This NES is actually a modern gaming rig

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This NES is actually a modern gaming rig

YouTuber Equallo took it on himself to transform an old NES he found in an alley where someone had thrown it out (!) into a functioning gaming PC. As he points out in the first of his videos documenting this process, while other people have turned Nintendos into gaming PCs in the past, he hasn't seen anyone do it in five years or so and was interested in giving it a go with 2020 hardware.

Them's Fightin' Herds has left Early Access

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Them's Fightin' Herds has left Early Access

Forged in the fires of a cease-and-desist letter from Hasbro, Them's Fightin' Herds was once a My Little Pony fangame called Fighting is Magic. Developers Mane6 revived it with help from publisher Humble Bundle and the cartoon's creator Lauren Faust, who designed a new cast of four-legged fighters for it including a reindeer, an alpaca, and a dark-magic unicorn who wields the power of the Unicornomicon. Which is nice.

Flight Simulator’s volumetric clouds are stunning in new images, and in motion

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Flight Simulator’s volumetric clouds are stunning in new images, and in motion

I’ve known, in a kind of vague intellectual way, that the new Microsoft Flight Simulator will have beautiful volumetric clouds. (That's a fancy way of saying they have the illusion of depth, despite being flat.) After all, the last game in the series had them. However, these were not truly real to me until today, when I saw screenshots, then gifs, of the latest from the studio behind Flight Simulator. I was hit with the concrete reality that such fluffy glories will soon exist upon my screen. These are screenshots from the game's alpha, and are encouragingly taken at a variety of resolutions. Behold, the most beautiful clouds I have ever seen in a video game. 

See the first screenshots of Halo 3 and ODST on PC

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See the first screenshots of Halo 3 and ODST on PC

The Master Chief Collection, bringing the Halo games to PC in chronological plot order, continues chuntering along at a steady pace. Halo 2's "flighting", which is what they call "testing" because they're fancy like that, is now over and that means it's on its way to actual release. Meanwhile, Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST are getting ready to leave the nest for their own flighting so it's time to show off some work-in-progress screenshots, according to the latest monthly MCC Development Update.

Fortnite's limited-release Star Wars loot returns for May 4th

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Fortnite's limited-release Star Wars loot returns for May 4th

Fortnite developers Epic games would like to also celebrate corporate Star Wars-themed holiday May the 4th, so they're bringing back their past Star Wars themed content for a limited time. From today, May 3rd, through May 5th you'll be able to snag the old stuff. You can get the Rey, Kylo Ren, and rather slick Sith Trooper outfits from the shop. You can also get lightsabers in four colors, which is frankly pretty cool except I don't know why you'd want to own any lightsaber other than Mace Windu's purple one.

Almost 1 million new people had a VR headset after Half-Life: Alyx launched

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Almost 1 million new people had a VR headset after Half-Life: Alyx launched

April was a big month for VR, it appears, with Steam's Hardware Survey turning up some 950,000 more VR headsets than the prior month. This record jump follows the release of Half-Life: Alyx, a shooter which is perhaps the highest profile release to date on a VR platform. According to industry trend-watcher Road to VR, this means some 2.7 million people, or 1.91% of Steam users, had VR headsets on Steam in April. This number reflects the number of "monthly-connected headsets" on Steam, that is, the amount of VR headsets Steam noticed were attached to a Steam account while it was online. It doesn't necessarily reflect actual usage. 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in glitched-out third-person looks good actually?

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in glitched-out third-person looks good actually?

Reddit user Tkade14 experienced an unusual glitch while playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019), which normally drops players into third-person mode while they're bleeding out and then resumes first-person mode as soon as they're revived. This time it didn't, and Tkade14 remained in third-person while knifing the hell out of some dudes.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands spiffs up the darkness with ray tracing in alpha

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World of Warcraft Shadowlands spiffs up the darkness with ray tracing in alpha

Blizzard Entertainment is bringing a key upgrade to World of Warcraft's graphics just in time for an entire expansion about shadows: Ray tracing. A new Ray Traced Shadows option was added to the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands alpha this week, and though it's currently disabled, it'll be a boon to those with RTX-enabled graphics cards. It's clearly completely optional, and it's very unlikely that WoW will stop running on anything short of a ham sandwich any time soon, but I'm sure there's a sizable group of people excited about the graphical update.