The final dispatch from E3 2019
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Another E3 is over. The show gave us new consoles -- some powerful, others retro-inspired -- customizable controllers and many, many video games. Final Fantasy VII Remake? Yep. The upcoming Avengers game? Of course. A sequel to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Oh yeah, that happened too. Did we mention there were loads of celebrity appearances, too, including Keanu Reeves, Jon Bernthal and Rob McElhenney? It was pretty wild. If, somehow, you missed all of the announcements and trailer-packed press conferences, fear not -- we've got a super-quick recap video to bring you up to speed. If, however, you prefer words to moving pictures, head here for all of our coverage from the show. We'll see you next year!

Symphony of Lance
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As I was hoping, somebody was filming the Keepstar shoot in M-OEE8 about which I wrote earlier in the week.  So you can see a video of the mass of titans jumping into the system and unleashing their doomsday weapons on the target.   I was somewhere off

Amazon Game Studios reportedly lays off dozens in shake-up
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Amazon Game Studios has quietly laid off dozens of employees on the last day of E3, one of the biggest video game conferences in the world, according to Kotaku. The company reportedly told affected employees that they only have 60 days to find new positions within Amazon. If they fail to do so within the allotted period, they'll have to leave the company with (thankfully) a severance package in tow. In addition, the studio has also cancelled some of the games it has yet to announce.

Source: Kotaku

A brief history of cheating at video games
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For as long as we've played games, there have been players willing to break the rules in order to win. Whether it's rolling weighted dice, counting cards, or hip checking pinball machines, you can bet your bottom dollar that if there's a game of chance, someone's working to work the odds in their favor.

Hitting the Books: We won't colonize space without a Weyland-Yutani
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Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and delivering an easily digestible nugget of their stories.

Signaleer Auds Lennelluc
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Editor’s Note: We’re starting a new series called Signaleers! We want you to get to know us. We’ll be exploring the lives of some of our fellow corp mates in Signal Cartel, where we hope to share how they got started in exploration, tips and

The Morning After: Going under the hood of Honda's adorable EV
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 June 2019, 8:45 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Now that E3 2019 is over there's plenty of time to catch up on all of the gaming news revealed this week. Once you're through with that, we've got some info about an appealing electric car, and a look back at the impact of Evangelion on 90s anime fans ahead of its debut on Netflix. Welcome to your weekend.

Mond Mining im HighSec mit der #gfleet
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Feuert am kommenden Freitag wieder eine Salve ab. Unsere #gfleet Athanor im HighSec. Freunde, Kupferstecher, Erklärbären und Glücksritter. Am Freitag Abend ist es wieder soweit. Unsere #gfleet Athanor in Lari wird wieder einen Mund-Chunk aus einem der

Mindful Visteen – Chapter 1
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 June 2019, 6:37 pm
EVE Online is the last remaining computer game where the interaction between players actually matters.  Within EVE, the smaller and the more ambitious a group is, the more the actions of one man or woman impacts the success of the whole team.  Wormholes

'Fall Guys' is a mini-game battle royale with up to 100 jelly-bean dudes
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Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is what happens when indie developers watch too much reality TV. The new title from Mediatonic takes some of the most ridiculous network game-show obstacles courses, throws in some squishy alien creatures, and puts it all online. So far, Fall Guys features a "race through the right doors" mini game, a round where players have to steal and keep their tails, and a furious run up a mountainside filled with spinning and rolling obstacles. It's all incredibly cheerful, for a fiercely competitive game.

Titan Conga Lines around a Keepstar
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The official 'Red Dead Redemption 2' soundtrack arrives July 12th
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Several months after the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar is ready to offer the soundtrack for its Western opus. The official album from Lakeshore Records will reach digital services on July 12th and includes its fair share of star power -- as you might have guessed from playing the game itself. It's produced by Daniel Lanois (who's worked with Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel and U2, among others) and includes music by himself as well as D'Angelo, Rocco DeLuca, Rhihannon Giddens, Josh Homme and Willie Nelson.

