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What defines an AAA game?

As a child or even a young adult, I have always thought that “AAA” or triple-A from a game was an acronym to something like ‘Auspiciously Awesome…gAme’. But that isn’t apparently the case; triple-a is terminology with a deeper and well-supported meaning. Curious? Well, read on as we find out what defines a triple-A game. What is an AAA game? The immediate words that go through people’s minds when hearing ‘triple-A’ are usually the words ‘big,’ ‘best,’ or ‘latest,’ and these are all correct in

My DeFi Pet and DPET Token: Should you spend and play?

The craze of these “play-to-earn” types of games has been booming as of late. Just like Axie Infinity, they have their own in-game items, characters, or currency that can be converted into online cryptocurrencies—making it an opportunity for people who want to earn from the safety of their home. We recently wrote about Axie Infinity. Now, we’ll talk about My DeFi Pet, how to play it, the DPET Token, its price, the rarity of pets, and if you should play it. Will it prove to be a strong competitor

What is Axie Infinity and Should You Play?

You’re probably already aware of cryptocurrencies like Dogecoin or the Shiba Inu coin, as well as NFTs. But have you heard of earning while playing an NFT game? This is made possible with Axie Infinity, an adorable breeding/fighting game where users control monsters called ‘Axies’ for Etherium. But what is it? How does it work? How is this a thing? Find out here as we delve deeper into the Axie universe. Axie Infinity is developed by Sky Mavis, a technology-focused game studio founded in early

Blockchain games you probably haven’t heard of

Names such as Axie Infinity and My DeFi Pet have been circulating all around the internet because of their play-to-earn gaming structure with cryptocurrencies. Now with their overwhelming popularity, some games that have been using blockchain technology were left unnoticed, which is why we are bringing you a list of blockchain games you probably haven’t heard of. So strap in your reading glasses and check out our list as you may find them intriguing to try. Authors Note: This list will function

Nintendo Switch OLED vs Nintendo Switch: Should you upgrade?

Nintendo recently announced its newest model for the Switch console called the Nintendo Switch OLED. Nintendo released its original Switch console back in 2017, followed by its smaller model, the Switch Lite, then recently revamped the original with a better CPU and battery. The year 2021 greets Nintendo fans with the newest model sporting an OLED display. You may already have one, but the question stands “Should you upgrade?” Find out here as we delve into this. Just like in its name, the new

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OnePlus Nord CE 5G vs POCO F3 5G: Specs Comparison

The OnePlus Nord CE 5G has officially arrived in the Philippines, equipped with a Snapdragon 750 5G chipset, an AMOLED display, and a 4,500mAh battery. But how would it fare against the POCO F3 5G that’s within the same price range? Find out in this specs comparison. The POCO F3 5G presents a slightly larger screen at 6.67-inches as compared to the 6.43-inch screen of the OnePlus Nord CE 5G. Both smartphones are equipped with an FHD+ AMOLED screen for those deep blacks. However, the POCO F3 5G

realme 8 5G vs POCO M3 Pro 5G vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G: Which one is for you

The market for affordable 5G smartphones grows larger as realme released their realme 8 5G line. With all the possible options, it is hard to tell which one to go for, which is why we present this three-way comparison between the realme 8 5G, the POCO M3 Pro 5G, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G—all smartphones under the PHP 12K pricepoint. Yes, we are aware of the rebranded POCO M3 Pro of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5G, but stick around as we plot down the key differences. Let’s go! First up is the di

What to do when you’re scammed online

With all the benefits and conveniences of online transactions comes its equal risks as well. Since we cannot see the person we are transacting with, some people might take advantage of it and run a scam. If you fell victim to such, here are the things you can do when you’re scammed online. Here is a recap of the common online scams in the Philippines. • Online shopping scams – instances of fake ads that lead to fake websites that take your bank account details. • Check overpayment scam – this k

Honor 50, 50 Pro, 50 SE: What’s different?

