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Gaming Setups: New study proves that your setup contains 3x more germs than a toilet seat!



New study proves your desk contains 3X more germs than a toilet seat!
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  • A new report by Fasthosts reveals how dirty our desks are compared to other household objects.
  • The study has found that there are three times more germs on a desk than on a toilet seat.
  • Dr. Jonathan Cox, Lecturer in Microbiology at Aston University, weighs in on the potential health risks.

When did you last clean your office or home desk? Even though it might look clean, many people neglect to thoroughly scrub and disinfect their workspace.

Internet access and hosting services provider Fasthosts conducted a study by swabbing different areas of the home setup from the desk to the mouse and keyboard and compared them to other household objects and the results show that our desks harbour more germs than a toilet seat!

Gaming desks are dirtier than a toilet seat and a kitchen bin!

Based on the swabbing results, the desk is by far the filthiest part of the home with an average cleanliness RLU (Relative Light Unit) score of 606! As it turns out a standard toilet seat is much cleaner than a desk with a registered RLU score of 209.

The research also shines a light on particular areas of the house that people don’t think of cleaning quite so regularly. The computer keyboard and mouse are a common part of gaming and results showed that the keyboard has a horrifyingly high average RLU score of 383, which is almost as many germs found in a kitchen bin (392)!

  • Desk – RLU score of 606
  • Kitchen Bin- RLU score of 392
  • Keyboard – RLU score of 382
  • Desk chair – RLU score of 310
  • Computer mouse – RLU score of 260
  • Toilet seat – RLU score of 209
  • Doormat – RLU score of 209

Dr. Jonathan Cox microbiologist from Aston University explains that each key strike both deposits and picks up microorganisms. Thus, it’s crucial to wash our hands before we eat on our desks and disinfect the surface and our devices regularly.

Most people probably never questioned the cleanliness of their desk chair, but the seat and arms of your chair can harbour a plethora of germs. Unsurprisingly, it turns out that the desk chair (310) is home to more germs than the amount found on a toilet seat!

Jonathan said: ‘Germs like moist, high contact or nutrient-rich surfaces. Moisture transferred from your fingertips onto your keyboard is sufficient to sustain a thriving ecosystem of microorganisms.’

‘The bacteria found on desks lack the ability to attack us unless we inject them into our body e.g., typing while eating crisps and not washing our hands regularly.’

He added: ‘Bacterial transfer from us to our environment is inevitable, and therefore a tidy desk with minimal objects is easier to disinfect and therefore is less likely to harbour large microbial communities.’

‘Disinfection wipes and surface cleansers can also help to keep the bacterial load down, as well as keeping desks clutter-free.’

Commenting on the research, Michelle Stark, sales and marketing director at Fasthosts says: “As tech experts at Fasthosts, we were interested to see the results of the tests. We know the importance of cleaning your desk equipment is important now more than ever, to look after your equipment and most importantly your health – but it’s clear there is benefit in helping to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria developing.

We would recommend that desk users practice good hygiene and clean your desk as regularly as possible.”

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Dive Into the Nightmare with The Darkest Tales, Trinity Team’s Frightening Fairy-Tale World, as Free Prologue Launches on Steam Today



Dive Into the Nightmare with The Darkest Tales, Trinity Team's Frightening Fairy-Tale World, as Free Prologue Launches on Steam Today
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Trinity Team studio, the developers behind the overwhelming crowdfunding success ‘Slaps and Beans’ and global publishing house 101XP are thrilled to announce that the prologue for The Darkest Tales, their action-adventure 2D platformer, is officially available to download on Steam for PC, starting today.

In The Darkest Tales – Into the Nightmare, players follow the adventure of Teddy, a grumpy old bear brought to life to rescue his owner Alicia, and Lighty, a chatty glowing orb fairy, as they embark on a journey through distorted fairy-tale planes inhabited by bloodthirsty enemies and nail-biting platforming.

Level One:

What would Little Red Riding Hood do to the big bad wolf if she had two sharp daggers and a thirst for blood? Enter the nightmare and see once harmonious lands turned into hostile terrains, filled with hungry mechanical wolves and sneaky fiery bats. Tread carefully and keep your eyes peeled, as you may be next on her menu.

Level Two:

Could Jack ever climb up the beanstalk if it was covered in thorns, carnivorous plants, and haunted by a deadly thunderstorm? Eat the famous beans, learn to play with magic, and use your finest skills to make your way to the top of this unforgivingly dangerous climb. Watch your step though, as Teddy is only made of fabric!

