In 2013, South Korean television network tvN aired a competition-style reality television show called The Genius. On the surface it sounds like most other shows in the genre: a group of celebrities are tasked with playing games together in order to win a cash prize. But The Genius is something special. It’s a twisty, often shocking show, that lets the audience in on the fun of solving puzzles and scheming. Advertisement While the broadcast rights have been sold to networks in France, the UK and the Netherlands, The Genius has never aired in the US. YouTuber Bumdiddlyumptious translated and subtitled the entire show if you’re in one of the many countries that missed out. And you don’t want to miss this—it is one of the best reality television competition shows I’ve ever watched, and I’ve seen every season of America’s Next Top Model. Spoilers One of the best parts of the show is that it hides aspects of the games and machinations of the players in the same way they’re being hidden from the players themselves. As you’re watching, you’ll be just as shocked as other players are when alliances are READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
A Charon-class Freighter exploding. – Screenshot by Klavas <KarmaFleet> EVE Online is a game of risk versus reward, a game where players can take chances with their resources. Over the past weekend, the in-game organization know as “The Imperium” staged an annual event called “Burn Jita.” During this event, the safest areas of the game are invaded by renegade players, who turn everything into fiery graveyards where the damages rack up to thousands of real-world dollars. As they say, “Do not fly something you cannot afford to lose.” The stage The galaxy of New Eden, the cluster of star systems that makes up the playable world of EVE Online, is divided roughly into three portions, Null security, Low Security, and High Security space. These designations are based on the relative safety of those areas, and how the game’s NPC police reacts to player actions. Null security space is a lawless land where players make the rules and run the show—that’s where a lot of the EVE incidents that make the news come from. Low security space offers players some limited protection if they stay near the NPC controlled Stargates and Space Stations, as powerful and invulnerable guns READ FULL STORY…
In an interview published on Collider on Saturday, writer Joe Carnahan talks a little about his work on the Uncharted movie, which he thinks series creators Naughty Dog might be “happy with”. About that, Joe… Advertisement Here’s the relevant part from the interview, which he admittedly tempers with some Trumpian qualifications: I’m very happy with the script, and listen it was important that I got Amy Hennig’s approval, her and Nolan North, and what I’ve heard is the Naughty Dog guys are really happy with it. But who knows? That could be like Donald Trump hearing something; that may not be true at all. Turns out it’s the latter, because Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckman—who was a designer on Uncharted 2 and was creative director on Uncharted 4—tweeted this once the interview went live: It follows something he said a few days earlier, when asked by a fan about the movie: That, uh, definitely does not qualify as “really happy with”. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Against all odds and expectations, a “shiny hunter” who had just started learning to play competitive Pokémon doubles defeated the reigning world champion as well as a two-time US National champion during this weekend’s tournament. Advertisement Right now, the One Nation of Gamers Pokemon Invitational is underway, and it is the first competitive Pokemon tournament organized/sponsored by someone outside The Pokémon Company. Some of the best players around are competing against each other: there’s three world champions, three national champions and multiple players who are known for changing the metagame with their team building. And then there’s aDrive. Dan “aDrive” Clap is a full-time YouTuber who creates Pokémon content. While aDrive has been playing the competitive “singles” format (one monster on the field) at a high level for almost a decade, he just started seriously playing the “doubles” format (two monsters on the field) a couple months ago. For the most part, aDrive is known by the VGC community as someone who live streams the rare search for shiny Pokémon, a process that involves encountering the same Pokémon hundreds of times, on average, until you run into one with a READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Photo: Blizzard South Korean Overwatch pro Miro is probably the best Winston player in the world. His deft tank work helped South Korea win the first Overwatch World Cup and he took home personal tournament MVP honors as well. If you want a highlight reel of his best moments, well here you go. Advertisement Miro’s Lunatic-Hai squad was playing Misfits earlier this afternoon, and he showed off his gorilla skills with an exquisitely timed Jump Pack recovery. When Winston pops his ultimate, Primal Rage, he gets a big health boost and the damage of his melee attacks increases. Because you can’t activate his tesla cannon while he’s ulting, players’ ability to maneuver around the map is key to success. As a master gorillaman, Miro knows the precise limits of his ultimate, and he leapt over the edge of the map to and punch out the opponents’ Mercy while taking heavy fire from Pharah. He looked dead as hell, but made perfect use of the diminished cooldown time on his Jump Pack and got back up to safety. The move came just after 2:18:42 in this stream. [embedded content] The announcers wrote READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Last week I moved out Rihanna and Dwayne Johnson after their wedding, to frolic in San Muyshuno and hopefully have some children I can micromanage sometime soon. I asked readers to help me figure out who to add for the two remaining slots in the house. Blac Chyna and Prompto were too tempting to pass up. Where would I be without this dude? Blac Chyna was a genius suggestion, and my initial thought was to add her and the wrestler, Chyna, but I couldn’t find her in the gallery. Prompto was a great second choice. Advertisement Unsurprisingly, Blac Chyna and Prompto have been getting along with pretty much everyone, but there’s been a couple things that caught my eye. First, Prompto has really, really been hitting it off with Cate Blanchett. All day and all night he wants to play basketball with her, chat with her and take pictures with her. Kind of a departure from his crush in Final Fantasy XV, Cindy the bikini wearing mechanic, but I wouldn’t mind letting this budding romance flourish. Blac Chyna is also really popular, but I swear to READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
