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The Crush House Lets You Run A '90s Reality Show In A Barbie-Style Dream House

Fri, 04/05/2024 - 03:49

Devolver Digital and Nerial spent April Fools' Day (and every day since) teasing the studio's next project. Today, the two have finally announced The Crush House, a new reality show sim/potential horror game coming to PC later this year.

The Crush House puts players in the role of Jae, an up-and-coming TV producer who lands a dream job as the showrunner of the titular reality show. She has full control over the content of the show--so long as she agrees to never talk to the talent.

Players will choose cast members, set up scenes to appeal to the show's audience, and make money for the production company, which can then be used to upgrade the house. However, during the night, Jae can explore the house, speak with talent when the powers-that-be aren't around, and figure out its dark secrets.

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Gears 6 Could Be Teased This Summer, Insider Claims

Fri, 04/05/2024 - 03:29

We could potentially be getting information about Gears 6 this summer, according to Giant Bomb's Jeff Grubb.

"Well, real quick, I will say I've heard some stuff might be happening with Gears 6 this summer" Grubb said on Kinda Funny's Xcast show today. Microsoft has already confirmed that it will be having an Xbox showcase this summer, presenting games such as Avowed and Senua's Saga: Hellblade II. If the next Gears of War game is indeed coming soon, it'll presumably be teased during that showcase.

However, Grubb clarified that plans could always change. Back in September, FTC documents were leaked about Xbox's plans for a mid-generation console refresh, but Phil Spencer has come out to say that those plans were outdated. Now, it's rumored that Microsoft will be releasing a white all-digital Xbox Series X.

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Hearthstone Battlegrounds Season 7 Launches April 16 With Co-Op Duos Mode

Fri, 04/05/2024 - 03:27

Hearthstone Battlegrounds is preparing to launch its seventh season, and it will bring with it the new co-op mode promised at last year's BlizzCon. The new Battlegrounds Duos mode will let you team up with a partner to take on three other teams of two. The new mode will launch alongside the rest of Season 7 on April 16.

The four teams of two will make eight players in all, keeping the total Battlegrounds player-count the same. But rather than an eight-way competition, Duos will share a single life pool, and can pass cards back and forth to each other at a cost of 1 Gold. Four new Heroes, 16 minions, and three new Tavern Spells are designed specifically to be useful in Duos matches, and will only be found in that mode. You'll also be able to pair up with a friend for Duos matchmaking, or get paired with a random player. Duos will have its own ranking and leaderboard as well.

The two-headed ogre combo of Cho and Gall appear to be two of the new heroes made for Duos play. Their passive ability gives your partner a Triple Reward up to three times each whenever you earn one.

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Here's When Disney Plus Password-Sharing Crackdown Begins And Why Disney Is Doing It

Fri, 04/05/2024 - 03:01

Disney has already said its password-sharing crackdown for Disney+ will begin this summer, and now we know more about when. CEO Bob Iger told CNBC that the company's first push to crack down on password-sharing will begin in June. The effort will start small in a few unspecified places and grow to more countries and markets before the end of 2024.

"In June, we'll be launching our first real foray into password-sharing [crackdown], in just a countries and few markets, but then it will grow significantly with a full rollout in September," Iger said.

When the crackdown begins, Disney+ members will be able to pay an additional fee to provide access to those outside their home, which is also how it works with Netflix. Similarly, Netflix launched its own password-sharing crackdown in a few smaller markets before expanding it to the US and other parts of the world. Iger told CNBC that Netflix is the "gold standard" in the streaming business, so it's not a big surprise to see Disney take from Netflix's playbook.

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Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 Only Has One 30fps Cinematic Graphics Mode On Console

Fri, 04/05/2024 - 02:54

Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 will be locked to 30fps on Xbox Series X|S consoles, Ninja Theory has confirmed. In an interview with German magazine GamePro, visual effects director Mark Slater-Tunstill confirmed the studio has opted to emphasize the cinematic nature of the game--which was developed on Unreal Engine 5--by running it at 30fps alongside dynamic scaling.

