Pokémon Legends: Arceus Will Feature New Evolutions for Classic Starters

By Jared Moore

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set to feature new evolutionary forms of its classic starter Pokémon when it launches for Nintendo Switch on Friday, January 28.As per the YouTube description for the game’s latest trailer (which can also be seen below), Pokémon Legends: Arceus will seemingly treat Cyndaquil, Oshawott, and Rowlet to their very own Hisuian final form evolutions.”You may have met Dartrix, Quilava, and Dewott in your other adventures,” reads a statement beneath the YouTube video. “But you’ve never encountered their Hisui region Evolutions.” Dartrix usually evolves into Decidueye, Quilava into Typhlosion, and Dewott into Samurott.While the trailer itself doesn’t show off any of the three final form evolutions, it does treat fans to a further look at the Hisui region and what it has to offer. Across the clip, fans can take another look at the different ways they’ll be able to utilise Pokémon to travel around the region as well as further chances to check out noble Pokémon and the game’s wider landscape. In addition to the trailer, the official website for Pokémon Legends: Arceus did show off silhouettes for the starters’ Hisuian final forms, which can be seen below. Image Credit: The Pokémon CompanyIn other recent Pokémon news, reports around the internet last week suggested that a great detail of the game’s material including the opening movie, a range of new Pokémon, and story elements had been leaked online. The reports followed images that cropped up online showing fans holding boxed copies of the game that had seemingly been sent out early by mistake. With only a few days left until Pokémon Legends: Arceus officially releases, this is once again your friendly reminder to stay cautious on social media for a little while longer. For some slightly different Pokémon news, make sure to check out this article detailing how Logan Paul has denied faking his reaction to the $3.5 million dollar Pokémon scam he became caught up in. And, if you’ve finished that then you may (or may not) want to check out this piece showing off a fan-made Pokémon FPS – though, prior warning, it’s kind of disturbing. Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

Fearing a Hawkish Fed: Economists Focus on Upcoming FOMC Meeting as Global Market Rout Slows

By Jamie Redman

Global markets have been feeling the pressure of fear and uncertainty, as the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) plans to make a decision on Wednesday concerning changing the current monetary easing policy and raising the benchmark interest rate. Economists and market analysts fear the hawkish Federal Reserve will tighten markets too fast after the central bank expanded the U.S. monetary supply like never before in history.
Allianz Chief Economic Adviser: ‘Fed Maintained Its Transitory Inflation Narrative for Way Too Long’
All eyes are on the Federal Reserve this week and the conversation has turned into speculation about the upcoming FOMC meeting. The committee will make a decision on Wednesday at 2 p.m. (EST) which will be followed by a press conference from the central bank chairman Jerome Powell. Last week global stocks were roiled and dropped significantly, while crypto markets followed the same path as the crypto economy shed billions in value. Precious metals like gold and silver managed to stave off the market rout, and both metals are up a few percentages over the last 30 days.
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) plans to meet on Wednesday, and market participants are expecting a shift in monetary policy. Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell (pictured above) will hold a press conference after the FOMC meeting at 2:30 p.m. (EST) on January 26.
As the U.S. central bank has hinted at tightening quantitive easing (QE) and raising interest rates, the Fed’s critics believe the pivot is too fast. Mohamed El-Erian, the chief economic adviser at the financial services company Allianz, is one of those critics. “The first policy mistake was completely misunderstanding inflation,” El-Erian said on Tuesday. He added that the Fed’s Board of Governors “maintained its transitory inflation narrative for 2021 way too long, missing window after window to slowly ease its foot off the stimulus accelerator.”

FOMC tomorrow so probably range today till then
— TraderSZ (@trader1sz) January 25, 2022

Now that the Fed seems to be moving in the direction of tightening monetary easing quickly, traders and analysts are fearful about creating new positions in the market. “I would be very [reluctant] to look at getting in or adding to positions to anything until we hear from an increasingly hawkish Fed on Wednesday,” the managing director at Strategic Funds, Marc LoPresti, told the press on Monday.
Market Participants Try to Predict the Fed’s Monetary Tightening Timeline
Meanwhile, as the FOMC meeting has been trending on social media and forums, analysts have been trying to predict the decision ahead of time.

