Fortnite removed friendly fire as an experiment in combating player toxicity

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Fortnite removed friendly fire as an experiment in combating player toxicity

Epic Games’ decision to get rid of the friendly fire feature in Fortnite: Battle Royale was completely driven by solving in-game toxicity.

Ben Lewis-Evans, a user experience lead researcher at Epic Games who works on Fortnite, told Polygon that the team rolled out Fortnite with friendly fire on. They decided to disable it after receiving multiple reports from players that they were being killed by their own teammates so other players could pick up dropped items. The friendly fire actions of teammates were beginning to negatively affect the game, Lewis-Evans said, and so the team decided to experiment.

Nintendo Switch ‘Nindies’ livestream: Watch it here

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Nintendo Switch ‘Nindies’ livestream: Watch it here

We’re still reeling from Nintendo’s massive Nintendo Direct presentation earlier this month, but the company has more news to share today. A Nindies Showcase, featuring games coming to Nintendo Switch from independent developers, promises news on even more software coming to the console.

Today’s Nindies Showcase kicks off at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET and will be streamed on YouTube. You can watch the Switch Nindies spring 2018 showcase above.

PUBG on mobile is excellent, full-featured and just as tense as the original

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PUBG on mobile is excellent, full-featured and just as tense as the original

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the survival shooter that brought the battle royale genre to prominence on Windows PC, is now available for iOS and Android devices here in the United States. After around 100 hours with the original title, I’m here to tell you that this version of the game is surprisingly good. It’s a full-featured port with a clever user interface, and it runs astonishingly well even on my older iPhone.

When I downloaded Battlegrounds for my iPhone 6S, the first thing I had to do was connect it to Facebook. Only then would the game allow me to create a profile and lock in the look of my avatar. After that, the program scanned my device and recommended low graphical settings. There was very little information on what would be needed to bump things up to medium or high settings, so hopefully we’ll be getting more guidance as the release rolls out.

PUBG Mobile is live on Android, iOS (update)

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PUBG Mobile is live on Android, iOS (update)

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ mobile version is now available in the U.S. on both Android and iOS, via Google Play and the App Store, respectively.

Following last week’s soft launch on the Canadian Google Play Store, Tencent’s PUBG Mobile will recreate the 100-player battle-royale experience already available for Windows PC and Xbox One. The App Store description says the game “perfectly recreates” the PC version, and includes voice chat for squad communication. Additional mobile optimizations include the option to auto-pick up items, aim assist and a variety of on-screen controls, including steering and pedals for driving.

Epic’s giving away $12M worth of Paragon game assets for free

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Epic’s giving away $12M worth of Paragon game assets for free

Epic Games’ action MOBA Paragon never quite found the audience it needed to thrive, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. The game is slated to shut down forever in April, but all of Epic’s work won’t go to waste: The developer is giving away millions of dollars worth of Paragon game assets for free, so that Unreal Engine developers can use them for their own projects.

According to a post on the Unreal Engine website, “20 AAA-quality characters, with their respective skins, animations, VFX and dialogue, along with over 1,500 environment components from Paragon” are now available for free in the Unreal Engine Marketplace.

This Super Smash Bros. concept for ‘LaboMan’ is great

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This Super Smash Bros. concept for ‘LaboMan’ is great

Nintendo Labo, the do-it-yourself cardboard kits for the Nintendo Switch, isn’t due out until April 20, but that hasn’t stopped one talented animator from creating an amazing concept for a new character in Super Smash Bros.

Since Nintendo hasn’t said much at all about the new Super Smash Bros. for Switch, fans have started to fill in the blanks. Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to introduce you to LaboMan.

Twitch’s biggest streamers come to terms with Logan Paul’s arrival on the platform

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Twitch’s biggest streamers come to terms with Logan Paul’s arrival on the platform

YouTube’s most notorious creator, Logan Paul, is jumping on the Fortnite bandwagon and Twitch’s biggest streamers aren’t holding back with their thoughts.

Paul announced yesterday he was joining Twitch, gaining more than 100,000 followers before his first stream. Paul’s interest in Fortnite, alongside his brother Jake, who also recently announced the launch of a gaming operation to get in on Fortnite hype, didn’t go unnoticed by the larger gaming or streaming community. While naysayers were to quick to speak up and protest Paul’s arrival on the platform, pointing to his recent YouTube history as a cause for concern and his latest vlog as evidence that Paul was clickbaiting his way into Fortnite success, other well-known casters tried to find the good.

Nvidia’s latest tech will enable ‘cinematic-quality’ graphics — on unannounced GPUs

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Nvidia’s latest tech will enable ‘cinematic-quality’ graphics — on unannounced GPUs

Nvidia is introducing a graphics technology this year that video game developers have been hoping to see for a long time: the ability to render and illuminate a scene in real time with cinematic quality, the company announced today at the 2018 Game Developers Conference.

Known as “real-time ray tracing,” the technology has long been considered the holy grail of graphics rendering. Now Nvidia is bringing it to game makers as Nvidia RTX, which companies like 4A Games (Metro), Epic Games (Unreal Engine) and Remedy Entertainment (Quantum Break) have already been experimenting with. That doesn’t mean you’ll start to see this in games immediately — RTX requires Nvidia’s new Volta line of GPUs, and the company hasn’t even unveiled any consumer-level Volta graphics cards yet.