Beyond the stylistic choice, the game is still set to be a technical showcase with its impressive facial animations, realistic textures, and tense combat.

"Senua's movements in combat look and feel more realistic, prioritizing the heft of her sword, felt through her tired desperation during lengthier fights," Jordan Ramée wrote in a Hellblade 2 hands-on session. "Whenever Senua clashes swords with someone, Hellblade II makes it feel tense, as if life itself is challenging Senua to earn her right to exist in this world."

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Buildable Pokemon Collectibles Get Massive Discounts - Charizard, Gyarados, Pikachu, And More

Fri, 04/05/2024 - 02:20

Lego might be the brand that comes to mind when you think about building blocks, but Mega has some pretty darn cool building kits, too. Take this Pokemon set from the manufacturer for example, which gives you everything you need to not just build a Charizard for your display, but a pretty good-looking one as well. On sale at Amazon, this set has been discounted by more than 50% and is available for only $64.

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Mega's Charizard is an official Pokemon product.

Inside the box, you'll find over 1,600 pieces with which to construct Charizard, creating a highly detailed and poseable version of the iconic Pokemon. There are even some neat mechanical elements in this build, and once you're done, you can turn the crank to watch Charizard move back and forth. These features extend to its wings and the base below it and there are interchangeable name plates for this diorama piece included as well.

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The Witcher 3 Mega Construx Building Kit Is 60% Off At Amazon

Fri, 04/05/2024 - 02:14

Like Lego, Mega has collaborated with several IPs and created some fascinating building sets. This kit based on CD Projekt Red's The Witcher series of video games is a prime example of its team-up efforts, as the end result is a pretty great replica of a key scene from the acclaimed third game and one of its most fearsome monsters. Available at Amazon and Best Buy, this set just got a 60% discount and is available for $44 (was $110). Best Buy is selling it for a slightly higher price ($50), in case Amazon sells out.

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This isn't a very complex build, but it will keep you busy for an hour or two. Inside the box, you'll find 431 bricks that can be used to construct Geralt, the Corvo Bianco home, and a buildable Griffin that towers over the famed Witcher. This monster has a silicone mane and articulated wings, allowing you to stick it in a variety of poses. Geralt is no slouch either, as this action figure of him comes equipped with his signature armor and a pair of swords. He's also extremely poseable, so you can set up a dynamic diorama with this set.

Finally, the Corvo Bianco home has its own fireplace--which can be lit up with LED batteries, a trophy Leshen skull, and several other nods to the video games. If you're interested in other video game sets from Mega, there's a great sale running right now for several of its Pokemon building kits.

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Harry Potter Star Reveals A Misconception About The Series

Fri, 04/05/2024 - 01:19

Harry Potter actor Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the film series, has revealed that he and other members of the cast were apparently unsure if the series would be a success. As such, the films were made as one-offs, with no promise made that the cast would reunite the following year to make another movie. Speaking to Collider, Felton also talked about how some people involved in the filmmaking process apparently believed the young cast members like Felton, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson might age too quickly.

"It was a strange thing because I think people always assumed that we were gonna make the eight films from day one, and that was never the case," Felton said. "It was always, 'We're gonna make one. That did okay, so we're gonna make another one. That did better, so we're gonna make another one.' We were never promised the fact that we were gonna all be coming back next year."

He went on to joke, "I think we all assumed that they would replace us with half-decent actors at some point, but luckily they kept us on and we got better."

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Amazon Prime Members Can Grab 12 Free Games In April

Fri, 04/05/2024 - 01:00

Amazon Prime members can grab 12 games throughout April, starting today. Available through the Prime Gaming hub, this month's selection includes irradiated wastelands to explore, fantasy lands to dive into, and a few mysteries to solve. The main event in April is easily Fallout 76, Bethesda's live-service adventure which has grown over the years to become a pretty great slice of post-apocalyptic fun.

While the game did launch with numerous issues, the current version is an enjoyable romp thanks to years of updates, patches, and fine-tuning. It'll be arriving just in time for the debut of the Fallout series on Prime Video. Fallout 76 will be available starting April 11, but before then, you can grab multiplayer first-person-slasher Chivalry 2, the relaxing adventure escape game Faraway 2, and the open-world MMORPG Black Desert today.

