Clarifying Six Misconceptions About Stadia

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Clarifying Six Misconceptions About Stadia

Google’s Stadia presents an interesting promise. We went hands on with the service when it was reveaeed at GDC, but we got to try it again at E3, and were impressed with how well Doom Eternal ran (in HD only, because 4K isn’t available yet). Thankfully, during our demo, we got the chance to clear the air about a few misconceptions that have circulated around the topic of game streaming.

How will Stadia handle small text and other fine details when users play games on their phone? Obviously, some things won’t read as easily on the phone as they do on a living room television.

The official line from Google is, “We're working with developers to optimize their game design and experiences for each screen. Stadia games will be responsive to the screens they play on, so things like font sizes will be appropriate per device/screen.” That sounds promising, but we’ll have to wait until closer to launch to see how every game works on phones.

Dota Underlords, Valve's Auto Chess Title, Comes To Steam Today

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Dota Underlords, Valve's Auto Chess Title, Comes To Steam Today

Auto Chess is an increasingly popular genre on PC and mobile, and you can play Valve's take on it today, Dota Underlords, if you have a Dota 2 battlepass. If you don't have one, you can join in the open beta when it goes live in about a week. If you're not sure what the heck Auto Chess is, don't be alarmed – we have a few resources for you here and here.

Valve's take on the genre makes a few small changes that we can see already in these beta stages, such as letting players pick items after creep (NPC) rounds from a pool, further allowing them to tailor their strategies and reducing reliance on randomness from getting loot from NPC enemies. Some of the effects are quite powerful, ranging from skills that buff entire classes of units or adding one to your unit cap (For non-Auto Chess players, these are incredibly powerful game altering effects that don't exist in the "Classic" version of Auto Chess).

You can read more about Dota Underlords and the game's rollout here.

Can You Eat Gooigi? Where Is Wayoshi? And Other Stupid Questions For Luigi's Mansion 3's Producer

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Can You Eat Gooigi? Where Is Wayoshi? And Other Stupid Questions For Luigi's Mansion 3's Producer

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is shaping up to be a really solid entry in the franchise. If you want to know more about that game, you can read Brian Shea’s hands-on impressions from the show. However, we also got the chance to speak with producer Kensuke Tanabe who shared his thoughts on the wild world of Nintendo.

What is Gooigi’s deal? Where did that idea come from?

When I first saw the Nintendo Switch system, the fact that you can split the two JoyCons and share it with someone else to play together was such a great thing that we really wanted to take advantage of that for this game. We began to think about how to create that second player. We at Nintendo were kind of experimenting with different ways that we can have two people play at the same time, and one of them was to make a copy of Luigi, so just having two Luigis on the screen. While we were doing that, the team happened to be experimenting with using a goo-like material for ghosts. They were like, "What if we gave them a little more substance and made them out of goo?" And then those two ideas came together.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood Has Cosmetic Microtransactions

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood Has Cosmetic Microtransactions

Clarification Update: Wolfenstein's official social page has released statement clarifying that microtransactions are in fact cosmetic only:

Original Story (June 13 at  1:20 PM Central): We recently had the chance to go hands-on with MachineGames' upcoming Wolfenstein title, Youngblood. During our session, we learned that the game would have microtransactions, with the player able to buy cosmetics as well as weapon upgrades and attachments with real world money if they choose.

MachineGames was explicit in saying that you could get these items with in-game currency and that spending real world money would just speed up the process to acquiring them. The closest comparison one may draw is to Ubisoft's progress enhancers microtransactions in Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Far Cry 5.

Tales Of Arise Is A Reinvention Of The Series, But Not Open World

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Tales Of Arise Is A Reinvention Of The Series, But Not Open World

When Tales if Arise was announced at Microsoft's Xbox conference, fans of the series experienced a moment of exhilaration and then hours to days of concerned questions. Ever since the reveal, which showed a more technologically advanced Tales game than the previous titles, fans had been wondering exactly how this title is going to change up a fairly traditional series.

We sat down with Yusuke Tomizawa, the new producer of the Tales series after Hideo Baba left the company, to discuss the newest Tales game. Tomizawa himself had a sticker of Sans from Undertale on his laptop, a game which he professes a fandom for. It has been a few years Tales of Berseria, which crossed generations with both a PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 version, making Tales of Arise the first game in the series completely untethered to the previous generation and built solely for modern hardware. In the trailer, it looked like the game might be leveraging that technology for an open world RPG similar to games like Xenoblade X or The Witcher 3. Not so, according Tomizawa.

