Best PC Hardware Deals Of The Week

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PC gamers have some great deals to take advantage of this week, from a high-end processor to a spacious tempered glass case. Those looking for fast storage or a new laptop are also in for a treat. Arguably, the best deal is a high resolution, fast refresh rate monitor for the lowest price we've seen thus far.

If you come across any notable sales, feel free to share them in the comments!

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Eight-Core CPU - $350

Marvel Games Exec Talks Batman: Arkham's Lasting Influence

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Marvel Games Exec Talks Batman: Arkham's Lasting Influence

It's difficult to ignore the massive critical and commercial success of Marvel Studios' superhero films. With each consecutive release, the studio has managed to consistently craft unique and entertaining stories with the company's extensive roster of characters and properties. Regardless of how you feel about the system Marvel Studios has built to produce its films, the company doesn't show any signs of slowing down.

While Marvel's films continue to do well, its games division has only just recently started to grow with its myriad mobile titles and collaborations with big-name studios in the industry. The company's push to get more involved with gaming is a fascinating shift; historically, the medium remained mostly reserved for movie tie-ins or the occasional gaming crossover. For a time, there existed few high-quality Marvel game experiences for people to latch onto--at least, in the way that people did with Warner Bros.' Arkham series. But with upcoming Marvel games, like Insomniac's Spider-Man and Square Enix's Avengers, Marvel's once inconsistent game offerings seem like they could be a thing of the past.

Layton's Creator On Real-World Puzzle Solving And His Love Of Sherlock

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Professor Layton's adventure has broken into the real world.

If you're not aware, the promotion for the latest Layton game, Layton's Mystery Journey: Katreille and the Millionaire's Conspiracy is a puzzle-solving journey that's broken beyond the bounds of its 3DS roots and is now something you can experience in a web browser. But that new experience at Layton.World is just part of the plan for Level-5 president & CEO Akihiro Hino. In a recent interview with the man behind the successful series of puzzling adventures that currently stretches across six mainline games (with a seventh on the way), we talked about how his team creates its original conundrums and the recent expansion into new ways to experience the series.

Layton's Mystery Journey is set to launch on 3DS sometime later this year, but surprisingly the mobile version is coming out worldwide on July 20. This latest game also switches up the protagonists trading in the familiar professor for someone claiming to be his daughter. But we'll go into that in the interview below.

China Moves To Ban Livestreaming On Three Major Websites

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China Moves To Ban Livestreaming On Three Major Websites

The People's Republic of China has strict censorship laws regarding media in all formats for the sole purpose of protecting national security and maintaining social stability. While it has made some strides in regards to lifting gaming bans, Reuters reports these laws are now targeting a different form of communication: livestreaming.

China has reportedly contacted three major social media and news websites to take down all video and audio streaming services due to politically charged social commentary. China's Twitter-esque social media website Sina Weibo, video-sharing and game streaming platform ACFUN, and news website Ifeng.com are being affected by the ban.

The move is due to the presence of politically charged material that violates China's censorship laws within these websites' livestreaming content. User commentary is also inciting "negative opinions."

World Of Warcraft Dev On Patch 7.2.5, Micro-Holidays, And Raid Timing

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World Of Warcraft Dev On Patch 7.2.5, Micro-Holidays, And Raid Timing

The content updates continue to roll out for World of Warcraft, with last week's patch 7.2.5 unleashing flying, a new raid, and bunch of other changes into Azeroth. Just prior to the content launch, we talked with Paul Kubit, senior game designer for World of Warcraft, about how Blizzard approaches these ".5" patches, the state of micro-holidays, and keeping players engaged regardless of whether they've been playing since launch or they're just starting now.

While Paul does a deep dive into the WoW's design, the game's class designers recently held an AMA on Reddit that you can check out here.

GameSpot: The timing for this update, hitting during E3. Was that intentional? Is it just that this is the time in the development calendar to put out the update? Or do you feel like these are different audiences--that E3 has a more console-centric feel versus what hardcore World of Warcraft players are looking for?

PC's Monster Hunter-Like RPG Dauntless Is No Mere Clone

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Dauntless, the debut effort from Phoenix Labs, has drawn many comparisons to Monster Hunter since it was unveiled at The Game Awards in 2016, and it's easy to see why. Like Capcom's monster-slaying series, the object in Dauntless is to team up with other players to take down colossal Behemoths and use the materials you gather to forge new weaponry and armor.

