The Madden tournament shooting was a traumatic event for video gamers, casting the specter of violent death over a formerly innocent setting. As they expressed grief and shock online, some headed to a website that seemed custom built to address their emotions: the Twitch channel of Chicago-area gamer SheSnaps.The raven-haired, trucker-mouthed, relentlessly positive 32-year-old has become what one fan calls “the mama bear” of gaming enthusiasts, leading discussions about mental health with her 55,000 followers, known as the Snap Pack. It’s an unusual venue for an often-taboo topic but demand has been keen, leading SheSnaps to expand into podcasts and public speaking. When the shooting came up during a recent livestream, she empathized with those fearful about their safety, and rue
Much has been said about Red Dead Redemption 2 in the days leading upto its release. One of the hot-button topics surrounding the game is its file size. Previously rumoured to be 105GB and then 50GB, with Sony and Microsoft confirming a Red Dead Redemption 2 download size closer to 90GB, many wonder if it would be playable from the game's disc without requiring an additional download. An eager gamer on gaming forum ResetEra confirmed that Red Dead Redemption 2 can be played on PS4 at least, without an extra download."We would like to inform you that you can keep the pre-order as Red Dead Redemption 2 will be fully functional and playable from the disc on PS4," an email from Rockstar Games' support team reads. It's unclear if this is the case with the Xbox One version of the game at the
It`s a curse of modern life: We`re constantly on our phone, which means the battery runs down and sometimes dies, inevitably when we need the phone themost. Consumer Reports tests dozens of smartphones each year. Its experts reveal some simple tricks to keep your battery running as long as possible. Consumer Reports says the bottom line is that phones do so much more than they used to. And while batteries last longer, things like streaming video, games, and apps that frequently refresh can eat up battery life. If you realize that you`re running low on battery power, you can switch to low power mode. And in extreme cases you can turn on airplane mode, but you`ll lose cell service. If your phone doesn`t have a low power mode, try these tips: Lower the screen brightness or set it
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FIFA 19 new modes and changes - Kick Off Mode changes and moreThere's another pretty whopping range of changes coming to FIFA 19 this year, with three real headliners: the new "Active Touch System" for how you control the ball, a new Timed Finishing system for how you take your shots, and a new Kick Off mode that brings a massive (and long overdue) quality-of-life improvement over the original. Let's run through them.New Kick Off Mode explainedKick Off is still Kick Off, but now there are a range of improvements coming to make it a bit more flexible and enjoyable for regular players. Here's a quick list of what's new:You can now play the Champions League final if you want - still with teams of your choice, but with the commentary, setting and all the usual pazzazz of the final itself (t...
This summer, Facebook launched Fb.gg, its online gaming hub and Twitch competitor, designed to attract game streamers and their fans to watch videos on Facebook instead of on rival sites. The destination shows videos based on which games and streaming celebrities users follow, plus Liked Pages and Groups, and other featured suggestions of what to watch. Now, Fb.gg is expanding to mobile with its launch on Android. The new app, first spotted by Sensor Tower, arrived just a few days ago and is currently in beta testing. According to its description on Google Play, the app allows gamers and fans to discover a “universe of gaming content,” connect with creators and join communities, and play instant games like Everwing, Words with Friends, Basketball FRVR, and others. From the screen
Cyber security is no joke. It may seem like a non-issue when referring to the likes of Fortnite or other video games, but keep in mind that there is still privileged information you’re entrusting to gaming companies, information that can be used by unwanted parties for reasons that surely will not benefit the account’s original owner. Epic Games would like to remind you that security is an important feature in keeping an account with them, and would like to impart tips on how to maintain efficient account security, something everyone should read up on in light of the recent account merging and unlinking coming in the wake of Sony’s cross-platform allowance. Below are some suggestions, as well as things to look out for if you’re a new and current user of Epic Games’ account system:Fake F
Google recently opened registration for test runs of its game streaming platform currently called Project Stream, and it did so with a big name game: Assassin's Creed Odyssey. While the game recently launched for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, those who get into Project Stream can play the entire game through the Google Chrome web browser up until January 15, 2019. We at GameSpot received access to it and played Odyssey for a bit to get some general impressions of how the game ran.Our system has an Intel Core i7-8700K CPU, GTX 1070 GPU, and 32GB of RAM, but these specs are irrelevant as game streaming relies solely on the quality of your internet connection. Instead of running the game off of local hardware, it runs off a remote server and the video feed is sent to the Chrome window that has th...
This is certainly up for debate, but an argument could be made that the internet is perhaps the greatest invention of mankind since electricity. We are able to connect to friends and family, find information at the touch of a button and order pizza with a click or even your fingerprint. However, when you’re surfing the information superhighway, it’s important to be safe. Everything I’ve just described involves a certain amount of your personal information. You don’t want someone getting grandma’s top-secret cookie recipe, finding out what health conditions you have by looking at your Google searches or getting your credit card number when you order a large supreme. While all of these things could happen if you’re not careful, it’s no reason to turn off your computer and smash it to bit