May 2023

Skyrim Mod Uses ChatGPT and Other AI Tools to Give NPCs a Memory and Endless Things to Say

11 months 1 week ago

A Skyrim modder named Art From The Machine has shown off a mod they're working on that uses ChatGPT and other AI tools to give NPCs a memory of your adventure, endless things for them to say, and a way to ask them questions with your voice.

As reported by PC Gamer, this mod uses ChatGPT in concert with xVASynth for text-to-speech that lets NPCs speak these new answers with an AI version of their voice and Whisper for speech-to-text so players can use their own voice via a mic to ask questions to them.

As you can see in the video here, the new responses from the NPCs aren't quite natural as of yet and can be a bit slow, but it shows promise of a world where NPCs can comment on nearly everything you do and even answer questions directly from the player that aren't just canned responses from a list of dialogue options.

For example, the video released by Art From The Machine shows a conversation with Ulfberth War-Bear from Warmaiden's in Whiterun, and the player can ask him what the store's hours of operation are and even how much time remains until the store closed based on the in-game clock.

He is also seen describing a sword the player picks up, showing that any NPC - with the proper knowledge, of course - could dynamically explain various items in the world to you as part of a conversation instead of having that info solely in text form in some menu.

"It seems to be a well-crafted iron sword with a soul gem embedded in the hilt. The enchantment on it allows the wielder to capture the souls of their enemies," Ulfberth War-Bear says.

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Adam Bankhurst

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Shadows of Doubt is a detective game with too many threads to untangle

11 months 1 week ago

I hope you don't mind if I get a little frank with you here. I've struggled to write this piece on Shadows of Doubt for several days. Not because I don't know what to say - I know what I did and didn't like during my time exploring several different generated cities - but because I'm not sure how to string together my thoughts on this game. And I think the reason why I've found it so hard is because I'm not sure Shadows of Doubt itself knows entirely what it wants to be.

We've previously written about Shadows of Doubt before. Martin covered the game for Rezzed Digital in 2020 and I read through his thoughts before I started playing. He was impressed by what he saw, and I know Martin's a good egg, which made me excited to try it for myself. The various descriptors which have been given to Shadows of Doubt had me scratching my head though. Martin called it "a first-person detective stealth game set in a procedurally-generated noirish city", while developer Cole Jefferies also describes it as sci-fi noir and an immersive sim.

It's certainly a detective game. The game doesn't hold your hand while you solve cases. It's up to you to collect evidence and figure out who the culprit is. The in-game pinboard where all your evidence hangs will automatically create connections between linked items. It also allows you to make your own notes and connections between bits and bobs, a physical space in-game to help you make sense of the crime.

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Liv Ngan

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Seele Works with Many Honkai: Star Rail Seele Relics and Light Cones

11 months 1 week ago

Best Honkai: Star Rail Seele Relic and Light Cone Build Guide

In some HoYoVerse games, it can feel like a character needs a certain set of equipment to be really great. But with Seele in Honkai: Star Rail, it’s easy to figure out many of the best Light Cones and Relic set options for a build. She’s an incredibly versatile character! As long as you’re boosting her attack and speed with her equipment, she’ll be a fantastic damage dealer. So like Bailu, she’s a low-stress sort of ally.

What are the best Light Cones for a Seele build in Honkai: Star Rail?

Most of The Hunt three-star Light Cones work for Seele in Honkai: Star Rail. Like Adversarial boosts her speed by at least 10% temporarily every time she beats an enemy, and since she’s designed to be someone you have defeat foes so she earns that extra turn, it works out. Arrows is good, due to it increasing her rate of critical hits for the first three turns of battle, making it easier for her to KO enemies and earn that extra turn. Likewise, Darting Arrow means after she knocks out an enemy, her attack increases by at least 24% for three turns, which works perfectly for her kit.

In fact, the three-star Light Cones are so good, you may want to prioritize them over four-star ones. I’ve been using River Flows in Spring on my Seele though, and it helps. It isn’t Superimposed, so it means her damage is up by 24% and speed boosted by 12% when a battle begins until she takes damage, and both of those ensure she hits fast and hard.

