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First look at del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities is magically macabre

A master of horror gives a first look at some of the twisted nightmares and violent delights from his new anthology series, Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities. Halloween might be the furthest thing on people's minds in the dog days of August, but a new first look teaser for Netflix's new anthology series, Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of...

Intel turns to code translation to run old DirectX9 games on its newest GPUs

Enlarge / Team Fortress 2 is one of several still-popular games that use the DirectX9 API instead of a more modern version. (credit: Valve) Intel's graphics marketing team is currently in the middle of an expectations-setting PR blitz around its upcoming Arc GPUs. Partly because of immature drivers, the new graphics cards generally...

NFL Blitz arcade games will relaunch as Arcade1Up cabinet exclusive

NFL Blitz returns in three-quarters scale. [credit: Arcade1Up ] The good news is that NFL Blitz's golden era of arcade games is coming back. The bad news is how limited this collection of beloved games will be. Games from the earliest...

Google adds instant cloud-streaming button to web searches for games

Enlarge / A good Stadia idea finally comes to Google. (credit: Google / Sam Machkovech) The earliest sales pitch for Stadia, the Google streaming service that beams high-end video games to web browsers via the cloud, included the idea that it might work as simply as Googling your favorite game. You might search for a popular game to...

Amazon studio plans lighthearted show of Ring surveillance footage

Enlarge / Amazon's combining its endless reach with its constant surveillance—but for laughs. (credit: Getty Images) For some people, the term "Ring Nation" might evoke a warrantless surveillance dystopia overseen by an omnipotent megacorp. To Amazon-owned MGM, Ring Nation is a clip show hosted by comedian Wanda Sykes, featuring dancing...

Disney-owned streaming trifecta unveils price hikes, ad-supported Disney+

Enlarge (credit: Disney) Since its launch in 2019, Disney+ has only slightly jumped in subscription costs for both monthly and annual fees. If active subscribers don't check their account settings when a major Disney+ change goes live later this year, they won't notice a difference in their bills, as the streaming service's "base" price...

Intel tests show its Arc A750 GPU beating an RTX 3060, if only you could buy one

Enlarge / Intel's as-yet-unreleased Arc A750 Limited Edition card. The "Limited Edition" GPUs appear to be reference models along the lines of Nvidia's Founder's Edition cards and AMD's first-party graphics cards. (credit: Intel) Intel still hasn't announced a release date for its Arc dedicated graphics cards, but the company has conducted...

PlayStation Plus’ highest tier slams to an apparent halt on classic games

Enlarge (credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment) As Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass service continues racking up subscribers, its biggest competitor Sony recently swiped back with changes and upgrades to its PlayStation Plus service. The lead-up to PlayStation Plus' relaunch required a few explainers, particularly its varying prices and...

Were bones of Waterloo soldiers sold as fertilizer? It’s not yet case closed

Enlarge / The Morning after the Battle of Waterloo, by John Heaviside Clark, 1816. (credit: Public domain) When Napoleon was infamously defeated at Waterloo in 1815, the conflict left a battlefield littered with thousands of corpses and the inevitable detritus of war. But what happened to all those dead bodies? Only one full skeleton...

You can finally play Sony’s Spider-Man on PC—but it’s not all good news (yet)

Enlarge / All images in this review were personally captured by Sam Machkovech on various PCs, unless otherwise specified. (The game's handy "photo mode" helps on this front, though such images are still representative of real-time gameplay.) (credit: Sony / Insomniac / Nixxes) In two days, the 2018 hit game Marvel's Spider-Man will...

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