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Fortnite Week 7 Guide: Where To Find Books In Holly Hedges And Sweaty Sands

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 06:38

Fortnite's newest set of weekly challenges is here. Most of the Week 7 quests are easy to complete, but one will have you searching two named locations to find four books. The challenge asks you to collect books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands. This guide will show you where to collect books to complete the challenge quickly.

This challenge is now live in Fortnite. It had previously leaked early, as is usually the case with weekly challenges.

Where To Find Books In Holly Hedges And Sweaty Sands

There are two books to collect at each named location. We don't know the exact spot for each one just yet, but some dataminers have tried to pinpoint where they will be when the challenges go live on Thursday morning.

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HBO's Insecure Will End With Season 5

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 06:25

The critically acclaimed comedy Insecure will be ending after its upcoming fifth season, according to a release from HBO. Since starting in 2016, the show co-created by Issa Rae (The Hate U Give) and Larry Wilmore (The Office) has been a funny-awkward and insightful comedy about the Black female perspective as viewed through the lives of its two female protagonists.

"Issa has turned insecurity into an iconic form of comedy," said HBO's programming executive vice president Amy Gravitt. "The show is as incisive as it is heartfelt, and it has resonated strongly with its audience because of the deeply personal work that… the cast and the writers have put into it."

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PS5/Series X: New Study Examines Environmental Impact Of Latest Consoles

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 06:16

With climate change being one of the greatest existential threats looming over humanity's survival, gamers may wonder what role they play in the fate of the environment. After all, you can't play video games if there is no habitable environment to play them in. A new study seeks to answer that question, and the findings don't look all that reassuring.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, a US-based non-profit dedicated to climate advocacy, published a study looking at the environmental impact of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The organization found that both consoles use between 160 and 200-plus watts of energy--more than previous generations. They also need roughly the same energy as the TV they're likely plugged into, which uses between 120 and 200 watts depending on size.

Of course, the energy used dips pretty low when either console is low-power mode or on standby. In fact, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S use less than 1 watt in these states, according to the NRDC. However, that changes with Xbox's "Instant On" setting enabled by default and PlayStation's inability to smartly adapt to console inactivity. As a result, the wattage used by both consoles can jump to double-digits if gamers forget to turn them off.

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Rami Malek Joins The Next David O. Russell Movie, Adding To Its Impressive Cast

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 06:10

The next movie from director David O. Russell (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook) continues to add to its impressive cast. Deadline reported that Oscar-winner Rami Malek has signed on for a role in the untitled movie.

Malek, who won an Oscar for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, joins a cast that includes Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, and Zoe Saldana.

The movie is an original idea that Russell came up with. The plot is being kept a secret for now, however, so we don't know what it's about.

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The Last Guardian Can Run At 60FPS On PS5

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 06:02

The Last Guardian was a prestige game on PS4, but you can play it with a performance boost on PS5. The game from the studio behind Ico and Shadow of the Colossus had an unstable frame rate on its original hardware, but with a little work you can get it to run at a smooth 60 FPS on the new generation.

According to an analysis from Digital Foundry, The Last Guardian barely ran at 30 FPS on most PS4 hardware iterations, and sometimes would drop even lower than that. The PS5 can run at 60 FPS, but only under certain conditions. The game has to be running directly from the disc, which means you need to forgo any patches that attempt to auto-install when you insert it. That means you'll be running version 1.0, straight from the disc code, to enjoy your smooth frame rate.

The analysis does note that the frame rate dropped below 60 once in its tests, to around 55 FPS, but that was both temporary and a very minor drop. It appears that overall the increased horsepower of the PS5 makes a big difference in the game.

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EVGA, Zotac Increase Prices On All RTX 30-Series GPUs

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 05:47

Earlier this year, a waiver protecting GPU manufacturers from additional tariffs in the ongoing trade war with China lapsed. ASUS recently announced plans to increase GPU prices as a result, and now EVGA and Zotac are following suit.

