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Dev Gets Playable Flappy Bird Working Via Mac Notifications

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 04:13

Flappy Bird exploded in popularity several years ago with its simple gameplay and background elements that had pretty clearly been inspired from the Super Mario series. It was pulled and made largely unavailable--unless you had an Amazon Fire TV unit--shortly after it became huge. However, one developer has managed to bring the game back via an unexpected platform: the MacOS notification box.

With a cheeky tweet asking if others knew that such a thing was even possible, developer Neil Sardesai showed the full Flappy Bird game running via the Mac's notification window. It's actually based on a clone of Flappy Bird rather than the original version, but it's pretty much indistinguishable.

Did you know you can put a whole game inside of a push notification

— Neil Sardesai (@neilsardesai) April 9, 2021

You can try this clone directly in your web browser by clicking the link we put above, so playing it in the notification box is pretty much pointless. It's not always about whether it is necessary for the ambitious, however, but merely whether it's possible.

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Outriders Devs Are Working On Inventory Wipe Fix For Affected Players

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 01:59

Outriders encountered server issues in its first few days online and some of the attempts to correct the problem didn't work initially. Now, another issue--inventory wipes--has been affecting some players, causing them to lose the gear they worked so hard to get. The development team is working to prevent this from happening and is also looking to restore the inventories for anyone who experienced a wipe.

Earlier today we applied additional preventative measures on to our servers to guard against any Inventory Wipes.
These are reducing the occurrence of this issue, but we are continuing to lock in additional countermeasures.

— Outriders (@Outriders) April 11, 2021

In a series of posts on Twitter, the Outriders team said it had taken "additional preventative measures" on its servers to prevent future inventory wipes and that it's seeing it happen less frequently. It also recommended force-closing your game and restarting it if you see something is missing, and said it's looking to restore gear for anyone who lost it.

A Reddit thread provides more-detailed information on how gear will be restored. It will take place as a massive one-off restoration at a to-be-determined date, with valuable Epic and Legendary gear getting restored. Any gear you lost that was in a lower tier will probably not be restored, and the items might have slightly different stats.

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Nintendo Switch Stock Could Be Low In 2021 Due To Semiconductor Shortage

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 23:02

The semiconductor shortage that is affecting everything from computers to car production is also hitting the video game industry, and according to Nintendo, that could lead to Switch console shortages later this year.

In an interview with Nikkei (via VGC), Nintendo CEO Shuntaro Furukawa said that while the company has the materials it needs for "immediate production of semiconductors" necessary for Nintendo Switch units, that could change later.

"However, in Japan and other countries, demand has been very strong since the beginning of the year, and there is a possibility of shortages at some retailers in the future," Furukawa added.

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WWE 2K22 Announced During Wrestlemania 37 With First Game Footage

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 12:10

During Wrestlemania 37, the very first video was released for WWE 2K22. After the franchise took last year off, a new entry is coming sometime later in the year, and 2K Games plans on delivering more early-concept footage prior to launch.

The short, 22-second clip features Rey Mysterio taking on Cesaro in the Raw arena, along with some hero shots of Mysterio, who is bound to be a future Hall of Famer. The footage is very polished and features some highly-detailed character models. Check out the video for yourself below.

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Bianca Belair Makes WWE History With 2021 Wrestlemania 37 Main Event

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 10:53

Bianca Belair made WWE history tonight as she is the first woman to main event her first super bowl of WWE PPVs at Wrestlemania 37. Having won the Women's Royal Rumble this year, Bianca earned a championship match against whoever the champion would be at the time, and when it was announced that she and Banks would be the main event, she made herself the first woman on a very exclusive list.

Stephanie McMahon: Sasha Banks And Bianca Belair Will Headline Night One Of WrestleMania 37

— Fightful Wrestling (@FightfulWrestle) April 9, 2021

The only WWE stars who had a main event spot for the first time at the big dance, outside the initial four performers at Wrestlemania I are Brock Lesnar, Ted Dibiase, and Sgt. Slaughter. Brock debuted in 2002 after Wrestlemania 18, and main evented with Kurt Angle the next year for the WWE Championship. Both Slaughter and Dibiase had just joined the company at their respective times and found themselves in the main events of Wrestlemania IV and VII respectively.

