An Overlooked Post-Apocalyptic Pic Is Vying For Streaming Domination Right Now

2 days 5 hours ago

With everything that’s gone on in the world over the course of the last few years, a society-ending disease that ushers in a new age for mankind is seemingly more believable than ever, right? Yes, echoing the global pandemic that we’re still in the midst of recovering from, a certain post-apocalyptic movie has rocketed into the Top 10 most-viewed movies on Hulu, according to FlixPatrol.

More specifically, the film in question is I Think We’re Alone Now, and no, we’re not talking about Richie Cordells’ catchy ’60s hit song. Au contraire, we’re talking about the 2018 sci-fi drama that centers on two survivors of a catastrophic disease that has ripped through society and has left the world in pieces.

Starring Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage and I Am Sam’s Elle Fanning as the unlikely duo, the feature is more of an understated emotional reflection on loneliness, survival, and trauma than an all-guns-blazing actioner, which makes sense considering the director is Reed Morano. For those unaware, Morano is the Emmy award-winning director responsible for the first three episodes of another post-apocalyptic Hulu drama, The Handmaid’s Tale.

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Dylan Chaundy

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s1mple CS:GO Settings 2022: Crosshair, Resolution, View Model

2 days 6 hours ago

Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev is hailed as one of the best FPS players of all-time. The 24-year-old CS:GO veteran is a part of the renowned Ukrainian professional esports organization called Natus Vincere and has won multiple tournaments during his career. No wonder, then, that many players are curious to learn about s1mple’s CS:GO settings that he is using in 2022. So without any further delay, let’s jump into the details.

s1mple Mouse Settings for CS:GO

s1mple has a Logitech G Pro x Superlight mouse, and here are the mouse settings that he is currently using in CS:GO:

DPI400
Sensitivity3.09
eDPI1236
Raw InputOn
Hz1000
Zoom Sensitivity1
Windows Sensitivity6
Mouse AccelerationOff

s1mple Crosshair Settings for CS:GO

Players can enter the following command to copy the s1mple’s crosshair settings in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive:

  • cl_crosshair_drawoutline 0; cl_crosshairalpha 255; cl_crosshaircolor 0; cl_crosshaircolor_b 0; cl_crosshaircolor_g 0; cl_crosshaircolor_r 255; cl_crosshairdot 1; cl_crosshairgap -3; cl_crosshairsize 0; cl_crosshairstyle 4; cl_crosshairthickness 2; cl_crosshair_sniper_width 1;

s1mple Video Settings for CS:GO

Although s1mple has an incredibly powerful gaming setup with top-of-the-line hardware, he likes to play CS:GO on lower graphic settings with a stretched screen resolution.

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Tarun Sayal

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Valorant Raw Accel Explained: What Is It & How to Install

2 days 6 hours ago

Ever since Riot launched Valorant, many third-party tools have surfaced on the internet to make players’ lives much easier. One such third-party tool, in particular, is the Valorant Raw Accel which many professional players and content creators are using to refine their gameplay experience. So what is Valorant Raw Accel, and how can you install it on your system? With that said, let’s dive into the details.

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Tarun Sayal

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UK Daily Deals: Score an Xbox Series X for £383, or a PS5 SSD for £150

2 days 5 hours ago

Deals season is finally in full swing, and we've got a massive couple of months ahead of us, so stay tuned for all the best deals content in the UK. This includes Prime Day 2 (Prime Early Access), and the Black Friday sales hitting in November. For now, I've got a super deal for you on an Xbox Series X. It's down to £382.87, and it's pretty much completely new. It's an 'Open Box,' but you're getting a huge discount courtesy of Amazon (~£67 overall). Just add the 'Like New' console to your basket, which is listed at £425.41, and you'll receive an extra discount on top to bring it down to £382.87 in total - that's an absolute bargain!

You've also got to check out this new PS5 SSD deal from Samsung, as you can currently get the 980 Pro 2TB SSD for £150. That's an unreal price (maxing out your PS5 storage as well!), and all you need to do is claim cashback from Samsung (I'll include all the steps below as well to walk you through it). Comparatively, the best price we've previously seen on a PS5 SSD so far this year was £164 for the WD Black 2TB during Prime Day, and this Samsung deal is better.

TL;DR - Best Deals Right Now

Prime Early Access Sale: 3-Months of Kindle Unlimited for Free

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Robert Anderson

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All Gordo Slime Locations in Slime Rancher 2

2 days 6 hours ago

Slime Rancher 2 offers a unique and cute adventure and, well, a ton of slimes. These slimes are your ooey gooey companions and what the entire gameplay loop centers around. While you are out exploring you may come across a big immobile slime. These are Gordos; they block the passages to hidden areas, new islands, and unique treasures and lore. If you’re curious as to where all these big guys are then look no further as we show you all of the Gordo Slime locations in Slime Rancher 2.