EVGA has added a note to its website making customers aware of the price hike, stating that it has attempted to minimize the impact to consumers. This includes honoring the price on preorders that have already been processed.

EVGA has increased the prices of all RTX 30-series GPUs, from the RTX 3060 Ti to the RTX 3090. Surprisingly, the increase is relatively standard across the board, with each card now retailing for $70 more than before. The RTX 3080, for example, is now $800 after previously launching at $730.

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Among Us Dev Talks About The Game's Recent Surge In Popularity, Teases "Secrets" In The Works

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 05:34

Among Us, the multiplayer game where you try to seek out an imposter, had a banner year in 2020. The game saw a massive spike in popularity; the game got so big that even Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got in on the action with her own record-breaking stream.

Victoria Tran, the community director at developer Innersloth, has now shared her thoughts on the surge in popularity for the game in 2020. Speaking to GameSpot's Lucy James during sister site CNET's CES 2021 coverage, Tran said of the renewed interest in Among Us, "That was terrifying and amazing and wonderful and there is really no English word to make people comprehend how surprising and amazing it was."

Asked what might have contributed to the big success of Among Us in 2020, Tran said it came down to a number of elements.

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LG's First Portable Gaming Soundbar Has A Built-In Mic And Bluetooth

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 05:26

CES 2021 has been full of big announcements, from the RTX 3060 to Razer's new smart mask and gaming laptops. LG has also made a number of reveals, including a new portable gaming soundbar that has a built-in mic for party communication. The 20-watt LG UltraGear GP9 soundbar can be plugged in or run on battery power, allowing you to bring it with you on the go to friends' houses, LAN parties, or anywhere else you may need to game. Unfortunately, no images have been revealed, and LG hasn't yet announced a price or release date.

According to CNET, the GP9 soundbar's built-in mic uses an "Eco-sound" feature that lets the mic cut through your game's audio and pick up your voice. Additionally, the soundbar features a large volume knob and several different simulated surround sound modes for genres like first-person shooters and strategy. You can also plug a headset into the soundbar via a 3.5mm jack for private listening.

As for connectivity, the GP9 features ports for USB-C and optical digital audio as well as Bluetooth wireless. These ports allow it to be connected to PC and consoles via the USB-C and optical ports. If you want to utilize the Bluetooth connectivity, then you'll need a Bluetooth-capable PC or compatible Bluetooth adapter for PS5 and Nintendo Switch--you won't be able to connect this wirelessly to an Xbox console.

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Nvidia And AMD Don't See An End To GPU Supply Issues Soon

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 05:18

One of the biggest issues shared by both AMD and Nvidia is a constraint of GPU supply, with both companies struggling to serve demand with their respective ranges of new graphics cards.

CES 2021 offered a chance for both to address the issue, but neither touched on it during the press conferences held earlier this week. Since then, both companies have given vague updates on the matter, and neither give a positive outlook for the near future.

Speaking to The Verge, AMD committed to having more stock for its three new desktop GPUs--the Radeon RX 6800, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6900 XT--on its website soon, ensuring that the MSRP doesn't change from the original launch price. AMD didn't, however, confirm stock levels, which mean it could just as easily sell out as the first batch during the messy launch.

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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey Delayed To Late Spring

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 05:14

Originally penned for early 2021, the Odyssey expansion for Elite Dangerous has been delayed to later this year. Folks can expect the upcoming expansion to hit PC in late spring, and the Xbox One and PS4 versions will go live in the fall.

"Our PC plans have only been affected by a small amount, however our plans for the console release will unfortunately see a larger development shift," developer Frontier Developments wrote in a Steam blog post. "Please do know that these difficult decisions have been made with a focus on making Odyssey as incredible as it can possibly be for all our Commanders regardless of their platform, while also respecting realistic project deadlines for our teams during this difficult global situation."

