Smash Bros. Ultimate: Persona 5’s Joker Joins This Week

Persona 5’s Joker is officially joining the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster this week — and you won’t have to wait long to play as him as he hits the game on April 17. Nintendo confirmed Joker will be available as the first of five DLC fighters as part of the Fighters Pass. The Challenger Pack 1 will include Joker as a playable fighter, a stage based on Persona 5’s Mementos location, as well as music from the entire Persona 5 series. A trailer Nintendo revealed alongside Joker’s reveal revealed a main gameplay mechanic for Joker will be the ability for him to build up a Persona meter, which will allow him to summon Joker’s main persona Arsene from Persona 5. Players need to “hold onto their rebellious spirit” to keep using Arsene, who can help Joker with counters and a glide jump ability. Read the full article…

Lucasfilm Developing Something Knights of the Old Republic Related

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has said that there is something related to Knights of the Old Republic currently in development or in talks of being put in to development. At Star Wars Celebration, Josh Horowitz of MTV News asked Kennedy about Knights of the Old Republic and if there is anything in the works related to the much loved series. “You know, we talk about that all the time,” Kennedy answered. “Yes, we are developing something to look at. Right now I have no idea where things might fall, but we have to be careful that there is a cadence to Star Wars that doesn’t start to feel like too much.” Read the full article…

20+ Business & Marketing PowerPoint Templates

Using the default PowerPoint layout to design a business presentation isn’t usually a great idea. You need a business PowerPoint template that’s going to stand out, make an impression, and look professional. A complete redesign for the heavily outdated default PowerPoint templates is long overdue. But, there’s no need to wait for Microsoft to fix it. Instead, you can easily grab a premium PowerPoint template to give yourself a head start. Created by professional designers, these business and marketing PowerPoint templates will help you design more professional presentation slideshows that win over your clients and customers. We’ve hand-picked the best in this collection. Digital Marketing Strategy PowerPoint Template Using a creative and bold design in your PowerPoint slideshow is a great way to capture attention and make your presentation stand out. This beautifully designed PowerPoint template will help you achieve that goal. It comes with more than 40 slides that Read the full article…

Design At Scale: One Year With Figma

Design At Scale: One Year With Figma Design At Scale: One Year With Figma Paul Hanaoka 2019-04-15T13:30:48+02:002019-04-16T11:17:07+00:00 This article will be about how large teams can benefit from using more open, collaborative tooling and how to make adoption and migration feasible and pleasant. Also, in case you didn’t guess from the title of the article just yet, a lot of it will be about Figma and how we succeeded at adopting this design tool in our team. The intended audience is experienced designers working in larger teams with design systems, developers or product managers looking to improve the way cross-functional teams work in their organization. I’ve been using design tools in a professional setting for over ten years and am always trying to make teams I’m serving work more efficiently and more effectively. From scripting and actions in Photoshop, to widget libraries in Axure, to Sketch plugins, and now with Read the full article…

Chilly reception for marijuana tycoon game shows games industry’s backwards stance on drugs

Intense and graphic violence is something we’ve come to simply expect from games, but sexual and other adult themes are still largely taboo — including, as publisher Devolver Digital is learning, drugs. Even if the game in question is a relatively serious tycoon-type look at the current (and legal!) business of selling weed. Devolver is no stranger to controversy; it has published and helped develop dozens of games and many of them have featured the kind of graphic violence that sets off those who still see the medium as a corruptive, fundamentally debased one. And to be fair, the likes of Hotline Miami aren’t going to change any minds. But for the company’s first original commissioned IP, it had the idea of assembling a game in the popular “tycoon” genre, but focused on the emerging and popular sector of growing marijuana. Obviously this is somewhat controversial, but the plant is Read the full article…

