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Switch Lite JoyCon drift risk is possible, may use same analog sticks

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 3 mins ago

The new $199 handheld-only Switch Lite may use the same JoyCon analog sticks as the base model, putting it at risk for the dreaded JoyCon drift.

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JoyCon drift is a big problem on the Switch. It makes most games basically unplayable, forcing gamers to buy and snap on a new controller. But unlike the normal $299 model, the new Switch Lite's JoyCons are fastened to the side and can't be replaced. Now there's evidence the newer handheld Switch may suffer the same drifting issues.

A recent Switch Lite teardown from YouTuber SpawnWave reveals some interesting info. The cheaper Lite model apparently uses the same JoyCon analog sticks as its predecessor, indicating the Lite could be hit with the devastating hardware fault. The Lite's sensors look the same as the 2017 model's, but they have different model numbers, which could indicate some new tweaks.

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Google readies Apple Arcade competitor with unlimited gaming, no mTX

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 21 mins ago

Google aims to disrupt Apple Arcade with its own $4.99 a month all-you-can-play games offering.

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Google today announced Play Pass, a $4.99 a month subscription service that bundles more than 350 apps and games. Similar to Apple Arcade, every game on Play Pass is a premium experience and won't have in-game purchases, microtransactions, or ads. Titles include Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Evoland, Terraria, Limbo, This is the Police, Hoplite, and Wayward Souls. Premium apps will also be wrapped in the service.

Play Pass is compatible with mobile phones, laptops, and tablets that run Android 4.4 and Play Store version 16.6.25. Family sharing is also confirmed, and subscribers can share their subscription with up to 5 family members. There was no mention of cross-platform cloud saves, but I don't see why they wouldn't be included.

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GIVEAWAY: SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 Video Card

By: Cameron Wilmot | Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 2 hours, 29 mins ago

Global entry! We have teamed up with SAPPHIRE to give away one of their awesome new PULSE RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 video cards to one lucky winner.

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The SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5700 XT offers great performance at the affordable price point that every gamer needs. With quality components and a robust digital power design, the PULSE RX 5700 XT delivers exceptional 1440p performance and high-fidelity gaming powered by AMD's new extreme RDNA architecture. Its finely-tuned Dual-X Cooling Technology not only keeps the GPU, memory and VRM components cool, but also at a very low noise level.

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The all-aluminum backplate provides additional rigidity that guarantees nothing bends and dust stays out, and it also helps cool your card by increasing heat dissipation. Pivotal SAPPHIRE features like the Quick Connect Fan, Dual Bios Support and Power Fuse are all readily available to keep your GPU running smooth and silent. Get ready to experience next-level gaming performance and welcome the PULSE RX 5700 XT as the new integral heart of your PC!

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Epic exclusivity didn't stop Borderlands 3's runaway success

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 43 mins ago

Borderlands 3's Epic Games Store exclusivity didn't stop it from moving huge sales on PC.

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Borderlands 3 is a massive success for 2K Games and Take-Two. The sequel shipped over 5 million units in five days, and sold 50% more copies than Borderlands 2, making it the fastest-selling 2K Games title of all time. It's timed exclusivity on the Epic Games Store turned out to be a huge boon--not only did 2K enjoy a nice signing bonus and get to keep 85% of all game sales revenues, but Borderlands 3 sold more than any other 2K game on PC in that five-day period. Thanks to Borderlands 3's success, the series is now a billion-dollar franchise.

Take-Two notes that 70% of Borderlands 3 sales were digital, which is absolutely huge for total earnings. We don't know what percentage was from EGS sales, or how many copies actually sold on EGS, but we're betting most of the copies were on PS4 thanks to the system's massive 90-million strong.

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Breaking Bad movie teaser shows distressed Jesse Pinkman 'El Camino'

By: Jak Connor | HT & Movies | Posted: 6 hours, 5 mins ago

During the Sunday night Emmys a new trailer dropped for the upcoming Netflix film, El Camino: A Breaking bad Movie. The trailer follows the story of Jesse Pinkman the survivor of Breaking Bad's last episode.

From the teaser we can see that the movie starts straight after the events of the last episode in Breaking Bad's final season. We see a extremely distressed Jesse Pinkman sitting in the same car he drove off in, listening to the radio report about the events that had just been discovered by police.

The police are after a suspect who has fled the scene, and that is Jesse. Judging from this and the videos caption, I believe that the Netflix movie will focus around the events Jesse is going to have to experience, such as being on run from the police and moving on mentally from what has happened. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will be released on Netflix on October 11.

Trump says next Moon mission is 'not so exciting', real target = Mars

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 7 hours, 11 mins ago

U.S President, Donald Trump recently had a meeting with the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morison and discussed the future of space exploration.

