Razer closes its game store after 10 months
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 February 2019, 10:34 pm

Razer is learning a hard lesson about the challenges of launching a game store. The hardware giant is closing the Razer Game Store on February 28th at 4AM Eastern as part of "realignment plans." It'll still honor pre-orders and notes that games will still work as long as you have their Steam or Uplay keys, but you won't have access to those keys once February is over. From March onward, you'll only get games from Razer through its reward programs.

Via: PC Gamer

Source: Razer




The Morning After: Amazon drops 'LotR' hints
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 February 2019, 8:45 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to your weekend! We're closing things out with a teaser from Amazon, as well as a preview of Samsung's big Galaxy S10 reveal. Some of the highlights from last week include a Zelda remake and our review of the OnePlus 6T.




Nerf's 'Fortnite' guns will be here March 22nd
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2019, 5:39 pm

If you thought Hasbro was already milking the Fortnite trend for all it's worth with an official Nerf gun, you haven't seen anything yet. The toy maker has unveiled its full line of Fortnite-themed Nerf guns (including Super Soakers), and while it's not a complete reflection of the battle royale shooter's arsenal, it's likely you'll find something that suits your tastes. People who prefer dart-based havoc can pick up the AR-L assault rifle ($50) or SP-L pistol ($20) for conventional weaponry, but they can also wield $10 MicroShot dart blasters for surprise attacks. If you've ever wanted to shoot foam projectiles from a llama's mouth, now's your chance.

Source: Hasbro Pulse




High-tech Pictionary is more challenging than using a pen
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2019, 3:36 pm

Pictionary seems like one of those perfect games that doesn't really need an upgrade. You draw on a piece of paper, and people guess what you're trying to show them. Sure, you can put the game on a phone or tablet, but the basic concept remains the same no matter where you play. However, this weekend at Toy Fair Mattel is unveiling Pictionary Air, which takes away the paper — or any other drawing surface, really — and asks to you draw in the empty space in front of you.




Overwatch League's premium pass wasn't ready for its debut
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2019, 11:10 am

If you tuned into opening night of Overwatch League's second season, you likely noticed some changes to the production from last year. For instance, each player's status bar at the top of the screen handily shows when a hero is hacked, stunned or firing off their ultimate ability. The biggest update for 2019, though, is the Command Center spectator option on Twitch, which lets you switch between the main broadcast stream, pro's perspectives and an overhead map whenever you like. However, the Command Center, which costs $15 for the season as part of an All-Access Pass, faced plenty of teething issues on opening night.




A pristine 'Super Mario Bros.' cartridge sold for over $100,000
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2019, 7:41 am

Despite classic video games now being readily available online and on throwback mini consoles, rare physical copies are still fetching big bucks. The latest record-breaking collector's item is a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. that just sold for $100,150, according to Kotaku, which experts claim is the highest-price ever paid for a single game.

Via: Kotaku

Source: Heritage Auctions




The 'Fortnite' dance lawsuits are close to falling apart
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2019, 8:31 am

Epic Games has found itself slapped with a flurry of lawsuits, all alleging the company of stealing people's dance moves and selling them on for a profit. These dances are incorporated into its world-conquering game Fortnite, which are bought by players for a quantity of in-game currency (costing real money). That's angered a number of musicians and viral video stars, who feel that they've been ripped off, but in one high-profile case, the law might be on Epic's side.

Via: Eurogamer

Source: THR




The new Pictionary has you drawing in thin air
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2019, 9:00 am

It's not easy being a traditional board game manufacturer in these digital days, although some companies have taken pretty bold steps to bridge the gap between table-top and pixel-based play. Now Pictionary is doing the same with Pictionary Air, which takes your competitive sketching off the paper and puts it onto your phone, tablet or TV screen instead.