Joining Fallout 76 on April 11 is the cinematic adventure game Drawn: Trail of Shadows, more chilling getaways in Faraway 3: Arctic Escape, and turbo-charged pinball with Demon's Tilt. If you ever wondered if the limits of pinball can be pushed to the extreme and broken, Demon's Tilt will answer that question for you.

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Nintendo Patents Switch Dock With Rotating Plug Cluster

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 23:43

Nintendo has a new patent for what appears to be a Nintendo Switch dock with a rotating hub for its cords built into the back. For the longest time, the Nintendo Switch's I/O (input/output) port only pointed to the right (when the console side is facing forwards). If this patent manifests, then it would alleviate the need to finagle cords for the sake of docking your Switch.

As seen in the documentation, the dock includes what appears to be the Switch's standard AC adapter, HDMI, and LAN (a.k.a. USB) ports in the rotating hub in the middle. The only difference between this and the standard Switch seems to be that the plug cluster can rotate, so you can plug in cords on the left or right side.

In the current version of the Switch dock, the hub is firmly on the right side and doesn't move. If Nintendo Switch users need the ports on the left for whatever reason, they need to curve the cords back around or turn the console dock backwards to make it work. It's easy to imagine how a rotating hub would be a much more elegant solution without the twists and tangles.

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Nintendo Patents Switch Dock With Rotating Plug Cluster

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 23:43

Nintendo has a new patent for what appears to be a Nintendo Switch dock with a rotating hub for its cords built into the back. For the longest time, the Nintendo Switch's I/O (input/output) port only pointed to the right (when the console side is facing forwards). If this patent manifests, then it would alleviate the need to finagle cords for the sake of docking your Switch.

As seen in the documentation, the dock includes what appears to be the Switch's standard AC adapter, HDMI, and LAN (a.k.a. USB) ports in the rotating hub in the middle. The only difference between this and the standard Switch seems to be that the plug cluster can rotate, so you can plug in cords on the left or right side.

In the current version of the Switch dock, the hub is firmly on the right side and doesn't move. If Nintendo Switch users need the ports on the left for whatever reason, they need to curve the cords back around or turn the console dock backwards to make it work. It's easy to imagine how a rotating hub would be a much more elegant solution without the twists and tangles.

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Bloodborne Kart Is Releasing Soon With A New, Legally Distinct Name

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 23:36

After an intervention from Sony, the Bloodborne Kart fan game is finally back and ready to release with a new name--Nightmare Kart. The now legally distinct kart game is due to release on Steam and Itch.io for free on May 31.

While originally announced as an April Fools' joke from Bloodborne PSX demake creator Lillith.zip, Nightmare Kart ended up being turned into a real project, which has now become its own original IP after Sony took issue with the fan project using Bloodborne's branding.

With redesigned and rebranded characters, the kart racer retains the dark atmosphere that made the project so appealing to begin with--not to mention an amazing soundtrack. The free game will launch with 20 racers and 16 maps, with two game modes including a campaign with boss fights, and a VS battle mode.

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Bloodborne Kart Is Releasing Soon With A New, Legally Distinct Name

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 23:36

After an intervention from Sony, the Bloodborne Kart fan game is finally back and ready to release with a new name--Nightmare Kart. The now legally distinct kart game is due to release on Steam and Itch.io for free on May 31.

While originally announced as an April Fools' joke from Bloodborne PSX demake creator Lillith.zip, Nightmare Kart ended up being turned into a real project, which has now become its own original IP after Sony took issue with the fan project using Bloodborne's branding.

With redesigned and rebranded characters, the kart racer retains the dark atmosphere that made the project so appealing to begin with--not to mention an amazing soundtrack. The free game will launch with 20 racers and 16 maps, with two game modes including a campaign with boss fights, and a VS battle mode.

