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Nintendo hosting Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament on Sunday

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 35 mins ago

If you're based in the US and think you're good at Mario Kart 8 Deluxe then you're going to want to jump into the online tournament that Nintendo just announced.

Nintendo has announced that a new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament will kick off on its Switch Online platform between 1PM and 11PM ET (10AM to 8PM PT) on September 22, with the top 8 racers taking home 2500 Gold Points -- which is worth $25. To enter, you'll need to select Tournaments from the Online Play option in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game menu, then search for this tournament code: 2093-5045-4827.

The tournament will consist of 24 races in the 150cc level, with all vehicles on offer and all normal items available -- but, smart steering is disabled. Nintendo will mix it up every 4 matches with a new selection of challengers.

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So, Tinder is making a TV show set in an 'impending apocalypse'

By: Anthony Garreffa | HT & Movies | Posted: 10 hours, 7 mins ago

Tinder... yes, Tinder is reportedly making its own TV show with steaks of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch in the way that it is a choose-your-own-adventure-style original series.

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The new show is reportedly done in-house by Tinder and will be uploaded to the Tinder app, with the series set with an "impending apocalypse". Tinder is asking "Who would you spend your last night alive with" in the show, where viewers will use the app to do the usual swipe left or right on Tinder, to progress through the show.

Tinder's new show will be a 6-episode event that was shot in Mexico City, directed by Karena Evans who has directed multiple videos for Drake. The company might not keep its show as a Tinder exclusive forever, with Variety reporting in its scoop that it could be pushed out to traditional streaming and broadcast platforms according to "another source".

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Blue unveils its new Yeti X mic: features real-time LED metering

By: Anthony Garreffa | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 10 hours, 36 mins ago

If you need a new high-quality microphone then you might want to check out Blue's latest USB microphone -- the new Yeti X. Check out the overview video below:

Blue's new Yeti X has one new superpower: its new real-time LED metering on the microphone itself, which will show you when your gain is too low during a livestream or recording. The huge knob on the front of the Yeti X is the new command center, where you'll be able to tweak it between its three internal modes.

You'll be able to hold the knob (sounds weird, but you know what I mean -- get your head out of the gutter) for two seconds to flex between modes, while the other controls the volume. You can also use blend mode, which will balance between gameplay audio and your commentary, both requiring different voice pitches and levels.

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Ex-Google staffer says 'killer robots' could accidentally start a WAR

By: Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 11 hours, 1 min ago

We all know the world will not end because of climate change or global warming, or whatever they start blaming next year... but rather, ourselves. We will do it to the human race -- humans, and while it might not be us directly... we'll blow the world to sh*t indirectly.

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Laura Nolan, an ex-Google staffer that resigned in 2018 over protesting having to work on a project that would see big changes to the US drone program -- has said that AI robots that aren't operated by humans, should be banned. Nolan said that robots that aren't human-controlled should be outlawed, in the same way chemical weapons are kept under control over an international treaty.

Nolan was hired by Google back in 2017 to work on Project Maven, which saw Google working with the US Department of Defense on the AI project. Over 3000 Google employees ended up signing a petition against the involvement between the search giant and the US DOD that would see improvements to drone strikes killing more people abroad.

A letter was penned to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, which started off with: "We believe that Google should not be in the business of war".

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Logitech wants you to thumb bash its new G604 Lightspeed gaming mouse

By: Anthony Garreffa | Peripherals | Posted: 11 hours, 56 mins ago

Logitech has just announced its newest gaming mouse, the new G604 Lightspeed which succeeds the previous-gen G603 Lightspeed with a slew of new thumb buttons.

The new Logitech G604 Lightspeed features not 1 but 6 new thumb buttons, just like the older G602 -- but inside it packs the newer 16,000 DPI HERO sensor, Bluetooth support, and no-lag Lightspeed wireless tech.

Logitech has seemingly released what should amount to the perfect gaming mouse for the super-popular-right-now World of Warcraft Classic, where thumb buttons come in handy.

