Gaming

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Nintendo's questionable supply chain strategies mean there are still gamers trying to get their hands on a Switch, two months after its release. But why bother trying to hunt down another console when the smartphone in your pocket can already do almost everything the Switch can — with a few upgrades.

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Remember Words With Friends? Expect to have a whole flood of new invites to play via Messenger, with Facebook revealing its new gaming push on the service.

Speaking with Gizmodo, Facebook revealed a plan to include advertising ("its already possible") and microtransactions ("something we are working on") to be implemented for developers "within six to nine months".

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If you have any interest in PC gaming, you've likely heard about two competing technologies by NVIDIA and AMD called G-Sync and FreeSync respectively. Both are designed to eliminate screen tearing, which happens when your monitor's refresh rate can't keep up with the frames being pumped out by your video card. If you've been looking for a definitive comparison, look no further than this opus from Battle(non)sense.

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Human character animation has gotten much better over the years, but it's still one of the most recognisable issues when enjoying video games. Animations are normally a predetermined set of canned motions, and while realistic enough in the right setting, they can totally break the immersive experience when they stray out of bounds. The uncanny valley is a particularly hard one to escape.

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When you look at almost any study about the physical and mental benefits of video games, you'll find a reference to "exergames". Games like Wii Sports, and Just Dance on the Kinect - the kinds of games specifically designed to get you active.

Even though is wasn't explicitly designed to be, Virtual Reality is now considered a part of this group - thanks to a University of Sydney study revealing just how much physical exertion the games require. (Spoiler: sometimes it's a lot).