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Recent articles by Ben:

HBO Max is an expansion of the HBO streaming service you already use, but with a new name

If you have HBO Go or HBO Now, it just turned into HBO Max — a new service that costs the same price and comes with much, much more stuff to watch. → Read More

Online sales have spiked over 1,500% at struggling video game retail giant GameStop, according to a new report

GameStop has been struggling as people increasingly buy games digitally, but the pandemic has caused an unexpected boom for the ailing retailer. → Read More

You can get a free copy of 'Grand Theft Auto 5' right now — here's how

"Grand Theft Auto 5" is the current free giveaway on the Epic Games Store, the digital storefront operated by the company that makes "Fortnite." → Read More

GameStop briefly had Nintendo Switch consoles back in stock. They sold out almost immediately.

It's not just you: Finding a Nintendo Switch to buy remains difficult, as highlighted by a recent resupply at GameStop that was wiped out immediately. → Read More

'Fortnite' is coming to the PlayStation 5 and next-gen Xbox this holiday, and all your progress will come with it

Yes, "Fortnite" is coming to the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles at launch. And yes, it's supposed to look and play better than ever. → Read More

The first two Tony Hawk games are getting a long-awaited remaster — here's how the gorgeous new game compares to the originals

It's been over 20 years since the first "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" launched. Here's a look at how much different the newly announced remastered game is. → Read More

The original Tony Hawk games are getting a gorgeous remaster that arrives this September — see it in action right here

The first two "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" games are getting a gorgeous remaster, and you can see exactly how good it looks in the debut trailer right here. → Read More

Facebook led the creation of a non-profit political advocacy group that aims to repair the tech industry's battered image among politicians

Facebook has spent the last several years getting clobbered by politicians. Now, it's setting up a political advocacy group to fight back. → Read More

Xbox lead Phil Spencer says the industry will start to see the impacts of coronavirus in early 2021, as some crucial aspects of video game production have 'basically stopped'

For now, the flow of video game launches will continue — but coronavirus is likely to impact major game launches starting in 2021. → Read More

AOC just joined 'Animal Crossing,' and she's making virtual 'House calls'

AOC is now playing "Animal Crossing" alongside millions of Americans, and she's making virtual island visits. → Read More

How big of a deal is 'Animal Crossing'? It had the biggest launch of any Nintendo Switch game, including 'Mario' and 'Zelda.'

"Animal Crossing" is available only on the Nintendo Switch, yet sold many more copies than multi-platform heavyweights like "Call of Duty." → Read More

Hackers are targeting healthcare workers and researchers fighting coronavirus, US and UK cybersecurity officials say

Hackers are targeting the healthcare workers and researchers fighting COVID-19 in an attempt to steal patient data, according to US and UK officials. → Read More

The company behind 'Call of Duty' says it's funding COVID-19 treatment research while it figures out how to produce video games remotely

The latest "Call of Duty" has been a sales smash as many people are stuck indoors. Now, its publisher is funding coronavirus-fighting drugs. → Read More

Facebook is reportedly working on a new, flagship virtual reality headset to replace the Oculus Quest

Facebook is reportedly looking to upgrade its $400 Oculus Quest VR headset, making it lighter and more powerful. → Read More

Microsoft's big bet on a 'Netflix of gaming' is paying off: The service now has over 10 million users

Xbox Game Pass is one of the best deals in gaming, and the service has been a major success for Microsoft: Over 10 million people are paying for it. → Read More

Amazon reportedly paid nearly $10 million to a blacklisted Chinese company for thermal imaging cameras to monitor employee temperatures

Amazon is reportedly monitoring its employees' temperature using thermal cameras that it bought from a Chinese firm that's blacklisted in the US. → Read More

Google's ambitious Stadia gaming service is finally getting 'Madden' and 'FIFA' this winter

'Madden' and 'FIFA,' two of gaming's biggest franchises are coming to Google's Stadia gaming service for the first time later this year. → Read More

If you're getting an error on the IRS's coronavirus stimulus website, try entering your information in all caps

Getting hit with "payment status not available" errors on the IRS stimulus website? Try entering your address in all caps. → Read More

Xbox boss Phil Spencer says that the pandemic is driving a 'big flood' of new gamers, but it's a bittersweet victory: 'You wouldn't wish this is the way we get here'

Gaming is thriving during the pandemic, a rare example of an industry that's succeeding amid the economic shutdown. But it's a bittersweet victory. → Read More

Nintendo says that at least 160,000 Switch users' accounts have been hacked — here's how to make your account more secure with two-factor authentication

Following a major breach, Nintendo is suggesting all Nintendo Switch owners set up two-factor authentication. Here's how to do it. → Read More