Raising a child in the final season of Telltale's 'Walking Dead'
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When we we first met Clementine in Telltale's The Walking Dead, she was a scared eight-year old hiding in her tree house from the zombie hordes. Over time, she learned how to shoot, scavenge and survive as the world crumbled around her. Mostly, that was due to her great mentor: Lee, the first season's ex-convict lead. Now in The Walking Dead's final season, Clementine is a teenager with a young charge of her own. It's her job to keep him alive -- but also, to make sure he grows up properly. Welcome to parenthood in the zombie apocalypse.

'Dark Souls: Remastered' arrives on Nintendo Switch October 19th
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2018, 10:44 am

Dark Souls fans have eagerly been awaiting the release of the game on Nintendo Switch, and now we finally have a date for you. The remastered port and its matching amiibo will land on October 19th.

Source: Twitter

EA's design chief is leaving the company
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2018, 11:34 am

EA's turmoil isn't over yet. Chief Design Officer Patrick Söderlund is leaving the publisher after years in various positions, and mere months after receiving a promotion to his current role. It's not clear why he's leaving or where he'll go next, but he'll transition out over the course of three months as the company reshuffles itself to accommodate his exit. The cross-disciplinary SEED team will join EA's studios group, while Ubisoft and Zynga veteran Jason Wozencroft is joining the company to lead user experience design. EA's Orignals and Partners teams, meanwhile, are folding into its Strategic Growth unit.

Source: EA

'Monster Hunter: World' is pulled from China after only a few days
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2018, 8:16 am

Tencent thought licensing Monster Hunter: World for the Chinese market would help it compete with Steam when it comes to PC gaming. Unfortunately, things didn't go according to plan: the company has pulled the Capcom-developed title from its PC gaming platform WeGame merely a few days after release. And it's not because it underperformed -- Tencent said it received one million pre-orders for the game -- but because regulators in the country cancelled its license following a "large number of complaints."

Source: The Financial Times, Reuters

The Morning After: NVIDIA's graphics upgrade and taking Tesla private
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2018, 6:22 am

NVIDIA just launched its biggest graphical advance since 2006, and kids are well-equipped to hack election results. Also, Azealia Banks and Elon Musk have different stories to tell about last week's surprising tweet.

What we're playing: 'Dead Cells'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2018, 1:00 pm

You know the drill: Last year's PC indie sleeper gets new life with a Switch release. Motion Twin's Dead Cells is one of these. It's been out for a year on Steam Early Access, but properly arrived last week on all platforms, including Nintendo's hybrid console. The game is a good fit for the system: It's a side-scrolling hack-and-slash rogue-lite with plenty of paths to explore over your many, many runs. It has simple yet delightfully vibrant visuals, and all the action is compact enough to track while playing the console on the go. In short, it's exactly the kind of title Nintendo needs on the Switch.

DeepMind AI matches health experts at spotting eye diseases
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2018, 11:00 am

DeepMind has successfully developed a system that can analyze retinal scans and spot symptoms of sight-threatening eye diseases. Today, the AI division -- owned by Google's parent company Alphabet -- published "early results" of a research project with the UK's Moorfields Eye Hospital. They show that the company's algorithms can quickly examine optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans and make diagnoses with the same accuracy as human clinicians. In addition, the system can show its workings, allowing eye care professionals to scrutinize the final assessment.

AI-driven animations will make your digital avatars come to life
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2018, 9:00 am

Even with the assistance of automated animation features in modern game-development engines, bringing on-screen avatars to life can be an arduous and time-consuming task. However, a recent string of advancements in AI could soon help drastically reduce the number of hours needed to create realistic character movements.

The Morning After: A smart way of dealing with online trolls
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2018, 6:23 am

Good morning! Over the weekend, scientists might have detected our solar system's 'wall', Fallout 76 will have a smart in-game way to deal with trolls and Lenovo unveiled a new, slender, light professional laptop.

'Elder Scrolls: Legends' may skip PS4 due to cross-play ban
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 August 2018, 4:19 pm

Sony's ban on cross-play for PS4 titles may create more than just inconveniences for some gamers. Bethesda's senior global marketing VP Pete Hines told Game Informer in an interview that the console version of The Elder Scrolls: Legends won't launch on any system that doesn't support cross-play -- in other words, it would skip the PS4. The card battling title revolves around an experience you can carry from device to device, Hines said, and it would be unacceptable to have one version walled off from everything else. The feature is "essentially non-negotiable," the executive said.

Via: PC Gamer

Source: Game Informer

'Fallout 76' deals with trolls by making them part of the game
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 August 2018, 11:58 pm

When Bethesda mentioned that Fallout 76 was an online game, you could hear alarm bells ringing in fans' heads. How were they going to deal with the inevitable trolls who come in to ruin other players' fun? Now we know: it's making them a part of the game. In a presentation at QuakeCon, game lead Todd Howard revealed that people who kill unwilling victims will get bounties on their heads, with the money coming out of their total cap balance (that is, currency) and reflecting their character level. They'll also be impossible to miss -- you'll see a red star on the map.

Source: PCGamesN (1), (2)

Bethesda threatens lawsuit over sale of secondhand game
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 August 2018, 8:52 pm

You can legally resell your personal games in the US under the First Sale Doctrine, which allows resales of copyrighted media like discs so long as you don't modify them in any substantial way. However, Bethesda doesn't think that applies if the shrink wrap is still present -- the publisher recently threatened to sue gamer Ryan Hupp for listing an unopened PS4 copy of The Evil Within 2 on Amazon Marketplace when he realized he didn't need that version of the game. As Hupp explained to Polygon, Bethesda's law firm viewed the listing as "unlawful" because he was not only unauthorized to resell new copies, but had rendered the game "materially different" by not including the original warranty.

