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Digital Dragons Indie Celebration Had Rad Games. Here’s Some of the Best – TechRaptor

Lately, it seems like there have been more and more indie celebrations on Steam, something I've really been enjoying. I got a chance to check out some great upcoming games in both the Steam Games Festival and LudoNarraCon. The newest face on this scene is Digital Dragons, a celebration of some upcoming lesser-known indie games. I took the plunge and tried out several of the games, and found quite a few that kept my attention. So here are some of the best games of Digital Dragons.

No, YOU'RE a gun!

Look, I love a good big stompy robot, and Uragun lets you play as one. So that's really all I needed to see to know I wanted in on this game. A top-down twin-stick shooter, you'll take control of what is literally a gun on legs. Two different guns to be exact: a chain gun and a rail gun. Enemies will swarm you, and you will push the stick in the direction you need Lots of Death to occur in. That's rather simple. With the addition of nice screen shaking and many particles, this is sold rather well. You really feel like you're dealing Lots of Death in one direction.

The demo only takes about five minutes to play through, and it has you marching through New York City taking down communication towers and freeing the Statue of Liberty from robot tentacles. Besides your many guns, you have a few abilities to help you with this. The walking weapon can deploy a decoy to lure enemies away to it, or next to explosive barrels like I tended to do. It also has a dash ability which you can use to turn the gun into a battering ram. I liked to call this "the pistol whip."

As it stands, Uragun is a bit more style over ,substance, but that's not a bad thing. It could certainly use some more work. In the demo I only saw three enemy types and all three had the same tactic of "run at the gun and try to punch it/explode next to it." Still, this is a solid base and there's really something nice about feeling like a powerful walking weapon platform. It's the perfect fantasy, as far as I'm concerned.

Uragun is set to launch into Early Access sometime this year.

Openly calling itself "Grand Theft Horse,"Rustler may be one of the more entertaining surprises I got out of Digital Dragons. Combining elements of both the early Grand Theft Auto games, with a top-down view and open world, and the setting of a bizarre satirical medieval fantasy world, it's a real treat to experience.

You play as someone simply known as Guy, a lazy farmhand and wannabe criminal that spends all day drinking and sleeping. Despite this, Guy will take on various "quests" for criminal enterprises, having him steal horses, murder knights, and occasionally plow a field or two. The writing is rather hilarious, and I quickly came to appreciate how silly the whole setting can be.

To match the "Grand Theft Auto meets medieval village" setting, Rustler is also home to the only soundtrack I can describe as hip-hop medieval. It's an extremely strange mix, but one that works far better than it has any right to. There's something about rapping bards strumming their lutes, and beats being played over Gregorian chanting, that really makes for a better combination than it ever reasonably should.

When it comes to gameplay, Rustler is a top-down action game where you can explore an open world and create havoc as you want. There's a simple fighting system for melee combat, where you need to attack and block while making sure your stamina doesn't run too low. I also found a crossbow that was powerful but could only shoot once before I was trapped in a lengthy reload. With these tools, I assassinated knights and avoided the police all in a manner that made me confident Rustler achieved its goal of being close enough to the big games so you have a solid starting point, while still carving out its own unique flavor.

Also, I drew a dick in a field using a plow. Probably illegal. Certainly funny.

Rustler does not currently have a release date.

I recently saw the movie Zodiac for the first time. The one with Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. before they became Avengers. So when I saw This is the Zodiac Speaking,I thought about that movie and how cool it would be to play out. Sure enough, the game manages to fulfill the dreams of being a journalist that reporting on video games can never quite capture.

You play as Robert Hartnell, a journalist who is going to meet with the Zodiac Killer. The game's prologue sees Robert knocked out by the killer before it goes back through the events leading up to this moment. This is the Zodiac Speaking claims its made using the real facts of the case, and that's something I can believe. There's always newspaper articles and documents backing up the situations you find yourself in.

Robert needs to find clues and items to interact with the environment, not too much unlike an adventure game. Of course, there's a catch: many of the levels take place in Robert's dreams, and the Zodiac stalks those. The game tells you how much sound you're making and if you're in a lit environment or not, and you have to monitor those two stats to keep away from the killer. Get caught, and you'll be killed. Obviously, you want to avoid that.

Thankfully, if you're not a fan of stealth games, This is the Zodiac Speaking offers up a "story mode" that removes the killer so you can just explore and participate in the adventure game elements. As someone who is almost exceptionally bad at stealth horror, I really came to appreciate this. In fact, I really came to appreciate a lot of This is the Zodiac Speaking and how well made the game is. Certainly one killer worth keeping an eye on.

