Nintendo Planning Splatoon 3 & Arms Direct Broadcast

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Nintendo Planning Splatoon 3 & Arms Direct Broadcast

Nintendo has announced that it is planning a special Nintendo Direct this week focusing on Switch titles Splatoon 2 and Arms.

The presentation, airing April 12 at 3:00 Pacific time at Nintendo's Direct site and on Twitch, will also have "information on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games" (according to the U.K. Nintendo Direct site).

For more on Arms, take a look at these trailers, and also be sure to check out our Four Things to Know About Splatoon 2 feature.

Artist Makes Tribute To Yoshi With Over 16,000 Dominoes

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Artist Makes Tribute To Yoshi With Over 16,000 Dominoes

YouTuber TheDominoKing, known best for his domino creations based on pop-culture, has created an impressive tribute to everyone's favorite egg-laying dinosaur.

Made with 16,636 dominoes, Yoshi is portrayed in the artwork along with several eggs. it took TheDominoKing an estimated five days to put this setup together. You can check out for yourself below. 

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The Late Carrie Fisher To Appear In Star Wars: Episode 9, Brother Confirms

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The Late Carrie Fisher To Appear In Star Wars: Episode 9, Brother Confirms

Despite Carrie Fisher's passing late last year, the renowned actress will be seen in her role of Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode IX, premiering in 2019, and her portrayal will not be through CGI.

Her brother, Todd Fisher, told New York Daily News that Disney will use "recent footage" of her in the upcoming film, and will not rely on computer generated technology. Todd Fisher, along with Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd, granted Disney rights in order to use said footage in the movie.

"She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan — when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful," Todd Fisher tells New York Daily News. "I feel like that's what's happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue."

Jackbox Party Pack 3 Is Coming To Nintendo Switch Next Week

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Jackbox Party Pack 3 Is Coming To Nintendo Switch Next Week

According to a listing from Nintendo, Jackbox Party Pack 3 is arriving on Nintendo Switch as of next week on April 13. The popular party game that released late last year contains the following games: Quiplash 2, Guesspionage, Trivia Murder Party, Tee K.O., and Fakin' It.

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To see the game in action, you can check out our Test Chamber where we play through several rounds with Jackbox Games' Arnie Niekamp and Ryan DiGiorgi. Jackbox Party Pack 3 is also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac.

Yooka-Laylee Will Support Play Anywhere On Xbox One, Windows 10

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Yooka-Laylee Will Support Play Anywhere On Xbox One, Windows 10

Yooka-Laylee, a game that does some neat things with the genre it's throwing back to (or so I've heard) seems to adopt at least one cool feature of its spiritual predecessor, Banjo-Kazooie: The Stop 'n' Swap. Sort of.

Okay, you (probably) won't be able to take anything from Yooka-Laylee into whatever game developer Playtonic Games makes next. But if you buy the game on Xbox One or Windows 10, you'll be able to "stop" playing on one system then "swap" to the other using Microsoft's Live Anywhere feature, which Microsoft has confirmed the title will support "soon." That's close enough to an Ice Key, right?

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Reader Discussion – What's Your Worst Spoiler Experience?

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Reader Discussion – What's Your Worst Spoiler Experience?

As noted 21st-century scholar Jeff Marchiafava once said, we are living in the age of spoilerphobia. People don't want to spoiled on key plot points about games, books, and movies, and companies like Atlus are increasingly starting to prevent people from leaking spoilers, as well. But I always keep thinking: What's the worst that could happen?

I'm sure I've been spoiled on lots of stuff, but I can't point to any instance where I learning about a twist or ending actively killed my interest in a story. In fact, back when I used to regular a comic shop, one of the ways the older people there got me to read the more obscure comics was by flat out telling me the craziest things that happened in them. But I can also imagine what it might be like playing through BioShock for the first time but already knowing how the whole thing ends.