Key Features:

Get your hands on sharp enchanted weapons and jump, slice, and dash your way through anyone who stands in your way.
Develop your skill tree to learn a ton of new tricks that include faster healing, damage boost, and much more!
You may remember them differently… Do battle with a ton of once friendly, now deadly, fairytale characters turned evil bosses. First up? A double blade wielding, deceiving Little Red Riding Hood.
Fully voiced characters, a rich storyline filled with recognizable fairy tale lore, and gorgeous yet haunting landscapes and levels.

“When we began working on The Darkest Tales we wanted to create a dark fairytale world for curious adventurers and lovers of the genre to explore, be challenged by, and get lost in.” said Marco Agricola, co-founder of Trinity Team. “We’re proud to release the final version of our two level prologue on Steam today, and officially invite all those brave enough to step into the nightmare… and come out victorious!”

“The Darkest Tales is an immersive experience, setting the scene with gorgeous maps and terrains filled with familiar, yet fearsome fairy-tale characters and intense boss battles,” said Aleksandra Volskaya, Head of Brand Management & PR at 101XP. “We’re looking forward to hearing what players think of our prologue, and are incredibly excited to reveal all that’s coming next, as the title sets up for a full release”.

Players can embark on the first two full levels of this future release by downloading the game on Steam completely for free from right now.

All progress saved in the prologue will be automatically carried over into the full version of The Darkest Tales upon launch.

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EKSA launches its GT1 Cobra true wireless gaming and lifestyle earbuds with game and music mode, voice assistant and 38ms ultra-low latency



EKSA launches its GT1 Cobra true wireless gaming and lifestyle earbuds with game and music mode, voice assistant and 38ms ultra-low latency
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Users can enjoy pinpoint gaming audio detail and strong audio performance for music

With an eleven-year history of developing and manufacturing headphones for top global brands, gaming peripheral experts EKSA is pleased to announce the release of its latest headset, the GT1 Cobra True Wireless Gaming Earbuds. The earbuds, with their patent cobra head design, are crafted for gaming and listening to music with a unique design and game/music switch mode and are available for $49.99/£38/2799 INR from the EKSA website with Amazon availability expected mid-November.

With a 38MS ultra-low latency, the GT1 Cobra True Wireless Gaming Earbuds provide a smooth gaming experience while delivering detailed bass users can feel in their bones. When using the earbuds to listen to music, users will experience innovatively strong audio performance, with thumping bass and crisp treble with stereo sound in music mode for a front-row-like performance.

With its new technology, ESKA has harnessed the power of a noise-cancelling algorithm for clear communication. In addition, the GT1 Earbuds have an ergonomic design for maximum comfort, coupled with three different size ear tips for maximum comfort.

Designed for an easy user experience, the earbuds, which run on Bluetooth 5.0, have multifunction touch control, and allow the user to play or pause, accept and hang up calls, switch between gaming and music mode, use voice assistant and reject calls all with a tap. The GT1 Cobra True Wireless Gaming Earbuds are also come with hassle-free auto pairing so users can immediately use them every time without a wait.

Gamers and music lovers can enjoy up to 36 hours of battery life, as the earbuds hold 6 hours of continuous playtime on a single charge and 30 hours of extra playtime in the case. They also come with a splash resistant IPX4 design.

The EKSA GT1 Cobra true wireless gaming and lifestyle earbuds are available for $49.99/£38/2799 INR from the EKSA website with Amazon availability expected mid-November.

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MELON Releases Jump Kingdoms, the Studio’s First Original Game



MELON Releases Jump Kingdoms, the Studio's First Original Game
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MELON, the creative studio for the metaverse, is launching its very first original game. The creator of interactive experiences for major pop stars (Ava Max, KSI, Why Don’t We), shows (Bakugan), and brands (PacSun) that have racked up millions of visits is bringing Jump Kingdoms to Roblox.

The fun parkour-based fantasy game is designed to be easy to jump into and play, but with several ingenious behind-the-scenes twists. The premise will feel pleasantly familiar to Roblox fans: Fun, sweet characters, a.k.a. PALS, take on massive parkour challenges, leaping lava and springing through castles. The game is constantly generating new ways to keep players on their toes as they compete with others in randomly generated races.

Jump Kingdoms combines MELON’s love of crafting engaging interaction and gameplay with a desire to show more of what the studio’s team can do in metaverse environments like Roblox. The game’s features reflect years of experience gleaned from watching how players get hooked on a game and what makes a game fun for the long haul.

“For our first original game, we felt it was extremely important for us to try something brand new for the Roblox community, but ultimately, still remain familiar,” explains MELON founder and CEO Devon Thome. “Parkour and obstacle-style games have been popular on Roblox for over a decade, and we feel like the competitive randomly generated races in Jump Kingdoms truly do this style of game justice.”

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