Category: Round Up

The ambitious ‘Beyond Good and Evil 2’ shows off a beautiful game engine

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8IguhQqhAg?enablejsapi=1&] Ubisoft revealed Beyond Good and Evil 2 at E3 last week, but only gave a select few people a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the actual gameplay.  For those of us who weren't lucky enough to have that opportunity, the game's creative director Michel Ancel gave the world a short tour of a very small chunk of Beyond Good and Evil 2 on YouTube today, showing off a jet-packing, pizza-delivering ape, a couple different space ships, and a piece of one of the game's planets. It's certainly enough to get hyped for. At the end of the video, Ancel promised more gameplay videos to come, so this is just the beginning of Beyond Good and Evil 2 teases. Read more...More about Gaming, Ubisoft, E3 2017, Beyond Good And Evil 2, and Entertainment

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Steam Summer Sale is back and some huge games are super cheap

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will cost you just $4 as one of the highlighted deals during Steam's annual Summer Sale. The (almost) two-week sale kicked off on Thursday, June 22, and will be running until July 5 at 1 p.m. ETMordor is the first day's big highlight, but it's hardly alone. SEE ALSO: Valve's wild VR controller solves a big problem with virtual hands Also in the "omg how is it so cheap?" category are Mafia III ($14.79), most of the Call of Duty series (many titles — including the two latest — are half off), and South Park: The Stick of Truth ($7.49).  Prices tended to shift around "flash" discounts and daily deals during Steam's annual sale events in the past, but that all ended with the summer event in 2016. Pricing remained fixed throughout the length of the event, and that's likely to be the case for this one as well. Read more...More about Entertainment, Gaming, Steam, Esports, and Valve Corporation

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A man played AR ‘Super Mario Bros.’ in Central Park and no one thought it was weird

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN95nNDtxjo?enablejsapi=1&] Not to detract from the cool tech creation here, but programmer Abhishek Singh's augmented reality reimagining of Super Mario Bros. World 1-1 for HoloLens isn't even the craziest thing about this video. That honor goes instead to the total indifference expressed by every pedestrian in New York's Central Park. How do you witness a spectacle like this and just keep on walking? If I came across a man dressed like a video game plumber and wearing a future-tech headset in midtown Manhattan, you can be damn sure I'd stop to see what he's doing. Singh's rebuilt version of World 1-1 isn't a perfect replica, largely because Super Mario Bros. was never built to be played in a 3D space. Instead of trying to climb imaginary block hills or leap across deadly drops, Singh simply walks around them. Read more...More about Tech, Entertainment, Gaming, Hololens, and Augmented Reality

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Valve’s wild VR controller solves a big problem with virtual hands

Valve thinks it's solved the problem of tracking individual finger movements in virtual reality.  The so-called "Knuckles" controller doesn't look much different from what's out there, but it benefits from a number of innovative design tweaks.  SEE ALSO: Is video really the future of VR? The Oculus Touch and HTC Vive "wands" do a great job of tracking hand gestures, but not so much with precise finger movements. Both rely on buttons, but it's an imperfect solution: buttons can't track finger movements, for one, and you've also got to always maintain some kind of grip on the controller (so you don't drop it). Read more...More about Tech, Entertainment, Gaming, Virtual Reality, and Vr

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‘Pokémon Go’ is branding Pokémon caught by cheaters

Pokémon Go players who use cheats to catch Pokémon may find that those Pokémon are marked as illegitimate in their inventory and behave oddly in combat, a Niantic representative said on Reddit Wednesday. SEE ALSO: 'Pokémon Go' is getting raids This new anti-cheat measure comes less than a month after players discovered that Niantic was preventing rarer Pokémon from showing up for players using third-party software. Niantic didn't announce that specific anti-cheat measure, though it did confirm that cheaters could see their games impacted in negative ways. The latest anti-cheat measure comes just a couple days after Niantic announced a large update to the game, including new cooperative raid bosses and a revamped gym system. It seems that Niantic wants to make the game as fair as possible ahead of its new content. Read more...More about Gaming, Pokemon, Pokemon Go, Cheating, and Entertainment

