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    Quote Originally Posted by HiGame View Post

    Warcraft 3: Reforged hasnít gotten any more popular in the days since its release. The clamor has gotten bad enough that Blizzard has reportedly begun giving instant refunds to players who want them.
    Thatís the word from Reddit user krOnicLTD, who received a refund within a minute after applying for one and posted the information (and a handy link) to the Blizzard site. If youíve been unhappy with the game, you can ask for your money back, no questions asked. Frustration with the title has been high for a number of reasons, ranging from Blizzardís aggressive copyright position on fan mods to the fact that the version of Warcraft 3: Reforged that the company ultimately shipped bears little resemblance to the game it promised it was making. Because both Reforged and Warcraft 3 Classic now share a mandatory front-end client, you canít play WC3:C with its original set of capabilities as a separate title at all. When the raids in the game seem too difficult players can get the necessary help.

    Blizzard has posted an update to its forums, giving fans an idea where the game is headed. Thereís a bug currently causing colors and shading to look different than intended, which will be fixed in the coming days. Portrait animations and UI fixes will also be implemented. The lack of leaderboards and clans will be fixed in a future update. Features like the Reign of Chaos ruleset and tournaments will not be returning after having been removed in mid-2019.
    There were a lot of players who were not satisfied with Reforged not only on Reddit but on a number of other gaming forums. I guess the game turned out to be a flop.

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    14 awesome Xbox One and PC games



    Microsoft If you're already a member of Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft's attempt to create a Netflix for games, you know how crazy a deal it is. Along with Project xCloud, it's a pillar of Microsoft's next-generation philosophy for gaming, and one that's likely to vastly expand throughout the Xbox Series X's life cycle.
    The service has over 100 games, with more being added each month. And it's not just quantity. There are dozens of excellent titles, both AAA and indie, for you to delve into for $10 a month (or $15 if you get Game Pass Ultimate, which lets you select games play on PC too).

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    Which Is Faster, the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5?



    One of the most interesting questions about any console launch is how the platforms compare against each other at debut and how the results of that comparison impact system uptake. In 2013, Microsoft tried to zig when Sony zagged at got shellacked by it, to the point that Microsoft considered killing Xbox altogether. The company learned from its mistake, and both the Xbox One X and the Xbox Series X pack more firepower than their equivalent PlayStation counterpart, at least on paper. The Xbox One X is a proven system and has often been at least modestly faster than the PS4 Pro in head-to-head match-ups, but we haven’t seen any data on the PlayStation 5 versus Xbox Series X, and the first game match-up is a bit stranger than we would have expected.
    Eurogamer recently spent time with Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition on both platforms. Happily, the game has seemingly identical rendering modes between both platforms, allowing the publication to use it as a benchmark to compare them. The game runs with an unlocked frame rate when tested on a screen capable of 120Hz, and it offers multiple rendering modes to test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HiGame View Post
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    A few days ago, I sat down to write a story about how excited I to see what Star Wars: Squadrons would bring to the table. Then, I put the story down. EA hadnít shown enough of the game that I felt confident writing about it, which says something about exactly how starfighter combat lovers have been treated the past 20 years or so.

    In the early days of the 3D era, it seemed as if small-ship combat had a bright future. Games like Wing Commander and Descent: Freespace created compelling worlds, while the X-Wing series of games told original stories in the Star Wars universe. Then, it all died. The Rogue Squadron games carried on some starfighter-based storytelling after the X-Wing series ended, but those games played quite differently from the titles of the earlier era, even if they were superficially similar. Eventually, those ended too. Story-driven, AAA, starfighter-focused space combat games vanished from the market. Games like WOW are as close as it gets, and having played both, the resemblance is modest.
    That is great news, HiGame! Btw I must say that this thread is one of the most informative on the whole forum! Thank you guys for keeping us informed about all the new things happening in the gaming industry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matis Roof View Post
    That is great news, HiGame! Btw I must say that this thread is one of the most informative on the whole forum! Thank you guys for keeping us informed about all the new things happening in the gaming industry.
    I am also interested in Gaming and at present i make use of a PC for playing my games. We are in the process of building our new house and once that is completed then i can buy the Play Station. I have seen that many of the gamers are already using the Play station as it is the best gaming platform as of now.

