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Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 Talk Like a Pirate Day. Arrr!

Ancestors Legacy Gets Free Campaign and Price Cut

Publisher 1C Company and developer Destructive Creations now offer a new free campaign for Ancestors Legacy, their Windows squad-based real-time strategy game that's available on Steam. They cover the news in this post, which also touts a permanent price drop, and offers this trailer to show off the new free Boleslav campaign. Here's the deal:

You talk, the Destructive Creations devs listen. The result? A new, massive, single-player campaign consisting of five missions that have been added to the game completely for free. Another one is currently in the works. The game is now also available in Japanese and Portuguese (Brazil) languages and at a new, lower price. This isn’t a limited-time promo! The game’s price is now only 29.99 EUR.

The new campaign that was just added completely for free to Ancestors Legacy on Steam is an expression of gratitude to all the fans who’ve been and still are supporting the game and the dev team behind it by taking part in beta tests, sharing feedback, spreading the word, and simply being a part of the community. Thanks to their continuous support, the developers were able to lower the price permanently to 29.99 EUR, so even more gamers could join history-inspired, real-time skirmishes both locally or online.

But there’s more! A brand-new gameplay trailer – which you can watch HERE – has just been released to celebrate the new price and the free campaign launch.

In the latest expansion, gamers will learn more about the story of Boleslav Chrobry, the first king of Poland, and his son Mieszko II. They will learn how, thanks to his diplomatic and strategic skills, as well as his strong character, Boleslav Chrobry was able to win wars, defeating the army of the Holy Roman Empire, and how he dethroned Yaroslav the Wise occupied Kiev, together with all its riches. The five missions available in the DLC will cover the five-year historic period between 1013 and 1018.

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GRIP: Combat Racing Multiplayer Details

Wired Productions announces details about multiplayer support in GRIP: Combat Racing, their upcoming game of road rage. This will include split-screen support, tournament creation, and online leaderboards among other things. This is all shown off in a new trailer and described in full in their press release:

Wired Productions Ltd., a leading independent video games publisher, and developer Caged Element Inc. are delighted to share details on the multiplayer features for GRIP: Combat Racing - a ferociously fast, futuristic arcade combat racer - including split-screen, tournament creation and online leaderboards.

Hurtling towards its November 6, 2018 release on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®4 Pro; Microsoft® Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC; Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC via Steam®, GRIP: Combat Racing offers players a unique competitive experience, testing their reflexes to the limit as they hurtle towards the finish line at over 767 mph. Those wishing to take their highly tuned skills into the PvP sphere can enjoy:

  • Split-screen competitive play in both Race and Arena modes
  • 10 Player online multiplayer with full lobby and matchmaking support
  • Full tournament building support allowing racers to combine race modes and arenas from across GRIP’s galaxy to build bespoke playlists and competitions with friends
  • Online leaderboards for Carkour and Race modes

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GeForce RTX 2080 Reviews

Gamers eager for independent perspectives on NVIDIA's newly announced GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards need wait no longer, as the review embargo expired at 9:00 am EDT today. Here's a list of evaluations of the new cards and their support for ray traced graphics:

Shortest Trip to Earth Launches Next Month

Publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Interactive Fate announce that Shortest Trip to Earth will launch on October 9th through Steam Early Access, offering the first chance to play this roguelike spaceship simulator. The game's recent announcement trailer shows what to expect, and here's word:

In Shortest Trip to Earth players will embark on a perilous journey through a procedurally generated universe and explore massive space sectors crawling with exotic lifeforms. At launch, gamers will be able to travel through an initial five sectors, to be expanded upon during Early Access.

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One Piece World Seeker Trailer

A new TGS trailer for One Piece World Seeker shows off more of the upcoming anime action/adventure. As they explain, this further helps to set up the story:

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today released a new trailer for One Piece World Seeker, the upcoming action-adventure title based on the popular One Piece manga and anime series. One Piece World Seeker will be released in 2019 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM®.

The new original story finds Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates marooned on Jewel Island. The island was devastated by war several years ago and has begun to be rebuilt under the watchful eye of the Navy. The residents of the island are split into two groups; the “Pro Navy” group, which welcomes the control and modernization, and the “Anti Navy” group who values the traditions of the island.

