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Blizzard is testing PvP combat mode for Diablo 4

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Diablo 4, which was unveiled at Blizzcon 2019, will bring a feature desired by many players. In a recent interview, co-founder Allen Adham confirmed that the game will have a PvP (player vs player) combat mode where players can fight each other.

Apparently, according to Adham, a PvP mode is something that Blizzard wants to seriously implement since the first Diablo. The only game that was entitled to anything like this was Diablo 3, where players had an arena mode that was considered rather limited and unsatisfactory.

While not sharing much more details, one mode PvP in Diablo 4 is more than confirmed. No exact dates yet but the game is expected to be officially released during the year of 2021.

Diablo 4 promises a massive world and class improvement

During the interview, Adham mentioned that Diablo 4 will have something called a “shared world”. The co-founder did not explain exactly what he was referring to, but we can speculate that this is a gigantic open world for all players, as it has been in every game.

In this case, it seems that the world will be even bigger and more extensive. In addition, Adham has advanced that they intend to refresh the character classes in the game, such as Druid, for example. This character will now be surrounded by wolves and can become a werewolf, increasing his battle abilities.

Another new feature was the cooperation mode with more than 4 players. Therefore, Diablo 4 promises to be a fair sequel and an interesting addition to the Blizzard saga.

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Pakistan bans PUBG, says it’s addictive and total waste of time

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When you thought the year 2020 couldn’t produce any more blockbusters, it just dishes out an entire series out of the bag.Pakistan on Wednesday announced it is banning the popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds aka PUBG.But the major shock didn’t start here, as earlier this week, India issued a ban to TikTok and 58 other apps that had some connotation with China, a country the Modi government is currently dealing with over the recent faceoff at the LAC.However, PUBG escaped unscathed from the ban, which is believed has something to do with the game’s different origins. But it seems the country is tightening the noose on the popular game.The mobile version of PUBG, called PUBG Mobile, is published by Tencent, a Chinese colossus that owns a huge part of the country’s Internet catalogue.The announcement has no doubt drawn the ire of the gaming community as well as it’s developers.PUBG players in Pakistan have decried the move by the government, terming it unfair and a hurdle to the growth of esports in the country. Some have criticised the government for not banning TikTok(then) and have gone ahead to make references to India’s blanket ban on ByteDance’s TikTok and other apps.But, you just won’t guess the reason PUBG is getting blacklisted, would you?The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has said PUBG has been banned after several complaints from different segments of society against the harmful effects of the game on the player’s health were received. PUBG has also been cited as one of the reasons for cases of suicide in Pakistan.”PTA has received numerous complaints against PUBG wherein it is stated that the game is addictive, wastage of time and poses serious negative impact on physical and psychological health of the children,” said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority in a press release shared on Twitter.The government authority of Pakistan has termed PUBG “addictive” and a “wastage of time” and that it poses “serious negative impact” on the physical and psychological health of players.Some cases of suicide have also been attributed by media reports to the ill effects of PUBG among players, which are under investigation on the orders of Lahore High Court.Oh hell noo!!!However, the ban on PUBG by the Pakistan government seems to be only temporary.Hehehe, I thought you’d say that!Pakistan bans PUBG, says it's addictive and total waste of time 6The PTA has sought feedback from the public by July 10 on whether PUBG should remain under the ban or should it be reinstated for the public.”The Authority also decided to solicit views of the public with reference to the said online game. In this regard public is encouraged to provide feedback through [email protected] by July 10, 2020.”Though India and major PUBG playing countries have made no comment regarding the ban, it is of no doubt that the 8 days will be crucial if PUBG Mobile and it’s will be reinstated in the country.

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The Mediatek Helio G85 SoC is the new mobile chip for every mid-range user. Here’s why

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MediaTek has been making smartphone processors for more than 15 years and has developed many different series of chipsets over the years but recently found itself in mobile gaming space last year with a dedicated lineup of chipsets all aimed at mid-range mobile gamers.

The MediaTek Helio G90T was the flagship in the lineup and debuted with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, followed by the Helio G80 and the Helio G70 SoCs. Now, the chip company has unveiled its latest entry dubbed the MediaTek Helio G85. Part of the G series, the processor is designed with gaming and online streaming in mind.

We all have found ouselves in this scenario whereby we run out of battery life while streaming our favourite movie series online or playing catch for the very next chicken dinner. Lol…who haven’t

Mediatek Helio G85 processor for mid-range users

Now, the fabless chip manufacturer has moved a step down to introduce a chip that just about arrests all these with promise of better battery management even on your self-dubbed mid-range device.

According to Xiaomi at Redmi Note 9 launch event, the MediaTek Helio G85, is “Made for everyday gamers” and just about every mid-range smartphone user. It comes with the 2+6 core arrangement where there are two Cortex-A75 cores clocked at up to 2.0GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores. Though as of now, the clock speeds for the Cortex-A55 cores is unknown.

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The Mediatek G85 SoC powered Redmi Note 9 scores trumped the Snapdragon and Exynos devices

However, Xiaomi did share some benchmarks at the launch event which pegged the Helio G85-powered Redmi Note 9 beat the Snapdragon 665 and the Exynos 9611, both of which power devices in the ₦85000- ₦95000 price range in Nigeria market.

Further, MediaTek had announced that it will enable YouTube video streams using the cutting-edge AV1 video codec on the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 5G SoC. The company says as the AV1 codec has improved compression efficiency, the processor will give users “incredible visual quality and smoother video experiences, while using less data.”

As a mid-range user and in this day and age where a lot of the media consumption takes place on the phone, the implementation will be quite useful as users will be using less battery with the same amount of video streaming.

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