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Ghostbusters Mobile AR Game Comes To Life In New Teaser

A new mobile Ghostbusters game titled Ghostbusters World is coming, with the first teaser hitting almost every piece of imagery designed to tickle that Ghostbusters part of your brain.

"Ghostbusters World gameplay will enable players to battle and capture hundreds of ghosts from all dimensions of the franchise, including the films, TV shows, comic books, theme parks, and video games," reads the press release. "The game will also feature new and unique ghosts to the franchise."

It sounds like the game resembles other AR hunting titles, a la Pokemon Go, but with capturing ghosts. Check out the teaser trailer below. 

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Our Take
Who ya gonna call? No one, because you're not using the phone app.

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 12:17 pm

Overwatch League Team Florida Mayhem Honoring Parkland Shooting Victims

It is understandable that the Stoneman Douglas shooting in Parkland, Florida hits close to the Overwatch League team from Florida, so the team is honoring the victims and helping to raise money while participating in the league.

The team tweeted out a message of support yesterday, stating that they will be wearing patches during their games that represent the Stoneman Douglas High School. They also tweeted out links for raising money for victims, such as GoFundMe and a Sun Sentinel aggregate of fundraising links. 

"The Florida Mayhem players will come to the stage this week wearing patches honoring the community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High following last week's horrible event," the statement starts. "Everyone in our organization has been touched by the impact of the act and the strength of those affected, and as proud representatives of Florida we wish to demonstrate our support and promote continued positive outreach by the larger Overwatch population."

The next Florida Mayhem game is Saturday, February 24 against the Philadelphia Fusion.

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 9:51 am

My Little Pony-Inspired Fighting Game Bucks Into Early Access

Back in early 2013, a group of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fans were developing a "non-profit, voluntary" fighting game featuring the equine stars from the cartoon television show. However, Hasbro came knocking with a cease-and-desist letter that put an end to the project. Rather than shelving it entirely, the Mane6 team received a lot of support, which included Friendship is Magic's creator Lauren Faust. She offered her services to develop a new premise and completely original characters in her iconic style.

After a couple years of world building, the addition of new characters, and meticulous fine-tuning, Mane6 reintroduced the world to its original fan game as Them's Fightin' Herds, which went on to garner over half a million dollars from 10,513 backers during its 2015 Indiegogo campaign. It has since been in a private backer's beta, but was publicly put into early access on Steam as of February 22.

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Them's Fightin' Herds boasts a pixelated multiplayer lobby with customizable avatars, including costumes from other fighting series like Blazblue and Guilty Gear if you own specific titles from the franchises in your Steam library.  A story mode is currently in development that will have episodes focusing on individual ungulates. The Early Access version of the game provides access to "local and online multiplayer PvP modes, a cooperative PvE mode, as well as a single-player arcade mode and Target challenge mode." The single-player episodes will be added later on for free for those who purchase the game at its permanent price tag of $14.99.

[Source: Mane6 on Twitter via Polygon]

 

Our Take
I don't mind admitting that I used to be a big fan of Friendship is Magic a few years ago. I've fallen off the brony bandwagon, but I still admire the television show for its great writing, humor, and animation. That being said, I remember being so disappointed about Mane6's fan game being shut down. It's encouraging to see that the team never gave up on bringing their vision to life with Them's Fightin' Herds, which looks promising on its own merit with a robust lore, dynamic score, and meticulous animation.

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 9:14 am

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy Coming To Switch

The first three Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm games are coming to the Switch, Bandai Namco has confirmed today through a reveal in Japanese weekly manga magazine Shonen Jump.

The trilogy, developed by CyberConnect 2, was originally released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 last generation. They were then released again on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with graphics and resolution improvements as a Legacy collection that included the trilogy and the fourth game, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. The Switch bundle only includes the first three games, as the fourth game would have to be downported from current generation systems rather than up-ported from last generation systems.

