Animal Crossing is officially heading to Nintendo Switch. It’s out in 2019. We’re all freaking out about it, naturally. But what we’re most losing our cool over is that Nintendo completely trolled us with this reveal. We were first treated to some nice footage of Isabelle, the mayor’s assistant from Animal Crossing: New Leaf. She walked around the office, thinking to herself, “What if I was mayor for a while?” We all cheered for her. Yes, Isabelle, we thought — star in a Nintendo Switch game where you’re the mayor and we’re your doting lieges! But nope. Nope, nope, nope. Right out of our hands, Nintendo tore away our dreams and instead threw Isabelle right into the fray. She’s a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where we’ll be forced to beat this beautiful poodle into a Teen-rated pulp against our wishes. But then! But then. But then. Nintendo always has a “One more thing!” during its Direct … [Read more...] about Animal Crossing Switch is out in 2019 and Nintendo is driving us nuts already
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THE PCG Q&AFind all previous editions of the PCG Q&A here. Below are some highlights:Which game deserves a No Man's Sky-style comeback?What's the most underrated game on PC?If you could play a sequel to any game, what would it be?It's possible to have a piece of music chronically stuck in your head for a lifetime—anyone who played Tetris at a young age can attest to that. Videogame music seems to be particularly good at taking up permanent residence in our minds—whether that's a feature of game music, or a result of hearing the same tracks looping for hours upon hours is uncertain, but it's probably more of the latter.Either way, we all have that one song that insists on converting all unused mental energy into a private head orchestra. For this week's question, we want to know what that song is for you: What piece of game music is always stuck in your head? Our answers are below, and we look forward to reading yours in the comments. Or maybe we don't, because … [Read more...] about What piece of game music is always stuck in your head?
At BlizzCon 2017, guests and viewers were treated to an announcement of the next World of Warcraft expansion, along with the debut of the game’s launch cinematic. Battle for Azeroth got off to a strong start in terms of hype. Fans were curious to see what happened with the Burning of Teldrassil and the Siege of Lordaeron. Alliance players knew that their new High King, Anduin Wrynn, would be tested. Horde fans got to wonder whether Sylvanas Windrunner, their Warchief, would act in their best interests. Throughout it all was that fun thread of tension that makes up the core of Battle for Azeroth: Are you Horde or Alliance? I’ve known my answer for years. World of Warcraft launched in 2004; I had played the RTS games avidly, and had loved Sylvanas back in Warcraft 3, but ultimately I ended up choosing the Alliance as my faction. I rolled a human paladin, who I have continuously mained since her creation. (She’s old enough to be in high school at this point.) I’ve … [Read more...] about I’ve played Alliance for 10 years, and now Battle for Azeroth is making me fight for it
Fourteen years ago, I bought and installed World of Warcraft. Not one, but two vast continents full of mystery sprawled before me. The breadth and scope was overwhelming. I practically frothed at the mouth in anticipation. But first, I had to make a choice: would I serve the Horde, or the Alliance?It took much contemplation and soul-searching, but finally, I decided. I would enter the world (of Warcraft) as Keteris Moonrunner, a Night Elf who could use the power of nature to cast spells or even shapeshift into creatures of the wild. I would fight under the banner of the Alliance.Though I was always proud to consider myself Alliance, I was never emotionally invested in the 'war' part of the Warcraft equation. I always considered my character to be above that sort of thing; the fight between Horde and Alliance had decimated kingdoms, torn families apart, and even risked the fate of the entire planet on more than one occasion. Can't we all just get along?That is until July 31, 2018, when … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is getting me angry for all the right reasons
My time in virtual reality has taught me not to fight through feelings of nausea when playing a game. If you feel a little sick now, you’re either going to soon feel a lot sicker or you’re going to have to take a break. It can take hours to feel OK again once you tip over into full simulation sickness, so it’s wise to back off if you begin to feel sick. Sea of Thieves isn’t a VR game, but it sure is making me feel sick. How is that possible? It’s a good question, and I was surprised to find that seasickness itself isn’t very well understood, much less why I’d experience it while playing a video game. We know that first-person games can make some people feel ill in general, and we know that some people are sensitive to getting sick on actual boats. Virtual reality enthusiasts and developers also know that keeping a steady, high frame rate is very important for comfort. If you move your head and the virtual world doesn’t immediately … [Read more...] about Sea of Thieves is making me seasick