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Jenni Lada

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Seele Works with Many Honkai: Star Rail Seele Relics and Light Cones

11 months 1 week ago

Best Honkai: Star Rail Seele Relic and Light Cone Build Guide

In some HoYoVerse games, it can feel like a character needs a certain set of equipment to be really great. But with Seele in Honkai: Star Rail, it’s easy to figure out many of the best Light Cones and Relic set options for a build. She’s an incredibly versatile character! As long as you’re boosting her attack and speed with her equipment, she’ll be a fantastic damage dealer. So like Bailu, she’s a low-stress sort of ally.

What are the best Light Cones for a Seele build in Honkai: Star Rail?

Most of The Hunt three-star Light Cones work for Seele in Honkai: Star Rail. Like Adversarial boosts her speed by at least 10% temporarily every time she beats an enemy, and since she’s designed to be someone you have defeat foes so she earns that extra turn, it works out. Arrows is good, due to it increasing her rate of critical hits for the first three turns of battle, making it easier for her to KO enemies and earn that extra turn. Likewise, Darting Arrow means after she knocks out an enemy, her attack increases by at least 24% for three turns, which works perfectly for her kit.

In fact, the three-star Light Cones are so good, you may want to prioritize them over four-star ones. I’ve been using River Flows in Spring on my Seele though, and it helps. It isn’t Superimposed, so it means her damage is up by 24% and speed boosted by 12% when a battle begins until she takes damage, and both of those ensure she hits fast and hard.

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Jenni Lada

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It’s Easy to Find Relics and Light Cones for Bailu in Honkai: Star Rail

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Best Honkai: Star Rail Bailu Relic and Light Cone Build Guide

If you’re lucky enough to get Bailu as a character in Honkai: Star Rail (like I did), then you basically get a fantastic healer that’s easy to find the best Relic set and Light Cones for. Of course, a part of this is because the game is so new. There’s really only one group of Relics that suits her. With Light Cones, any one that improves her healing powers works!

What are the best Light Cones for a Bailu build in Honkai: Star Rail?

The easiest Light Cone to get for Bailu is Cornucopia. It’s a common three-star you can get in the gacha. It isn’t exceptionally strong, but it increases her Outgoing Healing by at least 12% after she uses a Skill or Ultimate, which is perfect for her.

If you’re lucky enough to get it in the gacha, the four-star Shared Feeling is perfect for her as well. (Even though, well, it’s meant for Natasha.) Whenever Bailu would heal when this one is equipped, she’d regenerate at least two energy for everyone in the party and her Outgoing Healing increases by 10% each time she uses her Skill. This is the one I ended up getting and can attest works wonderfully.

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Jenni Lada

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10 Star Rail Special Passes Given Out in Honkai: Star Rail

11 months 1 week ago

10 Star Rail Special Passes Given Out in Honkai: Star Rail

HoYoVerse doled out 10 Star Rail Special Passes to players in Honkai: Star Rail. This is in honor of the game’s success at launch. It ended up reaching number on on the App Store and passing 20 million downloads. These can be claimed until June 7, 2023. There’s also a Departure Festival video to watch and a HoYoLab Boarding Party with an additional Pom-Pom’s Boarding Gift code that can be used until May 7, 2023.

First, here’s the Departure Festival video. It features performances of songs from the game by the HoYo-Mix orchestra.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLyOaD38tpA&ab_channel=Honkai%3AStarRail

Next, claiming the gifts involves a bit of effort. The 10 free Star Rail Special Passes, which you could use on the current Seele or upcoming Jing Yuan limited banners, are available in people's in-game inbox. Claiming them adds them to your inventory. To get the Pom-Pom's Boarding Gift, you need to redeem the code "2T7BP4JVEBT7" in-game or via the official gift page. This gives you 2 Condensed Aethers, 3 Adventure Logs, 3 Cosmic Fried Rices, and 5,000 Credits. People can also visit the HoYoLab Boarding Party to post and be entered in random giveaways.

