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GTA 6 Leak Reveals Alligators, Sex Robots, Airboats, And Skunk Ape Sightings

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 17:03

Rockstar was the victim of a massive leak earlier this week, when a hacker published a number of videos and screenshots from an early build of Grand Theft Auto 6. The footage confirms some major details about the game, but eagle-eyed fans have also spotted some curious details that appear to be intended as random events.

The information comes from Kotaku's Zack Zwiezen, who combed through the footage for interesting details that were hidden in the huge volume of leaked material released. While it's still possible to find the leaks online, Rockstar has been vigilant in taking down the copyrighted material, with reposting banned from both the GTA forums and the GTA 6 subreddit.

The leak, which Rockstar has confirmed is genuine, has confirmed that the upcoming game will be set in Vice City and features two main characters with a Bonnie and Clyde-type relationship. A number of series mainstays show up in the leaked footage, such as a mission set in a strip club, but it's the new features that are more curious--such as driveable airboats, and new scuba diving and fishing mechanics.

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Overwatch 2 Lead Hero Designer Has Left Blizzard

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 09:13

Ahead of the launch of Overwatch 2, the lead hero designer for most of the game's new playable characters, Geoff Goodman, is leaving Blizzard. Goodman acted as lead hero designer for many of the playable characters in the original Overwatch as well.

Regarding Overwatch 2, Goodman helped design Sojourn and Junker Queen. It's likely he played a part in designing the recently announced Kiriko as well, but that has not been officially confirmed.

A Blizzard spokesperson told PC Gamer that Goodman made the decision to leave Blizzard "earlier this year," before providing the outlet with the following statement:

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Deathloop's New Gun - How To Get The Halps Prototype Weapon

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 08:50

Deathloop has hit its one year anniversary, and as part of the celebration, Arkane has launched the Goldenloop update, which adds a bunch of new content to the game, including the new Halps Prototype Weapon. This update also coincides with the game launching on Xbox Series X|S as part of Xbox Game Pass. The new Halps weapon is a battery-powered laser that can quickly incinerate enemies. This powerful weapon will make a great addition to your arsenal, whether this is your first playthrough or a repeat. Here's where you can find the Halps Prototype Weapon.

The Halps Prototype WeaponThe Halps Prototype can be found in The Compound in Dr. Wenjie's lab.

One of the new additions to Deathloop with the Golden Loop update is the Halps Prototype Weapon, which fires a focused laser beam that incinerates enemies. This new weapon can be found in The Compound, in Dr. Wenjie's lab. To find the weapon, enter the lab from the green building, which can be found on the left side of the lab. Once you enter the building, there is a small room in the corner, which is directly in front of you once you enter. Inside is the Halps Prototype Weapon, along with two security cameras.

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Twitch Announces Crackdown On Online Gambling Amidst Controversy

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 08:21

Twitch has announced a ban on some forms of online gambling on its platform amidst controversy around the subject. This ban comes shortly after several popular streamers threatened to boycott the streaming platform if it did not address the problems around streams dedicated to gambling.

Announced on Twitter, Twitch will be banning the streaming of online gambling, specifically websites that allow for unsanctioned slots, roulette, or dice games. This ban also prevents streamers from sharing sign-up links or codes for these websites to try and crack down on streamers sponsored by these companies. Twitch specifically said that Stake, Rollbit, Duelbits, and Roobet will be banned, with the list growing whenever the company identifies a new gambling website. Websites focused on sports betting, fantasy betting, and poker will continue to be allowed, however. The new rules take effect on October 18.

An update on gambling on Twitch. pic.twitter.com/lckNTY9Edo

— Twitch (@Twitch) September 20, 2022

All of this comes after a streamer scammed people in order gamble off-stream. As reported by Kotaku, streamer Abraham "Sliker" Mohammed scammed both content creators and fans out of over $200,000 under the pretense that he was experiencing financial hardship. In an apology video, he admitted that it was lie in order to obtain more money to gamble.

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Changes Announced For Modern Warfare 2 Beta, Minimap Remains Unchanged

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 07:41

Infinity Ward has announced all of the changes it's going to make to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta for next weekend. In addition to new game modes and maps, Infinity Ward will be adjusting the rate at which players earn perks throughout the match.

After its first weekend beta for Modern Warfare 2, Infinity Ward has posted a blog detailing some of the changes it will be making for the next weekend and moving forward. It also addressed some concerns fans have about elements Infinity Ward has adjusted in this year's Call of Duty in comparison to the last installment, like no longer showing a red dot on the minimap when an enemy fires a weapon. That adjustment is supposed to lessen the consequences of firing a weapon while encouraging players to follow the sound of gunshots, as opposed to staring at their minimap, Infinity Ward wrote. Some beta participants have complained about the new minimap, arguing that the change makes using a silencer pointless.

