How to beat Paper Mario really fast by… playing Ocarina of Time?

Probably the only Paper Mario speedrun you've ever seen that includes extensive Ocarina of Time gameplay. The idea of using video games as a way to achieve some form of Arbitrary Code Execution (ACE) on classic hardware has come a long way since seven years ago, when TASbot publicly reprogrammed a Super NES on the fly via Super Mario World. There are now dozens of examples of similar glitches that use nothing but controller inputs to insert new … [Read more...]

EA confirms it isn’t secretly “fixing” FIFA matches

Enlarge / EA has convinced a set of class-action lawyers that there isn't a secret algorithm affecting the results for FIFA Ultimate Team squads like this one. (credit: Electronic Arts) A group of California players has dropped a class-action lawsuit accusing Electronic Arts of secretly using a "Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment" (DDA) to covertly affect the outcome of FIFA: Ultimate Team matches. The group did so after EA proved that the … [Read more...]

Hacker reduces GTA Online load times by roughly 70 percent

Enlarge / You could spend less time looking at loading screens like this with a new DLL fix. A hacker going by the handle T0st says he has figured out a core issue that caused longer-than-necessary load times in Grand Theft Auto Online for years. The hacker has released a proof of concept DLL fix that shortens those lengthy startup times by roughly 70 percent. Grand Theft Auto Online's PC load times have been a persistent issue for seven years … [Read more...]

Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ stealth-infused open world hits Switch in 2022

A vast, ancient wilderness ready to be explored. Today's online Pokémon Presents stream, which celebrated the series' 25th anniversary, included at least one major surprise: the announcement of a new, more action-oriented Pokémon game set in a period resembling feudal Japan. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is in full development by Game Freak and is targeting an early 2021 release, according to the … [Read more...]

Report: PS5 storage expansion will be available by summer

Enlarge / This style of PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD should soon work with the PS5, though that massive heatsink won't fit inside the system's expansion bay. Bloomberg cites unnamed "people briefed on the matter" in reporting that PS5 owners will finally be able to expand the system's built-in storage by this coming summer. The planned firmware update that will unlock this feature will also allow for higher cooling-fan speeds on the system to prevent … [Read more...]

Valve has to provide some Steam sales data to Apple, judge says

(credit: Aurich Lawson / Ars Technica) A US magistrate judge has ordered Valve to provide sales data to Apple in response to a subpoena issued amid Apple's continuing legal fight with Epic Games. In addition to some aggregate sales data for the entirety of Steam, Valve will only have to provide specific, per-title pricing and sales data for "436 specific apps that are available on both Steam and the Epic Games Store," according to the order. … [Read more...]