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Last week, Epic Games announced it was bringing Fortnite to Android, making it first available exclusively for Samsung users. That exclusivity was only supposed to last for "a few days" and it looks like now the beta is starting to open up for non-Samsung users as well.

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The Fortnite Beta For Android dropped in this weekend which meant that you could shoot dudes and build forts on your phone. That is, you could do those things if you had fairly recent a Samsung Galaxy phone. Everyone else had to patiently wait - or play Fortnite on a different platform.

Luckily the exclusivity period is about to expire and people with a range of Android phones will be able to download, and play, Fortnite Beta for Android. Here's the full list.

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You’re excited for a new HBO show, but the trailers look pretty violent. You can stand some fighting, but you really hate torture scenes. Or you hate puke shots. Or you need to avoid strobe effects. Or your actual dog just died, and you’d rather not be reminded by a movie. Look up the title on Does the Dog Die?, a site that collects warnings about anxiety triggers and unpleasant elements in over 6000 movies, TV, books and video games.

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In 1993, the world's biggest pop star (Michael Jackson) agreed to produce music for the world's biggest video game franchise (Sonic The Hedgehog - come at me, Mario fans!) It was a magical melding of two cultural icons; akin to Fred Astaire meeting Jerry the mouse.

Or at least, it would have been, if Sega hadn't permanently scrubbed Michael's involvement from the record books. Today I discovered what happened.

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It's that time of year again where Steam compels you to add to your pile of shame with a bunch of amazing game sales. You'll probably only play half of them and might not finish any - but who cares? There are GAME BARGAINS to be had with over 90 PER CENT OFF! Here are some of the highlights.

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So that’s Australia out of the World Cup then. Tch, eh? To keep the celebrations (and heated debates) going, we've assembled our personal dream team of favourite football games. Shock horror: FIFA isn't #1!

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Patrick Moberg has wasted hours of your life, or of the life of someone next to you in a waiting room. His studio Dots created the beautiful and addictive mobile game Dots (the thinking person's Candy Crush), and its sequels Two Dots and Dots & Co, all of which are on millions of phones. We talked to him about the game development process, his favourite games, and his children's book.

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With the recent announcement of Pokemon Let's Go for the Nintendo Switch and its ability to interact with Pokemon GO, players are returning to the mobile game en masse. If you're trying to get back into the game, here's a trick for levelling up fast and catching up to those who never quit.

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Ever wonder how much money you've blown on Steam games over the years? You might not want to really know, but you're probably curious. And now thanks to Valve's "External Funds Used" tracker, you can finally get a sense of the long-term damage Steam has done to your financial health.

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How concerned should people be about the psychological effects of screen time? Balancing technology use with other aspects of daily life seems reasonable, but there is a lot of conflicting advice about where that balance should be.

Much of the discussion – including the World Health Organization’s recent decision to declare “gaming disorder” an “addictive behavior disorder” –is framed around fighting “addiction” to technology. But to me, that resembles a moral panic, giving voice to scary claims based on weak data.

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Over the past year, countless children and adults have tuned into the game Fortnite, a free-to-play battle royale game that allows players to compete with others around the world. The game is fun and features some cartoonish violence, which has led many to worry about whether such games are problematic.

Inevitable anecdotes have popped up of some children behaving badly in relation to the game such as the British girl who is said to have wet herself rather than stop playing. Do these anecdotes hint towards a coming epidemic of violent or addicted children? Simply put: no.

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The standard Xbox controller makes a lot of assumptions. It assumes you have two hands to hold it. It assumes you have two thumbs. It assumes you have a fluid range of motion to get to all of the buttons, that you have the reach to get to bumpers and triggers, and that you have the endurance to hold it.

And if you can't do any of that, there's a barrier that means you may not be able to play the games you'd love to play. That's why Xbox created the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

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One night at my church youth group, I thought I played the best game of Mario Kart in my life. Somehow the controller perfectly interpreted my moves better than it usually did - I wasn't crashing or going the wrong way at all! At the end, I realised I had actually been watching my opponent's screen, and I'd never caught on that I wasn't actually controlling it. Meanwhile my character had just been careening randomly into the side of the racetrack.

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E3 2018 is here, and companies have already announced more games than you can shake a Joy-Con at. But what about consoles? The last few years have seen E3 inundated with either rumours or news about new consoles from the big three. This year's gaming expo has been a touch on the lighter side when it comes to hardware announcements, but still had an interesting reveal or two from the show's biggest players. Depending on your console of choice, that might be a good thing.