The difficult global situation being, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic. The studio writes that the ongoing impact of the pandemic and 2021's renewed lockdowns has "put added pressure" on the team.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Ranked Mode Still Planned For Release

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 04:37

While developer Treyarch has been silent on its more competitive Ranked mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the studio is insisting the playlist is still in the works.

In response to a thread on the Black Ops Cold War subreddit, Treyarch community manager Josh Torres said Ranked mode is coming but no release date has been nailed down yet.

"Yes. Ranked Play will be a thing." Torres, who goes by FoxhoundFPS, said when asked if the mode is in development. "I currently don't have a timetable to share with you, however."

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GameFly Introduces New Subscription Plans, Including A Movies-Only Option

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 04:36

GameFly is evolving in 2021 to offer more subscription plans for both video games and 4K Blu-rays. In addition to the standard subscription--which is still the same price--GameFly has now added Budget and Elite tiers as well as a plan dedicated to movies. The new subscription plans are live now, and you can still get a free 30-day trial to see if you like the service before committing. GameFly offers game rentals for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch as well as PS4 and Xbox One. Here's a quick overview of the new plan options:

  • Budget: $8.95 per month, rent one disc at a time, excludes new releases
  • Elite: $29.95 per month, rent two discs at a time, includes new releases and 4K Blu-rays
  • Movies-only: Four subscription plans ranging from $8.95 to $18.95 per month
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The Budget plan is cost-effective at $8.95 per month ($5/month for the first three months), but it does come with a couple of significant limitations. With the Budget plan, you won't have access to new games until four months after release and movie rentals are limited to DVD and standard Blu-ray. The Budget plan also only allows you to rent one game/movie at a time.

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Fortnite Predator Guide: Where To Find Beef Boss, Remedy, And Dummy

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 04:28

New Predator challenges have come to Fortnite with the most recent update. Players will need to complete them in order to unlock the intergalactic hunter. One challenge will send you to three different locations across the map in order to talk to different NPCs. The challenge is to talk with Beef Boss, Remedy, and Dummy.

These challenges just dropped this morning, so completing them will be hectic. This guide will show the best way to find all three NPCs and complete the challenge quickly.

Where To Find Beef Boss, Remedy, and Dummy

Beef Boss, Remedy, and Dummy are all located right next to the Stealthy Stronghold where you find the mysterious pod. They each have multiple spawn points on the map--but it appears those have been tweaked so they always show up around the same area so players can complete these challenges. Here's a map with their specific location.

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Dragon Quest Tact Launching On Mobile This Month

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 04:22

Square Enix has announced a release date for Dragon Quest Tact, a mobile spin-off in the Dragon Quest series. Originally launched last year in Japan, the strategy game will launch on January 27 in the West.

Pre-registration opened today on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. Pre-registering for the game will grant you a King Slime monster for use in the game once it launches.

Dragon Quest Tact is a grid-based tactics game featuring monsters from the Dragon Quest series as playable units. You can take your army of Slimes, Hybirds, and Hammerhoods to fight against the evil forces threatening the land of Orchesterra. Each monster has its own strength and rarity level, and Square promises a range of free monsters that will let you build out your army without paying.

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Amazon Studios Bids On Chris Pratt-Starring Sci-Fi Movie The Tomorrow War

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 04:21

Amazon Studios is reportedly making moves to acquire The Tomorrow War, an upcoming sci-fi military action film directed by Chris McKay. According to Variety, although a sale has not yet been finalized and financial terms have yet to be determined, the asking price could be in the neighborhood of roughly $200 million.

Given Amazon's aggressive pursuit of acquiring big name movies like Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and Coming 2 America, the streaming platform's chances seem good to land this film as well. The Tomorrow War is set in the near future and focuses on humanity's war against an invading alien force. The winning strategy humanity bets on is a new ability to draft soldiers from the past.

The film's cast includes Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Betty Gilpin (Glow), JK Simmons (Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy), and Mary Lynn Rajskub (Little Miss Sunshine). The film will be McKay's first foray into live-action directing, although his resume to date is impressive with directing work that includes The Lego Movie and Robot Chicken. McKay directs a script from Zach Dean (Deadfall, 24 Hours to Live).

