Discord’s new features make for better online conventions

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Discord’s new features make for better online conventions

Discord, the popular chat client, is making some changes in 2021. Among these changes are threaded conversations, better ways to discover new communities, and paid tickets to allow creators a new source of income.

Stage Channels are a less chaotic version of a Discord group chat; only a few select people have the ability to talk freely, and everyone else in the channel is the audience. Audience members can queue up to take part in an organized Q&A, or just enjoy the show. It’s a feature similar to the Clubhouse app, which has lately been imitated across other social media platforms.

How to watch the online-only E3 2021

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How to watch the online-only E3 2021

This year’s virtual E3 will unfold on the E3 website and in an app, providing online access for anyone who wants to check out the trade show.

The E3 2021 web portal and app will offer “virtual ‘booths,’ hosted events, video conferencing, profile and avatar creation, online forums and more,” the Entertainment Software Association, the gaming industry trade group that runs E3, said in a news release. Registration for access, which will begin later this month, will be free.

Sony reveals new DualSense controllers in red and black

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Sony reveals new DualSense controllers in red and black

Sony Interactive Entertainment will release its PlayStation 5 DualSense controller in two new color schemes in June: Cosmic Red and Midnight Black.

The new black DualSense controller “features two subtly different shades of black with light grey detailing to reflect how we view space through the night sky,” while the red version is “inspired by the unique vivid shades of red found throughout the cosmos,” said Isabelle Tomatis, senior director of PSVR, esports, peripherals marketing, and licensing at SIE, in a PlayStation Blog post. Both controllers feature “a subtle blue hue, that produces unique shades of red and black,” designer Satoshi Aoyagi said.

Target stops selling Pokémon cards in-store, citing safety concerns

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Target stops selling Pokémon cards in-store, citing safety concerns

Target has temporarily suspended the sale of Pokémon cards and other trading cards in-store in response to reports of violent confrontations related to the collectibles, whose value has soared in the past year. The new policy will go into effect Friday, but customers began seeing signs in stores this week.

Aggressive Pokémon card collectors hunting for rare cards to resell have caused problems for the retailer, which already set a limit on the number of card packs a customer could buy. Frenzied shoppers still have been camping overnight at some stores, and last week, a fight broke out at a Wisconsin Target over trading cards.

Here’s what the iconic Vault of Glass weapons look like in Destiny 2

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Here’s what the iconic Vault of Glass weapons look like in Destiny 2

Destiny 2’s Season of the Splicer is here, and it’s resurrecting the series’ original raid: The Vault of Glass. The Vault of Glass raid originally debuted in 2014 and will come with all of the mechanics folks remember from the original, plus some minor quality of life improvements. But most importantly, the Vault of Glass will add most of its original arsenal to Destiny 2, including fan-favorite weapons like Fatebringer and Vision of Confluence.

While the Vault of Glass and its opening area on Venus won’t appear in Destiny 2 until May 22, many of the weapon’s files are already in Season of the Splicer. Thanks to database resources like Light.gg, we’re able to pull up not only what the iconic raid weapons look like but their potential perk roles as well.

On indie site itch.io’s Creator Day, developers will get all the profits

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On indie site itch.io’s Creator Day, developers will get all the profits

Indie games platform itch.io announced a new initiative on Wednesday: Creator Day. It’s a day-long time period where creators on the platform — games developers, musicians, artists, and writers — will receive 100% of the profit from stuff sold through the site.

Itch.io’s open revenue sharing plan, which was kicked up in 2015, is already an anomaly in the industry with its 10% fee, let alone the zero percent option. Creator Day feels like an extension of that, a day where developers can drum up hype for their games from players who want to give extra support.

Nintendo-style ‘Wholesome Direct’ promises a chill time

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Nintendo-style ‘Wholesome Direct’ promises a chill time

More than 75 indie games will be highlighted during the Wholesome Direct, a Nintendo-style event in which new titles will be revealed and exclusive footage will be shown off. Several games will launch during the show, too, Wholesome Games — a collective of games enthusiasts that highlight the chill genre — said on Twitter.

The event has been organized, in part, with online games festival Guerilla Collective; the Wholesome Direct will be held as part of the second annual event. The Guerilla Collective 2021 will be held over two Saturdays in June, with the Wholesome Direct scheduled for Saturday, June 12.

This AI is pretty good at generating realistic graphics for GTA 5

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This AI is pretty good at generating realistic graphics for GTA 5

Intel Labs, a research hub for the tech company of the same name, has created a new process for enhancing images — and it showed it off using Grand Theft Auto 5. The process converts the standard footage from the game into nearly photorealistic images using a very complicated procedure that involves an AI, according to a former member of the team.

Most of the Intel Labs team’s data and findings while building this new image enhancement technique is available through their project page on Intel’s website and a very detailed white paper. However, to make things a little easier to grasp, the team also created a video that shows off the process in motion and some of the enhanced footage from the game.

Destiny 2’s newest Exotic is setting an interesting precedent

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Destiny 2’s newest Exotic is setting an interesting precedent

Bungie added its first real Stasis weapon with Tuesday’s Destiny 2: Season of the Splicer update. After the Beyond Light expansion added the game’s first Darkness element, Stasis, the new Cryosthesia 77K is the first sidearm and non-Power weapon to deal ice damage. Being the first of anything this far into Destiny 2 life is already interesting, but Cryosthesia 77K fits into the Kinetic weapon slot, something weapons with elemental affinities haven’t done since the original Destiny.

Since Bungie shifted Destiny 2’s weapon slots in its Forsaken expansion, players have had three weapon types equipped to their Guardians. Power weapons use limited; Heavy ammo to deal tons of damage. Energy weapons can use either primary (very common) or secondary (less common and limited in PvP) ammo depending on their weapon type, have elemental affinities like Solar or Arc, and deal bonus damage to shields. Finally, Kinetic weapons go in the Guardian’s top spot, work similarly to Energy weapons when it comes to ammo, and deal a bit more damage than Energy weapon in exchange for having no elemental affinity.

Ubisoft prioritizes free-to-play development, but isn’t abandoning big-budget launches

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Ubisoft prioritizes free-to-play development, but isn’t abandoning big-budget launches

Ubisoft’s top leadership says the company is prioritizing persistent, free-to-play adaptations of the video game franchises and licenses the company develops, even as its subsidiaries build standalone releases to meet blockbuster expectations in the February, fall, or holiday release windows.

That’s the advice Frederick Duguet, Ubisoft’s chief financial officer, gave to investors on Tuesday alongside the company’s earnings report for the fiscal year it just completed. Ubisoft quickly supplemented those statements with others saying the company is not abandoning a product roadmap that includes tentpole titles like Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine. But Duguet did say that the traditional calendar of three or four AAA-caliber video games is no longer “a proper indication of our value creation dynamics.”