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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Top 10 E3 2017 Wishlist http://www.shacknews.com/article/100078/top-10-e3-2017-wishlist http://www.shacknews.com/article/100078/top-10-e3-2017-wishlist <p>E3 is almost upon us and Shacknews will be back on the showfloor with a booth this year in West Hall of the LA Convention Center. We reached out to our Chatty community, staff and our social media channels to see what everyone is looking forward to this E3. We have you covered from Xbox Scorpio to F-Zero. Here are the top 10 things we hope to be surprised and delighted by at E3 2017.</p> <p><span>For more&nbsp;videos, including gameplay and interviews, visit the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/Shacknewsgames" target="_blank">Shacknews</a><span>&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWdXbx28xPxbotxGIQDjIbA" target="_blank">GamerHub.tv</a><span>&nbsp;YouTube channels.</span></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IxJxcWfLkOY?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><span>If you have a suggestion for a future episode of Shack's Top 10, please let us know in the comments section or tweet&nbsp;</span><a href="https://twitter.com/shacknews" target="_blank">@shacknews</a><span>&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;</span><a href="https://twitter.com/GregBurke85" target="_blank">@GregBurke85</a><span>&nbsp;with #Top10.</span></p> Fri, 26 May 2017 16:25:00 PDT Greg Burke Friday the 13th: The Game: How to Win Matches as Counselors and as Jason Vorhees http://www.shacknews.com/article/100077/friday-the-13th-the-game-how-to-win-matches-as-counselors-and-as-jason-vorhees http://www.shacknews.com/article/100077/friday-the-13th-the-game-how-to-win-matches-as-counselors-and-as-jason-vorhees <p>Like the movie series from which it was derived, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/friday-the-13th">Friday the 13th: The Game</a> sees Jason stalking camp counselors until they're all dead, or he is. You get to play as Jason or a counselor, and your objectives shift depending on your role. Counselors must avoid Jason and escape, while the player controlling Jason wins if he or she kills off the kiddies.</p> <p>This guide will clarify how to win no matter which identity you assume in a match of Friday the 13th: The Game.</p> <h2>How to Win Matches as a Camp Counselor</h2> <p><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mnHFf6Dj-8s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Given that each match involves nearly half a dozen counselors, you're likely to spend most of your time in Friday the 13th: The Game playing as Jason's prey. Survival should be your top priority, but there are other ways to claim victory.</p> <p><strong>Survive Until the Timer Expires</strong>. This one is straightforward. Every match has a time limit. The rub is that matches usually last 20 minutes&mdash;an eternity when you're a counselor with few weapons at your disposal and your opponent is a zombified killer several times stronger than you and your friends. If running out the clock seems like your best bet, find a place to hide, but make sure to communicate with teammates so that everyone has his or her own hiding space that's relatively nearby so others can help if needed.</p> <p><strong>Call the Police</strong>. Easier said than done. Friday the 13th: The Game wouldn't stay true to its namesake if calling for help were as simple as walking into a house and picking up a receiver. No, you'll need to scavenge for parts and repair each map's phone before it's operable. After that, the police need time to reach your destination. Avoid Jason while you watch for them. As soon as they arrive, get to them to win the match.</p> <p><strong>Escape Via Car or Boat</strong>. Just like calling the phone, you can't just hop behind a wheel and race off to safety. You'll need to coordinate with your teammates to get each map's car or boat&mdash;your choice&mdash;in working order. The most important thing is to focus on the car or the boat. Dividing your attention between both gives Jason more time to find you and introduce you to the business end of his machete.</p> <p><strong>Kill Jason</strong>. Think you can kill Jason by grabbing a gun and planting a slug between his eyes? Think again. As you might expect, taking down Jason Vorhees is a multi-step process, and every player has a crucial part to play. Read our guide on <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100065/friday-the-13th-the-game-how-to-kill-jason-vorhees">how to kill Jason</a> to learn how to get the job done.</p> <p>One final note: Just because Jason kills you doesn't have to mean you're done playing. If certain conditions are met later in the match, the game will randomly select a player who has been killed or already escaped to return in the role of Tommy Jarvis, a character from the Friday the 13th mythos who must make an appearance if you want to kill Jason to win. If you've already quit out, you can't be select to control Tommy.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Iz6e-64mj2Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h2>How to Win Matches as Jason</h2> <p>If you're lucky enough to play as Jason, you'll have plenty of ways to satisfy your bloodlust but only one way to win.</p> <p><strong>Kill the Counselors</strong>. Friday the 13th: The Game doesn't get any more straightforward than this. As Jason, you have several preternatural abilities at your disposal, such as sharpened hearing to help you hone in on counselors making noise, and strength great enough to kill players quickly once you have them in your grasp. Haste and recklessness are your only weaknesses. Notice how Jason cannot run; he walks with a steady, powerful gait. Take a cue from Jason: be patient, listen, watch, and wait. They'll slip up. And when they do, you'll be ready.</p> <p><em>Refer to our guides to Friday the 13th: The Game for more tips and strategies, such as <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100060/how-to-play-as-jason-in-friday-the-13th">how to play as Jason</a>.</em></p> Fri, 26 May 2017 16:00:00 PDT David Craddock Modojo Rewind: Shadows Of Valentia And The Return Of Magikarp http://www.shacknews.com/article/100075/modojo-rewind-shadows-of-valentia-and-the-return-of-magikarp http://www.shacknews.com/article/100075/modojo-rewind-shadows-of-valentia-and-the-return-of-magikarp <p>As shadow turns to light and dusk turns to dawn, the soft embrace of Friday always finds us, warming our hearts and filling our minds with countless concepts of all the things we'd like to see happen during the coming weekend. Not only does Friday punctuate our labor and alleviate our concerns, it also gives us the chance to look back at all of the latest stories featured over at Modojo. So set down your halberd, unclasp your plate, and sit with us as we recap the latest in the realm of mobile and portable gaming.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/05/fire-emblem-echoes-valentia-pinky-swear.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>The Numerous Shadows of Valentia</h2> <p>Players keen on tactical role-playing action have likely already picked up the latest entry to the Fire Emblem series, the <a href="https://modojo.com/article/23837/fire-emblem-echoes-shadows-of-valentia-review-whats-old-is-new-again" target="_blank">admittedly-excellent title Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia</a>. It's a game that manages to become both a new entry to the series as well as serve as a remake to the 1992 NES title Fire Emblem Gaiden, which has lead many to wonder about <a href="https://modojo.com/article/23839/more-than-a-remake-differences-between-shadows-of-valentia-and-fire-emblem-gaiden" target="_blank">the differences between Gaiden and Shadows of Valentia</a>. As always, we've got the scoop.</p> <p>We've been working on other guides for Shadows of Valentia as well, including all the top tips players need to <a href="https://modojo.com/article/23840/fire-emblem-echoes-shadows-of-valentia-what-fatigue-is-and-how-to-cure-it" target="_blank">understand and cure fatigue</a>, <a href="https://modojo.com/article/23836/fire-emblem-echoes-shadows-of-valentia-how-to-recruit-saber-and-gain-access-to-a-ship" target="_blank">how to recruit Saber and gain access to a ship</a>, and also thoughts on <a href="https://modojo.com/article/23843/fire-emblem-echoes-shadows-of-valentia-how-to-choose-the-best-class-for-faye" target="_blank">how to choose the best class for Faye</a>.</p> <p>The guides don't end there, though: Clash of Clans recently received a new update that opened up, among other things, the new Builder Base, a Gem Mine, and the all-new Versus battle mode. Staying on top of the game, we've got new guides on&nbsp;<a href="https://modojo.com/article/23845/clash-of-clans-builder-hall-3-base-building-tips-and-best-layouts" target="_blank">the best Builder Hall 3 base building tips and layouts</a> as well as <a href="https://modojo.com/article/23841/clash-of-clans-how-to-unlock-the-gem-mine-and-get-free-gems" target="_blank">how to unlock the Gem Mine and get free gems</a>.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/05/pokemon-magikarp-jump-mayor-karp-massage.