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SGDQ 2018: What it is, how to watch, and the must-see speedruns

SGDQ 2018: What it is, how to watch, and the must-see speedruns

The speedrunning community has a big week ahead of it, as Summer Games Done Quick 2018 kicks off today. Considering the reach of these twice-yearly Games Done Quick marathons, there's a good chance you already know what SGDQ 2018 is, and that's especially true if you're already a member of the speedrunning community. If you're new to speedrunning, here's everything you need to know about SGDQ 2018.

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Sushi Striker is a delightful game that launched at an awful time

Sushi Striker is a delightful game that launched at an awful time

The Nintendo Switch has a big six months ahead of it, and that period was kicked off by the release of Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido earlier in the month. Co-developed by Nintendo EPD and indieszero, Sushi Striker definitely isn't the first-party fare we've come to expect from Nintendo over the years, but that didn't stop it from turning some heads when it was revealed back at E3 2017. Sushi Striker is every bit as good as those pre-launch trailers suggested it would be, but the problem is that it launched at a really bad time, especially considering that it's the first game in a new franchise.

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Fortnite could be in for some big meta changes

Fortnite could be in for some big meta changes

Fortnite has built a massive audience for itself in trying to stand out from other games in the Battle Royale space, namely PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. One of the game's core features - building - also turned out to be its key differentiator, and now it's a widely accepted belief that if you don't know how to build quickly, you probably aren't going to survive very long. Is that a problem, though? While many players probably wouldn't think so, Epic seems to think it might be.

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Discord’s Games tab is a launcher, news feed, and friends list all in one

Discord’s Games tab is a launcher, news feed, and friends list all in one

Discord has rolled out a new update, and the biggest addition this time around is the new Games tab. In simple terms, this tab centers around the games that you and your friends play regularly, arranging everything in one hub that has a shortcut in your sidebar. Take a closer look, however, and you'll discover that the Games tab actually offers a lot in terms of features.

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Roseanne minus Roseanne: ABC orders reboot without ranting star

Roseanne minus Roseanne: ABC orders reboot without ranting star

It would appear that ABC's short-lived Roseanne revival isn't entirely dead yet. ABC has confirmed that many of the original cast and crew will return for a spin-off called The Conners later this year. The key difference? They'll all be there without Roseanne Barr, who served as the namesake and the central character in the original (and briefly revived) sitcom.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 PC may be in the works after all

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC may be in the works after all

When Rockstar first announced Red Dead Redemption 2 back in 2016, a big question for players was whether or not the game will come to PC. Thus far, Rockstar has only talked about Xbox One and PS4 as supported platforms for release, and considering that we're almost two years out from reveal, things haven't been looking good for a potential PC port. That all changed last night, however, when a Rockstar employee suggested that a PC version of RDR 2 is indeed in the works.

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World of Warcraft is free for lapsed players this weekend

World of Warcraft is free for lapsed players this weekend

It may seem hard to believe, but World and Warcraft has a long and storied history that nearly goes back 14 years. In that time, plenty of people have played the game and later dropped their subscriptions, and now Blizzard is trying to tempt those lapsed players back. If you played World of Warcraft at one point in the past but are no longer subscribed, Blizzard is inviting you to check out what the game has to offer for free this weekend.

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Moto Z3 Play pre-orders open up ahead of next week’s release

Moto Z3 Play pre-orders open up ahead of next week’s release

Here's some exciting news for Motorola fans: the Moto Z3 Play, which was revealed at the beginning of the month, has gone up for pre-order. As you'd expect, the phone is available to order directly through Motorola, but you might also want to have a look as Amazon. The massive online retailer has revealed that the Moto Z3 Play, along with the less expensive Moto G6 Play, will be offered as Prime Exclusive phones.

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Steam Summer Sale 2018 on now with 1000s of deals on games

Steam Summer Sale 2018 on now with 1000s of deals on games

Just as the rumors foretold, the Steam Summer Sale has launched at last. Like every other annual sale Valve holds, this one offers deep discounts on many of the games in Steam's catalog. Steam veterans might not find a ton of exciting deals after years and years of sales like this, but for anyone who might be a relatively new to the world of PC gaming, the Steam Summer Sale is definitely a good time to pad your library.

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Nintendo Switch eShop weekly update: Tennis balls and building blocks

Nintendo Switch eShop weekly update: Tennis balls and building blocks

It's Thursday again (funny how this seems to happen so frequently), which means that it's time for another update to the Switch eShop. While some eShop updates throughout the first half of the year have been relatively quiet, this one most certainly is not. This, of course, is the week that Mario Tennis Aces arrives on the Switch, but it's being joined by some other exciting games as well.

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Fire TV Cube available today: Here’s how its Alexa compares

Fire TV Cube available today: Here’s how its Alexa compares

At the beginning of the month, Amazon unveiled a new streaming device we already knew was in the works: the Fire TV Cube. Among Amazon's streaming lineup, the Fire TV Cube is the generalist device, as it's capable of doing quite a bit. It's available beginning today too, so if you have the cash for it, you can order one and have it here in time for some Sunday binge watching (assuming, of course, that you also have a Prime subscription).

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This new Google Account page is a big deal

This new Google Account page is a big deal

With Google working its way into many different facets of every day life, it can be pretty difficult to keep tabs on all of the data it has on you. Perhaps brought on by controversy that has hit Google's competitors in recent months, such as Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, or the EU's new laws on data privacy and protection, the company is looking to make it easier to access the wealth of information in your Google Account. Among other things, this means a redesigned Account page aimed at ease of navigation.

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