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Miriam Shows off Her Fashion Sense in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Update Video

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The last time Koji Igarashi posted an update video for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a lot of viewers noticed that the “Beast Beret” placed a fur hat on the character model of the game’s protagonist, Miriam. Now, Igarashi has confirmed in the latest video and Kickstarter update that the game will include numerous cosmetic options for Miriam, not just hats.

The video, dubbed the “Miriam Fashion Show,” demonstrates how radically Miriam’s appearance can change. Players can equip different headpieces, including rabbit ears, a maid headband that is similar to those worn by women who work in Akibahara’s famous maid cafes (yes, those actually exist), and a hairstyle that wouldn’t be out of place in an episode of Dragon Ball Z. Also, for some reason, Miriam has long elf ears for part of the video, which will likely either be included with certain headpieces or some other cosmetic accessory.

Players will be able to customize Miriam’s appearance with more than just hats and hair. Miriam will be able to equip various scarves, including the blue scarf shown off in several pieces of concept art, a ragged scarf that’s so short it might as well be nonexistent, and a pink rabbit-themed scarf. And, speaking of equipment, since Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is the spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, players will be able to find and equip countless weapons, each with their own model.  These include pink rabbit shoes that replace Miriam’s regular boots (I’m starting to sense a pattern here with these rabbit-themed items), a blue rapier and dagger adorned with crystalline roses, a flaming sword, a katana, an elaborate halberd, and a large double-headed axe that casts a shadow even when its not visible (that’s probably just a bug).

Also, before I forget, Igarashi took this opportunity to introduce a new enemy: the Giant Rat, better known as the R.O.U.S. And damn, does it look mangy. I feel as though I’d catch a deadly disease just by being in its general vicinity.

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Every update makes Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night look more and more impressive. I can’t wait until it’s released.

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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.

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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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