For the last two years, a Minecraft creator has been gradually building a map replicating the Chernobyl Zone. The project, called Chernobyl Universe, got a new update recently, and, though unfinished, already features many of the known sights of the radioactive area. The latest version of the map, v0.02, adds the north part of the nuclear power plant, the substation and locations of new sarcophagus. On the Planet Minecraft page (cheers, VG247), map-maker Janisko explains the plan is to recreate the Chernobyl Zone as faithfully as possibly, using all available data. "I proceed with as much data as possible, which I draw mainly from the Internet, such as Google Maps and other useful things," they write. "Of course, not all information can be obtained from the Internet, but unfortunately I do not have other conveniences of data acquisition, which means that when I am forced by this fact, I have to build a little interior improvisation." From there, the map will stretch out to neighboring areas, like Belarus and Poliske. Janisko primarily used two applications, MCEdit2 and Worldpainting. You can walk around the current build, though the idea is that eventually this is meant to be played in survival mode. Janisko listed their email address for anyone who might have more specific information on Chernobyl they can use in further construction. PCGN
Day: June 21, 2020
Why should Fortnite‘s 100-player deathmatch be limited to humans, anyway? If we’re going to prove who’s the best of the best, let’s invite the whole animal kingdom along for the ride. Fortnite’s latest update sank the map, bringing deadly sharks into the fray – and it looks like the ocean predators are already more than […] thank you rockpapershotgun.com for letting us know!
Genital jousting is a sex game about competing in various challenges as a colored flaccid penis. It's also about challenging negative stereotypes surrounding manhood, as the developers explain in a recent making-of feature. Evan Greenwood, the Creative Director of Free Lives, and Richard Pieterse, a now former developer from the studio, sat down with gaming documentary-makers NoClip to talk about the origins and meaning behind Genital Jousting. In the back-half, they discuss the subtext and nuance of the story mode, and using it to address toxic masculinity, albeit in a slightly subtle way. "What we wanted, ideally, was to convince someone who could've harbored some toxic masculinity that we were friends of theirs. We'd be telling jokes that would be crass and would be funny, and make it feel like the game wasn't trying to convince anyone of any particular stance," Greenwood explains. "At some point we'd almost earn a trust through that, which we'd then burn by, particularly towards the end of the game, showing what we felt was a better kind of masculinity." PCGN
Screenshot Saturday Sundays! Pack your bags, put on your wellies, we’re heading out to see what screenshots, videos, gifs and such have been put together by the game development community over the last few days. This week: shopping under par, hand-drawn cartography, infinite photoshoots and the trouble with witches. thank you rockpapershotgun.com for letting us know!
In lieu of not having any real-life games conference show floors to wander this year, several indie developers have come together for EEK3, a horror indie showcase that has its own spooky virtual show floor you can check out. Orchestrated by the creators who put together the Haunted PS1 Demo Disc earlier this year, EEK3 featured a livestream of over 40 short horror games that use the same creepy late-nineties 3D as the first compilation. Filmed in grainy VHS texture, the stream had a skeletal figure and his ghost comrade guide viewers through all the games on offer, including some short development spotlights to pace out the hour. It's like if Tales From The Crypt did a midnight gaming special. Afterward, just like E3 itself, after the show you can go explore all the booths and setups the developers and studios have made for their games, created in the same low-poly decor, rewatching the trailers and ogling some of the merchandise and decoration they've put together. The description on Itch says the building hosting EEK3 mysteriously sprung up overnight on what used to be an abandoned mall. We'll choose to overlook that detail because videogames are cool. PCGN
In the upcoming Lost Treasures event for Apex Legends, a hero or two will be getting some fine-tuning, and Octane will be among them. A Respawn developer confirmed on Twitter the speedster is getting buffed when the event begins on Tuesday. Responding to a fan on Twitter, Jason McCord, Design Director at Respawn Entertainment, stated Octane would be getting buffs, but it won't be a complete rework of the character. "He's not getting a rework. He's getting some buffs though," McCord tweeted, stating in a further reply: "Yep, Octane getting some love on Tuesday." The battle royale's fast-on-his-feet legend was added in March 2019, but in recent seasons he's been one of the weaker members of the roster. In the patch notes for Season 5, EA noted the buff on Octane's launch-pad was the "first step in pushing more team utility" for the Battle Royale's resident speedrunner, so it sounds like Lost Treasures will bring the second step in what will be a broader tightening of his strengths and abilities. PCGN
I wouldn’t say I’m an expert on history, but surely Civilization VI is taking the mick here, no? As the first “community update” to run alongside Civ’s new “New Frontier” pass, Firaxis are rolling battle royale spin-off mode Red Death into Season 2 with sneaky aliens and shambling zombies in a free patch next week […] thank you rockpapershotgun.com for letting us know!
Players in Lord of the Rings Online gathered across multiple servers to pay their respects to Sir Ian Holm, who played Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, after he passed away this week. Several tributes were put together by hundreds of players in the free MMO game, involving small gatherings, shared hikes, and a Dwarven rendition of Enya. In a Reddit thread (ta, Eurogamer), users discussed the various ways different parties went about honoring Holm's memory. In the Evernight server, some 300 people showed up to the Hall of Fire in Rivendell Valley and gathered around the Bilbo Baggins NPC. "A mini played the soundtrack 'Misty Mountains' the whole time," uiser Ch_Mell commented in the thread. "I really love the community of this game: 300 people gathered and walked to Rivendell on a moment's notice. RIP Ian, may your soul be free." Another redditor, RoadrageWorker, described Belegaer's send-off for Sir Ian: "We gathered in front of Bag End, and to Lobelia's dislike, had a big firework. There was music and mourning, and we all wished Ian godspeed on this last of journeys." The same happened in the Laurelin server, a video of which was edited together using screengrabs and Enya's Only Time as covered by a Dwarven minstrel. More are coming - the French server Sirannon is putting together a trek of its own, according to another commenter. PCGN
Assemble With Care, from ustwo, the makers of Monument Valley, is a quaint little game about fixing things in a small, quiet town, and the stories people attach to possessions that mean something to them. It's quiet and reflective, and it just got a free update. Ustwo rolled out the new content this week, in an update on Steam that explained that the first new object for players to fix is actually cutting room floor material. "One of the winners, that everyone loved and wanted in the game, was too complex," the post reads. "There was no way to fit it into the story in a way that wouldn't break up the pacing and take us too long to finish. So we decided against it. Until now." The item in question comes from Carmen, a café owner in Bellariva, where the game's set. She tasks you with fixing up an espresso machine for her sister, Helena, in an epilogue to the main story. It's the first of what will be several free updates that will be released in due time. In addition, Russian voice-over for the whole game is included here, too. PCGN
This weekend, Lord Of The Rings Online players gathered to commemorate the life of British actor Sir Ian Holm, who passed away aged 88 last Friday. Despite a filmography spanning over five decades, the late actor is best known by many as the definitive Bilbo Baggins – taking the role of the centenarian hobbit in […] thank you rockpapershotgun.com for letting us know!