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Someone made the Waluigi's Taco Stand 64 meme into a real game

Eurogamer - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 15:13

If there are three guarantees in life, it's death, taxes, and the internet's enduring obsession with Waluigi.

For over a decade, the internet has circulated a meme about a mythical lost Nintendo game for the N64 called Waluigi's Taco Stand. Like all memes, it's hard to say exactly who started it, but the internet seems to agree it originated from the GameFAQs forums around 2002.

This week, the ancient meme resurfaced when ROM hacker Kaze Emanuar posted a video of a "lost N64 commerical" for Waluigi's Taco Stand. Several commenters claimed it looked just like an authentic N64 advert from the 90s. Having been too young to remember this myself, I sought confirmation by sending the video to our News Editor Tom Phillips for a second opinion. He said it did look authentic, based on other videos he had seen "on the Youtube". Sure thing, Tom.

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 announces first DLC Shadows over Bogenhafen

Eurogamer - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 15:01

The first additional downloadable content for Warhammer: Vermintide 2 has been announced. It's called Shadows over Bogenhafen and will be released 28th August on PC and Xbox One. Vermintide 2 isn't yet available on PS4 but will be at some point later this year.

There's not much known about Shadows over Bogenhafen yet - and the trailer barely reveals anything - except it will apparently, according to a press release, test heroes like never before. The baddie behind the mayhem is Plague Lord Nurgle, also known as Grandfather Nurgle (and a string of other names).

Bogenhafen, in the world of Warhammer, is a market town. Presumably it's now in rather a bad situation you will have to clear up.

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Google Releases a Searchable Database of US Political Ads

Slashdot - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 15:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: In an effort to provide more transparency and deliver on a promise to Congress, Google just published an archive of political ads that have run on its platform. Google's new database, which it calls the Ad Library, is searchable through a dedicated launch page. Anyone can search for and filter ads, viewing them by candidate name or advertiser, spend, the dates the ads were live, impressions and type. For anyone looking for the biggest ad budget or the farthest reaching political ad, the ads can be sorted by spend, impressions and recency, as well. Google also provided a report on the data, showing ad spend by U.S. state, by advertiser and by top keywords.

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Switchblade is a vehicle combat MOBA from Lucid Games

Eurogamer - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 14:07

The next title from Lucid, the studio founded by ex-Bizarre Creations developers, is a MOBA-style vehicle combat game called Switchblade.

Switchblade comes out as an Early Access title on PC via Steam and on PlayStation 4 on 28th August. Two teams of five battle against each other, and you're able to switch between vehicles at any time. The idea is the players work together to take down the opposition towers while fighting and escorting mobs.

It looks like this:

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Humble Jackbox Party Bundle live now

Eurogamer - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 13:51

If Andrew W.K.'s sudden appearance at E3 this year wasn't enough partying to meet your yearly partying quota, you might want to stock up on the kind of couch co-op, phone-controlled insanity that only Jackbox can bring. Enter the current Humble Bundle, which will help you do just that for a price of your choosing.

As is the norm for Humble Bundles, the more you end up paying, the more games you'll end up getting out of it and a chunk of the proceeds (which you control via the slider at the bottom of the page) will go to charity. This month's chosen charity is charity:water, which goes to help more people get access to clean water. You can, however, nominate a different charity if you prefer.

Here's what you can get:

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Tropico 6 will now arrive in January 2019

Eurogamer - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 12:55

Dictator simulator series Tropico will release its next instalment in 2019 - a little later than previously planned.

Tropico 6 has been set for a January 2019 release date on PC, Mac and Linux. Console versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will then follow on in the summer.

A previous teaser - from all the way back in June 2017 - pegged the project for launch in 2018. Obviously that's no longer the case.

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The FIFA 19 leaks continue - this time it's new celebrations

Eurogamer - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 12:47

FIFA 19 recently held a closed beta which was under embargo - but that hasn't stopped images and videos leaking out.

Hot on the heels of the leaked image that showed new FUT chemistry ratings for players, new videos have shown a raft of new celebrations for some of the most famous players in the world.

First up, we have Jesse Lingard doing the Milly Rock dance.

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Telltale sets a date for all three remaining Walking Dead episodes

Eurogamer - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 12:37

In a bit of a first for episodic game developer Telltale, the company has revealed release dates for all four instalments of its latest, and final, season of The Walking Dead games.

In the past, Telltale's series have followed a wildly changeable release schedule, which could see new episodes release up to three or more months apart - one of the many reasons (alongside the fact that Telltale has traditionally started sales on its games way before a season has ended) why some players prefer to wait for a near-complete season to release before getting stuck in.

After all, three months is a long time to be expected to remember the important details of an unfolding story.

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Fortnite mobile head-to-head: Android vs iOS vs Switch

Eurogamer - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 12:00

The arrival of Fortnite on Android completes the set - Epic's remarkable cross-play juggernaut is now available on pretty much every games-capable device running a modern GPU. We've looked at the console and iOS versions in the past, but with the Android release, we wanted to take a closer look at how Fortnite looks and runs across a gamut of mobile devices from top-end smartphones down to Nintendo's Switch running in mobile mode. The inclusion of the Nintendo hybrid is fascinating, revealing how low-level graphics APIs and a dedicated gaming focus allow for older mobile hardware to directly compete with - and sometimes even surpass - the outputs of today's top-end phones.

