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Mikey Garcia vs Jessie Vargas live stream: watch the boxing online anywhere

Few recent bouts have pitted two fighters with such a wealth of experience against each other – don’t miss a moment of the action with our Mikey Garcia vs Jessie Vargas live stream guide. Watch all the boxing action from this weekend’s big fight online the easy way.Saturday’s showdown in Texas marks the return to the ring of four-division world champion Garcia, who fights for the first time since his points defeat to Errol Spence Jr – which ended an impressive 39-fight winning streak.Meanwhile, former WBA and IBO super lightweight champion Vargas comes into the fight off the back of a TKO win over Humberto Soto – a victory which ended a frustrating run of two draws in his previous fights.
The fight sees Vargas dropping down in weight. That could play into Garcia’s hands, as Vargas boasts a considerable three-inch reach advantage over his opponent and, perhaps more significantly, is also a massive five-inches taller.The big question remains how will Garcia respond to stinging defeat to Spence Jr which ended one of boxing’s greatest ever winning streaks. There’s loads at stake, too, with tonight’s victor being tipped to a big-money showdown with Manny Pacquiao, one of the sport’s all-time legends.Read on to find out how you can watch the fight with our Mikey Garcia vs Jessie Vargas live stream guide.
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How to watch the Mikey Garcia vs Jessie Vargas fight from outside your country
If you want to watch the boxing outside of your country you may find that the content is geo-restricted. That could mean that, despite having access when on home turf, you are blocked while away. Fret not, that can be rectified with the use of a clever piece of software called a VPN – far better that than hunting for an illegal stream.

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Garcia vs Vargas: main card fights
Mikey Garcia vs. Jessie VargasKal Yafai vs. Roman GonzalezJulio Cesar Martinez vs. Jay HarrisJoseph Parker vs. Shawndell Winters
Garcia vs Vargas: undercard fights
Jesse Rodriguez vs. Marcos SustaitaLeo Ruiz Acevado vs. Dennis KnifechiefAlexis Espino vs. Delvecchio SavageIsrail Madrimov vs. Charlie NavarroDiego Pacheco vs. Oscar Riojas

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GDC 2020 “indefinitely postponed” after losing Microsoft, Sony, Epic to coronavirus

For all its antivirus protection, the tech world is coming to a realization that it’s no match for deadly biological viruses.Not only has IDC already predicted that this novel coronavirus could lead to a decline in PC sales this year, with so many factories shutting down and demand already dropping. But also, many tech trade shows and events have already been cancelled.The latest in this string of cancellations is the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2020 in San Francisco. It was supposed to take place from March 16 through 20.According to an update on the GDC website, Informatech, the organization behind GDC, “made the difficult decision to postpone the Game Developers Conference this March” after a “close consultation with our partners in the game development industry and community around the world.”
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 All the big companies have pulled out 
It’s no surprise that GDC 2020 finally threw its hands up in defeat. GDC 2020 has been gradually shrinking in the last few days due to big exhibitors pulling out. Sony and Oculus were the first ones to go, pulling out more than a week ago, followed by EA, Hideo Kojima, PlayStation and Facebook. A day before the cancellation, Microsoft, Epic and Unity also dropped out, with Microsoft citing concerns for the “wellbeing of our teams & community” due to the “growing public health risks associated with coronavirus (COVID-19).”With so many of its big players dropping out, it was just a matter of time before other exhibitors followed suit. And, the number of conference attendees would have considerably dropped as well – Facebook, for one, has said that it’s “advising all employees to refrain from traveling to the show.”The San Francisco Bay Area has recently announced two community transmission cases of COVID-19. This has prompted some media outlets to dub Northern California the “epicenter of what officials are calling the turning point in the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.” So, having a massive conference with attendees from all over the world sharing gaming consoles, VR headsets and other gaming-related tech might not be the best idea.It’s not all bad news, however. Microsoft is planning to host a “digital-only event” from March 16-18, so it’s still set to make the announcements it planned to make at the conference.
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I got to see Baldur’s Gate 3 in action – and it may just be the future of RPGs

Back when Baldur’s Gate 3 got that way-too-short teaser back at E3 2019, I was already sold. While the trailer was very body horror-esque, the idea that mindflayers would be at the forefront of an RPG on PC was really exciting to me. But then Larian invited me to go see the game actually played in front of me in the basement of some fancy hotel in New York, and it was there that I really fell in love with the game, and now I can’t wait to actually get my hands on it. In short: I’m incredibly biased and you should take all of this with a grain of salt. On the other hand, there’s a giant tentacle airship in the intro cinematic, and if that doesn’t immediately sell you on it, you just have to live with the fact that we just have inherently different tastes. 
I stan
Let’s talk about that cutscene
Larian gathered up a bunch of people in that dark New York hotel basement and showed all of us Baldur’s Gate III. And after doing some brief character creation – more on that later – we got to soak in the intro cinematic. Now, after a sufficiently scary looking Mindflayer puts Mindflayer-worm-things into the eyes of both your player character and a badass-looking Orc Woman (I stan), the cutscene cuts away to show the giant tentacle-equipped airship that you’re presumably riding in on. That formidable airship then proceeds to absolutely decimate a city, warping a bunch of people into pods that look like they come fresh out of The Matrix. I’m assuming that all of these people will be transformed into Mindflayers themselves. But then, because this is a Dungeons and Dragons game, there are of course a bunch of folks riding in on Dragons to fight back the Mindflayer, eventually destroying the S.S. Tentacle and leading into the actual game. I went ahead and inserted that cutscene down below so you could share in the splendor, but needless to say it sets a tone. 

