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Best Buy is having a massive gaming PC flash sale this weekend

If you’ve wanted to pick up a gaming PC for a while now but are waiting for a sale, you’re in luck. Best Buy has a massive flash sale on gaming PCs, so it’s the perfect time to look at everything on offer from the link below. We’ve also collected some excellent deals for you to look to help with your choice.

MSI Aegis ZS Gaming Desktop — $1,200, was $1,500

While being more well known for motherboards and GPUs, MSI still makes a pretty good pre-built PC, and we don’t often see them on sale, which makes this especially interesting. The first thing you’ll likely want to know is what GPU’s in the box, and we’re happy to say that it’s the RX 6700 XT, one of the top AMD GPUs, and about roughly equivalent to an Nvidia RTX 3070 if you’re more familiar with that. Given the powerful GPU, you can easily run games at 2K and a 144Hz refresh rate using something you can find among one of our gaming monitor deals. As for the CPU, it’s a mid- to high-end Ryzen 5 5600X, so it should easily handle CPU-intensive tasks like simulation and strategy games. You also get 16GB of RAM, which is what we’d expect in a higher-end gaming PC, and 500GB of SSD storage, which is a bit on the smaller side but not too bad with good management.

iBUYPOWER Trace MR Gaming Desktop — $1,300, was $1,500

iBUYPOWER Trace MR gaming Desktop next to keyboard and mouse.

Next up is iBUYPOWER, a company that focuses completely on custom pre-built gaming PCs, which is pretty nice if you have an idea of what specs you want. Of course, this one comes with an already established spec build, in the form of the RTX 2060 GPU and an 11th-gen Intel Intel i7-11700F, a great combo that should manage most games fine, albeit in slightly lower graphical settings. It also comes with 16GB of RAM, which is great, and a total storage of 1.48TB through a combination of a 1TB HDD and a 480GB SSD, meaning you aren’t likely to be running out of space any time soon.

HP OMEN 30L Gaming Desktop — $1,400, was $1,700

HP Omen 30L Gaming PC sits next to a mouse and keyboard.

Another great deal is on an HP OMEN 30L Gaming Desktop, one of the company’s mainstays along with its HP Pavilion lineup. This one in with an RTX 3060, a reasonably good GPU that should handle most AAA games well, especially if you’re using a 2K, 144Hz  monitor or lower. The CPU is an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, which is a bit more powerful than the GPU, meaning it’s great for doing productivity or editing work that requires a lot of CPU resources. As for RAM, you get 16GB, and storage is a reasonable 1TB SSD, making this a great gaming PC deal overall.

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How DRM Sabotaged a Weekend of PC Gaming

This past weekend was a big deal for the PC gaming crowd. It marked the release of a new generation of Intel processors that sit atop the list of the best gaming processors you can buy, and it was situated in the middle of the fall video game release boom that has included the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy, Call of Duty Vanguard, and Forza Horizon 5. 

But DRM, or Digital Right Management services, got in the way.

Denuvo, one of the most popular DRM services available, had more than one slipup this weekend. The first seems to relate to an expired domain name. On November 7, PC gamers were met with a “server not reachable” error when launching games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Guardians of the Galaxy. Forum posts on ResetEra and threads on Steam started flooding in immediately as players uncovered more offline single-player games that were unplayable.

@PlanetZooGame @shadowofwargame your DRM provider has let their domain name lapse, and it's killed your game startup… along with multiple other games I imagine. pic.twitter.com/rQk58K4AuJ

— Alex Buckland (@alexbuckland96) November 7, 2021

We’re not sure how many games were affected, but the number is high. In addition to the titles mentioned above, users reported issues with Wolfenstein Youngblood, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and Persona 4 Golden. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, it seems Denuvo didn’t renew the domain it uses to authenticate games.

The domain record shows that it was renewed on November 7 — the same day when this whole fiasco went down. Previously, it showed that the domain expired on September 24. There were several weeks in between the expiration date and when the domain provider pulled the plug, and that negligence ultimately fell on PC gamers who purchased and wanted to play single-player offline games.

