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The Ketamine Secrets of ‘Ecco the Dolphin’

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| By CrAkKedOuT - 3 hours ago

I don't remember how I ended up getting a copy of Ecco the Dolphin. I preferred to play stuff that involved lots of punching and kicking, and a game about a lost cetacean searching for his family would have come as a an affront to my then bloodthirsty childhood brain.

However, it became one of my favorite Sega games, representing a welcome change from the instant button-bashing gratification of fu*king up punks and bikers in Streets Of Rage 2. The central character is a dolphin, obviously, called Ecco, again, who is estranged from his pod after a mysterious tornado sucks them out of the ocean. It transpires that they've been abducted by a group of aliens known as the Vortex, who come to Earth to harvest its natural resources, including sucking up a smorgasbord of sea life. Ecco's quest takes him to Atlantis, before he travels back in time through a complex combination of wormholes to confront the Vortex at its hive, the Machine.

Ecco was a hit for the Genesis in the early 1990s, and the beginning of a successful series that ran until the Dreamcast didn't. I hadn't thought about it much between then and now—until last year, when I was reading up on John C Lilly.

Lilly was once a renowned and respected scientist, with a particular interest in marine biology and interspecies communication. In the early 1960s he was given funding by NASA to research whether it was possible to teach dolphins to speak. NASA's logic was that if we could learn to communicate with dolphins, we would have a better understanding of how to converse with extraterrestrials if they were to ever pop down for a visit.

Lilly flooded a house in the Caribbean so that dolphins could live as closely as possible with him and his team, among them Margaret Howe Lovatt, who apparently had sex with one of the animals. The experiment fizzled out as, unsurprisingly, nobody was able to get any of them to talk—although check out YouTube for one of his subjects attempting a pretty close "Hello Margaret." Useful, if all aliens were named Margaret. Lilly lost funding for the project, moved away from traditional science and threw himself further and further into 1960s pseudo-mysticism and chemical experimentation.

Around 1971 Lilly was looking for a cure for his chronic migraines, and a friend suggested that ketamine could help get rid of them. Back then ketamine wasn't a widely used drug, probably only used recreationally by a small group of dedicated trippers, quite unlike its status today as a popular party drug. When he was under the influence of a small dose of K, Lilly said that he felt the migraine being pushed out of his body and, miraculously, he never had one again. Encouraged by this, he developed a longstanding affection for the substance he dubbed "Vitamin K," and started taking it regularly, gradually injecting it in higher doses.

Just shooting up ketamine on its own wasn't enough for Lilly, though, and soon he was IV-ing it inside a sensory deprivation tank with the help of his friend, Dr Craig Enright. They thought that by using the tank external stimulation would be significantly reduced, giving a psychedelic or, in this case, a dissociative experience at a higher level of intensity. Neither appreciated that what they were doing was incredibly fu*king dangerous—tranquilizing drugs and floating on water aren't to be mixed under most circumstances, and sure enough Lilly's wife, Antonietta, had to resuscitate him on one occasion where he nearly drowned. These experiments would form the foundation for Paddy Chayefsky's 1978 novel Altered States, later adapted into a movie by director Ken Russell.

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During his sessions, Lilly came to believe that he was being contacted by an organic extraterrestrial entity called the Earth Coincidence Control Office—ECCO. This alien group was benevolent, omniscient, and in control of all earthly matters. Except for when they weren't quite so friendly, as at one point Lilly thought they'd made off with his penis:


That evening I took 150 milligrams of ketamine, and suddenly the Earth Coincidence Control Office removed my penis and handed it to me. I screamed in terror. My wife Toni came running in from the bedroom, and she said, "It's still attached." So I shouted at the ceiling, "Who's in charge up there? A bunch of crazy kids?"
The similarities between Sega's Ecco the Dolphin and Lilly's ketamine fantasies are undeniable. It's almost like the game's story is an amalgamation of his interest in dolphins and the wacky philosophy he spouted when returning to reality from his phenomenal K-hole trips.

