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Forget PS4 and Xbox cameras, NBA 2K17 will allow you to scan your face using your phone

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As hoops fans patiently await the arrival of NBA 2K17 on September 20 (or September 16 for those who preordered), developer 2K Sports has dropped major news about a new and exciting feature that will take basketball’s video game darling to unprecedented heights.

For the first time ever, NBA 2K17 will allow gamers to scan their own faces into the game using a smartphone app. Forget about creating a random with a generic face, this is as good as it gets until VR arrives, and players find themselves playing pick-up ball in a Lakers uniform against virtual LeBron James.

Also: Goodbye and good riddance to using a console camera or that depth-sensing Intel camera that’s only available on a minority of laptops. We always thought that the pursuit of the best version of our faces should start with a smartphone sporting a top-notch selfie camera, rather than a tethered console accessory that isn’t designed for narcissistic tendencies.

The free MyNBA2K17 companion app will be available on Android and iOS devices starting September 8, giving users ample time to play around with the feature before tip-off. But c

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reating a person’s likeness isn’t the only thing the app is meant to accomplish; MyNBA2K17 also includes a mobile card game and a virtual closet that houses gear for console or PC avatars, and using it can earn players digital currency for NBA 2K17.

Face-scanning was introduced in NBA 2K15 but required a PlayStation camera or an Xbox One Kinect camera to use. A year in development didn’t do it any good, as the feature was panned by the NBA 2K16 community. Interestingly, EA’s NBA Live 16 featured a similar face-importing process, but it relied on smartphone cameras for creating cyberfaces.

NBA 2K17 will be released on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.

Source: Forbes

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Overwatch Puppy Rumble: Cutest game of Capture the Flag!

All the puppies were adoptable!

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This is one tournament of Capture the Flag you don’t want to miss. It may sound pretty silly but it’s ridiculously the good kind of silly. To celebrate the Year of the Dog, Blizzard put together an event called the Overwatch Puppy Rumble and it’s too adorable to miss out on.

The Overwatch Puppy Rumble not only had some intense capture the flag action, but it also had cute adoptable puppies dressed up in little Overwatch outfits. The whole rumble is a must-watch. And, if you’ve already seen it, it’s worth rewatching.

The event was in partnership with Wags and Walks, a dog adoption center in Los Angeles. All of the dogs featured in the Puppy Rumble were available for adoption. If this doesn’t convince you to watch it, I honestly don’t know what will.

SEE ALSO: This game teaches you to become a master of fake news

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This game teaches you to become a master of fake news

So you can look out for them in the real world

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We live in a time rife with questionable (if not, outright fake) news. With a lot of discourse happening online, it’s getting trickier to separate the fact from the lie. A trending game hopes to help you discern fake news by doing the most counterintuitive thing — teaching you to write fake news.

The game, called Bad News, tags itself as a “vaccine” for fake news by injecting you with humorous doses of lies.

Bad News launches directly from your browser (no installation needed). In the game, you’re a fledgling writer hoping to establish a globally recognized, cringe-worthy fake news blog in the future. Through a series of text prompts and questions, the game’s narrator guides you through the journey of creating fake news.

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The game asks you tap into either your virtual reader’s anger or fear. Through your choices, the narrator will tell you if a headline is too fake or too right-wing. By guiding you, its goal is to optimize your headlines for gaining the most followers while maintaining a decent amount of credibility. The game also teaches how to spin the most positive of news into the most outrageous conspiracy theory. And yes, it also lets you use Twitter bots to boost your followers by thousands.

You win the game by building an empire of fake news, breaking down rational discourse into conspiracy chaos. You lose by becoming too rational or too outlandish. Throughout the game, you earn “badges” which correspond to the tools that fake news writers leverage on — impersonation, polarization, conspiracy, among others.

All fun aside, the game’s ultimate goal is to teach players how to spot fake news in the real world. While the news articles you write in the game are completely fictional, the methods it uses are completely credible. Also, the game shows the massive implications that a fake news Twitter army can cause.

The game was created by the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab and Drog, a media literacy organization. Besides a tool for change, the game hopes to power research efforts on the effect of fake news.

SEE ALSO: YouTubers give tips on how to spot fake news

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Digimon ReArise: A new Digimon mobile game!

It comes with an exclusive Digimon!

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Bandai Namco Entertainment just posted a teaser video for its new and upcoming Digimon ReArise mobile game. The text in the video reads, “Here is the story where your Digimon becomes a reality.”

The teaser doesn’t say much but Digimon ReArise will be a free-to-play mobile game where you’ll be working closely with a Digimon to battle against “Spiral,” — a mysterious and unexplained power. The development team describes the game as both “the adventure story of tamers and their Digimon” and “a game for looking after and training Digimon at any time.”

On top of all that, Bandai Namco finally revealed the exclusive starter Digimon you meet in the game. Created by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, the new Digimon is named Erismon (エリスモン). He’ll be the main focus and will be your main companion in the game. Erismon is apparently an electric hedgehog whose attacks shoot out static needles from his back.

Digimon ReArise will be out this year in Japan. While this game is in the works, you can give Digimon Links a try. Digimon Links was launched in Japan in March 2016 and in English last October.

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