The trilogy is only announced for Japan so far, but considering how well the series sells in America, a western release is likely. Developers CyberConnect 2 had previously been working on the Final Fantasy VII remake, but was removed when Square-Enix brought the project internally.

[Source: Shonen Jump via Gematsu]

 

Our Take
I enjoy the cinematic takes on the Naruto games and just recently picked up the fourth game for myself. The boss fights are definitely worth seeing, so I am curious how many people want to take the game portably.

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 8:13 am

Pokémon Go Legendary Raid Bosses Return To Determine What Will Hatch From Eggs

Niantic has been steadily cycling through legendary raid bosses for Pokémon Go trainers to battle and catch, and usually once they're gone, they're gone. However, for one week, current legendary raid boss Rayquaza will be joined by the whale Pokémon Kyogre and ground Pokémon Groudon. The three are battling it out (kind of) to determine the immediate future of Pokémon Go's eggs.

Technically, Rayquaza is the featured raid boss until March 16. However, Kyogre (January's raid boss) and Groudon (December's raid boss) are returning to compete with Rayquaza. In addition to giving players another chance to catch these Pokémon if they missed their opportunity in recent months, the results of the raids will determine which Pokémon will hatch from eggs in the week after.

If trainers complete more Rayquaza raids than Groudon and Kyogre combined before March 5, dragon, flying, and psychic Pokémon will be more common to hatch from eggs from March 5 to March 16. However, if trainers take down more Kyogres and Groudons combined during this window, water, electric, and bug Pokémon will be easier to hatch until March 16. Either way, trainers should have a chance to hatch some rare Pokémon like Lotad (water) or Bagon (dragon).

This brief event starts today and lasts until March 5. For more on Pokémon Go's raid battles and egg hatching, check out our extensive guide.

[Source: Pokémon Go]

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 7:52 am

Play As A Giant, Clumsy Robot In Jettomero On PS4

Jettomero: Hero of the Universe is a self-proclaimed "meditative narrative toy" according to creator Gabriel Koenig. You play as a massive robot who needs to venture across the universe to not only find fuel and new parts for his body, but also to help out the denizens of the various planets you visit. The problem is that the titular bucket of bolts is a wobbly mess (much like BUD from Grow Home), meaning that he unintentionally causes loads of destruction despite his best intentions. Can you do more good than harm in your space-faring travels? That's what this atmospheric game poses with its popping comic-book art style, and you can play it on PlayStation 4 next week on February 27. It comes with a photo mode and filters to capture and tweak the game's vibrant set pieces as well.

Jettomero was originally a Kickstarter project that surpassed its modest goal last year on September 1 with 322 backers, which was released a couple weeks later on PC and Xbox One. While an official price for the PlayStation 4 has not been confirmed, it will likely sell for $12.99, as it did on other platforms.

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For more on Jettomero, including a video of Andrew Reiner and Kyle Hilliard playing the game in What The Heck Is This? Head here.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
You have a fair amount of games that allow players to relish in the destruction of being a kaiju-like character, but this is one of the rare few titles I've seen where you're encouraged to align how you play with the robot's desire to be a gentle giant. It's a neat reversal of the stereotype that challenges players to not abuse their power even when they have every excuse to do so. Koenig wrote in one of his Kickstarter updates, "Being alone in the universe, looking for purpose in life, a fear of hurting the people you love; these are all inherently human feelings. Jettomero may be a giant robot but thinks the same as any one of us." He's put more thought into this game than one would imagine. Also, the game seems to have a killer, down-tempo soundtrack (created by Koenig as well!) and an art style I'm in love with. I think I'm going to have to check this out next week.

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 7:49 am

Saturday Will Be Your Best Chance To Get A Dragonite In Pokémon Go

When Pokémon Go launched in 2016, no creature was more elusive and coveted than Dragonite, the ultimate evolved form of Dratini. While many hardcore players have the powerful dragon Pokémon, casual PoGoers likely haven't found or hatched enough Dratinis to evolve into the third phase. That could very well change this weekend, as Pokémon Go celebrates its second monthly Community Day by unleashing the dragon.

