There’s a dating sim wherein you die if you have sex

Plot twist!



You’d be surprised but there’s an interesting dating simulation that portrays a strangely realistic take on sex — and, thankfully it’s not about humans. Don’t Make Love is a dating simulation where you play a mantis that falls in love.

Like any relationship, there’s more to sex than the physicality of the activity. With this, you explore the depths of what that means to you when you progress in the game. Dying or the risk of dying during sex in this game is true to life: Around 25 percent of sexual encounters between two praying mantises end in the death of the male. After he dies, he gets eaten by the female.

It’s a morbid natural way for mantises to provide for their offspring by supplying protein from his meat. Studies even show that a female mantis that devours her partner produces more eggs afterward.

When you’ve installed Don’t Make Love, like any typical game, you will be asked to choose between playing as a male or female — prey or predator. When you’ve chosen your role in the game, you encounter a strangely revolutionary mechanic most dating sims don’t usually integrate: rather than choosing dialogue options, you are asked to type in whatever you like into the text box.

Most of the time, players are used to encountering simple yes or no. And, being forced to answer unrealistically is a typical thing in dating simulations because they usually have defined and limited choices. With Don’t Make Love, you have the freedom to dig deep into conversations with your partner and really make the game your own.

This mechanic makes the game horrendous when you get really into it. It brings into question sex and love into the forefront and the risks of doing it at all. Don’t Make Love stirs questions about the relevance of physical intimacy, love, and ultimately, abstinence.

If you want to sink your teeth into this strange dating simulation game, Don’t Make Love is available on Steam for US$ 6.99.

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Playdate is a handheld gaming system with a crank

Yes, an actual crank



If you’re bored of the current gaming console landscape or are simply waiting for the next-gen PlayStation to come out, there’s this new handheld system that might keep you a little busy.

From a company named Panic, which is known for developing the popular game Firewatch, comes the Playdate. It may seem like a simple gaming system at first, but look to its right and you’ll see its defining feature: a crank.

The developer says that some titles will use this analog controller exclusively, while some won’t at all (which, to me, sorta defeats the purpose of placing that game on this console). Everything will be played on its monochrome screen with no backlighting.

You can see it in action here:

The spin here is that the Playdate will come with a subscription of 12 games — delivered to you once a week for 12 weeks. It’s part of the initial cost of US$ 149, but there’s no word yet if there’ll be subscriptions after that and how much they’ll cost.

Each game will be a surprise, which may or not be a good thing. Spending this much on an unproven console — and possibly more for succeeding subscriptions — could end up becoming a costly risk.

Orders will be accepted later this year, while actual shipping will happen in early 2020. For now, you can sign up through the official website to receive updates on its progress.

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Here’s an early look at the Sony PS5’s raw performance

Spoiler: It’s fast!



Even though Sony dished out some early info on the upcoming PlayStation 5 (should they choose to stick to the numbered naming scheme) and revealed that it’s more than just a mere upgrade, we don’t have any tangible data on what exactly to expect.

Fortunately, Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki was present at Sony’s most recent gaming presentation and had this video to show us:

What you see here is a comparison between the loading times of the PS5 and PS4 Pro. Make no mistake here: The next-generation console is incredibly fast! A lot of credit must be given to the built-in SSD the PS5 will ship with.

This should be taken with a grain of salt, however. Tech demos are often fixed to make the newer (and more expensive) product seem superior. To the next-gen console’s credit, it’ll come with the latest eight-core Ryzen chip and a custom GPU from AMD’s Radeon Navi, which are capable of 8K gaming and ray tracing when put together.

Sadly, we still don’t have a release date and Sony won’t announce anything at E3 next month. For now, savor your PS4 and its growing library of classics.

Via: Kotaku

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Minecraft Earth is like Pokémon Go but with building blocks



In a move that makes loads of sense, Minecraft is coming to mobile though an augmented reality app similar to Pokémon Go.

It’s called Minecraft Earth and it’s arriving later this year with a beta phase happening during summer. The developers offered this trailer, but it does little to explain how the system would work.

Check it out:

The official website’s FAQ section, however, delves into more of the info we actually care about.

For one, it’ll be free to play and will include several of Minecraft‘s traditional features including world building and discovering/fighting mobs.

Concerning regional availability, the developers aren’t confirming these details just yet. If it’s anything like the issues Niantic experienced with Pokémon Go before, chances are this rollout will be gradual, too.

Finally, for the “Will Minecraft Earth have loot boxes?” question, the website has a definite “No” to answer that.

Minecraft Earth will be available on both Android and iOS. Fingers crossed that there’ll be no delays. 🤞

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