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Fallout 4 companions are apparently immortal, including Dogmeat

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The post-apocalyptic wastelands of Boston are a very unwelcoming place, but luckily in Fallout 4 you won’t have to roam them all by yourself. Bethesda is bringing back a number of beloved companions and throwing some new ones in the mix as well. As you may have already seen in the debut trailer, one of your companions will be a German Shepard, but this is no ordinary dog mind you. Bethesda confirmed that Dogmeat is making a comeback in Fallout 4 and that the German Shepard we’ve seen in the trailer is, in fact, him.

If you’ve played any of the previous games then I’m sure you’re already familiar with the canine companion. If you haven’t played any previous Fallout games, first off shame on you, and secondly, just know that Dogmeat has been around ever since the original 1997 title and is seen by many as the most popular companion in the series. That said, the Dogmeat we saw in Fallout 3 was actually not the same as the one from the first two titles. Likewise, Fallout 4 is introducing a brand incarnation of Dogmeat and this time around, the people over at Bethesda decided to make him immortal.

In addition to Dogmeat, gamers will also be able to choose among a number of other companions that include both human and non-human NPCs. We don’t have a complete list of companions just yet, but Bethesda did mention that Mister Handy, Piper and Preston Garvey will be three of them. The company also revealed that Fallout 4 is all about love and that players can pursue romantic relationships with any human companions regardless of gender. So, same-sex relationships for Fallout 4 confirmed? Sure seems like it.

As for Dogmeat, you won’t be able to romance (I think) the animal, but if you want to learn more about this timeless companion you can check out the new Fallout 4 behind the scenes video below. Whereas in Fallout 3 Dogmeat was inspired by Max Rockatansky’s Blue Heeler from Mad Max 2, for the sequel Bethesda looked at Lead Level Designer Joel Burgess’ German Shepherd, River, as a source of inspiration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=1&v=NgY5kTWxDuI

Fallout 4 comes out on November 10th for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. If you still haven’t bought the game, check out this article and find out how to pre-order both the base game and the Season Pass for less than it will cost at launch.

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

https://x.com/theflow0/status/1759627938910089575?s=20

As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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