Speedrunner ‘beats’ Ocarina of Time using the Smash Bros. Brawl demo

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Speedrunner ‘beats’ Ocarina of Time using the Smash Bros. Brawl demo

There is nothing quite like the ingenuity of speedrunners. On Sunday, a streamer who goes by the handle Savestate beat the entirety of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time within a demo of the game loaded on Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Nintendo Wii. In doing so, the streamer found the perfect version of the game to speedrun, and finished it off in under four minutes — half the time of the current world record for the full version of Ocarina.

In case you weren’t familiar with it, Super Smash Bros. Brawl has a series of demos included where you could sample the games its cross-over cast of fighters made famous. Link and the other Zelda characters are represented by a short demo for Ocarina of Time on Nintendo 64. Although that demo puts a five-minute limit on playing the game, that was plenty for Savestate to beat it, making s it turns out, that version of the game on the Japanese version of Brawl was the perfect game for speedrunning. And although it has a five minute time limit, that was plenty for Savestate to beat the game.

Twitch introduces a new stream category for animals

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Twitch introduces a new stream category for animals

For years, Twitch streamers have been pointing their cameras at their pets, their farm animals, and even their bees — broadcasting the lives of animals for hours and hours a day. Now the Amazon-owned streaming service is finally recognizing the number of animal streamers on the platform, kicking off its “Animal Week” with a new category: ”Animals, Aquariums, and Zoos.”

“Historically, animal streams run across a variety of categories: ASMR, Travel & Outdoors, Just Chatting, Science & Technology, Music and Pools, and Hot Tubs & Beaches,” Twitch wrote in a blog published Monday. “The time has come to give our animal friends, and the people who — literally — love to see them, a good home. That’s correct, we’re launching an Animal category to kick off Animal Week on Twitch.”

I wrote about a few different animal streams back in 2019, highlighting some of my favorites: watching baby goats, feeding chickens, and observing bees. The streams were never intended as a replacement for being out in nature, but they are a way to feel closer to the natural world. A lot of animal stream fans told me these communities feel like “sanctuaries” for them; they’re a place for observation — and sometimes interaction — that someone might not otherwise get to experience.

League of Legends characters come to PUBG Mobile, thanks to Netflix’s Arcane

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League of Legends characters come to PUBG Mobile, thanks to Netflix’s Arcane

League of Legends is crossing over into PUBG Mobile. To celebrate the release of Riot Games and Netflix’s League of Legends animated series, Arcane, various characters and items from the Runeterra universe are making their way to the mobile battle royale game. The companies announced the crossover on Tuesday, with a trailer that showed PUBG Mobile characters with Arcane-style animation.

The collaboration will introduce characters, items, game modes, and locations from the Arcane and League of Legends universe into PUBG Mobile as part of the game’s next big content update. PUBG Mobile’s announcement doesn’t specify what these additions to the game will be, but based on the art it seems that Jinx, Vi, Jayce, and Caitlyn — who all seem to play important roles in Arcane — are headed to Erangel.

Award-winning indie horror RPG Mothership is getting a boxed set, now on Kickstarter

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Award-winning indie horror RPG Mothership is getting a boxed set, now on Kickstarter

Mothership, the award-winning tabletop role-playing game, will soon come in a boxed starter set. The Kickstarter campaign launched on Tuesday and met its goal of $20,000 almost immediately. Fans can grab a full physical version for just $59, with delivery expected by Nov. 2022.

Publisher Tuesday Knight Games is running the campaign through Dec. 2, and it offers multiple stretch goals, which would unlock printable loadouts, more monsters, and a three-panel Warden’s Screen for the game master.

Skyrim board game will include a prequel to the classic video game

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Skyrim board game will include a prequel to the classic video game

Skyrim is being ported to a new format: board games. Modiphius Entertainment, maker of The Elder Scrolls miniatures game and Fallout tabletop games, will release The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim - The Adventure Game in 2022, and Polygon has an exclusive preview.

