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July 5, 2020 Off

What did you play last week?

By tracy

Christopher Livingston has been playing Skye, a casual exploration game that also happens to be a flight sim. You fly a seaplane around a nice-looking island with some windmills and stone arches, doing little jobs for the locals like you’re the protagonist of a kids’ show called Seaplane Sally or something. It’s free and, Chris reports, extremely chill.

Rachel Watts has been playing Almost Gone, a sinister puzzle game that seems like the version of Monument Valley they play in Purgatory. She’s also been looking into the world of games about exploring virtual desktops, games that temporarily turn your PC into somebody else’s like Emily is Away and Her Story. It’s something only PC games can really do, and it’s given us some clever and strange experiences. Some day I’ll get around to Hypnospace Outlaw.

James Davenport has been playing a demo of Mortal Shell, and now the beta is open you can try it too. James found it to be picking up where Dark Souls left off, both in terms of challenge and its storytelling. It assumes you’ve played a souls-like before, enough to already be good at them so it can get right to throwing

July 4, 2020 Off

Game of the Year Watch 2020 Continues

By tracy

Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN’s weekly video game talk show. We’re halfway through 2020, and that means it’s time to check in on Game of the Year Watch. We’ll be discussing The Last of Us Part 2, Animal Crossing, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Half-Life Alyx, and more. Watch the video above or hit the link below to your favorite podcast service.

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July 3, 2020 Off

World of Warcraft Sees Huge In-Game Memorials Following Death of Streamer

By tracy
Major in-game memorials have been taking place following the death of professional World of Warcraft

player and streaming personality Byron “Reckful” Bernstein.Bernstein reportedly died by suicide earlier this week – he was 31 years old.

Players from around the world across multiple WoW and WoW Classic servers gathered in Azeroth’s Stormwind Cathedral to kneel and celebrate Reckful’s life. The World of Warcraft team paid tribute to Bernstein on Twitter, calling him “one of the most memorable WoW players of all time.”

Twitch issued its own statement, noting Reckful’s pioneering impact on the platform “Byron was someone who talked about his struggles to help make room for others to do the same”, the statement reads. “As we process this loss, we have to recognize that the stigma around mental health and treatment often prevents people from seeking and getting the help they need.”

July 2, 2020 Off

The best 4K gaming monitor in 2020

By tracy

The best 4K gaming monitor offers a svelte mix of high-resolution imagery with top panel technology and the latest high-end features. That means we want its 3840 x 2160 fidelity to pop on a VA or IPS screen, for it to have a refresh rate above the 60Hz baseline, and have some form of frame-syncing capability, whether that’s G-Sync or FreeSync.

But while 4K gaming is still relatively niche, and many of the best gaming monitors more than a valid alternative, at least the best 4K gaming monitors are becoming more accessible to us PC gamers. No longer are they either ultra expensive or TN displays, there is a world of high-quality 4K screens out there just waiting to have the glorious vistas of Red Dead Redemption 2 writ large across them.

The most important thing, however, is still making sure that you have a gaming PC capable of making the most of a 4K gaming monitor. The best graphics cards will ensure your machine’s not just going to be rendering a gaming slideshow with the step-up to 4K. You should also aim for a larger screen size too. The first 4K monitor we ever tested was glorious, but was

July 1, 2020 Off

Cyberpunk 2077’s Wall-Running Mechanic Removed ‘Due To Design Reasons’

By tracy

CD Projekt Red has cut the wall-running mechanic seen in previous Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay trailers “due to design reasons.”In an interview with GameReactor, Cyberpunk 2077 level designer Max Pears explained the decision. Ah, the wall runningthat is something that we removed due to design reasons, but there’s still going to be a lot of flexibility in how you move, that’s for sure.

Previously, gameplay has shown the player-character using Mantis Blades (the game’s sword-like appendages that can be hidden inside your own arms) in combination with wall running, in order to perch in hard to-reach spots. You can see the wall-running in action via this timestamped link to the 48-minute gameplay demo from 2018. In the clip, V uses her Mantis Blades to run along a wall, scan some goons, before leaping down and assassinating them.It’s not clear from Pears’ comments whether Mantis Blades could still be used to perch in some way – perhaps in designated spots rather than anywhere a wall-run could reach. Pears did make a point of noting that there will be other methods of traversal available to the player when the game launches on November 19.

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June 30, 2020 Off

PSVR Patent Filed For Advertisements Displayed Within The Headset

By tracy
A new PlayStation VR patent filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment suggests that the company is working on technology that will allow advertisements to be displayed within the headset.
The patent listing from Sony, published on June 25, shows drawings that offering an example of how a virtual reality advertising model may look in practice. It appears that the advertisements will show up in the periphery parts of your vision, in the top corners of the display or as a banner in the top middle of the screen.

A technical drawing from the Sony patent.

According to the text of the patent, the way advertisements will be displayed depends on the position of the user’s head within the head-mounted display and their line of sight. The patent describes the advertisements as “additional content” for “promoting recognition of a given thing or service.”

One example used in the text is of the user watching a concert with a set of performers appearing at the same time. The technology claims to be able to “detect on which performer the user is focusing his or her attention and then change the advertisement in accordance with the performer of interest.”It should be noted that