This is the Zodiac Speaking is set to launch on Sept.24, 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Every hero's adventure has to start somewhere. Legends of Ethernal puts you in a fantasy world and sees a young boy with a fishing pole fight monsters while becoming a hero. The 2D action game certainly has enough going on to be worth spending some time on. So I chose to spend some time on it.

Like every good hero, you start the game by having your parents removed from the picture. After all, you can't save the world if you have to do chores, or if your mom tells you to go to bed or something. With the parents missing, the quest becomes to try and save them. Thankfully, you grab some of their tools, the trusty fishing rod that you use to bash monsters' heads in (you'd think a sword would work better?), and you get started on your quest.

Combat is pretty simple, with a single button to attack and another to dodge. You'll use these two skills to fight tree men, bats, acid-spitting snails, and all sorts of other stuff. While simple, I had a pretty good time engaging with these enemies. Fights became fast and frantic, and I had to be careful not to get caught in their attacks, as they often hit hard and fast.

However, what makes Legends of Ethernal stand out is the ether system. As you battle you can collect little rocks known as ethers. You then can use these rocks to craft items to help you out on the fly. At first, this just meant potions to heal, but later I could also throw bombs that would cause enemies to stick in place or unleash a flurry of attacks that end with damaging anyone near me. Exploring the environment became important, as that meant finding pouches to let me hold more ether so I could keep a steady supply of bombs and potions coming.

All of this was enough that, by the end of the demo, I was properly charmed by Legends of Ethernal. I can see myself sinking back into my chair and treating it like a nice little treat, nothing too demanding that I need to put all my effort into it, but something that still keeps my attention and is well worth playing. It's a game I'm certainly going to check out at launch.

Legends of Ethernal is set to launch on Aug.8,2020 for PC.

If you add rhythm game elements to something, there's a good chance I will care about it a lot more than I already did. What can I say, I love timed button presses. They're my jam, no pun intended (pun 100% intended).So Rhythm Fighter caught my attention by adding it to side-scrolling beat 'em ups/roguelite games. Now that's a combination I can easily get into.

Taking place on a world being invaded by evil vegetables, Rhythm Fighter puts you in the role of one of a chosen few fighters saved by the mysterious Mr. Disco. After this, he helps you get revenge against the vegetables that almost killed you the first time. Always need to watch out for those veggies, after all.

At all times the rhythm is playing, and you can see beats moving across the bottom of the screen. You need to time everything, from movement to attacks, with the beat. So you can't just wail on enemies, or you'll see little more than your character tripping a lot. It's a bit tough to get used to at first, though I imagine fans of Crypt of the Necrodancer won't find it a difficult adjustment. Once you do manage, there's a lot of nice things here.

I came to appreciate how Rhythm Fighter seems to have a bunch of fun items to play with. Before long I found beer bottles to stun enemies, ninja shoes that let me dash through them and deal damage, chairs to smack them into the air, bombs to throw, and more. By exploring stages I could find passive buffs and money to spend. It's nothing too different from your typical roguelite, but all of it manages to work together into a cohesive whole that I really came to enjoy.

Really, every part of Rhythm Fighter feels like it's just different enough to be unique, but just familiar enough that I could figure it out without lengthy tutorials. I really enjoyed the short time I spent with it, and I'm excited to give the full game a shot. Mostly because I want to play as the dog with the eye patch. That's my kind of dog.

Rhythm Fighter is set to launch sometime in 2020.

When is the last time you want to go see an actual play? For me, the last one I remember was Monty Python's Spamalot. There's really something great about going to an actual theater and seeing a show. Ars Fabulae tries to capture that experience in a way, telling the story of a theater owner that playwright after he passed away. It manages to do so in some real excellent style.

Ars Fabulae puts you in the role of a woman who's going back to an old theater to relive a part of her past. For the most part, this plays like a first-person narrative game. You'll explore the environment, read notes, and generally appreciate how lovely the game is. However, the real fun starts when you find one of the masks that is used to represent the plays put on at the theater. At this point, the game radically shifts in genre and art style, providing a whole new experience.

I got to try two of these plays in the demo. The first, Solitude, turned Ars Fabulae into a third-person puzzle game where I had to manipulate light and shadows to advance. Moving around lanterns and props let me cause audience members and stairs to appear in the environment, so I could advance further. At the same time, the game took on an interesting watercolor art style, something a longshot from the more realistic looking narrative gameplay

The other play was Symmetry, and this time around I got to control a robot that could punch things. Using my awesome punching skills I could move objects around. Several times I had to team up with another robot, and that led to me having to figure out how to move both of them at the same time, despite the two being in different environments. It's a pretty fun combination of skills.

