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Rogue One’s Oscar-nominated visual effects came courtesy of a Vive

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is up for an Academy Award tonight in visual effects, and if it cops an Oscar the artists who worked on it will have a Vive to thank, in part. The BBC went behind the scenes of how Rogue One filmed its CGI sequences, particularly the ones in space, which, duh, are not filmed on location. Graphics supervisor Steve Ellis noted that director Gareth Edwards patrols his set in a very hands-on way before setting up his shot. The Vive, mashed up with an iPad, allowed him to do somewhat the same thing in VR with Industrial Light & Magic artists in London and San Francisco. What they did, more or less, was strap a Vive controller to the tablet and then Edwards could, in a rough-draft way, more easily show the artists what was in his mind's eye rather than try to...

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Secret Hitler makers ship their game to every U.S. senator

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Secret Hitler is a board game produced by Max Temkin, who was behind Cards Against Humanity. It published last year after a successful 2015 Kickstarter that raised $1.4 million. While the name itself is chortle-inducing and the fun is in figuring out which one of your friends is the closet fascist, it makes a very real point about how such leaders come to power. This week, its creators sent a copy to each of the 100 members of the United States Senate. The makers of Secret Hitler — Mike Boxleiter, Tommy Maranges and Temkin — explain that Hitler himself "required the cooperation of well meaning men who hoped to appease and control the Nazis." Regardless of his political aims, that fairly describes how Donald Trump backed into the Republican nomination against a weak establishment afraid...

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Unlocking the Nintendo Switch comes with an Easter egg

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Most people are aware of the main sound effect associated with the Nintendo Switch, but the console contains a plethora of strange audio arrangements if you spend enough time playing around with it. A perfect example occurs when the Switch is being played in either its portable or tabletop mode. Or, simply put, when it’s not sitting in the dock and plugged into the back of a TV. When going from sleep mode to active, the Switch will ask players to press the same button three times. It doesn’t specify what button that is, and as Nintendo Life discovered, if you choose the ZL or ZR buttons on the top of the Joy-Con controllers, you’ll get an entirely different sound effect than using any of the standard face buttons. The standard sound, as pointed out in the video, isn’t very interesting....

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Marvel Games declares war on homogeneity

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Marvel Games' creative director Bill Rosemann used his DICE keynote earlier today to urge games companies to focus on inclusiveness and diversity. Like Jeff Kaplan's Overwatch keynote yesterday, Rosemann chose to use the DICE 2017 theme of "world building" as an opportunity to celebrate inclusivity. Taking Marvel's history of creating great superheroes as his central narrative, he called on developers to step up. "We can create worlds that affect others," he said. "When you go back to your studios and your teams and it's time to make decisions about the worlds you build, be like Spider-Man and realize the power we have and use it wisely. Be like Captain America and do the right thing." Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy In an interview with Polygon after his...

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Marvel Games declares war on homogeneity

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Marvel Games' creative director Bill Rosemann used his DICE keynote earlier today to urge games companies to focus on inclusiveness and diversity. Like Jeff Kaplan's Overwatch keynote yesterday, Rosemann chose to use the DICE 2017 theme of "world building" as an opportunity to celebrate inclusivity. Taking Marvel's history of creating great superheroes as his central narrative, he called on developers to step up. "We can create worlds that affect others," he said. "When you go back to your studios and your teams and it's time to make decisions about the worlds you build, be like Spider-Man and realize the power we have and use it wisely. Be like Captain America and do the right thing." Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy In an interview with Polygon after his...

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Watch video of Harrison Ford’s near miss with a passenger jet

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Footage has surfaced from a near-miss last week involving a passenger jet and a single-engine plane flown by Harrison Ford In the video, shown on network news early this morning, Ford's Aviat Husky passes over a Boeing 737 with 116 persons aboard at the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif. He then lands on the taxiway. The incident happened on the afternoon of Feb. 13. "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?" Ford is reported to have asked air traffic controllers, who had properly given him landing instructions that he had read back. Ford was directed to runway 20-L at the airport, but mistook a taxiway for his landing strip. The taxiway runs parallel to that runway. As comical as it may seem when the pilot of the Millennium Falcon is involved in an aviation incident with no...

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This tiny Nintendo Switch feature is already making fans super happy

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There’s a certain sound heard in all Nintendo Switch commercials that fans just can’t get enough of: a quick “click” that’s reminiscent of a clapboard slapping together. That clicking sound isn’t just a sound effect used for marketing, though — it’s actually audible when using the Switch in certain ways, as recent early hands-on videos with the hardware show. The video above comes from a recent livestream of Disgaea 5, which is coming to the Switch in May. Viewers tuning into NIS America’s event noticed that, when the players attached the Joy-Con controllers to the tablet, they made that familiar clicking sounds that many have come to appreciate. More than that, there’s actually a visual cue that shows that the Joy-Con have been attached correctly. The Joy-Con connection click has since...

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MLB The Show 17 gives its stars a much-needed makeover

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Every sports video game promises a new coat of paint with every new edition, but MLB The Show 17's visual upgrades do legitmately look profound when compared to the previous year's game. Above is José Altuve, the four-time All-Star second baseman for Houston, as he appeared in MLB The Show 16, and as he will appear in MLB The Show 17. Note, the image on the right is not some PlayStation 4 Pro-only version. It's a stark reminder that even a sports franchise as praised for visuals as MLB The Show always has room for improvement, and can make great strides when developers want to. "We were saying internally, ‘Hey, the stadiums and our atmosphere look [expletive] fantastic, but the players are kind of lagging behind a little bit,’" said Ramone Russell, the longtime baseball designer at...

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Costume Quest cartoon headed to Amazon Video next year

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Amazon Studios has greenlit a kids animated series based on Double Fine Productions’ Costume Quest series of role-playing games, the streaming service announced today. The cartoon is simply called Costume Quest. Amazon also announced today that it has picked up Pete the Cat, which is based on the children’s books by Eric Litwin; the two shows will join the roster of approximately a dozen Amazon Original Kids Series in 2018. Costume Quest follows the adventures of four kids living in the seemingly ordinary town of Auburn Pines. Here’s the description from Amazon: “To overcome obstacles and achieve their goals, they must learn to unlock and master the magical powers of supernormal costumes — with each costume comes a new set of transformations and powers.” Double Fine released the...

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Ultrawings is a VR flight simulator that puts your real hands on a virtual flight stick

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Flight simulations used to either require the use of a keyboard and mouse, which are nothing like the feel of “actually” flying, or the purchase and installation of a more traditional flight stick. Ultrawings not only wants to introduce people to the thrill of flying in virtual reality, the game has found an effective middle ground when it comes to controls. The Oculus Rift game models your real hands in the game, allowing you to interact with a virtual toggles, buttons and stick. The game’s teaser shows what it’s like to take off in one of the game’s planes. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. “It was all gamepad driven initially,” Developer Chris Stockman of BitPlanetGames told Polygon. “But we did not want to do the standard sort of things you see in cockpit games, where...

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