Infinity Ward also said that it has made some adjustments and bug fixes to muzzle flash and smoke in order to make it easier to see once a firefight starts. It also said that it will be experimenting with different ways to make enemies and friendlies easier to tell apart, although no details were shared.

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Snag An Xbox Wireless Controller For $48 And Get A Free Game

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 05:14

If you need a new Xbox Series X|S controller, a new eBay deal can save you some cash and net you a free digital copy of Watch Dogs: Legion for Series X|S. The wireless controller is discounted to $48, which is 20% off the list price of $60. The free game is what makes this one of the best Xbox controller deals we've seen this year.

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This offer only includes Robot White as a color option for the controller, but it’s brand-new and in its original sealed packaging. Its pristine chassis is untouched by any other gamer's hands (thank goodness).

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Lost Ark's Drone-Wielding Machinist Class Lands September 28

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 05:06

Lost Ark is receiving yet another new class in the form of the Machinist on September 28, and publisher Amazon has now detailed the various air strikes, bullet barrages, and futuristic weaponry players will soon be able to take for a spin.

The Machinist is the latest advanced class for the Gunner role, and as detailed in a new blog post, specializes in dealing damage from afar with the help of a high-tech drone. The class's identity skill, Hypersync, decks out the player in a futuristic super-suit, further enhancing the Machinist's abilities until its energy is drained.

When it comes to class engravings, players have two playstyles to build towards. The first, Evolutionary Legacy, emphasizes Hypersync mode, while the second, Arthentinean Skill, is all about increasing the effectiveness of drone-based skills.

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DLSS 3 Promises Big Performance Boosts, But Only Works On New GPUs

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 02:49

DLSS, or Deep Learning Super Sampling, has been one of the best reasons to invest in an Nvidia GPU over the past two generations. Today, Nvidia revealed DLSS 3--the latest iteration of the super sampling technique that requires the company's new RTX 40-series GPUs.

DLSS allows games to run at higher frame rates by reducing the internal rendering resolution and using machine learning to upscale it back to your desired resolution. It works well, with the most recent implementations sitting scarily close to native rendering while providing big performance uplifts. DLSS 3 seems to improve this even further with the use of AI-powered Optical Multi Frame Generation, a method that allows your GPU to generate an entirely new frame of a game, rather than just small portions of it.

According to Nvidia, this new process can produce seven-eighths of a frame, while also tracking positional data of objects as opposed to just pixels to reduce unwanted shimmering on complex geometry. DLSS Frame Generation, as Nvidia calls it, will inject new frames into your game, while Nvidia Reflex will be used to keep responsiveness high to compensate for new frames that are not reporting user input back to the game. Nvidia says DLSS 3 actually halves latency when compared to native rendering.

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Hell Comes To Earth Once Again In First Hellraiser Trailer From Hulu

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 02:44

The Cenobites make their bloody return in Hulu's Hellraiser, the 11th film in the horror franchise with Sense8 star Jamie Clayton taking over the Pinhead role, the first woman and first trans actor to lead of the series. This update is said to be staying true to its roots while presenting a new take on its horrific source material.

The first new Hellraiser movie in four years, and after a few false starts, this reboot of the iconic franchise finally hits Hulu on October 7. We've only seen images of Clayton as Pinhead but finally, the first trailer is here that tells an all-too-familiar story of pain and hellish pleasure.

This new chapter in the Hellraiser universe comes from David Bruckner who also directed a segment in the original V/H/S as well as two stories of Shudder's recent Creepshow revival. Hellraiser creator Clive Barker had tried to get a new feature going all the way back in 2013 that was intended to be a retelling of the first movie, but eventually, the studio went with a sequel in 2018, Hellraiser: Judgement.

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Get A 3-Year VPN Subscription For $69

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 02:44

VPN services can be expensive, with pricey monthly (or yearly) fees that can quickly eat into your budget. Right now, however, you can purchase a three-year subscription to the Windscribe VPN Pro Plan for just $69, down from $207--and it’s definitely worth checking out if you need a frugal VPN service.

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Two other tiers of the Windscribe VPN Pro Plan are also on sale. You can save the most money when opting for a three-year subscription, but there’s also a two-year plan for $59, down from $138, and a one-year plan for $39, down from $69. Regardless of which you pick, you’ll benefit from the following features:

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Marvel Studios Taking "New Approach" To Sabra For Captain America 4

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 02:35

Earlier this month, Disney and Marvel Studios announced at the D23 Expo that Emmy nominee Shira Haas (Netflix's Unorthodox) is joining the MCU as the superhero Sabra in the upcoming fourth Captain America movie. The movie, titled Captain America: New World Order, is also bringing back the Leader, who was teased all the way back in 2008's Incredible Hulk.

