Ring of Elysium's new season begins with a volcanic island map, submarines, and BMX bikes

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Ring of Elysium's new season begins with a volcanic island map, submarines, and BMX bikes

Tencent's free to play battle royale game Ring of Elysium is kicking off its new season with a drastic change of scenery. The new map, Europa Island, moves the action from a freezing mountain resort to the lush tropics. Instead of a blizzard, players will be forced to flee choking ash from an active volcano, and in lieu of snowboards and snowmobiles they'll have BMX bikes and mini-submarines. Get a taste of the tropics from the trailer above.

You can now play The Sims music through Alexa

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You can now play The Sims music through Alexa

In meta fashion, and with the help of Amazon, EA has brought a little piece of The Sims into your living room, bedroom, or wherever else your Alexa may be listening to your every utterance. As EA mentioned in a press release yesterday, Sims fans now have the option to drive their entire household crazy with hours of music from The Sims, Sims trivia, and Sims facts. You can also drive your Sims households crazy with Lin-Z, an in-game virtual personal assistant that is a lot like Alexa.

Unity changes terms of service again, says Improbable is no longer in violation

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Unity changes terms of service again, says Improbable is no longer in violation

In the wake of last week's blowup with Improbable over the use of the SpatialOS cloud platform in games built on the Unity engine, Unity has once again updated its terms of service, this time to state explicitly that developers are free to use any third-party service they want. CTO Joachim Ante said in a blog post that went up today that developers using Unity own the content of their games and "should have the right to put it wherever you want," and acknowledged that the December 5 TOS update that started the dispute with Improbable "didn't reflect this principle." 

Bundled with a headset and a handful of Fortnite goodies, this GTX 1060-furnished MSI laptop is just $619 after rebate

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Bundled with a headset and a handful of Fortnite goodies, this GTX 1060-furnished MSI laptop is just $619 after rebate

We can engage in discourse all day long about the best way to experience PC gaming, but at the end of the day, the goal is to minimize the cost of your hardware while still yielding the best graphics in your favorite games. And while I've seen the MSI GV62—what with its Intel Core i5-8300H processor, 8GB of memory and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics—go on sale for less than sticker price before, I've spotted a new all-time low price for the lappy: $619.99 on Newegg

Nvidia is rumored to be readying a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card

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Nvidia is rumored to be readying a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card

Nvidia's latest generation graphics cards were built with real-time ray tracing in mind, and as such, each RTX series card features dedicated hardware to process more realistic lighting and reflections. That's all well and good, but what if you just want a faster card without paying extra for ray tracing support? Nvidia may have you covered, if a rumor pointing to a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is true.

Katana Zero, which is a bit like a sidescrolling Hotline Miami, releases in March

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Katana Zero, which is a bit like a sidescrolling Hotline Miami, releases in March

I played a brief demo of Katana Zero back in 2015, when it was still being published by Adult Swim Games (these days, Devolver Digital is handling publishing duties for Askiisoft). I enjoyed what I played, though there's likely been a lot of iteration on the 2D action platformer since then, and I look forward to seeing how it's developed.