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Riot making its own League of Legends Diablo game

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 58 mins ago

Riot puts the squeeze on Blizzard with a new Diablo-like ARPG set in the League of Legends universe.

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Riot Games is making a ton of new League of Legends games outside of the MOBA camp. New titles include a tactical hero shooter that's like Counter-Strike meets Overwatch, a new standalone LoL MOBA game for consoles and mobiles, a fighting game with League characters codenamed Project L, the Legends of Runeterra card game, and even a point-and-click multiplayer game that borrows Diablo's isometric view.

The new Diablo-like ARPG is codenamed Project F, but Riot says it won't be ready for a long time (hey just like Diablo IV, am I right?). Next to no information was revealed on the game, and we only got one small sliver of gameplay. But it was enough to confirm an isometric view, which could mean lots of grinding for loot, taking on huge bosses, and distinct character classes that mesh with the League roster. We also saw three friends teaming up so expect it to be a three-player game.

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Blizzard needs to go BIG at Blizzcon 2019

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 7 mins ago

Blizzard is under an incredible amount of pressure right now. It's being challenged on all fronts: By gamers for the China fiasco, by its own internal developers for the same, and now by Riot Games. But they have one big opportunity to turn everything around--Blizzcon 2019.

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We've all heard about Blizzard's Hong Kong controversy. It caused a PR nightmare and even tanked developer morale. It doesn't help that Overwatch on Switch is a technical mess. Even as Blizzard faces turmoil on the inside, it's also being attacked on the outside by billion-dollar titans like Riot Games. Riot basically just challenged Blizzard to a duel by announcing no less than eight new League of Legends projects at the game's 10th anniversary event. Two games in particular are obvious jabs at Blizzard: a Diablo-like ARG codenamed Project F, and a tactical hero shooter called Project A.

Blizzard could turn everything around, though, and get the conversation back on track. Reports say Blizzard is planning some huge reveals at Blizzcon 2019 to distract the industry from recent controversy. Now with Riot's declaration of war, the pressure is on in full force. Blizzard needs to go bigger than it ever has before and hold nothing back.

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PS5 controller may allow console-free game streaming

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 7 mins ago

Sony's next-gen DualShock 5 controller may connect directly to cloud servers for lower latency and PlayStation Now gaming.

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The PlayStation 5 is coming in December 2020, and it'll have a brand new controller. Sony confirmed the DualShock 5 will have new-and-improved triggers with enhanced haptic and tactile feedback, making every pull feel nuanced and immersive (a far cry from the DualShock 4's floating triggers). But the controller could also have interesting connectivity options that bypass the console entirely.

According to a recent patent published in September, Sony's DualShock 5 might be like Google's Stadia controller and connect right to the internet without using the PS5 as a middle-man. This has far-reaching practical implications for the PlayStation ecosystem, and could lead to widespread PS Now availability using DualShock 5 as an entry point to a standalone streaming platform that's also a controller for PS5/PC gaming.

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PS5 may natively play PS1, PS2, PS3 game discs

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 12 mins ago

Sony's ultra-powerful next-gen PlayStation 5 could one-up Xbox backward compatibility and support five generations worth of PlayStation games.

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PS4's lack of backward compatibility was always a sore spot for Sony. But with the PS5, they're apparently going all out. Sony already confirmed the PS5 will natively play digital PS4 games and game discs. Now we have reports it could also play PS1, PS2, and PS3 game discs too.

The latest comes from well-known PlayStation insider PSErebus, who warns gamers not to sell their older game discs, strongly hinting widespread backward compatibility is in the works. It looks like Sony is making good on bringing its ambitious backward compatibility patent to life. "Do not dispose of, trade or sell your PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 games," Erebus wrote on Twitter.

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NASA offers SpaceX $5 million to ensure employees don't smoke pot

By: Shannon Robb | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 4 hours, 58 mins ago

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, caused quite the fervor among viewers as he smoked from a joint on an episode of Joe Rogan's popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience.

If you would like to see the full 2hr podcast video, it can be found here. It gives a very interesting look at Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla and SpaceX.

Now with that understanding of the events prior. NASA took this as a warning sign and wanted to step in since SpaceX is a contractor for NASA projects such as the construction of space capsules. While California is one of many states that have passed laws allowing for recreational use of marijuana, the drug is still a controlled substance and illegal on the federal level.

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Techpowerup releases NVCleanstall, clean up your GPU driver install

By: Shannon Robb | Video Cards | Posted: 5 hours, 37 mins ago

In today's world of data gathering and collection, there has been one word that strikes fear into tech enthusiasts everywhere, telemetry.

