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BioWare’s intense new ‘Anthem’ trailer finally dishes on story details


Initial hype for BioWare’s answer to Destiny, the upcoming online multiplayer Anthem, was pretty tepid. It looked like every other cookie cutter never-ending co-op shooty game, a genre quickly becoming oversaturated.

But now the newly released 2018 Game Awards trailer has revealed more about Anthem‘s story. And it’s clear the studio behind Mass Effect is distinguishing its game by focusing on what they do best: telling engaging narratives.

Most notably, the trailer revealed the game’s main villain, the Monitor.

Giving off very Darth Vader meets Thanos vibes, the Monitor believes he can harness the chaotic power of the mysterious Anthem force — for good, he claims. But ending the needless suffering of the world will require authoritarian control. Read more…

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These old and obsolete tech products actually make great gifts


This holiday season, while everyone else is giving and receiving the year’s hottest new tech items, why not do something a little different?

Give the gift of old and absolutely out-of-date technology to the geek in your life this year! (We’re not kidding.)

iPhones and iPads are more expensive than ever. The latest video game console bundles are already sold out. And the techie who already has all the newest gear is expecting you to give them that annual iTunes gift card. Change it up; surprise your loved one with the gift of retro technology.

Here are a few gift ideas that will have you reminiscing about the good old days and leave your gift recipient’s mouth agape (which could be good or bad, but it’ll certainly be fun!). Read more…

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Sony PlayStation Classic review: The graphics are weak, but the fun is real


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For almost two weeks, I’ve been living life like it was 1994 thanks to Sony’s PlayStation Classic.

The $99.99 system, like Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classic before it, is yet another miniaturized game console pre-loaded with games from a bygone era.

Sony’s tiny console is a fraction of the size of the original (and unfortunately doesn’t play original PS1 CDs) and comes with two faithfully reproduced controllers.

It’s one of the nicest throwback tech products in years and made me nostalgic of the early days of games with 3D graphics, while simultaneously making me realize I’m now old. I was seven when the PlayStation launched in Japan in 1994 and nine when my childhood best friend got one for Christmas two years later and we got to eventually play classics like Rayman, Crash Bandicoot, and Final Fantasy VII in his attic. Read more…

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