The Fed released some of its 2023 FOMC dates. So, I was able to extend this table.
Here is the latest pic.twitter.com/6qwXj1AEVm
— Jim Bianco biancoresearch.eth (@biancoresearch) January 24, 2022

The prediction markets operated by kalshi.com are also trying to forecast when the U.S. central bank will raise the benchmark rate. 98% of those leveraging kalshi.com’s Fed prediction market say the Fed will raise the rate above 0.25% in July.

The least-chosen month was December 2022 and 84% chose that specific date. The financial analyst on Twitter that goes by the name “Mac10,” explained that market bulls need to break their strength.
“The way I see is that either the market crashes between now and FOMC, forcing the Fed to reverse,” Mac10 wrote. “Or, the Fed comes in hawkish and the market crashes. I don’t see a Goldilocks scenario. Bulls, something must break for the Fed to reverse. That something is you.”

UBS Executive: ‘This Week’s Fed Meeting Is Likely to Underscore the Fed’s Shift in Policy Priorities’
Mark Haefele, CIO of Global Wealth Management at UBS, thinks the upcoming Fed meeting will “underscore” the Fed’s current line of thinking.
“For much of the past decade, market volatility was calmed by the notion that the Federal Reserve and other global central banks stood ready to step in to support the economy in the event of weakness, exogenous shocks, or an unexpected tightening in global financial conditions,” Haefele said in a statement on Tuesday. “Today, with inflation still elevated, that support feels less certain, and this week’s Fed meeting is likely to underscore the Fed’s shift in policy priorities away from supporting growth and toward fighting inflation,” Haefele added.

If the Fed doesn’t reverse course during the FOMC meeting on Wednesday, I think everything will fall further than most expect.
Once they inevitably reverse, #Bitcoin bounces fast in a BIG way📈.
— Joe Burnett (🔑)³ (@IIICapital) January 24, 2022

Metrics recorded 24 hours before the FOMC meeting show that stock markets saw some relief at the end of the day on Monday. Tech stocks, Nasdaq, NYSE, and the Dow Jones ended the day in green and cryptocurrency markets saw a similar pattern. On Tuesday morning, the crypto economy has gained 8.5% to $1.7 trillion in the last 24 hours with leading crypto assets like bitcoin (BTC) and ethereum (ETH) jumping 7-10% in value over the last day.

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Gord, a New Dark-Fantasy Strategy Game from a Former Witcher 3 Producer, Gets New CG Trailer

By Ryan McCaffrey

Publisher Team17 and developer Covenant, a group of two dozen veteran developers headed by former producer on The Witcher 3 Stan Just, have just released a new cinematic story trailer for Gord, their upcoming dark-fantasy strategy game for PC.See the new trailer above and the original announcement trailer – which got over a million views on IGN’s YouTube channel – below.Gord is inspired by Slavic folklore and will incorporate city-building elements similar to Frostpunk, and with a sanity system for NPCs that may make you think of Eternal Darkness back on the Nintendo Gamecube. “Players will have to complete quests to grow the tribe’s settlements (known as ‘gords’) and fortify these from invaders while managing a populace whose personal stories, familial ties and mental well-being can have devastating impact on the survival of their communities,” Covenant says.Gord does not yet have a release date, but stay tuned to IGN later this week for more on this game.Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s executive editor of previews and host of both IGN’s weekly Xbox show, Podcast Unlocked, as well as our monthly(-ish) interview show, IGN Unfiltered. He’s a North Jersey guy, so it’s “Taylor ham,” not “pork roll.” Debate it with him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan.

The 2-Minute Recap: Everything new with Security, Compliance, and Identity on Microsoft Learn

By Temante_Leary

Welcome to our monthly blog series featuring the latest content updates on Microsoft Learn. This month, we’re highlighting Microsoft Defender for Business training in our Security, Compliance, and Identity portfolio.

