This free Xbox adapter will let gamers with disabilities turn their power wheelchairs into a controller
Other / 2. 2. 2020

Charity organization AbleGamers has partnered with the tech-creators at ATmakers to develop an Xbox adapter that turns power wheelchairs into game controllers. Currently available for free from AbleGamers, The Freedom Wing Adapter is a new add-on for the existing Xbox Adaptive Controller which expands on the playability of Xbox games for gamers with disabilities. First proposed by AbleGamers COO Steve Spohn, this third-party add-on connects the Xbox Adaptive Controller to a wheelchair via a 9-pin port, turning the joystick which controls a power wheelchair into a gaming controller. “The Freedom Wing Adapter came about as a collaboration with a wonderful man named Bill Binko, founder of AT Makers, at an assistive technology fair here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” Spohn tells VG247. “The Pittsburgh Penguins had encouraged me to do a talk about gaming and how technology interfaces with people’s lives in the disability community. So, I went to do the talk and while I was there I saw someone had an XAC (Xbox adaptive controller) set up and talking to a group of people about gaming with a disability. I went to investigate and Bill immediately recognized me as one of the beginning stage consultants on the project. We got to…

Steam has set a record after hitting its highest player-count ever
Other / 2. 2. 2020

Steam has just broken its own record for number of concurrent users this Sunday. The PC gaming platform experienced a peak of 18,801,944 players at around 6:20am PST, according to SteamDB, breaking its previously record of 18,537,490 set on January 14, 2018. .@Steam has broken its record for most concurrently online users that was held for two years. Previous record was 18,537,490 users. It’s still increasing! But there’s about 1 million less players actually in-game (≈5.8mil vs ≈7mil two years ago).https://t.co/D6WDHbz0B4 — Steam Database (@SteamDB) February 2, 2020 Strangely though, of all those millions of Steam users online today there were actually fewer players in-game than there were last January. Today’s peak saw 5,956,978 players in-game, compared to statistics from January 2018 showing more than seven million users in-game. “Steam has broken its record for most concurrently online users that was held for two years. Previous record was 18,537,490 users. It’s still increasing!” SteamDB tweeted out today. “But there’s about 1 million less players actually in-game (≈5.8mil vs ≈7mil two years ago).” So what’s the reason for the uptick in concurrent users? That isn’t exactly clear, but it has been a long time coming. In April, Steam officially hit one…

The guy who leaked the Switch before its launch pleads guilty to hacking Nintendo
Other / 2. 2. 2020

Ryan Hernandez has pleaded guilty to federal crimes relating to a Nintendo hacking scheme that resulted in the leaking of pre-release info about the Switch. California-based Ryan Hernandez, 21, along with an associate phished a Nintendo employee in 2016 in an attempt to steal confidential information from the company, according to the US Department of Justice. In 2017, the FBI contacted Hernandez and his parents to warn him of the consequences of future hacking. But between June 2018 and June 2019, Hernandez continued to break into multiple Nintendo servers and illegally accessed corporate information. Hernandez would go on to boast of his successes on Twitter, Discord, and his personal chat forum “Ryan’s Underground Hangout” where he discussed confidential information found through hacking Nintendo, as well as sharing vulnerabilities in Nintendo’s network. As a result, the FBI raided Hernandez’s home in June 2019 and found “thousands of confidential Nintendo files.” He was additionally charged with possession of child pornography. Hernandez has agreed to pay $259,323 in restitution to Nintendo as part of his plea agreement, according to the DOJ. His full sentence is yet to be determined; however, he faces up to five years in prison for hacking and up to…

Steam just hit a record-breaking 18.8m concurrent users
Other / 2. 2. 2020

Steam just broke its own record for concurrent users, hitting – and then surpassing – its prior record of 18,537,490 users earlier today. According to SteamDB (thanks, PCGN), the number of concurrent Steam users peaked at 18,801,944 players a little before 2.30pm UK time today – 2.20pm to be precise – smashing the record it set back in January 2018. As SteamDB points out, however, what’s interesting is that while we’re seeing record numbers of concurrent Steam users, that’s not reflected in the in-game figures. Read more

Are you an economist or psychologist? Valve would like to work with you
Other / 2. 2. 2020

If you’ve always wanted to work for a game developer but don’t have the artistry or technical skills to become a designer, I have good news: Valve is looking to fill a range of new positions, and not all of them require a design portfolio. As reported by The Loadout, Valve is advertising a number of vacancies, including a handful of positions you might not expect, including an in-house economist, a psychologist, and a statistician. The detailed ads and person specifications offer a rare insight into Valve and its current priorities, not just in game design but in other aspects of its business, too, from human resources to data analysis. Read more

A new Silent Hill movie is in the works
Other / 2. 2. 2020

The original director of 2006’s Silent Hill film is developing two new horror game-to-film projects for the big screen. Director Christopher Gans is working on a new addition to the Silent Hill franchise, he revealed to the online publication Allocine. The upcoming fim will focus once more on a cult in a small American town ravaged by puritanism. Also in the works is a film adaptation of Project Zero – better known in North America under the title Fatal Frame – which, like the original game, will take place in Japan, according to Gans. “I have two horror film projects with [producer] Victor Hadida,” the director told the French-language film news site. “I am working on the adaptation of the video game Project Zero. The film will take place in Japan. I especially don’t want to uproot the game from its Japanese haunted house steeting. And we’re also working on a new Silent Hill.” News of the new horror films comes just days after a leak suggesting two new Silent Hill games are in development from Konami. As we reported at the time, one of the games will be a soft reboot of the Silent Hill franchise while the other…

This engineer turned a running machine into a PS4 controller to create a “walking simulator walking simulator”
Other / 2. 2. 2020

An engineer has turned a broken treadmill into a PlayStation 4 controller to enable him to keep his new year’s resolution of exercising more whilst still getting his fix of Death Stranding. In a video called “Turning a Treadmill Into a PS4 Controller So I Exercise”, electrical engineer Allen Pan – who assures us they have not been sponsored by Kojima and co. to undertake this experiment – takes us through the science of modifying a third-party PlayStation 4 controller and hooking it up to a borked running machine. It’s pretty involved, so I’m not even going to pretend to know what it all means, but eventually Pan successfully wires the two machines so that when he starts moving on the treadmill, Reedus’ character in Death Stranding, Sam, moves, too (thanks, VG24/7). Read more