Stardew Valley is good but not perfect, creator says one year later

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Stardew Valley is good but not perfect, creator says one year later

It’s been one year since Stardew Valley was released, and to mark the occasion, developer Eric Barone reflected on the past 12 months with some thoughts on the phenomenally successful game, some explanations on its long development time and some early concept art.

Barone said the game, which was originally called Sprout Valley, went through quite a bit of “polishing.” In essence, Barone decided to rework almost every aspect of the game, including the sound design, the crafting system and the mines. He also added numerous items and places that weren’t in Sprout Valley.

Mass Effect: Andromeda dev says game features 'full nudity,' says it's 'totally softcore space porn'

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Mass Effect: Andromeda dev says game features 'full nudity,' says it's 'totally softcore space porn'

It’s hard to be the playable character in a Mass Effect game. You have to make tricky decisions while trying to figure out what kind of person you’d like to be. You have to be representative of the entire human race in situations where that designation may not be exactly fair, but you have to do your best anyway, or maybe your worst.

You have to make some hard choices about which characters you’d like to have sex with, and that can pose a certain conundrum, too. The fans have already begun the speculation about which Mass Effect: Andromeda characters they’d like to see hook up, and why. The developers, so far, have been more than willing to lean into the game’s reputation as a place to meet all sorts of new people and have sex with at least some of them.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War hits this August, watch the trailer now

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War hits this August, watch the trailer now

Middle-earth: Shadow War, sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, hits Aug. 22 on a slew of platforms, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced this morning.

The game is coming to Xbox One, Project Scorpio, Windows 10 PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. Shadow War will also be an Xbox Play Anywhere title.

Twitch partnering with game devs, studios to sell games on site

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Twitch partnering with game devs, studios to sell games on site

Twitch announced today it’s partnering with a variety of developers and studios, including Ubisoft and Telltale Games, to sell games directly to players via Twitch streams.

Viewers will see a button giving them the option to purchase the game just under the main window on a streamers’ page. It can be seen in the photo below. As an extra incentive, when viewers purchase a game through a streamer’s page, the streamer will get five percent of the sale and the viewer purchasing the game will receive a free Twitch Crate. Crate’s come with randomized items that are tailored to specific Twitch streamers and allows the owner of said crate to drop exclusive emotes, chat badges and “Bits for Cheering” while watching that streamer.

Gaming hasn’t changed since the 90s, Magic Leap says mixed reality can fix that

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Gaming hasn’t changed since the 90s, Magic Leap says mixed reality can fix that

Video games have been stuck. Stuck since 1996 and the release of Super Mario 64, Graeme Devine told a gathering at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas this week.

"When Super Mario 64 came out it changed the game industry," said Devine, who is the chief creative officer and senior vice president of games, apps and creative experiences at mixed reality company Magic Leap.

Speedrunner finally beats 714 NES games after three years

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Speedrunner finally beats 714 NES games after three years

In May 2014, Piotr Delgado “Mexican Speedrunner” Kusielczuk decided he would speedrun through the entire NES archive of games — 714 in total. Today, ending with Super Mario Bros. 3, Kusielczuk finally accomplished his goal, bringing an end to “NESMania.”

Kusielczuk spent more than 3,000 hours making his way through the library of titles — an endeavor that started after a friend jokingly suggested he take an “A-Z” approach to speedrunning each of the 714 games. Instead of only playing the games for a couple of minutes at a time, Kusielczuk’s friend from Chile challenged him to play through each of the titles from beginning to end.

Samsung’s new VR headset includes a controller

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Samsung’s new VR headset includes a controller

With more than 5 million smartphone-powered Gear VR headsets already on the market, Samsung today announced an upgrade to the system that includes a controller.

The new curved controller features a touchpad and is designed to be used and held like a remote control. Samsung says the touchpad supports various forms of motion, including the ability to point, drag and drop, tilt and shoot. The controller also has a trigger and Home, Volume and Back keys.

Out of the Park Baseball’s cover contest says the hell with it, vote for 11 guys

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Out of the Park Baseball’s cover contest says the hell with it, vote for 11 guys

Fan-voted covers for sports video games have been a thing for about seven years now, with that trend waning somewhat lately. Few have been as in touch with their community as what Out of the Park Baseball 18 is doing with its.

The sports management simulation, which last year acquired group licensing entitling it to every Major League Baseball player's likeness (in addition to all the clubs), is doing an 11-man lineup, with a manager, for its cover.

Shadow of Mordor sequel hinted at in retail listing

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Shadow of Mordor sequel hinted at in retail listing

Something called Middle-earth: Shadow of War has appeared on Target's online store for pre-order, possibly leaking out a sequel (or successor) to 2014's critically acclaimed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The listing shows a launch date of Aug. 22.

Two links, including one for Xbox One (shown), were still active as of 11:30 a.m. ET on Sunday. Industry sleuth Wario64 was alerted to it on a tipster and reported it first over Twitter. Polygon has reached out to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for a comment on what's going on here.