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.

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

'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

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

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.

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

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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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.

Orvanne District Court Rejects Capsuleer Kyonoke Request
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 12:31 pm

Orvanne Federal District Court has officially declined the request by Arataka Research Consortium to hear a complaint for injunctive relief against the Federal Intelligence Office, after several months of deliberation.

The Orvanne District Court's statement justified the decision, saying: "While the Arataka Research Consortium (ARC) is, under Federal laws enacting the Yulai Convention, recognized as having certain defined rights to do business within Federation space, a Federal District Court has no jurisdiction over the application of Federal civil law to extraterritorial and foreign entities falling under the terms of the said Yulai Convention."

"Moreover, ARC itself has not established standing in Orvanne District Court with respect to FIO materials pertaining to Astral Mining's RP4 facility in Postouvin; nor with respect to such materials pertaining to the SoCT's H4-RP4 Kyonoke Inquest Center. On these grounds individually and in combination, ARC's filed request is determined to have no force in Orvanne Federal District Court."

Reisu Lemarrein, legal spokesperson for the Federal Intelligence Office, commented on the ruling. "It is only just. ARC is made up of Caldari and Amarr corporations, and they have no business in our court system. It's clear now that in a spurious search for openness they imagine to be lacking they came to the Federation instead of filing a request with the CBT or petitioning the Amarr Civic Court. Perhaps they did not realize that we are not naive enough to allow our system to be exploited by external parties."

The Hope for All Act, passed under provisions of the Yulai Convention during the Kyonoke Inquest last year, imposes a duty under CONCORD law to release all research and intelligence logs pertaining to the Kyonoke plague. Despite the adoption of the HfA Act, at this time none of the four empires have complied with it.

Sources close to the Caldari Chief Executive Panel suggest that discussions on the topic among the Big Eight are deadlocked. Powerful megacorps such as Kaalakiota, Lai Dai and Sukuuvestaa are reportedly keen to defend a position of non-disclosure under another of the acts imposed during the Inquest, the Vital Secrets Act, which guarantees every empire the right to maintain secrecy over their own investigations into the Kyonoke Crisis.

Inquiries from the Scope to the CEP, as well as to the Minmatar Tribal Council and the Amarr Court Chamberlain's office have not been answered.

While the court has refused ARC's petition, a significant number of similar requests have been filed with either the Orvanne District Court or the Federal Supreme Court itself by a number of Federation-based individuals and associations, and rulings on standing and validity of such filings are still pending.

Legal observers suggest that filings at Orvanne District Court pertaining to the SoCT's H4-RP4 facility are likely to be refused on grounds of extraterritoriality under the Yulai Convention but are divided as to the merits of petitions concerning the Astral Mining facility. Some have suggested that the entire matter will inevitably be heard by the Supreme Court as the only judicial venue where all connected issues could be heard in their entirety.

Nickelodeon’s ‘Double Dare’ finds new life in Facebook Messenger
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 12:00 pm

Nickelodeon's game show Double Dare is now a Facebook game. The classic show originally aired from 1986 to 1993 and recently just made its return to Nickelodeon. Now, fans will be able to play a version of Double Dare themselves through Facebook Messenger, challenging friends and keeping track of who's on top via the game's leaderboard.

SNES Party lets you play classic ROMs with friends online
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 12:20 pm

Nintendo promised online play for the retro games it'll make available via the Switch's online service, but if you'd rather not wait until this September for that, there's an unofficial way to play games of yore over the internet. It's through an emulator called SNES Party. "SNES Party is an experimental way to play SNES games with your friends online all from within your browser using WebRTC," the developers write. It works pretty well too.

Source: Reddit

The Daily Attraction Of Elder Scrolls Online
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 10:20 am
A funny thing happens when EVE Online's Alliance Tournament runs each year. I spend so much time watching EVE that I don't want to play the game. Instead, I play a game where, if I get distracted watching a match and die, the penalty isn't so great. Over

Show me your license…
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 10:21 am
Sie wissen warum wir Sie anhalten? Während wir auf dem Schweinecamp bei ordentlich Hopfenbütentee beisammen saßen und uns Ideen für kommende Noob-Fleets einfallen ließen, kam die ein oder andere lustige Idee zutage. Eine hat

The best consoles and games to play in the dorm
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 10:30 am

The last thing you want to do after spending hours staring at your laptop studying is spend more time staring at your laptop when you want to play a game or watch a movie. That's where game consoles come in. The Xbox One S starts at $244 on Amazon, while Microsoft regularly marks down the price of its entry-level system to around $200. In addition to being the place to play Halo and Gears of War, it's also an incredibly capable media machine thanks to its built-in UHD Blu-ray drive and support for HDR video. Plus, you might not have to spend any money on games for it: If you had a huge collection of digital games on the Xbox 360, Microsoft has made a swath of them playable on the One.