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Trump’s terrible handshakes are given the ‘Mortal Kombat’ treatment they deserve

If you've ever wanted to feel the satisfaction President Trump gets from his assertive handshakes with world leaders, you're now in luck.  American Hand Fighter II, a new 8-bit style mock video game, is a glorious rendering of some of Trump's most aggressive and awkward handshakes. SEE ALSO: Macron finally speaks out about the Trump handshake: "it wasn't innocent" The "player" watches Trump advance through different handshake rounds, most of which he tremendously wins, obviously. Here he is taking on Japan's Shinzo Abe - an awkward encounter back in February. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAw6a5X_7Uo?enablejsapi=1&] The game also features some of Trump's most infamous hand-shaking tendencies as power-ups.  Read more...More about Election 2016, Donald Trump, Video Games, Trump, and Awkward

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Super-dark short film was shot entirely in ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ and is way too real

I'm all for criticizing our world view and cultural trends in 2017, but this guy takes it way too far. If this short film by Matt MacDonald starts off dark, it finishes even darker, proving just how thin the line can be between sane thoughts and insane ones. The cinematic short film was shot entirely in Grand Theft Auto V, but you can't pull this kind of feat off without using a few mods (or a few hundred). This particular film was made using OpenIV software, which has recently been involved in a legal tussle against publishers Take-Two and developers Rockstar.  It's certainly a threat to the creative group of modders — and to films like this — out there, though Rockstar and Take Two stand by a statement they've been sharing around saying that this particular set of modding tools interferes with the integrity of of the GTA Online experience. We'll have to wait and see how the rest of the modding community continues to be affected by these legal proceedings.  Read more...More about Entertainment, Gaming, Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar, and Entertainment

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‘Sea of Thieves’ is the funniest pirates game I have ever played

My first time playing Sea of Thieves, it took me all of one minute to figure out how to equip the mug of grog — i.e. "pirate booze" — in my inventory and drink it. I then spent the next five minutes trying, unsuccessfully, to join my crew aboard our ship. They watched in bewilderment as I drunkenly stumbled off the dock and into the water, repeatedly. SEE ALSO: 'Life is Strange' prequel explores teen relationships, sexuality, and loss The real kicker, though? The ladder was only accessible from the water. When I finally reached the end of the dock without falling in, I still had to dunk myself in order to climb aboard. Oops. Read more...More about Entertainment, Gaming, Rare, Sea Of Thieves, and Entertainment

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Tons of classic Sega games are coming to your phone (for free!)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPnCBe0cLos?enablejsapi=1&] With shredding guitars and '80s pomp, Sega heralds the genesis of Sega Forever, its new initiative to pump out classic Sega games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star, and Altered Beast for free on smartphones. Starting tomorrow, classic Sega games will be popping up on the iOS app store and Google Play for free (with a $1.99 ad-free option), giving tons of time-honored games a new, easily accessible home. They'll all be playable offline with built-in save functions and bluetooth controller support for more serious Sega fans. Sega Forever is launching with fives game, but more games will be added every two weeks, all of them for free. They'll come from a wide range of consoles, including the Sega Genesis, the Sega Dreamcast, and the Sega Master System. Read more...More about Gaming, Sega, Sonic The Hedgehog, Sega Forever, and Entertainment

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LeSportsac is the latest brand to stamp Nintendo characters on everything

LeSportsac is getting into the video games business. The New York-based handbag and luggage company has partnered up with Nintendo for a line of themed bags and accessories that nod at the Super Mario series. This "LeSportsac X Nintendo" collection launches in Japan on July 19, with a wider launch — including the U.S. — this fall. SEE ALSO: How Nintendo thinks of esports The collection includes two centerpiece bags: a Power-Up Burst backpack, which is splashed with images of Fire Flowers, Super Stars, and 1-Up Mushrooms; and the Mario Travel shoulder bag, adorned with stickers and memorabilia from the various locations in the Mushroom Kingdom. Read more...More about Entertainment, Gaming, Nintendo, Lesportsac, and Entertainment

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