New Dragon Quest 11 footage shows off dragon-riding and more

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New Dragon Quest 11 footage shows off dragon-riding and more

In honor of Dragon Quest’s 30th anniversary, Japanese television channel NHK aired a special presentation dedicated to the series. Not much of it has made it online yet for Western fans, but the big news — new footage from Dragon Quest 11: In Search of Departed Time — is already on YouTube, featuring battles, new locations and a mountable, flying dragon.

The segment where the protagonist flies around on a bright blue dragon is short, and it’s just one part of the two-minute overview of Dragon Quest 11. While we also get some behind-the-scenes looks at both the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4 versions of the game, as well as a peek at its lush environments and battle system, it’s that flying creature that’s most striking.

When’s Super Mario Run coming to Android? Register to get an alert, now

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When’s Super Mario Run coming to Android? Register to get an alert, now

Super Mario Run on Android still has no date beyond 2017, but today a placeholder for the game popped up in the Google Play store along with a detailed description and ability to pre-register.

By clicking on the register button, hopeful players will be notified when the game goes live. The game’s release date is simply listed as “coming soon.” Nintendo did the same thing for the iOS version of its game, which finally released on Dec. 15.

Star Wars fans are remastering X-Wing in Unity, and it looks fantastic

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Star Wars fans are remastering X-Wing in Unity, and it looks fantastic

A group of modders is remastering Star Wars’ classic space combat sim X-Wing in the Unity Engine, and it looks and sounds great.

See and hear for yourself above — the soundtrack isn't much of an upgrade from the original game's MIDIs, but man does this capture the atmospheric sound very well. Rebalancing the shields and adjusting the system outputs all sound alive and connected to the cockpit environment. The Y-Wing thrums with the sound of the sublight engines (this is the early mission to save Admiral Ackbar) and the repositioned displays are nearly perfect, still booping out the mission objectives and events.

Tattletail looks like every ’90s kid’s worst nightmare

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Tattletail looks like every ’90s kid’s worst nightmare

If you were of a certain age in 1998, it’s likely that you received a Furby for Christmas. Just as likely: You were deathly afraid of that Furby, probably because it somehow activated itself in the middle of the night, started walking around and woke you up asking for food.

Furby and other virtual pets continue to be the worst, and that lingering trauma is what the development team behind the new Steam game Tattletail is banking on. Tattletail is a horror game that appears to be in the vein of Five Nights at Freddy’s, based off its first teaser.

Sheep coming to Ark: Survival Evolved after Steam Awards promo blows up

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Sheep coming to Ark: Survival Evolved after Steam Awards promo blows up

Ark: Survival Evolved will receive a modern farm animal — a sheep called the Ovis Aries — in its next big update across all platforms, developer Studio Wildcard announced late yesterday. That’s a significant change from what the team said previously, when it told fans that the species would only be made available if Ark won in its category at the Steam Awards, which is decided by public vote.

A post dated Dec. 26 on the game’s Steam community page quickly attracted scorn, as lead community manager and associate producer Jat Karunakaran explained the conditions by which players could unlock the Ovis Aries.

PlayStation Plus gets Day of the Tentacle Remastered and more next month

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PlayStation Plus gets Day of the Tentacle Remastered and more next month

Sony will offer Day of the Tentacle Remastered and This War of Mine: The Little Ones free to PlayStation Plus subscribers in January 2017, the company announced today.

Those are the two PlayStation 4 games in the month’s PS Plus lineup; Day of the Tentacle Remastered, Double Fine Productions’ 2016 remaster of LucasArts’ beloved 1993 adventure game, will also be available free on PlayStation Vita via cross-buy. The Little Ones is the subtitle for the console port of 11 bit Studios’ This War of Mine, the survival game that debuted in 2014.

Cops arrest Oculus executive in underage sex sting

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Cops arrest Oculus executive in underage sex sting

A sting operation by police in Tukwila, Washington last week snared a top figure in Oculus VR’s leadership. Dov Katz, Oculus’ head of computer vision, was arrested for allegedly attempting to pay for sex with a minor. He was booked on Dec. 21.

Charging documents obtained by Geekwire describe an incriminating text message exchange between a phone number later shown to be Katz’ and an undercover officer working from an area hotel.