Beating this Super Mario Maker 2 level is harder than winning the lottery

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Beating this Super Mario Maker 2 level is harder than winning the lottery

To upload a level to Super Mario Maker 2, one must be able to beat it. Creator PangaeaPanga did just that, but you have a better chance of winning the lottery. Maybe play that instead? It pays better.

Cyber Security 101: Brute Force is a puzzle level whose object is “guess the number I’m thinking of,” and, by the way, that’s a number between zero and 99,999,999. And there are two of these eight-digit numbers. So on the off-off-off-off-off chance you get the first one right, congratulations, you are halfway there.

Tencent’s new mobile game looks like Overwatch, but even more anime

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Tencent’s new mobile game looks like Overwatch, but even more anime

Overwatch, Blizzard’s team hero shooter, has been trucking along since its launch in 2016. Now, the largest gaming company in the world, China-based Tencent, is taking its own swing at a mobile version of Overwatch. Ace Force is an original IP, with an anime art style and a cast of characters. Fans of Overwatch will recognize quite a lot from the gameplay in this trailer, from unleashing powerful abilities like a barrage of rockets to capturing objectives on a map.

We also get to see the cast of characters interact. The tone of the trailer suggests that these heroes go on missions, battle each other in climatic fights, and there’s some lore connecting these characters together.

An RPG made of beautiful ASCII drawings, and other undiscovered gems

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An RPG made of beautiful ASCII drawings, and other undiscovered gems

It’s fascinating to unpack what is necessary for a great game, and it’s usually less than you think. Stone Story, an RPG made from punctuation, letters, and numbers, achieves something deep and involving almost entirely with text, rarely using more than two colors.

When the right systems are there, very little else seems to matter. Let’s dive in with this week’s picks.

Evo 2019 attendees may have been exposed to the measles

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Evo 2019 attendees may have been exposed to the measles

Getting sick after a convention is nothing new. With thousands of people wandering around the same convention center, it’s no surprise that a few bugs would be passed around. But at Evo 2019, the biggest fighting game tournament of the year, the idea of convention illness was brought to new level: measles.

Late Thursday night, the Southern Nevada Health District released a report that a visitor to the Mandalay Bay and Luxor Hotel, who was there between Aug. 1 and Aug. 6, had a case of the measles. Evo 2019 was held Aug. 1 through Aug. 3 in roughly the same places, with most of the action happening in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, while meetups and warmups were held in the Luxor Hotel.

Boatload of new Galar battle mechanics revealed for Pokémon Sword and Shield

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Boatload of new Galar battle mechanics revealed for Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokémon Sword and Shield will not only bring new Pokémon and a new region, but also some pretty tight new battle mechanics.

In the game, coming Nov. 15, Pokémon will have new abilities and items that they can use. Our pal Galarian Wheezing, for instance, has the Neutralizing Gas ability, which nixes the ongoing effects of other Pokémon’s abilities. The trailer above shows how this works on Rotom’s Levitate; poor Rotom plummets to the ground.

Epic: Fortnite’s mech was designed so casuals could finally get a win

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Epic: Fortnite’s mech was designed so casuals could finally get a win

Fortnite players have been in an uproar since the start of the new season, which introduced mechs that are widely considered overpowered. At one point, detractors even got #removethemech trending on Twitter. Today, Epic defended why it’s not getting rid of the mech; and it’s largely for reasons you’d expect.

In a blog post, Epic acknowledges the backlash but gives a bit more insight into what it’s trying to accomplish with the Brute. The battle royale developer says it’s aware that some players have never managed to get a victory royale before, and the mechs provide a way to combat that problem.

Bungie is reworking the pursuit of Power in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep

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Bungie is reworking the pursuit of Power in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep

In the second part of franchise lead Luke Smith’s state-of-the-game post for Destiny 2, the developer revealed how players will continue to grow stronger in Shadowkeep.

According to Smith, some of the biggest frustrations for Destiny players come when they’re too under-leveled to play with their friends. To circumvent this, all loot — including what players already have in their inventories — will jump to the current cap of 750 with Shadowkeep’s release. In the free-to-play New Light, players will all start at 750 Power.

Cloud saves arrive in Epic Games Store update

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Cloud saves arrive in Epic Games Store update

The Epic Games Store’s latest update rolls out cloud save support, beginning with about 17 games and more to come later. It’s a long awaited feature for many users, and a point of comparison with Steam where Epic’s new storefront came up short.

Cloud saves are part of the latest monthly content update to the store. Epic points out that cloud saves already existed for all Ubisoft titles thanks to Uplay account integration, and some users noticed some games had begun adding in the feature as far back as June.

Destiny 2’s Titans are about to regain one of the best buffs from the first game

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Destiny 2’s Titans are about to regain one of the best buffs from the first game

Destiny 2’s Armor 2.0 system was the star of Bungie’s recent stream, but the studio also revealed some key quality-of-life changes coming to Destiny 2: Shadowkeep this fall.

When Bungie launches Shadowkeep on Oct. 1, the Glimmer cap will finally rise above 100,000. Guardians will be able to carry 250,000 Glimmer at a time, which should cut down on the amount of wasted currency dropping for players.