Where Are All the Gordo Slime Locations in Slime Rancher 2?

Here are all the Gordo Slime locations in Slime Rancher 2:

Rainbow Fields

Image Source: Monomi Park via Twinfinite

There are three Gordos in the Rainbow Fields. These are the Pink Gordo, the Phosphor Gordo, and the Cotton Gordo.

Pink Gordo: This guy is tucked into a recession between two cliffs. He’s pretty easy to find and sitting on a geyser that leads you to the device to unlock the Ember Valley.

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Zach Eubanks

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Is Getting a Hot Air Balloon for Your Sightseeing Pleasure

2 days 7 hours ago

Microsoft Flight Simulator has a whole, beautiful world to explore, but most aircraft may not as be slow enough to catch all the details.

The good folks at Hype Performance Group, whom you may know for their Airbus H145 helicopter, have decided to fill this gap by releasing a fully functional hot air balloon.

The vehicle will release on Friday, October 7, and it’ll cost $15. At the moment, it’ll launch only for PC on Hype Performance Group’s own website, and an Xbox Version has not been announced.

Here’s a list of the features you can expect:

Highly Detailed 3D Model, Textures, and Animations

  • Professionally modeled with incredible interior and exterior details
  • 17 liveries included, all at 4K resolution and with PBR textures inside and out
  • Fully animated cockpit and animations for inflation, deflation, stall, and collapse
  • Animated 3D humans including a hot air balloon operator and 2 passengers
  • Designed and optimized for VR with great FPS performance, working VR Cockpit Zoom, and proper visual scaling throughout the model

Avionics & Systems

  • Steam gauges showing barometric altitude, vertical speed and envelope thermometer
  • Available AI pilot that can control the hot air balloon based off terrain or altitude
  • EFB tablet included with maps and additional apps available
  • Balloonist Maps App: shows GPS speed and track
  • Little NavMap App: connect to LNM, the free open source flight planner, navigation tool, moving map, airport search and airport information system
  • Nearby Radio Stations: listen to radio stations local to the area you’re currently flying in

Hot Air Balloon Flight Model

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Horizon Zero Dawn PlayStation 5 remaster reportedly in the works

2 days 7 hours ago

New reports claim a remaster of Guerrilla's Horizon Zero Dawn is currently in the works for the PS5.

Originally revealed by MP1st, this remaster will allegedly bring Zero Dawn closer in terms of visuals to its successor, Forbidden West.

While, at the time of writing, it is unclear whether this is a "from the ground up" remake of the 2017 title, it is claimed that this version of Zero Dawn will see new character models, improvements to the game's lighting system and animations, and "overhauled textures".

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Victoria Kennedy

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How to Merge an Existing Overwatch Account With Overwatch 2

2 days 11 hours ago

With Overwatch 2 releasing later this week, Blizzard will be shutting down the original game. However, there are some perks that come with this release, including cross-play and cross-progression. Here’s how to merge your Overwatch account with Overwatch 2.

Overwatch 2 Account Merge Explained

Do note that you have to complete this process before the 4th.

  1. Boot up Overwatch on whichever platform you’re playing on.

  2. Select the Account Merge option on the main menu.

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Zhiqing Wan

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Who Are the Greens in House of the Dragon? Answered

2 days 12 hours ago

With so many time jumps and little skips in House of the Dragon, characters age up, and it can be difficult to keep track of who’s who. Thankfully, the show makes an effort to color-code its key characters. Here’s who the “greens” are in House of the Dragon.

The Greens in House of the Dragon Explained

Towards the end of episode 7 in House of the Dragon, Rhaenyra proposes that she and Daemon get married. She explains that their marriage would make them stronger, and that she can’t face the greens alone. By “greens”, Rhaenyra is really referring to Alicent and the Hightowers.

We know this because just two episodes prior, Larys comments that when the Hightowers gather Oldtown for battle, they light their beacons, which then glow green. That also happens to be the main color of the Hightowers’ house, so when Rhaenyra refers to the “greens”, she means her inevitable conflict with Otto and Alicent.

It’s clear that Rhaenyra feels threatened, especially since her children have been very publicly outed as bastards in episode 7, and Otto himself has been reinstated as Hand of the King. As Alicent gathers more allies and grows in power in King’s Landing, Rhaenyra realizes that she needs more allies of her own if she is to fight back.

That’s all you need to know about who the greens are in House of the Dragon. Be sure to search for Twinfinite for more news and information on the show, including who died in Driftmark, and why Rhaenyra wanted to align with Alicent previously.

