Did You Know Gaming Offers Trivia About Shin Megami Tensei Franchise

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Did You Know Gaming Offers Trivia About Shin Megami Tensei Franchise

The YouTube gaming trivia channel, Did You Know Gaming, takes a look at Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei RPG series and its spin offs, offering tidbits of knowledge you might not have known. 

The series began as an adaptation of the 1986 sci-fi novel Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei. Altus wasn't the first to adapt the novel into a game, with Telenet Japan releasing the top-down RPG Devil Story: Megami Tensei in 1987 on the MSX and PC88. As for Atlus, its series became one of their most popular franchises, and was a stepping stone towards successful spin-offs that went on to be their own stand-alone series, such as Persona.

An interesting bit of knowledge is how Megami Tensei translates to metempsychosis, which is the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth that is part of Buddhist beliefs. Reincarnation is seen throughout the series, with the first game including a character that was described to be the reincarnation of an ancient goddess. The video also examines the inspirations behind the original Shin Megami Tensei, such as the setting taking great influence from a Tokyo neighborhood where the art director, Kazuma Kaneco, lived at the time. Watch below to learn more.

Star Wars' R2-D2 Actor Kenny Baker Passes Away At Age 81

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Star Wars' R2-D2 Actor Kenny Baker Passes Away At Age 81

Kenny Baker, who starred in the first six Star Wars films as the droid R2-D2, recently died after battling a long illness. The British actor rose to fame after his appearance as the robot in the first Star Wars film in 1977. 

Following the debut, he continued to portray the character in following movies such as The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, along with the 1999 to 2005 Star Wars prequels. Outside of his work with Star Wars, he also appeared in films such as The Elephant Man (1980), Time Bandits (1981), and Flash Gordon (1980).

Baker's niece Abigail Shield told The Guardian that he "had a very long and fulfilled life," and that he brought "lots of happiness to people." Baker was just 3-foot-8 and doctors told him he wouldn't live past puberty. He surpassed these obstacles, and first began working in show business through theater and the circus. His rise to fame, however, began with Star Wars. Because of his height, he was small enough to fit inside the droid, which director George Lucas believed would make him perfect for the role.

Dota 2 Adding Pit Lord To Roster, Along With New Hero The Monkey King

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Dota 2 Adding Pit Lord To Roster, Along With New Hero The Monkey King

Valve has announced two characters coming to Dota 2: Pit Lord, who appeared in the original Dota mod, and The Monkey King, a character who has never been playable before.

These announcements were revealed during the last few days of The International, the world's largest Dota tournament, which is offering a record-breaking prize pool of over $20 million. Pit Lord is expected to join the game as of August 23. This was huge news for fans who have long awaited his arrival in Dota 2, and he will now be called "Underlord." Watch his reveal below.

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Niantic Is Permanently Banning Players That Use Bots In Pokémon Go

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Niantic Is Permanently Banning Players That Use Bots In Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go developer Niantic is cracking down on players that are using bots or programs that alter GPS locations. If you're caught using one of these services, you could face a permanent ban, according to a new post in the FAQ section of the game's official website.

Using third party software is against Pokémon Go's terms of service. On its website, Niantic states that you can face a permanent ban by "falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software." 

In response, several bot programs including NecroBot are shutting down as they claim Niantic is sending out cease and desist letters. "Due to legal action being started against other bot creators/devs (we did not receive a letter yet) the Project development will be stopped," writes the creators of NecroBot on GitHub as they close shop. We have reached out to Niantic to confirm whether these have in fact been sent out.

Hello Games Says Its "Working Hard" To Resolve No Man's Sky PC Issues

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After a troublesome launch on PC yesterday that resulted in "mostly negative" reviews on Steam, No Man's Sky developer Hello Games has swiftly acknowledged the problems, stating that they are "working hard" to resolve them. PC players have noted serious problems, from framerate drops on powerful GPUs to frequent crashes.

As of yesterday, Hello Games detailed a post on its Steam page for No Man's Sky, which notes that the team is aware of the issues. It outlines how players can reach out to the team to report bugs or receive support as quickly as possible. For example, Hello Games has added an update to its support page that cites common issues, and a new auto-response via email which suggests quick fixes.

You can head to the Steam page, or read below, to view the post:

The Dota 2 International Grand Finals Are Today

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The Dota 2 International Grand Finals Are Today

Since June, hundreds of Dota 2 teams have competed at The International, the game's most prestigious tournament. As of today, only three remain. Tonight, one team will take home over eight million dollars.

This year's International went from being a foregone conclusion after Europe's OG dominated the scene for most of the year, to one of the most exciting events in Dota history as champions fell, favorites went home, and one of the game's greatest matches in the game's history played out before our eyes.

Today will feature only two matches. Wings Gaming, who thwarted American hope Evil Geniuses in a surprising rout, awaits the winner of the match between American/European combo Digital Chaos or Evil Geniuses. The first match will be a first-to-three, while the final match will be a best-of-five.

Weekend Warrior – Yes Man's Sky

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Weekend Warrior – Yes Man's Sky

It's finally here! Our excitement refers to both the weekend and No Man's Sky, one of the most anticipated games in a long time. Whether you plan to dive into another universe or not, let us know what you are playing over the next few days in the comments below.

Overwatch Is Getting ‘High Bandwidth’ 63Hz Tick Rate For All Modes

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Overwatch Is Getting ‘High Bandwidth’ 63Hz Tick Rate For All Modes

Back in June, just a couple of weeks after Overwatch launched, Blizzard started tinkering with the game. One of the big experiments was offering an option in custom matches to up the tick rate (refresh rate) to 60Hz on the client side to match the server performance.

At the time, Blizzard said that if the test was a success, it would consider implementing it for all game types. Starting today, Blizzard is rolling out high bandwidth for all modes and regions. This will increase the refresh rate from 21 updates per second to 63. 

It’s going to take sometime for the worldwide rollout, so look for things to get more responsive in-game over the next few weeks. Also, don’t worry if your connection can’t keep up. Blizzard has figured out a way to auto-regulate if things seem to be bogging down.

Rome: Total War Marches Onto iPad Later This Year

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Rome: Total War Marches Onto iPad Later This Year

One of Creative Assembly's most important games, Rome: Total War is headed to the iPad this fall. This port will only be playable on first generation iPad Air and iPad mini 2 models or better.

Originally released in 2004, Rome: Total War puts players in charge of the early Roman Empire and tasks them with making strategic decisions for the future of their people. Feral Interactive will be bringing the game's full experience to iPad, including the campaign's 11 factions as well as new touch controls. Get a brief tease of the iPad version below.

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No Man’s Sky Is Having Trouble Lifting Off On PC

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No Man’s Sky Is Having Trouble Lifting Off On PC

You know something’s wrong when one hour after a highly anticipated game launches its Steam reviews peg it in the “mostly negative” category. Hello Games’ challenging week continues, with the No Man’s Sky PC launch having some serious issues right off the bat.

The Steam user reviews cite framerate problems on powerful GPUs, including Nvidia GTX 980. For many (including us for the first few tries), the program doesn’t open. For others, it crashes after mere minutes. As of publication, only 29 percent of the 3,279 reviews are positive.

Still other users reporting stuttering, audio problems, and general optimization issues. A user going by the name “Dr. Dangledick” says, “You’re severely wrong about the minimum system requirements, replace them with this: Minimum - A computer made by Jesus Christ himself, but it’ll still struggle to hit 20 fps.”