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="430" /></div> <h2>The Hard Clank of the Banhammer and the Rise of Magikarp Jump</h2> <p>We have a slew of new Pokemon-centric news for gamers still getting mileage out of Pokemon Go. Early last week, players noticed a brief increase in spawn rates for Larvitar, leading many to wonder <a href="https://modojo.com/article/23842/pokemon-go-larvitar-spawning-and-where-to-find-the-rare-pokemon" target="_blank">where to find the rare Pokemon</a>; on the other hand, some players have noticed that many other Pokemon have mysteriously vanished. In the case of the latter, those players may be on the receiving end of a Niantic shadowban, a condition that removes all but the most common Pokemon from the game. There are a number of ways of <a href="https://modojo.com/article/23846/pokemon-go-how-to-know-if-youve-been-shadowbanned" target="_blank">how to figure out if you've been shadowbanned</a>, with the number-one indicator being past use of unlicensed third-party apps.</p> <p>The banning doesn't end there, either: Nintendo has just formally set into motion a 'ban wave' that has <a href="https://modojo.com/article/23850/nintendo-ban-wave-kicks-countless-3ds-systems-offline" target="_blank">kicked countless 3DS systems offline</a>. The takeaway is obvious, despite being both saddening and maddening: if you want to play your 3DS online, don't violate the 3DS terms of service.</p> <p>Lastly, some of the most electrifying buzz to drop this week surrounds Pokemon: Magikarp Jump, the newly-released free-to-play title available for iOS and Android. The game is admittedly very strange, largely due to the fact that it places its focus around Magikarp, a Pokemon well-known for being almost utterly useless.</p> <p>In Magikarp Jump, players assume the role of a trainer who wanders into a town that's plainly obsessed with Magikarp jumping competitions, and from there players are tasked with restoring honor to the town's unusual tradition by training the flappy fishes to flop ever-skyward. The gameplay is quite simple, but players can find all they need to know to get started by checking out our guides on&nbsp;<a href="https://modojo.com/article/23849/pokemon-magikarp-jump-how-to-train-magikarp-and-win-battles" target="_blank">how to train Magikarp and win battles</a> as well as our tips on <a href="https://modojo.com/article/23851/pokemon-magikarp-jump-how-to-fish-for-magikarp" target="_blank">how to fish for Magikarp</a>.</p> <p>That's it for us this week, folks. As always, keep your browser dialed in to Modojo for all the latest mobile and portable gaming news, reviews, and guides.</p> <hr /> <p><em><a href="http://www.modojo.com/" target="_blank">Modojo</a>&nbsp;is your homebase for all the must-have mobile and portable technology and gaming news. Want to read about the 3DS, Vita, or Nintendo Switch? Come on down. How about App Store or Google Play titles? We've got you covered. Interested in mobile VR or phones themselves? We've got that, too. We've also got the ineffable influence of our patron saint Robomo, the wise-cracking robot.</em></p> Fri, 26 May 2017 15:30:00 PDT Kevin Tucker Nintendo's Stock Soars Following Monster Hunter XX Reveal http://www.shacknews.com/article/100076/nintendos-stock-soars-following-monster-hunter-xx-reveal http://www.shacknews.com/article/100076/nintendos-stock-soars-following-monster-hunter-xx-reveal <p>Nintendo's stock jumped more than percent early this morning following Capcom's announcement of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100066/monster-hunter-xx-for-nintendo-switch-announced-by-capcom" target="_blank">Monster Hunter XX</a>, an expanded port of Monster Hunter Generations on 3DS, for the company's Switch console (via <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/26/nintendo-switch-monster-hunter-xx-stock-rally.html" target="_blank">CNBC</a>). The increase of 5.48 percent elevated Nintendo to an eight-year high, its greatest value since October 2008.</p> <p>CNBC credits the price jump to excitement in Japan, where Monster Hunter's popularity dwarfs that of western regions.</p> <p>Monster Hunter XX is a port of 2016's Monster Hunter Generations on 3DS. The game builds on Generations' foundation by offering more quests, items, weapons, and monsters. In fact, Monster Hunter XX has been available on 3DS since March, but only in Japan.</p> <p>Capcom hasn't announced plans to publish the 3DS or Switch versions of Monster Hunter XX outside of Japan. Historically, Monster Hunter games make their way to the west; they just trail behind eastern releases. The publisher will reveal more news during this weekend's Monster Hunter Championship.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eEopAyk0cLw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 26 May 2017 15:00:00 PDT David Craddock This Week @ Shack: 'Auto-Pilot Engaged' Edition http://www.shacknews.com/article/100074/this-week--shack-auto-pilot-engaged-edition http://www.shacknews.com/article/100074/this-week--shack-auto-pilot-engaged-edition <p>Welcome to&nbsp;<strong>This Week @ Shack</strong>, our regular roundup&nbsp;of news, commentary, video, and guides.</p> <p>One of the stranger phenomenons of game development bifurcating into casual mobile games and PC or console "hardcore" games has been the degree of crossover inspiration&nbsp;that regularly happens between the two of them. Those&nbsp;loot boxes you find in every game from Gears of War 4 to Overwatch can be traced directly back to the free-to-play mobile market. So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the auto-play element common in many mobile games is starting to migrate as well.</p> <p>The most notable recent example of this is Injustice 2, which adds AI load-outs for your characters that can be used in battles. It didn't take long for players to realize this was an easy way to grind for experience and loot. An endless playlist keeps your character grinding with only the occasional need to hit a button to continue. (Or, if you get tricksy enough, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100072/how-to-automatically-farm-loot-boxes-in-injustice-2-on-ps4">no button-pushing required at all</a>.)</p> <p>It's a convenience feature built for those of us without the time or skill to&nbsp;go the more traditional route, and I'm not going to act as if it's some kind of scourge on the gaming landscape. It's a shortcut for progression systems, and doesn't really take away from the pleasure of playing the game itself. It just makes the loot and leveling on a somewhat even playing field. I do think we can all agree that it is slightly <em>weird</em>, though, these games that play themselves so you don't have to. I imagine this would be a hard thing to explain to a non-gamer.</p> <p>Then again, while writing&nbsp;this my Harley Quinn has gone up three levels, so it can't be all bad.</p> <h2>News of the World:</h2> <ul> <li><a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100020/lawbreakers-will-come-to-ps4-in-addition-to-pc-update">Lawbreakers is coming to console</a>&nbsp;as well as PC, Boss Key announced this week.</li> <li>The week of Far Cry teasers <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100021/far-cry-5-teaser-shows-game-is-set-in-the-good-ol-us-of-a">started with a vague image</a>, then&nbsp;<a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100046/far-cry-5-tease-gives-a-first-look-at-apparent-villain">showed off its villain</a>. Finally, it had its <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100067/far-cry-5-fights-a-cult-next-february">full and proper reveal</a>&nbsp;with several trailers.</li> <li><a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100024/red-dead-redemption-2-delayed-until-spring-2018-new-screens-will-dry-your-tears">Red Dead Redemption 2 was officially delayed</a>, but we also got more screens for the first time in... decades? We've lost count, it just seems like a really long time.</li> <li>More Overwatch goodies this week with the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100030/overwatch-anniversary-event-kicks-off-today">kickoff of its anniversary event</a>.</li> <li><a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100037/leaked-mario--rabbids-kingdom-battle-art-will-make-you-question-everything">It sure looks like Mario + Rabbids is a real thing</a>. A real weird thing.</li> <li>This <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100053/hololens-developer-takes-a-shot-at-ar-rocket-league">concept video of a Rocket-League-like on Hololens</a>&nbsp;shows off the potential for tabletop goodness.</li> <li>Superhot goes <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100057/superhot-vr-now-available-on-steam-with-native-vive-support">where it was always meant to be</a>: Vive.</li> <li>Microsoft's Twitch competitor <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100059/microsoft-relaunches-beam-as-mixer-adds-support-for-co-op-streaming">changed its name and got some snazzy new features</a>&nbsp;this week.</li> <li>You know the old saying, <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100062/robust-switch-sales-boost-gamestop-quarterly-earnings">a rising Switch lifts all boats</a>.</li> <li>Speaking of a rising Switch, <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100066/monster-hunter-xx-for-nintendo-switch-announced-by-capcom">the announcement of Monster Hunter</a>&nbsp;gave the company's stock a significant boost overnight.</li> </ul> <h2>Featured Features:</h2> <ul> <li><a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100016/weekly-game-release-highlights-may-21-27-2017">This week's highlights include Friday the 13th</a>, which somehow didn't launch on a Friday the 13th.</li> <li>Ozzie got some time with <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100017/middle-earth-shadow-of-war-preview-hands-on-with-fort-assaults">Shadow of War, including its new fort assaults</a>, and thus rekindled my anticipation.</li> <li>I talked with the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100022/destiny-2-pc-head-talks-balance-and-battlenet">PC lead for Destiny 2</a>&nbsp;about how they're&nbsp;handling the transition and using Battlenet as its online backbone.