Obviously, this isn't counting the one-off celebrity match between Lawrence Taylor and Bam Bam Bigelow at Wrestlemania XI, as neither made another appearance, but when we're talking about how historical the match between Sasha and Bianca actually was, it's substantially more when you add this element to it.

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Bad Bunny Makes Wrestlemania Debut

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 09:50

Multi-platinum rapper and performing artist Bad Bunny made his Wrestlemania debut at Wrestlemania 37 in a tag team match with Damien Priest against The Miz and John Morrison. Bad Bunny, real name Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, had already made a splash in the company capturing its 24/7 Championship and even taking it to SNL.

The match started with a grand entrance with dozens of Easter Bunnies before Miz and Morrison hit the ring. Priest came down to the ring with standard fair, but Bunny came out riding on top of a semi-truck. Bunny started the match off against Miz and managed to get some offense in against the former WWE Champion. He managed to hit a flying crossbody on his opponents on the outside.

Eventually Bunny nailed a top rope crossbody with help from Priest lifting Miz on his shoulders, almost like the Legion of Doom preparing for the Doomsday Device to pin Miz for the win.

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Wrestlemania 37 Was Delayed Due to Thunderstorm

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 08:55

Update: Wrestlemania had been delayed to inculcate weather. After WWE Chairman Vince McMahon came out to welcome back fans and was supposed to start the show after America The Beautiful, fans inside the Raymond James Stadium were asked to come back inside. This is the first time in Wrestlemania, and maybe WWE history, that there's been a rain delay for a live event. There was a Monday Night Raw that was canceled years back with a blizzard that rolled into Denver, but never with fans actively at a pay-per-view.

After the delay was confirmed, they cut to various superstars cutting promos and hyping up their respective matches, including Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley who even said that if the match has to be fought backstage, they'll do it. Around 8:30 PM ET, the promo package for Lashley vs. McIntyre began playing, as the severe weather has passed.

Original story: Wrestlemania 37 faced a possible delay from a huge thunderstorm that rolled into Tampa early Saturday evening. Fans were reporting and tweeting about having to relocate and getting weather alerts while entering Raymond James Stadium.

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Wrestlemania 37 Night 1 Results, Review, And Recap

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 08:00

WWE's Wrestlemania 37 will be the biggest PPV event for the company throughout 2021. Numerous championships will be defended, feuds will come to an end, and the walking BBQ zombie The Fiend will get revenge on Randy Orton--as Orton set The Fiend on fire months ago. Like last year, Wrestlemania 2021 will be a two-night event, taking place tonight and on Sunday. Check out the live results for the show and reviews of each match from Night 1, as they happen below.

Months of preparation, story building, and production design have gone into this year's Wrestlemania, which takes place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. This is the home of the NFL team the Buccaneers, so hopefully, WWE puts the giant pirate ship inside the stadium to good use--because why wouldn't you? In the US, if you want to watch Wrestlemania, you'll need to be signed up for a premium Peacock account, NBCUniversal's streaming service.

As Wrestlemania 37 is a two-night event, the 14 matches for the PPV have been split between the two nights. On Night 1, there will be three championship matches. And the rumor is that Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair will be the main event of the evening. However, we'll have to wait and see if that's true. Check out the Night 1 match card below.

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Sony's London Studio Is Hiring For PS5 Game, But Is It VR?

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 05:07

Sony's London Studio has often worked on accessory-based games for PlayStation systems, and its recent efforts have been on PlayStation VR. Now, it appears the studio is gearing up for a PS5 project that's going to have online play, but it's not clear if it will be a VR game.

A listing on the studio's site says it needs an online gameplay designer who will work on a PS5 project. The listing specifically mentions online multiplayer, as well as working with narrative and mission leads, so there will apparently be some sort of story content that could work alongside the multiplayer. The specifics on what kind of game it is are otherwise pretty much nonexistent, however.

We do know that London Studio is working on making VR content work for PS5, at least as far as past games go. A patch released shortly after the PS5's launch added improvements to Blood & Truth, which originally launched for PS4's PSVR. It added higher frame rates and resolutions as well as better textures while still using the original headset and an adapter on the new console.