Source: Polygon

'Fortnite' Android beta invitations open to non-Samsung devices
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 August 2018, 4:14 pm

Samsung's Fortnite mini exclusive didn't last quite as long as expected. The 9to5Google team has noticed that, as promised, you can both sign up for an invitation and pre-install the beta directly through Epic's website. You'll still have to wait for Epic to let you in, but you'll be ready to play the battle royale shooter as soon as that golden message reaches your inbox.

Via: 9to5Google (1), (2)

Source: Epic Games

The Morning After: Weekend Edition
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 August 2018, 8:45 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend! NASA pushed back the launch of its solar probe, and we're reminiscing over the good old days of MoviePass.

The 'Halo' arcade game is playable at every Dave & Buster's
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2018, 9:57 pm

There's a new Halo game out this summer and you don't need an Xbox to play it. Instead, all you have to do is roll up to any Dave & Buster's and start popping quarters into it. Halo: Fireteam Raven is a four-player co-op on-rails arcade shooter developed my Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix, set during the events of the first (and best) game. Fireteam Raven plays out across a 130-inch wide 4K screen.

Source: Xbox Wire

Twitch nixes Communities, adds tags to improve content discovery
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2018, 6:34 pm

Video game streaming service Twitch launched Communities in February of last year. These were ostensibly hub page for specific games or topics that members could create to help people find content. Now the company will shut these pages down mid-September in favor of a new tagging system. Twitch will also add 10 new categories for streamers to help describe their content for better discovery.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Twitch

‘Quake Champions’ is free-to-play forever
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2018, 1:31 pm

Id Software released Quake Champions out of beta and in to Steam Early Access a year ago as a revival of its predecessors' arena shooter gameplay. Later, the studio stated that the game would be free to play, but only once the game fully launched. But at QuakeCon today, it announced the title is F2P, now and forever.

Source: Quake (Twitter)

'Doom Eternal' doubles the (destructible) demons
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2018, 1:42 pm

Bethesda and id Software teased Doom Eternal at E3, but now we've got a much better look at it. id promises twice as many demons as last time, including reimagined classic enemies from Doom 2 like the Arachnotron. There are destructible demons now too, with chunks falling off as you rip and tear through them.

‘Sea of Thieves’ could learn a thing or two from ‘No Man’s Sky’
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2018, 1:00 pm

The second Sea of Thieves campaign-slash-major update hit Xboxes and PCs last week, and it is, in a word, dull. Cursed Sails isn't too dissimilar from the first campaign, The Hungering Deep, in that the main quest is basically just a case of sailing from island to island to find the next clue. The new equivalent of the boss battle is identical in many ways, too. It's not so much a challenge as it is simply showing up with enough resources to keep your shift afloat, crew alive and cannons firing until you inevitably win. Alongside the humdrum quest, though, are several meaningful updates to the core game. There's positive growth here, and as No Man Sky's NEXT update has shown, continually adding content and making serious changes to a game people were initially disappointed with can eventually pay off. But, five months on, Sea of Thieves still needs more.

Source: Rare (1), (2)

Capcom made a ridiculous typewriter keyboard for 'Resident Evil 2'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2018, 1:18 pm

Over the years, Capcom has had some wild ideas for physical Resident Evil tie-ins. A Bluetooth keyboard modeled after Resident Evil 2's iconic Lexington typewriter might take the cake for the coolest one, though. Unlike the dollhouse that was part of the Resident Evil 7 special edition or the chainsaw controller from Resident Evil 4, folks who are really into keyboards (or typewriters) might actually get some use out of this.

Via: Kotaku

Source: Capcom

Discord can beat Steam at its own game with a curated store
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2018, 10:30 am

The Discord homepage doesn't mince words. "It's time to ditch Skype and TeamSpeak," it says in large white letters, just above buttons to download or open Discord, a video game-centric chat service that's exploded in popularity since launching in 2015. Today, Discord has 150 million users, and it's about to take on another major company in the gaming space: Steam.

Obsession drives Lara in 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2018, 9:00 am

Early trailers for Shadow of the Tomb Raider have portrayed Lara Croft as a ruthless killer. Someone who can hide in the jungle and silently dispatch armored soldiers with sophisticated traps and fast, calculated strikes. The underlying message is clear: The beloved archaeologist is now the hunter rather than the hunted.

Source: Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Germany removes blanket ban on Nazi imagery in games
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2018, 9:22 am

Before video games with swastikas and other Nazi symbols can be released in Germany, they have to go through some major edits to censor those images. Every Nazi eagle and swastika -- and even Adolf Hitler's moustache -- in the Wolfenstein series had to be scrubbed, for instance, even though Nazis are the villains in the game. That will no longer be the case going forward, now that German authorities have lifted the blanket ban on Nazi imagery in video games. Each title will now be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the country's Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (USK) and will be judged similarly to books and films.


Source: USK (Google Translate)

'Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes' no longer requires VR
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2018, 8:02 am

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a clever application of VR, as only one headset is required (for the bomb defuser) while everyone else explains how to deactivate the device. Now, you won't even need a VR system, just a console, as the game is coming to PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo's Switch. Pre-orders start today at noon ET, with an official release date of August 16th.

Source: PlayStation Blog

The Morning After: Galaxy Note 9 day
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2018, 6:30 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

After Samsung's big event, we've got all the Galaxy Note 9 (and Watch, and Home) news you need, right here. Prefer to catch the highlights yourself? We'll run down the best parts of the event in this quick video. But that's not all -- there's a must-see new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, and we have a heads-up on the solar probe NASA plans to launch Saturday.

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