Microsoft Defender for Business  
Microsoft Defender for Business is a new endpoint security solution that’s now available in preview. Built specially to provide enterprise-grade endpoint security to businesses with up to 300 employees, this solution is both easy to use and cost effective.

Today’s preview is available with an initial set of scenarios, and the product team will be adding capabilities regularly. To get started, check out our complete Microsoft Defender for Business documentation page, where you’ll find how-to guides for using, deploying, and managing this solution, along with tutorials and simulations.

You can also get an overview of incidents and response actions by completing the Detect and respond to security issues learning module. By the end of this module, you’ll be able to understand the:

Incident queue
Alerts queue
Response actions

Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager
Microsoft Endpoint Manager provides endpoint security, device management, and intelligent cloud actions in a unified management platform. Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager—which is a part of Microsoft Endpoint Manager—helps you protect the on-premises devices, apps, and data that the people at your organization use to be productive.

Our new learning path, Set up tenant attach using Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, provides migration and implementation guidance, along with details about how to set up Intune, how to set up tenant attach, and better understand co-management. By the end of this module, you’ll be able to:

Understand tenant attach
Confirm tenant attach prerequisites
Enable internet endpoints
Enable device upload
Display the connector status
Perform device actions
View on-premises device details

We look forward to hearing how you use these resources on your journey to certification. Be sure to check out our new Microsoft Security certifications poster for a quick overview of our fundamentals and role-based credentials as well.

Saw content comes to the Dead by Daylight Archives

By Ed Nightingale

Do you wanna play a game?

New content based on the Saw film franchise is coming to Dead by Daylight.Tome 10: SAW will be available in the Archives mode from 26th January – the first fully licensed Tome.Players will uncover the memories of Amanda Young (The Pig killer, a student of Jigsaw) and Detective Tapp, eventually unlocking new outfits for the fan-favourite characters.

“Over and above our primary objective of providing our fans with fun and continuously renewed content, one of our goals when integrating a powerful movie franchise such as Saw is to invite a larger community into the Dead by Daylight universe,” said Mathieu Côté, game director. “With Tome 10 of the Archives, we have the chance to speak to a completely new audience through the voice of Jigsaw in our Reveal Trailer.”Each Tome in the Archives mode brings time-limited challenges to complete with unique rewards. This Saw Tome will add over 60 cosmetic items, including 12 new outfits, charms, and more.The new outfit for The Pig will see her wearing the robes of her mentor, Saw’s iconic villain Jigsaw.Tome 10: SAW will be available from 26th January across all platforms: PlayStation and Xbox consoles, Switch, Stadia, and PC (Steam, Epic, Windows Store).The game’s next full chapter will be based on Japanese cult horror Ringu, coming in March.

Laptop legend: Core i9 12900HK and RTX 3080 Ti tested

By Will Judd

Today is a good day, as we can finally talk about Intel’s 12th-gen laptop processors and Nvidia’s new RTX 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti Laptop graphics cards. We’ve been testing the MSI GE76 Raider, a high-spec machine that includes each company’s flagship parts for this generation, and the performance on tap is nothing short of incredible. The 12900K and RTX 3080 Ti remain some of the best gaming hardware available in desktop PCs – despite frustrating pricing and availability issues – so it’s been fun to see how the mobile versions perform. In this first look, we put the GE76 through its paces against its 2021 counterpart, with both gaming tests and content creation benchmarks.

First, let’s briefly introduce you to the star of today’s show – the GE76 Raider. It’s a tremendously powerful machine, especially in the top spec configuration we’re testing today. As well as the Core i9 12900HK and RTX 3080 Ti 175W Laptop GPU, there’s 32GB of dual-channel DDR5-4800 RAM, a 17.3-inch 360Hz display and two 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSDs. All of this hardware is housed inside a generously-sized chassis, allowing the components within to stay relatively cool without resorting to jet-grade fan noise. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this chonky machine retails for $4199 when paired with an even fancier 4K 120Hz screen – we presume that the 360Hz option we’re testing isn’t much cheaper.

