Wednesday, June 28, 2017

News:: You can smell Dead or Alive Xtreme with Sense VR

To a lot of Western audiences, Japan seems plain weird. Anime can be super off putting, sexuality seems more prevalent and the general consensus is that Japanese people are just plain crazy. While that isn't true, something like Sense VR doesn't help diminish that misconception.

According to Famitsu (translated by Siliconera), Dead or Alive Xtreme Sense is a VR adaptation of the volleyball spin-off that will allow players to get splashed by and smell the leading ladies of the game. Everything about that description makes me feel like I just wrote a synopsis of a bizarre porno.

I'm guessing this works similar to those "4D" attractions you can visit at Disney World in that there will be some pre-selected scent that sprays out during certain scenes. Hopefully it isn't just sun tan lotion and sweat, because that would be plain unpleasant.

If you live in Japan, you'll be able to partake in this "attraction" at the new VR Sense amusement center. I can't find an exact location, but it should be available sometime this summer. God only knows how long the lines will be.

Dead or Alive Xtreme Sense Will Let Players Smell Girls And Get Splashed In “Sense VR” [Siliconera]

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News:: Here are a few places you can pre-order the SNES mini

Nintendo has done it again. They announced a piece of hardware that broke the internet -- a follow-up for the NES Mini -- the SNES Mini.

But this time a lot of prospective buyers are a little more fanatical about the whole affair thanks to the reveal that Star Fox 2, a game that's never been released in an official capacity, will be loaded on it. That, and the lineup in general is far more fierce than its NES predecessor -- we're talking multiple "all time greats" here.

So where can you pre-order it? Nowhere at the moment, but a few placeholders are up and ready for your F5 key. Best Buy usually sells out of Nintendo hardware quickly, Amazon doesn't typically list anything Nintendo until day zero, and Walmart is low key one of the easiest places to pre-order. We'll add more as additional listings pop up.

Good luck!

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News:: Revamped Twitch app streams live from your phone

As useful as the Twitch mobile app can be, it still falls short of what you're used to on the desktop, especially if you're a broadcaster. Would you believe that you have to switch apps just to stream live? Thankfully, it's shrinking that gap today. It's starting to roll out a Twitch app overhaul that adds some of the features you take for granted while refining the interface. For creators, the biggest deal is simply direct mobile streaming -- you can livestream to your channel without any go-between software. While phone-based broadcasting was certainly possible before, this could easily lead to more IRL streams from your favorite streamers.

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News:: 10 characters who need to be in Dragon Ball FighterZ

I've been constantly thinking about Dragon Ball FighterZ ever since its E3 reveal. Arc System Works has found the perfect property to show off their engine, and I'm hoping it's going to be a great experience for Dragon Ball and fighting game fans alike. 

But what about the roster? The Dragon Ball Z games have become infamous for their bloated character rosters, but in that same breath, are also beloved for including obscure choices like Devilman and Android #8. I'm sure the FighterZ roster is going to be much tighter, but I still have a few characters who I think need to be included. 

To make this a little tougher (and more entertaining to write), I stuck to Dragon Ball Z as I'm not sure the other series will be included. I also stayed away from "obvious" choices like Piccolo and Krillin because it would've been too easy (and I would've just written Yamcha ten times).

Here are the ten characters who need to be in Dragon Ball FighterZ.

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News:: An extra 10% off PSN credits for the PlayStation Mid-Year Sale

The PlayStation Mid-Year sale was announced this week. You can get up to 50% off dozens of games on the PSN Store for regular users or up to 75% off for PS Plus members. These discounts are decent on all fronts (especially for Vita titles) but on top of all the savings, there's a way to take an additional 10% off PSN store credits with a coupon/voucher code.

PSN Credit Deals

Use Code: 10OFFPS4

While the coupon doesn't work directly on the PSN Store, it does allow you to pick up three different denomination of PSN credits at a cheaper price at digital retailer GMG. There you'll find instant email delivery PSN Credits 10% off after a voucher code marking down a $50 card to $45, etc.