Source: Pitchfork, Lakeshore Records (YouTube)

In 'John Wick Hex,' time is the most precious commodity
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"John always double-taps."

Mike Bithell, the creator of John Wick Hex, is showing off the game for the first time at E3 2019, in a mirrored room at the Hotel Figueroa that feels ripped right out of The Continental. In his game, every time a player chooses to shoot, the miniature version of John Wick fires two rounds, because, after all, John always double-taps in the movies.

Galactic Hour News Roundup: Triglavian Major Conduits Established Edition
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The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from around New Eden as the Triglavian Collective continues its invasion and efforts to establish persistent conduits from its domains in Abyssal Deadspace into the very core of the cluster.

Triglavian Invaders Using Major Conduits to Bring Reinforcements to New Eden

Yulai, Genesis – Triglavian invasion forces have once again escalated the scale of their deployment in New Eden, confirming that the Collective are working to an invasion plan or timetable that is unfolding according to a deeper strategy. Developments in the last few days have included the establishment of so-called "major conduits" by the Triglavian Collective, and increased reports of raids on space facilities, asteroid mining installations and even moon colonies.

The Triglavians' major conduits appear to be a step up in capacity and effect from the many minor conduits their forces have been observed defending. The consensus among the Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx's panel of military experts is that these major conduits are being used to bring an ever greater number of Triglavian forces into New Eden space, likely in preparation for a major assault in the coming days or weeks. CONCORD's Star Marshal Kjersidur Elladall has urged "vigilance and co-operation among all the forces of civilization in New Eden."

So far, there have been no reports of Triglavian landings on planetary bodies but many system and planetary defense forces and governments fear that it is only a matter of time before such events take place. Across New Eden, major planets are mobilizing reserves and rushing new atmospheric and low-orbit defenses into production and deployment. Recent opportunistic attacks in high-security space by Sansha's Nation and the Blood Raider Covenant have only increased the urgency of these efforts. It seems clear to the Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx that almost all major inhabited planets, and many minor planets, will soon be heavily defended and more hardened against attack from space than ever before.

Royal Heir Arim Ardishapur Secure as Triglavian Incursion into Ammatar Mandate Beaten Back

Tanoo, Derelik – Lord Arim Ardishapur, the Royal Heir of House Ardishapur and Holder of Derelik, has issued a statement assuring "All Holders, Common Peoples and Servants of House Ardishapur" of his personal safety despite the recent Triglavian incursion into the San Matar constellation of Derelik, the most populated area and administrative core of the Ammatar Mandate. Reports issued by the Governor's Palace on Tanoo II outline the successful defense of primary installations in space, together with all population centers in the widely scattered mining colonies of the constellation.

Lord Ardishapur's statement included a note of "most profound gratitude to all those who took part in the defense of San Matar, including our loyal capsuleers and any others who stood for human civilization and dignity against the inhuman threat posed by the invaders." The Governor's Palace issued notices of commendation to a number of Ammatar Fleet and auxiliary units, including the 1st Consular Guards Squadron, 3rd Tanoo Fleet Reserve Wing, 9th Sasta Fleet Combat Regiment, and the 1st Mandate Redemptionist Brigade. A formal notice of gratitude was also delivered to the Derelik Chapter of the Order of St. Tetrimon.

Local Ammatar news organizations are also reporting that Lord Ardishapur intends to make a "major announcement" at the culmination of his inspection tour of the Mandate.

SoCT-Hosted Summit Breaks Up With No Public Communique Released

FDZ4-A, Geminate – Although no public communique has been released, the Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx understands that the SoCT-hosted summit meeting between major CONCORD powers and many minor sovereign entities has broken up. Sources indicate that while no common platform for defense against the Triglavian threat was agreed to, there was broad and general agreement between the attending states and organizations to co-operate where possible and avoid any action impeding counter-Triglavian operations.

