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Overwatch 2 rumors: No new heroes, PVE and PVP play, cross-play

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 54 mins ago

Overwatch 2 will be revealed at Blizzcon 2019, sources say, and it could be a mixture between a sequel and a major expansion.

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Blizzard has been working on Overwatch 2 for some time, and now an Overwatch streamer has some details on the sequel. Overwatch 2 will apparently feature a leveling system that fundamentally changes how heroes work, possibly with stats. This new progression scheme compliments Overwatch 2's PVE elements, which will be added in alongside PVP. There's also the possibility of PvEvP antics like Destiny 2's Gambit mode.

No new heroes will be added though. Instead, Overwatch 2 will have the same roster, just with new content. It appears Blizzard is changing how you play, not who you play as. Overwatch 2 might be more of a big overhaul of the existing game that's sold as a new SKU. It might not be an expansion, but not exactly a sequel either--it could sit in between. Cross-play between PC and consoles is also very likely, especially given Activision-Blizzard's restructured business focus on "new engagement models."

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Senators slam Blizzard for kowtowing to China

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 52 mins ago

Washington senators and congress chastise Blizzard for stifling free speech in the recent Blitzchung esports China controversy.

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Billion-dollar games titan Activision-Blizzard is under fire from Washington officials for the infamous Hong Kong fiasco, which saw the American company ban a professional Chinese esports player for expressing pro-Hong Kong liberation sentiments. Today Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Congressmen Mike Gallagher and Tom Malinowski, and U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Ron Wyden sent a joint letter condemning Blizzard for its decisions. Officials describe Blizzard's decision as kowtowing to Communist China as to not jeopardize access to the overseas region's lucrative gaming revenues.

"As China amplifies its campaign of intimidation, you and your company must decide whether to look beyond the bottom line and promote American values--like freedom of speech and thought--or to give in to Beijing's demands in order to preserve market access.

"We urge you in the strongest terms to reconsider your decision with respect to Mr. Chung. You have the opportunity to reverse course. We urge you to take it."

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Jedi: Fallen Order is finished and ready to ship

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 55 mins ago

After five years of development, Respawn's big new action-adventure Star Wars game is completely finished.

Jedi: Fallen Order could restore balance to the galaxy of Star Wars games. Typically dominated by grindy service games like Battlefront, Respawn's new game is a singleplayer-only adventure that combines Uncharted's exploration and environmental interactivity with Sekiro's suave and stylish swordplay, and a hint of Dark Souls rolling and dodging thrown in for good measure. It's described as a "Jedi power fantasy" by Respawn and takes place in a unique timeline between Episodes III and IV when the Jedi were being ruthlessly hunted down and slaughtered.

Everything we've seen and heard so far of Jedi: Fallen Order paints it as something unique. It has cinematic action sequences that blend with careful, strategic combat, and lots of exploration akin to Metroidvania. Players will accrue Force powers and build up Padawan Cal Kestis' abilities over time, all while unraveling secrets to the Jedi Order and keeping the Rebellion's flame alive in the process.

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Stadia's mobile streaming will be pretty awkward at launch

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 13 mins ago

Stadia will go through some intense growing pains at launch, and many of its features are limited.

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The main reason to buy into Google's new Stadia game-streaming service is to play games on devices you already own without having to buy consoles or a PC. Stadia promises to wirelessly beam hit games to your Chromecast Ultra, laptop/desktop via Chrome browsers, and your Pixel 3-4 smartphones. But there's a lot of catches, especially when it comes to its controller.

The Stadia controller only supports Wi-Fi connectivity at launch. It won't have Bluetooth connectivity (that'll come later, Google promises) so it has to be plugged into your PC or even your phone to play games. That's a massive blow to on-the-go Stadia game streaming--no one's going to carry around an OTG cable and transform their Pixel phone into a bulky/awkward handheld gaming system.

"As for wireless gameplay, this is limited to Chromecast Ultra. When plugged in via USB cable, the Stadia Controller acts as a standard USB HID controller and may work on other platforms depending on the game and setup," Google said on Reddit.

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Hacked Switch plays Witcher 3 at 60FPS

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 9 mins ago

The Switch isn't the ideal platform for The Witcher 3. It's locked to 720p 30FPS for good reason: There's lots of visual trade-offs to get the huge open-world RPG to run on the Switch's lower-end Tegra hardware, namely draw distances, lighting effects, and overall graphic settings. Now modders are using hacked Switches to get even more out of The Witcher, hitting up to 60FPS on the handheld-console hybrid.

Of course you need a jailbroken Switch for this to work. By hacking the Switch's firmware via a hardware exploit, gamers and modders can basically turn off the frame limiter and overclock the Switch's Tegra X1. This works for a lot of games, and even unlocks extra post-processing effects in The Witcher 3. Sadly 1080p resolution isn't possible--the game is capped at a hard dynamic 720p resolution when docked.