Turning around and using the credit in the PlayStation Midyear sale will net you the best possible deals. The PSN voucher/coupon code will end on July 2 at 10am Pacific time. The aforementioned PlayStaSale Mid-Year sale runs through July 11 at 8am Pacific.

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News:: GymHuntr lets you pinpoint Pokemon Go raids without fear of being banned

For about a year now modders have been furiously writing scripts and programs that augment themselves to Pokemon Go and add features the developers haven't implemented or have taken out -- like actual creature tracking and the like.

Niantic has banned the use of those apps periodically (sometimes claiming that they slow down their infrastructure and cause crashes), including ones that are full-blown cheat programs that spoof their location so they can access Pokemon or Gyms that they aren't physically located at. But if you're so inclined, GymHuntr has been updated to showcase raid locations without any risk to your account.

You just head to the website, put your location in, and you're good to go. A Google Maps-esque aerial view will show you local gyms and raids, as well as the timer on each so you know if you have enough time to grab lunch before taking down a boss. In my experience it's fairly accurate, so give it a try.

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News:: Review: Baby Driver

Edgar Wright is a director with a specific vision, and it's led him to make some of the funniest, most genre-bending films in the past decade. It's also led him to leave Ant-Man. How do you bounce back from someone not letting you express your directorial vision on a film? Make a movie that is all directorial vision. One that bends genre boundaries and does something lesser directors shouldn't even attempt.

Much like he did with Hot FuzzShaun of the Dead and The World's End, Wright has taken a genre film and turned it on its head by shoving it in another genre. Baby Driver, is at its heart a car chase film, but it's also a musical.

Yeah, you read that right. 

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News:: Apply now for Engadget’s $500,000 immersive art program

We're just two days away from the official deadline to apply for Engadget's unreal arts program for unreal times. But what is time, really?

In the spirit of breaking with convention, we've extended the deadline to apply for Engadget's Alternate Realities grant program an entire week. If you're an artist working with emerging technologies like AR, VR or AI, you have until July 7th to apply for one of five grants of up to $100,000 a piece. If you hadn't heard, we're funding immersive art projects (no, they don't have to be AR or VR specifically) that focus on the theme of Alternate Realities. Those projects will debut at the Engadget Experience, a one-day event exploring the future of creativity at the historic United Artists Theatre in downtown LA on November 16th, 2017.

For more information you can check out our event page or apply here.

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News:: The best SNES games EVER vs. the SNES mini library

Destructoid's staff voted on the best Super Nintendo games ever a few weeks back in anticipation of the now-confirmed miniature SNES Classic. Things got a little heated. 

Niero: "Dude, you voted for 31 games."
Holmes: "I was drunk on power."

We assumed 30 games would be bundled with the system, but at an $80 price point the 20 games is reasonable if they were the best SNES games games ever. All peculiar and rare games were considered, and 106 games were nominated. Let's see how our staff's list of must-have games compares to the resold internet roms that Nintendo will be packing in. Oh, and we're going to do this on a single page, because we're not assholes.

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News:: My Nintendo gets some Pikmin themed rewards to get ready for the new game

Ah My Nintendo.

The service I like to keep people abreast of even if everyone hates it. Well, some people like it which is why so many folks like to check up on these articles -- but maybe that's just because inquiring minds are hoping that there will be something worthwhile? This check-in isn't going to be your salvation.

My Nintendo just added some Pikmin related rewards, including access to the Pikmin short films, wallpaper, a 3DS theme (described as "adorable"), and select discounts or free map packs for Pikmin 3 (with precious and slow-going gold coins).

When will Nintendo kick this program into gear and get Switch rewards into the mix? Stay tuned.

Rewards [My Nintendo]

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News:: Anime and 8-bit inspired The Count Lucanor is coming to Switch

I think this is starting to become a trend. A lot of really cool looking indie games kind of come and go, but as soon as they're announced for the Switch, everyone turns their gaze.

That happened for me this week when it comes to The Count Lucanor, an 8-bit inspired game with an incredible art style. "The Legend of Zelda, Yume Nikki, Silent Hill, and Dark Souls" are cited as influences, but for me the character designs (in the cutscenes especially) remind me of the anime Utena.