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Zhiqing Wan

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Who Died at the End of Episode 7 in House of the Dragon? Answered

2 days 13 hours ago

Random character deaths flow like wine in House of the Dragon. There’s been at least one death in each episode so far, and it doesn’t look like that trend will be stopping anytime soon. Here’s who died at the end of episode 7 in House of the Dragon.

Who Died in the Velaryons’ Hall in House of the Dragon?

As we see at the very end, Qarl did not actually kill Laenor in Driftmark, as he rows out on a boat, presumably to escape across the Narrow Sea. So who died in Driftmark? As it turns out, it was probably that random guard that Daemon killed on his way up the stairs.

Towards the end of the episode, Rhaenyra and Daemon start up a plot about getting Laenor out of the picture so that they can get married. Daemon is then seen talking to Qarl, asking him to deliver a quick death in exchange for gold. After that, Daemon is seen killing a guard in the halls of Driftmark, and Qarl and Laenor get in a sword fight in front of another guard.

By the time Corlys and Rhaenys arrive on the scene, we only see a charred corpse on the ground. Since both Laenor and Qarl made it out, it’s safe to assume that the corpse left behind was that of the guard that Daemon killed. This was done so that Laenor and Qarl could escape together and live in peace, leaving all the politics of Westeros behind.

That’s all you need to know about who died at the end of episode 7 in House of the Dragon. Be sure to search for Twinfinite for more news and information on the show, including why Rhaenyra wanted to align with Alicent last week, and if Rhaenyra actually cheated on Laenor.

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Zhiqing Wan

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The Legend of Tianding PS, Xbox Versions Open for Pre-Order

2 days 14 hours ago

legend of tianding

The PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One versions of The Legend of Tianding are now available for pre-order. As well, you can test your skills against major enemies in the game in the new “Boss Rush” mode. This will also appear for the already-released Nintendo Switch and Windows PC versions as a free update.

Aside from a Boss Rush mode, you can check out how you do in comparison with your friends and other players with online leaderboards. The game will also look slightly different than it did in the original release. It will have ultrawide monitor support (21:9). As well, it will run at 120 frames per second at 4K resolution. However, this will only be for the PS5, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC versions, as the Switch hardware does not natively support ultrawide or 4K.

You can watch the trailer for The Legend of Tianding here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtdkZBIa2Lo

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Stephanie Liu

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Horizon Zero Dawn PS5 Remaster Reportedly In the Works Alongside a Multiplayer Game

2 days 14 hours ago

A remaster of 2017's Horizon Zero Dawn is reportedly in the works for PS5 alongside a brand-new multiplayer game for PS5 and PC.

As reported by VGC and MP1ST, The Last of Us Part 1 Remake, in which we previously asked if that was worth its $70 price tag just nine years after its release, looks to be soon joined by an updated version Aloy's first adventure on PS4.

It isn't 100% clear if this would be a full remake like The Last of Us Part 1 or just a remaster, but some of the details make it seem like it is trending more towards the latter. The reports claim this new version will add "accessibility features, graphics modes, and quality of life improvements to the gameplay itself." In a sense, it appears to improving the original to the added upgrades of Horizon Forbidden West.

Horizon Zero Dawn saw a PC release in 2020 and it added such features as an improved draw distance and higher framerates, but it wasn't necessarily considered a remaster or remake of the original PS4 game.

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Adam Bankhurst

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How To Fix Grounded Multiplayer Not Working

2 days 14 hours ago

Xbox Game Studios’ latest survival game, Grounded, has finally exited early access after two years. Despite this, players may be having a few issues with accessing the multiplayer features depending on the platform they are on. This may be a massive inconvenience for players who are looking to jump into multiplayer with their friends on other platforms. Here’s how to fix Grounded’s multiplayer issues.

How To Fix Grounded Multiplayer Not Working

If you’re currently having issues with Grounded’s multiplayer features, the easiest way to fix them will be to use the Xbox Live settings on your computer. To access them, go to the search box on the bottom left of your screen and enter Xbox or Xbox Networking, or access the Xbox Networking tab from the Settings menu on your console.

Once you access this menu, there will be an option that allows you to run a check to see if the Xbox servers are having any problems. After doing so, if you are told that the connection is blocked, simply hit the button that says “Fix It” to correct the problem. Once the issues are fixed, remember to restart your device before trying to jump back into the game.

That’s all we’ve got on how to fix Grounded’s multiplayer issues. If you’re just getting started with the game and need some pointers, Twinfinite’s got a guide to help you find some grub.

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Matt Anderson

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Ashes of Creation Reveals New Ranged Attack Mechanics in New Video

2 days 15 hours ago

Intrepid Studios released a new video of its upcoming MMORPG Ashes of Creation, showing more gameplay.

This time around, we get to take a look at some new ranged attack mechanics that the developers have been working on.