I think Ars Fabulae is probably one of my favorite games coming out of Digital Dragons. It certainly seemed to have all the ingredients needed to be an indie darling, and I know I'll be checking back in once it's out. This is a play probably worth seeing twice. With snacks. Both times.

Ars Fabulae is set to launch sometime in 2020.

OK, I know it's weird to just sort of barrage you with these four games, but there's a reason. I didn't play any of these demos at Digital Dragons, I played them elsewhere, but they're all games that I think deserve a look for various reasons.

If you're in the mood for some 2.5d shooting? You're going to want Liberated, a comic book shooter that I gave a try during the Steam Game Festival. It contained all the style and substance to really stand out. I gave Ghostrunner a shot at PAX South, and found the fast-paced first-person action game blew me away. It combines all those elements into an almost perfect blend. My fellow writer Andrew wrote about it, but I basically agree with him that it's fantastic.

I got to try Eldest Souls at E3 2019, and even gave it one of our Best of E3 awards. The game combines Furi and Dark Souls into an awesome beast. The game only has boss fights, and you'll move between zones to take them on. The boss I got to fight was a wolf-like knight named the Watchdog, which proved to be a fantastic blend of being hard enough to challenge while still feeling like I could, and eventually did, beat it. I really enjoyed my time with the game.

I also tried Rki at E3 2019. It's an adventure game that digs into Scandinavian folklore. Specifically, it digs into the weirder stuff outside of the usual gods. The game features puzzles, and in my demo I got to help a troll out by figuring out how to get a sword pulled out of its body. That may sound gory, but Rki isn't violent and the whole scene was played closer to the fable of the mouse helping the lion with a thorn in its paw than anything else.

What I'm saying is, these four games are totally interesting and are also well worth keeping an eye on, even if I technically didn't play them here.

Liberated and Ghostrunner is set to launch on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2020. Eldest Souls and Rki are set to release on PC and Nintendo Switch in 2020.

With so many golden games in a single celebration, it seems like Digital Dragons is a roaring success, and I eagerly await any future showings it'll have.

Roaring success. Get it? Because of dragons.

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The mobile security threats to be aware of in 2020 – Business MattersBusiness Matters

With the technological advancements of the modern world has come the emergence of unscrupulous characters looking to take advantage of them. Security threats are a constant, especially when it comes to mobile phones. Its a real problem.

Theres a way to combat any security threats and remain free of any worry, though. If youre aware of them, then theres no reason why you or your phone should ever be compromised, and you can then enjoy your puzzle games, the best online slots at @casinocom, and Tweet away without any concerns. But there are plenty of people who carry on as normal, without realising the risks out there. With users reporting issues all around the globe regularly, it certainly pays to keep on top of it all.

With 2020 firmly underway, here are a few mobile security threats to be aware of so far and what the future might hold.

This is covered a lot in the media, but data leakage is a huge concern for many mobile phone users. Mobile apps are generally considered to be the guilty party in terms of data leakage, especially riskware apps. Beware of any free apps in the store, particularly creations without any information. Many fraudulent apps can send personal data to cybercriminals after they manage to locate a remote server. To avoid any issues, be sure only to give apps permissions they would need to function properly. If an app asks for more permissions than it needs, then avoid it.

Youd be amazed at how many people have an unsecured Wi-Fi connection. Free Wi-Fi connections while youre out and about tend to be unsecured, which is why its probably best to avoid them. Examples have occurred where people have used unsecured Wi-Fi connections and then been hacked, and quite easily too. To be safe from any threat, make sure you use free Wi-Fi sparingly on your mobile phone, alongside making sure you dont use your phone to access any confidential or personal information, such as your banking details. Use another device whereveryou can.

Network spoofing has become increasingly common, especially with the emergence around the sophistication of the tools in which hackers are using. Essentially, what it involves is the hacker setting up fake access points, which are basically connections that seem legitimate, but theyre not theyre traps. Usually, set up in busy locations such as coffee shops or airports, network spoofers can then keep track with your internet surfing and access any details of yours. Its scary, really, but easily avoidable. Make sure you use trusted internet connections, dont join a network where youre asked to create an account, and if you are asked to create a login, then be sure to use a unique password.

Phishing attacks are worryingly common when it comes to mobile phones, mainly because theyre always turned on. With technology more advanced than ever before, scammers have found ways they can catch you out, be it with a sophisticated looking email or text message. Be sure to never click on any unfamiliar links and delete or block any spam you receive.

Most people are concerned with malware, but spyware is arguably more worrying. Also known as stalkerware, spyware can keep track of your whereabouts and activity, and keep the hackers up the date with it all, all without you knowing about it. Spooky, right? Fear not, a comprehensive anti-virus and malware detection suite should keep you safe. Theres plenty out there, but be sure to use a popular one such as Kaspersky.