The new trailer focuses on Jeanne, the young leader of the “Anti-Navy” group, who must work with Luffy to over throw Isaac, the warden of the massive prison built that casts its shadow across all of Jewel Island.

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Out of the Blue

Yom Kipper began at sundown last night, so G'mar Hatima Tova (thanks Google!) to all who are observing. And to those fasting today, here's hoping that goes okay, since that can be pretty hard on the system. But atonement isn't supposed to be easy, so there you have it.

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The scent of sandalwood may cure baldness according to a new study. Peak study achieved.
Media: Woah - Epic NPC Man (when npc's over react).
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Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018

Dead by Daylight Expansion and Free Week

Behaviour Digital announces that Shattered Bloodline is now available on Steam, offering a new expansion for Dead by Daylight, their Windows asymmetrical horror game. Word is: "Shattered Bloodline is a brand-new Chapter for Dead by Daylight, which includes a new Map. Purchasing the Shattered Bloodline DLC will unlock its new Killer, new Survivor, and an exclusive item for the new survivor." They also announce that the game can be played for free all week, and that it is on sale along with its DLC for those who enjoy their sample. Here's a refresher on the game:

Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer (4vs1) horror game where one player takes on the role of the savage Killer, and the other four players play as Survivors, trying to escape the Killer and avoid being caught, tortured and killed.

Survivors play in third-person and have the advantage of better situational awareness. The Killer plays in first-person and is more focused on their prey.

The Survivors' goal in each encounter is to escape the Killing Ground without getting caught by the Killer - something that sounds easier than it is, especially when the environment changes every time you play.

The Bard's Tale IV Released; Brian Fargo Eyes Buying Interplay

The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep is now available for Windows, offering inXile Entertainment's new installment in this classic RPG series. The Bard's Tale IV Website points to Steam as where to pick up your choice of the four different editions of the game, but they are all also available on GOG.com. In an interesting marketing twist, Brian Fargo tweets about a sales milestone that would prompt him to try and purchase Interplay back from whomever owns the remnants of the once proud company (thanks VG247). In response to a follow-up question, he tweets about the IPs this would involve: "Tons. Dragon Wars, Earthworm Jim, Sacrifice, Kingpin..." Here's the Bard's Tale IV launch trailer, and here's more on the game:

A return to the series’ roots, The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep takes players back to the fantastical realm of Caith for a classic, single-player, first-person role-playing adventure rich in exploration, devious puzzles, and challenging combat. Recruit and level up a party of six renegade heroes and rise up against the dark powers that have corrupted the realm. Dive deep into dangerous, maze-like dungeons, solve challenging riddles and quests, and defeat magical beasts, creatures, and more in dynamic phase-based battles.

The vibrant, interactive world of The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep is powered by Unreal Engine 4 and 3D photogrammetry, designed to capture the atmosphere and detail of Scottish architecture and geography. Players will discover an engaging storyline from acclaimed writer Nathan Long (Wasteland 2), as well as a stirring Celtic soundtrack from Ged Grimes (Simple Minds) and some of the world’s top Gaelic folk singers and musicians.

Players will also receive a free in-game version of the iconic torch from Red Hook Studios’ Darkest Dungeon for reaching over 100K wishlisters as part of The Bard’s Tale IV Wishlist Initiative, which rewarded players for wishlisting the game on either Steam, GOG.com or Humble.

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Distance Released

Refract Studios announces the official release of Distance out of Early Access, saying this survival racing platformer is ready to go the whole entire way to the end of the line (too bad there isn't a snappier way to put that). They announce to Early Access players that the game's leaderboards are being cleared for the occasion. This post covers the release, and offers this launch trailer. Word is: "Distance was our first project outside the safety net of academia and I think it's safe to say that for most of us at Refract it was an incredible (and intense) learning experience. While we did our best to stay true to what we outlined in our Kickstarter, this project has continually evolved due to our skills improving, our tastes expanding, and our players' continually fantastic feedback." Here's more on what to expect:

Distance is an atmospheric racing platformer. Fusing futuristic arcade racing with parkour, survive a deadly, mysterious, neon-drenched city by jumping, rotating, and flying.

