Twitch begins testing paid “Elevated Chat” feature

Twitch will begin testing a way for its users to boost their chat messages on the platform. Called “Elevated Chat,” the “experiment” is meant to let users elevate their chat messages for a specific time using a one-time fee. The fees are presented in five different tiers ranging from 30 seconds to two and a…

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Former eBay exec who harassed and spied on bloggers is going to prison

As reported by the Boston Globe (opens in new tab) (readers may encounter a paywall), James Baugh, the former head of safety and security at eBay, was sentenced to nearly five years in prison yesterday over his execution of a bizarre harassment campaign against bloggers David and Ina Steiner. Baugh is one of seven former…

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Mario + Rabbids Fans Have an Interesting Theory About Rosalina in Sparks of Hope

Ubisoft revealed a new trailer for the upcoming Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, and some fans have a theory about the game’s villain Cursa. After examining one small section of the trailer, fans concluded that Cursa is secretly the cosmic princess Rosalina from 2007’s Super Mario Galaxy. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is…

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The new Windows Insider build makes it impossible to uninstall some Steam games

In 2019, Microsoft finally introduced support for Win32 games on the Microsoft Store for Windows. But if you downloaded the games, you might want to hold off on the latest Windows Insider build. The most recent Dev Channel update prevents users from uninstalling Win32 apps, which means many of the games found on the Microsoft…

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Cyberpunk 2077 is now one of the most-played games on Steam Deck, too

Valve just released its list (opens in new tab) of the top Steam Deck games in September by total hours played, and it seems like Cyberpunk 2077’s moment extends to handheld gaming, too. CD Projekt Red’s 2020 sci-fi open-world RPG found itself fourth on the list along with some repeats from last month, like Vampire…

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The Game Awards 2022 Will Allow Fans to Attend for First Time in Years

Geoff Keighley reveals that The Game Awards 2022 will allow fans into the venue for the first time since the award ceremony’s 2019 event. The Game Awards 2022 has revealed the yearly awards show will allow fans to attend for the first time in three years. The awards show hosted and produced by Geoff Keighley…

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Teenage Engineering’s new Record Factory is your own personal record maker

Teenage Engineering is known for its playfully designed audio synthesizers you can digitally make music with, but now it’s made a way you can save your tunes in the most analog way possible: on records. The Swedish company’s new PO-80 Record Factory is a turntable that lets you cut your own lo-fi vinyl records and…

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Cyberpunk 2077 car insurance mod wants you to check yourself before you wreck everyone else

Driving recklessly is an open world game tradition. Leaving a wake of smashed cars, dead pedestrians, and downed lampposts behind you is just a fact of life, whether you’re racing off on a world-saving quest or just driving to the store to buy a new pair of kicks. The wreckage, meanwhile, is all neatly cleaned…

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Genshin Impact Leak Hints at Childe and Yae Miko Rerun in 3.2

A Genshin Impact leak suggests that Childe and Yae Miko will be featured on rerun banners during the game’s Version 3.2 update. A recent Genshin Impact leak suggests that both Childe and Yae Miko will be receiving rerun banners during the game’s Version 3.2. The last few updates have already seen several fan-favorite characters featured…

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Oh goodie, now everyone can share NFTs on Instagram or Facebook

Meta announced on Thursday that it’s giving everyone in the US the ability to share “digital collectibles” (read: NFTs under a new name that social media execs think is more appealing) on Facebook and Instagram. Sharing on the latter platform is also available in over 100 other countries. The feature, which was limited to select…

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