Teen playing online in UK saved by friend in Texas

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Teen playing online in UK saved by friend in Texas

Sky News is carrying the story of a UK teen, Aidan Jackson, who had a seizure while playing a game online. His multiplayer buddy, 20-year-old Dia Lathora, was some 5000 miles away in Texas and recognized the signs of a seizure. Jackson had just said he was feeling strange and went to lay down on his bed for a moment, first turning his microphone so that he could keep communicating. Lathora called the police in Jackson's native Cheshire and in a quick, tense call informed them of the situation. Jackson's parents sat downstairs none the wiser—until two police officers and an ambulance showed up.

Legends of Runeterra, the League of Legends card game, begins open beta testing next week

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Legends of Runeterra, the League of Legends card game, begins open beta testing next week

We described Riot's League of Legends-based card battler Legends of Runeterra last October as having "more than a passing resemblance to Hearthstone and Artifact," while still being more than a straight-up clone of either. A few lucky followers have been able to try it for themselves in previous "preview patches," but on January 24 the game will become available to everyone with the start of the open beta.

GTA 4 is no longer being sold on Steam

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GTA 4 is no longer being sold on Steam

Grand Theft Auto 4's Steam page no longer lets you buy the game, though there's no explanation why. GTA Vice City did vanish from the marketplace briefly back in 2012 due to a copyright claim over its inclusion of the song Wanna Be Startin' Something by Michael Jackson, but Rockstar have been more on the ball with licencing issues since then. As recently as 2018, GTA 4 was patched to replace several songs from Vladivostok FM in advance of their licences expiring.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood has RTX ray-tracing now

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood has RTX ray-tracing now

Bethesda and Machine Games have announced that Wolfenstein: Youngblood now has Nvidia’s RTX ray-tracing and DLSS technology integrated, with predictably gorgeous results for the game’s visuals. The update is available now and works for those with a GeForce RTX 2060, 2070, or 2080 GPU. The RTX improvements are immediate, with reflections popping up on surfaces all over the game. The NVIDIA DLSS’s impact is less immediately apparent to those not intimately familiar with the game’s looks, but the Deep Learning Super Sampling is like as not doing its job if they’ve finally released it to the public. Here’s the look:

Skywind releases a big update on moving Morrowind to Skyrim

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Skywind releases a big update on moving Morrowind to Skyrim

Been a bit since we heard from Skywind, the mod remaking The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind inside The Elder Scrolls V: Skywind, which is a fancy way of saying ‘fan-made port to an upgraded engine.’ At this point it has clearly gone far, far beyond that humble description, with modders remaking  and wholesale reinventing the environments, models, and game mechanics from Morrowind within the Skyrim engine. The mod team’s fifth, newest Developer Diary cum community update shows off lots of nice, new things: 

Lower prices on the RTX 2060 look like a preemptive strike on AMD's RX 5600 XT

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Lower prices on the RTX 2060 look like a preemptive strike on AMD's RX 5600 XT

It's amazing what a little competition will do, particularly in the tech space. Competition is part of what drives innovation, and it often benefits consumes with better pricing. I bring this up because it looks like a price war is brewing between AMD and Nvidia in the GPU space. Or at the very least, a mini skirmish.

The White Door is a new, more 'personal' Rusty Lake game about memories and color

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The White Door is a new, more 'personal' Rusty Lake game about memories and color

The Rusty Lake games, very loosely speaking, are point-and-click adventures, but it's closer to the mark to describe them as strange, interactive narrative experiences, with hypnotic music, sedate narration, and an aura of death and menace hanging over everything. Rusty Lake Hotel, for instance, features nattily dressed woodland creatures who go for a vacation at a rustic hotel where they are murdered in bizarre, horrific ways, while Rusty Lake Paradise is a game about ancient Egyptian plagues and your mom