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PC market grew in Q2 2021 despite global chip shortage

PC market grew in Q2 2021 despite global chip shortage

2020 and 2021 have so far been kind to the PC market that previously found itself battling for survival against mobile devices. While desktops and laptops will always have a place in the tech industry, recent changes to working and studying arrangements have cause PC shipments to spike and grow over the last year and a half. Although that growth is starting to slow down, the PC market still managed to grow in the second quarter of 2021, despite the ongoing component supply shortage affecting many industries around the world.

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Hearthstone Mount as explained by Master Blaster from Mad Max

Hearthstone Mount as explained by Master Blaster from Mad Max

Hearthstone is about to release a new set of cards with several new gameplay mechanics. Today we're going to look at two of these mechanics: Tradeable, which you can trade for other cards in your deck, if you wish, and Mount. The Mount cards we've seen teased by Hearthstone so far seem to be like animals: a ram, an Elekk (elephant-like creature), but the mechanic behaves more like we're dealing with a character pair straight out of Mad Max.

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SWTOR Star Wars The Old Republic updates Darth Malgus story, 10 years later

SWTOR Star Wars The Old Republic updates Darth Malgus story, 10 years later

The game Star Wars: The Old Republic is about to turn 10 years old. As the game celebrates a full decade online and active, there'll be a new expansion called Legacy of the Sith. This new expansion will be driven by the renegade Sith Darth Malgus, suggesting this isn't the last we've heard of the most infamous force of evil to never grace the face of a full-fledged Star Wars movie.

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LucasArts legacy lives on in Prime Gaming push: Sam & Max, Secret of Monkey Island

LucasArts legacy lives on in Prime Gaming push:  Sam & Max, Secret of Monkey Island

Amazon heralded a return to some of the most beloved cult-classic video games ever made by LucasArts this summer in Prime Gaming. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you'll be able to "claim" a few games with Prime Gaming starting on July 1, then again on August 1 and September 1. The games are each LucasArts classic titles, each of them "iconic point-and-click adventures."

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Valorant Episode 3 Act 1: Update reducing “spaminess”

Valorant Episode 3 Act 1: Update reducing “spaminess”

Today we're taking a peek at the latest Valorant update, bringing Episode 3 Act 1 into play. The updates made in this update could change the way you play the game. As Max Grossman and Sal Garozzo, Co-Lead Designers for Valorant at Riot said this week, "Game-spanning changes like these can be painful as we are asking you all to relearn many things that you’re now comfortable with." They've asked gamers to find comfort in the fact that "your enemies are facing the same challenges."

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Among Us is free for just a bit, in the Epic Games store

Among Us is free for just a bit, in the Epic Games store

This week the folks at Epic Games have a shockingly popular game available for your perusal. Generally this game will cost you around $5, depending on which platform you're aiming to play with. That's the price on the Epic Games Store usually. But as the Epic Games Store does from time to time, now, this week, Among Us is free for you to download.

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Amazon Luna gets new titles to entice new cloud gamers

Amazon Luna gets new titles to entice new cloud gamers

Amazon Luna has a few new games in the mix in the month of June, 2021. The Luna+ channel will get games like Yakuza O, The Falconeer, and Killer Queen Black in June, joining games added in the month of May. Here in May, Luna+ added RAD, Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos, The Wonderful 101, and The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV.

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Valve’s handheld gaming PC could take on the Nintendo Switch

Valve’s handheld gaming PC could take on the Nintendo Switch

Although gaming handhelds have been around since the days of the Nintendo Game Boy, the Nintendo Switch definitely kicked up interest by a notch, revealing a potentially profitable market for portable devices that can run AAA titles, even in medium or low settings only. That, in turn, has created a series of devices and concept designs inspired by the Switch, except running PC hardware and PC games instead. Given that trend, it's not surprising to hear that Valve, best known for the Steam PC gaming platform, is planning to jump into that fray and no later than the end of this year even.

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Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 restock this week: Where and when

Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 restock this week: Where and when

If you're looking for either the PlayStation 5 or an Xbox Series X, this might be your lucky week. Target was tipped to get stock of both the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 this week, likely on Wednesday, the 19th of May, 2021. Both Best Buy and Walmart COULD get stock at around the same time - though we've not gotten a direct tip on either, generally one follows the other, and the Target release is very, very likely.

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Smach Z gaming PC handheld becomes another cautionary tale

Smach Z gaming PC handheld becomes another cautionary tale

There is no shortage of gaming handhelds today running a full Windows 10 OS, at least if you know where to look. From the GPD WIN 3 to the AYA Neo to the new ONEXPLAYER, there are now a few choices when it comes to bringing your PC games with you on the go. Back in 2014, however, that idea was revolutionary and a small team tried to make that happen before anyone else did. Of course, the Smach Z went via the crowdfunding route and, while it was successfully funded, it has now become yet another anecdote on how such dreams not only fail but also deprive people of their hard-earned money.

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Fall Guys Season 4.5’s long list of new features includes cross-play

Fall Guys Season 4.5’s long list of new features includes cross-play

You don't have to be developed by a large, famous game company to make it big in the industry. You just need unique and addictive elements to get people, sometimes even politicians, hooked. Indie titles like Among Us and Fall Guys definitely aren't your cookie-cutter triple-A games but they still rake in hundreds if not thousands of faithful players. For Fall Guys, those players have been segmented into their respective platforms but starting with Season 4.5 "Dave", they'll finally be able to play with and against each other.

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ONEXPLAYER gaming PC handheld comes with a bigger screen

ONEXPLAYER gaming PC handheld comes with a bigger screen

Handheld gaming computers are nothing new and there have been quite a few models from different companies, most of them hailing from China, for almost every generation of Intel processors. It isn't until the 11th-gen Intel "Tiger Lake", however, that the chip maker's graphics technology could truly be considered worthy of gaming on its own. Unsurprisingly, there have also been new attempts at putting that Intel chip into more portable forms, and the ONEXPLAYER is not only the latest but also the biggest in that category.

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