news

Elex 2 announced

Eurogamer - 1 hour 48 min ago

THQ Nordic has announced Elex 2, the next game from Piranha Bytes.

It's down as "coming soon" to PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, and Xbox One. The announcement trailer is below:

Elex 2 is the sequel to post-apocalyptic sci-fi open-world role-playing game Elex, which Piranha Bytes' released in 2017. "Hokey, uneven and janky, Elex is nonetheless a compelling throwback to a time before open worlds became choose your own to-do lists," Richie Shoemaker wrote in Eurogamer's Elex review.

Read more

Categories: Video Games

Our top wireless keyboard recommendation is £50 off today

Eurogamer - 2 hours 5 min ago

Our number one 'best wireless keyboard' recommendation is the Logitech G915 TKL, and today this compact mechanical keyboard is £50 off at Amazon.

That makes this ultra-premium keyboard significantly more affordable, dropping the price from £199 (!) to £149. It's still a premium proposition, but in my eyes it's justified by the robust aircraft-grade aluminium design, low profile tactile mechanical switches and industry-leading low-latency wireless.

These basic elements are enough to make for a great keyboard for typing, programming or gaming, but the G915 TKL gets a lot of the little things right too.

Read more

Categories: Video Games

Plexiglass Is Everywhere, With No Proof It Keeps Covid at Bay

Slashdot - 2 hours 44 min ago
Sales of plexiglass tripled to roughly $750 million in the U.S. after the pandemic hit, as offices, schools, restaurants and retail stores sought protection from the droplets that health authorities suspected were spreading the coronavirus. There was just one hitch. Not a single study has shown that the clear plastic barriers actually control the virus, said Joseph Allen of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. From a report: "We spent a lot of time and money focused on hygiene theater," said Allen, an indoor-air researcher. "The danger is that we didn't deploy the resources to address the real threat, which was airborne transmission -- both real dollars, but also time and attention. The tide has turned," he said. "The problem is, it took a year." For the first months of Covid-19, top health authorities pointed to larger droplets as the key transmission culprits, despite a chorus of protests from researchers like Allen. Tinier floating droplets can also spread the virus, they warned, meaning plastic shields can't stop them. Not until last month did the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fully affirm airborne transmission. That meant plastic shielding had created "a false sense of security," said building scientist Marwa Zaatari, a pandemic task force member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Geeky Stuff

As Guilty Gear Strive punches through 300,000 sold, dataminer unearths potential DLC characters list

Eurogamer - 2 hours 46 min ago

Guilty Gear Strive has sold more than 300,000 copies since going on sale last week, developer Arc System Works has announced.

That includes shipments of physical copies and downloads, the developer said in a tweet.

Strive got off to a great start on PC, and hit peak Steam concurrents of over 31,000 players, according to SteamDB.

Read more

Categories: Video Games

Netflix's live-action Assassin's Creed signs Die Hard writer

Eurogamer - 2 hours 51 min ago

The live-action Assassin's Creed series in the works at Netflix has signed up Jeb Stuart as its writer, according to Variety.

Most recently, and perhaps most relevantly, Stuart created Vikings spin-off Vikings: Valhalla, a spin-off from the popular Norse telly drama which is also Netflix-bound.

Further back, more years than I care to mention, Stuart also wrote the screenplay for the legendary Die Hard.

Read more

Categories: Video Games

All in a Back 4 Blood party can play paid DLC if one person owns it

Eurogamer - 3 hours 23 min ago

All in a Back 4 Blood party can play paid DLC as long as one player owns it, developer Turtle Rock has confirmed.

In a blog post, Turtle Rock said if your party leader owns a paid content drop, you will be able to play that content with them. This includes maps, gameplay and campaign.

"No separation. No exclusion. No split," Turtle Rock said.

Read more

Categories: Video Games

Rare's Everwild now targeting 2024 release - report

Eurogamer - 3 hours 29 min ago

Rare's mysterious fantasy deer adventure Everwild is now pencilled in for 2024, according to a new report.

Everwild, alongside various other far-off Microsoft exclusives, was absent from this year's Bethesda-dominated Xbox E3 showcase. That is because its development has undergone a reboot, and its launch window pushed back, according to a VGC report.