</li> <li>I was skeptical of the need for another Lego Marvel Super Heroes, but then <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100029/lego-marvel-super-heroes-2-preview-time-to-assemble">they busted out Spider-Gwen</a>&nbsp;so yeah okay.</li> <li>Mario + Rabbids <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100049/nintendo-crossovers-with-more-potential-than-mario--rabbids-kingdom-battle">may have broken David's brain</a>.</li> <li>Ultra Street Fighter 2 for Switch sounds fine enough as a port, but <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100048/ultra-street-fighter-2-the-final-challengers-review-go-home-and-be-a-family-man">Ozzie was unimpressed by its additions and price tag</a>.</li> <li>I talked with the creative director of <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100067/far-cry-5-fights-a-cult-next-february">Far Cry 5 about the tone and setting</a>, which is definitely poking a bear. "French Company Attacks Heartland!"</li> <li>Ozzie also got a look at <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100068/crash-bandicoot-n-sane-trilogy-preview-revisiting-warped">Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy</a>, which looks... not... bad? We're as surprised as anybody.</li> <li>Ubisoft seems uneasy about acknowledging <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100069/far-cry-5-is-timely-and-political-whether-ubisoft-wants-it-to-be-or-not">the political implications of its own game</a>, but they're there.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h2>Guides to Life:</h2> <ul> <li><a href="Recruit all the Characters in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia">Recruit all the Characters in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia</a></li> <li><strong>Injustice 2 Guides</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100040/how-to-perform-special-move-cancels-in-injustice-2">How to Perform Special Move Cancels in Injustice 2</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100033/how-to-get-source-crystals-in-injustice-2">How to Get Source Crystals in Injustice 2</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100045/the-quickest-way-to-level-in-injustice-2">The Quickest Way to Level in Injustice 2</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Friday the 13th Guides</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100056/how-to-fix-a-car-in-friday-the-13th">How to Fix a Car in Friday the 13th</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100060/how-to-play-as-jason-in-friday-the-13th">How to Play As Jason in Friday the 13th</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100061/how-to-survive-and-escape-jason-in-friday-the-13th-the-game">How to Survive and Escape Jason in Friday the 13th: The Game</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100063/friday-the-13th-the-game-how-to-earn-customization-points">Friday the 13th: The Game: How to Earn Customization Points</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100065/friday-the-13th-the-game-how-to-kill-jason-vorhees">Friday the 13th: The Game: How to Kill Jason Vorhees</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h2>Full-Motion Videos:</h2> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/N9JwrtG8S4w"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EHIbeHOdIFw"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ipC88x42mxE"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TAX2fjTcXd4"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IxJxcWfLkOY"></iframe></p> Fri, 26 May 2017 14:30:00 PDT Steve Watts Far Cry 5 is Timely and Political, Whether Ubisoft Wants It to Be or Not http://www.shacknews.com/article/100069/far-cry-5-is-timely-and-political-whether-ubisoft-wants-it-to-be-or-not http://www.shacknews.com/article/100069/far-cry-5-is-timely-and-political-whether-ubisoft-wants-it-to-be-or-not <p>Far Cry 5 appears overtly political&ndash;almost <em>too</em> on-the-nose. At a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100067/far-cry-5-fights-a-cult-next-february">presentation and interview</a>&nbsp;last week,&nbsp;creative director Dan Hay&nbsp;downplayed such comparisons, noting that it centers on a doomsday cult and has been in development for three years, preceding current events that would otherwise appear to have inspired it. While the game may shy away from confronting the modern political landscape, its tone and tensions clearly come from the same place, and interpretation is just as important as intent.</p> <p>Ubisoft is no stranger to real-world settings that ruffle feathers. Earlier&nbsp;this year the company&nbsp;was embroiled in <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/99277/ghost-recon-wildlands-prompts-formal-complaint-from-bolivia">controversy with the government of Bolivia</a>, which was dismayed by its use of the country for the setting of Ghost Recon: Wildlands. It's easy to understand why, as the premise for Wildlands was a fictionalized Bolivian government cowed by drug kingpins into allowing a de facto narco state. It's a depiction that has <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/15/coca-production-farming-bolivia-law" target="_blank">an element of truth</a>, skewed just past recognition.</p> <p>Similarly, Far Cry 5 is a flight of fancy, but only just.&nbsp;Hay's research trips into Montana found residents who, in his words, just wanted to be left alone. This attitude, marked by distrust for government authority, personal autonomy, a spirit of isolationism, and deep ideological divides, is the key element&nbsp;that political pundits missed in their prognostications about the 2016 election.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ubisoft Montreal's&nbsp;depiction of the region has been stretched&nbsp;to the point of apolitical. Having gotten a brief description of the key characters in the Eden's Gate&nbsp;cult, I doubt many of them would have voted at all, for any candidate. But we know that the region that inspired those characters actually&nbsp;<em>did</em> vote for President Trump, by a 20-point margin, because it is subject to those factors as tested against the real world. The signs of&nbsp;distrust that Hay and his team saw during their research has been pushed further&nbsp;to make the game marketable as an entertainment product, but it comes from a kernel of truth that's hard to disentangle from the fiction.</p> <p>Far Cry 5 doesn't appear to be attempting any specific political observation or assertion, but it is using those elements to shade its commentary regardless. The motto of the fictional Hope County is "Freedom Faith Firearms." This proud declaration of fundamental values is virtually a call-and-response to <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/ben-smith/2008/04/obama-on-small-town-pa-clinging-to-religion-guns-xenophobia-007737" target="_blank">former President Obama's 2008 campaign gaffe</a>, in which he said many people in rural areas grow bitter and&nbsp;"cling to guns or&nbsp;religion."&nbsp;Whatever he may have intended, the statement was widely regarded in red states as a message&nbsp;of liberal condescension. It caused such controversy that nearly a decade later, it's still found on bumper stickers as a rallying cry.</p> <p>Even now as I write this, I'm watching the returns come in from the Montana special election. It's hard to imagine how Ubisoft could have planned a better media flash-point&nbsp;to precede its announcement of a game set in that very state. A major party candidate <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/24/us/politics/greg-gianforte-montana-republican-body-slams-reporter.html?_r=0" target="_blank">allegedly assaulted a reporter</a>&nbsp;on the eve of an election, and yet he won. Pundits will come up with myriad reasons for this over the next few days, not least of which because a significant portion of the votes were already mailed before the assault ever took place. But reporting on the ground found many residents either unfazed or&nbsp;even actively cheering it. These deep divides can make violence seem acceptable or even heroic.</p> <p>Hay and his team saw this simmering in the heartland before the rest of the country took notice, and built a game world that&nbsp;responds to that spirit. Far Cry 5 is not a direct answer&nbsp;to the era of President Trump, but the tensions that it magnifies and skews are the same ones that led to his surprise victory in November.</p> <p>Whether or not it intends to make a statement, of course Far Cry 5 is political. In our current social&nbsp;climate, it can't not be.</p> Fri, 26 May 2017 12:00:00 PDT Steve Watts Tekken 7 Getting $200,000 eSports World Tour http://www.shacknews.com/article/100073/tekken-7-getting-200000-esports-world-tour http://www.shacknews.com/article/100073/tekken-7-getting-200000-esports-world-tour <p>Twitch and Bandai Namco have teamed up to create a series eSports tournaments for the upcoming Tekken 7, with a $200,000 prize pool over the course of the six-month season. The Tekken World Tour is expected to kick off on June 16, two weeks after the game's <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/98707/tekken-7-delayed-until-june-2-season-pass-and-special-editions-detailed">scheduled June 2 release date</a>.