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    Cyberpunked 2077



    CD Projekt Red, a developer whose stock has sagged 40 percent since it launched the long-awaited, much-hyped Cyberpunk 2077, has finally acknowledged that it launched an unacceptable, execrable product as far as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are concerned.

    To quickly recap: Prior to the launch of CP2077, CDPR refused to give out game codes for anything but the PC version. On launch day, gamers found out why. The game is horribly blurred on last-gen consoles. Its TAA implementation doesn’t appear to work effectively at the 720p (or less) resolution that last-gen consoles maintain, and the game looks far worse than other open-world titles that have debuted for last-gen consoles.

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    Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984 may leave you with a few unanswered questions.

    If you've experienced the neon delights of Wonder Woman 1984 in theaters or on HBO Max, you might be wondering about that ending. Let's dive into the ninth movie in the DC Extended Universe, and hopefully answer your burning questions.

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    The 38 best games on Nintendo Switch

    Sony and Microsoft are kicking off the next generation of video game consoles in November with the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. They'll both cost a bundle and could be nearly impossible to obtain this holiday season. Thankfully Nintendo already has a horse in the race with the Switch. Unlike any PlayStation or Xbox, the Switch can be played on your TV screen or on the go. (There's also the Nintendo Switch Lite, which costs $100 less, which plays nearly all of the same games, but can't be connected to a TV.)

    To be clear, the Switch made its debut back in 2017, so it's not going toe-to-toe with the graphical prowess of the next-gen consoles. But the Switch's flexibility in moving locations -- even if it's just room to room -- and the fact that it's the only place you can play the latest and greatest Nintendo-exclusive franchises like Zelda, Mario, Pokemon and Animal Crossing gives it an advantage 2020's shiny new consoles will have a tough time countering. In fact, unlike Nintendo's previous Wii and Wii U consoles, the Switch has built up a huge library of games, including plenty of third-party titles and some games that can already be considered bona fide classics.

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    Google to open up its office facilities for COVID-19 vaccine clinics

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    Richard Nieva/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday said the company will make its office facilities available for COVID-19 vaccination clinics, as tech giants aim to speed up distribution efforts in the US.

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    GameStop, other retail darlings dented after Reddit group briefly shuts doors


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    BENGALURU/NEW YORK (Jan 28): A slugfest between Wall Street and Main Street took an unexpected turn late on Wednesday after moderators of a stock trading forum that has helped fuel massive rallies in the shares of GameStop temporarily closed its doors.

    Shares of GameStop and other companies tumbled in extended trading after Wallstreetbets, a discussion forum popular with retail traders on the Reddit website, briefly turned invitation-only. They pared those losses around an hour later, when the forum opened back up.

    "We have grown to the kind of size we only dreamed of in the time it takes to get a bad night's sleep. We've got so many comments and submissions that we can't possibly even read them all, let alone act on them as moderators," read a message from the group's moderators after Wallstreetbets reopened.

    Shares of GameStop, AMC Entertainment, Koss Corp and BlackBerry all dropped at least 20% moments after the shuttering of the forum, highlighting the role it has played in fueling stock rallies that many say have been driven primarily by retail investors.

    Earlier in the day, amateur traders chalked one up versus Wall Street as hedge funds suffered heavy losses on short positions in GameStop, and regulators and financial professionals called for more scrutiny of trading fueled by anonymous social media posts.

    In the latest skirmish in a week-long battle between Wall Street and Main Street, funds sold long positions in stocks to pay for losses shorting GameStop, contributing to a slide of more than 2% in Wall Street's main indexes.

