Nintendo Switch update adds video capture and save data transfers

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Nintendo Switch update adds video capture and save data transfers

Nintendo has released the version 4.0.0 update for the Nintendo Switch that enables video capture for “select games” and, even more notably, the ability to transfer user profiles and save data to a new console, addressing one of the portable console’s most glaring shortcomings.

The video capture feature, which can be seen in Nintendo’s embedded video below, only supports four games so far. “As of October 18th, 2017,” Nintendo’s support site reads, “this feature is compatible with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2.”

Why microtransaction haters should — and shouldn’t — worry about Activision’s DLC patent

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Why microtransaction haters should — and shouldn’t — worry about Activision’s DLC patent

A patent filed by Activision in 2015 — and approved just this week — is adding to mounting concerns from players around the increasing presence of microtransactions in big-budget multiplayer games. And with a name like “System and method for driving microtransactions in multiplayer video games” and details on how to influence buyers through the matchmaking process, it’s no surprise that the patent is further fueling the firestorm.

The system, as described in the filing, would match up “junior players” with more experienced ones, who own items that the system determined are “of potential interest” to the juniors. This discrepancy is intended to encourage the lesser players to then purchase those items in an effort to stand a better chance alongside their teammates.

Destiny 2’s first Prestige raid completed in just over an hour

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Destiny 2’s first Prestige raid completed in just over an hour

Destiny 2’s first Prestige raid went live at 10 a.m. PT this morning. Barely one hour later, the world’s first team finished it — a major milestone that comes with its own special rewards.

Clan Redeem, made up of players Sweatcicle, Modern Tryhard, Ehroaar, I Indica I, Senior Snubby and Gladd, defeated the harder version of the Leviathan raid in one hour and six minutes. Bungie said that the team’s impressive time beat the next-fastest group by just four minutes, making the achievement even more remarkable.

Dragon Ball FighterZ adds memorably memed villains — and lots of bonding

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Dragon Ball FighterZ adds memorably memed villains — and lots of bonding

The roster for Dragon Ball FighterZ will include two surprising, old-school villains, according to translated scans of the new issue of V Jump magazine. Ginyu and Nappa join the roster, bringing to mind some classic goofs from the cartoon series.

Nappa is perhaps the brawniest and baldest Saiyan in the Dragon Ball cast. His struggles with hair loss, and role as the much tinier Vegeta’s eternal sidekick, make him pretty unforgettable. (Also, the fact that Nappa was strong enough to kill thousands of civilians and almost blow up an entire city shouldn’t be ignored.) Except, well, Nappa actually was forgotten fairly quickly, dying at the end of Dragon Ball Z’s first story arc.

Denuvo DRM broken within 24 hours of South Park’s launch, say hackers

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Denuvo DRM broken within 24 hours of South Park’s launch, say hackers

Once again, Denuvo’s anti-piracy protection has been broken by hackers not even a day past the launch of a major game using it. This time it’s South Park: The Fractured But Whole, which launched yesterday.

Two warez sites have links to the full PC version of game on filesharing lockers. At this point it’s probably fair to say the woe-is-me message from pirates about 18 months ago, when it took them a while to beat Just Cause 3’s DRM, was probably FUD. They had little trouble with Middle-earth: Shadow of War’s protection, and Sonic Mania’s before that.

New Pokémon Go third-gen datamine points to a pretty huge mistake

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New Pokémon Go third-gen datamine points to a pretty huge mistake

Pokémon Go dataminers continue to find signs that the third generation of Pokémon is close to debuting in-game. A set of new details about them has been uncovered from recent update files — including a surprising, almost amusing error on Niantic’s part.

Members of The Silph Road have shared code that points to the gender ratios of every gen-three Pokémon. With many of them, the numbers are familiar; these ratios are typically identical to those from the traditional games. That means we can expect female starter Pokémon to be a lot more uncommon than male, for example.

What’s the status of EA’s Star Wars games?

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What’s the status of EA’s Star Wars games?

Electronic Arts announced today that it will close Visceral Games, after deciding to reshape the studio’s Star Wars project from a traditional single-player adventure into “a broader experience.” The publisher’s explanation is couched in ambiguous language, but the big takeaway is this: Visceral’s intended Star Wars game was story-focused and linear, at a time when open-world multiplayer campaigns with varied gameplay are the games du jour.

We knew little about Visceral’s take on Star Wars, other than the name of its director — Uncharted veteran Amy Hennig — and its proposed style of gameplay. But aside from the booming Star Wars Battlefront franchise, Visceral’s untitled Star Wars game remains the only one EA has shown off the most from its ballyhooed licensing deal. And four years into said deal, that’s saying a lot.

EA shutting down Visceral Games, overhauling Star Wars game

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EA shutting down Visceral Games, overhauling Star Wars game

Electronic Arts is shutting down its Visceral Games studio and making major changes to the team’s in-development Star Wars project, EA executive vice president Patrick Söderlund announced today.

Visceral has been working on an action-adventure game set in the Star Wars universe in some form since 2013, when EA and Disney announced a multi-year game deal. It’s been described as a “story-based, linear adventure,” but based on comments from Söderlund, EA is making a “significant change” to that title.