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Crowdfunding is in trouble — and the game industry can save it

GUEST: Crowdfunding isn’t fatigued — it’s growing up. For years platforms like Kickstarter have made it possible for projects to be funded directly by friends, fans, and other communities. In return those backers often received rewards, a token that symbolizes their generosity and belief in the project. The backers of crowdfunded projects also assume a lot of risk, sometimes losing …

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The Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 is a loud, good-looking speaker system

When you’re building a new computer, it’s easy to skip on something like a speaker system because it’s not crucial and you can always use headphones in the meantime. But Creative’s gaming brand, Sound BlasterX, has a new 2.1 audio kit that can give you loud dynamic audio, gorgeous RGB LED lighting, and room-shaking bass for just $160 ($130 for …

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Want accessible survival-strategy? Urine luck with Oxygen Not Included

OPINION: The urine was the beginning of the end. One of my asteroid’s dupes, Frankie, went to go use the outhouse, but it was clogged. While he attempted to unclog it, well, nature called a little hard, and he made a mess all over the floor. Unfortunately, I’d placed the outhouse on the same level as several of my beds, …

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Why you should care about Pokémon Gold and Silver for 3DS

Pokémon Gold and Silver are the best games in the 20-year-old series. And we’ll now be able to play them without busting out our ancient Nintendo portable systems. While Pokkén Tournament coming to the Switch and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon for the 3DS might have been the flashier announcements to come out of Nintendo’s Direct stream today, we …

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Kabam’s leaders offer mobile gaming lessons and a bittersweet goodbye

Kabam was one of the most inspiring rags-to-riches stories of modern gaming. Founded in 2008 by former University of California at Berkeley students, it started out as social game company Watercooler Games. It changed its name to Kabam and saw early success with titles like Kingdoms of Camelot and Dragons of Atlantis on Facebook’s explosive social network. Then it pivoted …

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Google Maps displays Pride parade routes for 35 cities around the world

As nations around the world mark the annual LGBT Pride month this June, Google has added dozens of parade routes to Google Maps on Android and iOS to help revellers find where the party’s at in their neck of the woods. Available in 35 cities globally, from San Francisco to Tel Aviv, a little rainbow (what else?) colored marker denotes where …

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The DeanBeat: 17 of the most anticipated games of E3 2017

I was sad to hear that Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 was postponed until 2018 and that it isn’t likely to be at The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in a public way. But that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be a spectacular E3. In fact, this year’s show will be oozing with greatness. Most of the major game publishers …

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505 Games and Roll7 unveil Laser League arcade multiplayer game

Indie game publisher 505 Games has teamed up with developer Roll7 on Laser League, a colorful multiplayer arcade-style game that reminds me of Tron. The game is a four-versus-four online or local multiplayer title where you have to avoid getting sliced by laser lights, which we might think of as laser blades. The blades enter the arena and rotate, potentially …

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Bloodstained is an old-fashioned ritualistic 2D horror fighting game

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a pretty old-fashioned game, with 2D side-scrolling, a heroine with a large bosom and a mini skirt, grunting that sounds uncomfortably sexual, and a lot of repetitive button-mashing action. And that’s probably what a lot of its fans are going to like about it. The game is being made by longtime Castlevania producer Koji “Iga” …

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The Best Affordable Smartphones You Can Get on Amazon

Smartphones have come a long way. Even though premium brands are still selling their smartphones at premium prices, there are tons of upcoming brands that are selling their smartphones at extremely cheap prices. A cheap price tag doesn’t always mean bad quality.   These smartphones have top-notch hardware from the best manufacturers which include SHARP, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony and more. …

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