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You can now play Super Mario 64 online with others

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 12:31

UPDATE 20/9/17: Nintendo has taken down the videos of Super Mario 64 Online posted on its creator's Patreon and YouTube.

According to the romhack's creator, Kaze Emanuar, Nintendo removed 20 of his videos videos, closed down his Patreon and filed a DMCA complaint about two of his discord uploads.

When you try to watch any of the videos, a message appears saying, "this video contains content from Nintendo, who has blocked it on copyright grounds".

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You can now play Super Mario 64 online with others

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 12:31

UPDATE 20/9/17: Nintendo has taken down the videos of Super Mario 64 Online posted on its creator's Patreon and YouTube.

According to the romhack's creator, Kaze Emanuar, Nintendo removed 20 of his videos videos, closed down his Patreon and filed a DMCA complaint about two of his discord uploads.

When you try to watch any of the videos, a message appears saying, "this video contains content from Nintendo, who has blocked it on copyright grounds".

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Puzzle favourite Picross headed to Nintendo Switch

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 12:31

Nintendo handhelds have long been home to Picross, a pictoral number puzzler particularly popular in Japan.

Today, a new version of the game was announced for Nintendo Switch - and it's called Picross S.

Picross S will be available to download from the Switch eShop from next Thursday, 28th September. There's no UK price yet, but it'll cost $8/€8 elsewhere.

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Puzzle favourite Picross headed to Nintendo Switch

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 12:31

Nintendo handhelds have long been home to Picross, a pictoral number puzzler particularly popular in Japan.

Today, a new version of the game was announced for Nintendo Switch - and it's called Picross S.

Picross S will be available to download from the Switch eShop from next Thursday, 28th September. There's no UK price yet, but it'll cost $8/€8 elsewhere.

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Square Enix is trying to get full-fat Final Fantasy 15 on Nintendo Switch

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 12:00

A few short weeks back, Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata hinted that Square Enix was looking into bringing his game to Nintendo's Switch console, and now we've an idea of what exactly that might look like - even if it's still very much in the planning stage.

There was some speculation that the Switch would get Final Fantasy 15: Pocket Edition, a mobile spin-off that takes the original game's story and delivers it across 10 episodic chapters tailored for touchscreens, but it sounds as if Square Enix is attempting to get a version of the console game running on Nintendo's hardware.

"We're actually doing very specific technical investigations into what's possible at the moment," Tabata told us at Square Enix's Shinjuku offices ahead of this week's Tokyo Game Show. "Where we are at the moment - we've completed those tests and have worked out where the ground lies. We're currently in the middle of the discussion and debate about what we should be doing, and how to realise that on the Switch.

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Square Enix is trying to get full-fat Final Fantasy 15 on Nintendo Switch

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 12:00

A few short weeks back, Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata hinted that Square Enix was looking into bringing his game to Nintendo's Switch console, and now we've an idea of what exactly that might look like - even if it's still very much in the planning stage.

There was some speculation that the Switch would get Final Fantasy 15: Pocket Edition, a mobile spin-off that takes the original game's story and delivers it across 10 episodic chapters tailored for touchscreens, but it sounds as if Square Enix is attempting to get a version of the console game running on Nintendo's hardware.

"We're actually doing very specific technical investigations into what's possible at the moment," Tabata told us at Square Enix's Shinjuku offices ahead of this week's Tokyo Game Show. "Where we are at the moment - we've completed those tests and have worked out where the ground lies. We're currently in the middle of the discussion and debate about what we should be doing, and how to realise that on the Switch.

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Popular Steam Extension 'Inventory Helper' Spies On Users, Says Report

Slashdot - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 12:00
SmartAboutThings shares a report from Windows Report: If you installed the "Steam Inventory Helper" on your computer, you may want to uninstall it as soon as possible. Recent reports suggest that this extension used to buy and sell digital goods on Steam is spying on its users. Redditor Wartab made a thorough analysis of the tool and reached the following conclusions: The spyware code tracks your every move starting from the moment you visit a website until you leave. It also tracks where you are coming from on the site; Steam Inventory Helper tracks your clicks, including when you are moving your mouse and when you are having focus in an input; When you click a link, it sends the link URL to a background script; Fortunately, the code does not monitor what you type. Apparently, the purpose of this spyware is to collect data about gamers for promotional purposes.