</p> <p>The first stop on the tour will be Orlando, FL, for the CEO Fighting Game Championships from June 16-18. Other U.S. stops include Dallas, and Orange, CA. The series will also hit Doha, Qatar, on June 30, the Phuket, Thailand, on July 1. An <a href="http://tekkenworldtour.com/" target="_blank">official website for the Tekken World Tour</a>&nbsp;has already been set up, but while <a href="http://tekkenworldtour.com/schedule" target="_blank">some dates are set</a>, many of the details are TBD. And as with all Twitch sponsored event, all matches will be streamed live when they happen on the <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/tekken" target="_blank">official Tekken channel</a>.</p> <p><span>"The Fighting Game Community on Twitch features some of our platform&rsquo;s most vibrant players and fans, with the Tekken World Tour created to celebrate their enthusiasm," Twitch Program Manager Richard Thiher said in an official release. "We&rsquo;ve also witnessed how the Fighting Game genre has grown from local tournaments in arcades and living rooms to global attractions filling convention centers and stadiums.&nbsp;Tekken</span><span>&nbsp;has been a major franchise and influence during this evolution. Our partnership with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America for this new tournament series will help keep Fighting Games at the forefront of eSports, while building toward a sustainable ecosystem for all of the players, fans, and organizers involved."</span></p> <p><span>Twitch has had success with other eSports tournament tours. A Rocket League season three years ago started with a $75,000 proze pool, but by Season 3, it was up to $300,000.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 26 May 2017 11:45:00 PDT John Keefer How to Automatically Farm Loot Boxes in Injustice 2 on PS4 http://www.shacknews.com/article/100072/how-to-automatically-farm-loot-boxes-in-injustice-2-on-ps4 http://www.shacknews.com/article/100072/how-to-automatically-farm-loot-boxes-in-injustice-2-on-ps4 <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100003/injustice-2-review-the-golden-age">Injustice 2</a> players discovered a hack involving PS4's Remote Play option that lets you farm loot boxes without playing the game (via <a href="http://www.usgamer.net/articles/injustice-2-hack-lets-you-farm-gear-on-autopilot">US Gamer</a>). The general idea is to play Injustice 2's Endless Mode by letting the AI control a character and wrack up experience points and loot boxes, which hold a randomized assortment of gear for characters.</p> <p>Normally you have to press X before each match to instruct the game to begin the next endless match. You watch the AI-controlled superheroes and villains duke it out, a winner is declared, then you have to press X to call up the next match. However, a <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/INJUSTICE/comments/6cn1fb/psa_how_to_fully_automate_endless_mode_on_ps4/">Reddit user</a> worked out a way to bypass the need to press a button, effectively allowing you to start a tournament and then go do other things while characters beat each other to death and gather experience points and loot boxes on your behalf.</p> <p>For the hack to work, you need to set up Remote Play communication between your PS4 and PC. Download an AutoHotKey system and program it so that your computer "presses" the Enter key at certain intervals, such as every 30 seconds. Full instructions are available in the Reddit thread, or you can refer to my screen grab of the thread below.</p> <p>The downside is that if your character loses, you have to manually reset Endless Mode; there's no way to wire up an AutoHotKey instruction (yet). Your best bet is to start a tournament and stay within the vicinity of your PS4 in case you need to get another tournament up and running.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/05/Injustice-2-remote-play-hack.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="503" /></div> Fri, 26 May 2017 11:30:00 PDT David Craddock Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy preview: Revisiting 'Warped' http://www.shacknews.com/article/100068/crash-bandicoot-n-sane-trilogy-preview-revisiting-warped http://www.shacknews.com/article/100068/crash-bandicoot-n-sane-trilogy-preview-revisiting-warped <p>Activision and Vicarious Visions are looking to help Crash Bandicoot relive his glory days with a new remastered collection. The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy brings together the old PlayStation mascot's first three games from the original PSX to the modern day. The publisher has revealed bits and pieces of each game over the past several months. The original Crash Bandicoot was revealed at PlayStation Experience, while footage of the remastered Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back was unveiled at PAX East. All that remains is Crash Bandicoot: Warped and Shacknews recently had the opportunity to go hands-on with the third game in the Crash trilogy.</p> <p>Just as with the other two games, Warped has been given a visual overhaul for the PlayStation 4 generation. It's evidenced in some of the upgraded effects, like new animations or re-rendered environments. This also includes 4K resolution for PS4 Pro owners. The first sight that greeted me was Crash's idle animation in the old Middle Ages stage, where he was shivering in the cold as rain fell on the ground and splashed along the camera lens.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/05/Crash3_2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p>One of the goals of the N. Sane Trilogy is to embrace Crash's inherent cartoony nature through new animations. This includes new death animations, of which there are over 100. I got to witness just a handful of them, which include the two-headed lab-assistant clubbing Crash and sending him crashing into the TV screen, an enemy wizard turning Crash into a frog, and an enemy frog kissing Crash and turning into a handsome prince. Exploring these new death animations will be a big chunk of the fun with the trilogy, with the team even hinting that some Trophies may be tied to finding certain ones.</p> <p>After exiting the Middle Ages, it was time to explore one of Warped's motorcycle stages. The motorcycle levels implemented racing to the Crash series, with the idea to outplace Cortex's goons, making sure to hit ramps, speed boosts, and avoid obstacles. While the racing mechanics don't stray from the PSX original, Activision went into these stages looking to nail down the new lighting elements and freshly animated environments.</p> <p>Finally, it was time to jump into the future, with the "Gone Tomorrow" stage. Mechanical walkers and lab assistants riding UFOs were all over the place, offering still more death animations. This stage shows Warped's versatility in combining different stage elements, going from the traditional "chase" stages to side-scroller and back again.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/05/Crash3_3.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p>After completing each stage for the first time, a new option pops up for time trials. This is just as it sounds, with players able to complete stages quickly and share their best times with friends. This would lend itself to online features, but the dev team isn't sharing full details on the N. Sane Trilogy's online element just yet.</p> <p>When combined with what was previously revealed from the original Crash Bandicoot and Cortex Strikes Back, the N. Sane Trilogy appears to be the old-school games as people remember them. They aren't going to be perfect translations, as the dev team on-hand noted that the voiceover files had to be re-recorded. But gameplay-wise, it looks to be a faithful translation.</p> <p>Get ready for Crash Bandicoot to make his return when the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy releases on June 30 for PlayStation 4.</p> Fri, 26 May 2017 10:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Street Fighter 5 Getting the Vega Cage Stage in Next DLC http://www.shacknews.com/article/100071/street-fighter-5-getting-the-vega-cage-stage-in-next-dlc http://www.shacknews.com/article/100071/street-fighter-5-getting-the-vega-cage-stage-in-next-dlc <p>Street Fighter 5 is going to give classic Street Fighter 2 players a sense of deja vu in its next DLC&nbsp;as it will bring back a remastered&nbsp;Flamenco Tavern stage, complete with dancers and musicians. And more importantly, Vega players will still be able to climb the cage.</p> <p>The new stage will be available on May 30, and will cost $3.99, or 70,000 Fight money. Also making its return (for the same price) &nbsp;with be the Thailand stage, which had been pulled shortly after launch in late April because of some "<a href="https://www.fuzeqna.com/capcomsupport/ext/kbdetail.aspx?kbid=442" target="_blank">unintentional religious references</a><span>."</span></p> <p><span>As for the free part of the update,&nbsp;the Capcom Fighters Network comes out of beta and will officially launch for online players. Capcom has made a bunch of balance and matchmaking changes, and anyone logging in between May 30 and June 13 will get 50,000 in Fight Money. In addition, there will be some non-CFN balance changes&nbsp;coming as well:</span></p> <p><strong>Balrog</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Turn Punch</strong></li> <ul> <li>Level 1 - 6 Motion: Added throw invincibility for frames 1-18F.</li> <li>Level 1 - 3 Motion: Changed to upper body and projectile invincibility from frames 3-18F.</li> <li>Level 4 - 6 Motion: Changed to attack and projectile invincibility from frames 3-18F.</li> <li>Level 7 - 10 (Final) Motion: Changed to complete invincibility from frames 1-18F</li> </ul> </ul> <p><strong>R.Mika</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Passion Press:</strong> Hitbox was reduced</li> </ul> <p><strong>Dhalsim</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Stand Heavy Punch:</strong> Changed the total frames from 44F to 42F</li> <li><strong>Back Throw:</strong> Reduced the distance from the opponent after hit.