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"You don't look like a Magic player," a familiar comment to women in the Magic: The Gathering gaming community, is also the title of a Metafilter post (by user Fizz) compiling six pieces on gender and sexism among the game's players and creators. The quoted pieces address issues of in-person sexism, gender and identity representation, and the gender gap in fantasy art.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Now that we've left behind the triumphs and disappointments of 2017, it's time to look forward to the year ahead. On we look past the customary video game dry spell (which used to last well into the year but now extends only to late January), it's clear we have another absolutely packed year ahead of us. Here are 18 of the best.

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iOS: If the kid doubling as a monster wrangler in your life is hooked on catching oddly-shaped fictional animals (or if you're addicted to the game yourself), you'd better hope they have got a recent phone on which to play their favourite game. Pokemon GO developer Niantic has announced an upcoming update that will incorporate Apple's ARKit, resulting in a more polished augmented reality experience, but bar devices unable to run iOS 11 from playing the game. Sorry, trainers.

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No matter what your console is, you can add passcode, verification methods and two-factor authentication options and do it either through your web browser or on the console itself. Sorry, but you're out of excuses of why you haven't secured your account from people looking to steal your personal information.

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Six days left in your vacation and you're running out of Lifehacker posts to read. The only games at your parents' house are Sorry and Monopoly. Try Eurogames, the European style of tabletop game that isn't so competitive or chance-driven. The site Happy Meeple replicates the board and card games Finito, Hanamikoji, Lost Cities, Level X, Glastonbury, Migrate, Keltis, and Siberia.

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Board games are a safe place to play out conflicts with your family and friends, with the understanding that once the game is over, everyone is on good terms again. That also makes them the perfect place to take out all your petty frustrations and revenge fantasies, under the guise of good fun. Here's how to destroy your opponents with dick moves that will feel like cheats, but are all sanctioned by the rule book.

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Windows: Windows 10 makes window management pretty easy thanks to its accessible shortcuts -- the WIN key plus the arrow keys -- but certain apps just don't like to play nice. Whether it's an older game from your childhood set to run at a certain resolution, a newer game that isn't configured to cover your entire screen, or a TV show if you're using your screen as a monitor, Fullscreenizer is what you'll need to make sure you're focused on one thing only: the biggest window on your monitor.

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Benchmarking one PC component against its competitors can be a tedious process. Finding out whether your new, expensive, hand-built gaming rig is performing just as it should is even more of a task, and that's where 3DMark comes in. The new Time Spy Extreme test is made for 4K gaming PCs and uses DirectX 12 to see what your machine is truly capable of.

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In many ways, Geisha Monroe and Mandy Morbid are typical Twitch streamers -- they're gamers who share their play experiences with an online following. They cosplay, they collect game-related memorabilia, they tweet Overwatch memes. And like most streamers, Twitch isn't their job. But what does pay their bills makes them unusual among Twitch streamers: They're cam performers.

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We all like board games. But board games can be expensive, and some of us can no longer afford smashed avo brunches, let alone shiny new board games. But there is a cheaper alternative. Welcome to the wonders of Print and Play (PnP) board games.

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It is as if you were doing work, a new browser game by impish developer Pippin Barr, simulates puttering around inside Windows 95, clicking dialog boxes and mashing your keyboard to type out reports and emails. Depending on your real job, it's a relaxing desktop toy or a horrifying parody of your waking life. It's a fine example of the overlooked (and previously unnamed) gaming genre of officecore.

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As a developer, you might have a general idea how modern 3D games create their scrumptious visuals. It doesn't hurt however to have more specific knowledge, especially if you do any sort of work involving 3D graphics. Even artists will find it beneficial to know how the models and textures they create are transformed into 2D images.

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Blame, procrastination, self-victimisation -- this terrible trifecta can sink your career and limit your levels of personal success. We often find ourselves resorting to bad patterns, especially in the workplace. I have noticed one place in my own life where these traits are nowhere to be seen. While I play video games.

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The trend for laptop design has always leaned toward thinner, not fatter, leaving less space for ventilation. That makes a whining fan during intensive work like photo editing or gaming an unwanted but common occurrence. This is where laptop coolers come in.