The game’s multiple narrative campaigns, its creators say, will offer new insights into Skyrim’s lore, including a prequel to the events of the video game. Skyrim - The Adventure Game will go up for pre-order Tuesday on the new Gamefound platform. The final product, which is also destined for a retail release, could arrive with backers as early as next spring.

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Zombies won’t have a main quest at launch

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Zombies won’t have a main quest at launch

Call of Duty: Vanguard will, like six of the past seven titles, include a Zombies mode. After all, Nazis and zombies have been like peanut butter and jelly for COD multiplayer since 2008. But the mode’s main quest, which lays down this year’s narrative, will follow the game’s Nov. 5 launch by more than a month, Treyarch said on Monday.

Treyarch did not give a release date or window for the Main Quest. Instead, on Dec. 2, “new Zombies content & features will begin to roll out in Vanguard,” the studio said. “Players will also encounter some other surprise elements later in Season One that will set the stage for our upcoming Main Quest.

New Horizons 2.0 update is Animal Crossing’s final ‘major, free’ update

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New Horizons 2.0 update is Animal Crossing’s final ‘major, free’ update

The good news? A new Animal Crossing: New Horizons update is coming on Nov. 5, alongside new premium DLC — Happy Home Paradise. The bad news? It’s Nintendo’s last “major free” update for New Horizons, and Happy Home Paradise is the only DLC Nintendo plans to release for the game.

Nintendo originally said during its Animal Crossing Direct in October that fans could expect these to be the game’s the last big content updates. But the company also clarified that for press in the days after the event: New Horizons won’t get any more major updates, paid or free, after Nov. 5.

Destiny 2’s new Trials of Osiris matchmaking is a disaster, players say

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Destiny 2’s new Trials of Osiris matchmaking is a disaster, players say

Destiny 2 and Bungie can’t seem to catch a break with Trials of Osiris. After delivering a major revamp for Bungie’s competitive, reward-based PvP mode with Season of the Lost, the studio has consistently changed things up to find a sweet spot for players. But a major move over the weekend led to what many players are calling the worst week of Trials of Osiris ever.

Trials of Osiris works on a card-based system. Players buy a Trials card from Saint-14 in the Tower each weekend (with various bonuses attached). The cards keep track of their wins, giving them special rewards once they reach certain thresholds, without holding a button to reset their card to zero. Most players, however, reset their cards regularly in an attempt to go “Flawless,” meaning they win seven games before losing a single one. This gives a huge bounty of rewards and a trip to the fabled Lighthouse destination.

Bloodborne’s PS1 demake is real and coming early next year

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Bloodborne’s PS1 demake is real and coming early next year

After months of developer Lilith Walther sharing updates on Twitter, and years of on-and-off again development, the long awaited PlayStation 1 demake of Bloodborne is finally coming.

Walther debuted the trailer and release date for Bloodborne PSX on Halloween, showing off its fantastically spooky retro vibes for all to see. The game will be released on PC and be free for all on Jan. 31, 2022. Bloodborne PSX only contains Bloodborne’s first area and ends after the demake version of the original game’s second boss fight, Father Gascoigne. However, Walther said there are a few bonus areas for players to explore. Walther will also release the source code a few months after launch.

GTA: San Andreas remaster, Forza Horizon 5 coming to Xbox Game Pass in November

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GTA: San Andreas remaster, Forza Horizon 5 coming to Xbox Game Pass in November

Nine new games will be added to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service in the first half of November. Beginning Nov. 2, Microsoft’s new lineup will roll out, including titles like Minecraft: Java and Bedrock Editions, Forza Horizon 5, and the remastered version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas from Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition collection.

The full list of new games that’ll begin launching on the subscription service was published on Xbox Wire Monday. Some of the games, like Football Manager 2022 and Forza Horizon 5, are day-one releases on Xbox Game Pass.