This news is all the more sour considering the launch of Intel’s recent 12th-gen Alder Lake platform. Following the launch, Intel released a list of 51 games that don’t work with the platform. According to Intel, the DRM services these games use has some issues with the processor’s architecture, leading to constant crashing across Windows 10 and Windows 11.

We noted these issues in our Intel Core i9-12900K review. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, one of the main benchmarks we used, refused to boot while using the processor.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is one of several games that doesn’t work right now.

For its part, Denuvo released a statement saying that it “provided patches for those titles to be compatible with Alder Lake ahead of its release.” Regardless of who blame falls on, the result is a massive list of AAA games that aren’t playable with the latest tech. And the list is squarely focusedon  a few publishers — EA, Ubisoft, and Sega, in particular — who have had issues with Denuvo in the past.

Ahead of Alder Lake’s launch, Square Enix removed Denuvo from several of its games, including Nier Replicant, Marvel’s Avengers, and Final Fantasy XII. Similarly, Bethesda removed the DRM from Doom Eternal, and Capcom followed suit with Devil May Cry V. Capcom had some big issues with Denuvo earlier this year, too, when the DRM caused massive stuttering problems in Resident Evil Village

The issue of DRM was front and center this past weekend. As has been the case in the past, the people who pay for antipiracy measures aren’t pirates — they’re legitimate buyers. From games not connecting to authentication servers to inexplicable crashes with the latest CPUs, DRM continues to prove that buying and owning are two different things.

hey @PlanetZooGame is the game down right now? I am having a "server is not reachable" pop up whenever I try to start the game 🙁 pic.twitter.com/ucChwOl7I6

— Erwin ∞ (@ErwinHaris07) November 7, 2021

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Fortnite Supercharged weekend makes a surprise return with extra XP

Epic Games has brought back its Supercharged power-leveling weekend for a second time in a row, giving players more than enough opportunities to rake in as much XP as possible. As with previous weeks, players will need to make sure they log in at some point during the power-leveling weekend to enable the Supercharged bonus.

Fortnite‘s Supercharged weekend applies an XP multiplier that awards more points for eliminations, opening chests, and other activities that award XP. This results in leveling up to new tiers at a faster rate, particularly if the player completes Punchcards and daily challenges with high XP rewards.

Some players were concerned at the start of Chapter 2 – Season 8 that too much grinding would be required to get enough points for completing the Battle Pass. Epic had said back in September that it would address the XP concerns, leading to an adjustment. On top of that, this season has brought a huge number of daily challenges in addition to the new character Punchcards, enabling players to rake in more than 50k XP per completed card by performing simple tasks.

Combined with the Supercharged multiplier weekends, many players have already unlocked all of the Battle Pass items, opening the Bonus Rewards that, generally speaking, cost considerably more Battle Stars than the initial Battle Pass rewards.

Fortnite players need to log into their game account at some point before November 1 at 4 AM PT / 7 AM ET in order to get the Supercharged multiplier. Players can tell when the multiplier has been applied to their account by looking for the “Supercharged” label above the XP bar at the bottom of the screen during matches.

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Fortnite Power Leveling weekend is live: Get Supercharged XP bonus

Epic Games has announced the arrival of Power Leveling weekend in its hit battle royale game Fortnite. Today through early Sunday morning, players can log into the game to unlock a Supercharged XP perk, helping them rake in more points during gameplay to unlock Battle Pass items at a faster rate.

Fortnite Power Leveling weekends are exactly what they sound like: multi-day events during which players can add a supercharged multiplier to their XP, making it possible to rake in a large number of points during regular gameplay, particularly when completing punchcards and other quests. This can result in earning a considerable number of Battle Stars in a short period of time.

The Power Leveling weekend is a welcomed addition to Season 8, which had been criticized early on due to the slow rate at which players earned XP. There were concerns the season would require excessive grinding to complete the Battle Pass, but Epic addressed these complaints with an adjustment in late September.

