Long-lost Maxis game SimRefinery is now available to everyone

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Long-lost Maxis game SimRefinery is now available to everyone

Way back in the days before The Sims asserted its absolute dominance over all the land, the success of SimCity inspired a ton of different, sometimes weird Sim-style games, including SimEarth, SimGolf, SimCopter, SimHealth, SimAnt, and SimRefinery. You may not have heard of that last one because, as Wikipedia says, it wasn't released to the public—it was developed by a business-oriented branch of Maxis for internal use at energy corporation Chevron.

Summer Games Done Quick will be online-only this year

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Summer Games Done Quick will be online-only this year

Summer Games Done Quick, the annual good weather showcase of serious speedrunners, will be held entirely online this year. Usually the Games Done Quick events are performed before a live audience, but organizers said that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's just not possible in 2020.

This gaming PC with a GTX 1660 Ti is on sale for $780

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This gaming PC with a GTX 1660 Ti is on sale for $780

Buying into the latest and greatest hardware is fine and dandy if you have the disposable income and desire to be on the bleeding edge, though it is not required to play the latest games at high settings. In fact, some of the best gaming PC deals can be had immediately prior or after new product launches. This is when discounts tend to ramp up, and over at Dell, you can purchase a reasonably fast gaming PC for $779.99 right now.

Investment group says Activision CEO Bobby Kotick gets paid too much

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Investment group says Activision CEO Bobby Kotick gets paid too much

Last year, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick ranked among the "most overpaid" chief executives in the US, according to shareholder advocacy website As You Sow, which said that he earned more than $28.5 million in 2019. That was tops among games industry CEOs, although only good enough for 45th place on the overall list, which is a whole different problem that we won't get into here. 92 percent of Activision shareholders voted in favor of his astronomical pay package.

All Intel i9 10900Ks are created equal... but some are a lot less equal than others

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All Intel i9 10900Ks are created equal... but some are a lot less equal than others

We know the new Intel Core i9 10900K can get mighty toasty under heavy load, and can also chow down a whole heap of power when you're pushing it too, but one thing I hadn't counted on is the apparently huge variance that exists between chips. Caseking chip-binner, overclocker, and general CPU-prodder, De8auer, has posted a video showing the performance delta between 30 different versions of the top Comet Lake processor and the results are fascinating.

The Black Lives Matter Support bundle has raised $43,000 and is still going

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The Black Lives Matter Support bundle has raised $43,000 and is still going

The Black Lives Matter Support Bundle on Itch.io has raised over $43,000 for the Black Lives Matter Foundation and the National Bail Fund Network so far. Hosted by the developers of the action-arcade game StarCrossed, Contigo Games, the bundle includes 20 games from 18 different indie developers. The page's description says that the total amount raised will be split equally between the two organisations.