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Riot wants to curb toxicity in Valorant without putting the burden on targeted players

“I worry that if we (Riot) don’t make a larger commitment here, we’ll end up following up with very little, or we’ll stop at providing ‘tools’ to self-isolate, rather than promoting a fair, competitive experience for everyone. So I’m going to make that commitment.” – Valorant executive producer Anna Donlon. Riot Games stepped into the […]

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Fortnite surpasses 350 million registered players

Epic Games’ Fortnite has officially surpassed 350 million registered players across all platforms, a milestone that comes as the company is doubling down on the experience-focused elements of its game world with recent additions like the combat-free Party Royale mode and last month’s in-game Travis Scott concert. That concert pulled in 27.7 million unique participants across a single […]

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Writing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to ‘hold a mirror up to the world’

Five years ago Eidos Montreal brought Deus Ex back to life with the release of Human Revolution, a game that was designed to (among other things) play with themes of transhumanism and why people make the choices they do. Now the studio has released a followup, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, that purports to show a possible way those choices […]

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Nintendo praises Switch momentum as lifetime sales eclipse 55 million units

The Nintendo Switch has sold 55.77 million units in just over three years, according to the latest figures from Nintendo. Those numbers account for worldwide sales of the Switch and handheld-only Switch Lite as of March 31, 2020, which comes roughly three years after the console launched on March 3, 2017. It’s a total that means the […]

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold 11.77 million copies in under two weeks

Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold 11.77 million units in just 11 days to become the fastest-selling Switch title at launch. Breaking the news in its latest fiscal report, Nintendo noted the twee slice-of-life simulator experienced the “best start ever for a Nintendo Switch title.” Despite only launching on March 20, it has become the seventh best-selling […]

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Sales up at Nintendo due to ‘significant growth’ across the entire Switch family

Switch hardware and software continues to deliver the goods for Nintendo, which reported an increase in both sales and profits during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020. As highlighted in the company’s full-year financials, net sales rose by 9 percent year-on-year to 1.3 trillion yen ($12.2 billion), while profit increased by 33.3 percent to […]

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Q&A: How Jackbox CEO Mike Bilder is grappling with quarantine-driven success

As stay-at-home orders spread across the world in February to March, Chicago-based game developer Jackbox Games found itself in an unusual position. While it chose to send its developers home to work remotely, players were tuning in from all over the world to play their party games. A lot of players. According to CEO Mike Bilder, […]

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Have a look at this pitch footage for a canned Prince of Persia game

A YouTube video titled “Prince of Persia Redemption” is getting some attention today after a number of devs confirmed it’s target footage for a Prince of Persia game that was cancelled before release. What’s intriguing about this footage, which shows an upload date of 2012, is the fact that former Ubisoft Montreal animation director Jonathan Cooper took to Twitter […]

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Video: How NetEase applied reinforcement learning to build game AI

In this GDC 2020 virtual talk NetEase’s Renjie Li discusses the application of reinforcement learning in NetEase games, revealing how applying these machine learning techniques improved the game development process. It was an intriguing presentation that offered practical insight into problems Netease has encountered during development, what solutions were tried, and what impact they had on the final […]

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Pay-To-Flay: Examining microtransactions in Mortal Kombat X

In the summer of ‘95 I blew more money and time than I’d care to admit trying to unlock the “secret ninja” that friends said lurked within the aging Mortal Kombat arcade cabinet at our local bowling alley. 20 years and a slew of sequels later, the latest Mortal Kombat game seems refreshingly upfront about the […]

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