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A Fold Apart Explores the Emotions of a Long-Distance Relationship in a Folding Paper World, Out Tomorrow on PS4 – PlayStation.Blog

Long-distance relationships are tough!

Living apart from someone you love is never easy, whether its because of career choices, school, or family (or a global pandemic locking everyone in their homes). Communication is harder and emotions get amplified.

Before starting Lightning Rod Games, I experienced these emotional ups and downs myself as I was living an entire continent away from my significant other for over a year. That was a difficult time and had a big impact on how Ive grown as a person and a partner. Naturally, as a game designer, I thought it would be interesting to explore those emotions in a game. I didnt just want to make a game about the story of a long-distance relationship though I wanted to pair it with gameplay mechanics that helped reinforce the feeling of being apart.

A few years ago, my co-founder, Steven, and I were brainstorming new gameplay mechanics. One of Stevens suggestions was the idea of folding paper like origami or the back of a MAD magazine. I thought it was pretty unique, but didnt initially see how it could make for compelling gameplay. A few months later, I had a Eureka! moment (that mostly took place as a fervent game pitch to Steven via webcam using crumpled graph paper and poorly drawn stick people).

It turned out that long-distance relationships and folding paper work perfectly together! If you have one character living on one side of a piece of paper and someone living on the other side, theyre effectively in two different worlds, much like a couple in a long-distance relationship. But if you fold the paper, you can combine those worlds together and allow them to reunite. I thought this was a great representation for what it often feels like to live apart from someone you love you often just wish you could mash your two physical locations together and be with each other.

As we explored the idea of a paper folding puzzle game, we knew that we wanted to tell a much more nuanced story that dove more into the emotions that a couple feels while living apart. We decided the best way to do that would be to focus on the importance of communication.

Good communication is a key part of any successful relationship, but it becomes even more important when you are living apart, communicating less frequently and often less personally (by text message, for example). There are more opportunities for misunderstandings and miscommunication to occur, which can sometimes have unintended consequences. Exploring these themes of miscommunication and emotional responses became the core driver for A Fold Aparts story.

People handle being apart from one another differently, and this is especially true in a long-distance relationship where one person has moved away while the other stays behind. We felt it was important to tell the story from the perspective of both our characters a Teacher and an Architect and show how they each experience their separation in their own way.

Throughout the story, the Teacher and Architect send text messages to one another. However, as is often the case with texting, eventually someone will misinterpret or read too much into what the other person said. These misunderstandings can cause strong emotional reactions sending the characters into emotional worlds where they need to process their feelings and overcome their emotional obstacles.

While the characters are in their emotional worlds, the player is able to help them process their emotions and resolve their conflicts by flipping, folding and unfolding the paper world to help them find a way forward.

At different points of the relationship, each character will be feeling different emotions, which we reflect in the puzzle mechanics of that level.

After the Architect takes a new job in the big city, the Teacher becomes afraid that the Architect will want them to abandon their family, friends and career in the country to follow them. This fear manifests itself as a roadblock that bars their way forward unless they can find a different way to overcome it.

Likewise, the Architect often feels weighed down by guilt over moving away a heavy burden they must overcome.

Characters may feel that their life is being turned upside down

or that their relationship is starting to slip away from under them.

These are just a few of the examples of the sorts of ways we explore the connection between story and gameplay mechanics throughout A Fold Apart.

When we started developing the game four years ago, we never would have imagined that wed be releasing the game in an environment where nearly all of us around the world are physically separated from loved ones and experiencing that loneliness firsthand. Whether you are self-isolating, distance learning, telecommuting, or keeping in touch online, we are all in one form of long-distance relationship or another. Creating A Fold Apart was one of the ways that I navigated those difficult emotions and we hope that the game can help others find some hope and comfort (and, most importantly, fun!) in these challenging times.

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From Star Wars to Borderlands, check out these Steam games at big savings – Boing Boing

Look, we get it. Animal Crossing is about as destressifying as any game could possibly be these days. But, cmon There are only so many bugs you can put in a museum and so many seashells you can sell while still maintaining any level of gaming edge.

If youve already played through everything else in your house and youve maxed out on frolicking with anthropomorphic animals, weve got a handful of top-shelf games available on Steam at some big discounts to help keep you busy.

In addition to being part of the fabled Star Wars franchise, Knights of the Old Republic and its sequel also stand as two of the most revered, critically-acclaimed games of the past 20 years.

Set 4,000 years before the events of the films, you play the galaxys lone surviving Jedi, leading a ragtag band of freedom fighters as the Galactic Republics last hope to stop rampaging Sith Lords...but can you hold out from succumbing to the Dark Side? In this collection, you get both blockbuster games, Knights of the Old Republic and Knights of the Old Republic II, for under $5.

