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Sunset Overdrive review: Ride the rails to kaboom-town (finally on PCs, too)

Ars Technica - 1 hour 48 min ago

Throw traps, shoot guns, grind rails: that's the Sunset Overdrive way.

Update: There's no shortage of new games this 2018 holiday season, but we wanted to bring a surprise gem to your attention: 2014's Sunset Overdrive, a high-octane, parkour-driven visual stunner. With seemingly zero fanfare, a PC version arrived yesterday for Windows PCs (Steam, Windows Store). Nearly everything about the original games still applies to this PC version, so enjoy our original review (which first ran on October 29, 2014) below. The piece appears largely unchanged, but we have added some PC-specific thoughts (finally, Sunset in 60fps!) and a gallery from the new edition near the end.

Keep moving, keep moving, keep moving. If I stay still, the monsters attack. If I stop sliding down rails, bouncing off of car hoods, or rappelling over zip lines, everything falls apart—the music in my head stops playing; the electricity stops surging through my dodge-rolls; the fire stops spewing from my duct-taped battle-axe.

Welcome to Sunset City, a sunny, dilapidated corpse of a not-so-futuristic riverside metropolis. The place used to be overrun by selfie-snapping hipsters until they chugged a brand-new energy drink that turned them into crazed mutants (we mean literally, as opposed to the figurative craze of a caffeine high). Somehow, "you" (by way of a relatively robust character creator, which happens to sport the dumbest hairstyles known to man) avoided taking a sip, and now you must survive and escape the madness alongside the few remaining human survivors.

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Enigmatic ridges on Pluto may be the remains of vanished nitrogen glaciers

Ars Technica - 1 hour 55 min ago

Enlarge / Washboard terrain fills the basins in the right of this image. (credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)

As we've gathered more details about the other planets of the Solar System, we've largely managed to explain the geography we've found by drawing analogies to things we're familiar with from Earth. Glaciers and wind-driven erosion produce similar results both here and on Mars, for instance. But further out in the Solar System, the materials involved in the geology change—water ice becomes as hard as rock, and methane and nitrogen freeze—which raises the prospect of some entirely unfamiliar processes.

This week, scientists proposed that some weird terrain found on Pluto could be the product of large fields of nitrogen ice sublimating off into the atmosphere. While this explanation could account for some properties of Pluto's geography, it doesn't explain why the process resulted in a series of parallel ridges.

On the washboard

The strange terrain lies to the northwest of Sputnik Planitia, the heart-shaped plane that dominates the side of Pluto we have the best images of. Called "washboard" or "fluted," the area consists of large numbers of roughly parallel ridges with roughly a kilometer or two separating them. Aside from their appearance and general orientation, these ridges don't seem to have a lot in common. They're discontiguous and don't fill the entire region. They run down slopes and spread across valley floors—in some cases a single ridge will run down a slope and then flatten out. And in several cases, they create a starburst-like pattern on along the walls of craters.

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Abstract board games are all the rage—and Reef is the year’s best

Ars Technica - 2 hours 35 min ago

Enlarge / Reef is a bright, inviting game with a lot of fun, colorful pieces. (credit: Aaron Zimmerman)

Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com.

Abstract, family-style board games are all the rage these days, and for good reason. They tend to occupy that sweetest of sweet spots—accessible to non-gamers while remaining strategic enough to keep veteran players engaged. Their simple rulesets are packaged with quality components, bright colors, and light themes. In short, they're games that just about anyone can enjoy.

The apotheosis of the form was arguably seen in 2014’s modern classic Splendor, an economic game about collecting satisfyingly hefty gem-styled poker chips. But last year, publisher Next Move Games introduced another contender to the throne: Azul, a puzzle-y abstract game about drafting and laying beautiful bakelite tiles. The game took the board gaming world by storm, eventually earning the prestigious Spiel Des Jahres (“Game of the Year”) award in Germany. So when Next Move announced another abstract spatial puzzle game, Reef (this time by Century: Spice Road designer Emerson Matsuuchi) we were hoping for a second lightning strike. It seems we’ve gotten one.

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Black Friday 2018 deals: PlayStation 4 consoles and games - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 54 min ago
The best PlayStation bundles come from Black Friday sales where you can get the console plus tons of hot games.

Report: Charges against Assange relate to Russian hacking

Ars Technica - 2 hours 55 min ago

Enlarge / Julian Assange speaks to the media from the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador on May 19, 2017 in London, England. (credit: Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has asked a federal court to unseal documents related to the federal government's pending prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The existence of that prosecution appears to have been accidentally revealed due to a cut-and-paste error in an unrelated sex crimes case. Now that its existence has been revealed, the Reporters Committee argues, there's no good reason to continue to withhold other details of the charges against Assange.

