Wednesday, July 31, 2019 July 31, 2019 at 03:28PM - Lego Jurassic World is coming to Switch this September

Way back in the mists of 2015, there was general quiver of nostalgic excitement as Universal Pictures prepared to resurrect Stephen Spielberg's beloved Jurassic Park series, in the form of Jurassic World. Four years, and two reasonably adequate movies later, Warner Bros is dusting off developer TT Games' ageing movie tie-in, Lego Jurassic World, and bringing it to Switch.

Lego Jurassic World heads to Nintendo's console on 20th September - a date that does not, as far as I can tell, coincide with any particular movie-based occasions or anniversaries that might explain its sudden revival. The good news, though, is that Lego Jurassic World is another solidly enjoyable entry in TT Games' long-running Lego series, drawing not only from its namesake but from the original Jurassic Park trilogy.

It's all reimagined and retold with TT Games' usual wit and mastery of slapstick humour, with the game's 20 levels adhering to the series' reliably entertaining platform and puzzle formula as they play out across Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna. Adding a bit of an appropriately prehistoric twist to the otherwise familiar action is the option to create your own dinosaurs - by selecting colours, abilities, and body parts - and then play as them in-game.

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from July 31, 2019 at 08:00AM - Monster Hunter World: Iceborne really isn't mucking about

One of the joys of last year's Monster Hunter World was how it introduced a whole new audience to the charms of Capcom's long-running series - that delicious loop of combat, conquest and then popping back home to craft a new set of trousers out of whatever giant beast you just felled so you can go back out to the wilds and do it all over again. There's another part of that loop, though, that's just as essential to it all - the part where you're humbled by a new beast that appears at the top of the food chain, and the part where you lick your wounds and make plans about how to exact your revenge and craft some new trousers as proof of your abilities.

Humbled? Actually, maybe that should be humiliated, which would be a more fitting a term for lapsed players like myself getting to grips with the opening hours of the forthcoming Iceborne expansion. You'll need to have completed the main campaign and reached Hunter Rank 16 to step foot on the new landmass the expansion introduces - called Hoarfrost Reach, it's out beyond a chilled ocean to the north west of the existing map - and even then you'll need to have polished off your skills. The first scrap you have, against the all-new beast Beotodus, can get pretty serious.

And so you'll be turning the air blue well before Hoarfrost Reach's chill air turns your fingers azure, because Beotodus is an absolute bastard. With an appearance like the chilled-out cousin of Cephadrome, he's a snow shark - a snow shark! - who speeds along underneath the tundra, his fin tearing through as a tell of his presence. So yeah, Beotodus is mostly concealed, has a hell of a hide and to make things even more entertaining to deal the most damage you'll have to get him to expose his hindlegs. It's a little on the tricky side.

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from July 31, 2019 at 07:59AM - Xbox announces six more titles coming to Game Pass in August

If you don't have either Xbox Game Pass or Game Pass Ultimate, it's about time you looked into it, because they're putting Slay the Spire on it next month - and some other games too, I guess.

Microsoft has announced August's line-up, which offers a little something for everyone, from witty party games to delightful roguelike adventures.

On 1st August, Game Pass for console will get Ashes Cricket and Pandemic. The former is a fast-paced cricket game that boasts a "realistic and authentic" experience, while the latter sets you as a member of an elite disease control team whose goal is to save the world from deadly infections.

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from July 31, 2019 at 06:27AM - Zombieland: Double Tap is getting a tie-in game

The highly-anticipated sequel to Zombieland releases this October, and with it comes its very own game for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch.

Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip is a top-down co-op shooter based off of the Zombieland sequel, and you'll be able to play it on 15th October, three days before the film hits the cinemas.

The game allows local play for up to four players to fight through mobs of zombies as one of the main characters from the films - Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock. It'll feature a story mode (set after the first film) and horde mode, as well as weekly challenges and unlockable characters from the new film.

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from July 31, 2019 at 06:09AM - EA will bring this year's unannounced Need for Speed to Gamescom

EA has a brand new Need for Speed game due out by Christmas, and you won't have long to wait to see it.

After no-showing at E3 this year in June, the untitled Need for Speed racer will finally make its debut "heading into Gamescom in a few weeks", EA told investors last night.

It's a late reveal for a game due out this year, and an uncharacteristically short marketing campaign before the game lands on shop shelves in time for the big end-of-year sales season.

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from July 31, 2019 at 04:29AM - There are some big savings on VR titles in the PSN Summer Sale

It seems everyone wants a turn at celebrating the season! So, following in the footsteps of the Steam Summer Sale and the Green Man Gaming Summer Sale, we now also have the PSN Summer Sale.

Hundreds of PS4 and PS3 titles are on offer, but perhaps the most interesting of the lot is the vast array of PSVR games up for grabs for cheap. Many of these have been reduced to the lowest prices they've ever been so far on PSN, so if you've been holding off on a purchase now might be the time to snap them up.

