January 2019

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Donkey Kong 64 Stream Raises Over $347,000 for Charity

Over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, a charity stream of Donkey Kong 64 raised over $347,000 and included a notable guest appearance from New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The stream was held by English YouTube personality Hbomberguy (Harry Brewis) to raise funds for Mermaids, a British charity that supports gender diverse and transgender youth in the UK. Though his initial goal was to raise $500 during the stream, he ultimately raised over $347,000 as evidenced by the final tally of his twitch stream.

Brewis announced the stream on YouTube on January 14, saying he chose to stream Donkey Kong 64 because he never beat the game as a kid, even after playing a single save file for nearly 60 hours. As to why Brewis picked Mermaids, he said “I chose to support this charity because, as a person living in Britain, I find the media discussion surrounding

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Video game revenue tops $43 billion in 2018, an 18% jump from 2017

Video game revenue in 2018 reached a new peak of $43.8 billion, up 18 percent from the previous years, surpassing the projected total global box office for the film industry, according to new data released by the Entertainment Software Association and The NPD Group.

Preliminary indicators for global box office revenues published at the end of last year indicated that revenue from ticket sales at box offices around the world would hit $41.7 billion, according to comScore data reported by Deadline Hollywood.

The $43.8 billion tally also surpasses numbers for streaming services, which are estimated to rake in somewhere around $28.8 billion for the year, according to a report in Multichannel News.

Video games and related content have become the new source of entertainment for a generation — and it’s something that has new media moguls like Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings concerned. In the company’s most recent shareholder letter, Netflix said that Fortnite was more of a threat to its business than TimeWarner’s HBO.

“We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO,” the company’s shareholder letter stated. “When …read more

Science-Fiction Weekly – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Anthem, Genesis Alpha One, Switchblade, Stellaris

If your name is Count Dooku, you probably tell everyone “Please call me Darth Tyranus.” Despite having a name that made most theatergoers rub their ears and question if they heard it correctly, Count Dooku was pretty damn cool. He was played by the great Christopher Lee, was Yoda’s padawan, and played a significant role in Anakin Skywalker turning to the dark side. In addition to being a prominent figure in the prequel movies, he shined in The Clone Wars animated series. As of tomorrow, Dooku will be available as a playable hero in Star Wars Battlefront II. This update also introduces Geonosis as a location for Heroes vs. Villains, Blast, and custom avenues of play. Dooku wears his iconic brown cape, but can also be customized to wear his “Dark Ritual” attire that appeared in a Clone Wars: Lost Missions episode. That outfit arrives on January 30.

In other Star Wars news, if you’re looking forward to becoming a part of your own Star Wars story at the forthcoming Galaxy’s Edge theme park, you may want to bone up on your lore first. Lucasfilm and Marvel are teaming up for a new five-issue comic book series called Star …read more

To rebuild satellite communications, Ubiquitilink starts at ground level

Communications satellites are multiplying year by year as more companies vie to create an orbital network that brings high-speed internet to the globe. Ubiquitilink, a new company headed by Nanoracks co-founder Charles Miller, is taking a different tack: reinventing the Earthbound side of the technology stack.

Miller’s intuition, backed by approval and funding from a number of investors and communications giants, is that people are competing to solve the wrong problem in the comsat world. Driving down the cost of satellites isn’t going to create the revolution they hope. Instead, he thinks the way forward lies in completely rebuilding the “user terminal,” usually a ground station or large antenna.

“If you’re focused on bridging the digital divide, say you have to build a thousand satellites and a hundred million user terminals,” he said, “which should you optimize for cost?”

Of course dropping the price of satellites has plenty of benefits on its own, but he does have a point. What happens when a satellite network is in place to cover most of the planet but the only devices that can access it cost thousands of dollars or have to be in proximity to some subsidized high-tech hub?

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How to Watch the Anthem Beta World Premiere With BioWare Live

Ahead of Anthem’s launch next month, BioWare will release a public demo for its new open-world game, and you’ll be able to get an exclusive first look at the upcoming beta this Thursday, exclusively right here on IGN.

Read on for a rundown of when and where to watch the Anthem beta world premiere.

BioWare will join IGN to livestream the Anthem beta on Thursday, January 24 at 10am PT/1pm ET/6pm UK (Friday, January 25 at 5am AET).

