The Surge 2 'Kraken' expansion visits a strange dystopian suburbia

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The Surge 2 'Kraken' expansion visits a strange dystopian suburbia

The Surge 2 is getting an expansion next week in the form of Kraken, which transports the player to a giant decommissioned aircraft carrier which has been converted into a garish kind of suburbia. In other words, you'll be carving limbs off robots in a setting that's fairly unusual for the series, which is always fun. There's an official trailer below.

Steam is making big changes to the way it handles game soundtracks

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Steam is making big changes to the way it handles game soundtracks

One thing about Steam that's always been kind of a low-key pain in the ass is the way it handles game soundtracks. They're sold as DLC, which means you can only buy them if you own the base game, and if you want to download them to your PC you must have the game installed first. It's also a hassle to manage your music, because Steam has no built-in functionality to handle it: You either have to browse for it on your hard drive manually, or access it via the DLC tab in the game properties menu in your Steam library. It's not the worst thing ever, no, but it sure could be a lot better.

Blizzard details Hearthstone nerfs and Battlegrounds buffs coming later this week

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Blizzard details Hearthstone nerfs and Battlegrounds buffs coming later this week

Almost as soon as the Hearthstone: Descent of Dragons expansion went live in December, Blizzard announced that a balance update was in the works that would dial back the newly-overpowered Shaman, who had been transformed by the expansion into "unstoppable, storm-summoning forces of nature." That patch, released in mid-December, nerfed a number of characters, but our resident Hearthstone expert Tim Clark wasn't certain that it would be enough to get the job done.

Next week's Sea of Thieves update is all about celebrating legendary players

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Next week's Sea of Thieves update is all about celebrating legendary players

Since its alpha testing days, Rare has been honoring Sea of Thieves players with in-game Easter eggs that commemorate outstanding community contributions and milestones such as the first death by falling and the grossest overindulgence in bananas. There's a massive list of the player skeletons, plaques, engravings, and wanted posters scattered around the map over on the Sea of Thieves wiki, and next week's content update will task you with hunting them down.  It's not unlike the graffiti used in CS:GO to immortalize big moments.

You can 3D print your own custom lightbar for Crucial's new RAM

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You can 3D print your own custom lightbar for Crucial's new RAM

It would appear memory makers still have a few tricks up their sleeves before turning their attention to DDR5 RAM kits. Crucial announced the next generation of its Ballistix DDR4 RAM, and one of the memory lines will let you pluck the lightbar off and install your own, if you care to 3D print a custom design.

Speaking Simulator is a game about an android with anxiety who's trying to pass as human

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Speaking Simulator is a game about an android with anxiety who's trying to pass as human

Speaking Simulator, on the surface at least, is very clearly a gag game in the vein of, say, Goat Simulator. The premise—you're an android trying to infiltrate human society through the power of casual conversations, a process that involves using WASD keys to manipulate your tongue while simultaneously maneuvering your jaw with your mouse—is is inherently silly. But it's also apparently quite good: Jody said in 2018 that it "turned out to be one of the best upcoming games I saw at PAX Australia" that year.

These charming RGB speakers started as an April Fools' joke and are now real

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These charming RGB speakers started as an April Fools' joke and are now real

I find that April 1st is the toughest time of the year to cover hardware news, because silly product announcements are abundant. It may sound easy to discern between what is real and what isn't, but that's not always the case. And sometimes, April Fools' pranks morph into actual products. That's the case today with Phanteks showing off its Evolv Sound Mini speakers at CES.