In the comics, Sabra is the alter ego of the Israeli superheroine Ruth Bat-Seraph, a mutant who possesses superhuman abilities and serves as an agent of the Israeli secret service known as the Mossad. The character has been long mired in controversy, but Marvel has confirmed to Variety that it’s taking a "new approach" with Sabra for the big screen.

"While our characters and stories are inspired by the comics they are always freshly imagined for the screen and today's audience," the studio said in a statement to Variety. "The filmmakers are taking a new approach with the character Sabra who was first introduced in the comics over 40 years ago."

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Save On Xbox Live Gold For A Limited Time

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 02:20

Xbox Live Gold memberships can quickly add up, with a three-month subscription clocking in at $25. Right now, however, you can score a three-month membership for just $20, saving you a bit of cash on the popular service.

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It’s not Xbox Game Pass, but Xbox Live Gold is still one of the most popular subscription platforms in all of gaming. The service gives you access to online multiplayer, exclusive deals, and free games every month. In September, for example, you can get the following games:

  • Gods Will Fall
  • Double Kick Heroes
  • Thrillville
  • Portal 2

If you’re regularly using Xbox Live Gold to play online, those added games are a nice bonus. And with the current discount from GameSpot Deals, now is a great time to extend your subscription. We’re sure a bunch of Gold-exclusive holiday sales will start popping up in the next few months too, making this an even more enticing price cut. Whether you're an active subscriber or looking to join the service for the very first time, be sure to check out the Xbox Live Gold deal while you can.

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Razer's New Gaming Soundbar Is Compact And Only Costs $100

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 01:54

Razer made a name for itself with high-end headsets before branching out into gaming controllers, keyboards, and mice, and now the peripherals manufacturer is getting ready to launch a new version of its Leviathan soundbar. The Leviathan V2 X Soundbar is a budget-friendly option at $100, and it's available to order now.

Razer Leviathan V2 X Soundbar

The Razer Leviathan V2 X is a compact PC gaming soundbar that houses two full-range drivers and two passive radiators, which the company says is capable of delivering bold clarity and resonating depth.

It won't take up much space either, as it measures 400mm in length so that you can avoid desktop clutter and enjoy powerful sound through it. Stick it underneath your monitor, and you'll have the soundbar in the optimum position to deliver some high-clarity audio.

The big draw here will be through the connectivity features on offer, as you'll be able to pair the Razer Leviathan V2 X with a single USB Type C cable that draws power more efficiently and produces dynamic audio up to a maximum volume of 90dB. Bluetooth 5.0 is also supported, and you can switch from a PC to a mobile device using the Razer Audio App.

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For an extra touch of customization, you can fine-tune the 14 lighting zones to create numerous patterns and dynamic in-game lighting effects.

If you want to up your sound game even more, there's a Leviathan V2 model that comes with a subwoofer for $250.

Today's Wordle Answer (#458) - September 20, 2022

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 01:50

It's Tuesday, September 20 and we're back with another edition of our Wordle guides. For the past week or so, the Wordle gods have not been too forgiving to the player base, giving players some difficult words to guess. Unfortunately for those who don't enjoy these types of Wordles, today's answer has continued to follow that trend. It's another difficult answer, and that means that players everywhere will need a little nudge in the right direction. However, at the very least, this answer is a common word that most players should know. The problem lies in the spelling of this particular word.

If you haven't started the Wordle yet, you can check out our list of recommended starting words to give yourself an advantage before you've begun. However, if you're already a few guesses deep, then you might be searching for a lifeline. Luckily, we're here to provide just that. Below, players will see two hints for today's Wordle in addition to the full answer. If players don't want to be spoiled, they should avoid reading past the hints, as that's where the full answer will be located.

Today's Wordle Answer - September 20, 2022

We'll begin with two hints that directly relate to the Wordle answer, but won't immediately give the word away.

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Nvidia Reveals RTX 4090 And 4080 GPUs, Prices Start At $900

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 01:49

Nvidia has revealed its next generation of GPUs, powered by the company's new Ada Lovelace architecture. The RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 are both set to launch later this year, with promises of big performance improvements.

The RTX 4090 is Nvidia's new flagship GPU, shipping with 24GB of GDDR6X memory, 76 billion transistors, and 16,384 CUDA cores. Nvidia claims that it will be able to deliver framerates higher than 100fps when gaming at 4K, all while consuming the same 450W that the RTX 3090 Ti did. Using DLSS 3, the latest version of Nvidia's deep-learning super sampling technique, Nvidia says that the RTX 4090 sees four times more performance than the RTX 3090 Ti using DLSS 2. The RTX 4090 starts at $1599 and launches on October 12.