There are some of the kit's biggest and most accomplished games discounted too, including Guy Ritchie fan-fic Blood & Truth, psychedelic aural adventure Rez Infinite and Eurogamer's 2018 Game of the Year, Tetris Effect.

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from July 31, 2019 at 04:03AM - Turok 2: Seeds of Evil releases on Nintendo Switch next month

Following in the steps of the first Turok which released on Switch earlier this year, Nightdive Studios has announced the Turok 2: Seeds of Evil remaster is coming to the platform on 9th August.

Taking place after the events of the first game, here's what you can expect from the sequel:

"Having defeated the Campaigner, Turok throws the Chronocepter into a waiting volcano to destroy it. Unfortunately the blast awakens an even deadlier force - The Primagen. Once again a Turok is tasked with restoring peace to the land and stopping the Primagen from merging Earth with the nether world."

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The Executioner gets delayed to late September after missing July release

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by Rahul Shirke July 31, 2019 at 07:33AM

The Good Life, the mystery life sim from Swery, has been delayed to 2020

The Good Life, the mystery life sim from Swery, has been delayed to 2020 Deadly Premotion developer Swery’s upcoming indie game The Good Life will no longer be making…

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by Rahul Shirke July 31, 2019 at 06:02AM

The Oriental Exorcist is a side-scrolling demon slaying game from China

The Oriental Exorcist is a side-scrolling demon slaying game from China The Oriental Exorcist will let you spectacularly slash and stab the demon monsters of the…

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by Rahul Shirke July 31, 2019 at 05:17AM July 31, 2019 at 02:58AM - The next major Apex Legends event is scheduled for mid-August

According to EA's earnings call - an explainer of their financial results and expectations - Apex Legends will see its next big event at some point next month.

"The event coming in the next few weeks will bring new content and deliver one of the most fan-requested features since the launch of Apex," said EA boss Andrew Wilson.

But Apex fans have requested a lot, from cross-platform play, to singles and duos game modes, so it's hard to guess right now what feature Respawn will be blessing us with in the coming months.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019 July 30, 2019 at 07:44AM - Obsidian announces The Outer Worlds for Nintendo Switch

That's right, like so many great games before it, The Outer Worlds will have a home on the Nintendo Switch.

Obsidian announced it's working with Virtuos - the developer which helped bring the likes of Dark Souls and L.A. Noire to the Switch - to assist with the port of The Outer Worlds.

Without any Fallout games lined up for the Switch, it looks like The Outer Worlds is still looking to "fill the void" left by the Fallout series.

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from July 30, 2019 at 07:33AM - Smash Bros. Ultimate's Dragon Quest Hero has a release date

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's next DLC fighter, The Hero from Dragon Quest, will go live later today in North America and tomorrow in Europe.

Smash Bros. boss Masahiro Sakurai made the announcement this afternoon in a livestream where he showcased The Hero's skills in detail, and took a look at the new Dragon Quest-themed stage, Yggdrasil's Altar.

The Hero arrives as part of Ultimate's big version 4.0 update, which also brings with a major change to Final Smash mechanics. When acquiring the Smash Ball, you now have just a limited amount of time to get in position and initiate your Final Smash attack. A new meter at the bottom of the screen will show you how much time you have left.

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from July 30, 2019 at 07:22AM - Save 20% on a range of 4K TVs and other tech this week at eBay

In what appears to be a regular occurrence now, eBay has launched another 20 per cent off voucher that you can use across a number of eligible retailers. The most interesting of these is Hughes Direct where you can take advantage of some big savings on 4K TVs, laptops and other home tech.

You can start with this LG 49” 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV for only £279.20 when using the code 'PAYDAY20'. Its usual price floats around the £350 mark so that's a considerable £70 saving on what is a decent TV. Alternatively if you're looking for something a little smaller, the 43” LG model is also in the offer for £255.20.

These two are some of the best value offers you can get with the discount code, but there are many other TVs on the Hughes Direct store from various brands that you can apply it to, depending on your budget.

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Sunless Skies’ next update has a hoardsome bat; also, you can honk now

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Main Assembly will let you design and program robots later this year

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by Rahul Shirke July 30, 2019 at 06:39AM July 30, 2019 at 03:55AM - Sony has now shipped 100 million PS4 consoles worldwide

Sony's most recent financial results, show the company now shipped 100 million PlayStation 4s - making it the fastest home console to shift that many units.

The report shows 3.2m PS4s were sold to retailers around the world between 1st April and 30th June, highlighting just how much demand there is still for the (very good) console.

Shipments were down slightly at the end of this fiscal year - having only shifted 17.8m, down from 19m in the previous year. Now, Sony is projecting sales of 15m units by the end of this financial year.

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from July 30, 2019 at 03:13AM - Killstreaks return in the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

This year's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will bring back killstreaks, publisher Activision has revealed.

