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Super Nintendo World theme park looks like a real life Mario game

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jul 4, 2020 at 3:17 pm CDT

The Super Nintendo World theme park is making tremendous progress,and literally looks like a real-life Mario game.

Universal Japan's Super Nintendo World theme park looks unbelievably good. A new bit of recorded amateur footage from Theme Park Shark shows just how much detail is being packed into the attraction. The entire setup is extremely authentic and looks like something right out of the Super Mario World 3D Wii U era, complete with spinning coins, koopas, piranha plants, goombas, power-up blocks--the works.

The layout isn't just simulating a game level, though: It's an actual video game environment. Super Nintendo World will have interactive snap-on wristbands that link up to a Switch game. Attendees can unlock rewards and other content as they play real-life mini-games at the park.

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Corsair's iCUE RGB syncs up with Hyper Scape and reacts as you play

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jul 4, 2020 at 2:23 pm CDT

Corsair and Ubisoft let you create your own video game lightshow that'd make Daft Punk proud.

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Corsair's RGB iCUE dynamic lighting software just got an update to support Ubisoft's new Hyper Scape battle royale game. With the latest software version, gamers can sync up their iCUE RGB devices with Hyper Scape to create some scintillating radiance that matches gameplay in real-time. The result is an immersive and chaotic experience that just adds to the thrill.

Hyper Scape is already pretty stylish and colorful so the iCUE integration is definitely welcome. The free-to-play battle royale hasn't released yet, but Ubisoft is holding technical beta tests and you can get in by watching an approve Twitch stream (check Dr. Lupo for a quick invite).

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Atari VCS set for Fall 2020 release

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jul 4, 2020 at 1:31 pm CDT

After many delays, redesigns, and interruptions from COVID-19, Atari's PC-console hybrid finally has a Fall 2020 shipping date.

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The new Atari VCS PC-console hybrid is set to start shipping to Indiegogo backers this Fall, the company said in a recent press release. The news comes alongside an announcement of Missile Command: Recharged, the latest remaster-style re-release of an old-school classic on the VCS system. The fleet of newly redesigned classics serve as the major draw to the VCS insofar as software, but it's the system's unique Linux-based design that stands out.

Atari is branding the VCS as a true multmedia console that can switch to and from an open-ended PC at will. Gamers can load up multiple operating systems like Windows 10, Chrome OS, or Linux and play PC games in the console's Sandbox Mode. This allows lots of flexibility for the platform and is pretty innovative. Gamers can also switch back over to the VCS' native mode and play games specifically made for the platform on Atari's storefront, which will sell old-school retro classics and re-imagined titles with new modern designs.

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College student TikTok VFX reel attracts attention of ex-Disney CEO

Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Jul 3, 2020 at 9:50 pm CDT

Julian Bass caught the attention of not just the world with his slick VFX reel on Twitter, but he caught the all-seeing-eye of ex-Disney CEO and fresh TikTok CEO Bob Iger. Check out his work:

Bass is a 20-year-old Georgia State University theater major, who now has over 1 million likes on his shared, self-produced video. He morphs into 3 of his favorite characters from some gigantic franchises: Star Wars, Ben 10, and Spider-Man.

All it took for Bass to go viral overnight were the following words: "If y'all can retweet enough times that Disney calls, that'd be greatly appreciated".

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HyperX and Champion tease RGB hoodie, t-shirt, and even RGB slippers

Anthony Garreffa | Peripherals | Jul 3, 2020 at 9:13 pm CDT

HyperX has teamed with Champion on a brand new line up of gamer-focused clothes, which wouldn't be something headline worthy if it weren't for the RGB goodness.

Yeah, we've reached peak RGB with a new limited edition collaboration between HyperX and Champion, where they've revealed the first reflective clothing launch that will be sold in 100 countries. We have unisex sizes that range between S through to XXL while the slides for men range between S through to XL.

This isn't the first time the companies have collaborated on gaming clothes, with their first gamer-wear reportedly a "runaway success". The new tweak on the clothes adds some RGB goodness, with HyperX Strategic Alliances Manager, Jessany Van't Hoff explaining: "This concept pairs especially well with the Cloud Alpha S headset and HyperX RGB peripherals while maintaining a tasteful and timeless style that is synonymous with Champion Athleticwear's aesthetic".

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Sony goes all out with their first PS4 exclusive PC port

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jul 3, 2020 at 1:45 pm CDT

Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition is launching on Steam and the Epic Games Store on August 7, 2020, complete with PC-specific features not available on PS4.

This August, Sony is officially breaking PS4 exclusivity with its debut first-party PC port. Guerrilla Games' excellent sci-fi action RPG will look and play better on PC than it ever did on PS4 thanks to platform-specific optimizations like uncapped FPS, 4K resolution textures, 21:9 support, FoV sliders, and even an HDR toggle. The result culminates in one of the best-looking games Sony has released to date...and it's a PC re-release of a 2017 game.