</li> </ul> <p>For more on what will be coming, including new Targets for Capcom Pro Tour, and new Season 2 character&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/99895/ed-punches-into-street-fighter-5-as-its-next-dlc-fighter">Young Commander Ed</a>, check out the <a href="http://www.capcom-unity.com/harrisony/blog/2017/05/25/the-new-capcom-fighters-network-arrives-may-30-alongside-monthly-targets-ed-and-an-all-new-spain-stage" target="_blank">official blog post about the update and DLC</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aXnXrHiR4Cs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 26 May 2017 09:30:00 PDT John Keefer Pokemon Go Cheaters Will Now Find Only Boring Monsters http://www.shacknews.com/article/100070/pokemon-go-cheaters-will-now-find-only-boring-monsters http://www.shacknews.com/article/100070/pokemon-go-cheaters-will-now-find-only-boring-monsters <p>Usually if people cheat in a game, the developer will ban the account or find a way to ensure the player doesn't play any more for awhile. Niantic Labs appears to be doing something much worse in Pokemon Go, however. It is forcing players to only find standard, run-of-the-mill pocket monsters.&nbsp;</p> <p><span>"We're committed to maintaining the state of Pok&eacute;mon Go&nbsp;and our community of Trainers," NianticGeorge said in <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/TheSilphRoad/comments/6cq54q/progress_in_the_fight_against_bots_the_new/di0avrd/" target="_blank">a post on the Pokemon Go reddit site Silph Road</a>. "People who violate the Pok&eacute;mon Go&nbsp;Terms of Service (including by using third party software and other cheats) may have their gameplay affected and may not be able to see all the Pok&eacute;mon around them."</span></p> <p>Imagine a Pokemon Go world with only Ratattas, Magikarps and Pidgeys. It should make people using location bots a bit more wary. Silph Road mods say that a&nbsp;<span>"huge numbers of bot accounts were being flagged, though many were still operating normally," and while that isn't confirmed, it could be Niantic cutting down first on users and apps that try to access its servers first.</span>&nbsp;</p> <p>Niantic, however, is staying mum. "While we cannot discuss the systems implemented, we can confirm that we are constantly refining new ways to ensure the integrity of the game in order to keep it fun and fair for all Trainers."</p> <p>Some users who have been shadowbanned say they use third-party apps because Niantic has not <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/pokemongo/comments/6cxua7/why_do_trackers_exists_answer_inside/" target="_blank">added features that make organization easier or do a better job of tracking</a>, among other things. But, the terms of service are what they are, and Niantic is making sure the rules are followed.</p> Fri, 26 May 2017 08:30:00 PDT John Keefer Far Cry 5 Fights a Cult Next February http://www.shacknews.com/article/100067/far-cry-5-fights-a-cult-next-february http://www.shacknews.com/article/100067/far-cry-5-fights-a-cult-next-february <p>After a week of teases, Ubisoft has officially taken the wraps off of Far Cry 5. The first in the franchise set in America, it will have players building a resistance to a doomsday cult in the isolated and fictional Hope County, Montana. It's coming&nbsp;to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 27, 2018, and will mark the return of Far Cry's map editor. I spoke with creative director Dan Hay about the inspiration for this story, how it hopes to portray a setting more close-to-home, and its political overtones.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Kdaoe4hbMso"></iframe></p> <p>To understand Montana, Hay and his team took several research trips, totalling two weeks of constant travel meeting locals from all walks of life. For him, the key element is portraying the state's residents as real people with differing perspectives, life experiences, and points-of-view.</p> <p>"The key thing that I took away from it was that we met real people," Hay said. "What we want to be able to do is to make it so you're meeting characters in this world, it's not just a caricature. They're real people, they have real things to say, they have a real life, they listen to the radio, they have opinions. It really felt like you got pearls of true wisdom from some of these folks. We were fly fishing&ndash;I'd never been fly fishing before&ndash;and after about a half-hour he leans over and says, these trout don't live in ugly places. I was like, that's a t-shirt. The danger is we can't turn that into a cliche, it has to be real people."</p> <p>The richness of the team's experiences actually influenced how Far Cry 5 was written. Hay pointed out that most Far Cry games have one lead writer, but the team had split into different research teams and all came back with different anecdotes. As a result, he said, they decided to create a writer's room to collaborate on the story from all of their experiences.</p> <p>The setting and characters seem pointedly aimed at modern politics. "Faith, Freedom, Firearms" reads the slogan for Hope County. Hay&nbsp;recognizes that interpretation, but claimed&nbsp;it's not meant as any direct response to current events.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CWQKZGHSdrE"></iframe></p> <p>"Anybody who's living in the states, who's aware of this right now, could take a snapshot and say, 'oh, it's about this.' But we've been working on this for three years. The core idea, the characters, the cult has existed for three years, and has been in the oven baking. So I think when people get their hands on the product they'll understand. There's not one idea in the game, there's tons of ideas. You're going to meet characters who have opinions about what's happening right now. You're going to meet characters who don't give a shit. You're going to meet people who argue with each other. There's not one through-put about that."</p> <p>Players will be a new junior deputy who gets caught up in a coup from the Project at Eden's Gate cult. Led by a fanatical and charismatic leader, the Father believes that a calamity is coming, and has been quietly marshalling his forces to prepare for it for years. The primary&nbsp;characters as seen in the promotional&nbsp;art are members of the Father's family, each of whom has a specific specialty they bring to the organization. The game kicks off with the Father's&nbsp;plans suddenly accelerating into a full-blown takeover of the county, attempting to save its citizens by any means necessary&ndash;including taking them by force. Players will have to find sympathetic members of the resistance to join their cause and liberate the area.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8pFHPq84iB0"></iframe></p> <p>"We built a leader who believes that a calamity is coming, and that he's been chosen to protect the people that he can," Hay said. "He's willing to take steps that you or I would consider way outside the norm, because he believes that once he takes you and you survive that collapse, you'll wake up and say, 'oh okay, the ends justify the means.' Our story, our experiences, our timing is about that. The location made sense because we met people who just wanted to be left alone."</p> <p>How exactly this collapse is supposed to manifest itself is less clear&ndash;whether it means societal collapse and food scarcity, or the more supernatural fire-and-brimstone variety. Hay was tight-lipped about what the Father believes, but also suggested the answer may not be cut-and-dried.</p> <p>"When we were doing our research, we were looking for an answer on that. How binary is it? How specific is it? A lot of times what we're learning is it's not specific at all," Hay said. "A lot of times in cults the language shifts. On Monday a collapse means this but on Friday it means something totally different. I can't go into what it means for us, but I can talk about his beliefs. His beliefs are simply that this voice has told him that it's coming and it wasn't specific about how. He doesn't know the date or how it's going to come about. He just knows that he has this feeling and he has to go and save as many people as he can."</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/c9wCR1dezsc"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WR8Q2HWmy-w"></iframe></p> Fri, 26 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT Steve Watts Monster Hunter XX for Nintendo Switch Announced by Capcom http://www.shacknews.com/article/100066/monster-hunter-xx-for-nintendo-switch-announced-by-capcom http://www.shacknews.com/article/100066/monster-hunter-xx-for-nintendo-switch-announced-by-capcom <p>Capcom just <a href="http://www.capcom.co.jp/monsterhunter/XX-Switch/" target="_blank">announced</a>&nbsp;that Monster Hunter XX,&nbsp;previously released on&nbsp;3DS as&nbsp;an expanded version of Monster Hunter Generations, will be coming to Nintendo Switch. That is all we know for now, but hopefully Capcom will have more to say at this weekend's Monster Hunter event in Japan. We also have a Nintendo Direct to look forward to at E3 2017.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/05/Monster-Hunter-XX-Switch.jpeg" alt="" width="700" height="372" /></div> <p>Are you looking forward to playing Monster Hunter XX on Nintendo Switch? Let us know if you have had a chance to play it on 3DS in the comments section.