PS2 emualtor PCSX2 puts out its first major release in 4 years, with big improvements

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PS2 emualtor PCSX2 puts out its first major release in 4 years, with big improvements

Emulator developers spend years of their free time working on software they'll never make money from, often in pursuit of arcane programming solutions that make old console games run on our PCs. The developers of GameCube and Wii emulator Dolphin estimated last year that they've done more than $10 million worth of work over the project's lifetime. I don't think it's a stretch to say that a similar amount of work has gone into PCSX2, a PlayStation 2 emulator project that started two years before Dolphin. On Thursday PCSX2 had its first "stable" release since 2016, bundling up years of development on performance and compatibility into a major release.

Ride tall, handsome hogs in this necessary RDR2 mod

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Ride tall, handsome hogs in this necessary RDR2 mod

After dozens of hours of great story and character building in Red Dead Redemption 2, we discover that despite his outlaw roots and dastardly deeds, there's a quiet dignity to Arthur Morgan, a certain world-weary nobility. 

Nintendo takes action against that really good Super Mario 64 PC port

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Nintendo takes action against that really good Super Mario 64 PC port

Someone recently stealth-released a full Mario 64 port for PC that, as Wes explained earlier this week, went way above and beyond fan-made efforts we've seen previously. It runs natively, without the need for an emulator, at high resolution—up to 4K, although the textures tend to fall apart when you crank it up that high—and with full, no-hassle Xbox controller support. "It's surreal to be playing a high resolution, high framerate Mario 64 on PC," he wrote, "but I've just done exactly that."

An overclocker pushed AMD's $99 Ryzen 3 3100 to 5.9GHz using exotic cooling

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An overclocker pushed AMD's $99 Ryzen 3 3100 to 5.9GHz using exotic cooling

For those who would attempt such a thing, the record overclock to beat for AMD's new Ryzen 3 3100 processor is 5,923.62MHz. It's a noteworthy feat for a $99 CPU, though as is typically the case with these sort of things, air cooling and even traditional liquid cooling won't cut it—the record overclock was achieved with a steady dose of liquid nitrogen.

The Ascent announced, a striking cyberpunk action RPG

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The Ascent announced, a striking cyberpunk action RPG

Announced during yesterday's Inside Xbox, The Ascent is a beautiful action RPG that's also coming to PC sometime this year. It's single-player, it's four-player co-op as well, and it's set in a lovely, top-down cyberpunk city that will offer an "unprecedented sense of verticality."

Bungie admits 'rewards not where we want it to be', promises to dial down Destiny 2's microtransactions

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Bungie admits 'rewards not where we want it to be', promises to dial down Destiny 2's microtransactions

Destiny 2 is all about action and reward: You do the shoot, you get the loot. "However, in today’s Destiny 2, the balance of the game’s rewards is not where we want it to be," game director Luke Smith said in new This Week at Bungie update. "To be blunt, there isn’t enough pursuit out in the world." For players who've long been waiting for Bungie to address the perceived over-aggressiveness of the game's Eververse microtransaction store, these were welcome, if overdue, words.

The Golf Club 2019 is currently free to play on Steam

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The Golf Club 2019 is currently free to play on Steam

Keeping the candle for non-crazy golf games aflame, The Golf Club has been going steady for a few years now, most recently with The Golf Club 2019. If you can cope with the fact that it's now 2020 (actually, we're all kind of struggling with that), you'll be pleased to hear that this latest entry in the series is currently free. Sorry, free asterisk: it's free to play for the next six days on Steam.