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Jenni Lada

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Kson Comments on VShojo Following VTuber Departures

11 months 1 week ago

Kson Comments on VShojo Following VTuber Departures

In April 2023, three VShojo VTubers departed the company, with one of them citing a contract issue, and now current member Kson commented on the situation. The performer took to Twitter to note that she is pleased with the Japanese branch’s support. However, she also noted the importance of contracts and offers. Kson also said, “Talents too have the rights to choose wherever they are happy to be at.”

Here is Kson’s full statement concerning the current VShojo VTuber news.

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Jenni Lada

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie Leaps Past $1 Billion At The Box Office

11 months 1 week ago

The Super Mario. Bros Movie 1 Billion Box Office

The Super Mario Bros. Movie continues to be a massive success and became the first film of 2023 to leap past $1 billion at the global box office. 

The film achieved this milestone on Sunday, less than a month after its U.S. premiere on April 5. According to Variety, the film has grossed $490 million in North America and $532 million internationally, adding up to rough total of over $1 billion. Despite a tepid critical reception, Illumination’s adaptation of Nintendo’s flagship franchise has already become the highest-grossing video game film ever, the highest opening weekend, and the top-grossing film of 2023 so far.  

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is also just the fifth movie to cross the billion-dollar threshold since the pandemic started. It joins the coveted ranks of Avatar: The Way of Water, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Top Gun: Maverick, and Jurassic World Dominion

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Marcus Stewart

Bayonetta 3 Soundtrack Streaming Online Now

11 months 1 week ago

Bayonetta 3 cover art

Platinum Games announced the Bayonetta 3 Original Soundtrack is now available via music streaming services. People can find it on places like Amazon Music, Spotify, and YouTube. The digital album consists of 271 songs leading up to a bit more than 7 hours of music. It features tracks from many points in the game. In addition, this album is now also available buy digitally on a variety of platforms like iTunes.

Check out the announcement for the digital distribution of the Bayonetta 3 Original Soundtrack from Platinum Games’ official Twitter account here below.

https://twitter.com/platinumgames/status/1652850420979740672?s=20

The album has also been organized into 8 different discs, each containing approximately 30 songs. Many people will recognize some of the songs included such as "Gh()st," "Al Fine," "We Are As One," and "Get to the Climax."

On the same note, we were told the official Bayonetta 3 art book was released back in February 2023. It feature lyrics both in English and Japanese for the songs now found in the digital album. You can also find many notes left by the development team about the process behind designing the game and its characters.

Bayonetta 3 is readily available for the Nintendo Switch. The Bayonetta 3 Original Soundtrack is also now available on music streaming services.

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Final Fantasy XVI Original Soundtrack Release Date Falls in July 2023

11 months 1 week ago

Final Fantasy XVI Original Soundtrack Release Date Falls in July 2023

Square Enix announced the Japanese Final Fantasy XVI Original Soundtrack release date. The CDs will debut on July 19, 2023. Both standard and Ultimate editions will be available. The standard version will be ¥6,000 (~$44). The ultimate one is ¥7,800 (~$57). There's also an official website for it. The site notes the theme song by Kenshi Yonezu isn't included.

The difference between the two soundtracks involves how many CDs there are, the packaging, and how extensive the booklet is. The standard one has seven CDs and a booklet with no artwork. The Ultimate version includes artwork in its booklet and an eighth CD with cutscene music.

Here's a closer look at the standard and ultimate editions of the soundtrack.
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Final Fantasy XVI Composer Masayoshi Soken, who also created the FFXIV soundtrack, also shared the news. In his confirmation, he noted it’s being done at Bernie Grundman Mastering with Yasuji Maeda. He noted that the team is still working on it.

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Jenni Lada

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Where are the 7 Honkai: Star Rail Wanted Posters on Jarilo-VI

11 months 1 week ago

Where are the 7 Honkai: Star Rail Wanted Posters in Belobog Jarilo-VI

There's a way to get an achievement and avatar profile picture in Honkai: Star Rail if you find out where the seven Silvermane "wanted" posters in the Jarilo-VI Belobog Administrative District are. This isn't an official sidequest. Rather, you only stumble upon it by investigating the wanted posters of the Trailblazer, Dan Heng, March 7th, and Sampo on the map. Once you find all of them, you get a small number of rewards.