"Both the press and the public have a particularly powerful interest in access to sealed court records related to the government's prosecution of Assange," the rights group said in its filing.

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SMS 2FA database leak drama, MageCart mishaps, Black Friday badware, and more

The Register - 3 hours 8 min ago
Plus, why is Kaspersky Lab getting into chess?

Roundup What a week it has been: we had the creation of a new government agency, a meltdown flashback, and of course, Patch Tuesday.…

Tech Turkeys 2018: The biggest screwups in tech this year - CNET

cNET.com - News - 3 hours 54 min ago
Tech's major players made even more big blunders, marking one of the industry's worst years ever.

Facebook, Elon Musk and Logan Paul helped make this one of the worst years in tech - CNET

cNET.com - News - 3 hours 54 min ago
The tech industry has had so many screwups this year, it's hard to keep track. But with CNET's 2018 edition of Tech Turkeys, we're gonna try.

Black Friday 2018 deals: Xbox One consoles and games - CNET

cNET.com - News - 3 hours 54 min ago
Whether you're in the market for the Xbox One S or the higher-powered Xbox One X, we've got the deals and games you should be looking at.

Facebook's latest crisis is about its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg: What you need to know - CNET

cNET.com - News - 3 hours 54 min ago
The social network is already under fire for a series of scandals, including election meddling and data privacy. Now, its top leaders have come under the microscope.

2019 VW Beetle Final Edition first drive review: Bye-bye, Bug - Roadshow

cNET.com - Reviews - 3 hours 54 min ago
Saying goodbye to the Volkswagen Beetle by testing the Final Edition model in Mexico.

9 great reads from CNET this week - CNET

cNET.com - News - 3 hours 54 min ago
We talk with Hellboy's David Harbour, try on the bizarre Zozosuit and offer some suggestions for online safety while you travel.

Review: Intel’s 9th Gen Core i9 9900K processor hits 5GHz—just at a price

Ars Technica - 3 hours 55 min ago

Richard Baguley

Let's be honest here: modern processors aren’t exciting. Speed bumps no longer thrill us, and we’ve become blasé about adding more cores. But we are living in a time when computers casually offer amounts of processing power that would have made previous generations swoon.

It’s also a competitive time, primarily with two companies fighting for your silicon spending and giving you great computing bang for your buck. On one side we have Intel, the 800-pound gorilla of the processor world. On the other side, we have AMD, the upstart that occasionally steals the crown by doing something unexpected that changes the rules.

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Replace Stan Lee cameos with Deadpool? That's a bleeping terrible idea - CNET

cNET.com - News - 4 hours 6 min ago
Commentary: The late Marvel boss can't be recast. With great power comes great responsibility not to do stupid things.

We tried to drown the iPhone XS and XR. Only one survived - CNET

cNET.com - News - 4 hours 24 min ago
How deep can these phones really go?

After man was gunned down by US Park Police, two lawmakers want more body cams

Ars Technica - 4 hours 55 min ago

Enlarge / Holding candles and photos, friends and family gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to remember Bijan Ghaisar, on December 8, 2017. He was killed by US Park Police, and his family still does not know exactly why. (credit: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Two Democratic members of Congress have introduced a new bill that would mandate body cameras and dashboard-mounted cameras for uniformed federal law enforcement.

The law is meant to prevent situations like the November 2017 death of an unarmed Virginia man, Bijan Ghaisar, who died at the hands of United States Park Police officers in Fairfax County, Virginia. The 25-year-old had fled a car crash, but it remains unclear exactly why federal officers opened fire.

The House members, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), said in a Friday statement that absent dashboard camera footage, Ghaisar’s parents would know even less than they currently do as the FBI has yet to release any public information about the case.

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The 41 best VR games - CNET

cNET.com - News - 5 hours 9 min ago
What's worth playing in virtual reality? Here are all our favorites.

Best dating apps of 2018 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 5 hours 54 min ago
Ready to jump into the world of online dating apps? Here's the best place to start.

Black Friday 2018 Pixel 3 deals: Free Pixel 3, $600 Pixel 3, $800 off Pixel 3 XL - CNET

cNET.com - News - 6 hours 54 min ago
The latest from Verizon, Google and Best Buy.

Black Friday 2018 phone deals: Free OnePlus 6T, LG V30 Plus for $430, Moto G6 for $200 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 6 hours 54 min ago
We scoured T-Mobile, Best Buy, Amazon, Target and Walmart for the best offers.

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