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The Best Gaming Consoles in 2021

best-gaming-consoles-emu-incl-featured-i This isn’t your ordinary best gaming consoles list: we go in depth and discuss the features you won’t see on the Amazon page, like emulation support. We evaluate consoles from both the last and current generations, especially since getting your hands on one of the latest consoles can be quite difficult at the time of writing. Note: while we will be discussing options available through hacking/homebrew/jailbreaking below, please do careful research before buying a console for that purpose or attempting to hack your own! At the time of writing, for instance, only some older Nintendo Switches can actually be hacked. … Read more14410838.gif

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Twitch and Facebook Gaming Are Having One Hell of a Year. YouTube Gaming? Eh, Not so Much


As the world descended into lockdown last year, people overwhelming tuned into livestreams to connect with others and stave off boredom while stuck in their homes. And that pandemic-fueled growth shows no signs of slowing down even as the world attempts to return to business as usual, with both Twitch and Facebook…

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PS5 timed exclusive Deathloop delayed again

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed development schedules for a lot of upcoming games, and Arkane’s Deathloop is no exception to that. The game has gone through a few shifting release dates over the past year or so, and unfortunately, it’s being delayed again today. When we last heard from Arkane on the topic of Deathloop‘s release, the studio was targeting … Continue reading

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Dell’s New Gaming Lineup Includes a Laptop and 4 Monitors

Alongside a new Alienware laptop, Dell launched a new G15 gaming laptop. This one comes in both AMD Ryzen and 10th Gen Intel editions and a reasonable starting price of $799. If you want a monitor to go with your gaming laptop, Dell has that covered too with four new options.

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How to Stream PS5 and Xbox Series X/S Games to All Your Other Devices


Is someone else in your household hogging the big screen TV? Would you like to game in a different room without lugging your console around? If you’ve managed to get your hands on a PlayStation 5, an Xbox Series X, or an Xbox Series S, you can stream games from these consoles to other devices on the same wifi network.

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Best Games You Can Play in Chrome for Android Right Now

chrome-android-games-featured-image.jpg Gaming on Android isn’t all about installing apps and tolerating microtransactions. There are a multitude of completely free games you can play on Chrome for Android right now – no install needed! After going through a wide variety of options, we’ve narrowed down our selections to seven top picks across a variety of genres. Many games in this list are Pico-8 based – think of Pico-8 as a virtual console with specs similar to the Game Boy Color, with most of its full games being playable in a browser! Not all Pico-8 games are mobile-compatible, but the ones we’ve chosen for… Read more14383718.gif

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What We’re Playing: ‘Trackmania’ Makes You Enjoy Resetting

Car jumping through the air in 'Trackmania'Ubisoft

If there’s been one game eating up my free time for the past week or so, it’s Trackmania 2020. This high-speed racer has arcadey thrills, enough tracks to last a lifetime, and one of the purest gameplay loops I’ve come across. So, let’s dive a bit deeper into why I find this game so addictive.

Trackmania has been around for a while, with the first game releasing in 2003. The series has seen numerous releases since then, each bringing something a bit different to the table. Trackmania 2020, however, aims to be a more traditional entry, acting as a remake of sorts for the fan-favorite Trackmania Nations. The 2020 release is not my first foray into the series—I played 2006’s Trackmania United a ton when I was younger, but it is the first time I’ve successfully been able to get back into it, mainly thanks to its recency.

But this release has shown to me that yes, I will spend many hours restarting the same track over and over again for the sake of shaving milliseconds off my best times to get a gold medal. So let’s talk a bit about why Trackmania makes that so enticing, instead of the tedious slog it would be in other games.

Pure Speed

Player perspective racing in 'Trackmania'Ubisoft

Trackmania doesn’t beat around the bush in terms of gameplay. As soon as you enter a track, you’re thrown into the deep end figuring out how to corner turns and manage speed. The controls are very simple; this is an arcade racer after all, so it doesn’t include stuff realistic racers have like gear changes or handbrakes. You have an accelerator, a brake/reverse button, and your steering—simple enough for anyone to grasp, but it still leaves a lot of room for improvement.

Spoiler: You’re not going to do well on your first few tracks. While the controls are intuitive, a lot of the track hazards aren’t. There are numerous terrain types and modifiers that massively affect how your car controls. The standard tarmac is as grippy as you would expect, allowing you to take wide turns at high speeds without your car losing traction.

But once you get to a dirt road, the game takes on physics more akin to rally racing, requiring you to swerve around corners and carefully accelerate to not slide off the road. And with stages filled to the brim with inclines, twists, and ramps, these challenges are only made more difficult.

Skidding on the ice in 'Trackmania'Ubisoft

There are boost pads that increase your speed and “reactor boost up” pads that turn your car into a makeshift hovercraft. There are even some pads with negative effects, such as disabling your engines and steering for a period of time. All of these elements come together with the out-of-this-world stage designs to create some amazing tracks.

