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Gaming in 2020 – The Losers

Gaming in 2020 – The Losers

While there was no lack of great games to play in 2020, there were many things about the games industry that were lacking throughout the year. Obviously, some of the issues we'll cover here were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic - particularly the launches of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X - but there were some important issues that came to light this year too. There were also some epic fumbles, and one in particular isn't likely to be forgotten anytime soon.

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Gaming in 2020 – The Winners

Gaming in 2020 – The Winners

2020 was a bad year in a lot of regards, but thankfully, it wasn’t all bad in the gaming industry. We had a lot of really good games to see us through the pandemic, and while the games were really the only good thing to come out of the gaming industry in 2020, there were a lot of high points on the release schedule. We’ll get to the bad parts of the gaming industry in 2020 with a separate article, but for now, let’s recap the year in gaming by running down some of the solid titles we saw release in the past 12 months.

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2021 Nissan GT-R Review – Godzilla in Snow Shoes

2021 Nissan GT-R Review – Godzilla in Snow Shoes

"Nissan has given us a 2021 GT-R Premium outfitted with winter tires. Would you be interested?" Some offers you don't say no to, and sometimes it just takes seeing something familiar through new eyes to gain a fresh appreciation for it. While Nissan's flagship sports car may now be more than a decade old, it makes for an unexpectedly entertaining snowmobile.

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In 2020, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 felt like the future

In 2020, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 felt like the future

In a year nobody could've predicted, where each day seemed hell-bent on eclipsing the former with fresh horror, surprise, or both, it's been tough to stand out as a category-defining gadget. The fact that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 managed to not only justify its existence as a $1,999 phone, but lay the groundwork for a whole new genre of foldable devices, is a testament to just how much Samsung got right in 2020. Despite what turned out to be largely self-imposed hurdles.

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2020 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Final Drive – Farewell to the Master

2020 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Final Drive – Farewell to the Master

Change is in the air at Bentley and, as the British automaker mulls its electric future, the legendary Mulsanne bows out to make way for whatever modern luxury might look like in the next decade and beyond. Six-figures worth of handcrafted excess, the Mulsanne Speed remains a rarity even after 11 years of production, vast and uncompromising in both power and opulence.

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2020 BMW M8 Competition Coupe Review – Monstrously Memorable

2020 BMW M8 Competition Coupe Review – Monstrously Memorable

Just how badly do you want people to stare at you? It's a question I had ample time to consider, hunkered down in the comfortable leather sports seats of the 2020 BMW M8 Competition and trying not to make eye-contact with fellow motorists, pedestrians, or the cyclist that almost swerved into its Java Green Metallic flanks.

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2020 Land Rover Defender 110 Review – Worth the Wait

2020 Land Rover Defender 110 Review – Worth the Wait

The first thing I did with the 2020 Land Rover Defender 110 was get over my guilt that I didn't have some grand, off-roading adventure planned. Well, to be fair that was the second thing: first was pausing to appreciate just how handsome the SUV this storied nameplate is attached to is, as it makes its long-awaited return to North American shores.

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LG Wing Review – Swiveling Android is Peak 2020

LG Wing Review – Swiveling Android is Peak 2020

As anybody who wished for a more eventful 2020 now knows, sweating the details is important. How else to describe the LG Wing, a rotating dual-screen curio that - even in a time of foldable smartphones - still manages to be an outlier. We asked LG for more interesting phone designs, but maybe we should’ve been more specific.

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ElectraMeccanica Solo EV First Drive – Electric three-wheeler is oddly appealing

ElectraMeccanica Solo EV First Drive – Electric three-wheeler is oddly appealing

As quirky as it may seem, ElectraMeccanica’s Solo single-seat electric vehicle actually makes a ton of sense in the real world. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 90-percent of Americans drive alone, whether it’s in a car, pickup truck, or SUV. That's a whole lot of metal for just one person.

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Espro Bloom Review – A faster pour over coffee maker

Espro Bloom Review – A faster pour over coffee maker

For those getting started with coffee, pour over is arguably the easiest route. You can get a cheap plastic cone for a few dollars, filter papers are similarly inexpensive, and then all you need is coffee and a way of boiling water. It's not to say you can't go deeper down the rabbit hole and make things more complex, but in terms of taking beans and making a brew from them it's one of the most straightforward.

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2020 Audi S5 Sportback Review – Balancing in the sweet-spot

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Review – Balancing in the sweet-spot

You can't please all the people, all the time, but Audi certainly comes closer than many with the 2020 S5 Sportback. The automaker may get some - not entirely undeserved - criticism, like its fellow Germans, for its "a car version for every tiny niche" approach over the past few years, but that doesn't mean the strategy can't come up with some gems.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Mandalorian

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Mandalorian

If you've been judging each episode of The Mandalorian as you watch, you're doing yourself a disservice. If you've enjoyed Star Wars your whole life, survived the 90's "drought", waited in line for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, and still own the action figures you played with as a kid, you COULD be living in a golden age. Unless you are earning your living as a film and TV critic, not ONE person depends on you to critique the merits of any episode of The Mandalorian. You have the right to sit back and enjoy the ride with impunity.

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