It also means there are tons of used disc-based titles that will perform and play better on the Xbox as well. Specifically, the Red Dead Redemption Game of the Year Edition is the best example of what an old game can look like on new hardware. If you opt for the new route, it'll only set you back $20. When you consider how much there is to see and do Rockstar's open-world take on the Old West, it's a veritable circus of value. And really, what better way is there to get ready for the sequel which comes out in late October?

If you're in the PlayStation camp but somehow still haven't picked up a PlayStation 4, give the $300 PS4 Slim a look. It's sleeker and quieter overall compared to the 2013 model, and it's the only place you can play this fall's incredibly promising Spider-man game. The new Greatest Hits program slashed the price on some of the system's best games, which can make your gaming dollar stretch even further.

As good as those two consoles are, playing them between classes requires a trip back to your dorm. That's not the case with the Nintendo Switch. It's small and light enough to toss into your bag before leaving that you might not even feel it. Plus, it starts up and powers off quickly, making it easy to get back to the field you were clearing in Stardew Valley before English 256 started. By the time you get home for the day, you can slide the hybrid console into its dock and watch a few episodes of The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu before nodding off to sleep to your TV.

Find all of our picks for console in our 2018 back-to-school guide and while you're there, check out our 100-plus picks in 13 other categories.

Source: Engadget's 2018 Back-to-School Guide

The Mind Clash Podcast – Episode 98: Friggin “Lazers”
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 7:04 am
A day late and an ISK short, but that's all right. Kael manages to scoop up another pair of graet hosts for the third talk of the month discussing the Alliance Tournaments.

The Morning After: Amazon might buy a movie theater chain
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 6:31 am

Hey, good morning!

Welcome to Friday! I'm so proud of you. Today, we're reporting on the return of Iron Fist, an ASUS laptop that proves gimmicks can work and rumors that Amazon might buy a movie-theater chain.

Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 7:30 am
“Blizzard is more interested in telling you their narrative then letting you make your own narrative” – IGN, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth: How WoW has taken the World out of Warcraft /spit /slap That’s about all you can do to an NPC (non-player character) in World of Warcraft that is marked as “essential” […]

'PUBG' mobile app surpasses 100 million downloads
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 August 2018, 3:56 pm

In the constant fight between battle royale games Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), it might seem like the former has taken over most of the mindshare (and profits), especially on console and PC. On mobile, however, PUBG is doing pretty well, with reports of double the downloads as Fortnite's own mobile title. Now mobile publisher Tencent claims that it has passed the 100 million download mark across iOS and Android (a platform on which Fortnite remains in beta).

The First EverQuest II Progression Server is Coming to an End
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 August 2018, 2:15 pm
Just a little over three years ago I was writing about the launch of the Stormhold and Deathtoll servers, Daybreak’s first run at the time locked progression server idea with EverQuest II. The idea has been an ongoing success for EverQuest, but

EA teases battle royale in new ‘Battlefield V’ trailer
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 August 2018, 12:26 pm

Developer EA DICE is returning to WWII with its upcoming Battlefield V, an interesting choice to revisit a war well-trod by gaming. But the company told us back in May that they're repeating the successful Battlefield 1 by spotlighting lesser-known stories and battles, even in multiplayer. Today, the developer released a trailer ahead of Gamescom showing off one of these lesser-known settings -- Rotterdam in the Netherlands -- and even teasing the game's previously-announced battle royale mode.

Source: EA DICE (YouTube)

Sony's PSVR still going strong as sales hit 3 million
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 August 2018, 9:37 am

Sony announced that it has sold 3 million PlayStation VR (PSVR) headsets as of the end of July, showing that its popularity has declined little since the fall 2016 launch. At the end of 2017, Sony had sold 2 million units, meaning it has sold another million in just the last eight months. On top of that, it has shipped 21.9 million PSVR games and experiences, an impressive figure considering some negative press around virtual reality of late.

Source: Sony

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