Jan 15, 18:00

Kotaku Sunday, January 15, 2023 5:42 PM

Stability AI and Midjourney—two of the biggest names in the exploding field of AI-generated imagery—and portfolio site DeviantArt have become the target of a class action lawsuit, filed in California on behalf of artists.


PCGamesN Sunday, January 15, 2023 12:44 PM
     The Sims 4 toddlers, wants, and fears top EA's 'laundry list' for 2023

EA says that The Sims 4 toddlers are top of its 2023 laundry list as it lets players of one of the best life games know what Sims bugs, glitches, and other community concerns it is prioritising for Sims 4 updates in January 2023. Among the other key issues mentioned by EA Maxis are wants & fears, Sims that keep moving while the game is paused, and stuck moodlets, as the developer prepares for the upcoming Sims 4 infant update.

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PCGamesN Sunday, January 15, 2023 11:54 AM
     Awful Modern Warfare 2 spawns can see you die twice in one killcam

Bad Modern Warfare 2 spawns are always something you have to deal with in the frenetic, fast-paced fracas of the FPS game, but seeing a player die twice in one killcam emphasises just how awful they can be at times. Spawning in what feels like an unfair position has happened in all the Call of Duty games, and not even the best Modern Warfare 2 loadout can save you from situations where you are dropped in full view of the enemy.

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Twinfinite Sunday, January 15, 2023 4:44 PM
     Time to test your knowledge Wizard Knight!

Twinfinite Sunday, January 15, 2023 2:19 PM
     The trauma keeps comin' and it don't stop comin'.

Siliconera Sunday, January 15, 2023 3:00 PM

Drago Noka Offers Quite a Bit of Freedom

Playism's publishing means people on a Switch get a chance to experience a lot of doujin and indie games that might not make the leap from PCs otherwise. This means that yes, a game perhaps won't be perfectly suited for the system. Still, it'll be interesting to see it there and take a chance on a smaller title. Drago Noka is a game with farming, building, and simulation elements that isn't exactly perfect or easy, but is unique and interesting enough.

You're basically tossed into Drago Noka with little fanfare. Players' avatars land on the back of the Grand Tortoise (Grant) dragon. As is typical for a game with farming and village management, you're an amnesiac. Immediately upon waking, Nona asks for your help in pushing her father's coffin off the side of the dragon. She is a priestess who lived alone with her father there. When the government agent Mimimi arrives, the player is put in charge of Grant since Nona doesn't want the job. Your goal is to build homes for potential villagers, farm, raise animals and develop the area, while also exploring occasional ruins and facing other dragons.

Drago Noka Offers Quite a Bit of Freedom

From there, it is sink-or-swim. Attempting to start a farm isn't even broached initially. (It also doesn't explain how to leave food for villagers in Nona's hut so they don't get sick.) You're tasked with building viable homes either from the broken down remnants on Grant or via original construction. You get tools like an axe and hammer to start getting wood and stone, and there are plants to gather on Grants' back. Items gradually respawn, and a wyvern rider named Yuni stops by every day to collect goods you might be shipping, act as a merchant you can buy from, and get new residents once you have homes for them. As GeSei unkan built it in WOLF RPG Editor, this doujin game has a definite RPG Maker feel to it, though with a rudimentary Stardew Valley or Story of Seasons approach.

Things can generally be rather freeform. After getting the village established with a few houses and starting an initial farm, you can start doing what you'd please. That can mean resource gathering for crafting, so you can add more furniture or engage in more customization. You might direct Grant to move around the map, so it will change the current "season." This influences materials and the weather. It can also cause enemies to appear or result in dragon encounters. Which means you'd need to feed your dragon ahead of time to prepare for that kind of eventuality or be ready to defend the homes on the back of Grant from any foe that lands there. You can also eventually form relationships with different villagers,

A good way to describe Drago Noka is ambling. This is a game that takes its time. From the hours I've spent with it, it doesn't seem like I'm being penalized from pursuing a relaxed approach. Even if you aren't farming yet, some trees feature food, so I could take my time without worrying about Nona starving. The only time limits I noticed involved furnishing villager homes after recruiting them. However, waiting to start the process until I'd already started getting homes and some items for them together helped a bit with that.


