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How to watch the Summer Games Done Quick 2022 speedrunning marathon

The 2022 edition of Summer Games Done Quick, the semi-annual event, gets underway on June 26th. From then until July 3rd, SGDQ will host a non-stop livestream of skilled players tearing through a wide variety of games as fast as they can. Hopefully, they’ll set a few world records in the process.

You can watch the event — the stream is embedded below for your convenience. The pre-show gets underway at 12:30PM ET on Sunday, followed by the first run, a Shadow of the Colossus random boss rush. If you miss anything, you’ll be able to later.

As ever, viewers will be encouraged to donate to Doctors Without Borders. Last year’s event raised $2.9 million for the cause. The most recent winter edition, Awesome Games Done Quick, raised $3.4 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. SGDQ 2022 takes place in Bloomington, Minnesota and it’s the first since Awesome Games Done Quick 2020.

has released the full , and there are a bunch of intriguing runs in the pipeline. I haven’t seen a reverse boss run of Donkey Kong Country before. I’m looking forward to that, as well as the Super Mario Maker 2 relay race. Among the games making their debut at a core GDQ event are , , and, inevitably, .

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Summer Game Fest: Where did all the AAA games go?

It’s a weird year for video games. We’re 19 months into a fresh console cycle and support for the PS4 and Xbox One is finally tapering off as developers shift focus to the PS5, Xbox Series X and PC cloud gaming platforms. The pandemic slowed or paused development on a generation of games, and studios of all sizes are being absorbed by the biggest names in the room. The industry is in flux and the rest of the year reflects this instability. Put simply, there aren’t a lot of huge games coming out in the second half of 2022.

Right now, the video game space is made up of delays, big promises and more delays. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to look forward to — between indie and AA developers, cloud libraries and mobile games from Netflix of all companies, this period of transition will still be packed with plenty of things to play.

The 2022 holiday release calendar definitely looks thinner than it did a few months ago, but the first half of the year was fairly busy with games like Horizon Forbidden West, Elden Ring, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Gran Turismo 7, Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. And those are just the well-funded releases with big, shiny ads — the year has also been good for indie and AA titles like Neon White, The Quarry, The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe, Sifu, Tunic, OlliOlli World and Salt and Sacrifice already available. The summer’s peppered with even more small but fantastic-looking games, like the cyberpunk cat simulator Stray, Sam Barlow’s Immortality and the wildly anticipated Cuphead DLC, all due out by the end of July.

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Weirdly enough, Netflix is also helping to fill in the gaps with a new push into mobile gaming, and its latest titles are a treat. Poinpy, the new game from the creator of Downwell, is particularly addictive. Netflix is also publishing the next titles from the studios behind Monument Valley and Alto’s Odyssey, and all of them are free, without ads or microtransactions, as long as you have an active Netflix subscription.

On top of all that, mid-tier publishers like Devolver and Annapurna have a steady stream of strange, high-quality games coming out at all times. And, of course, there’s Xbox Game Pass, PlayStation Plus Premium, NVIDIA’s GeForce Now and even Google Stadia — cloud-gaming services that bring hundreds of classic and new titles to essentially any device with a screen.

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So, yeah, there are plenty of fresh games heading our way this year; it’s just that there won’t be many AAA blockbusters out of Microsoft or Sony. Whether we like it or not, these studios set the pace of the industry, and gaps in their release schedules can make it feel like development has stagnated across the board. And right now, there are a lot of AAA gaps. What makes it worse is the fact that Microsoft and Sony have announced and then abandoned multiple huge projects over the past few years, giving all of us something concrete to miss in every showcase.

In late 2019 and 2020, Microsoft announced massive games including Fable, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, Everwild, Avowed and Outer Worlds 2, and it hasn’t said much more about these projects since. On top of that, there’s everything going on at Bethesda, the largest brand under the Xbox Game Studios banner. Bethesda’s shiny new sci-fi RPG, Starfield, was delayed out of 2022 earlier this year alongside Arkane’s online vampire shooter, Redfall. Meanwhile, it looks like Elder Scrolls 6 has at least five more years left in development, and Fallout 5 may not come out until the next console generation. The biggest Xbox exclusives still landing this year are High on Life, As Dusk Falls and Pentiment, three mid-sized games, two of which were literally announced this month.

