Tag: Opposable Thumbs

Culture & Gaming

Single-player modding returns to GTA V after publisher takedown

Enlarge / This image represents Take-Two saying “Well, I guess, there’s nothing illegal here after all. Never mind that legal threat.” (credit: Take-Two Interactive ) When popular Grand Theft Auto V modding tool OpenIV was taken down by a cease-and-desist request from publisher Take-Two earlier this month, the fan reaction was fast and blistering. Players…

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Roundup: The best “escape room” games for a breakout party

Enlarge / Some typical escape room components—plus a “Chrono Decoder”—from Escape Room: The Game. (credit: Spinmaster) Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com —and let us know what you think. I don’t know CPR. I can’t tie a tourniquet. But I can work…

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Persona 3’s ending made me appreciate all of life’s little endings

Enlarge / It’s hard to tell from this promo image, but this game is a poignant meditation on friendship and death. It was easier for me to walk away from Persona 3 than I expected. The game about nine friends and a dog—which celebrates its tenth anniversary in the States this year—follows a similar arc…

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Destiny 2’s guns won’t recoil on PC as they do on consoles

Captured footage of the PC version of Destiny 2 shows what looks like extremely limited recoil on a number of powerful weapons. When Destiny 2 brings the first-person shooter from the console to the PC later this year, the developers at Bungie want the gameplay to feel the same across platforms. But there is at…

Culture & Gaming

Steam Summer Sale’s best discounts, chosen by Ars’ cost-cutting braintrust [Updated]

Enlarge / Ooh, AND stickers?! Those are fun, but we’re here for the savings. (credit: Steam ) Sun? Beaches? Rooftop parties? Pish-posh! It’s time to hide with your favorite acronyms—WASD, AC, 4K—as a discount-minded, summer-vacationing PC gamer. The annual Steam Summer Sale has returned just in time to keep you occupied and indoors. Sam walks…

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Valve tries to one-up Oculus Touch with five-finger “Knuckles” VR controller

Valve / SteamVR We first heard about Valve’s plans for a new SteamVR controller back in October when a few pictures and basic impressions started leaking out of the press-free Steam Dev Days conference. Now we’re getting more details about the upcoming VR hardware—code-named Knuckles —thanks to documents posted on SteamVR’s Knuckles Dev Kit group…

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So far, Beyond Good and Evil 2 prototype looks like No Monkey’s Sky

Enlarge / Fly, monkey, fly! (credit: Ubisoft ) Ubisoft Creative Director Michel Ansel took to YouTube on Thursday to finally show the world that, yes, Beyond Good & Evil 2 is more than an unplayable cinema sequence. However, anybody expecting to see gameplay that resembled the game’s incredible E3 2017 reveal may be disappointed. Ansel spoke…

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Nintendo: Switch shortages are “definitely not intentional”

Enlarge (credit: Mark Walton) Since the days of the NES , people have accused Nintendo of intentionally underproducing hardware in order to drive an artificial feeding frenzy of demand in the marketplace. With the Nintendo Switch remaining nearly impossible to find at retailers nationwide , those same accusations of “false scarcity” have been bubbling up…

Science

Sand worms and lightning: Aven Colony takes city-building to exoplanets

Enlarge (credit: NASA/Getty Images) Humans have consumed our world’s resources as if they were infinite. Earth remains, however, a finite planet. Without significant structural and behavioural change—the sort that is difficult to effect en masse— the long-term consequences of our self-sabotaging choices appear grave. In a forthcoming BBC documentary titled Expedition New Earth the English…

Culture & Gaming

Niantic to punish Pokémon Go cheaters with mark of shame

Enlarge / Good grief. (credit: PopUpTee.com ) It has been just a month since Pokémon Go players began noticing that Niantic had started “shadowbanning” accounts that use third-party trackers and bot software, limiting them so they only see common Pokémon. Now, the company is going further to ensure ill-gotten beasts are publicly identified as such…