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Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta

The Microsoft Store now offers a Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta as a free download for Windows 10 and Xbox One (thanks PCGamesN). This is basically a multiplayer demo of the RTS sequel that's playable through January 30th. Here's word on the beta along with its system requirements:

Blitz is a new, innovative and action-packed twist on RTS gameplay that combines card-based strategy with explosive combat. Your card deck is your army in Blitz as you build collections of powerful Halo vehicles and troops and command those units in fast-action battles.

Download and play the Halo Wars 2: Blitz Beta from January 20 – 30, only on Xbox One and Windows 10.

*Broadband internet (ISP fees apply) and Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately) required for multiplayer play on Xbox One. All progress and content will no longer be available after January 30, 2017.

System Requirements

Windows 10
Architecture x64
Keyboard Integrated Keyboard
Mouse Integrated Mouse
DirectX DirectX 12 API, Hardware Feature Level 12
Memory 6 GB
Video Memory 2 GB
Processor Intel i5-2500, AMD FX-4350
Graphics nVidia GeForce GTX 660 ,AMD Radeon HD 7750, Intel HD 520

Windows 10
Architecture x64
Keyboard Integrated Keyboard
Mouse Integrated Mouse
DirectX DirectX 12 API, Hardware Feature Level 12
Memory 8 GB
Video Memory 4 GB
Processor Intel Core i5-4690K, AMD FX-8350
Graphics nVidia GTX 1060, AMD RX 480

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's accounting of the 10 bestselling titles on Steam for last week:

  1. H1Z1: King of the Kill
  2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  4. Endless Grand Master Collection
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard / BIOHAZARD 7 resident evil
  7. Planet Coaster
  8. ARK: Survival Evolved
  9. Pit People
  10. The Forest

On Sale

  • Just Dance 2017 on Steam. Save 40%.
  • Oxenfree on Steam. Save 75%.

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Out of the Blue

I'm out of the running in our Pro Football Playoff Pool, but I still have my thoughts on the topic. I think both games today will be tough, but I think at the end of the day we'll be looking at a Green Bay/New England Super Bowl. We shall see!

Championship Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Cyber Gears.
Story: Mars Investigating Skittles Said to Be Intended for Cattle.
Media: Ball Boy Hits 3 Straight Half Court Shots.
F-A-18 Super Hornets Launch 103 Perdix Drone Swarm.
Never Lose Your Car In a parking Lot Again.
Follow-up: No, Gwyneth Paltrow, women should not put jade eggs in their vaginas, gynecologist says.

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Saturday, Jan 21, 2017

Dota 2 UI Changes

A post on the Dota 2 blog details new changes to the in-game interface for Valve's MOBA. These patch notes have all the details on the new version, and here is their outline of UI changes:

Shop Interface
The in-game Shop interface has been reworked to restore the item grid to the right-side orientation with hero guides extending to the left, and popular items are now highlighted directly in the item grid. Popular items are dynamically created and updated based on the top items purchased by players with an MMR of 5,000 and higher. Additionally, all players have a row of global customizable pinned items under the grid that can be set to match personal item preferences for quicker access.

Hero Control Console
We’ve made adjustments to the Hero Control Console layout to accommodate several changes, including making hero attributes always visible and showing both the base and bonus values for damage, armor, and attributes by default. We’ve also increased the size of HP/Mana bars, increased the area for multi-unit selection, and introduced multi-unit icons that scale dynamically based on the initial number of units selected.

Hotkey Support
We’ve restored the option to activate the Learn Ability mode with a hotkey. In addition, hotkey support is now available for opening the Hero Talent Tree to select the left or right Talent branch.

Saturday Consolidation

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  • AeroCool Project 7 Case on Technic3D.
  • ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1060 Graphics Card on Vortez.
  • Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L Keyboard on APH Networks.
  • Creative Sound BlasterX Siege M04 Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
  • Fnatic Gear Clutch G1 Mouse on LAN OC.
  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus Smart Phone on TechSpot.
  • Noontec TerraMaster D4-310 4-Bay USB Type-C DAS on eTeknix.


Out of the Blue

Need a hug? You're in luck, as today is Happy National Hugging Day in the U.S. This is something that's catching on, as the Wiki says this is "celebrated" in other countries now as well. Now get out there and do your part. Well, maybe take a shower first.

Huggy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Rogue Quest 2.
Stories: Donald Trump Quoted Bane from The Dark Night Rises in His Inaugural Address.
Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Is Selling Jade Eggs For Your Vagina. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Science: With Trump in Charge, Climate Change References Purged From Website.
Media: FINAL FANTASY XV (Honest Game Trailers).
Resident Evil Franchise Recap - With Milla Jovovich.
Where does my dog go all day?
Follow-up: A Totally Free EpiPen Alternative Will Soon Hit the Market.
A Dog's Purpose Author W. Bruce Cameron Speaks Out About Controversial Video.


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