Layoffs At Harmonix Following Release Of Dropmix

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Layoffs At Harmonix Following Release Of Dropmix

Gamasutra reports that Harmonix, the rhythm game developer being the plastic instrument boom with both Guitar Hero and Rock Band, is suffering layoffs less than a month after the release of their music board game Dropmix.

The company has been around for over twenty years but has had to scale up and down depending on the project. Unfortunately, this round of layoffs loses fourteen people in an effort to reduce overhead.

Dropmix, Harmonix's latest project, Dropmix, released in late September. The musical board game combined music with physical cards that included NFC chips in them, encouraging players to create mashups and play them back on their phones. You can find our impressions of the game here.

Man Jumps White House Barrier Dressed As Pikachu

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Man Jumps White House Barrier Dressed As Pikachu

A man dressed as Pikachu jumped a barrier on the south side of the White House Tuesday, but was quickly apprehended. Curtis Combs donned the outfit in the hopes of posting a video of his antics and becoming famous.

He clearly didn’t research Pokémon type matchups beforehand, or he would’ve realized the Secret Service is super effective against electric types.

Combs didn’t even get far enough to finish his recording before being apprehended. He says he knew he would be arrested, and has entered plea of not guilty to the unlawful entry he’s been charged with.

HyperX Signs On To Be The Official Gaming Headset Of NBA Team The Philadelphia 76ers

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HyperX Signs On To Be The Official Gaming Headset Of NBA Team The Philadelphia 76ers

In a bizarre overlap of eSports and plain old normal sports, NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers now has an official gaming headset.

HyperX is a hardware manufacturer who makes high-end gaming keyboards, mice, and headsets (among other things) and alongside the announcement of its sponsorship of esports team, Dignitas (a team owned by the 76ers) it also announced its partnership with the Philadelphia 76ers. It makes HyperX "the official headset partner" of the NBA team, and also means if you will see the HyperX brand a lot more if you're watching the team play.

Our TakeWelcome to the future.

Square Enix Is Hosting A Free Art Exhibit In California To Honor 30 Years Of Final Fantasy

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Square Enix Is Hosting A Free Art Exhibit In California To Honor 30 Years Of Final Fantasy

Square Enix is celebrating 30 years of Final Fantasy, and among its planned events is a free art exhibit in California showcasing the series' art.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will feature original artwork from the games as well as art from artists like Joey Chou, Perry Maple Dixon, Helen Kim, Jisoo Kim, and Sachin Teng among others. The gallery opens on December 2 and will be open until January 7 at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA.

Along with the gallery, Square Enix has also released a video from Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of Final Fantasy, discussing his history with the franchise and its legacy. You can learn more about the event here.

Nintendo Switch Sales Exceed Two Million Units Sold In U.S.

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Nintendo Switch Sales Exceed Two Million Units Sold In U.S.

Nintendo is touting NPD data that says that the Switch has sold more than two million units in the U.S. in advance of the system's first holiday season.

The accolades continue as September was the third straight month that the system was the best-selling home console – the fifth time out of seven since its launch. At the end of July, Nintendo said it had sold 4.7 million units worldwide.

In terms of software, the Switch boasts two games in the NPD top 10 software chart for the month: Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle at seven and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at 10. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe came in just outside the top 10 at the 11 spot.

Ghost Hoenn-Region Pokémon Coming to Pokémon Go For Halloween

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Ghost Hoenn-Region Pokémon Coming to Pokémon Go For Halloween

Pokémon Go is hosting a special Halloween event starting on October 20 whereby Ghost-type Pokémon from Hoenn appear.

The event starts on October 20 (12:00 PM PDT) and goes to November 2 (1:00 PM PDT), and during this time Pokémon like Sableye, Banette Gastly, Misdreavus, and others are available. A Halloween-costumed Pikachu will also be present, as will a new avatar item – Mimikyu's disguise hat.

For more info, check out the source link after the trailer.

The Switch Version Of Resident Evil Revelations Has Exclusive Retro Minigames

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The Switch Version Of Resident Evil Revelations Has Exclusive Retro Minigames

Capcom announced that two minigames are coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch version of Resident Evil Revelations Collection, including a reskin of Ghouls n' Ghosts starring secret best Resident Evil character Barry Burton.

The other minigame, Ghost Ship, challenges what seems to be a very pixelated Jill Valentine to shoot pink oozes and that woman who doesn't know how to wear a wetsuit aboard the ship in Resident Evil Revelations. The two minigames reflect off their respective games, Ghost Ship for the first game, and Ghouls n' Homunculi for Barry's adventure to rescue his daughter in Revelations 2.

The strange new additions also feed back into the games' Raid modes, letting you earn BP and other bonuses to take into your BOW-killing extra modes.

Nintendo Switch Firmware 4.00 Out, Includes Video Capture And Profile Transfer

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Nintendo Switch Firmware 4.00 Out, Includes Video Capture And Profile Transfer

Nintendo has just released their version 4.00 firmware, which finally makes good on their promises for (admittedly limited) video capture.

Video capture works on only select games, currently only compatible with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2. It is unknown if the limitations are due to the type of game or publisher restrictions, as is the case on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For an example of a game not working with video capture, we tried Sonic Mania, though that title's issues with the Home and Capture buttons has always been complicated and it freely supports video and streaming on other systems.

For better or worse, it looks like video capture must be enabled by the software creator.

Reader Discussion – Have You Ever Had A Gaming-Related Dream?

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Reader Discussion – Have You Ever Had A Gaming-Related Dream?

Last night, after I clocked out here, I started playing Shadow of War. And while I took a break for dinner, and to tweet some observations about the game (someone please explain why Talion and the spider have so much sexual tension, it is weirding me out), I pretty much played the game for hours before I ended up going to bed.

And then, of course, I had a dream about it. That happens whenever I binge on a game.

In the dream, I was leaping across rooftops and stabbing orcs left and right. I am not sure I said more than one word in the entire dream, but dream me still had more personality than Talion. And I got nowhere close to flirting with a spider.

Watch This Mario 64 Retrospective To See How Mario First Went 3D

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Watch This Mario 64 Retrospective To See How Mario First Went 3D

With Super Mario Odyssey right around the corner, it is easy to forget that Mario's first foray into 3D was over twenty years ago at this point. Jeremy Parish, formerly of both 1Up and USGamer, has started a video series examining the N64 and focusing on its launch title, Super Mario 64.

The video covers the decisions that Nintendo's designers made when creating the game and gives context to understand why those decisions were considered revolutionary at the time. When Super Mario 64 was released, many famously called it the greatest game of all time, with creators like Valve's Gabe Newell citing it as the most influential game he can think of.

I remember being ten years old and begging my mom to take me to Target because I had heard through the message boards that there was a demo, and she finally relented one night after work. She took my brother and I there are nearly ten at night, me clad in pajamas, as I desperately tried to wrap my mind around the N64 controller and why Mario wasn't moving with the D-Pad.