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Harry Potter Open-World RPG Hogwarts Legacy Delayed To 2022

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 04:06

The anticipated upcoming Harry Potter open-world RPG, Hogwarts Legacy, has been delayed to 2022. Publisher Portkey Games made the announcement on Twitter, saying the game needed more time to shine.

"Creating the best possible experience for all of the Wizarding World and gaming fans is paramount to us so we are giving the game the time it needs," the studio said.

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— Hogwarts Legacy (@HogwartsLegacy) January 13, 2021

Hogwarts Legacy takes place in the late 1800s, where your actions will shape the wizarding world of Harry Potter. You can learn spells, tame fantastical beasts, and team-up with iconic Harry Potter characters during Hogwarts Legacy's main campaign.

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Fortnite Mysterious Pod Location: Where To Visit For Predator Challenge

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 04:03

Fortnite Season 5's mystery skin has been revealed. It's the famed bounty hunter, Predator. He's not available yet--but several new challenges are available for players to complete. They unlock new emojis, emblems, and other cosmetics.

The challenges task players with collecting three medkits, finding specific NPCs across the map, and locating a mysterious pod. This guide will help you find the mysterious pod and get out of the area alive.

Where To Find The Mysterious Pod

The mysterious pod, which is Predator's ship, is located in the upper half of Stealthy Stronghold. It's fitting that the ship would land in a jungle environment. You can find the specific location of the pod on the map below:

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Super Mario 3D World Trailer Details Online Mode, New Content

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 02:21

Hot on the heels of Nintendo's monstrous new trailer for Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, the company has released a lengthier features overview trailer detailing just what we can expect from the upcoming game.

For starters, the new video shows off the online co-op mode with up to four players in the main 3D World game. As in the original release, each player can claim a different character with their own strength: Mario is an all-arounder, Luigi can high-jump, Peach floats, and Toad can dash. It also shows a new feature, a photo mode that lets you snap pictures, complete with filters and insertable stamps.

The overview trailer also drops new details about the Bowser's Fury component. The open-world segment has you collecting Cat Shines scattered throughout the environment. You'll have Bowser Jr. as an automated AI companion, but a second player can join in and take over as Bowser Jr. at any time. Bowser will wake up and cause havoc on the island, changing the landscape significantly. Ultimately your goal is to collect enough Cat Shines to earn the Giga Bell, a giant-sized Cat Mario power-up that makes him super-sized to take on the gigantic Bowser.

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Fortnite Predator Skin Is Coming As New Update Adds Challenges

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 02:10

The deadliest hunter in the galaxy is on his way to Fortnite, as this week's 15.20 update added several Predator-themed challenges to the game.

Completing these new tasks will unlock Predator cosmetic items in Fortnite's secret battle pass character tab, although the actual Predator skin won't be seen for a few more weeks.

Now that the downtime for the v15.20 has ended, Fortnite also has new weapons for players to get their hands on. The Lever Action Shotgun can drop enemies quickly if they get too close to you, while the Exotic-class Hop Rock Dualies are a pair of dual pistols that come equipped with a low-gravity effect.

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Pikmin 3 Deluxe For Nintendo Switch Discounted To Best Price Yet

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 02:01

Pikmin 3 Deluxe, the updated edition of the fantastic Wii U game, released in October but was somewhat overshadowed by all of the big holiday releases and console launches. We didn't see any deals on the real-time strategy game during Black Friday or over the holidays either. If you've been holding out and are looking for a Nintendo Switch game to tide you over until Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury releases next month, Pikmin 3 Deluxe is on sale for its lowest price yet. Right now, you can snag Pikmin 3 Deluxe for $45.39 at Walmart.

Pikmin 3

$45.39 (was $60)

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The discount will show up when you add Pikmin 3 to you cart. It comes with free two-day delivery, so you'll likely get your copy in time to play over the weekend.

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