So we want to know: what's the most a spoiler has ever soured your experience of a piece of media? Never saw Star Wars because of that one thing between Luke and Vader? Were you unable to make to through The Last of Us because someone told you about the ending? Have you had any experiences like mine, where you ended consuming something you otherwise wouldn't have because someone laid it all out for you? Let us know!

StarCraft II Gameplay Designer Moves On To New Blizzard Project

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StarCraft II Gameplay Designer Moves On To New Blizzard Project

David Kim, StarCraft II's lead gameplay designer, has decided to move on to a new project within Blizzard, Kim announced this week on the official Battle.net forums.

Originally a top StarCraft player who worked at Relic Entertainment and later hopped over to Blizzard after seeing the announcement of StarCraft II, Kim has used his experience as a high-level player to suss out balance changes to the series, but is now seeking newer pastures. "I’ve reached a point in my career where I’ve decided to branch out to a different project, to explore, learn, and grow as a game designer," Kim said in his goodbye post. "I will always be grateful for this amazing experience that most game designers around the world just don’t get to experience at such a deep level."

Kim did not reveal any details about his new project at the company.

New Malware Forces Victims To Score 200 Million Points In Anime Shooter

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New Malware Forces Victims To Score 200 Million Points In Anime Shooter

Ever heard of the 2009 bullet hell shooter Undefined Fantastic Object? No? Well, if you become the victim of a recent Malware attack, you could become very familiar with it.

As Kotaku reports, an undergraduate student in Korea recently developed the Malware "Rensenware" (a pun on title the game's Japanese title "Touhou Seirensen" and "Ransomware," a type of malicious software the prevents users from accessing their computer files) and uploaded it to file-hosting site Github as a joke. After waking up the following day, he found out his joke had spread to several computers.

Rensenware works similarly to Ransomware, with one crucial exception: Whereas most Ransomware requires users to pay hackers to get access to their files, Rensenware only asks the user to score 200 Million points in its titular game on Lunatic difficulty, a task not even its creator, who accidentally infected himself while creating the program, is capable of doing. He has software's already uploaded a "cure" for Rensenware on Github and has issued an apology. "Ransomware is definitely kind of highly-fatal malware, but I made it. I made it for [a] joke, and just laughing with people who like Touhou Project Series.”

CD Projeckt Red Defends Its 'Cyberpunk' Trademark

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CD Projeckt Red Defends Its 'Cyberpunk' Trademark

CD Projekt Red's first non-Witcher game, Cyberpunk 2077, uses a common genre name as part of its title, which has recently led to a bit of controversy regarding their trademark of the term. Fans were concerned the trademarking of a term as common as "Cyberpunk" would lead to some aggressive naming lawsuits, similar to the one between ex-Minecraft develop Notch and Bethesda over the term "Scrolls" (which was settled in 2012). According to CDPR, that won't be the case.

Recently, the company took to twitter with a short FAQ image about what their trademark means for Cyberpunk 2077 and other games with "Cyberpunk" in the title. "We want to protect our hard work," the company statement reads. "We don't plan on using the trademark offensively – it's a self-defense measure only."

The company then details how it acquired the rights to create video games set in the Mike Pondsmith's "Cyberpunk" pen and paper RPGs from R. Talsorian Games, the RPGs' publisher. The statement then mentions how the trademark would prevent other companies from telling them they can't create other games with "Cyberpunk" in the title in the future. 

What To Watch This Weekend: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Street Fighter V , And Tecmo Super Bowl

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What To Watch This Weekend: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Street Fighter V , And Tecmo Super Bowl

Every scene in esports is slowly finding their way through 2017, which makes for a crowded month. This week we have tons of high-profile tournaments all around the world, featuring the latest and greatest, competitive standards, and long-standing veterans.

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Starladder StarSeries' third season wraps up this weekend, and you can watch teams like Faze Clan, Hellraisers, and Na'Vi fight for their share of the $300,000 prize pool. (Stream / Schedule

The League Of Legends North American LCS Playoffs move into their quarterfinals stage this weekend, continuing a month of stacked League events culminating in the Mid-Season Invitational. (Stream / Schedule)