Ubisoft: Ditching Steam for Epic caused a surge in 'Division 2' sales
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2019, 9:16 am

Ubisoft recently became the latest big gun to challenge Stream's status quo by jumping ship to the Epic Games Store. And it claims the decision has already paid off by diverting more players to its Uplay portal, where they purchased even more copies of The Division 2. Pre-orders for the sequel are higher than the original overall, and "six-times higher" on the Ubisoft store, noted Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot in yesterday's earnings call (per Rock, Paper, Shotgun).

Via: Rock, Paper, Shotgun




The Morning After: Amazon walks away from HQ2
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2019, 6:30 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

The Toy Fair is about to start, and we have some items from Hot Wheels and Lego that will make being born post-Xbox seem more appealing. Also, Amazon is pulling the plug on HQ2 and Neill Blomkamp's Anthem prequel short is ready for streaming.




Of course Netflix kept all of your choices in ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 February 2019, 7:24 pm

While you were watching Black Mirror: Bandersnatch on Netflix, Netflix was watching you, too. A General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) request filed by University College London technology policy researcher Michael Veale revealed that Netflix kept track of every decision users made while watching the interactive film and has held onto that information long after viewers reached one of Bandersnatch's endings.

Via: Motherboard

Source: Michael Veale




Hot Wheels' new TechMods are remote-control cars you build yourself
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 February 2019, 11:00 am

Hot Wheels has excelled at merging the real and virtual worlds for the past few years, but a lot of that has really been focused on the driving experience. Specifically, how to make it more like a video game with toys like Hot Wheels AI, Mindracers and Augmoto. This year the brand is finally giving budding gear heads some love with its new TechMods set, an app-controlled vehicle that you build yourself and then control with your phone. It's not the same as tinkering under a hood, but it is actually fun to put together.




A 'Stranger Things' version of 'Dungeons and Dragons' arrives April 22nd
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 February 2019, 2:03 pm

The third season of Stranger Things won't arrive until July, but you might be able to while away some of the time by checking out the Dungeons and Dragons adventure the gang plays in the first episode. Hasbro is releasing a D&D starter kit based on "Hunt for the Thessalhydra" on April 22nd.

Via: BuzzFeed, Polygon




'90s internet simulator 'Hypnospace Outlaw' launches on March 12
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 February 2019, 3:23 pm

The wild west era of the internet is coming back, and you're tasked with moderating all of the madness. That's the premise of alternate-reality 1990s internet simulator Hypnospace Outlaw, the latest title from Dropsy creator Jay Tholen. The anticipated game finally has a launch date, set for March 12th. The game will be available through Steam and GOG on March 12th for $19.99.

Source: No More Robots




The 'Link's Awakening' remake could be the start of something special
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 February 2019, 12:24 pm

I never beat The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, but not for lack of trying. It's one of my favorite entries in the Zelda series, and I played it over and over as a kid. I got stuck on the same bit every time, one puzzle I couldn't get past. It vexed me for years, but eventually I forgot about it. But now, more than 20 years later, I get another shot at it: yesterday, Nintendo went deep into its back catalog to show off a remake of Link's Awakening for the Switch. The 1993 title debuted on the Game Boy and changed what we thought Nintendo's humble handheld console was capable of. Indeed, the game was nearly as deep and vast as A Link to the Past on the Super NES.




'Tetris 99' hands-on: The battle royale game for everyone else
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 February 2019, 9:30 am

Last night, Nintendo dropped an awful lot of things to get excited about if you're a Switch owner. Alongside a Zelda remake, a new game from the makers of Bayonetta, and Super Mario Maker 2, it resurrected Tetris (bigger than Mario, right?) for 2019. The company (and the Tetris experts at Arika) have made it battle royale-style.




Watch the 'Anthem' prequel from the director of 'District 9'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 February 2019, 10:52 am

A short film set in the world of BioWare's online shooter Anthem, which highlights some of the universe's lore, dropped on Thursday morning. Conviction is directed by Neill Blomkamp, a name you might recognize from District 9, Chappie, the ill-fated Halo movie or an upcoming RoboCop reboot.

