PlayStation Network is having issues again

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PlayStation Network is having issues again

PlayStation Network is having problems again, for the second time in three days. It’s not a comprehensive outage, but gaming and social services are “experiencing issues,” according to PSN’s network status page.

“You may have some difficulty launching games, applications, or online features,” says the note, stamped at 10:48 a.m. ET. “Our engineers are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, and we thank you for your patience.”

Someone’s been pulling a bunch of unused stuff out of Bully

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Someone’s been pulling a bunch of unused stuff out of Bully

Bully was one of those games from a decade when something new that became a hit wasn’t immediately followed by a sequel and all the expectations of being a major franchise. In fact, while it did get a remaster for Xbox 360 two years after its 2006 launch, Bully is still one of those games that fans wonder if Rockstar will ever return to.

Youtuber and bigtime Bully enthusiast SWEGTA says he got hold of a beta of the game a while back and the volume of stuff he’s pulled from it over the past year or so would seem to prove that claim. His latest finding is a bizarre alternate theme from Mr. Hattrick’s math classes.

How The Church in the Darkness’ cult found its ideal leaders

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How The Church in the Darkness’ cult found its ideal leaders

Every cult needs a charismatic leader. Richard Rouse’s cult needed two.

Shortly after he put up the scaffolding for The Church in the Darkness, a mural of cult psychology using his video game developer’s palette, Rouse realized he’d already painted himself into a corner. His ideal story imagined required a married couple, musically inspired, born of a pre-Internet generation for whom idealist movements and their isolation was both lurid and understandable, sympathetic and threatening.

Dragon Ball FighterZ’s graphics settings give the game a retro vibe

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Dragon Ball FighterZ’s graphics settings give the game a retro vibe

Dragon Ball FighterZ launched yesterday and already players have found a cool feature, on the PC version only, which gives the game a throwback feel to match the turn-of-the-century nostalgia for the anime series.

As noticed first by Pixelbuster on Twitter, later tested to great effect by Kotaku, turning all of the game’s graphical options to their lowest performance settings gives the fighter the look of a Game Boy Advance game.

Graphics card shortage leads retailers to take unusual measures

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Graphics card shortage leads retailers to take unusual measures

The ongoing shortage of gaming graphics cards has kept prices for AMD’s and Nvidia’s midrange and high-end GPUs in the stratosphere, and retailers are taking steps to try to give gamers a better chance of buying the in-demand cards before cryptocurrency miners can snatch them up.

In case you’re not aware of the situation, here’s what’s going on: Cryptocurrency mining requires immense computational power, and miners figured out years ago that the chips in many high-end graphics cards are well-suited to the task. The values of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin have skyrocketed in recent months — a single bitcoin is currently worth well over $11,000, although that figure is in flux and has been trending downward since a peak above $19,000 last month. This has led people to put together “mining rigs” — after buying multiple consumer graphics cards for the necessary computing power — and then try to turn a profit on their investment by mining for cryptocurrency.

Celeste is hard — but it doesn’t have to be

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Celeste is hard — but it doesn’t have to be

Everyone had told me that Celeste — a beautiful, brutal platformer from the TowerFall team — was not the game for me. I’m the person who found Cuphead far more enjoyable to watch than play, for example; other than its beautiful artwork, all I knew about Celeste was that it was extremely difficult.

What I didn’t know until I tried it myself is that the game doesn’t have to be that way. Loading up Celeste for the first time, the game greets you with comforting messages: “Just breathe,” “Why are you so nervous?” and “You can do this” — that admittedly bely its difficulty. I died a lot; I died over and over again. But knowing that the game itself had faith in me was empowering and comforting.

Some very good Switch games are on sale

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Some very good Switch games are on sale

It’s been a long week, and you may be thinking about making a few additions to your Nintendo Switch library. The good news is that Nintendo has put a few of the system’s bigger games on sale through the eShop.

The sale prices aren’t that much lower than retail pricing, but every little bit helps. The game selection is pretty good as well. Arms is one of the stranger new games from Nintendo, and it’s worth the price just for the oddity of seeing Nintendo go hard on a ridiculous idea.

Epic Games is shutting down Paragon

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Epic Games is shutting down Paragon

Epic Games will shut down Paragon, its multiplayer online battle arena, on April 26. The company announced that it will take the game’s servers offline at that date, offering an apology to those who expected more from Paragon.

Epic Games’ full statement on the reason why Paragon is closing shop is below.