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‘Metroid’ and ‘Dishonored’ franchises return with new games this week

New video games out this week “Dishonored: Death of the Outsider.” This side story from Arkane Studios set in the “Dishonored” universe continues the open-ended gameplay refined in “Dishonored 2” with additional supernatural powers and weapons. It’s...

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Keep your eye on refresh rates if you’re shopping for monitors or HDTVs

If you’re ever been staring blearily at a computer screen, blinked your eyes sleepily as you yawned and noticed the screen momentarily flickering weirdly, you may have caught a glimpse of what’s known as the “Refresh rate.” On screens, refresh rate...

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Guardians rejoice: Bungie’s ‘Destiny 2’ arrives this week 

New video games out this week “Destiny 2.” Bungie’s big space combat game evolves further into a massively multiplayer online game with easier ways to hook up with other players for raids and strikes. In this one, players try to take down Ghaul, the...

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Mario and Rabbids universes collide in ‘Kingdom Battle’; dinosaurs are ride-hailed in ‘ARK: Survival Evolved’

New video games out this week “Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.” The Mario and Ubisoft Rabbids franchises collide in this squad battle game in which Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Yoshi team up with four Rabbids (no distinguishable personalities...

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‘Uncharted’ co-stars take lead in ‘The Lost Legacy’; ‘Madden NFL 18’ hits the field

New video games out this week: “Madden NFL 18.” This year’s football sim improves stadium exteriors and cityscapes (including firework displays) and adds a “Longshot” story mode allowing players to guide a forgotten high-school prospect toward his...

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Retro gaming bliss: ‘StarCraft Remastered’ and ‘Sonic Mania’ are new this week

New video games out this week: “StarCraft Remastered.” The remastered edition of one of Blizzard Entertainment’s most enduring franchises includes improved audio and graphics, but adheres to the successful formula that made the real-time-strategy...

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‘LawBreakers’ challenges gravity while a new season of ‘Batman’ begins from Telltale Games

New video games out this week: “LawBreakers.” The latest from Cliff Bleszinksi (“Unreal,” “Gears of War”) is an omnidirectional gravity-breaking first-person shooter that may not be for the easily motion-sick. The futuristic game is likely to challenge...

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With ‘Pong to Pokémon,’ Bullock Museum spotlights games as art and artifact

Even in an age when practically anything can be looked up instantaneously, there are some pieces of knowledge that defy second-hand learning. Such as: why the joystick for the arcade console version of “Ms. Pac-Man” feels so perfectly clicky, with...

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Talking about the role of Texas in the video-game industry with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discuss how Texas is a giant player in the video-game industry and how some recent events, including a new exhibit at the Bob Bullock State History Museum are highlighting the history and accomplishments...

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