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From Star Wars to Marvel, licensed video games are becoming more ambitious. Here's why.

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Rather than forcing a game development team to use certain assets from the Marvel Cinematic Universe or from the original looks of the comics, for example, those have now become open discussions for what fits best for each game. This gave Insomniac Games, the developer behind "Marvel's Spider-Man" and "Miles Morales," the freedom to design their own Spider-Man suits, and Crystal Dynamics, who made "Marvel's Avengers," the choice to place Ms. Marvel (also known as Kamala Khan) front-and-center in the story. But Marvel is more strict about principles relating to their worlds and characters. Among the most important for Spider-Man is that he does not kill.


NFL hopefuls use AI for a leg up ahead of pre-draft season

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The information can be used to help players shave seconds off their sprint times or learn about unintentional body movements that hurt their performance. The training camp revealed news of the pilot on Thursday, a day before the NFL kicks off its College Pro Days, which take place at various college campuses through April 9. The pre-draft events are held annually for NFL hopefuls to show scouts what they bring to the table.


Here's why Abby uses a golf club in 'The Last of Us Part II'

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Though "The Last of Us Part II" ended 2020 as the year's most highly acclaimed title, it arrived last summer in a flurry of controversy. In the aforementioned scene, the main character of the first game, Joel Miller, was brutally murdered by a new character and protagonist to the series, Abby Anderson. In a cabin besieged by a heavy snowstorm, Abby reached for a nearby set of golf clubs to deal the fatal blow that left many players horrified, saddened, and in some cases, incredibly angry.


Here's how Riot's offline 'League' and 'Valorant' competitions landed in Iceland

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For "League of Legends," the event is the beginning of a return to normalcy after the cancellation of last year's Mid-Season Invitational and the recalibration of Worlds in Shanghai in light of covid. The stakes are higher for "Valorant," which launched shortly after the beginning of the pandemic in the United States. The Iceland event will mark the first occasion of competition between teams from different regions; the strengths and weaknesses of respective regions has been a source of rampant speculation among professional players, coaches and analysts.


'Fall Guys' will join 'Fortnite' maker as Epic Games acquires Tonic Games Group

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The family friendly fun of "Fall Guys" seems like a fitting match with Epic Games' own viral, kid-appropriate game "Fortnite." It also expands Epic's portfolio from its game making software Unreal Engine, its storefront Epic Games Store and other acquisitions including the social media app, House Party. In 2019, Epic acquired Psyonix, the game developer behind the popular car-soccer game "Rocket League."


Jake, OWL's caster, player and (now) coach, on finding his future in esports

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Lyon: Well, just, hm, of course, there's the whole negotiation process but I think it's like during that process and evaluating my options at that point … I knew it was definitely a big inflection point in my career. The same way leaving playing to go cast is a huge change. Coming back in a new role, a different type of player than I once was, it's a huge change. Throughout that negotiation process, I thought a lot about what I wanted and what was my objective. Ultimately, I realized casting is something that is awesome and I enjoy it but I also feel like I can always cast.


Meet Astra, 'Valorant's' galaxy brain new agent coming in Act 2

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"With Astra we wanted to make a controller that was thinking about the whole map," said Jordan "Riot Wrekz" Anton, a designer at Riot Games. "Her global presence was there right from the beginning. From there the fine tuning was in finding the right abilities to balance predicting enemies' actions and reacting to changing game circumstances.


'Pokémon Legends Arceus' is the game mainline Pokémon fans have been begging for

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From the short clips in the trailer and the Pokémon Presents live stream Feb. 26, we can see that the mechanic for capturing Pokémon is similar to that of the "Let's Go, Pikachu" and "Let's Go, Eevee" series. Wild Pokémon roam the open world. Instead of tiring out Pokémon through the tried-and-true battle system, players simply toss a Pokéball, aiming to clear certain precision and timing benchmarks. Moreover, catching Pokémon is now seamlessly integrated into the open world, a first for the series. The battle system -- which looks relatively unchanged from the mainline games -- appears to be returning, alongside some new features, like rolling and sneaking through tall grass to get the jump on unsuspecting Pokémon.


Amazon's new rotating, follow-you camera is useful -- and invasive

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Echo devices are mostly known as Alexa smart speakers, but in 2017, Amazon started adding screens with cameras in them to a line called the Echo Show. Now these kinds of countertop computers -- also known as smart displays -- have become their own aisle at the electronics store. Options include Google's Nest Hub Max, which uses facial recognition to identify which family member is in front of it, and Facebook's Portal, which offers its own more limited ability to track faces during calls.


Cardi B's music could soon be available on Twitch for XSET streamers

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"There is a lot of variation among esports brands and teams and how they have tried to become revenue neutral or ideally, profitable," said Will Partin, research affiliate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "A lot of them have moved toward this idea of being a lifestyle brand.