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Valorant will start listening to your voice chat in July

In order to train a language model for future disruptive behavior reports. Riot Games will begin background evaluation of recorded in-game voice communications on July 13th in North America, in English. In a brief statement (opens in new tab) Riot said that the purpose of the recording is ultimately to "collect clear evidence that could verify any violations of behavioral policies."
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Today's Wordle answer #371: Saturday, June 25

It's finally the weekend, so it must be time for the answer to the June 25 (371) Wordle. Looking back at the answers we've had so far, I'm amazed at the sheer variety of words we've gone through—everything from medical terms to archaic alternatives and the odd potentially cheeky solution I've had to write very carefully worded hints for.
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This Japanese open air, all-in-one PC case is as impractical as it is cool

Open air PCs aren't a new phenomenon, but this product from Japanese manufacturer Nagao Seisakusho (opens in new tab) (first spotted by our colleagues at Tom's Hardware (opens in new tab)) does something pretty unique: it offers a monitor mount for Nagao Seisakusho's pre-existing open air PC cases, allowing you to build an all-in-one rig in the style.
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This mod turns Stellaris into the Mass Effect strategy game you've dreamed of

Beyond the Relays keeps the iconic sci-fi setting, but ditches the steamy workplace romance. If, like me, you've always wanted to see a more strategic, zoomed-out take on the Mass Effect setting, you're in luck: the Binary Helix mod group (cheekily named for a genetic engineering corporation in Mass Effect) is creating the Beyond the Relays (opens in new tab) project for Stellaris—a total conversion of the space strategy sim to the Mass Effect setting.
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Bungie, Ubisoft, Bethesda, EA, and others speak out in support of abortion rights in the US

The Supreme Court of the United States voted to overturn Roe v Wade (opens in new tab) today, officially bringing to an end 50 years of constitutionally-protected access to abortion. A handful of US states had legal triggers in place that banned abortion (opens in new tab) immediately, and more are expected to follow. The decision deals a devastating blow to fundamental human rights in the country: As Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan write in a gut-wrenching dissenting opinion (opens in new tab), the end of Roe v. Wade represents "the curtailment of women's rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens."
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Elden Ring studio FromSoftware has a new game in the 'final stages' of development

Elden Ring director Hidetaka Miyazaki is also apparently working on something entirely new. You might think that after putting out a massive magnum opus like Elden Ring (opens in new tab), FromSoftware might be inclined to take a year or two (or three) off. But apparently not, because Elden Ring director Hidetaka Miyazaki recently told Japanese site 4Gamer (opens in new tab) (via Gematsu (opens in new tab)) that the studio's next game is in the "final stages" of development.
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The best milsim FPS just got its biggest update ever

A new faction, map, and amphibious vehicles arrive in the Squad 3.0 update. Squad (opens in new tab), the tactical FPS that's basically Battlefield with logistics, is slowly growing. Almost two years after leaving early access, the underrated military sim is still getting substantial updates. The latest is update 3.0 Amphibious Assault (opens in new tab), which adds a new playable faction, weapons, amphibious vehicles, and a coastal map to drive them on.
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Shadowrun: Hong Kong is a perfect portrait of a cyberpunk city fighting for revolution

On May 21, 2022, construction broke ground on an ambitious project in Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City, turning the infamous slum into an enormous low-income housing development with the goal of helping poor people to help themselves. Naturally this wasn’t a benevolent charity endeavour, but a strategic master plan by an all-powerful megacorp whose CEO sat on the Hong Kong’s ruling Executive Council. While there would be walkable shops and amenities to support its residents, it was essentially designed to keep the city’s poorest out of sight, out of mind. It was called the Prosperity Project, and its slogan was "a place of dignity, where prosperity begins."
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I can't stop solving these clever little road puzzles because the payoff is so darn good

Please Fix the Road blends a relaxing vibe with head-scratching puzzles, and rewards success with glorious animations. What typically happens in a puzzle game when you solve a puzzle? You're presented with another puzzle to solve. But you just used your brain and clicked your mouse and did all that hard work—I think you should get a little reward beyond the game saying, "Okay, genius, do another one."
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The latest Windows 11 update fixes game crash woes for some users

An optional Windows 11 update (opens in new tab) addresses a handful of issues for some users who are experiencing game crashes or are unable to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 11. It's part of the June 2022 monthly updates for Insiders, who can check out the fix before it's released en masse on July 12th for all.
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