During the three-hour window, Dratini will spawn much more frequently throughout the world. In addition, if you evolve a Dratini up to Dragonite during the Community Day event, that Dragonite will know an exclusive move called Draco Meteor. Finally, lures will last three hours, and catching Pokémon will yield three times the stardust. There's no word on if Niantic will use this opportunity to introduce shiny variations of Dratini, Dragonair, and Dragonite, but it isn't outside the realm of possibility and could potentially be the "big get" of the mini-event.

Niantic's first Pokémon Go Community Day took place on January 20 and featured Pikachu. Every Pikachu caught during the given window had the exclusive ability to use the move Surf.

The Dratini-focused Pokémon Go Community Day takes place on Saturday, February 24 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Central time.

[Source: Pokémon Go]

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 7:24 am

2018 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2018, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

New additions or changes to the list are in bold.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.

January
The Escapists 2 (Switch) - January 11
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition (PS4, PC) – January 16
Forged Battalion (PC) – January 16
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory (PS4, Vita) – January 19
Kirby Battle (3DS) – January 19
Lost Sphear (Switch, PS4, PC) – January 23
The Inpatient (PSVR) – January 23
Iconoclasts (PS4, Vita, PC) – January 23
My Time at Portia (PC) – January 23
Celeste (Switch, PS4, PC) – January 25
Dust and Salt (PC) – January 25
Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – January 26
Monster Hunter: World (PS4, Xbox One) – January 26
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4) – January 30

February
Batallion 1944 (PC Early Access) – February 1
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PC) – February 1
Night In The Woods (Switch) –  February 1
Steamworld Dig (Switch) – February 1
UFC 3 (PS4, Xbox One) - February 2
Shadow of the Colossus (PS4) – February 6
Little Triangle (Xbox One) - February 7
Samsara (Xbox One) - February 7
ACA NeoGeo Blazing Star (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) - February 8
Bleed 2 (Xbox One) - February 8
Starpoint Gemini Warlords (Xbox One) - February 8
Civilization VI: Rise and Fall (PC) – February 8
Dragon Quest Builders (Switch) - February 9
Overdriven Reloaded: Special Edition (Xbox One) - February 9
The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia (PS4) – February 9
Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] (PS4, PS3, Vita) – February 9
Monster Energy Supercross: Special Edition (Xbox One - February 12
Dynasty Warriors 9 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 13
The Fall 2: Unbound (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 13
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – February 13
Owlboy (Switch, PS4, Xbox One) – February 13
Crossing Souls (PS4, PC) –  February 13
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology (3DS) – February 13
Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – February 13
The Longest Five Minutes (Switch, Vita, PC) – February 13
Secret of Mana (PC, PS4, Vita) - February 15
Bayonetta 1 + 2 Collection (Switch) - February 16
Fe (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) - February 16
Long Gone Days (PC) - February 18
The Station (Xbox One) – February 19
Metal Gear Survive (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - February 20
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (PC) - February 20
Xenon Valkyrie+ (Xbox One) – February 20
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus (Switch) – February 22
Stellaris: Apocalypse (PC) – February 22
Past Cure (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 23
Yume Nikki: Dream Diary (PC) – February 23
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 23
Gravel (Xbox One) – February 26
De Blob 2 (PS4, Xbox One) - February 27
Immortal Redneck (Xbox One) – February 27
Payday 2 (Switch) - February 27
Riftstar Raiders (Xbox One) – February 27
Darkest Dungeon (Xbox One) 
– February 28

