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This includes a Nintendo Switch Hard Pouch (Black), Nintendo Switch Game Card Case (Clear), Nintendo Switch Analog Stick Caps (Super Mario) and a Nintendo Switch Protective Screen Filter.

Nintendo Switch transformed into Linux tablet by hackers

The Nintendo Switch is a super successful video game console featuring an incredibly diverse line-up of world class video games, but you know what it was really missing? Linux. But worry not!

Fail0verflow is a squad dedicated to hacking games consoles and they’ve just released video footage of their most recent project: transforming the Nintendo Switch in to a Linux tablet. Here’s what it looks like in motion.

Incredibly, fail0verflow has managed to implement touchscreen and web browser support, which is interesting since the Nintendo Switch doesn’t actually have a consumer facing web browser. Fail0verflow posted a screenshot of the Linux hack in action on February 7, but this is the first video footage the team has released.

It looks nice!

U.S. Copyright Office considering exemption for abandoned online games

The U.S. Copyright Office is considering a rule change that would loosen the restrictions governing emulations and reproductions of abandoned online games. The argument is based on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1996, which is a law meant to curtail the theft and piracy of intellectual properties such as video games and other software.

Currently, the U.S. Copyright Office grants an exception to various museums, archives, and libraries regarding abandoned games that are no longer publicly available. New exemptions to the DMCA are considered every three years by the U.S.

Copyright Office. Last year, several organizations, including the non-profit Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, filed a request that the U.S. Copyright Office broaden their exceptions to include online games that have been shut down by their publishers.

These would include MMORPGs such as Star Wars Galaxies and City of Heroes. Both of those game still have passionate fanbases, but they are no longer playable due to the fact that the servers shut down several years ago. The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment is requesting that exemptions be extended to online games. “Although the Current Exemption does not cover it, preservation of online video games is now critical,” the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment wrote. “Online games have become ubiquitous and are only growing in popularity.

For example, an estimated fifty-three percent of gamers play multiplayer games at least once a week, and spend, on average, six hours a week playing with others online.” Arguments regarding this exemption expansion were made during the previous review period, but the Copyright Office argued that many multiplayer games survived via local multiplayer. However, the vast majority of MMO games require a connection to a server and were never built with any form of local multiplayer in mind.

For these reasons, the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment is asking the U.S. Copyright Office to allow archivists to operate servers for these abandoned games so that players may experience them as the developers intended. The Entertainment Software Association which represents major players in the video game industry such as Electronic Arts, Nintendo, and others, has come out in opposition to this request.

The ESA argues that extending the DMCA exemptions to online games would be a step too far. “The proponents characterize these as ‘slight modifications’ to the existing exemption,” the ESA wrote. “However they are nothing of the sort. The proponents request permission to engage in forms of circumvention that will enable the complete recreation of a hosted video game-service environment and make the video game available for play by a public audience.”

The ESA further argues that allowing the hosting of servers would allow gamers to fully play these games for free which could be seen as a form of competition with their existing titles. The ESA notes that the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment charges an admission fee which the ESA argues amounts to a commercial enterprise even if the Museum is a non-profit. The U.S.

Copyright Office has yet to make a decision but will review all relevant comments before doing so.

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Rumbling Nintendo Switch controller tipped man off about tumor in his hand

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Like many excited gamers, a programmer from Australia named Chris bought the Nintendo Switch at launch to experience The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. After exploring Hyrule for a number of months, Chris started to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. That’s when he started to feel a strange pain.

Remarkably, it seems like the Switch’s HD Rumble feature pointed out a growing tumor in Chris’ hand, according to Kotaku, which did not use Chris’ last name in its story. As chronicled on Reddit, every time Chris played Mario Kart, he felt a sharp pain radiating from his right palm to his index finger. The pain intensified whenever he picked up the yellow coins littered throughout each track.

Snagging a coin is one of the various events that causes the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers to rumble. Normally a PC gamer, Chris stopped playing the Switch because of the nagging pain and went back to gaming with an Xbox One controller. The pain subsided and so did his worries.

Out of sight, out of mind, as they say. After a few months, though, a bruise surfaced on his palm where the pain had been. “Around that time, a few friends pitched in and bought one of our friends a Switch and a few games.

I noticed as soon as we played our first race that the pain was a lot worse than it used to be, and it wasn’t really something I could ignore anymore,” Chris said. He made a doctor’s appointment and was told that something was indeed going on with his hand. “That was perhaps six months ago, now I’ve got a nice lump sticking out of my palm and everything I do with the hand hurts, but thankfully I’m due for surgery sometime in the next month.

So, thanks to the Switch’s HD Rumble I managed to spot a tumor months earlier than I would have otherwise!” he said. Unlike other game controllers, the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers use a more precise form of feedback through their HD Rumble technology. Vibrations from Joy-Cons can be abrupt, powerful, and oriented to a specific location.

Chris did not experience any pain from using an Xbox One controller, which also has a rumble feature.

Thankfully, Chris says that doctors informed him the chances of the anomaly being cancerous are low.

Based on an MRI, doctors think it could be either a giant cell tumor or vascular malformation.

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See how Nintendo Labo works in three new cardboard-filled trailers

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Nintendo Labo is one of Nintendo’s most innovative ideas in years, combining cardboard models with its Switch system to create new interactive experiences. It isn’t out until April but if your kids (you) can’t wait to see the various sets in action, Nintendo has released three new trailers showing of several cardboard gadgets. In the first “overview” trailer, which you can view at the top of this post, we see everything you’ll receive when you purchase a Nintendo Labo set.

Along with cardboard sheets containing the components, you’ll receive additional pieces of string and rubber bands, among other small parts, as well as the Nintendo Switch game card. You’ll use the game software to guide yourself through the process, which includes building the cardboard SB© toys and then slotting in various Nintendo Switch hardware pieces. The video gives us a great look at the “SB© toy-Con” creations, including the fishing rod, motorbike, piano, and RC cars, as well as the software tools you can use to learn just how they all work.

By using the “SB© toy-Con Garage” mode, you can even create your own inventions like a tank, guitar, or piggy bank.

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The second trailer shows off the SB© toy-Con Variety Kit. We see how the HD Rumble of the Joy-Con controllers move the legs of the car and allow it to get around the floor, and how the Joy-Con camera allows it to see where it’s going. With the fishing rod, you can even view your catches in “aquarium mode” by using the SB© toy-Con piano.

The piano has to be our favorite, as you can even shake it back and forth while playing a note for vibrato.

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The final trailer is all about the full-body SB© toy-Con Robot Kit. Here, we see how spreading your arms will turn your walking robot into a flying death machine, and how crouching will transform it into a tank. Holding a cartoon “victory” pose will even make your robot gigantic.

You can even adjust the robot’s look by inserting cardboard “tools” into the included backpack, and in “Robo-Studio” mode, you can walk around as a robot without even needing a television.

The Nintendo Labo Variety and Robot kits release on April 20.

Both require the Nintendo Switch.

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