Japan has made game save editors and console modding services illegal. The punishment for breaking this law is pretty severe too, as perpetrators are liable up to a 5 million yen fine (approximately $46,000 USD or £36,000 GBP), five years of prison time, or both.
These laws are a part of Japan's Unfair Competition Prevention Act, which was revealed in December 2018. As the name of the act implies, these laws are designed to prevent someone from unfairly turning a profit off of a company's software or electronic product. However, the wording of the law allows it to extend over what were previously assumed to be harmless actions as well, such as adding new games to the NES, SNES, and PS Classic consoles via mods or using an Action Replay.
The three exact actions that people will be punished for, according to a Siliconera translation, via the act are as follows:
While the Switch has been a huge success for Nintendo thus far, its predecessor, the Wii U, will be remembered as one of the company's biggest sales flops. But while a number of the console's best titles, such as Mario Kart 8 and Bayonetta 2, have since been ported to Switch, the system is still home to some great exclusives, making it something of a collector's item. If you're looking to pick up a new one, however, be prepared to shell out a lot of money.
As pointed out by Twitter user RSGabe (via Nintendo Soup), prices for brand-new Wii U consoles have skyrocketed on Amazon. The Deluxe 32 GB model with the pack-in launch title, Nintendo Land, is listed for $789 as of this writing, while the New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U bundle is currently going for $879. Even the basic set, which features a white 8 GB console and no pack-ins, is listed for an exorbitant $729.
If you don't mind picking up a second-hand system, however, you'll be able to get a Wii U for much cheaper than that. Refurbished consoles can be found for roughly $100 on Ebay, while used systems start at around $140 on Amazon.
The entire playable teaser for Konami's Silent Hills has been remade in Unreal Engine for PC. Called Unreal PT, the remake comes with VR support, allowing you to further immerse yourself in the teaser's terrors.
Created by a fan of the original P.T., who goes by RadiusGordello on itch.io, Unreal PT has been in development since April 2018. The game supports mouse and keyboard, as well as PS4, Xbox One, and VR motion controllers. Unreal PT is nearly identical to the original teaser, with the biggest change made to the ending. Beating the game and reaching the ending is less random, allowing you to complete the experience without relying on chance.
Silent Hills first appeared as a sequel to the Silent Hill franchise, created as a joint effort between Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro. It also starred The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus. Its teaser opted out of the series' traditional third-person, survival horror mechanics for a first-person, puzzle game experience. Although the teaser was met with excitement from the gaming community, Silent Hills was cancelled, and P.T. was removed from the PlayStation Store.
While everyone's talking about the new year, the important thing for Amazon and Twitch Prime members is that it's a new month. That's because January's batch of free PC games is now available to download for Twitch Prime members. To take advantage, all you have to do is link your accounts, claim the games, and you're good to go.
January's Prime games are Hyper Light Drifter, Bomber Crew, Republique, and Orwell. You can also still get the Devolver Digital Holiday Pack, which became available just before Christmas. It contains The Messenger, Broforce, Hotline Miami, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, Strafe, Crossing Souls, and The Swords of Ditto. You can claim all of these games between now and January 31. Once you do, they're yours to keep and play forever, even if you cancel your Prime membership.
Hyper Light Drifter is a gorgeous action RPG GameSpot awarded 9/10 in our review. Bomber Crew is a survival sim about maintaining a plane and crew as you run military missions. Orwell has you use an invasive computer program to figure out who's responsible for an act of terrorism, and Republique is a futuristic stealth game.
EA has announced that Count Dooku, aka Darth Tyranus, will become a playable Hero character in Star Wars Battlefront 2 this January. The Sith lord's arrival will precede a Battle Point Event, which should help more players have a chance to try him provided they play Galactic Assault on Prequel Era maps.
Count Dooku will be added to Battlefront 2 on January 23. That same day, the Hero character will also receive a second cosmetic appearance, titled Dark Ritual, and the Republic Clone Army will get a new skin called Coruscant Guard. Neither cosmetic has been revealed yet, but given EA's recent decision to incorporate more elements of Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series into Battlefront 2, it stands to reason that we can probably look to the show for clues.
Dark Ritual probably refers to the outfit Count Dooku wears in The Clone Wars Season 6, Episode 13 "Sacrifice" when he and Darth Sidious perform a Sith sorcery spell, called dark illusion, on Yoda. In terms of the Coruscant Guard, the show devotes several episodes to events that transpire on the city planet--most notably the trial of Ahsoka Tano arc in the fifth season--where we see clone troopers in red colored armor. The show refers to this specific clone army as the Coruscant Guard, making them the most likely candidate for the upcoming Battlefront 2 skins.
This marks the beginning of the end of Vikings. The History original series, which first premiered in 2013, will end after its sixth season. Vikings is currently in the second half of its fifth season, which returned on November 28.
The news was first reported by Deadline and has been confirmed by GameSpot. The final season of the Michael Hirst created historical drama will debut later in 2019, though production has already come to an end.
It's not all bad news, though. In addition to the remaining Season 5 episodes and all of the installments of Season 6 still to come, a potential spin-off is in the works. According to Deadline, the new series would be co-created by Hirst and Jeb Stuart, who was one of the screenwriters on 1988's Die Hard. It's unclear how the new series would follow the Vikings story.
The DC movie Aquaman is one of the biggest hits that the studio has ever released, and its worldwide box office take that is expected to eclipse Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this weekend. However, despite the movie's huge success, director James Wan is not happy about the fact the movie hasn't been included in the nominees shortlist for a visual effects Academy Award.
There are 10 semi-finalists for the visual effects category at the upcoming Oscars, including all three of last year's Marvel movies, but Aquaman is not among then. Wan took to Facebook to praise the work of visual effects supervisor Kelvin McIlwain, and made his feelings known about the movie's apparent snub.
"You and your department are the unsung heroes of this film," he wrote. "The fact that your VFX peers in the Academy aren't recognizing or appreciating what we/you've all contributed to the film and cinema is a f***ing disgrace."