The actual driving physics is a happy balance between something like Forza Horizon and Mario Kart. Is it realistic? No, not really, but it’s realistic enough to be intuitive while still introducing arcadey elements to enhance the fun. This all makes Trackmania a game just about anyone can play while remaining rewarding to improve in. But of course, these mechanics would be nothing without the tracks themselves.

On the Grind

There are tons of developer-made tracks in Trackmania and hundreds created by the community (one of which gets highlighted by the developers every day). There are a lot of courses, and each developer-made course has a unique design with a hypothetically optimal route to take. It drives the community to come up with crazy shortcuts that range from simply cutting corners to launching yourself halfway across the map through some exploit in the stage design.

Track selection in 'Trackmania'Just a taste of the track selection available. Ubisoft

Each of these tracks has multiple medals available that represent various times. This introduces the core game mode of Trackmania—time attack (a.k.a., restarting tracks countless times to get a faster run). Not only does this make you better at each track, but you’ll usually come away having improved at the game’s mechanics as well.

I love games that enable me to dedicate time to mastering stages. Titles like Sonic Generations and Celeste are some of my favorite games because of this, and Trackmania taps into the same mentality. I will reset a stage hundreds of times to achieve a slightly better time, and I never feel better than when I finally get good enough to earn the gold medal.

But more importantly, Trackmania has a lot of smart design decisions to avoid this becoming tedious. You can immediately restart a stage or checkpoint from the push of a button—no menus to waste time—and you can enable a ghost of your best time to show where there’s room for improvement. And if you’re really stumped, you can always turn to the ghosts of other players or look up the fastest runs of each track online. Trackmania is a very communal game, and looking at other player’s runs to improve your own is expected, so you can easily find videos or replays to learn from.

The room for improvement is always there; there’s always a corner to take sharper, jump to land better, or straightaway to more advantage of. And if you get really good, then you can start challenging the “Author Medals”—times set by the designer of the track with near-perfect execution required.

Car racing along grassy hill in 'Trackmania'Ubisoft

I’ve already mentioned the mass amount of tracks on display, but one of Trackmania’s biggest selling points is that new maps are added all the time. There are daily tracks to play through, and seasonal campaigns that feature tons of courses you can master. So even if you don’t feel like sifting through the player-made content, you’re unlikely to run out of things to do.

If you want to get into the community-made stuff though, the game doesn’t do a great job at accomodating that. The menus are cluttered and difficult to navigate, and you’re more likely to just get frustrated sorting through the many amateur stages. I’d recommend checking out community hubs like the Trackmania subreddit and TrackmaniaExchange (a website that does a better job at organizing player-made content than the game itself) to find stages.

Start Your Engines

Trackmania is by no means a perfect game—the menus are a pain to navigate and accessing community content is more confusing than it should be. Regardless, the gameplay and stage-design are so incredibly solid that it keeps me and many others coming back over and over again. There is no random chance or unnecessary mechanics—it’s just pure racing fun.

I think the fanbase surrounding this series is the best representation of this. You’ll see some of the wildest stuff come of out this group, and while you may never attempt that crazy shortcut you see on Reddit, it’s cool to see and (somewhat) understand it nonetheless. (If you are interested in the community stuff, I’d  recommend the YouTuber “Wirtual” who covers the community’s greatest achievements.) One of the official trailers for Trackmania was even made by Alpha Testers from the community.

And there’s even more stuff I haven’t touched on here, like the online multiplayer and stage creation because frankly, I’m still working my way through the single-player stuff. But rest assured, if you enjoy duking it out with strangers online or stage editors in games, you’ll get a lot out of both of those modes.

If anything I’ve said here piques your interest, I definitely think Trackmania is worth a shot. While it’s only available on PC, it doesn’t require a crazy gaming rig (you can view the specific hardware requirements on Ubisoft’s site), and it’s also free to download, so there’s little risk in trying it out. The free version isn’t light on content, but the “Standard” ($10 a year) and “Club” ($30 a year) subscriptions offer some more features related to community content, stage selection, and track creation. There’s even an offer right now with Amazon Prime where you can get three months of “Club” membership for free if you link your account (but that’s only going until March 30th, so act fast).

I think if you get into the game those prices are reasonable, but if you’re not a fan of subscriptions in games in general, that’s unlikely to change your mind. In that case, I’d recommend checking out the older games in the series that still have dedicated communities like Trackmania Nations Forever (which is completely free) and Trackmania Stadium.

Pure Racing


A high-speed racer that makes you enjoy resetting.

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How to Enable “FPS Boost” for a Game on Xbox Series X or S

The “FPS Boost” feature available on Xbox Series X and Series S can improve performance in older games. The game’s developer doesn’t even have to do anything. Here’s how it works and how to turn it on for specific games.

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