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Loki is joining ‘Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3’ for Switch

Sponsored Links Marvel The latest entry in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance franchise is dropping for the Nintendo Switch today, July 19th, and it comes with a nice surprise for fans of the god of mischief. Loki is joining MUA 3: The Black Order as a playable character from day one, Marvel Games has announced at …

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Nintendo quietly upgrades the Switch with up to 9 hours of battery life

Sponsored Links Devindra Hardawar/Engadget The murmurs of an upgraded Switch were true — although you might want to put hopes for a Switch Pro on ice, at least for now. Nintendo has quietly unveiled a new revision of the standard Switch with dramatically improved battery life. Instead of the original’s 2.5 to 6.5 hours, the …

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The Netflix business model is bad news for indie games

Sponsored Links The Netflix model doesn’t work for video games. Neither does the Spotify plan, the HBO Go ecosystem or the Amazon Prime Video marketplace. Sure, digital distribution is king and subscription-based streaming services will absolutely become a dominant market force in gaming. But, when it comes to paying content creators, current subscription models just …

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Upgraded ‘Pokémon Go’ battles will have you swiping on the screen

Sponsored Links mikekwok via Getty Images Niantic finally launched trainer battles on Pokémon Go late last year, giving you a way to take on friends or any other random players you come across. Now, the game developer has started rolling out an upgrade for the feature that’ll have you swiping on the screen. The Charged …

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Blizzard will shut down ‘Overwatch’ matches when it spots cheating

Sponsored Links Activision Blizzard Blizzard thinks it has a straightforward way to prevent Overwatch cheaters from wrecking others’ matches: bring those matches to a screeching halt. As part of a developer update, Game Director Jeff Kaplan has revealed that Blizzard will automatically shut down matches when it detects cheating. It’s not certain how the studio …

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‘Space Invaders’ movie is closer to becoming a reality

Sponsored Links KAZUHIRO NOGI via Getty Images Warner Bros. bought the movie rights to Space Invaders years ago, and now it looks ready to do something with the classic alien-blasting franchise. Deadline reports that Warner’s New Line Cinema is advancing production on the film, with Mortal Kombat reboot writer Greg Russo handling the script. There’s …

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AMD Ryzen 3000 systems need a BIOS fix for Linux, ‘Destiny 2’ issues

Sponsored Links Last week AMD officially released its new Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards, but there’s a small problem with the CPUs. As some Linux users quickly noticed, there’s an issue with newer distributions based on 5.0 or higher that makes the OS unable to boot. Some people have been …

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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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‘StarCraft’ gets the cartoon makeover nobody asked for

Sponsored Links Indigo Pearl When you think of kid-friendly video games, StarCraft might not top the list. But that could change. A new version, StarCraft: Cartooned, reimagines every unit, structure, map, menu and mission with art by CarBot Animations. The usually dark game is swapping its Warhammer-like visual style for a complete makeover with cute …

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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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