It's currently on Steam and the reception seems to be overwhelmingly positive, so I hope the port is up to snuff. In the meantime you can check out an older trailer below for the PC edition.

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News:: Splatoon 2 is getting a new ranked mode centered around teams

Glixel had a chance to sit down with the development team for Splatoon 2 and clear up a few eSports related topics.

For one, the game will be getting a brand new competitive mode called "League Battle," which focuses on groups of two or four. Over a two hour period you'll be battling it out with other teams for points, and at the end a giant leaderboard will be posted. It's kind of like the Trials of Osiris mode in Destiny.

According to the team Salmon Run (the new co-op horde mode) is "intentionally" difficult, to appease folks who want to have more of a local experience this time around that expands beyond the campaign. There will be an online rendition of Salmon Run though, you just need to get level 4 online before you unlock it.

The interview has a few other interesting tidbits like how the developers worked around a voice chat requirement with signals and pings (like many popular MOBAs) and the fact that Salmon Run is built around not having voice chat.

After months of talk of Splatoon 2 but very little in the way of specifics, I'm ready to just dive into it headfirst.

'Splatoon 2' Makers on Esports and Why the New Salmon Run Co-Op Mode is so Hard [Glixel]

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News:: Redesigned PS4 media hub showcases the best streaming videos

Sony is streamlining the way it presents TV and video on the PlayStation 4, making it easier to discover films and shows from across apps, all in one convenient location.

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News:: Review: Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court

There is a poison coursing through the veins of Darkest Dungeon’s latest expansion. A malignant and cruel thing, a toxin that burns red hot and never lets up. But, if there is one theme that runs throughout the entire Crimson Court expansion, it’s that pleasure may be found through suffering.

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News:: Zelda: Breath of the Wild designer thought Tingle was 'unsettling,' yet adorable

Mari Shirakawa, NPC and field-event designer for Zelda: Breath of the Wild, shared her terrifying thoughts on Tingle, and I think we can all relate.

As part of the launch festivities for the upcoming Breath of the Wild DLC Nintendo is doing a series of articles for the add-on costumes, and Shirakawa was chosen for Tingle. She gets right down to it, stating, "I remember how shocked I was—shocked right down to my bones!—when I first saw Tingle. I thought 'he's such an unsettling character...but...he's also so adorable...' When I started thinking about it, I realized that sometimes hate can slowly turn into love. If you didn’t care about someone at all, you wouldn’t feel 'love' or 'hate' for him…"

I didn't expect to get a poignant life lesson out of what could have been a throwaway hype article, but there you go. She even follows this up with another impassioned plea to "Tingle Haters" -- "Tingle's not your typical Nintendo character, and if we wanted to create a game with him as the main character, then we were going to make him do and say things typical Nintendo characters would never do! That's the goal we set for ourselves, and it was...very...challenging. But one thing is clear: Tingle made his mark on the world of Hyrule, and now Link is dressing up as Tingle! I'm so proud!"

There's your feel good story of the day. Maybe you'll fall in love with Tingle too?

Countdown to DLC Pack 1: The Master Trials [Zelda]

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News:: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds boss wants cross-network play, doesn't anticipate 'technical issues'

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been making waves across the streaming community for the past few months, and that's translated into actual sales -- over four million copies in sales actually.

So what's next? New and altered items, extra stages, polish, and naturally, a console version. Even though a PS4 version is tentatively planned the Xbox One version was the talk of the town at E3, and all signs point toward cross-play with PC.

Speaking to VG247, Battlegrounds executive producer Chang Han Kim (not to be confused with creator Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene), noted that they're basically all-in on the idea: "Cross network play between the PC and the console is definitely something we want to do down the road, and we don’t anticipate we’ll have any technical issues with that. But…when you consider the competitive side of the game, I do feel that there’s a balance issue between controllers and keyboard and mouse. That’s what’s making it difficult for us to do right away. If we’re going to allow players to use controllers we need to have the aim assist added in and things like that. We’re not going to be supporting it right away, but it’s something we’d like to look into later."

