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Amazon warns customers PlayStation 5 pre-order could arrive late due to 'high demand'

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Did you pre-order a PlayStation 5 through Amazon? There's a chance you won't get it on launch day. Several people shared on Twitter emails received from Amazon warning their PS5 video game console they "may not receive this item on the day it is released due to high demand." Amazon confirmed the authenticity of the emails to USA TODAY. On Thursday, Sony opened up pre-orders of the PS5 after revealing details on the pricing and release of its highly-anticipated video game console.


'Tell Me Why' town of Delos Crossing should be a warning to future gamemakers

Washington Post - Technology News

"Tell Me Why" does not feel like a vaunted new standard or revolution in queer storytelling, especially in the face of an entire history of game development that actually engages with oppression. Puzzle-box houses, narrative design, and representation have come a long way in both mainstream games and the ever-prominent corporate-adjacent "indie." But a half a decade of queer and indigenous indie development has shaped the genre's landscape more than the corporate backing of Microsoft ever could. In a year where the trans coming-home story of "If Found…" and "Umurangi Generation's" own evolution of the walking sim achieved critical recognition with little to no advertising budget, "Tell Me Why's" grand entrance feels a bit overstated.


The Oculus Quest 2 is 'VR finally done right' — here's where to pre-order

Mashable

TL;DR: As of Sept. 18, Oculus Quest 2 VR headsets, accessories, and bundles are available to pre-order at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, GameStop, and at Oculus.com; the headset itself starts at $299 for 64GB of storage. Between the Nintendo Switch, the Xbox Series X, and the Playstation 5, 2020 is proving to be a huge year for video game consoles. But if initial reviews are to be believed, you're going to want to scoot the all-new Oculus Quest 2 to the top of your "must-buy" list. Announced at the Facebook Connect virtual and augmented reality conference on Sept. 16, the successor to 2019's Oculus Quest is a standalone wireless headset featuring four headset-mounted cameras, 3D positional audio, a high-res display panel capable of supporting 90Hz refresh rates, and the new Snapdragon XR2 chipset, which is specially designed for VR and AR. It's remarkably easy to set up and use (although a Facebook login is required -- boo), and you can choose from two different configurations: either 64GB or 256GB of storage.


'Disintegration' multiplayer shuts down after just six months

Engadget

The developer behind Disintegration, the tactical shooter with transhuman characters, is ending the multiplayer mode that it launched early this year. In a blog post, V1 Interactive wrote that the multiplayer modes will be removed in phases starting today, with everything gone by November 17th. The single-player campaigns will remain, however, and the studio has no plans to remove those. "While our player base showed interest in the single player campaign, the game unfortunately struggled to build a significant audience necessary for a compelling multiplayer experience," according to the developer. Disintegration is set around two centuries in the future.


The Nintendo 3DS' Surprisingly Social Legacy

WIRED

I tell this story a lot: I didn't have much of a life before the Nintendo 3DS. It happened a year after I moved to New York. Aside from my housemates and a couple of over-friendly acquaintances, I didn't know a lot of people, and certainly none who'd play video games with me. It was a sunny fall day in 2014 when Nintendo released its free demo for Super Smash Bros. 4 on the handheld 3DS system. The competitive fighting game's launch, a month from then, was slated to be my highlight of the year.


Untangling the PlayStation 5 preorder mess, and where to get one

Washington Post - Technology News

The retailers then apparently decided to do what they do on Black Friday: Open up earlier than expected and let the mayhem commence. Geoff Keighley, the former journalist who now runs The Game Awards, shared breaking news about retailers opening preorder sites early Wednesday night. Sure enough, within the hour, Walmart's site opened up for preorders, which were gone within minutes. Other retailers like Best Buy, Target and GameStop followed suit.


Using A Fantasy Game World To Boost AI Performance

#artificialintelligence

Recently, Facebook AI Research (FAIR) built and deployed a role-playing fantasy game world to boost the performance of conversational AI models such as virtual assistants. The researchers presented a fully-realised system for improving an open-domain dialogue task by utilising a deployed game for lifelong learning. Human beings learn languages over their course of life from the interactions they have with other people. Yet, research in sophisticated natural language processing (NLP) models are done using the fixed dataset, without any ability for the model to interact with humans using language at training time at all. Usually, the researches in natural language processing are focused on crowdsourced static datasets and the supervised learning paradigm of training the model.


Streamers are failing at 'Fall Guys,' and succeeding on Twitch

Washington Post - Technology News

Sweaty hands, increased heart rates and stress-induced rages are common occurrences when browsing through the catalogue of streamers playing the game. But the humor that undergirds failure in "Fall Guys" -- where the obstacles and surfaces are primed to pinball the player's jelly bean body at the slightest misstep -- has given anyone who plays the game on stream a chance to be successful. Players who had trouble getting victory royales in "Fortnite" can still grow an audience by losing over and over again on Fall Mountain. But when a streamer finally finds success, especially after hours (sometimes days) of falling short, it is one of the most heartwarming things you can find on Twitch.


American Girl's New Doll "Courtney" Is the Game Developer the '80s Needed

Slate

The mid-'80s was a notable time for women in computer science--because that was when they started disappearing. From 1970 into the start of the 1980s, the percentage of computer science degrees conferred to women rose, peaking at 37.1 percent in 1984. But this number then dipped drastically, and we've never recovered. The most recent report from the Computing Research Association shows the number of women graduating with computer science bachelor's degrees, in its sample of U.S. institutions, in 2019 at 21 percent. So, after decades of women representing both pioneers of computing and a large percentage of the day-to-day programming workforce, what happened in the '80s?


Confused about which console to buy? Just wait.

Engadget

After months of speculation, we now have a clear picture of how the next generation of consoles is shaping up. Four consoles at three price points, each offering a slightly different take on the future of gaming. At just $300, the Xbox Series S is clearly the value proposition. You won't get true 4K gaming, and its 512GB of storage could prove an issue, but that's the price you pay for.. paying less. At $400, the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition offers everything the regular PlayStation 5 does, except the disc drive.