Don’t Miss: A game dev postmortem of Ratchet & Clank 2016

“We needed to make a big game that blew away our previous efforts. It needed to sync up with the just-getting-started film. And we needed to ship it in 10 months to line up with the movie release.” …

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Facebook launches Women in Gaming site to share stories, research, and tools

Facebook has launched a Women in Gaming initiative to share the stories of female developers with the goal of encouraging more women to take up roles in the industry. …

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Destiny 2 Adds Nightfall Strike Scoring And Challenge Cards In Latest Update

Destiny 2 has released its 1.1.3 update, making changes to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC game’s Nightfall Strikes. There is also a host of other changes, like tweaks to The Colony Exotic Grenade Launcher and the addition of a text chat feature on PC, to improve overall gameplay.

The biggest change in this latest update is that both normal and Prestige Nightfall Strikes will now have scoring, adding an extra competitive edge to them. You gain points by killing enemies and generating orbs, with the highest set of scores being displayed on each Nightfall’s emblem. Scores above a certain value will enable the Nightfall Aura and grant a fireteam Vanguard Token bonus. You’ll be able to see your team’s score at the end of each Nightfall.

There are now Challenge Cards available for Prestige Nightfall Strikes. These cards allow you to select modifiers for the Prestige Nightfall that affect gameplay and the score. Players have the power to boost outgoing and incoming damage, or implement a power handicap to lower their power but boost their scores. Challenge Cards will drop for those who own the Curse of Osiris DLC in a normal or Prestige, and a fireteam leader’s card will be applied to the entire fireteam when launching the Prestige Nightfall.

The Colony Exotic Grenade Launcher has reportedly been fixed on PC. The weapon’s projectiles will now properly track enemies when the frame rate is set higher than 30 FPS; previously, the grenades had not been tracking properly. 1.1.3 also adds opt-in text chat on PC for players in Social Spaces and Public Areas. For the full list of changes, including tweaks to Emblems and Auras, check out Destiny 2’s full patch notes.

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7 Times The Walking Dead Foreshadowed Season 8’s Big Death

The Walking Dead Season 8 spoilers below

The Walking Dead has a long history of foreshadowing its big events. From twists and deaths to symbolism and metaphor, its producers and writers love to hint at what’s to come–sometimes subtly, sometimes a lot less so. So how did the show foreshadow Carl’s death in Season 8?

While viewers had to wait months to find out which major characters were leaving the show at the start of Season 7, Carl’s death was played differently. We’ve known since December that Chandler Riggs has been written out, giving us time to look back over the past eight episodes to see what signs and hints were left about Carl’s death. And in true Walking Dead style, there were a few. Let’s take a look.

7. Opening walk

Season 8 starts with an exact, almost shot-for-shot recreation of the opening of the very first episode, but this time it’s Carl instead of Rick looking for gas in a field of abandoned cars. At the time, this just seemed to be a neat way of showing how the characters have grown and changed over the course of seven years, and that Carl was now Rick’s equal as a survivor. But it now carries an extra poignancy, establishing Carl as the character around which the season’s biggest moment will later revolve.

6. “My mercy prevails over my wrath”

It was clear from the very start of Season 8 that there was some terrible tragedy awaiting Rick. There are frequent shots of his weepy eyes throughout the entire first half of the season, plus murmured voiceovers about mercy overcoming wrath. While we didn’t know what was making Rick so sad or when it would occur, it was clearly a big deal. The Walking Dead frequently kills off major characters without any prolonged build-up, so this event was going to rock the show.

5. The future?

Those sad Rick inserts were usually accompanied by dreamlike visions of what seemed to be a happy future featuring Rick (with a big grey beard), Carl, Judith, and, er, the music of Weird Al Yankovic. But this isn’t the first time that we’ve seen strange fantasies about characters who had met unpleasant endings–Glenn and Abraham also featured in one in Season 7. Of course, we now know that these visions were in fact Carl’s, as he imagines a blissful future that will never happen.

4. “Your boy’s gonna die!”

Rick is used to threats being thrown at himself, his friends, and his family, so he shrugged off this prediction that Carl will die made by a wounded Savior in Season 8’s opening episode. After all, the guy was about to die himself, what else is he gonna say? But of course, this was a classic case of Walking Dead foreshadowing. The Savior checks out a few minutes later, devoured by a walker that Rick cuts loose. But sadly, he was right all along.

3. Once bitten

We see Carl get bitten two episodes before it’s fully revealed. In Episode 6, Carl is seen fighting two zombies–there’s a fleeting shot where he registers that something bad has happened. He subsequently tells Siddiq that he is OK, but showrunner Scott Gimple later confirmed that this is the exact moment when Carl’s fate is determined. “It’s on screen,” he told AMC’s discussion show The Talking Dead. “The aftermath is very much on screen. If you watch [that] episode [you can] see it on Carl’s face.”

2. Goodbye letters

Before the final reveal at the end of Episode 8, Carl writes a series of letters, one of them addressed to “Dad.” While it’s always good to stay in touch with your folks, it seems unlikely that you’d waste time in the middle of a zombie apocalypse to sit down and write a letter to your father unless you had something really important to say. And as it turns out, he did.

