Nier: Automata’s promised Steam patch coming July 15

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Nier: Automata’s promised Steam patch coming July 15

Square Enix’s promised update for the Windows PC version of Nier: Automata is coming this Thursday, according to an update on the game’s Steam page. The Steam-specific patch will include updates to stabilize Nier: Automata’s frame rate, as well as add 4K resolution textures for certain visuals, and additional graphics tweaks.

Nier: Automata’s Steam patch was announced in April, shortly after the game came to Game Pass for PC and players noticed that that version was technically superior to the previously released version available through Valve’s digital storefront.

Beware the dog fart death laser

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Beware the dog fart death laser

We’re all used to trying to pet the dog in games. However, what happens when the pup isn’t all that friendly? Well you get we have a Clifford-sized mutt whose butthole is the source of a giant death ray and other attacks fit for the bullet-hell genre.

We have this and more in Cool WIP, Polygon’s weekly roundup of eye-catching clips and screenshots of works in progress. Each week, the Polygon staff scours the internet and highlights eye-catching games — especially those that aren’t finished yet. It’s a sampling of the coolest up-and-coming projects that you can’t play quite yet.

A copy of Super Mario 64 sold for $1.5M, raising eyebrows

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A copy of Super Mario 64 sold for $1.5M, raising eyebrows

Last week, a game cartridge of The Legend of Zelda sold for $870,000, the highest price ever paid for a video game at auction. But The Legend of Zelda only held that record for a few days before it was figuratively butt-stomped into second place. Over the weekend, a sealed copy of Super Mario 64 sold for $1.56 million at Heritage Auctions.

This moment has been approaching for a while, as video games and other nostalgic media have been increasing in popularity and mainstream appeal (and, importantly, price) over the past couple years. But video game preservation and history experts were surprised to see Super Mario 64 breach that record, despite the pristine quality of the copy. Super Mario 64 is not a particularly rare game; Nintendo sold millions of copies since it was first released in 1996.

Elite Dangerous’ Odyssey update delayed indefinitely for consoles

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Elite Dangerous’ Odyssey update delayed indefinitely for consoles

Elite Dangerous is currently in turmoil, and developer Frontier Developments is taking steps to get the situation under control. The recent Odyssey update caused issues, leading to frame-rate drops, buggy planet generation, and other issues. Fixing up Odyssey has changed the timeline of Elite Dangerous’s other updates, and fans have been frustrated.

Console players are going to have to wait to get their hands on Odyssey while Frontier Developments fixes up the PC version of the game. The Odyssey update was a massive undertaking, tens of thousands of new places to go and the ability to explore worlds on foot. It was originally meant to arrive on consoles on fall 2021. There is no new release date as of yet.

Demon’s Souls speedrun uses PS5-exclusive tricks to break the game in new ways

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Demon’s Souls speedrun uses PS5-exclusive tricks to break the game in new ways

If you’ve ever watched a speedrun of a FromSoftware-developed game, like Bloodborne or Dark Souls, you know how those displays of expert-level gaming tend to go: Speedrunners literally run through most of the game, avoiding combat when they can, and exploit seams in the environment to access areas that are supposed to be out of bounds. There’s also plenty of intentional loading and reloading of saves to reset the game world.

But speedruns of last year’s Demon’s Souls remake for PlayStation 5 tap into some unexpected exploits, including one that’s exclusive to PlayStation Plus subscribers and another that capitalizes on the remake’s graphics settings to break the game.

LeBron James is coming to Fortnite

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LeBron James is coming to Fortnite

LeBron James is the newest Fortnite Icon skin. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar, and soon to be Space Jam 2 leading man, will arrive in the game with his own unique outfits and accessories on Wednesday.

James’ Fortnite skin includes three specially designed outfits for players to choose from. Among these skins is a Taco Tuesday-themed option, and a Tune Squad option that features James in his uniform from the upcoming movie Space Jam: A New Legacy. The skins also comes with the King’s Back Bling, and can be bought in a bundle that includes the Wingspan Glider, Lion Pickaxe, and the Silencer Emote — one of James’ signature on-court celebrations.

The 10 best SGDQ 2021 runs to watch after this weekend

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The 10 best SGDQ 2021 runs to watch after this weekend

Over the last week, charity and video game fans have converged for the Summer Games Done Quick event. Speedrunners from around the world came together to run their favorite games, while organizers gave away prizes and offered incentive bonuses for donations. The organization routinely raises thousands for various charities, and this year participants raised $2.8 million for Doctors Without Borders.

If you’re unfamiliar with SGDQ or its winter iteration, Awesome Games Done Quick, speed-runners attempt to beat games as quickly as possible, often by glitching the game or using special techniques. Runners in this SGDQ played games of all kinds and ages, from classics like Kirby Super Star from 1996 to 2020’s Demon’s Souls remake. The event was mostly online for the second year in a row due to the pandemic.

Hideo Kojima doesn’t like calling Death Stranding: Director’s Cut a ‘Director’s Cut’

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Hideo Kojima doesn’t like calling Death Stranding: Director’s Cut a ‘Director’s Cut’

Kojima Productions’ dystopian delivery adventure Death Stranding is getting a rerelease on PlayStation 5, which will be known as Death Stranding: Director’s Cut. That’s a name that one might think that Death Stranding game director, writer, and designer Hideo Kojima would appreciate, but no. Kojima says that he’s not really on board with the concept of a “Director’s Cut” of Death Stranding, a description that he argues is better reserved for film, specifically when creatively compromised by outside factors.

“A director’s cut in a movie is an additional edit to a shortened version that was either released reluctantly because the director did not have the right to edit it, or because the running time had to be shortened,” Kojima said in a pair of tweets. “In the game, it is not what was cut, but what was additionally produced that was included [...] So, in my opinion, I don’t like to call ‘director’s cut’.”

Stardew Valley mod fixes one of its biggest annoyances 

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Stardew Valley mod fixes one of its biggest annoyances 

Stardew Valley is the game that just keeps on giving. Since its release in 2016, it has seen more than its fair share of generous updates. However, there’s still little things you could improve here and there. Thanks to a mod from Shekurika, one part of the game just got a little easier to play: fishing. If you use it, you’ll be able to see the fish below the water.

Usually in Stardew Valley, you cast your line onto the the blank slate of the open water. Unlike similar games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you don't see shadows of fish or even a disturbance on the surface of the water. Oftentimes, you’ll have to cast your lure in a few spots before you get a bite. This mod changes the game so you’ll be able see all the fish’s sprites spawn in the water. That way, you know exactly where to place your lure if you’re looking for a specific fish to flesh out your collection or complete a recipe.

Legend of Zelda cartridge sells for record $870,000 at auction

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Legend of Zelda cartridge sells for record $870,000 at auction

A sealed cartridge of The Legend of Zelda sold on Friday for $870,000, making it the highest-priced video game ever sold at auction. The sale broke the previous record, held by the sale of a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. that went for $660,000 in April. Both games were sold by Heritage Auctions, and the price on each includes a 20% buyer’s fee.

The deal dwarfs previous sales of The Legend of Zelda conducted by the auctioning site. Prior to this, another high-end cartridge of the game sold for $50,400 in September of 2020, making this sale roughly 17 times the price of that earlier one.