The Vtuber takeover of 2020

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The Vtuber takeover of 2020

On Sept. 18, 2020, the friendliest war ever conducted between Canadians and Americans commenced. And while not the most expensive war in total, the exuberance of its armaments left its primary target, a pink-haired digital goth girl, aghast.

Calliope Mori was, at that point, a newly minted streamer who was enjoying an indie survival game called Mad Father. As she played, her chat suddenly started spiraling out of control. An explosion of red banners overtook her chat, denoting that her viewers were leaving her, at minimum, tips of $100 or more.

Cyberpunk 2077 will let players bring game saves forward to PS5, Xbox Series X

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Cyberpunk 2077 will let players bring game saves forward to PS5, Xbox Series X

Players who start their Cyberpunk 2077 journey on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will be able to continue playing on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X when they’re ready. Developer CD Projekt Red made the process for migrating saved games clear in a pair of instructional posts dated Nov. 27.

To migrate a saved game from PS4 to PS5, CD Projekt says there are three different options. You can upload your existing saved game to the cloud, or you can transfer the data on your console via a local-area network — either wired or wireless. Finally, you can also make the move using an external storage device.

Baldur’s Gate 3 developer says saved games won’t be compatible with the next patch

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Baldur’s Gate 3 developer says saved games won’t be compatible with the next patch

Baldur’s Gate 3 launched in early October, only to be received with open arms by consumers. Critics, on the other hand, were less enthusiastic about the early access release, which left the game in a clearly unfinished and incomplete state. Now Larian Studios is looping back with players, warning them that their saved games won’t be compatible with newer versions of the game. The developer also describes how to work around the problem.

Shortly after the game launched on Oct. 6, Larian founder Swen Vincke seemed stunned by the game’s reception. “What do we do now?” he mused openly on Twitter, but he clearly already knew the answer — finish the game. While no final release date has been established, work continues apace. That means major changes are on the way for foundational elements of the gameplay itself, as well as massive new sections of the storyline.

Magician ends 20-year battle with Nintendo over Pokemon card

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Magician ends 20-year battle with Nintendo over Pokemon card

Two decades ago, magician and illusionist Uri Geller sued Nintendo in a California court for its Kadabra Pokémon card, alleging the company used his likeness to create the character. You see, Geller is known for his spoon-bending trick, just like Kadabra. Now, Geller is apologizing for the lawsuit, in which he claimed Nintendo turned him into “an evil, occult Pokémon character,” and stole his identity “by using [his] name and [his] signature image,” according to a BBC story from 2000.

The California lawsuit was dismissed in 2003. He reportedly filed several other lawsuits globally, according to The Guardian.

What makes a Poké Ball worth $100?

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What makes a Poké Ball worth $100?

The Pokémon Company is teaming up with The Wand Company — which makes high-end Fallout Pip-Boy kits, Star Trek phasers, Doctor Who sonic screwdrivers, and, yes, wands — to make an accurate replica of the Poké Ball. They’re also making a collectible replica Great Ball, Ultra Ball, and Premier Ball, all of which will roll out in 2021.

The Wand Company’s Poké Ball will cost $99.99. It’s available for pre-order now and will ship on Feb. 27, 2021 — Pokémon’s 25th anniversary. So what does a hundred bucks’ worth of Poké Ball entail?

Pokémon Go is having a 3-month long celebration of the seasons

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Pokémon Go is having a 3-month long celebration of the seasons

Pokémon Go is hosting a huge in-game event, The Season of Celebration, from Dec. 1 until March 1.

While not all of the exact details of the event were given in the news release published Monday, Niantic notes that different regions in the Pokémon world will be celebrated, allowing players to see different Pokémon around. Some Pokémon will also spawn more often depending on the hemisphere you live in. Northern Hemisphere players will see icey Pokémon like Seel, Lapras, Alolan Sandshrew, and the like, whereas Southern Hemisphere players will see more fiery Pokémon, like Growlithe and Darumaka.

Sega named its 1990s prototypes for planets. Here’s ‘Venus’

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Sega named its 1990s prototypes for planets. Here’s ‘Venus’

Sega’s 60th anniversary celebration rolls on, and the company’s latest flashback “seminar” concerns a prototype called “Venus.” That was the code name Sega gave the Nomad, the short-lived successor to the Game Gear and Sega’s last attempt at challenging Nintendo in the handheld market.

It seems Sega was (loosely) following the order of the planets when code-naming things 30 years ago, as Sega producer Hiroyuki Miyazaki explains in the long preamble here. The Game Gear was “Mercury,” for example, so it made sense that its successor would be called “Venus.”

Microsoft Flight Simulator VR to launch as free upgrade in late December

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Microsoft Flight Simulator VR to launch as free upgrade in late December

The highly-anticipated virtual reality update for Microsoft Flight Simulator will launch on Dec. 23 as part of Sim Update 2. The announcement was made during a regularly scheduled live developer update on Twitch. Previously, that VR component was said to be launching only with support for a specific Microsoft Mixed Reality device. Now, developer Asobo Studio says the update will be available for “all devices.”

A VR mode for Flight Simulator was first announced in July. At the time, the developer told Polygon that it was working in partnership with the team at HP to time its release with the launch of the new Reverb G2 headset. Asobo Studio also said that compatibility with additional VR headsets would not come until later, but that plan has changed.

Doom Eternal coming to Nintendo Switch next week

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Doom Eternal coming to Nintendo Switch next week

Doom Eternal will be released on Nintendo Switch on Dec. 8, Nintendo and Bethesda Softworks announced Monday. Doom Eternal was released on PlayStation 4, Stadia, Windows PC, and Xbox One in March, with a Nintendo Switch release date expected later in the year.

“The wait is almost over,” Nintendo posted in a YouTube trailer Monday. “Get ready to conquer demons when Doom Eternal comes to Nintendo Switch on Dec. 8!” In an FAQ published on the Bethesda website, the company said the game will be digital-only, available through the Nintendo Switch eShop and through digital codes from other retailers.

Final Fantasy 14 patch 5.4 coming on Dec. 8 with next raid tier

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Final Fantasy 14 patch 5.4 coming on Dec. 8 with next raid tier

Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers’ patch 5.4 is coming on Dec. 8, complete with a new raid tier and other new content to do.

The trailer showcases multiple storylines that are occurring in the game. As part of the Main Scenario Quests, the gang is back from The First and they’re focusing on the Garlean Empire again. Meanwhile, in The Sorrow of Werlyt side quests, it seems that the Garlean Empire is unhappy with the players’ meddling and is setting us off against Emerald Weapon. (Yes, the thing from Final Fantasy 7. It is a purposeful crossover!)