Hayden DingmanGames Reporter, PCWorld

Hayden writes about games for PCWorld and doubles as the resident Zork enthusiast.

Corsair K95 Platinum XT

Corsair K95 Platinum XT review: A lot of keyboard for a lot of money

Corsair's K95 Platinum XT keyboard remains an ostentatious option aimed at a select few, but new Elgato integration, PBT keycaps, and a plush wrist rest make it better than ever.

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If the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X live up to the hype, $500 is a steal

Rumors that the PlayStation 5 is costing Sony $450 to manufacture have the internet in a furor, but is a $500 or $600 console so outrageous in 2020?

Half-Life: Alyx

Valve locks in Half-Life: Alyx's release date, but it's nearly impossible to buy a VR headset right now

Six weeks out from Half-Life: Alyx, Valve's Index headset is still unavailable. So is Oculus's Quest and Rift S.

The Division 2: Warlords of New York

The Division 2: Warlords of New York heads back to NYC, and makes you wonder why we had to leave

The Division 2: Warlords of New York finally sends agents to Brooklyn—as part of the sequel, not the original game. It's an ambitious expansion, but also the latest example of "Games as a Service" going through growing pains.

Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T-76PY)

Acer Swift 5 review: A small miracle

The Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T-76PY) is one of the lightest clamshell laptops ever made, but it compromises performance and battery life to take home that honor.

Steam Backlog

Why 2020's a rare perfect time to dig into your video game backlog

You probably won't be able to finish every unplayed game you own, but with the spring release calendar looking this empty you can certainly make a dent.

Plantronics RIG 700

Plantronics RIG 700HD review: It improves on its predecessor, but perhaps not enough

Plantronics' RIG 700HD gaming headset stands out for its ultra-lightweight design, but also for its baffling size-adjustment solution.

Oculus Link

Oculus Link review: This $80 cable is worth every penny to turn Quest into a Rift rival

The official Oculus Link cable is pricey, but it's the only solution currently available that's long enough, (mostly) reliable, and keeps the Quest headset charged while in use.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous sends players to hell, without Kingmaker's demonic learning curve

Pathfinder: Kingmaker was one of the most ambitious CRPGs ever made, and one of the most obtuse. Luckily the follow-up isn't just bigger and better. It's also less rough around the edges.

Kentucky Route Zero

Kentucky Route Zero review: The game that defined (and was defined by) a decade

It's said that Velvet Underground's first album sold dismally, but that everyone who bought a copy later started a band. Kentucky Route Zero is the game developer's equivalent.

HP Pavilion 15 Gaming Laptop (2019)

HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop review: Affordable gaming with a few caveats

The HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop nevertheless is an affordable gaming laptop that's nearly as sturdy and refined as its higher-end Omen cousins with a couple of exceptions, most notably the dim display.

Warcraft III: Reforged

How Warcraft III accidentally became a great Lord of the Rings game

Warcraft III had a surprising symbiosis with The Lord of the Rings—one that's worth revisiting, on the eve of Warcraft III: Reforged.

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The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice

We pick the best wireless headsets and the best overall headset for your PC gaming pleasure.

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Will virtual reality finally break out in 2020?

The hardware is cheap, the games are promising, and virtual reality could finally be ready for the mainstream. Or at least, the slightly more mainstream.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Microsoft didn't win the PC turf war. Sony never showed up.

With Horizon: Zero Dawn rumored to come to PC in 2020, we look back on how the PC became "Microsoft's territory" in the Xbox One era, and how Sony let it happen.