Fallout 76 wearable helmet recalled because of dangerous mold

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Fallout 76 wearable helmet recalled because of dangerous mold

A collectible helmet, produced to celebrate the launch of Fallout 76, is being recalled because it contains dangerous levels of mold. While no incidents or injuries have been reported at this time, consumers are urged to contact the retailer and return the product for a full refund.

The helmet, produced by Chronicle Collectibles and sold online by GameStop, originally retailed for $149.99. According to unboxing videos on YouTube, the Nuka Cola-themed helmet is nearly identical to the standard gray helmet included with the Fallout 76 collector’s edition. An announcement made on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission website warned that the inner liner of the helmet can contain dangerous levels of mold.

Mario Kart Tour adds Pauline to the racing roster

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Mario Kart Tour adds Pauline to the racing roster

Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo’s free-to-play kart racing game for mobile devices, officially launches on Sept. 25, and will feature a brand-new addition to the Mario Kart roster: Pauline.

Pauline is, of course, the Mario series’ original damsel-in-distress character. She debuted in arcade game Donkey Kong, but in Mario Kart Tour, she’ll appear in the form many people are more recently familiar with: as the mayor of New Donk City from Super Mario Odyssey. A new trailer for Mario Kart Tour offers a peek at Pauline in action and a primer about how the mobile kart racer plays.

Police reportedly investigating organized crime link to Australian Overwatch Contenders team

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Police reportedly investigating organized crime link to Australian Overwatch Contenders team

An Australian Overwatch Contenders team is under investigation for alleged links to organized crime, Australian news site ABC reported yesterday.

Police in Victoria, Australia’s Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit told ABC that “betting anomalies” were reported for an Australian Overwatch Contenders team’s matches. There are eight teams participating in the Australian Overwatch Contenders event — Athletico, Ground Zero Gaming, Legacy Esports, Melbourne Mavericks, Mindfreak G, Order, Sydney Drop Bears, and Warriors — but the team under investigation was not named.

PlayStation 5 will consume less power in effort to combat climate change

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PlayStation 5 will consume less power in effort to combat climate change

The video game industry is banding together to combat climate change, with Sony Interactive Entertainment committing to lowering the power consumption of its next-generation PlayStation — at least while it’s in suspend mode — in an effort save more electricity.

In a statement from Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan on the PlayStation Blog, the company announced that the “next generation PlayStation console will include the possibility to suspend gameplay with much lower power consumption than PS4 (which we estimate can be achieved at around 0.5 W). If just one million users enable this feature, it would save equivalent to the average electricity use of 1,000 US homes.”

Untitled Goose Game speedrunner beats the game in under 7 minutes

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Untitled Goose Game speedrunner beats the game in under 7 minutes

House House released Untitled Goose Game a matter of days ago, and speedrunners have already mastered the title. On Monday afternoon, speed runner MonkeyKingHero managed to post the first sub-seven minute run.

Untitled Goose Game isn’t a long experience — even if you aren’t speedrunning — and took some Polygon staffers about three hours to tackle their first time through. Seven minutes is quite an improvement on that, and a lot of speedrunning progress to make in only a few days.

Link’s Awakening fans are butting up against the game’s bullshit crane game

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Link’s Awakening fans are butting up against the game’s bullshit crane game

Players who picked up the Nintendo Switch remake of the classic action adventure game The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening last week have started to flow into the game’s Trendy Game shop, where you can bet some rupees for a chance of winning something in a crane game. Trendy Game was available in the original Game Boy title, but unlike that iteration, the remake uses physics to determine whether or not you get the object. This means that it’s surprisingly easy to not get anything even if you hook the item.

It’s total bullshit. But also, the whole thing probably plays more realistically now — crane games are hardly fair. Still, it’s hilarious to watch people grab items cleanly, only to have the conveyor belt fail them, or to have it slip out of reach anyway. On Twitter, players are sharing footage of crane fails, as well as bemoaning the whole experience.

Google’s new gaming subscription includes 350 games and apps for $4.99 a month

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Google’s new gaming subscription includes 350 games and apps for $4.99 a month

Last week, Apple released its game subscription service, Apple Arcade. Now, Google is following suit with its own subscription service for Android devices — Google Play Pass.

A Play Pass subscription costs $4.99 per month, just like Apple Arcade, with a limited time offer to subscribe for $1.99 a month for the first 12 months. (The first 10 days are free with a trial, too.) Google said more than 350 apps and games for Android will be available in Play Pass, with no ads or in-app purchases.

Switch game lets you change the UI to match your new Switch Lite

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Switch game lets you change the UI to match your new Switch Lite

The people behind action-platformer Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom are taking advantage of the new Nintendo Switch Lite in a cool but subtle way. A recent update for the game now lets players customize the game’s user interface to match the color of their Switch Lite.

A new patch (version 1.0.5 of Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom) offers some colorful new options for the game’s menus and other UI elements. Players can choose from six color schemes: yellow, turquoise, red, pink, gray, and green. On Twitter, publisher FDG Entertainment showed the new feature in action running on a yellow and turquoise Switch Lite.

Exclusive first look at Bee and PuppyCat’s long-awaited return

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Exclusive first look at Bee and PuppyCat’s long-awaited return

After three years, popular web series Bee and PuppyCat returns with a new series called Bee and PuppyCat: Lazy in Space. The first episode, “Little Fingers,” will debut on Sept. 25 at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. An exclusive look at the first episode shows PuppyCat’s newfound fascination with the world of mobile gaming. The debts that this precocious little alien accrues prompts him and Bee to take a new job.

What started as a short two-part episode in 2013 quickly gained online popularity and became the most successful animation Kickstarter at the time. The first four episodes of Bee and PuppyCat aired on YouTube in late 2014. The next six were originally supposed to follow suit, but ended up being released two years later on digital aggregation platform VRV. Because of this gap, some fans didn’t even realize new episodes were made. The remaining episodes are now available on YouTube.