Players can get the Supercharged XP bonus simply by logging into the game like usual. You’ll know you have the bonus when the small, glowing “Supercharged XP” identifier appears above the left-hand side of the XP bar found at the bottom of the screen during gameplay. Epic says Fortnite players have until 4 AM PT / 7 AM ET to unlock the bonus.

Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 8 features a total of 9 Battle Pass pages, each filled with items that can be unlocked using Battle Stars earned during gameplay. In addition, the game now allows players to ‘superlevel,’ which means exceeding the standard Battle Pass levels to unlock additional rewards like style variants and weapon wraps.



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Fortnite gets its first PvE tournmant this weekend: Rewards and how to play

This weekend will bring Fortnite‘s first-ever player-vs-environment (PvE) tournament, giving everyone a chance to battle for a few Halloween-themed rewards. The Fortnitemares Cup will task Fortnite players with teaming up in squads and playing five matches of the newly reintroduced Horde Rush LTM.

The Fortnitemares Cup tournament will take place on October 23 and 24 with three rewards up for grabs: a loading screen, the Feeling Wrathful spray, and the Ghoul-d Game emoticon. The rewards unlock based on the number of points your squad gets during the tournament; they range from 500 to 2,000 points, respectively. Epic notes that some players may not see their awards arrive for up to three weeks.

Keep in mind that these are tournament points, not Horde Rush points. The event will work by awarding 1 tournament point for every 1,000 Horde Rush points, meaning you’ll need to rake in quite a few kills to get to 2,000 tournament points. That shouldn’t be too hard, however, given that you get to play five matches and the cumulative squad points will be factored in.

As well — and as a nod to the fact that not everyone has three friends who may want to participate with them — Epic says that you’ll be able to change your teammates if your current squad isn’t working out. Each squad combination will get a separate entry on the leaderboard, though each player will only get one of each reward if they reach the point limits regardless of how many squad combinations they play with.

As with other Fortnite tournaments, you’ll need to make sure your account has two-factor authentication enabled to participate. Head over to the Epic Games website for the full list of rules ahead of the Fortnitemares Cup this weekend.

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Far Cry 5 headlines new Xbox Free Play Days this weekend

Microsoft has another Free Play Days weekend coming at us this week, and some interesting titles are included in this promotion. As always, these Free Play Days weekends are open only to those who have Xbox Live Gold (which includes Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers). If you try a game out and decide that you like it, you can buy it at a discount, but only for a limited time while the Free Play Days promotion is ongoing.

The first game included in this weekend’s promotion is Far Cry 5. This is also the most recognizable game of the bunch, and it puts players in the role of a deputy who must work with the locals of Hope County, Montana, to reclaim the area from a doomsday cult and its violent leader, Joseph Seed. With Far Cry 6 on the horizon, making Far Cry 5 free during this promotion could be a way to build up some hype around the series in general.

Far Cry 5 is also home to a lot of different discounts this weekend, thanks to discounts not only on the game itself but various bundles that include DLC and in-game currency. For example, the Standard Edition of Far Cry 5 is down to $9 (85% off), while the Gold Edition is $18 (80% off), and the Insanity Bundle is at $22.50 (75% off). You can also pick up the Standard or Gold editions in a bundle with Far Cry New Dawn for $20 (80% off) and $32.50 (75% off), respectively, while the season pass, XL, and XXL packs of silver bars are on sale as well.

Along with Far Cry 5, Unturned and Bee Simulator are also free-to-play this weekend. Unturned is an open-world zombie survival game with graphics at least somewhat reminiscent of Minecraft, while Bee Simulator has you playing as a bee who lives in Central Park and experiencing all that a bee’s day-to-day entails.

Like Far Cry 5, both Unturned and Bee Simulator are on sale this weekend, but unlike Far Cry 5, there’s only one discount for each game. Unturned is on sale for $12.50 (50% off), while Bee Simulator is on sale for $16 (60%). The latest Free Play Days weekend is on now until Sunday, August 8th at 11:59 PM PDT.

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Two Point Hospital gets Sonic the Hedgehog items alongside free-to-play weekend

Sega has revealed that two big promos are launching in Two Point Hospital today. With the first one, we’ll see a variety of Sonic the Hedgehog items go live in the game in celebration of Sonic‘s 30th anniversary. The second is a free-to-play promo that will allow newcomers to the game to check it out without paying for the privilege first.

