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'Fallout 76' players found a secret developer room

No, Fallout 76's troubles aren't over yet. Gamers have discovered that the online RPG has a developer room where you can find virtually everything in the game, including unreleased items like special power armor. It even includes the game's lone hu… Source: Engadget | 'Fallout 76' players found a secret developer room

Gaming laptops are getting wonderfully weird in 2019

The gaming laptop renaissance is upon us. For the past few years, they've been getting thinner, lighter and more powerful, thanks to NVIDIA's 10-series Max-Q graphics cards. But this year at CES, they got truly weird and wild. Alienware's Area 51m le… Source: Engadget | Gaming laptops are getting wonderfully weird in 2019

Health and beauty tech continues to fail pregnant women

There's a thread on Fitbit's Feature Suggestion forum titled, "Add Pregnancy/Nursing mode for more accurate calorie estimates," with the first comment logged in December 2013. It was locked at 328 comments and 1,388 upvotes. In the comments, hundreds… Source: Engadget | Health and beauty tech continues to fail pregnant women

How a hackathon helped build the Xbox Adaptive Controller

A small crew of designers pieced together the first prototype for the Xbox Adaptive Controller three years ago, at Microsoft's annual internal hackathon. The event invites employees to work on experimental or pet projects and present them to co… Source: Engadget | How a hackathon helped build the Xbox Adaptive Controller

China's first video game approvals in months don't include Tencent

A week after China approved its first batch of video games in nine months, the list is finally available… and who's not included may be more notable than who is. The country's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television… Source: Engadget | China's first video game approvals in months don't include Tencent

AI reveals hidden objects in the dark

You might not see most objects in near-total darkness, but AI can. MIT scientists have developed a technique that uses a deep neural network to spot objects in extremely low light. The team trained the network to look for transparent patterns in da… Source: Engadget | AI reveals hidden objects in the dark

'Alexa, Improvise' is a comedy show that uses AI fails for laughs

It was 7:55 p.m. on a Saturday night, and I had just arrived at a small improv workshop and stage space in San Francisco's Mission district. Mere moments after I sat down, someone placed a stool in front of the stage, draped a red cloth over it and p… Source: Engadget | 'Alexa, Improvise' is …

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Overwatch League events expand beyond LA in 2019

To date, Overwatch League matches have taken place in Blizzard's own venue in Los Angeles. It's a special experience, but likely off-limits if you live on the other side of the continent or another country. For the 2019 season, though, you might not… Source: Engadget | Overwatch League events expand beyond LA in 2019

John Romero gifts 'Doom' 18 new levels for its 25th birthday

Ready to feel ancient? The original Doom is 25 years old — and co-creator John Romero wants to make sure you know it. He's preparing an add-on for the 1993 game, Sigil, that serves as a "spiritual successor" to the classic shooter's fourth episode… Source: Engadget | John Romero gifts 'Doom' 18 new levels for …

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50 years ago, 'the mother of all demos' foretold our tech future

Innovation usually happens in slow, measured steps over many years, but a demo in 1968 transformed the world of personal computers in just 90 minutes. In a presentation dubbed "the mother of all demos," Douglas Engelbart showed off technology that wo… Source: Engadget | 50 years ago, 'the mother of all demos' foretold our tech …

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'H1Z1' developer Daybreak lays off staff amid restructuring efforts

Unfortunately, Telltale's effective closure wasn't the end of tough times for the game industry. H1Z1 and EverQuest developer Daybreak Game Company has confirmed that it's laying off staff as it's "optimizing [its] structure" for the future. The comp… Source: Engadget | 'H1Z1' developer Daybreak lays off staff amid restructuring efforts

'Anthem' demo will be open to everyone on February 1st

No, you won't have to plunk down some cash to play the Anthem demo before the game's February 22nd debut. BioWare and EA have announced that the sneak peek on February 1st through February 3rd is an open demo that will be accessible to anyone on PC,… Source: Engadget | 'Anthem' demo will be open …

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China forms video game ethics committee as part of crackdown

China's freeze on game approvals is winding down, although gamers and developers might not like what the thaw entails. The country has revealed the existence of an Online Game Ethics Committee that will screen games to ensure they're "healthy and be… Source: Engadget | China forms video game ethics committee as part of crackdown

Steam gives successful developers a larger cut of game revenue

Valve wants to make Steam more alluring for large developers, and it's willing to give up a slice of the pie to make that happen. The company has revised Steam's Distribution Agreement to give its most successful publishers a larger cut of their reve… Source: Engadget | Steam gives successful developers a larger cut of …

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Microsoft’s Black Friday deals include discounts on Surface devices

Microsoft already announced its Xbox Black Friday deals — which include $100 off an Xbox One X — and now it's previewing the discounts you can expect on its Surface line. You'll be able to save $300 on the Surface Laptop 2 in black and up to $50 on… Source: Engadget | Microsoft’s Black Friday …

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