Hogwarts House Uniform Wearable Throw-Blankets

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These are the officially licensed Hogwarts house uniform Snuggie-like wearable throw blankets available from Fun.com. They come in one size, adult standard (48″ x 71″), and cost a very reasonable $20. Oh man — I’m going to buy one for my girlfriend, then record her opening it on Christmas. “To my favorite Hufflepuff — WTF is this?! You know I’m a Ravenclaw!” Sorry honey *donning the Ravenclaw throw I bought myself* but I saw you take that quiz online.

Thanks to Angela, who agrees the best witches and wizards are warm and comfortable witches and wizards.

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Check Out "Light Blade" Case Mod

HardForum user Defyant is working on a custom case, and so far, the project looks amazing. Instead of going with the usual water cooling route found in mods of this tier, Defyant stuck an air-cooled ITX setup inside a case built with what appears to be custom formed plastic. Check out the progress in Defyant’s thread, and you can watch a video of the RGBs in action below:



The mod was inspired by the one and only InsolentGnome and his amazing G-Frame scratch build case mod. I was so impressed by the open design and pro work he did on this one i decided to have a go my self with some white plex and add some RGB disco for contrast. The original idea was to WC but i’m not a hard tuber and wanted the challenge of making a air cooled pc…… cool again.

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Heroes of the Storm Development Enters Long-Term Sustainability Mode

Blizzard Entertainment has begun winding down the development of its MOBA; Heroes of the Storm. Some of the developers that were dedicated to Heroes of the Storm are being shifted to other teams that are working on live and unannounced games. Esports competitions for Heroes of the Storm such as Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm have been canceled for 2019. Not all work is completed on the title as new heroes, events, and content is still being created; but at a slower cadence than before.



Despite the change, Heroes of the Storm remains our love letter to Blizzard’s worlds and characters. We’ll continue actively supporting the game with new heroes, themed events, and other content that our community loves, though the cadence will change. Ultimately, we’re setting up the game for long-term sustainability. We’re so grateful for the support the community has shown from the beginning, and the development team will continue to support Heroes with the same passion, dedication, and creativity that has made the game such a unique experience.

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Discord Store to offer developers 90 percent of game revenues

Discord wants to attract more developers to its game store as it continues to expand beyond simple communications features.

Enlarge / Discord wants to attract more developers to its game store as it continues to expand beyond simple communications features.

Discord has announced that it will start taking a reduced, 10-percent cut from game revenues generated on its online store starting next year, one-upping the Epic Games Store and its recently announced 12-percent cut on the Epic Games Store.

“We talked to a lot of developers, and many of them feel that current stores are not earning their 30% of the usual 70/30 revenue share,” Discord writes in the announcement. “Because of this, we now see developers creating their own stores and launchers to distribute their games instead of focusing on what’s really important—making great games and cultivating amazing communities.

“Turns out, it does not cost 30% to distribute games in 2018,” the announcement continues. “After doing some research, we discovered that we can build amazing developer tools, run them, and give developers the majority of the revenue share.”

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Source: Ars Technica – Discord Store to offer developers 90 percent of game revenues

Asus Bets Big on Mobile Gaming as Its Long-Time CEO Sees Himself Out

It seems the billion-dollar battle over the mobile market has claimed another victim today, as Asus announced that longtime CEO Jerry Shen will be stepping down in advance of an upcoming corporate restructuring.

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Source: Gizmodo – Asus Bets Big on Mobile Gaming as Its Long-Time CEO Sees Himself Out

Forza Horizon 4's First Expansion Is Dull, At Least Right Now

Though I appreciate the rocky cliffs and craggy hills of Forza Horizon 4‘s new Northern Isles-inspired Fortune Island, I worry that once I finish all the expansion’s treasure hunts I’ll lose my appetite for brown emptiness.

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Source: Kotaku – Forza Horizon 4’s First Expansion Is Dull, At Least Right Now

The Most Controversial Posts of 2018

Getting mad online is an important part of internet culture, but it can be hard to predict exactly what is going to set the masses off. (This year, it was coleslaw, anything Nick wrote about MoviePass, the flu shot, and many other fun topics.) Here are our most angry-email inducing posts from 2018.

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Source: LifeHacker – The Most Controversial Posts of 2018

Signal says it can't allow government access to users' chats

Last week, the Australian government passed the country’s controversial Access and Assistance Bill 2018 into law, legislation that allows government agencies to demand access to encrypted communications. Companies that don’t comply with the new law c…

Source: Engadget – Signal says it can’t allow government access to users’ chats

Smash Ultimate patched the game last night to make its crappy online experience significantly less c

Smash Ultimate patched the game last night to make its crappy online experience significantly less crappy. After some time with the game post-patch, it appears that Smash made players’ preferred online play rules “more highly prioritized.” We have updated our article on Smash online to reflect that change.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX Ray Tracing In Battlefield V Explored Pre And Post Patch

NVIDIA GeForce RTX Ray Tracing In Battlefield V Explored Pre And Post Patch
The much anticipated, and sometimes controversial, next installment in the Battlefield franchise is here. There are many aspects to the game, like the World War II setting for example, which have gamers questioning whether or not we need yet another FPS set in the same era in history, especially in light of last year’s Call of Duty WWII. The…

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Chinese Hackers Breach US Navy Contractors

Chinese hackers are breaching Navy contractors to steal everything from ship-maintenance data to missile plans, triggering a top-to-bottom review of cyber vulnerabilities, WSJ reported Friday, citing officials and experts. From the report: A series of incidents in the past 18 months has pointed out the service’s weaknesses, highlighting what some officials have described as some of the most debilitating cyber campaigns linked to Beijing. Cyberattacks affect all branches of the armed forces but contractors for the Navy and the Air Force are viewed as choice targets for hackers seeking advanced military technology, officials said. Navy contractors have suffered especially troubling breaches over the past year, one U.S. official said. The data allegedly stolen from Navy contractors and subcontractors often is highly sensitive, classified information about advanced military technology, according to U.S. officials and security researchers. The victims have included large contractors as well as small ones, some of which are seen as lacking the resources to invest in securing their networks. One major breach of a Navy contractor, reported in June, involved the theft of secret plans to build a supersonic anti-ship missile planned for use by American submarines, according to officials.

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Source: Slashdot – Chinese Hackers Breach US Navy Contractors

This Spectacular Trailer Supercut Celebrates a Year of Film Magic

There’s no denying 2018 gave us a lot of great films—but it was also about teasing those great films. In a world where promoting a movie can be almost as important as the movie itself, one supercut gives us a fantastic breakdown of the moments that shook us, broke up, and perhaps even brought us to life.

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Source: io9 – This Spectacular Trailer Supercut Celebrates a Year of Film Magic

Compilation Of Parents Turning The TV Off While Their Kids Are Playing Fortnite

This is a clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live! in which Jimmy challenged parents to turn the television off while their kids are in the middle of a game of Fortnite. Those first two kids’ cracking voices will forever haunt my dreams. Highlights include cursing, a bunch of kids trying to slap the phone out of their parents’ hands (those boys are presumably dead now), and a mom who tries to turn the TV off manually but can’t find the button. But mostly it’s just pure sadness. And these are the videos they were able to air on television — I’m trembling at the thought of the ones they weren’t and are now police evidence.

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Source: Geekologie – Compilation Of Parents Turning The TV Off While Their Kids Are Playing Fortnite