We’ll have you covered wherever you plan to watch the stream. BioWare’s Anthem beta world premiere will be available through IGN’s website, as well as our various mobile and console apps, including:

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Nintendo Announces Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournaments

Nintendo has announced two Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments: the North America Open 2019 and the European Smash Ball Team Cup 2019.

The North America Open will split up the United States, Canada and Mexico into four regions for qualifiers: Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, or Southeast. These qualifying rounds and their subsequent final rounds will be held online, with the first beginning February 2 at 9am PT.

These online qualifiers will consist of three single-elimination tournaments per region, and once all regional qualifiers are finished, 12 players will move on to the final event at PAX East in Boston on March 30. Registration and specific dates for each region’s qualifiers can be found through Battlefly.

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4 Weird Resident Evil Games You Probably Forgot Existed

Every Resident Evil game is weird. No, hear me out! I mean that in a good way! Resident Evil games generally revolve around a well dressed person (or group of well dressed people) showing up to a dank, dimly lit location and sauntering around its hallways to eat plants, open doors with animal eyeballs, and bang on typewriters while a collective of living corpses and mutated animal monsters try to kill them. That’s all very weird. Fun as hell, but very, very weird. Especially when you write it all out like that.

That said, sometimes the plots of Resident Evil games aren’t nearly as weird as the systems they are ported to. Resident Evil games generally rely on cutting edge graphics and cinematic aspirations to deliver their spooky, survival horror visions, so bringing those games over to less impressive hardware has a tendency to dramatically shift things a bit. So let’s take a look at four very weird – and occasionally really cool – Resident Evil games that you probably forgot existed.

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From Software On The Possibility Of A Demon’s Souls Remaster

Although most of our interviews and conversations with From Software revolved around the studio’s upcoming game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, when the time came to chat with director and current From president Hidetaka Miyazaki, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to chat about the studio’s past works. With the recent release of Dark Souls: Remastered, it’s clear From isn’t opposed to revisiting its older games, so we decided to raise the question: Is there any chance of a Demon’s Souls remaster happening?

While Miyazaki thinks it’s possible, it’s not something he’s personally interested in. “It’s like when you write – when you’re younger, you look back on [previous work] and you think ‘Oh, goodness what was I thinking,’” he says. “It’s not that I’m embarrassed, I just don’t like to look at my previous works.” And while he’s not opposed to the idea of a remaster, it’s not exactly up to him, either: Sony would have to sign off on it as well. “You’d have to see what they’re thinking about it.”

SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘R.B.I. Baseball 19’ Coming in March, ‘Blade Strangers’ Throwback Review, ‘FutureGrind’, More New Releases, Today’s Sales, and More

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for January 22nd, 2019. Today we’ve got news of a few upcoming releases, some looks at the handful of games that came out today, a throwback review to one of the Nicalis games that is currently on sale, and a few other goodies. Check it out, enjoy, do that reader thing that we all appreciate so much. Let’s dance!


‘R.B.I. Baseball 19′ Heads to Switch in March

The name RBI Baseball is going to mean different things to different generations. It was a beloved series of baseball games that started back on the Nintendo Entertainment System, the first console baseball game licensed by the MLBPA. The last game in that line came in 1995. Nearly 20 years later, MLB Advanced Media and Behaviour Interactive revived the name with RBI Baseball 14. You see, as curious as it may be, from that year on, no company seemed particularly interested in making a multi-platform licensed baseball game. The MLB took matters into its own hands, and that’s still where we’re at a half-decade down the road. To say it has been a learning experience is probably an understatement; …read more

Heady ’80s Cop Show Inspired Adventure ‘Beat Cop’ Out Now on iOS and Android

A couple of years back Polish developer Pixel Crow in partnership with This War of Mine ($14.99) developer 11bit Studio released a police-themed adventure game called Beat Cop onto the desktop platform, and as of today the game is now available for both iOS and Android devices. Its look and feel was inspired by those overly dramatic 1980s cop shows like Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues, with a twinge of humor that pokes fun at how obviously campy those shows look from today’s point of view. I think you’ll get a pretty good idea of the vibe of Beat Cop from the following trailer.

I love that style, but at its heart there is something much more serious about Beat Cop. It’s a point-and-click style adventure game that has you patrolling several blocks of 1980s New York City. You’ll do all the expected things a beat cop might do like writing parking tickets or chasing down a bad guy. What’s so interesting though are the moral quandaries you’ll encounter during your shifts. For example, if your shift is coming to an end and you haven’t hit your quota of parking tickets, should …read more