OpenAI Five crushes Dota2 world champs, and soon you can lose to it too

Dota2 is one of the most popular, and complex, online games in the world, but an AI has once again shown itself to supersede human skill. In matches over the weekend, OpenAI’s “Five” system defeated two pro teams soundly, and soon you’ll be able to test your own mettle against — or alongside — the ruthless agent. In a blog post, OpenAI detailed how its game-playing agent has progressed from its younger self — it seems wrong to say previous version, since it really is the same extensive neural network as many months ago, but with much more training. The version that played at Dota2’s premiere tournament, The International, gets schooled by the new version 99 percent of the time. And it’s all down to more practice: In total, the current version of OpenAI Five has consumed 800 petaflop/s-days and experienced about 45,000 years of Dota self-play over 10 realtime Read the full article…

Apple said to be spending more than $500M on Arcade gaming subscription effort

Apple’s new gaming subscription service Apple Arcade may have been a bit of a footnote at its Services event earlier this month compared to the stage time given to more prime time-ready efforts like Apple TV+ and Apple News+, but the company is throwing some major funding behind its effort to get people paying a monthly fee for exclusive titles. The company has already set aside a budget of more than $500 million for its Arcade service, according to a report in the Financial Times. The service, arriving in the fall, will let users play exclusive gaming titles across their Apple devices ad-free and offline. The titles will be free of micro-transactions, unlike many of the popular gaming titles on the App Store. While the company has already reportedly spent more than $1 billion on its TV+ content service, the gaming subscription world marks another uncharted territory for Apple as Read the full article…

Get destroyed by OpenAI’s masterful Dota 2 bots this weekend

OpenAI achieved a historic milestone in the world of artificial intelligence this weekend when its Dota 2 system, called OpenAI Five, handily bested the strategy game’s world champion e-sports team, OG, in a best-of-three contest. Now, the AI research organization wants to let the public get a taste of what it’s like to play against a program that’s virtually trained for the equivalent of 45,000 years to play the game at the highest possible level. The company is calling the platform Arena, and it will be live for just three days starting Thursday, April 18th at 9PM ET. You can sign up here to get access, as OpenAI says it needs to allocate the proper amount of compute to handle the simultaneous play sessions for its cloud-based AI… Read the full article…

Forza Street is a new free-to-play racing game coming to Android, iOS, and PC

Microsoft just took the wraps off of Forza Street, the finalized title for what was a work-in-progress game dubbed Miami Street. Today, the new racing game is available as a free-to-play title for Windows 10 users, with Android and iOS versions coming “later this year.” Unlike Forza Horizon and Forza Motorsport, Forza Street throws you into the Miami street-racing life with a complete garage of vehicles at your disposal. You start by picking an event, settling on your lineup, and then racing off the starting line. Your eventual goal is to own both legendary and classic vehicles, as well as winning races, of course. The developers at Microsoft-owned Turn 10 Studios have also implemented new and streamlined controls for Forza Street that… Read the full article…

How to control the lighting of your Razer peripherals

Sometimes it feels like, no matter where you look, PC gaming equipment is festooned with RGB lighting. If you use Razer gear, however, there’s an easy way to control it. If you’re not a fan of gaming’s fascination with multicolor lighting, then I’m going to show you how to shut off all of the LEDs on your Razer hardware. If you are a fan of RGB lights like I am, I’m going to show you how to control any new Razer peripheral that’s compatible with Chroma, Razer’s LED-syncing technology that supports a total of 16.8 million colors. And don’t worry: there are more guides in the works for other PC gaming peripheral brands. This guide will walk you through how to turn Chroma on and off, apply the default presets, use the Chroma Studio, and… Read the full article…

You Are Creating For A Human: Here Is Some Advice

You should know whom you are creating for. Your user is not an abstract substance. Think of a person. Explore your customer persona as you would like to explore the mind of your loved one. Discover their wants and habits. It is the only way to make your product win the audience it is aimed […] The post You Are Creating For A Human: Here Is Some Advice appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

10 Top WordPress Plugins You Can Use to Improve Your Websites

You’re reading 10 Top WordPress Plugins You Can Use to Improve Your Websites, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook! WordPress plugins are very important. They are to your website designs what cheese, sour cream, and bacon bits are to a baked potato. They can turn the so-so into the extraordinary. They can produce features for your website that might … Read the full article…