Sony is in a similar situation. It has more AAA exclusives hitting the market in the second half of this year than Microsoft, with Forspoken, God of War Ragnarok and The Last of Us remake on the calendar, but there are still plenty of unknowns in the PlayStation lineup. Final Fantasy XVI was a highlight of the PS5 announcement stream in 2020, but we just got a release window of summer 2023 for that one. There’s been zero to little information about other games Sony’s had in the works for years, including Wolverine, the Knights of the Old Republic remake and Spider-Man 2. A standalone multiplayer mode for The Last of Us is still MIA, and we’ve yet to get details on the “multiple game projects” that Naughty Dog is also working on.

There are a couple of big cross-platform games due to come out this holiday season, including Hogwarts Legacy and The Callisto Protocol, but fanfare for these titles has been fairly muted so far.

As for Nintendo, it’s playing by its own rules, as always, and it has Splatoon 3 and Pokemon Scarlet and Violet on the roster this year, plus whatever it announces during its next Direct showcase. It has its own troubles of course — Breath of the Wild 2 was pushed back to 2023, and then there’s Metroid Prime 4, which was announced in 2017 and… yeah.

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The sense of insufficiency in the industry this year is the result of the console makers announcing things too early, with too much fanfare and too many impossible release windows. Of course the pandemic didn’t help, but as it stands, these studios promised the world and then went quiet on multiple massive franchises, and the silence is particularly deafening as we enter an anemic six months of AAA releases. Thankfully, there are so many amazing indie games available right now and coming later in 2022, and between cloud, mobile and PC services, there are more ways to play these titles than ever.

As Jonathan Blow would say, time is a construct anyway, and thinking of life in terms of weeks, months and years is a futile effort to logically contain chaos. Long story short, there’s a lot to look forward to in the video game universe. It may not all be coming this year — or the next, or the next — but with more games to play on more platforms than ever, we should all be plenty entertained.

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Watch the Summer Game Fest showcase here at 2PM ET

E3 would normally be held around this time, but it this year. Still, there are over the next few days that will shine the spotlight on dozens, if not hundreds, of upcoming games. One of the biggest events on the docket is , which is set for 2PM ET today.

Host and producer Geoff Keighley has tried to by noting that, while there will be some new game announcements, the focus will primarily be on previously revealed titles. There will be details on , , , , ,  and much more.

Rumors suggest the stream will also feature  and perhaps a release date for . One thing that definitely won’t be included is a trailer, . Don’t expect to hear a peep about either.

Keighley says the event will run for over 90 minutes. Be sure to stick around afterward for the indie-focused Day of the Devs event. The Summer Game Fest showcase is available to stream on a ton of platforms, including , , , , and even in IMAX theaters. To make things even easier for you, the YouTube stream is right here:

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The first ‘Final Fantasy XVI’ gameplay trailer reveals a summer 2023 release window

Final Fantasy XVI is due to hit PlayStation 5 in the summer of 2023 — and Square Enix has a hot new trailer to prove it. The title’s first gameplay trailer showcases the massive monsters called Eikons and the Dominant humans that inhabit them, and presents chaotic, cinematic battle scenes in a medieval-inspired world.

FFXVI was officially revealed in September 2020 and developers promised to drop more information about it by the end of the following year. But in December 2021, the development team announced the game was nearly six months behind schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that we’ve waited an extra half a year, the gameplay trailer is finally here.

“In our latest trailer, we’ve introduced several new Eikons, as well as provided a more detailed peek at our action-packed battle system and the freedom it gives players,” FFXVI director Hiroshi Takai said on the PlayStation blog. “As for development progress, I’m happy to announce that the game is fully playable from start to finish; though, from optimization to brush-up, there is still a mountain of challenges to tackle as we head into our final push.”

It seems like Square Enix is back on track with its FFXVI development timeline, aiming to release the game on PS5 next summer. It’s set to be exclusive to PS5 for a limited time.

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A Dead by Daylight dating sim will arrive this summer

Behaviour Interactive has shed some light on what’s ahead for its massively popular horror franchise . One of the more surprising announcements was for a spinoff game that will take the horror-heavy series in a completely new direction — it’s a dating sim.

developer Psyop is working on the visual novel, which is called Hooked on You: A Dead by Daylight Dating Sim. Instead of desperately trying to avoid killers like The Trapper and The Spirit, you’ll be able to flirt with them on Murderer’s Island. Just don’t expect to hook up with licensed characters like or .

Behaviour says the stories you’ll discover in Hooked on You won’t be canon, though they’ll offer a blend of humor, romance and — since this is a DBD game after all — horror. The studio notes that many DBD fans have been asking for a dating sim set in that universe. They won’t have to wait too long to play it, either. Hooked on You will arrive on Steam this summer.

