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    Twin Mirror is the latest Epic Games Store exclusive

    Twin Mirror

    Jenni Lada for Siliconera:

    Twin Mirror, the adventure game from Dontnod Entertainment, Shibuya Productions, and Bandai Namco, has a December 1, 2020 release date. The thing is, it won’t be everywhere that day. While you will be able to get it on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Epic Games Store, it won’t be on Steam. The announcement included a confirmation that a one-year Epic Games Store exclusivity arrangement is in place.

    That’s a shame. I was looking forward to this one since it was shown off back in 2018 because of the Alan Wake, Twin Peaks vibe the trailer gave off. Maybe it’s for the best though as my backlog of games is getting long and there’s plenty of other things to play until next year when the game likely hits Steam.

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    A bunch of people bought the wrong Xbox console

    Jay Peters for The Verge:

    I might not be the only one who gets them confused, though. (Microsoft itself has, but I digress.) Despite today being pre-order day for the Series X (reminder: the new one), the One X (the old one) had a banner day on Amazon as well, at one point up 747 percent on Amazon’s “Movers & Shakers” sales charts.

    It’s hard not to have seen this coming. I’ve long suspected that Microsoft made a mistake with the naming of their new consoles and this seems to confirm that.

    Will it cause major longterm issues for them? Probably not, but it’s added stress for consumers trying to get their hands on a new system at launch and having to quickly tell the difference between two (three… four?) consoles with similar names.

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    Henry's third birthday

    It was Henry’s third birthday this week and we spoiled him rotten. He’s had enough cake and presents to last a lifetime… or at least another 364 days.

    I’m consistently surprised and delighted by his humour, his creativity, and his comprehension, especially for his age. It seems like only yesterday we were saying hello to him for the very first time. 👨‍👩‍👦

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    Xbox leaning into previous generation and third-party titles for launch

    Cindy Walker via The New York Times:

    “Having Halo at our launch would have been tremendous,” said Cindy Walker, an Xbox spokeswoman. But “we are not reliant on massive exclusive titles to drive console adoption. Our players will have thousands of games from four generations of Xbox available to play on launch day.”

    With Halo delayed, it doesn’t seem like they have much of a choice. We’ve heard all about the power of the Series X, this next-gen experience they’re trying to deliver, etc and now they’re having to push a launch that’ll be made up of older games and ones that’ll also be available on PS5 and PC. Not a great position to be in.

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    EA moving away from Origin, rebranding apps

    Andy Chalk for PC Gamer:

    “And what signals it is this inflection about how EA stands for bringing your players together around the games they want to play on the platforms they want to play on,” he said. “So yeah, it’s not just a name change. It really signals an ethos that is critically important to us and that we know that’s important to our players.”

    It’s easy to have seen this coming, what with EA pushing most of their catalogue to Steam, but it’s still surprising to see them moving away from the Origin name. It’s rarely been people’s first choice when purchasing PC games digitally and it’s good to finally see EA coming to the same conclusion.

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    The Best Video Game Remakes ↦

    This is a solid list with a little bit of everything on it. I love seeing Resident Evil 2 at the top and Final Fantasy 7 Remake up there too. I’m a little disappointed that RE3 didn’t make the cut but I understand not featuring multiple games from the same series.

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    Looking back at the launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

    Steven Messner for PC Gamer:

    But as the servers stabilized and more people got into the resurrected world of Eorzea for the first time, an eerie silence settled over Square Enix’s social media channels. “It became very quiet,” Yoshida says. “It made me wonder if the servers went down because I wasn’t hearing anything—no one was contacting me, so we were like, ‘what’s going on?’”

    Nothing was going on—the community was just fully absorbed in A Realm Reborn.

    This is a great read if you’re a fan of game development or want to know more about Final Fantasy XIV’s relaunch. It’s still hard to believe that, seven years later, they were able to salvage not only the game but the reputation of both Square Enix and Final Fantasy. And in only 2.5 years? Madness.

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    Manitoba government shows little interest in COVID Alert app

    Gary Ng for iPhone in Canada:

    Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen cast doubt on COVID Alert, saying how he has heard up to 60% of the Canadian population would need to download the app for it to be useful, noting it would be “challenging” to achieve that goal.

    So we just won’t bother? If even a handful of lives are saved, isn’t that useful? It’s challenging so just won’t do it? What an absurd reason not to do something. I’d wager people would be pretty willing to use the app if they knew about it, and if Manitoba even supported it to begin with, especially with the recent uptick in cases.

    To that point, from the same article Friesen likely heard about the 60%:

    A national poll commissioned by myself and senators Rosemary Moodie and Colin Deacon this spring found considerable support among the public for using such an app. Of the respondents, 82 per cent said they wanted to be anonymously notified via a smartphone if they were exposed to the virus, and 92 per cent said they were willing to share the results of a positive test so others could be notified.

    The province has obviously spent a bunch of money putting together a marketing plan to reopen Manitoba. Meanwhile, after a disastrous third and fourth phase of reopening, cases are on the rise. Instead, why not put together a campaign encouraging adoption of the app? Based on the data, I think it’s safe to assume that people would use the app if it were even functional here. Don’t worry though, they’re looking into it. Whatever that means.

    “Certainly, there’s privacy discussions. From my opinion of it, I don’t think it should be a big issue but certainly it’s an issue to some to look at it,” said [Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent] Roussin.

    The app is open source and has been dug into by privacy commissioners at both the provincial and federal level. That work has been done already.

    We’re in the middle of a global pandemic. Why in the world would you not use any and every available tool to reduce the spread of COVID? Searching for some magic “big answer” will only leave more people sick or worse.

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    I started a replay of Alan Wake last night to refresh myself before playing Control’s AWE content. After all these years, it’s still such a beautiful game. I love the twisted, mind-bending story, and the Twin Peaks vibe through the whole thing.

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    Gotham Knights not connected to Rocksteady's Arkham series

    Batgirl in Gotham Knights

    Fraser Brown for PC Gamer:

    We got our first look at Gotham Knights on the weekend, following a year of teasing. It’s set after the apparent demise of the Caped Crusader and features Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin and Red Hood trying to save the city from the Court of Owls. It is not, however, a continuation of the Arkham series.

    That’s not particularly clear from the trailer or gameplay slice. Arkham Knight ends by setting this exact scenario up, where the Bat Family has to step in and protect Gotham in Batman’s absence. WB Games confirmed that Gotham Knights is set in a different continuity, however, despite the connection.

    I don’t want to get too picky since the game was just announced but you have to wonder, since the game is set in an entirely different continuity, why they didn’t just have Batman displaced in another dimension, be brainwashed by the Black Glove, get “killed” by Darkseid, or put in literally any situation other than the exact one he’s in at the end of Arkham Knight.

    That aside, what we’ve seen of Gotham Knights looks fun. I’m excited to play as Batgirl again as I enjoyed her DLC in the last Batman game and it looks like they’ve given her a couple new moves. Her updated suit looks wicked too, clearly based on the one she wore in the comics a few years ago.

    Lastly, it’s great to see the Court of Owls get their time in the spotlight, having been one of the high points during Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman run back at the beginning of the New 52.