Tuesday, October 4

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This Deluxe Steam Deck Kickstand Makes A Huge Difference

Photo: KotakuWhile the Steam Deck, Valve’s souped-up mini PC, offers a wealth of gaming experiences in a portable format, the lack of a kickstand has been a sore spot. Enter the Deckmate: A simple, plastic bracket that lets you attach not just a very handy kickstand, but also several other specialized mounting solutions to the back of the Deck.The Deckmate is the brainchild of product design engineer Siri Ramos. Ramos has described how the Steam Deck community’s enthusiasm and support has helped them grow what was once a fun personal project into a fully featured product. To be sure, the community’s love for small maker-style projects is evident just from scrolling through r/SteamDeck. The Deckmate evolved from a series of prototypes and early 3D-printed parts to a professional-feeling fin...
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Logitech’s Game Pass Streaming Handheld Is Too Expensive

Having a (relatively) small device that can play basically any big game on it is a cool idea, and that’s what I love about Valve’s Steam Deck. But the Deck can be a bit bulky, and its battery just doesn’t last sometimes. Plus it doesn’t work easily with Xbox Game Pass. So the idea of a new, smaller handheld dedicated to streaming Game Pass and Xbox titles sounds great! However, at $300, it seems too expensive in a world where the Steam Deck and Switch OLED exist at around the same price point. Announced today by Microsoft and Logitech, the new G Cloud handheld gaming console is a small Android-powered device built around streaming video games. 10 years ago this would have seemed like a weird idea. But today, you can stream practically every game across most platforms with enough tinkering....
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Star Citizen Site Has Now Raised Over Half A Billion Dollars

Image: Cloud ImperiumStar Citizen, a video game that exists as a Forever Promise, was first revealed to the world back in 2012 via a Kickstarter campaign that raised $2.1 million. In the decade since, through the announcements of spin-offs, modules, in-game economies and countless other features and half-baked ideas, the game seems no closer to an actual release.One thing it has accomplished, though, is make some money. Lots of money. As pointed out earlier today in this Reddit post, the game’s official “funds raised” tracker on its website just ticked over the $500 million mark. At time of posting it stands at $500,089,473 raised, from 4,096,539 backers. Half a billion dollars. For a video game that has been in development for over a decade. Were this five years ago, this is the point whe...
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Big GTA VI Leak Shows How Blockbuster Video Games Are Made

Last night a ton of videos leaked online that are likely from Grand Theft Auto VI, a video game currently in development and probably years away from release. The footage is rough, in many instances using little more than placeholder assets, and it is both the most remarkable and most normal thing you’ll see this week.It’s remarkable, of course, because of the scale of the leaks. This is one of the biggest video games series on the planet. Rockstar are notoriously secretive. To get any kind of credible leak out of a Rockstar game development studio is rare; to get footage like this is unprecedented. Yet it’s also normal because this is what a video game in development looks like. It’s supposed to be rough, because it’s not finished. Comparing the “game” in this footage to the finished prod...
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Out & About | Arts & Entertainment

Paintings from the “Paint Kingsport 2022!” art show have moved from the Renaissance Center to Impressions Fine Art, 246 Broad St. The show, which depicts scenes of Kingsport by local plein air artists, will be on display at its new location through Sept. 18. All paintings are painted by local artists from the Kingsport Art Guild and feature scenes painted on location in downtown Kingsport, Bays Mountain, Exchange Place and more. The Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University presents “Local Art in the Age of the 2020 Global Pandemic,” an exhibition featuring the work of 40 artists living or working in Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District during the earl...
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Classic Jurassic Park Scene Recreated In PlayStation Game

The video you’re about to watch was built in Dreams, which is a video game but also some kind of mystical toolset that allows you to make anything.You may have seen many, often confusing Dreams videos if you spend long enough on forums or Twitter. I say confusing because the game is so flexible, and powerful, that many of its best creations start looking almost identical to the things they’re trying to recreate or pay homage to.I wrote about a Sonic the Hedgehog game last year, for example, that...looked just like something Sega would have released 5-10 years ago. Jack Yarwood’s excellent feature on the game for us in 2020 contained a bunch of other excellent examples as well, from static images (like the one below) to game homages.Screenshot: Martin NebelongThe video I want to talk about ...
Out & About | Arts & Entertainment
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Out & About | Arts & Entertainment

Paintings from the “Paint Kingsport 2022!” art show have moved from the Renaissance Center to Impressions Fine Art, 246 Broad St. The show, which depicts scenes of Kingsport by local plein air artists, will be on display at its new location through Sept. 18. All paintings are painted by local artists from the Kingsport Art Guild and feature scenes painted on location in downtown Kingsport, Bays Mountain, Exchange Place and more. The Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University presents “Local Art in the Age of the 2020 Global Pandemic,” an exhibition featuring the work of 40 artists living or working in Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District during the earl...
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Kiwi Farms Flees To Russia After Cloudflare Takes Site Offline

Photo: GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT (Getty Images)Kiwi Farms, an internet cesspit that has birthed countless hate campaigns over the last decade, has finally had concrete action taken against it after internet security provider Cloudflare essentially took the site offline.Last month trans political commentator and streamer Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti was forced to flee her home after threats originating from users of the site, which led to the creation of the hashtag #DropKiwifarms, which was an attempt to target Cloudflare—the provider of security for the forum—and convince them to drop support for the site.While Cloudflare was initially reluctant to budge on the issue, they relented last week and blocked Kiwi Farms, while going to great lengths to explain in a blog post that the move was down t...
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Call Of Duty Remains On PlayStation A Few More Years

Sony gets “several more years” of joint custody over Call of Duty with Microsoft.Photo: Activision / Kotaku / Barone Firenze (Shutterstock) (Shutterstock)Good news PlayStation Call of Duty players: Microsoft says you get to have “several more years” of playing the shoot-bang game on your Sony console. According to The Verge, earlier this year Microsoft’s Xbox boss Phil Spencer made that commitment to PlayStation boss Jim Ryan in a written letter saying that Call of Duty wasn’t going to disappear off the PlayStation storefront anytime soon if Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is approved by regulators.“In January, we provided a signed agreement to Sony to guarantee Call of Duty on PlayStation, with feature and content parity, for at least several more years beyond the current S...