As you can see from the trailer we’ve embedded below, probably the biggest draw of these free Sonic items is that you can now dress your staff up as Knuckles, Tails, Sonic, and Amy. The costumes aren’t all that’s included in this free pack, as there are also several decorative items for your hospital, whether that’s a Sonic statue of the palm trees from Green Hill Zone.

The game is also going free-to-play this weekend on a number of different platforms. On Steam and Xbox, Two Point Hospital will be free-to-play until Monday, August 2nd. On Nintendo Switch, the free-to-play promotion will last until Tuesday, August 3rd, so Switch owners are getting even more time to play the game before they have to pony up some cash.

Sadly, it seems that PlayStation 4 owners are being left out in the cold with this promotion, though they are still getting the free Sonic the Hedgehog items. On the platforms where Two Point Hospital is free-to-play, the game has also been discounted. On Xbox, the Jumbo Edition is down to $27.99 (compared to $39.99 on PS4). The Switch version hasn’t been discounted at the time of this writing, but we expect it to get the same discount that we see on Xbox.

On Steam, things work a bit differently. The base game is discounted to $8.74, while most of the DLC packs have been discounted by 50%. However, some DLC packs haven’t been discounted quite that much, such as the more recent Culture Shock and A Stitch in Time DLCs, but those are still discounted by 33% and 20% respectively. These sales will all be wrapping up next week, so if you’ve been thinking of picking up Two Point Hospital, it looks like now is the time to buy.

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Apple iPad 10.2 Just Got Major Price Cut Before the Weekend

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Are you ready for the weekend yet? Anyone else zoned out and not able to get any work done? It’s the perfect time to take a look at some of the Apple iPad deals that are floating around. There are some good ones in there, so be sure to check it out!

Just in time for the weekend, Staples is discounting the 8th-generation Apple iPad 10.2 with Wi-Fi and 32GB of storage in Space Gray. You can get it for $30 off for the low price of $300. That includes free shipping and delivery or one-hour pickup at a local store. It’s also the lowest price we’ve seen for a bit.

The Apple iPad 10.2 (8th-gen) released in 2020 is the tablet you buy as an appliance to do just about everything. You can read more in our Apple iPad (2020) review, in which Andrew Martonik lays out all the deets. It has exceptional software, thanks to Apple’s iPadOS, awesome battery life, a vibrant and colorful display, and access to Apple’s beloved ecosystem.

The 10.2 features a gorgeous Retina display running at a 2160 x 1620 pixel resolution with 264 pixels per inch. The power-efficient design offers up to 10 hours of battery life, depending on usage. Inside is the A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine functionality. This particular model features Wi-Fi, MIMO Bluetooth 4.2 — for use with wireless peripherals — and 32GB of storage. An 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2MP FaceTime HD front camera is part of the mix, with 1080P HD video recording at 30 frames per second. That HD recording is great if you don’t have your phone handy and want to shoot from your iPad.

Staples is offering the Apple iPad 10.2-inch for $30 or 9% off, just ahead of the weekend break. Instead of the usual $329 price, you’re getting it for $300 with free shipping and delivery. Don’t forget to look for the Magic Keyboard or Apple Pencil if you want to use those with your new iPad!

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If the Apple iPad isn’t your style or you just want to see what else is available, don’t worry. We rounded up all of the best tablet deals for you. You can check those out below.

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Fortnite PSA: This is the last weekend to submit your own skin concept

If you dream of seeing your own skin concept appear in Fortnite, Epic is currently offering you a shot at fulfilling that dream. However, this is your last weekend to submit your idea in hopes of getting an official skin launch — the opportunity ends on Monday, after which point any concepts you submit won’t be included for consideration.

The Fortnite opportunity is called Concept Royale and it offers players the opportunity to send in their own winter-themed skin concepts for potential inclusion in the game later this year. As previously announced, the opportunity will end a minute before midnight on July 11, meaning you have only until late Sunday night to send in your idea.