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During that meeting, Trump spoke openly about each of the countries roles that they will be playing when it comes to space exploration via the Moon and eventually Mars. He said that "We're stopping at the moon. The moon is actually a launching pad, That's why we're stopping at the moon. I said, 'Hey, we've done the moon. That's not so exciting.' So we'll be doing the moon. But we'll really be doing Mars."

Trump also reinstated that "We're going to Mars" and that U.S space program will eventually take them there, its just a matter of securing the Moon first. For those that didn't know, NASA plan on leaving Earth by 2024 as apart of their Artemis lunar mission, more on that here. Additionally, NASA will be working with other space exploration companies such as Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Elon Musk's SpaceX.

Here is what Trump had to say about that, "In addition, rich people like to send up rocket ships. So between Bezos and Elon Musk and others, we're leasing them our launch facilities, which you can't get. And they've actually done very well. They've said they've had great success."

'Never say never' to Borderlands coming to Switch, says game director

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 12 mins ago

As a Nintendo Switch user I'd definitely appreciate if I had the ability to be able to play Borderlands anywhere I wanted. The idea of having access to the looter whenever and where ever I want is definitely a big enough reason for me to re-buy the games.

This isn't the first time Borderlands being brought to the Switch has been brought up, as Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford once answered a fan reply saying that he "would love" to bring Borderlands to the handheld console. Since then it has been speculated whether or not the console could handle the title, and what kind of graphical downgrades it would have to undertake to see it run stable.

No announcements came for a Switch version, even after the release of Borderlands 3, but then during an interview on The Borderlands Show, Creative Director Paul Sage told Greg Miller, to "never say never". Could this mean that Gearbox Software are considering bringing the looter shooter over to Nintendo's console? Possibly, I could say positively that the company has considered the idea and when it would be possible for them to make it support the Switch, or if to hand it over to a porting company such as Panic Button.

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Game of Thrones is the most decorated drama in Emmys history

By: Jak Connor | HT & Movies | Posted: 9 hours, 7 mins ago

It was only a matter of time before the awards started being thrown at Game of Thrones for its last season despite its controversial ending, and now the show has walked away from the Emmys with 12.

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The Emmys which have just passed saw a number of different awards being handed over to the cast and production team of Game of Thrones. Peter Dinklage who players Tyrion Lannister in the show was awarded 'Outstanding Supporting Actor', he said that when he met Benioff and Weiss that "I had no idea what I was getting myself into." He continued and said "David and Dan, we literally walked through fire and ice for you, and I would do it all again in a heartbeat."

In total Game of Thrones was nominated for 32 Emmys and ended up walking away with 10 to its name. The awards were in the following categories: editing, makeup, costumes, sound mixing, sound editing, casting, music composition, title design, stunt coordination, and visual effects. Game of Thrones has created Emmy history now being the most decorated drama since the organization was founded.

Netflix's TV show 'Narcos' is getting its very own video game

By: Jak Connor | HT & Movies | Posted: 10 hours, 8 mins ago

Curve Digital and Kuju are collaborating as publisher and developer, respectively to release a new game based on the hit Netflix TV show 'Narcos'.

To celebrate the announcement of the new title two new trailers have been released, one for the cartel and one for the DEA. Judging from the trailers, players will be able to choose to play from a range characters from the TV show. Some of these characters include: El Mexicano, Murphy, and Primo.

Players will have to choose which side of history they are going to be on, the drug empire or the DEA. The game is a turn-based strategy title which means that each of the decisions presented to players could possibly have both positive and negative outcomes. This means that each decision presented to the player should result in the player carefully thinking out each play, as careless actions could have devastating outcomes. Narcos: Rise of the Cartels will be released on the Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4 and Xbox One sometime during the Fall of 2019.

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Venus had an 'Earth-like' climate, possible life for billions of years

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 11 hours, 4 mins ago

According to NASA, their Pioneer Venus mission reached Venus back in 1978 and the craft discovered that Venus showed signs of past oceans on its surface.

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Since that mission, NASA has discovered many more things about Venus' surface which gave them more data to be able to understand how the planet went from being "Earth-like" to what it is now. The data indicates that around 700 million years ago Venus experienced a Greenhouse Effect event that caused the now hot place it is. Which means that 2 to 3 billion years Venus could of had a habitable environment fit for life.

After the forming of Venus its development process was extremely similar to that of Earths, which means that the planets atmosphere at one stage consisted of a lot of carbon dioxide. Venus then went onto experience a massive outgassing event which is yet to be discovered by scientists. It is believed that this event was geological and was so massive that it caused 80% of the planet to resurface.

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