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Age Of Empires 4 Will Let You Command A War Elephant

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 03:50

Age of Empires might not be one of Microsoft's biggest series, but fans have been enjoying the history-filled real-time strategy and massive battles for a very long time. Age of Empires 4, developed by Relic Entertainment, will we the long-awaited next game, and a preview event has given us some new information on playable civilizations and improvements--including powerful war elephants.

The Delhi Sultanate will be a playable civilization in Age of Empires 4, and they have access to the massive War Elephant unit, similar to the second game, for causing massive chaos during attacks on fortresses. Sending a few of those through a group of enemy soldiers should be enough to disrupt their lines and let you push deeper into an area.

One of four campaigns available in the game, the Norman campaign begins at the Battle of Hastings in England and follows Duke William and descendants Robert, William II, and Henry I as they fight for control of the nation. This means it will take place over about 100 years, but shouldn't be confused with the Hundred Years' War that followed a few centuries later.

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Typing Of The Dead Mod Preserves Yahoo Answers' Greatest Moments

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 00:18

Yahoo Answers, the legendary user-based answering service, is shutting down permanently on May 4. That seemed to mean that many of its best answers would be lost to time, but a modder has chosen to keep Yahoo Answers' greatest hits alive in an unexpected place: The Typing of the Dead.

ok so i collected a 500 question highlight reel of our tweets and made a custom dictionary for Typing of the Dead, get it because yahoo answers is dead hahahahah

— YahooAnswers.txt OF THE DEAD (@YahooAnswersTXT) April 8, 2021

Twitter user YahooAnswersTXT, who compiles the best Yahoo Answers questions and posts them on their account, collected 500 of the very greatest and used them in a custom dictionary for Typing of the Dead: Overkill. We have no idea why some of these questions were asked, but here are some of the very best:

  • What does Bigfoot want??
  • Is yamble a word?
  • I can't stop sinning?

Yahoo Answers let users crowdsource answers to pretty much anything, but as you can see from these answers, they sometimes didn't actually ask questions with answers at all. No one knows what Bigfoot wants. Two of the above aren't even questions. But this one might be our favorite because of an answer it did receive.

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Epic Games Is Losing An Absurd Amount Of Money On Exclusive Games

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 23:34

Epic Games seems to understand that, given Steam's massive user-base, the only way it can be a viable competitor is to have games that aren't available on Valve's service. Exclusivity deals with third-party companies cost money, and it looks like Epic Games is losing a huge amount of money to make those exclusives happen.

As spotted by PC Gamer, despite paying approximately $444 million for "minimum guarantees" on third-party games for the Epic Games Store in 2020, sales of all third-party games for the year amounted to about $265 million. Apple said that Epic Games lost about $181 million on the Epic Games Store in 2019, putting the total losses thus far at more than $300 million, should these figures be correct. Big games like Metro Exodus and Control were released first on EGS before coming to Steam later.

Apple used these figures in a statement as part of its lawsuit against Epic Games, pointing out that the service is unprofitable and is missing security features that Apple's App Store includes. It pointed out that most of Epic Games' Fortnite revenue is generated on platforms other than iOS, as well, which would seemingly mitigate the effect of the game not being available there anymore.

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Mass Effect Legendary Edition Has Gone Gold Ahead Of May 14 Launch

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 22:40

Mass Effect Legendary Edition is set to release in just over a month, and the remastered trilogy's project director Mac Walters has announced that it has gone gold. That means there is very little chance it's going to get bumped from its May 14 release date.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition has gone GOLD! It's been quite a journey - time to celebrate briefly. Maybe even dance a little... if that's you're thing. #MassEffect #Legendary

— Mac Walters (@macwalterslives) April 9, 2021

Walters celebrated the occasion with a clip of several Mass Effect characters dancing, including meme legend Garrus Vakarian.

When a game "goes gold," it essentially means that its code is finalized to the point where it can be put onto discs and shipped. However, because we live in an era of content updates and patches, it doesn't really mean as much as it used to. BioWare could choose to replace huge amounts of the game's code in the future if it wanted to change something, but it does still serve as a big milestone for developers who have been working on the project for months or years.

