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PUBG shut down in China

Replaced by battle royale without violence

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Throughout the history of battle royale games, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has consistently kept its strong performance. Despite the numerous competitors, PUBG is still a reliable player in the industry. Much of the industry’s players are variations of the same tired formula. As such, PUBG’s simple system is one of the favorites.

Despite the game’s popularity, PUBG has fallen into disarray. Tencent, the game’s publisher, has reportedly shut down the game in China. Through Weibo, the publisher has declared the game’s end of testing. PUBG is officially gone.

Instead, Tencent has launched the more peaceful Game for Peace. The newly launched game shares the same mechanic as PUBG. However, it doesn’t feature violence at all. It doesn’t have blood or gore. When a player dies, they merely wave goodbye. Definitely, the game is an exercise in Chinese censorship.

Otherwise, Game for Peace is still a survival of the toughest. Dead players still leave loot boxes after death. “It’s almost exactly the same. The game play, the background, the graphic design and the characters, they’re almost the same,” Cui Chenyu, a Chinese games analyst said.

To more Western sensibilities, the game’s lack of violence is humorously surreal. However, the game is a sign of China’s patriotism. It “pays tribute to the blue sky warriors that guard [China’s] airspace,” Tencent said.

After the launch, Tencent expects “CNY 8 billion to CNY 10 billion in annual revenue.” Of course, a region-exclusive launch does not mean much. PUBG remains one of Steam’s top games. However, things might soon change if Game for Peace launches in other regions.

SEE ALSO: Another country is banning PUBG because it’s too addictive

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Alienware m15 arrives in the Philippines

Leaner and stronger

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Here’s an alien that’s more than welcome in this part of the world. Dell is bringing a new breed of Alienware to the Philippines — the Alienware m15.

This Alienware is leaner, more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. Weighing under 4.7lbs, this is the brand’s slimmest and latest gaming rig. This is for gamers who prioritize mobility without compromise to performance.

You’ll get the best of Intel processors and NVIDA GeForce GPUs along with either a 144Hz or 240Hz refresh panel.

It also has the latest Alienware Cyro-Tech 3.0 that brings optimized thermal module design to improve cooling performance, increasing airflow by 20% over the previous generation of the m15.

Additional design features include an all-magnesium chassis, smooth-edge, narrow-bezel design, re-engineered keyboard, precision-point glass touchpad, SSD-only storage, and per key RGB LED AlienFX lighting.

There’s also a hyper-efficient voltage regulation or VRM feature. The VRM allows the system to hold GPU and CPU performance high for a longer sustained time than typical gaming notebooks.

The Alienware m15 will also come with the Alienware Command Center. It’s the central hub that allows gamers to customize all aspects of their experience including system and peripheral lighting, power management, thermal control, audio, and content organization.

This lean, mean gaming machine starts at PhP 149,990, and will be available on the week of October 2019.

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Dell’s G series gaming laptops are now sleeker

Looks subdued but has plenty of power

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Oversized gaming laptops are slowly starting to fade away. In its place are slimmer versions with slightly less gaming cues. The same is true for Dell’s G series. Introduced in the Philippines today are the new Dell G3, G5, and G7.

The Dell G7 15 (7590) is slim and powerful

Nothing personifies Dell’s new approach better than the G7 15. At 19.9mm, it’s one of the thinnest gaming laptops in the market.

It’s made with a three-piece metal construction making sure it stays strong despite its thin profile. Completing the look is a palm rest with brushed metal finish.

It’s also equipped with a quick-charging 60 or 90WHr battery to make sure you can continue gaming on-the-go.

The G7 15 will be available in Abyss Grey.

The Dell G5 15 & G5 15 SE (5590) won’t leave you wanting for ports

Next on the line are the Dell G5 15 and G5 15 SE. They follow the same sleek design without sacrificing performance.

Despite the slimmer profile, it’s not lacking in ports. The Dell G5 has a full-size HDMI 2.0 port that can plug into external monitors and supports up to 4K. There’s also Single-cable docking for video, data, and power with the laptop’s SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. This laptop comes with a 60Whr integrated battery.

It is available in Deep Space Black color with blue accents. A special edition in Alpine White is also available.

