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NiP Dominate Titan to Qualify for the Quarter Finals at DreamHack Open: Cluj-Napoca

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Ninjas in Pajamas only grew stronger as they ran through Titan 2-0 to qualify for the quarter finals tomorrow at DreamHack Open: Cluj-Napoca. NiP beat Titan at 16-14 on Cache (titan’s pick) in a competitive game and ran straight through them on Dust 2 (NiP’s pick) to the tune of a 16-1 scoreline. Nip plays against tournament favorite Team Solo Mid tomorrow to get through to the semis.

Map one started in an exciting fashion, but as the game progressed Titan was only left with rpk v NiP, and he went on to ace the entire team but did not have the defuse kit to be able to defuse the planted bomb. Looking back, that one round could’ve changed the scope of the match considering the game ended with a 16-14 scoreline. It seems arbitrary to try and analyze the competitiveness of this game with the dominance exhibited on the second map. It overshadows the performances of shox and rpk on Cache, because Cache isn’t relevant anymore, especially since they lost the map. But there were key moments for each team, and Titan came out swinging like they wanted to make it out of the groups at a major for once. Unfortunately for them, NiP needed this win.

On Dust 2, Allu showed up to play. He opened the match with two head shots mid and continued throughout the map to land awp shots and make key plays. Allu is criticized by viewers pretty heavily, and it’s worth commending his additions to the team’s big win today. While GOD Allu showed up, nobody from Titan did. ScreaM missed tap after tap on multiple enemies, shox looked frantic in an aim dual against friberg in the second pistol on Dust 2. For as much grief as shroud received for his performance yesterday, x6tenz went 1-17 on Dust 2. Sure, he’s the in-game shot caller, but 1-17 is impossible to win with. He’s a veteran who should always post bigger numbers than 1 kill on a map.

NiP has a tough, tough task in front of them now. They’ve been tasked with upsetting a team that has been on a run of dominance that has only been seen in major championship winning teams like Fnatic. NiP is the last team to beat TSM in a best of three, so while all the fans and analysts bet their skins on TSM, NiP can sit and strategize to take down a group of beatable men. How they’ll beat them is a mystery to me.

Titan are no doubt going home disappointed. While they beat Nip on day one, they lost a fairly one-sided game against VP that set them up to play the ninjas again. Even in their first win, they seemingly handed away something like 10 rounds to NiP after Titan had established a significant lead. Much of their triumph this major is obscured by their underwhelming results, and that’s unfortunate for such a talented and skilled group of players. The key may be in just a little more aim training, or better use of utility, or better team work, but whatever it is, they need to identify and fix it before the next major if they have hopes to make it out of the groups for the first time.

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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.

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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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