Nintendo Switch launch lineup remains a mystery — so people are just making it up themselves

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Nintendo Switch launch lineup remains a mystery — so people are just making it up themselves

Just after the New Year, several purported Nintendo Switch leaks appeared online, leading fans to believe that the console’s launch titles had been revealed. Turns out those games were a set of convincing fakes, a prank that many Nintendo Switch obsessives have run with on their own.

Twitter user Daniel Vuckovic, of Australian Nintendo fansite Vooks, claimed responsibility for the Switch gag on Jan. 2, after sending fans who spotted it into a tizzy. EB Games’ Australian website showed a set of Nintendo Switch games listed for pre-order, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, an updated version of Mario Kart 8 and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim.

Mass Effect: Andromeda’s shaky animation highlighted on official account for some reason

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Mass Effect: Andromeda’s shaky animation highlighted on official account for some reason

An extensive trailer for the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda was shown during The Game Awards in early December and, while the overall reaction was positive, fans and snarky commenters picked out some questionable facial animation on the part of one of the leads.

“There were a few moments during the dialogue section that seemed a bit off, especially if you pay attention to some of the facial animations,” The Mary Sue reported last month. “Ryder’s face doesn’t seem to express or change too much, especially as she steals the bodyguard’s gun from him. I realize this is almost assuredly still a somewhat early build of the game, and it should be shaken out by launch, but it definitely stood out to me here.”

Sexy visual novel Ladykiller in a Bind finally lands Steam release

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Sexy visual novel Ladykiller in a Bind finally lands Steam release

Several months after launch, the not-safe-for-work narrative game Ladykiller in a Bind is coming to Steam. Lead designer Christine Love announced on Twitter that her most recent erotic visual novel is heading to the platform on Jan. 9, despite Valve previously barring her from selling it there.

Ladykiller in a Bind will be “fully uncensored and unedited” on Steam, Love added. That’s important to fans of the explicit lesbian sex comedy, which takes a no-holds-barred approach to showing its young adult protagonists engaging in BDSM, exploring kinks and navigating sexual power dynamics.

Roadhog’s hook will finally be nerfed, but there’s a catch

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Roadhog’s hook will finally be nerfed, but there’s a catch

Roadhog’s hook in Overwatch can be a powerful weapon in the hands of a skilled player, and there have long been complaints about its ability to hook its target through walls. It’s a situation Blizzard will be adjusting, and the fixes may appear on the public test region as soon as this week before being adopted across the board.

“Firstly, the hook victim will now move in to the position directly in front of Roadhog, rather than just a straight line towards him,” Geoff Goodman, Overwatch’s principal designer, wrote in a forum post. “There is a cap on how far 'to the side' you can be pulled, so you can't just hook someone, spin 180, and dump someone off a cliff. This part (along with some other bug fixes) should generally make the hook feel more consistent as to where the victims get pulled.”

Alien: Covenant to get VR experience

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Alien: Covenant to get VR experience

The Alien franchise is getting another virtual reality .... “experience,” this time based on the upcoming Ridley Scott film Alien: Covenant.

The experience is in development by the Fox Innovation Lab and MPC VR, but doesn’t yet have a release date.

Nintendo Switch accessories unveiled at CES

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Nintendo Switch accessories unveiled at CES

A Nintendo Switch foldabable headset and starter kit, along with a power adapter and extension cable for the NES Classic are on their way this spring from hardware and accessory company Snakebyte.

The company detailed its new range of products at CES this week in Las Vegas.

Stardew Valley, Cards Against Humanity creators make Forbes’ 30-under-30 ranks

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Stardew Valley, Cards Against Humanity creators make Forbes’ 30-under-30 ranks

Forbes published its annual list of 30 people to watch across many fields this week, with some familiar names making it into the game industry’s class of 2017. Among a variety of professional gamers and designers are people like Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone (Stardew Valley) and Max Temkin (Cards Against Humanity), standing out among the diverse list of ones to watch.

Barone, age 29, rose to particular fame in 2016, when his highly anticipated project Stardew Valley finally launched to critical acclaim. He developed the farming simulation game on his own; most recently, it came to consoles after starting life on Windows PC.

Iran blocks Clash of Clans

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Iran blocks Clash of Clans

Iranian government censors have placed a nationwide block on Clash of Clans, citing concerns that the game promotes tribal conflict.

The mobile strategy game is hugely popular in Iran, with local distributor Cafe Bazaar claiming a 64 percent market share, based on a survey of 1,000 gamers. In Clash of Clans, players build towns by taking resources from other players, often joining large guilds to facilitate victory and share spoils.

Acer's $8,999 notebook might weigh more than your desktop

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Acer's $8,999 notebook might weigh more than your desktop

Computer maker Acer announced pricing and availability of its colossal notebook, the Predator 21 X, at CES 2017 this week, revealing a hefty price tag to match the laptop’s hefty specs. The 21-inch notebook, which will be released in February, is priced at a whopping $8,999.

Acer boasts that the Predator 21 X is the world’s first notebook with a curved screen. That screen features a 21:9 aspect ratio, 2560 x 1080 resolution, a 120 GHz refresh rate and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology.