Feminist Frequency heads to Double Fine Productions for campaign livestream

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Feminist Frequency heads to Double Fine Productions for campaign livestream

Get up early to watch them play games with 'special guests'

Feminist Frequency will host a six-hour livestream this Thursday, April 7, as it counts down to the end of its latest crowdfunding campaign. Members of the non-profit organization, fronted by media critic Anita Sarkeesian, will play games and spend time with "special guests" at Double Fine Productions (developer of Psychonauts, Broken Age) from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT.

The event, which will air live on Twitch, leads right up to the end of Feminist Frequency's campaign period for Ordinary Women. As she explains in the video above, the series will feature Sarkeesian discussing some of history's most notable women across all disciplines. Work on the project has already begun, with the first episode set to premiere in September.

Adrift, and why VR games need a 'tourism' mode

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Adrift, and why VR games need a 'tourism' mode

Behind the decision to add unlimited air to a game about survival

Adrift is a survival game set it space that can be played on both a standard monitor and the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, and your limited amount of oxygen is one of the most stressful aspects of the game. You have to be constantly aware of how much air you have left while making sure you know where to find the next canister. It creates a tense, mindful sort of play that emphasizes the desperate situation of the player. You can read our review to learn more about the game as well.

And now it's optional, at least partially. You can go back and play any cleared level again using a menu option marked "EVA Free," which removes the constant fight for oxygen. The means you can explore, float around and enjoy the act of being in space.

After four years, indie hit Starbound is finally heading toward full release

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After four years, indie hit Starbound is finally heading toward full release

Two years after Early Access launch

Chucklefish Games is nearly ready to launch the full version of Starbound, its procedurally generated space adventure cult hit. The Windows PC game, which launched in Steam Early Access at the end of 2013, will soon receive its next update, "the big 1.0," according to the developer.

Version 1.0 will bring several new features, including Starbound's complete story mode. Planets will now include several biomes and dungeons, and the developer is adding several missions and quests to the game. A post on the development blog details all of the additions in full, going in-depth on changes to the crafting system, multiplayer and more.

Modder takes it upon himself to 'fix' Aliens: Colonial Marines

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Modder takes it upon himself to 'fix' Aliens: Colonial Marines

Xenomorphs are now something to fear, thanks to 'ACM Overhaul'

Gearbox Software's Aliens: Colonial Marines was such a disaster when it launched in 2013 that it spawned a false advertising lawsuit against publisher Sega. Now, more than three years later, one modder has put out a suite of gameplay balance, AI and graphical adjustments that he says "fixes" the game's Windows PC version.

"ACM Overhaul" has been "heavily balanced and play-tested," modder TemplarGFX writes. Xenomorphs are now much more terrifying foes, he says, thanks to substantial boosts to their ability (based on class) to outmaneuver the player. They also need fewer attacks to bring down a human. "Movement speed, acceleration, weight, jump power and flight speed [have been] rebalanced so [Xenomorphs] are extremely agile and move swiftly around the cluttered levels."

The Division's 'high-end backpack' glitch getting fixed with next update

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The Division's 'high-end backpack' glitch getting fixed with next update

No more infinite loading screens and lockouts!

Ubisoft will deploy a patch for a major glitch in Tom Clancy's The Division as part of the game's upcoming update, according to the company's support forum. Update 1.1, launching across PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on April 12, will fix an issue that left a number of players locked out of their accounts.

Players have taken to The Division's subreddit over the past few weeks to complain of account lockouts and infinite loading screens. The problem was eventually attributed to a bug that stems from crafting high-end backpacks and other gear. After crafting and equipping these items — particularly the backpack — players found them disappearing from their inventories. This bug often causes games to freeze up, ultimately forcing players out of their accounts for days at a time.

Sold-out Final Fantasy 15 collector's edition can be yours — for three times the asking price

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Sold-out Final Fantasy 15 collector's edition can be yours — for three times the asking price

Square Enix considering making more sets

When the Final Fantasy 15 Ultimate Collector's Edition set went on sale last Thursday, following Square Enix's special event celebrating the game, it sold out in just half an hour. Only 30,000 copies were produced, according to the company, leaving fans to find other means to pick up the package.

Sellers on eBay are offering up the $270 limited edition copy for far more than the asking price. Listings for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One copies of Final Fantasy 15 are going for anywhere between $500 and $900 — more than three times the retail value.

Uncharted 4 shines by making time for the quiet moments

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Uncharted 4 shines by making time for the quiet moments

Hands-on with a peaceful journey across the plains of Madagascar

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Naughty Dog's Uncharted series is defined by globe-trotting spectacle, with protagonist Nathan Drake — our semi-reluctant action hero — inevitably seeking some long-lost treasure and racing to find it before the bad guys can get their hands on it. If there's one thing you can count on in an Uncharted game, it's shit blowing up real good. But explosions lose their impact when a story is all action, all the time; even Mad Max: Fury Road hit pause a few times.

Team Ninja's Nioh getting playable demo on PS4 April 26

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Team Ninja's Nioh getting playable demo on PS4 April 26

Get a taste of 'masocore' samurai action

Samurai action game Nioh is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, publisher Koei Tecmo confirmed today, and will get a playable alpha demo later this month.

Nioh's alpha demo will be available on PS4 from April 26 to May 5. Developer Team Ninja, of Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive fame, says the demo is being released to solicit feedback on the action game; an online survey will be available during the demo period, Team Ninja says.

Overwatch's Tracer comes to Heroes of the Storm in April

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Overwatch's Tracer comes to Heroes of the Storm in April

She'll be in the Nexus two weeks before the beta kicks off

We knew back in November that Tracer, of the upcoming Overwatch, would join the roster of Blizzard's MOBA Heroes of the Storm. Now we know it's this month, as many as two weeks before Overwatch's open beta gets underway.

Tracer is being offered as a preorder incentive for the Overwatch: Origins Edition on Windows PC; anyone buying a copy of that will get her in Heroes of the Storm on April 19. The rest will be able to buy Tracer in the Nexus beginning April 26. Overwatch's open beta begins May 3, and the game launches May 24.

PlayStation samaritan builds custom controller to help gamer with cerebral palsy

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PlayStation samaritan builds custom controller to help gamer with cerebral palsy

Touchpad troubles disappear after Sony employee mods up a new one

When a New Jersey gamer wrote Sony to complain that the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 touchpad was interfering with his gaming experience, his email wasn't thrown in the trash or given a form-letter reply. A PlayStation employee responded the next day with a promise to build a custom one. And he did.

That's because the gamer, Peter Byrne of South Amboy, N.J., has cerebral palsy, a set of neurological disorders that severely restrict and alter one's movement, especially the precise motions gamers make in using a twin analog controller. In this interview with News 12 New Jersey, Byrne showed how the manner in which he held his DualShock 4 to play Tom Clancy's The Division resulted in a lot of inadvertent presses on the touchpad, which brings up the map and pauses the game.