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World's first 8K VR headset off to flyer on Kickstarter

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 11:44

In less than a day the world's first - or so it claims - 8K virtual reality headset has raced past a Kickstarter goal of $200,000, amassing, with 44 days still to go, nearly $600,000.

Pimax: The World's First 8K VR Headset has a 4K display for each eye, making everything much sharper and text far more readable. The field of vision has also roughly doubled to wrap around into your peripheral vision, which apparently makes Vive and Rift feel like wearing binoculars. Latency and refresh rates are also apparently low therefore reducing motion sickness.

Admirably Pimax doesn't intend to be a walled garden of an ecosystem but an open platform compatible with Steam VR and Oculus VR, as well as their base stations and controllers. The SDK - containing the headset's development tools - is openly available.

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World's first 8K VR headset off to flyer on Kickstarter

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 11:44

In less than a day the world's first - or so it claims - 8K virtual reality headset has raced past a Kickstarter goal of $200,000, amassing, with 44 days still to go, nearly $600,000.

Pimax: The World's First 8K VR Headset has a 4K display for each eye, making everything much sharper and text far more readable. The field of vision has also roughly doubled to wrap around into your peripheral vision, which apparently makes Vive and Rift feel like wearing binoculars. Latency and refresh rates are also apparently low therefore reducing motion sickness.

Admirably Pimax doesn't intend to be a walled garden of an ecosystem but an open platform compatible with Steam VR and Oculus VR, as well as their base stations and controllers. The SDK - containing the headset's development tools - is openly available.

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Super Mario Odyssey footage leak shows off Frog Mario and more

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 11:28

We'll be able to show you more of Super Mario Odyssey in the not-too-distant future, but until then, one YouTube channel has decided to dump all of its footage online.

Details revealed by the footage are, of course, already being spread on NeoGAF and reddit.

For example, there's a video of Frog Mario gameplay showing off how Mario's movement and abilities change when he uses his new possession power on a nearby ampibian.

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Jelly Deals: Humble 'Very Positive' Bundle 2 available now

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 11:22

A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

Stop me if you've heard this one before - there's a new Humble Bundle up now.

One of the most popular Humble Bundles of the year so far was the Humble 'Very Positive' Bundle, which brought together a whole batch of games that held 'Very Positive' or higher ratings on Steam. Due to that success, Humble thought it best to bring the idea back for round two.

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Bizarre mod adds GTA character to Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 11:04

Do you ever play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and just think, "I hate you Link. Why can't you be more street?" Well one modder has heard your cries of disdain and is granting you your wish - by letting you play as CJ from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Modder WilianZilv has created a skin which turns Link into GTA's Carl Johnson, AKA "the guy who doesn't hate gravity anymore because he now has a paraglider!"

Check out footage of the mod in action below:

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Atomega review

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 11:00

When you are very small the world is a fast and dangerous place. Open spaces are frightening, so you rush through channels underground and find your perch in hidey-holes and gaps snugged between temple walls. When you are very big, the world moves more slowly: you are stately yet terrifying in your bulk - and you are also exposed. Everyone who wants a piece of you only has to look up to see exactly where you are, and that landscape of hidden channels and hidey-holes, that world of gaps and knots and secret causeways, has essentially disappeared. Open spaces are still frightening, and even as you slap your enemies away or seer them with ancient light while they race through your feet, you realise that the entire landscape is an open space now, and you the only real monument left.