Baldur’s Gate 3 aims to pay deep respect to 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons
Gameplay, hooray!
So after we were treated to that glorious trailer, we were shown a frankly absurd amount of gameplay, and generally it looks amazing. It’s a top-down RPG like Larian’s previous flagship series Divinity: Original Sin, but it takes a unique approach. The environments are genuinely next-level graphically, to the point where Baldur’s Gate 3 executive producer Dave Walgrave told Eurogamer that current-generation consoles like the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X simply couldn’t handle it. But beyond simply looking good, dialog takes an interesting turn. Rather than maintaining the top-down perspective that combat and exploration have, the game will zoom in during dialog, giving it a cutscene-like perspective that really makes it seem like a AAA game. This alone makes Baldur’s Gate 3 seem like the future of PC RPGs, combining that complex isometric RPG combat we all know and love with the type of dialog that we’d expect from something like the Witcher III: Wild Hunt. When I say the combat is complex, I mean it. This is a turn-based RPG like other games in the series, and this demands that players think their actions through. Not only do you have to take actions that your enemies might take into consideration before you start combat, but environmental elements like elevation or hazards play a major role. One segment that really stood out to me was above the major dungeon, where some bandits were gathered in a courtyard. The person playing the game maneuvered their archer up the stairs in a flanking position before battle started, while a mage and a warrior came up front. When combat started, the player’s archer was able to just push the enemy archer from its elevated position, starting combat in the player’s advantage.The dice weren’t kind, though. Which reminds me: we really have to talk about the dice. 
Tell me this conversation doesn’t look like it came from a major AAA RPG, I dare you.
Let’s talk about the dice
Most isometric RPGs are designed to evoke the feeling of playing a pen and paper RPG, and most of them pull it off. But Baldur’s Gate 3 is adding dice rolls that you can actually see to really add to that feeling. Most actions you take in the game will bring up an actual dice on the screen that will show the number you need to beat to be successful, along with a D20 that will actually roll on the screen. This is such a small addition to the game, but I think it’s pretty amazing. It adds so much weight to everything you do, adding to the drama of the game. I can’t speak for everyone, of course, but I know that I’ll be at the edge of my seat for most of these spinning dice moments. Now, we were told that folks could save scum (basically where you spam your quicksave before everything you do) but eventually this should lead to folks just accepting the consequences of bad rolls. After all, when you’re actually playing a pen and paper RPG, you can’t just load up a prior save because that risky action you took didn’t work out. 
I’m in awe of how gorgeous this game looks
A truly replayable RPG
There are several origin stories that you can play through at the beginning of the game, as characters trying to cure themselves of a Mindflayer-borne parasite in the brains. You only get to play through one of these origin stories to play through, but it was heavily implied that you’ll meet all the other characters throughout the surely lengthy story. I got to see at least a part of Astarion’s origin story. This character is a vampire spawn that is still partially under the control of his master. There are a couple points throughout this opening section where he has to struggle with this fact – as Astarion can’t return to his master with a brain worm in his head, he might be punished. Right off the bat, this means there are plenty of reasons to play through this game multiple times. Even if you do meet all these characters later on, there is likely a bunch of story information you’ll gain by playing through all of them – which means to get all the story you’ll have to play through the game multiple times. Some people might not like that, but I love it. I don’t actually have time to play through a long RPG like this multiple times, of course, but I like to pretend I do. Combine the multiple starting points with the focus on dice rolls, and there are so many different ways Baldur’s Gate 3 can play out that you’ll potentially always have a reason to go back to the game. There has been this wonderful resurgence of isometric RPGs over the last few years, and while I absolutely adore games like Divinity: Original Sin and Wasteland 3, I’ve felt like they were living a little bit too much in the past. For years I’ve been waiting for an RPG to really take this style of gameplay to the modern age with gorgeous visuals and AAA production quality. I didn’t think it would be Baldur’s Gate 3 that would finally get us there, but I’m so happy it was. We were told that the game is still in early stages of development and that when Early Access does come, it’ll last a while. Generally I avoid Early Access games, but with Baldur’s Gate 3, the sooner I can get my hands on it the better. I want to live in this game, but more than that, I can’t wait to see the games that are further inspired by it. I fully expect this game to push PC games, especially RPGs, to another level and I’m so here for it. 

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Watch the PGA Tour: how to live stream golf in 2020 from anywhere in the world

Quite simply, it has never been easier to watch PGA Tour golf online. Wherever you are in the world, you can find a reliable 2020 PGA Tour live stream that’s easy to access and allows you to follow all the drama as it unfolds. Our guide explains how to do just that, so you don’t have to miss a single shot of this season’s action.So far, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has gotten off to a hot start and currently tops the world rankings, but he’s being closely chased by Spain’s mercurial Jon Rahm and a trio of supremely talented Americans in Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson. A resurgent Tiger Woods also prowls dangerously at number 10 in the world right now – all it would take is one strong performance from the legend to see him climb the table and deliver a record 83rd PGA Tour win.
With September’s Ryder Cup showdown between Europe and America already looming large, it’s perhaps a taste of what’s to come at Whistling Straits this autumn.Before that though, we’ve got all four of golf’s major tournaments to look forward to, starting with the biggest of them all – the Masters 2020, which takes place in April at the legendary Augusta National course in Georgia.Below are all the dates of 2020’s golf majors along with the venues they will be held at this year – or scroll down to learn how to watch PGA Tour golf and live stream all of the drama in 2020 from anywhere in the world.
Golf majors 2020: dates and venues of the four biggest tournaments
The Masters, Augusta National, April 9-12PGA Championship, TPC Harding Park, May 14-17US Open, Winged Foot, June 18-21The British Open, Royal St. George’s, July 16-19
How to watch PGA Tour golf: live stream every tournament in 2020
There are loads of easy ways to watch PGA Tour golf in 2020 including in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and almost anywhere else in the world. Scroll down for a full breakdown of options, but the first thing you should know is that anyone away from their home country can still tune into the action as usual by using one of the best VPNs. These services will allow you to get around any geo-blocking restrictions your local broadcaster may have in place and and let you watch a perfectly legal, high-quality golf live stream if you’re out of your country. Best of all, they only takes a few minutes to set-up.