To be honest, finding six out of the seven wanted posters in Honkai: Star Rail is really easy. All you need to do is basically check walls in the Belobog Administrative District, as the ones for Dan Heng, March 7th, and Sampo will be plastered on them. Here's a gallery showing here those are on walls, with the minimap offering more exact positioning.

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The tricky one is the Trailblazer wanted poster, as it isn't on a wall! It's on a message board. You'll find it on the western side of the stairs on the northern half of the map.

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Also, to make things even clearer, here is the map showing where I found every Honkai: Star Rail Jarilo-VI Administrative District wanted posted.

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Once you find them all, you get a 50 Credits!? achievement (which nets you 5 Stellar Jade), 2 Adventure Logs, 20 Shields, and a Wanted Poster Profile Picture.

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Jenni Lada

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There's a Meta Quest Gaming Showcase happening in June

11 months 1 week ago

Meta is gearing up for another VR-focused Meta Quest Gaming Showcase, this time promising over 40 minutes of announcements, first looks, and updates on 1st June.

The main event gets underway at 6pm in the UK/10am PT on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and, inevitably, Horizon Worlds, but Meta is also holding a pre-show starting 15 minutes earlier that, it says, will feature "game updates and debut trailers".

Once the pre-amble is out the way, Oculus Studios executive producer Ruth Bram will take the stage to present Meta Quest's big announcements, and that'll be followed by a post-show developer roundtable, promising a "deep-dive conversation around some upcoming games".

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Matt Wales

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Apex Legends Season 17 launch date confirmed, adds new Legend Ballistic and weapon mastery system

11 months 1 week ago

Apex Legends: Arsenal, the 17th season of the ever popular battle royale, will land on Tuesday, 9th May. Alongside map changes, a new mastery system, and evac towers, we're being treated to a brand new Legend to kick this season off with a bang.

August "Ballistic" Brinkman is a veteran of the Thunderdome Games, the predecessor to the Apex Games we know today. After a tragedy, Ballistic retired and disappeared from public view. Until now, that is, with Ballistic back and ready to show the younger generation of Legends just how it's done.

Ballistic's abilities are well suited to both ranged and close quarters combat in any mode you choose to play. However, he truly shines at singling out a target and taking them out in a stylish manner. His passive 'The Sling' allows him to carry a third weapon but only with its base statistics. This means no attachments or upgrades, if you put a purple tier weapon in, it will instantly become its base tier. His tactical 'Whistler' can overheat enemy weapons, and his ultimate 'Tempest' buffs not only him but his entire team with infinite ammunition for a period of time.

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Marie Pritchard

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CMA Says Microsoft Would Lose 'Substantial' Money By Making Call of Duty Exclusive in 'All Plausible Scenarios'

11 months 1 week ago

Among the many findings in the more than 400-page report released by the UK's Competitions and Markets Authority blocking the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft, the agency concludes that the fears put forward by Sony regarding Call of Duty exclusivity are unwarranted. In fact, the UK regulator determines that Xbox would lose "substantial" money if it ever tried to keep Call of Duty all to itself.

While the exact numbers have been redacted to protect the privacy of the third-parties involved (Sony, Xbox, and Activision Blizzard), the report specifically models two theoretical scenarios where Microsoft could attempt to remove Call of Duty from PlayStation platforms, before concluding that "it would not be financially profitable for [Microsoft] to engage in a total foreclosure strategy."

The conclusion is drawn from, among other things, the "critical diversion ratio," which is the rate at which PlayStation Call of Duty players would need to switch over to Xbox in order for it to become profitable for Microsoft, and how much those new players are likely to spend on Call of Duty in the five years following a total foreclosure strategy by Microsoft. By analysing the lifetime total value (LTV) of Call of Duty players, the CMA estimates that Microsoft would see a net loss in the billions over those five years.

