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Want to play Wordle against your friends? Try Word Fight.

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Word Fight is one of several multiplayer versions inspired by Wordle. After playing a few of them, though, I found that none of them scratched quite the same itch as Word Fight. They were either too competitive, having players race against each other in real time, or imposed limits on the number of guesses, or by adding timers. And so, I'll just continue stealing victories from my husband in Word Fight.


'Neon White' makes you feel like a speedrunning god, even if you suck

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On its face, "Neon White" is about a deceased assassin with amnesia, White, competing against other assassins to kill demons and get out of hell. But the real relationship at the heart of the game is that between the player and the individual levels. At the outset of each blistering obstacle course -- many of which can last fewer than 30 seconds -- the goal is simply to kill every demon and reach the finish line. You can use various items, which take the form of cards that act as either demon-slaying guns or single-use abilities depending on how you deploy them, in service of this. One allows you to double jump, another lets you slam down with craterous impact and so on. Playing the specific hand you're dealt in each level -- and realizing how to creatively exploit it -- is key in optimizing your run times.


Twitch reveals new feature built for popular Just Chatting streams

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In the past, Twitch has launched numerous features that make it easier to watch streamers play games together, but this is the first time Just Chatting has taken center stage. Twitch formally established the category -- originally intended for streamers to chill and talk to their viewers -- in 2018. But in the years since, it's grown into a repository for an enormous variety of nongaming activities including regular talk shows, controversial trends and IRL competitions that wouldn't feel out of place on television (as well as actual television). In recent times Just Chatting has proven nearly unshakable as the top category on the once video game only platform, with Twitch noting that since 2020, hours watched in the category have gone up 151 percent, and revenue for Just Chatting creators has grown 169 percent.


'Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course' is a culinary masterpiece

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A nifty optional tutorial outside the bakery allows players to gain a level of comfort with Ms. Chalice's Double Jump, Parry Dash, and Dodge Roll. While the original two protagonists can only jump a single time and take damage while dashing, Ms. Chalice's Parry Dash renders her invulnerable when hitting a parry-able object, and her Dodge Roll provides invincibility during the duration. She also starts with four health points as opposed to the standard three. In a title with as many close calls as this, one piece of health can be the difference between victory and crushing defeat.


In letter to board, Enthusiast leadership asks CEO to step down

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On June 7, Greywood announced it intended to nominate Shinggo Lu, a current Enthusiast employee and the co-founder of U.GG, a "League of Legends" analytics platform and a recent Enthusiast acquisition, to the new board. Lu shared the news in an Enthusiast Slack channel with over 250 employees, entreating other employees to ask him questions, and sparking a spirited but largely cordial conversation between staff and some members of the company's leadership over Enthusiast's direction and treatment of employees, according to messages viewed by The Post.


In 'Hindsight,' players explore memories and comes to terms with grief

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As the team learned who Mary was, the game's writing also changed. The tone shifted significantly midway through development, Kidwell said. It was initially inspired by Terrence Malik's "The Tree of Life," a coming-of-age story that unfolds as the characters, through voice-overs, philosophize about the meaning of life. The movie's voice-overs are eloquent and emotional but use stilted language, which didn't fit Mary's journey. Ultimately, as the team gained a better understanding of Mary's character, they switched to a more grounded, conversational tone for her voice-overs, Kidwell said, which sounded much more natural.


Sony targets PC gamers with new hardware brand, Inzone

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Sony's gaming division, PlayStation, has primarily been focused on the console games market,


The AI tool behind Thanos made facial animation in 'The Quarry' a snap

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The Oscar-winning studio has produced visual effects for movies like "Titantic," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and several Marvel films. To create the photorealistic characters seen in "The Quarry," it used the AI facial capture system Masquerade, which was developed to replicate Josh Brolin's likeness for his character Thanos in "Avengers: Infinity War." Masquerade was originally designed to do one thing: to take the performance from a head-mounted camera and translate it into a digital mesh that could then be rendered in a movie. For "The Quarry," the VFX team needed something that could track the movement and facial expressions of actors and create digital characters that could be edited in real time. So they built Masquerade 2.0.


Evil Geniuses wants data, not money, to determine success in esports

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Another good example of where we're looking five, ten years from now is how the definition of who can be an esports coach expands if in-game decision-making can be more automated and standardized. We can focus on other historically overlooked areas, which is what our current director of performance is really focused around: leadership skills, how to build team culture, how to manage resiliency. It's hard to find the unicorn that can be all facets of a traditional sports coach, a people leader and tactical-positional knowledge. And that's why data partnerships, like our HPE partnership, are really exciting for me. It gives us stepwise development in our professionalization of this, as well as opportunities to scale.