It's always tricky for a shooter to implement cross-platform play given the twitch element (the reaction not the streaming service) -- Microsoft ran into similar problems with Shadowrun in 2007, and so have many other developers since. Here's hoping they figure it out, but based on Chang Han Kim's statement, they have their hearts set on figuring it out.

How PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds went from scrappy mod to one of the games of 2017 [VG247]

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News:: The Morning After: Wednesday, June 28th 2017

Welcome to your humpday. Amazon is offering cheaper smartphones (with a caveat) and we explain how electric is going to kill the gas station. Oh, and Google got slammed with a $2.7 billion fine in Europe.



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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

News:: Kirby's Blowout Blast will land on 3DS next week

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If you remember from earlier in the year, HAL Laboratory announced that Kirby would be getting three 3DS games this year. While one was merely an upgraded, standalone release of a mini-game included in Triple Deluxe, the second was a title called Blowout Blast. Not much is known about the game, other than it being set in a 3D world.

If you've been looking forward to the title, you won't have much longer to wait. Nintendo of America announced via Twitter that the eShop title will be available for download on July 6, 2017 (July 4 for our Japanese brethren), which is next week!

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News:: First footage of Gundam Barbatos Lupus DLC for Gundam Versus

Bandai Namco has released a trailer today for Gundam Versus today, showing off the previously announced DLC mobile suit Gundam Barbatos Lupus from the recent hit anime Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. The trailer not only shows off the gameplay of the Gundam, as well as its health and abilities, but also what other content is included. Overall, it's a mixed bag.

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News:: Don't expect a new Splinter Cell for a while

Splinter Cell seems like the odd man out in current day Ubisoft, which oscillates between high-fidelity, big budget games that all feel like the same game (Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs, Far Cry, The Division) and lower budget, smaller team titles (Grow Home, everything made in Ubiart). 

With two releases in 10 years, what's a storied stealth franchise that can't easily be rammed into an open-world-with-towers format to do?

Ubiblog asked Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot about Splinter Cell at E3 and Guillemot had this to say: "What we can say is that we are receiving lots of sketches and proposals around the brand and we are going to pick one up. I think you will be able to see something, but you will have to wait for that."

Yeah, it's going to be a while.

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News:: Modern Warfare Remastered is standalone on PS4, but do you still care?

As of today on PlayStation 4, you won't need to pony up for Infinite Warfare to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. It has gone standalone. More than half a year later, Activision finally did that thing some of us wanted it to do. The game costs $40 on PlayStation Network, which, yeah.

If you want everything, you'll probably also want the Variety Map Pack, which is a separate $15 charge for the multiplayer maps Broadcast, Chinatown, Creek, and Killhouse. There's also now Supply Drops to contend with. If you haven't kept up with CoD, you can earn credits in multiplayer or buy points that fund Supply Drops containing things like emblems, weapon camos, and reticles. Welcome to the new age.

As for Xbox One and PC players, you'll presumably get the standalone option in one month.

I want to mess with Modern Warfare -- particularly the campaign, which I haven't played in years -- but not for $40. I might've parted with that much money on this last year, but not now. It's too late.

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News:: Deal: dirt cheap refurbished Xbox One bundles on sale for $139

It truly is a shame. All those refurbished Xbox Ones without a home. They lie packed in giant warehouses stacked several pallets high. Unloved. Unwanted. But maybe, just maybe, for the right price...

If you wouldn't mind picking up an Xbox One this summer, three of the older refurbished models are going on fire sale at NewEgg. The formerly "Walmart Exclusive" white Xbox One 500GB Gears of War Limited Edition bundle is only $139.99, making it one of the cheapest Xbox One bundles to date, even as a refurb.

Upgrading to a 1TB won't put much of a dent in your pocket if you go with a refurbished Xbox One S 1TB Madden NFL 17 bundle going for only $182.99. That's $167 cheaper than the $350 list price they were originally going for last year, and probably the best bang for your buck on an Xbox console as of writing.