1. “Kill me”

In Episode 8, Carl pleads with Negan to kill him in order to stop the war. At the time, it seemed that it was purely a selfless, brave decision, as Carl puts his friends and family ahead of himself. But by this point, Carl knows he is going to die anyway, so this decision is also a way to give his death meaning and lasting impact. The sad desperation in his voice is clear on a rewatch, giving the scene real punch. Time is short, and this could’ve been a way to end the war.

from GameSpot

Monster Hunter World Horizon Zero Dawn Armor: How To Unlock The Aloy Gear

After much anticipation since its initial reveal, the quest to unlock Monster Hunter World‘s Horizon Zero Dawn crossover Aloy gear has finally gone live. The first content drop earlier this month gave us the Palico Watcher armor. However, this last quest finally unlocks Aloy’s armor and bow. If you’re curious about how the process to unlock them works, we’ve outlined the timing and quests below to access the extras.

It’s important to note that the Aloy armor set and bow is only available from February 28 to March 15, so if you’re keen to get them, you’d best nab them as soon as possible. Unlike other armor in the game, you have to wear the entire Aloy set together–you can’t just wear the pants or chest alone. And the set will also alter your appearance so that your character looks like Aloy from Horizon, complete with long red hair.

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To unlock both the Aloy armor and bow, you must complete a quest called “The Proving,” which you can find at the Arena Quest Board in the Gathering Hub. The quest is a six-star mission that requires a Hunter Rank of 11 or higher.

The quest objective is to slay a High-Rank Anjanath. When you complete the quest, you earn a Nora Brave Trophy, a special currency used to unlock both Aloy’s armor and bow. However, you need to defeat Anjanath six separate times in order to earn enough Nora Brave Trophies to unlock both the armor and the bow. In addition, you’ll also need specific High-Rank Anjanath parts for each, which we’ve detailed below:

Aloy’s Armor:

  • Nora Brave Trophy – x4
  • Anjanath Pelt+ – x14
  • Anjanath Nosebone+ – x6
  • Anjanath Gem – x1

Aloy’s Bow:

  • Nora Brave Trophy – x2
  • Anjanath Fang+ – x3
  • Monster Keenbone – x5
  • Anjanath Plate – x1

If you’ve slain Anjanath in the past, there’s not much different in this new quest to hunt it. Wallop on the beast with your best weapon, and maybe bring some fire-resistant armor to better shrug off its attacks. Once you’ve defeated Anjanath enough times, simply take your trophies and necessary parts to the Smithy to craft Aloy’s armor and bow. Check out the screens below for a more visual break-down of where to find everything.

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It’s also possible to upgrade Aloy’s Bow–known simply as Aloy’s War Bow. This more powerful version of the weapon requires three additional Nora Brave Trophies, as well as more High-Rank Anjanath and monster parts. We’ve detailed the required materials below:

Aloy’s War Bow:

  • Nora Brave Trophy – x3
  • Anjanath Scale+ – x7
  • Elder Dragon Bone – x3
  • Wyvern Gem – x1

The first Horizon-themed Event Quest in Monster Hunter World, Lesson of the Wild, ran until February 8. If you missed out on that quest the first time around, you’ll soon have another chance to get the Palico gear. Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto revealed that Event Quests operate on a “rotating schedule,” so the Lesson of the Wild quest will return to the game again “at a later date.”

In addition to the new Horizon Event Quest, some PS4 players can also still take part in Monster Hunter World’s first Street Fighter V quest. You can see how to unlock in our Ryu armor in our Monster Hunter World Street Fighter V crossover armor guide. Those who have a save file of Street Fighter V on their console can accept the Event Quest titled Down the Dark, Muddy Path, which will reward players with material to create a set of Ryu armor. That quest and a second one for Sakura armor will be available to all PS4 and Xbox One players at a later date.

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The 22 Best Giant Robots From Movies, TV, And Video Games

22. GoBots

There’s no way around it: GoBots are subpar versions of Transformers. What’s strange, though, is that GoBots technically came first. The first GoBots toys were in stores in 1983, a year before Transformers. The GoBots movie even beat the Transformers movie to theaters.

(Image: Hanna-Barbera)

21. Mechani-Kong

The 1968 film King Kong Escapes pits the titular ape against his robotic duplicate. It’s a fight every monster movie fan should see. Unfortunately, Mechani-Kong wouldn’t leave the same impression as Mechagodzilla did a few years later.

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20. Robo Jason Sudeikis

It’s unclear exactly what this robot’s name is, but the bot controlled by Jason Sudeikis in Colossal is both terrifying and fascinating. It’s impressive to have such great character design in a movie where monsters play second fiddle to a character story happening elsewhere.

(Image: Neon)

19. Jet Jaguar

The humongous Jet Jaguar was Godzilla’s robot sidekick in the 1973 film Godzilla vs. Megalon. The robot can more than hold its own, though.

(Image: Toho)

18. Giant robots from Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

These huge mech warriors may not have a name, but thanks to the unique visual style of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, they’re unforgettable.

