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Mario, but completely covered in fur thanks to Unreal 4

Do you remember how many Super Mario Bros. recreations littered LittleBigPlanet? Mario is iconic. He is video games. So it's not surprising folks messing around in Unreal Engine 4 continue to use the model. It's more fun in these context-f...   read

 
 
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Our mechanical overlords have mastered Mario

This is how it starts, I fucking know it. First it’s cute little tricks like playing football. Then it’s some actually kind of impressive stuff like this AI who has managed to learn and beat a Mario level in 34 tries. Then it&rs...   read

 
 
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Summer Lesson
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Summer Lesson looks like everything I want from virtual reality right now

OK, real talk: That headline makes me sound like a giant creeper because, in case you didn't know, Summer Lesson is a Sony Morpheus-based tech demo that involves you just sitting beside a girl, listening to her, and nodding your ...   read

 
 
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Halt and Catch Fire
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Halt and Catch Fire explores the early days of online gaming

In case you couldn't tell, the 1980s is having a bit of comeback. With so many games and films (Kung Fury is out today!) seeking to emulate the vibrant and lively era, there's plenty of people out there feeling nostalgic for the '80s. Thoug...   read

 
 
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Twitch.tv
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Twitch is reducing its delay for partners

[Update: Turns out this applies to all streamers, and not just partners. This has been confirmed in a tweet from the Twitch PR director.] Hey, Twitch streamers! Remember those glorious days a few years ago when the delay on your stream was...   read

 
 
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Xbox One

Xbox founder thinks Sony is winning the console war

Ed Fries -- part of the original team that created the first Xbox way back in 2001 -- thinks that Sony's PlayStation 4 is leading the current-gen console war "by a nose." Fries added that while Microsoft had slashed prices recently, it was ...   read

 
 
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Square x Soft
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Final Fantasy XV dev put together this DirectX 12 tech demo for Microsoft

It's so weird how many computer companies and developers had or have the word "soft" in their names. Squaresoft, Microsoft, Ubisoft. It's like a menagerie of Pau Gasols out here am I right folks. I put together some words in the headline p...   read

 
 
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Witcher beard

Geralt will grow a beard while you play The Witcher 3

Some would call beard growth in videogames insignificant -- a waste of time. They would be wrong. As spotted in the NeoGAF recap of German gaming magazine Gamestar.de's factoid-filled coverage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, protagonist Geralt...   read

 
 
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SteelSeries Sentry
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I couldn't trick the eye-tracking tech in Assassin's Creed Rogue

Whenever I get my hands on new technology, my first inclination is to try to break it. Well, not the way Fred Durst likes to break stuff, but to see if I can expose any hiccups in the design. Going into a demo for the SteelSeries Sentry, an...   read

 
 
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New Nvidia Shield is a $200 Android console

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has announced the company's own sort of Ouya/Amazon Fire TV, the "world's first 4K Android TV console," the Tegra X1-powered Nvidia Shield. Not to be confused with Nvidia's recent Nvidia Shield. It is a thin rectan...   read

 
 
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GDC news

Sony's virtual reality hat Morpheus coming to PlayStation 4 in 2016

In the last month or so, invitations to various virtual reality headset demonstrations have made up a huge chunk of my inbox. GDC is into virtual reality.  I worry someone will pull some garish box out of their bag this week, run up to...   read

 
 
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AC Rogue on PC
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Assassin's Creed Rogue's PC port will be first triple-A game to use eye-tracking

When Assassin's Creed Rogue comes to PC later this spring, players will be able to take advantage of some optional tech that, in a sense, won't restrict their field of vision to the confines of their screen; in fact, it'll create an i...   read

 
 
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Crazy tech demo
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Unreal 4 can help make some ridiculously photo realistic apartments

3D artist and level designer Benoît Dereau, who has previously worked on Dishonored, has made one of the most impressive Unreal Engine 4 tech demos I've seen, as far as photo realism goes. It makes PT look like a video...   read

 
 
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Holograms!
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You saw Microsoft's crazy hologram headset, right?