However, as this is an indie game, that means Drago Noka suffers from not often telling you what to do. For example, it is very freeform about getting things set up. It doesn't teach you how to build a house. You need to set up floors, walls, windows, doors, and roofs on your own. (Fortunately, working off of a dilapidated one gives you the framework you need to learn.) Learning how to interact with villagers comes down to trial and error, though it seems like asking them for something is the best way to get them working toward a goal. It took me a moment to realize how to leave food for Nona, as initially I accidentally cleaned out the initial supply. But given the nature of the game, someone needs to expect that it will be rudimentary. Also, while short, there is a Steam demo that lets someone get brief feel for things.

Drago Noka isn't the first farming and village life simulation I'd recommend. It's definitely the sort of game you should try first, to see if it will be for you. But it does offer a very relaxed approach and does some interesting things, what with everything set on the back of a dragon. Getting a chance to see an indie interpretation of a genre is always interesting. You won't get the same level of investment as in, say, a Stardew Valley or Story of Seasons, but it can be fun to build up a village in terms of its appearance and spend some evenings farming and exploring.

Drago Noka is available for the Nintendo Switch and PC.

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Siliconera Sunday, January 15, 2023 12:00 PM

A new collection of Pokemon merchandise, themed after the move Amnesia, will be available in the Japanese Pokemon Center. You will be able to purchase them starting on January 21, 2023. In Japanese, the title of the collection is Dowasure, which is simply the Japanese name for the move. There is also an accompanying "Dowasure"" song that you can watch on the Pokemon Kids TV Japan YouTube channel.

Here is the "Dowasure" music video, which stars Psyduck, Marshtomp, Drifloon, Quagsire, Numel, and Slowpoke.

While you are not able to purchase items and ship them internationally through the Pokemon Center store, they are also available on Amazon. With Amazon, it may be possible to ship them abroad.

The items in the Amnesia Pokemon line of goods are:

  • A4 clear files (2) - 660 JPY
  • Acrylic memo stand collection - 880 JPY
  • Assorted stickers - 660 JPY
  • Clear pouch - 1760 JPY
  • Coin & key case - 2420 JPY
  • Collectible magnet - 660 JPY
  • Desk stand memo - 1,320 JPY
  • Earrings/clip-on earrings (Slowpoke, Quagsire, Drifloon) - 1,100 JPY
  • Hand towel  - 660 JPY
  • Invisible masking tape - 605 JPY
  • Metallic charm (Psyduck, Slowpoke, Quagsire, Marshtomp) - 550 JPY
  • Mini stationery set - 440 JPY
  • Mug - 1760 JPY
  • Neckstrap - 990 JPY
  • Puppet doll (Psyduck, Slowpoke, Quagsire, Marshtomp) - 2,640 JPY
  • Ink: 2,310 JPY
  • To-do list: 539 JPY

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Amnesia is a Psychic move that will sharply raise the user's Special Defense stat. You can teach it via a TM, and a wide number of Pokemon learn it naturally. In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, a Pokemon that does not naturally learn it can do so with TM128. You will unlock TM128 in the TM Machine after you defeat the Team Star Fire Crew.

The Pokemon Amnesia goods collection will be available through the Japanese Pokemon Center site and Amazon JP from January 21, 2023. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are on the Nintendo Switch.

The post Amnesia Collection of Pokemon Merchandise is Unforgettable appeared first on Siliconera.

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Sunday, January 15, 2023 12:43 PM
     Scalebound was a dragon-riding action RPG that was announced back in 2014, and though there was a lot of excitement for the title, the project was officially cancelled come 2017. Though fans never got to have a look at Scalebound a few years back, word has it that the franchise could be revived soon.  As […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Sunday, January 15, 2023 12:25 PM
     With Forspoken being a new-gen exclusive, a lot of fans were expecting a huge game, and now the storage requirement has been revealed for Square Enix's upcoming title—and you'll have to clear out a huge chunk of your hard drive. As it turns out, Forspoken will be demanding 87. 275 GB of storage. Here's the […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Sunday, January 15, 2023 12:13 PM
     A lot of Naughty Dog fans are excited for the premiere of The Last of Us, but we also have an update on the gaming front. Fans have been waiting for a multiplayer version of The Last of Us for a while, but ND has been mum about the update. Thanks to a new interview […]

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Sunday, January 15, 2023 4:22 PM

The video shows off a ton of gameplay features

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Sunday, January 15, 2023 3:29 PM

"Beyond Good and Evil 2's development is underway and the team is hard at work"

The post Ubisoft Claims Beyond Good and Evil 2 is Still Coming appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Sunday, January 15, 2023 2:55 PM

The two companies are in the early stages of the discussions.

