Lose Your Taste For Hygiene With The New Sinking City Trailer

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Lose Your Taste For Hygiene With The New Sinking City Trailer

If you ever wanted to see a man try to shave continuously growing tentacles off of his face, well now you can. Sherlock Holmes developer Frogwares latest gameplay trailer for The Sinking City has its fair share of twisted imagery and tripped out visuals and is shaping up to be a creepy Lovecraftian adventure. 

The game looks to use the famous cosmic-horror progenitor's fiction as the subject matter as opposed to inspiration. Unlike many games that have had elements and see the heavy influence of Lovecraft, such as Darkest Dungeon, Dead Space, or Sunless Sea; The Sinking City seems ripped directly from a story like The Shadow Over Innsmouth or The Horror At Red Hook. Even going so far as to take place in Massachusetts, a place where many of Lovecraft's greatest stories take place, but also where he drew so much inspiration from the mountains and forests of New England. 

The Sinking City releases on March 21 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. For more on the game, check out our preview and if you are looking for more Lovecraftian games, we have a list of what is coming in the future. 

Nintendo Switch Sales Near 20 Million Mark

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Nintendo Switch Sales Near 20 Million Mark

Nintendo continues to ride strong Switch and software sales according to its first-quarter earnings report. The Switch once again led the charge, with lifetime sales sitting at 19.67 million units. 

On the Switch software front, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze sold 1.4 million since May, Mario Aces has crossed the million mark in the two weeks since its release, and two Labo sets have sold 1.39 million units combined. To date, 86 million games have shipped for the platform.

Overall, Nintendo recorded $275 million operating profit, up 88 percent year-on-year, as revenue grew 9 percent to $1.5 billion. You can read the full report here.

Latest Fortnite Patch Emphasizes Things That Go Boom

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Latest Fortnite Patch Emphasizes Things That Go Boom

Never content to rest on its laurels, this week brings another update to the world-shaking behemoth Fortnite. 

A new LTM promises jetpacks, rocket launchers, and other explosives for squads to pelt each other with. It even brings back the guided missile (although its damage has been toned down a bit). 

The patch also includes a new single-shot sniper rifle for Save the World. The gun has a lot of gold on it, which presumably means it's very good.  

Venom Probably Eats A Dude In Latest Trailer

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Venom Probably Eats A Dude In Latest Trailer

Sony's newest attempt to tap into audience's desire for Marvel movies arrives this October and focuses on Spider-Man foe and occasional anti-hero Venom. The last trailer we saw didn't show too much of Venom himself but the newest one makes up for that.

You can watch as Tom Hardy discusses sketchy corporations as journalist Eddie Brock and then possibly eat a robber as the Symbiote himself right here:

For more on the Spider-verse, be sure to check out our cover story on the upcoming Spider-Man game from Insomniac.

Venom Probably Eats A Dude In Latest Trailer

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Venom Probably Eats A Dude In Latest Trailer

Sony's newest attempt to tap into audience's desire for Marvel movies arrives this October and focuses on Spider-Man foe and occasional anti-hero Venom. The last trailer we saw didn't show too much of Venom himself but the newest one makes up for that.

You can watch as Tom Hardy discusses sketchy corporations as journalist Eddie Brock and then possibly eat a robber as the Symbiote himself right here:

For more on the Spider-verse, be sure to check out our cover story on the upcoming Spider-Man game from Insomniac.

Platformer Removed From Steam For Secretly Mining For Cryptocurrency

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Platformer Removed From Steam For Secretly Mining For Cryptocurrency

Around 20 to 30 games release a day on Steam, which means that a lot of games go without much notice from either Steam or the mass audience. Abstractism was one of those games, but enough people did manage to pay attention to notice something was amiss.

Abstractism, a fairly standard indie-platformer from developer Okalo Union, doesn't command much attention at first glance. The minimal platformer puts the player in the role of a black or white square jumping around black or white platforms. It wasn't until YouTuber SidAlpha decided to investigate a report of the developers ripping a user off by disguising a game item as a rarer drop on Steam that things really started to blow up.

You can find SidAlpha's video here (warning for dumb homopohobic jokes from the developer), but the short version is this: developer Okalo Union essentially set up a circuitous plan that involved dropping items at a frequent rate of seven per week. These items would scale up for rarity depending on how long the game has been running, encouraging people to keep the game running in the background consistently so that they could get rare drops and sell them on the Steam marketplace. That, combined with a number of extra services the game was running, made a convincing argument that the game was mining for cryptocurrency in the background.

PlayStation VR Engineer Richard Marks Joins Google

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PlayStation VR Engineer Richard Marks Joins Google

Richard Marks, an engineer who has worked on experimental PlayStation tech like PlayStation Eye, Move, and PSVR, has joined Google in one of their high-profile hirings of video game engineers and futurists.

Marks joins after Google's hiring of former Sony executive Phil Harrison this past January, fueling rumors that the company was working on their own console. These rumors developed into speculation about Google pushing a cloud-based console and/or service codenamed "Yeti," with a growing volume of whispers saying Google is courting developers and looking to announce plans publicly before too long.

Regardless of when they plan to announce anything, Google is clearly gearing up to take on gaming in a way they haven't before, but it will be interesting to see how they actually plan to go about it.

PlayStation VR Engineer Richard Marks Joins Google

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PlayStation VR Engineer Richard Marks Joins Google

Richard Marks, an engineer who has worked on experimental PlayStation tech like PlayStation Eye, Move, and PSVR, has joined Google in one of their high-profile hirings of video game engineers and futurists.

Marks joins after Google's hiring of former Sony executive Phil Harrison this past January, fueling rumors that the company was working on their own console. These rumors developed into speculation about Google pushing a cloud-based console and/or service codenamed "Yeti," with a growing volume of whispers saying Google is courting developers and looking to announce plans publicly before too long.

Regardless of when they plan to announce anything, Google is clearly gearing up to take on gaming in a way they haven't before, but it will be interesting to see how they actually plan to go about it.

Gran Turismo Sport Adds Microtransactions

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Gran Turismo Sport Adds Microtransactions

In the July update for Gran Turismo Sport, several new cars are added, as well as the ability to buy cars for real money from the in-game or PlayStation Network stores.

Starting with this update, any car that costs less 2,000,000 in virtual currency can be purchased outright. You can check out a video detailing the update below.

The public reason for this is that it helps players without the time to grind for new cars an option to just buy them without needing to race for them. Previous Gran Turismo games have had microtransactions, as well, a criticism that Polyphony Digital head Kazunori Yamauchi said GT Sport had taken into account and eliminated.

Fighting Game Tournament Evo 2018 Schedule Released

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Fighting Game Tournament Evo 2018 Schedule Released

With Evo 2018 coming fairly soon, you might want to start planning what you're going to check out and how much time you need to clear out to watch your favorite fighting games.

You can find the full schedule right here.

The scheduele page breaks the various times down by game, as well a map if you're attending the show. As already known, Street Fighter V is headlining the show with the Sunday finals.  Virtua Fighter 5 Showdown is one of the streamed side events, so you can look forward to seeing some competitive VF this year.