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Here are the full specs of our review unit:

Intel Core i9 12900HK 14-core CPU (6P+8E)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop (175W) graphics card
2x16GB DDR5-4800 RAM
2x 1TB Samsung MZVL22 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD
17.3-inch 1080p 360Hz IPS display
99.99Wh battery

Content creation benchmarks
First, let’s take a look at how the processor and RAM perform together in two content creation benchmarks – video transcoding in Handbrake and 3D rendering in Cinebench R20.

The GE76 Raider ’22 performs extremely well right off the bat, even in its balanced mode, with a single-core Cinebench R20 score of 703 and a multi-core score of 6370. Those are the fastest we’ve ever recorded for a laptop processor, and is in the same ballpark as the desktop Core i5 12600K. With the MSI ‘Extreme Mode’ turned on, this is lifted slightly to 715 and 6432.

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In our video transcode test, we take a piece of Patreon footage and transcode it into H.264 and H.265 (HEVC) formats using Handbrake with a Production Standard CRF 18 setting. Unlike our desktop machines, the GE76 laptops also offer the ability to use Intel’s Quick Sync Video (QSV) tech, which utilises the integrated graphics to accelerate the workload. Our stock H.264 and HEVC results are impressive, with the GE76 ’22 managing 38.41fps H.264 and 16.38fps H.265 in its Extreme Mode (complete with moderate fan noise). Those are chart-topping results, although the margin is only three percent over the Zephyrus M16 with its Core i9 11900H. With QSV enabled, those frame-rates go up significantly – all the way to 97.53fps for H.264 and 31.56fps for H.265. That’s with Extreme mode enabled; with Balanced mode we get a more reasonable (but still impressive) 77.24fps and 51.69fps, respectively.

Next, we’ll get to the star of the show: real gaming performance. We’ve tested the top-spec 2022 GE76 Raider against its 2021 counterpart, so we can get a sense of how much extra performance is unlocked when shifting from the Core i9 11980HK to the 12900HK, as well as the leap from the RTX 3080 to the RTX 3080 Ti. We’ve also got results from a selection of other high-end 2021 laptops from Asus and Gigabyte to provide a little bit of extra context. Here’s how each machine stacks up, for future reference…

MSI GE76 Raider 2022: Core i9 12900HK + RTX 3080 Ti
MSI GE76 Raider 2021: Core i9 11980HK + RTX 3080
Aorus 17G: Core i7 11800H + RTX 3070
Zephyrus G15: Ryzen 9 5900HS + RTX 3080
Zephyrus M16: Core i9 11900H + RTX 3070
Flow X13: Core i9 5980HS + GTX 1650

Doom Eternal
Our first gaming test is Doom Eternal. If there was a contest for “best looking game that still ran well”, I’d definitely give the nod to id Software’s latest. That means we can hope for playable frame-rates even at 4K with the level of horsepower we have on tap here, and indeed we get some impressive results even on the Ultra Nightmare preset. At 1440p, the GE76 Raider ’22 delivers a stunning 234fps, allowing you to more or less max out a 1440p 240Hz monitor like the popular Samsung Odyssey G7. That’s 28 percent faster than our previous best performer in this test, the Zephyrus G15 equipped with an RTX 3080 Laptop graphics card and Ryzen 9 5900HS processor, and 10 percent faster than last year’s GE76 Raider with its 3080 and Core i9 11980HK. Compared to our desktop GPU test rig, equipped with a Core i9 10900K and DDR4-3600 RAM, we’re looking at slightly better performance than with a desktop RTX 3070 – pretty awesome stuff.