A third deal to consider lands in about the middle of the other two in terms of price and specs. It's a 1TB Xbox One of the older variety: the bundle with Tom Clancy's The Division. The console has fallen to only $158 at NewEgg. Previously priced at $350 around its original March 2016 release, believe it or not, you can still find it for around $270 online elsewhere.

All three deals are running through this Saturday, July 1 or until sold out. They are priced low enough that we expect stock to move. Shipping is free in the USA.

With the rate things are going, we won't be surprised if near-$100 price tag refurbished Xbox One and Xbox One S units show up toward the end of the year.

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News:: So that's how you score a billion points in Nex Machina

I've hit a wall in my slow ascent up the Nex Machina leaderboards and that has led me to look up unbelievable runs to glean tips and tricks. This one by Twitch streamer Xaerock is astounding.

After clearing the game on Master difficulty (in which you get only five continues and have to go up against "drastically faster" enemies who also drop revenge bullets upon death), the credits roll -- then it loops back around with an even harder difficulty called Hero. Xaerock nearly beats that too.

The video is a lengthy watch, but it's worth it to see his score break the billion-point mark. My nerves would be shot to hell if I had to do a back-to-back run. Practice, practice, practice.

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News:: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone DLC announced for the West

Sega has confirmed that the previously announced digital plans for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone DX will be happening for international fans this year. This means that current owners of Future Tone will be able to download the upcoming content, which includes the new song "Ghost Rule" by DECO*27.

Sega has not confirmed a date for the downloadable content at this time, nor if the physical version, along with the limited edition, will be coming to international shores. While I can understand the lack of any news on a physical version compiling all of the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone content together, the lack of a date for the downloadable content is odd, given that there shouldn't be much to translate other than the song. Then again, I've never played the games nor looked into their development, so perhaps there's something I don't know.

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News:: This VR headset is just for porn

Porn is always on the cutting edge of technology. People were looking at porn on their PS3s before the first iPhone even released, and there were, according to my research, websites dedicated to watching the nasty on the console. People will pull pud at their convenience and in whatever glorious new way technology allows. 

That's why, while virtual reality feels like its already passed with the Vive, Rift, and PSVR, VR porn still abounds. Hence the newly announced VRotica headset.

It calls itself "the world's easiest virtual reality headset." You don't have to slot in your phone, connect it to a high-powered gaming rig, or really do anything. "Just turn it on and start" [cranking your hog].

It's a modern kinetoscope. Like the one I saw titties on for a nickel at the Santa Cruz boardwalk's ancient arcade. Videos are pre-loaded onto the device and you can "download new videos, or buy USB thumb drives with preloaded videos online." The VR porn is in the $220 VR headset. Simple.

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News:: Review: Hover: Revolt of Gamers

I tend to avoid direct comparisons when analyzing a video game, but the fact that Hover: Revolt of Gamers proudly exclaims its relationship with Jet Set Radio, it becomes inevitable. It plays on the nostalgia heartstrings pretty hard, even getting composer Hideki Naganuma to contribute a couple of tracks.  

Jet Set Radio is my favorite game of all time, so I jumped headfirst into Hover (I am never using that full title ever again) with a giant grin on my face, excited for what awaited me. After all, JSR is quite old and the controls don't hold up as well as I'd like, so there's lots of room for improvement. While the controls are definitely better here, I can't say the same for everything else.

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News:: Here are some loud Nintendo bags from LeSportsac

Nintendo is doing a line of GAMER BAGS with LeSportsac, which is actually an American company, despite the French affectation, though it is owned by a larger Japanese company.

The sacs are coming to Japan on July 19 and will be released stateside in the fall. You'll be able to get them at the Nintendo store in New York and online via TheSportSac. You may even be able to get them other places, but we don't know that yet.

Aside from the bigger sacs, "Complementing the collection are five additional items, including an authentic pouch shaped like the Game Boy system, a round Piranha Plant pouch, and a Super Mario Bros. cosmetic." All the sacs, big and small, have Mario coin zippers. A real coin purse!

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