Nintendo Switch VR Headset Launches Soon As A New Labo Kit

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Nintendo Switch VR Headset Launches Soon As A New Labo Kit

Nintendo has revealed its latest Labo set, the VR Kit, which turns the Switch into a virtual reality headset. The new Toy-Con--as Labo kits are called--launches on April 12, and includes new minigames as well as additional physical cardboard to make the VR headset.

Nintendo says the new kit "encourages passing around Toy-Con creations among a group of people so everyone in the room can easily join in on the fun." The company continues: "To help encourage this social gameplay, players simply slip the Nintendo Switch console into the Toy-Con VR Goggles and hold it up to their eyes to explore numerous games and experiences--no head-strap needed."

The new Toy-Con is available in two configurations: the complete VR Kit set includes the Switch software and materials to build all six Labo VR projects--VR Goggles, Blaster, Camera, Bird, Wind Pedal, and Elephant. The VR Starter Set, meanwhile, includes the Switch software, but only the materials needed to build the VR Goggles and Blaster. Both sets also include a safety cap and screen holder, for people who prefer to play the minigames in traditional 2D. Those who buy the Starter Set can then complete their collection later on by purchasing two expansions--one including the Elephant and Camera, the other including the Wind Pedal and Bird.

Cricket 19 Announced For PS4, Xbox One, Switch, And PC

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Cricket 19 Announced For PS4, Xbox One, Switch, And PC

Melbourne-based developer Big Ant Studios has announced its next game. "Cricket 19 - The Official Game of the Ashes" is coming later this year to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Developed in conjunction with the official England and Wales Cricket Board, the game promises to be a faithful representation of the cricket series. It'll feature men's and women's teams, as well as all of the host venues that you'd see on TV or in person.

On the gameplay side, Big Ant is also promising "deep enhancements" to the franchise's AI engine that promises to deliver AI players that are "more realistic than ever before."

James Gunn's Superhero Horror Movie Brightburn Gets Scary New Trailer

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Although he's best known for directing--and getting fired from--the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, James Gunn's roots lie in horror. Gunn started as a writer for low budget genre specialists Troma and in 2006 directed the cult horror comedy Slither. Gunn returns to the genre this year with Brightburn, a scary take on the superhero movie that he has written and produced. A new trailer has been released.

The film has essentially the same set-up as the classic Superman story--a couple in a rural town find an alien baby who has crashed to earth and raise him as their own son. But while Clark Kent used his amazing powers for good, this kid sets about causing all sorts of murder and mayhem. It looks weird, scary, and utterly unmissable. Check the trailer out above.

Brightburn stars Elizabeth Banks, who also appeared in Slither, plus David Denman (Outcast, Power Rangers) and Matt Jones (Adventure Time). It's directed by David Yarovesky, and the script was written by Gunn with his brother Sean. It releases on May 24.

The Occupation Review - On The Clock

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The Occupation Review - On The Clock

I'm glad I played through The Occupation a second time. My first playthrough did not end well. Yes, I made it to the end, I saw a final cutscene and watched the credits roll, but I wouldn't say I reached the conclusion of the story. In fact, I felt like I'd barely scratched the surface.

After finishing it a second time I had a good handle on the major events of this bureaucratic thriller, but it wasn't until I'd played all the way through for a third time--and replayed individual sections several times over--that I felt confident I understood the motivations of the main characters. Even now, I'm contemplating a fourth go in an effort to figure out the smaller details and fathom just how deep the conspiracy goes.

The Occupation is a story-driven stealth-adventure game that rewards repeat plays even if it can also, at times, feel hostile to the idea of enabling you to delve into its narrative nooks and crannies. It tells a mature, challenging story that is both overtly political and ambiguous enough to leave plenty to interpretation, while its core stealth mechanics deliver a suitably tense experience.

Comedy Legend Michael Schur Reportedly Getting $25 Million Per Year To Stay At NBC

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Michael Schur, one of the biggest names in TV, has signed a new deal with Universal Television--and it's incredibly lucrative. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Schur has signed a multi-year deal with the company that the site estimates earns Schur $25 million per year over five years for a total of $125 million.

Schur has been with Universal Television since the start of his TV career when he was writing for Saturday Night Live, which airs on Universal's NBC. Schur went on to play a major role in the creation of the American version of The Office. He later co-created Parks and Recreation, The Good Place, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Outside of those projects, Schur produces Aziz Ansari's Master of None, while he also is working on the new NBC comedy Abby's and a brand-new project starring Kal Penn for the network.

Apex Legends Will Get Changes To Character Hit Boxes

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Since not long after its recent launch, Apex Legends fans have been complaining that the game's biggest player characters are much easier to hit than its smallest characters. Developer Respawn Entertainment has been listening, and on Reddit announced it would soon be making changes in the near future to rebalance several characters.

Respawn's post on Reddit covered a new update that's already in the game, which makes weapon changes, and explained that the studio's approach to making those design alterations is to be cautious and make sure they're thoroughly tested when they go live. A few changes are part of the most recent update, but the ones that address character hit boxes are being held back until later this month, when they've been more thoroughly vetted.

A "hit box" is the invisible area on a video game character that registers impacts; when a bullet hits a character inside the hit box, the character takes damage, but if a shot lands outside the box, the hit doesn't count. Big characters in Apex have similarly large hit boxes--Gibraltar has the largest one, followed by Caustic and Pathfinder. That means it's easier to hit them than smaller characters, but that's partially by design. Respawn means for those characters' larger surface area to be balanced by their abilities, so that all the characters in the game have roughly the same power, viability, and win rate.

New Apex Legends Patch Changes Weapon Balance And More

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A new update for Respawn's Apex Legends has arrived on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and it makes a number of weapon balance changes, some of which sound somewhat significant.

Respawn also outlined its philosophy on updates in general, saying in a post on Reddit that its aim to is to release updates less frequently and instead focus on making them meaningful. "We make less frequent, better tested, higher impact balance changes in order to minimize the impacts on your time spent mastering the game," Respawn said.

An exception is that Respawn would make a rapid-fire adjustment if it discovered that something was "way out of balance." Respawn didn't make any significant weapon balance changes around launch because it wanted to give new players an opportunity to learn the game and its numerous characters.