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Travis Northup

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Meta Quest Gaming Showcase 2023 Announced for June With 'Over 40 Minutes of Content'

11 months 1 week ago

The third annual Meta Quest Gaming Showcase has been announced for June 1, 2023, at 10am PT/1pm ET and it is set to feature "over 40 minutes of content" on upcoming VR releases.

Meta announced the news alongside a brief teaser video that includes a short clip of a mystery game that seems to take place in a desert and potentially shows Loki's helmet on the ground.

One of our favorite Meta Quest games is Asgard's Wrath and it, among other things, lets you hang out with everyone's favorite trickster god. There were no games mentioned in the announcement for 2023's Meta Quest Gaming Showcase, so this could possibly be teasing Asgard's Wrath 2, some sort of DLC, or something else entirely.

What Meta did promise, however, is that fans can expect "new game announcements, gameplay first-looks, updates to existing games, and more during the main event." In addition, this year's showcase will feature a brand-new pre-show beginning at 9:45am PT/12:45pm ET that will include even more "game updates and debut trailers."

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Adam Bankhurst

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PlayStation’s 10 Live Service Games Will Be From ‘Different Genres’ and For ‘Different Audiences’

11 months 1 week ago

PlayStation says that its 10 live service games in development will be in different genres and for different audiences. Furthermore, PlayStation is aware of the fierce competition between live service games and the time investment they take from players.

In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, PlayStation Studios head Herman Hulst said, “There is a risk that we talk about 'live service' in generic terms – as if it is a single genre or even a single business model. PlayStation Studios are making a variety of games that could be referred to as 'live services', targeting different genres, different release schedules, and at different scales.”

He continued: “We are also creating games for different audiences, and I take confidence from our track record in creating worlds and stories that PlayStation fans love.”

Hulst explained that each of the studios PlayStation recently acquired is on its own trajectory. Additionally, whether or not an acquisition occurs depends on what the studio needs to grow and succeed. Being part of PlayStation Studios allows access to a global network of other studios, as well as technology and service teams.

“The priority for each studio is to deliver their own project – to make the best game that they can,” Hulst said.

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George Yang

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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Has a New Performance Patch for PC, PlayStation and Xbox Update Arriving Soon

11 months 1 week ago

A new update for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor has rolled out today, May 1, for PC players that addresses some of the game's ongoing performance issues, and an even more extensive update is planned for console versions tomorrow, May 2.

EA took to Twitter to announce that PC players can now download an update that brings "performance issues for non-raytraced rendering." Meanwhile, an update for consoles on Tuesday packs a massive slate of improvements expected to rectify many of the woes players have experienced since the game's launch last week. It's important to note that the PC version has already received these other updates.

The patch offers fixes for a multitude of crashes and glitches that have caused problems throughout Respawn's newest adventure in a galaxy far, far away. But it's really the promise of general performance improvements that will be a relief for many who purchased the game on day one, hopefully providing a much-needed reduction of screen-tearing and graphical hiccups.

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Billy Givens

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PSA: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Spoilers Have Begun to Leak

11 months 1 week ago

It may be hard to believe, friends, but we are one week away from The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom's launch week! While that is undoubtedly very exciting, leaks have unfortunately started to happen online and we're here to remind you to stay safe out there.

We here at IGN won't be sharing any of these spoilers or links to them, but there are threads on Reddit's r/GamingLeaksAndRumours and others that have started to share some screenshots, gameplay footage, and more. These appear to be from 4Chan, Discord, and other places.

We've also confirmed that art from what appears to be The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom's art book have also leaked to some who may have gotten their hands on a copy of it early. There was a leak of the art book back in February, and it seems more people have their hands on it now or could be sharing images again. Either way, the danger of spoilers is high!

In addition to staying off certain Reddit pages and being careful in the comments of articles and such, we'd like to encourage people, if they'd like, to mute keywords on social media platforms like The Legend of Zelda, Tears of the Kingdom, Link, Hyrule, Ganon, etc.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be released on May 12, 2023, and we were finally able to get our hands on the much-anticipated sequel to 2017's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild recently.

