Fire Emblem Heroes players want the stamina costs to come down

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Fire Emblem Heroes players want the stamina costs to come down

Fire Emblem Heroes’ most obvious free-to-play conceit is its use of “stamina,” a finite amount of energy with a cooldown timer that can leave a player waiting a long time before they can get back into the game. That’s par for the course with mobile games, but what many Heroes players can’t stand is just how hefty these stamina costs are, even for the smallest activities.

Reddit user Selena_poketrainer summed up the “problem with stamina” in a top-rated post. According to them, the problem is threefold. First, the stamina costs are often too high; some late-stage story maps require more than 10 points to play, meaning a player wanting to regenerate their maximum store after a battle could be waiting around a while.

Nintendo is using Unreal Engine 4, and Miyamoto says they have it ‘mastered’

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Nintendo is using Unreal Engine 4, and Miyamoto says they have it ‘mastered’

In a recent call with investors, creative director Shigeru Miyamoto said that Nintendo’s own development teams have rapidly gained ground on their Western competitors. That’s because the new Nintendo Switch console is more open than ever, and supports modern game engines like Unreal and Unity.

During the call, an anonymous investor faulted the Wii U for its inability to easily support third-party software. He demanded to know how Nintendo’s own internal teams were getting on with making games for the Switch, which is due out March 3. In response, Miyamoto was extremely positive about the new device’s capabilities.

If you love Resident Evil 7, you must play its genius ‘Bedroom’ DLC

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If you love Resident Evil 7, you must play its genius ‘Bedroom’ DLC

Resident Evil 7’s first expansion pack is out now on PlayStation 4, and there’s a clear winner among its trio of playable episodes. “Bedroom,” an escape-the-room puzzle that pits the player against their own memory and cunning, is a brilliant set of scares that is single-handedly worth the price of admission.

“Bedroom” is one of two VHS tapes that are playable in the Banned Footage Vol. 1 DLC, and it follows doomed cameraman Clancy’s attempts to break free from the room he’s trapped in. Also returning from the main Resident Evil 7 campaign is Marguerite Baker, the haunted mansion’s creepiest caretaker, who’s keen on keeping Clancy in bed at all costs.

Fire Emblem Heroes Twitter campaign triples goal in 12 hours

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Fire Emblem Heroes Twitter campaign triples goal in 12 hours

Fire Emblem Heroes’ first Twitter campaign has already rocketed past its goal, guaranteeing all players a pretty appealing in-game reward. After hitting the required 10,000 retweets mark, everyone who plays the mobile game will receive 10,000 of the coveted Hero Feather item later this week.

All #FEHeroes players will receive 10,000 Hero Feathers if we reach 10,000 global RTs! Ends 6:59PM PT 2/7 (cc @FE_Heroes_JP @NintendoEurope) pic.twitter.com/2XgcyeVlBA

Portal for the Microsoft HoloLens is a triumph

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Portal for the Microsoft HoloLens is a triumph

Canadian game developer Kenny Wang is having a lot of fun with his Microsoft HoloLens. The programmer and designer, who specializes in augmented reality projects, just made a pretty slick version of Portal and it looks fantastic.

In the video above you can see Wang’s facsimile of the Companion Cube hurtle through the familiar orange and blue portals on its way to terminal velocity. The simulation appears to hold up even when projected onto distant surfaces like the end of a long hallway. There’s collision for knocking over turrets, and he’s even contrived a way to tumble objects down a flight of stairs.

Sketchy shooter Drawn to Death coming to PS4 in April

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Sketchy shooter Drawn to Death coming to PS4 in April

The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency’s third-person shooter, Drawn to Death, is coming to PlayStation 4 on April 4, the developer confirmed on the PlayStation Blog today. The hero-based shooter from game designer David Jaffe and Sony’s San Diego Studio will carry a price tag of $19.99.

Drawn to Death was first announced at PlayStation Experience 2014 and pitched as a multiplayer arena shooter that takes place in the pages of a high school student's notebook. Drawn to Death was originally intended as a free-to-play online shooter, but has since changed as the developers beta tested the game.

FIFA Ultimate Team YouTubers plead guilty to violating UK gambling laws

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FIFA Ultimate Team YouTubers plead guilty to violating UK gambling laws

In what is believed to be the U.K. Gambling Commission’s first video game-related prosecution, two Britons have pleaded guilty to operating an unlicensed gambling website related to EA Sports’ FIFA series of soccer video games, reports BBC News.

Craig “NepentheZ” Douglas, 32, pleaded guilty to being an officer of an unlicensed gambling facility and to a separate charge of advertising illegal gambling. His business partner, Dylan Rigby, 33, admitted to two charges of the former, and one charge of the latter.

World of Warcraft will now let you convert gold into Overwatch, Hearthstone items

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World of Warcraft will now let you convert gold into Overwatch, Hearthstone items

Blizzard today announced that players can convert gold that they’ve earned in World of Warcraft into credit on Battle.net. The move allows players to convert their in-game currency into virtual goods for other Blizzard products, like Overwatch and Hearthstone.

The move comes courtesy of WoW Tokens, first introduced in 2015 as a way to exchange in-game gold for game time. Players can purchase WoW Tokens with gold, and are then free to trade them in a special marketplace. It’s similar to a system that’s been part of CCP Games’ Eve Online for some time.

Fire Emblem Heroes’ best character is one players love to hate

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Fire Emblem Heroes’ best character is one players love to hate

It’s already become clear to hardcore Fire Emblem Heroes players which characters are the best to have on a team, and there’s one fighter in particular who towers above the rest. That would be Takumi, one of the strongest characters from Fire Emblem Fates, who’s gone on to be both beloved and reviled by the Heroes community.

Takumi’s a steely archer with an impressive set of skills, making him a tough opponent. The most notable of these is his passive skill, a counter that works from a short distance. That’s unlike other archers, whose attacks only work from a long range. Players learn how great Takumi’s skillset and stats are early on, facing him in a story mode map set in the World of Birthright. If players haven’t caught on to how integral he is to a good Fire Emblem Heroes team by then, they’ll leave that battle immediately hoping to add him to their arsenal.

Rock Band VR coming to Oculus Rift in March

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Rock Band VR coming to Oculus Rift in March

Harmonix is bringing Rock Band VR, its virtual reality take on the long-running rhythm game franchise, to Oculus Rift on March 23, the developer announced today.

Oculus Rift owners who want to virtually rock out to songs like Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way”, The Killers’ “When You Were Young” or Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun” can purchase Rock Band VR as part of a bundle exclusive to Amazon. For $69.99, buyers get either a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One-compatible guitar controller — which connect to a Windows PC via Bluetooth or Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, respectively — and a digital copy of Rock Band VR.