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Fortnite Adds New Shop Section For Previously Vaulted Items

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 22:26

Fortnite has introduced thousands of characters, Back Blings, Emotes, and other cosmetics over the years, so it's understandable that some items haven't resurfaced in some time, especially when Epic is so often partnering with licensed properties like Marvel, Star Wars, and The Walking Dead. A new Shop section is now available and features previously vaulted items exclusively.

Each long-absent item in this new Fortnite Shop section has been unavailable for at least a year, and some of the deepest cuts go back to the earliest seasons of Chapter 1. Currently, the Vaulted A Year Or More section, as it's called, includes the Mega Man-like Astro Assassin, masked heroes Taro and Nara, medics Triage Trooper and Field Surgeon, and more, alongside a range of corresponding accessories for several of them.

Even though this is something fans have long clamored for, Epic hasn't said anything about the releases. Instead, these ultra-rare items all just arrived with the daily Shop update last night with little fanfare outside of the game's community forums. Each item features the same timer revealing the cosmetics are scheduled to disappear with tonight's shop update at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET. Whether they'll be replaced with more rare cosmetics is not yet known.

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Under Its Meme-Inspired Humor, Soup Pot Is About Living Through A Pandemic

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 10:25

First shown off during the March ID@Xbox showcase, Soup Pot is the debut title of Manila developer Chikon Club. The adorable-looking cooking game captured my attention with the reveal that it possesses no fail states (a rarity for cooking games), so I caught up with Chikon Club's Trina Pagtakhan and Gwendelyn Foster to talk about how the game grades the player without failing them.

Eventually, our conversation turned to other aspects of Soup Pot, such as the game's connection to real-world events. Soup Pot sees you play as someone stuck indoors during a pandemic, teaching yourself how to cook in order to pass the time and have something to eat. Your only human interaction are the chat rooms for your livestreams that document your efforts and conversations with the people delivering ingredients to your door. You also fill your downtime by scrolling through a fictional cooking-based social media site called Cookbook, where you'll remain apprised of what's going on in the world. So even though Soup Pot is a cute, humor-focused exploration of Filipino and Southeast Asian cuisine, there's a meaningful underlying narrative thread to the game too.

My conversation with Pagtakhan and Foster is transcribed below. Edits have been made to aid in readability. Soup Pot is scheduled to launch for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC in August.

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Zack Snyder Unveils Army Of The Dead Poster Ahead Of New Trailer

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 09:33

Sometimes you just gotta get that money. And sometimes, there are zombies in between you and that money. That's what Zack Snyder's upcoming film, Army of the Dead, is all about. The director released a new poster today, ahead of a new trailer set to drop on Tuesday, April 13.

Mission accomplished, team! You've cracked the code. Get ready for the trailer drop on Tuesday. #ArmyOfTheDead

— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) April 9, 2021

The tweet and poster both come on the heels of a special preview event Snyder and publisher Netflix put together to promote the film. The movie tells the story of a group of mercenaries raiding a casino in a zombie-infested Las Vegas. The event has since ended, but you can still catch the VOD over on the Netflix Twitch channel. Viewers were asked to crack a code to register for the Tuesday event. The video goes on for about an hour and features security cameras overlooking different parts of a casino--presumably the one that mercenaries are breaking into in the film. The video itself isn't terribly eventful. Zombies wander around, and occasionally a dumb human in a hazmat suit or with a camera wanders in and gets eaten.

Before Zack Snyder was known for his "cut" of Justice League and making Batman say a swear, one of his big breakout films was his remake of Dawn of the Dead. He wanted to make a second zombie movie, and Army of the Dead was announced in 2007. It never happened due to financing issues, and then Snyder got busy bringing DC Comics' biggest characters to life in movies like Watchmen and Justice League. Army of the Dead officially began filming in 2019 when Netflix picked up the movie rights from Warner Bros. Now, Army of the Dead is set to finally see the light of day when it hits Netflix on May 21, 2021.

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Turns Out Diablo 2 Is Still Really Good (Resurrected Alpha Impressions)

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 09:30

Please don't be mad at me, I haven't played Diablo 2 since middle school. And at that time, my friends (who were also high-level StarCraft and Warcraft players) basically carried me through most of the experience and the Lord of Destruction expansion. However, Diablo 2 showed me the satisfaction you can get out of a good hack-and-slash RPG, tearing through mobs (often with friends), using different classes and builds, and being smart about how to handle the tougher encounters.