</p> Thu, 25 May 2017 19:55:00 PDT Asif Khan Friday the 13th: The Game: How to Kill Jason Vorhees http://www.shacknews.com/article/100065/friday-the-13th-the-game-how-to-kill-jason-vorhees http://www.shacknews.com/article/100065/friday-the-13th-the-game-how-to-kill-jason-vorhees <p>You wouldn't know it to look at him, but killing Jason in F13 requires you to sharpen your wits instead of a blade. Jason is an undead murderer with only one clear thought: kill the counselors of Camp Crystal Lake. Before you can put him down, you have to worm your way inside the rotten remains of his brain and psych him down.</p> <h2>How to Kill Jason: Preparing to Make the Kill</h2> <p>Every map in F13 provides several ways to escape Jason's clutches or kill him. The most straightforward way requires a bit of prep work. Get set up by following the steps below. There's some wiggle room in terms of which order to complete them in, but our order is a foolproof method. We supply the recipe; you'll have to come up with the ingredients by coordinating with the other counselors in your game.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Get Jason's Mother's Sweater</strong>. Circumnavigate the lake until you come to Jason's cabin. Go inside and locate his mother's sweater. Only a female counselor can wear it. If you fit that bill, put it in. If not, meet up with a teammate and hand over her (somewhat rancid) change of attire.</li> <li><strong>A Teammate Must Escape or Perish</strong>. Jason can't be killed until one of your pals has bitten the dust or escaped and left you to find for yourself. You can summon them back as Tommy Jarvis, but not until you find the large CB radio. Use it, and a dead or escaped player will be chosen at random to return as Tommy.</li> <li><strong>Remove Jason's Mask</strong>. You're almost ready to deliver the killing blow. Buddy up with at least one other teammate, grab the best weapons you can get your hands on, (we recommend an axe, machete, or the shotgun, which Tommy Jarvis conveniently spawns with) and batter Jason until you knock his mask clean off his putrid face. The player controlling Tommy must retrieve the mask and put it on.</li> </ul> <h2>How to Kill Jason: Going in for the Kill</h2> <p>Once Jason's mask is off his face and on Tommy's, the female counselor wearing his mother's sweater must approach him. Wait for a command prompt to appear, then press the corresponding key or button. Jason will be unable to attack the female counselor, whom he's mistaken for his not-so-dearly-departed mother. This should be the other players' cue to close in and unload on him with everything they've got.</p> <p>Bludgeon and fire away on Jason until he's stunned. Now that you've got him on the ropes, have the player controlling Tommy follow on-screen instructions to kill him. You'll win the round and receive a nice experience bonus.</p> <p><em>Now that you know how to kill Jason in F13, check out our guides to learn how to increase your odds of playing as him in the next match.&nbsp;</em></p> Thu, 25 May 2017 17:30:00 PDT Shack Staff Friday the 13th: The Game: How to Earn Customization Points http://www.shacknews.com/article/100063/friday-the-13th-the-game-how-to-earn-customization-points http://www.shacknews.com/article/100063/friday-the-13th-the-game-how-to-earn-customization-points <p>When you think of Jason Vorhees, you likely imagine a muscular zombie in a hockey mask relentlessly cutting down promiscuous teenagers. Jason has taken many forms throughout his prolific career as a movie monster, and Friday the 13th: The Game's customization points (CP) give you the chance to unlock more variations of the classic killer, as well as unlock more content that will benefit both the monster and his prey.</p> <h2>How to Earn CP</h2> <p>Customization points are a currency you use to unlock variations of Jason Vorhees from throughout the long-running movie series. You can also cash in CP to buy executions for Jason and perks for other characters. Before you can get CP, you must level up by performing in-game actions. Every time your character's level goes up by one, Friday the 13th: The Game gifts you 500 CP.</p> <p>A second way to accumulate CP is by selling perks. Most perks apply to any counselor, so you don't want to get rid of them. However, if there's a perk you find yourself ignoring, or if it goes against your usual play style, selling it will net you 100-200 CP.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1MQFpcWfc9c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h2>How to Level Up Quickly</h2> <p>Since earning CP depends on leveling up, increasing your level quickly is in your best interest. You'll receive experience points for practically all in-game actions, including installing batteries and repairing phone boxes. The fastest way to level up is by finishing a match. Resist the temptation to quit out of the match if you die or escape before other players; you'll be rewarded for hanging around by receiving 500 experience points.</p> <p>Along the same lines, players who remain in a match after they've died have a chance of being recast as Tommy Jarvis. Not only will you receive experience points for (eventually) completing the match and as compensation for the actions your original character completed, the actions you perform as Tommy will add even more XP to your total. Amass experience rapidly by locking every door you can find, in addition to taking other actions as needed.</p> <p>Last but not least, killing Jason is worth a lot of XP. Of course, killing the seemingly immortal Jason Vorhees is easier said than done. Your best bet for pulling off this near-impossible feat is to cooperate with your team.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>In need of strategies to survive Jason's killing spree? Consult our Friday the 13th: The Game guide to learn <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100061/how-to-survive-and-escape-jason-in-friday-the-13th-the-game" target="_blank">how to survive and escape Jason</a>.</em></p> Thu, 25 May 2017 16:40:00 PDT Shack Staff 'Robust' Switch Sales Boost GameStop Quarterly Earnings http://www.shacknews.com/article/100062/robust-switch-sales-boost-gamestop-quarterly-earnings http://www.shacknews.com/article/100062/robust-switch-sales-boost-gamestop-quarterly-earnings <p>GameStop has reported its first quarter earnings, and despite a slight slump on the U.S. side, the company had a 3.8% overall growth over the same quarter last year, with $2.05 billion in sales.</p> <p>The company, which has an odd quarterly reporting cycle ending January, April, July, and October each year, attributed the boon to "robust" sales of the Nintendo Switch, which released at the beginning of March. The company reported a few weeks after launch that <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/99491/switch-could-supplant-wii-as-best-selling-nintendo-console-gamestop-exec-says">Switch was doing "phenomenal"</a>&nbsp;in early sales, and could eclipse the Nintendo Wii's success.</p> <p>Overall, U.S. store sales were down 3.2% for the quarter, but international sales more than made up for it, with a 17.1% jump. Switch sales spurred hardware numbers to a 24.6%, but new software was down 8.2% compared to the same period last year. GameStop attributed the loss to a strong released of Dark Souls 3, The Division and Street Fighter V in Q1 last year, with no real trio of games pulling the same type of numbers this quarter.</p> <p>Overall earnings were down about 10% from $65.8 million to $59 million, but the company reported that its diversification efforts of adding collectibles, such as Pokemon products, to its stores has proven successful. Quarterly sales were up a whopping 39.1% to $114.5 million, while Technology Brand sales jumped 21.5% to $201.4 million.</p> <p>The company been going through some rough spots lately, having had to close numerous stores over poor performance. The company even had to deal with reports that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/99644/gamestop-investigating-hack-credit-card-and-customer-data-may-be-involved">hackers accessing customer data and credit card info</a>.</p> Thu, 25 May 2017 16:15:00 PDT John Keefer How to Survive and Escape Jason in Friday the 13th: The Game http://www.shacknews.com/article/100061/how-to-survive-and-escape-jason-in-friday-the-13th-the-game http://www.shacknews.com/article/100061/how-to-survive-and-escape-jason-in-friday-the-13th-the-game <p><span>Playing as a counselor in Friday the 13th, your sole objective is to survive. There are various ways you can go about escaping the map and avoiding the murderous clutches of Jason. This article will dive into those different methods and equip you with the knowledge you need to be the best damn counselor out there.</span></p> <h2><span>The Police</span></h2> <p><span><span>The first way to survive the night is to call the police. Sadly, it isn&rsquo;t as easy as just picking up a phone and dialing 911. There are several steps you must take to successfully call the cops and escape. These steps include:</span></span></p> <p><span>Find the Phone Box.</span></p> <p><span><span>Find the Phone Box Fuse.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Find Phone.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Repair the Phone Box.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Call the Police.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span>The Phone tends to be located in the same building as where the phone box is. The fuse will be located somewhere inside of a nearby house, you&rsquo;ll have to do some poking around to find it. Take these items back to the phone booth and repair it.</span></p> <p><span><span>It will take about five minutes for the police to show up after they&rsquo;ve been called. Try your best to be as close to the main roads as possible. The cops will arrive on either sides of the road. Jason will be waiting at the road, blocking the path to safety if you fail to make your way there before the cops show up.