How to watch PGA Tour golf: live stream every tournament in 2020 in the US
If you’re outside the US but want to watch the PGA Tour just like you would after a round at your local country club, then you can use a US VPN to effectively transport your computer, phone or tablet’s IP back to an American location. 

Watch PGA Tour golf: stream every tournament live in 2020 from the UK

How to watch the PGA Tour golf live in 2020 from Canada

Live stream the PGA Tour 2020 and watch golf online in Australia
As with Canada, full-fat options to live stream PGA are limited in Australia. Once again, it’s a case of snapping a GOLFTV pass or going without the PGA Tour golf for much of the year.Pricing is just as competitive as in the Great White North, too, so those Down Under can grab a GOLFTV subscription from $9.99 a month. 
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Spotify vs Tidal: which music streaming service is best for you?

Choosing the best music streaming service for your needs can be a little tricky; while streaming is still relatively new in the grand scheme of music-listening, there are so many platforms to choose from these days, two of the biggest being Spotify and Tidal. Spotify is currently the world’s most popular streaming service, hitting 113 million subscribers in October last year, and continuing to grow; and that’s in spite of mounting competition from the likes of Apple Music. However Spotify isn’t perfect as a service, and its lossy audio streams have left audiophiles craving a little more fidelity – which is where Tidal comes in. With a focus on providing Hi-Res Audio at a CD-like level of quality, the platform was acquired in 2015 by hip-hop star Jay-Z, becoming the first major music service to be owned by the artists themselves. As such, Tidal claims to pay higher royalties than its competitors to artists and songwriters.It’s not just about ethics and audio quality though; both Spotify and Tidal offer different user experiences, pricing structures, and music catalogues. Making the best choice for your needs can be confusing, to say the least.That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to both services so you can compare them in one easy place, and hopefully find out whether Spotify or Tidal is the best streaming service for you. 
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Price and availability 
Both Spotify and Tidal offer a number of different subscription tiers – but only Spotify offers a free plan (though it is ad-supported and you can’t listen to tracks in the order you want). The cheapest paid Spotify plan is Spotify Premium, which costs $9.99 / £9.99 / AU$11.99 per month, and gives you unlimited access to its 30 million-plus track library on your laptop, phone, and tablet. Spotify Premium also lets you download tracks to three devices at a time for offline playback. Discounts are available for students, and you can even get Premium and access to mindfulness app Headspace under one discounted plan. Students get Headspace access as part of their Premium package.If there are a few people in your household that want to use Spotify, you can save money by signing up to a Spotify Premium for Family account, which allows up to six people to connect to Spotify at one time (if you try to do this with a regular account, you’ll get bumped off the service as soon as another user plays a song). This tier costs $14.99 / £14.99 / AU$17.99, and requires all members to live under the same roof. Tidal offers two subscription plans, the cheapest being Tidal Premium, which costs $9.99 / £9.99 / AU$11.99, and offers streams at a bitrate of 320kbps – the same audio quality as Spotify.If it’s Hi-Res Audio you’re after, you’ll need to shell out for $19.99 / £19.99 / AU$23.99 per month for Tidal HiFi. So, Spotify offers cheaper subscription plans, but it doesn’t provide a higher fidelity tier for audiophiles like Tidal does. 

User interface
One of the reasons that Spotify is so popular is down to its easy-to-use interface. When you open up the app, you’ll find a number of personalized playlists – your ‘Daily Mixes’ – that have been curated by Spotify based on your listening habits, alongside your top artists, top playlists, and new releases. That’s a thing to note about Spotify; there are a lot of playlists. That might sound daunting, but it’s a strategy that works as its algorithms ultimately tailor the app to each user.Everything is laid out in colorful tiles that pop against Spotify’s dark background. The tile system is just small enough to make selecting new albums and playlists easy while packing in plenty into a timeline of content that’s ultimately curated to what you’ve been listening to and what you might want to jump into next. On the desktop app and web player, there’s a sidebar on the left of the screen that lets you navigate new music releases, radio stations, as well as your library, playlists, recently played songs and more. In the mobile app these sections are a little more hidden away to save space, and it’s worth noting that the layout of the desktop and mobile platforms are a little different.Searching is very intuitive and even if you misspell an artist’s name, Spotify will generally find what you’re looking for. 

Tidal uses a similar tile-based interface on a dark background, and you’ll find curated playlists, recommended albums, and charts on your home screen. Clicking the sidebar will take you to your ‘My Music’ area, where you’ll find all your saved tracks, and browsing is generally very easy. You can’t search by genre, unlike Spotify, which is a shame for a platform aimed at true music lovers. Search generally isn’t terribly smart – misspell an album or artist name even by one character or one piece of punctuation, and you’ll be left with zero results. A bit of optimization here wouldn’t hurt, but as long as you’re careful you won’t have any problems with it.Saying that, Tidal does boast one cool feature that Spotify doesn’t; audio-search is essentially like having Shazam built directly into the app. Press the button and it’ll listen out for any song it can pick up in your environment, identify it, and allow you to save it to your own Tidal library.

