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Alienware created a stunning hotel room for gamers

Alienware created a stunning hotel room for gamers

Alienware is behind a special room at the Hilton Panama City hotel that caters to gamers. The room was created in partnership with Dell, according to a local report, and it features a battlestation complete with a huge display and Alienware logo. The room isn't just for show, though -- anyone can rent it for about $359/night.

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Hearthstone director Ben Brode is leaving Blizzard

Hearthstone director Ben Brode is leaving Blizzard

Today marks the end of an era over at Blizzard HQ. Ben Brode, who most will recognize as the director and public face of Hearthstone, has announced that he's leaving the company. Brode has served as the director of Hearthstone since development first got underway, so as a result, a lot of people in the Hearthstone community know who he is.

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The Netherlands determines some loot boxes violate gambling laws

The Netherlands determines some loot boxes violate gambling laws

Loot boxes have been a controversial gaming topic since their inception, but more recently, it seems that player dissatisfaction with them has reached something of a fever pitch. We have Electronic Arts and Star Wars: Battlefront 2 to thank for that, but not only did Battlefront 2's overreaching loot boxes cause players to lash out, it also attracted the attention of some governments around the world. Now, The Netherlands has determined that some loot boxes do indeed constitute gambling, and it's telling publishers to change their ways.

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Fortnite esports scholarship arrives at Ashland University this fall

Fortnite esports scholarship arrives at Ashland University this fall

Ashland University, a private university located in Ashland, Ohio, is the first of its kind to add Fortnite to its esports gaming list. The university's head coach Josh Buchanan announced the addition on Wednesday, expressing an optimistic outlook about the title and its massive popularity. Players with the university will have a chance to get an esports scholarship.

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PUBG’s Metal Rain mode has armored cars falling from the sky

PUBG’s Metal Rain mode has armored cars falling from the sky

PUBG's limited-time game modes have been on quite the roll lately, and a new one is now primed and ready for the weekend. Like one of the first limited-time game modes for PUBG, this one features eight-man squads once more, but this time there's a fascinating little twist. Get ready to go for a ride, because armored UAZs are at the center of this new mode.

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Nintendo Labo launches today: Watch Bill Nye mess around with it

Nintendo Labo launches today: Watch Bill Nye mess around with it

After being revealed at the beginning of the year, Nintendo Labo has finally arrived. Labo is easily the most interesting use of the Nintendo Switch and its Joy-Con controllers we've seen thus far, as it has users building different devices out of cardboard - dubbed Toy-Cons - and then playing games with their creations. It's a very cool idea and one that might even get some kids interested in engineering, but if you're still not quite sure what Labo is, Nintendo has recruited a fairly big name to help demo it.

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PUBG map selection announced for PC as free weekend begins on Xbox Live

PUBG map selection announced for PC as free weekend begins on Xbox Live

The developers of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds announced today that they will soon be adding a long-requested feature to the game: map selection. While some players don't mind the map they play on, others do, and those who want the freedom to pick their preferred map have been requesting this feature pretty much since the day Miramar launched. While we still have a little while to wait before it arrives, PUBG Corporation revealed today that it's on the way at long last.

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Nintendo Switch owners can head on down to South Park this week

Nintendo Switch owners can head on down to South Park this week

It's a big week for Nintendo Switch owners - or at least those who also like South Park. Just as it does every Thursday, Nintendo has detailed all of the games coming to the eShop over the next week, and this week the headliner is a pretty big one. South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be making its debut on the Switch in a few days, giving Switch owners the chance to check out this unique game if they haven't already on other platforms.

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Why is this Red Magic phone so compelling? Showmanship.

Why is this Red Magic phone so compelling? Showmanship.

This morning I received an email from "Red Magic Team" about a new smartphone. This group of creators works with Nubia, a smartphone company most haven't heard of - part of the brand ZTE, a brand you've most likely heard of, especially very recently. The most important part of this situation isn't the wild contents of this phone, it's the presentation which surround them.

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Fortnite 3.5 content update is now live: Here’s what it adds

Fortnite 3.5 content update is now live: Here’s what it adds

As expected, a new content update for Fortnite version 3.5 went live in the wee hours of the morning. While it's a bit smaller than many of the content updates we've seen before, it still adds a couple of things worth checking out. Unfortunately, those of you hoping for some drastic changes with this patch (such as the destruction of Tilted Towers) are going to be a bit disappointed upon logging in this morning.

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Call of Duty: WWII is Alexa’s next all-knowing skill

Call of Duty: WWII is Alexa’s next all-knowing skill

Alexa is already capable of doing a wide variety of things, thanks to the thousands of third-party skills that have been developed for the platform. Today, those skills expand to Call of Duty, with Activision announcing a new skill for Call of Duty: WWII. Not only will this skill give you statistics about your matches, but it could also help you get better at the game.

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Fortnite’s guided missile has been removed from the game

Fortnite’s guided missile has been removed from the game

Now that Fortnite has found its (massive) audience, Epic has the task of keeping that audience interested. One of the best ways to do this is by regularly adding new weapons and items to the game, but every once in a while, a weapon that's just a little bit too powerful makes it through the cracks. Such is the case with the guided missile, which was added to the game just a few weeks ago.

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