March
Bravo Team (PSVR) – March 6
Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 6
Frantics (PS4) – March 6
Scribblenauts Showdown (Switch, PS4, Xbox One) –  March 6
Fear Effect Sedna (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 6
Devil May Cry HD Collection (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 13
Golem (PSVR) – March 13
Kirby Star Allies (Switch) – March 16
Assassin's Creed Rogue: Remastered (PS4, Xbox One) – March 20
Attack on Titan 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch) - March 20
Sea of Thieves (Xbox One, PC) – March 20
Titan Quest (PS4, Xbox One) – March 20
A Way Out (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 23
Detective Pikachu (3DS) –  March 23
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (PS4, PC) – March 23
Pure Farming 2018 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 23
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (PS4, Switch, PC) – March 27
Far Cry 5 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - March 27
MLB The Show 18 (PS4) – March 27
Agony (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 30

April
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PC) – April 3
Extinction (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - April 10
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS4) – April 17
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia – April 19
Metal Max Xeno (PS4, Vita) – April 19
God of War (PS4) – April 20
Nintendo Labo Variety Kit (Switch) – April 20
Nintendo Labo Robot Kit (Switch) – April 20
Adventure Time: Pirtes of the Enchiridion (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) - April 24

May
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch) - May 4
Conan Exiles (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - May 8
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux (3DS) – May 15
Dark Souls Remastered (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – May 25

June
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (Switch, PS4, PC) – June 5
Onrush (PS4, Xbox One) – June 5
Vampyr (PS4, Xbox One, PC) 
– June 5


October 
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – October 26

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 7:20 am

Zenyatta Can Walk, Just Not Gracefully

We've already seen Overwatch re-imagined as a fighting game and the characters re-skinned as dogs. Whatever alternate timeline we're in now with a walking Zenyatta is clearly the darkest.

After Blizzard spotted a "Let Zen Walk" sign during an Overwatch League match, they responded in a comical, if not slightly unsettling way.

K. @overwatchleague pic.twitter.com/rVHb6gkFmF

— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) February 23, 2018

We're just glad he wasn't wearing that Cthulhu skin while skipping around like Michigan J. Frog. That's pure nightmare fuel.

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 6:58 am

Nintendo Cleans House At 21st Annual D.I.C.E. Awards

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has already had an impressive run of awards, including being named Game Informer's 2017 Game of the Year. Nintendo's latest success story added more accolades at the 21st annual D.I.C.E. Awards, taking home four more trophies. The upstarts at Studio MDHR also had a night to remember, racking up three awards for its impressive action platformer Cuphead. Horizon Zero Dawn, Lone Echo/Echo Arena, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Snipperclips each took home two awards apiece as well. Rounding out the awards ceremony, Nintendo's Genyo Takeda received a lifetime achievement award for his work creating Punch-Out!! and designing the Nintendo 64, GameCube, and Wii hardware. At the end of the night, Nintendo took home a whopping 12 awards, nearly 50 percent of the total tally.

Here is the full list of winners:

Outstanding Achievement in Animation: Cuphead
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction: Cuphead
Outstanding Achievement in Character: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition: Cuphead
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Super Mario Odyssey
Outstanding Achievement in Story: Horizon Zero Dawn
Outstanding Technical Achievement: Horizon Zero Dawn
Action Game of the Year: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
Adventure Game of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Family Game of the Year: Snipperclips
Fighting Game of the Year: Injustice 2
Racing Game of the Year: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Role-Playing Game of the Year: Nier: Automata
Sports Game of the Year: FIFA 18
Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Immersive Reality Technical Achievement: Lone Echo/Echo Arena
Immersive Reality Game of the Year: Lone Echo/Echo Arena
D.I.C.E. Sprite Award: Snipperclips
Handheld Game of the Year: Metroid Samus Returns
Mobile Game of the Year: Fire Emblem Heroes
Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
Outstanding Achievement in Game Design: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Game of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 6:30 pm

Star Control Developers File Counterclaim Against Stardock In Continuing Legal Battle

In a messy legal situation that has been continuing since at least December, Star Control's original developers, Paul Reiche and Fred Ford, are filing a counterclaim against Brad Wardell and the company Stardock over the question of who owns Star Control.