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Jan 15, 12:00

PCGamesN Sunday, January 15, 2023 11:54 AM
     Awful Modern Warfare 2 spawns can see you die twice in one killcam

Bad Modern Warfare 2 spawns are always something you have to deal with in the frenetic, fast-paced fracas of the FPS game, but seeing a player die twice in one killcam emphasises just how awful they can be at times. Spawning in what feels like an unfair position has happened in all the Call of Duty games, and not even the best Modern Warfare 2 loadout can save you from situations where you are dropped in full view of the enemy.

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PCGamesN Sunday, January 15, 2023 10:27 AM
     League of Legends emotes set

League of Legends emotes are one of the most useful and fun ways to communicate with other players in the MOBA game, letting you add a little flair to your gameplay. They're a great way to encourage your friends and wind up your foes, as well as celebrate key moments in a match. It seems like they might be getting better soon, too, as Riot Games says it is "actively looking at the emote system" as it plans an overhaul to expand its implementation.

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PCGamesN Sunday, January 15, 2023 10:23 AM
     Pinocchio clashes with a giant police bot in new Lies of P 8K gameplay

Some new Lies of P gameplay from AMD shows off part of the soulslike game in 8K resolution, with a terrifyingly intense boss fight there to close out the Pinocchio-inspired ARPG. So imagine, if you will, a boss fight that turns Bloodborne's Darkbeast Paarl into some sort of giant, mechanical, ape-like police puppet robot.


PCGamesN Sunday, January 15, 2023 10:14 AM
     Minecraft horses guide – locations and how to tame them

Looking for how to tame a horse in Minecraft? These tamable Minecraft mobs can be used as a handy way to explore new Minecraft seeds thanks to their zippy speed and ability to fit through single block openings.

Minecraft horses can also climb hills, jump fences, and even swim in shallow water - making your pony pal the best mode of transport to explore. Once tamed, you'll be able to equip your Minecraft horse with armour and a saddle. Be sure to look out for your horsie in survival and adventure mode, as when riding your horse's health will need to be kept an eye on in case you stumble across some scavenging Minecraft phantoms. While you're riding your horse, you can use items as you usually would, this includes potions, weapons, or crafting an enchantment table or blast furnace.

If you don't want to tame a new horse in Minecraft, you can breed your own by feeding two tamed horses to activate love mode - that's an official term, by the way - so they produce a foal. Foals can't be tamed until they're older, but can be fed to accelerate growth. Once your foal is all grown up, or if you're looking for how to tame a horse in Minecraft for the first time, read on.

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PCGamesN Sunday, January 15, 2023 7:49 AM
     Must-watch AGDQ 2023 runs and record-breakers as $2.6 million raised

What are the best AGDQ 2023 runs? Charity speedrun event Awesome Games Done Quick is over, raising an incredible $2,642,493 for the Prevent Cancer foundation during its week-long celebration of speedrunning. From classic games and speedrunning staples like Portal and The Legend of Zelda to new games like Neon White and Powerwash Simulator, there are plenty of incredible runs to catch up on in the final event before GDQ founder Mike Uyama hands over the reins.

PCGamesN Sunday, January 15, 2023 7:46 AM
     Ex Skyrim dev's gorgeous open world to save you from screenshot deaths

A former Bethesda developer that worked on multiple Fallout games, Skyrim, and the upcoming Starfield is working on a mythical hunting sim and has just revealed that you'll be able to explore the fantasy game world without having to worry about an obscure creature from folklore ripping you into thousands of tiny pieces, which is nice.

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PCGamesN Sunday, January 15, 2023 7:33 AM
     Fallout 2 has 13 voiced characters – modders are expanding that by 10x

After almost 25 years the original Fallout 2 from Black Isle Studios is being overhauled to include new voice-acted lines for already modded-in extra talking heads. The classic isometric RPG game still makes the rounds all these years later, with a free Fallout 2 FPS game available now for example, and this voice lines mod aims to combine with another to enhance the original Fallout 2 experience naturally. Hopefully this fills you up ahead of the Fallout 5 release date.

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PCGamesN Sunday, January 15, 2023 6:18 AM
     Dead Space Remake can learn from The Callisto Protocol's combat

Dead Space Remake, from all the trailers and gameplay footage I've seen so far, looks remarkably faithful to the 2008 original. Meanwhile The Callisto Protocol, once touted as the unofficial successor to Dead Space, has met a mixed reception at launch. As you can read in our Callisto Protocol review, we were on the positive side of the critical split, but did recognise concerns about its story and performance issues. Is the pretender at risk of being outshone, once we hit the Dead Space Remake release date?