Source: Oats Studios (YouTube)




The puzzling chaos of ‘Human: Fall Flat’ is coming to phones
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 February 2019, 7:41 am

Soon it won't just be Switch owners who get to play indie platform-puzzler Human: Fall Flat on the go. After shifting five million copies across PC, Mac and consoles, the game is heading to mobiles. For the uninitiated, Human stars a claymation-style character named Bob, who walks like he's drunk. Your job is to steer him across a series of floating levels, each with increasingly difficult physics-based puzzles. But if you're easily distracted, chances are you'll use the props on-hand (think catapults, forklifts, and wrecking balls) to cause happy accidents.




Lego’s newest playsets are haunted by AR
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 February 2019, 9:00 am

As much as we like to shake our metaphorical canes at kids and lament how they're all about Minecraft and Fortnite these days, the truth is that they're still really big into physical play too. Children still love Lego, both the plastic bricks and the worlds they can create with them. However, the company is now going to try to unite all these different aspects — building, video games and storytelling — with its new AR-based line, Lego Hidden Side. Kids can construct sets and bring them to life using their phones, with a continuing narrative to keep them coming back for more.




‘Silksong’ is a full-blown sequel to ‘Hollow Knight’
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 February 2019, 5:35 am

Hollow Knight was kind of a sleeper hit, at least around these parts. It goes without saying that if we'd given it the appropriate attention, the Kickstarter-funded title would've made our game of the year list when it first came to PC in 2017. Either way, it's definitely one of the best Metroidvania games ever made. And it's getting a sequel.

Source: Team Cherry




'Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night' is finally coming this summer
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 February 2019, 6:00 am

You'll finally be able to play Castlevania's spiritual successor this year. Both Nintendo and Sony have announced that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is coming out this summer for the Switch and the PS4. The game started as a Kickstarter project headed by Koji Igarashi, lead producer of the Castlevania series, which raised over $5.5 million back in 2015.

Source: Nintendo (YouTube)




The Morning After: Mars Opportunity rover, R.I.P.
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 February 2019, 6:30 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Some sad news as NASA declares that its Mars Opportunity rover is no more. Happy news though: Nintendo dropped a ton of games news late yesterday, including a battle royale Tetris (stay with me) and the return of a legendary Zelda game, A Link To The Past. Meanwhile, Tesla's Dog Mode and Sentry updates are on their way to customers' EVs.




'Fortnite' players can get the next Battle Pass for free
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 February 2019, 5:07 am

For the best part of a year, Fortnite has been king of the battle royale genre, both in terms of players and revenue. PUBG and Blackout have attempted to usurp the free-to-play shooter but Epic Games has successfully managed fend off its competition with the promise of addictive gameplay and regular updates. However, there's a new pretender to the throne. In the space of two weeks, Respawn's Apex Legends has amassed 25 million players and become streamers' battle royale of choice. Epic Games knows it has a battle on its hands and has begun employing the clever tactic of giving away stuff for free in order to keep its player base loyal.

Source: Epic Games




Nintendo announces 'Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice' for the Switch
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 February 2019, 8:03 pm

The award-winning game Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is bound to mess with more people's heads now that it's confirmed for the Nintendo Switch. It came out for the Xbox One and got the VR makeover for the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive in 2018, almost a year after it debuted for the PC and the PS4. Now, Ninja Theory is releasing the dark fantasy action-adventure game on Nintendo's versatile console sometime this spring.

Source: NIntendo (Twitter)




Harmonix's answer to 'Beat Saber' is a VR rhythm shooter
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 February 2019, 9:35 pm

Beat Saber has become something of a hit in the rhythm game scene thanks to its clever VR mechanics, and the veterans at Harmonix clearly want to offer their own response. They've unveiled Audica, a VR-only title where you blast the notes instead of slicing or tapping them. You're testing both your aim and your knack for keeping time, really. The soundtrack includes tunes from "some of the world's most popular electronic artists" (no Rock Band-style jams here), and you'll naturally compete against others on global leaderboards.

Via: Harmonix (Twitter)

Source: Audica, Oculus Store, Steam




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