Attendees of the FDZ4-A summit meeting included the core CONCORD empires, together with associated states such as the Ammatar Mandate, Khanid Kingdom and Thukker Tribe. Independent states and organizations included the Intaki Syndicate, Mordu's Legion, Outer Ring Excavations, Upwell Consortium, and the Servant Sisters of EVE. The summit was particularly notable for including invited delegations from the Angel Cartel, Guristas, and Serpentis Corporation, entities normally considered criminal in nature by CONCORD and the core powers.

The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx has also learned that Colonel Kasiha Valkanir, Provost-Marshal of AEGIS, personally attended the summit and negotiated certain additional concessions pertaining to freedom of action of AEGIS troops for the duration of the emergency.

Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor Appoints Allek Berialsh as Planetary Security Co-Ordinator for Matar

Grand Caravanserai, Matar – Following the shocking assault by Blood Raiders on the coast of Mikramurka and the increasing threat from Triglavian forces, Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor has appointed Allek Berialsh as Planetary Security Co-Ordinator for Matar. Holding the rank of Khumatar, Berialsh will report directly to the Sanmatar and have overall authority and accountability for all matters pertaining to the defense of Matar's surface, atmosphere and orbital zone in the Pator system.

After the attack on coastal Mikramurka, and in view of the Triglavian invasion, Sanmatar Shakor was accorded emergency powers by the Tribal Council for the co-ordination and command of all Minmatar Republic defense, security and public order agencies. The measure was proposed by Krusual Chief Tenerhaddi Dykon and supported by the heads of the Brutor, Starkmanir, Thukker and Vherokior Tribes. Informed sources have told the Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx that the Chiefs of the Sebiestor and Nefantar Tribes abstained during the vote.

It has also been reported that Sanmatar Shakor "lambasted the head of Mikramurka coastal defense in his private office for twenty minutes" before issuing a memoranudm to Chief Acassa Midular of the Sebiestor recommending the dismissal of that official. The Sanmatar's office has, in contrast, issued a glowing notice of thanks to Minmatar capsuleers who "aided in the efforts to bring order to the chaos in Mikramurka and helped strke back at the Blood Raider terrorists."

Khumatar Allek Berialsh is believed to have a background in the Republic Security Services, and was once an aide to the late Chief Karin Midular of the Sebiestor Tribe. After her death, Berialsh became a security consultant to Starkmanir Chief Jeoran Setul, apparently having discovered some ancestral links to that tribe some time after the Starkmanir returned to the Republic.

In Other News

  • AEGIS Deploys Special Tactics Groups to Installations and Colonies in Space, on Asteroids and Moons
  • Guristas Strike Force Assists Local Caldari Defenders in Nagalaiken Constellation
  • Mercenaries Clash on Intaki Prime; Onikanabo Brigade Accused of "Desecration" by Ida Monasteries
  • Khanid Prime, Kihtaled and Nohshayess Defenses Prevent Major Landings by Sansha's Nation
  • Krusual Tribe Condemn "Vile Slanders" Suggesting Advance Knowledge of Blood Raider Attack on Mikramurka Coast
  • Unrest on Ham VIII "Merely Minor Slave Revolts" says RKN; Reported Dead Include Sa-Baron Atazil Kufail and Retinue

Line Member Blues
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When it comes to life in EVE Online I am a tourist.  I have given up most of the ambitions I ever had about being good at anything in game or having some influence or impact.  I just log in to experience ops and see things get blown up and following the

'Empire of Sin' looks like a new-school 'Mob Rule'
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It's been 20 years since Mob Rule, the organized crime real-time strategy game. Despite a few efforts like Omerta - City of Gangsters, Gangsters 2: Vendetta and Gangland in the years since, there hasn't been a true successor in the Mafia-meets-strategy genre.

Empire of Sin is aiming to inherit that position. It will launch in Spring 2020 on Switch, PS4, Xbox, PC and Mac with a mix of gang management simulation and turn-based tactical combat. In an E3 demo, the team from Romero Games played as Al Capone, who dons a pin-striped grey suit, chomps on a fat cigar and brandishes tommy guns in both hands. He lands in Chicago's Little Italy with its moody streets and jazz-infused speakeasies.

