Author Archives: Eric Abent

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.

Darkest Dungeon 2 early access set for 2021 with new teaser trailer

Darkest Dungeon 2 early access set for 2021 with new teaser trailer

As far as indie roguelike games go, few are as well known or beloved as Darkest Dungeon. The game was first released in early access in 2015 and has been continually updated with DLC in the time since then, and last year, developer Red Hook Studios announced that it's working on a sequel. That announcement happened in February 2019 - which seems like a lifetime ago given everything that's happened in 2020 - and ever since then, Red Hook has been silent about what's going on with Darkest Dungeon 2.

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Amazon brings expanded Alexa support to Fire TV devices: Here’s what’s new

Amazon brings expanded Alexa support to Fire TV devices: Here’s what’s new

Amazon announced today that it's expanding Alexa hands-free support on Fire TV devices. Fire TV has offered Alexa compatibility for a number of years now, but today, Alexa users are getting a few new tricks. Not only are they getting more options for voice navigation, but Amazon says they'll be getting an "Echo Show-like experience" as well.

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Fortnite’s new Fortnitemares update lets you get even after being eliminated

Fortnite’s new Fortnitemares update lets you get even after being eliminated

A new Fortnite update has landed, and it's bringing a new event with it: Fortnitemares 2020. This Halloween-themed event serves up an interesting twist on standard Fortnite gameplay, allowing players a chance to get revenge after being eliminated. We'll also see a special in-game Halloween performance by J Balvin, so Fortnite fans staying in this Halloween because of the pandemic will still have a virtual party to attend.

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Facebook is testing a Neighborhood feature to compete with Nextdoor

Facebook is testing a Neighborhood feature to compete with Nextdoor

There's no lack of niche social media networks out there, and one of the more recognizable is probably Nextdoor. Nextdoor, as many people probably already know, aims to connect users to other people living in their neighborhood. As it turns out, Facebook may be looking to take a page out of Nextdoor's book, as it's currently testing a new Neighborhood feature on a small scale.

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Acer Halo smart speaker serves up Google Assistant with RGB and an LED display

Acer Halo smart speaker serves up Google Assistant with RGB and an LED display

Most of Acer's announcements today centered around laptops and PC gaming in some form, but one surprising reveal was that of the Halo smart speaker. Halo is powered by Google Assistant, and it almost seems like it's bringing the PC gaming treatment to smart home speakers through its RGB lighting. There's also an optional LED display, which might make the Halo stand out in a sea of other smart speakers.

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Acer reveals six new Predator and Nitro gaming monitors

Acer reveals six new Predator and Nitro gaming monitors

Acer today announced that it's padding out its gaming monitor line significantly. In all, the company announced six new gaming monitors - four Predator monitors and two Nitro monitors. In addition to all of those, the company also announced a new "Prosumer" monitor that's EyeSafe-certified and primarily aimed and professionals and mainstream consumers.

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Swift 3X and Spin 5 head up Acer’s refreshed notebook line

Swift 3X and Spin 5 head up Acer’s refreshed notebook line

During its Next@Acer press conference today, Acer revealed a huge lineup of products, among them multiple refreshes to its consumer notebook line. The Acer Swift 3X and Spin 5 are leading the charge here, but they're joined by a new Swift 3 and a trio of Aspire 5 notebooks. While all of these notebooks fill a different niche, one thing they've got in common is the fact that all of them use Intel's 11th-gen processors.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla DLC and season pass content detailed

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla DLC and season pass content detailed

Assassin's Creed Valhalla hasn't even released yet and already Ubisoft is detailing the game's post-launch content. Like the more recent Assassin's Creed titles, Valhalla will get a season pass, which will include two major expansions. Those expansions won't be out until sometime next year, but those who don't buy will still get some free DLC in the form of seasonal releases.

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iOS 14.1 released, setting the stage for iPhone 12

iOS 14.1 released, setting the stage for iPhone 12

Following the release of iOS 14 last month, Apple released iOS 14.1 today. This update sets the stage for iPhone 12's impending arrival, in a manner of speaking, as its biggest addition is support for 10-bit HDR in both video playback and photo editing. You don't need an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro to take advantage of that feature either, as this support is going live on all iPhones dating back to the iPhone 8.

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This KFC Xbox Series X controller is alarmingly bad

This KFC Xbox Series X controller is alarmingly bad

With new consoles on the horizon, we're seeing a lot of companies - specifically fast food companies - kick off giveaways. Here in the US, Taco Bell is giving away Xbox Series X consoles, while Burger King is giving away PlayStation 5s. It seems that folks over in the UK are getting their own fast food Xbox Series X giveaway through KFC, but what's particularly notable about this giveaway is the KFC-themed Xbox wireless controller that serves as a consolation prize for those who don't win a console.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection gets a surprise Xbox Series X upgrade

Halo: The Master Chief Collection gets a surprise Xbox Series X upgrade

While Xbox Series X/S owners won't have Halo Infinite at launch as previously expected, Microsoft is still lining up some Halo content for those who buy these new consoles. Today, Microsoft confirmed that 343 Industries will be enhancing Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox Series X/S. While it won't be available right at the launch of these new consoles, it'll be following close behind.

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Apple is killing a popular Google Stadia workaround for iOS

Apple is killing a popular Google Stadia workaround for iOS

By now, Apple's reasons for not allowing game streaming services on the iOS App Store have been well documented. Though Apple has changed up its rules to potentially allow game streaming services like Google Stadia and Microsoft's Project xCloud to be available through the iOS App Store, its requirements are still so specific and tedious that neither company is likely to take advantage of those new rules. Now, it seems, Apple is killing off a popular workaround that allowed Stadia subscribers to easily play their Stadia games on iPhones and iPads.

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