Apple countersues Fortnite developer Epic Games for ‘cold-blooded’ circumvention

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Apple countersues Fortnite developer Epic Games for ‘cold-blooded’ circumvention

Apple filed a countersuit against Fortnite developer Epic Games on Tuesday. In its reply to Epic Games’ complaint for injunctive relief, Apple’s lawyers denied many of Epic Games’ claims and called the company’s conduct “willful, brazen, and unlawful.”

In August, Epic Games implemented a new payment system in Fortnite, designed to circumvent Apple’s own — and the 30% cut Apple takes with it. In response, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store, and Epic Games filed a lawsuit. A similar event played out with Google and its Google Play Store, too. Apple initially threatened to cut off Epic Games from its iOS and Mac developer tools entirely, including for Unreal Engine. The last time Epic Games and Apple were in court (via Zoom), Apple got a partial win: Apple can revoke access to Epic Games’ developer tools for Fortnite, but not Unreal Engine. For Epic Games, this was a partial win, too. The two companies will meet again on Sept. 28 for a hearing regarding the preliminary injunction.

This $10 head-tracking app makes Microsoft Flight Simulator easier

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This $10 head-tracking app makes Microsoft Flight Simulator easier

Flying a plane in Microsoft Flight Simulator is a breathtaking experience, with visuals that verge on photo-realistic. The game is so popular that it’s caused a run on flight sticks and other specialty controllers. Manufacturers like ThrustMaster, Logitech, and others can barely keep their $100-plus peripherals in stock. But, for my money, the best new controller on the market will only set you back $9.99. It’s a smartphone app called SmoothTrack, and if you’re flying a plane on PC, you need to check it out.

The developers at Asobo Studio and Xbox Game Studios did an admirable job with the in-game camera controls in Flight Simulator. While flying, it’s fairly easy to look to the left, look to the right, and look down at the instrument panels inside the cockpit. But those view changes are set in fixed positions, and often parts of the plane can obstruct your view of the outside. The result is that the simulation tends to feel a little claustrophobic.

EA adds Colin Kaepernick to Madden NFL 21

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EA adds Colin Kaepernick to Madden NFL 21

Colin Kaepernick, the former star quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who has dedicated himself to social justice activism since his departure from the NFL in 2017, will return to the league virtually: He is the latest addition to Madden NFL 21’s roster, publisher Electronic Arts announced Tuesday on Twitter.

EA opened its statement by calling Kaepernick “one of the top free agents in football and a starting-caliber quarterback,” a description that directly strikes at the heart of the key question surrounding the athlete: Why has no NFL team dared to sign Kaepernick since he began protesting against police brutality and racial injustice during the 2016 season?

Nice: Crusader Kings has a medieval version of Tinder

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Nice: Crusader Kings has a medieval version of Tinder

Crusader Kings 3, the medieval strategy and role-playing game, looks like it would be pretty chaste. But it’s actually a very horny game — so much so that the developers had to dial things back and make the characters less prone to seducing each other. But there are still lots of intrigue, romance, and affairs to uncover in Paradox’s dense game, including a random event where your character takes to Tinder.

There are no smartphones in Crusader Kings 3, so the game has found a different way to recreate the Tinder experience. For instance, I was playing a particularly horny High King who had fifteen children by three wives and a handful of lovers on the side. This apparently wasn’t enough for him, so my character hauled a pile of oil portraits out of the attic and looked at them to determine which lady he ought to date via a text event. This is actually one of the ways courtship used to work in certain parts of the world, so while the left/right swiping part might be slightly anachronistic, the whole scheme isn’t out of place in this world.

Mario battle royale creator reacts to Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. 35 reveal

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Mario battle royale creator reacts to Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. 35 reveal

During the summer of 2019, a browser-based Super Mario Bros. game with a competitive twist took the gaming world by storm. The humble project got big enough to catch Nintendo’s attention, and within days, the fan game got hit with a copyright strike — a tale as old as time. Except now, a year later, Nintendo is coming out with the same general idea.

Mario Royale was originally conceived by YouTuber InfernoPlus, who spent weeks rigging together an experience where 75 players could duke it out while playing the side-scrolling classic. What made Mario Royale compelling was that players could, theoretically, mess each other’s games up through things like power-ups such as invincibility stars. Fans controlling their overall-wearing clone couldn’t interact with each other directly, but there was still plenty of opportunity for mayhem. Millions of people watched playthroughs of Mario Royale on YouTube, and undoubtedly a good number of them tried it out, too.

Crusader Kings 3 is even more complicated when you’re an immortal vampire

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Crusader Kings 3 is even more complicated when you’re an immortal vampire

Crusader Kings 3 launched little more than a week ago and the modding community is already off to an incredible start. One of the most popular mods at the moment is called Princes of Darkness. The near total conversion of the base game transforms the strategy role-playing title into a full-fledged vampire simulator.

Princes of Darkness reworks core features of Crusader Kings 3 to implement parts of popular Vampire: The Masquerade tabletop role-playing game, as well as other associated World of Darkness role-playing worlds. Vampire is a particularly good fit for this kind of mod, since the lore of that RPG posits that powerful undead creatures have always existed in the shadows. The deeper lore tells the story of how vampires were ultimately responsible for much of the turmoil in feudal times, including the Crusades themselves.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light’s new Hunter Stasis subclass revealed

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light’s new Hunter Stasis subclass revealed

Bungie has launched blog posts over the past week, previewing the three new Stasis classes coming to Destiny 2 in Beyond Light — one each for the Hunter, Titan, and the Warlock. The series of blog posts started with new details on the Warlock Shadebinder, and Thursday’s post previewed the Titan’s Behemoth. On Tuesday, Bungie finished up the series with the Revenant, the new, “ninja” subclass for Hunters.

This final subclass reveal also shows off all three Stasis grenades coming with Beyond Light later this year.

Breath of the Wild prequel Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity coming to Switch

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Breath of the Wild prequel Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity coming to Switch

A new Legend of Zelda title is being developed by Nintendo and Koei Tecmo games. It’s a sequel to 2014’s Hyrule Warriors — and a prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, set 100 years before the events of that game. Titled Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, the hack-and-slash Zelda game is coming to Nintendo Switch on Nov. 20.

Nintendo and Koei Tecmo announced Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity on Tuesday with a video detailing the game’s story (seen above). Players will experience Hyrule before the Great Calamity of Breath of the Wild, fighting hordes of enemies — Dynasty Warriors-style — among familiar locations in the land of Hyrule before they are destroyed.

Xbox Series S confirmed by Microsoft, price revealed

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Xbox Series S confirmed by Microsoft, price revealed

Microsoft confirmed the existence (and price!) of the Xbox Series S, a smaller, cheaper version of the next-generation Xbox Series X. The information was first reported by Microsoft insider Brad Sams on YouTube.

Following the leak, Microsoft confirmed the price of the Xbox Series S in a tweet published early Tuesday morning. “Let’s make it official,” Microsoft tweeted from the Xbox Twitter account, alongside a photo of the console. It said more information on the console is coming “soon.”

Shenmue anime coming to Crunchyroll and Adult Swim

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Shenmue anime coming to Crunchyroll and Adult Swim

Sega and Yu Suzuki’s epic video game series, Shenmue, is being adapted for television. Crunchyroll and Adult Swim announced Shenmue, an original, 13-episode anime series that follows the journey of Ryo Hazuki.

The animated Shenmue series will stream worldwide outside of Japan and mainland China on Crunchyroll and air on Adult Swim’s Toonami in the domestic United States. The news was announced in advance of the Crunchyroll industry panel at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo on Saturday.