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NVIDIA drivers typically have a custom install option where you can disable components you do not want to be installed. However, there are several parts in the back end that you have no opportunity to uninstall, such as the previously mentioned telemetry. Telemetry is part of the driver, which collects usage data and sends it back to the mothership (NVIDIA) so that they can use it for analysis of issues or other purposes. Before anyone gets up in arms, the telemetry is allowed to be installed as its part of the EULA. Yes, the same EULA that none of us read on any product ever, and even if you did read it, you likely would not understand it. But I digress, telemetry was a necessary evil for NVIDIA drivers with no way to mitigate them... Until now.

A new tool released by Techpowerup, creators of GPU-Z, are adding a new tool to their offering and your arsenal. This tool is NVCleanstall. NVCleanstall promises to let you trim the fat in a much more effective manner than what is allowed by the standard NVIDIA installer package. The NVCleanstall tool will enable you to check or uncheck what modules of the driver you want to have installed. This allows you to tailor the driver to meet your needs best, and as mentioned, you can omit both telemetry and advertising data.

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New Sonic the Hedgehog movie images surface, can they fix this mess?

By: Shannon Robb | HT & Movies | Posted: 6 hours, 17 mins ago

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie has been previewed by Paramount pictures in April of 2019, and it was not received with much fanfare. Many long-time video games and Sonic fans lamented to the origin of the cartoonish character. Which took a garish turn trying to recreate the live-action film style that so many of our childhoods have had to endure thanks to modern CGI. To catch up, the less initiated, let's roll the trailer.

As you can see, the Sonic character is a bit too real for what Sonic is. Everything about Sonic's anatomy and overall appearance feels wrong for what he has been through the life of his character and associated game's character art.

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Pixel 4 does not retain unlimited photo upload at original quality

By: Shannon Robb | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 hours, 55 mins ago

Google has a history, well quite a long one with its Pixel phones at this point. They are always known for having outstanding photo capabilities as one of its strongest points. Google is also knowns for enabling its smartphones to have unlimited photo backup at original quality. This is offered via Google Photos, which stores to Google Drive (transitioning to Google One).

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For Pixel users who value this feature, it seems to have gone to the wayside on this go around, and likely for the foreseeable future if it holds with the Pixel 4. This is not the first time that a Pixel smartphone has been omitted from the unlimited uploads feature, the Pixel 3a did not have the feature either. But, the Pixel 3a was also half the price of the flagship models.

The fact that Google Drive, Google's cloud storage solution has relaunched as Google one just a little while ago. This could be a sign of the future for Google's monetization strategy. Google offers three months of Google one (100GB) storage with a Pixel 4 purchase, and this is likely the endgame for Google nudging Pixel users into the Google One subscription model. This will ensure more ROI overall and more revenue for something that used to be free.

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Stadia's games lineup isn't data cap friendly

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 14 mins ago

Stadia has a lot of big AAA blockbusters and live service games, which are great for dedicated consoles and PCs, but not for online-only streaming.

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Bandwidth is one of the biggest concerns about Google's new Stadia game-streaming platform, whether it be latency or in-game lag or data usage. Stadia beams games wirelessly from Google servers to Chromecast Ultras, laptops, desktops, and even Pixel 3 phones, using local internet connections as a conduit for play. But that data adds up real fast, and a study shows Stadia will quickly smash monthly data caps. This issue is exacerbated by Stadia's games lineup, which consists of some of the biggest time-sinks in the entire industry.

How much data Stadia eats up depends on how long you play. But how long you play in turn depends on what you play. Right now Stadia isn't matched up with games that respect your time or your data--and some, like Destiny 2 and Borderlands 3--are big investments on both regards. Stadia's launch lineup includes some of the most gigantic grindy games on the market today.

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League of Legends console, mobile version announced, isn't a port

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 56 mins ago

The reports were right: League of Legends is making the jump to mobile as well as consoles in 2020.

Today Riot Games announced League of Legends: Wild Rift, a separate version of their massively popular MOBA that's designed specifically for Android, iOS, and consoles.

Wild Rift is free-to-play, and mirrors the PC version with 5v5 competitive play with twin-stick controls, all set in a new Rift map. The game will be streamlined and more accessible for players with shorter 15-20 minute matches and more intuitive controls, but Riot says it's "not a port of the PC game." Wild Rift was built from scratch and optimized for consoles and on-the-go smartphones and tablets. Riot says it'll feature over 40 familiar champions as well as "dozens more over time," and five champions were shown off during the reveal:

  • Annie
  • Fizz
  • Nami
  • Nasus
  • Twisted Fate

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