</span></span></p> <h2><span>Fix a Boat or Car</span></h2> <p><span><span>Escaping in a vehicle may prove to be a slightly more tedious task than calling the Police. We already have a guide up on <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100056/how-to-fix-a-car-in-friday-the-13th">how to repair a car and escape in Friday the 13th: The Game</a>, the steps listed there are pretty much the same steps that need to be taken to fix a boat. The main difference being that you need to find the boat propeller rather than car keys.</span></span></p> <h2><span>Call Tommy Jarvis</span></h2> <p><span><span>You can call in the iconic character Tommy Jarvis from the Friday the 13th film series to aid you and the other teenagers in evading Jason. At least one player must survive or have been killed for this option to open up. You must find and use the huge two-way radio to call in Tommy. One of the players who have died or escaped will be selected at random to play as Tommy.</span></span></p> <p><span>Tommy has higher stats than the counselors and even spawns in with a shotgun. But let it be known that he is not invincible, nor is he a surefire way to kill Jason. Tommy works more as a distraction, shooting Jason with the shotgun usually won&rsquo;t kill him, but it&rsquo;ll stun him for a few seconds giving the other players a chance to make it to the cops, car, or boat.</span></p> <h2><span><span>Evading Jason</span></span></h2> <p><span>Jason has the upper hand when it comes to locating and taking you out. That being said, it&rsquo;s in your best interest to stay away from him and bring as little attention to yourself as possible. Regardless of where you go, running is usually a bad decision. You&rsquo;ll make a lot of noise and if Jason uses his sense ability, he&rsquo;ll be alerted to your location.</span></p> <p><span><span>If you decide to enter a house, lock the doors and make sure the windows are open. It&rsquo;s still important that you crouch and move slowly. If you have to leave, exit through a window as running and opening doors is just begging for attention. </span></span></p> <p><span>If all else fails, run. Just run for your life. Do whatever you need to make as much distance between yourself and Jason Voorhees. Check out our guide hub for more tutorials such as <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100060/how-to-play-as-jason-in-friday-the-13th">How to Play as Jason</a>.</span></p> Thu, 25 May 2017 15:05:00 PDT Shack Staff How to Play As Jason in Friday the 13th http://www.shacknews.com/article/100060/how-to-play-as-jason-in-friday-the-13th http://www.shacknews.com/article/100060/how-to-play-as-jason-in-friday-the-13th <p>When you heard about the Friday the 13th game, your first reaction was probably "Will I get to play Jason?" The answer is yes, but it is not 100% guaranteed, as the game randomly lets you play as the masked killer or as the fodder camp counselors. This guide will give you tips on how to increase your chances to play Jason, as well as a few tips for the counselors.</p> <h2>Character Select</h2> <p>In public games, as we said, you won't always play Jason, no matter what you do, but you have better odds if you select your spawn location. Go to the Customize menu option, then choose Spawn Preference. This allows you to choose to play as Jason or a counselor. Since there is only one Jason and numerous counselors, choosing Jason helps. If you choose Counselor from that preference screen, you will always be a counselor. You can also choose none and takes your chances with the pure randomization.</p> <p>Of course, everyone will likely read a guide on how to play as Jason. If everyone has the preference selected, your odd aren't increased or decreased, but it is left entirely to chance. Just make sure you haven't chosen counselor or none, because then you will never play as Jason.&nbsp;</p> <p>In you choose to play with friends in a private game, you can coordinate who is a counselor and who is Jason. That way the choice will be guaranteed.&nbsp;If you have been a counselor too often, then get a group of friends together and trade off with everyone so you can the man in the hockey mask.</p> <p>Check out our other Friday the 15th guides to get the most out of your experience.</p> Thu, 25 May 2017 13:30:00 PDT Shack Staff Microsoft Relaunches Beam as Mixer, Adds Support for Co-op Streaming http://www.shacknews.com/article/100059/microsoft-relaunches-beam-as-mixer-adds-support-for-co-op-streaming http://www.shacknews.com/article/100059/microsoft-relaunches-beam-as-mixer-adds-support-for-co-op-streaming <p>Microsoft has <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96273/microsoft-acquires-beam-a-company-focused-on-interactive-live-streams">rebranded and launched Beam as Mixer</a>, a streaming service built into Xbox One's Guide and Windows 10's Game Bar. Mixer simplifies the process of streaming gameplay and, as part of its relaunch, touts a new split-screen feature.</p> <p>"You and up to three other friends can deliver a stream that combines separate stream sources into one shared 'split-screen' view, including a centralized chat experience. Co-streaming is available now for everyone," wrote Beam&mdash;now Mixer&mdash;co-founder Matt Salsamendi wrote in an update <a href="https://blog.mixer.com/welcome/">announcing the service's rebranding and features</a>. "And in the coming weeks, Xbox One users will be able to invite friends to join a co-stream directly from the Guide."</p> <p>Salsamendi addressed the name change to Mixer, acknowledging that dropping "Beam" was a difficult decision made for business concerns. "We believe so much in the power of the platform and want to grow it in every major market around the world. Unfortunately, that wasn&rsquo;t something we could do with the Beam name. We chose Mixer as our new name because it represents what we love most about the service&hellip;.how it brings people together."</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NJwnLdAfl3o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Microsoft acquired Beam earlier this year. One of the service's primary features, which continues to thrive in Mixer, is a suite of interactive elements that allow viewers to add challenges and weigh in on which quests to complete and weapons to cart around. In my write-up about Microsoft's acquisition, I compared the service to Dungeons &amp; Dragons, where the person in control takes input from a group rather than making all decisions unilaterally.</p> <p>"We think we have something pretty special here, and are excited to share it with you," Salsamendi wrote.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 May 2017 13:00:00 PDT David Craddock How to Fix a Car in Friday the 13th http://www.shacknews.com/article/100056/how-to-fix-a-car-in-friday-the-13th http://www.shacknews.com/article/100056/how-to-fix-a-car-in-friday-the-13th <p><span>Hopping in a car is one of the ways to escape Jason in Friday the 13th: The Game. There will be a handful of cars that spawn at the start of the map, typically near the main roads. Though, once you find a car, it won&rsquo;t be ready to go just yet. You&rsquo;ll have to perform some maintenance in order to get it up and running.</span></p> <h2><span>How to Fix a Car</span></h2> <p><span><span>To fix a car, you&rsquo;re going to need to collect a couple of items. Because of this, collaborating with other counselors is a much more efficient way to go about repairing a vehicle. A car key, car battery, and a gasoline filled jerry can are the three items you need to obtain to fix a car.</span></span></p> <p><span>Once acquired, Place the battery in the hood and the gas into the side of the car. Once completed, hop in the car in use the keys to start the engine. The first two tasks will require you to play a short and simple mini-game, and failing at one of these mini-games will alert Jason and bring you some unwanted attention.</span></p> <p><span><span>Now you&rsquo;re ready to go. Drive along the road and make your way to the exit. Be aware that getting in a car doesn&rsquo;t 100% guarantee you a successful escape. Jason can still catch you and pull you out of the car if you don&rsquo;t keep an eye out for him.</span></span></p> Thu, 25 May 2017 12:30:00 PDT Shack Staff Chattycast 135: Ghosts of E3 Past http://www.shacknews.com/article/100042/chattycast-135-ghosts-of-e3-past http://www.shacknews.com/article/100042/chattycast-135-ghosts-of-e3-past <p><span>E3 is right around the corner, which means we're getting the usual spate of leaks and pre-seeded announcements to prepare for the big event. Before we look to the future of the industry, though, we're going to take stock of the past. This week the Chattycast talks about the long, rich, weird history of E3&ndash;from a relatively small tech retailer show to a press bonanza to its current amorphous press-fan hybrid.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Be sure to visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.audibletrial.com/chattycast" target="_blank">AudibleTrial.com/Chattycast</a>&nbsp;for your 30-day trial with a free audiobook download of your choice.