Razer goes big on payments with Visa prepaid card

The latest pairing between a tech upstart and a financial titan is a digital prepaid card targeted at Southeast Asia’s 430 million-plus unbanked and underserved population. On Monday, Razer, the Singapore-based company best known for its gaming laptops and peripherals, announced a partnership with Visa to develop a Visa prepaid solution. The service, which allows unbanked users to top up and cash out easily, will be available as a mini program embedded in Razer Pay, the gaming company’s mobile payments app. That means Razer’s 60 million registered users will be able to pay at any of the 54 million merchant locations around the world that take Visa. Going virtual is the natural step given the region’s fast-growing digital population, but the pair does not rule out the possibility to introduce a physical prepaid card down the road, Razer’s chief strategy officer Li Meng Lee told TechCrunch over a phone interview. Read the full article…

These are the best, most objectively powerful Pokémon fusions

In case you missed it, Pokémon fusions are back in the news, thanks in part to a recent Tumblr meme and helped along by a small but growing community of talented fan artists dedicated to bringing these sometimes adorable but often horrific hybrids to life. But between admiring the cute, shellfish-meets-baby dragon qualities of “Shellmander” and just combining literally every other pokémon with Mr. Mime, nobody is doing the truly important work of telling you which ones are the most powerful. At the end of the day, in the rough-and-tumble world of Pokémon, what matters most is knowing which of these algorithmically combined animals can best the other in vicious, supernatural elemental battle. So we’ve done the work to narrow down the… Read the full article…

Steam’s 2019 summer sale discounts popular games like Devil May Cry 5, Soulcalibur VI, and more

Steam’s annual summer sale has begun, and it’s a great time to save on several popular (or not-so-new) PC games — if you can get the store to load. As far as the new-ish releases that are looped into the sale, Soulcalibur VI for $19.79 is the best price yet for that game, according to SteamDB’s pricing data. Devil May Cry 5 is a good deal, too, costing $39.59 instead of $59.99. Other stellar discounts include Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for $29.99, and Astroneer for $22.49. The sale incorporates a quirky community-driven component called “Steam Grand Prix” that’s full of quests you can complete by playing games on Steam. As you complete them, you’ll nudge your team’s car toward the finish line. The first, second, and third place winners… Read the full article…

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Will Add to Canon with New Character Backstories

Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama has confirmed that the upcoming Action-RPG Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will include backstories that haven’t been told in the manga, further expanding the Dragon Ball universe. As reported by Comicbook.com, Bandai Namco US shared the announcement on Twitter and Toriyama hopes that these new additions will greatly contribute to the “fresh new take on the franchise as you re-live the moment where Goku discovers his Saiyan bloodline and birth name, Kakarot.” Read the full article…

Why It’s a Great Time to Be an RPG Fan Again

Now that the madness of E3 has died down, it’s nice to finally be able to take a breath and actually digest all of the information that was whirling around over the past few weeks. Looking back, while there was plenty of great stuff to see during the show, I was especially glad to see one genre seemed to get a lot more love this year than it has in a long time: RPGs. Read the full article…

Black Mesa: Xen Aims to Fix Half-Life 1’s Weakest Part

Many gamers consider Half-Life 2 to be Valve’s greatest achievement and one of the best games ever made. I, for one, have always preferred the original Half-Life. With no disrespect to Alyx, Dog, or the gravity gun, the mystery of the Black Mesa facility, the slow onion-peeling reveal of one weird layer after another, the mystery of the G-Man and, lest many forget, the two endings(!) that the original delivered always left a more lasting impression for me. But what knocks Half-Life 1 down a peg for a lot of folks – and this is hard to argue against – is a particular part of the campaign: Xen. The alien dimension is placed right near the end of Gordon Freeman’s Excellent Science Adventure, and it was…a let-down, for sure, after the GOAT-quality experience up until that point. Read the full article…

Cyberpunk 2077 Will Feature Romance Plotlines Similar to The Witcher 3

UPDATE (6/24/19) – Pawe? Sasko answered another question via a Twitter direct message and, this time, it was focused all on how important romances will be in Cyberpunk 2077. Posted on Reddit by u/Magired1234, Sasko confirmed that romances will be returning in a similar fashion as they were seen in The Witcher 3. As explained by Sasko, “there were whole plotlines regarding character and if that NPCs were treated well and interested in Geralt, something was happening.” According to Sasko, this will be “very similar” in Cyberpunk 2077, and “of course players will have way more options then only heterosexual, as it was in the Witcher 3 (as Geralt was a defined character that was only interested in females).” Read the full article…