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How virtual reality is magical, ridiculous, and not figured out yet

First of two parter from Nat & Friends examines how Google is tackling Virtual Reality, from educational expeditions to playing poker with dogs and Google Earth mini golf:

In this video, I’m teleporting across Google (as part 1 of a two-part series) to explore what’s possible with VR today. I play poker as a dog, stand on a 160 feet tall diving board, get my face scanned, and more.

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‘Pokémon GO’ generation 2 is finally here!

  • Niantic has announced the Pokémon Go Gen 2 update, which brings the Johto starters from the Gen 2 games Gold and Silver, along with new evolutions and more.
  • Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile — better known as the Johto starters — will finally make their Pokémon Go debut.
  • Other non-starter Pokémon include Crobat, Donphan, Hoothoot, Hoppip, Marill, Murkrow and Skarmory.
  • Official artwork for the Pokémon Go Gen 2 release also confirms the addition of new Eevee evolutions Espeon and Umbreon.
  • Overall, we can expect over 80 new Pokémon to join the game.
  • Niantic has re-done the encounter interface too. When engaging a Pokémon, new options will appear in a carousel, offering not just Pokéballs but new berries you can use as well. Read more (2/15/17 8:30 AM)

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Nintendo Announces Super NES Classic Edition

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo’s follow-up console to the legendary Nintendo Entertainment System, launched in 1991 and introduced what many consider some of the greatest video games of all time – classics such as Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid and F-ZERO.

On Sept. 29, 2017, this beloved console is coming back to stores in the form of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition. The mini system, which contains 21 pre-installed classic games and can easily be plugged into any high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable, will be available at a suggested retail price of $79.99. And for the first time, players who pick up the system can enjoy the intergalactic adventure Star Fox 2, the sequel to the original Star Fox game that was created during the Super NES era but never released … anywhere!

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition has the same look and feel of the original system – only smaller – and comes pre-loaded with 21 incredible games:

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I’m sick of hearing the same sad excuse for the lack of diversity in gaming

  • Video game developers have a serious diversity problem — and the excuses aren’t going to cut it anymore.
  • A 2016 survey from the International Game Developers Association found that approximately 72% of people working in the game industry are men, and 75% are white.
  • As we’ve written previously, developers can begin tackling this problem by publishing diversity reports that show the demographic breakdown at each level of the company through hard data.
  • But because these reports don’t actually cause change in and of themselves, they’re just a first step.
  • The next step is the hard part: hiring more underrepresented groups — women, people of color, LGBTQ folks — and trying to make sure employees reflect the demographics of the world at large.
  • Convincing industry leaders to pursue that goal can be even more of a challenge. Over and over again, the refrain is the same: Diversity is at odds with quality. But it’s 2017, and that excuse doesn’t hold water. Read more (5/3/17)
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