But while we won't see Everwild for some time, there's reason to be optimistic for the project. Rare veteran Gregg Mayles, who has served at the studio for more than 30 years, was recently brought on as its creative director.

Read more

Categories: Video Games

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War gets Rush from Black Ops 2 in Season 4

Eurogamer - 5 hours 16 min ago

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is getting yet another remastered map from previous Black Ops games.

Yesterday, Activision revealed Treyarch's shooter gets Rush from Black Ops 2 later in Season 4.

Rush is a map included in the Vengeance downloadable content pack for the 2012 shooter. It takes place in the premises of a commercial paintball outfit.

Read more

Categories: Video Games

Ynglet is an entrancing game about jumping between bubbles like a space-dolphin

Eurogamer - 6 hours 44 min ago

Ynglet is a game about jumping between bubbles like you're a space-dolphin. You don't need me to go on, do you? Full disclosure: I pinched that description from the Steam page, but I needed it! I have absolutely no idea what's going on in the game. I'm a shape that swims along and jumps between what I now know are bubbles. What I'm doing there, I don't really know. Some meteor crashed into a scene you're likely to see in a microscope, and here we are. But the whys don't really matter. What matters is: it's fabulous.

It reminds me a lot of flOw, that awkwardly capitalised PS3 game by thatgamecompany, which you probably know for making Journey. Remember it? FlOw was a kind of meditative Petri dish of a game. You were a microscopic organism and had to steadily eat your way bigger, without getting eaten yourself. There's no eating here in Ynglet, but you do look a bit like a tiny organism, and that tone, that meditative calm: Ynglet is all about that.

Ynglet is a kind of platformer. You swim, but you only ever really control your movement when inside a bubble of some kind. Outside of a bubble, gravity pulls you down, meaning you can fall to your sort-of death. The idea, then, is to swim to the edge of a bubble, leap out, and land in another bubble. Incidentally, if you do fall, you go back quickly to the last bubble you activated by waiting on it for a moment or two.

Read more

Categories: Video Games

Microsoft's Smith Says Secret Subpoenas Hurt US Tech Companies

Slashdot - 7 hours 44 min ago
Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith criticized secret data subpoenas sent by the government to cloud providers like his company and Apple, saying gag orders on requests for personal information undermine freedoms and are hurting U.S. technology companies in Europe. From a report: Last week the New York Times reported that during the administration of former President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Justice demanded records from Apple relating to two Democrats on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. CNBC reported Microsoft received a confidential request for the personal emails of a Congressional staffer. Both companies were under nondisclosure orders that prevented them from talking about or alerting the subjects of the data seizures. The U.S. government should change the rules so that people whose data is being demanded can be informed and choose whether to file a legal challenge to the subpoenas, Smith said Monday in an interview with Bloomberg Television. Microsoft in 2016 filed a case against the DOJ related to the gag orders, and a year later the department issued new guidelines it said would scale back the practice of these kinds of confidential requests. "If we fail to do so, we undermine longstanding fundamental freedoms in the country and, frankly, for those of us in the tech sector, we're put in the middle," Smith said. "This should be an issue where the government has to go most of the time to the individuals whose information they are seeking."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Geeky Stuff

Companies Push Employees To Prove They Are Vaccinated for Covid-19

Slashdot - 10 hours 44 min ago
Companies are stepping up the pressure on workers to get vaccinated -- not necessarily with mandates but with strong nudges. From a report: For months, many employers have attempted to coax workers into receiving a Covid-19 vaccine. Companies dangled cash, time off and other prizes to encourage vaccinations. Executives made personal appeals in town-hall meetings and internal memos. Now, some of those efforts are taking a more assertive and urgent tone. While most employers haven't flat-out ordered staff to get vaccinated, many are asking workers to report their vaccination status or are implementing policies that restrict the activities of unvaccinated workers. Unlike the first wave of corporate efforts -- which focused more on getting front-line workers and essential staffers at retailers, hospitals and airlines vaccinated -- the latest push affects more professionals at banks, law firms and similar businesses. Some companies say they want reassurance that the majority of their workers are vaccinated before broadly reopening offices. Goldman Sachs last week ordered its U.S. employees to disclose in an internal portal whether they had received the vaccine. The Wall Street firm, which hasn't mandated vaccines, has told staff that fully vaccinated employees who have registered their status can work without masks in its offices. Others will still have to wear masks at all times except at their desks. Other banks, including Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo, have asked employees to voluntarily register their vaccination status.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Geeky Stuff

