Nintendo leak explains the use of friend codes over usernames

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Nintendo leak explains the use of friend codes over usernames

A leaked, internal Nintendo PowerPoint presentation discovered online Saturday explained why the company continues to use “friend codes” instead of using unique usernames.

A post on ResetEra suggested the leak was originally posted to 4chan, reportedly linked to “a server hack” at a contracted company. A ton of information was included in the most recent leak, like Wii design files and source code. Among those files was the PowerPoint presentation that included information on the friend code system.

New Star Wars movie coming from Taika Waititi

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New Star Wars movie coming from Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi, the director of Thor Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit, will direct and co-write a new Star Wars movie for theatrical release, Lucasfilm announced Monday.

Waititi will co-write with Academy Award nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917, Last Night in Soho), who received a BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year for 1917. Waititi’s current project is the fourth Thor film for Marvel Studios, Thor: Love and Thunder. The director also worked on the Star Wars television series, The Mandalorian, for Disney Plus. Waititi directed the eighth episode, “Redemption,” of The Mandalorian and voiced the assassin droid IG-11.

Animal Crossing fans say they’re getting trouble on Facebook over weeds

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Animal Crossing fans say they’re getting trouble on Facebook over weeds

Facebook’s community standards are clear when it comes to regulated goods: You can’t sell or buy non-medical drugs on the platform, and this of course includes marijuana. But the explosion of Animal Crossing: New Horizons means there’s now a bevy of people talking about weeds — as in, the pesky plant — and this is apparently setting off Facebook’s safety measures.

New Horizons places players on a deserted island which is initially overrun with weeds. Players can pluck these weeds if they want, though some prefer to keep them on their grounds to achieve a more natural look. Weeds can also be used to craft items, and can be sold to specific vendors for a profit, such as Leif the sloth. Some fans have even built businesses around weeding and gardening for other players.

The Last of Us Part 2 leaked by hackers, reports say

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The Last of Us Part 2 leaked by hackers, reports say

Unidentified hackers appear to have been responsible for the massive leak of The Last of Us Part 2 months ahead of the game’s release, according to multiple reports. Those hackers reportedly gained access to files relating to The Last of Us Part 2 by exploiting a vulnerability in previous games developed by Naughty Dog.

In late April, key, spoiler-filled plot points and level details from The Last of Us Part 2 were posted to YouTube, revealing much of the story from Naughty Dog’s upcoming PlayStation 4 game. A statement from Sony Interactive Entertainment said that the persons responsible for that leak were not affiliated with Naughty Dog or SIE.

EA Play Live promises ‘world premieres’ during digital event in June

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EA Play Live promises ‘world premieres’ during digital event in June

With E3 canceled this year, Electronic Arts will present its annual EA Play Live event digitally in 2020.

“EA Play Live goes digital in 2020,” Electronic Arts tweeted Monday. “See you on June 11th at 4pm PST... World premieres, news and more!” Last year, EA dropped its traditional E3 press conference for the EA Play live streams, which were held over a series of days ahead of the annual video game event. The company hasn’t officially attended E3, instead opting to hold independent EA Play events, since 2015. This year, EA Play Live will be broadcast for one day — Thursday, June 11.

Donkey Kong legend suing over wiped scores

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Donkey Kong legend suing over wiped scores

Former Donkey Kong and Pac-Man high-score champion Billy Mitchell has been in court with Twin Galaxies over its decision to remove his high scores from their leaderboards, according to court documents obtained by Ars Technica.

Mitchell, known for his appearance in a 2007 documentary called The King of Kong, was accused of falsifying his Donkey Kong high score. In 2018, after a lengthy investigation, arcade game authority Twin Galaxies announced its decision to remove Mitchell’s scores from its records and ban him from participating in competitive leaderboards. Mitchell was accused of achieving these scores on emulated software, which is “strictly forbidden.” Mitchell has been fighting the ruling since — in September 2019, Mitchell threatened legal action in a letter to Twin Galaxies and Guinness World Records.

Gaming friends share how playing together helps them survive quarantine

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Gaming friends share how playing together helps them survive quarantine

When the COVID-19 lockdown kicked in, I asked folks on Twitter to send me stories of how they are coping with loneliness, and how video games can help. I received dozens of replies describing life-improving play sessions across a variety of games. Here are just a few of them.

Thank you all for sending in your stories. Entries have been edited and condensed for clarity.

John Wick 4 delayed a full year to 2022

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John Wick 4 delayed a full year to 2022

Lionsgate has pushed back the next John Wick film a full year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Originally slated for a May 21, 2021, release, John Wick: Chapter 4 is now scheduled to hit theaters on May 27, 2022.

That moves the film out of the way of another Keanu Reeves action movie that was set to drop the same day: Warner Bros. still has The Matrix 4 on its schedule for May 21, 2021.

Titans’ absolute victory so far in Destiny 2’s Guardian Games is legit, apparently

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Titans’ absolute victory so far in Destiny 2’s Guardian Games is legit, apparently

For the last two weeks, Bungie has hosted a new seasonal holiday in Destiny 2 called Guardian Games. Players have been able to dive into Destiny 2, play the game, and vote for the best of the game’s three classes. However, for all but one of the days since the event started on April 21, Titans have reigned supreme — leading some players to cry foul.

In Bungie’s weekly blog post on Thursday, senior designer Peter Sarrett dove into the numbers behind Guardian Games, to prove that nothing nefarious was going on behind the scenes.

Destiny 2’s seasonal content will last all year, starting this fall

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Destiny 2’s seasonal content will last all year, starting this fall

Since last fall, Bungie has been trying something new with Destiny 2. Every three months, the studio delivers another “season” of content, complete with new gear and activities. But at the end of each three-month period, all of that content goes away — replaced by something fresh and new. After some outcry from the community, Bungie announced yesterday a new plan for seasons in Destiny 2 Year 4.

In its weekly blog on Thursday, Bungie highlighted three major changes to seasons as of fall 2020: yearly rewards, stories, and activities. Creative director Evan Nikolich described each of the changes in detail.