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With a track record of covering the gaming industry that spans more than a decade, Eric Abent has been part of the 88gadget.info 000 since 2012 and, most recently, is gaming editor for the site. Beyond the latest in AAA games and consoles, Eric's role encompasses independent studios, virtual reality, and mobile gaming as the industry undertakes a seismic shift in home entertainment and beyond. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone is back, and now it can make real calls

Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone is back, and now it can make real calls

If you were a child at any point in the last 60 years, there's a decent chance that you're familiar with the Chatter Telephone from Fisher-Price. Perhaps due to the fact that the famous pull-toy looks a little out of place in this age of smartphones, Fisher-Price announced today that the Chatter Telephone is getting an update. While the Chatter isn't losing its rotary phone design, it's getting some enhanced functionality in the form of Bluetooth connectivity.

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate update adds Sora, buffs several fighters

Super Smash Bros Ultimate update adds Sora, buffs several fighters

It's a little hard to believe, but with the latest update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Sora from Kingdom Hearts is officially in the game. One of the most requested characters of all time, Sora seemed like a pipe dream to many, but Nintendo navigated what we imagine was a licensing nightmare to make it happen. Update 13.0.0 adds Sora to the game, but beyond his introduction, the update also buffs several low-tier characters.

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Outriders is finally coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC

Outriders is finally coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC

Earlier this year, we saw the Square Enix RPG shooter Outriders get a surprise day-one release on Xbox Game Pass. Unfortunately, it wasn't a day-one release for all versions of Game Pass - only the console and cloud versions, leaving PC subscribers to buy a copy outright if they wanted to play on day one. Now, months later, Square Enix and Microsoft are rectifying that oversight, announcing that Outriders is finally coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC.

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New MacBook Pro pricing: 14″ and 16″ configurations

New MacBook Pro pricing: 14″ and 16″ configurations

Apple took to the stage to hype up its new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros today, but of course, the most important thing to almost every customer out there is price. These new MacBook Pros are going up for pre-order today and begin shipping out next week, but how much will each one cost you? That depends on what you're looking for.

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Apple adds more ports and a notch to 2021 MacBook Pro

Apple adds more ports and a notch to 2021 MacBook Pro

For a while, the MacBook's disappearing ports were something of a meme among the I/O enthusiasts of the world. However, with today's new MacBook reveal, Apple has reversed course, announcing that it's actually adding ports to the new MacBook Pro. In addition, it looks like the display on the 2021 MacBook Pro is taking a design cue from modern iPhones, picking up a notch it can call its own.

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HomePod mini gets new colors in time for the holidays

HomePod mini gets new colors in time for the holidays

While we had a pretty good idea of what to expect going into today's Apple event, Apple kicked it off by giving us an update on the HomePod mini. As it turns out, the HomePod mini is about to get new models in several different colors. While there don't seem to be any changes from a hardware standpoint, these new colors give prospective buyers options aside from the standard white and space gray models.

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Elden Ring delayed as closed beta registration opens

Elden Ring delayed as closed beta registration opens

Those looking forward to Elden Ring have been waiting a long time for the game to come out, and today that wait got a little longer. From Software announced today that Elden Ring has been delayed. While it's always sad to hear of a delay, the good news is that this one isn't very long, so gamers who can't wait for Elden Ring won't have to wait too much longer.

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PlayStation 5 just broke multi-year Nintendo Switch hot streak

PlayStation 5 just broke multi-year Nintendo Switch hot streak

For nearly three years, the Nintendo Switch has reigned supreme when it comes to hardware sales in the United States. As the previous generation wound down and the new generation began ramping up, the Nintendo Switch found itself on top of NPD's sale charts month after month. But, in September, that all changed when the Switch was finally unseated by a new top-seller: The PlayStation 5.

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Ikea Vappeby Bluetooth speaker doubles as a lamp, but there’s a bigger surprise

Ikea Vappeby Bluetooth speaker doubles as a lamp, but there’s a bigger surprise

It looks like Ikea is working on a new Bluetooth speaker, but this new product looks quite a bit different from the Bluetooth speakers we're used to. Dubbed the Ikea Vappeby, this new speaker will also double as an outdoor lamp. While the design of the Vappeby is probably attention-getting enough, it seems this speaker also has a Spotify Tap button on it, which would make it the first of its kind.

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Nintendo Switch N64, Genesis controllers up for pre-order: Here’s how much they cost

Nintendo Switch N64, Genesis controllers up for pre-order: Here’s how much they cost

Going along with today's announcement of the pricing for the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, Nintendo has opened up pre-orders for the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis gamepads. The Expansion Pack, of course, allows players to play classic N64 and Sega Genesis games, so like it did when it introduced NES and SNES games, Nintendo is releasing Switch-compatible controllers so players can get more of an authentic experience playing those titles.

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Dragon Age 4 may leave Xbox One, PlayStation 4 behind

Dragon Age 4 may leave Xbox One, PlayStation 4 behind

We've known for a while now that Dragon Age 4 is in the works over at BioWare, but both the developer and its owner, Electronic Arts, have been mostly quiet about it over the past couple of years. We may not know when Dragon Age 4 is going to release, but today we're learning that when it finally gets here, it may genuinely be a current-generation game, launching for Xbox Series X, PS5, and PC while leaving the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 behind.

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Twitch data breach update brings users good news

Twitch data breach update brings users good news

Earlier this month, Twitch suffered a major security breach in which many details about the website and its streamers were leaked to the internet. While it seems the extent of the breach is still being investigated, Twitch has provided an update about its findings so far, and it's made a big confirmation for users who were worried that their personal information or login credentials were leaked.

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