That's not to say Dauntless is simply a Monster Hunter clone, though. While its premise may be similar, the game sets itself apart from Capcom's series in a number of notable ways. Perhaps the most obvious is its free-to-play structure, which should make the game more welcoming for curious players to jump into. Dauntless also has more variety in terms of its weapons; in addition to the standard array of swords and shields, we got to try a set of kusarigama, which functioned both as a fast-paced melee weapon and allowed for long-range attacks.

Yakuza Creator Talks 007 Inspirations, Wacky Humor, And What's Next

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Yakuza Creator Talks 007 Inspirations, Wacky Humor, And What's Next

Sega's Yakuza series has been around for more than a decade, garnering both critical and commercial success in Japan since the release of its first entry in 2005. While the series consistently sold well in its native country thanks in part to its appeal to mature audiences and its portrayal of Japanese culture, its sales never managed to meet the same numbers in the West.

For a while, it seemed unlikely that western audiences would receive any more mainline Yakuza games after the series' fourth entry and zombie apocalypse spin-off, but in spite of poor sales, Yakuza accrued a devoted western fanbase. And it was their commitment that eventually inspired Sony's Third Party Productions group in 2014 to collaborate with Sega to bring over the series' fifth entry, which originally released in Japan in 2012. The strong reaction spurred Sega to bring over subsequent mainline entries to the West. With the release of the sixth core entry and a remake of the original game coming up, it seems the franchise is at its most stable and popular among western gamers in its 12-year history.

New Switch Action Game Coming From Let It Die's Publisher

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GungHo Online Entertainment, the publisher of Suda51's hack-and-slash game Let It Die and the Puzzle & Dragons series, has a game in development for Nintendo Switch. While the company couldn't reveal much information about the project, it did confirm the title will be an "original action game."

"This has been in the works, for about four to five years, and we've been kind of thinking what to do with it," explained GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita via an interpreter. "And then when the Switch was announced, we decided with the kinds abilities the Switch brings to the market for different ways of playing, we felt that it would be a good fit."

GungHo rose to prominence thanks to its Puzzle & Dragons series, a match-three puzzle game for mobile devices that was a phenomenal success in Japan. The series made its 3DS debut in the West with Puzzle & Dragons Z, which was also bundled together with the crossover Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition. The studio seems to have similar global ambitions for its Switch project. "We're developing it to be a global-centric title," Morishita said. "We're making it for a global audience."

New Overwatch PTR Update Out Now, Brings Big Changes To Loot Boxes and Highlights

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A new Overwatch PTR update is out today, and it includes a big new patch that's currently in development. It focuses on overhauling the Loot Box and Highlights systems, but it also includes some other quality-of-life improvements and bug fixes.

One of the biggest changes that arrives in the update is to Loot Boxes, which should now produce considerably fewer duplicate items. This means, of course, that you'll not be getting Credits as compensation for duplicate items as frequently; Blizzard anticipated this and is increasing the amount of Credits given out as Loot Box rewards.

In addition, the Highlights system has been reworked to allow players to save the videos permanently. The current top five setup for Highlights is retained, but they'll be kept for 24 hours, instead of disappearing if you exit from a match. There's also now a Recently Captured section, which lets you manually tag moments during a match to be saved as Highlights.

For The Second Time Ever, A Rocket Has Been Reused--And It Was Still Able To Land

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For The Second Time Ever, A Rocket Has Been Reused--And It Was Still Able To Land

Today, SpaceX launched a rocket that had already been used once before, becoming only the second rocket ever to fly twice. Even more impressively, the rocket successfully landed again, after withstanding much higher heat than the first rocket.

According to CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk, this particular mission required an unusually high amount of thrust, meaning that the rocket was going fast. The first stage--the booster stage, and the part of the rocket that lands and is launched again--had to carry a satellite into geostationary transfer orbit, which required almost all of its fuel on the initial takeoff. Then, it had to flip over and navigate down onto a droneship in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Florida.

Upon re-entry into the atmosphere, this rocket underwent the highest force and heat ever during a SpaceX landing attempt. It landed hard on the deck of the droneship, which used up most of its emergency crush core system--the structural system designed to withstand landing shock. But it was nonetheless successfully recovered, and Musk said that the core could be replaced in a couple of hours.