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Apple Is Looking To Create Home Robots - Report

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 23:21

Apple may be hoping home robots will be its "next big thing," Bloomberg reports, citing sources familiar with Apple's projects. The potential change in focus comes after Apple shelved its electric vehicle project, which had been in the works for almost a decade.

While Apple was still working on it EV project, Apple's executives were told that automotive, the home, and mixed reality were the three most important facets of the company's future. Now that one of them has been nixed, it sounds like Apple is exploring more opportunities to develop tech for the home--specifically in the field of robotics.

Bloomberg's sources revealed two home robotics projects currently in the works--a mobile robot that would follow people around at home, and a robotic smart display designed to sit on a tabletop. While the latter is further along in development, Apple hasn't fully committed to it, with Apple executives reportedly not sure if they want to move forward with the project.

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Apple Is Looking To Create Home Robots - Report

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 23:21

Apple may be hoping home robots will be its "next big thing," Bloomberg reports, citing sources familiar with Apple's projects. The potential change in focus comes after Apple shelved its electric vehicle project, which had been in the works for almost a decade.

While Apple was still working on it EV project, Apple's executives were told that automotive, the home, and mixed reality were the three most important facets of the company's future. Now that one of them has been nixed, it sounds like Apple is exploring more opportunities to develop tech for the home--specifically in the field of robotics.

Bloomberg's sources revealed two home robotics projects currently in the works--a mobile robot that would follow people around at home, and a robotic smart display designed to sit on a tabletop. While the latter is further along in development, Apple hasn't fully committed to it, with Apple executives reportedly not sure if they want to move forward with the project.

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COD Leak Reveals "Get High" Map That's Unlike Anything Else In The Franchise

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 23:10

After Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's latest seasonal update dropped, dataminers have unearthed details of a new map called Get High (stylized as G3T_H1GH) that's likely intended for a 4/20 event. The map is a vaporwave-inspired parkour race course, where players will be tasked with getting as high as possible--in the elevation sense, of course.

Modern Warfare 3's latest season already has a number of references to 4/20, including two Snoop Dogg operator skins, Cheech and Chong joining the game complete with a weed-themed finishing move, and a DLC bundle called Stoney Sloth.

As well as a reworked map called Growhouse, leakers have revealed the more unusual Get High map, which is likely to come to the game closer to the April 20. Dataminer BobNetworkUK posted a video of the vaporwave-styled obstacle course, where it appears players will have to race to reach the highest point possible within the time limit. Some routes through the map have multiple options, and there are also shootable targets scattered around, though it's currently unclear what these do.

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Free Stars: Children Of Infinity Trailer Debuts, Kickstarter Coming Soon

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 22:30

A new trailer for Free Stars: Children of Infinity has arrived, providing a closer look at the direct sequel to the sci-fi cult classic The Ur-Quan Masters. Pistol Shrimp Games, led by Paul Reiche III and Fred Ford, is creating the retro-inspired arcade-style space combat game.

Reiche and Ford are the co-founders of Toys for Bob, which created Star Control and Star Control II. Stardock now owns the rights to the Star Control series, and as such, the new Free Stars games are not able to use the Star Control name. As such, Children of Infinity is basically a spiritual successor to Star Control.

"Set three years after the defeat of the Ur-Quan hierarchy and its Sa-Matra battle platform, a new discovery draws the captain into an old mystery. Hope and conflict continue to be at odds in the universe, and a new threat surfaces that may change everything," reads a line from the game's description.

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Senua's Perception Of Her Psychosis Will Change In Hellblade 2

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 19:01

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II sees its titular protagonist in a very different headspace compared to the first game, when the Pict warrior was largely at the mercy of the antagonistic, psychosis-induced voices in her head. She's more confident in herself in Hellblade II and in this new-found agency, she's able to connect with people again. Ahead of Hellblade II's May 21 release, I spoke to lead actor and Ninja Theory video editor Melina Juergens, Ninja Theory scriptwriter and performance capture director Lara Derham, and Bernard Wolfe Professor of Health Neuroscience Paul Fletcher (a key collaborator on both Hellblade games) about Senua's evolving perception of her psychosis and how that will inform her narrative arc.