    "We are moving to a world where ordinary folk have the same access as professionals and can come to the same conclusion or maybe the opposite," technology investor Chamath Palihapitiya told CNBC. "The solution is more transparency on the institutional side, not less access for retail."

    The market turmoil caught the attention of the White House, with press secretary Jen Psaki saying President Joe Biden's economic team ó including Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on her first full day on the job ó was "monitoring the situation."

    Massachusetts state regulator William Galvin called on NYSE to suspend GameStop for 30 days to allow a cooling-off period.

    "This isnít investing, this is gambling," he said in an interview. "This is obviously contrived."

    Nasdaq chief Adena Friedman said exchanges and regulators should watch whether anonymous social media posts could be driving "pump and dump" schemes.

    "If we see a significant rise in the chatter on social media ... and we also match that up against unusual trading activity, we will potentially halt that stock to allow ourselves to investigate the situation," Friedman said on CNBC.

    The US Securities and Exchange Commission said it was aware of the market volatility and working with fellow regulators to "assess the situation and review the activities of regulated entities, financial intermediaries, and other market participants."

    US Senator Elizabeth Warren, long critical of Wall Street, called on regulators to take action.

    ďFor years, the same hedge funds, private equity firms, and wealthy investors dismayed by the GameStop trades have treated the stock market like their own personal casino while everyone else pays the price,Ē Warren said on Twitter.

    ďIt's long past time for the SEC and other financial regulators to wake up and do their jobs.Ē

    Reddit has not been contacted by authorities over stock surges driven by a message board on the platform, a spokeswoman said.

    Game on

    The war began when famed short seller Andrew Left of Citron Capital bet against GameStop and was met with a barrage of retail traders betting the other way. Citron has been a target on Wallstreetbets.

    Left said in a video post that Citron abandoned its bet against GameStop after the video game retailer's value soared almost tenfold in a fortnight.

    "I have respect for the market," Left said in the post.

    Melvin Capital Management closed out its short position in GameStop on Tuesday after taking a huge loss.

    Shares of GameStop surged 135% during Wednesday's trading session, bringing their gain since Jan 12 to about 1,700% and ballooning its market capitalization to US$24 billion.

    US shares of BlackBerry jumped 33%, bringing their gain in 2021 to 279%, while movie theater operator AMC surged 300% and is now up over 800% year to date.

    Along with Finnish technology firm Nokia Oyj, those companies were among the most heavily traded, with Reddit threads humming with chatter about the stocks. Nokia said it was not aware of any reason for the continuing surge in its share price.

    Such inflated stocks will eventually fall back to their fair value, predicted Ryan Detrick, senior market strategist at LPL Financial in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    "It does have a David and Goliath feel, where the Reddit crowd is taking on the most shorted stocks by the largest hedge funds in the world and winning."

    BlackRock Inc, the world's largest asset manager, could have made gains of about US$2.4 billion on its investment in GameStop. Its share holdings amounted to roughly a 13% stake as of Dec 31, 2020, a regulatory filing showed.

    According to research firm S3 Partners, total short interest in GameStop was US$10.6 billion as of Wednesday. In the last seven days the short has increased by US$117 million, or 1.1%, as the stock price surged.

    Year-to-date, GameStop shorts have lost US$19.15 billion, including US$9.85 billion on Wednesday at a US$285 share price, according to Ihor Dusaniwsky, S3's managing director of predictive analytics.

    "These large mark-to-market losses will be squeezing many existing shorts out of their positions, but we are still seeing new short sellers taking their place as they look to short at the top and ride a windfall of profits," he said.

    Long dismissed as "dumb money," retail traders have made stocks move in ways that defy fundamental analysis. Global bets worth billions of dollars could be at risk as amateurs challenge bearish positions of influential funds.

    Experts are debating whether these massive share moves should be considered ominous signs for the market.

    Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian said the rise of retail investors is healthy, however.

    "That's the sentiment, the public doing what they feel has been done to them by institutions," Ohanian said in a tweet on Wednesday.

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