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Sony owns Insomniac IPs, but a Sunset Overdrive sequel may not happen

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 53 mins ago

Sony now commands Insomniac's full IP library, including Sunset Overdrive. But Microsoft might still own the publishing rights.

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Now that Sony wholly owns Insomniac Games, the company has access to the games-maker's fleet of IPs. Sony's Shuhei Yoshida underlined the news, giving hope to Sunset Overdrive fans who've been clamoring for a sequel. "SIE holds the rights to past Insomniac works. Do gamers want to see Sunset Ovedrive on PlayStation?" Yoshida said in an interview with Inside Games.

But there's one potential fly in the ointment. Sony might own the IPs themselves now that Insomniac is a first-party studio, but they might not have the other missing half of the puzzle: publishing rights. Sunset Overdrive was a Microsoft-published game on Xbox One, meaning Microsoft owned the publishing rights. We're not sure if the rights have reverted back to Insomniac yet. If they have, a sequel could happen, and we could see the first game drop on PS4. If not, then Microsoft will sit on the rights until they expire.

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Modern Warfare's cross-play won't support ranked modes

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 2 mins ago

Modern Warfare's cross-play will have some limitations and won't let console players square off against PC players in ranked matches.

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Cross-play is coming to Call of Duty for the first time, and it's a huge deal for everyone involved. Microsoft, Sony, and Activision stand to make a killing from monetization, engagement, subscriptions, and raw game sales. In a recent blog post, Infinity Ward says cross-play unification on PS4, Xbox One and PC is opt-in, and gamers can choose whether to play against gamepad or keyboard and mouse players. But there's some multiplayer match types like ranked play that won't be supported.

"Crossplay supports all multiplayer modes in Modern Warfare. There are no plans currently to support Ranked Play or competitive tournaments," Infinity Ward wrote in a recent blog post.

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Modern Warfare's free DLC coming simultaneously on all platforms

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 32 mins ago

Most of Modern Warfare's massive arsenal of free DLC and content updates will roll out on PS4, Xbox One and PC at the same time.

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Activision says Modern Warfare will have the most post-release content out of any Call of Duty game ever made. Luckily that content won't be significantly divided up or released early on specific systems, and will instead launch simultaneously on every platform. Well most of it at least; Activision's deal with Sony still stands, so PS4 should get first dibs on some stuff.

In a recent Activision blog post, Infinity Ward confirms that DLC rollout cadences aim to match the cross-play initiative of full accessibility irregardless of platform. But every platform won't get everything at the same time.

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Epic identifies Borderlands 3's corrupted PC save issue

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 16 hours, 15 mins ago

The Epic Games Store's cloud save system is overwriting Borderlands 3 game saves, causing players lots of grief. Now Epic has identified the culprit and rolled out a hotfix.

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Borderlands 3 players are having hours and hours of their progress reset thanks to a cloud save bug. The issue arises when you switch platforms and play Borderlands 3 without cloud saves on, and then switch to another PC where cloud saves are turned on. It's a simple case of overwriting, and you can actually reclaim your progress by renaming a few files.

Epic says they've rolled out a fix to address the issue and make sure the pop up notification comes up every time, and both 2K and Gearbox are working with the storefront to get things ironed out. Still though it's an absolutely massive oversight for a game that's based around hours upon

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Rockstar makes PC games launcher, gives away San Andreas for free

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 20 hours ago

Rockstar Games now has a games launcher that'll gate off its titles on PC, and you'll get a free copy of San Andreas if you download it now.

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Today the GTA-maker rolled out the Rockstar Games Launcher as a means to tightly unify and control its games on PC. The launcher comes with GTA: San Andreas 100% free, and requires Social Club in order to access and play specific games. All digital rights are tied to this account. The launcher clocks in at roughly 1GB and includes built-in cloud saves.

Interestingly enough, you'll now access newer games right from the launcher. Games like GTA V and Max Payne 3 can't be launched from Steam and can instead only run from the Rockstar Games Launcher.

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