Irish Police To Be Given Powers Over Passwords

Slashdot - 13 hours 14 min ago
Irish police will have the power to compel people to provide passwords for electronic devices when carrying out a search warrant under new legislation. From a report: The change is part of the Garda Siochana Bill published by Irish Justice Minister Heather Humphreys on Monday. Gardai will also be required to make a written record of a stop and search. This will enable data to be collected so the effectiveness and use of the powers can be assessed. Special measures will be introduced for suspects who are children and suspects who may have impaired capacity. The bill will bring in longer detention periods for the investigation of multiple offences being investigated together, for a maximum of up to 48 hours. It will also allow for a week's detention for suspects in human trafficking offences, which are currently subject to a maximum of 24 hours detention.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Geeky Stuff

Google Will Let Enterprises Store Their Google Workspace Encryption Keys

Slashdot - 14 hours 44 min ago
As ubiquitous as Google Docs has become in the last year alone, a major criticism often overlooked by the countless workplaces that use it is that it isn't end-to-end encrypted, allowing Google -- or any requesting government agency -- access to a company's files. But Google is finally addressing that key complaint with a round of updates that will let customers shield their data by storing their own encryption keys. From a report: Google Workspace, the company's enterprise offering that includes Google Docs, Slides and Sheets, is adding client-side encryption so that a company's data will be indecipherable to Google. Companies using Google Workspace can store their encryption keys with one of four partners for now: Flowcrypt, Futurex, Thales or Virtru, which are compatible with Google's specifications. The move is largely aimed at regulated industries -- like finance, healthcare and defense -- where intellectual property and sensitive data are subject to intense privacy and compliance rules.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Geeky Stuff

Call of Duty: Warzone's Verdansk '84 gets new satellite crash sites with Season 4

Eurogamer - 15 hours 28 min ago

Call of Duty: Warzone Season 4 kicks off this week, and brings with it new points of interest to the map.

Satellite crash sites will be plainly visible in Verdansk '84, with the debris and impact on the landscape "significant", Activision said in a blog post. These sites offer new opportunities for cover, and the satellites themselves can also be secured.

You can interact with the Sat-Links found in these areas to work toward receiving permanent rewards in the Ground Fall event at the beginning of the season. You can also obtain items to use during the match, such as killstreaks, vehicles, and field upgrades.

Read more

Categories: Video Games

Capcom dates Monster Hunter Rise's first collab event, Monster Hunter Stories 2 demo

Eurogamer - 15 hours 35 min ago

As part of its E3 2021 livestream, Capcom has offered up a sprinkling of new Monster Hunter news, including confirmation that Monster Hunter Rise's first collaboration event will arrive this Friday, and that there's a Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin demo coming next week.

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, the latest entry in Capcom's RPG spin-off series, comes to Switch and PC on 9th July, but interested parties will be able to download a trial version of the game next Friday, 25th June. Capcom notes all progress made in the demo will be transferable to the main game on release.

Additionally, Capcom confirmed it'll be supporting Monster Hunter Stories 2 after launch with free title updates, the first of which will see Monster Hunter Rise's Palamute join the game as a rideable Monstie on 9th July. And if you still haven't had your fill of Monster Hunter Stories 2 trailers, here's another one now.