Compatibility 
You can get Spotify on Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices. If you use a laptop or desktop, Spotify also supports OS X and Windows, and there’s a flash-based web player, too. Support for Tidal is largely the same, so you can get it on devices that run iOS 11 and higher, Android 5 and higher, macOS, and Windows. Both streaming platforms are also supported by a number of more left-field gadgets, including AV receivers, TVs, and even cars. 
Music catalogue and discovery 
Spotify currently boasts over 50 million songs, whereas Tidal claims to have 60 million tracks in its catalogue. Spotify’s strong influx of tracks helped it take off in its early days, and with a reported 40,000 tracks added on average every single day – and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. The streaming giant has a heavy focus on promoting new tracks and breakthrough artists, through curated playlists like New Music Friday acting as a launch pad for fledgling artists to break through into the big time. Curated playlists are almost always the first thing you see when you load any version of the app, with the service seemingly designing playlists for almost every musical sub-genre. These are constantly being updated too, so your favorite ones never grate following extended use.As we mentioned before, you’ll also find personalized playlists based on your listening habits, which is a fantastic way to discover new music, as well as revisiting some of your favorite tracks. Spotify does have some glaring omissions in its music catalog, however, largely down to artists who don’t want to make their music available to stream anywhere or artists who have a particular dislike of Spotify’s royalty payments.You won’t find artists like Joanna Newsom and Garth Brooks on Spotify, and until fairly recently you couldn’t even listen to The Beatles – though you’ll find their entire discography on the streaming platform these days (thank goodness).

Some of the artists who are absent from Spotify  have close ties to Jay-Z and therefore favor his platform, Tidal. Beyoncé’s 2019 album Lemonade debuted on Tidal exclusively, for example.That means Tidal’s catalogue can feel somewhat skewed towards hip-hop and rap artists, though it’s possible that this is down to the platform’s editorial curation of its tracks. That being said, Tidal does a good job of curating music playlists based on your listening habits, and you’ll find that just a few weeks of use will give its algorithms enough information to serve you truly exciting recommendations.Aside from these personalized recommendations, Tidal also signposts the most popular playlists and releases on its service, as well as mood-based playlists, and the Tidal Rising section, which flies the flag for new talent. Both platforms also offer podcasts, though it seems like Spotify is taking this area a little more seriously, having spent over $200 million to acquire two podcast production companies in 2019.

Audio quality
If you subscribe to Spotify Premium, you can choose between three sound quality levels: normal, high and extreme. When using the mobile and desktop apps, Spotify uses Ogg Vorbis. This was a semi-popular format a decade ago, and Spotify continues to use it because it’s open source. Spotify doesn’t have to pay a license fee for it.At Standard setting, music streams at 96kbps, which sounds a lot better than MP3 at 129kbps. Switch up to the high quality setting and the bitrate bumps up to 160kbps. The extreme setting uses 320kbps, which is perceptually close to lossless. Spotify doesn’t offer any lossless or Hi-Res streaming, which is one reason why audiophiles might want to consider another service. If you’re dead-set on the best possible audio quality, then Tidal is your best bet. For that, you’ll need a Tidal HiFi subscription, which allows you to stream lossless 16-bit FLAC and ALAC audio – though there are also thousands of TIDAL Masters files that stream at 24-bit. 

Even if you opt for Tidal Premium, its catalogue is still available to stream in 320kbps, the same quality as Spotify’s highest setting – and you may even find that Tidal’s tracks sound a little richer at this setting. So, why bother with lossless streaming? Well, Hi-Res Audio codecs are capable of reproducing the full range of sound from recordings that have been mastered from better-than-CD quality music sources, a sound that closely replicates the quality that the musicians and engineers were working with in the studio at the time of recording.The increased bit depth of HRA improves the dynamic range, basically giving you a greater breadth of things to actually hear from the recording, making tracks sound more detailed and clear. It’s a little like the difference between SD and HD television; the former works just fine, but you’ll notice a real difference in quality if you make the upgrade to higher resolution audio.
Everything you need to know about Hi-Res Audio
Takeaway
Choosing between Spotify and Tidal largely comes down to whether you care about Hi-Res Audio; if you do, you won’t find it in Spotify, and you should absolutely opt for Tidal. It’s also worth considering Tidal if you’re a devoted fan of specific artists like Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kanye West, and others – these artists are likely to release music exclusively on Tidal, at least to begin with, with releases trickling down to Spotify months later. Even with these few omissions, Spotify and Tidal are pretty much on the same level in terms of music catalogue and discovery, and both platforms’ cheapest subscription tiers cost the same (though only Spotify offers a free service).Spotify does win out in terms of its interface; while the two platforms are pretty similar in this regard, Spotify’s search function is much better than Tidal’s, and it’s just a little bit easier to navigate as a platform. 
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Best N64 games

The rumbling controller, the pressure-sensitive analogue stick, the 4 built-in controller ports on the console’s front – the N64 had some incredible ideas which would evolve to become mainstays of modern gaming. But when we look back on the history of the Nintendo 64, it’s the games themselves that live most fondly in our memories.From Super Mario 64 to Perfect Dark, what the console’s catalogue lacked in breadth (only 296 games were released for the N64 in North America) it made up for with quality. Some of the greatest gaming adventures of all time, like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time or Banjo-Kazooie, flourished on what was in its day an incredibly powerful console.
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The commitment to 3D gaming and to (usually, at least) colorful, impactful characters and game worlds mean that, though now some titles are approaching 25 years old, they’re still incredibly playable today. Thinking of diving back in? These are the best N64 games that any self-respecting gamer can’t afford to miss.
The best N64 games

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeIn some ways, the N64 was a little too reliant on Zelda and Mario – an extended software drought meant the console went months at a time without any big hitters. Nonetheless, Ocarina of Time was well worth waiting for. This long, packed adventure game translated everything great about the 2D Zelda games into 3D, including the dungeons, tools, the series’ iconography and the sense of scale in its world. It’s hard to imagine modern open world games even looking the same without those first moments stepping out onto Hyrule Field. It’s still a classic, even if playing it on 3DS is the way to go these days. 

