ESRB adds a new warning label for loot boxes

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ESRB adds a new warning label for loot boxes

In February 2018, the Entertainment Software Rating Board said that it would begin labeling physical copies of games with microtransactions as having "In-Game Purchases." The idea, ESRB president Patricia Vance explained at the time, was to help ensure that "parents will know when a game contains offers for players to purchase additional content," a goal spurred by the uproar over loot boxes.

This speedy Wi-Fi 6 router is on sale for $160

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This speedy Wi-Fi 6 router is on sale for $160

It's going to take some time for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) to really spread its wings. Even so, if I was in the market for a new gaming router today, I absolutely would skip over every Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) model and buy one based on the latest wireless standard. I would also give strong consideration to the Asus RT-AX3000.

Valve patented a Steam Controller design with swappable controls

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Valve patented a Steam Controller design with swappable controls

Last year, Valve sold off its last batch of Steam Controllers at $5 a pop, a bargain for what we still consider the best PC controller for games that don't officially support them, and seemingly an end to that project. But Valve may not be done with its experiments in handheld game input. A recently published patent application filed by Valve describes a Steam Controller model with detachable parts.

A new Crysis is almost certainly happening

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A new Crysis is almost certainly happening

Our April Fools' 2020 roundup includes a mention of crysis.com, which had been updated with a flashy new image of Nomad (or whoever), suggesting that a new take on one of PC gaming's greatest "can you run it" shooters might finally be on the way. It seemed especially meaningful given the CryEngine Showcase video, released by Crytek in March, which ends with a brief clip of what appears to be remastered Crysis gameplay.