Watch How Rogue One Used A Vive Controller To Film CGI Shots

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Watch How Rogue One Used A Vive Controller To Film CGI Shots

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had a number of beautifully-rendered CGI scenes which helped set the stage for its conflict and helped make its worlds feel more realistic. One way the team at ILM London (who helped developed those scenes) made them look so good: using a Vive controller strapped to an iPad.

In a recent BBC Click video, computer graphics supervisor Steve Ellis talks about how involved director Gareth Edwards "shot" these scenes by taking the makeshift contraption and moving it around a room. The video also delves into other ways the CGI was built, such as looking at real-world nuclear explosions to help make the ones in the film more authentic. You can watch the video below.

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[Update] Overwatch Teases New Hero In Altered Numbani Map

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[Update] Overwatch Teases New Hero In Altered Numbani Map

Update 2/25/17: Evidence of a new character's inclusion has shown up within the game client itself. In the PC-only Public Test Realm, the Numbani map has been altered. Doomfists' gauntlet, which was housed within the payload, seems to have been stolen, with signs of a break-in. Additionally, the airport (which was the attacking team's starting area) shows the same signs of struggle the previous photos did. All of this seems to point to Doomfist, or someone related to him, being the next hero to join the roster.

Original Story: What looks to be the second tease regarding an upcoming Overwatch character has just hit Overwatch social feeds. An image of a devastated Numbani airport, complete with a smashed, busted up, (and often probed for "secret info") flight board.

Blizzard's message with the image is as follows:

You Can Now Change Your Twitch Username

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You Can Now Change Your Twitch Username

Coming up with a username isn't easy. Sometimes your actual name or usual online handle is available, or you're able to come up with something clever on the fly. Other times, you choke. If you're a Twitch user who is stuck with a bad username – or just one that you're kind of sick of – you've had to either abandon it (and whatever online equity you've earned) or simply suffer. That changes today. Twitch has announced that you'll be able to change your username, with a few important caveats.

If you go to your profile settings on the site, you'll notice a new option next to your username: an edit button. You can use it once every 60 days, changing your name to one that's available. Twitch will hold your old username for at least six months, with the option of eventually kicking it back to the list of available names.

Twitch notes that changing your username will also change the URL of your channel's page (for obvious reasons), and that your old URL won't redirect to the new one. That's up to you to take care of, if you have links to your channel elsewhere. 

Celebrate Pokémon Day With Some Pokémon Go Hats Or Whatever

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Celebrate Pokémon Day With Some Pokémon Go Hats Or Whatever

Next week is Pokémon Day, wherein people get together and... talk about Pokémon? Play Pokémon? Draw pictures of Pokémon cakes? Regardless of your family's Pokémon Day traditions, there's a special Pokémon Go treat in the works that's bound to make the day even more special: a hat.

From February 26 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific through the same time on March 6, Pokémon Go players will be able to capture special versions of Pikachu wearing party hats. These hats will be fused onto their adorable heads for time immemorial, but you have to capture the critters during that fleeting window of time.

Happy hunting, and, of course, have a happy Pokémon Day!!!!!

Ubisoft San Francisco Hires Four Telltale Veterans

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Ubisoft San Francisco Hires Four Telltale Veterans

Ubisoft has announced that four former Telltale Games employees have joined the ranks of Ubisoft San Francisco. The quartet, who have worked on games including The Walking Dead, Minecraft: Story Mode, and Tales from the Borderlands, will be working on the narratives of future projects.

“We are excited to welcome these strong industry veterans to our skilled team at Ubisoft San Francisco,” François Pelland, executive producer at Ubisoft San Francisco, told the Ubisoft Blog. “As we continue to expand our portfolio of games, we look to hire the best talent in the industry and infuse team members with a shared passion for development.”

The new employees include senior design directors Dennis Lenart and Nick Herman, narrative director Pierre Shorette, and creative producer Adam Sarasohn. 

Snipperclips Joins The Nintendo Switch Launch-Day Lineup

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Snipperclips Joins The Nintendo Switch Launch-Day Lineup

Another game has been added to the Nintendo Switch's launch-day lineup: Snipperclips – Cut it Out, Together!, a co-op puzzle game that we're just going to refer to as Snipperclips from this moment on.

The game is coming to the Nintendo eShop on March 3, when the Switch is released. It'll set you back $19.99.

It was one of the highlights at Nintendo's Switch event last month, with video producer Ben Hanson saying it was the best playable game that wasn't Breath of the Wild. You can see video of him and senior editor Ben Reeves sharing their hands-on impressions of the game here.

2017 Video Game Release Schedule

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2017 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2017, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have a confirmed release dates

Overwatch Teases New Hero With Image Of Numbani Attack

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Overwatch Teases New Hero With Image Of Numbani Attack

What looks to be the second tease regarding an upcoming Overwatch character has just hit Overwatch social feeds. An image of a devastated Numbani airport, complete with a smashed, busted up, (and often probed for "secret info") flight board.

Blizzard's message with the image is as follows:

[BREAKING] OR15 defense units destroyed in confrontation with unidentified attacker at Numbani airport. No civilian casualties reported.

Overwatch Takes Top Honors At 20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards

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Overwatch Takes Top Honors At 20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards

Naughty Dog had an exceptional night at the 20th annual D.I.C.E. Awards, taking home four trophies for Uncharted 4. But top honors went to Blizzard's phenomenal multiplayer shooter, Overwatch, which won three other trophies as well. Playdead's haunting platformer also took home three awards. The nights biggest accolades, however, went to Bethesda Game Studios' Todd Howard, who was also inducted into the AIAS hall of fame. You can read our interview with him here

Check out the full list of winners:

Action Game of the Year: Overwatch