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Epic is losing millions on Epic Games Store exclusives – and Tim Sweeney is cool with that

By Dom Peppiatt 12 April 2021 14:00 GMT If you’ve got an Epic Games Store account, you’re probably very aware of the exclusivity deals the company has been promoting over the past 28 months.Even back in February, we heard that Epic Games plans to continue attracting game developers and publishers to its PC platform by offering them exclusive deals.This revelation followed on from statistics the company revealed that it had grown its userbase by millions over the course of 2020, but revenue had remained consistently flat. As reported by PC Gamer over the weekend, we’ve learned that a lot of the company’s…

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Forza 8 closed playtest registration is now open

By Dom Peppiatt, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 10:11 GMT Turn 10 has revealed that it’ll be bringing the community in to help it test Forza 8, and that the developer will be using the feedback to help shape its next racing game.If you’re interested in trying out Forza Motorsport 8 before it officially hits the shelves, look sharp. Keen to court the community and listen to feedback from players, Turn 10 plans to host a special Forza panel designed to collect information from its players.Better yet, anyone that takes part in the panel will be given access to a closed…

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Evil Genius 2 reviews round-up, all the scores

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 29 March 2021 16:14 GMT The satirical spy-fi lair builder series, Evil Genius, is back for another crack at world domination with Evil Genius 2 – and so far, it looks like good news for developer and publisher Rebellion.Evil Genius 2 was announced way back in 2017, and amongst certain loyal parts of the gaming audience, there’s been a huge amount of interest in this comedic strategy title.The long and short of the game is this: players take control of an Evil Genius and set their plans for world domination in motion by building (fairly) inconspicuous bases,…

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Someone has made a perfect recreation of ‘Zero to Hero’ from Disney’s Hercules in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 March 2021 14:51 GMT As the world at large celebrates the one-year anniversary of Animal Crossing: New Horizons being available on Switch, one player has taken it a step further.Redditor Melhunnibee has created a shot-for-shot recreation of the song and video of Zero to Hero from Disney’s Hercules – and it’s spectacular.The comments under the video are lovely; throngs of people thanking the creative Nintendo Switch player for posting the inventive recreation of one of the movie’s best tracks (and visual accompaniments).YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS: Disney’s Hercules – Zero to Hero – ACNH Recreation…

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Terraria has sold over 35 million copies in its lifetime

Terraria, the game that mixes sandbox-style creativity with platforming action, has sold over 35 million copies across all platforms in its lifetime to date.As per a new update on the game’s official blog, Terraria has managed to shift an impressive 35 million+ units, dominating PC, console and mobile in the process.According to a breakdown of the sales, 17.2 million copies sold have come from PC, with 9.3 million are on mobile and another 8.5 million are on console. When that troubled Google Stadia port hits, you can likely expect that number to jump up once again, too.But just because the…

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Say hello to Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres – three new species of beetle

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 21 March 2021 12:47 GMT Three new species of beetles in Australia have been named after Pokemon‘s iconic trio of legendary birds from the first generation of monsters: Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres.Professor of entomology at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) – Dr. Darren Pollock – and Yun Hsiao, a PhD student at the Australian National University, have made some Legendary Pokemon real after they’ve named some newly discovered beetles after Gen I’s Legendary birds – and it’s all thanks to the scientists’ familiarity with the series when they were growing up.The newly-named Binburrum Articuno, Binburrum Moltres and…

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Don’t worry, a fix for Destiny 2’s bugged Eyes of Tomorrow is coming this week

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 21 March 2021 10:51 GMT Destiny 2‘s exotic rocket launcher, Eyes of Tomorrow, has been bugged for a little while now but the Deep Stone Crypt Raid reward is finally getting fixed in an incoming update.The drop rate and damage on Destiny 2’s latest raid exotic, Eyes of Tomorrow, has been confirmed as incorrect and Destiny 2 developer Bungie has promised a fix will arrive for the weapon in an update on March 23.In the studio’s latest blog post, the developer explains that, essentially, the counter that’s designed to give you the weapon after you’ve cleared the Raid…

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Once again, Bungie has had to pull Destiny 2’s Trials of Osiris offline

