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Developer shows off experimental full-body tracking in VR


Almost all virtual reality games with motion controls simulate your body as a crude hit box connected to a set of floating hands. Island 359 developer Cloudgate Studio has just released a video that shows off a full-body simulation using two additional Vive controllers connected to the feet, a setup that will become much more affordable and comfortable for enthusiasts when Valve releases the Vive Tracker in the second quarter of this year. The two members of the team have over 20 years of motion capture and kinematic rigging experience between them, which allowed them to create this experiment as a side-project across a weekend. “We've wanted to do this very thing since we both first saw the Vive dev kits and have been talking about it since, so it's almost like we had already built...

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Report: The director of Die Hard is doing commercials for Ubisoft now


A new trailer for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, released in the United Kingdom last week, has an unlikely director. Vulture reports that it’s none other than John McTiernan, the man behind such classics as Die Hard, Predator and The Hunt for Red October. It’s also the first directorial work McTiernan has had in nearly 14 years. How did one of the most prolific directors from the ’80s and ’90s get run out of the business? Seems that McTiernan was charged with two counts of lying to a federal officer, and during that period of time was uninsurable in Hollywood. Vulture tells the whole sordid tale, linking it back to a case made against a Hollywood private eye named Anthony Pellicano. McTiernan’s part in Pellicano’s case was so cluttered and confusing that his own case was sent all...

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Oculus lawsuit may undercut VR industry, not just Facebook’s bottom line


The January trial that pits the creators of games like Doom and Dishonored against Facebook is about more than a potential $2 billion payout. If ZeniMax wins its case against Facebook and Oculus, the company could seek an injunction against the Oculus Rift headset and potentially the Samsung Gear VR headset, preventing the sale of the devices and delivering a devastating blow to the still emerging retail VR industry. “Injunctions are often granted to a plaintiff that proves misappropriation of trade secrets because the theories of damages ... are difficult to show and don't capture the harm, particularly if the device with the misappropriated trade secrets is still being sold,” said Joe Ahmad, a founding partner at Houston law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C. “So...

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Graphic novel will celebrate the life of Gary Gygax, father of D&D


Journalist and author David Kushner, best known for his book Masters of Doom, is adapting his 2008 profile of Gary Gygax into a graphic novel. Called Rise of the Dungeon Master and illustrated by Koren Shadmi, the 144-page book is scheduled for release on May 9. Kushner was among the last journalists to interview Gygax before his death at the age of 68. His feature story was published in Wired magazine days after Gygax’s death in March of 2008. It remains one of the most comprehensive firsthand accounts of the birth of Dungeons & Dragons, and the life of Gygax himself. “Like the game itself,” writes publisher Nation Books on its official page, “the narrative casts the reader into the adventure from a first person point of view, taking on the roles of the different...

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Tokyo’s Nintendo Switch event featured amazing jazz covers of classic game music


Nintendo finally provided more details on the Nintendo Switch during an event held in Tokyo last weekend, but if you’re a Nintendo fan, there was something even better at the showcase: a live big band playing jazz covers of music from Nintendo games. Known as the Nintendo Special Big Band, the 18-piece (!) group kicked off its set with a swinging tune from the 1994 Super Nintendo hit Donkey Kong Country, “DK Island Swing.” (You can hear the original song here.) Following an introduction, the band riffed on tracks from beloved Nintendo series such as Kirby, Animal Crossing, The Legend of Zelda, Fire Emblem, Mario Kart and, of course, Super Mario Bros. Footage from the games was projected behind them as they played for the better part of an hour. Even with that many people in the band, a...

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Old concept art gives a peek at what the Darth Maul game could have been


Video game concepts come and go, but the ones that really linger in the consciousness are the canceled titles that draw on a very well known franchise. Thus, the legacy of a Darth Maul video game endures. The semi-mute Sith Lord from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was the subject of a 2010 project that went nowhere. Red Fly Studio had gotten the assignment to build a game around the horn-headed bad mofo, after capably handling the Wii port of Star Wars: The Force Unleaded 2. LucasArts, typically, scrapped its development without much of an explanation why, as it did with Battlefront 3 and 1313 before Disney came in with adult supervision, in the form of an exclusive deal with Electronic Arts. Thomas Szakolczay Thomas Szakolczay ...

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Nintendo Switch sold out at GameStop; good luck finding it elsewhere


If you're looking to pre-order a Nintendo Switch, you should look somewhere other than GameStop. The retailer sent word on Sunday that it has blown through its allotment of the new console. In fact, if you're in the United States, looking elsewhere may be of no use. The Switch is unavailable for reserve, pre-order or otherwise at GameStop and the other major console gaming retailers here. Amazon, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart and Best Buy all list the console, which launches March 3, as unavailable, three days after pre-orders opened. Some still have accessories and games available for preorder. GameStop did not specify the size of its allotment or how many preorders it has sold; a statement from the company said it is "working closely with Nintendo to get additional Nintendo Switch...

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Lucasfilm: ‘No plans’ to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher in Star wars


Lucasfilm has responded to rumors that it would digitally recreate the late Carrie Fisher in one or both of the two remaining Star Wars episodes. The studio says it has no plans to do so. "We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address," said the statement, given yesterday afternoon. "We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa." Fisher, who portrayed Leia Organa in four Star Wars films, died Dec. 27, 2016 at age 60. Her character had been digitally recreated to have a younger appearance for a brief scene in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which premiered Dec. 16, 2016 and is set in the days leading up to the events of the...

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Nintendo’s Switch parental controls video is adorable


Parents who want to monitor or restrict their kids’ playtime on Nintendo Switch will be able to do so with a dedicated mobile app, Nintendo announced this week. The app, which will be available for Android and iOS devices, is called Nintendo Switch Parental Controls. And the video Nintendo created to introduce that app is just precious. As illustrated in the video above, which stars Mario’s longtime nemesis Bowser and his son Bowser Jr., parents will be able to set time restrictions on how long children will be able play the Switch. They can set gentle reminders that warn players their allotted time is up, as well as set a “bedtime alarm.” Parents can even force the Switch to go into “suspend mode” after a set amount of time. The parental controls app lets users customize how much time...

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Watch 8 minutes of Splatoon 2 on Nintendo Switch


Nintendo showed off the first look at Splatoon 2 for the Nintendo Switch during its Treehouse presentation today. It can be seen in the video above. New attacks were all given special attention during the gameplay session which focused on Splatoon 2’s 4v4 player-versus-player mode, Turf War. In Turf War, players are tasked with covering the ground with as much paint as possible during a timed event. When time runs out, the team that has the most ground covered wins. The gameplay session also showed off attacks like like Splash Sound and Curling Bombs, which are new to Splatoon 2. Splash Sound and Curling Bomb are special attacks that allow players to cover as much ground as possible when activated. With the Curling Bomb, players can take a roller and approach an enemy to cause an...

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