Another one of gamings biggest hits, Borderlands is all about treasure hunting, lunacy and guns, guns, guns! In this award-winning collection, players shoot and loot as they explore the mayhem-filled world of Pandora in Borderlands 2, then go back and explore how Pandora and main villain Handsome Jack got that way in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. For under $10, youll find out why fans are already salivating at the thought of more Borderlands coming in the future.

While Star Wars and Borderlands are 21st-century hits, the beginning of Sid Meiers Civilization series stretches all the way back to the early 90s. But here, youll get the latest installments in the series that measure if you have what it takes to build a civilization from prehistoric times into the future and whether youre remembered as a world defining hero or a despotic imperial villain.

You can get either 2019s Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm standalone expansion for $10 off; or step up to the Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Platinum Edition, featuring Civilization VI, six DLC packs, as well as the Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm expansions. Or you can explore the complete edition of Sid Meier's Civilization V, including the game and a massive treasure trove of downloadable content.

Exploration is the name of the game as you fly through a freshly opened doorway into the Inverse, a world of inside-out planets with no horizons. As you soar through ancient skies and abandoned oceans, youll unlock the lost history of this fading realm and maybe even stumble across a god or two in a game chock full of gorgeous style.

A mad inventor has created the ultimate power source called Lightmatter. Problem is, its also weaponized shadows...so if you cant stay in the light, you wont survive. This puzzle game will tax your ingenuity as finding unique, inventive ways to fashion new light sources are what fuel this trek into the heart of a mad scientists hidden plan.

In a dark 2084 beset by plagues, war, and squalor, you play an elite corporate-funded neural police detective known as an Observer, capable of hacking into a suspects mind. But as you pry open the dark fears of criminals and victims alike, this dystopic future starts calling your own reality into question. This plunge into psychological horror is on the Game Informer list of the Top 10 Cyberpunk Game of All-Time, so find out what all the excitement is about for under $10.

Prices are subject to change.

Amazons new Chinese thermal spycam vendor was blacklisted by U.S. over allegations it helped China detain and monitor Uighurs and other Muslim minorities

Mark Di Stefano of the Financial Times is accused by The Independent of accessing private Zoom meetings held by The Independent and The Evening Standard as journalists were learning how coronavirus restrictions would affect them.

Hackers tried to break into the World Health Organization earlier in March, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread, Reuters reports. Security experts blame an advanced cyber-espionage hacker group known as DarkHotel. A senior agency official says the WHO has been facing a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks since the coronavirus pandemic began.

How many of your passwords contain something personal about you? From an important date to a hobby to some memory from your past, those keywords, phrases or moments are indelibly imprinted inside us and instantly come to mind, which is why we invariably use them as part of a password. Even though a security professional []

As much as we love our gadgets, the time-honored tradition of putting actual pen against real-life paper and organizing thoughts, jotting notes, or just plain sketching will likely never fully leave us. Thats especially true when items like the Rocketbook Fusion are regularly bringing those two worlds together. Designed for every classroom or office, the []

Over the past several years, weve seen an explosion in the use of pre-prepared meal delivery services, each shipping all the ingredients needed right to your door so you can whip up a fresh, tasty meal in just a few minutes. In light of their popularity, its no surprise weve now got a service that []

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Top 5 Puzzle Games To Play In The Pandemic – COED

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Are you bored inside the house? Do you need a fun challenge to occupy your free time? Look no further! Here are 5 puzzle games on the App Store that will turn hours into minutes.

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Two Dotsis an addicting puzzle game where the goal is to connect dots of the same color. It seems simple at first but quickly adds difficult challenges. Journey through the arctic tundra, tropical jungles and outer space to complete puzzles. With over two thousand levels and cute characters, its one of the most fun games on the App Store.

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Scribblenauts Remixis the ultimate test in creativity! The game presents you with riddles and scenarios that you have to solve by using your imagination. You have a magic book that can be used to create any noun. Chocolate, table, panda; literally anything your mind can come up with. You can also add adjectives to these nouns, like flying panda or invisible panda. Its a classic puzzle game that make you more creative just playing it.

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Achromatic!is a minimalist puzzle game where the player lines up different shapes to transform them into one cohesive color. This is a relaxing game that replaces stress with comfort. It starts out easy and slowly curves upward in difficulty, guiding you to become a smarter player. The soundtrack is relaxing and matches the cozy, simple aesthetic. If logic-based games are what youre looking for, this is one of the best.

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Path of Giantsis a puzzle-adventure game about a quest for hidden treasure. You play as three different explorers who travel up an icy mountain and solve intricate puzzles. The player shifts between the three characters and uses their special abilities to solve tough challenges. The backgrounds and atmosphere of this game are beautifully serene. Theres no better puzzle adventure thanPath of Giants.

