No Man’s Sky new social hub, Nexus, vastly changes multiplayer

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No Man’s Sky new social hub, Nexus, vastly changes multiplayer

The biggest piece of No Man’s Sky’s summer 2019 update (called Beyond) is the Nexus. It’s a social/mission hub in the style of Destiny’s Tower, where players can meet up and engage in various activities.

Beyond goes live on Aug. 12 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, transforming what was originally a single-player game into a world of multiplayer possibilities. Although No Man’s Sky had a difficult launch back in 2016, the game has improved immeasurably, partly due to developer Hello Games’ hard work and partly as a result of player feedback.

Skullgirls team’s RPG Indivisible launches in October

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Skullgirls team’s RPG Indivisible launches in October

Skullgirls developer Lab Zero Games will release its next game, the Valkyrie Profile and Super Metroid-inspired action role-playing game Indivisible, on Oct. 8, publisher 505 Games announced on Thursday.

Indivisible is coming to Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One in early October, with a Nintendo Switch version also in development and arriving at a later date. Indivisible stars Ajna, a “good-natured tomboy with a rebellious streak” who goes on a quest to discover the truth behind mysterious powers that emerge when her rural town is attacked. On her journey she’ll be joined by a variety of playable heroes and learn new abilities to traverse the environments and defeat enemies.

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz remaster ditches motion controls

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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz remaster ditches motion controls

Sega’s HD remaster of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz — originally released for Wii in 2006 — will do away with the motion control of the original in favor of “tightened analog controls” that have been optimized for each platform, Sega said in a press release today.

When Banana Blitz was released for Wii, the game was criticized for its reliance on motion controls via the Wii Remote, giving the already challenging Super Monkey Ball gameplay an even more difficult learning curve.

A portable Nintendo Switch dock is blowing up on Kickstarter

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A portable Nintendo Switch dock is blowing up on Kickstarter

The team over at Genki is Kickstarting a new project for Nintendo Switch: a portable dock.

The current Nintendo Switch dock is clunky and isn’t that great if you want to travel with your console. Genki is offering a simple charging brick that also serves as a dock for the Switch. The covert dock will also work if you want to put other things on your screen, like your tablet or phone.

Konami confirms seven more games for TurboGrafx-16 mini

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Konami confirms seven more games for TurboGrafx-16 mini

Konami announced the final final lineup for its TurboGrafx-16 mini retro console on Thursday, bringing the total list of games from 50 to 57. The seven newly confirmed games includes TurboGrafx-16 horror beat-’em-up Splatterhouse and Japanese-language PC Engine arcade shooters like Dragon Spirit and Galaga ’88.

Here’s the list of new additions coming to the TurboGrafx-16 mini (and PC Engine mini for Japan):

Mario Maker 2 wizard builds an in-game calculator

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Mario Maker 2 wizard builds an in-game calculator

Ever needed to do your homework while also playing video games at the same time? Say no more. Super Mario Maker 2 is here to help.

If this sounds familiar, you might be thinking of the calculator built in the first Mario Maker, back in 2016 — except this time around, Mario Maker 2’s calculator has increased number-crunching capabilities. In this mechanical monstrosity, players can choose any number between 0 and 9 for simple math problems. The game will take care of the rest.

New No Man’s Sky trailer offers more clues about its Beyond update

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New No Man’s Sky trailer offers more clues about its Beyond update

No Man’s Sky developer Hello Games released another trailer for its new update to space-faring adventure No Man’s Sky on Thursday. Called Beyond, the three-pronged update is due for free release on Aug. 12 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, as well as virtual reality platforms.

The new trailer follows a teaser video released last week, though this time there are plenty of visual clues that augment information already known. The trailer begins with the player character walking on a planet inhabited by other players, evidently doing their own thing, in the way of a multiplayer world.

Medieval city-builder Foundation is a welcome escape from reality

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Medieval city-builder Foundation is a welcome escape from reality

On Monday morning, I struggled to get out of bed. I felt a strong need to conceal myself from a hostile world, where so many people are angry and scared; where the news is horrible and social media is a hate-swamp.

I pulled the duvet over my head, and thought about how I needed to spend the day playing a game — any game — that might ease my anxiety. I grabbed my computer, dug through my Steam library, and found the perfect little haven.

Pokémon Sword and Shield let Pokémon get jobs in Galar’s gig economy

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Pokémon Sword and Shield let Pokémon get jobs in Galar’s gig economy

One new feature coming to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield that wasn’t touched on in today’s video update is something called Poké Jobs, which lets Pokémon pick up freelance work across the Galar region.

According to the official Pokémon website, Poké Jobs consist of part-time work at corporations and universities. Trainers can look for Poké Jobs at the Rotomi at Pokémon Centers. Examples include construction work (probably a good fit for a Machoke), cooking, and farming. One Poké Job listing advertised is titled “to protect our investments,” which either means some security-type gig or street-level enforcer work for the Galar mafia. The former is probably a safer bet.

FTC panel reveals troubling relationship between streamers and loot box creators

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FTC panel reveals troubling relationship between streamers and loot box creators

In a remarkable exchange today in Washington D.C. the leader of a major management company for YouTube and Twitch celebrities said that a video game publisher has approached his clients to willfully misrepresent how loot boxes work. Omeed Dariani, CEO of Online Performers Group (OPG), also expressed frustration with online video platforms regarding required disclosures of paid advertisements during livestreams.

The remarks were made today and broadcast live online during a daylong loot box workshop hosted by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Dariani was invited to participate in the first panel of the day as his organization represents dozens of content creators, including Jose Antonio “Angry Joe” Vargas and Major League Baseball pitcher Trevor May.