Author Archives: Eric Abent


In The Last Jedi, subtext reigns supreme

In The Last Jedi, subtext reigns supreme

The Last Jedi has been out for a little more than a week at this point, and boy have Star Wars fans been divided. Some love it, some hate it, some are confused by it. As a Star Wars movie, it certainly isn’t something we’re used to, for a number of reasons. A lot of that revolves around subtext, which this movie is dripping in. That isn’t something we Star Wars fans are used to - both the original and the prequel trilogy were pretty straightforward about what was happening, spelling most things out for us as we watched. That The Last Jedi would make such extensive use of subtext is a bit of a curveball, and it can leave some people thinking that plot holes and rash decisions exist where they really don’t.

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Steam Holiday Sale 2017: 10 great games that cost $10 or less

Steam Holiday Sale 2017: 10 great games that cost $10 or less

One of the best things about being a PC gamer is the sheer number of massive sales. We’re smack in the middle of Steam’s Holiday Sale for 2017, and whether you’ve got a stack of gift cards to burn through or you’d like the build out your library on the cheap, there are plenty of excellent deals to be had. A large number of great games have been discount to $10 or less, and what follows are 10 of the best.

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Xbox Games with Gold for January feature vampire and treasure hunters

Xbox Games with Gold for January feature vampire and treasure hunters

With the arrival of 2018 will come the year's first selection of Xbox's free Games with Gold. Microsoft today revealed a new group of games that will be available for free to anyone who is subscribed to Xbox Live Gold. Since Xbox Live Gold is a requirement if you want to play multiplayer games, we're guessing that most Xbox owners will get to partake in these freebies.

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Xbox Game Pass: 5 reasons to give it a try

Xbox Game Pass: 5 reasons to give it a try

Microsoft is rounding out the year by adding a bunch of games to Xbox Game Pass, a service that allows you on demand access to a library of titles. Though it's similar to PlayStation Now, Xbox Game Pass is still in its infancy as a service, so what's the benefit of signing up for Microsoft's service when Sony's own is available on PC and therefore doesn't require a PlayStation 4? There were already a few reasons why you might give Xbox Game Pass a shot over PlayStation Now, and Microsoft just turned it into an even more tempting proposition.

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5 must-have Switch accessories for your holiday odyssey

5 must-have Switch accessories for your holiday odyssey

For a lot of people, travel goes hand-in-hand with the holiday season. Many people will spend this weekend driving or flying to spend Christmas with family, and those trips can be packed with a lot of downtime and general boredom. Luckily for us, 2017 saw the release of the great portable console in the Switch, but if you're going to take it on the road, you need be equipped with some accessories to both protect your Switch and make sure it doesn't run out of juice.

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TIDAL free trial for Christmas needs no credit card

TIDAL free trial for Christmas needs no credit card

There are a bunch of music services out there vying for your monthly subscription, and today, TIDAL announced that it will let you try out its service with no strings attached. TIDAL has always offered a free trial before, but typically, that trial required you to provide a credit card that would then be charged for a monthly subscription if you failed to cancel before the trial was over. Beginning on Monday, December 25, you can try out TIDAL without worrying about forgetting to cancel your service.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild is done after Champions’ Ballad DLC release

Zelda: Breath of the Wild is done after Champions’ Ballad DLC release

At this point, we can safely say that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the best games of the year. Breath of the Wild has been earning a number of different Game of the Year honors as we close in on the end of 2018, so it's only natural that players would be wondering about the future of the game and whether or not we'll receive more DLC. It looks like we won't, as Breath of the Wild is now considered to be a finished product by its creators.

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Google Santa Tracker Snowball Storm game has a PUBG feel

Google Santa Tracker Snowball Storm game has a PUBG feel

Google's Santa Tracker has been up and running since the beginning of December, unlocking a new game or feature each day of the month. The advent calendar-like approach has held a few gems over the course of the month, but today's new game is something that will be instantly familiar to a lot of PC gamers. It's a new mini game called Snowball Storm, and it seems to take inspiration from one of the year's biggest games.

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Facebook drops disputed flag in war against fake news

Facebook drops disputed flag in war against fake news

Fake and misleading news is a real problem on Facebook. The social media giant has come under heavy criticism for its role in the spread of fake news, and earlier this year, it set out to fix the issue. Some of you may have encountered Facebook's solution over the past year - a disputed flag that accompanies false or misleading links shared on the platform.

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Civilization VI for iPad is here, but you won’t buy it

Civilization VI for iPad is here, but you won’t buy it

Civilization VI - the latest game in the immensely popular Civilization series and one of our best games of 2016 - is arriving on iPad today. This appears to be a port of the full game, which will be exciting for mobile gamers who are used to pared back mobile ports of console and PC games. The price Aspyr Media and 2K Games are asking for, on the other hand, likely won't be very exciting.

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Nintendo Power podcast rises from the ashes of long-running magazine

Nintendo Power podcast rises from the ashes of long-running magazine

For most people who grew up in the 1990s, Nintendo Power will be an instantly familiar name. Nintendo's own in-house magazine for much of its 24 year run, Nintendo Power was famously shut down by Future US back in 2012. The brand is making a comeback today, though not in a form that fans of the magazine will be used to.

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Windows Hello just got fooled by a face photo

Windows Hello just got fooled by a face photo

As time goes on, biometric authentication is becoming more and more important. We've seen that in the rise of fingerprint scanners and facial recognition software, such as Windows Hello and Face ID on the iPhone X. Just how foolproof are these biometric authentication methods, though? In the case of Windows Hello, it may not be as secure as you thought.

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