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Adam Bankhurst

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Xbox Storage Expansion Cards on Sale for New All-Time Low Price

11 months 1 week ago

If you own an Xbox Series X|S, and especially if you frequently make good use of Xbox Game Pass and its many available titles, you’ll likely want a way to upgrade your storage to hold all of your favorite games and the ones you want to play later. Thankfully, Amazon is here to help with an excellent deal on storage expansion cards specifically for Xbox users.

Right now, you can save 30% on a 1TB and 2TB Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S on Amazon. This brings the cost down for both to a new, all-time-low price, with the 1TB expansion card dropping from $219.99 to $149.99 and the 2TB card dropping from $399.99 to $279.99. Click the links below to see both deals in full.

Seagate 1TB and 2TB Storage Expansion Cards for Xbox Series X|S - Amazon Sale

These expansion cards from Seagate are specifically designed with Xbox in mind and replicate the Xbox Velocity Architecture. They play games smoothly and easily, so you don't have to worry about diminished graphics, latency, load times, or framerates, and each has an incredible amount of storage space, so you can keep several titles stored on your Xbox Series X|S.

1 Month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is 20% Off at Amazon

What are you going to load onto the extra storage space? You can get a month's worth of Game Pass Ultimate on sale for 20% off on Amazon right now and have your pick of tons of excellent selections.

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Hannah Hoolihan

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New Vtuber Agency Specialite Opens Auditions for Its First Generation

11 months 1 week ago

Specialite Opens Vtuber Auditions

Japanese company Reality Studios announced the launch of a new VTuber agency under the name Specialite. The company stated that it will be focused on female-characters who are gaming streamers. The auditions for the first generation are now open worldwide until May 31, 2023.

Check out the official announcement from the Specialite English Twitter account below.
https://twitter.com/Specialite_EN/status/1652946479210975239?s=20

You can fill out the Specialite VTuber audition application form online. Requirements include being at least 18 years old, able to create content for a year, able to play a female character, being good or enthusiastic about video games, and not currently working for another agency. As for welcomed skills, it is preferred to have experience in streaming, English and Japanese proficiency, and participated in gaming-related competitions.

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Frank Reyes

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Crunchyroll Anime Promotion Comes to Hot Topic for Ani-May

11 months 1 week ago

Crunchyroll Anime Promotion Comes to Hot Topic for Ani-May

Crunchyroll announced it will team up with Hot Topic for an Ani-May anime merchandise promotion. The company announced that throughout May 2023, people who shop at the store in Canada and the US and buy anime-related items will get 30 days free of Crunchyroll premium and an unspecifed sticker as a “gift.” It also noted that select stores in Mexico, Europe, and South America will also participate in certain ways. The official Crunchyroll online storefront will also give Hime pins to everyone who spends $75 there.

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Jenni Lada

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Final Fantasy VII Remake May 2023 Calendar Features Aerith Key Art

11 months 1 week ago

The May 2023 Final Fantasy VII Remake calendar is here, and this time people get to look at Aerith key art for a month.

The May 2023 Final Fantasy VII Remake calendar is here, and this time Aerith key art is featured. However, as with past months in 2023, Square Enix shared multiple options. People can choose from two images with the classic key art of her in front of the Highwind airship from the original game. We could also use the two pieces from the remake with her in a similar pose in front of an empty platform. The two options can be used either on PCs or mobile devices. All four options remind people that Tifa's birthday is on May 3, 2023.

First, here are the two May 2023 Final Fantasy VII calendar options featuring the original Aerith art.
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And here are the May 2023 calendar options that involve the Final Fantasy VII Remake Aerith key art. As Cid and the Highwind doesn't appear in that first part, it doesn't show up in the image.
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Final Fantasy VII Remake is available for the PS4, PS5, and PC. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is set to come to the PS5 in Winter 2023. People can also find Crisis Core: FFVII Reunion on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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Jenni Lada

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Marisa Bridal Carries Zangief in New Street Fighter 6 Clip

11 months 1 week ago

Marisa Bridal Carries Zangief in New Street Fighter 6 Clip

Marisa and Zangief have been paired up in another official Street Fighter 6 video clip, and this time it ended with her beating and bridal carrying him. Capcom's been sharing brief videos for each launch roster character on Twitter. These show off a bit of a match, some moves, their voice actor, and details about the character. Marisa's latest also showed one of her Supers that we haven't seen before.