For the purposes of testing the Android version - and specifically, installing the game while bypassing Google Play - Epic sent us a Samsung Galaxy S9+, one of the most powerful handsets on the market. The firm's PR company warned us in advance that graphics comparisons won't be particularly interesting as iOS and Android effectively deliver an identical experience. By and large, that is indeed the case - the iOS port is excellent and running captured footage side-by-side with the Android build, you'd struggle to tell much of a difference.

Stacking up the S9+ powered Fortnite against the iPhone X version, there were only two variations of note. First of all, likely owing to screen aspect ratio differences, the Samsung phone actually delivers a higher native resolution - 1480x720 up against 1461x675 on the Apple flagship. Secondly, in very rare instances, iPhone X seems to resolve more detail in the far-flung distance - though by and large, even this is identical in most situations. The key takeaway is that Epic's work on Android is just as impressive as it was on iOS, but there is more one more significant difference worthy of note - selectable quality settings.

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Did Apple Secretly Crush An App Store Competitor In Japan?

Slashdot - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 12:00
According to Nikkei, Japan's Fair Trade Commission is looking into whether Apple improperly pressured Yahoo Japan to shut down a game streaming platform that competed with the iOS App Store. "Yahoo Japan's Game Plus service allowed people to stream full games made for other platforms and to play HTML5 games on mobile phones, which would have allowed iPhone owners to get games without going through the App Store," reports The Verge. From the report: Nikkei reports that Yahoo Japan slashed the program's budget last fall, just months after it launched, and told partners that it was due to pressure from Apple. It's said to have begun filing complaints with Japan's FTC around the same time. Developers essentially have no good alternative to the App Store on iOS. Their only other option is the web, which is a wonderful place for websites, but the web is rarely as fast or flashy as a native app. There are a great number of features that only native apps can take advantage of, which requires going through the App Store and giving Apple a 30 percent cut of most sales. Yahoo Japan's service was meant, in part, to be an alternative to that, offering better terms to developers, according to Nikkei, and fewer restrictions around how games were updated and sold. Final Fantasy creator Square Enix had even signed on and produced an exclusive game for the platform, which has since been pulled.

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Xbox One update adds ability to broadcast "everything"

Eurogamer - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 11:31

The latest Xbox One system update - rolling out now to alpha testers - has several handy new features for fans of streaming, shopping and avatars.

For the first time, broadcasting via Mixer will let you toggle on the ability to include "everything" you're doing on your console - including on the dashboard.

Until now, Mixer would pause any time you switched games or brought up the Home screen. There are options to hide your email and notifications for your privacy.

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After two months, 94% of players have deserted Realm Royale

Eurogamer - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 10:33

The battle royale genre is a cut-throat business, and its latest victim appears to be Hi-Rez Studio's Realm Royale.

The game was released on Steam in early access on 5th June, and despite attention from high-profile streamers such as Ninja it has failed to retain public interest. According to stats on Steamdb (via GitHyp), the game has lost 94 per cent of its player base in only two months. Peaking at 105,440 players on June 10th, the number yesterday slipped to a mere 5561.

Realm Royale began life as a game mode in Hi-Rez's (more successful) hero-shooter Paladins. Realm Royale differs from other battle royales in a few ways: there are five different character classes, there's a crafting system, and players transform into chickens when killed. Yet even this gimmick has failed to prevent players from flying the coop.

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Companies waved the Pride flag but gaming is still far from queer inclusive

Eurogamer - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 09:00

This year's Pride month had a greater presence in gaming than any before it. Several companies adopted pride colours over their well known logos, PlayStation sponsored London Pride and The Last of Us 2's lesbian kiss took centre stage at E3, the world's biggest gaming event. The talk online seemed to be that gaming was now an inclusive space and the conservative elements holding it back had at last been vanquished.

Adopting Pride colours sends a message to the ignorant out there but did this show of support translate into any meaningful action? Not really. PlayStation sponsoring London Pride was the strongest effort made by any large video game company and while public celebrations of queerness are important, paying to essentially have PlayStation branding all over a parade doesn't exactly strike me as real support. "Corporate pride" is a real problem and it goes without saying, big companies and corporations are not your friends.

It was still more than what most companies did. No public donations to LGBT charities, shelters or activist groups. No efforts to help out queer developers, to boost their presence on platforms like Steam. Nothing.

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Child Drownings In Germany Linked To Parents' Obsession With Mobile Phones

Slashdot - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 09:00
The German Lifeguard Association (DLRG) has made a direct connection between children getting into difficulty in the water and parents being too busy on their mobile phones to notice. More than 300 people have drowned in Germany so far this year. The Guardian reports: "Too few parents and grandparents are heeding the advice: when your children and grandchildren are in the water, put your smartphone away," Achim Wiese, the DLRG's spokesman, said. "We're experiencing on a daily basis that people treat swimming pools like a kindergarten and simply don't pay attention," added Peter Harzheim of the German federation of swimming pool supervisors. "In the past, parents and grandparents spent more time with their children in the swimming pool. But increasing numbers of parents are fixated by their smartphones and are not looking left or right, let alone paying attention to their children," he told German media. "It's sad that parents behave so neglectfully these days." The organization also put some blame on the school system for not making swimming lessons required from an early age. "Budget cuts have also led to swimming pools shortening their opening times," adds The Guardian.