My mom loves mystery stories, but I’ve never really seen the appeal. While we both love reading, she likes to puzzle out the mystery as she reads along. I can’t help myself from flipping to the back of the book. Now that I’ve played Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, however, I finally understand the thrill of sleuthing. Advertisement I grabbed this game to play with my boyfriend, who is a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. Like mystery stories in general, Sherlock Holmes doesn’t do a lot for me. He’s smug, arrogant, and because he exists in a fictional universe he’s got the audacity of always having the answers. The difference in Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective is that the titular investigator is basically absent. You’re handed the beginning of a Sherlock Holmes story, and then asked to find the ending. What I love most about this game is everything that comes in the box. You’re given a case file with a sealed envelope on the back page, which contains a small slip of paper that holds the answer to the mystery. Each case has newspapers to peruse to help you investigate. You also READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
The original generation of Pokémon had 150 special monsters to find. One of the most elusive was the legendary psychic type Mewtwo. But if there was a Mewtwo, that left a question: where was the original Mew? Advertisement Little did people know, Mew was already in the game. Near the end of the game’s development cycle, the team removed the debug feature. With 300 bytes of data to spare, the team snuck Mew into the game, even though they had been told not to touch another fragment of the game’s code. “What we did would be unthinkable nowadays,” Pokémon programmer Shigeki Morimoto said during an Iwata Asks interview. Even the higher ups within the company were unaware. When rumors of Mew’s existence started cropping up, they dismissed them as enthusiastic fan talk. Advertisement It is hard to know who started the rumors, but Morimoto claims that Mew began showing up in players’ games due to a bug. There are many ways to glitch the game to acquire Mew. Most likely, the player who first found Mew might have found it while performing the “Trainer READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
No mini-map? Just health hearts and a stamina gauge when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to the “pro” heads-up display option. My emotional journey over my first four hours of playing the new Zelda: liked it, grew skeptical of it, doubted it, regained appreciation, now hooked on it. Advertisement If you love the Zelda formula you may take this same ride when you start playing The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, which comes out for Wii U and Nintendo Switch next week. I’ve only played a paltry bit of this gargantuan game, so I cannot tell you how that journey may end. I liked it when I sampled it on the Wii U under time pressure last June at E3 and was quickly pleased again when I booted it on my Switch a few days ago. It is a game of immediate action. You wake in a cave as Link, asleep for 100 years and amnesiac. You grab some clothes, go outside and have an axe in your hand in about three minutes. You can talk to an old man and receive a basic READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
This might be the wildest thing I have seen in 2017 so far, holy cow. Watch in wonder as someone uses Pokémon Yellow to push the boundaries of what a Game Boy is capable of. Earlier this month, MrWint uploaded an incredible tool-assisted speedrun where he uses “arbitrary code execution” (ACE) to launch the visuals of multiple games within Pokémon Yellow via a Game Boy emulator. ACE, as some of you know, is well-known method where players manipulate a game’s memory through simple actions to alter the in-game rules on the fly. That’s what is happening at the start of this footage, when the player appears to be throwing items away. Advertisement Theoretically, ACE allows you to run pretty much anything once you’ve got it going, though the most well-known use might be forcing a game to immediately skip to the end. Technically speaking, you can actually use ACE to do so much more, and that’s exactly what MrWint tries to accomplish through this run. The first thing you see here is ACE being used to “launch” Pokémon Gold, a game released after Pokémon Yellow. MrWint is just getting READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Manilyn Toledana is an artist from The Philippines. That’s not Geralt, but if you squint hard enough, you can imagine a very welcome cameo in Cyberpunk 2077. Advertisement You can see more of Manilyn’s work at her ArtStation page. To see the images in their native resolution, click on the “expand” button in the top-left corner. Advertisement Fine Art is a celebration of the work of video game artists, showcasing the best of both their professional and personal portfolios. If you’re in the business and have some concept, environment, promotional or character art you’d like to share, drop us a line! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
We wrote about The Last Night back in 2014, when it was a very small but good-looking cyberpunk game. Now, in 2017, it’s back, and is looking incredible. Advertisement Odd Tales have been working on the “proper” version of the game for three years now, and are trying to really nail the kind of cinematic platforming action that made games like Another World and Flashback so great. Visually, at least, they are 100% there. This looks great. Advertisement Raw Fury will be publishing The Last Night, and you can read a bit more about it here. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Civilization VI has had a strong launch, but there’s been one thing holding it back lately: Steam Workshop support didn’t ship alongside the game in October, which means the modding scene hasn’t really taken off. It will now, because the game’s “Australian Summer 2017″ update is now live. Advertisement Alongside multiplayer teams (also part of the update), another feature fans have been calling for since last year, the baked-in support for mods (the game has technically allowed them to now, but their implementation hasn’t exactly been mainstream) goes beyond just Workshop integration, as the update also contains a range of development tools for modders, as well as an in-game editor and a change to Civ VI’s front menu to “better show Additional Content details” (like mods). The new “Additional Content” screen provides a lot more information about DLC and mods. A warning: because the update includes assets to go along with those tools, it’s a big download, clocking in at 7GB down the pipes and 27GB once expanded and on your disk. You bloody ripper. In addition to the mod and multiplayer stuff, there READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Streaming service Twitch and Stoic, creators of The Banner Saga, have a very weird deal going on right now where if you play either of the turn-based strategy games (which are very good), Stoic will get paid. Between Feb 23-28, Twitch Prime subscribers can download the original Banner Saga via Twitch for free. Starting March 2, The Banner Saga 2 will be available, also for free. And the deal works like this: Advertisement Advertisement For every person that downloads and plays The Banner Saga or The Banner Saga 2 through Twitch between February 23rd and March 6th we’ll give $1 towards the development of The Banner Saga 3, up to $200,000. Considering The Banner Saga 3’s Kickstarter is already $112,000 over its goal of $200,000, that’s…a lot of potential extra money. If you’re a fan of the games and want to help Stoic get some easy cash, or haven’t played them and think “free” is a good place to start, note that while the offer is aimed at paid-up Twitch Prime subscribers, you can sign up for a READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!