Tag: Opposable Thumbs

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AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and 1200: True quad-core CPUs for just $130 and $110

Enlarge (credit: Mark Walton) Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200, AMD’s budget-focused quad-core CPUs, launch today for $130 and $110 respectively. UK pricing is yet to be confirmed, but don’t expect much change from £120 and £100 respectively. Like the rest of the Ryzen line-up, Ryzen 3 offers more cores compared to a similarly…

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus—Like playing a B-movie with robot Nazis

Video captured/edited by Mark Walton. In Wolfenstein: The New Order , which tells the story of an alternate history where the Nazis win the Second World War, veteran William “B.J.” Blazkowicz awakens from a coma to find the Nazis have acquired the technology to build giant killer robots powered by the brains of fallen soldiers. In…

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Matt Groening’s first Netflix series will go all Futurama on Game of Thrones

Seems like the most appropriate use of this modified meme ever. (credit: Know Your Meme ) We don’t often get buzzy about a new Netflix series announcement, especially one without any teaser footage, but Tuesday’s Netflix news shook up the perfect jar of nerd bees. Simpsons/Futurama co-creator Matt Groening is the latest showrunner to join…

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Get the NES Classic on ThinkGeek while you can [Updated: You can’t]

ThinkGeek Update: The three bundles that cost $150 and under have sold out as of 3:37 pm Eastern time, roughly 12 minutes after they were first posted. Three other bundles priced at $169, $170, and $220 are still available. Further update: All six bundles are out of stock as of 3:47 pm, just over 20…

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MAME devs are cracking open arcade chips to get around DRM

Enlarge / A look inside the circuitry of a “decapped” arcade chip. (credit: Caps0ff ) The community behind the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) has gone to great lengths to preserve thousands of arcade games run on hundreds of different chipsets through emulation over the years. That preservation effort has now grown to include the…

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The dramatic details of Steve Jobs’ life are playing out in a new opera

The Making of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, The Santa Fe Opera Steve Jobs has been the subject of all kinds of art over the years, and now scenes from his life will play out on stage with powerful vocals in a new opera. The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs highlights the “complicated and messy ” life of…

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Pyre review: A brilliant reinvention of the term “fantasy sports”

Enlarge (credit: Supergiant Games) Role-playing games and sports video games have more in common than you think. Decades ago, series like Sensible World of Soccer and Tony La Russa Baseball (on PC, not console) filled their career modes with lots of money- and roster-management menus. Modern major-league games and soccer games like FIFA 17  have carried those traditions over,…

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Blizzard shuts down “legacy” WoW fan server hours after it goes up

Enlarge / The error message that greeted thousands of Felmyst players after the server was shut down by a legal threat mere hours after launching Friday. A highly anticipated private server intended to emulate the state of World of Warcraft during the decade-old “Burning Crusade” expansion was shut down by a legal demand delivered by…

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Hour of Devastation review: The evil elder dragon god-pharaoh has arrived. RIP.

Magic: The Gathering has expanded yet again with Hour of Devastation, a follow-up to Amonkhet that continues to riff on Egyptian mythology with a large helping of dragon-led apocalypse. We’ve drafted, built decks, and played a bunch of Hour of Devastation matches—read on for our review! We’re also going to dive into some of the recent news…

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Level up: How video games evolved to solve significant scientific problems

Yes, folks, this was once a revolutionary experience in gaming. In the early 1950s, just as rock ‘n’ roll was hinting at social change, the first video games were quietly being designed in the form of technology demonstrations—and a scientist was behind it. In October 1958, Brookhaven National Laboratory physicist William Higinbotham created Tennis for…