Super Mario 64The daddy of 3D platformers. Heck, the daddy of 3D gaming, full stop. A true game changer, when Mario made the jump to 3D with the N64’s then-innovative analogue stick in tow, it was not only the evolution of the portly plumber, but of games as a whole. Now more than 20 years old, it still stands up as a joy to play thanks to Nintendo’s water-tight control scheme and solid camera management options, which had been notoriously troublesome to nail in the early days of 3D gaming. Packed with interesting things to do and secrets to unearth, it has that Nintendo magic touch, in that every task it sets you is enjoyable in its own right. It’s just surprising that it took the launch of the Nintendo Switch before Nintendo would return to the ‘free roaming’ format with Super Mario Odyssey.

GoldenEye 007Released almost two years after the Pierce Brosnan Bond movie it was based on hit cinemas, GoldenEye popularized first-person shooter games on consoles, particularly with its local multiplayer competitive mode. Its singleplayer campaign, which sometimes adapts just a few seconds of the film into dense levels packed with secrets, was fantastic. But it was the multiplayer that made the N64 the centerpiece of any gathering of friends. Licence to Kill, slaps. DK mode. So much about this game entered the popular vernacular. Now it just needs a proper remaster.

Super Smash BrosBy no means the best in the series – that’s still up for debate, though the modern Switch version is the most comprehensive – it’s hard to explain the sheer novelty of seeing Mario, Link, Pikachu, Samus Aran and more in a single game back in the late ’90s. It was so exciting. The original Smash Bros is an incredibly light affair compared to later offerings in its selection of fighters and levels, and good god Kirby is OP in this one. But its multiplayer was yet another great use of those four controller ports on the N64. 

WWF Wrestlemania 2000What may look like pantomime in the ring was turned by THQ into a chunky brawler in WWF Wrestlemania 2000. Remaining one of the best wrestling games ever, it was slightly slower than the likes of WWF Attitude, focusing on light and heavy grapples that would become battles to pull off moves and counter attacks. In terms of pacing, nothing else has quite managed to give the impression that you’re taking part in a legitimate wrestling match, spectacle and all, as WWF Wrestlemania 2000. Its follow up, No Mercy, is also well worth a look.

Mario Kart 64In retrospect, it may be one of the weaker Mario Kart games. But just by having that Nintendo mascot-powered core, it’s still head and shoulders above the copycat kart racers that the series inspired. Mario Kart 64 took full advantage of the N64’s four controller ports, making for a riotous local multiplayer experience.

Star Wars: Rogue SquadronThe PC had the X-Wing and TIE Fighter intergalactic flight sim series, but it wasn’t until Rogue Squadron did console gamers feel the full force of the Star Wars films’ aerial combat. Sure, we had a taste of it with ambitious-if-janky launch title Shadows of the Empire’s opening Hoth battle, but Rogue Squadron took it to new heights. A lengthy, challenging campaign that puts you in control of a fleet of classic Star Wars ships, it had some great unlockable secrets and a fantastic medals system that made for high replayability.

Donkey Kong 64One of the few Nintendo 64 games to require the RAM-injecting expansion pack add-on, Donkey Kong 64 was the zenith of the late-’90s obsession with platforming collectathons (arguably to the point of overkill, in fact). Putting everything it had learnt on the console thus far into one giant simian-themed adventure, it gave you expansive levels to explore, five different Kongs to control (each with their own unique skill sets) and even a reasonably well-executed multiplayer shooter mode.  

Banjo-KazooieMario may have been the mascot for Nintendo, but Rare’s Banjo and Kazooie gave him a run for his money when it came to pure joyous gameplay. Colorful, inventive and with densely-packed levels, Banjo Kazooie found a good balance between tight 3D platforming and the era’s collect-all-the-things gameplay model.

Perfect DarkThe Bond license escaped Nintendo after GoldenEye, leading to the dreadful Tomorrow Never Dies from EA on PSone. Rare instead decided to make a spiritual successor called Perfect Dark, which had an entirely different fictional setting, and a lot more sci-fi weaponry. Otherwise it felt comfortably similar, and its multiplayer was unbeatable – it even carried a few of the better maps from GoldenEye across, under different names. Another important, influential addition to Perfect Dark was the option to add AI bots to multiplayer, giving you the option to play this part of the game without friends. 

F-Zero XIf Mario Kart was about the power ups, F-Zero X was about pure sci-fi speed. Remaining one of the fastest-feeling racers to this day, it took the SNES game’s 2D sprites and tracks, reimagining them as twisting, turning, gravity-defying roller coasters. A series that’s well overdue a return. 

Pokémon SnapThis is the best Pokémon game. No, seriously, stay with us! Rather than having to catch-’em-all, you’ve got to snap-’em-all. It is, essentially, an on-rails first person shooter, except your AK is swapped out for a Polaroid, and your enemies are little cute portrait subjects. Though it’s a short game as you simply take photos of the Pokémon out in the wild, being rendered in 3D (a novelty at the time) proved to be a big sell, as you used a number of lures and gadgets to coax rare Pokémon out of hiding and to perform their most photogenic poses. 

