Depths Of Durangrar Is A Board Game Played In Total Darkness

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It wasn’t hard to figure out which table in the Indie Megabooth’s cramped Indie Minibooth area was my destination. The black sheer curtains draped together to form a small tent could only be for the “board game played in the dark” I was seeing.

Creative Core Games has developed a quick-playing game that is designed to capture the feeling of being an explorer in a dark dungeon. Explorers must find a certain amount of gold and race to the exit, competing against one another. The catch is that you can only see what is illuminated by the flickering LED in the figure’s base.

Oh, and there’s a monster. One player stalks the players in the dungeon with the aid of a night-vision scope that ships with the game. It has no light on its base, meaning it can sneak up on the explorers.

More Than 1.5 Million Copies Of Original Pokémon Games Sold On 3DS

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More Than 1.5 Million Copies Of Original Pokémon Games Sold On 3DS

Nintendo’s no dummy when it comes to re-releasing classic games. And when it comes to Pokémon you can never have just one.

Recently, Nintendo re-released Pokémon Red, Blue/Green, and Yellow via the 3DS virtual console. It seems fans were eager to return to Pikachu’s yesteryear.

In a briefing following the release of fiscal year 2016 financials, Nintendo revealed that the trio of games are selling quite well for titles that are 20 years old. More than 1.5 million copies have been sold.

Sony: 40 Million PlayStation 4s Shipped, Game Revenue Jumps $1.5 Billion

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Sony: 40 Million PlayStation 4s Shipped, Game Revenue Jumps $1.5 Billion

With rumors lingering of a major PlayStation 4 hardware refresh, Sony has reported that lifetime shipments of the console have now reached 40 million units. The company’s Game & Network Services devision, which houses the console division, PlayStation Network, and related services, continues to post big gains.

The 2016 fiscal year, which closed on March 31, showed an 11.7 percent revenue gain to ¥1,551.9 trillion ($12.4 billion). Operating income grew 46 percent ¥88.7 billion ($797 million).

PlayStation 4 adoption continues to significantly outpace the ongoing decline of PlayStation 3 sales. Revenue growth was attributed to software sales and hardware cost reductions. 

Quantum Break Getting A Title Update With Plenty Of Fixes On Xbox One Today

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The Xbox One version of Quantum Break is getting a number of fixes today care of a title update.

The patch notes include the normal details, like the broad fixing of bugs and glitches, but also includes some weirdly specific bugs like, "World no longer visibly unloads after Jack lets Beth and NPC into the Swimming Pool front door." You can find the full list of updates below.

Act Fixes/Updates

Nintendo Of America To Sell Majority Of Ownership In Seattle Mariners

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Today, Nintendo of America announced that it plans to sell the majority of its interest in the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team. According to the release, Nintendo of America currently plans on retaining a 10-percent stake in the Mariners, with the rest of its holdings being offloaded to other members of the current ownership group.

CEO Howard Lincoln is set to retire from his current position and will be replaced by John Stanton. Lincoln, who was the former chairman of Nintendo of America, will remain as a member of the board of directors of the First Avenue Entertainment LLLP partnership that owns the Seattle Mariners in order to represent Nintendo's interests.

Nintendo acquired majority stake in the Mariners in 1992 under then president and chairman Hiroshi Yamauchi. "From the first day of our involvement nearly 24 years ago, Nintendo has had two goals for its investment in the Mariners,” Lincoln said in a statement. "First, we wanted to assure the permanence of the team in this great city. And on that count, I am proud and gratified that this agreement further solidifies that goal. On the other hand, I’m equally disappointed that we have not been able to host a World Series game for our fans."

Replica Of Wind Waker Baton From Zelda Available For Pre-Order

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Replica Of Wind Waker Baton From Zelda Available For Pre-Order

A replica of the magical baton used by Link in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is now available for pre-order. The Wind Waker is the titular item in the game that allows Link to manipulate the breeze to benefit him as he sails across the Great Sea. A real-life version of the baton is used by the conductor of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert series.

The baton is currently available for pre-order on the Symphony of the Goddesses website. This replica is sizable, measuring at nearly 15" long and almost 3" wide.

If you want to grab a Wind Waker for yourself, you're going to have to shell out $40 plus shipping. The expected delivery as of now is in June, so those hoping to pick one up won't have to wait long.

Xenoblade Chronicles Arrives On Wii U This Week

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So, you missed out on a copy of Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii and you don’t want to buy a New 3DS to play that version. You are no longer doomed to a life of not “really feeling it,” provided you have a Wii U.

In fact, if you have $19.99 and a Wii U you can play the game starting tomorrow, April 28. You don’t need the Wii Remote and Nunchuck either. 

The Wii U version will also support the GamePad and Classic Controller Pro. For more on Xenoblade Chronicles, check out our review of the 3D re-release to learn more about this enormous, MMO-styled RPG.

Veteran Network Coder Provides Troubling Analysis Of The Division's Problems

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Veteran Network Coder Provides Troubling Analysis Of The Division's Problems

The Division was a massive success from a sales perspective, toppling Ubisoft's first-day sales record. However, several problems have sprung up related to hacks and cheating in the time since launch. Some issues have made it to consoles, but the PC version is the platform most affected. With the complaints becoming louder and louder, one veteran network coder attempted to analyze the issues Ubisoft's multiplayer shooter faces. According to Glenn Fiedler's recent post on his blog Gaffer on Games, it may be more difficult for Ubisoft to fix the issues than some may think.

Fiedler, whose credits include Titanfall, Journey, and the God of War series, says that signs point to Ubisoft using what is called a trusted client network model. If that is indeed the case, it means that every action from players is tracked by a client rather than the server, and that the server trusts that the client's input is valid. This enables hackers to take advantage of client-side hacks, as the server trusts whatever the client tells them is happening, and then portrays that impression to the rest of the players on that server. This puts an enormous amount of power in the hands of hackers and creates a massive headache for the developers trying to fix it.

Minecraft Is Now Available For Samsung Gear VR

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Minecraft Is Now Available For Samsung Gear VR

Minecraft is becoming the universal app for game devices everywhere. It’s on PC, consoles, mobile devices, and now it’s made its way to virtual reality.

Mojang’s hit sandbox game includes two VR modes. You can either play in a Minecraft cabin while watching the action on a virtual screen or immerse yourself in the world in first-person.

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