ASUS slims the bezels on its ROG Strix II gaming laptops

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ASUS slims the bezels on its ROG Strix II gaming laptops

Just as we expected, ASUS is keeping up with the gaming laptop competition with its new ROG Strix II gaming laptops. Available in two models, "Hero" and "Scar," the Strix II machines have been upgraded with thin bezel displays running at 144Hz. We've seen those features from all of the major gaming notebook makers this year, but ASUS is going a step further by including a 15.6-inch 1080p panel with a low 3ms response rate, compared to the 7ms screens other companies are using. That should make the Strix II notebooks ideal for fast-paced games.

First 'State of Decay 2' patch is as large as the game itself

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First 'State of Decay 2' patch is as large as the game itself

If you have State of Decay 2 but haven't fired it up in a while, you'll have to be... patient. Undead Labs has released its first patch for the zombie-slaying title, and it's a whopping 20GB -- that's about as large as the install on the Xbox One. And despite the size, you're not getting more content. The 1.2 update fixes a raft of bugs, including gameplay quirks, multiplayer, the heads-up display and the environment. Think of this as a gigantic, later-than-usual day-one patch ironing out the quirks of the launch version.

Square Enix has stopped working on 'Go' mobile games

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Square Enix has stopped working on 'Go' mobile games

In many ways, Square Enix' Go titles were textbook examples of how to make good mobile games: for a little cash up front, you'd receive a truly mobile-friendly experience that felt like it received just as much attention as a blockbuster console release. However, that strategy has apparently run out of steam. Square Enix Montreal head Patrick Naud told PCGamesInsider.biz in an interview that his studio has stopped working on the Go series. The premium mobile game market is "diminishing," Naud said -- there are too many genuinely high-quality free games for many people to pour money into games unless they're riveted by the concept. While Hitman Go, Lara Croft Go and Deus Ex Go had strong reviews and "great revenue," only a small number of people played them.

Ben Heck's Yobo NES portable

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Ben Heck's Yobo NES portable

Every console should be portable, even the replicated ones. This is why Ben is taking apart a "Yobo NES" and designing an enclosure to see how small he can make it and still be able to play Nintendo Entertainment System games. The fun starts with Autodesk's Fusion 360, a laser cutter and a bit of 3D-modeling design. What other hardware would you make portable? How has your computer aided your design work? Let us know on the element14 Community.

Recommended Reading: An NBA exec and some mysterious Twitter accounts

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Recommended Reading: An NBA exec and some mysterious Twitter accounts

Even though he won't admit it, one of the NBA's biggest stars, Kevin Durant, almost certainly used a burner Twitter account to clap back at the haters. That's relatively harmless, but what happens when a team president is accused of using a group of accounts that disclosed sensitive team info? The Ringer has the detailed story of Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo and some rather curious connections, including one account he's already admitted to using.

PS4's 'Detroit' doesn't take place in the Motor City I know

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PS4's 'Detroit' doesn't take place in the Motor City I know

When Sony debuted Detroit: Become Human at E3 two years ago, writer-director David Cage said he and his team were taking great care to respect Motown's heritage, its people and what they've been through. "When you set your story in a specific city, it's a very sensitive thing to do," he told me. "You don't want to do it if you're not respectful of the place, of the people living there." I've seen how games like Persona 5 and the Yakuza series have faithfully reproduced their Japanese settings, and I was excited to explore his digital Detroit. Unfortunately, my expectations were set too high.