Paper MarioMario is no stranger to jumping into different genres, but it was irregular to see him in an RPG during the N64 era. Paper Mario takes a few cues from Super Mario RPG on the SNES, fleshing out the Mushroom Kingdom in a way the platform games couldn’t, but also introduced a smart new aesthetic that saw Mario transformed into a 2D cutout – with some clever puzzle elements using the perspective along the way.

Mario PartyThe N64 had three Mario Party games, and you can take your pick as to which was actually the best – there’s not a lot in it. But the series made good use of the console’s ability to support four controllers, getting players to compete at a whole slew of minigames to see who was the best or the fastest. Those N64 controllers took a lot of damage during more intense multiplayer showdowns, and these days the series has little credibility. But this once again cemented the N64 as the place to enjoy multiplayer with friends. 

Star Wars Episode I: RacerLargely considered the only good thing to come out of The Phantom Menace other than Duel of the Fates, Episode I: Racer is basically an easier version of WipEout set on various Star Wars worlds. Tatooine gets well-represented, of course, with both a training track and the Boonta Eve race seen in the movies. But it’s being able to customize your racer that makes journeying through this game such a treat. It’s a racing game for people who don’t usually enjoy them. 

Tony Hawk’s Pro SkaterSkateboarding is hard – just ask anyone who has ever worn a pair of Vans and scrapped a knee while listening to The Offspring. But Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater not only made a cool sport seem easy, it made it cooler. Stringing together impossibly intricate trick runs around outlandishly imaginative skateparks, no kid that played Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater didn’t end up with a real life skateboard on their Christmas lists. And the soundtrack was banging, too.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s MaskIf Ocarina of Time is Star Wars, then Majora’s Mask is The Empire Strikes back. An inventive remixing of the cast and locations of Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask may reuse assets from that first 3D adventure, but has a dark attitude all of its own. Using a wild Groundhog Day-like time-turning conceit that sees you working against the clock to prevent the end of the world, it’s the wackiest and (at times) most unsettling Zelda there’s ever been. A cult classic.

Star Fox 64/Lylat WarsThis third-person arcade shooter is still the best of the Star Fox games. It’s essentially Star Wars with talking animals, and with multiple paths across the game, you have to replay it a bunch of times to see every stage. Levels vary from Death Star-style space stations to lava-spitting fire planets, and it’s easy to finish a run in a single sitting. The 3DS offers the best version of Star Fox 64, but no N64 collection is complete without it.

Blast CorpsA bizarre puzzle-action game that saw developer Rare at perhaps its most inventive, Blast Corps saw you take on the role of a wrecking crew that has to carve a path for an explosives-laden truck to pass through. Using a menagerie of vehicles and robots, this would see you levelling cities and towns, crashing mechs and digger trucks into buildings, to protect your cargo. Challenging and addictive for anyone that’s ever fancied themselves as a demolitions expert – or a Godzilla wannabe.

Conker’s Bad Fur DayHaving made some of the console’s most cutesy platformers, Rare let its devilish British humour shine through with Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Yes, it was essentially another (ace) 3D platforming collect-a-thon in the same mould as Banjo-Kazooie, but Conker was so ridiculously crude that it came with a warning on the box. He may have looked cute, but Conker was a randy badass. Come for the poop jokes, stay for the solid platforming action.
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Aston Villa vs Man City live stream: how to watch the Carabao Cup 2020 final from anywhere

A third EFL Cup triumph in-a-row seems to beckon for Pep Guardiola’s men, but could Wembley witness a historic shock on Sunday? Read on for a full Aston Villa vs Man City live stream guide and learn how to watch the Carabo Cup final 2020 wherever you are.The omens certainly don’t seem good for relegation-threatened Villa, who have lost their last three Premier League matches in the run-up to this showdown at Wembley. Their chances look even bleaker when factoring in how much of a boost City will have following their superb 2-1 win against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.
By way of contrast, Villa put forward an insipid display in their crucial last Premier League outing against Southampton. This may mean Villa boss Dean Smith rings the changes on Sunday, with suggestions that half of his outfield players from that game could be dropped.City therefore will go into the match as clear favourites to pick up their first silverware of the season, and will be keen to not be complacent and lose focus following their huge victory in Spain.With Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling fit and ready to start, the only negative for City coming into the game is the injury sustained by defender Aymeric Laporte in Madrid which will rule him out of Sunday’s final.Read on to find out your options for watch the Carabao Cup final in the UK and the rest of the world and ensure you can easily live stream Aston Villa vs Man City.
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Live stream Aston Villa vs Man City and watch the Carabao Cup final 2020 outside your country
Further down the page we have details of catching the Carabao Cup final in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. All require some kind of subscription if you want to live stream Man City vs Aston Villa and see who takes home EFL Cup silverware this season.If you’ve paid for that subscription but are outside the country this weekend, then you’ll soon find your access geo-blocked when you try to watch. To stop feeling like you’ve wasted your money (and assuming it’s within the services Ts&Cs), you could use a VPN to watch as if you were back at home.

