Google Stadia is going to flop and I’m fine with that – Reader’s Feature

Has Google already ruined its chances? A reader takes a dim view of Stadia’s chances and suggests Google has rushed its attempt to become a video game platform holder. You’d never guess it from the complete lack of hype but a brand new video game format is due to launch in exactly one month’s time. It’s not a console but it is a platform that plays its own games, that you have to buy separately just like a console or a PC. That format is Stadia and it was meant…

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Weekend Hot Topic, part 2: Most wanted video game remake

A possible good remake would be that of Chrono Trigger from the Super Nintendo glory days. With other Japanese remakes of role-players like Secret Of Mana and Dragon Quest, plus now the action adventure title Zelda: Link’s Awakening, it seems now ripe for a game of Chrono Trigger’s quality to be up for that modern remake. Now it does not have to be anything like that of the upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake but something in between the original and that of modern titles. Due to the complexity of the…

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Best fighting games of the generation, Part 7: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Reader’s Feature

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – the ultimate current gen fight? A reader presents the final part of his round-up of the generation’s best fighters, ending on Nintendo’s epic crossover. This is the undisputed king of fighters for this generation. And by a long way. Sorry, SNK Heroines. It is only the third ever fighting game that I have ever played where I would award a 9 out of 10 to, the others being the first two Soulcalibur games. A game that, while it has been adoringly embraced by the e-sports…

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Firms fear candidates sporting facial hair lack warmth and the ability to get on with colleagues

Influencer: Actor Tom Hardy sporting a beard  It’s bad news for hipsters – but men with beards may be harming their job prospects. Candidates sporting facial hair at interviews may be regarded as less employable by bosses who fear they lack warmth and the ability to get on with colleagues, according to new research. The study comes despite facial hair soaring in popularity, partly due to celebrities such as actor Tom Hardy. Nearly half of British men now sport beards or moustaches. Psychologists at Rollins College in Florida, who asked…

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Human brain wired to stop us thinking about death by making us believe it only affects other people

The human brain is wired make us believe that death only happens to other people to stop us obsessing about the inevitable. Researchers found that by banishing thoughts of death, people are able to enjoy life in the moment and not worry about what will happen in the future.  As children begin to understand that everybody dies, the mechanism switches on to stop an onslaught of morbid thoughts. The human brain is wired make us believe that death only happens to other people to stop us obsessing about the inevitable,…

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Why Hitman 2 is such a great game – Reader’s Feature

Hitman 2 – the right way to run a game A reader explains his love of IO Interactive’s latest sequel and why he thinks it’s the best example of a live service games so far. I don’t quite remember when the term ‘live game’ was coined, entering the ever-increasing lexicon of gaming terms. The term hasn’t been met with warmth from gamers, usually seen as an excuse to release an unfinished product, with the promise of improvement later on. The majority of games that offer a constant stream of new…

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Weekend Hot Topic, part 1: Most wanted video game remake

Metal Gear Solid – should it get the Resi treatment? GameCentral readers decide which classic video games they’d most like to see get a remake, from GTA: Vice City to Panzer Dragoon Saga. The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Onibee and inspired by the recent spate of big budget remakes, such as Zelda: Link’s Awakening, the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake, and news that Bluepoint are working on a major new remake for Sony. All manner of different games were suggested but the most consistent comment…

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Video game companies think you’re an idiot but they love your money – Reader’s Feature

NBA 2K20 has a gambling problem A reader is furious with the microtransactions and gambling in NBA 2K20 and especially with 2K’s attitude towards its fans. It’s probably not an issue that will get much traction in the UK, but as a NBA fan I’ve been following the fortunes of NBA 2K20 with great interest. If you’re not a fan but have heard of it, it’s probably because of the microtransactions and gambling options which, in my opinion, are the absolute worst of any modern video game. Worse than FIFA,…

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Lyft feature lets you choose from popular destinations of other riders nearby

Lyft is testing a new feature just in time for a Friday night out. Called ‘Trending Destination’, you can explore your city by choosing from a list of popular drop-off spots of other riders. These ‘points of interest’ include everything from bars to street fairs to coffee shops – letting you know what is going on in your area. Scroll down for video  Lyft is testing a new feature just in time for a Friday night out. Called ‘Trending Destination’, you can explore your city by choosing from a list…

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Court documents reveal Elon Musk regularly destroys phones and switches for ‘security purposes’

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk employs a rather drastic measure when it comes to mobile security: the trashcan.  In new legal documents highlighted by Business Insider, a SpaceX employee divulged that Musk systematically destroys his phones for ‘security purposes’ and then switches to brand new ones. ‘For security purposes, Mr. Musk regularly changes his cellular device, at which time his old device is imaged, wiped clean, and stored or destroyed,’ reads a statement submitted in a legal filing on Monday. Musk regularly destroys his devices for ‘security purposes’ – a practice…

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