The roads are treacherous with obstacles around every corner. Instead of doing laps on a loop, survive to the end in the quickest time. Your car has abilities that not only allow you to drive on the track, but upside down and on buildings and walls! You can also fly to discover new shortcuts and paths. Take on the roads alone, or in multiplayer with your friends!

The game is a spiritual successor to the multi-award winning Nitronic Rush, created by ourselves and 5 others at DigiPen Institute of Technology. It was widely praised for its innovative mechanics, visual style, audio design, and atmosphere.

Key Features

  • Adventure: A short single player experience. Drive into the heart of a dark, mysterious city as you pursue an ominous threat.
  • Arcade: Race ghosts to take on the leaderboards' best. Earn medals to unlock new tracks in several different modes.
  • Multiplayer: Online (up to 12 players) and split-screen (2-4 players) play in modes such as Sprint, Reverse Tag, Stunt, etc.
  • Trackmogrify: Random track generation with advanced seed modifiers.
  • VR: Full VR integration with support for Oculus Rift CV1 and HTC Vive.
  • Level editor: Use a powerful level editor to create levels from within the game and share them with players around the world. Over 2,500 levels have already been shared on Steam Workshop!
  • Original soundtrack: New music from the composer behind award-winning games like Nitronic Rush, Solace, and The Fourth Wall. Listen to a preview here.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands New Versions; Free Weekend Plans

Ubisoft announces a few new tidbits about Ghost Recon Wildlands, their tactical shooter sequel. A new update is now available with some quality of life improvements and some season two changes to go along with two new versions, a Year 2 Gold Edition and an Ultimate Edition. To go along with all this, they announce a free weekend will get underway on Thursday, offering a new trailer to accompany their pitch:

Today, Ubisoft announced that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands will be offering a free weekend on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC from September 20–23. During the free weekend, players will have full access to the base game’s content, along with Ghost War PvP and themed special PvE missions.* Those interested in purchasing the game after the free weekend will have their choice of two new editions, the Year 2 Gold Edition and the Ultimate Edition, both available starting today for $79.99 and $119.99, respectively.

In addition to the main game, the Ultimate Edition will include:

  • The Year 1 season pass, which includes the two major expansions: Narco Road and Fallen Ghosts.
  • The Year 2 Pass, which grants one-week early access to all six Year 2 Ghost War PvP classes and special equipment packs.
  • Additional exclusive perks including special weapons and attachments, 4 Battle Crates, 1 Skill Point Pack, 1 Resource Pack and 1 Long XP Booster.

The Year 2 Gold Edition will include the main game and the Year 2 Pass. Starting today and until October 2, various editions, including the new Year 2 Gold and Ultimate Editions, will be discounted up to 60% off. Select Ghost Recon Wildlands merchandise will also be up to 75% off in the Ubisoft online store.

In addition to these new editions and the upcoming free weekend, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands will also be releasing today, Title Update 16. Named Operations & Maintenance, TU16 will improve the overall quality of life of the game and include an update to the Year 2 Pass, offering a new item pack for Year 2 Pass owners with each future title update. This free update will also introduce a new Mood Matchmaking feature, which will allow players to further customize their co-op experience with “mood” preferences and options in public matchmaking for PvE in both the main game and Ghost Mode, helping players find and join other Ghosts ready to take on the same objectives.

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Iris.Fall Announced

Publisher Zodiac Interactive and developer NEXT Studio announce Iris.Fall, a puzzle game coming to Steam in November. This reveal trailer shows the game's distinctive, mostly monochromatic art-style, which is part of its central "light and shadow" gameplay concept. The announcement explains further:

Zodiac Interactive, an up-and-coming Chinese video game independent publisher and award winning developer NEXT studio, announced today that the dark fairy tale adventure puzzle game Iris.Fall will be landing on Steam in November 2018.

In Iris.Fall, players are challenged with solving clever puzzles and uncover an intriguing story full of mystery and wonder. With "light and shadow" as a core concept, Iris.Fall takes players on a monochrome journey unlike any other.

After awakening from a dream, Iris follows a black cat into a dilapidated theater, traveling back and forth through a strange labyrinth of light and shadow. As the story unfolds, Iris begins to realize that everything in this theater seems to have some kind of hidden connection to herself.

