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StarCraft 2 is going free-to-play

The beloved strategy game, now open to everyone<p><i>StarCraft</i> <i>2: Wings of Liberty</i>, one of Blizzard Entertainment’s most popular games, is becoming a free-to-play game. Company CEO Mike Morhaime announced the news during BlizzCon 2017’s opening ceremony, which streamed live from Anaheim, California …

Battle for Azeroth: World of Warcraft returns to its roots

The biggest MMO in the world prepares for its seventh expansion pack<p>There’s a tradition in the <i>World of Warcraft</i> fan community that might seem a little strange to outsiders.<p>If you’ve ever been to BlizzCon or watched a BlizzCon opening ceremony broadcast, you’ve surely seen it before. To help build …

Former Bank Teller Pleads Guilty To Stealing Almost $200,000 From Homeless Customer

A onetime bank teller in Washington, D.C., stole tens of thousands of dollars from a homeless customer who earned money as a street vendor, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.<p>Phelon Davis, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a charge of interstate transportation of stolen property, …

Corruption

Destiny 2 Xur location and items, Sept. 29 - Oct. 3

Sorry, Hunters<p>If you played <i>Destiny</i>, you may be familiar with <b>Xur</b>, the weekly exotic item merchant. In <i>Destiny 2</i>, he’s back, and he can now appear all over the map. This week, he’s near the <b>Giant’s Scar</b> fast travel point on <b>Io</b>, and there’s a helpful icon on the planet map to show you where he is.<p>Watch …

Nasa waves emotional goodbye to Cassini after death plunge into Saturn

Nasa has tweeted an emotional goodbye to the Cassini spacecraft after its spectacular suicidal dive into Saturn's atmosphere to end a 20-year mission that cost £2.9 billion.<p>It’s the latest example of Nasa anthropomorphising their missions in recent years, helping make the space agency more …

8bitdo’s new SNES-inspired retro gamepad is a dream Nintendo Switch controller

Ever since 8bitdo updated their NES30 Pro and other game controllers with Nintendo Switch support, I’ve been using them as the primary way to play on the console. Now at E3, 8bitdo has revealed a new model that might just become the best Switch controller of all time.<p>The SNES30 Pro (and SFC30 Pro, …

Retrogaming

The DeanBeat: 17 of the most anticipated games of E3 2017

I was sad to hear that Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 was postponed until 2018 and that it isn’t likely to be at The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in a public way. But that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be a spectacular E3. In fact, this year’s show will be oozing with greatness.<p>Most of the …

Call of Duty (Video Game)

Xbox One X: Price, Release Date, Rumors, News, and Trailers

Xbox One X is set to launch November 7, 2017.<p>Microsoft is gearing up to release the most powerful video game console ever made. This massive overhaul …

This $35,000 gadget makes it possible to watch first-run movies at home

But it'll buy you a device that will let you watch movies at home while they're still in theaters.<p>Prima Cinema is a $35,000 system that gives you access to first-run movies in your home.<p>The system consists of a device — it's basically a computer with a 5-terabyte hard drive — that fits on the rack …

Film Industry

Why I'm Obviously Waiting To Play 'Rime' On The Nintendo Switch

As a games journalist, I’m really supposed to be playing games at release or ideally, before release. It’s the way of things: not only is release when people tend to be most interested in a game, but it’s also the time when there’s the opportunity to actually tell people about it before they buy …

Nintendo Switch

New Dragon Age game in development, BioWare writer says (update)

He’s writing ‘a bit of lore’<p>BioWare is working on a new entry in the Dragon Age franchise, a writer on the unannounced project said in a recent interview with Eurogamer.<p>Alexis Kennedy, co-founder of <i>Sunless Sea</i> developer Failbetter Games, left the studio a year ago to become a freelance video game …

Retro-Bit Updates the Game Boy with Super Retro Boy at CES

While Nintendo stopped the production of Game Boys back in 2000, this hasn’t stopped unofficial redesigns from appearing. The latest is from the …

See the Impressive-Looking Footage of the Reportedly Canceled Halo Megabloks Game

Microsoft and Megabloks were working together on a Halo Megabloks game for Xbox 360, apparently, but it was not meant to be. Andrew Borman of Preserving Gaming History today published a video providing a history of the game, which was reportedly in development at N-Space before being canceled in …

Worlds Without End: The Many Kinds of Parallel Universes

Multiversal<p>It’s a frequent staple of science fiction—the notion that there’s another universe out there, coextensive with yet sejunct from our own; a …

Dark Matter

33 Minimalist Home Products That'll Soothe Your Soul

Less is better.

People Have Started Hacking Nintendo's NES Classic And Adding More Games To It

It was only a matter of time before people found a way to hack Nintendo’s NES Classic, and that time has come. Earlier this week, modders trading …

Democracy is in crisis, but blaming fake news is not the answer | Evgeny Morozov

Claims that Russia is behind the political shocks of 2016 ignore the corrupting influence of digital capitalism<p>Democracy is drowning in fake news. This is the latest reassuring conclusion drawn by those on the losing side of 2016, from Brexit to the US elections to the Italian …

Fake News

Stars come out for Clinton as Trump brags he doesn't need them

On the final Friday night before the 2016 presidential election, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wrapped up a busy day of campaigning with a Cleveland concert featuring singer Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay Z.<p>Republican nominee Donald Trump opted for the opposite approach, relying on his …

The Latest: Beyonce says US on brink of making history again

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):<p>10:45 p.m.<p>Beyoncé says America is on the brink of making history — …

Clinton's campaign taps star power as Trump goes it alone

CLEVELAND (AP) — Hillary Clinton dispatched musical and political celebrities across battleground states Friday to try to energize Democrats in …

Government

NASA is firing lasers on Mars — here’s why

NASA's Curiosity rover spotted a strange rock on Mars, so of course, it shot it with a laser.<p>The intrepid, car-sized robot found an egg-shaped, golf …

A Different Look at Energy

Across the U.S. and Europe, groundbreaking oil and gas initiatives rooted in collaboration and sustainability uncover new ways to drive innovation and efficiency while reducing environmental impact.

Glasgow Street Art: Pictures

Walking

Microsoft Is Building a Quantum Computer That May Never Work

Microsoft is working on a quantum computer that uses what are called “non-abelian anyons,” a quasiparticle that physicists aren’t even sure exist. …

Powerful New Camera Will Observe How First Stars Formed

The fastest, largest observations of the Universe, ever<p>With an upgraded beast of a telescope, astronomers plan to take a wide-angle view through the interstellar gas of the Universe.<p>Astronomers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Arizona State University are developing the most sensitive …

Bethesda's touching tribute to a fan who passed away

Bethesda has paid tribute to Evan, a Fallout 4 fan who passed away, by basing a character on him in the Nuka World DLC.<p>In a post made over two months …

Bethesda

The Witcher 3 saved its best trick for last

The quest construction in The Witcher 3 is astonishing<p>Spoiler alert!<p>This story may spoil certain aspects of <i>The Witcher 3</i>. If you haven't played, you should. Not even before you read this story, just in general because it's very good.<p>I hate good endings. That is: I hate when video games have a …

Scientists asked 5,500 Americans to reveal their 'relationship deal breakers' — here's what they learned

Apparently, many people do — and now those lists are not so secret anymore.<p>A series of studies on "relationship deal breakers," published last year in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, represents "the first systematic and comprehensive attempt to understand the traits that …

Self-confidence

4 super-simple ways to make your computer start faster

Even if you keep your computer virus-free and abstain from downloading dubious programs, it'll eventually stop booting up as quickly as it used to. …