Museum opens up art collection to Animal Crossing fans

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Museum opens up art collection to Animal Crossing fans

The Getty Center and Getty Villa in Los Angeles are closed to visitors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but art lovers can visit the museum’s collection virtually, in a way, through Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection, more than 70,000 artworks, can easily be imported into Animal Crossing, thanks to an open-source online tool and the Getty Museum’s open-access collection.

The Getty’s Animal Crossing Art Generator is easy to use. Just search for a piece of artwork (paintings, sculptures, drawings, etc.) in the museum’s collection, and it will generate a QR code that you can scan using the NookLink tool in the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app. The Getty based its online tool on the Animal Crossing Pattern Tool, which lets players create original patterns or convert existing images into patterns in a web browser.

Fallout 76 NPCs are pretty chill about getting nuked

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Fallout 76 NPCs are pretty chill about getting nuked

Fallout 76 has had the ability for players to drop nuclear warheads since launch. Bethesda just added NPCs to the game with its new Wastelanders expansion. What happens when you combine the two elements?

PC Gamer spotted a YouTuber who had accomplished just that. Rattler posted a video to his channel where he nuked the new settlement of Foundation, which is chock full of settlers who are trying to turn Appalachia into their home. They’re pretty stubborn about this being their new, permanent home, which can potentially be a conflict with the player character.

Baseball’s next esports event is a what-if? tournament of all-time greats

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Baseball’s next esports event is a what-if? tournament of all-time greats

Major League Baseball’s latest video game collaboration, in lieu of real-world games put off by the COVID-19 lockdown, will be a tournament of all-time greats spanning more than a century of history for the national pastime. “The Dream Bracket,” as it’s being called, will be run by Out of the Park Baseball, the critically acclaimed management simulation for Windows PC and Mac.

The Dream Bracket is made up of all 30 MLB clubs, whose 26-player rosters will comprise the greatest stars in team history, playing at the peak of their careers. Two additional clubs will join the field, one of stars 25 years old and younger, and the other made up of great players from the Negro Leagues, when the professional sport was segregated.

Cyberpunk thriller Observer coming to PS5, Xbox Series X

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Cyberpunk thriller Observer coming to PS5, Xbox Series X

Bloober Team, the psychological-horror game developer behind Layers of Fear, is bringing its cyberpunk thriller Observer to next-gen consoles. The studio announced Observer: System Redux on Thursday, promising augmented visuals, gameplay, and story for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of the game.

You can watch the next-gen reveal trailer for Observer: System Redux above.

Riot Games buys Hytale developer Hypixel Studios

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Riot Games buys Hytale developer Hypixel Studios

League of Legends developer Riot Games has acquired Hypixel Studios. Hypixel’s first game, Hytale, is expected out in 2021. Riot had previously invested in Hypixel after it was founded in 2018, the developer said in a news release on Thursday.

Hytale is described as a “community-powered block game that combines the scope of a creative sandbox with the depth of a roleplaying game.” Basically, it looks like an in-depth, detailed Minecraft.

Pokémon Go’s next community day will be a play-at-home event

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Pokémon Go’s next community day will be a play-at-home event

Pokémon Go’s postponed Abra Community Day returns to the mobile game on April 25. In tandem with recent efforts to make Pokémon Go playable from home during self-isolation, this month’s Community Day event can be enjoyed without having to venture outside.

Abra Community Day will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time — double the length of similar Pokémon Go events — on Saturday, April 25. Abra will be spawning in the wild during the six-hour window, with a chance of Shiny Abra appearing. Players who evolve an Alakazam during the event can learn the exclusive Fighting-type move Fast Attack Counter.

Epic Games Store April free game: For the King

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Epic Games Store April free game: For the King

The free games from the Epic Games Store next week is For the King, and it’ll be available to download and keep from April 23-30.

For the King, by IronOak Games and Curve Digital, is a real-time strategy game that incorporates turn-based combat and procedural generation into its gameplay. It puts players in charge of a party of adventurers, exploring the realm of a fantasy world by both land and sea. For the King comes with all of four of the expansions that followed the game’s 2018 release, and it’s available for both PC and Mac.

The original Crysis is getting remastered

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The original Crysis is getting remastered

The original Crysis is coming to modern platforms — Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One — in remastered form. Details of the re-release known as Crysis Remastered leaked on Thursday via the game’s official website, spotted by Twitter user Robotbrush. A teaser trailer was later tweeted by one of Intel’s Twitter accounts, but quickly pulled.

Crysis Remastered will bring new graphic features, high-quality textures, and ray tracing to the original game, according to details from the official site. A release date was not revealed. Original publisher Electronic Arts does not appear to be involved in the re-release. We’ve reached out to Crytek representatives for more details.