Veteran focused, games-based charity Stack Up to focus on suicide prevention

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Veteran focused, games-based charity Stack Up to focus on suicide prevention

Stack Up, the military-focused charity centered around a shared love of video games, has announced a new suicide prevention initiative. Called the Stack Up Overwatch Program (STOP), it provides veterans and active-duty military personnel with round-the-clock access to a team of trained and certified crisis management volunteers. STOP will be available 24 hours a day through Discord.

Founded in 2015 by United States Army veteran Stephen Machuga (who also founded Operation Supply Drop), Stack Up’s mission is to bring service members and their civilian supporters together “through a shared love of video gaming.” As such, Stack Up supports U.S. troops, as well as other NATO allies, during and after their active-duty deployments.

Nintendo Switch eclipses Wii U lifetime sales in Japan

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Nintendo Switch eclipses Wii U lifetime sales in Japan

The Nintendo Switch, reaching two impressive sales milestones in the past 10 days, has notched a third. It’s already sold more than the Wii U did, in Japan, in its six-year lifetime.

Comparisons to Wii U sales have followed the Switch over the past 10 months as a way to show either this console’s extraordinary appeal, the lack of it for the Wii U, or both.

Nintendo better announce a Nintendo Direct before fans explode

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Nintendo better announce a Nintendo Direct before fans explode

Fans across the internet are convinced that Nintendo will hold one of its Nintendo Direct presentations on Jan. 11, and over the past few weeks, anticipation for that (still unannounced) event has reached a fever pitch.

More than a month of build-up — from general excitement, to unconfirmed “leaks,” to Twitter trolling — has gotten fans so worked up that, if Nintendo doesn’t say anything soon, who’s to say what could happen to the company’s enthusiastic community?

Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 schedule and where to stream

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 schedule and where to stream

Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) begins this Sunday, live from inside the friendly confines of a banquet hall in beautiful Herndon, Virginia. The annual event brings together top speedrunners from around the world in the hopes of raising millions for charity.

The event’s beneficiary is, as always, Prevent Cancer Foundation. AGDQ has raised more than $6.6 million for the cause since 2011.

Zelda, Horizon lead 2018 Game Developers Choice Award nominees

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Zelda, Horizon lead 2018 Game Developers Choice Award nominees

The organizers of the annual Game Developers Choice Awards have announced this year’s nominees, with Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn leading the pack. Both titles were nominated for a total of six awards, including Game of the Year, for the 2018 GDC Awards.

PlatinumGames’ Nier: Automata, PUBG Corp.’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Ninja Theory’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Infinite Fall’s Night in the Woods and StudioMDHR’s Cuphead were also nominated for three awards each.

VR and self-driving cars are a fascinating, scary combo

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VR and self-driving cars are a fascinating, scary combo

The rise of self-driving cars is going to radically change how we think about driving, and Renault partnered with Ubisoft to drive that point home with a virtual reality experience that can be enjoyed while you’re taking a spin in Renault’s self-driving concept car. You can watch a video released in mid-December above to see the system in action.

“‘Mind-off’ technology frees up drivers from driving and surveillance tasks when they switch into autonomous mode,” Renault explains on its official page. “The car itself has the ability to ensure safety in the event of an exceptional incident in its environment. This delegated driving gives drivers the time for other activities, be they personal or professional, their minds completely detached from the task of driving.”

Nintendo Switch’s green and pink Joy-Cons coming to America

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Nintendo Switch’s green and pink Joy-Cons coming to America

The Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con gamepads are already available in a variety of hues, but Switch owners in the U.S. will finally be able to get their hands on last summer’s Neon Green and Neon Pink controllers — by themselves — “later this month,” Nintendo announced today.

Until now, these Joy-Con pads were restricted to the Splatoon 2 Switch bundle, which Nintendo released exclusively at Walmart in September. That only applied for the U.S., though — the green and pink controllers have been sold separately in Europe and Japan for some time now.

Super Mario Odyssey players race to get Mario shirtless in 10 minutes

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Super Mario Odyssey players race to get Mario shirtless in 10 minutes

We already know that Super Mario Odyssey is the new, hot speedrun category. The best subgenre of Odyssey speedrunning is even hotter: It’s all about Mario’s nipples.

Stay with me here. The Nipple% run features players racing to buy Mario’s boxers-only outfit, which notably leaves him shirtless and shoeless. It may be the fastest type of Super Mario Odyssey speedrun out there, requiring players only to make it to the game’s third kingdom, the Sand Kingdom, to complete. (That’s the first place players can buy the coveted shorts.)