Is Black Desert for Xbox One pay-to-win?

| March 6, 2019

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Pay-to-win is exactly what it sounds like: a way for players to pay real money in order to gain in-game advantages that allow them to win. These come in the form of microtransactions.How this definition is applied to specific games is a bit unclear and varies from person to person. Pay-to-win for some people means that you're paying for advantages over other players in multiplayer games. Others think the term applies to all microtransactions that give you an advantage, even in single-player games where you're not competing against other people.

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Nvidia GeForce Now is bleeding games, is it still worth your time and money?

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More Than 1 Million Steam Users Now Have A VR Headset: Here’s Which Ones

Article | April 1, 2020

More Steam users have a VR headset than an RTX 2080 Ti or than use Linux. At current growth, it shouldn’t be long before more Steam users use a VR headset than have a 4K primary monitor. Consumer VR is still a relatively new technology. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive were released just four years ago, with the latter launching at $800 including controllers. Today you can get a similar experience for $400 or even lower. As hardware gets cheaper and better and more must-have VR games emerge, this percentage should steeply rise throughout this decade.

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Games video creators can help attract new audiences to esports, if rights holders empower them to

Article | June 14, 2021

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The new chair of the FTC and antitrust 2.0

Article | June 22, 2021

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