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The Witcher author turned down game royalties

The Witcher author turned down game royalties

The author of the Witcher books gets nothing from sales of the games, but only has himself to blame.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Andrzej Sapkowski revealed that he gave CD Projekt the rights to The Witcher for a lump sum rather than royalties because he didn't believe the now-famous studio was up to much.

"I was stupid enough to sell them rights to the whole bunch," said Sapkowski.

"They offered me a percentage of their profits. I said, 'No, there will be no profit at all - give me all my money right now! The whole amount.'

"It was stupid. I was stupid enough to leave everything in their hands because I didn't believe in their success. But who could foresee their success? I couldn't."

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WWII FPS Day of Infamy leaves Steam Early Access today

WWII FPS Day of Infamy leaves Steam Early Access today

The next shooter from Insurgency developer New World leaves Steam Early Access today.

World War II FPS Day of Infamy started in late 2015 as a mod for Insurgency, but quickly became its own thing.

It features eight player co-op across three game modes and two difficulty levels, but its main courses are its 24 and 32 player competitive multiplayer modes, which span wave-based, single-life, and objective-reinforcement game types.

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Former lead animator on Mass Effect explains Andromeda's janky animations

Former lead animator on Mass Effect explains Andromeda's janky animations

The lead animator on Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 has shared his thoughts on why parts of Mass Effect: Andromeda have such dodgy animation.

Jonathan Cooper, now in animation at Naughty Dog, said it was likely BioWare simply ran out of time to animate everything properly.

However, before he got into his theories on the game's development, he joined BioWare in scolding those who hurled abuse at the woman they believed was responsible for Andromeda's bung animations (she wasn't).

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Outlast 2 will be released in Australia after all

Outlast 2 will be released in Australia after all

Outlast 2 will get a release in Australia after all.

Last week the game was refused classification (i.e. banned) by the Australian Classification Board thanks in part to a scene of implied sexual violence.

In its decision, the Classification Board report noted that "without the depiction of implied sexual violence ", Outlast 2 would be eligible for a R18+ rating.

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Rumour: Destiny 2 is coming September 8, PC included

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Rumour: Destiny 2 is coming September 8, PC included

It looks like Destiny 2 is coming on September 8.

PlayStation 4 players will get beta access before other platforms – in June according to Eurogamer.

All the above information comes via leaked retail posters that Italian website Lega Network got its hands on.

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Watch your house burn in this game from the Fire Service

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Watch your house burn in this game from the Fire Service

The New Zealand Fire Service has launched a 360 degree interactive experience that allows users to experience a real house fire first-hand.

The Fire Service describes Escape My House as a world-first initiative that can be played via a browser with a mouse or via VR using a mobile phone and Google Cardboard.

Escape My House uses real video footage from an actual house burning down in Palmerston North. The fire was ignited by a clothes horse left too close to a heater – one of the most common ways house fires are started.

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Switch Joy-Con desync issue fixed with foam

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Switch Joy-Con desync issue fixed with foam

The Switch's Joy-Con desync problem is thanks to a manufacturing fault that can be fixed, Nintendo says.

The company also claims that newer Joy-Con models don't contain the fault at all.

Numerous Switch owners have complained about the left Joy-Con desyncing since the system launched earlier this month. The fault only occurs when the Joy-Cons are used wirelessly.

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Kiwi duo releases Frontier, a VR shooter for the Vive

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Kiwi duo releases Frontier, a VR shooter for the Vive

A pair of Kiwis that quit tertiary study to make games have just released their first – a VR shooter for the Vive.

Jack Huygens and Dylan Brodie, age 19 and 20 respectively, decided to put their studies on hold in order to enter the games industry, and under the company name of Gaugepunk Games released Frontier VR last week.

Huygens was in his second year of a bachelor of software engineering at Victoria and Brodie was in his first year of media production at Massey when the two flatmates decided to change direction.

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ME: Andromeda character creator might get tweaked

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ME: Andromeda character creator might get tweaked

Those who feel that Mass Effect: Andromeda's character creator is needlessly restrictive will be happy to hear that it is one part of the game BioWare is looking to improve.

The creator has been criticised by some for omitting options for things like eyebrow modification, as well as for its limited skin tone selection. Some players have also found that their Ryder looks fine in the creator, only to resemble an HR Giger remix of their original vision when the game actually starts.

The creator does have one cool feature though: it alters how your parents look as you change your own appearance. It's quite like real life in that sense: you get a neck tattoo, and your parents look ashamed to have raised you.