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Play XCOM for free in browser right now

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Thank me later.

HTML5 is a markup language that’s gotten people excited. Very excited. The list of games and experiments and designs people have made within the framework is massive and crazy and worth a google all its own. Here, I did it for you.

But the highlight for the geeky-gamers amongst us is how it’s been used to port some classic PC games to browser. RTS forebear Dune, Transport Tycoon Deluxe received the treatment.

Now you can play the best tactical strategy / base management / alien blasting game of all time, UFO: Enemy Unknown, in browser thanks to HTML5 and some dedicated coders.

In case you’re an alien, or have no soul, XCOM is a legendary  triumph of quality. Forget the incredible tactics-based gameplay, or massive amount of upgrades, and instead realize this is arguably one of the spookiest, high-stakes games of all times. With customizable bases, loadouts, spooky noises, and terrifying alien designs, you truly feel like the weight of the world, and the fate of humanity is on your shoulders.

Play it in the dark, on your laptop, on your back porch – tonight, and see how long it takes to get goosebumps

Up until recently it was thought we’d never get another XCOM game as good as this one, but the 2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a welcome return to form for the franchise. Still, the version emulated in browser is a special one and a bonafide PC classic everyone should play if given the chance. And you now have the chance. Play, love it, never look at the skies the same way again.

Paul Meekin is a media sponge, video editor, review writer, and former producer for "Ebert Presents At The Movies", in addition to working for decade in tech support, he's written movie, game, and TV reviews for a variety of outlets.

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

https://x.com/theflow0/status/1759627938910089575?s=20

As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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