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Nintendo Switch hacked, exploit is unpatchable

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Nintendo Switch hacked, exploit is unpatchable

The Nintendo Switch has been hacked, opening it up to pirate software and online cheats.

As Digital Foundry reports, two similar hardware-based exploits that use a bug in the system’s Nvidia Tegra X1 processor have been revealed by veteran console hackers fail0verflow.

Because the exploits are hardware-based, Nintendo and chip maker Nvidia are both unable to patch them out.

Right now, that means that a full, touch-enabled version of Linux with 3D acceleration support is now available for the Switch, and that homebrew code execution is possible.

In the near future, Nintendo will likely do battle with pirates via system updates, hoping to make it as difficult as possible to cheat its popular hybrid.

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Battle royale title H1Z1 is coming to PS4 next month

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Battle royale title H1Z1 is coming to PS4 next month

Battle royale title H1Z1 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a free-to-play title next month, Daybreak Games announced today.

That's good news for battle royale fans on Sony's console who aren't into Fortnite's 'build and shoot' gameplay loop.

The game’s PlayStation 4 open beta (read as: launch) kicks off on May 22.

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Team Yeah Nah inks its ticket to Splatoon 2 World Champs

Team Yeah Nah inks its ticket to Splatoon 2 World Champs

Team Yeah Nah decisively won the ANZ Splatoon 2 Cup grand finale at Supanova Melbourne this past weekend.

Yeah Nah dismantled part-Kiwi team ScarthAce 5-0 in the final, handing the latter its second consecutive grand final defeat.

Despite the score, the final was closely contested, with the first game decided by just 0.2%.

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Battle royale game Darwin Project goes F2P just six weeks after launch

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Battle royale game Darwin Project goes F2P just six weeks after launch

Battle royale title Darwin Project has gone free-to-play on PC, just six weeks after it released.

It will do the same on Xbox One after an update this week.

Darwin Project launched into Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview on March 9, hoping to distinguish itself in the popular genre by placing an emphasis on tracking, and by allowing viewers to participate in games.

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Quantic Dream sues media over toxic workplace stories

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Quantic Dream sues media over toxic workplace stories

Quantic Dream is suing a pair of French media outlets that reported on working conditions at the studio.

Kotaku has learned that French newspaper Le Monde and website Mediapart are being sued by the Detroit: Become Human developer in what is believed to be the first incident of a video game studio taking legal action against the press for negative reporting.

In January, former employees of Quantic Dream claimed that inappropriate behaviour, sexism, and homophobia are all commonplace at the studio.

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Australian High Court orders Valve to pay AU$3m over misleading refund policy

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Australian High Court orders Valve to pay AU$3m over misleading refund policy

Valve has lost an appeal filed in The High Court of Australia, and must now pay an AU$3 million penalty for breaching Australian Consumer Law.

The Australia Competition and Consumer Commission commenced legal action against Valve in August 2014, contending that Steam’s refund policy was in breach of Australian law.

At the time, Valve did not offer refunds for games at all. It now offers refunds on games played for fewer than two hours, with some caveats.

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Universal is working on a new Doom film

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Universal is working on a new Doom film

An actress has let slip that a new Doom film is in the works at Universal.

Last week, actress/singer Nina Bergman tweeted that she has signed up for the flick, and that the film's director is guy who is "an actors director, not scared of taking chances, thinks outside the box, writes crazy cool female characters and dialog".

Of course, there has already been one Doom film this millennium, a dismal effort starring Kiwi legend Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, and some dude called Dwayne Johnson.

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Housemarque teases "high flying and heavy hitting" multiplayer title Stormdivers

Housemarque teases "high flying and heavy hitting" multiplayer title Stormdivers

Nex Machina studio Housemarque is teasing a “high flying and heavy hitting” multiplayer title that will be its first games-as-service effort.

The Finish studio has been working on Stormdivers for two years, and says that with the game and another unannounced triple-A title, it is entering a new era.

There isn't a ton of info out about Stormdivers just yet, but when Eurogamer suggested it might be a a battle royale game, Housemarque head of publishing Mikael Haveri replied, "That's a very good assumption."

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Aussie adventure Moonquest hits Early Access soon

Aussie adventure Moonquest hits Early Access soon

The Australian procedurally-generated adventure game formerly known as Moonman will launch onto Steam Early Access in June.

Moonman has been retitled MoonQuest to reflect its now-expansive cast of playable characters, which include Moonman, a human, a spaceman, a knight, and a moss-elemental. Each character plays slightly differently and starts with different gear.

The game promises a rich procedurally-generated world to explore, and has mechanics similar to games like Minecraft, Terraria, Starbound, and Crea.

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