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Why Were Old Video Games So Pixelated?

Most computer and video games created in the 20th century featured blocky, pixelated graphics. If you didn’t grow up with them (or never paid attention to the technical details), you might wonder why. We’ll explore the origin…

How to Connect a PS4 Controller to Apple TV

If you own a PlayStation 4, you already own a DualShock 4 wireless controller. Paired with your Apple TV, you can use your Sony controller to play Apple TV games, including those offered with an Apple Arcade subscription….

How to Connect an Xbox Controller to Apple TV

Your Apple TV is much more than a media-streaming box. It has built-in games, and it works with the Xbox controller and other popular game controllers. Power up your Apple Arcade experience (or just download individual games)…

Should You Use a VPN for Gaming?

There’s a good chance you run into a lot of ads for VPN (virtual private network) services while visiting websites or listening to podcasts. They are everywhere these days thanks, in part, to a renewed focus on privacy and se…

How to Appear Offline on Nintendo Switch

Secretly playing your Nintendo Switch can be difficult because, by default, Nintendo alerts all of your friends when you launch a game, and they can see if you’re online from their friends list. Luckily, you can always appear…

How to Turn Off Player Drawings in “Splatoon 2”

Nintendo’s Splatoon 2 translates the squad-based, first-person shooter into a nonviolent game that’s suitable for a younger audience. But the game displays drawings (called “posts”) created by other players. Luckily, there ar…

What Are “Best Friends” on Nintendo Switch?

On a Nintendo Switch, you can mark certain friends as your “Best Friends.” These people are your core group of trusted friends.¬†Here’s what a Best Friend is and how to take full advantage of the special status in Settings….

How to Use Spotify in PC Games on Windows 10

Windows 10 includes a tool called the Game Bar, and it has some cool features you might not know about. You can control Spotify while gaming without having to switch out of full-screen mode. It’s super handy….

When Are Integrated Graphics Good Enough on a PC?

Anybody looking for serious graphics power needs to have a graphics card from AMD, NVIDIA, or (someday soon) Intel. Not everyone wants that kind of power, however, especially when it comes at a price tag of $150 to more than …
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