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In 'Twelve Minutes,' former Ubisoft and Rockstar developer plays with the concept of time

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Players move their character around the rooms of the apartment, adorned with various paintings for atmosphere, by point and click, or by using the controller if you're on Xbox. A core feature of the gameplay is being able to retain items outside of the time loop to "progress" the character forward, even when the day resets. I found a mug that I had nervously chucked into my character's inventory was still on him after the loop reset. It wasn't the most useful item when the cop was arresting my character's wife, but it made me curious about what other items I could try to store next time around.


Mother's play: Moms and kids connect in Animal Crossing

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"Animal Crossing is only one of the many games I play with her, but I love being able to watch her express her creativity in the game," Mori explained. "As a queer parent, it also makes me happy that she can explore all sorts of ways to express herself through her character. She changes her character to a boy about half of the time she plays. It's also fun to see her picking out new outfits to reflect how she's feeling on any given day. Are we feeling like a princess? Animal Crossing makes me really happy to know that no matter how old either of us get or how far apart we live, we'll always be able to have something that brings us together."


Epic vs. Apple trial documents detail Xbox's console sale losses, Sony's cross play deal

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Ultimately, Epic got what it wanted. In September 2018, PlayStation announced cross play in "Fortnite" would be available. Part of the deal included Epic agreeing to pay Sony royalties if revenue fell below a certain threshold from enabling cross play, . Sweeney, Epic's CEO, confirmed in Monday testimony that Epic had to pay revenue to Sony in certain cases, such as if someone made in-game purchases on iPhone but spent most of their time playing on PlayStation.


Every Resident Evil game, ranked

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The perfect Resident Evil game doesn't exist. The series, among the most consequential in gaming, has shifted its focus so often, a "Resident Evil fan" could be many things. One player's definition of a perfect Resident Evil game is another's mark of where the series went astray. Like the Zelda or Mario series, Resident Evil is due some credit for innovating and becoming an industry leader, even if it eventually began to borrow from its action-adventure peers. Still, there are plenty of ideas that persist through each game.


China's Overwatch League teams set to end boycott of South Korean player who criticized 'One China' policy

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Earlier this week, managers for the Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark and Shanghai Dragons released statements on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, lambasting Saebyeolbe for his comments, vowing to boycott any events he was participating in. Those teams all compete with the Dynasty in the league's East Region, along with American-based franchises, the Los Angeles Valiant, Philadelphia Fusion and New York Excelsior, which have temporarily relocated to Asia during the covid-19 pandemic.


Nintendo's new game teaches people how to make video games

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Tag Showdown is the first lesson. Like the name suggests, players must design a tagger and a runner, and the objective of the game is to tag the other player to win. As the lessons get more complex, players will design a game where the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con can be picked up and moved to control a ball rolling through a map (On a Roll), and even a space-themed game where the goal is to shoot aliens (Alien Blaster). Mystery Room is an escape room-style game, while Risky Run is a platformer akin to Super Mario Run and Thrill Racer is about racing.


'Resident Evil VIII' rekindles the illogical, weird magic of the series

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As audience surrogate and everyman, Ethan Winters is not an interesting or wise character. But "Village" eventually turns him into a sympathetic one, painting him as a hapless, entangled victim. By the end of the game, Ethan Winters is no longer the dogged, serious and scared hero of "Biohazard." Unlike the lonely "Biohazard," "Village" ends with a muddy conspiracy and muddier motivations, and at a scale we haven't seen since the loud, ridiculous "Resident Evil 6," all the way back in 2012.


The Epic Games trial has exposed the 'Fortnite' maker's inner workings. Here's what we learned.

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One spreadsheet displayed the mind-boggling sums Epic paid in commission fees to third-party platforms, including Microsoft, Sony and Apple, for "Fortnite" and other titles. Another document showed that the company's 2019 efforts to throw over $70 million in cash prizes at teens and young adults playing "Fortnite" in competitions failed to provide a good return on investment, with another revealing that in 2019, Epic's gross revenue fell below its projections in part due to its esports investment.


Accessibility is part of the beauty of battle royales like 'Warzone,' 'Fortnite' and 'PUBG'

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Before we dive into drop strategies and weapon selection, it's best to note the overall speed of specific battle royales. This genre rewards aggressive gameplay, often encouraging members to continuously hunt down opponents and quickly grab loot. For players who struggle to execute precise and fast inputs, like me, certain games may pose more of a physical challenge than others. For example, "Apex Legends" rarely gives individuals a reprieve, as the parkour mechanics of the Titanfall series are highly emphasized: Furiously climbing buildings and sliding across the landscape are key tactics when playing. Even though "Apex Legends" offers characters with defensive and stationary abilities like Gibraltar, Caustic and Wattson, you still need to rapidly traverse the map.


Competitive 'Tetris' was soaring, then it lost a legend. What comes next is a puzzle.

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In the process, he became one of esports' first and unlikeliest celebrities. A longtime taproom manager from California, Neubauer had never imagined he would spend his 30s becoming a global ambassador for the video game he grew up playing obsessively. He made guest appearances at Tetris tournaments in Taiwan, Germany, and Denmark. He was featured in Rolling Stone and Vice, hailed by the latter as the bartender who was "secretly the greatest Tetris player in the world." And he won over fans with his sense of humor ("You never want to be that guy with the Tinder profile with the Tetris trophy," he joked to Rolling Stone in 2014).