The rebooted boots-on-the-ground shooter is the first in a while to include the feature. Other recent games have used a simpler "scorestreak" system which tracks other actions as well as kills.

In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019, you'll be able to unlock the hulking Juggernaut armour and drive a tank. But perhaps most eye-openingly, you'll also be able to call in a burning white phosphorus smokescreen.

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from July 30, 2019 at 02:16AM - Labo VR update coming to Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on Switch is the next title to join Nintendo's growing list of games you can play with Labo VR.

Out today in Japan, the new update will let players explore four different levels with Labo's cardboard VR goggles.

On top of this, Japanese owners of Nintendo Switch Online will be able to download and play Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker for free between 1st and 11th August.

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Bookbound Brigade is a platformer with adorable takes on literary legends

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by Rahul Shirke July 30, 2019 at 05:55AM July 30, 2019 - The big WoW Classic interview

I still can't believe it's really happening. World of Warcraft Classic! Blizzard has remade WoW as it was all those years ago when it launched (don't look at the dates, it's a bit depressing - where did all that life go eh? Nervous laugh). But here we are, one month to go. One month until we can play old WoW anew. Will the experiment work? Will we actually want to play it? Will all the yearning and petitions and hoo-ha have been worth it? Or will we discover it was a bit boring after all?

As the doors close on the beta, and as the team knuckles down in preparation for launch, I take lead software engineer Ryan Birmingham, and senior software engineer Omar Gonzalez, aside for a chat.

Thank you for joining me. I've just been watching videos of the final moments of the WoW Classic beta, of Ragnaros stamping on everyone in Orgrimmar, and it was joyous! What a great idea to spawn him in from Molten Core - who came up with it?

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by July 29, 2019 at 04:32PM July 29, 2019 at 02:07PM - Hitman 2's off to Siberia this week in new Sniper Assassin map

Britain might be bathed in the erratic rays of the summer, but IO Interactive is having none of it. Starting tomorrow, 30th July, it's packing Agent 47 off to a desolate corner of snowy Siberia, the setting for Hitman 2's brand-new Sniper Assassin map.

Specifically, Agent 47's latest assignment, titled Crime and Punishment, takes him to the Perm-14 prison complex in order to complete four new objectives. There are two new targets to eliminate - ex-Russian mobster Roman Khabko and former KGB operative (now prison warden) Vitaly Reznikov - and Agent 47 will, according to IO's announcement post, also need to dispatch some Siberian Tigers and start a prison riot to cover his tracks.

Additionally, the Siberia update introduces a range of new Sniper Assassin challenges, helping players on the way toward scoring the new Druzhina 34 ICA Arctic sniper unlock, plus a selection of new trophies and achievements.

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Review: Orion Strawberry Yogurt Cracker

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by July 29, 2019 at 08:30AM July 29, 2019 at 06:37AM - Get a New Nintendo 2DS XL with three games for just £135

Excitement may be high for the recently announced Nintendo Switch Lite, but those of you looking for a more immediate answer to your handheld gaming needs will want to take a look at this 2DS XL deal.

Pop over to the Nintendo Store and you'll be able to get a New Nintendo 2DS XL with three selected games for only £134.99.

Included in the offer are both the Black and Lime Green console with Mario Kart 7 or the White and Lavender edition with Tomodachi Life. On top of that, you can add two more games from a handful of choices.

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from July 29, 2019 at 06:03AM - Sega Mega Drive Mini delayed to October in Europe

Sega has delayed the launch of its Mega Drive Mini in Europe by two weeks, the publisher has announced.

The Sonic-filled microconsole will now launch on 4th October, a fortnight later than its original 19th September due date.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Sega blamed "unavoidable logistical challenges". Brexit?

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Solo: Islands of the Heart releases on consoles this week; up for pre-order

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by Rahul Shirke July 29, 2019 at 05:44AM

DarQ set to haunt your dreams when it launches on Steam in August

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by Rahul Shirke July 29, 2019 at 05:00AM July 29, 2019 - Meet the pirate who created a racing league in Sea of Thieves

There are many wonders to be found across Rare's brilliant Sea of Thieves, but one of the best I've discovered lately is something created entirely by its players. Somewhere among the waves are a group of pirates competing in races, for the ultimate glory of being crowned champion of something titled The Race of Legends.

These races are a "community-lead game mode", Dread Pirate Doug (@DreadDoug on Twitter) tells me, organised by himself and his team of Legendary First Mates. Together, they have created lengthy courses across the ocean to be navigated for real-life prizes.

Doug and his crew have been running the events for over a year, and in that time they've created a community of more than a hundred pirates (about 26 crews) who have registered to race through their website.

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That Time a WWII German U-Boat Sank as a Result of Flushing a Toilet

In the 1970s, BP oil pipeline workers came across a curious item about 12 miles southwest of Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire sitting about 86 meters under the surface- an old German U-Boat. In fact, one of the last U-Boats ever sunk in WWII. Unlike so many of its fellow subs, however, this one’s demise came about owing to a sequence of events all stemming from someone flushing the toilet incorrectly… So what exactly happened here?

