Ballistix get TUF with new RAM for Asus motherboards

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Ballistix get TUF with new RAM for Asus motherboards

Some motherboards go in all for LEDS; others, like Asus’ TUF motherboards, opt for a more rugged, industrial kind of look – which can make buying RAM for the latter a bit of a nightmare if you can’t stand the idea of blinking rainbows or, heaven forbid, even the smallest dash of colour interfering with […]

The Daily Grind: How should MMO studios handle game reboots?

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The Daily Grind: How should MMO studios handle game reboots?

Over the past several years, we have witnessed several MMOs being rebooted and relaunched, including Final Fantasy XIV, Secret World Legends, and, most recently, Defiance 2050. There are various reasons why studios would want to do this, including addressing key flaws in the original game, switching over to different business models, and benefiting from a new round of publicity and...

The Game Accessibility Conference arrives in Paris this October

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The Game Accessibility Conference arrives in Paris this October

The Game Accessibility Conference will take place in Paris on the 22nd of October this year. The one-day event is dedicated to making games more accessible to players with disabilities.

GAConf promises to cover everything from indie to triple-A development, from academia to accessibility specialists. Its goal, according to the press release, is to "ensure any game can reach as many people as possible, so no player is unnecessarily excluded from everything that games have to offer."

Topics include designing autism and cognitive accessibility, and exploring the experiences of players with motor disabilities. Speakers include Tara Voelker of Xbox, the disabled gamer and advocate Vivek Gohil, Mark Friend of PlayStation, Douglas Pennant of Creative Assembly and Jamie Knight of the BBC.

GTA Online extends business bonuses ahead of its incoming nightclub update

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GTA Online extends business bonuses ahead of its incoming nightclub update

Despite rumblings from some corners of the interwebs, GTA Online's incoming nightclub update did not land yesterday. Instead, Rockstar has extended last week's Smuggler Sell Missions double RP/GTA$ bonus, its 25 percent discount on Special Cargo Crates, and its extra 25 percent earnings on Biker Business Sales. Likewise, Guest List signees can claim another $100,000 of free in-game cash, and a Blue Wireframe Bodysuit. 

PUBG's custom mode is free - for now

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PUBG's custom mode is free - for now

PUBG players are now able to play the battle royale in the style they want thanks to a new update enabling custom matches. But before you get excited about being able to set up custom zombie and war modes, there is a chance that PUBG Corp could lock the feature behind a paywall.

The announcement was made in a blog post yesterday explaining the feature, which allows players to choose between four different modes, rules, spawns and weather. Apparently, only 10,000 custom matches will be allowed to run at one time, and each must have at least 10 players to begin - but it’s the cost of running all these extra servers that may result in them being put behind a paywall. 

PUBG popularised the genre but there’s a lot of competition for best battle royale game these days.

EWin Flash XL chair review - gaming luxury, but only when you've nothing left to spend $450 on

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EWin Flash XL chair review - gaming luxury, but only when you've nothing left to spend $450 on

Gaming chairs are, it has to be said, faintly ridiculous. They’re luxury items for the gamer that already has it all, and wants to find something else to spend their money on. But they can also really make a difference to your gaming experience, especially when you’re in it for the long haul… They’re not essential, but admit it, you want one.

And, as a larger gentleman, I have to say it’s nice to see that gaming chair companies are starting to cater for their more portly, some might say ‘jolly,’ customers. The EWin Flash XL is just such a gaming chair, with the Chinese company proudly boasting of its “quality, but cheap office gaming chairs.” But one thing the Flash XL isn’t is cheap…

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Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project cards - every new card in the latest expansion

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Check out every Boomsday Project card revealed so far from Hearthstone’s new science-themed expansion.

The next Hearthstone expansion has been revealed and it’s The Boomsday Project, a collection of 135 new cards themed around the idea of science. Or, more accurately, disaster; central character Dr. Boom invites you to aid him in his experiments, but he’s mostly interested in crafting bombs, as his name suggests. Should you wish to make your Hearthstone opponents disappear in a fireball and plume of smoke, then The Boomsday Project seems the idea expansion.  

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Nvidia and AMD next-gen GPUs might come with USB-C for the virtual reality one percent

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Nvidia and AMD next-gen GPUs might come with USB-C for the virtual reality one percent

Nvidia, Oculus, Valve, Microsoft, and AMD have all agreed to adopt a single USB Type-C port for the next generation of VR headsets. The VirtualLink standard hopes to do away with unnecessary breakout boxes tethering you to your PC and instead replace it with a single lightweight cable capable of DisplayPort, USB, and power, all firing simultaneously.

VirtualLink incorporates four HBR3 DisplayPort lanes, a USB 3.1 data connection, and up to 27 watts of power. The hope is this new alternative mode for USB Type-C will be able to lessen the port requirements from the host device - specifically small form-factor devices that otherwise wouldn’t feature the ports necessary to run current generation VR headsets. After all, even Intel’s miniscule Hades Canyon NUC can drive a decent virtual experience.

Need some more graphical power under the hood for VR? Here are the best VR-ready graphics cards around.

Jonathan Blow shows more footage of his new Sokoban-inspired game

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Jonathan Blow shows more footage of his new Sokoban-inspired game

Jonathan Blow, creator of Braid and The Witness, has shown more of his new puzzle game. It's a game inspired by (and even, it seems, codenamed) Sokoban, the old Japanese game about pushing boxes in specific orders to cover all the marks on the floor.

Blow showed footage during his talk at Spanish conference Gamelab, which I popped along to a few weeks ago. It's taken a little while for the videos to appear online.

In the footage, the viewer looks down into a leafy kind of compartmentalised level to see three characters and six doorless rooms. There's one big crystal which needs moving but when you move around, blocks pop up barring the way. What to do? That's the puzzle. Character abilities will help you out - in the video a wizard uses a kind of teleportation spell to move the crystal - and there's an undo mechanic to keep your experimentation swift.

World of Warcraft and all current expansions now included in subscription

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World of Warcraft and all current expansions now included in subscription

World of Warcraft's monthly subscription now unlocks access to all base game and existing expansion content, Blizzard has announced.

So, for £9.99 a month you'll be able to play everything up to and including 2016 expansion Legion and no longer have to add on anything else separately.

The caveat, obviously, is this August's big Battle for Azeroth pack. That's still a separate purchase, and priced £39.99.