Nintendo’s Mario Kart mobile game finally getting real-time multiplayer

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Nintendo’s Mario Kart mobile game finally getting real-time multiplayer

Nintendo is bringing real-time multiplayer to Mario Kart Tour, the mobile version of the kart racing series that launched last September, on March 8 at 8 a.m. PT. Nintendo has been testing online multiplayer in Mario Kart Tour since December.

When Mario Kart Tour was first released, players could only battle against computer-controlled opponents, even if it looked like they were up against other human players. Nintendo has promised a real-time multiplayer update since launch, but it’s taken some time to get here.

Here’s what you need to know about Valorant’s two launch maps

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Here’s what you need to know about Valorant’s two launch maps

Riot’s new tactical shooter, Valorant, is all about challenging players’ skills. But while precise aim and careful ability use may be the stars of the game, the maps players actually compete on are its unsung heroes.

According to Salvatore Garozzo, a senior game designer on Valorant who works on the game’s maps team, the design of each map starts with a unique idea. Garozzo refers to this idea as the “puzzle” of each map.

If you think this game is unfair, you can appeal directly to the creator

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If you think this game is unfair, you can appeal directly to the creator

When we play video games, the rules are set. Updates can change how games work, but typically these alterations happen after some time and deliberation by the developers. But what if you could challenge a video game’s mechanics in real time?

Maybe this sounds far-fetched, but it’s already a reality in Spelltower+, a beefed-up 2020 re-release of the classic word game. Like the original mobile game, you spell out words by dragging your finger across letters; the longer the word, the higher your score. Multipliers can enlarge your scores, but you have to be careful — stringing together words can sometimes cause the “tower” of letters holding everything together to fall apart, leaving you with fewer building blocks.

Destiny 2’s next season adding Exotic Tommy Gun

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Destiny 2’s next season adding Exotic Tommy Gun

On March 10, Destiny 2: Season of the Worthy kicks off a new fight to save the Last City. In this season, players will work with Commander Zavala, Ana Bray, and the Warmind, Rasputin, to save the Almighty ship from crashing into the Traveler.

According to a post from Bungie detailing some new activities, players have a variety of ways to fight back. Guardians will arm Rasputin during the new Seraph Towers public events, and complete Seraph Bunkers, Legendary versions of Destiny 2’s Lost Sectors.

Your home computer can help scientists fight coronavirus while you’re not using it

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Your home computer can help scientists fight coronavirus while you’re not using it

A new collaboration between the Folding@home Consortium and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center allows individuals to use their personal computers to help fight coronavirus. A free client is available to download right now, and will connect your PC to a massive distributed computational network. The complex computer models created by the collaboration will contribute to efforts to find a cure.

Also known as COVID-19, the novel coronavirus attaches to the human lung using a “viral spike protein.” Any search for a remedy must target this spike, neutralizing its ability to attach itself to healthy lung cells. However, scientists don’t currently have complete understanding of how the spike even works.

Watch Baby Yoda slaughter a town of stormtroopers in this Battlefront 2 mod

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Watch Baby Yoda slaughter a town of stormtroopers in this Battlefront 2 mod

A clever new mod features a playable “Baby Yoda” in Star Wars Battlefront 2 on PC. It replaces the skin used for BB-8 with a dead-ringer for The Child as seen in The Mandalorian on Disney Plus. We’ve embedded video of the little critter above, and it’s also available on YouTube.

In case you haven’t been keeping tabs on EA’s once controversial first-person shooter, there have been quite a few additions since its release in 2017. In December, developers at EA DICE announced they would be adding BB-8 as a playable character. Poe Dameron’s second-best friend arrived with a few killer special abilities in January. The mod makes good use of the model, although you can see some of its bits and bobs poking out through Baby Yoda’s pod every now and then.

Bloodstained’s $5M stretch goal ‘roguelike’ mode dropped for ‘randomizer’

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Bloodstained’s $5M stretch goal ‘roguelike’ mode dropped for ‘randomizer’

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been out since 2019, but players have been waiting on a promised “roguelike” mode for designer Koji Igarashi and developer ArtPlay’s crowdfunded game. But on Monday, Bloodstained publisher 505 Games announced the $5 million stretch goal won’t happen. Instead, players will have access to a new game mode called “Randomizer.”

Bloodstained’s game code — “created in the game’s early development” — was not compatible with roguelike gameplay, “especially a procedurally generated castle,” according to an update posted on Kickstarter.

Here’s how Riot plans to update Valorant’s characters and maps

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Here’s how Riot plans to update Valorant’s characters and maps

Few developers update their games as often as Riot updates League of Legends. Whether it’s new champions, reworked versions of old champions, or even simple balance updates, League of Legends feels like it’s always evolving. Later this year, Riot is bringing that same philosophy of frequent changes to Valorant, its new tactical shooter.

According to Riot’s development team, Valorant’s updates will take the form of new characters, called Agents, new maps, and frequent balance changes that will shift the meta. Riot doesn’t have any concrete plans for how often these changes will happen, but the company did share a few details with Polygon.

Atari revives Missile Command with ‘modern take’ for mobile

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Atari revives Missile Command with ‘modern take’ for mobile

Atari is reviving Missile Command with a new game that the company calls “a modern take” on the arcade classic for mobile devices. The launch of the game, called Missile Command: Recharged, coincides with this year’s 40th anniversary of the 1980 original.

Missile Command: Recharged maintains the same perspective of the original game, in which missile silos battle incoming rockets to protect civilian structures. Recharged uses a neon-colored visual design, a la classic arcade game re-imaginings like Pac Man Championship Edition and Space Invaders Extreme. Gameplay has been remixed, with power-ups, an upgrade system, and an augmented reality mode that projects gameplay onto a “virtual arcade cabinet.”