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The most common Xbox One problems, and how to fix them

So, you’re having a problem with your Xbox One. Not only does this spoil the time you set aside for gaming, it also — thanks to the Xbox One’s diverse media functionality — potentially has sidelined your entire media center. You’re now experiencing the frustration of dropping hundreds of dollars on a malfunctioning Xbox One. […]

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Video: Looking behind the scenes of League of Legends with its lead designer

[embedded content] Video shot and edited by Justin Wolfson. Click here for transcript. We’ve tackled Hearthstone and Warframe, and now our peek behind the curtains at the unsolved mysteries of gaming continues with what could still justifiably be called the world’s most popular game: the MOBA mega-hit League of Legends. These are turbulent times for […]

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PUBG Mobile’s progression pass boosts revenue 365%

All anyone in the video game space was talking about for most of last year and the first half of 2018 were loot boxes, but it’s a different world now — a premium progression pass world. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on PC in the middle of its Sanhok Event Pass now, meanwhile PUBG Mobile introduced its Royale […]

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You’ll be able to run your own nightclub in ‘Grand Theft Auto Online’

[embedded content] Grand Theft Auto V’s online multiplayer component gives you plenty of ways to earn money — many of which involve robbing or shooting someone — but if you’re hoping to go legitimate in Grand Theft Auto Online, you will soon be able to run your own nightclub. Starting in July, players will be […]

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Death’s Door: Aftermath turns the Twitch Plays Pokémon model into a streaming game

Twitch Plays Pokémon broadens how we think about what is and how to play a video game. We’re now seeing other developers build on this, mixing streams, games, and community in a way to create new experiences. Outpost Games does this with battle royale in SOS, where viewers can vote on what players get boosts […]

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Rend preps for Early Access with a survival twist: Norse mythology

Frostkeep Studios‘s Rend seeks to improve on the survival game formula seen in titles like Facepunch Studios’s Rust and Studio Wildcard’s Ark: Survival Evolved. Its players are sorted into three factions straight away to encourage cooperative play and to give newbies a fighting chance. The game is in alpha, and it aims to enter Early Access on […]

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When anyone can make games, ‘soul’ will make some rise to the top

Forty years ago, making a video game used to require an engineering background — early developers had to invent tricks to display primitive objects and backgrounds on TVs. Today, anyone with a laptop can afford the software to create nearly photorealistic games, and within months, Sony’s Dreams will let PlayStation 4 owners create 2D, 3D, and VR […]

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Switch-hacking trolls reportedly loading pornographic profile pictures

Enlarge / A shot of the leaked DevMenu tool that lets users upload custom profile pictures on the Switch (including ones much less safe for work than this one). Mizumi / Twitter Nintendo only lets users choose from a limited number of preset profile pictures (or custom-made Miis) for their online avatar on the Switch […]

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How American Vandal expertly crafted a doc (that just happened to be fiction)

The American Vandal creative team chats with Ars at ATX TV Festival 2018. AUSTIN, Texas—Among the reasons Netflix’s American Vandal worked: dedication, not just to the bit but to the DNA. The creative team had an obsession with true crime documentaries, obviously. But they didn’t set out to make an homage, showrunner Dan Lagana and […]

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ESports Prize Money Eclipses Some Traditional Sports

In case you haven’t heard, professional PC gaming is now a legitimate career path; eSports is turning competitive multiplayer gaming into a lucrative industry that draws huge crowds and sponsorships. And the cash prizes for winners have skyrocketed over the past several years. According to data from esportsearnings.com, Total Sportek, FIFA, cityam, and CBS (aggregated […]

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Sable’s alien desert is a central figure in its story

The open-world exploration game Sable has an extraordinary art style, appearing as a kind of living science-fiction graphic novel. But the eponymous character’s journey is common in the world, a coming-of-age ritual that will urge her to cross massive sand dunes and explore palatial ruins. Developer Shedworks teamed up with publisher Raw Fury, and the […]

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Valve revamps its next controller, should make using hands in VR feel way cooler

Knuckles EV2 as an edge render. A labeled diagram of the controller’s updates. A better angle to see the new “thumbpad” and joystick. Valve Software Valve’s march toward launching new virtual reality video games—perhaps up to three of them—got more interesting on Thursday with the announcement of an update to the company’s next official piece […]

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This Week's Top Humble Bundle Deals for Geeks: VPN, Security Apps, and More

Whether you want to tune up and secure your PC, get into programming, or learn a few survival skills, these limited-time bundles are worth checking out. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. Recently, the folks over at Humble put together some particularly […]

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“Flip Grip” brings classic arcade screen orientation to portable Switch

It’s like holding a tiny arcade cabinet screen in your hands. The rear view shows the tiny tab/button that locks the Switch into place. The Flip Grip, all by its lonesome. Front, back, and side views. That’s a lot of Flip Grips. Note the letters on the mocked-up controller buttons. Video game collectible maker Fangamer […]

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Report: Lucasfilm puts Obi-Wan film “on hold” after underwhelming Solo debut

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Lucasfilm The film news and reviews site Collider posted an exclusive report on Wednesday concerning the fate of future Star Wars films—and in particular, a long-rumored, not-yet-announced film focused on the classic character Obi-Wan Kenobi. Citing “sources with knowledge of the situation,” Collider confirmed that all pre-production for Lucasfilm’s unnamed Obi-Wan […]