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Eric Abent is the Gaming Editor of SlashGear. He is an avid gamer himself - very passionate about gaming and its community. Eric has been writing on SlashGear since 2012.

Instagram Guides serve up advice for pandemic living

Instagram Guides serve up advice for pandemic living

During a global pandemic like the one we're currently in the midst of, it's safe to assume that a lot of people are stressed out. Whether it's fear of the virus itself, uncertainty about the economy moving forward, or just a general frustration that day-to-day life has ground to a halt in many respects, there's a lot of reason to be worked up at the moment. Instagram is looking to help with that, today announcing a new feature called Guides.

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Animal Crossing’s next big event: Museum Day details

Animal Crossing’s next big event: Museum Day details

Animal Crossing: New Horizons players are seeing a new event kick off today, following the Nature Day and May Day Tour events that took place at the end of April and beginning of May, respectively. This new event is in celebration of International Museum Day, which just so happens to be today, May 18th, in the real world. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the International Museum Day event will run through May 31st.

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Mojang gets a new name as Minecraft hits huge sales milestone

Mojang gets a new name as Minecraft hits huge sales milestone

Over the weekend, Minecraft hit a pretty major milestone: it turned 11 years old. While Minecraft version 1.0 didn't release until November 2011, the first in-development version Notch made available to the public, known as Minecraft Classic these days, was released on May 16th, 2009. In the past 11 years, Minecraft has turned into the best-selling game of all time, so with Minecraft's developer Mojang staring down a new decade, the company has decided to make some changes.

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Apple Watch Pride Edition band gets a Nike version for the first time

Apple Watch Pride Edition band gets a Nike version for the first time

With the COVID-19 pandemic, Pride Month - which takes place in June each year - is going to look significantly different here in 2020. Instead of the typical parades and protests that we'd usually see, events and outreach are being hosted digitally when they can be. Unfortunately, that means a number of in-person events can't take place this year.

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Conquering the Backlog Part 3: Terraria Journey’s End messed up all my plans

Conquering the Backlog Part 3: Terraria Journey’s End messed up all my plans

Another week is in the bag, which means it's time for another progress report on my New Year's resolution of working through my extensive backlog of games. I haven't had as much free to time to play games this past week, but when I have had the time, I've been chipping away at Ori and the Will of the Wisps. I'm fairly deep into that game now, but unfortunately, there's something that threatens to sideline Ori for the foreseeable future: Terraria.

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DOOM Eternal’s latest update has some PC players furious

DOOM Eternal’s latest update has some PC players furious

Bethesda and id Software have pushed update 1 out to DOOM Eternal, adding new features like empowered demons, echelon leveling, and a new Precious Metals event. In fact, between these new features, a slew of balance changes, and a bunch of fixes, this update adds a lot. Unfortunately, there are many players who are upset by one of the features the update is adding on PC: Denuvo Anti-Cheat.

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Excited about Xbox Series X and Halo Infinite? We have some good news

Excited about Xbox Series X and Halo Infinite? We have some good news

Heading into the next generation of consoles, the most important thing to a lot of prospective buyers are games. We've already seen some of the third-party games that will be releasing for the Xbox Series X early-on, but generally speaking, first-party support is just as important to a lot of gamers out there. While Sony has been keeping its mouth shut about games for the PlayStation 5, Microsoft has told us that it will detail some of the first-party Xbox Series X games in July.

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This Animal Crossing: New Horizons theme version is a lot more fun

This Animal Crossing: New Horizons theme version is a lot more fun

The COVID-19 pandemic has many of us working from home and doing a lot of things we normally do remotely. We've seen quite a few remote collaboration videos born from the pandemic and the need to stay home, and now it seems that even the musicians behind Animal Crossing: New Horizons are hopping aboard that particular train. Earlier today, Nintendo published a video featuring Animal Crossing musicians performing New Horizon's theme song remotely, and though it's a short video, it's well worth watching if you're a fan of the game.

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Terraria Journey’s End 1.4 changelog is so big it needs a table of contents

Terraria Journey’s End 1.4 changelog is so big it needs a table of contents

Tomorrow is a day that Terraria fans have been looking forward to for a long time, as tomorrow is the day that Journey's End - otherwise known as update 1.4 - drops. Journey's End will be the fourth major expansion that Terraria has received in its nine-year lifespan, adding a bunch of new items and mechanics to the game. It'll also be the last major update the game will receive before Terraria's developers move onto something to new.

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Epic Games Store comes back online – and you can still get GTA V free

Epic Games Store comes back online – and you can still get GTA V free

Yesterday was not a great day for the Epic Games Store. In keeping with its promotion where it gives away a free game each week, Epic served up a whopper of a free title yesterday: Grand Theft Auto V. The resulting rush brought the store to its knees for many hours as Epic tried to keep up with the droves of people trying to claim Grand Theft Auto V and the strain they were putting on servers.

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NVIDIA A100, the first Ampere GPU, is an absolute monster

NVIDIA A100, the first Ampere GPU, is an absolute monster

NVIDIA made a lot of announcements during its GTC 2020 keynote today, but at the center of many of them is the company's new Ampere GPU architecture. Ampere is something that's been rumored for quite some time, and the first GPU that will use the architecture - the NVIDIA A100 - is quite the capable piece of hardware. Before you get too excited, though, you should know that the A100 definitely isn't a consumer card for gaming PCs or workstations.

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The Sprint brand is not long for this world

The Sprint brand is not long for this world

Now that Sprint and T-Mobile have their merger in the books, it looks like the Sprint brand is living on borrowed time. That won't come as a shock to anyone as the goal from the start has been to have T-Mobile absorb Sprint's network and customers, but in just a few months' time, we could see the Sprint consumer brand begin to disappear from storefronts, salesperson polo shirts, and bill headers.

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