(Image: Paramount)

17. Sentinels (The Matrix)

Sentinels are one of the worst things about life in the world of The Matrix, as they hunt down those who have unplugged. It’s impressive how quickly they’re able to tear apart a hovercraft.

(Image: Warner Bros.)

16. Hulkbuster

This massive battle mech is more or less the only thing that can take on the Incredible Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it does so with classic Iron Man style.

15. Mega Maid

Mega Maid from Spaceballs isn’t the most dangerous giant robot, nor is it the most intimidating. But how can it be left out of a discussion about cool giant robots?

(Image: MGM)

14. Omnidroids

These battle robots specifically target superheroes, which makes them pretty dangerous in The Incredibles. Still, scary as they are, they also look really cool. Here’s hoping they appear in Incredibles 2.

(Image: Pixar)

13. K-2SO

K-2SO (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) may not be as giant as most robots on this list, but at over seven feet tall, he towers over most humans. While BB-8 has gotten the most attention from the new Star Wars films, K-2’s dry personality makes him the most entertaining robot. Plus, he knows how to fight.

(Image: Lucasfilm)

12. Gundams

The classic anime series Mobile Suit Gundam is loaded with giant bots, and it’s damn near impossible to pick just one. These metal warriors are loaded with weapons and they look super sleek.

(Image: Nippon Sunrise)

11. Humongous

You can’t enter the Goblin City without crossing paths with Humongous. This huge steampunk robot is exactly the kind of mechanical guard you’d expect from the mind of Jim Henson. It’s equal parts exciting and scary, just like the rest of Labyrinth.

(Image: TriStar)

10. Atom

This robot is a huge metal boxer piloted by Hugh Jackman. That fact alone is enough to land it a space on the list, but then, all of the robots in Real Steel are impressive.

The movie takes the idea of Battle Bots to an entirely new level.

(Image: Disney)

9. Titans

Like many robots on this list, the namesakes of Titanfall are complicated exoskeletons piloted by humans. Unarmed versions are used for construction and other peaceful roles. Armed versions, meanwhile, have the firepower of a tank.

(Image: Microsoft)

8. Jaegers

The Jaegers in Pacific Rim are wildly effective at protecting the planet from giant monsters. They may require two pilots, but their weaponry and maneuverability are second-to-none.

(Image: Warner Bros.)

7. Evas

The Evangelion units of Neon Genesis Evangelion are robots, though they do contain organic parts and have angel blood running through them. They’re programmed to protect the world and are psychically controlled by orphans.

(Image: Adult Swim)

6. Megazord

The first Power Rangers Megazord is still its best. It combines five mechanical dinosaurs into one humongous fighter — not unlike Voltron — to deal with any evil that threatened Earth.

It set the template for all the zords to come, whether it was Dragonzord, Ninja Megazord, or even the Tigerzord.

(Image: Saban)

5. Sentinels

These mutant-hunting scourges of the X-Men universe are pretty scary. It’s hard not to be intimidated by their size.

(Image: 20th Century Fox)

4. Mechagodzilla

If anything is scarier than Godzilla, it’s surely a metal version of the giant lizard. Mechagodzilla shoots missiles from its fingertips, energy beams from its eyes, and can create a forcefield.

Take that, Godzilla.

(Image: Toho)

3. Voltron

Most ’80s children grew up worshipping at the altar of Voltron: Five massive robot tigers that connect to each other to create an even more powerful giant robot warrior. It’s the stuff of dreams.

Thankfully, Voltron is alive and well thanks to a new Netflix series.

(Image: Netflix)

2. Transformers

These robots that turn into cars are pop culture icons, but more than that, they’re cool. It’s hard to single out a single Transformer as our favorite, but how can you not love Optimus Prime swinging a giant alien sword while riding on the back of a robot dinosaur?

(Image: Paramount)

1. Iron Giant

He’s the quintessential giant robot that’s also your best friend. The Iron Giant is indestructible, can fly, is loaded with weaponry, and is voiced by Vin Diesel.

(Image: Warner Bros.)

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XCOM-Like Strategy Game Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Announced For PS4, Xbox One, And PC

Funcom, the Norwegian publisher behind Age of Conan and The Secret World, has announced its next project. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a turn-based strategy game in the style of XCOM, coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this year.

The XCOM comparison only goes so far, though, as Mutant Year Zero has a few unique elements to set it apart. For one, your soldiers are mutated anthropomorphized animals, like the duck and boar seen in the cinematic trailer below. Humanoid characters can be seen as well, but the publisher calls this a “post-human world” as the result of a nuclear apocalypse.

Mutant Year Zero also adds a real-time stealth mechanic to sneak up on patrolling enemies who move around the map as you do. The game also promises tech trees to upgrade your mutants with new abilities, dynamic environments to hide in the shadows or destroy walls, and plenty of loot to collect. After all, no giant talking duck is complete without the latest fashions.

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The project is the debut of the new indie studio Bearded Ladies. It was formed by former Hitman developers along with Payday designer Ulf Andersson. Funcom hasn’t pinned down a release yet, but you can expect it to arrive sometime in 2018. It will be shown at GDC in March, so we can expect more details then.

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