U-1206, a Type VIIC submarine, was officially ordered on April 2, 1942 and ultimately launched on December 30, 1943. About a year and a half later, On April 6, 1945, the shiny new craft with its crew of 50 men departed from Kristiansand, Norway on its first non-training patrol machine.

Pertinent to the topic at hand is that while most submarines at the time used a storage tank to stow the product of flushing on board toilets and other waste water, with stereotypical German engineering efficiency, U-boat designers went the other way and decided to eject the waste directly into the ocean.

On the plus side, this saved valuable space within the submarine while also reducing weight. The downside, of course, was that ejecting anything into the ocean required greater pressure inside than out. As a result, U-boats had long required that, in order to use the toilets, the ship would have to be near the surface

Of course, being so close to or on the surface is generally to be avoided when on patrol if a sub captain wants to see his ship not blown up. This resulted in crewmen who needed to purge their orifices while submerged needing to do so in containers, which would then be stored appropriately until the sub needed to surface and the offending substances could be ditched over board.

As you can imagine, this didn’t exactly improve the already less than ideal smell of the air within the sub while it was plodding away down under. But there was nothing much that could be done about this…

That is, until some unknown German engineers designed a high pressure evacuation system. As to how this system worked, in a nutshell, the contents of the toilet were piped into an airlock of sorts. Once the offending matter found its way into said airlock, this would be sealed and subsequently pressurized, at which point a valve could be opened which would eject the fecal matter and fluids into the sea.

This all brings us to eight days into the patrol mission, on April 14, 1945.

Now, before we get into this, it should be noted that there are two versions of the story of what happened next- one version is stated by literally every single source we could find discussing this event on the interwebs, as well as repeated on the show QI and found in countless books on the subject. As for the other version, if you dig a little deeper, thanks to the good people at the Deutsches U-Boot Museum Archive, you can actually find the official account from 27 year old Captain Karl-Adolf Schlitt, who, minus a couple letters in his last name, couldn’t have been more aptly named for what was about to occur.

All this said, in both cases, the root cause of the sub’s sinking were the same- improper use of the toilet’s flushing mechanism.

That caveat out of the way, as the vessel was cruising along at around 70 meters below the surface and about eight miles from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the popular version states that Captain Schlitt had need of evacuating his bowels and so, no doubt with dignity befitting a man of his stature and rank, did his business in the toilet. That done, he was now left to try to flush the thing.

Unable to figure out the complicated contraption, Captain Schlitt called in help from the “W.C. Waste Disposal Unit Manager”- literally the only guy on board officially trained in how to flush the toilet, apparently also known among the crew as (translated), “the shit-man”.

Unfortunately for the men that would soon die as a result, for whatever reason the crewman who was supposed to know how to flush the toilet made a mistake and turned the wrong valve…

That’s the popular version to which we could not find any primary document to support it, despite it being widely parroted. As for the official version, Captain Schlitt himself claimed,

In April 1945 U-1206 was in the North Sea off Britain. On board the diesel engines were faulty. We could not charge our batteries by the snorkel any more. In order to get the diesels working again we had put down about 8-10 miles from the British coast at 70mts, unseen by British patrols… I was in the engine room, when at the front of the boat there was a water leak. What I have learned is that a mechanic had tried to repair the forward WC’s outboard vent. I would say – although I do not have any proof – that the outer vent indicator either gave false readings or none at all.

As to why said mechanic was attempting to work on the toilet’s outboard vent while deeply submerged, that’s every bit as much of a mystery as to why an engineer trained in how to properly flush the toilet would have screwed it up so badly in the Captain Schlitt pooping version of the story.

Of course, it is always possible that the good Captain made up his version of things to avoid personal embarrassment and perhaps the other version came from crew members giving a very different account, but we could not locate any crew member’s version of events to verify that.

Whichever story is true, the result in either case was the contents of the toilet, if any, and the ocean outside shooting like a jet stream into the submarine.

Things were about to get a whole lot worse.

You see, as alluded to in Captain Schlitt’s account, the U-1206 was a diesel electric sub, featuring twin Germaniawerft F46 four-stroke engines, which charged a bank of batteries which, in turn, powered two electric motors capable of producing 750 horsepower combined. The problem was that the batteries were directly below the toilet area. According to Captain Schlitt, when the water rushed in, “…the batteries were covered with seawater. Chlorine gas started to fill the boat.”

As this was all happening, Captain Schlitt ordered the vessel to be surfaced. He then states, “The engineer who was in the control room at the time managed to make the boat buoyant and surfaced, despite severe flooding.”

So here they were, diesel engines down for maintenance, batteries soaking in seawater, having taken on a significant amount of said water, chlorine gas filling the ship, and on the surface just off the coast of enemy territory.

