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Upon returning to our Sea of Thieves ship after an expedition this past Sunday, PC Gamer's pirate crew found it consumed by flames for no apparent reason. Had another player done a sail-by firebombing just to spite us? How rude!

For half an hour we fought the blaze, but every time we thought we had it under control, the whole lower deck would reignite and the fire would re-spread to the top deck and captain's quarters. So we doused the flames with even more vigor, and finally we thought we'd put out the last one... but a minute later the lower deck was burning again! We were close to giving up, and then, as I filled another bucket with water, Chris walked up to me carrying something: A blackened fish that he'd left on the stove. 

This week's lesson: Cooking is the most common cause of house fires, so please be careful. And with that important PSA out of the way, let's catch up on the week's big PC gaming news:

Assassin's Creed Valhalla announced (opens in new tab)

When the first Assassin's Creed came out, I did not think I'd still be writing about the series over a decade later. But here we go: The next Assassin's Creed is a Viking romp in 9th century England. (opens in new tab) You'll be able to dual wield shields (opens in new tab) (I know you were wondering) and hang out in a village (opens in new tab) that will grow over the course of the game.

The AMD/Intel war is now so fierce a $120 CPU is all your gaming PC needs (opens in new tab)

AMD's Ryzen 3 3300X and Intel's Core i3 10100 may be some of our next favorite gaming CPUs, which would change the definition of a budget PC build.

Gangs of goofy aliens have invaded GTA Online (opens in new tab)

If you'd also like to be in a goofy alien gang, Rockstar is giving away GTA Online money this month (opens in new tab)... enough to buy yourself an alien onesie.

They strike again from r/gtaonline

Blizzard co-founder believes accessibility has made World of Warcraft less social (opens in new tab)

Former Blizzard president Mike Morhaime had some interesting thoughts on World of Warcraft—that he can now share from his position outside of the company.

How to enable RTX Voice on any Nvidia graphics card, and why you should (opens in new tab)

I recently switched from a headset mic to a condenser mic on my desk, which sounds great but picks up a lot of room noise and typing. I tried RTX Voice noise cancelling, and the difference is pretty amazing. My voice sounds a little flat, but my Valorant teammates no longer have to hear me click-clacking my way around the maps. Pretty neat!

Fallout 76's new robot loves communism a bit too much for some players (opens in new tab)

Apparently it's been handing out too many pamphlets. Ah well, what is to be done? (opens in new tab)

More news? We have that:

Valhalla and Valorant

Of course the next Assassin's Creed is a Viking game—it had to be that or Japan, right? But even if it's unsurprising, it's exciting. Here's Fraser on why 9th century England should make for a cool setting (opens in new tab). Ubisoft should also get to play with the Norse gods, which Steven thinks will be fun. He does not, however, think that "Blood Eagling" will be fun, as described in his Valhalla wish list (opens in new tab).

I spent a lot of the week playing and covering another 'V' game, Valorant, even though its anti-cheat software won't let me check the temperature of my CPU for some reason. Not being much of a CS:GO player, I'm having more fun than I expected. I even got my first ace this week, and I was so excited that my team had to yell at me to remind me to defuse the spike, which I was definitely going to forget to do while jumping around victoriously. I'm good at videogames:

Have a great weekend, and look out for Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay footage next week as Ubisoft's multi-stage reveal continues. 

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Tyler Wilde
Tyler Wilde

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.