Today is the 40th anniversary of Pac-Man, one of the world’s leading cultural icons. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Twitch announced its first “integrated” game, the multiplayer Pac-Man Live Studio. But for some, NVIDIA’s AI-recreation of the original Pac-Man may overshadow any new installments in the series.
There’s no such thing as too many frames per second. Razer’s hardware line is embracing this mantra with the 2020 refresh of the Blade Pro 17, its largest and most bombastic laptop. It’s offered in two screen options: a 4K, 120hz panel, which is already pretty spiffy, or a 1080p panel that can blast its refresh rate to 300 hertz.
When you think of kicking it with the boys, stealing cars is just, like, part of it. And now, you can steal cars for free thanks to the Epic Games Store. Wait—let me back up: digital cars. In Grand Theft Auto 5. I guess stealing real cars is always free, but it’s also illegal. GTA V is both free and legal, so it’s a better choice.
If you’ve been thinking about getting into Virtual Reality, one of the most accessible options you can find is the Oculus Quest. You don’t need a gaming computer, and it comes with everything you need to get started. But it’s nearly always out of stock. Today’s your lucky day, as right now you can grab 64 GB and 128 GB varieties, but we don’t expect it to last long.
Video games can be a great way to spend time with your kids—overcoming challenges and completing objectives (even digital ones) together is satisfying and, more importantly, fun. And, the Switch is great for local co-op—not only does the console come with two (admittedly limited) controllers out of the box, but Nintendo has just always been the go-to option for couch multiplayer.
Tabletop games are a great way to have fun with your friends (or end up furious at them—looking at you, Monopoly). And with these fun resources, you can play tabletop games together without even being in the same room.
Stadio continues to work on beefing up its game catalog. And while the latest two games aren’t new, they’re new to the gaming streaming service. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris and Kona are coming to Stadia, along with Marvel’s Avengers, The Elder Scrolls Online, and SUPERHOT.
Got an extra $1,800 lying around? Razer just announced its 2020 Blade Stealth 13, which features a 13.3-inch 120Hz display—the fastest display found in any ultrabook. The new Blade Stealth 13 starts at $1,800 and is available for order today.
Facebook wants to take on Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer in the game streaming market. And while the social network already has a browser site you can watch and create streams from, the company is ready to branch out. Today it released an Android app, dubbed Facebook Gaming, that lets you view and interact with game streamers. And you can stream your Android gameplay as well.
Stadia works best with a Chromecast, but the platform’s 1.45 update helps expand usability for web and mobile gamers. Now, browser users have access to 5.1 surround sound audio and an on-screen keyboard for typing with a gamepad. Mobile users now receive connection-quality notifications while gaming in the Stadia app.