Read more

Categories: Video Games

Google's AirTable Rival, Tables, Graduates From Beta

Slashdot - 15 hours 42 min ago
Last fall, Google's in-house incubator Area 120 introduced a new work-tracking tool called Tables, an AirTable (a San Francisco-based startup that makes cloud-based spreadsheet collaboration software and is valued at $5.77 billion) rival that allows for tracking projects more efficiently using automation. Today, Google says Tables will officially "graduate" from Area 120 to become an official Google product by joining Google Cloud, which it expects to complete in the next year. From a report: The Tables project was started by long-time Google employee, now Tables' GM Tim Gleason, who spent 10 years at the company and many more before that in the tech industry. He said he was inspired to work on Tables because he always had a difficult time tracking projects, as teams shared notes and tasks across different documents, which quickly got out of date. [...] Another factor that prompted Tables' adoption was how quickly people could be productive, thanks in part to its ability to integrate with existing data warehouses and other services. Currently, Tables supports Office 365, Microsoft Access, Google Sheets, Slack, Salesforce, Box and Dropbox, for example. Tables was one of only a few Area 120 projects to launch with a paid business model, along with ticket seller Fundo, conversational ads platform AdLingo and Google's recently launched Orion WiFi. During its beta, an individual could use Tables for free, with support for up to 100 tables and 1,000 rows. The paid plan was supposed to cost $10 per user per month, with support for up to 1,000 tables and 10,000 rows. This plan also included support for larger attachments, more actions and advanced history, sharing, forms, automation and views.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Geeky Stuff

Resident Evil Village will get DLC, Capcom mysteriously teases

Eurogamer - Mon, 14/06/2021 - 23:41

Tonight's Capcom E3 2021 livestream brought a brief update on Resident Evil Village.

Capcom confirmed that DLC for the game had just entered into production "by popular demand". That was all the detail we got, but it'll probably focus on Lady D, won't it?

Additionally, Resident Evil RE:Verse, the delayed free multiplayer component for Village owners, will finally arrive in July. This lets you play as various Resident Evil characters from throughout the series, though its earlier beta recieved a mixed reception.

Read more

Categories: Video Games

It looks like Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania screens and box art have surfaced

Eurogamer - Mon, 14/06/2021 - 23:22

It looks like Sega might not be quite done with its spherically ensconced simians just yet; images have surfaced for a new entry in the long-running Super Monkey Ball series, this one titled Banana Mania, supposedly heading to Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Series X/S.

The images in question, shared by freelance journalist Nils Ahrensmeier on Twitter earlier today, purportedly show PlayStation 5 and Switch box art for Banana Mania, alongside four typically cheery screenshots from the game.

One of these shots teases a return for Monkey Ball's much-loved party game Monkey Target, while the others are a little harder to pin down. However, a few well-versed Monkey Ball fans are currently doing some deductive work and speculating that the images could well be pointing to a remake of 2005's Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, which melded the first two Monkey Ball games along with brand-new content.

Read more

Categories: Video Games

French Companies Admit Problems at Nuclear Plant in China

Slashdot - Mon, 14/06/2021 - 23:03
Unusual activity at a nuclear power reactor in China has drawn international attention, as two French companies involved in the plant acknowledged problems on Monday but said they could be handled safely. From a report: The companies were responding to a report by CNN on Monday that Framatome, one of the companies, had sought help from the United States, citing an "imminent radiological threat" at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong Province. EDF, France's main power utility and part owner of the power plant, said in a statement that certain gases had accumulated in the water and steam surrounding the uranium fuel rods at the heart of the reactor. But it said that the reactor had procedures for dealing with such a buildup of gases, which it described as a "known phenomenon." Framatome, an EDF affiliate and the builder of the reactors, said that there had been a "performance issue" but that the plant was operating within its safety parameters. In China, the power plant said in a statement on Sunday night that no leak into the environment had been detected.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Geeky Stuff

Far: Lone Sails follow-up Changing Tides is a post-apocalyptic adventure across the waves

Eurogamer - Mon, 14/06/2021 - 22:28

Developer Okomotive has revealed Far: Changing Tides, the follow-up to its acclaimed post-apocalyptic vehicle adventure Far: Lone Sails, which is out on PC and consoles later this year.

Changing Tides sends players on a fresh bout of genteel side-scrolling vehicular management. This time, however, instead of embarking on a tank-y trundle across a dried-out ocean, they'll be following the horizon for some boat-based adventure above and beneath the waves.

"Set sail and discover the wonders of a flooded world filled with mystery," explains Okomotive. "Traverse the ruins of a once great society and use the pieces from its past to build a brighter future. Dive into unknown depths on the hunt for precious fuel and salvage, devise innovative solutions to overcome intricate obstacles, and unearth forgotten relics lost to time."

Read more

Categories: Video Games
Syndicate content