We get to see various abilities, including an opener that lets you hurl several shots in succession and a sniping attack that requires you to hold the attack button for a while, but can deal lots of damage is successful.

Of course, the extensive video also provides another glimpse at the beautiful world of the game.

The new mechanics are scheduled to go live in the upcoming Alpha 2 phase as development of this highly-anticipated MMORPG progresses.

You can check the video out below.

Ashes of Creation is a very promising fantasy MMORPG coming to PC. If you want to hear more, you can check out our hands-on preview from last year.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Chaos;Head Noah Gets New Trailer Ahead of Western Switch Release Despite Steam Version’s Cancellation

2 days 15 hours ago

Today Spike Chunsoft released a new trailer of the upcoming western version of the Science Adventure visual novel Chaos;Head Noah.

The trailer provides a quick overview of the game, which is still coming to Nintendo Switch despite the untimely cancellation of the PC release on Steam due to the fact that Valve demanded censorship that Spike Chunsoft is not willing to accept.

The Switch release will happen on October 7 regardless of Valve’s stance, as Nintendo doesn’t appear to have found issues with the game, so there’s still a chance for western players to enjoy it alongside Chaos;Child.

You can check out the trailer below.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Science Adventure franchise, it includes series like Steins;GateChaos;Head Noah, Chaos;Child and Robotics;Notes. Basically, if it comes from Mages and has a semicolon in the middle of the title, it’s a Science Adventure visual novel.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Why Is Overwatch 2 Recording Voice? OW2 Voice Chat Explained

2 days 15 hours ago

Overwatch 2 is set to make a massive change to the voice chat system. In this game, Blizzard will record a player’s voice chat logs while playing a game. This is an unprecedented move for any video game, and Blizzard is set to go full force in enforcing it. But why are they keeping voice logs? Here’s everything you need to know about why Overwatch 2 records your voice chat.

Can You Turn Off Voice Recording in Overwatch 2?

Overwatch 2 will record voice chat in-game to help identify disruptive, insensitive and dishonest players and take action against them. This will be done through an automated service (with minimal human intervention in some special cases) that uses voice-to-text technology to transcribe a player’s words.

Once the transcription is complete, Blizzard will use this to identify harmful language, and the audio file will be deleted. The algorithm is also said to be able to act contextually: it understands the difference between a player shouting a curse word in excitement or using a slur in a derogatory way against another player.

Currently, it doesn’t appear there will be any ability to turn this feature off. Blizzard seems set on trying to ensure the safety of players and crack down on cheating by making this a permanent part of the game. The only way players will be able to skirt around the rules and chat in a system that won’t keep such logs will be to use outside chat services, such as Discord. Naturally, Blizzard will not have access to these chat logs, and will not have the power to enact bans in those ways.

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Matt Anderson

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Armored Core 4’s Rayleonard 03-AALIYAH Supplice Kicks Off New High-End Figure Brand by Kotobukiya

2 days 16 hours ago

While the gaming future of FromSoftware’s Armored Core series remains in limbo among vague hints and rumors, manufacturers have continued to produce models of its mecha. Kotobukiya just revealed a rather special example.

The popular manufacturer announced a new action figure of the Rayleonard 03-AALIYAH Supplice from Armored Core 4 to kickstart its new high-end brand “Decoction Model.”

The figure is non-scale and rather larger compared to the existing plastic model kit. It comes with better materials including metal alloy for the joints, plenty of movable parts for high possibility and customization, LED lights, and the following equipment

  • Rifle: “051ANNR”
  • Assault Rifle: “04-MARVE”
  • Grenade Cannon: “OGOTO”
  • Flare: “051ANAM”
  • Stabilizer: “03-AALIYAH/LBS1”

It’s basically the ultimate quality that Kotobukiya is able to offer and still doesn’t have an announced price or release window.

Below you can check out a video, official images, and more pictures I personally shot during the weekend at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2022 in Tokyo.

Speaking of Armored Core, if you’re a fan of the series, you may remember the widely reported time in which Hidetaka Miyazaki appeared to confirm a new game in development, a statement that was then immediately retracted by FromSoftware with a press release to Japanese media.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Microsoft Flight Simulator M-346 Master & Los Angeles Airport Coming Tomorrow; Pristina Airport Released; East Midlands Shows its New Trucks

2 days 17 hours ago

Today third-party developers revealed releases and news about their upcoming add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

We start with a couple of impending releases. The M-346 Master by IndiaFoxtEcho is finally ready to release and will come in “a few hours.”

“We have been working very hard during this weekend to complete the release build of the Leonardo M-346 Master, and we think we have a build that is satisfactory.
However, in the past few days, we added several functions that were initially left out – we are currently testing them and adding them to the manual.