A ton of other DBD news has emerged ahead of the game’s sixth anniversary, including details about the next chapter, called Roots of Dread. It includes a new map called Garden of Joy, which is not quite as euphoric as its name suggests.

The latest terrifying killer, The Dredge, is an amorphous mass of limbs that can teleport between lockers to catch survivors unaware. Roots of Dread also introduces a new survivor named Haddie Kaur. PC players can try the chapter on the Public Test Build (PTB) today. It’ll arrive on all platforms on June 7th.

Looking slightly further ahead, Behaviour announced a couple more upcoming crossovers, including an unexpected one with Attack on Titan. The studio says fans have been asking for content based on anime and manga. The first partnership of its kind will soon introduce 10 Attack on Titan-inspired outfits for DBD killers and survivors. Among them are an Eren Yeager skin for Dwight, a Hange-inspired look for Zarina and an Armored Titan outfit for The Oni.

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In addition, DBD is delving back into the world of Resident Evil with another chapter based on that classic franchise. Nemesis, Jill Valentine and Leon S. Kennedy , and more characters from the series will join them later this year as part of the Resident Evil: Project W chapter.

Elsewhere, Dead by Daylight Mobile is getting a major update that will include changes to leaderboards, social systems, the control layout and visual performance. The activities and rewards systems are being revamped too. The update recently debuted in Japan. It will hit the US in a closed beta in the next few weeks before a broader rollout.

Some changes are on the way to the core PC and console game as well. Behavior says it will soon rework around 40 killer and survivor perks to freshen things up. A new system to get folks into games faster will reward those who queue up for whichever role (survivor or killer) has a smaller player count.

Meanwhile, starting today on the PTB, players can try a useful new preset feature. You can create custom loadouts with preferred perks and outfits for killers and survivors. That could help speed things up before you start a match.

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These $20 online learning options could make this the summer of your new career

TLDR: These six course bundles explore new career skills worth considering from graphic design and machine learning to music production at beyond, each for just $20 right now.

World economies are revving back up, but the interesting point is that many of the world’s workers are taking a different view of whether getting back to normal is a good thing. For many, a collection of low wage jobs with few benefits and little upward mobility aren’t working anymore. 

If you feel like it’s time to launch a new way of life, regardless of your new direction, it’s probably worth taking a look at some of the online training opportunities available now as part of the summer July 4th sale. Right now, all these course bundles that retail between $1,200 and $2,500 are at the summertime-ready price of just $20.

Dive in. Get your summer started right. The learning is fine.

The School of Graphic Design Mastery Bundle

These seven courses with over 40 hours of training help introduce users to the world of graphic design, ranging from courses in design theory to practical use of some of the most powerful graphics apps anywhere. From basic principles of color theory, typography, branding, layout and more to using some of the crown jewels of the Adobe Creative Cloud like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, this training is an inside track to a viable future as a design professional.

Get The School of Graphic Design Mastery Bundle for $20 (Reg. $1,400)

The Ultimate Deep Learning and NLP Certification Bundle

Even if you never thought of yourself as a hardcore data scientist type, the machine learning and artificial intelligence sectors are absolutely bursting with options. This package of six courses covering 36 hours of material introduces the basic tenets of machine learning, the principles of artificial intelligence powering that advancement, and practical frameworks for putting this cutting-edge knowledge into practice.

Get The Ultimate Deep Learning and NLP Certification Bundle for $20 (Reg. $1,200)

The Premium DJing and Music Production Bootcamp ft. Ableton and Logic Pro X

Who hasn’t pictured a career as a world-famous musician…or, at the very least, an uber successful record producer? Over nine courses and more than 56 hours of training, students get practical training in crafting music, from the fundamentals of music theory, through recording and mixing tracks using Ableton 10, one of the most popular and trusted audio workstations around. There’s even training here in how to promote your music via social media, the recording industry, streaming services and more.

Get The Premium DJing and Music Production Bootcamp for $20 (Reg. $1,791)

The Ultimate 2021 White Hat Hacker Certification Bundle

There may be no more pressing occupation in our modern world than defending vulnerable computer systems from exploitation and attack. Over this 10-course, nearly 100-hour collection, learners take in all the basics of becoming a white hat hacker, using the tools and abilities of the cybercrooks and thieves to do right, patch weak spots, strengthening protections, and generally battling against the forces of evil to help make the world a better, happier place. Plus, this collection comes with testing prep to help secure valuable CompTIA security credentials to start your new career.