The nightmare for Captain Schlitt was about to get worse. As he noted in his account of events, “We were then incapable of diving or moving. At this point, British planes and patrols discovered us…”

With few options available, Captain Schlitt ordered various valves on the U-1206 be opened in order for it to fill with water, after which the crew abandoned the sub, with it shortly thereafter sinking.

The crew made their way to the Scottish coast on rubber rafts, but things didn’t go well here either. Schlitt states, “In the attempt to negotiate the steep coast in heavy seas, three crew members tragically died. Several men were taken onboard a British sloop. The dead were Hans Berkhauer, Karl Koren, and Emil Kupper.”

Ultimately 10 crewmen did make it shore, but just like their surviving compatriots at sea, were promptly captured.

In the aftermath, thankfully for just about everyone, just 16 days later, on April 30, 1945, Hitler bravely, and with no regard for his own personal safety, infiltrated the Führerbunker and single handedly managed to rid the world of one of the most notorious individuals of all time by putting a bullet through his own brain. About a week after that, Germany finally surrendered.

As for what happened to Captain Schlitt after, this isn’t clear, other than he appears to have lived to the ripe old age of 90, dying on April 7, 2009.

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Bonus Facts:

  • The practice of calling the toilet the “head” was originally a maritime euphemism.  This came from the fact that, classically, the toilet on a marine vessel, or at least where everyone would relieve themselves, was at the front of the ship (the head).  This was so that water from the sea that splashed up on the front of the boat would wash the waste away. The first known documented occurrence of the term used to describe a toilet area was from 1708 by Woodes Rogers, Governor of the Bahamas, in his work “Cruising Voyage Around the World.”
  • Despite toilet paper having been around since at least the 6th century AD (initially in China), it wouldn’t be until the late 19th century when toilet paper would first be introduced in America and England and it wasn’t until the 1900s, around the same time the indoor toilet became common, that toilet paper would catch on with the masses. So what did people use for wiping before toilet paper?  This depended greatly on region, personal preference, and wealth. Rich people often used hemp, lace, or wool. The 16th century French writer Francois Rabelais, in his work Gargantua and Pantagruel, recommended using “the neck of a goose, that is well downed”.  The goose is kind of getting the crappy end of that deal. *crickets*Poor people would poop in rivers and clean off with water, rags, wood shavings, leaves, hay, rocks, sand, moss, sea weed, apple husks, seashells, ferns, and pretty much whatever else was at hand and cheap/free. For seaman, the common thing was to use old frayed anchor cables. The Inuit’s and other peoples living in frigid regions tended to go with clumps of snow to wipe with, which, other than the coldness factor, is actually one of the better options it seems compared to many other of the aforementioned methods.Going back a ways in history, we know the Ancient Roman’s favorite wiping item, including in public restrooms, was a sponge on a stick that would sit in salt water and be placed back in the salt water when done… waiting for the next person…Back to America, one extremely popular wiping item for a time was corn cobs and, later, Sears and Roebucks, Farmers Almanac, and other catalogs became popular.  The Farmers Almanac even came with a hole in it so it could be easily hung in bathrooms for just this purpose… reading and wiping material in one, and no doubt boosting their sales when said magazine needed replaced!

    Around 1857, Joseph Gayetty came up with the first commercially available toilet paper in the United States. His paper “The greatest necessity of the age!  Gayetty’s medicated paper for the water-closet” was sold in packages of flat sheets that were moistened and soaked with aloe.  Gayetty’s toilet paper sold for about 50 cents a pack ($12 today), with 500 sheets in that package. Despite its comfort and superiority at cleaning, this wasn’t terribly popular, presumably because up to this point most people got their wiping materials for free from whatever was at hand, and humans hate change and newfangled innovations.

    Around 1867, brothers Edward, Clarence, and Thomas Scott, who sold products from a push cart, started making and selling toilet paper as well.  They did a bit better than Gayetty; their original toilet paper was much cheaper as it was not coated with aloe and moistened, but was just rolls of somewhat soft paper (often with splinters).

    As the indoor flushable toilet started to become popular, so did toilet paper. This is not surprising considering there was nothing really to grab in an indoor bathroom to wipe with, unlike outdoors where nature is at your disposal.  The age old Farmers Almanac and similar such catalogs also were not well suited for this purpose because their pages tended to clog up the pipes in indoor plumbing.

    Even once it became popular, wiping with toilet paper still doesn’t appear to have been painless until surprisingly recently. The aforementioned splinter problem seems to have been somewhat common until a few decades into the 20th century. In the 1930s, this changed with such companies as Northern Tissue boasting a “splinter free” toilet tissue.

    As for today, toilet paper is still extremely popular, though wet wipes, similar to Gayetty’s, have made a major come back in recent years, much to the chagrin of sewer workers the world over.