The RTX 4080 is launching in two different configurations. The first features 16GB of GDDR6X memory, 76 RT cores, and 9,728 CUDA cores, while the second features 12GB of GDDR6X memory, 60 RT, and 7,680 CUDA. The 12GB version also has slower memory, with a 21Gbps throughput over a 192-bit bus, as opposed to the 16GB version's 22Gbps throughput and 256-bit bus. Nvidia claims that the RTX 4080 16GB is up to three times faster than the previous RTX 3080 Ti when using DLSS 3, while the RTX 4080 12GB can outpace the RTX 3090 Ti with lower power consumption while also utilizing DLSS 3. The RTX 4080 16GB starts at $1199, while the 12GB version starts at $899. Both will launch sometime in November.

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Watching Avatar At Home Doesn't Really Count As Seeing It, According To James Cameron

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 01:46

Avatar director James Cameron has said that watching the 2009 film at home, via streaming or Blu-ray, doesn't really count as having seen the film. It needs to be seen in a theater, Cameron said in an interview with The New York Times.

"Young film fans never had the opportunity to see it in a movie theater. Even though they think they may have seen the film, they really haven't seen it," he said. Avatar is being re-released in theaters this Friday, September 23, in a remastered state. Cameron said he was "pleasantly surprised" by how well the film holds up and "how gorgeous it is in its remastered state."

Avatar was available via streaming on Disney Plus until Disney removed it without any warning this year, presumably in a bid to encourage people to see Avatar's re-release in theaters.

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PGA Tour 2K23: Everything We Know

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 01:45

Professional golf is in a state of upheaval and controversy with the PGA Tour and LIV Golf publicly sparring and jockeying for supremacy. That drama hasn't derailed 2K's plans for PGA Tour 2K23, as the game remains on schedule to launch in October. But what's new and exciting about the latest entry in the series? We're rounding up all the key details to know.

Release Date And Platforms

PGA Tour 2K23 is releasing on October 14, but those who pick up one of the more expensive versions, including the Tiger Woods Edition, can jump in beginning October 11. The game will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

Cover Star

One of the most iconic golfers and celebrities on earth, Tiger Woods, is the cover star for PGA Tour 2K23. He is also an executive director and consultant on the game, which is developed by HB Studios. The studio previously developed The Golf Club series until Take-Two acquired it.

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Best-Selling Games And Consoles Of August 2022 Revealed: Madden And PS5 Top The Charts

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 23:48

The NPD Group has released its latest monthly sales report, this one covering August 2022, showing which games and consoles sold the best in the US. The report also shines a light on how the US games industry is performing overall.

Total spending across games, consoles, and accessories reached $4.10 billion in the US during August 2022, which was a decline of 5% year-over-year. Year-to-date spending came to $34.6 billion, a 9% year-over-year decline, though it was up by 3% compared to the comparable period in 2020.

For hardware specifically, the PlayStation 5 was August 2022's best-selling console overall for both unit and dollar sales. The Switch, however, has sold the most units so far in 2022. NPD added that both the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles saw double-digit percentage growth in August 2022 compared to August 2021 due in part to better supply. Total spending on consoles in August 2022 jumped by 14% to $375 million. Year-to-date spending on consoles in the US declined 4% to $2.9 billion.

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Second Batch Of Xbox Game Pass Games For September Includes Deathloop, Valheim, And More

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 23:44

With September almost over, several new games have been announced for Xbox Game Pass this month. This month's biggest game is Deathloop, developer Arkane's award-winning first-person shooter that was previously a PlayStation console-exclusive. With that exclusivity period over, Microsoft wasted no time in getting the game ready for an Xbox Series X|S and PC release through its subscription program, and this version will be packed with some big upgrades as part of the Golden Loop update.

Also available today is Hardspace: Shipbreaker, a more relaxing title set in space where you work to earn a living amongst the stars. You'll be cutting up abandoned starships and other debris using a selection of heavy-duty tools, and once you start upgrading your gear, you'll be able to take on more lucrative contracts.

On September 22, Game Pass subscribers can look forward to three new games in the form of Spider-Heck, Beacon Pines, and Slime Rancher 2. SpiderHeck pits nature's greatest eight-legged killing machines against each other in a duel to the death with laser-swords, Beacon Pines is an adorable adventure game with shades of Stranger Things, and Slime Rancher 2 is a sequel to a beloved farming sim where you wrangle critters and uncover mysteries.

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Xbox Game Pass Losing 12 Games On September 30

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 23:03

As it does every month, Microsoft is removing more games from the Game Pass library soon. In a blog post, Microsoft confirmed that a dozen titles from the catalog are leaving on September 30.

These include titles across Xbox, PC, and streaming, along with games from the EA Play catalog that are available via Game Pass Ultimate. Some of the games leaving on September 30 include Dirt 4, Dirt Rally, Slime Rancher, Subnautica: Below Zero, Lemnis Gate, and Astria Ascending, among others. The full list is below.

Microsoft also confirmed that, although it said earlier that Aragami 2 would leave the catalog soon, that is no longer the case--it will stay available on console, cloud, and PC.

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