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Hollow Knight on Switch has been delayed until early next year

Eurogamer - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 19:47

Developer Team Cherry has announced that the Nintendo Switch port of Hollow Knight, its beautiful bug-themed Metroidvania, will now release early next year.

A Switch version of Hollow Knight was first announced all the way back in January, when Team Cherry revealed that the game's planned Wii U port would no longer be happening. At the time, the developer said that the new Switch version of Hollow Knight would arrive "not too long after the platform's launch".

March came and went with no sign of Hollow Knight on Switch, but Team Cherry has continued to update fans on the port's progress. In its latest news post, however, the developer dropped the bad news. "Despite our best efforts", it said, "we've recently made the difficult decision to push HK's Switch release to early 2018."

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CompuServe's Forums Are Closing On December 15

Slashdot - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 19:23
harrymcc writes: In the era before the web, the forums on CompuServe were indispensable for everything from getting tech questions answered to chatting about movies. They still exist, albeit in diminished form. But Oath, which owns AOL, which owns what's left of CompuServe, is about to finally shut them down. I wrote about the sad news for Fast Company.

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The Strange Art of Writing Release Notes

Slashdot - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 18:40
Reader necro81 writes: IEEE Spectrum has an amusing piece on how App Stores, and the frequent updates to those apps, have given release notes new prominence to average users. Unfortunately, most release notes are hum drum and uninformative: "bug fixes, performance improvements." That may be accurate, but isn't useful for determining if the new version is worth downloading. The article highlights counterexamples that weave humor and creativity into the narrative, even if it still just boils down to "bug fixes". For instance, when was the last time your release notes included ASCII art? Although a bit old, TechCrunch also has a commentary on the highs and lows of App Store release notes. What is the opinion of /. readers? How much information is appropriate in release notes? Should one make any attempts at levity, or keep it strictly to business? For those of you who actually write release notes, what guidelines do you use?

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Nintendo and Universal in talks for animated Mario Bros. movie

Eurogamer - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 18:35

Two decades on from Nintendo's last attempt, it looks like there's going to be a new Super Mario Bros. movie.

This time around it'll be an animated film, from Minions and Shrek studio Universal Animation.

That's according to a new Wall Street Journal report, which claims both Nintendo and Universal are close to signing on the dotted line.

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Russia uses game screenshot to try and claim US is working with ISIS

Eurogamer - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 18:25

The Russian Ministry of Defence has released an image it claimed showed US forces covering the retreat of so-called Islamic State fighters. Proof, it said, of collaboration between the two sides.

The only problem? The image is actually from a video game named AC-130 Gunship Simulator. Specifically, the image comes from gameplay footage uploaded to YouTube by its little-known developer (thanks, PCGamesN).

Journalist Eliot Higgins was first to notice the Russian MOD's Twitter post as fake news:

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Fedora 27 Released

Slashdot - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 18:00
The Fedora Project has announced the general availability of Fedora 27 Workstation and Fedora 27 Atomic editions. Fedora 27 brings with it "thousands of improvements" from both the Fedora Community and various upstream software projects, the team said on Tuesday. From a post on Fedora Magazine: The Workstation edition of Fedora 27 features GNOME 3.26. In the new release, both the Display and Network configuration panels have been updated, along with the overall Settings panel appearance improvement. The system search now shows more results at once, including the system actions. GNOME 3.26 also features color emoji support, folder sharing in Boxes, and numerous improvements in the Builder IDE tool. The new release also features LibreOffice 5.4.

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EA's 'Star Wars' PR Disaster Finally Pushed Gamers Into Open Revolt Against Loot Boxes

Slashdot - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 17:20
Gaming company Electronic Arts is not having a good week. Bowing to pressure from early players of Star Wars Battlefront II and the historically negative reaction over the weekend to the company's response to complaints on Reddit, the company has now detailed significant cuts in the cost to unlock characters in its game and promised to continue to listen to player feedback. From a report: Most importantly, Electronic Arts today announced that they are reducing the number of credits needed to unlock top characters in the game by 75 percent. Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader will now cost 15,000 credits. Emperor Palatine, Chewbacca and Leia Organa will now cost 10,000 and Iden will cost 5,000. Mashable reports on the outcry that took place over the weekend: Battlefront II isn't technically out until Nov. 17, but fans that subscribe to EA Access or Origin Access -- which give Xbox One and PC players, respectively, a five-day, 10-hour window to play EA games before they launch -- are discovering how those changes feel. And it's a bad scene, friends. "At the current price of 60,000 credits it will take you 40 hours of gameplay time to earn the right to unlock one hero or villain [in Star Wars: Battlefront II]," Reddit user TheHotterPotato wrote in a post. "That means 40 hours of saving each and every credit, no buying any crates at all, so no bonus credits from getting duplicates in crates." The Reddit post produced such a mind-blowingly negative response that an agent of EA actually responded. Unfortunately, that response made things even worse. EA's Reddit account is plastered with a barrage of downvotes, with one particular response receiving over 600,000 downvotes -- a record.

