Twitch Creator Camp teaches the fundamentals of livestreaming

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Twitch Creator Camp teaches the fundamentals of livestreaming

It's easy to start streaming on a service like Twitch, but there's a ton of work involved in creating a production that will reel in the viewers, whether it's mastering your audio and lighting setups or fostering a community. Where do you turn for guidance? Twitch itself might just help. It's launching a Creator Camp that promises to teach the "ins and outs" of broadcasting through both live and on-demand help. It'll include education on the basics (such as creating a channel page and becoming comfortable on camera) as well as more advanced topics like interacting with your community, building your brand and, of course, making money through subscriptions, merch and sponsorships.

The rarest 'Rocket League' items only drop 1 percent of the time

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The rarest 'Rocket League' items only drop 1 percent of the time

Rocket League developer Psyonix wants you to know the chances of scoring a black market item for your ride, up front. Drop rates are as follows: rare (55 percent), very rare (28 percent), import (12 percent), black market (1 percent), painted attribute (25 percent), certified attribute (25 percent). "These drop rates have been the same since our Crates and Keys system launched in September 2016," the Psyonix blog post says.

Toshiba's SSDs are the first to use 96-layer 3D flash chips

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Toshiba's SSDs are the first to use 96-layer 3D flash chips

Toshiba has unveiled the XG6 series, the first SSDs to be built with its cutting-edge 96-layer 3D flash tech. The XG6 series of NVM Express (NVMe) SSDs use BiCS 3D flash memory with 3-bits-per-cell that power the drives to 3,180 MB/s read and 3,000 MB/s write speeds, with a stellar 365,000 random write IOPS (input/output operations per second). At the same time, the devices consume a maximum of just 4.7 watts.

'Day of the Tentacle' fans create free, unofficial sequel

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'Day of the Tentacle' fans create free, unofficial sequel

The classic point-and-click adventure game Day of the Tentacle was released a hair over 25 years ago, so fans have been waiting a long time for a follow-up. With little sign of Double Fine releasing another entry in the series, some fans have taken the initiative to create their own, unofficial sequel. It's called Return of the Tentacle and you can download it right now for Windows, Mac and Linux. Best of all, the game is available for the low, low price of zero dollars.

The C64 Mini brings its nostalgia to the US on October 9th

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The C64 Mini brings its nostalgia to the US on October 9th

You no longer have to toy with importing The C64 Mini if you just have to relive a childhood spent mashing on a Commodore 64's keys. Retro Games has announced that its '80s revival will reach North American retail stores on October 9th. This version still includes 64 pre-loaded titles, including era favorites like Epyx's sports games (such as California Games and Winter Games), Boulder Dash and Speedball II: Brutal Deluxe. You can still add more, and even run C64 BASIC if you plug in a USB keyboard.

Ben Heck's Atari 800 handheld, part 2

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Ben Heck's Atari 800 handheld, part 2

Will Pie Face be defeated at last? Does the Atari 800 portable work? Do we get to see more soldering? Find out in this episode of The Ben Heck Show where Felix and Ben put the finishing touches to the custom printed circuit board and design a laser-cut and 3D-printed case with the help of Autodesk Eagle and Adobe Illustrator. Let the team know what you think over on the element14 Community.

The first 'Overwatch' Nerf blaster arrives in 2019

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The first 'Overwatch' Nerf blaster arrives in 2019

So far, replicating the distinctive weapons of Overwatch has usually meant a whole lot of crafting, and you still aren't likely end up with something that works. Hasbro, thankfully, is about to make your life much easier -- it's partnering with Blizzard on official Overwatch Nerf guns. The first of the bunch, the lengthily-named Nerf Rival Overwatch Reaper Wight Edition, is due in 2019. It mimics Reaper's iconic shotgun in looks, though not in functionality. The toy weapon carries eight of Nerf's Rival rounds and includes both a ready indicator and a safety lock.