We expect to release the plane as soon as these tests are complete – it will probably take a few hours.”

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Armed Fantasia, Penny Blood Campaigns Close Successfully

2 days 19 hours ago

Armed Fantasia Penny Blood

The double Kickstarter campaign for Armed Fantasia and Penny Blood has come to a successful close. Backers pledged a total of 379,328,385 yen over the course of the crowdfunding campaign, which ended on September 30, 2022. This number was against an initial goal of 100 million yen. At current exchange rates, that's just over $2.6 million USD against an initial goal of about $690,000 USD. The studios revealed some in-progress footage ahead of the campaign's "final push".

The Kickstarter campaign began on August 30, 2022, and ended on September 30, 2022. All in all, 17,920 backers donated to the campaign. Based on the Kickstarter page,  the most popular tiers for backing the campaign amounted to pre-orders of the digital or physical editions of both games. The "Combo Digital Deal" went for 11,000 yen (about $80 USD) and the "Combo Physical Deal" went for 15,200 yen (about $110 USD). Those backers will eventually receive copies of both games. Notably, at least 3 backers pledged more than 1 million yen (about $7,500 USD), the highest tier of pledge that includes a meeting with the dev teams.

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Josh Tolentino

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Splatoon 3’s Salmon Run Prizes Reference A Popular ’80s Movie

2 days 20 hours ago

Someone who works on Splatoon 3 at Nintendo must be a big fan of the popular 1989 movie Back to the Future Part II because for the second month in a row, the game’s monthly Salmon Run prize is a direct reference to the film.

Each month, a unique Grizzco gear item becomes available for players to earn exclusively through Salmon Run mode. September’s prize was the Bream-Brim Cap, a colorful neon baseball cap that some players thought looked awfully familiar: it strongly resembles the cap that Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future Part II.

It surely wasn’t just a coincidence because the prize for October resembles another item from the popular sequel. Players can earn the Lo-Vis Visor this month, which looks just like the chrome sunglasses worn by “Doc” Emmett Brown.

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Rebecca Stone

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What Is Project Apple in Spy x Family? Explained

2 days 22 hours ago

For a series that is largely about episodic hijinks and shenanigans, Spy x Family is host to a surprising amount of lore and worldbuilding. The different political factions, past government initiatives, and organizations aimed at throwing the world off balance all play into the plot regularly, meaning you’ll need to know all you can about them to keep up with the story. This is easier said than done though, and after first hearing of it, you’re probably wondering: What is Project Apple in Spy x Family?

Luckily, we’ve compiled this explainer guide to help get you up to speed.

What Was Project Apple in Spy x Family? Answered

For the most part, Project Apple is exactly what it is described as in the Spy x Family manga and anime.

While the original Ostanian regime was still in power, they funded a secret series of experiments on dogs and other animals. The end goal of these experiments was to make said animals more intelligent, after which they could be given more intricate commands and be used for covert military purposes.

Exactly what these military purposes would have been, though, is unknown. The program proved to be less than worthwhile, with the resulting experiments yielding limited successes at best. Even then, said successes weren’t fully realized by the scientists in charge of the program, resulting in animals like Bond being sent out into the world despite having abilities that far exceeded their goals.

As such, Project Apple falls into the camp of events that are mainly meant to hint at the past evils committed in the name of protecting Ostania. Whether or not it will prove more important as the story goes on is currently unknown.

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Keenan McCall

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How to Get Ones to Watch Players in FIFA 23; All OTW Player Cards

2 days 22 hours ago

FIFA 23 is upon us, and with it, another step into the Ultimate Team saddle awaits. While there are many ways for players to earn rewards throughout their FUT journey, and countless card promotions along the way, Ones to Watch is a particularly exciting entry into the FUT-verse. In this guide, we’re going to break down how to get Ones to Watch players in FIFA 23 and which OTW player cards are available.

FIFA 23 OTW Players Guide

Several players will be up for grabs starting Friday, Sep. 30. Before getting too overwhelmed, though, it’s important to know what makes these Ones to Watch players so special.

What Are OTW Cards in FIFA 23?

Ones to Watch players in FIFA 23 are those who made a notable move over the summer transfer window—Erling Haaland leaving Borussia Dortmund for Manchester City, for instance. These player cards are eligible for upgrades throughout the 2022-23 domestic season based on their own performance as well as their club’s.

EA has also introduced a “Wins to Watch” mechanic this season that tracks a player’s club’s domestic progress (or perhaps lack thereof). If these specific players win three of eight league games starting from launch day, they’re eligible for an upgrade.

Not only that, but with the 2022 World Cup around the corner, EA has also introduced a “Nations to Watch” mechanic based on their performance in Qatar. If their nation wins any game at the World Cup, they’ll be eligible for an upgrade. Notably, the OTW players do not need to be involved to receive an upgrade.