Doom Eternal: Vulkan, Ultra Nightmare, 8x TSSAA

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Borderlands 3
Next up is Borderlands 3. This game also comes with an amusingly named highest preset, Bad Ass, which we’re using for our testing. The 2022 Raider manages a 78fps average at 1440p – quite comfortably the best result we’ve recorded for a laptop and again quite close to our desktop Core i9 10900K + RTX 3070 Founders Edition combo. There’s a 25 percent uptick in performance over the 2021 Raider, with its RTX 3080 and Core i9 11980HK, which isn’t bad given that we’re still within the same graphics card generation. Most other 2021 laptops we tested recorded around 50-60fps, while the Flow X13 with its GTX 1650 managed only 15fps. We also tested at 1080p and 4K for the two MSI laptops, where the Raider ’22 managed 110fps at 1080p and 43fps at 4K – again, pretty respectable given that we’re using the highest quality preset here.

Borderlands 3: Bad Ass, DX12, TAA

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Control
Control is a brilliant game that I personally recommend very highly, and it’s something of a poster child for ray-traced graphics. Even with RT disabled though, it’s a difficult game to run at high settings, especially if you opt not to turn on DLSS. That’s what we’re doing here, running the game on its High preset with RT and DLSS disabled. The ’22 Raider again records the highest score we’ve seen to date, at 77fps average – a little less than 10 percent faster than its 2021 predecessor. That result isn’t quite as good as we saw in our earlier titles, but still puts this laptop between a desktop RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070, as paired with our Core i9 10900K GPU test rig. At 1080p, you can enjoy HFR gameplay with an average of nearly 120fps, while at 4K it’s a more cinematic 39fps on the new GE76 Raider.

Control: High, DX12, TAA

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Control RTX
The Corridor of Doom is one of the hardest RT workloads we’ve discovered so far, making it the perfect time to see how well the Raiders handle 1440p RT gameplay. The new Raider is the only laptop we’ve tested to get within range of a good VRR screen, with an average of 44fps, some 12 percent faster than the previous-gen Raider. Meanwhile, the Aorus 17G (with Core i7 11800H and RTX 3070) and Asus Zephyrus M16 (with Core i9 11900H and RTX 3070) turn in average frame-rates of 30fps, give or take a frame per second.

Control: DX12, High, High RT, TAA

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is our final game for today, a three-part benchmark that offers a stern challenge even to desktop GPUs. The Core i9 12900K and RTX 3080 Ti combine to great effect here, turning in even a 4K result above 60fps. At 1440p, the MSI laptop hits an average of 120fps, incredibly impressive given that we’re not even using DLSS here. That’s 12 percent faster than last year’s Raider, and 31 percent faster than the impressive XMG Neo 17 we tested last year as well.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Highest, DX12, TAA

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Wrapping up
We’ve barely scratched the surface in terms of testing Intel’s 12th-gen laptop processors and Nvidia’s RTX 3080 Ti Laptop graphics, but we’ll have to wrap it up there. After our initial investigation, plenty of promise is evident, with the gaming and content creation results each showing eye-popping advantages for the 2022 GE76 Raider over its 2021 counterpart – and indeed, pretty much every other gaming laptop we’ve ever tested. You are paying a pretty penny for this extremely high-end option, but you’re getting levels of performance that were previously only available from the very fastest desktop CPUs and graphics cards just a few years ago.

The GE76 Raider has also been a fun laptop to test over the past couple of days. The light bar across the front looks great, the machine feels reasonably well built and the keyboard is one of the better ones I’ve used recently. The 360Hz screen doesn’t quite get to stretch its legs in AAA games, but I’m looking forward to testing it out in Counter-Strike or Apex Legends if I have time later on. The port selection is also super impressive, with three display ports, power and ethernet around the rear, three full-size USB ports on the sides and more besides. The Raider is a fairly loud laptop when set to its extreme mode, but the balanced mode is much quieter and still performs beyond the capabilities of other machines we’ve tested at their highest setting which is nice to see.

If you’re in the market for a high-end machine, then these options could well be worth the steep price of entry, and we look forward to seeing more comprehensive reviews from other outlets in the coming weeks and months. It’ll be particularly fascinating to see how lower-tier 12th-gen CPUs (and the RTX 3070 Ti) fare in more affordable gaming laptops, especially within that $1000 to $2000 zone where most gaming laptop purchases take place.