</strong></p> <p><em><em><i><em><a href="http://Shacknews.podbean.com/feed/">RSS</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shacknews/id896844652?mt=2">iTunes</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="https://shacknews.podbean.com/mf/play/xpzege/chattycast135.mp3">Download this episode</a></em></i></em></em></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EHIbeHOdIFw"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="100" src="https://www.podbean.com/media/player/ekrsk-6b3504?from=yiiadmin" data-link="https://www.podbean.com/media/player/ekrsk-6b3504?from=yiiadmin" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" data-name="pb-iframe-player"></iframe></p> Thu, 25 May 2017 12:20:00 PDT Steve Watts Remastered Vanquish for PC Out Now on Steam http://www.shacknews.com/article/100058/remastered-vanquish-for-pc-out-now-on-steam http://www.shacknews.com/article/100058/remastered-vanquish-for-pc-out-now-on-steam <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/99917/remastered-vanquish-coming-to-pc-later-this-month">True to its word</a>, Sega has launched the remastered sci-fi shooter Vanquish for PC today. It's out now on Steam for $19.99.</p> <p>If you were a savvy&nbsp;enough shopper to pre-order, you got a bunch of extra goodies, such as&nbsp;<span>a soundtrack sampler of five clips, character and enemy avatars, art book and wallpapers. However, that deal ended once the game launched, but you can still <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/460810/Vanquish/" target="_blank">jump into the action with the standard game</a>.</span></p> <p><span>Sega has been pushing out remastered classics as part of a new strategy to rekindle interest in older games. It <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/99665/bayonetta-pc-remaster-hits-steam-today-theres-more-to-come-says-sega">reworked Bayonetta on PC</a>&nbsp;last month, and promises that more games are in the pipeline to be redone in 4K resolution and usable with mouse and keyboard.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/btZG6EWJI6k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00:00 PDT John Keefer Superhot VR Now Available on Steam with Native Vive Support http://www.shacknews.com/article/100057/superhot-vr-now-available-on-steam-with-native-vive-support http://www.shacknews.com/article/100057/superhot-vr-now-available-on-steam-with-native-vive-support <p>Similarly to the modus operandi of the enemies that come flooding into rooms to surround you, <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/617830/SUPERHOT_VR/">Superhot VR</a> exploded onto Steam this morning. To ensure you're caught in the blast radius, developer/publisher Superhot&nbsp;Team is offering the game for 20 percent of its asking price of $24.99 until next Thursday, June 1.</p> <p>Plenty immersive in regular, old-fashioned reality, Superhot&nbsp;always felt like it was meant to be played in a virtual environment. "Blurring the lines between cautious strategy and unbridled mayhem, Superhot&nbsp;VR is the definitive VR FPS in which time moves only when you move," reads the product description on Steam. "No regenerating health bars. No conveniently placed ammo drops. It's just you, outnumbered and outgunned, grabbing the weapons of fallen enemies to shoot, slice, and maneuver through a hurricane of slow-motion bullets."</p> <p>Until its addition to Valve's digital platform today, Superhot&nbsp;VR was exclusive to the Oculus Rift. <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/99832/free-hack-lets-you-play-superhot-vr-on-htc-vive">A hack</a> released earlier this month allowed anyone who had purchased the game through the Oculus Store to play it using their HTC Vive headset. Impressively, the hack let players get through the entire game with nary a glitch or crash to be found.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/x4e9JX_DYps" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 25 May 2017 11:45:00 PDT David Craddock Intel's New i9 Skylake Processor Lineup and Specs Leak http://www.shacknews.com/article/100055/intels-new-i9-skylake-processor-lineup-and-specs-leak http://www.shacknews.com/article/100055/intels-new-i9-skylake-processor-lineup-and-specs-leak <p>You may have had some extra cash to spend recently and decided to upgrade to a new top of the line Intel i7 processor. But hey, look, in June it won't be top of the line any more, if a leaked marketing slide is to be believed.</p> <p>A <a href="https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/intel-skylake-kaby-lake-thread-6c-12t-coffee-lake-launching-august-2017.2428363/page-417#post-38889905" target="_blank">slide from a German Powerpoint presentation</a>&nbsp;shows Intel's planned Core X chipset lineup, which include two new Kaby Lake i7s and four new Skylake i9s. The top-of-the-line has a whopping 12 cores and 16.5 MB L3 cache. The 7920X is still in the finalization stage, as its clock and overclock speeds haven't been determined yet for its August launch.</p> <p>Here are the proposed specs for the i9s and two higher-end i7s:</p> <table width="700"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>CPU</strong></td> <td><strong>i7-7640K</strong></td> <td><strong>i7-7740K</strong></td> <td><strong>i9-7800X</strong></td> <td><strong>i9-7820X</strong></td> <td><strong>i9-7900X</strong></td> <td><strong>i9-7920X</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Cores/Threads</strong></td> <td>4/4</td> <td>4/8</td> <td>6/12</td> <td>8/16</td> <td>10/20</td> <td>12/24</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Base clock (GHz)</strong></td> <td>4.0</td> <td>4.3</td> <td>3.5</td> <td>3.6</td> <td>3.3</td> <td>n/a</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Boost clock (GHz)</strong></td> <td>4.2</td> <td>4.5</td> <td>4.0</td> <td>4.5</td> <td>4.5</td> <td>n/a</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>L3 cache (MB)</strong></td> <td>6</td> <td>8</td> <td>8.25</td> <td>11</td> <td>13.75</td> <td>16.5</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>TDP (watts)</strong></td> <td>112</td> <td>112</td> <td>140</td> <td>140</td> <td>160</td> <td>160</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span>In addition, each Skylake-X will have1 MB L2 cache, four times that of the Core i7-7700K</span></p> <p><span>That's a lot of processing power on the high end, with the 7800X and 7820X looking like the most viable for super gaming rigs. It will all come down to price, however, which Intel probably won't announce until its presentation officially revealing the i9s. The i7-7700K currently runs around $300, so it wouldn't be unlikely that the starting i9s, especially the 7820K to double that. The cores and hyperthreading of the 7900X and 7920X could take it to the $900-$1,000 range.</span></p> <p><span>This is all speculation at this point, and falls in line with <a href="http://wccftech.com/intel-skylake-x-kaby-lake-x-core-i7-august-2017-launch/" target="_blank">rumors that the new chips being unveiled this year at Gamescom</a>&nbsp;in Germany, but at least we have a talking point for the next generation of Intel's flagship processors.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 25 May 2017 09:40:00 PDT John Keefer SoftBank Has Accumulated $4 Billion of NVIDIA's Stock for 4.9% Stake in Company http://www.shacknews.com/article/100054/softbank-has-accumulated-4-billion-of-nvidias-stock-for-49-stake-in-company http://www.shacknews.com/article/100054/softbank-has-accumulated-4-billion-of-nvidias-stock-for-49-stake-in-company <p>Sometimes businesses don't need to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100035/microsoft-announces-new-surface-pro-touts-unit-as-most-versatile-laptop">trumpet</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100046/far-cry-5-tease-gives-a-first-look-at-apparent-villain">tease</a>&nbsp;what they are doing. Sometimes, they just quietly go about their business until they <em>need</em> to say something. Take SoftBank for instance. The huge Japanese investment company has revealed that it has amassed more than $4 billion in NVIDIA&nbsp;stock for its tech fund. That's a lot of video cards.</p> <p>The 4.9% stake, which is just below the 5% required to make a report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, falls in line with SoftBank's goal of being a major tech investor over the next decade, <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-24/softbank-said-to-take-4-billion-stake-in-u-s-chipmaker-nvidia" target="_blank">according to Bloomberg</a>.&nbsp;<span>SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son has stated that he wants the company to be a mover and shaker in emerging technologies, such as AI. NVIDIA&nbsp;fits into that mold, almost always on the cutting edge of computer graphics innovation and other tech related advancements. The company just recently launched its <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/99779/titan-xp-pre-orders-kick-off-and-it-is-still-exorbitantly-overpriced">new high-end Titan Xp video card</a>&nbsp;for $1,200.</span></p> <p><span>SoftBank also <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/19/business/dealbook/softbank-buys-chip-designer-arm.html" target="_blank">acquired U.K. chip maker ARM Holdings Plc</a>&nbsp;last year for $32 billion. It also bought a 78% controlling stake in mobile carrier Sprint for $22.2 billion in 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>The investment is part of SoftBank's Vision Fund. Depending on when the shares were actually acquired, the fund should have had a huge boost just based on the Nvidia investment alone. Nvidia stock&nbsp;closed at $141.03 yesterday, making it worth about $80 billion. The stock tripled in value last year, and its weakest growth spurt was 25% in 2014 after share prices started to bounce back in 2013.</span></p> <p><span>After jumping about 3% on the news of the SoftBank&nbsp;investment yesterday, shares have pulled back in early trading today, dropping to 137.18 as of 11 a.m.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 25 May 2017 08:40:00 PDT John Keefer
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