Epic will ultimately choose two ideas to turn into outfits that’ll be made available in the game. The people who submit the two winning concepts will each receive $2,500 as a prize in addition to getting to see their own skin idea in the hit title. The contest kicked off on June 15 and is open to players who are at least 13 years old.

The submitted concepts must be original works and designed to match the holiday season. Epic plans to introduce them during its Winter 2021 event, which will start toward the end of the year. The company suggests the submitted skin concepts should be “festive, frosty, and fun designs.” Past examples of winter-themed skins include things like a light-filled tree and a muscular Santa.

In order to bring your designs to Epic’s attention, you must share the work on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag “#ConceptRoyaleContest,” otherwise the company won’t be able to find the entries. Head over to the Epic Games website to read the entire contest rules.

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Dell Gaming Desktops, Gaming Laptops Very Cheap This Weekend

Gaming equipment isn’t cheap, especially if you want to enjoy the latest games without any crashes or slowdowns. Fortunately, there are gaming PC deals and gaming laptop deals available online, so you don’t have to pay full price if you’re planning to upgrade your current machine.

A good source of discounts for gaming desktops and gaming laptops is Dell, which is currently offering price cuts for the Dell G5 gaming desktop and Dell G15 gaming laptop. The Dell G5 is available for only $700, after a $230 discount off its original price of $930, while the Dell G15 may be purchased for just $1,000, down $229 from its original price of $1,229.

Dell G5 gaming desktop — $700, was $930

Dell G15 gaming laptop — $1,000, was $1,229

Dell G5 gaming desktop — $700, was $930

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The Dell G5 is in Digital Trends’ best gaming desktops for 2021 list as the best budget gaming desktop you can buy. It doesn’t hold back on its components, with a 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, the AMD Radeon RX 5300 graphics card, and 8GB of RAM. It also packs a 256GB solid-state drive and 1TB SATA HD, and it comes with the Alienware Command Center for customizing the lights in front of the PC, fine-tuning the gaming experience, and calibrating your hardware and software.

The compact design of the Dell G5 lets it fit into tight spaces, but it keeps running at peak performance even after hours of playing through its structure, which maintains optimal airflow. It’s also easy to access its internals, so if you think you’ll eventually upgrade the gaming desktop’s CPU, GPU, memory, and hard drives, you won’t have a tough time.

Gamers can’t go wrong with the Dell G5, which combines powerful specifications and helpful features in an affordable package. It’s an even better deal with Dell’s $230 discount for the gaming desktop, which lowers its price to just $700 from its original price of $930. If you want a decent gaming PC on a budget, you simply shouldn’t miss this offer for the Dell G5 gaming desktop. Click that Buy Now button below as soon as you can.

Dell G15 gaming laptop — $1,000, was $1,229

If you don’t want your gaming machine to be tied down to a desk, you should go for the Dell G15, a gaming laptop that won’t have a problem running the latest titles. It’s equipped with the 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, and 8GB of RAM, in addition to a 256GB SSD and a 15.6-inch Full HD display that will let you appreciate even the smallest details.

You can play for hours without worrying about overheating because the Dell G15’s thermal design uses a dual air intake and four vents, as well as copper pipes for heat dissipation. Also, like the Dell G5, you have complete control over your software and hardware through the Alienware Command Center. There’s also Dell’s Game Shift technology that triggers a dynamic performance mode, increasing the Dell G15’s fan speed while the gaming laptop’s processors go on overdrive.

If you’re always on the go, the Dell G15, with its gamer-focused capabilities, is the perfect machine for you. You can buy the gaming laptop from Dell at $229 off, which brings its price down to $1,000 from its original price of $1,229. There’s no telling how long the deal will last, though, so to make sure that you take advantage of the offer while it’s available, you should click that Buy Now button immediately.

More gaming laptop deals

The Dell G5 gaming desktop and Dell G15 gaming laptop are both solid options for gamers. If you’re planning to buy a gaming laptop, but you’d like to see alternatives, we’ve gathered some of the best gaming laptop deals that are currently available across various retailers.

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