How to live stream the Carabao Cup Final in the UK: watch Aston Villa vs Man City

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Watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona from only $10 this weekend thanks to Sling’s El Clasico offer

The biggest match on the Spanish football calendar arrives on Sunday – the brilliantly named El Clasico! And this Real Madrid vs Barcelona clash is looking as important as ever, with the teams battling things out at the top of La Liga table. Thankfully, watching it is super easy, thanks to Sling TV’s current offer.For $10, you can choose between either of Sling TV’s World Sport or Best of Spanish packages. Both include subscription sports channel beIN Sport which is hosting this weekend’s huge game.And because with Sling you only have to pay one month at a time, you don’t have to feel like you’re having to commit to a lengthy contract. Once the dust has settled on El Clasico and you decide that there isn’t enough content to warrant any further payments, you can simply cancel at any time.
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What else does Sling TV have to offer?
If the only lure for you is that Real Madrid vs Barcelona game, then paying your $10 will be all you’re interested in. But if you’ve been considering cutting the cable or changing up your home’s TV streaming service, then Sling TV has more comprehensive packages for you to tackle, too.Sling Blue has the most channels available, with popular stations like AMC, the NFL Network, CNN, Fox, NBC and Comedy Central all included. While Sling Orange has fewer channels but you may prefer its roster – for example, ESPN and Disney are both available. For all the variations, head straight to the Sling TV website or consult our guide to the best Sling TV packages and prices.Both cost $30 per month (after your first month costing $20), or you can pay $45 a month for both. After that, you can then bolt further channels on like the beIN packages described above.
When is El Clasico on?
If this has piqued your interest and you’re now desperate to watch the huge La Liga clash, then 3pm ET / midday PT on Sunday is the time you need to tune in for kick-off (or about 30 minutes beforehand for all the buildup and hype).As well as Sling TV, beIN can be added to your cable TV package or accessed via a FuboTV subscription.Read more:
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Baldur’s Gate 3 may just be the future of PC RPGs and I’m so here for it

Back when Baldur’s Gate 3 got that way-too-short teaser back at E3 2019, I was already sold. While the trailer was very body horror-esque, the idea that mindflayers would be at the forefront of an RPG on PC was really exciting to me. But then Larian invited me to go see the game actually played in front of me in the basement of some fancy hotel in New York, and it was there that I really fell in love with the game, and now I can’t wait to actually get my hands on it. In short: I’m incredibly biased and you should take all of this with a grain of salt. On the other hand, there’s a giant tentacle airship in the intro cinematic, and if that doesn’t immediately sell you on it, you just have to live with the fact that we just have inherently different tastes. 
I stan
Let’s talk about that cutscene
Larian gathered up a bunch of people in that dark New York hotel basement and showed all of us Baldur’s Gate III. And after doing some brief character creation – more on that later – we got to soak in the intro cinematic. Now, after a sufficiently scary looking Mindflayer puts Mindflayer-worm-things into the eyes of both your player character and a badass-looking Orc Woman (I stan), the cutscene cuts away to show the giant tentacle-equipped airship that you’re presumably riding in on. That formidable airship then proceeds to absolutely decimate a city, warping a bunch of people into pods that look like they come fresh out of The Matrix. I’m assuming that all of these people will be transformed into Mindflayers themselves. But then, because this is a Dungeons and Dragons game, there are of course a bunch of folks riding in on Dragons to fight back the Mindflayer, eventually destroying the S.S. Tentacle and leading into the actual game. I went ahead and inserted that cutscene down below so you could share in the splendor, but needless to say it sets a tone. 

Baldur’s Gate 3 aims to pay deep respect to 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons
Gameplay, hooray!
So after we were treated to that glorious trailer, we were shown a frankly absurd amount of gameplay, and generally it looks amazing. It’s a top-down RPG like Larian’s previous flagship series Divinity: Original Sin, but it takes a unique approach. The environments are genuinely next-level graphically, to the point where Baldur’s Gate 3 executive producer Dave Walgrave told Eurogamer that current-generation consoles like the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X simply couldn’t handle it. But beyond simply looking good, dialog takes an interesting turn. Rather than maintaining the top-down perspective that combat and exploration have, the game will zoom in during dialog, giving it a cutscene-like perspective that really makes it seem like a AAA game. This alone makes Baldur’s Gate 3 seem like the future of PC RPGs, combining that complex isometric RPG combat we all know and love with the type of dialog that we’d expect from something like the Witcher III: Wild Hunt. When I say the combat is complex, I mean it. This is a turn-based RPG like other games in the series, and this demands that players think their actions through. Not only do you have to take actions that your enemies might take into consideration before you start combat, but environmental elements like elevation or hazards play a major role. One segment that really stood out to me was above the major dungeon, where some bandits were gathered in a courtyard. The person playing the game maneuvered their archer up the stairs in a flanking position before battle started, while a mage and a warrior came up front. When combat started, the player’s archer was able to just push the enemy archer from its elevated position, starting combat in the player’s advantage.The dice weren’t kind, though. Which reminds me: we really have to talk about the dice. 
Tell me this conversation doesn’t look like it came from a major AAA RPG, I dare you.
Let’s talk about the dice
Most isometric RPGs are designed to evoke the feeling of playing a pen and paper RPG, and most of them pull it off. But Baldur’s Gate 3 is adding dice rolls that you can actually see to really add to that feeling. Most actions you take in the game will bring up an actual dice on the screen that will show the number you need to beat to be successful, along with a D20 that will actually roll on the screen. This is such a small addition to the game, but I think it’s pretty amazing. It adds so much weight to everything you do, adding to the drama of the game. I can’t speak for everyone, of course, but I know that I’ll be at the edge of my seat for most of these spinning dice moments. Now, we were told that folks could save scum (basically where you spam your quicksave before everything you do) but eventually this should lead to folks just accepting the consequences of bad rolls. After all, when you’re actually playing a pen and paper RPG, you can’t just load up a prior save because that risky action you took didn’t work out. 
I’m in awe of how gorgeous this game looks
A truly replayable RPG
There are several origin stories that you can play through at the beginning of the game, as characters trying to cure themselves of a Mindflayer-borne parasite in the brains. You only get to play through one of these origin stories to play through, but it was heavily implied that you’ll meet all the other characters throughout the surely lengthy story. I got to see at least a part of Astarion’s origin story. This character is a vampire spawn that is still partially under the control of his master. There are a couple points throughout this opening section where he has to struggle with this fact – as Astarion can’t return to his master with a brain worm in his head, he might be punished. Right off the bat, this means there are plenty of reasons to play through this game multiple times. Even if you do meet all these characters later on, there is likely a bunch of story information you’ll gain by playing through all of them – which means to get all the story you’ll have to play through the game multiple times. Some people might not like that, but I love it. I don’t actually have time to play through a long RPG like this multiple times, of course, but I like to pretend I do. Combine the multiple starting points with the focus on dice rolls, and there are so many different ways Baldur’s Gate 3 can play out that you’ll potentially always have a reason to go back to the game. There has been this wonderful resurgence of isometric RPGs over the last few years, and while I absolutely adore games like Divinity: Original Sin and Wasteland 3, I’ve felt like they were living a little bit too much in the past. For years I’ve been waiting for an RPG to really take this style of gameplay to the modern age with gorgeous visuals and AAA production quality. I didn’t think it would be Baldur’s Gate 3 that would finally get us there, but I’m so happy it was. We were told that the game is still in early stages of development and that when Early Access does come, it’ll last a while. Generally I avoid Early Access games, but with Baldur’s Gate 3, the sooner I can get my hands on it the better. I want to live in this game, but more than that, I can’t wait to see the games that are further inspired by it. I fully expect this game to push PC games, especially RPGs, to another level and I’m so here for it. 