Get a feel for Iris.Fall's dark and atmospheric vibe in the reveal trailer below featuring a sample of the intricate shadow puzzling gameplay.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-BsXhpTxms

Iris.Fall is developed by NEXT Studio, creator of the multi-award winning puzzler Death Coming and published by Zodiac Interactive. The game will be released on Steam for PC in late 2018.

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Metro Exodus Ray Tracing Trailer

NVIDIA offers this trailer showing Metro Exodus running with GeForce RTX real-time ray tracing (thanks Sean). The clip shows off global illumination effects. Here's the description:

4A Games are bringing real-time Ray Tracing to Metro Exodus!

At NVIDIA’s Gaming Celebration event in Cologne, it was revealed how 4A Games would use NVIDIA RTX to deliver true Global Illumination – in this extended tech demo, Ben Archard from 4A Games explains how it all works.

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Fishing Sim World Released

Fishing Sim World is now available, and you can hook a copy of the Windows edition through Steam. The game's launch trailer shows off fast boats, dark nights, and large fish as well as licensed equipment for those who would never bother with bootleg bobbers. Here's the fish story, which will doubtless be bigger the next time we tell it:

Developed by a team full of passionate anglers, Fishing Sim World captures every aspect of this thrilling hobby in astonishing detail. With realistic game physics, accurate fish AI and fully licensed equipment featuring hundreds of rods, reels and lures, nothing has been overlooked as you journey from angling beginner to pro.

Made for anglers by anglers, you can travel across beautiful lakes around the U.S. and Europe on your own or take on your friends in four-player multiplayer. Competitive anglers can compare catches on real-time leaderboards, or enter live tournaments in ‘The Dovetail Fishing League,’ where players can compete with rivals across the world in individual events for the glory of being crowned ‘Angler of the Month.’

You’re not restricted to fishing from land either – get out onto the water with your boat and activate your sonar to find the perfect spot to fish. Whatever approach you choose, you’ll have to improve your skills, upgrade your equipment and learn each venue in your quest to master multiple disciplines and eighteen species of fish, each with their own AI and behavioural patterns.

Whether you’re a beginner picking up a fishing rod for the first time or a veteran looking to put your real-life angling skills to the test, Fishing Sim World has something for everyone.

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Into the Black

Halo Infinite PC Details

Job listings from 343 Games spotted by GameSpot confirm that Halo Infinite is coming to PCs, and fills in some further details on the shooter sequel, since 343 and Microsoft have been playing it pretty close to the vest with their shooter sequel. A listing for a Senior Software Development Engineer seeks "a talented, passionate, and effective Senior Software Development Engineer to drive implementation of our PC client anti-cheat and security features for Halo Infinite," so the game is obviously coming to PCs. There's also Online Experience Design Director position listed which indicates they are looking to maximize Halo Infinite's social interactivity and microtransactions:

343 Industries is looking for an experienced Online Experience Design Director to lead and join our Halo team. This is an exciting and rare opportunity to impact the future of one of the industry's most successful franchises through your creative and leadership skills.

The OE Design Director will be part of the core team that defines and drives the design vision of the game while being a source of inspiration and leadership for the entire team. The ideal candidate possesses boundless imagination, a deep understanding of the game development process, the ability to ideate, combined with the skills to communicate and direct the design efforts of the team. The ideal candidate must have a great passion for games with social features, a desire to build a strong community, as well as a deep understanding of various business models found in both mobile and AAA games.

You will oversee and provide vision for multiple facets of design and its implementation. This includes: Progression in- and out-of-game; microtransactions and integration of our business plan throughout the game; and, finally, social and engagement features that encourage players to return again and again with their friends.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales and GWENT: The Witcher Card Game Next Month

CD PROJEKT RED announces an October 23rd launch date for both Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales and GWENT: The Witcher Card Game. This is time we're seeing the title Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales listed, as this project was previously known as GWENT: Thronebreaker, so they seem to have realized that The Witcher is the more recognizable brand here. There's still love for GWENT though, as they announce the virtual card game based on The Witcher will emerge from beta on that same date. Here is a hyper-caffeinated GWENT release date video, and here are the details:

CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce launch dates for Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales — a brand new adventure set in the world of The Witcher — as well as GWENT: The Witcher Card Game.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
Thronebreaker is a single player role-playing game set in the world of The Witcher that combines narrative-driven exploration with unique puzzles and card battle mechanics. Crafted by the developers responsible for some of the most iconic moments in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the game spins a truly regal tale of Meve, a war-veteran queen of two Northern Realms — Lyria and Rivia. Facing an imminent Nilfgaardian invasion, Meve is forced to once again enter the warpath, and set out on a dark journey of destruction and revenge.

