Monthly Archives: March 2018

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Fortnite Mobile Now Tells Kids to Stop Playing in Class

The mobile version of Fortnite Battle Royale now features a loading screen that tells kids to not play the game during class.

Epic Games community manager K.L. Smith shared an image of the new loading screen, which now includes the message: "Mr. Hillman says stop playing in class," in a post on Twitter.

DZicTrhV4AA3Csi.jpg-large Fortnite loading screen, via Twitter

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Pokemon Go Switches to 8-Bit Graphics for April Fool’s Day

Pokemon Go is celebrating April Fool's Day by switching to 8-bit graphics, which players can experience in the game starting today.

"Experience Pokemon Go like never before with cutting-edge 8-bit graphics!" an announcement post on the game's official website humorously reads. "Registering approximately twice the definition of 4K, the chunky squares of each pixel provide realistic detail and unbelievable definition."

Check out the slideshow below for a look at the 8-bit aesthetic:

Pokemon Go's 8-bit style isn't the only recent addition to Niantic Labs' augmented reality mobile game. Earlier this week, the mythical Pokemon Mew was added to the game through a new quest system.

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Trailblazers – F-Zero Meets Splatoon 2

What would happen if you mixed the fast-paced futuristic racing of F-Zero with the colorful co-operative play of Splatoon 2? Well, you'd probably end up with a game that's remarkably close to Trailblazers, a new racer that aims to combine a unique track-painting mechanic with a critical focus on strategic team-based racing.

Sounds pretty compelling right? Trailblazers is a passion project that stems from indie developer SuperGonk Games, which has an exceptional amount of talent on its side, ranging from the now-defunct studio Lionhead (Fable) as well as Codemasters and Bizarre Creations. Codemasters has rapidly become one of the most experienced racing-focused studios in the world, responsible for both the DiRT and GRID series, while Bizarre Creations brought us the highly popular Project Gotham Racing series. So when it comes to racing game experience, SuperGonk knows what it's doing.

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Opinion: Even If You Hate EA, Don’t Dismiss ‘A Way Out’

EA’s public perception might be worse than ever. 2017 saw the company publicly criticized for Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s perceived pay-to-win multiplayer, Mass Effect: Andromeda’s quality issues at launch, and the sudden closure of Visceral Games. People saying they won’t buy another EA game aren’t uncommon, and while I generally agree that ‘vote with your wallet’ is a good practice, the people hurt the most by that when it comes to EA Originals (like Fe and A Way Out) are the independent developers making those games, not EA.

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Persona 5 Anime Premiere Date Announced

The premiere dates of Persona 5 the Animation and Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online have been revealed.

In a pair of posts on Twitter, Aniplex USA announced Persona 5 the Animation and SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online will premiere on April 7. Both shows will be available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu.

The Persona 5 anime series was announced in July last year. A standalone anime special called Persona 5 the Animation -The Daybreakers- premiered just ahead of the release of Atlus' PlayStation 4 RPG in Japan.

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Nintendo’s PAX East Lineup Revealed

Nintendo has unveiled its lineup of titles that will be playable on Switch at PAX East this year.

As announced in a post on Nintendo's official website, this will be the first time a number of titles—including Dark Souls Remastered, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy—will be playable by the public on Nintendo Switch.

Here's the full list of Switch games that will be playable at Nintendo's booth:

Agents of SHIELD Reveals Earth’s Destruction Connects to…Captain America?

This week's episode of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, "Rise and Shine," took us straight into the heart of the entire season - the fated destruction of Earth itself - while also filling us in on Hydra's sinister schemes post-first Avengers movie.

In a busy, bustling episode, that also included our first look at Yo-Yo with her robotic arms from the comics, we learned that it was, in fact, Daisy Johnson who destroyed the world in the future timeline where our heroes spent the first half of the season. But not just any Daisy...a Daisy who'd been turned into a super-soldier via special infusion chamber designed by Daniel Whitehouse.

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New PUBG Map Enters Testing Next Week

Testing for PlayerUnknown's Battleground's upcoming map Codename: Savage will open in just a few days.

As detailed in an announcement post on Steam, the first testing window for the 4x4km island map will open on April 2 at 7pm PT/10pm ET (April 3 at 3am UK/1pm AET) and conclude on April 5 at 4am PT/7am ET/12pm UK/10pm AET.

This first test will be "more limited" since "it's a super early build" of the map, but the studio promises the next test will be larger. Details on how players can participate will be provided on Monday.

PUBG director Brendan Greene offered a sneak peek at the map—which features a lush forested area and branching river—earlier this month at GDC.

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Third Party Nintendo Switch Docks Are Bricking Consoles – NVC Ep. 401

Weeelcooome to episode 400 of our weekly Nintendo show and podcast, Nintendo Voice Chat. This week, Miranda Sanchez joins the NVC crew to chat about her review for Detective Pikachu and shares her thoughts on why she thinks it's a great game. Later, the gang discusses the many growing concerns with using third-party Nintendo Switch docks, the closing of the Wii Ship Channel, a possible return for Wario Land, Crazy Justice, and more!

As always, you can watch NVC here on IGN and on our YouTube channel (subscribe and hit that bell! It gives fairies wings!) or listen to it on your commute in audio format. If you enjoy the show, share it with other Nintendo fans, leave us a comment, and give us a thumbs up or leave us a review! If you prefer audio over video, please subscribe to NVC on iTunes or your podcast service of choice. You can also download and listen to the Latest Episode of NVC Right Here.

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