Gamers can also play with a controller and Guerrilla has baked in full button remapping on both M&KB and controller options. There's also a built-in benchmarking tool that will automatically set in-game performance based on your rig's hardware capabilities. These high-end textures and models will come at a steep data cost, though: The game clocks in at 100GB on both storefronts.

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The Medium dev: Xbox Series X CPU & GPU power lets devs 'go crazy'

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jul 3, 2020 at 12:50 pm CDT

Bloober Team says the Xbox Series X's raw CPU and GPU power lets them get "a little crazy" while developing The Medium.

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The Medium, the new Beksinski-esque horror game from Layers of Fear dev Bloober Team, was built from the ground up to utilize the Xbox Series X's high-end power. The Medium will be a next-gen spectacle that pushes new features like ray traced visuals and audio, ultra-fast loading times for completely seamless transitions, high-end resolutions, tight frame rates, and new atmospheric effects that redefine the genre.

The Xbox Series X's revolutionary PCIe 4.0 SSD will dramatically boost every game played on the system, but cinematic games will benefit even more thanks to interruption-free gaming. "The SSD and how it allows for no noticeable loading times is certainly a big deal for us. Thanks to it, you can create a more cinematic and atmospheric experience, and keep the player immersed in the game - with no immersion-breaking loading screens," Bloober Team producer Jacek Zieba told the Xbox Wire.

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Cyberpunk 2077 wall-running parkour nuked from final game

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jul 3, 2020 at 11:06 am CDT

Cyberpunk 2077's wall-running feature has been nuked from the final game. Why? It was a design decision and the mechanic just didn't fit the overall gameplay flow.

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First-person wall-running is weird and doesn't always fit. Case in point: Wall-running in Mirror's Edge felt disorienting and was a big reason why I didn't continue playing the game. Now it looks like CD Projekt RED feels the same because they've removed that specific parkour maneuver from Cyberpunk 2077.

"Ah, the wall running! That is something that we removed due to design reasons, but there's still going to be a lot of flexibility in how you move, that's for sure," level designer Max Pears told GameReactor.

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Next coronavirus stimulus check to be more than $1,200, here's why

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Jul 3, 2020 at 9:32 am CDT

There has been quite a lot of discussions in regard to the second round of coronavirus stimulus checks being rolled out to Americans, but now we can expect that the next cash injection will be bigger than the last.

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According to a recent interview with President Trump, who spoke to Fox Business, the second round of coronavirus stimulus payments should be larger than the first payment of $1,200. The President stated, "I support actually larger numbers than the Democrats, but it's got to be done properly. I want the money getting to people to be larger so they can spend it. I want the money to get there quickly and in a non-complicated fashion." Trump has now openly supported the decision to roll out a second coronavirus check to Americans twice now, the first time can be viewed here.

Trump expresses that the second round of coronavirus relief payments will need to be "done properly", and one of the ways that it will be done properly is to "create an incentive for work". From this statement, we can gather that the next coronavirus relief payment will be tied into getting people back out there looking for jobs, and participating in the re-sparking of the United States economy. Fox Business states that Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that phase four stimulus package would be approved before Congress goes on its August recess.

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Scientists confirm a new and more infectious strain of coronavirus

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Jul 3, 2020 at 8:31 am CDT

Scientists and researchers have confirmed that there is a new strain of coronavirus that is more infectious than the last one.

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According to a study that has been published in Cell, researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, Duke University in North Carolina, and the University of Sheffield's COVID-19 Genomics UK research group have analyzed genome samples of COVID-19 and have shown a certain mutation has become dominate in circulating strains. This variant of COVID-19 is called D614G, and according to full peer-reviewed study, the new D614G genome variant is more infectious under laboratory conditions.

Dr. Thushan de Silva, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Infectious Diseases at the University of Sheffield, said, "We have been sequencing SARS-CoV-2 strains in Sheffield since early in the pandemic and this allowed us to partner with our collaborators to show this mutation had become dominant in circulating strains. The full peer-reviewed study published today confirms this, and also that the new D614G genome mutation variant is also more infectious under laboratory conditions."

The researchers found through the data they gathered that the new strain was associated with higher viral loads in the upper respiratory tract of patients that have contracted COVID-19. At this stage of the research, scientists believe that this new strain doesn't cause more severe disease. Scientists found that the original strain of COVID-19 that came from Wuhan, China was different to what they have now found. The new strain has a small but significant variation. The change is in the "spike" gycoprotein that stick out on the surface of the virus. This part of the virus commonly referred to as the "spike protein" is what the virus uses to hook into and infect new human host cells.

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