Bounce uses virtual reality to perfect the physics puzzle genre

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Bounce uses virtual reality to perfect the physics puzzle genre

As much as I want to tell you, I can’t spoil the ending to Bounce, a VR physics puzzle that launched in November. It is pure creative genius, cackling at you as you stumble through its puzzles to arrive at a storyline shocker that only the sharpest and most skeptical eye could even vaguely predict. Fewer than 3 percent of those playing this virtual reality puzzle game have seen it for themselves.

Bounce comprises 50 mind-bending levels. The good news is the user gets to place the tools for solving each level by hand, kneeling, squatting or standing on tiptoes if necessary. The game is made by Steel Wool Studios, a team of designers hailing from Pixar, Lucasfilm, Intel and other big names. I visited their hotel suite at GDC 2017 ostensibly to talk about a virtual reality space exploration game and was instead shown Bounce first. It was delightful, and made me seriously consider buying a VR headset (Bounce supports the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift).

Destiny’s next event is taking us back to the Vault of Glass

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Destiny’s next event is taking us back to the Vault of Glass

Bungie has one more content drop coming to the original Destiny before we say goodbye to the game (and all of our gear). It’s called Age of Triumph, and based on a teaser released by the studio today, a big component of it will be a return to the game’s original raid, the Vault of Glass.

The teaser for Age of Triumph hints at what’s to come in Destiny’s next event, saying that players will “come full circle” and rediscover their “finest moments.” Bungie promises the “biggest record book yet” with Age of Triumph, hinting that at least seven pages’ worth of quests are in store for the content drop.

Some Nintendo Switch users getting weak Wi-Fi signal

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Some Nintendo Switch users getting weak Wi-Fi signal

The Nintendo Switch may have a weaker-than-desirable Wi-Fi radio, according to numerous reports of signal strength issues with Nintendo’s new console.

Switch owners in places like the GameFAQs forums, NeoGAF and Reddit are saying that they’re getting slow internet speeds, which is causing issues such as long buffering times for trailers in the eShop. The Switch reports wireless signal strength in an icon that displays bars from zero to three, and the users who are affected by the issue say that even with the device sitting relatively close to their wireless router, the signal strength never goes above two bars.

One of the best, weirdest visual novels is finally coming West

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One of the best, weirdest visual novels is finally coming West

428: Shibuya Scramble is coming to PlayStation 4 and Windows PC next year, Spike Chunsoft announced during Game Developers Conference. When it arrives next spring, it will mark the first time the acclaimed — if hyper-niche — title will make it out West.

The cinematic visual novel combines live-action scenes with a branching set of storylines, all revolving around a mystery that takes place in the city of Shibuya. A flow chart used to keep track of each character’s plot will remind players of the Zero Escape franchise, which borrowed the mechanic for its own twisting narratives.

Nintendo Switch still needs an activity log, but this workaround helps

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Nintendo Switch still needs an activity log, but this workaround helps

The Nintendo Switch lacks many basic features at this stage, like streaming services and wireless headphone support. One notably absent application is an activity log, to many stats-obsessed players’ chagrin. But it turns out there’s a simple workaround which should give players at least some sense of how much time they’re logging on their new console.

The Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app is designed to restrict kids from too much playtime, but it has a function that’s useful to the childless, too. An activity log on the app shows just how much playtime a user is getting on their Switch each day.

Dawn of War 3 will be released in April

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Dawn of War 3 will be released in April

Sega announced today that real-time strategy game Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 will be released on April 27.

The Windows PC game — based on Games Workshop’s morbidly violent Warhammer 40K universe of space battles — is being developed by Relic Entertainment, also known for the Company of Heroes series of World War II real-time strategy games. Previous titles in the Dawn of War series were released to general acclaim in 2004 and 2009.

Steel Division: Normandy ‘44 is a tactical wargame with 10-on-10 multiplayer battles

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Steel Division: Normandy ‘44 is a tactical wargame with 10-on-10 multiplayer battles

Eugen Systems, the French developer known for R.U.S.E. and the Wargame series, has unveiled a new game called Steel Division: Normandy ‘44. It’s the first entry in a franchise being developed in partnership with Paradox Interactive. Polygon got a sneak peak at the game behind closed doors at this year’s Game Developers Conference. Our demo included new details on the single-player campaign, and a preview of its ambitious multiplayer mode featuring massive 10-versus-10 battles.

Alexis Le Dressay, co-founder of Eugen and creative director on Steel Division, explained that this new title is neither a grand strategy game nor a small-unit tactics game. Instead, it falls somewhere in between.

Dodgeball with guns and top-down retro mod coming to GTA Online

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Dodgeball with guns and top-down retro mod coming to GTA Online

It’s been about three and a half years since Grand Theft Auto Online went live and developers at Rockstar Games regularly update it with new, sometimes unexpected, but always free content.

Last week, Rockstar announced that the next free title update, hitting sometime this month, will introduce a new type of stunt race designed specifically for the Rocket Voltic, Ruiner 2000 and Blazer Aqua vehicles.

Zelda fans translate Breath of the Wild’s fantasy language and discover a hidden message

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Zelda fans translate Breath of the Wild’s fantasy language and discover a hidden message

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has only been out for three days, but rabid fans are already tearing into it and dismantling all of its secrets. One intriguing tidbit was revealed yesterday over on the Zelda subreddit.

A small spoiler warning before we get into details: Most of Polygon’s staff (including the author of this piece) have not finished Breath of the Wild. While this post does not reveal anything explicit about the game’s plot, it does have some suggestions via fan speculation that may or may not be proved by the game. If you’re worried about the risk of even potential spoilers, you may want to turn away.