Elite: Dangerous fleet carriers enter beta testing next month, will cost billions of credits

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Elite: Dangerous fleet carriers enter beta testing next month, will cost billions of credits

Elite: Dangerous will finally be getting its Fleet Carriers, massive new starships capable of holding other large ships and traveling between star systems under their own power. Fleet carriers will enter beta testing April 7 on PC, with a second beta phase on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 beginning in May.

“The most expensive investment to date and costing 5,000,000,000 credits, Fleet Carriers are individually owned and contain 16 landing pads of varying sizes for other players to dock their starships in, with a galaxy-spanning jump range of 500 light years,” Frontier announced in a news release.

Nintendo Direct for March goes live, watch it here

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Nintendo Direct for March goes live, watch it here

Nintendo has a (surprise) new episode of its Nintendo Direct series, and you can watch it right now. The new episode of Nintendo Direct runs about 29 minutes and focuses on games coming to Nintendo Switch.

The new Nintendo Direct Mini episode touches on Xenoblade Chronicles, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Epic Games to publish new games from Control, Inside, and The Last Guardian developers

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Epic Games to publish new games from Control, Inside, and The Last Guardian developers

Fortnite and Unreal Engine developer Epic Games will publish new games from three marquee studios — gen Design (The Last Guardian), Playdead (Inside, Limbo), and Remedy Entertainment (Control) — as part of a new, “developer-first approach” publishing agreement.

Epic announced the news on Thursday, calling Epic Games Publishing’s arrangement with the developers a fundamental change the developer/publisher model. Epic outlined the terms of its publishing deals with gen Design, Playdead, and Remedy in a news release as:

Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s item duping glitch patched out

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Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s item duping glitch patched out

Well, that didn’t take long. A few days after the internet discovered an exploit in Animal Crossing: New Horizons that allowed everyone to clone items, Nintendo has now gotten rid of the economy-busting glitch.

The maintenance patch went out for Animal Crossing in late March, and while it’s a small one, it has big implications. According to the Japanese Nintendo support page chronicling patch notes — which we’ve translated via Google — the 1.1.1 update “fixed a serious bug affecting game balance.”

Riot Games and co-founders donate $1.5 million to coronavirus relief

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Riot Games and co-founders donate $1.5 million to coronavirus relief

Riot Games and co-founders Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill are donating $500,000 each to help novel coronavirus relief organizations, according to a report from The Wrap.

Out of the $1.5 million total, $400,000 will be going to the Los Angeles Food Bank and $200,000 will go to the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, which will help ease the cost of healthcare, senior meals, and other similar people who may need the help.

Sega has a new mascot with a cool history

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Sega has a new mascot with a cool history

Sega has had its share of successful and not-so-successful mascots (sorry, Alex Kidd, we know you tried) over the years, but few have been as cool as Segata Sanshiro, the star of late ’90s advertisements for the Sega Saturn. Segata Sanshiro was a no-nonsense martial arts master who encouraged people to play Saturn games like Sonic R, Shining Force 3, and Burning Rangers after severely beating their asses.

Segata Sanshiro had an amazing theme song, and he worked out by lugging around (and punching) a giant white Sega Saturn. Though short-lived, he is justifiably more famous among Sega fans than the lovable middle-management mascot Hidekazu Yukawa, a Dreamcast-era executive who was on the receiving end of beatdowns from PlayStation-loving kids in Japanese TV commercials.

America has its own board game awards now, here are the winners

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America has its own board game awards now, here are the winners

More good news for everyone stuck at home during the pandemic. The second annual American Tabletop Awards were announced on Tuesday, and the committee has some excellent suggestions for you, your friends, and your family. Best of all, these aren’t niche titles that you had to order on Kickstarter three years ago to get copies of, but widely available commercial releases. If you’re eager to get some fresh new games into your collection, here’s where to start.

The American Tabletop Awards are the United States board game industry’s answer to the Spiel des Jahris, Germany’s world-renowned tabletop awards program. It’s also a healthy alternative to the Golden Geek Awards handed out by the community at Board Game Geek, which in my opinion has begun to veer slightly out of touch with everyday fans of the hobby. The result is a delightfully diverse committee backed by a robust code of conduct, with transparency and clear provisions against conflicts of interest.

5 digital games worth your tabletop group’s time

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5 digital games worth your tabletop group’s time

Getting a group of people together to play a board game for an evening can be challenging even under the best of circumstances. That’s why the folks who have a regular board gaming group are so lucky. They’ve found a community of like-minded individuals willing to go down the rabbit hole into Cones of Dunshire territory on a regular basis. But the ongoing coronavirus pandemic’s requirements for social distancing don’t mean you have to cancel board game night and risk losing your existing group’s momentum.

While fans of tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons have solutions of their own, there are many different options for playing hobby board games online. Here are five of the best around.

Soccer commentator hyping Animal Crossing is the best thing I’ve seen all week

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Soccer commentator hyping Animal Crossing is the best thing I’ve seen all week

Thanks to coronavirus, sports no longer exist, at least for now. But the people who work in sports are still around, of course, as are video games, which means there’s still plenty of ways to keep the public thoroughly entertained.

Kosuke Hiraiwa is a former announcer for the Asahi Broadcasting Corporation in Japan, who now bills himself as a voice actor and esports caster. Recently, Hirawa took up the mantle again to commentate over Animal Crossing: New Horizons as if it were a sports match. The catch is that what folks do in the life sim is much more subdued than you might find in, say, a soccer game — and the contrast is hilarious. Hirawa gets pumped for the villager’s axe swap to chop down some fruit. While I can’t understand everything that he’s saying, I don’t need to. The enthusiasm is enough.