The Dell G3 15 (3590) is a great value for getting started

Dell’s G3 15 delivers plenty of power and performance at a competitive price point. It has the new Game Shift feature enables maximum fan speed for optimal processor performance.

It has an S-curve thin-and-sleek design and narrow borders to accommodate larger component ports near the back. At 21.6mm thin, the G3 comes with a 51Whi integrated battery.

It is available in Eclipse Black.

No compromises

As far as specs go, here’s what you’re getting with the redesigned G series laptops.

All three models will have the 9th Gen Intel Core mobile CPUs, up to i7. That’s desktop-caliber performance delivering up to 5.0 GHz Turbo, 8 cores, and 16 threads to play demanding AAA games or complete taxing, creative workloads.

They also have NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX graphic cards up to 1660Ti. Graphics card options are GeForce GTX 1660Ti and RTX 2060 and 2070 graphics options.

All three sport a15-inch FHD anti-glare display screen with three-sided narrow borders, and wide-viewing angles with up to 240Hz refresh.

These gaming laptops also offer up to 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD and can be expanded to dual storage as needed. The G Series are embedded with complete ports options, including HDMI 2.0 port, Superspeed USB 3.1 ports, Standard SD/MicroMedia card slot, wedge lock slot and headphone/mic port.

Dell G5 desktop also announced

If gaming on-the-go isn’t your thing, there’s the new Dell G5 Desktop.

It’s designed to offer game-ready power, graphics and features in a compact, upgradeable form. Up to i7K-Series CPUs and VR-capable NVIDIA GeForce GTX® and RTX graphics, high-fidelity visuals and split-second responsiveness for superior 1440p gaming experience.

Pricing and availability

All the G series laptops are already available right now. Pricing are as follows.

  • Dell G3 15 (3590) price starts at PhP 46,990
  • Dell G5 15 (5590) price starts at PhP 68,990
  • Dell G7 15 (7590) price starts at PhP 113,990

The Dell G5 desktop starts at PhP 57,990, and will be available end of November 2019.

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Epic Games just destroyed Fortnite with a literal black hole

There’s an in-game reason, though (maybe)

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Are you currently wondering if (and why) Fortnite is down? If you’re trying to play the world’s biggest battle royale game, you’ll drop in on a strange sight — a black hole. To answer your first question, the game is currently down. However, Fortnite’s curious status is not because of server maintenance or a glitch. Instead, Epic Games has purposely shut its most profitable game down for the day.

Hours ago, Fortnite ended its tenth competitive season. Like most online multiplayer games today, Fortnite creates months-long periods — called Seasons — wherein gamers can rank up and subsequently gain prizes at the end of the period. However, unlike most games, Fortnite holds in-game events that significantly change the gameplay experience. For example, one of the earliest in-game events was a meteor that destroyed part of Fortnite’s map.

That said, Fortnite’s tenth season ended in a literal black hole that sucked up the entire map. Currently, the game will not start in the same lobby or map. Instead, the game only drops gamers into a front-seat view of the black hole. Fortnite is down. (Epic Games has also shut down the game’s official channels.)

For what it’s worth, the game is still churning out “some” content for viewers. Throughout its existence, the black hole has been broadcasting strange numbers for people patient enough to watch. The first set of numbers — 11, 146, 15, 62 — led viewers to a beach full of crabs when put into Google Maps. It’s a direct reference to crab raves, a meme popularized by the game’s popular Twitch streamers. Since then, the black hole released more numbers — 87, 14, 106, 2, 150. Currently, the new set doesn’t mean anything.

Further, gamers can also input the infamous Konami Code — Up, Up, Down, Down, B/O, A/X, Start/Enter — to access a Galaga minigame featuring a pizza and enemy burgers.

For now, Fortnite fans are stuck with this until Epic Games releases a more definitive conclusion. Most likely, the black hole will usher in a new era for the popular game. This might include an entirely new map or new gameplay elements.

Regardless, Fornite’s black hole is a huge gamble on Epic Games’ part. The developer has purposely shut down its biggest revenue stream for an event. It’s currently unheard of for an industry that values maximum efficiency.

SEE ALSO: Sony finally opens cross-play for Fortnite for the PS4

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