Go inside a sarlacc and underneath Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order in this video

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Go inside a sarlacc and underneath Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order in this video

The latest episode of YouTube’s Boundary Break detaches the camera from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and shows everyone what’s going on behind Oz’s curtain. Some of it is just simply the way programmers, designers and modelers manage resources for the sake of efficiency, but there are a few secrets that will raise an eyebrow or two.

The AT-AT sequence is a good example of how Respawn Entertainment managed the seamless scene changes that make Fallen Order feel so cinematic even as you’re playing through it. The real highlight, though, is a left-over object buried on the Kashyyyk level, which says METROIDVANIA TEST STAY CALM.

Duck Hunt’s next platform? Your Christmas tree

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Duck Hunt’s next platform? Your Christmas tree

Christmas has already passed. 2020 is already here, too, and if your Christmas decorations aren’t down yet you might be a monster. So yes, it’s a little late to add more boughs of holly to the mantel. But, we’ve found something you might want to start preparing for next year: a playable version of the Nintendo classic Duck Hunt for your Christmas tree.

Spotted by Hackaday, YouTube creator wermy put together a version of Duck Hunt designed to be played on your tree. He created the game using a base with a screen — the TV-shaped ornament — and some Arduino boards linked up to 3D-printed parts. Here’s how it works: an Arduino board inside the zapper helps link the gun up to the different duck ornaments hanging on the tree; the ducks, too, are hooked up to the TV ornament. The ducks light up at random. To score points, you’ve got to hit ‘em — just like in the regular version of the game. The Arduino inside the TV ornament keeps score, and will keep the game running until you miss a duck.

Mario Maker 2 now has Zelda Kaizo levels, and they’re totally wild

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Mario Maker 2 now has Zelda Kaizo levels, and they’re totally wild

Platforming aficionados have enjoyed Kaizo levels for over a decade now, with endless Mario deaths simply becoming a routine part of the experience. But with Super Mario Maker 2’s introduction of a Link power-up last month, the rules for extremely hard courses have been rewritten.

Link does not work entirely like Mario, for one thing. Link can shoot arrows, he can dash, he has a shield, and he has bombs. All of these abilities have been put to the test by course-makers who are developing complex levels built with Link in mind, as you can see in the clip below by speedrunner GrandPooBear.

Twitch offering 10 games for free this month

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Twitch offering 10 games for free this month

Ten games are free in January for Twitch Prime members: Dandara, Anarcute, Kingdom: New Lands, A Normal Lost Phone, Splasher, Enter the Gungeon, Ape Out, Witcheye, Gato Roboto, and Heave Ho.

The 10 games are available to download for free until early February; some are listed for download until Feb. 1, others until Feb. 3. It’s a good bunch of games to start off 2020 — Ape Out, in particular, is a perfect post-holiday stress reliever. There’s stuff to smash!

Grand Theft Auto 5 added to Xbox Game Pass

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Grand Theft Auto 5 added to Xbox Game Pass

Grand Theft Auto 5, the 2013 title from Rockstar Games, has been added to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. Players with a Game Pass subscription can now access the game for free on Xbox One.

It might not seem like such a big deal for a seven-year old game — but despite its age, Grand Theft Auto 5 is still wildly popular. It remains one of the most-viewed games on livestreaming platform Twitch, and is regularly in the top five games played on Steam. Folks with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Live Gold will have access to Grand Theft Auto Online, too — the online service that Rockstar Games continuously updates.

Minecraft’s servers aren’t shutting down, contrary to internet prank

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Minecraft’s servers aren’t shutting down, contrary to internet prank

Despite what the internet may or may not have told you, Minecraft isn’t shutting down its servers on Dec. 21, 2020.

This prodigious rumor appears to come from prank site Channel45news.com, which published a “story” that was picked up by a major search engine and promoted alongside legitimate outlets in its news feed. For those unaware, Channel45news is a website designed for pranks that lets you generate a headline of your choosing. In this case, that headline was, “Minecraft will shut down their servers in late 2020.”

Epic Game Store starts 2020 strong with three free games

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Epic Game Store starts 2020 strong with three free games

Epic gave away a new game for free each day at the end of 2019. But in 2020, the studio’s own launcher — the Epic Games Store — offers three free games for the platform: Darksiders, Darksiders 2, and Steep.

The original Darksiders came out almost exactly 10 years ago. It’s a Zelda-like, with new abilities opening up old locations. The differences from Nintendo’s family-friendly elf simulator come in Darksiders’ angels versus demons, Dante’s Inferno aesthetic.

Awesome Games Done Quick 2020: what to watch during speedrunning’s biggest week

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2020: what to watch during speedrunning’s biggest week

Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), the annual charity speedrunning marathon, is back this year for its 10th anniversary livestream. Things kick off Sunday, Jan. 5 at 11:30 a.m. EST and run all week long until Saturday, Jan. 11. You can find the entire schedule at the official website, but here are our picks for what to watch over the coming week.

For the uninitiated, speedrunning is the art of moving through a video game as quickly as possible. There’s a number of ways to make a run, from “100%” (playing through the entire game, start to finish) to “any%” (making it to the end of the game by any means possible). The scene has even more obscure terms, most of which you can find in a handy online glossary.

Isabelle is just as excited for Animal Crossing: New Horizons as we are

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Isabelle is just as excited for Animal Crossing: New Horizons as we are

The good news? We’re now in the year of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The bad news? It’s still a few months away.

Ahead of New Horizons’ March 20 release date, Nintendo today dropped a new trailer giving players a quick look at the game. The best news? Isabelle is featured heavily in the clip. A whole bunch of other villagers, too.