We talked about the story in December, but the short version is that Reiche and Ford believe that the rights to Star Control belong to them and have been working on a new game under the company name Dogar and Kozan, while Stardock believes it belongs to them and have reportedly been trying to stop the development of the pair's sequel to the game.

From our original story in December: "In order to understand Dogar and Kazon's claims, we need a bit of history. Toys for Bob (which Dogar and Kazon founders Fred Ford and Paul Reiche also founded) developed the original two Star Control games, which the now-defunct company Accolade published. After Accolade published a couple of sequels not developed by Toys For Bob, the franchise went into deep sleep, and its rights were later picked up by Atari. In 2013, Stardock bought the rights to series from Atari when the company liquidated its assets as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy (Stardock is currently listed as the publisher of the series on Steam). Stardock is creating its own entry in the Star Control series, Star Control: Origins."

Today, the pair announced via their website that they are filing a countersuit against Stardock.

"Stardock filed a complaint in Federal court against us, personally, alleging among other things that we are not actually the creators of Star Control," the post reads. "This is news to us! Are we clones of the original Fred and Paul, just now learning of our squelchy vat birth?  Unfortunately, Stardock’s complaint is not a prank – so, today we took action and filed a response in Federal court answering Stardock's false claims. Of course, we've also filed counterclaims against Stardock, as the original Fred and Paul would have wanted."

It is impossible to say outside of a courtroom how this will turn out, but it looks like both sides are digging the trenches for a protracted battle.

 

Our Take
While I legally have no idea who is in the right here, the biggest takeaway from this is that IP and copyright law is messy. I can't wait to see this untangled and see who has the correct claim, though my guess is that it's not that simple.

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 4:06 pm

New Overwatch Lore Might Hint At New Hero

At the beginning of the year, Blizzard announced they were hard at work on a new hero for Overwatch. A picture of a small bit of backstory might be hinting at who that hero could be.

In the tweet from the Overwatch account, the caption reads "[DECLASSIFIED] After-Action Report: Operation 'WHITE DOME'."

The actual text says:

Strike team under the command of myself, CAPTAIN ANA AMARI, was deployed to the outskirts of Istanbul, Turkey to deal with a remaining pocket of omnic resistance. Personnel included Lieutenant Reinhardt Wilhelm, Chief Engineer Torbjörn Lindholm, and Private First Class Emre Sarioglu. After routine insertion, the team was ambushed, taking heavy fire from the entrenched combatants without casualties, the battle resulted in serious injuries to Lindholm and lesser injury to Lt. Wilhelm. Had it not been for Lt. Wilhelm's timely intervention, it is likely that Lindholm would have been killed. Due to conspicuous bravery on the part of Lt. Wilhelm, I am suggesting a commendation for his actions.

The new name, Private First Class Emre Sarioglu, appears to have been a part of Ana, Reinhardt, and Torbjörn's squad in the old days. Other heroes have been introduced similar ways, being names in files or in-game lore dropped over time and eventually fleshed out. It is definitely curious how Sarioglu is only mentioned once in the file and then never again.

What do you think? Is this a new hero or a just a name in a file?

 

Our Take
Blizzard learned a lot of lessons from the way the Sombra ARG backfired, so hopefully they put those lessons to work here and don't tease the new character for too long.

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 3:05 pm

Dragon Ball FighterZ Preparing Two Patches To Fix Online Issues

Bandai Namco have announced two patches to hopefully iron out issues the game has been having with online matches. 

The two major issues, an inability to match with other players in Ring Match and getting disconnected from the lobby, will be the focus for a patch at the end of February. Bandai Namco producer Tomoko Hiroki says, however, that one patch is unlikely to solve all the problems, so they are preparing another patch for March, as well. 

"Rest assured," states Hiroki, "that we will not stop until the fix has been completed."

You can see Hiroki's video talking about the patches below. She has, in the last few weeks, also signed up for the EVO Championships to play Dragon Ball FighterZ competitively.

