March 8, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

Dell just released a glimpse of its more updated G15 gaming laptop with GeForce RTX 3000 and a redesigned thermal system.The laptop, revealed Tuesday morning in China where it goes on sale first, will feature a 15.6-inch 360Hz screen with low blue light, 4-zone RGB lighting, and a redesigned chassis.As a more cost-effective (ahem, cheaper) gaming laptop compared to Dell’s Alienware line, the G15 chassis is made of plastic. Dell said it uses low-VOC, water-based paint that is both durable and environmentally conscious. DellWhat’s curious is Dell didn’t actually say what CPUs the laptop would be based on. Instead, the…

March 8, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

After months of price markups and near-invisible stock, it looks like you can finally buy AMD’s awesome Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 7 5800X at list price again.We’ve been watching AMD’s more mainstream CPU models, and they’ve mostly been out of stock, or selling for 50 percent above their list prices.In the last week or two, though, we’ve found the Ryzen 7 5800X at its MSRP of $449 on AmazonRemove non-product link, and the Ryzen 5 5600X selling for $335 on AmazonRemove non-product link. That’s a bit above its list price, but Newegg is selling it right at its $300…

March 8, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

It’s International Women’s Day, and to celebrate we decided to pair two women at the top of their field in the video game and entertainment space to have a conversation about their careers, what they’re working on, advice for newcomers, and a lot more. Please enjoy producer Deborah Snyder, best known for bringing the DCEU to life, who has most recently been working on Zach Snyder’s Justice League and Army of the Dead, in conversation with Kiki Wolfkill, formerly Executive Producer at 343 Industries and current  Studio Head of Halo Transmedia and Entertainment, currently shooting the upcoming Halo TV series….

March 8, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

V1 Interactive, the development studio behind RTS-inspired first-person shooter Disintegration, is closing its doors today. In an announcement to Twitter today, the studio thanked its staff for their work over the last five years, with CEO and founder Marcus Lehto adding in a separate tweet that this news was not coming as a shock to the studio’s employees. “We’ve been transparent with them about the state of things for months and are making this decision now so they still have ample time to search for new jobs while being supported by our studio,” he said. As of the middle of…

March 8, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

Update 03/08/2021: Crystal Dynamics has has clarified how XP progression will change in Marvel’s Avengers, accepting that it had caused confusion in its first announcement of the move. On Reddit, the official developer account for the game wrote, “We did not change XP to increase grind for grind’s sake. Our initial blog was not comprehensive enough to convey what we were doing and why….so we caused confusion,…we get it.” In the clarification, the developer explains that the progression curve will now mean that players level up faster than before at low levels, and take longer than before at higher levels –…

March 8, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

If you collected Pokemon cards in your youth, chances are you have an old shoe box storing your collection somewhere in mom’s basement. Rare Pokemon cards have been known to sell for hundreds if not thousands of dollars, but how can you tell if your cards are actually worth anything? Here’s how to determine if your Pokemon cards are valuable collector’s items or just a pile of cardboard nostalgia. We’re going to cover the two main factors that go into determining a Pokemon card’s value (rarity and condition) and then explain how to learn a card’s worth and where you…

March 8, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

Six Days In Fallujah publisher Victura has said that it understands the events of its game are “inseparable from politics”, somewhat contradicting the comments of company CEO Peter Tamte last month. In February, Tamte said the game is not attempting to “make a political commentary about whether or not the war itself was a good or a bad idea,” and “will not grapple with the political machinations that led to the titular conflict.” The comments drew criticism for, among other things, seemingly displaying a wish to remove important context from a game about a real-life battle in which more than 100 members…

March 8, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

For 20 years now, the Stronghold series has fortified itself in an interesting place somewhere between a city builder and a more traditional real-time strategy. Stronghold Warlords continues this tradition with a new flavor as it takes us, for the first time in the series, to the battlefields of ancient and medieval East Asia. But as an RTS, it feels like it’s still living in the mists of the past. And the city building, while it can be an interesting and almost zen little puzzle, often feels at odds with the goal of straightforwardly conquering your enemies. The biggest, often…

March 8, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

It’s International Women’s Day and to celebrate we decided to pair two women at the top of their field in the video game and entertainment space to have a conversation about their careers, what they’re working on, advice for newcomers, and a lot more. Please enjoy actress Kelly Marie Tran, known for her roles in Star Wars The Last Jedi, Sorry For Your Loss, and most recently, Raya and the Last Dragon out now in theaters and on Disney+, in conversation with BAFTA award-winning voice actress Cissy Jones, known for her roles in Firewatch, The Owl House, and Call of…