Director of The Nagano Tapes explains the opening anime reference

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Director of The Nagano Tapes explains the opening anime reference

Stop what you’re doing right now, and go watch the very beginning of The Nagano Tapes, a documentary on the Czech hockey team that competed at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games. Seriously, just watch the first 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Go ahead. We’ll wait.

[Warning: The following story contains spoilers for the opening sequence of The Nagano Tapes. You will ruin the surprise if you keep reading.]

Game dev uses next-gen technology to create millions of dancing crabs

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Game dev uses next-gen technology to create millions of dancing crabs

Crab Champions is a game in development where players take the role of competitive crabs, jousting to be the champion of one of three action modes. Since developer Noisestorm has a crab model on hand, and Unreal Engine 5 is now available in early access, it was time to answer a very important question: how many crabs can you render in Unreal Engine 5 at the same time?

The answer? Millions. At minimum, three million crabs can all be absolutely vibing out at the same time. According to Noisestorm, going from 100,000 crabs to 2 million crabs caused “very little difference in performance.” The developer gave up after adding 3 million crabs, which suggests that you could just keep adding dancing crabs. Nice!

Dying Light 2 launches in December

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Dying Light 2 launches in December

Open-world zombie action game Dying Light 2 — now known as Dying Light 2 Stay Human — will be released on Dec. 7, developer Techland announced Thursday during a livestream titled Dying 2 Know. The game had been previously delayed indefinitely, and was originally planned for a spring 2020 launch.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human is bound for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. The sequel will send players to the City, described by Techland as “mankind’s last stronghold in the fight” against the virus that turned the population of Harran into zombielike creatures in Dying Light. The day-night cycle and parkour-inspired traversal of the original game will return in Dying Light 2. Players will take control of a new protagonist, Aiden Caldwell, who joins up with a group of survivors known as the Nightrunners.

Warcraft 2 is getting a remake in this fan-made mod

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Warcraft 2 is getting a remake in this fan-made mod

We wouldn’t have the sprawling world of Warcraft if it weren’t for the original real-time strategy games. One studio, made up of diehard fans, is making a brand new take on Warcraft 2 called Chronicles of the Second War. This project isn’t just a 1:1 recreation, but a reinterpretation with tons of new content.

This fan-made Warcraft 2 is being made in Warcraft 3: Reforged, but the project has been in development for a decade. It was originally built by Tamplier777, the original lead, but the team has since expanded to eight developers. The mod has gained steam over the last year, as the team was able to release collections of custom assets like fully featured armies for all three dwarven clans.

Some high schools will get varsity Smash and Splatoon 2 this fall

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Some high schools will get varsity Smash and Splatoon 2 this fall

Nintendo and PlayVS, a platformer for scholastic esports, announced a partnership that means this fall, some high school students will have the ability to pick up Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Splatoon 2 as a varsity-level game.

Nintendo and PlayVS have a partnership with state and national high school athletic association that allow them to introduce these Switch games as an officially sanctioned high school varsity match. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be introduced as an official league as well in spring 2022.

Watch PlayStation’s Horizon Forbidden West gameplay reveal livestream

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Watch PlayStation’s Horizon Forbidden West gameplay reveal livestream

Sony’s latest episode of State of Play, its direct-to-consumer livestream series, airs Thursday, May 27, and will focus on the upcoming release of Horizon Forbidden West. Developer Guerrilla Games promises to show nearly 15 minutes of gameplay from Horizon Forbidden West running on PlayStation 5.

Thursday’s livestream will be available on PlayStation’s Twitch and YouTube channels. The new State of Play kicks off (officially) at 5 p.m. EDT/2 p.m. PDT on May 27, and will run approximately 20 minutes. Guerrilla Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment will precede the show with a “uniquely crafted countdown” starting at 12 p.m. EDT/9 a.m. PDT. Yes, that’s a five-hour countdown, so settle in!

Sonic the Hedgehog’s fighting game will be playable in Lost Judgment

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Sonic the Hedgehog’s fighting game will be playable in Lost Judgment

Sega will include Sonic the Fighters, Sonic the Hedgehog’s 1996 arcade fighting game, as a playable bonus in this fall’s Lost Judgment, the sequel to Yakuza series spinoff Judgment. Sonic the Fighters was confirmed as a playable arcade game in Lost Judgment during Thursday’s Sonic Central livestream.

Sonic the Fighters will be accessible in the upcoming detective action game’s arcades, as will Fighting Vipers. Sega and its Ryu ga Gotoku Studio have a habit of squeezing vintage arcade games into the Yakuza series; the original Judgment featured Space Harrier, Fantasy Zone, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, and Fighting Vipers as playable arcade cabinets.

Twitch introduces more than 350 new streamer tags, including Vtuber, transgender, queer

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Twitch introduces more than 350 new streamer tags, including Vtuber, transgender, queer

Twitch has implemented over 350 new tags for streamers, allowing them to categorize themselves by “gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ability, mental health, and more,” the company announced Thursday. Some of these tags, which were implemented on May 26, include transgender, Vtuber, genderqueer, and visible disability. These tags are an optional tool that allows a streamer to classify themselves into a particular community.

In the announcement, Twitch thanked the trans community for requesting the change:

The Witcher: Old World is an epic prequel produced in partnership with CD Projekt Red

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The Witcher: Old World is an epic prequel produced in partnership with CD Projekt Red

The crowdfunding campaign for The Witcher: Old World is going extremely well. With a little more than two weeks left in the Kickstarter campaign, developer and publisher Go On Board has already raised more than $3 million. That will almost surely rank it among the top 10 campaigns of the year. The success is not all that surprising, given the global popularity of the brand. What is impressive is how much energy CD Projekt Red is putting into the game.

The Witcher: Old World was announced in February. It’s a prequel to the modern video games. It uses a novel deck-building mechanic that mirrors the in-fiction training of monster hunters from multiple martial schools. Design is being handled by Łukasz Woźniak, with incredibly close support provided by the team at CD Projekt Red — including its own in-house board game designer, Rafał Jaki. In fact, the list of credits on the CD Projekt side of the house is much longer than the Go On Board side.

Sonic the Hedgehog is coming to Minecraft

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Sonic the Hedgehog is coming to Minecraft

Sonic the Hedgehog will make his way into Minecraft this year, although we’re not sure how.

In its Sonic Central livestream on Thursday, Sega showed some upcoming crossovers featuring everyone’s favorite chili dog-eating hedgehog. Sonic costumes will come to Two Point Hospital, and players can even dress up in a terrifying Sonic mascot costume in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 video game. Sonic the Fighters will also be playable in Lost Judgement later this year.