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'Shift Happens' is a gorgeous book about the story of keyboards

As I pound my fingers dutifully into the square panels in front of me to create words, I realise my ignorance. While mechanical keyboards are in my wheelhouse, I don't really know much about how keyboards got where they are today. There's hundreds of years of development behind these things. How did we get from the first commercial typewriters of the...

Make the great Lord Sauron himself jealous with this LOTR keyboard

Drop's newest collab with Middle-earth Enterprises brings us the Black Speech Keyboard. Not only does this mechanical 60% gaming keyboard come with real Black Speech characters written across the keycaps, it also features the piercing gaze of the Great Eye, lidless, wreathed in flame.Drop's previous installations of Lord of the Rings gaming keyboards...

Where to find Slurp barrels in Fortnite

It's frosty outside and a brand new set of Fortnite challenges called "Slurp on Ice" are skating onto the weekly quest lineup. The sixth quest tasks you with finding and destroying Slurp barrels that will grant you +10 HP when they explode. We've got you covered on the most optimal strategies for tracking down those slippery barrels so you can collect...

Production has begun on EA's singleplayer Iron Man game

In September, Electronic Arts announced that a singleplayer Iron Man game was in pre-production. That game, which is being developed by a team at EA Motive in Montreal in collaboration with Marvel, is now officially being worked on, as a recent AMA on Reddit (via GamesRadar) revealed.While the team responsible for the well-received Dead Space remake...

Here's when to earn Hogwarts Legacy Twitch drops for special cosmetics

Hogwarts Legacy has queued up five special student cosmetic items that you can earn only through Twitch Drops, four of which you'll get from watching anyone playing the game while the last is specifically being handed out to viewers of the official Avalanche Software launch week livestreams. To set things up so you can claim your rewards, start by creating...

Final Fantasy 14 dispute ends in the death of its most popular mod

Ask a Final Fantasy 14 diehard what mods they use and many of them will say GShade, a fork of Reshade that lets you customize the game's visuals. GShade has long been the tool to make the MMO (and several other games) look pretty for screenshots, allowing you to add shaders for a more vibrant or avant-garde aesthetic.GShade, at least for the moment,...

Hearthstone Mercenaries is getting one last big update before Blizzard mothballs the mode forever

Blizzard's reveal of Hearthstone's Mercenaries mode in September 2021 was, as we put it not too delicately, "a masterclass in how not to announce a game." Despite that inauspicious beginning, it actually turned out to have real potential: Hearthstone streamer and podcaster Ben "RidiculousHat" Goodman said that after a few days with it, "I feel the pull...

Diablo 4's open beta might be real soon

When Blizzard set Diablo 4's release date to June 6, it also announced that it would get an open beta. Right now, you can't sign up for it anywhere, but if you preorder the game, you're promised early access. According to the game's producer, it might be coming very soon.Last week, Diablo 4 producer Rod Fergusson wrote on Twitter that the start date...

No, Avalanche Studios did not develop Hogwarts Legacy, you're thinking of the other Avalanche

I was a little confused when I first read that Avalanche was making the Harry Potter RPG Hogwarts Legacy—it seemed like a real step sideways for a studio best known for Mad Max and the Just Cause games. It turns out that I really was confused, because it's not that Avalanche at all, so now I'm here to help everyone else get it straight.The Avalanche...

Hi-Fi Rush is proof that Unreal Engine games can be gloriously stutter-free

A specific frustration has been building among PC gamers for the last couple years: despite the massive leaps in power from modern graphics cards, CPUs and SSDs, the biggest games in the world often still launch with persistent stuttering issues that faster hardware just can't solve. It's a game design—or game engine—problem, leading to threads on Reddit...

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