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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.

Nintendo Switch Lite Pokemon Sword and Shield special edition revealed

Nintendo Switch Lite Pokemon Sword and Shield special edition revealed

Following months of rumors, earlier today Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch Lite, a smaller version of the Switch that's meant to be played only as a handheld device. That means no docking the Switch Lite to play on a TV and no removable Joy-Cons. It's also priced lower than the standard Switch, running $199.99 to the Switch's $299.99.

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StarCraft: Cartooned puts an animated twist on an RTS classic

StarCraft: Cartooned puts an animated twist on an RTS classic

If you're a Blizzard fan, then there's a good chance you're already familiar with CarBot Animations. The company, founded by animator Jonathan Burton, has made a number of animated video series about many of Blizzard's properties, including World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, Heroes of the Storm, and StarCraft. Now, Blizzard is putting Burton's animations front and center with an overhaul add-on for StarCraft Remastered called StarCraft: Cartooned.

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Nintendo Switch Lite goes all handheld later this year

Nintendo Switch Lite goes all handheld later this year

For months now, various reports have been claiming Nintendo's secret intention to release a cheaper, handheld-only Nintendo Switch. It turns out those reports were right, as today the company announced the Nintendo Switch Lite. The device, which is out this fall, is a smaller version of the standard Switch, and as a result, it's less expensive than the console we have now.

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Fortnite patch notes have the answer to campers: Air Strike

Fortnite patch notes have the answer to campers: Air Strike

Fornite's weekly patch has dropped, and just like last week's, this round is again a little content-light. That doesn't necessarily mean that what's included in this week's patch isn't going to have some big implications for the game - on the contrary, the new Air Strike item is likely to have a dramatic effect on late-game build wars. Builders be warned: If you like to hole up in structures, this new item seems like your worst nightmare.

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Logitech G Pro X gaming headset taps into Blue microphone tech

Logitech G Pro X gaming headset taps into Blue microphone tech

Last week, Logitech G began teasing a new gaming headset, indicating that it would team up with Blue to produce it. Those teases told us that we'd learn more on July 9th, and with that date now here, Logitech has pulled the veil back entirely, revealing the Logitech G Pro X headset. If you often find yourself frustrated by the audio quality of headset mics, it sounds like this might be worth checking out.

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Dr. Mario World lands on iOS and Android a day early

Dr. Mario World lands on iOS and Android a day early

If you've been looking forward to Nintendo's latest mobile offering, then here's some good news: Dr. Mario World is available on both iOS and Android a little bit early. The game was originally scheduled to launch on July 10th, but it's available now on both platforms. It's the latest game on an ever growing list of mobile titles that includes games from such franchises as Super Mario, Fire Emblem, and even Pokemon.

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Apple just axed the controversial 12-inch MacBook

Apple just axed the controversial 12-inch MacBook

If you haven't already heard the news, Apple updated its entry-level MacBook lineup today, giving the 13-inch MacBook Pro some new silicon and outfitting with the Touch Bar while updating the MacBook Air with a True Tone display. Apple says that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is now its entry-level Pro model, but unfortunately, that designation comes with a casualty, as the 12-inch MacBook has been seemingly discontinued.

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MacBook Air gets price cut as entry MacBook Pro adds Touch Bar

MacBook Air gets price cut as entry MacBook Pro adds Touch Bar

College students won't be returning to school for more than a month, but Apple is getting its back to school deals going early. In anticipation of that rush of students looking to buy MacBooks for the year ahead, Apple has updated the 13-inch MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro. These aren't complete overhauls buy any stretch, but they might make these laptops more tempting buys for people who were once on the fence.

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Tetris 99 getting offline multiplayer in second DLC this year

Tetris 99 getting offline multiplayer in second DLC this year

Tetris 99 was easily one of the biggest surprises of 2018. Offered as a free perk for subscribers to Nintendo Switch Online, Tetris 99 took the battle royale formula that has proven to be a big success and adapted it for the classic puzzle game, pitting 99 players against one another in a big, last-man-standing Tetris match.

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IBM smartwatch patent is a tech origami of unfolding screens

IBM smartwatch patent is a tech origami of unfolding screens

If you're the type of person who finds smartwatches to be generally boring devices, then boy does IBM have the patent to you. The company filed a patent for a smartwatch with an unfolding display way back in 2016, and thanks to that patent's recent publication by the USPTO, we're just now getting an idea of what it entails. If you thought folding phones were a bit on the ridiculous side, then this watch will surely elicit a similar reaction.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield latest trailer shows four new Pokemon in action

Pokemon Sword and Shield latest trailer shows four new Pokemon in action

Today, The Pokemon Company revealed some new details about Pokemon Sword and Shield. The company previously revealed a new feature called Dynamaxing that allows Pokemon to grow in both size and strength, but today, we learned that we'll have the ability to take things one step further through something called Gigantamaxing. As you might have assumed, Gigantamax Pokemon become even bigger than Dynamax Pokemon, and they also gain a special ability called a G-Max Move.

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Steam Link iOS update brings controller rebinding at long last

Steam Link iOS update brings controller rebinding at long last

The Steam Link app for iOS has gone through quite an odyssey over the past year or so, but back in May, it reappeared on the App Store and now it seems like it's here to stay. Valve pushed the first major update for the Steam Link iOS app today and it's adding some pretty big features. Chief among them is the ability to remap your controllers, which is a pretty big deal for PC players.

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