Earlier today, Microsoft held a Windows 10 event. My stream kept dying, but I posted about the Battletoads shirt worn by head of Xbox Phil Spencer during his segment about gaming. Much of the event was uninteresting or irrelevant for this a...   read

 
 
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Congrats on the Academy Award, SpeedTree

Do you ever take a moment to stop and admire the scenery? Too often are we focused on mindlessly pushing forward to the next objective to notice the little details. Foliage, man. Take it in. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences i...   read

 
 
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Nvidia grass tech demo
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Nvidia's new grass tech demo is pretty neat

Okay, I mostly wanted to write this story because grass behavior is stereotypically one of the dullest things out there, right next to watching paint dry. But to be honest, the tech demo above is actually pretty cool. I can imagine a game ...   read

 
 
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Apple announces the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Tim Cook called it the "biggest advancement in iPhone." We called it the worst of their long history of poorly kept secrets.  Two sizes: both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus were announced this morning at Apple's press conference in...   read

 
 
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Samsung

Here's the more expensive version of Google Cardboard from Samsung

Samsung has announced that it will be showing its rumored virtual reality headset, codenamed "Project Moonlight," at its upcoming product event show in early September where it is widely expected to also announce the Galaxy Note 4. The head...   read

 
 
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Epic Games UK

Epic Games UK set up to work on Unreal Engine 4

Most of us won't recognize Pitbull Studio by name, but the company has worked with Epic Games in the past on Gears of War: Judgment and, most notably, Unreal Engine 4. Now, the two are further extending their partnership as Pitbull becomes ...   read

 
 
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CES expands to Asia with a new tradeshow in Shanghai

The Consumer Electronic Show is one of my favorite events. It was Destructoid's very first trade show, and we've been back every year we've been in business. While not necessarily a videogame trade show, it still brings us big gaming news. ...   read

 
 
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Microsoft layoffs cut 18,000 workers

Microsoft says that they're working to realign their workforce, with the first step being a large scale workforce reduction of up to 18,000 jobs. They say that the vast majority of the jobs that will be eliminated will happen in the next si...   read

 
 
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Samsung

Here's Samsung's bid at entering the VR market

A new leaked image of Samsung's entry into the VR headset arena is making its rounds on the internet today. Known as Gear VR, it's poised to implement software co-developed by Rift creator Oculus, with screens and additional hardware supple...   read

 
 
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Razer micro console powered by Android TV revealed at Google I/O

A new product, a Razer "micro-console" powered by Android TV, was shown as part of the keynote at Google I/O today. This is a device that will stream games and other content to televisions. Razer says that it will be priced to be affordable...   read

 
 
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Microsoft acquires cloud-computing company GreenButton

Microsoft has acquired a high-performance cloud-computing company named GreenButton today. The two companies have worked together in the past, with GreenButton also providing services to HP, Amazon, and others. But TechCrunch reports that M...   read

 
 
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ZeniMax vs. Oculus VR

ZeniMax seeking compensation over the Oculus Rift

id Software parent company ZeniMax Media has sent a "formal notice of its legal rights" to Oculus VR and Facebook over intellectual property worked on by chief technology officer John Carmack while he was still at id that ZeniMax claims con...   read

 
 
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Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random pictures. They are anything but random. Disclosure: I backed Double Fine Adventure and Awesomenauts: Starstorm on Kickst...

 


 


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Is this song rock n roll, or is it metal? I have difficulty telling the 2

 
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I know this feeling all too

 
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Thats okay Ill just take your word for Or yknow, watch

 
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What is it with this game and drunk wizards misplacing their important shit all the time :p

 
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Im looking into board games for my 10-year old nephew, but Im a bit overwhelmed, given the boom in the industry since I was growing up, and the awkward Anyone have any recommendations?

 
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I went to go work on my cblog for tomorrow and there is no Its ALL I mean, I wouldnt mind an option to switch the view between HTML and normal, but UI makes it a lot W/O UI blog will be

 
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