Speedrunner Calebhart42 was playing Mega Man X4 at the 2017 Smash The Record event when he got to one of the game's more infamous cutscenes and it started to skip.
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Picking firsts in video game history isn't easy. For example: Resident Evil was the first survival horror game. Nope, try Alone in the Dark. Oh wait, was it Sweet Home (the inspiration for RE)? Massive argument ensues. At the risk of starting his own related brawl, Alex Lemcovich of Stealth Docs has put forward his idea of the first stealth game. Care to guess?
It sadly became clear last month that Half-Life 2: Episode 3 will never happen in an official capacity from Valve. However, along with the cryptic revelation from former Valve writer Marc Laidlaw came a sort of... relief... and with it, a call-to-arms to the community.
This is it. After fleeing from their home world thousands, hundreds or dozens of years ago (depending on lore revisions), World of Warcraft's Draenei are ready to take back Argus from the Burning Legion, with the heroes of Azeroth by their side. Kind of beefy for a post-Legion expansion update, isn't it?
Last weekend, East Coast Throwdown brought fighting game competition back to New Jersey with its ninth instalment. As one of the last tournaments before the release of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite later this month, the event featured a stacked Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 bracket that showcased a clear endpoint to the game's strategy.
Mods. Gotta love em'. Reactivating disabled functionality since... er, the 80s? With the arrival of Nibre's MotherVR, re-enabling virtual reality support in Alien: Isolation, we can very definitely say since 2017.
The psychological NSA experiment mysterious arcade game Polybius has popped up in a few instances on Kotaku previously, but now's the first time you can enjoy it in well-produced, documentary form. Stuart Brown of Ahoy fame, who has cranked out some quality clips in the past, decided to tackle the urban legend in an extensive, hour-long video.
It's clear that Bethesda is going to squeeze every last dollar it can out of Skyrim. A bunch of those will come from the VR port of the open-world RPG, which we haven't seen much of since E3 earlier this year. This weekend's Quakecon was Bethesda chance to demo a build and dispel some of the cynicism surrounding it. Unfortunately, reports suggest it failed. Hard.
While Cloud Imperium Games was showing off its facial capture tech for Star Citizen, Egosoft, another developer with a penchant for space sims, cracked the shell on X4, the mammoth sequel to X3 and X Rebirth.
The big reveal for Star Citizen at this year's Gamescom is the integration of Faceware's "3D facial motion capture", which will allow players to emote via their in-game avatar's face using, well, their face. The developer is labelling it as "Face Over Internet Protocol" or FoIP and will require sensor hardware from Faceware itself for the best results, however, it can work with a webcam though the "quality of facial detection may vary".
As predicted when first announced, the fourth race to join the ranks of Creative Assembly's Total War: Warhammer 2 is the rat-like Skaven. Rather than crank out a cinematic trailer to show them off, the developer has gone with an in-engine demo instead.
OK, it's not quite playing Dark Souls with a drum set, but I'm more than happy to give kudos to Perth-based streamer PeekingBoo and his impressive attempt to control Splatoon 2 using an actual DDR arcade machine. And not just with one pad, but two.
There's no shortage of board games based on Game of Thrones, though that didn't stop CMON from setting up a Kickstarter for A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game (sic). Rather than going the grand strategy route, CMON's attempt will focus more on the individual skirmishes and includes detailed miniatures and placemats to replicate the characters and landscapes of the war-ravaged continent.
The players on Team Liquid just won the most money for a single match in the history of esports, but at the staged champagne celebration they stumbled around like sleep deprived zombies.