Not only can the Switch theoretically run The Witcher 3 at up to 60FPS while docked, gamers can adjust a number of extra settings to improve visual fidelity and clarity. Downloading a patch file lets you tweak anti-aliasing, foliage and water quality, lighting, etc, all greatly at the expense of frame rate. But some overclocking can boost that FPS back up to 30FPS, giving you a much more dynamic visual experience.

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Here is Overwatch's graphics on Nintendo Switch vs the PS4 version

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 3 mins ago

Blizzard Entertainment blessed the Nintendo Switch with Overwatch recently and while Switch players are enjoying the title in hand-held mode, how do the graphics pan out when compared to the already released PS4 version?

Thanks to Gaming Boulevard, we have a great side-by-side graphics comparison between the Switch version of the game and the PS4 version. From the above video we can see that the Nintendo Switch version has been hit with some quite considerable graphical downgrades (as expected). These graphical downgrades come in the form of the game appearing lighter, shadow quality being reduced, render quality distance being reduced, overall texture quality reduction and much more.

While these graphical downgrades are clearly apparent, they are more than necessary to get the game to run at a smooth 30FPS on the handheld console. According to Yanagi, the Nintendo Switch version of Overwatch, "For the Switch version of Overwatch, we really want to deliver the authentic Overwatch experience. The gameplay has to feel like Overwatch and the game has to look like Overwatch. For fixed platforms like the Switch, we do our best to configure the game to the optimal settings to achieve this goal."

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New Luigi's Mansion 3 teaser trailer showcases co-op play with Gooigi

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 59 mins ago

The release of Luigi's Mansion 3 is right around the corner and to increase excitement levels just that little bit more Nintendo have released a short teaser trailer.

For those that don't know, Luigi's Mansion 3 will allow for players to team up with Gooigi to battle the games story mode that will pit players against some cool mini-games and of course some ghost capturing action. The new commercial video that is above shows Luigi taking down multiple different ghouls and then using his ghost catching apparatus to poop out Gooigi, a green doppelganger of Luigi.

Back in June, Nintendo hosted a Nintendo Treehouse event where they played Luigi's Mansion 3, so if you happened to miss that and are interested in some gameplay, head over to this link here. Nintendo also released a cinematic trailer for the game that includes other iconic Nintendo characters such as Mario, Peach and Toad, more on that here. Luigi's Mansion 3 will be released on October 31st exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Mosquito repellents are an amazing 'invisibility cloaks' for humans

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 12 hours ago

Researchers out of the Johns Hopkins University have performed numerous experiments on mosquito's regarding their sense of smell and how repellents affect the insects.

According to the above video, Chris Potter, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine discusses that him and his fellow scientists have been studying a specific type of mosquito called Anopheles. The scientists took Anopheles and genetically engineered them to produce a color on their nose when the neurons detect a sense of smell.

Once the scientists successfully genetically engineered the mosquito's they gathered to most common insect repellents and puffed the oder onto their noses. To the scientists surprises, the repellents didn't raise any color in the mosquito's noses, meaning that the insect repellents actually hide the natural 'human scent' that mosquito's would usually detect. This means that insect repellents act as an 'invisibility cloak' for humans.

Halo Infinite co-developers debut 'Stela' a cinematic experience title

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 57 mins ago

Halo Infinite co-developer SkyBox Labs has launched their newest title 'Stela' on Xbox One today. 'Stela' takes players on a cinematic experience surrounding a young women in her final days of a mysterious world.

According to the press release, 'Stela' will introduce players to a once-thriving land that is now dying and a young women who journeys through the dying lands in search for some form of hopeful survival. Players will encounter beasts and monsters along the way who have occupied the land as their own.

Players will be faced with puzzles in gorgeous cinematic landscapes that are sprinkled with some touching single-player story that doesn't have any audio. 'Stela' is a platformer title and according to Shyang Kong, Co-Founder at SkyBox Labs, "For Stela, we really wanted to blend together a touching story with outstanding music and beautiful landscapes to make an experience that is grand in scale yet still personally intimate". Stela is available now for Xbox One for $19.99. For more information, head over to the 'Stela' website here.

Adobe Photoshop CC for iPad releases in 2019 but missing core features

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 59 mins ago

Photoshop will be launching on Apple's iPad by the end of the year, but unfortunately the editing software will be arriving some missing core features.

According to Bloomberg, Adobe will be debuting Photoshop CC without some important features that many editors would deem completely necessary to the program. Scott Belsky, Adobe's Cheif Product Officer has said that that Adobe is working extremely closely with Apple to bring as many of the Photoshop features over, but unfortunately this will take some time to do.

Beta testers of the software have said to Bloomberg that many features such as "filters, the pen tool and custom paintbrush libraries, vector drawing, color spaces, RAW editing, smart objects, layer styles and certain options for mask creation" were missing. One beta tester said "Feature-wise, it feels like a beefed-up cloud-based version of their existing iPad apps and not 'real Photoshop' as advertised." Another tester who declined to be named said "I understand it is based on desktop Photoshop code, but it doesn't feel like it right now."

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