Making A TV Look Like A Giant Switch Is More Existential Than You'd Expect

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Making A TV Look Like A Giant Switch Is More Existential Than You'd Expect

The main appeal of the Switch is being able to take console-quality games anywhere, but something is lost when moving a game from your hands to the TV. YouTuber Chris Salomone has attempted to rectify this by making his own TV stand look like an actual Switch.

Note, Salomone hasn't modified his television in any significant manner; the bulk of his time was spent crafting the Joy-Cons, which open up and function as cabinets. Salomone walks through every step in the process, listing the expected tools and measurements, but also his mental process, which is far more philosophical than one might expect from a woodworking video.

[Source: Chris Salomone via Nintendo Life]

Pokémon Announces Press Conference This Week, Sword And Shield Direct Next Week

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Pokémon Announces Press Conference This Week, Sword And Shield Direct Next Week

With E3 on the horizon, the rush is on to get the spotlight before the noise of the show commences. For Pokémon, that comes in two forms over the next two weeks: a press conference and a Pokémon Direct presentation.

The press conference, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan, is scheduled for tomorrow, May 28, at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific. The brand tweeted that it has, "some exciting news to share." According to the official Pokémon website, the conference (which will be livestreamed on Twitch) is, "expected to cover a number of topics of interest to Pokémon fans."

One topic of interest it may not cover in depth is the upcoming Switch titles, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. That's because those games are set to receive their own Pokémon Direct presentation next week. On June 5 at 9 a.m. Eastern/6 a.m. Pacific, fans can expect around 15 minutes worth of new information surrounding the highly anticipated Pokémon Sword and Shield. This will be the first major info dump since the games' full reveals earlier this year

Kojima Productions Teases Death Stranding News This Week

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Kojima Productions Teases Death Stranding News This Week

In 2015, iconic game creator Hideo Kojima experienced a public falling out with publisher Konami seemingly in the midst of development of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and the now-canceled Silent Hills. Upon the expiration of his contract, Kojima announced that he was joining forces with Sony to make his next game. That game was revealed during PlayStation's next E3 presentation in 2016, but the reveal left more questions than answers. Subsequent trailers and looks have followed a similar trend, offering fans glimpses of what is in the game, but delivering little of substance. It's gotten to the point where after last E3, we said that Kojima Productions and Sony should stop teasing Death Stranding and just show it already.

With Sony not attending E3 this year, any concrete details seemed unlikely. However, this morning, the official Kojima Productions Twitter account announced that something is coming later this week. According to the tweet, May 29 (Wednesday) is when the "countdown" is ending. You can see the tweet below.

The countdown of #DEATHSTRANDING has started... May 29th. Create the rope. pic.twitter.com/26ynWg2m3s

Reader Discussion — What's The Coolest Thing You've Found In Dreams?

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Reader Discussion — What's The Coolest Thing You've Found In Dreams?

In our recent review of Dreams, Jeff Marchiafava stressed its creative potential. Not only can you explore it's tools and make a ton of unique builds, but you can share your levels with others as well. Looking through some of the creations that players have put out there, it is difficult not to get inspired.

PlayStation user, Lewisc729, is one of the many dedicated level creators that show us how far it can really go. With Dreams, he has been able to construct a P.T. remake that is so close to being a full recreation. Lewisc729 releases updates here and there for the project, and his process is fun. Whether or not he completes the entire game is uncertain. But it remains one of the top examples of Dream's capabilities. If you would like to follow up with Lewisc729 and see if he is up to any more great creations, you can follow him on Twitter, Youtube, and Twitch.

There are so many other projects in Dreams that have gone unnoticed and should be brought to light. Have you come across any that showcase incredible surroundings, fun gameplay mechanics, or bizarre and unforgettable scenarios? Which ones stuck out to you the most? Which ones need more recognition and why?

Early Designs Of Infamous Had Motorcycle Parkour And Character Customization

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Early Designs Of Infamous Had Motorcycle Parkour And Character Customization

Infamous, the action adventure game where you wreck havoc on foes with your supernatural powers, was already a pretty sweet concept when it released back in 2009. But do you know what could have made it even better? Motorcycle parkour.