While screenshots and the initial trailer somewhat suggested an open world title, the structure of Tales of Arise is similar to other Tales games. Tomizawa pointed out that the reveal trailer had no UI, so suspicions about a lack of world map are not correct.

Banjo-Kazooie's Spiral Mountain Smash Bros. Theme Is Online For Your Listening Pleasure

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Banjo-Kazooie's Spiral Mountain Smash Bros. Theme Is Online For Your Listening Pleasure

At a one minute and 30 seconds long, it doesn't seem like it's the full theme that will be added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate later this year alongside Banjo-Kazooie as a playable fighter, but it's always exciting to hear new Smash Bros. arrangements. We heard this song during Banjo-Kazooie's announcement trailer, but it's nice to have it standalone without all those messy sound effects on top.

For more on Banjo-Kazooie in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, head here and here.

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Here Are The Rare Encounters At This Year's Pokémon Go Fest

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Here Are The Rare Encounters At This Year's Pokémon Go Fest

Pokémon Go Fest just kicked off in Chicago's Grant Park, and trainers are currently working through way through a nine-mission quest that concludes with an encounter with Jirachi. This year's Pokémon Go Fest runs from Thursday to Sunday, but a player can only participate for one day. This means if you play today, you can't go back to the park to catch the event-specific Pokémon on Saturday.

The course that trainers will be exploring is much larger than last year, yet is once again themed with regions filled with Pokémon you'd find in those habitats. Trainers are reporting that shiny Abra is spawning at the park, and shiny Horsea is also out in full force. A special flower crown Pikachu is there, and the Unown on hand reportedly spell out WAKE UP. The only regional Pokémon spawning is supposedly Pachirisu.

I'll be on hand at the Fest throughout the weekend and will update you on the quest and other Pokémon I encounter. Happy catching, everyone!

Linda Hamilton Will Play Sarah Connor In Gears 5's Terminator: Dark Fate Pack

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Linda Hamilton Will Play Sarah Connor In Gears 5's Terminator: Dark Fate Pack

During Microsoft's E3 press conference, at the end of its Gears 5 presentation, it teased a crossover with the Terminator franchise by showing one of the titular robots holding Gears of War's iconic chainsaw lancers, but it didn't offer many other additional details.

Appearing on The Game Informer show, however, Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson offered a few more details. The Terminator content will be called the Terminator: Dark Fate Pack (to coincide with the film) and it will include the T-800 (with a small redesign which you can see with the lights on the chest above), and Sarah Connor who will be voiced by Linda Hamilton. Fergusson says he will be recording with Hamilton in about two weeks from the time of recording, and she will probably do a lot of yelling.

You can watch the full Terminator/Gears 5 chat below. For hands-on impressions for Gears 5 at E3, head here.

The Strangest Sights Of E3 2019

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The Strangest Sights Of E3 2019

If you missed E3 this year, don't worry, we've got you covered. Join us for a quick tour of all the sights and sounds of E3. Trust us, you're better off not smelling this one. Without further adieu, here is what you missed from E3 2019.

Sega has a sport climbing wall, which is great, but the javelin throw did not go well.

The crowd for the Super Soul Bros. was pretty wild. Personally, I think they ... sold out.

Square Enix Committed To Making Its Complete Library Available Digitally

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Square Enix Committed To Making Its Complete Library Available Digitally

Square Enix has been around for decades creating one monstrous library of games. This makes us wonder if there any plans to make all these games readily available digitally, whether it's in some sort of subscription service or elsewhere. President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda confirmed he's heard the demand for the library to be available completely digitally.

 "We're working on that in a variety of ways," Matsuda said. "That is a request that we hear often. As far as our major titles go, most of those, we still have variations out that you can play now. The more classic titles that you might have played on NES, we are still working hard to make it so you can play those. We actually have launched a dedicated project internally to port those, so we are working to make them available on a variety of platforms. Certainly down the road, we would like to see that on a subscription or streaming service, so we're exploring the possibility of creating a dedicated channel for ourselves."