Alongside ECCO, Lilly encountered another alien life force, which he called the Solid State Intelligence. Unlike the entities from ECCO, the SSI were spawned by a mechanical solar system, and their main aim was to ravage the earth and destroy mankind. It's not unlike the much-documented cinematic battles between us fleshy creatures and advanced AI turned malevolent, and it's no stretch to compare the SSI with Ecco's Vortex enemies, those evil, dolphin-kidnapping interstellar villains.

Perhaps I'm starting to sound a little like Danny Dyer's character Moff in Human Traffic (see above), but I think this has a lot more substance then other possible video game drug references—like the "hallucinogenic" mushrooms in Super Mario Bros, or all the pills Pac-Man munched through as he made his way around those haunted mazes. But such claims always come across as stoned speculation, inane banter between mates after the third joint had been smoked out, with no game designer backing up them up.

And Ed Annunziata, the creator of Ecco the Dolphin, had said very little about Lilly, making my comparisons between the game and the drug philosophy I'd read about seem like just another coincidence. Until a little internet digging revealed a single tweet, subsequently posted on a Facebook fan page. It's brief, but tantalizing: "No, I never took LSD, but I did read a lot from John C. Lilly."

And there you have it, from the creator himself: Ecco did take inspiration from Lilly, and proof that horse tranquilizer-induced fantasies can indeed form the basis for great games. And if that's not a challenge to the young, upcoming developers of right now, I don't know what is.

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5 hours ago

Article inside PS4 Firmware 2.50 Glitch Allows Streaming Services via Remote Play :praise:

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| By mrfreak76 - 5 hours ago

After Sony's PS4 Firmware 2.50 Update earlier today, a glitch has been reported in this latest PlayStation 4 System Software Update that allows streaming services including Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Instant Video to work through Remote Play.

Below are the details from (linked at the top of this article), to quote: "The benefits? The PlayStation Vita does not have certain media apps that the PS4 has such as the highly requested Amazon Instant Video app. In addition, the PlayStation TV does not have a working app for Netflix. This has been one major cause for complaint.

With this glitch, people who want to watch apps like Amazon Instant Video on their Vita or Netflix on their PS TV will be able to do so. Of course, you have to own both a PS4 and a PSTV or Vita for this to work. (Unfortunately, although SharePlay works in a similar way to Remote Play, this workaround has been tested through SharePlay and does not work. So no watching videos together in a party!)

HereÂ’s how it works:

When you are on your PS4, launch the video streaming service that you would like to view through your Vita or PlayStation TV.
After app has launched on PS4, press PS button on controller and go to the power menu. Select “Rest Mode”.
After letting the system go to rest mode, use the PS TV or Vita to boot up the PS4 with Remote Play.
Once remote play has started, go directly to that video app and you should be able to use it just like you would on the PS4.

Note: You can only do this with third party streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video. First party services like PlayStation Video and PS Vue do not work and are still blocked. In addition, if you do not follow these steps and you try to launch from remote play without the Suspend/Resume function, you will be blocked from those other third party apps just like before.

Because this is a workaround and is now being published, do not expect it to last forever. Chances are, PlayStation will release a patch soon enough for this to be taken away. In the meantime, feel free to test it out!"

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5 hours ago

Humble Bundle offers up to 83 per cent off 2K games

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| By Msirae Faythung - 5 hours ago


Spec Ops: The Line is free with any purchase.

2K Games is offering huge discounts on several of its biggest hits on the Humble Store, with some titles up to 83 per cent off.

Better yet, Spec Ops: The Line comes free with any purchase. So if you snag Sid Meier's Civilization Complete for £0.74 / $1.24, you'll still get Spec Ops with it. Nevermind that this makes purchasing Spec Ops on its own completely redundant.