    Much like our forebears who shunned Gayetty’s innovation, vastly superior toilet seat add-on bidet systems that take 10 minutes to install and cost only around $30, literally paying for themselves in drastic reduction of toilet paper usage relatively quickly and providing significantly better cleaning, are still largely shunned for some reason.

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- July 28, 2019 at 06:00AM - Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot - A VR spin-off with a lot of potential

Rather suitably for a game that features a hefty amount of flamethrowers, I recorded this week's episode of Ian's VR Corner on the hottest day of the year so far.

While the incredible heat of my office did compliment the nazi toasting action of Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot somewhat, I do wonder to what extent this unusually hot weather will have affected its first week of sales. As you'll be able to see in the video below, playing VR in a 40°C room is definitely not the most comfortable of experiences. I mean, who knew it was possible to sweat from your eyelids?

Cyberpilot is a spin-off of MachineGames' recent Wolfenstein titles, but you won't find yourself inhabiting the virtual shoes of any of the Blazkowicz clan. Instead you play as a nameless hacker who, thanks to some friendly resistance fighters, is able to control an assortment of nazi mechs from within the safety of a virtual cockpit.

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from July 28, 2019 at 05:07AM - Try out JRPG Oninaki before it releases with this free demo

Here's some good news for those of you intrigued by Toyko RPG Factory's upcoming endeavour, Oninaki - Square Enix has released a new free demo to let you try it before you buy it.

The studio's first foray into the action-RPG genre, Oninaki is reportedly inspired by classic 16-bit turn-based JRPGs. The demo lets you sample the opening part "of an epic tale about life, death and reincarnation", with any progress made transferrable should you like it enough to invest in the full game.

You can also try out the Battle Mode, too, where you can "enjoy thrilling combat using an upgraded character possessed by four daemons that perform different job roles".

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from July 28, 2019 at 03:45AM - Here's when raids are coming to Fallout 76

Raids are coming to Fallout 76 from 20th August, 2019.

At a QuakeCon panel yesterday (thanks, PC Gamer), Fallout 76 project lead Jeff Gardiner confirmed the four-player co-op missions will launch in Vault 94 next month, with at least one other raid slated for a different Vault expected to arrive "in the not too distant future".

Describing the inaugural raid as "very puzzle-based", Gardiner revealed each raid will have three difficulty options. As you might well expect, the higher the difficulty you play the greater the rewards, plus you'll also find yourself up against a timer, too, just to make things a little trickier. While Gardiner explicitly confirmed raids can be completed by solo players, it's likely to be a significant challenge.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

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via Tumblr July 27, 2019 at 08:52AM - Doom 64 pops up in an age-rating listing for PC and PS4

Ah, Doom 64. In the absence of a PC, my console-fuelled video game childhood was left with Doom 64. But, improbably, Doom 64 was great.

This 1997 Nintendo 64-exclusive Doom game was not a port of the original Doom, or any of the other Doom games. Nor was it meant to be the 64th Doom game (although by this point will it be?). Rather, it was a sequel developed by Midway that took place after Doom 2.

I remember Doom 64 looking fantastic to my teenage eyes, and the music was properly atmospheric. You spent a lot of time shooting demons, of course, but there was a real horror feel to the game. It felt like Doom 64 was as good as Doom could get on Nintendo's console and, as someone who hadn't played Doom before, it also felt fresh.

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via Tumblr July 26, 2019 at 12:02PM - Team Fortress 2 hat economy wrecked by crate glitch

UPDATE 7.58pm: As the shadow of hatmageddon continues to loom over Team Fortress 2's trading economy, Valve has taken early steps to prevent players from securing more rare head adornments using the game's current loot box glitch.

In a bid to prevent further Unusuals from flooding the market, Valve has now (as detailed by TF2 reddit mod wickedplayer494) disabled the display of Team Fortress 2 inventories on the Steam Community, preventing trades and listings on the Community Market. Player items can, however, still be used in-game.

Valve has yet to issue an official statement on the glitch - or indeed what, if anything, it plans to do to restore order to the TF2 trading economy - but at least the community will be impeccably attired while the whole thing sinks into the mud.

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Necrobarista delayed, but still on track for a Q3 2019 release on PC

Necrobarista delayed, but still on track for a Q3 2019 release on PC Australian visual novel Necrobarista won’t be launching in early August as was initially announced. You…

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by Rahul Shirke July 26, 2019 at 07:42AM

Global confectionery talent celebrated at the Academy of Chocolate Awards

This week saw the 2019 Academy of Chocolate Awards staged at Claridge’s in London, where a host of confectionery talent gathered eagerly to awaited the results of months worth of painstaking judging.

Confectionery Production was once again very pleased to be involved in the process, with the ‘blind tasting’ sessions offering up a complete spectrum of entrants – ranging from those that attempted some extremely complex flavours, through to some rare cocoa sources from around the world that offered up some genuine surprises in terms of their undoubted quality.

