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RetroArch will be Steam’s biggest emulation launch yet, coming July 30

<figcaption class=”caption”><div class=”caption-text”>Coming to Steam on July 30.</div><div class=”caption-credit”>Libretro</div></figcaption> </figure> RetroArch is coming to Steam as a free download on July 30, marking what appears to be the largest non-commercial emulation launch ever on Valve’s digital download storefront. The news came on Friday via an announcement from Libretro, the open source development collective that maintains …

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Atari 2600 rarity Extra Terrestrials goes on sale for $90,000

For just $90,000, all this can be yours. “Proof” that this isn’t just a modern reproduction cartridge. eBay / gamewizard69 The label has been removed, but it can be reattached. eBay / gamewizard69 Extra Terrestrials being tested by the Computer History Museum in 2011. Computer History Museum Got $90,000 burning a hole in your pocket? …

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Stranger Things 3, eps. 1-4: Hawkins, Indiana, will never be the same

Enlarge / Perhaps teen romance can split ’em up temporarily, but you can’t keep the gang apart for long if evil lurks around Hawkins. Netflix <div class=”article-intro”><strong><em>Warning</em></strong>: This story contains some spoilers for episodes 1-4 of Stranger Things<em>’ third season. You can read our <a href=”https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/07/stranger-things-without-spoiler-things-its-dark-different-and-still-delightful/”>non-spoiler preview of the new season here</a>, or catch up …

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Want to be more creative? Playing Minecraft can help, new study finds

Iowa State University psychologist Douglas Gentile’s latest study suggests that playing some video games, like Minecraft, can have a positive impact on creativity. Minecraft is one of the most popular computer games, having sold more than 100 million copies since its release in 2011. Claims that it boosts creativity have been circulating for several years, …

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Evidence points to another Switch hardware revision on the horizon

Enlarge / Could changes be coming to the Tegra X1 chip that powers the Nintendo Switch? Wednesday’s announcement of the Switch Lite put to rest months of credible rumors that a miniature, portable-focused Switch was on the horizon. But Nintendo still has yet to confirm the other side of some of those rumors: suggestions that …

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Facebook AI Pluribus defeats top poker professionals in 6-player Texas Hold ‘em

This video shows sample hands from Pluribus’s experiment against professional poker players. Cards are turned face up to make it easier to see Pluribus’s strategy. Courtesy of Carnegie-Mellon University. Poker-playing AIs typically perform well against human opponents when the play is limited to just two players. Now Carnegie Mellon University and Facebook AI research scientists …

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Spider-Man is back—but why all dressed in black?

Enlarge / New continent, new costume. Sony Pictures It’s maybe no weirder than anything else in comic books that Peter Parker—a working-class teenager from Queens who is also Spider-Man—must have a closet the size of the one at Vogue. (It’s big. So I hear.) Because over his six-decade career in comics, television, and movies, this …

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