Pandemic Legacy Season 1 Done!
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** WARNING **This post contains spoilers for Pandemic Legacy Season 1, so if you plan to play this game in the future, you'll want to bail now to avoid getting some twists revealed.We finally finished our run of Pandemic Legacy Season 1!To recap, here is

‘Shenmue 3’ is more Shenmue, for better and worse
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"Is this what I wanted?" I must have asked myself this question three, four, possibly five times during my 15-minute demo of Shenmue 3. The experience, to be clear, was definitively and unashamedly Shenmue. I steered the series' protagonist, Ryo Hazuki, around a beautifully-crafted village filled with charming villagers and side-activities. I talked to people. I played a game of Lucky Hit, the notoriously tricky gambling game from Shenmue 2. I bought some colorful "gacha" toys from a capsule machine. I even practiced my martial arts at a nearby dojo. But I wasn't happy.

'Doom Eternal' is guns, gore and sophistication
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The 2016 remake of Doom reinvigorated the series. It added new gameplay quirks and systems that rewarded your aggression as humanity's savior, the slayer. Depending on how you maneuvered and ended the lives of demons and other threats, you'd pick up health or ammunition. Doom (2016) made you a far more active hunter -- it was not a game where you could hide and wait out your enemies.

So when it came to the sequel, Doom Eternal, the challenge was to build on this bold new play style. This has meant a lot of changes aimed at ramping up the urgency and franticness even further.

The Morning After: Google's free game that makes new games
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 June 2019, 7:45 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

E3 2019 is finally over and our team is heading home after a long week. Of course, there's still plenty of news to catch up on and a few stories popping up today, but two intriguing ones involve a Google incubator and Tesla's in-car systems. Also, Target is taking the fight to Amazon with nationwide same-day delivery while Tyson is joining the meatless trend with new nuggets and burger patties.

The best weapon in 'Cyberpunk 2077' is a glowing orange garrote
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Nanowire is the Swiss Army garrote of the future. The glowing orange thread is simple yet multifunctional, slicing through skin, muscle and bone like a whip. Or, it flings from the wielder's wrist like an electric snake to jack into the side of someone's head and hack their brain to bits.

NFC-enabled Hot Wheels cars keep tabs on which is fastest
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Hot Wheels has done a lot over the past few years to reinvent itself as a brand that's more than just little die-cast cars. We've seen remote control vehicles, augmented reality racing and even cars you build yourself. Now the brand's next step is to go back to its 1/64-scale roots, but with a decidedly modern twist. Hot Wheels iD look like normal cars, but each carries a tiny NFC chip in the bottom that makes it possible to track each car's race time and speed. Now, when kids claim their car is the fastest, they have the data to back it up.

'Phantom Covert Ops' is VR Splinter Cell in a kayak
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One of the biggest shortcomings with today's VR games is the fact that there's nothing to do with your legs. Virtually no titles enable players to walk around freely, instead opting for teleportation gimmicks or handheld movement controls. But Phantom Covert Ops takes a more unique approach: the game removes the need for you to use your legs by taking place entirely in a kayak.

Breathe in the Light
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“Breathe in the light and say goodbye.” – Oblivion, M83 Banner image credit CCP 14.06.yc121 Saisio < Okomon < The Forge Suspended in my pod in goo aboard Voyager off the Abagawa gate in Saisio, I gaze or rather technically … Continue reading

Square Enix is considering a subscription service for all its games
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 June 2019, 1:44 am

Square Enix knows you want access to all its games in digital form, especially older ones for early consoles it has yet to re-release. Well, you'll be happy to hear that the developer is doing something about it. Company President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda told Game Informer that Square Enix has formed a dedicated team to port its classic NES titles -- presumably including those from when Square and Enix were two separate companies -- to modern systems. Further the company is exploring the possibility of launching a streaming or a downloading subscription service that exclusively offers the developer's games.

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