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Sony has said during a corporate presentation that the keywords for the PlayStation 5 will be "immersive" and "seamless". And while game designers will have a big role to play, the new hardware Sony showed off to a select audience will go a long way to achieving those goals with performance that leaves the PS4 in its dust.

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Winter is coming and that means you'll be looking for something to do indoors when the cold wind blasts through and the rain starts falling. What better way to have some fun than to kick back and play some games - old-school style.

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The laptop business has been pretty stagnant over the last few years. The core market has settled on screens sized between 13 and 15 inches as the sweet spot with tablets and convertibles fulfilling the need for smaller displays and niche players delivering 17-inch or larger drives.

But HP's new dual-screen Omen X offers something different; the ability to use two apps at the same time on their own displays. While chiefly aimed at gamers, I reckon it'll make a fantastic productivity workhouse too.

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I’ve never been good at Minesweeper, and I think I must have been at least half my age the last time I played the game. It’s hard to make the click-you’re fine, click-you’re dead gameplay sexy, but Google has done an admirable job with its open-source iteration, Proxx.

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One of our readers emailed us with an interesting problem: He’s the father of three boys, ages six, 10 and 12, and they love watching gaming streamers on YouTube, but all the gamers they watch are white dudes.

Guys such as DanTDM and Ninja make fantastic content that really connects with kids, but they do it from a white man’s point of view, and don’t represent the diversity that exists among people who actually play games.

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Late last year, the Internet Archive added a Commodore 64 emulator to its ever-growing library of historical software, effectively bringing the retro computer/game console to the public domain. Like the Internet Archive’s libraries of MS-DOS and Apple II programs, every program they’ve archived is now available on the site and playable right from your browser.

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If you have a kid who’s older than five, I’m sure you’ve heard of Fortnite: Battle Royale. I’m sure you’ve heard about it a lot actually, like every time they open their damn mouth. It’s one of those universal, of-the-moment trends that every first-world child is intimately familiar with.

Every kid either plays it, wants to play it, or has already played it out and moved onto the next trend. But is your kid old enough to handle it?

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As mobile apps and games get more sophisticated, smartphones require higher hardware specs in order for them to function properly. Whether your smartphone is brand-new or showing its age a bit, you can probably squeak out better results. Tweak your phone or tablet’s display settings, and you’ll be able to achieve better performance in your games and graphically intensive apps — and maybe even save some battery life, too.

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There are so many digital currencies and rewards systems, it can be tricky to remember how much you have stored up where, especially if you’re like me and like saving up your virtual points/coins/doodads for something good. (I’ll use my credit card reward points someday, I promise.)

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Google is launching a new gaming platform called Stadia; undoubtedly the biggest software product it has created in years. At its core is a cloud service that streams games to any display without the need for a console or media, giving players the chance to jump straight into a game in seconds. So, what will you need to play on Stadia? Let's find out...

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I used to play in the same Dungeons & Dragons campaign every week. Now my friends and I struggle to arrange a play session every few months. At one point I tried to make it work with another group. We made a six-month Doodle calendar to find one date we could meet. We got together, discussed character creation, and never met up again.

A campaign takes so much setup, homework, planning and scheduling and rescheduling, it’s hard to keep up the momentum. Meanwhile, I made more friends who wanted to play, but didn’t know the rules. How would I ever find time to introduce them to the game, if I couldn’t even find time for more experienced players?

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As much as I’ve wanted to give game-streaming a try, I’m always tentative to jump into the Twitch waters for two reasons: I don’t have a solid background behind my gaming desktop’s chair, which would make it tricky to key out everything but my face, and I don’t have any neat animations that would keep all 10 viewers engaged with my stream.

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Far Cry New Dawn, the newest release in Ubisoft’s open world Far Cry series, is set years after the apocalyptic nuclear event that ended Far Cry 5. Hope County, Montana has been nearly destroyed, but a rag-tag band of survivors wants to rebuild. Your job is to help them by scavenging supplies, building up the settlement of Prosperity, and battling the evil Highwaymen who terrorize the populace.

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Ethan Schoonover (known as Mr. E. to his students in Seattle) took to Twitter recently to describe how he started a Dungeons and Dragons club at his all-girls middle school — and how you can, too.