ESA encourages World Health Organization to reconsider 'Gaming Disorder' classification

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ESA encourages World Health Organization to reconsider 'Gaming Disorder' classification

As Andy reported last week, the World Health Organization recently listed "Gaming Disorder" as an addictive behaviour in a beta draft of its International Classification of Diseases for 2018. Alongside the likes of gambling disorder, the  proposal lists gaming disorder under "disorders due to substance use or addictive behaviours" with negative "mental and behavioural" effects, similar to those consistent with alcohol and drug addiction.  

Serious Intel CPU design flaw may require a Windows patch, but probably won't affect gaming performance

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Serious Intel CPU design flaw may require a Windows patch, but probably won't affect gaming performance

A report on LWN, a Linux kernel development site (sub required), details of a hardware bug in modern Intel CPUs that allows an attacker to access low-level kernel memory that is normally protected from higher level (programs and user) access. As reported on The Register, this bug could have big consequences, requiring OS kernel patches on Windows, Linux, and OS X. Those fixes could actually cause the affected CPUs to perform more slowly, but don't panic: your gaming PC is unlikely going to see a dramatic change as a result.

Blade Runner 9732, a virtual tour of Deckard's apartment, is now playable

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Blade Runner 9732, a virtual tour of Deckard's apartment, is now playable

One year (minus two days) ago, we had a look at a teaser for Blade Runner 9732, a "virtual tour" of Rick Deckard's famously dim near-future Los Angeles apartment. It's set to go live on Steam on January 7, but if you'd like to zoom and enhance on it right now (and also get your hands on a version that'll be immune to potentially forthcoming legal smackdowns), a non-Steam "beta release" is now downloadable from Google Drive

Fallout 4 mod lets you assign NPCs to plan and manage your settlements

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Fallout 4 mod lets you assign NPCs to plan and manage your settlements

The draw of Sim Settlements, the Fallout 4 mod we awarded Best Mod of 2017, was that it gave NPCs some agency in creating their own homes and shops on your settlements. All you'd have to do is zone an area for the type of building you wanted, and let your settlers handle the construction and furniture placement, which gave rise to cool randomized homes and shops that would improve and change while you were off doing other things.

This Sonic cycle mod for Breath of the Wild proves Link, too, has gotta go fast

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This Sonic cycle mod for Breath of the Wild proves Link, too, has gotta go fast

Back in December, Nintendo put out the last bit of DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Wii U and Switch: a motorcycle that Link can ride around Hyrule, presumably while making vroom vroom noises under his breath. On PC, modders immediately set about turning that bike into other things that go fast, like the Road Runner and Sonic the Hedgehog. And yes, it's just as good as it sounds.