Xbox Store on September 30th
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 August 2018, 12:22 am

We hope you weren't thinking of scoring Forza Horizon 2 on the cheap now that Horizon 4 is almost here. Turn 10 and Microsoft are removing the open-world arcade racer and its add-ons from the Xbox Games Store on September 30th. You can still play it if you have a copy, but you'll have to shell out for one of the later games if you just have to get your fix. The developer didn't explain the move beyond saying that the title was "end of life."

Source: Forza Motorsport

An Indecent Proposal
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2018, 9:00 pm
I received quite the interesting proposal earlier this week. The CEO of Neuralink, a member of Stella out in Querious wanted to chat with me about an idea he had to “benefit” both his corp and our alliance. Upon discussion with him, he

Finland vs. South Korea was top-tier professional Overwatch
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2018, 4:00 pm
The Overwatch World Cup group stages kicked off this week, and with fifteen games each they’re pretty intense to keep up with. If you’re only able to watch one match from this stage, though, you should make it Finland vs. South Korea. The match-up was always going to be hotly contested, but the two teams […]

Leaks reveal NVIDIA GeForce RTX cards ahead of August 20th event
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2018, 4:33 pm

NVIDIA hasn't been shy about plans to unveil Turing-based GeForce video cards at its August 20th Gamescom event -- its teaser video effectively spelled out "GeForce RTX 2080" through not-so-subtle clues. But just how powerful will these cards be? You won't have to wait until the launch to find out. A slew of leaks on Reddit, WCCFTech and VideoCardz have spilled the beans on the first GeForce RTX-series boards, and they promise fundamental leaps in performance over the GTX 1000 hardware you're used to.

Source: Reddit, WCCFTech, VideoCardz

Blaugust and Making Comments on Comments
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2018, 2:15 pm
In which I try to write another post that is somewhat relevant to the spirit of Blaugust. I have admittedly fallen completely off the writing prompts for the event.  I think we’re supposed to write something nice about developers or something

Burnout Paradise Remastered launches on PC next week
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2018, 1:00 pm
Open-world drive ’em up Burnout Paradise Remastered is drifting its way onto PC on August 21st – or it’s already parked up and ready for Origin Access and Premier users. As well as being all prettied up for its re-release, it’s launching with most of its bells and whistles, including bringing the Big Surf Island […]

Airships: Conquer The Skies sails out of early access
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2018, 10:00 am
What’s better than building giant customisable machines and having them fight? Well, according to Airships: Conquer The Skies, it’s doing all that but nice and high up. If that sounds like your kind of thing, it’s just left early access, so now might be the right time to dive in and get tinkering. Though, I […]

The Morning After: Your weekend edition
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2018, 9:00 am

Hey, good morning!

Welcome to your weekend. This week included our full review of Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9, Google's opaque location tracking and just a lot of bad news for MoviePass. Elon Musk also talked about his tough year heading up Tesla and everything else.

Free games of the week – August 18th 2018
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2018, 7:00 am
This week we’ve got a mix of low impact games that’ll help you chill out as the recent heatwave continues to collapse in on itself. Become a slightly melancholy chair that explores a strangely-staged house full of objects. Explore further: an electric planet, or perhaps an old bus stop close to your home might be […]

What are we all playing this weekend?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2018, 5:00 am
Hallo again! I feel like I’ve just got back from the weekend myself, having taken some time off work for various Festival things, and here we go straight into another weekend. One of my favourite experiences of the past few days was watching a performer move so very very slowly for three hours, with every […]

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds new event mode makes it worse on purpose
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2018, 4:14 am
The latest temporary event mode Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds calls back to its days in early access, when the game was worse, and I can’t help but suspect the devs are doing this on purpose to show how far it has come. Live until the end of the weekend, the ‘Early Access Memories’ mode pulls terrible tricks […]

Valve quietly unveils streaming platform Steam TV
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2018, 3:35 am

Valve seems to have unveiled a Twitch competitor with nary a peep of fanfare. A few hours after Steam Database founder Pavel Djundik discovered that the company registered the domain, the website started live streaming The International 2018, Valve's Dota 2 esports tournament. The stream is no longer available, but CNET was able to try it out before it went offline. Based on what the publication saw, its features are still quite limited: it was able to stream the tournament, but it had no option to broadcast your own gameplay.

Source: Kotaku, CNET, Steam TV, VentureBeat

Lineage II: Salvation - Etina's Fate Systems Preview
Posted by Lineage II [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 7:16 pm
With the next major update, Lineage II: Salvation - Etina’s Fate, arriving on August 22, we wanted to offer you a quick sneak peek at some of the changes happening when the update goes live. In addition to a...

Final Fantasy Tactics-like SRPG Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark enters early access
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 5:53 pm
There are some who feel the strategy RPG genre peaked with Final Fantasy Tactics back in 1997, and I struggle to find a solid counter-argument. 6 Eyes Studio must feel the same way, as they’re happy to call their own entry into the genre – Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark – a spiritual successor. It’s an […]

Far Cry 5’s final, zombie-themed DLC lurches into view on August 28th
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 4:18 pm
While Far Cry 5 was a solid open-world shooter (if you could switch your brain off whenever it tried delivering another wave of plot), Ubisoft just haven’t been sticking the landing on the DLC. The first two thirds of the season pass – a Vietnam war themed expansion, and a mission into pulp sci-fi territory […]

When You Hit Jump So Hard the Gate Comes With You
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 4:00 pm
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Generation-hopping platformer The Messenger delivers the goods August 30th
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 1:03 pm
I’ve always been a sucker for a good ninja-themed game, and The Messenger captures that Ninja Gaiden/Shinobi vibe well. Sharp pixel art, catchy chiptunes and an interesting twist define this Devolver-published platformer. While The Messenger looks like a perfectly solid Shovel Knight-esque platformer on the surface, the release date trailer below shows how players will […]

Grimly satirical post-Brexit bouncer sim Not Tonight is out now
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 2:30 pm
It’s hard not to have mixed feelings about Not Tonight. For starters, it’s nice to see another game so heavily inspired by Papers, Please – we need more darkly satirical bureaucracy sims. It also contains words (apparently quite funny ones, at that) written by RPS pal and contributor Richard Cobbett, another mark in its favour. […]

My Horde Battle for Azeroth Boost Plan
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 2:15 pm
As has been a thing with the last few expansions, I was wondering how I should use the level 110 boost that came with the Battle for Azeroth expansion.  And, as I suggested in that post, I decided to go the Horde route. I already had a level 110

'Okami HD' on the Switch is an imperfect classic
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 1:00 pm

What makes a good Switch game? The consensus seems to be something that isn't graphically demanding, has a quick gameplay loop or is easily played in bite-sized portions. Local multiplayer helps out a whole lot, too.

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