Throughout the adventure, players will explore new and never-before-seen parts of The Witcher world, embark on thought-provoking quests featuring rich, multidimensional characters. All while gathering resources to expand their army and engaging in epic story battles powered by the skill-based battle system known from GWENT: The Witcher Card Game.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales will release on PC via GOG.com on October 23rd, with a console release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 set for December 4th. Details regarding the pricing of Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales will be released in the future.

GWENT: The Witcher Card Game
Following the release of Homecoming — the biggest update in the game’s history — GWENT: The Witcher Card Game is coming out of beta and launching on PC on October 23rd via GOG.com, and December 4th on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Announced back in April, Homecoming introduces significant changes to GWENT: The Witcher Card Game, fleshing out elements which made the original Gwent from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt a community favorite. The update also incorporates gamer feedback developers have been receiving throughout the game’s Public Beta.

Among others, Homecoming includes a complete rework of the game’s board into a fully three-dimensional battlefield featuring two distinct rows, a redesign of the game’s visuals now in sync with the dark and gritty feel of the world of The Witcher, a new deck building experience, as well as new card mechanics.

Watch the latest developer video.

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One Finger Death Punch 2 Announced

Silver Dollar Games announces they are going to give everyone another chance to give their opponents the finger with the upcoming release of One Finger Death Punch 2. This sequel to what they call "the world's fastest brawler" is coming to Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in spring of 2019. We have a first look at what to expect in this trailer showing off gameplay featuring stick figures who ironically have no fingers. Here's word:

Are you ready to face impossible odds? Today, Silver Dollar Games officially announced One Finger Death Punch 2 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. One Finger Death Punch 2 (OFDP2) is a faithful follow-up to 2013’s original cult favorite indie PC brawler and promises to deliver double the punching with the exact same number of fingers. The hotly-anticipated kung fu fighter is expected to be released in spring 2019.

You are surrounded and outnumbered and have to use any weapon you can get your hands on to dismantle your opponents in a flurry of kung fu. That is the essence of OFDP2, which purports to be the world’s fastest kung fu brawler, and features the original OFDP’s unique two-button mechanics. Speed and precision are key in this whirlwind fighting frenzy, as players maintain control over the 26 different unlockable skills, frenetic gameplay, and classic kung fu-inspired animations.

“We wanted to show that a fighting game can be complex without cumbersome button combinations,” said Silver Dollar Games’ Jon Flook. “Simple design doesn’t mean a simple game. Once players complete the tutorial levels and learn the basics, they’ll see that this is the most intense two-button game ever made.”

If they hope to succeed, players must seamlessly switch between weapons without pausing in the frenetic action. With 700 different animations available, literally anything is possible—particularly when players unlock each of the 26 available skills. “Having these skills available simultaneously is a major design challenge that encompasses the core of what OFDP2 is trying to achieve,” said Flook. “Seeing the game with all 26 skills is a spectacle unique to OFDP2. This evolution is like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, and only those who make it to the endgame will see this beautiful transition.”

Watch the trailer for One Finger Death Punch 2 now:

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Landinar: Into the Void Early Access

Convoy Games announces they are offering the chance to go into the void with the Early Access release of Landinar: Into the Void on Steam, offering what they describe as an action-packed space adventure. Here's a release trailer with a look, and they provide all the details on the game and their Early Access plans in this announcement:

From the developers of Convoy, Landinar: Into the Void is an action-packed space adventure in a backwater quadrant under tight control of the empire.

As player you take control of a captain down on your luck, with more enemies than friends and a knack for getting into trouble. After an unfortunate run-in with the law, the time has come to make a change. Get into your ship and fly out into space to take on contracts, fight enemies and collect new tech to design and build your own spaceship.