Some other highlights include:
  • BioShock Triple Pack - £7.99 /$11.89
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - £14.99 / $29.99
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth - £14.99 / $24.99
  • The Darkness 2 - £3.99 / $5.99
  • The Bureau: XCOM Declassified - £2.99 / $3.99
  • Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition - £4.99 / $7.99
  • Civilization 5 - £4.99 / $12.49
  • Evolve - £26.24 / $44.99
10 per cent of the proceeds from each Humble purchase go to various charities - in this case the American Red Cross, Child's Play, Wikimedia, GamesAid, and charity: water.

The sale lasts until Tuesday 31st March at 6pm UK time. You can browse the entire 2K Humble sale catalogue here.

Taken from Eurogamer.

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6 hours ago

The Legend of Zelda Wii U delayed beyond 2015, skipping E3

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| By Krazie - 6 hours ago


Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda game for Wii U won't be making it's previously announced 2015 release date, series producer Eiji Aonuma said in an update today.

"In these last three months, as the team has experienced firsthand the freedom of exploration that hasn't existed in any Zelda game to date, we have discovered several new possibilities for this game," Aonuma said in a video posted to Facebook and YouTube. "As we have worked to turn these possibilities into reality, new ideas have continued to spring forth, it now feels like we have the potential to create something that exceeds even my own expectations.

"As I have watched our development progress, I have come to think that rather than work with meeting a specific schedule as our main objective, and releasing a game that reflects only what we can create within that scheduled time, I feel strongly that our focus should be to bring all these ideas to life in a way that will make The Legend of Zelda on Wii U the best game it can possibly be."

Aonuma apologized to fans waiting for the game and said that the Zelda team is "no longer making a 2015 release our number one priority."

The Legend of Zelda for Wii U apparently won't be seen for a while either. Nintendo of America said on Twitter that Aonuma and team have decided not to show the game at this year's E3.

The new Legend of Zelda game was announced during E3 2014, promising a vast, open world for players to explore. At the time, Aonuma said the Wii U game would be "a clean break from the conventions of past games in the Zelda series, where you had to follow a set path and play through the scenario in the right order."

Nintendo most recently showed The Legend of Zelda for Wii U at The Game Awards in December.

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8 hours ago

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| By Channel Zero - 8 hours ago

fu*k man after buying my xb1, no more than 6 months later my right analog stick is having the problem where , in -game the camera looks up by itself as if I am holding the right stick up. At first it would come and go but now sh*ts unplayable. I take extra good care of my sh*t too so the problems not stemming from my end. I've done some research and I guess this is a common problem and xb1 is known for having faulty controllers. There's Also no real fix the only viable option seems to be having to buy a new one.

This is what I'm talking about ^

Anyone else have this problem?

Anyways I call GameStop beacause I had the warranty and after 5 mins of the kid trying to talk me into buying a new controller the kid puts me on hold and tells me they don't have any controllers to give me and I'll have to wait until they get some in stock. I'm just trying to play some dbz this weekend

Can I send it to Microsoft? Even though I didn't buy it from them, and the warranty is with GameStop?

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10 hours ago

PS4 ‘Yukimura’ (FW 2.50) Update Has Another Hidden Gem

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| By Da Ill One - 10 hours ago

Of course the suspend and resume function is the biggest new feature introduced with the update but it would seem another undetailed feature has been introduced with the patch.

Before the 2.50 update chat audio from other players (parties etc) would be transferred to your headset if connected to the Dualshock 4 controller. As of now however an option has been included for chat audio to be pushed through the TV (TV or AV Amplifier), allowing to listen to other players trough your tv or amplifier speakers. This undetailed option is sort of hidden in the new options and can be accessed as follows:

Audio devices > change output option for chat audio to TV


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10 hours ago

Video inside PS4 free game for PS Plus in April 2015 revealed

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| By Da Ill One - 10 hours ago

In addition addition to Dishonored on PS3, PlayStation Plus subscribers will also be getting the score-chasing arcade game Woah Dave! for free on PS4 in the April store update next week.