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Last and certainly not least, we had to give credit to the ultimate classic puzzle game:Tetris.If you dont know by now,Tetrisis a game about stacking blocks of 4 squares until you make a line. This crazy-addictive puzzle game has been around since 1984 and has over a hundred million players worldwide. With an online versus mode and a wide variety of fun backgrounds,Tetrison the App Store is one of the finest puzzle games ever made.

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Oculus Quest games are getting controller-free hand tracking this month – The Verge

Oculus is bringing the Quests experimental hand tracking system out of beta, making it an official feature of the VR headset. The Quest got hand tracking options late last year but only for the main Oculus menu and a few built-in applications. Now, its going to be appearing in third-party games and apps starting later this month.

Three Quest experiences are getting the feature soon: the potion-mixing games Waltz of the Wizard and Elixir, plus puzzle game The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets. Animated VR films Gloomy Eyes and The Line will also launch for the first time with hand tracking on May 28th. Developers can start submitting hand-tracking projects on that day as well, so more titles should support it over the coming months.

The Quest was released one year ago, and its gotten significantly more versatile and capable since launch. The handheld Touch remotes are still its primary controllers. But hand tracking is a bonus feature that sets the Quest apart from most competing headsets, including the Oculus Rift S although the Rift S might get it in the future.

Oculus also recently expanded the list of cables that work with Oculus Link, a feature that lets you plug the Quest into a PC and play Rift games. And its updating the Guardian boundary system this week, adding a feature called Playspace Scan that helps automatically detect obstacles. A future tweak will let you change the boundarys color from its default teal to blue, purple, or yellow.

Facebook-owned Oculus saw a big spike in overall headset sales last quarter, probably driven by the release of popular game Half-Life: Alyx. Now, Oculus says its sold $100 million worth of Quest content since its 2019 launch. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said last September that Oculus had sold $100 million across all its platforms, apparently including around $20 million in Quest apps and $80 million for the desktop-based Rift and low-end Go and Gear VR platforms.

Zuckerberg has said coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders are making VR more attractive, although we havent seen financial reports covering most of the recent pandemic. Oculus plans to support newly homebound employees with more remote work services on the Rift, including the telepresence app Spatial. The breakout VR game Beat Saber, which launched a fitness-focused track earlier in the pandemic, is also getting 20 new beat tracks.

Unfortunately, if you dont have a Quest yet, theyve been almost continuously sold out since January, although Oculus has periodically restocked them. The company is reportedly working on a smaller and lighter version of the Quest, but it may not ship until next year.

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New Games Out This Week: Maneater, The Wonderful 101: Remastered, and More – ComicBook.com

Welcome to another new week in video games! As usual, there are a healthy bevy of video games releasing this week, and while it can sometimes be hard to decide which ones to pick up and which to pass on, we here at ComicBook.com are happy to pull together a curated list of some of the biggest and best releases. The following includes a variety of titles releasing across various platforms, including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Now, to be clear, this is far from an exhaustive list; we're not including absolutely everything set to release. And, by and large, we're focusing on new releases, remasters, or remakes rather than ports. (Though, there are a few of the latter included.) Additionally, the order here is purely determined by how excited we are to check them out, and aren't necessarily reflective of their comparative quality or exact release.

Keep reading to check out a bunch of the new video games releasing this week! Are you excited for anything particular? What's the new game release that you're most excited for? Let us know in the comments, or hit me up directly on Twitter at @rollinbishop to talk all things gaming!

PITCH: "A team of heroes from around the world must UNITE to protect the earth from vicious alien invaders! This band of 100 Wonderful Ones works together using their fantastic abilities to create a variety of forms. Whether it be a giant fist or a sharp blade, theyll use their wits and power to overcome the enemys pitfalls and perils! And the final member of this team of courageous heroesis you."

RELEASE DATE: May 19th

PLATFORMS: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam

PITCH: "Experience the ultimate power fantasy as the apex predator of the seas: A terrifying shark! Maneater is a single-player, open world action RPG (ShaRkPG) where youre the shark. Starting as a small shark pup you are tasked with surviving the harsh world while eating your way up the ecosystem. Explore a large and varied open world encountering diverse enemies both human and wildlife. Find the right resources and you can grow and evolve far beyond what nature intended."

RELEASE DATE: May 22nd

PLATFORMS: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

PITCH: "Saints Row: The Third Remastered gives you control of the Saints at the height of their power, and you live the life to show for it. This is your city. These are your rules. Remastered with enhanced graphics, Steelport the original city of sin, has never looked so good as it drowns in sex, drugs, and guns. Take a tank skydiving, call in a satellite-targeted airstrike on a wrestling gang, and fight against a highly-trained military force by your lonesome in the most outlandish gameplay scenarios ever seen."