Atomega is fascinating, a multiplayer shooter that feels nothing like a multiplayer shooter most of the time because it is driven by powers of ten. In Atomega you start each game with up to seven other players and one aim: to grow and grow and grow, sucking down the purple cubes that are scattered over the golden blocks and temples of this ancient arena you find yourself within. Purple cubes will take you from the glowing atom you start life as, through the tiers of life itself: from single-celled organism, to protozoa, to staggering dinosaur, loping gorilla, towering Superior and then the spindly skyscraping majesty of the Omega. Cubes are mass, and the more mass you have the more points you earn - and getting the most points is your defining ambition in this single-arena, single-mode blaster.

There is a boldness here: single-arena, single-mode. And a boldness in that idea, too, that you race through the game going from something tiny to something gigantic. And there is a splinter of glorious ruefulness too, because Atomega is a game in which you have to be careful about what you wish for. Collecting mass may be the objective, but how best to do that when seven other players are after the same thing? When everyone's moving endlessly across the same environment, waiting for those purple cubes to respawn in polite rows or tumble out of fountains, or deciding, instead, that enough time has passed, enough growth has taken place and that they now fancy their chances shooting you to pieces and picking the mass from your crumbling corpse.

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Final Fantasy 15's multiplayer expansion gets a date

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 10:08

Final Fantasy 15's multiplayer expansion, titled Comrades, has got an all-new trailer and a final release date, with the add-on coming out on 31st October.

It's part of ongoing support for Square Enix's RPG, which first launched last November, with three episodes centred around the main party also being released as part of Final Fantasy 15's season pass.

Comrades is also part of that season pass (it'll also be sold separately, it's worth noting), allowing players to party up in a series of co-op missions. A limited beta launched back in August, allowing people to sample Final Fantasy 15's own particular take on multiplayer.

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Jelly Deals: Xbox One X pre-orders are now live

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 09:45

A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

Weeks after the initial batch of launch-only, pre-order-only Xbox One X 'Project Scorpio Edition' consoles came and went, you can now finally pre-order an Xbox One X again.

This morning, the vast majority of retailers opened up pre-orders on the regular edition of the Xbox One X 1TB console. With under two months until the system launches and judging by how fast the Project Scorpio Edition sold out, if you've been thinking about upgrading to the so-called 'world's most powerful console', you may want to think about getting an order down while you still can.

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New Tomb Raider film gets first trailer

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 09:36

The upcoming Tomb Raider movie which stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft has received its first trailer.

The film looks to be about Lara returning from some form of walkabout (possibly a gap year?) as she decides to inherit her father's legacy of hunting for treasure and/or saving the world. It's always nice when these things coincide, eh?

Like Crystal Dynamics' recent 2013 reboot, the film will strand Lara on an island for the bulk of its adventure, as opposed to some earlier games and films that saw her globe-trotting. If nothing else Vikander looks the part, which is more than we can say of the film's poster, which saw Lara sporting a bizarrely photoshopped elongated neck.

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The Switch's secret game looks like it could be a tribute to Satoru Iwata

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 09:08

Earlier this week, a secret game was discovered within the Nintendo Switch - an emulation of 1984's NES Golf, complete with motion control support.

Now, that game has been launched on a console, and the requirements to get it up and running suggest its inclusion is in part a tribute to Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's late president who passed away in 2015.

Users at Switchbrew have discovered that to launch the game, both Joy-Cons must be detatched, and a simple hand gesture - which looks like a reference to Iwata's famous 'Direct' hand gesture - must be carried out, and successful activation triggers a small voice sample of Iwata taken from a 2012 presentation. In a further kink, the date must be July 11th, the day on which Iwata passed in 2015 - and given that the Switch's time synchronisation is done server side, there's unfortunately no way to trick a system into thinking it's that precise date unless it's a box fresh unit that's never been connected to the internet. Given that's the case, we've been unable to verify this ourselves, and have asked Nintendo for clarification.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider shines in HDR on Xbox One X

Eurogamer - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 09:05

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft began its latest global media tour, primarily to promote Xbox One X. While the range of games available to check out was essentially a subset of the impressive Gamescom line-up, we did have the opportunity to get direct feed capture of a range of titles that we'll be covering over the next week, starting with Rise of the Tomb Raider. We've already posted our initial thoughts on the Gamescom demo (and we have more coverage planned) but for now, we thought we'd kick off with a look at the game's breathtaking HDR support.

