Nintendo hacker sentenced to 3 years in prison

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Nintendo hacker sentenced to 3 years in prison

Ryan Hernandez, the 21-year-old California man who hacked into Nintendo’s internal network and leaked information about the Nintendo Switch before its launch, has been sentenced to three years in prison. Hernandez pleaded guilty in January to federal charges related to the hacking incident, as well as possession of child pornography.

Hernandez’s charges are related to a 2016 phishing attempt wherein he gained access to Nintendo secrets, “including pre-release information about the anticipated Nintendo Switch console,” according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington. FBI investigators originally contacted Hernandez in October 2017 about his hacking attempts, when he was a minor. Hernandez promised them he’d stop hacking.

Xbox Game Pass adds Doom Eternal, Control, and 15 more games in December

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Xbox Game Pass adds Doom Eternal, Control, and 15 more games in December

Xbox Game Pass subscribers looking to test out the service’s new preinstalling feature will find December is jam-packed with candidates. Control and Doom Eternal kick things off on Dec. 3, and they’re followed by offerings as diverse as Dragon Quest 11’s Definitive Edition, and the motorsports precision sim Assetto Corsa.

In all, 17 games are coming to Xbox Game Pass in the week between Thursday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. Many of them are from Microsoft’s ID@Xbox promotion for indie games — including Slime Rancher, Yes, Your Grace (a kingdom management RPG), Call of the Sea, Superhot: Mind Control Delete, and Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair.

Fortnite’s Galactus event is today, here’s how to see it in-game

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Fortnite’s Galactus event is today, here’s how to see it in-game

Fortnite Chapter 2 season 4 is coming to an end. Galactus, the Destroyer of Worlds and one of Marvel’s classic villains, will appear in-game to mark the season’s end with a live event. And while we don’t know exactly how the event will play out, the appearance of a planet-sized villain in Fortnite isn’t an occasion most fans will want to miss.

Galactus will appear via a special live event on Dec. 1. The event will officially start at 4 p.m. ET, although players should log in much earlier to secure their spot.

New Nintendo Switch update makes screenshot sharing less of a pain

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New Nintendo Switch update makes screenshot sharing less of a pain

A new Nintendo Switch update rolled out on Nov. 30 with some small changes — but most importantly, Switch owners can now transfer screenshots wirelessly via their smart devices. Previously, sharing screenshots on the Switch meant removing the memory stick or uploading images on Twitter or Facebook. Additionally, users can use a USB cable to transfer screenshots to a computer.

The software update also included 12 new user icons, a trending feature that displays what your friends are playing, and the addition of Nintendo Switch Online to the home page menu. Brazilian Portuguese was also added as a language. Nintendo also rolled out a new feature that automatically downloads backed up save data was added to the Save Data Cloud, as well as the ability to name preset button mapping.

Xbox update brings preloading to Game Pass

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Xbox update brings preloading to Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass members can pre-install certain games before they launch on the subscription service, thanks to the Xbox console update rolling out to the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Series S beginning today.

The customary November dashboard update, arriving on the last day of the month, offers additional functionality to the three consoles. Notably, it adds an Auto HDR tag (to a paused screen when players open the guide) to let players know when that feature is active and working. Likewise, games that are optimized for Xbox Series X and Series S will carry that badge on their icons, in both the Games and Full Library tabs of the My Games and Apps section. The filter can also be adjusted to show only the games optimized for Series X and Series S, too.

Why Animal Crossing fans are arguing over ‘space buns’

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Why Animal Crossing fans are arguing over ‘space buns’

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ big winter update was the cause of much celebration in November, as the new hair options meant that some Black fans could more fully depict themselves in-game. But what was meant to be an inclusive addition to the life simulator has turned contentious, especially as non-Black fans have started to appropriate and whitewash the hair options.

The issue came to a head when an Animal Crossing player on social media made the mistake of calling the new puffs “space buns,” a cutesy moniker used to describe hair styles popularized by stars like Ariana Grande. While that post may be the most-discussed instance of the controversy, discussions about whether or not non-Black players could don the new hairstyles — or if they were exclusively Black hairstyles at all — started promptly after Nintendo revealed they existed in the first place. Now that the hair is widely available, the conversation has largely focused on what the new options truly are, and what fans should call it.

The Vtuber takeover of 2020

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The Vtuber takeover of 2020

On Sept. 18, 2020, the friendliest war ever conducted between Canadians and Americans commenced. And while not the most expensive war in total, the exuberance of its armaments left its primary target, a pink-haired digital goth girl, aghast.

Calliope Mori was, at that point, a newly minted streamer who was enjoying an indie survival game called Mad Father. As she played, her chat suddenly started spiraling out of control. An explosion of red banners overtook her chat, denoting that her viewers were leaving her, at minimum, tips of $100 or more.

Cyberpunk 2077 will let players bring game saves forward to PS5, Xbox Series X

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Cyberpunk 2077 will let players bring game saves forward to PS5, Xbox Series X

Players who start their Cyberpunk 2077 journey on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will be able to continue playing on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X when they’re ready. Developer CD Projekt Red made the process for migrating saved games clear in a pair of instructional posts dated Nov. 27.

To migrate a saved game from PS4 to PS5, CD Projekt says there are three different options. You can upload your existing saved game to the cloud, or you can transfer the data on your console via a local-area network — either wired or wireless. Finally, you can also make the move using an external storage device.

Baldur’s Gate 3 developer says saved games won’t be compatible with the next patch

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Baldur’s Gate 3 developer says saved games won’t be compatible with the next patch

Baldur’s Gate 3 launched in early October, only to be received with open arms by consumers. Critics, on the other hand, were less enthusiastic about the early access release, which left the game in a clearly unfinished and incomplete state. Now Larian Studios is looping back with players, warning them that their saved games won’t be compatible with newer versions of the game. The developer also describes how to work around the problem.

Shortly after the game launched on Oct. 6, Larian founder Swen Vincke seemed stunned by the game’s reception. “What do we do now?” he mused openly on Twitter, but he clearly already knew the answer — finish the game. While no final release date has been established, work continues apace. That means major changes are on the way for foundational elements of the gameplay itself, as well as massive new sections of the storyline.

Magician ends 20-year battle with Nintendo over Pokemon card

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Magician ends 20-year battle with Nintendo over Pokemon card

Two decades ago, magician and illusionist Uri Geller sued Nintendo in a California court for its Kadabra Pokémon card, alleging the company used his likeness to create the character. You see, Geller is known for his spoon-bending trick, just like Kadabra. Now, Geller is apologizing for the lawsuit, in which he claimed Nintendo turned him into “an evil, occult Pokémon character,” and stole his identity “by using [his] name and [his] signature image,” according to a BBC story from 2000.

The California lawsuit was dismissed in 2003. He reportedly filed several other lawsuits globally, according to The Guardian.