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21 Best Gaming and TV Deals for Christmas 2021 – WIRED

The supply chain hasn’t been kind to anyone this year, but there’s still time to order some gifts before the holidays (even if a few might not ship in time). Many of us will be playing inside for the next few months due to the weather. We’ve found plenty of great deals on gaming hardware and accessories, and even a few upgrades for your home theater to play them on while you wait until spring.

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Home Theater Deals

Hisense U8G

Photograph: Hisense

It’s been a pretty great year for deals on some of our favorite TVs so far. 4K HDR sets have been around long enough that even if your budget is tight, you can find a display that looks crisp and bright. We’ve found a few deals on TVs and soundbars, some of which are even less expensive than we saw throughout Black Friday.

The HiSense U8G ULED TV (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of our favorite televisions this year. It has excellent local dimming, a 120Hz refresh rate and support for AMD FreeSync—which is great for gaming—and somehow its price is slightly lower than we saw it over Cyber Week.

The thing we like the most about TCL TVs is their price-to-performance ratio. Even if they don’t match the picture quality of several-thousand-dollar TVs from higher-end brands, you can still get something pretty great on a budget.

The LG C1 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) was the best TV we tested in 2021. It supports G-Sync and AMD FreeSync at 120Hz and 4K, so it can keep up with all your new console and gaming PC upgrades. Better yet, it has deep black levels and a vibrant, high-contrast display, making it one of our favorites.

Soundbars’ biggest strength are their convenience, and Roku’s Streambar doubles down on that. On top of being a decent soundbar, it packs in Roku OS, letting you stream music or audio directly to the device, and control it all with voice commands.

Gaming Peripherals

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Photograph: Nintendo

Hopefully you managed to snag a console this year, despite the supply chain issues. But once …….

Source: https://www.wired.com/story/gaming-home-theater-deals-december-2021/

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Spongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake: health upgrade locations – Digital Trends

Spongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake has a handful of tricky segments throughout its surprisingly lengthy campaign, but it isn’t a game that most would deem to be overwhelmingly challenging. As such, the titular hero’s four underpants – the game’s version of hit points – are usually plenty to get most players through the adventure, especially considering how frequent health refills are across levels. But if you’re looking to add some additional pairs of underoos to your health pool, you won’t want to miss the game’s couple of hidden health upgrades (golden underpants). Read on to find out where to get them.

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Phil Spencer says ‘2022 was too light on games’ – PC Gamer

In 2021, Microsoft’s gaming division published games like Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite, Age of Empires 4, and Psychonauts 2. It was declared Metacritic’s publisher of the year (opens in new tab) thanks to its games receiving an average metascore of 87.4, helped also to the Xbox Series X port of Microsoft Flight Simulator releasing that year. While in 2022 Microsoft backed some well-received smaller games—Grounded, Pentiment, and As Dusk Falls—its biggest releases, Starfield and Redfall, were delayed into this year.

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