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Climate Change Has Doubled the Frequency of Ocean Heatwaves

Slashdot - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 05:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Nature: Scientists analyzed satellite-based measurements of sea surface temperature from 1982 to 2016 and found that the frequency of marine heatwaves had doubled. These extreme heat events in the ocean's surface waters can last from days to months and can occur across thousands of kilometers. If average global temperatures increase to 3.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century, as researchers currently project, the frequency of ocean heatwaves could increase by a factor of 41. In other words, a one-in-one-hundred-day event at pre-industrial levels of warming could become a one-in-three-day event. The study has been published in the journal Nature.

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Police Bodycams Can Be Hacked To Doctor Footage, Install Malware

Slashdot - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 02:03
AmiMoJo shares a report from Boing Boing: Josh Mitchell's Defcon presentation analyzes the security of five popular brands of police bodycams (Vievu, Patrol Eyes, Fire Cam, Digital Ally, and CeeSc) and reveals that they are universally terrible. All the devices use predictable network addresses that can be used to remotely sense and identify the cameras when they switch on. None of the devices use code-signing. Some of the devices can form ad-hoc Wi-Fi networks to bridge in other devices, but they don't authenticate these sign-ons, so you can just connect with a laptop and start raiding the network for accessible filesystems and gank or alter videos, or just drop malware on them.

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Google Patches Chrome Bug That Lets Attackers Steal Web Secrets Via Audio Or Video HTML Tags

Slashdot - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 01:20
An anonymous reader writes: "Google has patched a vulnerability in the Chrome browser that allows an attacker to retrieve sensitive information from other sites via audio or video HTML tags," reports Bleeping Computer. The attack breaks CORS -- Cross-Origin Resource Sharing, a browser security feature that prevents sites from loading resources from other websites -- and will attempt to load resources (some of which can reveal information about users) inside audio and video HTML tags. During tests, a researcher retrieved age and gender information from Facebook users, but another researcher says the bug can be also used to retrieve data from corporate backends or private APIs. Ron Masas, a security researcher with Imperva, first discovered and reported this issue to Google. The bug was fixed at the end of July with the release of Chrome v68.0.3440.75.

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SEC Sends Subpoena To Tesla In Probe Over Musk's Take-Private Tweets

Slashdot - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 00:40
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sent Tesla a subpoena regarding Elon Musk's effort to take the company private, "indicating the regulatory scrutiny of his statements have reached a more serious stage," reports Bloomberg. Last week, Musk tweeted he was considering taking Tesla off the market and had "funding secured" for the deal. From the report: Musk exposed himself to legal risk by tweeting Aug. 7 that he had the funding for a buyout. Almost a week later, the chief executive officer said the basis for his statement was conversations with Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, which first expressed interest in helping take the company private in early 2017. Tesla's board has since clarified that it hasn't received a formal proposal from Musk, who's also chairman, nor has it concluded whether going private would be advisable or feasible. Tesla may face potential regulatory challenges beyond the SEC investigation. The company probably will need approval of U.S. national security officials if Saudi Arabia finances the effort to take the company private, and President Donald Trump's administration has been stepping up scrutiny of foreign investment in American technology.

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Diablo 3 for Switch rears its head again in a new leak

Eurogamer - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 00:09

Diablo 3, as many had surmised following a sneaky tweet by Blizzard earlier this year, is on its way to Switch - and should be with us by the end of 2018.

That's according to a since-deleted article by website Forbes (as spotted by Reddit), which looks to have slipped free of some kind of embargo chains, and merrily confirms information that trusted sources shared with Eurogamer back in March.

Diablo 3 for Switch will, says the report, go by the moniker Diablo 3 Eternal Collection, and bundles together the original game, 2014's Reaper of Souls expansion, alongside last year's Rise of the Necromancer pack - which adds a reworked version of Diablo 2's Necromancer class, among other bits and bobs, to the core experience.

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Investor Sues AT&T Over Two-Factor Security Flaws, $23 Million Cryptocurrency Theft

Slashdot - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 00:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: Crypto investor Michael Terpin filed a $224 million lawsuit against AT&T in California federal court Wednesday alleging that the phone company's negligence let hackers steal nearly $24 million in cryptocurrency from him, Reuters reports. He's also seeking punitive damages. Terpin says hackers were twice able to convince AT&T to connect his phone number to a SIM card they controlled, routing his calls and messages to them and enabling them to defeat two-factor authentication protections on his accounts. In one case, he says hackers also took control of his Skype account and convinced one of this clients to send money to them rather than Terpin. The second hack came even after AT&T agreed to put an additional passcode on his account, when a fraudster visited an AT&T store in Connecticut and managed to hijack Terpin's account without providing the code or a "scannable ID" as AT&T requires, he says.

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