Right now, the high dynamic range functionality has only been confirmed for Xbox One X, but we're hopefully that developer Nixxes will also roll out the upgrade for PC and PS4 Pro users. In theory, that should not be too difficult: we've already seen HDR running beautifully on Nvidia PC hardware as far back as March 2016 at the GTX 1080 launch. Nixxes has even blogged about it, making its no-show for users something of a mystery. It's a feature worth bragging out - what we've seen of Tomb Raider's HDR support on Xbox One X is simply beautiful, significantly transforming the look of the game.

HDR is all about extreme contrast - on the right screens, blacks can be inky black, whites can be eye-searingly bright. Tomb Raider literally runs the gamut in the Prophet's Tomb Gamescom demo, Lara's progress through a near pitch black cave illuminating by her bright blue glowstick, the dark and forboding Prophet's Tomb itself more accurately lit by the natural light flowing in from the sky above. There's even the sense that more detail is resolved in the specular pass, particularly on the moist cave walls. From our perspective, it's another cool reason to revisit this game when Xbox One X launches on November 7

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NASA's Hubble Captures Blistering Pitch-Black Planet

Slashdot - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 09:00
schwit1 writes: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere. The oddball exoplanet, called WASP-12b, is one of a class of so-called "hot Jupiters," gigantic, gaseous planets that orbit very close to their host star and are heated to extreme temperatures. The planet's atmosphere is so hot that most molecules are unable to survive on the blistering day side of the planet, where the temperature is 4,600 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, clouds probably cannot form to reflect light back into space. Instead, incoming light penetrates deep into the planet's atmosphere where it is absorbed by hydrogen atoms and converted to heat energy. "We did not expect to find such a dark exoplanet," said Taylor Bell of McGill University and the Institute for Research on Exoplanets in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, lead researcher of the Hubble study. "Most hot Jupiters reflect about 40 percent of starlight."

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Is the World Ready For Flying Cars?

Slashdot - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 05:30
An anonymous reader shares a report from TechCrunch, adding: "Is the world ready for flying cars? Sebastian Thrun, the supposed godfather of autonomous driving, and several other tech investors seem to think so." From the report: At TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017, Thrun talked a lot about flying cars and how that was the future of transportation. So did GGV's Jenny Lee, a prolific investor in China. And so did Steve Jurvetson, one of the original investors in SpaceX. The technical backbone for flying cars seems to be there already -- with drones becoming ever-present and advancements in AI and self-driving cars -- but the time is coming soon that flying cars will be the primary mode of transportation. "I can't envision a future of highways [and being] stuck in cars," Thrun said. "I envision a [future] where you hop in a thing, go in the air, and fly in a straight line. I envision a future where Amazon delivers my food in the air in five minutes. The air is so free of stuff and is so unused compared to the ground, it has to happen in my opinion." Cars today are forced to move on a two-dimensional plane (ramps, clover intersections and tunnels set aside), and while self-driving cars would make it easier for cars to talk to each other and move more efficiently, adding a third dimension to travel would make a lot of sense coming next. Thrun pointed to airplane transit, which is already a "fundamentally great mass transit system." Jurvetson said he was actually about to ride in a flying car before he "watched it flip over" before arriving to talk about some of the next steps in technology onstage. So, there's work to be done there, but it does certainly seem that all eyes are on flying cars. And that'll be enabled by autonomous driving, which will probably allow flying cars to figure out the most efficient paths from one point to the next without crashing into each other. Lee said that China is closely analyzing changes in transportation, which might end up leading to flying cars. "I do want to highlight that there's going to be huge disruption within the transportation ecosystem in China," Lee said. "Cars going from diesel to electric. China has about 200 million install base of car ownership. In 2016, only 1 million cars are electric. The Chinese government hopes to install 5 million parking lots that are electric... Even the Chinese OEMs are buying into flying taxis."

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