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Total War is getting a Viking-inspired spin-off next year

Eurogamer - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 17:00

The first of the Total War Sagas, Thrones of Britannia, will be released next year. It focuses on the years following the Viking Invasion of Britain in 866 AD.

The campaign itself begins in 878 AD, as Norse invaders construct settlements in the lands they once pillaged, while various Anglo-Saxon kings either stand defiant or give in to their demands. The most notable of these monarchs is King Alfred, who is famous for being very good at fighting Vikings.

Hold up, it's time for a cool history fact.

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Firefox Quantum Arrives With Faster Browser Engine, Major Visual Overhaul

Slashdot - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 16:41
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched Firefox 57, branded Firefox Quantum, for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The new version, which Mozilla calls "by far the biggest update since Firefox 1.0 in 2004," brings massive performance improvements and a visual redesign. The Quantum name signals Firefox 57 is a huge release that incorporates the company's next-generation browser engine (Project Quantum). The goal is to make Firefox the fastest and smoothest browser for PCs and mobile devices -- the company has previously promised that users can expect "some big jumps in capability and performance" through the end of the year. Indeed, three of the four past releases (Firefox 53, Firefox 54, and Firefox 55) included Quantum improvements. But those were just the tip of the iceberg. Additionally, Firefox now exclusively supports extensions built using the WebExtension API, and unsupported legacy extensions will no longer work, the company said.

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Rime developer addresses Switch performance issues

Eurogamer - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 16:37

Puzzle adventure Rime launches on Switch this week - today in North America, on Friday in the UK - but there are concerns surrounding its performance on Nintendo's handheld.

Previews have shown the game to sometimes display a choppy frame-rate, and include long loading times. When I played the game back in September at EGX, both were noticeable (you can see footage of me playing the preview build below).

Last night, in a reddit AMA, Rime developer Tequila Works spoke about the technical challenges it faced when bringing the game to Switch - and the compromises it decided to make.

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FIFA 18 patch stamps out popular FUT AI "exploit"

Eurogamer - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 16:25

Last week we reported on an "exploit" FIFA 18 players were using to beat the FIFA Ultimate Team AI on the hardest difficulty for the maximum FIFA Coins reward possible.

While the "exploit" was hardly a 'press a button to win' situation, it was effective. It involved shielding with terrible (bronze) players with low physical stats to bait the AI into fouling and getting sent off. With enough players sent off, the computer controlled team could be consistently defeated even on the normally rock hard ultimate difficulty.

The "exploit" got traction within the FIFA community after the top-ranked FUT Squad Battles player on PlayStation 4 was accused of using the technique.

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OnePlus Phones Come Preinstalled With a Factory App That Can Root Devices

Slashdot - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 16:01
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Some OnePlus devices, if not all, come preinstalled with an application named EngineerMode that can be used to root the device and may be converted into a fully-fledged backdoor by clever attackers. The app was discovered by a mobile security researcher who goes online by the pseudonym of Elliot Alderson -- the name of the main character in the Mr. Robot TV series. Speaking to Bleeping Computer, the researcher said he started investigating OnePlus devices after a story he saw online last month detailing a hidden stream of telemetry data sent by OnePlus devices to the company's servers.

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Jelly Deals: The Evil Within 2 gets its price slashed this week

Eurogamer - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 16:00

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.

It's been a bit of a year for Bethesda. Prey, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, Wolfenstein 2 and, of course, The Evil Within 2 all released this year. That's not counting Quake Champions, Elder Scrolls Online: Legends and Doom VFR. Without a massive breakout success in the bunch, it's hardly surprising that Bethesda has become a little mercenary about the pricing of its games post-launch.

Last year's Doom can routinely be picked up for around £10 on consoles, Prey is only months old but has been priced as low as £15 at times, and now its The Evil Within 2's turn to fall in price, albeit not quite as far. This is likely to be a pre-Black Friday price drop, meaning you probably shouldn't expect the price to plummet again anytime soon. As a reminder, we've got guides to the best PS4 Black Friday deals, Xbox Black Friday deals, Nintendo Black Friday deals and much more, just in case you want to keep as up to date as possible.

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Call of Duty: WW2 dev delays microtransactions to focus on fixing online issues

Eurogamer - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 15:49

Call of Duty: WW2's microtransactions were due to go live today, 14th November, but have been delayed so developer Sledgehammer can prioritise sorting out the game's troubling online issues.

The game's microtransaction currency, dubbed COD Points, will now go live on 21st November "so the team can focus on our top priority items", Sledgehammer said in an update on the Call of Duty: WW2 subreddit.

COD Points are used to buy loot boxes, or supply drops in Call of Duty: WW2 - the boxes that fall from the sky in the Headquarters social space - with real world money. Currently, there is no way to buy supply drops with real world money. In fact, the game does not have any microtransactions at all right now.