Here's the latest Street Fighter 6 Marisa video clip showing the end of a match against Zangief. She uses her Super to take Zangief out, then picks him up at the end. It is uncertain if this is a default animation and she will pick up all of her opponents after defeating them.

Zangief’s clip already aired. He didn’t face Marisa in it, however, His opponent was Blanka.

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Jenni Lada

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When A Beloved Pet Dies, Sometimes Pokémon Lets Us Immortalize Them

11 months 1 week ago

I’ve played a lot of Pokémon games, but Pokémon Black and White were never really standouts to me. And yet, after over two decades of love for the monster-collecting franchise, the only tattoo I have of a Pokémon is Herdier, the normal-type “loyal dog” Pokémon that debuted in the DS games. But the tattoo is not of…

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Kenneth Shepard

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This Adventure Game's Characters Were All Embroidery First

11 months 1 week ago

Just glancing at her, you’d never be able to tell that Elise—the red-haired protagonist in Czech-based indie studio Attu Games’ forthcoming adventure game, Scarlet Deer Inn—is made entirely of real, tangible thread. In fact, every character frame in Scarlet Deer Inn is made of thread, embroidered on a machine, and…

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Ashley Bardhan

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Zelda Voice Actress Revealed

11 months 1 week ago

Tears of the Kingdom Zelda Voice Actress Revealed

If you’re wondering who the voice actress for Zelda is in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Patricia Summersett officially announced her return to the series. The performer noted that Nintendo said she could confirm her involvement. This will mark the third time she played the series’ heroine.

Here is Summersett confirming she will be the voice actress for Zelda in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.


Summersett first appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. She played the princess both in that entry and in the follow-up Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

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Jenni Lada

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Meet Welt Yang in a New Honkai: Star Rail Trailer

11 months 1 week ago

Meet Welt Yang in a New Honkai: Star Rail Trailer

HoYoVerse introduces playable characters with its “Keeping up with Star Rail” series of videos, and the latest one looks at the Honkai: Star Rail five-star Welt Yang. He’s a five-star Imaginary element character, and his Nihility path means he focuses on inflicting debuffs on groups of enemies when he attacks. The footage specifically shows how his Skill, Technique, and Ultimate all slow enemies down.

All three of those Welt Yang abilities can apply the debuff to a group of enemies in Honkai: Star Rail. If you use his Gravitational Imprisonment Technique outside of a fight, then the enemy will move slower in the field, and they’ll start a battle Imprisoned. This means their actions and speed will both be delayed. When he uses the Edge of the Void Skill, random enemies take damage and their speed will be reduced for two turns. This attack hits three times, and can hit different opponents each time. Should someone use the Synthetic Black Hole Ultimate, then every enemy takes damage and gets the action and speed-delaying Imprisoned status mentioned earlier.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcemHtaqCws&ab_channel=Honkai%3AStarRail
The last character to be introduced like this was Clara.

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Jenni Lada

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New Baizhu Genshin Impact Trailer Hints at His Illness

11 months 1 week ago

New Baizhu Genshin Impact Trailer Hints at His Illness

Ahead of the debut of the Baizhu banner on May 2, 2023, HoYoVerse shared a new trailer for the five-star Genshin Impact trailer. This is one of the cinematic character demos. This means while some gameplay elements are shown, it's more about introducing the character's personality and background. In the case of Baizhu, it means again referring to his undisclosed illness and the severity of it.

