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Help! My Boyfriend Gets Really Depressed Whenever He Loses a Video Game.

Slate

Jenée Desmond-Harris is online weekly to chat live with readers. Here's an edited transcript of this week's chat. Q. Starcraft slump: My boyfriend is a kind, caring, loving man, and I am mostly satisfied with our relationship. His main hobby is the online game Starcraft, and he spends maybe 10 to 15 hours a week on it, usually a game each evening. The problem is that if he loses a game, it can color his mood for days. There are usually like two to three days a month where he's down in the dumps because of this.


Facebook's NetHack Challenge 2021 is open for entries

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NetHack is an open source roguelike game which only supports a single player environment. It includes permadeath and procedure wise level generation, It is known as the hardest video game to ace. NetHack was launched in July 1987, it was relaunched on 8 March 2020. Facebook has launched the NetHack Challenge at the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems. The NetHack Challenge at Neur IPS 2021 will be the most accessible AI challenge that will pave the way for further research in AI.


E3 2021: 4 Indie Games To Look Forward To

International Business Times

While the teasers, announcements and presentations of big publishers often steal the show at every E3 convention, there are always some games made by smaller developers that can immediately grab the attention of gamers. This year's E3 hosts a number of wonderfully artistic and charming indie games that some attendees may have overlooked. E3 2021 featured the Guerrilla Collective, a digital festival of sorts that's dedicated to putting lesser-known developers and publishers in the spotlight. This year, they showed off over 70 new games across a plethora of genres, from action-adventure to horror and everything in between. Here are some of the most interesting indie games to look forward to this year.


E3 2021: Razer's super-fast 14-inch video game laptop, plus Project Hazel face mask

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Video game hardware company Razer debuted what it called the world's most powerful 14-inch gaming laptop at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The Razer Blade 14, available to order now starting at $1,799 on razer.com, At only 0.66 inches thin and weighing less than four pounds, the Blade 14 "is like a laptop that is 10 years in the future," said Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said Monday during an online E3 presentation. The laptop has THX Spatial Audio 7.1 surround sound, promises 12 hours of battery life. Higher tech configurations with a QHD display – improved resolution over the full HD display – and faster graphics chips than the standard GeForce RTX 3060 run more: QHD and GeForce RTX 3070 ($2,199.99)


E3 2021: NFTs are coming to 'Blankos Block Party' and other video games

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Could NFTs become a fixture in video games? At least one publisher, Mythical Games, is betting on it. The Los Angeles-based game maker already has some big names including luxury clothier Burberry and DJ deadmau5 ready to create special high-tech playable collectibles in its new online multiplayer game "Blankos Block Party" this summer. "Blankos Block Party" is an colorful art-filled open-world game where you can explore an ever-growing variety of racing, tag, collection and shooting levels, build your own levels and create competitive mini-parties with friends. Mythical announced early access for the free PC game Monday at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) – go to blankos.com


Xbox and Bethesda dropped a *ton* of sweet game trailers at their E3 kickoff

Mashable

Microsoft and Bethesda Softworks kicked off their E3 2021 on Sunday afternoon with an extended onslaught of reveals and new trailer drops from the two storied publishers. It was notably the first E3 press conference for either of them since Microsoft's blockbuster Bethesda acquisition in 2020. That's especially notable because both brands have, in recent years especially, tended to dominate many of the headlines coming out of E3 with their surprises and big-name exclusives. Now, with everything from Elder Scrolls to Halo to Doom to Minecraft all under the same corporate stewardship, two blockbuster press conferences have merged into one. Here are all the major reveals.


E3 2021: The 5 biggest video game announcements so far include space, vampires, fantasy and ... Master Chief

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

It's only Sunday yet video game fans have been greeted with several big revelations about what they'll play this holiday and beyond. The Electronic Entertainment Expo, E3, is one of the most important events for the video game industry, as fans and retailers get a taste of what to expect from the biggest game publishers. Thursday kicked things off with the Summer Game Fest featuring several game announcements, followed by events from publishers including Ubisoft, Square Enix, Microsoft, Bethesda and more. Although there are still a couple more days of E3 news and reveals, here's a breakdown of the biggest game announcements so far: E3 2021:'Starfield,' 'Redfall,' 'Halo Infinite' and more reveals from Xbox games showcase'Hardcore tile management':Why Upwords is the superior word game (ahem Scrabble) The hype for this upcoming role-playing game has been well deserved, bringing together the creative talents of George R.R. Martin, the author behind the Game of Thrones series, and Hidetaka Miyazaki, who worked on beloved video game properties "Dark Souls" and "Bloodborne." Publisher Bandai Namco says the game will feature a "vast and seamless landscape" with natural weather and time-of-day progression.


'Starfield': Todd Howard discusses Bethesda's new space-based RPG

Washington Post - Technology News

That's how Bethesda Game Studios Executive Producer Todd Howard described the upcoming game "Starfield" in an exclusive video interview with The Washington Post. "Starfield," in development since 2017, represents the first new IP in 25 years for Bethesda, the video game studio behind the critically acclaimed action role-playing series "The Elder Scrolls" and "Fallout." The new space-based role-playing game will be released Nov. 11 of 2022 for PC and Xbox Series X and S. Because of major technological leaps since "Skyrim," the last Elder Scrolls installment from 2011, Howard said "Starfield" will be much more robust than that title, which won numerous game of the year awards. The first video footage of "Starfield," which kicked off the Microsoft/Bethesda joint presentation during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Sunday, shows a fraction of the breadth of this brand new universe. How big could it get?


Watch the first multiplayer trailer for 'Halo Infinite'

Engadget

Microsoft offered a fresh look at Halo Infinite during its E3 2021 presentation. To start, developer 343 Industries shared a new clip from the game's single-player campaign, showing off a sequence where Master Chief navigates a section of a low-gravity level with his new grappling hook tool. He then meets a new artificial intelligence that looks like Dr. Catherine Halsey and in turn Cortana. Just as he takes the AI with him, the clip ends. Microsoft then showed off a first-look at Halo Infinite's multiplayer.


E3 2021: What new video games are coming to Xbox? How to watch the Microsoft, Bethesda Softworks show

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Day Two of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is headlined by a showcase event from Microsoft and Bethesda Softworks. Remember, the software titan acquired the maker of games such as "The Elder Scrolls" and "Fallout" last year. The annual video game convention was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year's event, which runs through Tuesday, will be online only. Among the games, many are most anticipating updates about are 343 Industries' "Halo Infinite," due later this year for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Windows PCs, and "Starfield," a space epic announced by Bethesda in 2018.