Author Archives: Eric Abent


Civilization VI’s first expansion Rise and Fall: Release date and details

Civilization VI’s first expansion Rise and Fall: Release date and details

It's been a little while since we heard from Civilization VI. Though 2K and Firaxis have been supporting the game with Civilization and Scenario DLC packs here and there since launch, it hasn't received a full expansion yet. That's all going to change next year, when freshly-announced expansion Rise and Fall launches.

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Plex DVR now purges ads from your recorded shows

Plex DVR now purges ads from your recorded shows

Back when DVR first became a thing, the prospect of watching your favorite shows and fast forwarding through the commercials was indeed an exciting one. No one likes commercials, after all, which is part of the reason why services like Netflix have become so incredibly popular. Today Plex is taking that sort of DVR functionality one step further, implementing a new feature that will remove commercials from your recorded shows so you never see them in the first place.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is getting an official mobile port (yes, really)

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is getting an official mobile port (yes, really)

If there's one game that took the world by storm this year, it has to be PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Though 2017 was a great year for gaming in general, few would have been able to predict PUBG's meteoric rise to quickly become one of the most played games on Steam. In short, PUBG has become a sensation, so it should come as no surprise that its developer, Bluehole, is looking to roll it out in as many markets as possible.

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Surprise: Steam rocket man’s flat-Earth flight grounded

Surprise: Steam rocket man’s flat-Earth flight grounded

Remember last week when we told you about "Mad" Mike Hughes, a self-proclaimed flat-Earther who decided to build a steam-powered rocket and use it to launch himself 1,800 feet up? That launch -
which was also going to serve as the rocket's first test - was scheduled for this past Saturday, November 25. As people who have been following this news closely since last week can tell you, the launch never actually happened.

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The Pokemon series just hit a massive milestone

The Pokemon series just hit a massive milestone

It isn't exactly a controversial statement to say that Pokemon is a hugely popular franchise. Ever since the moment Pokemon Red and Blue launched for the Game Boy back in the mid-90s, Pokemon has been something of a worldwide phenomenon. Though '90s kids might think that the Pokemon craze died off as they grew out of it, it turns out that Pokemon is still finding immense success all around the world.

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Demon’s Souls servers go dark next year

Demon’s Souls servers go dark next year

The Souls series has become something of a phenomenon in the gaming industry over the past decade, and even though Dark Souls 3 is one of the most popular games around here in 2017, today our attention is shifting back to the game that started it all. From Software announced today that the multiplayer servers for Demon's Souls will be shutting down soon, leaving the game without a fairly critical component.

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Galaxy S9’s release date is its most shocking surprise

Galaxy S9’s release date is its most shocking surprise

There's been a lot of talk about the Galaxy S9 thus far, and hearing about a new flagship well ahead of its launch is nothing out of the ordinary. As it turns out, we may not be as far away from the launch of the Galaxy S9 as we once thought. Though Samsung typically aims for a spring launch for its Galaxy S-series, it may be looking to get a big jump on the competition in 2018.

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Imgur hack exposes 1.7m accounts: What you need to know

Imgur hack exposes 1.7m accounts: What you need to know

Another day, another security breach: Imgur has confirmed reports of a breach affected around 1.7 million users. While Imgur has a vast user base and that's a comparatively small chunk of it, that's still a whole lot of affected users, making this a hugely important issue for the company. Even though security breaches like this one seem all too common these days, there are a few things about this Imgur breach that make it stand out from the rest.

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Essential Phone gets a big discount in Amazon’s Cyber Monday sale

Essential Phone gets a big discount in Amazon’s Cyber Monday sale

Black Friday and Cyber Monday give us a seemingly unending list of deals to sift through, but as far as phones are concerned, there aren't always a lot of discounts that give us pause. Many phone discounts require an activation to go along with the device, and that's enough to sour some people on them. If you find yourself in that boat on this fateful Cyber Monday, then you might want to have a look at Amazon's new offer on the Essential Phone.

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Heroes of the Storm is Blizzard’s best game. Why aren’t more people playing?

Heroes of the Storm is Blizzard’s best game. Why aren’t more people playing?

As far as game developers go, there are few as legendary as Blizzard. Throughout the years, Blizzard has created a ton of super popular games, with titles like World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone boasting huge, committed player bases. Still, not every game Blizzard has released has gone on to become some sort of mega hit - Diablo 3 might immediately spring to mind for most gamers, but there’s also the curious case of Heroes of the Storm, a game that should have captured a larger group of players than it ultimately did.

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Should you buy Skyrim on Nintendo Switch?

Should you buy Skyrim on Nintendo Switch?

One of the biggest Nintendo Switch surprises came in the form of a game that most people will be familiar with: Skyrim. From the very start, Nintendo has been advertising Skyrim on the Switch, and for good reason, as this is the first time we’ve seen Bethesda’s epic open-world Elder Scrolls series come to Nintendo consoles. As exciting as it may be, Skyrim has been available on various platforms for six years now, and many gamers have already seen what its frozen landscape has to offer. With that in mind, is Skyrim worth purchasing again just because it’s now available on the Switch?

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It’s time to stop pre-ordering video games (again)

It’s time to stop pre-ordering video games (again)

Another controversy swept the gaming industry recently. If you missed it, I’m not sure how, but just in case you did, here’s a quick rundown: Electronic Arts and DICE crossed a line for many gamers yet again, tying Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s progression system to a loot box feature that is unquestionably too greedy. The response from players was quick and brutal, causing EA’s PR team to go into crisis mode.

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