Honor has recently released their new Honor 50 series smartphones, consisting of the Honor 50, 50 Pro, and the 50 SE, equipped with the fairly new Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G and MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipsets. So for those who are eyeing a smartphone upgrade check out how these phones differ from each other in the specs comparison below. Design-wise, one wouldn’t be able to distinguish these three devices from each other as they all sport almost similar screen sizes, the smallest being the Honor

Top-earning esports athletes

When we encounter the word athlete, what will usually come to mind are people who participate in competitive physical sports. Over the past few years, that has changed when competitive gaming has become a sport itself, which we now know as esports. This has also produced esports athletes that also display performance, discipline, and sportsmanship. And they earn big bucks, too. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of the highest-paid esports athletes to date. These are the parameters for

90’s Arcade Games We Used To Play

Arcades are always a staple inside a bustling mall; the lights, sounds, and overall atmosphere can lure people of any age. Games from the arcade also evolve with the present tech globally, such as full-body tracking, touch-sensitive beat games, and the sort. However, since we can’t visit arcades right now, let’s take a look back at these classic arcade games that started that made us spend our allowances on. You can’t have an arcade list without Street Fighter. This is the type of game where

Valorant Mobile: What to expect

The recent announcement of Valorant Mobile brought about questions and confused excitement from the community. Is it going to suck? Is it going to create a whole new spectrum of competitive play? Well, the truth is no one really knows for sure yet. But what we can do is share our expectations on this upcoming mobile game. As a quick recap, Valorant’s executive producer, Anna Dalon, shared the plans of extending their free-to-play, first-person shooter game into the mobile platform. She noted th

What are NFTs?

The digital space and the internet are becoming more interesting. We now have cryptocurrency as a mode for online payment and transactions, and then lurking around the digital collector’s spectrum are the Non-Fungible Tokens or NFTs. Unlike cryptocurrencies, NFTs have unique values and assets allocated in them from certain people, like an expensive and ‘one-of-a-kind’ thumbprint—to put it simply. But what is it exactly? Find out as we delve deeper into what NFTs are. The term fungible refers to

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YouTube to shut down Rythm Discord music bot

YouTube is shutting down Discord’s Rythm bot, just after forcing the beloved Groovy bot offline. The Verge reports that YouTube has sent a cease and desist to the owners/developers of Rythm bot, stating that they want them closed down within seven days. In response to this, the service will be shutting down the bot on September 15. “One way or another we knew this was due to happen eventually,” admits Yoav, the creator of Rythm bot, in a Discord message to The Verge. “Which is why we started w

Instagram now requires user birthday

In order to create a safer and private space for young people, Instagram will be requiring users to input their birthday. According to Instagram, this information will allow them to create new safety features for young people, and help ensure that it is the right experience for the appropriate age group. For example, Instagram can apply recent changes they made that restrict advertiser targeting options for audiences under the age of 18 to more people—showing that age group more relevant and ap

Minors in China are banned from online games from Monday to Thursday

China’s National Press and Publication Administration has issued the “Notice on Further Strict Management and Practically Preventing Minors from Indulging in Online Games,” to restrict online games for children under 18 years of age to protect both their physical and mental health. The notice states that the time for online game services to minors in China should be strictly limited. All online game companies can only provide minors with one hour of service from 8 PM and 9 PM on Fridays, Saturd

Saints Row: The Third, Automachef free for a limited time at Epic Games Store

Saints Row: The Third Remastered and Automachef are this week’s free pick at the Epic Games Store. Developed by Volition studio, Saints Row: The Third is a single-player action-adventure game that follows an unnamed character who becomes the leader of the 3rd Street Saints gang. The player’s goal is to lead the Third Street Stains gang and overtake other rival gangs in the city. Check out its trailer below. The second game is Automachef, a resource management puzzler developed by Hermes Intera

Meralco to develop Smart Grid to help electronics industry

Meralco has announced that the company is developing a Smart Grid to support the country’s electronics industry and help manage electricity distribution. The development of the Smart Grid allows digital technology and two-way communications to help the company better manage electricity distribution. Smart grids are already the standard power distribution system in countries like United States, Europe, Australia, and leading Asian countries like Japan and China. Dr. Danilo C. Lachica, President

Saints Row Reboot coming to PC, Xbox, PlayStation on February 25

After its previous release back on 2015, Developer Deep Silver Volition has officially announced the reboot of Saints Row coming on February 25. The Saints Row reboot is apparently just going to be called ‘Saints Row’, as the Volition team takes in a fresh perspective for the beloved game; described in the presentation on Gamescom 2021. This reboot takes the player into the city of Santo Ileso which depicts settings similar to that of Arizona, New Mexico, and California. Check out the trailer b

Super Mario 64 now playable on the web browser for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