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Digital Technology Can Help Reinvent Basic Education In Africa

Slashdot - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 15:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: African countries have worked hard to improve children's access to basic education, but there's still significant work to be done. Today, 32,6 million children of primary-school age and 25,7 million adolescents are not going to school in sub-Saharan Africa. The quality of education also remains a significant issue, but there's a possibility the technology could be part of the solution. The digital revolution currently under way in the region has led to a boom in trials using information and communication technology (ICT) in education -- both in and out of the classroom. A study carried out by the French Development Agency (AFD), the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), Orange and Unesco shows that ICT in education in general, and mobile learning in particular, offers a number of possible benefits. These include access to low-cost teaching resources, added value compared to traditional teaching and a complementary solution for teacher training. This means that there's a huge potential to reach those excluded from education systems. The quality of knowledge and skills that are taught can also be improved.

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Beamdog may be making a new Planescape: Torment RPG

Eurogamer - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 14:18

Is Beamdog making a new Planescape: Torment game? Not an Enhanced Edition, as the small Canadian studio has done for Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale and even Planescape: Torment, but an actual new game. A few new clues suggest so.

The clues come from a short documentary about Beamdog made by Canadian initiative Storyhive, which supports local creative work. In the documentary (spotted by Gamebanshee and scrutinised by RPG Codex) is footage of Beamdog developers at work, and it's in this we see an artist's screen and on it, the clues.

The picture on the screen shows concept art for characters belonging to the "Fated" faction. "Fated" is written as the heading on the picture and "faction_Fated_thumbs" is the name of the file.

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Super Mario Odyssey glitch lets Cappy kill Mario

Eurogamer - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 14:11

Cappy, Super Mario Odyssey's cute companion character, can accidentally kill off the game's hero.

It's not on purpose (probably), but it can be done. Twitter user DefinitivNichtSacha posted video footage - embedded below - last night of how to do it.

First off, you'll need to Capture a Piranha Plant enemy - such as this one here in the Luncheon Kingdom. You'll need to feed it a rock first. After that, you can command Cappy to attack the plant, killing it and Mario himself.

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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 review

Eurogamer - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 14:00

In the back of any good comics shop, past the towers of Funko Pop vinyl figures and BB-8 bobbleheads, you will find the good stuff: longboxes stuffed with back issues. Serious collectors know that the chances of finding anything valuable in a longbox are extraordinarily slim. But there can still be treasure here. Maybe you'll turn up an old Marvel Two-in-One, the clobbering-centric team-up book starring The Thing. Or a foil-covered Punisher 2099, part of Marvel's short-lived far-future offshoot where 'shock' has become the swearword du jour. Or part four of a convoluted six-part arc starring magic amulet-powered cyborg Darkhawk, Marvel's 1990s attempt to create a new teen hero to rival Spider-Man. Flipping through a longbox full of random issues is one of the best, and cheapest, ways to get a pure comics hit, with none of the hubris, intricacy or sheer daftness sanded down the way it can be when these characters are repurposed for movies and TV shows.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a sandbox game that, brilliantly, loves the longbox. It probably helps that last year veteran developers TT Games constructed an impressive monument to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the slightly awkwardly titled Lego Marvel's The Avengers, a game that not only mimicked Robert Downey Jr's in-helmet Iron Man HUD from the movies but generally had such a sleek, regimented feel you could imagine it being used as SHIELD training aid. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 still nods to the MCU - Doctor Strange can spin up fizzing portals like Benedict Cumberbatch with his magic yo-yo, Hulk is first introduced in his gladiatorial Autumn/Winter 2017 Ragnarok ensemble and there are welcome bursts of Star-Lord's well-worn Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape - but it feels like a conscious attempt to return to the source. Menu screens are imprinted with pop-art dots that evoke the vintage four-colour printing process and the game lifts the familiar visual signposting of comic book caption boxes.

If the retro comic aesthetic helps put some clear blue water between this game and Lego Marvel's The Avengers, it also helps that the main antagonist has yet to be glimpsed in any post-credits Marvel scene. Kang the Conquerer, a 1960s villain who originated in the pages of the Avengers, is a time-travelling history buff with a flair for the theatrical, not least flying around in a gigantic spacecraft shaped like a sword. Deliciously voiced by Peter Serafinowicz, who bathes his baritone in a river of ham, Kang's masterplan boils down to building his own bespoke crazy-quilt realm from choice cuts of prime Marvel universe real estate from across time and space. Perhaps the blue-faced despot really dug Lego Dimensions.

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There's a Hitman TV series in the works at Hulu

Eurogamer - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 12:47

Fox and Hulu are teaming up to create a Hitman television series, according to Deadline.

The pilot script is to be written by Derek Kolstad, creator and writer of the John Wick films, with the intention to stick as closely as possible to the mythology of the Hitman games - something the two previously released Hitman films largely failed at.

Interestingly, Deadline's report also states there are two Hitman games in development at Io Interactive. We already know about one game in development, which was confirmed last week, but the other is much more of a mystery.

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Jelly Deals: Double Fine and Daedalic titles in this week's GOG sale

Eurogamer - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 12:36

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.

GOG continues its quest to present a brand new batch of discounted titles each and every week this year. This week's range includes titles from Double Fine and Daedalic, with up to 90 per cent off the lot.

It's hard to go wrong with a sale range that includes remasters of Full Throttle, Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango as well as the Deponia series, games from the Holy Potatoes! franchise and Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun. There are very many gems in this collection, mainly with an adventure game bent, so do check this lot out if that's your kind of thing.

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