Moss VR is like living inside a storybook

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Moss VR is like living inside a storybook

Moss is more than just cute — it’s maybe one of the most artful and thoughtful representations of what virtual reality has to offer.

Developed by Polyarc Games, Moss hovers somewhere in between first and third-person gameplay. The player can control Quill, a tiny but mighty mouse protagonist, and is also able to interact with various objects as an unseen force. Quill is aware of your presence and the two of you work together to explore new areas and solve puzzles to find her family.

Europe gets a way superior Metroid: Samus Returns special edition

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Europe gets a way superior Metroid: Samus Returns special edition

Metroid fans have every reason to feel spurned by Nintendo time and again over the past half-decade, but the company’s treating Metroid: Samus Returns like a big deal. Two separate versions of a limited edition set will launch alongside the Nintendo 3DS game this September ... but to pick up the superior of the two, you’ll have to be in Europe.

Comparing the sets hammers in how much this stinks for Metroid fans in North America, Japan or anywhere else. It’s honestly not even a comparison — take a look at the special version of Metroid: Samus Returns coming to Europe:

Paradox scrambles to roll back prices after backlash

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Paradox scrambles to roll back prices after backlash

Paradox Interactive, the Swedish developer and publisher known for its strategy games, is scrambling to roll back recent price hikes on a number of titles internationally. CEO Fredrik Wester himself took to the official forums to apologize and promise to attempt refunds.

“I have promised myself never to give in to mob mentality,” Wester wrote after spending a solid day reading through the company’s forums. “It's one of the worst things I know and a terrible way to convince me. In fact, being a pig-headed CEO of a company that has grown from 7 people to 225 during time I have had the privilege to run it, I have probably from time to time been more prone to say ‘no’ than ‘yes’ when people gang up on me/us to make us change our minds.

Watch Beyond Good & Evil 2’s 14-minute E3 gameplay demo

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Watch Beyond Good & Evil 2’s 14-minute E3 gameplay demo

We learned last week that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is actually a real video game, no goofing, and now we have even more concrete proof: Ubisoft has released footage of the in-engine gameplay demo that developer Ubisoft Montpellier showed behind closed doors at E3 2017.

Running for more than 14 minutes, the video goes back and forth between creative director Michel Ancel playing the demo live and direct-feed footage of the game itself. Ancel refers to it as “a mix between a technological demonstration of the engine that we call Voyager, and the actual game with some gameplay elements,” so the final version of Beyond Good & Evil 2 — whenever it ends up launching — may or may not closely resemble this demo.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel to open Gamescom 2017

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel to open Gamescom 2017

Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, will appear at Gamescom 2017 in August to open the show, convention organizer Koelnmesse and the German Trade Association of Interactive Entertainment Software (BIU) announced today in a joint statement.

There’s no word on the specific nature of Merkel’s visit to Gamescom. Presumably, “opening” the show entails giving a speech of some kind; the companies said in the news release that the chancellor will “participate in the opening tour.” A representative for BIU told Polygon that the company could not provide further details at this point, except to confirm that Merkel will appear on Aug. 22, the opening day of this year’s show.

Blizzard to ‘drastically reduce’ Overwatch loot box duplicates

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Blizzard to ‘drastically reduce’ Overwatch loot box duplicates

If you’re a longtime Overwatch player, you probably know the pain of opening a fresh loot box, seeing a legendary item pop and having it turn out to be, say, a duplicate Zarya Cybergoth skin. It’s awful, you already have it and you get a paltry sum of credits as compensation.

The good news from Blizzard today is that Overwatch players can expect to see fewer duplicate items in loot boxes in the future, according to game director Jeff Kaplan. In a developer update video that touches on the game’s updated highlights system, Kaplan said the reduction in dupes will feel “fantastic.”

Hearthstone will give out legendary cards more freely in new update

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Hearthstone will give out legendary cards more freely in new update

Today, Blizzard announced some major changes coming to how it gives out cards in its popular digital card game Hearthstone. These changes are aimed at providing a wider variety of cards for players and cutting down on the frustration of not getting the specific cards you want.

Beginning with the release of Hearthstone’s next expansion sometime later this year, every time a player opens a pack to discover a legendary card, it will be one they do not already own.

Super Mario Bros. strangely works in first-person augmented reality

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Super Mario Bros. strangely works in first-person augmented reality

The original Super Mario Bros. doesn’t seem like a great fit for a first-person remake. A demo for the HoloLens, Microsoft’s augmented reality headset, proves that might not be the case; Super Mario Bros. actually works pretty well from a different perspective.

Abhishek Singh created and recorded the AR experience, which is based on the first level of the game. It’s a little bit dizzying to watch him play through the demo; climbing up that flagpole at the very end of the level is an especially disorienting thing. For the most part, though, it’s a fascinating, bizarre recreation of a familiar experience.

Workaround for Pokémon Go anti-cheat update disappears as quickly as it’s discovered

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Workaround for Pokémon Go anti-cheat update disappears as quickly as it’s discovered

After briefly finding a way to get around Pokémon Go’s latest punishment for hackers, some players are stuck with collections of “slashed” Pokémon. Pokémon obtained with unofficial programs are now designated with glaring red marks, something that is proving hard to remove.

Niantic announced that it had implemented a new anti-cheating measure yesterday. Without getting into specifics, the developer said that “Pokémon caught using third-party services that circumvent gameplay” would appear with a slash in a player’s Pokédex, as well as act differently than normal Pokémon. They won’t collect candy when transferred, for example, but they can still evolve — and for awhile, that would get rid of the garish slash altogether.