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Daigasso! Band Brothers P ending music submissions

- impacts both Daigasso! Band Brothers P and the free ‘Debut’ version
- music submission and review process set to end
- no longer active after March 21st, 2017
- other online services for the game will remain intact

Creating photorealistic images with neural networks and a Gameboy Camera

Back in 1998, the Gameboy camera got the world record as “smallest digital camera” in the Guinness book of records. An accessory you could buy was the small printer you could use to print your images. When I was 10 years old we had one of these cameras at home and used it a lot. Although we did not have the printer, taking pictures, editing them, and playing minigames was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I could not find my old camera (no colored young Roland pictures, unfortunately), but I did buy a new one so I could test my application.

In the end the result turned out very good. The generated images are really great. Although we trained on a small part of the face even pictures of whole heads seem to turn out nice. The following images are images the network has never seen before. The image in the center is the “real image”, the image on the right is generated by our neural network. Note that even skincolor is accurate most of the times.

Full experiment here (thanks MarioCheated!)

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - latest Japanese commercial

Thanks to Nintyrift for the heads up!

Tequila Works discusses length of RiME

A portion of a WCCFTech interview with Tequila Works...

WCC: How long do you think it will take to complete the game? Does it lend itself to replayability?

TW: The duration of the game will largely depend on each player’s play style and how he or she would like to immerse into the exploration of the island and unlocking all the secrets it keeps. If if you really want to take your time and collect all the secrets, you might well end up in the 8-10 hours range , but it could take a couple hours fewer or a couple hours more. As for replayability, the story of RiME has a very well defined ending, which everybody will experience when they finish the game, but there is a good chance players might miss several secrets and collectibles in their first playthrough, and those items are not there as mere cosmetic additions or to artificially increase the time you spend in the game, but they offer deeper understanding about the story. We expect a good deal of players will revisit the island in order to get the whole picture!

North America - Placards hitting Wii U eShop this week

“GAME DETAILS

Placards is a unique single-player puzzle experience that requires players to think both visually and strategically. Rearrange pixels on the screen by rotating or swapping to solve Placard puzzles. That Placard too big to solve in one go? Solve a piece at a time to get closer to that final Placard picture. From simple shapes to space ships to a fire breathing dragon, there are over 100 puzzles to keep you occupied for hours. So grab that cup of coffee, sit down on that comfy couch, and solve a few Placards today.

Single player play.
Rotate and swap pixels to solve Placard puzzles.
Zoom to compare your Placard puzzle against the final picture.
Progress saved automatically as you play (exit a Placard puzzle and come back later).
Try to solve each Placard puzzle in as few moves as possible.
176 Placard puzzles at launch (across 4 books or themes).
Includes several large, multi-piece puzzles.
Color Blind Mode (optimizes puzzle colors for colorblindness).
Relax Mode (turns on ambient background sound).”

Pokemon GO surges on iOS App Store/Google Play after Johto update

- No. 1 grossing iPhone game in the United States
- No. 3 grossing app on Google Play, behind Game of War and Mobile Strike
- Pokémon GO hadn’t been No. 1 in the U.S. since January 4th
- it got as high as No. 8 during the Valentine’s event
- it's No. 1 in Great Britain, Denmark, Ecuador, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, and Slovakia
- in Japan, it's ranked No. 8 in terms of revenue