The video begins with a pot in the illness brewing some sort of medication. One of the Genshin Impact Treasure Hoarder enemies comes up to steal it, but Baizhu stops them. Changsheng, the talking snake always by his side, then notes that more showed up to steal it. Baizhu then uses his Dendro catalyst abilities to attack them while healing and shielding himself. At about the 1:16 mark, Changsheng references mortality. After a Treasure Hoarder threatens his life, Baizhu says, “My mortality is no one’s concern but mine.” This is a reference to the fact that the character is apparently suffering from a deadly illness in-game.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtiJkMsNtHg&ab_channel=GenshinImpact
The video ends with a twist revealing exactly what kind of medicine Baizhu was working on, as well as a cameo from his assistant Qiqi.

This is one of two ways HoYoVerse is introducing the character ahead of his playable debut. There's also a web event running until May 3, 2023.

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Jenni Lada

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Netherrealm Mortal Kombat 12 Video May Reference Sands of Time Hourglass

11 months 1 week ago

Netherrealm Mortal Kombat 12 Video May Reference Sands of Time Hourglass

A new Netherrealm video designed to thank fans and players seems like it may be teasing Mortal Kombat 12 with a peek at the Sands of Time hourglass from Mortal Kombat 11. As we may recall, Kronika held it during the game, with the endings of that title showing who controlled it based on certain actions. (The events of Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath suggested what the New Era might hold.)

The over two minute video involves members of the staff thanking people for playing entries in the series. Artists, engineers, designers, directors, producers, managers, animators, and developers for playing the game for 30 years. Notably, Co-creator Ed Boon showed up at the 1:47 mark and said, "we're not quite done yet." After his appearance, the possible Mortal Kombat 12 teaser showing a grain from the Sands of Time hourglass Kronika held in the eleventh game appears, then explodes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsX8jGhBHgo&ab_channel=MortalKombat

We already know that Mortal Kombat 12 is in development and on the way. It was referenced during the Warner Bros Discovery Fourth Quarter 2022 Earnings Call. At the time, it was noted as coming "this year" in 2023.

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Jenni Lada

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Classic JRPGs That Are Easy to Find and Play

11 months 1 week ago

Final Fantasy VI - Best classic JRPGs you can play right now

In the history of JRPGs, there have been many that have defined the genre as a whole since many years ago, and with the launch of remakes, remasters, and various gaming services, people get the best chances to play or replay them right now. As long as you have the right console or subscription, you can easily access some of them. To help people out, I gathered together some of the more notable ones easily available. Ranging from rich storylines and deep character development to engaging gameplay mechanics, these are some of the best classic JRPGs you can play on current consoles.

https://youtu.be/wOkScEsyOYQ

Final Fantasy VI

No matter how many years pass, Final Fantasy VI’s story is still one of the most memorable experiences in gaming. The mix of a world right in the middle of a technological revolution and exquisite pixel sprites make this game worth playing now more than ever. You can find it as part of the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster collection on the PS4, PS5, Switch, PC, and mobile devices.

https://youtu.be/VZC_0ePZwjc

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Frank Reyes

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404 Game Re:Set Passes 1 Million Download Milestone

11 months 1 week ago

404 Game Re:Set Passes 1 Million Downloads

Sega and Yoko Taro announced their new mobile game 404 Game Re:Set passed the one million download hallmark. It took the game only about a week to hit the milestone. It launched on April 25, 2023 in Japan, and the official Twitter account noted the achievement on May 1, 2023. There's also going to be a bonus gift for 10 figure gacha tickets and 10 figure expansion patches.

As a reminder, the figures in 404 Game Re:Set are different from the characters. You can display them in-game and essentially use them as a sort of equipment to improve your characters. The tickets let you pull 10 times on the gacha to get them, and the expansion patches let you improve them.

Currently, it isn't possible to download and play 404 Game Re:Set in English, as the game only launched in Japan. We don't know when a worldwide launch could occur. However, other Yoko Taro-affiliated mobile games like SINoAlice and NieR Reincarnation both eventually appeared worldwide.

Ahead of hitting this hallmark, the game did begin its first event. That added a new character based on Virtua Fighter. She's voiced by Fire Emblem Engage Yunaka voice actress Ai Fairouz.

404 Game Re:Set is available to download on mobile devices in Japan.

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Jenni Lada

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