Speaking to a number of other fellow judges, my thoughts were confirmed that it was a particularly challenging task to make a final group judgement, with a number of strong contestants this year hailing from a record total of over 40 countries.

There were dozens of accolades dispensed on the night, including the winner of the coveted ‘Golden Bean’ award, which for the first time was claimed by a dark milk bar from US-based Castronovo Chocolate, with its 63% Sierra Navada offering impressing judges across the board. It was also pleasing to see plenty of interest in the ‘rising star’ awards, which also produced a range of worthy winners.

As the academy pointed out, one of its prime aims is not only to celebrate the work of emerging and established artisans, but also provide some education to the wider public on the sheer range of chocolate options that are available out there. While it remains a shame that many of these great bars won’t make it to the mass market due to the nature of the operations behind them (often being small family-owned companies), it at the very least demonstrates that the world of chocolatiers is an incredibly fascinating one, with plenty of intriguing tales behind the delivery of these products that have been lovingly crafted by their creators.

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by Katherine Skeates July 26, 2019 at 05:38AM

Come Back: Point-and-click about domestic violence out now

Come Back: Point-and-click about domestic violence out now French indie studio Team NoLan, composed of four freshly out-of-school students, has just released the…

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by Edwin H July 26, 2019 at 04:25AM July 26, 2019 at 04:05AM - New Blair Witch gameplay footage shows you can pet the dog

What could be scarier than having to protect yourself from supernatural forces of evil in a dark and foreboding forest? Having to also protect your beloved pet dog, of course. Please let the dog survive.

Thanks to new footage from Game Informer, we now have an idea how the upcoming Blair Witch game will work, and most importantly, the bonding techniques you can use to become best buddies with your canine companion.

As revealed in the initial E3 teaser, the game is set in 1996, where the player takes on the role of ex-policeman Ellis to search for a missing kid. The new footage shows Ellis venturing through the forest, where he instructs his dog Bullet to sniff and track scents. You'll also be able to send Bullet to retrieve items from small spaces, and alert you to monsters when they inevitably approach.

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from July 26, 2019 at 03:19AM - Discord now has folders

Discord has done what certain consoles have not - it's only gone and added folders!

Yes, you can now shuffle away and organise your various Discord servers into neatly organised collections. You can name these folders, and you can also give them a coloured background. Truly, we are now living in the future.

Folders have been a highly-requested feature for the gaming chat service for a very long time, and their addition today has been warmly received by fans. Now you have a way of hiding all those servers you're still a member of but it would be too awkward to leave.

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from July 26, 2019 at 03:13AM - Epic Games Store starting to support cloud saves

Epic is finally beginning to introduce a feature we've been expecting for a while - cloud saves.

A player spotted the new function in the setting pages for recent Epic Store freebie, Moonlighter, and Epic boss Tim Sweeney confirmed the feature is enabled right now for a select few new games.

Reddit user u/arctyczyn also noted This War of Mine (which went up on the store for free at the same time as Moonlighter) currently supports cloud saves too. Sweeney noted Epic has "a bit more work to do before rolling it out more widely".

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Rebel Chocolate introduces plant-based bar

Glasgow-based chocolate maker, Rebel Chocolate, has introduced its new 100% plant-based, high-protein peanut chocolate.

Following its launches of “healthier” milk and white chocolate Rebel Chocolate has now produced a new 100% plant-based offering.

Using single origin cocoa from Colombia to ensure a massive cocoa hit, Rebel Chocolate has blended three base ingredients (cocoa, peanuts and unrefined coconut sugar) to produce a 70% dark chocolate containing 20% protein and 22% sugar.

Neil Robson, co-founder and chocolate maker said: “This chocolate is quickly gaining fame – everyone loves it! My favourite review so far has been ‘Born in Colombia and crafted to perfection in Glasgow – plant-based, dairy-free and packed with protein, it defies the received wisdom that healthiness comes at a cost to chocoholic pleasure.’ If you love peanuts, and love chocolate, then this bar is a must for you to try.”

The new chocolate is available in 30g and 90g bars from Rebel Chocolate’s website as well as through selected Rebel Chocolate stockists.

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by Katherine Skeates July 26, 2019 at 03:36AM

Nestlé adds Rowntree’s Randoms Juicers to brand

Nestlé has welcomed a new addition, Rowntree’s Randoms Juicers, to its popular Rowntree’s Randoms brand.

Available in a sharing bag,  Randoms Juicers are full of soft jammy liquid centres, while maintaining the famous Randoms variety. They contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives

Rowntree’s brand manager Meg Miller said: “This one is for the Rowntree’s Randoms superfans. They told us, we’ve listened and we’ve given them a whole sharing bag of Juicers to enjoy with friends and family. Our Randoms Juicers come in two flavours, each soft fruity is filled with a jammy liquid centre come in and loads of fun shapes.”