RELEASE DATE: May 22nd

PLATFORMS: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

PITCH: "On December 31st 1993 in the crumbling ruins of a mansion on Achill Island, Kasio destroys her diary.

"It tells the story of her return home to the West of Ireland, her conflict with her family, the friends she makes, and the challenges she goes through."

RELEASE DATE: May 19th

PLATFORMS: PC, Mac, iOS

PITCH: "Chex Quest HD is a modern, multiplayer remake of the classic 1996 FPS advergame of the same name.

"The Intergalactic Federation of Snacks' outpost on the remote planet of Bazoik has been overrun by evil cereal-eating creatures from another dimension! These slimy "Flemoids" have taken the citizens of Bazoik captive and it is up to you and the Chex Mix Squadron to free them. Thankfully you have a handy array of zorching devices which can send these invaders back to their home dimension so you can succeed in your mission."

RELEASE DATE: Today! May 18th

PLATFORMS: PC

PITCH: "In a world of folding paper, there are two sides to every story. A Fold Apart is an award-winning puzzle game that explores the emotional rollercoaster of a long-distance relationship in a world of folding paper! Over fifty handcrafted paper folding puzzles with beautiful 3D graphics with a tactile, 'homemade' paper aesthetic."

RELEASE DATE: May 19th

PLATFORMS: PlayStation 4, Xbox One (Previously available on Nintendo Switch, PC, and Apple Arcade)

PITCH: "Set on a derelict cargo ship, you have to outsmart one of Monstrums terrifying predators as you try to escape. With a procedurally generated environment and permadeath, its up to you and your wits to stay alive, or start over against another monster. Good luck. Start running."

RELEASE DATE: May 22nd

PLATFORMS: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch (Previously available for PC)

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A Fold Apart Explores the Challenges of A Long Distance Relationship – Pixelkin

Lightning Rod Games released emotional puzzle game A Fold Apart last month on Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam), and Apple Arcade. Its launching May 19 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, along with several updates and bug fixes.

A Fold Apart is a platforming-puzzle game starring two customizable characters who enter into a long distance relationship. They must navigate the challenges of complexities of communication, loneliness, happiness and sadness. The release timing is oddly perfect due to the global pandemic and need for social distancing.

We never would have imagined that wed be releasing the game in an environment where nearly all of us around the world are physically separated from loved ones and experiencing that loneliness firsthand, said Mark Laframboise, co-founder, Lightning Rod Games. Whether you are self-isolating, distance learning, telecommuting, or keeping in touch online, we are all in one form of long-distance relationship or another. Creating A Fold Apart was a way for me to navigate those difficult emotions and I hope that the game can help others find some hope and comfort (and, most importantly, fun!) in these challenging times as well.

The game world is made out of paper, and entire levels can be folded to create new paths to bring the couple closer together. Over 50 hand-crafted paper-folding levels are available. The story is told through narrative text messages that are revealed after folding.

The romantic couple can be fully customized with different genders and styles to create different kinds of couples.

A Fold Apart is available on PC (Steam), Switch, and Apple Arcade, and releasing May 19 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Get Up To 50% Off On Annapurna Interactive Titles On The Switch eShop Now – TheGamer

A number of quality indie titles are now up to 50% off on the North American Nintendo eShop, as part of the Annapurna Interactive Publisher sale.

A number of quality indie titles are now up to 50% off on the North American Nintendo eShop, as part of the Annapurna Interactive Publisher sale.

Annapurna Interactive is a video game publisher that has been active since the end of 2016. The company's games have included plenty of bizarre, but heart-warming titles that have gone on to win multiple awards. Annapurna has also published older indie gaming titles on modern platforms, such as the Nintendo Switch/iOS versions ofGone Home.

Related:Half Of Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sales Have Been Digital, Reveals Nintendo

The North American eShop is currently holding a sale on Annapurna Interactive titles. According toNintendoSoup,the sale includesAshenfor $23.99,Donut Countyfor $6.49,Florencefor $4,49,Gone Homefor $7.49,Gorogoafor $7.49,Kentucky Route Zero: TV Editionfor $18.74,Sayonara Wild Hearts for $9.74,Telling Liesfor $15.99, andWhat Remains of Edith Finchfor $9.99. The sale will run until May 28.

