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Tournament Battle is Capcom’s gift to Nintendo Switch Street Fighter fans

  • Capcom is adding one slightly rare chapter of the Street Fighter series to the 30th Anniversary Collection, Super Street Fighter II : The New Challengers – Tournament Battle … and it’s a Nintendo Switch exclusive.
  • On paper, it sounds like a fantastic idea: An arcade operator can link up four arcade machines running a special version of Super Street Fighter II : The New Challengers, which features a tournament mode.
  • And seeing that Tournament Battle is going to be accessible to everyone (with a Nintendo Switch) is so much better than seeing the game remain buried as a weird foot note, where only the most dedicated arcade hardware collectors are able to experience it.
  • We’ll all be able to try Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers — The Tournament Battle, on the Nintendo Switch, when Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection launches in May.

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Sharkmob is the new studio from ex-Division and Hitman devs

  • Sharkmob is the latest indie studio to spring forth from the deep talent pool of triple-A developers.
  • Its founders have racked up more than a decade each at Ubisoft Massive, working on the likes of Tom Clancy’s The Division and IO Interactive’s Hitman.
  • Today the new studio announced that it’s working on a multiplayer game that will debut on PC and likely Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well.
  • However, Sharkmob CEO Fredrik Rundqvist has revealed that the team has licensed intellectual property (IP) that he’s calling a “cult classic.” The plan is to turn it into a franchise, complete with content updates and live services once it’s launched.
  • Individually, the team members have also worked on Ubisoft games such as Far Cry 3, World in Conflict, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.
  • The senior team is reprising their roles from The Division at the new studio, which it founded in 2017.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR hits Steam’s top 10 in less than a day

  • Less than 24 hours after Bethesda confirmed March 14 that the VR version of its beloved role-playing game was coming to PC-based headsets, the Steam listing for the game has reached the No. 9 spot on Steam’s Top Sellers list (at the time of writing).
  • If you add in VR filters than it’s at the very top of the list followed by Subnautica, which comes in #19 on the main list.
  • Of course, people are simply pre-ordering Skyrim VR right now, as the full game doesn’t arrive until April 3, but it’s still a very encouraging sign.
  • Still, we’re not exactly surprised; the game has been a consistent seller on Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset, too.
  • Skyrim VR first released on PSVR late last year and we absolutely loved it.
  • It comes to PC headsets with all of its previously-released DLC and support for hand controllers.

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Datavized uses WebVR to map information across devices

  • Datavized is a VR startup with a data visualization platform designed to display across all devices using WebVR.
  • Right now Datavized needs geographically-coded data to represent on a globe that it displays across all devices, with a drag and drop tool to turn spreadsheets into interactive 3D maps.
  • The software can still accept spreadsheets without geo data but it isn’t shown the same way across all devices right now.
  • Datavized joins Virtualitics in trying to figure out how to use VR to present data in ways that help people find insights more quickly and easily.
  • Virtualitics is focusing on very large data sets for enterprises mainly, while Datavized is focusing on WebVR to make the data universally accessible.
  • Datavized will be at the Data for Development Festival in England on March 21 showing its service, but if you want Beta Access you can request it right now at

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 is releasing in the U.S. on August 28

  • Sega announced today that Yakuza Kiwami 2 is coming out for the PlayStation 4 in the U.S. on August 28.
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a remake of Yakuza 2, which released for the PlayStation 2 in 2006.
  • Kiwami 2 follows 2016’s Yakuza Kiwami, which was a remake of the first Yakuza.
  • Kiwami 2 came out in Japan in December 2017.
  • The remake will feature new graphics and a new translation.
  • The latest entry in the series, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, is coming out for the PlayStation 4 on April 17.

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9 traits of successful programmers that kids can develop now

  • In fact, some of the best development teams I’ve worked on included people with degrees in subjects as diverse as music, philosophy, finance, and linguistics.
  • While there are lots of ways to foster focus in kids, I encourage parents to go the route of giving their child unstructured time to dive deep into whatever they enjoy doing.
  • Kids whose parents set an example by admitting what they don’t know (and inviting their child to come along and find the answer) have a leg up when it comes to developing a growth mindset.
  • The upshot is that, whether a developer is speaking at a conference, pitching VCs for funding, interviewing for a job, or trying to get their team aligned on an idea, being able to tell a good story lets them connect with others in a more meaningful and human way.

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Don’t believe the hype about AI in business

  • To borrow a punch line from Duke professor Dan Ariely, artificial intelligence is like teenage sex: “Everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it.” Even though AI systems can now learn a game and beat champions within hours, they are hard to apply to business applications.
  • To put it simply, you tell an AI exactly what you want it to learn and provide it with clearly labelled examples, and it analyzes the patterns in those data and stores them for future application.
  • According to Wired, by bringing all of its development teams together and making machine learning a corporate focus, Amazon is solving a problem many companies have: disconnected islands of data.

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4 new Google Assistant features you should try

  • Scheduled or customized commands to carry out multiple tasks were extended to Alexa users in the fall, and with the Routines feature introduced this week, Google Assistant users got the ability to do the same.
  • It’s downright transformative to be able to say “Hey Google, turn up the temperature 5 degrees, shut blinds, resume my podcast, and send me ideas for dinner.” Chances are you don’t always need this sort of feature, but it increases how you can rely on an assistant to quickly get things done.
  • Using business card scans with Lens in Google Assistant on Android is really easy to do, and like the Now Playing feature for automatic song identification, feels like something that should have been an option all along.
  • A photo of business cards scanned by Lens are saved in the My Activity area of Google Assistant that let’s you see your past query or search history.

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Europe needs to halt its startup brain drain to the U.S.

  • The startup community in Europe is well accustomed to the limitations of its local investment community, which, although growing steadily, can never quite match that of Silicon Valley.
  • In fact, for founders of startups in especially dicey emerging sectors like VR/AR, Europe’s risk-averse investment culture makes it exceedingly difficult to survive, let alone thrive, without seeking investment from the U.S. Yet raising capital from U.S.-based venture funds is often tantamount to becoming “Americanized,” since any deal you strike will invariably entail the mandatory condition that you incorporate as a Delaware-based entity, a move that uproots your startup by rendering your EU-based entity a subsidiary.
  • Also, some U.S.-based venture funds have shown a willingness to stretch beyond the standard Silicon Valley model by being much more flexible in their approach to investing in foreign startups.

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Qualcomm struggles to close NXP acquisition despite sweetened offer and end of Broadcom drama

  • Today, Qualcomm announced that it had extended the period for its latest offer to acquire NXP by another week to March 23.
  • Broadcom didn’t want NXP, and cinching the deal was seen as a way for Qualcomm to block the hostile takeover effort.
  • In the latest press release today, Qualcomm said that as of Thursday, 56,605,079 NXP shares had been “tendered,” meaning that about 16.5 percent of the shares had agreed to accept the deal.
  • A week ago, Qualcomm said that number was 65,276,925 NXP shares, or 19 percent.
  • With Qualcomm losing numbers, it could face a situation in which it either has to pay significantly more or drop the bid entirely.
  • But the problems closing the deal are just the latest indication of trouble for a company that has seen revenues drop for three straight years and is facing some significant legal disputes.

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