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Shaun Ranft

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What Are Bond’s Powers in Spy x Family? Explained

2 days 23 hours ago

The addition of Bond to the Forger clan in Spy x Family is a worthwhile wrinkle to the plot, not least of which because of his special abilities. Host to just as many secret abilities as any of the other family members, he’s more than capable of helping them solve extraordinary problems in the blink of an eye. With all this in mind though, a question does arise: What are Bond’s powers in Spy x Family, and how do they play into the larger plot of the series’ story?

Fortunately, we’re here with this explainer guide to shed some light on the topic.

What Powers Does Bond Have in Spy x Family? Explained

As it currently stands, Bond’s powers in Spy x Family fall under two key designations; those being super intelligence and the ability to see into the most likely future.

Both are the result of being a test subject in Project Apple, a secret initiative by the former Ostanian government to create super intelligent animals for military purposes. Though its overall results were minimal at best and only produced a scant few successes, Bond is arguably the animal who benefited the most from said experiments. He’s now about as intelligent as a human being, and his ability to see into the future allows him to help prevent tragedies that would otherwise befall people.

However, these abilities also come with disadvantages he has to work around. His intelligence doesn’t extend to his ability to communicate, meaning most people still only take him to be an unusually smart dog. This is why Anya is the only one who can fully grasp how smart he is, as her telepathy allows her to read his thoughts and understand exactly how much he comprehends about the world around him.

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Keenan McCall

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New World players have clocked up 569m in-game hours over the last year

2 days 23 hours ago

Amazon Games is celebrating one whole year of New World with a snazzy new infographic.

Showcasing "key highlights from the launch", the summation of facts and figures looks back and reflects upon "our brave New World".

In the twelve months since the PC MMORPG launched, players have clocked up an astonishing 569.1 million collective hours played, and streamed 12.4 billion minutes on Twitch.

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Vikki Blake

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Transformers join Magic: The Gathering

3 days ago

Transformers are coming to Magic: The Gathering.

Announced at this week's Hasbro PulseCon, the first six double-sided cards feature your favourite Transformers in both vehicular and robot form, and there's two versions of each Transformer, as they come in both a retro 1980s style as well as their inversed Shattered Glass variant.

So far cards featuring Optimus Prime, Starscream, Soundwave, Slicer, Goldbug, and Flamewar have been confirmed, and will reportedly be available in The Brothers' War sets, as well as Bundle Box and collector boosters, too.

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Vikki Blake

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GTA 5 player wants your help getting around Los Santos legally after failing their in-game driving test

3 days ago

A GTA 5 player who failed their in-game driving test is only using public transport to get around Los Santos.

After failing their San Andreas driving test, redditor MotorDesigner reached out to the GTA subreddit for advice on the best way to get around the city without a car - legally, in other words, even though the concept is comically novel in any GTA game, of course.

Admittedly, the in-game driving test doesn't look too troublesome - questions include when it's permissible to run a red light, what the correct driving position is, and how best to drive when "getting serviced orally by a girl while driving" - MotorDesigner failed to meet the San Andreas Department of Motor Vehicles' low, low standards, and therefore cannot drive legally in the city.

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Vikki Blake

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Activision Blizzard's chief compliance officer steps down

3 days 1 hour ago

Activision Blizzard's chief compliance officer, Frances Townsend, is stepping down.

Bloomberg reports that Townsend - who also serves as executive vice president of corporate affairs - will step down ahead of Microsoft's billion pound deal to acquire Activision (if it goes through, of course).

Townsend will, however, remain with the company as an advisor to the board and CEO Bobby Kotick, although his future at the company is also in doubt if and when the acquisition goes through.

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Vikki Blake

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In Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume, A Cat and A Chair Play Key Roles

3 days 1 hour ago

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Your Name. Director Makoto Shinkai's new movie, Suzume no Tojimari (a.k.a. Suzume's Door-Locking), has an official international name, and it's just Suzume. Toho Films also uploaded the film's second trailer on Thursday. Along with the trailer, an update to the official website also revealed its key visual and more casting information. The film opens in Japan on November 11, 2022.

Check out the film's poster visual below.

Suzume trailer

Here's the second Suzume trailer. English subtitles are available in the closed captions.

Note: The trailer reveals scenes and dialog that may be considered spoilers. If you want a look at the movie that's a little less explicit about plot details, try watching the first trailer instead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVU0zESXS5c

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Josh Tolentino

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Tencent is "aggressively seeking" majority stakes in more gaming companies

3 days 3 hours ago

Chinese megacorp Tencent is reportedly "resetting its mergers and acquisitions (M&A) strategy" by focussing on "buying majority stakes mainly in overseas gaming companies".

