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Amazon is selling a two-bay Netgear NAS box for less than $200 today

If you’re ready to beef up your home network, Amazon has a good deal on a two-bay network attached storage device. For $ 191.20, you can get Netgear’s ReadyNAS 212 2-Bay NAS. The sale lasts until just before midnight on Tuesday, Pacific time.

A NAS is basically really smart external storage that can be used to backup your family’s PCs, run a media server, or act as a regular file server. This particular device features a 1.4GHz quad-core Cortex A15 processor, 2GB of RAM, and supports up to 16TB of storage as 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA drives. It also has dual gigabit ethernet and a ready-made user interface for accessing files, and it comes with a three-year warranty on the chassis.

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This week in games: Divinity: Original Sin II adds playable undead, Sunless Skies hits early access

It’s the end of the week but not the end of the news, perhaps. This weekend is PAX Prime West up in Seattle, which means plenty of last-ditch efforts for publishers to stand out before heading into the crowded fall release calendar.

A live-action trailer, for instance? We’ve got one of those for Destiny 2 as it approaches its console release, plus Divinity: Original Sin II lets you play as a face-stealing skeleton, Sunless Skies hits early access, Vermintide secures a sequel, and more.

This is gaming news for August 28 to September 1.

So many sinners

Hard to believe Divinity: Original Sin II is only weeks away. It seems like just yesterday Chris Avellone was completely ruining (improving?) my first hands-on demo of the game. But it’s true—the isometric follow-up is due out on September 14, less than two weeks from now, and celebrated that milestone this week by revealing the final race players can take on: Undead.

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How to test your home internet connection speed

Testing your internet connection’s performance is a straightforward exercise. You don’t need any extra software—all you need is a computer with a web browser. But there are also a few things you can do to make sure you are getting the most accurate reading of your internet connection. Here’s what to do.

Get ready

For best results, you want to use a wired connection if at all possible; that way, you don’t have to worry about interference and performance fluctuations that can occur while you’re on Wi-Fi. If you have any other wired devices on your home network, plug your test computer directly into the modem so those don’t interfere in your testing.

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Hypothetical Half-Life 2: Episode 3 plot summary posted by ex-Valve writer Marc Laidlaw

Well, Half-Life 3 is finally here. Or is it Half-Life 2: Episode 3? Hard to say, but in any case, it arrived exactly as expected: A whispered surprise, traveling in the wee hours of the night by word of mouth alone. The only problem? There’s no game.

Instead, longtime Valve writer Marc Laidlaw (ex-Valve writer as of last year) seems to have posted the hypothetical plot to a never-going-to-be-made Episode 3 on his blog.

It’s thinly disguised as “Epistle 3,” and the character names and genders have been tweaked too. There’s Gertie Fremont and Elly Vaunt (now women), for instance, along with Alex Vaunt (now a man). This forms the basis of Laidlaw’s current deflection, which is that it’s “a genderswapped snapshot of a dream I had many years ago.” He also refers to it as “fanfic.” So take it with a heaping pound of salt. This may or may not have ever been the real Half-Life plan.

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Microsoft is offering La La Land, Ghost in the Shell, and other movie rentals for $0.99 today

Get the popcorn ready. Right now, the Windows Store (built into Windows 10) and Microsoft’s online store are offering a number of movie rentals for $ 0.99. The offerings span everything from relatively new titles to some real stinkers.

Top of the list for the movie rental sale includes the 2017 version of Ghost in the Shell—yes, that one. There’s also the 2016 sensation La La Land, the entertaining Kingsman: The Secret Service, the kid-friendly Trolls, and The Lego Batman Movie.

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