"At the end of the first game, [Senua] was really confronting a lot of new things, and that's a very difficult part of the journey," Derham told me. "I think at the end of the game, she came to a sense of--I wouldn't say complete peace, but more peace and more acceptance. And she had started to question and put aside her father's teachings: that this difference that she had that she shares with her mother is evil and wrong."

She continued: "So I think [Senua is] at a point now where she's prepared to move forward and look at what comes next. And for her, what comes next is this mission that she feels very strongly that she's destined to do, that she's chosen for. And this is to do with the promise that she made to Dillion about not letting anyone suffer as he did. So I think I like to see it as a step out into the world because it's not just about her and her pain, it's about other people. And there's a real selflessness to this decision that she makes, especially since she's putting herself at such great risk."

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Senua's Perception Of Her Psychosis Will Change In Hellblade 2

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 19:01

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II sees its titular protagonist in a very different headspace compared to the first game, when the Pict warrior was largely at the mercy of the antagonistic, psychosis-induced voices in her head. She's more confident in herself in Hellblade II and in this new-found agency, she's able to connect with people again. Ahead of Hellblade II's May 21 release, I spoke to lead actor and Ninja Theory video editor Melina Juergens, Ninja Theory scriptwriter and performance capture director Lara Derham, and Bernard Wolfe Professor of Health Neuroscience Paul Fletcher (a key collaborator on both Hellblade games) about Senua's evolving perception of her psychosis and how that will inform her narrative arc.

"At the end of the first game, [Senua] was really confronting a lot of new things, and that's a very difficult part of the journey," Derham told me. "I think at the end of the game, she came to a sense of--I wouldn't say complete peace, but more peace and more acceptance. And she had started to question and put aside her father's teachings: that this difference that she had that she shares with her mother is evil and wrong."

She continued: "So I think [Senua is] at a point now where she's prepared to move forward and look at what comes next. And for her, what comes next is this mission that she feels very strongly that she's destined to do, that she's chosen for. And this is to do with the promise that she made to Dillion about not letting anyone suffer as he did. So I think I like to see it as a step out into the world because it's not just about her and her pain, it's about other people. And there's a real selflessness to this decision that she makes, especially since she's putting herself at such great risk."

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Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2's Combat Looks Beautiful And Feels Badass

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 18:01

About halfway through my conversation with Dom Matthews, head ninja at Ninja Theory, and Melina Juergens, lead actor for Senua and video editor at Ninja Theory, I broke. I had to ask why the format of Senua's Saga: Hellblade II title is the inverse of the first game, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Why is the "Senua" part first? It's a small thing, sure, but I had to know if there was anything to it beyond the studio's secret machinations to confuse me. Juergens laughed and admitted that the change trips her up too (which made me feel a whole lot better), while Matthews surprised me with a serious answer to my otherwise silly question.

"We wanted to recognize the fact that the focus is on Senua," Matthews told me. "It's Senua's saga, it's Senua's story--we wanted that to be front and center. And it's an interesting thing, because, [in language], you can just accept that a [certain] word means something and you can't break it down and go, 'What does that mean?' That's 'Hellblade' now--Hellblade means something. It means something, but not in the building blocks of what it is--it's [just] Hellblade. And that's still important to the title of the game but we just wanted to put that focus on [Hellblade II] being Senua's saga. It's about her, it's about her journey. It's right that that comes first."

That journey feels like it's going to be fantastic. I played about 40 minutes of Hellblade II during a visit to Ninja Theory's studio in Cambridge, UK, and I was enthralled. Unlike the first game, which saw Senua, a Pict warrior with psychosis, struggling to fight her way through Helheim, Hellblade II grounds Senua in Iceland. From what I saw, this change pulls the focus away from the tantalizing mythology brought to life through Senua's delusions in the first game, and instead centers her conflicts in a more recognizable world. In response, Senua's movements in combat look and feel more realistic, prioritizing the heft of her sword, felt through her tired desperation during lengthier fights. Whenever Senua clashes swords with someone, Hellblade II makes it feel tense, as if life itself is challenging Senua to earn her right to exist in this world.

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