There is a giant, huggable Ditto pillow and it’s giving me life

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There is a giant, huggable Ditto pillow and it’s giving me life

Japanese Pokémon fans can give Ditto a big squeeze next week

Listen: It’s Friday. It’s been a very, very long week. There is nothing I want more right now than some sleep. Actually, there may be one thing: a hug from the super-sized Ditto pillow, on sale at the Japanese Pokémon Center next week.

Ditto has always struck me as the squishiest Pokémon, and that comes through in its latest cuddly translation. That dumb little face just demands to be squeezed, and it’ll only cost me $127 to do so when this gigantic plush is released on Aug. 6.

Someone paid $1,300 to play No Man’s Sky two weeks early

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Someone paid $1,300 to play No Man’s Sky two weeks early

Spoiler alert!

Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky won’t hit PlayStation 4 until Aug. 9, but one lucky, deep-pocketed fan is already playing the game. He apparently paid more than $1,300 for that privilege and is currently posting video of his No Man’s Sky adventures.

On Reddit, user "daymeeuhn" copped to paying more than 20 times the standard asking price for a leaked copy of No Man’s Sky. He says he bought the game from a seller on eBay and had the PS4 game shipped via FedEx today. For proof, he uploaded (vertically-filmed) video of himself opening and installing the game on his PS4. There’s even video of him popping a celebratory bottle of champagne as the game installs.

Little King's Story makes its royal PC debut next week

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Little King's Story makes its royal PC debut next week

The quirky Wii game is back

Little King’s Story, Cing and XSeed Games’ cult favorite real-time strategy game, will come to Windows PC on Aug. 5. An HD port of the Wii version will be available on Steam, the Humble Store and GOG.com with a 10 percent discount offered at launch.

The game will be on sale for $22.50 throughout its first week on all three storefronts. Alongside the enhanced visuals, seen in the trailer above, Little King’s Story on PC comes with Steam trading cards and gamepad support.

$250 will get you 20 of the Vive's best games

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$250 will get you 20 of the Vive's best games

Valve's VR sales includes many great titles

Valve has put many of the HTC Vive's best games for sale this weekend, but the $251.42 bundle that includes 20 great games may be the best deal being offered.

The package includes titles like Space Pirate Trainer, Vanishing RealmsThe Brookhaven Experiment and many more, and you'll save $44.38 by buying them all together in this bundle. It's not cheap by any definition of the word, but if you want to get your VR collection started with some amazing games, this is a pretty effective way to begin. You can watch some of the games from the bundle in action below.

BioWare is shutting down its forums

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BioWare is shutting down its forums

Fans can keep tweeting, Tumblring and Facebooking instead

The majority of BioWare’s forums will shut down on Aug. 26, the developer announced on its blog. These include community boards dedicated to Dragon Age, Mass Effect and other popular series.

"This wasn’t an easy decision," lead community manager Conal Pierse wrote in the post. He explained that BioWare intended for the forums to be a place where the developer could talk directly with fans. That purpose, he says, is now better served elsewhere. BioWare maintains a presence on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and fans have found and connected with each other on Tumblr and Reddit, according to the developer.

Disney Infinity’s servers are shutting down

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Disney Infinity’s servers are shutting down

Some versions of the game won’t be playable after September

Disney Interactive is shutting down online services for its toys-to-life video game Disney Infinity over the course of the next eight months, removing in-game purchases and ending support for the games’ community features. As part of the shutdown, some versions of Disney Infinity will be removed from various online stores and will no longer be playable as of September.

In an email sent by Disney Interactive today, the company outlined its plans to end online service for Disney Infinity. Some of those changes go into effect today; Disney has already ended in-game purchases in the PC version of Disney Infinity 2.0 and the Android, Apple TV and iOS versions of the game.

Report: DriveClub VR launching alongside PlayStation VR

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Report: DriveClub VR launching alongside PlayStation VR

Racing toward an October release

DriveClub VR will reportedly launch this fall, and the original development team at now-shuttered Evolution Studios worked on the PlayStation VR game. That’s according to both a post on the Japanese PlayStation blog as well as Paul Rustchynsky, the game’s director.

The announcement has been pulled, but a cache of the page reveals an Oct. 13 release date for DriveClub VR. That suggests that the racing simulator is a PlayStation VR launch title; Sony’s virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4 is also scheduled for Oct. 13.

Spectating Dota 2 in VR is amazing, watch it in action

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Spectating Dota 2 in VR is amazing, watch it in action

Valve wants to change the way we watch eSports

Valve is trying to change the way we watch eSports.

The Dota 2 VR Hub is a free download, available now under the game's DLC menu, that allows you to launch the game in virtual reality. You can’t play directly, but you can view "life-size" versions of the character models to look at as well as spectate live or pre-recorded matches of Dota 2.

Even Shovel Knight’s Japanese localization is a throwback

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Even Shovel Knight’s Japanese localization is a throwback

"Way back in the day, game localization was the wild West"

With Shovel Knight, developer Yacht Club Games made it clear from the get-go that it was committed to recapturing that retro 8-bit aesthetic. That’s apparent just by looking at it — but the team’s dedication to old school adventure games trickled down into its localization, too. Now that the game is available in Japan, the developer offers a look inside and history lesson of the Japanese localization process for both Shovel Knight and classic ‘80s games in a detailed blog post.

Yacht Club Games broke down the changes it made (with localization team 8-4) when bringing Shovel Knight overseas. Every change was motivated by the desire to emulate differences players would find between Japanese Famicom games and their Western NES counterparts. These vary from the obvious — changing the language from English to Japanese — to the more granular, like changing the font size, altering sprite animations and redesigning some characters and objects.

PlayStation VR requires about 60-square feet of space to use and other new details

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PlayStation VR requires about 60-square feet of space to use and other new details

Sony’s upcoming PlayStation VR headset will require about 60-square-feet of cleared space to use and asks that players remain seated whenever possible while playing, according to new documentation released by the company.

The PlayStation Camera, which is required to use the VR headset, needs a cleared play area of about 9.8 feet by 6.2 feet, according to an image on the official Asia PlayStation website for the PlayStation VR. The height of the play area will be dependant on how high up the camera is set, according to the site.

The site also urges potential customers to try the PS VR at a story or a trial event before purchasing one.