Get The Ultimate 2021 White Hat Hacker Certification Bundle for $20 (Reg. $1,345)

The Ultimate Cybersecurity and IT Career Certification Pathway Training Bundle

How about expanding from just cybersecurity expertise to literally everything in the expansive IT field? This giant collection with almost 170 hours of intensive training opens doors across the entire internet technology industry, featuring coursework with training to help nab up to 6 different CompTIA certifications. Armed with all that accomplishment, students are ready to apply for — and land — the introductory IT jobs they need to get a career started.

Get The Ultimate Cybersecurity and IT Career Certification Pathway Training Bundle for $20 (Reg. $1,592)

The Master Learn to Code 2021 Certification Bundle

Learning to code is the reading, writing and arithmetic of the 21st century. To get started programming, this 13-course bundle with almost 120 hours of coursework lays out all the basics to get rolling. From languages like Python, C++, Ruby, and more to project-based learning to a deeper exploration of areas like computer science, big data, and machine learning, new students get the exposure to all the various platforms and techniques for creating anything they need to build digitally. At less than $1.50 per course, it’s too good a deal to pass up.

Get The Master Learn to Code 2021 Certification Bundle for $20 (Reg. $2,594)

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A 10TB Degoo cloud storage plan for under $90? It’s the TNW Deals summer gift to you

TLDR: The Degoo Premium Backup Plan offers a 10TB cloud storage account to cover all your file saving needs, all at over 90 percent off the regular price.

All your history can hold you back. And that’s no metaphor. 

Just start sorting through your hard drive and you’ll probably find dozens upon dozens of old files — videos, music, documents and more — stashed in virtually every corner of your computer or other device. There are a handful of 10 MB photos here, maybe a stray 500 MB video over there…before you know it, those trips down memory lane are adding up into some very real hard drive cloggage. And that doesn’t even get into the effects of all those old files gumming up and slowing down your system.

The past doesn’t have to be a yoke around your neck, especially when you can just safely ship stuff off to the cloud, where it can sit quietly and out of the way until you want to stroll down memory lane.

With The Degoo Premium Backup Plan including a lifetime 10TB cloud storage account ($89.40 with code SUMMER40, from TNW Deals), you can keep anything and everything safe and sound in the cloud, while your device memory stays keep and unencumbered for all your present day computing.

Each Degoo plan offers 10TB of storage space in the cloud, ready to archive all the extra files you don’t need now, but might need again someday. Degoo’s high speed network syncs to all of your devices, performs backups whenever you like and keeps it all secure and out of your way.

All of your files are fully secure via ultra protected 256-bit AES encryption, which means none of your precious information will be susceptible to hackers or other virtual snoops.

If you’re someone who forgets to run backups, Degoo also has you covered. Through their mobile app, users can set up automatic updates, which detect any files you’ve changed, then ships new updated versions of that file right to your storage.  

A 10TB cloud storage account with lifetime access comes with a $3,600 price tag, but with the current deal, you can get it for just $89.40 when you enter the code SUMMER40 during checkout.

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Prime Gaming members can claim a trio of Lucasfilm Games classics this summer

By now, gamers are accustomed to receiving freebies through Sony’s PlayStation Plus and Microsoft’s Xbox Games with Gold perks. Now, Amazon is here to remind you that it offers gaming benefits for Prime members, too. From today through to September 1st, the subscription service is giving away three classic LucasArts PC games on the first of every month. The trio includes The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, followed by Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and, finally, Sam & Max: Hit The Road

Compared to its expedited deliveries and Prime Video streaming, Amazon’s gaming goodies (including free titles and loot) inevitably feel like the lesser of its Prime perks. These certified classics should therefore help to boost its appeal with nostalgic gamers. 

Since its revival in January, the Disney-owned Lucasfilm Games brand has been busy retooling its franchises for newer platforms. In honor of Monkey Island’s 30th anniversary, Limited Run Games released a comprehensive collector’s edition back in October that assembled all five games in the series, including Telltale’s Tales of Monkey Island. In June, Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual! brought the anthropomorphic detectives to Oculus VR. While Indy is about to star in a new game from MachineGames, the studio behind the modern Wolfenstein series, with Bethesda’s Todd Howard serving as an executive producer.

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The Steam Summer Sale is live with deals on thousands of games

The 2021 Steam Summer Sale has begun and until 1PM ET on July 8th, you can score deals on thousands of PC games, big and small. Among the titles you can pick up at a discount are Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which is half off at , and Mass Effect Legendary Edition (down from $60 to ). Many people’s favorite game of 2020, , is down 30 percent to , while Horizon Zero Dawn has dropped from $50 to .

Cyberpunk 2077 is a third off at , as is . Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (), (), () and Forza Horizon 4 () are all currently 50 percent off. The Battletoads remake (), Alien: Isolation (), Dark Souls III () and A Way Out () are all down by 75 percent. Doom Eternal, meanwhile, is 67 percent off at for the standard edition and is down to , a saving of 60 percent from the regular price of $60.

You can save 70 percent on Mortal Kombat 11 ($15) at the moment, while is down 35 percent to . NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139, a remaster of the classic RPG Nier that was , is 25 percent off at . Meanwhile, Battlefield V has dropped to , which the lowest price recorded for that game on Steam. You’ll also be able to save up to 60 percent on Final Fantasy games, 80 percent on Street Fighter titles and 87 percent on the Resident Evil series.

Those deals are for some of the most well-known titles in the sale, but there are many, many other games you can pick up on the cheap from Steam right now. As always, it’s worth looking around to see if there are better deals elsewhere. But for many PC gamers, their backlogs are about to get much longer.

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Steam Summer Sale 2021: The 4 indie games I’d buy first

The Steam Summer Sale is officially on, and PC players on the hunt for a deal have a lot of options to pick from. Steam is home to tens of thousands of games, and many of us are probably guilty of making impulse purchases during these sales that end doing nothing but sitting in our backlogs unplayed. It’s understandable – after all, learning the ropes in a new game can be an intimidating, time-intensive thing. If you have a problem with buying games only to let them rot in your backlog, worry not, as this list contains games that bring the fun almost as soon as you start them up.

Just Shapes & Beats

If you’re a rhythm game fan and you missed Just Shapes & Beats when it launched back in 2018, this is the perfect time to buy it. Just Shapes & Beats is a simplistic-yet-beautiful rhythm game where you play as a shape trying to avoid other shapes as they pulse and move to the beat of an excellent soundtrack. It’s one of those “easy to learn, difficult to master games” that offers instant action but takes a fair amount of practice to excel at.

Just Shapes & Beats definitely isn’t the game to buy if you’re looking for a relaxing time; this game can really get intense in spots, as it borrows elements from the bullet hell genre and often fills the screen with projectiles you’ll need to avoid. There will be some levels you’ll try dozens of times before you clear them, but the music is so good that you won’t care about having to start from the beginning of a stage or going back to a checkpoint. Just Shapes & Beats is on sale for $14.99 in the Steam Summer Sale.

Refunct

If Just Shapes & Beats is an intense affair that will test your reaction time constantly, Refunct might just be its polar opposite. It can’t really be described as difficult, and you’ll likely finish it in just an hour or two. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth buying, though, and at $0.74 during the sale, it’s a game that everyone can afford.

Refunct is just a game about platforming. That’s it. You can run and jump off walls and slide on the ground, but there are no enemies to fight or side quests to complete in Refunct. Despite the simplicity, Refunct is a soothing game that’s perfect if you want to slow down and just take things easy for a bit. It’s also fairly easy and a lot of fun to complete all of Refunct‘s achievements, but a word to those who are pursuing 100% completion: Do the speedrun challenges without looking up routes online, because it’s a lot more rewarding if you figure out the routing on your own.

Superflight

Superflight and Refunct have a lot in common. They’re both indie games made by small developers, they’re both easy to pick up and play, they’re both fairly casual experiences, and they’re both $0.74 in the Steam Summer Sale. Another dirt cheap game, Superflight is a title that I think everyone should own. In Superflight, you get to fly around procedurally generated maps in a wingsuit, increasing your score by doing daring things like flying through small gaps.

That’s all there is to it, but there’s a surprising amount of addicting challenge to this game. It’s a game you can dive into the moment you buy it, and I think that’s precisely what you should do. It’s also perfect for those times where you want to relax or when you know you want to play something but don’t have anything specific in mind.

Jamestown+

Jamestown is a game that I’ve loved for many years, so it’s a little strange to me that it’s never received more attention. Set in 17-century British colonial Mars – yes, you read that right – Jamestown is a shoot ’em up game that can be enjoyed even if you’re a complete shoot ’em up noob.

Jamestown+ is a remaster of the original game that adds new stages and new ships along with various optimizations and improvements. It has beautiful artwork, a great soundtrack, engaging gameplay, and an interesting (if weird) story, so at $8.99, it’s a solid buy even if you may not normally go for shoot ’em ups.

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