Nintendo Switch UI gets new close-up in deleted tweet

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Nintendo Switch UI gets new close-up in deleted tweet

The Binding of Isaac developer Nicalis posted a picture to social media that may have shown just a bit too much of the Nintendo Switch’s user interface. The tweet has since been deleted, but not before we could take a good look at what appears to be the Switch’s mid-game home menu.

The photo Nicalis tweeted appeared to be a tease of a different sort. Alongside The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth Plus, two other classic games by the indie studio appeared on screen.

Here’s how they made that physics-defying Gravity Rush 2 ad

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Here’s how they made that physics-defying Gravity Rush 2 ad

Gravity Rush 2 is a game about manipulating gravity, which is totally something that cats — the most mysterious and enigmatic pets — would be able to figure out. You may have seen proof of that in a stunning four-minute ad for Gravity Rush 2 that Sony released last week, and now, the company has put out a behind-the-scenes video to explain the production.

In the “Gravity Cat” commercial, which you can watch below, a young Japanese grad student and her sister have their lives upended — literally — when their adorable orange tabby kitten wreaks much more havoc than merely spilling some milk.

Japanese Nintendo Switch buyers can customize their console’s colors

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Japanese Nintendo Switch buyers can customize their console’s colors

Customers of the Japanese My Nintendo store can design their own Nintendo Switch bundles, starting Jan. 23. As seen on the Nintendo Topics blog, My Nintendo members can pick and choose just how many colors they want their Switch to arrive in on launch day, and they’ll receive some My Nintendo points for their trouble.

Unlike out West, where there are just two color options offered to Switch buyers at launch — the all-gray set and the “neon” blue-and-red version — Japanese My Nintendo members can choose between three different colors for both Joy-Con controllers and four different colors for the Joy-Con straps. Instead of a red right controller and blue left one, for example, they can choose to switch them around.

Oculus lawsuit testimony details ZeniMax’s negotiations with VR company

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Oculus lawsuit testimony details ZeniMax’s negotiations with VR company

As talks about a potential partnership between Oculus and ZeniMax broke down in 2012, things began to get nasty and ZeniMax became threatening, Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe testified in a Dallas courtroom today.

At one point, Iribe said under oath, Bethesda Softworks’ president called the Oculus team “kids” and threatened to stop then-id Software CTO John Carmack from working on anything else VR related if Oculus didn’t sign a partnership deal.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia may have a big learning curve for modern fans

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia may have a big learning curve for modern fans

On May 19, Nintendo will release a version of Fire Emblem Gaiden, the series’ second installment, stateside for the first time on Nintendo 3DS. But the newly dubbed Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia may look pretty unfamiliar to Fire Emblem fans who cut their teeth on other recent 3DS Fire Emblem entries.

Based on the trailer Nintendo debuted during yesterday’s Fire Emblem livestream, Shadows of Valentia harkens closely to the 1992 original Fire Emblem Gaiden. As the Japan-only Famicom title’s name implies — “Gaiden” means “side story” in Japanese — the game deviates from the formula that more recent fans. Some of the most devoted Fire Emblem fans have detailed the most significants changes that this so-called experimental role-playing game brought about from its predecessor, many of which never returned in future games.

Portal designer Kim Swift joins Jade Raymond at Electronic Arts

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Portal designer Kim Swift joins Jade Raymond at Electronic Arts

Kim Swift, best known for her work on Portal and the Left 4 Dead games while at Valve, is joining Jade Raymond at EA’s Motive Studios as design director, the company announced today.

Swift will be the studio’s design director.

Raymond, group general manager of VP Visceral, Motive Studios and Star Wars at EA, began building the Motive Studio in Montreal in 2015 after departing Ubisoft in part to oversee the Visceral Games studio in California and work with the BioWare Team.

Overwatch will celebrate Chinese New Year for its next seasonal event

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Overwatch will celebrate Chinese New Year for its next seasonal event

Overwatch’s next seasonal event looks like it will be themed around the Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival), according to a tweet from the game’s official account. Overwatch’s Year of the Rooster event will kick off next Tuesday, Jan. 24, a few days ahead of Chinese New Year.

While Blizzard didn’t provide much in the way of detail on Overwatch’s next event, it did include a tease of a much-needed new character skin: something new for climatologist Mei to wear. Players will be able to admire her new duds as they stand in front of her, frozen and screaming in frustration as they welcome a sharpened icicle into their skull.

Oculus lawsuit drops Palmer Luckey on stand to defend story of Rift’s inception

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Oculus lawsuit drops Palmer Luckey on stand to defend story of Rift’s inception

Dallas - ZeniMax’s attorneys spent much of the day questioning Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey under oath, seemingly with a singular goal in mind: to fluster the young entrepreneur.

Today’s court proceedings in the $2 billion lawsuit over who developed the technology behind the Oculus Rift VR headset opened with ZeniMax lawyers grilling Luckey.