The beloved Super Mario 64 that was released back in 1996 is now playable on the web browser for iPhone, iPad and Mac. The web browser game was spotted by nintendolife , sharing that the iconic Super Mario 64 is now playable on any device, including Apple products. To play the game on your iPad, iPhone or Mac, you will need to pair a game controller, which is possible to do with a PlayStation, Xbox or MFi controller. According to the website, game progress is saved as well, however, note that

vivo offers discounts, upgrades at Shopee Gadget Zone sale

vivo has announced that they are offering up to PHP 5,000 off plus vouchers on select products during its Gadget Zone sale on Shopee. The sale, which runs until August 19, will have discounts on several smartphone models, check them out below: • vivo V20 – PHP 15,999 (from PHP 19,999) • vivo Y31 – PHP 11,999 (from PHP 12,999) • vivo Y20s G (6GB + 128GB) – PHP 8,999 (from PHP 9,999) • vivo Y20s G (4GB + 128GB) – PHP 7,999 (from PHP 8,999) • vivo Y20i 2021 – PHP 7,299 (from PHP 7,499) • vivo Y12s

Grand Theft Auto trilogy is getting remastered, says report

It appears that Rockstar’s Dundee studio, a new Scottish outpost, is leading the remastering of three classic Grand Theft Auto games. The rumors for these Grand Theft Auto game remasters started when Take-Two Interactive, Rockstar’s parent company, stated that they are working on three unannounced “iterations of previously released titles” during an investor presentation. To bunker down on this, Kotaku was able to reach out to three sources from Rockstar about these remastered games. According

PLDT Home launches online booking appointment service

PLDT Home has rolled out an online booking appointment service that is accessible through their PLDT Home website, for more convenient customer service. The online booking appointment service provides existing subscribers and interested applicants the convenience to schedule an in-store or virtual appointment with a PLDT store representative. Customers can arrange for an online one-on-one meeting with store personnel at their preferred PLDT store location when applying for a new PLDT Home Fibr

Xiaomi is top 3 smartphone vendor in the Philippines for Q2 2021

Following the recent report about Xiaomi becoming the number two phone brand globally, Xiaomi has also claimed the third spot in terms of smartphone sales in the Philippines for Q2 2021. According to a report on the country’s Top Smartphone Vendors for Q2 released by Canalys, Xiaomi has achieved a 15% share with a 318% growth rate, which is the highest among the top five smartphone brands in the Philippines. Since Xiaomi launched its first premium flagship Mi 10 series, it has been continuously

Google to block sign-ins on Android 2.3.7 devices and lower

Google has announced that it will block off users that use Android devices running Android 2.3.7 and lower, starting September 27, 2021. According to Google, users who will sign in on outdated devices will get a username or password error when trying to use Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps. This is done because Google no longer provides software or security updates for Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which means older devices that cannot be updated are considered insecure. W

Toyota’s CUE3 robot nails three-pointers at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

After Team USA’s defeat against France in Olympic basketball, Toyota’s CUE3 robot rolls in during half-time scoring himself some baskets. The free throwing robot is a CUE line of robots developed by Toyota. The first line appeared in 2018, while in 2019 the CUE3 set a Guinness World Record of the most consecutive basketball free throws by an assisted humanoid robot. The evolution of the CUE robot started with the original CUE, which then extended to CUE2 and CUE3, having shirt numbers 70, 92,

Japan achieves 319 Tbps internet speed, breaks world record

Japan has broken the world record for the fastest internet speed, hitting the data transmission rate of 319 Terabits per second (Tb/s). Researchers at Japans’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) were able to provide 319 Tbps for internet speed, which is almost double the old record speed of 178 Tbps from UK and Japanese engineers last 2020. The record was accomplished with a fiber-optic infrastructure, that stretched out to more than 1,864 miles (3,000km). T

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Vios Cup launches the 2021 season

Toyota Motor Philippines'(TMP) premier motorsports program, now called the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Vios Cup, makes a comeback with new and familiar names battling for this race weekend’s podium finishes and awards. A surprise appearance from GR Yaris driven by TMP President Mr. Atsuhiro Okamoto, 24 Autocross racers, and 24 Circuit racers across 3 race classes competed at the Clark Internation Speedway in Pampanga this July 9 and 10. TMP announced the return of the Vios Cup early this year. While th