Having already been a free PS Plus title for Vita in January, Woah Dave! is developed by Gaijin Games and involves killing aliens and racking up the biggest score possible. You can check out the trailer of the PS Vita version belowÂ…

Woah Dave! was confirmed as one of AprilÂ’s free titles in this weekÂ’s PlayStation Blogcast.

The full line-up of free games for PS Plus subscribers for April 2015 is due to be announced early next week.


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11 hours ago

Ubisoft looking to redeem 'Creed' franchise with upcoming 'Assassin's Creed Victory'

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| By Da Ill One - 11 hours ago

Following mixed reviews with the most recent 'Assassin's Creed Unity', game developer Ubisoft is looking to get back on track with the series with the next installment 'Assassin's Creed Victory'. The game is slated for a release sometime this fall, though as with all games in development, this timeline may change depending on how the game progresses.

While 'Unity' was praised for the game's detailed graphics that featured stunning environmental landscapes and architectural designs, some critics found fault with a lackluster control system that made it difficult to navigate through the game. In addition, a few technical issues made the game difficult to play at times. Still, the game received strong marks in establishing an atmospheric game world in the game's French Revolution setting.

Ubisoft has already apologized for 'Unity's' subpar launch, which was plagued with technical issues, and rewarded users with free access to Unity's first DLC pack "Dead Kings". How the company plans to avoid such incidents with 'Victory' has not yet been revealed, though the development will surely pay more attention to quality assurance and stress checking the game.

Whatever the case, 'Victory' looks to once again bring a strong and atmospheric game world as it is set in Victorian London, as per this report on Kotaku from last year. Rumors have suggested that this will be the only 'Assassin's Creed' game within the near future. Whatever Ubisoft's reasons may be, this is certainly welcome news as this will allow the developers to focus on a launching the game much more smoothly that its predecessor.

With 'Victory', Ubisoft is also surely looking at shoring the gameplay aspects of the game following a rather mediocre system in 'Unity'. So far, the company has not revealed any specific gameplay improvements, but future reveals should shed more light on this critical issue.


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11 hours ago

AMC Networks Join PlayStation Vue

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| By Remy Lebeaw - 11 hours ago

A little over a week ago we launched PlayStation Vue in three US markets: New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Today, just in time for the finale of The Walking Dead, I am happy to announce that the following networks will now be available on PlayStation Vue: AMC, IFC, Sundance and WEtv. AMC and WEtv are included in all of the PlayStation Vue packages. IFC and Sundance are included in the Core and Elite packages.

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Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious (Out Now Free)

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| By coolio - 24 hours ago


The screen at the top of this story doesn't look like much. It's a simple interface that allows you to swap any one button on the Dual Shock 4 for any other button. It's a screen that makes gaming a much better place.

"Console wide button remapping is a huge deal for physically impaired gamers. One of the most commonly requested accessibility adaptation AbleGamers receives is for custom controller's that move buttons to more comfortable positions," Steve Spohn, COO of the AbleGamers charity; told Polygon.

"If you have limited movement in one arm, only one functioning hand, or even limited digit movement, button positioning is everything. And even more so if you have a neuromuscular disease such as muscular dystrophy where you fatigue more easily depending on what buttons you need to press."

The push for full customization in button mapping has been going on for years, and some companies are better than others when it comes to offering the feature. What Sony has done is make the conversation obsolete by offering the option at the console level. This is a huge deal for many gamers.

"The ability to remap any button to a position that is more comfortable for your gaming needs mean that gamers with disabilities who have motor skill impairments will be able to play more comfortably, from longer periods of time, and in some cases where pushing certain button such as triggers were completely impossible, you would be able to play for the first time," Spohn explained.

Now players don't have to wait for the feature to be patched in, and they don't have to worry about buying a game only to find that it doesn't offer a feature that would allow them to play. The PlayStation 4 became, with one feature, a much more welcoming console for a huge audience.

