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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Review

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Review

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 is a big graphics card. Physically, this card is large - and it's got a new power connector, too. You'll need to to prepare yourself for the possibility that your current rig is too snug a fit for this new, slightly larger card before you buy it. You'll also want to prepare yourself for a jump in performance the likes of which you might never have seen before... but maybe you already have an RTX 2080, and you believe there's no reason to upgrade? Let's take a peek at what's in store here with the latest in biggest, baddest GPU power from NVIDIA.

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Minecraft Creeper Crunch Cereal review – Gaming for breakfast

Minecraft Creeper Crunch Cereal review – Gaming for breakfast

How often does something get so big that it gets its own cereal? I guess the answer to that question is probably “a lot,” but I have to admit that I don’t know because I’m not really in the habit of following cereals based on pop culture phenomena. I remember Overwatch getting some kind of cereal. I’m sure there was cereal for Frozen at one point or another. As a child, I even distinctly remember seeing “Stevie’s Stars” cereal on store shelves, featuring and named after none other than famed Detroit Red Wings Captain Steve Yzerman. That, of course, was a Michigan thing, and even then it was probably only a south Michigan thing.

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Paper Mario: The Origami King review: Puzzles, puns, papier-mache

Paper Mario: The Origami King review: Puzzles, puns, papier-mache

Paper Mario: The Origami King is a difficult game for me to wrap my head around at times. I think it's safe to say at this point that longtime Paper Mario fans want something more in line with the original N64 title or GameCube's Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. These days, though, Nintendo seems to view the Paper Mario franchise as a more experimental one that doesn't need to fit into any single genre, thereby causing a rift between it and fans when it comes to the direction Paper Mario should go.

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Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout review: A ton of fun, but does it have lasting appeal?

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout review: A ton of fun, but does it have lasting appeal?

Unless you went underground several weeks ago and are just now becoming one of the light-loving surface dwellers again, there's a good chance you've heard about Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. The game has been getting a lot of attention in recent weeks, partly because of a series of closed betas developer Mediatonic hosted before release, and partly because everyone and their mother seems to be streaming it on Twitch at the moment.

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Razer Huntsman Mini Review: Onboard storage and tiny size for the win

Razer Huntsman Mini Review: Onboard storage and tiny size for the win

Today we're looking at the brand new Razer Huntsman Mini, the first 60% keyboard from Razer. This keyboard rolls with official Razer Optical Switches, Doubleshot PBT Keycaps, and its own onboard memory. It's also lit up with Razer Chroma RGB rainbow brightness, of course.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor Review: A fun, but short, addition

Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor Review: A fun, but short, addition

If anything, it should be clear by now that Pokemon Sword and Shield represent some big departures for the series in general. For starters, they’re the first main-series games on a home console. Then we had the whole Pokedex controversy and the fact that a significant number of Pokemon were culled - the first time in the series that has happened. Now, for the first time ever, we have DLC, which seems to be taking the place of the “enhanced edition” we’d typically see release after paired games (à la Pokemon Yellow after Pokemon Red and Blue or Pokemon Platinum after Diamond and Pearl).

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Pokemon Quest Review: A free, fun game made to make you feel good

Pokemon Quest Review: A free, fun game made to make you feel good

Pokemon Quest is an extreme rarity of a smartphone game. It's a mobile game that doesn't stay in business by getting users addicted to "chasing the dragon." You can actually beat this game. You can beat this game faster if you buy things with in-game purchases, but you absolutely, positively do NOT need to spend real money to play comfortably and have a good time passing your time. This game is fun, simple, and is available right now for Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad), and Nintendo Switch.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review: Come sail away with me

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review: Come sail away with me

If you've read or watched anything related to Animal Crossing: New Horizons over the past month, you've probably heard people say that it's a remedy for a world in crisis. Indeed, it almost seems like the launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons was perfectly timed, giving fans a much-needed escape from the uncertainty and tension of day-to-day living during a pandemic.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield review: Same as it ever was

Pokemon Sword and Shield review: Same as it ever was

At this point, I think it’s safe to say that Pokemon Sword and Shield are the most controversial Pokemon releases we’ve ever seen. Game Freak’s announcement that Sword and Shield wouldn’t feature a full national Pokedex was the straw that broke the camel’s back for a lot of people, and after that, we saw a wave of criticism coming from longtime Pokemon fans online. By the time these games launched, taking a look at fan communities online would have someone who was out of the loop to believe that no one was buying these games.

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Google Stadia Review: Amazing, for now

Google Stadia Review:  Amazing, for now

When this Google Stadia Review was first posted, the service hadn't yet formally launched. Google sent the Founders Package to a set of sources that got an early look and were invited to review the game streaming system before the official Google Stadia release date of November 19, 2019. As such, we gave the service an early once-over review with what we'd experienced thus far. As the service evolves, we'll be updating this review accordingly - so stay tuned!

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Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King Review – You Died

Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King Review – You Died

I owned a fair number of games for the Sega Genesis when I was a kid, but two that will forever stick out are The Lion King and Aladdin. Though I played both games for hours on end, I’ve only ever managed to actually beat just one of them: Aladdin. Aladdin was a game that was difficult enough on its own, but it didn’t hold a candle to the sadistic challenge of The Lion King. I have seen the end of The Lion King, but I didn’t get there through determination and skill. No, I had to use a Game Genie to get infinite lives and invincibility or to skip levels. Despite the amount of time I sunk into that game, I never managed to beat it legitimately.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening review – Second time’s the charm

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening review – Second time’s the charm

Though I count The Legend of Zelda as one of my favorite game franchises, I’ve never properly played Link’s Awakening. When I was a kid, my Game Boy served mostly as a vehicle for Pokemon, and though I’d always heard good things about Link’s Awakening, I never actually gave it a decent chance. Luckily for me, Nintendo has remade the game for the Switch, giving me a chance to play it without having to bust out a decades-old handheld. For those who may be in the same boat, is Link’s Awakening a safe buy on the Switch?

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