Ashenis an action RPG in the vein of the Souls series.Donut Countyis a puzzle game where the player controls a hole that has to swallow every item into the ground.Florenceis a short puzzle game that follows a love story.Gone Homeis considered by many to be the first "walking simulator", as the player explores an empty house and reads notes lefts behind by the previous occupants.Gorogoais a puzzle game where the player has to manipulate panels to create images.Kentucky Route Zero: TV Editionis a point and click adventure game about a truck driver traveling across Kentucky.Sayonara Wild Heartsis an action/rhythm game that is similar toRez.Telling Liesis an FMV game where the player needs to watch recorded video messages in order to solve a crime.What Remains of Edith Finchis a first-person exploration game, where the player needs to learn the fate of different members of the Finch family.

The Annapurna Interactive sale has some top-quality games, with titles likeFlorence, Telling Lies,andSayonara Wild Hearts.One common complaint about most of the games on the list is that they are pretty short, especiallyGone HomeandFlorence,which is why many people hold off on buying them initially. For the people who are curious to try out those games, now is the time to take the plunge.

Next:Nintendo Switch First-Party Games Now On Sale

The Annapurna Interactive sale will run on the Nintendo eShop until May 28, 2020.

Source: NintendoSoup

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Scott has been writing for The Gamer since it launched in 2017 and also regularly contributes to Screen Rant. He has previously written gaming articles for websites like Cracked, Dorkly, Topless Robot, and TopTenz. He has been gaming since the days of the ZX Spectrum, when it used to take 40 minutes to load a game from a tape cassette player to a black and white TV set.Scott thinks Chrono Trigger is the best video game of all time, followed closely by Final Fantasy Tactics and Baldur's Gate 2. He pretends that sorcerer is his favorite Dungeons & Dragons class in public but he secretly loves bards.

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Really get away from it all in Nelson, Nevada – Online Athens

Peaceful Nelson, Nevada, offers visitors a step back in time to the vibrant mining days of Nevada, the Silver State, an escape from daily life. This ghost town is off the beaten path, and while standing among its historic buildings one would not think they were just a 45-minute drive from the bright lights of Las Vegas. Those traveling from Vegas on Route 95 will also pass Eldorado Canyon and the monument, Nevada Historical Marker 9.

After an enjoyable ride through the valley travelers will come upon several original buildings from the 1700s. Originally, Nelson was called Eldorado, named by the Spaniards. They were the first to find gold in the mountains. About 100 years later the miners and prospectors developed the Techatticup Mine, which stands today in Nelson. The mine has a clouded reputation of killings that resulted from labor and management disputes. However, in 1861 the mine was considered to be the most important in the canyon as it produced millions of dollars of gold ore. The mine, a short distance from the Colorado River, was served by steamboats. The name Techatticup came from two Paiute words meaning hungry and bread.

This now ghost of a town produced millions of dollars of copper, silver and gold until the mine closed in 1945.

Today mine tours are offered by stopping at the General Store in Nelson to sign up for the Eldorado Canyon Mine Tours. The buildings offer a historic tour of collectables from the area. Canoe and kayak rentals are available for those wanting to take an adventure on the beautiful Colorado River.

Inside the General Store is a small museum with pictures and information on the filming that takes place at Nelson, along with memorabilia and historic information. All ages will enjoy exploring the museum and walking around outside finding old cars, trucks and airplanes. The planes were used as props for the movie 3,000 Miles to Graceland. This ghost town is a popular area for use in movie backdrops, photo shoots and music videos. The National Geographic Channels Brain Games was filmed in Nelson, as were the movies Eye of the Beholder and Breakdown.

Do not get your hopes up when you travel downhill and see the Texaco sign standing tall among the historic buildings of Nelson. It is also historic. There is not a gas station or place to eat here. However, the General Store offers snacks and drinks. Fill your tank before setting out to visit Nelson.

Once you have completed the exploration of Nelson, continue to the end of the road where a spectacular view of the Colorado River awaits. Pack a picnic and find a rock, bring chairs, or sit in the car and enjoy what nature has to offer. Visitors can walk down to the river from this area.

Coming back uphill from the river, continue past the general store and on the left will be a few houses and a dirt road, Main Street. Turn left and follow it for a desert drive. If it is raining or has recently rained, better go back the way you came. If you are short on gas or time, do not do it! However, if you do continue, it is a climb to the top where big eared jackrabbits might be seen. Keep your camera ready as road runners are fast but you might get a picture, and the burros are much slower they will pose longer.

The road will take desert adventurers back down to Highway 95. A left turn goes into Searchlight, another mining town which, in its heyday around 1902 was more populated than Las Vegas. Today about 500 residents call this town home.

A few buildings are left from the mining days. Searchlight has modern structures, too gas stations, places to get a drink and some food, including McDonalds. Las Vegas is one hour from Searchlight and 30 minutes from Laughlin.

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