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PS5 and Xbox Series X will have cross-gen games – does that put you off?

I bought my PS4 in 2014, and by 2018, it started auto-ejecting discs. I bought my precious backwards-compatible PS3 (secondhand) in 2007, and by 2009, I got the yellow light of death. I got my PS2 for Christmas 2001, and by the end of 2002, it’d stopped playing blue discs. By 2006, it stopped playing discs altogether, and I bought a Slim model to replace it. Look, I’m not saying all PlayStation consoles break – my Vita and PSP are still going strong – but I’ve always had bad luck buying home consoles early in the machine’s lifespan. With the PS5, I’m unclear on whether I want to rush into buying one, especially since I own a gaming PC that’ll keep up with third-party games. If I wait a year or two, they might release a model with a bigger SSD, or drop the price, or iron out any issues the launch units might have. With Microsoft and publishers like Ubisoft and Square Enix committing to cross-generation games in the early part of the machine’s lifespan, too, it sounds less like I’m going to have to upgrade on day one to play the latest games. “It will therefore be somewhat father down the road that we release titles exclusively for the next-generation consoles,” is how the Final Fantasy publisher put it. What difference will it make, that publishers seem more conscious of releasing games across both generations this time around? Let’s go through it. 
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Cross-gen games: a quick history

Cross-gen games aren’t a new thing, but they’ve been a bigger deal since the last generation started. With the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One, games like Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed 4, Destiny, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4 and Alien: Isolation all released across both the previous and new generation of consoles. Metal Gear Solid 5 landed two years after the consoles launched, and still came to PS3 and Xbox 360. 2016’s Persona 5 even had a PS3 version. It makes sense for publishers, because the enormous user bases of older consoles guarantee sales – and blockbuster games have been ludicrously expensive to make since the start of the HD era. Console manufacturers traditionally make exclusives for early adopters, because the goal isn’t just to sell games, it’s to sell hardware. Microsoft, we know, will not launch with any games that only work on Xbox Series X – you’ll also see them on Xbox One for some time after launch. And the unveiling of Xbox Smart Delivery means that you’ll only have to buy one version of the game to enjoy it on both Xbox consoles, which arguably makes it easier to wait on upgrading. Sony’s response will be interesting. I expect they’re much more likely to release a game just on PS5 at launch to guarantee interest in the console, which could be seen as one-upping Microsoft. But even PlayStation’s Mark Cerny hinted in this Wired piece that late-generation games like Death Stranding will release on both PS4 and PS5. Whether this will apply to unannounced games is a big question mark. 
What actually sells consoles

We haven’t seen games running on either machine yet, though, and that’s what will sell hardware. Cross-gen games don’t put off early adopters, because the next-gen versions of these games always look superior – that’s why most people still played Destiny and Watch Dogs on PS4, not Xbox 360. But it is a marked difference to have a major console manufacturer committing to not making games solely for a next-gen console at launch, and to futureproof your purchases. Both Sony and Microsoft have already talked about backwards compatibility for next-gen, too, and neither bothered doing this for the announcement of the PS4 and Xbox One. It feels like we’re seeing more signs of a platform-agnostic era than before – and rumors of Sony bringing Horizon Zero Dawn to PC suggest it’s not just Microsoft that has this in mind.  Talk of teraflops and promises around SSD loading times are ultimately a small part of why people get excited about consoles. Do you remember seeing the first trailer for The Witcher 3 at E3 2013? It felt clear that you were looking at something simply beyond the possibilities of existing consoles. That’s what we haven’t seen yet. That’s when people will start making up their minds about whether they’ll buy on day one or not. And both console manufacturers would be smart to show off games that are exclusively coming to next-gen consoles when they reveal their hardware – even if they’re years away. Cross-gen games might just make this next generation a little easier to wait for, this time, while you figure out which machine looks like a winner. 
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