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What’s your favorite weapon in Monster Hunter: World?

What’s your favorite weapon in Monster Hunter: World?

Monster Hunter: World is a game of many deep components, and one of the most complex is the weapon system. Weapons, just as much as armor and perhaps even more, define your character in Monster Hunter: World, and there are 14 of them to choose from. Each weapon is viable for both solo and squad play, but each one is also vastly different from the next, leading many players to choose a "main" weapon that they primarily focus on throughout the course of the game.

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No Man’s Sky NEXT finally got me to take the plunge

No Man’s Sky NEXT finally got me to take the plunge

As far as gaming redemption stories go, there are few that are as incredible as that of No Man's Sky. Developers - and more specifically excited studio leads - mess up all the time when it comes to hyping up a game, but few did it to the astonishing degree that Hello Games founder Sean Murray did with No Man's Sky. Most of you likely remember just how bad the fallout from No Man's Sky's botched launch was, so for brevity's sake, let's just say that it was abysmal, with many eager gamers left feeling like they'd been duped by a design lead who overpromised at every available opportunity and severely under-delivered.

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We can’t trust self-driving car AI just yet

We can’t trust self-driving car AI just yet

Self-driving cars are the future. Almost every car maker, in one way or another, has embraced technology that can take over the wheel partially or completely. It has become not a question of “if” but of “when”. Some car makers are convinced that self-driving cars will be hitting the road in two years’ time. That, however, might be an extremely optimistic outlook that may miss out on how self-driving car tech just isn’t trustworthy yet, and it’s not for the reasons you might immediately think.

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The Argument Against EV: Why You Should Stick to Conventional Cars

The Argument Against EV: Why You Should Stick to Conventional Cars

We love electric cars. The whisper-silent performance and smooth rush of torque from the get-go is simply exhilarating, and otherworldly. From an enthusiast's point of view, electric vehicles are a Godsend. You'll be hard-pressed to find a production gasoline or diesel engine that can replicate the immediate and, yes, ludicrous response of a powerful electric motor, and that's assuming you don't spend millions of dollars on a Bugatti Chiron or some other hyper-fast supercar.

As wonderful and Earth-friendly electric vehicles are, there are still practical and compelling reasons why you should wait a while and stick to conventional gasoline-powered vehicles instead. Mind you, we have nothing against EV's, hybrids, or plug-in hybrids, but the argument against electric cars are simply hard to ignore.

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I am so bad at Mario Tennis Aces (but I still kind of love it)

I am so bad at Mario Tennis Aces (but I still kind of love it)

For the moment, Mario Tennis Aces is the Nintendo Switch game to be playing (at least until Octopath Traveler releases later this week). Mario sports titles have always been an interesting little offshoot of the main Super Mario series - at first blush, you wonder why you'd waste your time playing a sports game featuring the cast of Mario, but once you actually sit down and really get familiar with them, their often deep systems become addicting. It should be little surprise, then, that Mario Tennis Aces has a lot of people hooked.

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Samsung is stepping up with tablets, so where’s Google?

Samsung is stepping up with tablets, so where’s Google?

All eyes may be on Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 and its imminent reveal, but it's a far bigger Android device that demonstrates just how much the mobile device market is crying out for innovation. The Galaxy Tab S4 leaked earlier this week, Samsung's upcoming Android tablet, that seems set to arrive amid general slate apathy from Google itself.

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Apple’s cunning 2018 iPhone plan is getting clearer

Apple’s cunning 2018 iPhone plan is getting clearer

Apple's 2018 iPhone range is expected to include three new models, including a new iPhone X and a larger iPhone X Plus, and a preview video is making it clear just how clever the Cupertino firm is being about it. Although this obviously won't be the first time Apple has announced three new iPhones at one event, it could prove fairly confusing given the typical signifiers addressing "Which is the best iPhone?" won't hold true.

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Bring back the BlackBerry slider

Bring back the BlackBerry slider

The BlackBerry KEY2 is an brand new phone trying to coexist with an old-school form-factor, and struggling all the way. When it comes to capturing nostalgia, TCL - which has been licensing the BlackBerry brand for smartphones since 2016 - has done an excellent job. Problem is, there hasn't been quite as much success in making a must-have smartphone.

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The 2019 Honda Insight is the anti-Prius

The 2019 Honda Insight is the anti-Prius

The 2019 Honda Insight looks inoffensively normal, and in hybrid terms that makes it odder than most. At a time when you can typically spot a hybrid from a half-mile across the parking lot, Honda's decision to bypass the aero-prescribed blob and make a regular sedan seems almost lazy at first glance.

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Tesla wanted competition – Now big names are bringing it

Tesla wanted competition – Now big names are bringing it

Almost four years ago to the day, Tesla's Elon Musk threw down the gauntlet to traditional automakers, challenging them to step up and take electric cars seriously. Now, he's finally getting what he wished for. Two of the biggest names in the industry are about to each launch a car that will take on Tesla's two top-selling models, and that's when things are going to start getting truly interesting.

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Google should just buy Essential

Google should just buy Essential

I feel like it's inevitable that Google will acquire Essential, and all of its assets. They've got the cash, Essential is in a position where being acquired wouldn't be the end of the world, and they're two companies that'd benefit from one another. Plus, it would seem that Essential is already getting in Google's good graces with early inclusion in the Android P Beta - hitting Build 1 starting today.

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Just don’t buy that smart speaker

Just don’t buy that smart speaker

Alexa isn't eavesdropping on your every conversation, secretly sharing them with whoever it likes, but even if it was there's an easy way to avoid that. The latest controversy over smart speakers and the Internet of Things comes down to privacy, as is so often the way, with Amazon's Echo accused of playing impromptu postwoman with a private chat recorded and shared.

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