The new sharing bag of Juicers join the existing line up of Squish’ems, Foamies and Sours, which joined the Rowntree’s Randoms family earlier this year.

Rowntree’s Randoms Juicers Sharing Bag 140g are currently available from ASDA.

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by Katherine Skeates July 26, 2019 at 03:27AM

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via Tumblr July 25, 2019 at 07:00AM - Fire Emblem: Three Houses review - a tactical masterclass

Excuse the well-worn cliché, but Fire Emblem: Three Houses really is a game of two halves. On the one hand, it's almost a dating sim - indeed, it might be one of the most lavish examples yet, fully voiced in either Japanese or English depending on your tastes, rich with romance options and side-stories to explore as you sprint around the halls of the Garegg Mach Monastery keeping tabs on the students under your tuition (yes, there's also the slightly icky premise of being a teacher romancing your students, but Three Houses makes a point early on of how young a professor you are, and how mature your students, on the cusp of graduation, are - so it's all totally fine).

On the other, though, it's a tightly engineered, staggeringly deep turn-based tactical game, serving up a smart evolution of the formula that Intelligent Systems has been developing for nearly 30 years now. Maybe that's a formula you're not familiar with, and if that's the case then imagine it something like this: it's Advance Wars, that other Intelligent Systems' turn-based series, but here your MD tank is a living, breathing thing that you can talk to and level up. Oh, and also you're trying to make your tanks rut so that at some point they might make small baby tanks that will inherit attributes from both parents.

And really, who doesn't want to play that? There were plenty that didn't. Famously, 2012's Fire Emblem Awakening was originally imagined as the last of a series that was seen internally as on its last legs, though that 3DS title was met with huge success, even if it wasn't an unequivocal hit with the fans as it introduced some more colourful excesses and leaned in on the anime influence, to the disappointment of those raised on the more grounded originals. Those excesses were only amplified in the follow-up, 2015's Fates, and while they're reined in for Three Houses - thanks in part to the character art of series debutant and otome veteran Chinatsu Kurahana - traditionalists should be warned that, rather than providing a departure from the path that Awakening set the series on, this is a logical extension of it.

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from July 25, 2019 at 06:48AM - Today's Rage 2 update will introduce New Game Plus

Rage 2 had a lacklustre start to life but the efforts to improve it continue. Today's update introduces three new ways to play the game - New Game Plus, Ironman mode, and an ultra nightmare difficulty - as well as fixes and quality of life improvements.

Players who found the tutorials and intro dialogue cringeworthy (as I did) will now be able to skip them, and the addition of a flashlight to the game is welcome. Other improvements include bug fixes, pop-ups no longer pausing the game, and a camera deadzone slider.

There'll also be a new voice pack, undoubtedly to tie in with the release of the new Wolfenstein game, as it will feature the voice of B.J. Blazkowicz.

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Grenade brings back festive gingerbread bar

Grenade has relaunched its Carb Killa Gingerbread protein bar for Christmas following its success last year when it sold out.

Gingerbread was the fastest selling Carb Killa SKU in 2018, accounting for an enormous 40% of the brand’s Christmas sales.

The sweet and lightly spiced festive bar, contains all the Christmas-inspired ingredients from ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice to white chocolate drizzle and cloves. Containing less than 220 calories per bar, it’s packed with 22g of high-quality whey protein and just 1.6g of sugar.

Grenade’s CEO and founder, Alan Barratt, said: “After popular demand last year, we feel it’s only right to bring back the Christmassy Gingerbread Carb Killa protein bar flavour. We pride ourselves in offering consumers with great tasting, high-quality, innovative snacks – and the festive period is no exception.

For people who are actively trying to be more health conscious during the festive season, it can be a very tempting time for snacking – the Grenade Gingerbread Carb Killa Bar lets people indulge 100% guilt-free.”

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by Katherine Skeates July 25, 2019 at 07:31AM July 25, 2019 at 03:46AM - Amazon is finally retiring Prime Video from the Wii U

As of the 26th September, Wii U owners will no longer be able to access Amazon Prime Video from their devices. It had to happen sometime!

Prime Video users have been receiving emails informing them of the bad news, and offering $25 credit towards buying certain Fire TV device to help cushion the blow.

"We are continually upgrading our service and this occasionally means we can no longer support certain device models," the email states.

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from July 25, 2019 at 02:28AM - Disney-themed Nintendo Switch design coming to Japan

Disney Tsum Tsum Festival releases on 10th October in Japan, and Nintendo has announced a special Switch bundle to go along with it.

Nintendo Japan's site says the bundle will include the new Switch model with longer battery life, the Disney Tsum Tsum Festival game (and DLC), as well as some delightful pink and purple Joy-cons and a Tsum Tsum-patterned dock.

If, like me, you completely forgot Disney Tsum Tsum Festival was a game that existed, you can check out the trailer below from its announcement at the February Nintendo Direct.

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