In Landinar: Into the Void you create your own adventure. You decide what to do, who to talk to, who to fight and how big (or small) your space ship is going to be!

Landinar: Into the Void is currently in development and will release on Steam September 18th 2018.

So, why Early Access?
We've spent the last 3 years working hard on Landinar: Into the Void. We are almost ready to release a sandbox mode in early access, where you can explore the universe, take on quests, find tech and build your own ship. It's time for us to involve players in these final steps and listen to their feedback and criticism. During early access we have planned several large content updates. For the final release we are aiming for an engaging story mode campaign with (branching) main and side missions and several other features:

  • A complete story mode campaign in which you help the rebellion liberate the quadrant.
  • More sectors, stations, NPCs, quests and other content.
  • Additional ships, enemy types, mini bosses and other challenges.
  • More weapons, abilities and ways to interact with the world.

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Video Games Affect Grades... A Little

A new study on video games says that playing video games does have a negative impact on students' grades, but call these detriments "negligible." Fatherly has details on the research, which is the final word on the topic until it's inevitably contradicted by another study. Here's word:

More than two-thirds of American adolescents report playing computer games in some form, and a bulk of research has focused on how this might contribute to negative outcomes like violence and aggression. The studies that have examined educational outcomes have yielded mixed results — some showed that gaming hurts school performance, and yet others showed that gaming had positive effects. Still, these studies were limited because they did not look at how gaming affected children over time.

To do this, Gnambs and his colleagues followed 3,554 adolescents for two years, tracking their gaming habits and grades, and testing their core competencies in reading and math as well as their reasoning abilities. Researchers found that intensive computer gaming did have a negative impact on grades, especially when kids spend multiple hours playing them on school days. But even when children played for up to eight hours a day, the effects on academic achievement were only slight. Likewise, the amount of gaming did not seem to change children’s core competencies at all.

“We found only very small effects on grades and none on actual competencies,” Gnambs says. “I was also not surprised to find rather negligible effects of the time spent on computer games on grades or competence development.”

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  • AMD Athlon 200GE $55 Zen CPU on TechSpot.
  • Blue Yeti Nano USB Microphone on Play3r.
  • Deepcool Baronkase Liquid Cooling Case on Nikk Tech.
  • HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB 32GB 2933 MHz RAM on Guru3D.
  • MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC AMD AM4 Mainboard on Overclocked Inside. German.
  • Sennheiser HD 660 S Headphones on TechPowerUp.
  • Team Group T-Force Vulcan Gaming SODIMM 4x 8 GB DDR4-2666 RAM on TechPowerUp.
  • Toshiba OCZ RC100 240GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.org.

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Out of the Blue

I'm usually around a year off on the Oscars since I catch most movies on TV, but I'm actually reasonably up-to-date on the Emmy Awards, since I catch most of my TV on TV too. There are too many great shows these days to honor them all properly, but I'm particularly pleased that many personal favorites of mine were winners, in particular, Claire Foy, Thandie Newton, Merritt Wever, Peter Dinklage, Bill Hader, and Henry Winkler. My biggest quibbles are that I would pick The Crown the best drama over the now-rushed Game of Thrones, and for best comedy I would pick Barry.

On the other hand, speaking of movies I will actually see in a theater, the real official first Captain Marvel trailer is out, and I am already looking to see if I can buy a ticket.

Cosmic Links: Thanks Ant.
Links: The world's first hydrogen train is now in service. A mere 234 years after the first hydrogen aircraft.
First Lunar BFR Mission - SpaceX. Thanks [H]ardOCP.
Rube Goldberg machine dispenses lemonade nine minutes later.
Stories:

"Thrones" Author Didn't Want Series End. Just like the books.

Science: Study: people tend to cluster into four distinct personality “types.”
Images: After the Storm: Photos From Hong Kong, Battered by Typhoon Mangkhut. Thanks Kxmode.
NASA's new planet hunting satellite shares 'first light' photo of space.
Media: Real flamethrower vs. “Not a Flamethrower” by Elon Musk.
I WAS SAFE YOU IDIOT! NSFW. Good intentions.
Follow-up: Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic.


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