According to Reuters, Tencent traditionally acquired minority stakes and was content with being a "passive financial investor", but it is now "aggressively seeking to own majority or even controlling stakes in overseas targets", chiefly in the "core gaming sector". Metaverse assets are also reportedly of interest to Tencent.

Citing "four people with direct knowledge of the matter", Reuters adds that the shift in Tencent's M&A strategy "comes as the world's number one gaming firm by revenue is counting on global markets for its future growth, which requires a strong portfolio of chart-topping games" and follows regulatory issues in its home country.

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Vikki Blake

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Ubisoft "working" to bring Stadia players to PC through Ubisoft Connect

3 days 3 hours ago

Ubisoft says it's working to "bring the games you own on Stadia to PC".

In a statement posted over the weekend, Ubisoft said it didn't have "specific details" on the proposal but would share them - along with more information for Ubisoft+ subscribers on Stadia - "at a later date".

"While Stadia will shut down on January 18, 2023, we're happy to share that we're working to bring the games you own on Stadia to PC through Ubisoft Connect," Ubisoft tweeted.

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Vikki Blake

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Phasmophobia devs accused of "housing a sex pest" on its Discord server

3 days 4 hours ago

Kinetic Games - the indie team behind massive ghost hunting sim Phasmophobia - has been accused of "housing a sex pest" on its official Discord server.

In a series of messages shared on Twitter, Dandy @ 6.2 – who clarifies that they are "not a victim in this" but is "speaking out for a friend who IS a victim who otherwise felt like she had no voice" – posts a number of incriminating messages that intimate that despite reporting him, the alleged "sex pest" known as Charcoal Salamander had yet to be stripped of his "admin" role on the server.

"So who else knew that the Phasmophobia devs are housing a sex pest in their official discord by keeping him admin and refusing to take any claims against him seriously because I sure do now," tweeted Dandy @ 6.2.

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Vikki Blake

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Disco Elysium dev reveals some team members left "involuntarily"

3 days 5 hours ago

UPDATE 3/10/22: Disco Elysium developer ZA/UM has issued a statement today saying that the remaining team remains focused on the development of their next project, as those who departed the company confirm they are no longer working at the studio.

"Like any video game, the development of Disco Elysium was and still is a collective effort, with every team member's contribution essential and valued as part of a greater whole," a spokesperson for the developer said.

"At this time, we have no further comment to make other than the ZA/UM creative team's focus remains on the development of our next project, and we are excited to share more news on this with you all soon."

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Vikki Blake

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Key Disco Elysium Developers Have 'Involuntarily' Left the Company [Update: ZA/UM Responds]

3 days 8 hours ago

Developer ZA/UM has responded to the news that key members of the Disco Elysium team have departed the studio involuntarily.

In a statement to IGN, a ZA/UM spokesperson put emphasis on Disco Elysium being a team effort, and said development continues on the studio's next game:

"Like any video game, the development of Disco Elysium was and still is a collective effort, with every team member’s contribution essential and valued as part of a greater whole. At this time, we have no further comment to make other than the ZA/UM creative team’s focus remains on the development of our next project, and we are excited to share more news on this with you all soon."

Following Martin Luiga's message, Robert Kurvitz, Helen Hindpere and Aleksander Rostov confirmed that they were no longer with the studio. No further information has been offered about the circumstances of the departures.

According to Martin Luiga, an editor on ZA/UM's Disco Elysium, key members of the company, including lead writer and designer Robert Kurvitz, writer Helen Hindpere, and lead of art and design Aleksander Rostov, have left the company in an "involuntary" manner.

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Adam Bankhurst

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Star Citizen Gets New Videos on Alpha 3.18’s New Features & AI as Crowdfunding Passes $501 Million

3 days 9 hours ago

Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games revealed new videos about its growing space simulator.

The first video showcases the state of new features coming soon in Alpha 3.18, which includes rivers, hull scraping (which is the first tier of salvaging), the Arena Race Track (IE: Star Citizen Kart), Sand Caves, changes to the prison System, the Daymar Crash site, Siege Islands on Orison, and more.

The second video is an extensive interview with AI director Francesco Roccucci, as he talks all things AI-related.

You can check out both videos below.

In other Star Citizen news, the crowdfunding total just passed $501 million and it’s currently sitting on $501,008,579.

The number of registered accounts has also just passed 4.1 million, having reached 4,104,883 at the moment of this writing.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Pilatus PC-21, SeaRey Elite, & Stockholm Arlanda Airport Get New Screenshots & Trailer; Shannon Released

3 days 9 hours ago

Microsoft Flight Simulator developers keep releasing new assets and add-ons for the popular sim, and today is no exception.

