Black Desert dives down into underwater dungeons

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Black Desert dives down into underwater dungeons

You know where’s a really great place to build a dungeon? Under the ocean. Sure, there’s the bends, flesh-rending sharks, and a severe lack of daylight with which to contend, but you can get some really great deals on real estate down there and won’t have to worry about sewage bills. Black Desert is thinking along these lines with its...

Steam charts: most popular games, 14-20 July, 2018

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Steam charts: most popular games, 14-20 July, 2018

What are the best-selling games in the Steam charts in this week 29 of 2018? Battle royale games continue their PC gaming dominance, and PUBG is back on top.

Every week PCGamesN recount the highest performing titles on Valve’s platform, from the ten Steam top sellers to the Steam games with the most concurrent players. Why? Because knowing what games people are flocking to is useful for discovering new titles and reminding us of the ones we really ought to have tried by now.

The first portion of this weekly roundup focuses on Steam sales - that is to say the games and DLC that are selling like proverbial hot cakes. We pull these entries from the Steam store itself, under the global top sellers page. The second part of our Steam charts rundown looks at concurrent players, which gives us some insight into the most played games of the past week.

PUBG pulls controversial Japanese mask design, apologises

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PUBG pulls controversial Japanese mask design, apologises

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer Bluehole has apologised for an in-game helmet design some fans found offensive.

The item, a pilot's helmet available in the game's mobile version, bore the Japanese rising sun flag - a reference to the country's imperial army and its World War 2-era military aggression.

It's a flag seen to be offensive by many Korean and Chinese people, BBC News and Bzit reported. Bluehole is based in Korea, and PUBG has a massive Korean and Chinese audience.

Goodbye HDDs. Gamers will be able to buy QLC SSDs for mass storage by the end of 2018

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Goodbye HDDs. Gamers will be able to buy QLC SSDs for mass storage by the end of 2018

Toshiba and Western Digital's rather shaky joint venture in Japan has finished up development of a 1.33 terabit QLC NAND chip, which could prove very useful to gamers. WD is prepping consumer-facing SanDisk drives fitted with the latest storage tech for volume production before the end of the year.

As storage requirements have skyrocketed over the past few decades so, too, has the need for super speedy memory tech that can keep up with modern computing power. Unfortunately, this tech can be hugely expensive per-GB compared to high-capacity platter drives, so most of us gamers have been fairly lackadaisical with investing heavily in SSD storage for anything other than our chosen OS and a couple of select games.

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Todd Howard wants you to stop calling Fallout 76 a 'survival' game

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Todd Howard wants you to stop calling Fallout 76 a 'survival' game

Bethesda game director Todd Howard seems like a hospitable guy who is happy to partake in interviews and give grand tours of the Bethesda’s offices. What could possibly spoil his angelicness? Well, just don’t start calling Fallout 76 a survival game - he doesn’t like it. 

The seasoned developer made sure to express his resentment for how  the term ‘survival’ has been used to describe Bethesda’s next entry in the Fallout universe. His issue is that he doesn't think Fallout 76 falls into the same category of game as those that belong to the survival genre.

“We avoid the word ‘survival’, because people’s minds immediately go to DayZ and Rust and certain other games, and those comparisons are not really accurate for what we’re doing,” Howard explains in an interview with The Guardian. 

How much does it cost to buy everything in The Sims 4?

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How much does it cost to buy everything in The Sims 4?

Buying everything in The Sims 4 is a game in itself - a collect-a-thon that requires expert knowledge in the field. Like a jewel appraiser, the Sims 4 expert can look at a DVD case and - ah, do you see? - observe the subtle but telltale signs that distinguish a Game Pack from a Stuff Pack. By the end of this article, that expert will be you.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with choosing add-ons according to whatever pops up on Origin and takes your fancy. But if you want to know the whole Sims 4 landscape before deciding where you land - or are simply curious about how much you could spend on one management game, if you wanted to - then read on.

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Trion Worlds has been hit with layoffs, loses ArcheAge associate producer

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Trion Worlds has been hit with layoffs, loses ArcheAge associate producer

Trion Worlds in general and ArcheAge in specific are going through a turbulent time this week as the studio has levied layoffs in the studio that have affected an unknown number of employees. Among those affected include ArcheAge Associate Producer Seraphina Brennan and Customer Support/Environmental Artist Jessica Pate. so, friends.. trion had some company lay offs and that included me....

No Man’s Sky received death threats over butterflies

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No Man’s Sky received death threats over butterflies

On the verge of expanding into a full multiplayer experience, No Man’s Sky has rocketed back into the spotlight with July 24th’s NEXT update. In many ways, it’s absolutely amazing that the space game has reached this point considering its abysmal start in 2016 and harsh community criticism over a then-broken game. The Guardian scored a rare interview with creator...