In a long tweet thread, Sucker Punch revealed several secrets and scrapped ideas from the game's development, including how early designs of the game once included vehicle stunts (such as the aforementioned motorcycle parkour), character customization, and rebuilding the neighborhood to your liking. Also, it turns out one of the original titles was "True Hero" rather than Infamous.

Check out the entire thread below for all the details and visuals. It's absolutely worth the read, and paints a really interesting picture on how much games can change conceptually through the development process.

Overwatch League Commissioner Departs For Epic Games

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Overwatch League Commissioner Departs For Epic Games

Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer is leaving Activision Blizzard for Epic Games, where he will oversee the company's esports division.

Nanzer is known as one of the founders of the Overwatch League, which began back in 2016. Blizzard has confirmed that Pete Vlastelica, who is head of esports products at Activision Blizzard, will act as Nanzer's replacement.

On Friday, Nanzer announced his departure, calling it "one of the toughest decisions" of his life.

Will A New 'The Simpsons' Game Be Announced At E3?

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Will A New 'The Simpsons' Game Be Announced At E3?

We've seen several video game adaptations of The Simpsons over the years, including 2003's The Simpsons Hit & Run and 2012's The Simpsons Tapped Out on mobile.

It's been a long time since we've seen the famed dysfunctional family in video game form, and it's very possible a new iteration is coming soon. During this year's E3, we'll be hearing from both the producers and writers of the popular cartoon during a panel taking place on June 11.

More exciting #E3Coliseum news - join the writers and producers of @TheSimpsons for a panel on June 11! More info to come... #E32019 https://t.co/QOa74rE263 pic.twitter.com/I3fOzO8t2n

Here Are Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night's Post-Launch DLC Plans

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Here Are Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night's Post-Launch DLC Plans

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Koji Igarashi's spiritual successor to Castlevania, will be receiving tons of DLC content after it launches next month.

Publisher 505 Games recently divulged its extensive and specific post-launch DLC plans. These include speedrun and bosh rush modes, and an outfit called the Pure Miriam outfit (which will be added for free at launch). More freebies include modes called Boss Revenge, Roguelike, Classic, and Chaos, as well as two additional playable characters. Co-op and a versus mode, for both online and local play, will be added later on too.

A premium DLC pack that will sell for $9.99, called Iga's Back Pack, is coming at launch. This DLC lets players go head-to-head against Koji Igarashi himself, and if you manage to defeat him, you win a powerful Swordwhip weapon.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Coming To PS4, Steam

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Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Coming To PS4, Steam

No More Heroes spin-off game Travis Strikes Again is getting a few more jabs at success, as it's currently on its way to PlayStation 4 and Steam.

Announced during the Travis Strikes Again panel at this year's Momocon event, the ports do not have a release date or price, and it's not currently known whether the game's DLC will be making its way over, though it seems likely.

It's unlikely, however, that we'll see any of the in-game T-shirts with Nintendo characters on them, such as the one featuring Majora's Mask. It also won't be as fun recharging your beam katana with the right analog stick, key, or mouse as it is by waggling the Joy-Cons. Maybe the DualShock 4 will support motion-controlled charging?

Pathfinder: Kingmaker Getting Free Enhanced Edition Next Month

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Pathfinder: Kingmaker Getting Free Enhanced Edition Next Month

Players who've kept up with Pathfinder: Kingmaker's steady stream of DLC will find a number of quality-of-life improvements waiting for them when they load up the latest bit of content launching next month.

The game's June 6 update will include the Beneath The Stolen Sands DLC (which is included in the game's season pass), but will also add a number of features that will transform the game into its "Enhanced Edition." The update is free for anyone who already owns the game.

The Enhanced Edition update adds a new Slayer class, as well as more items and weapons. The update also offers new ways to build characters, balances characters, enemies, and counters "especially in the beginning and last two chapters of the game," improves kingdom management, adds more kinds of random encounters in the global map, and adds "Numerous gameplay-enriching content additions and dozens of quality-of-life features," according the developer Owlcat Games.