After spending some time with the technical alpha, I now see how Diablo 2 Resurrected delivers that exact experience all over again. It really is Diablo 2 with a fresh coat of HD paint, running without a hitch on modern systems. It plays identically to the original game and preserves that experience one-to-one, but with a few quality-of-life improvements and some major visual enhancements that don't affect the core gameplay systems. This is essentially what Blizzard did with StarCraft Remastered back in 2017--the same iconic game looking real fresh.

And just like StarCraft Remastered, Diablo 2 Resurrected lets you swap between the visual styles instantly with a keystroke. Both graphical modes run simultaneously, and switching between them is seamless. While it's not much more than a novelty to scratch that nostalgic itch, seeing the original sprites and choppy animations in a 4:3 aspect ratio helps you appreciate the work that's been done with this remaster. Revamped assets, high-definition textures, and modernized visual effects like lighting, shadows, and particle effects still maintain the true look and feel of Diablo 2 and use the proper 16:9 widescreen format.

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Stay On Target With The Wearable Star Wars Black Series Wedge Antilles Helmet from Hasbro Pulse

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 08:48

When watching Star Wars for the first time, it's easy to imagine yourself in so many roles--Jedi, smuggler, bounty hunter, fighter pilot, princess--but tough to pick just one. Hasbro is making it easier than ever to pick with their newest Black Series helmet, the Star Wars: The Black Series Wedge Antilles Battle Simulation Helmet.

Wedge Antilles is one of the few characters from the original trilogy that lived through the whole series, participating in some of the biggest battles and piloting iconic ships. He went on to star in a long-running series of Star Wars books published under what is now the Star Wars Legends banner, and continues to pop up in the new canon Star Wars novels as well, like the Aftermath trilogy.

The Wedge Antilles Battle Simulation Helmet is modeled after the legendary pilot's from the films. The wearable helmet offers interior padding, electronic lights, and sound effects. There are three speakers inside the helmet to create, according to the official press release, an "immersive surround battle simulation experience while synchronized LED lights inside the visor simulate blaster fire from enemy vehicles."

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PSA: Not Using Outriders' Mods Makes The Game Much Harder

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 08:16

Outriders can be a tough game once you start to get into it. Despite access to a host of different ludicrous superpowers, you're still human at the end of the day, and if you get nailed with enough bullets or slashed by enough monster claws, you're going to die. You can mitigate some of that incoming damage with Outriders' cover shooter mechanics, but because of the way most character classes recover health, you need to be constantly slaying foes. If you're not using equipment mods to help with that, you're kind of playing the game wrong.

There's a pretty deep and robust modding system in Outriders, but it's easy to overlook. First, when you're introduced to the system, you don't really need it yet. Second, you go through so much gear in Outriders that you might be thinking, "I'll wait till I get the really good stuff before I start making changes." Unfortunately, that's a mistake--by not modding your gear, you're likely making the game much harder than it needs to be.

Gear mods can give you significant perks for your armor and guns, making your abilities and status effects a lot more powerful. Even relatively early in the game, you should be tuning your gear to fit the powers you like and the enemies you expect to face to give yourself the biggest advantage you can. But to do that, you need to understand how mods work and how to create character builds, even with less-than-optimal gear. Here's everything you need to know about modding in Outriders, including why you should be doing it.

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Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 4 Recap: Here's What You Need To Know

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 07:53

We're past the halfway point of Falcon and The Winter Soldier with only two episodes remaining, and this week's "The Whole World Is Watching" offered no answers to the show's long running questions and conflicts--in fact, if anything, it just made the stakes even more complicated. Here's what went down, and what we can hope for as we head into the penultimate episode next week.

After Ayo and the Dora cornered Bucky to broker a deal for Zemo's return to prison, Bucky made a counter offer--Zemo is too useful for his knowledge of super soldiers to give up on now, when they're so close to running Karli and the Flag Smashers aground. Unsurprisingly, this deal had fairly strict terms--Bucky and Sam were allowed less than a day with Zemo before the Dora would come and collect.

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