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Valve drops $3k price tag from required SteamVR license training

Valve has dropped the paid course requirement for licensing its SteamVR position-tracking technology and has instead made the coursework available for free online. …


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The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

Pokémon Sun and Moon were enormous successes for Nintendo when they launched on 3DS in 2016, and the makers of the Pokémon Trading Card Game hope to capitalize on that popularity with the new Sun & Moon expansion. The expansion boasts hundreds of new cards featuring the new monsters that debuted in the latest games, as well as new cards featuring classic monsters in either their original or Alolan forms.

We were sent a box of 36 booster packs, as well as the three theme decks that feature the three starters from Sun and Moon (Litten, Popplio, and Rowlet) all the way up to their third forms. We pulled the ones that were either the coolest or most powerful from the packs we opened. 

Scroll to the gallery below to see our favorite cards we opened from the Sun & Moon expansion. For our favorite cards that we pulled from the more retro-facing Generations and XY Evolutions expansions, head to this gallery.

 

On the next page, we highlight more of the best cards we pulled from our Sun and Moon booster packs.


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Learn level design tricks from an Arkane designer at GDC 2017!

Arkane’s own Steve Lee, a level designer on Dishonored 2, will be giving a fantastic talk on holistic level design as part of the GDC 2017 Level Design Workshop. …


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Report: Nintendo Switch Consoles Stolen From US Distributor, Featured In Leaked Videos

A series of recent leaked videos have shown off Nintendo Switch consoles in the wild before the official release this March. According to IGN, these units were stolen by employees of a U.S. distributor and then illegally resold. The videos, which were posted on YouTube and NeoGAF, gave an overview of the Switch's menu screens, storage space, and UI.

NeoGAF user hiphoptherobot wrote in a post that he was "lucky" when he thought his retailer shipped him his pre-ordered Switch early. According to Nintendo, however, this unit was one of the several consoles that were stolen in an "isolated incident." The U.S. distributor remains unnamed. You can view Nintendo's full statement to IGN below:

Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer. Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system being illegally resold. The individuals involved have been identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges. Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017, and we look forward to everyone being able to discover the wonders of the new system for themselves at that time.

Although these videos are leaked, they show off some interesting tidbits of information for the upcoming console. The video from hiphoptherobot shows several features, including the account creation process in order to create a new user on the system, customization options, and storage. For example, the Switch's internal storage is apparently limited to 25.9 GB.

According to Kotaku, user hiphoptherobot sent back his system to Nintendo after learning that it was stolen from whomever he bought it from.

You can view the video for yourself below, though it may not be available for long.

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As it says in the above statement from Nintendo, the individuals who committed theft have been "identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges."

We have reached out to Nintendo for further comment, and will update this article should we hear back. The Nintendo Switch releases on March 3. Check out the full list of announced Switch titles here, and also read about how eShop purchases will be tied to an online account on the Switch.

[Source: IGN]


Our Take
We've known so little about Nintendo Switch's hardware, that leaks seem inevitable. Fans have been eager to hear more about it despite its release in just two weeks time, and many would prefer to hear more about the console from Nintendo itself. However, these thefts are a blow to Nintendo, and it's good to hear that the perpetrators have been identified and are facing consequences.

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YouTuber Builds Lego Version Of Widowmaker’s Sniper Rifle From Overwatch

YouTuber ZaziNombies, known for his Lego creations inspired by video games, has dedicated his latest project to building Widowmaker's sniper rifle from Overwatch.

The French, villainous Widowmaker is best known for perfecting her kill shots and finding the best vantage points to take out her foes from afar. While it doesn't fire anything, ZaziNombies' replica has "realistic reload action" and the design, such as the translucent red scope, is made to look as similar as possible to the original. The replica measures four feet long, and is made with an estimated 1,800 Lego bricks.

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This isn't the first time ZaziNombies created a Lego weapon inspired by Overwatch. Check out his Lego creation of Reaper's shotguns here.

For more of ZaziNombies' creations, take a look at his YouTube channel. His past works include building replicas for Doom's BFG 9000 and Claptrap from Borderlands

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Get cutting-edge graphics tips from Nvidia, Ubisoft and more at GDC 2017

GDC 2017 organizers are offering an early look today at the scope and ambitions of the Advanced Graphics Techniques Tutorial Day that will help kick off the conference later this month. …


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Nintendo might not have flourished without help from the Yakuza

A recent video from Eurogamer takes a deeper look at Nintendo’s origins as a playing card company and how the Yakuza and illegal gambling rings helped the company survive. …


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Devs laid off from Wooga’s Black Anvil join Snowprint, launch new Berlin studio

Remember late last year, when German game company Wooga shut down its internal studio Black Anvil Games? Snowprint has hired a number of the laid-off devs to open a new studio in Berlin. …


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20 talks Gamasutra wants to see at GDC 2017, from sex scenes to grouchy fish

Gamasutra writers recently put our heads together and picked some of our most-anticipated GDC sessions, with topics ranging from designing sex scenes in games to math(s) to…a grouchy fish who lived on the Dreamcast. …


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Learn from Amazon and Khronos Group experts at GDC 2017

Head’s up! GDC organizers are happily highlighting more day-long sponsored developer days from Amazon and the Khronos Group that afford GDC attendees opportunities to learn from experts. …


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