Pakistani game developers denied a visa for GDC made a game about it instead

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Pakistani game developers denied a visa for GDC made a game about it instead

Two game developers from Pakistan who were denied U.S. visas to attend the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco have made a game about their experience. The stated goal is to draw attention to issues faced by those attempting to travel into the United States from Muslim countries. Restrictions have been on the rise since the election of President Donald Trump in 2016.

Trying to Fly was created as part of the Global Game Jam, which took place Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, by Bisma Zia, Anam Sajid, and Ali Hamza. Both Zia and Sajid had previously been awarded scholarships by the Independent Game Developers Association (IGDA) to attend GDC. But, when they applied for visas to enter the U.S. for GDC in March, they were denied. Similar stories have played out over the past few years, impacting residents of Iran, Syria, and other predominantly Muslim countries.

Fallout 76’s Steam version and human NPCs arrive in April

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Fallout 76’s Steam version and human NPCs arrive in April

Fallout 76’s big Wastelanders update will be released on April 7 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, Bethesda Softworks confirmed on Tuesday. The free update to the online role-playing game will offer players an all-new main story quest, a revamped version of the game’s original quest, as well as human non-player characters to interact with.

Bethesda will also bring Fallout 76 to Steam for the first time. Previously, the Windows PC version of the game was exclusive to the publisher’s own Bethesda.net launcher. If you’re thinking of making the switch between the Bethesda.net version and Steam, there’s an important caveat from Bethesda:

Saints Row 4: Re-elected arrives on Nintendo Switch in March

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Saints Row 4: Re-elected arrives on Nintendo Switch in March

Just in time for the 2020 primaries, Saints Row 4 is being released for the Nintendo Switch. The news came today via Amazon, which beat the formal announcement with a listing of a pre-order online. Titled Saints Row 4: Re-elected, the game will be out on March 27 for $39.99. There’s also an official trailer, embedded above and on YouTube.

Originally developed by Deep Silver Volition, Saints Row 4 puts players in the shoes of a super-powered version of the President of the United States and tasks them with defending our planet from the Zin aliens. The over-the-top action game features a variety of bizarre weapons, including the infamous Dubstep gun that forces enemies to dance in place. The game was both a critical and a commercial success when it launched it first launched in 2013.

Blizzard apologizes for the condition of Warcraft 3: Reforged, promises action

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Blizzard apologizes for the condition of Warcraft 3: Reforged, promises action

Warcraft 3: Reforged, a remake of the classic real-time strategy game, launched into controversy last week. Consumers say that the title doesn’t live up to expectations Blizzard set when the game was announced in 2018. Making matters worse, the update functionally alters how the original game works online. Now Blizzard has apologized, and laid out its plans for the future.

“We want to say we’re sorry to those of you who didn’t have the experience you wanted,” Blizzard said on its forums, “and we’d like to share our plans for what’s coming next.”

YouTuber mods treadmill to play Death Stranding

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YouTuber mods treadmill to play Death Stranding

YouTuber Allen Pan hooked a treadmill up to his PlayStation 4 to play Death Stranding. And based on Pan’s 15’s minute video, it works exactly as you think it should.

Being a game all about walking, Pan wanted to design a controller to play Death Stranding the way it was “meant to be played.” Under the guise of maintaining his New Year’s fitness resolution, Pan found a broken treadmill on the street and made it DualShock 4 compatible.

Nintendo’s new Fire Emblem subscription service is angering fans

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Nintendo’s new Fire Emblem subscription service is angering fans

Fire Emblem Heroes, the mobile take on Nintendo’s long-running strategy series, just turned three years old. The game is celebrating the anniversary in all the usual ways: free in-game currency, summons, and challenge maps. But it seems the fanbase is far from thrilled. The sticking point? A subscription service called “Feh Pass.”

A Feh Pass subscription will cost $9.49 a month and will include a handful of new features, some expected, some not. Purely cosmetic skins for existing characters? A handful of bonus quests that can only be completed by subscribers? Sure, that’s fine. But the Feh Pass goes a lot further than that, with statistical boosts awarded only to those who pay up. A handful of gameplay-impacting upgrades (mostly centered around boosted stats) will give subscribers a slight edge in competitive modes.

Pokémon Go February Community Day will feature Rhyhorn

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Pokémon Go February Community Day will feature Rhyhorn

After a player vote, the star of the next Pokémon Go Community Day has been chosen: Rhyhorn.

The Community Day will be on Feb. 22. For players in the northern hemisphere, it’ll take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in your local time zone. For players in the southern hemisphere, it’ll take place from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. in your local time zone.

Blizzard is offering automatic refunds for Warcraft 3: Reforged

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Blizzard is offering automatic refunds for Warcraft 3: Reforged

Warcraft 3: Reforged has not had a good first week. With player complaints that the game changed too much and rampant technical issues, the relaunch isn’t living up to Warcraft 3’s illustrious legacy. Seemingly aware of the game’s flaws, Blizzard is now offering instant refunds for Warcraft 3: Reforged via tickets on its website.

According to fans on the subreddit, Blizzard support will grant players a refund regardless of how much time they’ve spent on the game. User krOnicLTD played the final version of Warcraft 3: Reforged for over five hours, and still received a refund without issue. Many other users in the comment section echoed how easy the process was, and confirmed their ability to refund the game using the link above.

What’s changing in The Wonderful 101: Remastered

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What’s changing in The Wonderful 101: Remastered

PlatinumGames is bringing its 2013 Wii U game, The Wonderful 101, to Nintendo Switch — and possibly PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, if the developer’s Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign is wildly successful. That transition from the Wii U to other platforms will mean some changes for The Wonderful 101: Remastered, according to game director Hideki Kamiya. It’s also a chance to fix a few issues with the original.

In an interview with Polygon at Tokyo Game Show 2019 in September, Kamiya said that PlatinumGames was happy with the size and content included in the original The Wonderful 101. It’s one of Platinum’s biggest games, he noted. But the Wii U version wasn’t a success, Kamiya said, and he wants to bring the game to more players.

Platinum’s The Wonderful 101 coming to Switch in remastered form

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Platinum’s The Wonderful 101 coming to Switch in remastered form

PlatinumGames is bringing back The Wonderful 101, the developer’s 2013 Wii U game, in “remastered” form for Nintendo Switch. This time, however, Platinum isn’t working with the game’s former publisher, Nintendo, but is turning to Kickstarter to crowdfund development of The Wonderful 101: Remastered — with plans to bring the game to PlayStation 4 and Windows PC as well.

The Wonderful 101: Remastered’s Kickstarter campaign launches today. The developer is asking for about $50,000 in crowdfunding to remaster and self-publish the game on Switch. If Platinum raises $250,000, it will bring the game to PC via Steam. And at the $500,000 crowdfunding mark, it plans to release a PS4 version of The Wonderful 101: Remastered.