Reader Discussion – What Are You Playing In March?

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Reader Discussion – What Are You Playing In March?

March is here. And oh good grief why are there so many games? How do we play all the games? Is it even technically possible to?

Let's do a rundown of the stuff coming out this month (as well as some stuff that came out at the tip of February):

Okay. Deep breaths. We'll get through this. Together. I promise. But let's prioritize. What are you going to play first? What will you make time for? What will fall by the wayside? Here's my list in order of priority:

PSA: Save Data On Nintendo Switch Can't Be Copied Or Transferred

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PSA: Save Data On Nintendo Switch Can't Be Copied Or Transferred

Losing save data for games you've put hours into can be the worst feeling. Nowadays, it's less of a concern when we can back up save files in multiple ways, with external and cloud storage options. However, with the recently launched Nintendo Switch, you can't transfer save files to any other external storage medium or other Switch console.

Nintendo confirmed to Kotaku that, “At this time, it is not possible to transfer save data from one Nintendo Switch system to another,” and according to the official Nintendo Switch online FAQ "Game save data cannot be saved or copied to a microSD card." We have scoured the console's settings ourselves and haven't come across any possibility for data transfer. Instead, it is only possible to delete save data to make space in the console's 32 GB internal storage. 

This is different from both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, which both had the ability to transfer data, even if the 3DS' save data transfer tool is cumbersome. 

Reader Discussion – Do You Put Skins On Your Consoles?

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Reader Discussion – Do You Put Skins On Your Consoles?

With the recent news that vinyl skins can damage the Switch Joy-Cons and console (those that aren't officially licensed by Nintendo, anyway), I've been wondering an important question: how popular is the act of putting a skin on a console?

I did it a couple of times, as a kid. I put sticks all over my Game Boy Color, and even put some on the Mario Kart DS I had, which came with stickers. Bu I don't think I've ever put a whole skin on a console to make it look like it was a special edition or something. I'm a pretty big fan of leaving the unit alone: I don't even have a case for my iPhone (hasn't broken yet after two years, either!). But it looks like these skins are still big business. So have you ever peeled one on your console or portable?

The Switch Pro Controller Contains A Hidden Message

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The Switch Pro Controller Contains A Hidden Message

Although it's a bit overpriced at $70, the Switch Pro Controller is a pretty decent way to play Switch games if the Joy-Cons aren't doing it for you. The D-pad leaves a bit to be desired and the triggers aren't analog, but it lets you play Breath of the Wild on a fairly standard controller, which feels nice. Also, if you're looking for some warm fuzzies, this controller has at least one for you.

Reddit user Tropiux has found a hidden message under the controllers right analog stick which can only be seen when the stick is being pulled down. Beneath the plastic of the entire stick is the message "THX2 ALLGAMEFANS."

We were able to find the message in our own Pro Controller and can confirm the message is real (image below).

Riot Games Wins $10 Million Lawsuit Against Bot-Scripting Website

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Riot Games Wins $10 Million Lawsuit Against Bot-Scripting Website

LeagueSharp is a website dedicated to "helping" League of Legends players by charging them anywhere from $15 to $50 a month for access to numerous bot scripts allowing them to perform maneuvers that would otherwise be difficult to pull off on reaction faster than humans normally could. Last year, League of Legends developer Riot Games sued the website, which it alleged provided these scripts to people who were leveling up accounts and selling them for a profit. Last month, they won. This week, LeagueSharp is no more.

As Kotaku reported last year, Riot Games had first attempted to settle the dispute out of court, but was met with a number of malicious counter-moves. The lawsuit claims LeagueSharp or people working with them "disseminated personal and non-public information about a Riot employee, threatened that employee, and posted offensive comments on the employee’s social media." Once they new they'd be going to court over, LeagueSharp then began "quickly and carefully destroying or concealing evidence such as their most incriminating online posts and purporting to hide behind a Peruvian shell corporation created solely for the purpose of evading liability."

Ubisoft Cracking Down On For Honor AFK Farmers

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Ubisoft Cracking Down On For Honor AFK Farmers

For Honor's matchmaking has been a bit uneven since launch, but the game is worth putting up with those issue to play a fun hybrid of brawler and fighter. One issue that's a bit harder to identify, however, is AFK farming, wherein players avoid being kicked for inactivity by leaving the analog stick on their controllers held in a direction, go do something else, then come back to a slew of end-of-match rewards.

Ubisoft's not having any of that, and will now begin punishing players who ruin matches for other players. " We will be sanctioning all the players who have been found to be using AFK Farming repeatedly," said Ubisoft community developer Eric Pope in a blog post yesterday. Players found to be farming items will be given a warning about their behavior, after which they may face a suspension of their For Honor account, which, depending on the severity of the infraction, could be temporary or permanent. For anyone who thinks they may be treated unfairly by the system, Ubisoft is confident it won't accidentally ban anyone who doesn't deserve it. "Rest assured that sanctions will only be applied if there is clear evidence," said Pope.

All first-time offenders are due to receive their appropriate punishments early next week.

Deadpool Teaser Features Slow-Mo, Phone Booth

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Deadpool Teaser Features Slow-Mo, Phone Booth

Last year's Deadpool film was pretty well-liked and hugely popular, so it makes sense for there to be a sequel. But, true to the character it's based on, the first teaser for Deadpool 2 is anything but traditional.

Posted to Ryan Reynolds' Youtube channel, the trailer has Wade Wilson spotting a crime in progress, then running to a nearby phone booth out to change into his superhero duds.

The teaser (below) didn't announce a release date, but does have a few Easter eggs for the curious.

Report: Adhesive Skins Damage Switch Consoles

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Report: Adhesive Skins Damage Switch Consoles

Dbrand manufactures cases for phones, computers, headsets, and game consoles. They're one of the most popular in the world, and chances are you've probably bought a case from them. Today, however, Dbrand is advising you not to buy any kind of adhesive skin for your new Nintendo Switch.

Posting on both Reddit and Twitter, the company issued a warning to all prospective Switch skin buyers, urging them to avoid buying adhesive skins for the console. "Simply put, the coating which exists on the JoyCons [sic] . . . is either cured or designed in a way which doesn’t play well with adhesive," a company spokesperson posted on Reddit.

Red Bull To Host Expanded Proving Grounds Street Fighter V Tournament

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Red Bull To Host Expanded Proving Grounds Street Fighter V Tournament

Red Bull is no stranger to eSports, sponsoring a number of players and hosting several competitions. It should come as no surprise, then, that it's announced the return of its Street Fighter V Proving Grounds tournament. This year, however, it's doubling down with a more elaborate tournament format.

The year's Proving Grounds will consist of two seasons across eleven cities, each with a qualifier tournament to determine who will make it to the finals in Santa Monica on DATE. The first season will run from March 4 to Jun 3, while the second season will run from July 1 to October 7.

The tournament will consist of three phases. In phase one, players will fight in qualifiers in each of the 11 cities in a singles format, earning ranking points based on their placement. At the end of the season, the top three players in city will form a team to represent their region. These teams will compete in a round-robin tournament against players in two groups, East and West. The highest ranking teams in both divisions move on to a best-of-three championship match. The winning team will receive a $6,000 prize, have their (and the top eight players from their division's) flights to this year's Evo tournament paid for, and free lodging for four nights at the tournament.