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Our Take
To some extent, I kind of want them to take the entire online mode back to the workbench and rethink it from a fundamental level. I guess this is a good start, though.

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 2:33 pm

Final Fantasy XV Content Roadmap Extends To 2019

According to an interview from Dengeki Online, Final Fantasy XV's roadmap of DLC episodes will continue until at least 2019.

In the interview, director Hajime Tabata and game designer Takefumi Terada discuss the current three-episode plan for the remainder of 2018, starting with the announced Episode Ardyn. While working on that, Tabata realized they wanted to do more content for the game, and added a fourth episode to the docket.

That means that all four episodes spread out will go through 2018 and into 2019. As for future content beyond that, it's undecided.

Final Fantasy XV's previous DLC episodes – Episode Gladiolus, Episode Prompto, and Episode Ignis – have been released as part of the game's season pass, while the next four episodes should be part of the second season pass, though they have yet to be extensively detailed.

Final Fantasy XV is re-releasing as Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition, containing the first game's DLC and multiplayer expansion, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and for the first time on PC on March 6. Square-Enix revealed today that Steam pre-orders and early purchases for the game will receive a Gordon Freeman skin for Noctis. There will also be a free PC demo on February 26.

[Source: Dengeki Online]

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 1:01 pm

How Two Artists Illegally Scanned An Egyptian Artifact With Kinect

The Xbox 360 version of the Kinect was not exceptional at performing its base functions. However, artists Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles defied the odds in October 2015 by steathily using the device to capture a near-perfect 3D replica of Nefertiti, and they have been curiously public about their actions since.

Eurogamer's video editor Chris Bratt got in touch with the architects of this bizarre art heist to see how they pulled it off. The artists mentioned how they prepared a complicated "mobile setup" with lots of prep work. They observed the security guards' patterns in Berlin's Neues Museum on Sundays: the busiest day for visitors. They even took calculated breaks to avoid suspicion. Check out the video below for more details.

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A controversy arose over the probability of using Kinect to create the high-resolution scans of the Egyptian Queen's bust, and some believe that the artists might have stolen the museum's own scans instead of creating their own. Nelles offereed a comment on this version of events in his interview with Eurogamer:

"Officially we claim to have scanned the bust at the museum at this point. But frankly speaking, I can tell you that this was part of the process to acquire the data. We have combined technologies. We have not only done the scan with the Kinect, but you can use the data of the Kinect for certain parts of the measurements and then you combine other data that you acquire through other methods. This leads to this kind of high resolution, high poly dataset."

Either way, the duo want to add to the a discussion about the possession of art and who has the right to house historical artifacts taken from other countries. The artist could face some significant legal repercutions for their scans, but the museum hasn't pursued action yet.

[Source: Eurogamer]

 

Our Take
However the age-old controversy about art ownership plays out, the artists' use of the Kinect is one of the most interesting points of this tale. While the story loses a bit of its magic with "combined technologies," the fact that Microsoft's peripheral played a role is undoubtedly impressive.

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 1:00 pm

Roverwatch: Check Out The Overwatch Cast Redrawn As Dogs

We already know that Overwatch would make a great fighting game, but who knew that a crossover between Overwatch and Nintendogs could be so adorable? Artist Lily Nishita celebrated Overwatch's Year of the Dog by turning each character into a canine counterpart. She even made Hanzo seem like a good boy, although he's probably going to rummage through the garbage as soon as you leave the room.

You can see more Overwatch pooches over on the game's Facebook page and check out Nishita's other video game art on her website. If this scratched an itch for you and you need more Overwatch dogs in your life, check out the Overwatch puppy rumble.

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 12:45 pm

Director Joss Whedon Steps Away From Batgirl Movie

As previously reported by Variety earlier last year, Batgirl was set to receive a standalone movie connected to the cinematic DC universe, and it would be helmed by Avengers and Buffy The Vampire Slayer director Joss Whedon. The film was to be based on Barbara Gordon's initial comic debut from 1967, where she donned the cowl to save the dynamic duo from Killer Moth, but in a reveal story by The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon announced that he is removing himself from the project.

"Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn't have a story." Whedon told the Hollywood Reporter. The publication goes on to write that "industry sources" said that the director may have struggled with the weight of writing a story about a prominent female superhero in light of the public controversy surrounding his portrayal of Black Widow in Avenger: Age of Ultron.

Whedon stepped in during the final production stages of Justice League in order for director Zack Synder to spend time with his family after his daughter's death. With this in mind, it seems as though DC and Warner Bros. already have a good relationship with Whedon, but it's anyone's guess where he might go next.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter via Polygon]

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 12:15 pm

Rhode Island Representative Plans Tax Bill On Violent Video Games

Robert Nardolillo is a Republican member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Recently, the politician announced that he will be introducing legislation that would add a ten-percent tax to all M-rated video games sold in Rhode Island. Proceeds for this proposed bill would reportedly go to fund mental health initiatives and counseling for students.

"There is evidence that children exposed to violent video games at a young age tend to act more aggressively than those who are not," Nardolillo said in a press release. "This bill would give schools the additional resources needed to help students deal with that aggression in a positive way."

This kind of bill would likely affect sales of M-rated games in Rhode Island, but we’ll have to wait and see how close a bill like this actually gets towards becoming law.

[Source: PCGamer]

 

Our Take
This statement comes hot on the heels of President Trump's statement about violence and video games, which makes us feel like video games are being used as a scapegoat for some of the recent violent attacks in our country. As we mentioned in that story, according to a consumer research study, the ESRB has a stronger self-regulatory code than either movies or music, so curbing the sale of violent video games might not be the easy fix that some would like.

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 11:40 am

Trump Drudges Up The Violent Video Game Debate Again

During a White House listening session, President Trump talked about the violence in video games and films, alluding to the idea that video game violence is at least partly responsible for modern youth violence.

The President also implied he's keen to do something to regulate the kinds of games and films that kids see:

"We have to look at the internet, because a lot of bad things are happening to young kids and young minds and their minds are being formed, and we have to do something about maybe what they’re seeing and how they’re seeing it. And also video games; I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping people’s thoughts."

We’ll have to wait and see if this translates into legislative action, but it's worth noting that this isn't the first time a U.S. politician has threatened to censor video games.

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[Source: CNN]

 

Our Take
The ESRB was actually formed to help prevent the need for government intervention. In fact, according to a consumer research study, the ESRB has a stronger self-regulatory code than either movies or music. We hope video game publishers and parents continue to use this valuable information source to keep age-inappropriate games out of the hands of minors.

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 10:30 am

Photo Reveals Emily O'Brien And Troy Baker Join Cast Of Death Stranding

An Instagram photo posted by an actress reveals she and another well-known voice actor have joined Death Stranding's cast.

Emily O'Brien, who is in PlayStation 4's upcoming zombie title Days Gone and plays Gamora in TellTale's Guardians of the Galaxy, posted a photo on her Instagram account showing her between Norman Reedus and Troy Baker. "Honored to be working alongside these two fine lads on Hideo Kojima's new project Death Stranding," the now-deleted post said. "I'm a lucky gal ;)."

Baker has starred in numerous high-profile games, including Revolver Ocelot in the last game Kojima made, Metal Gear Solid V. Baker's other prominent roles including Joel in The Last of Us, Sam Drake in Uncharted 4, and The Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins. Reedus, the first actor revealed to be in Death Stranding, is best known for playing Daryl in The Walking Dead TV show and Murphy MacManus in Boondock Saints.

The latest trailer for Death Stranding is eight minutes and debuted at The Game Awards 2017. The trailer before that revealed actor Mad Mikkelsen and film director Guillermo Del Toro have roles in the title. Did we mention the game also has some pretty cool fog?

There is no confirmed release date for Death Stranding.