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 14 March 2021 12:05 GMT Once again, Bungie has had to pull Destiny 2‘s problematic Trials of Osiris mode offline – and it doesn’t look like it’s coming back any time soon.In a tweet on Saturday, Destiny 2 developer Bungie noted that Trials of Osiris had been taken offline “due to an issue with fireteam rejoin functionality”.This isn’t the first time this has happened, either: the game was taken offline last weekend in the wake of match-fixing issues that were spreading through the PvP end-game challenge.Basically, players are exploiting bugs that allow them to trade wins for easy…

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GTA Online player claims to have figured out why the game loads so slow, offers fix

A GTA Online modder has apparently been able to reduce loading times by up to 70% and has offered the fix to players wanting to cut down their own loading times, too.Modder T0ST has published an article digging into the infamously appalling loading times in GTA Online. After doing some research and writing a unique program to interact with the game files, T0ST managed to reduce loading times by as much as 70%.Turns out that the game doesn’t necessarily struggle to load thanks to its open-world nature, but because there’s a CPU bottleneck that will be most felt on low-…

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Watch the whole Act 1 of Hamilton remade in Animal Crossing: New Horizons here

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 February 2021 15:36 GMT A creative and dedicated Animal Crossing: New Horizons player has spent an impressive seven months recreating the opening act of Hamilton in the relaxed Nintendo Switch game.One of the best parts of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the tool case it gives to players to be creative; in the past, we’ve seen players recreate Revenge of the Sith, the entire Sinnoh map from Pokemon Diamond & Pearl, early 2000s music videos and The Wizard of Oz in the game.But perhaps the most impressive feat we’ve seen achieved in the title is the painstaking recreation of the…

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E3 2021 live event has been cancelled – report

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 February 2021 13:19 GMT The live component of E3 2021 has been canceled according to documents released by Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Commission.A document published by the Board of Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Commission (spotted by Resetera user Rösti) notes that E3 2021’s physical event has been canceled.The document notes that the convention commission is working with the ESA (the E3 organizer) to work out broadcast solutions for an online-only E3 later this year.Earlier this month, we heard that E3 2021 was planning to be a digital-only show, though official comments from…

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E3 2021 planning to be a digital-only show – report

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, will once again be an online-only affair in 2021 as its organizers plan around the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.The organization behind E3 the Entertainment Software Association, is reportedly carrying out planning for a digital event in summer 2021 – similar to the online event we saw for E2 2020 – as the world continues to deal with the effects of coronavirus.As per a new report from VGC, the ESA has outlined proposals for this summer’s show and has sent pitch documents to various publishers around the world, suggesting that three days’ worth of live-streamed coverage…

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Steam has broken last month’s record and logged 26 million concurrent users

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 7 February 2021 16:48 GMT Steam has – yet again – set a new record for the highest number of users online at the same time, breaking the 25 million user record that was recorded for the first time back in January.Steam has once more broken its own record when it comes to the number of concurrent players online, with Valve’s platform today soaring past the impressive 26 million concurrent users mark.This beats the record set last time we reported on Steam’s concurrent users on January 2, when the platform peaked at 25,416,720 online users. Both these…

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Monster Hunter Rise demo players really, really liked the Long Sword

Fans of Capcom’s upcoming Nintendo Switch game, Monster Hunter Rise, used the Long Sword more than any other weapon in the game’s demo.Back at the start of January, Capcom announced that the game would be getting a free ‘limited time’ demo allowing players to ‘try before they buy’ when it comes to the latest installment of the long-running franchise.The Rise demo arrived on January 8 on the Switch eShop (weighing in at ~1.6GB) and was playable until February 1. During that time, it turns out, Capcom managed to harvest some pretty interesting information about player habits in the monster-slaying title.All 14…

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Plans for a Wall Street GameStop movie are already in the works

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 1 February 2021 17:34 GMT A movie based on the turbulent events surrounding the on-going GameStop/Reddit stock situation is already in the works.In a new report by Deadline, it’s been revealed that MGM has acquired the rights to the book proposal for a new title called ‘The Antisocial Network’ from author Ben Mezrich.This book will follow the events of “a ragtag group of amateur investors, gamers, and internet trolls” who – through investments, coordination, and playing the bankers at their own game, “brought Wall Street to its knees.”Apparently, Mezrich and his representatives started sharing the proposal…