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D&D maker retreats from attempts to update longstanding “open” license

Enlarge / Artist's conception of D&D fans holding back WotC's attempts to change the game's license. (credit: WotC) Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) owner Wizards of the Coast (WotC) has halted its attempts to update the longstanding Open Gaming License (OGL) that has dictated the legal use of the game's rules for decades. The move...

How to fix GoldenEye 007’s control issues on the Nintendo Switch [Updated]

Enlarge / Screenshots you can hear. Update (5:35 pm ET): As user Cuesport77 points out on Reddit, Nintendo offers a system-level button remapping function that can get around most of the issues highlighted in this piece. Going into the Switch's system settings and swapping the left and right analog stick inputs (as well as the inputs...

GoldenEye can’t distract from Switch retro games’ most annoying pitfall

Enlarge / Nintendo's promotional key art for the launch of GoldenEye 007 on Switch. (credit: Nintendo) Today marks the long-awaited rerelease of the Nintendo 64 classic GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo Switch. As was announced before the launch, the game supports widescreen. When I learned that, my first thought wasn't "Oh, nice!" Rather,...

Brawling through a wacky version of Japan’s past in Like a Dragon: Ishin!

Enlarge / Don't bring a knife to a historical Japanese gunfight. Sega’s cult-favorite Yakuza series is in a league of its own in its ability to blend brutal, stylish combat with a heartfelt and endearingly melodramatic storyline. Following the success of 2020’s Yakuza: Like a Dragon and the spinoff Judgement series, the over-the-top...

Riot Games confirms ransom demands for League of Legends source code

Enlarge / The theft of Riot Games' source code for League of Legends, TeamFight Tactics, and an anti-cheat platform could have implications for future cheats and exploits. (credit: Riot Games) Riot Games has confirmed that an attack on its development environment last week included the theft of source code for its League of Legends...

After 25 years, GoldenEye 007 gets its first modern rerelease Friday

A scene from the upscaled Xbox version of GoldenEye 007. Fans of '90s split-screen shooter classic GoldenEye 007 (not to be confused with the loosely related 2010 Wii title of the same name) will only have to dig out their N64 controllers for a few more days. After 25 years, the game will finally see...

Blizzard studio halts union plans amid alleged management meddling [Updated]

Enlarge / A scene from Proletariat's Spellbreak illustrating union members dodging alleged management interference. Last month, workers at Spellbreak studio Proletariat became the third group within Activision Blizzard to form a union. Today, though, the Communication Workers of America is pulling back on its push for a National Labor...

It’s getting easier to buy bigger SSDs for the Steam Deck and Surface PCs

Enlarge / Microsoft's Surface devices have user-replaceable SSDs, but it's difficult to find them in the right (physical) size. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Microsoft's Surface devices had a well-deserved reputation for being impossible to repair in their early years, but Microsoft has sought to change that more recently. Newer Surfaces...

Chris Pine battles undead army in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves trailer

Chris Pine and his merry band of misfits battle a supernatural evil in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. With a cinematic release just two months away, Paramount Pictures has released a fresh action-packed and goofy-but-fun trailer for Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. The trailer has already racked up more than 8 million views...

Dragon Age: Dreadwolf loses another veteran BioWare producer

Enlarge / Yet another leader behind the Dreadwolf project has left bioWare. BioWare's Mac Walters used a LinkedIn post this weekend to announce the end of a 19-year career at the company. The move is yet another in a long line of shakeups for the leadership team behind the sprawling, long-anticipated Dragon Age: Dreadwolf, on which...

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