[Source: GameSpot]

 

Our Take
We're not surprised that Baker is in the game because he's had myriad roles in the last few years, including Metal Gear Solid V, the last game Kojima made. Still, it's exciting to see actors like him and O'Brien expand the cast of this increasingly cryptic but alluring title.

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 9:45 am

Report: Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Coming November 2019

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie is on track to hit the end of next year, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie, which is specifically scheduled for November 15, 2019, is reported to be a mix of live-action and CGI. Rumors have long swirled around the production, suggesting it will be about Sonic in the real world alongside humans, which echoes the game series itself since 1999's Sonic Adventure.

Hollywood Reporter mentions that studio Paramount has tapped Jeff Fowler as director, who is making his directorial debut with the film.

There are no other details at this time, but Sega has reportedly been interested in a movie version of their blue hedgehog for a long time, and it seems that the company's dream is finally coming to fruition.

[Source: Hollywood Reporter]

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 9:38 am

Raise A Dragon And Manage A Café In Harvest Moon Creator's New Game

Publisher Aksys Games has announced a new title from the creator of Harvest Moon, Yasuhiro Wada. The game is called Little Dragons Café.

The story follows a twin brother and sister who run a café. One day, their mother falls into a deep sleep, and the only way to wake her up is to raise a dragon. While managing three other employees, players have to learn to run the business and breed their scaled companion. As the story progresses, players can expand their café by learning new recipes, exploring the terrain for ingredients, growing and catching food, and helping their neighbors.

Akibo Shieh, founder and CEO of Aksys Games and a good friend of Wada's, says the game has been in development for two years, though the two have talked about teaming up for a new title for five years.

Little Dragons Café is slated for a late summer 2018 release on PlayStation 4 and Switch.

 

Our Take
Harvest Moon elements with dragon-raising mechanics, and it's on Switch? What is there not to love about the concept?

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 7:25 am

The Third Season Of Fortnite Is Now Live

After servers went down to prepare for the V.3.0.0 update earlier this morning, Fortnite is now up and running its third season. Season three brings some big changes to Epic's build-a-battle playground, including support for 60 frames-per-second on consoles, a powerful Hand Cannon, updates to building mechanics, new cosmetic items, and a new Battle Pass.

For the full scoop on what season three is bringing to Fortnite, check out their patch notes. Here are the important highlights:

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Fornite continues to see steady growth while PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds recently had its player base drop for the first time. Either way, season three of Fortnite seems to be further refining the battle royale genre.

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 7:20 am

ReBoot TV Show Revival Trailer Doesn’t Feel Like The Original

The reboot of the ‘90s animated CG television series looks like half Power Rangers half unwatchable teen angst.

The original ReBoot wasn’t perfect, but for a lot of kids growing up in the ‘90s, the first fully-CG animated show seemed like a glimpse into the future.

Next month, Netflix will debut ReBoot: The Guardian Code, a mix of live action and CG that might leave some fans scratching their heads. In the show, four teenagers are recruited by a computer system named V.E.R.A to become guardians and protect the world from cyber attacks. The debut trailer is a little cringeworthy, but we’ll leave final judgement up to you.

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Posted on 23 February 2018 | 6:45 am

Net Neutrality To Be Repealed On April 23

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has published its order repealing Net Neutrality, and in doing so revealed the date of its official end – April 23.

Net Neutrality regulations keep Internet Service Providers (ISP) from possibly introducing different pay tiers, throttling service, and introducing other anti-consumer practices.

States are currently suing the FCC on the issue, and a legislative fight is on the horizon to prevent the repeal, so April 23 isn't as definitive as it sounds – but the wheels are certainly in motion.

For more on the topic, check out this great overview and how the situation affects gaming.

[Source: U.S. Government Federal Register] 

 

Our Take 
With anti-Net Neutrality Republicans controlling both houses of Congress and the White House, it's going to take a massive effort – including work by the states themselves – to keep this from happening.

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 6:11 am