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Sunday, January 15, 2023 6:00 AM

Sundays are for angling your umbrella so the wind doesn't turn it inside out. Before you duck, let's read this week's best writing about games (and game related things).

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Siliconera Sunday, January 15, 2023 9:00 AM

Godzilla Squishmallows Look Incredibly Friendly 1

Now that these Squishmallow plush toys are popular, it means all sorts of crossovers. Pokemon and Sonic the Hedgehog characters already had their turn. Now, the latest assortment involves a Godzilla Squishmallow collaboration. Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla, and Rodan are all part of the initial four. After finding two a local store, I was pleasantly surprised to see how strong the likenesses are, as well as how friendly they look in this incarnation.

Both the Godzilla and Mothra Squishmallows I picked up are part of the 8" toy line. This makes them a bit too small to use as an actual pillow, like the Pikachu variant. They're more of a decorative piece like a throw pillow or something to hug. (Both were a bit too tall to place on my normal stuffed animal shelf with some Animal Crossing and Story of Seasons plush, as they'd dominate the other two.) But they fit well on a desk or placed on my desk chair when I'm not using it.

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The quality on both plush is rather nice. Each one is soft and well-made. Godzilla has a number of spines along his back, leading down to his tail. He also has a friendly, toothy smile to him. I'd say I was more impressed with Mothra, in terms of quality. There are so many different types of fabrics used, the eyes' material has a gradation to it. Plus, as a nod to being a giant moth, her stomach is quite fluffy. The only knock against her I'd say is that the wings could have been a bit bigger, as while displaying you can barely see them.

The level of detail and extra attention to Mothra's design also means it is the more immediately recognizable of the two. Even without seeing the wings, anyone aware of Godzilla and the existence of these Squishmallows inspired by it would probably be able to tell who this is. Meanwhile, Godzilla can look a bit more like a generic dinosaur that happens to be the same color as Godzilla. Unless you turn it around and see the three rows of spines down the back, you might not catch which character it is.

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I think what I appreciated most about it is just having a friendly sort of Godzilla toy. I grew up watching the older movies with my grandfather, but it seemed when I was a kid that most items involved plastic toys and figures that didn't appeal to me. Granted, now I do have a space decorated to such things, but getting an additional option, especially with Mothra being among the announced batch, meant a chance to get a sort of stuffed animal I'd have loved when younger.

Both the Godzilla and Mothra Squishmallows are interesting options that essentially offer an extra option for people who want merchandise based on the series, but perhaps not more traditional items. Both are absolutely all-ages sorts of collectibles. They're a good size where they aren't obnoxiously large, but could be a nice accent on a couch or bed. Also, while Godzilla could be mistaken for some sort of unrelated, prehistoric creature, the likenesses are still generally good. Especially in the case of Mothra, who is quite distinctive. They're a fun extra option.

The Godzilla 8" Squishmallow collection is now available, with Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla, and Rodan at places like Learning Express and Toydrops for $15-20.

The post Godzilla Squishmallows Look Incredibly Friendly appeared first on Siliconera.

Jan 15, 04:00

GamersHeroes Saturday, January 14, 2023 9:11 PM

Listen to a heated discussion with Like a Dragon: Ishin! Voice actor Hitoshi Ozawa with the latest trailer for Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and SEGA's upcoming title.

The post Like a Dragon: Ishin! Hitoshi Ozawa Interview Released appeared first on GamersHeroes.

Gamer Empire Saturday, January 14, 2023 11:55 PM
     There are a lot of possible research trees one can pursue at the start of the game in RimWorld. Of course, depending on the scenario […]

Gamer Empire Saturday, January 14, 2023 9:05 PM
     There are many types of animals that you can find and tame in RimWorld. Most of these are really good sources of food. However, with […]

Tabletop Gaming News Saturday, January 14, 2023 10:23 PM
     The 2023 US Open Series and World Championships of Warhammer is set to be an exciting event for fans of the popular tabletop game. The series will feature a variety of tournaments, including the US Open, the World Championship Qualifier, and the World Championship itself. Participants will compete for prizes such as exclusive models, trophies, and cash prizes. The event will also feature special guests, seminars, and other activities. Fans of Warhammer are sure to have an unforgettable experience at this year's US Open Series and World Championships.