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Gearbox finally shows FL4K some love in latest Borderlands 3 patch

Gearbox finally shows FL4K some love in latest Borderlands 3 patch

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Amara gets buffs, too. (Image credit: Gearbox Software) Gearbox has finally stopped nerfing Borderlands 3's robot vault hunter FL4K. After two nerfs in as many weeks, the developer has decided it went too far, and is partially rolling back a recent change to FL4K's Leave No Trace skill, which has a chance to return ammo to the player's magazine when they land a critical hit. In a Borderlands 3 update last week, Gearbox added a two-second cooldown to the skill because it was "returning much more ammo than intended". Now, it has reduced the cooldown to 0.3 seconds, which might be a good middle ground. The new cooldown should "retain the promise of the ability" without making it super-powered again, it said in patch notes this week. Gearbox also nerfed Moze's Bloodletter clas
Dota 2’s latest update makes more MMR changes and cuts off chat for toxic players

Dota 2’s latest update makes more MMR changes and cuts off chat for toxic players

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Players with overly low behavior scores will find that their pieholes have been shut. (Image Credit: Valve) It appears that there were some issues with the Dota 2 matchmaking rating changes that were rolled out in September. Valve said in its latest Dota 2 blog post that "some players, especially at the high end, have experienced a significant drop in matchmaking quality as a result of our recent iterations," and so it's made further changes to the system in the most recent game update. The new update adds a rule for matchmaking for Immortal ranks intended to reduce some common "negative behaviors" and make solo queuing more viable, and also adds new restrictions on what solo and party matchups are allowed. Numerous bugs in the matchmaking system have been fixed, and there will
Fortnite: Stop sign locations

Fortnite: Stop sign locations

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Where to find stop signs to destroy as Catalyst in the Fortnite Season X challenge. (Image credit: Epic Games) Fortnite Season 10 (Season X?) is here, and with it comes a ton of new challenges, now bundled up as missions. As part of the Road Trip missions, you'll need to destroy 10 stop signs while dressed in the Catalyst outfit. But where to find stop signs? They're not so difficult to stumble into, but we've marked some major stop sign locations for an easy completion.  Where to find stop signs: Pleasant ParkMega Mall (Western half)Paradise PalmsNeo Tilted
Jonathan JR An autistic boy Starts talking after 2 days of CBD oil

Jonathan JR An autistic boy Starts talking after 2 days of CBD oil

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C oil treatment I know many may tell you is a lie, I know there are many medical articles related to it. But let’s be realistic. I’m not saying this child wasn’t healed. I’m just saying that if this worked 100% for sure there were thousands of healed people. I do not believe in ignorance, and I do not try to make every news a controversial one. I want to think mature. When you are very ill you try everything, absolutely anything. If thousands of people were healed this would explode in the press. Don’t you think so? Kalel Santiago, from Puerto Rico, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma at 10 months of age. After several hard treatments, he was eventually diagnosed with severe autism that prevented him from speaking. According to his father, while i
Riot denies it told anyone to stop saying ‘Hong Kong’

Riot denies it told anyone to stop saying ‘Hong Kong’

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(Image credit: Riot) Following accusations that it banned the full name of the League of Legends team Hong Kong Attitude, Riot Games has denied that it's told casters to instead use 'HKA', instead chalking it up to internal confusion over whether the full name or the abbreviation should be used. When viewers noticed casters correcting themselves midway through saying the team's name, changing it to HKA, comparisons were made to Blizzard's recent removal of a Hearthstone Grandmaster for his support of Hong Kong protesters in a post-match interview. Several clips were collected in a Reddit thread, though the full name of the team was still displayed and mentioned elsewhere. Riot is owned by Chinese publisher Tencent, which also owns a much smaller stake in Blizzard, leading to ...
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare system requirements are out, and it’s time to clear 175GB

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare system requirements are out, and it’s time to clear 175GB

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Otherwise, it's not a particularly demanding game. (Image credit: Activision) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is one of the biggest games of the year, in two senses: one, it'll likely sell a bajillion copies, and secondly, it requires 175GB of hard drive space. Ouch. By comparison, Red Dead Redemption 2 will require a mere 150GB. That's according to the system requirements available on battle.net, which reveal that aside from hard drive space, the next Call of Duty instalment won't break the bank hardware wise. The minimum specs are a tad higher compared to Black Ops 4 (for example, you'll preferably have a GTX 670 instead of a 660), but the recommendation specs are pretty much the same. The Modern Warfare minimum and recommended specs are below, for your convenience: Mini...
A Skyrim pillow seems like a nice present

A Skyrim pillow seems like a nice present

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Let it carry your burdens to dreamland. (Image credit: o0PETER0o) Redditor u/o0PETER0o decided to give a friend the gift that keeps on giving, by which I mean a videogame-themed pillow. Unfortunately most videogame-themed pillows are kind of gross, but that's no reason to give up. Armed with a screenshot from the game's overlong introductory sequence and a link to a website that makes personalized pillows—and socks, towels, and so on—by printing customer-submitted images on them, u/o0PETER0o created the memetastic present you see above. The website in question was bagsoflove.co.uk, by the way, which is not a name that suggests wholesome gifts like this one but whatever. After u/o0PETER0o posted a photo of the pillow to the Elder Scrolls subreddit yesterday it was then ripped
The original Half-Life just got patched for some reason

The original Half-Life just got patched for some reason

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Valve released the bug-and-security fix update yesterday. (Image credit : Valve) Valve may or may not be working on Half-Life 3. (This guy might know, but he's no squealer.) What it is working on, it turns out, is Half-Life. Yesterday—20 years, 10 months, and 19 days after Half-Life was released—Valve released a new update for the game that fixes a surprising number of, admittedly, very minor problems. Here's the full list of changes: Fixed setting monitor refresh rates through -freq when used with -nofbo Fixed unnecessary texture rescaling with NPOT textures Fixed slist command, will now show servers on the local network Fixed erroneous return in SV_ClipToLinks (HL #1685) Fixed inability to reload a partially empty weapon after reloading a save game Fixed MP5 spread factor,
Blizzard employees staged a walkout over Hearthstone Grandmaster’s suspension

Blizzard employees staged a walkout over Hearthstone Grandmaster’s suspension

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A small number of employees gathered around the famed Orc statue to express solidarity with Blitzchung and Hong Kong. (Image credit: Standingwhk (Reddit)) Blizzard's harsh punishment of former Hearthstone Grandmaster Chung 'blitzchung' Ng Wai over his call for the liberation of Hong Kong caused a powerful backlash against the company. According to a Daily Beast report, some of that reaction has come from within the company itself, as a small number of employees walked out of work yesterday afternoon to protest its actions. One employee who took part in the walkout said participation fluctuated between a dozen and 30 people over the course of the day, which represents a tiny fragment of the company's total workforce. But the employees gathered at Blizzard's famed Orc statue, a...
Apex Legends’ mysterious loot vaults can now be unlocked

Apex Legends’ mysterious loot vaults can now be unlocked

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It's finally time to get at the goodies inside. (Image credit: Respawn) When the new World's Edge map went live in Apex Legends, it brought with it a new feature in the form of mysterious locked vaults. A countdown timer suggested that they would become unlockable at 1 pm ET today, although according to Polygon the light went green a little ahead of schedule. Either way, it's now possible to get inside, although it'll take a little effort and a little luck to open them up. A key card is required to unlock the vaults, which drop randomly from the drones that buzz around the map, so you might need to pop a few before you find one. Once you've got a key card in your possession, the three vaults, at Lava City, Geyser, and Train Yard, will appear on your map. Go there, open the do...