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The 10 best games to use a Steam Gift Card on right now

The 10 best games to use a Steam Gift Card on right now

For a lot of PC gamers, Christmas means one thing: Steam gift cards. The holiday season is the perfect time to fill your Steam wallet, too, as we find ourselves smack in the middle of the Steam winter sale. With nearly 16,000 games on sale, there's a truly overwhelming number of options, so here are a few ideas that might help you get your spending spree rolling.

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Forget Google Maps: This glowing Compass Stone is straight out of anime

Forget Google Maps: This glowing Compass Stone is straight out of anime

A new product called Compass Stone has arrived on Kickstarter, and it's looking to change the way we use our phones for GPS navigation. The idea behind Compass Stone is simple: people should be looking up when traveling to their destination instead of staring at their screen the entire time. The way Compass Stone looks to accomplish this goal is interesting, to say the least.

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Nintendo sees mobile dollar signs, plans two or three games per year

Nintendo sees mobile dollar signs, plans two or three games per year

Hot on the heels of Super Mario Run's launch, Nintendo is further committing to more mobile games in the future. Of course, we already knew that Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing mobile games are planned, but in a recent interview with Kyoto NP, Nintendo President Takeshi Kimishima got a little more specific about what to expect on the mobile front in the future. In short: don't expect Nintendo to just release a handful of games on mobile and then go back to developing exclusively on consoles.

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Galaxy S8 Plus tipped with 6-inch display as Samsung plots Note revival

Galaxy S8 Plus tipped with 6-inch display as Samsung plots Note revival

We've already heard plenty of rumors about the Galaxy S8's display, but today a new one is giving us some interesting details. According to Naver, Samsung will again offer two versions of its flagship, but one Galaxy S8 model will come with a 6-inch display. That's a fair bit larger than Galaxy S phones of the past, and even larger than the displays we see on the Galaxy Note.

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DEKA’s LUKE arm delivered to Walter Reed to help US veterans

DEKA’s LUKE arm delivered to Walter Reed to help US veterans

The LUKE prosthetic arm is taking another big step today, as DARPA has delivered the first two arms to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). These arms, along with others from a new production line, will be prescribed to veterans in need of them. The WRNMMC will select the veterans that will get these arms, and the manufacturers of the LUKE - Mobius Bionics - will train Walter Reed physicians on how the arms function and how to fit patients with them.

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Steam is down amid its biggest sale of the year [Update]

Steam is down amid its biggest sale of the year [Update]

Bad news for those of you looking to snag some tasty gaming deals: Steam is down at the moment. If you're having a problem accessing the store, any of Steam's community features, or game servers based on Steamworks, the good news is that this problem isn't on your end. The bad news is that this seems to be a fairly massive outage, and there's no word when Steam will come back.

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 update push “went too far” concedes company

Microsoft’s Windows 10 update push “went too far” concedes company

Throughout a significant portion of 2016, Windows 10 was making headlines, but not necessarily for reasons Microsoft wanted. Microsoft gave away free copies of Windows 10 to everyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 for the first year it was available, and it tried to get as many people as possible to upgrade during this time. In that push, Microsoft resorted to some annoying tactics, from alerts positioned in the system tray to full-blown pop-up ads appearing on desktops.

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Super Mario Run nets 50 million downloads, free Toad Rally tickets incoming

Super Mario Run nets 50 million downloads, free Toad Rally tickets incoming

Just a few days after Nintendo announced that Super Mario Run had hit 40 million downloads, it's back with another milestone announcement. Super Mario Run has crossed 50 million downloads worldwide, and as a result, Nintendo is going to hand out some free in-game goodies. It would seem that Super Mario Run's app store dominance continues on, at least for the time being.

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Super Mario Run cost survey: Nintendo reconsiders

Super Mario Run cost survey: Nintendo reconsiders

It looks like the controversy surrounding Super Mario Run's $9.99 price tag has prompted a response from Nintendo. The mobile gaming newcomer has sent out a survey to some Super Mario Run players, asking them a variety of questions about their feelings on the game. One question asks how much players think is a fair price to pay for it.

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The Best Games of 2016: Pokemon Sun and Moon

The Best Games of 2016: Pokemon Sun and Moon

You may not know this about me, but Pokemon and I go way back. From the moment my mom bought me a Game Boy Pocket and a copy of Pokemon Blue at the now-closed KB Toys in my local mall, I've been hooked. I wasn't the only one either, and in the past 20 years, Pokemon has become as much of a cultural sensation as Superman or Mickey Mouse. In that time, though, the series hasn't strayed much from its tried-and-true formula. That all changed with Pokemon Sun and Moon.

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Steam’s Winter sale 2016 has begun: Hide your wallets!

Steam’s Winter sale 2016 has begun: Hide your wallets!

As the all-knowing PayPal foretold, the Steam winter sale for 2016 has begun. Like all the sales before it, this one brings plenty of discounts on much of Steam's catalog. The sale will last until January 2nd as well, giving you plenty of time to consider your options.

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NES Classic Edition Walmart price gouging: don’t get tricked

NES Classic Edition Walmart price gouging: don’t get tricked

Some of you might be excited to hear that the NES Classic Edition is listed as in stock on Walmart's website. Don't be fooled, though: these aren't the NES Classics you're looking for. Instead, they're listings from third-party sellers, not Walmart itself, and the price has been suitably gouged as a result.

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