Gears & Gadgets

Any Steam game can now use Valve’s low-latency, DoS-proofed networking

Enlarge massmatt Valve is opening up its latency-reducing, DoS-protecting network relay infrastructure to every developer using its Steamworks platform. A few years ago, large-scale denial-of-service attacks against game servers were making the news and becoming a frustratingly frequent occurrence in online gaming and e-sports. To protect its own games, Valve has for a number of […]


Nintendo to smartphone game makers: You can only gouge our players so much

Enlarge / If CyberAgent Inc had its way, this game would have tried to squeeze more money from its players. Nintendo / CyberAgent Inc. Here at Ars Technica, we’ve scrutinized Nintendo’s smartphone games with a frank conclusion: they’re often brutal about microtransactions. “Free-to-play” games like Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Dragalia Lost […]

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A new 'Fortnite' update just added a bunch of new skins to the game – here are all the outfits you can unlock during Season 8

&quotFortnite”/Epic Games “Fortnite,” the world’s most popular game, just launched its massive Season 8 update. Season 8 brings seven new skins to the game, including three legendary skins with evolving style choices. The new skins can only be unlocked with the Season 8 battle pass, which will be available until May 9th. Season 8 of […]


Fallout: Wasteland Warfare: A “rad” miniatures game full of Nuka-Cola flavor

Enlarge / Mutants defending their camp. Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at After going decades without a proper Fallout tabletop title, we’ve now been graced with two quality releases in the span of a little more than a year. While Fantasy Flight’s […]