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Twitter updates level the playing field for emoji character counts
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Twitter announced today on its developer forum that all emojis will count evenly toward the platform's maximum 280 character limit. Before this update, various modifiers such as gender and skin tone caused certain emojis to use up more characters tha…

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“Aren’t you a little too old for that?” Two decades of playing Pokémon
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Enlarge / You’ve probably caught at least one of these, right? (credit: Andrew Cunningham) On August 27, 1998, Topeka, Kansas became Topikachu for one day—a ceremonial renaming to celebrate the US arrival of a new video game franchise, Pokémon. While popular previously in Japan, the franchise’s impact has been felt in the US ever since. […]

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Facebook Takes On Tinder By Playing Cupid
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Not just your mum, relatives, and neighbours, now even Facebook wants to help you find the right match. At the F8 conference, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would soon introduce a dating feature.This move makes sense for the social media giant, as Tinder have been using Facebook information for years. Unlike Tinder though, Facebook’s dating […]

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What we're playing: 'Yakuza 0' and 'Reigns: Her Majesty'
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Welcome back to Gaming IRL, a monthly segment where several editors talk about what they've been playing in their downtime. This month, we spend too much time taking photos in Assassin's Creed Origins, lose ourselves in Yakuza 0's side stories, and a…

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Try not to puke while playing 'Wipeout' in VR next year
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Wipeout might be one of the most ill-suited games for virtual reality, featuring high-speed races with brilliant flashing lights and neon streaks — but it's coming to PlayStation VR anyway. Wipeout Omega Collection will get a free VR mode in early 2…

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Here's everything I learned playing Forza Motorsport 7     – Roadshow
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The latest installment in the Forza racing sim series hits the Xbox One console and Windows 10 PCs later this month.

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How playing Edith Finch was like losing my religion again
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Enlarge / Sorry… no one is getting saved in this game. Note: This piece contains pretty significant spoilers for What Remains of Edith Finch. What Remains of Edith Finch wastes no time explaining that it’s a game about death. Perhaps unsurprisingly, however, the game’s much more interesting themes are a considerably slower burn. As instantly, […]

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AlphaGo beats humanity again, playing 'like a god of Go'     – CNET
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Google’s AI program continues to trample flesh-and-blood champs at the ancient board game.

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Playing Street Fighter with your face — and crushing it     – CNET
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Disabled players are employing innovative hardware and software hacks to get in the game.

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