We take a new and extensive look at the Pilatus PC-21 trainer by Iris Simulations, with both new screenshots and a trailer. The aircraft is said to be releasing “soon.”

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Official Berserk Website Teases Mysterious Countdown for 70 Days Away

3 days 11 hours ago

We have no idea what this means, but a countdown has appeared on the official Berserk website. Considering the current remaining time is not that far under 70 days, it doesn’t connect to Berserk: The Golden Age Arc – Memorial Edition which was released onto Crunchyroll today.

When slipped through Google translate, the heading text of the countdown reads as: “another thing”, but otherwise doesn’t give anything away.

This Berserk countdown will likely lead to an announcement for either a separate anime series or a third season of the 2016 revival that already covered both the Conviction and Falcon of the Millennium Empire arcs in the two seasons that aired. Regardless of what form it takes, it can be expected that this new series/season will be a continuation and cover the Fantasia Arc that started in chapter 308 of the Berserk manga. For reference, 369 chapters have been produced.

All that we have at this time is speculation, as we are just as in the dark about this as you are, and we love it. This has been a packed couple of months for anime releases, and it is also the perfect time for a crazy countdown to appear related to one of the most important manga series of all time.

Any work on new anime materials would be the first to be produced since the death of the influential Berserker mangaka Kentaro Miura.

We will be sure to keep you informed when we know more about what this countdown could be leading us towards.

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Cameron Waldrop

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How To Get the Frosted Glass Custom in Cod Vanguard & Warzone

3 days 11 hours ago

Weapons aren’t just for killing in COD Vanguard and Warzone, but also an opportunity to show off your drip in the form of blueprints. Obtaining one can drastically, or subtly, alter the way your favorite firearm looks as well as the stats. They also come in a variety of rarities as well, like the beautiful and legendary Frosted Glass custom for the PPSH-41. Interested in getting it yourself? Here’s how to get the Frosted Glass custom in COD Vanguard and Warzone.

Getting the Frosted Glass Custom in Cod Vanguard & Warzone

Unfortunately, in order to obtain the Frosted Glass custom in CoD Vanguard and Warzone, you have to have played during Season 1. The custom, among many other rewards, were limited to the Battle Pass from that season; once a season is over, most rewards are locked off for good.

The Frosted Glass custom blueprint was obtainable through the Bone Chiller bundle, which also included the Frozen Ghost custom with a similar snow white color scheme.

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Brady Klinger-Meyers

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How To Earn Money Quickly in Phasmophobia

3 days 11 hours ago

Equipment in Phasmophobia can make or break your effectiveness and performance in your paranormal investigations, but the tech doesn’t come cheap. You’ll be able to earn money by starting (and surviving) investigations if you hope to ever use the more advanced equipment in the game. It takes time though, so here’s how to earn money quickly in Phasmophobia.

Get Money Quickly in Phasmophobia

If you’re hoping to leave with a big payday in Phasmophobia, it’ll take a bit of legwork before you can start raking in cash at a good pace. To earn money quickly, you’ll have to take advantage of Phasmophobia’s difficulty settings: the higher the difficulty, the more money you’ll earn during an investigation, even if you don’t photograph a ghost.

  1. Unlock ‘Nightmare’ difficulty in Phasmophobia.

    To do this, you’ll need to reach level 14. By setting the difficulty to Nightmare, the money you earn will be multiplied exponentially. Up until then, it’s a great opportunity to get acquainted with the smaller maps in Phasmophobia.

  2. After choosing a small map, don’t worry about bringing equipment.

    All you need is a camera. Small maps include: Bleasdale Farmhouse, Camp Woodwind, Edgefield Street House, Grafton Farmhouse, Ridgeview Road House, Tangleweed Street House, Willow Street House, and the restricted version of Sunny Meadow’s Mental Institution.

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Brady Klinger-Meyers

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New Warhammer 40,000: Darktide Trailer Shows Preacher Class & Zealot Archetype

3 days 13 hours ago

Today Fatshark released a new trailer of its upcoming FPS Warhammer 40,000: Darktide.

This one is interesting as it showcases how the class system works in the game.

You can choose between four archetypes: Zealot, Veteran, Psyker, and Ogryn. You can the n specialize further with a class, and today we take a look specifically at the Preacher class within the Zealot archetype,

As you can imagine, flamers and hammers are commonly seen in their hand, because that’s how you best purge the heretics, albeit their basic weapons are much more humble combat axes and autopistols.

You can check out the trailer below, which shows plenty of gameplay.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will launch on PC and Xbox Series X|S on November 30, 2022. It was supposed to be already out, but it was recently delayed.

If you’d like to see more, you can enjoy a previous trailer from Gamescom and another from Summer Game Fest, showing more gameplay and features.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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