"With this update up to 70 million gamers with disabilities will have a higher quality of enjoying video games. In addition, we will have to rework some of our own internal documents, such as our game accessibility guidelines Includification, which has button remapping as one of the top priorities," Spohn said.

This is the gaming accessibility version of changing your maps after a major battle has been won, and the PlayStation 4 just earned many new customers by default since neither Microsoft nor Nintendo offer anything close to this feature.

They no longer have any excuse to not include these features now that the most popular current generation console made it a universal option on its platform.

Sony has made the world of gaming a bit better today, and we can only hope the rest of the consoles follow its lead.

Sony making the world a better place

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Video inside Bloodborne’s Release Will Kill Toukiden Kiwami ?

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| By Remy Lebeaw - 1 day ago

When you’re looking at when to release a game, there’s a handful of important things to consider. You’ve got to work out what your competitors are doing, whether your development team is up to the task of a deadline, if there are any public holidays close to your intended release, and if there are other games of the same ilk that have been recently released.

As far as competitors go, Toukiden Kiwami has to go up against not only Bloodborne, but Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and the recently released Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. That’s three games which all found their way onto the PlayStation 4 and all have much more recognizable names than Tangerine Karate– erm Toukiden Kiwami. They all offer action packed gameplay, with each of them offering a part of Toukiden’s body in their own way, be it through RPG gameplay or high-octane third-person combat.

There’s also the coming storm that is the Easter Holiday. This religious holiday means that some businesses and educational establishments close for a time. That means there’s going to be throngs of gamers all looking for something to do. Many bored gamers are going to head to stores to pick up something to play during their time off. It isn’t like winter holidays where you’re going to be getting gifts and receipts to pay for your latest gaming desire though, so prospective players still have to watch their bank accounts. Without much money going around, they’re going to gravitate towards the names they know rather than the names they don’t.

This leaves Toukiden Kiwami in a rather difficult position. It faces competition on all fronts, no significant unique selling point, and a tough time getting its name out there alongside the advertising powerhouses of Sony, 2K, and Square Enix. Marketing is everything and, unless Toukiden Kiwami can somehow find cult success, then the game is likely to fall and die beneath the heavy feet of these giants.

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1 day ago

So..It Has Begun. The Super Bowl of VideoGame Tournaments tickets on sale 3/27/15. TI5!

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| By CadillacVyse - 1 day ago

If you have $99 dollars and a bit of spare time tomorrow, you can nab tickets to the largest Dota 2 tournament in the world.

The International 5 will return to Key Arena in Seattle this year from August 3-8. Tickets can be purchased here for $99 USD, but not until tomorrow, March 27 at 10am PDT (1pm EDT, 5pm GMT, 4am AET on March 28). If you're busy at that time, a second wave of tickets will be made available on March 27 at 10pm PDT (or March 28 at 1am EDT, 5am GMT, 4pm AET).

Last year's tournament sold out in less than one hour. Seeing as the venue is the same and Dota's numbers have only grown since 2014, you'll probably need to move fast (swift as the wolves of Icewrack!) if you want to secure tickets.

Buyers can purchase no more than five tickets per household. All tickets are general admission, so there are no assigned seats. VIP tickets will not be sold.

The International 4's prize pool reached nearly $11 million USD -- the largest in eSports history.

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1 day ago

Video inside Xbox One April System Update: Voice Messages, Party Chat Updates and More Now in Preview

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| By YoungInfamous - 1 day ago

Check out the list below for features in the April preview update that are starting to roll out tonight:

Voice messages – Xbox One preview program members will be able to compose and playback voice messages in the messages app when snapped on Xbox One. Quickly and easily record audio to send to your friends or others through your snapped messages app accessed through a simple quick double tap of the Xbox button. Additionally, voice messages can be exchanged between Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles.

Dedicated servers for party chat – We’re enhancing party chat with dedicated chat relay servers that will enable Xbox One owners that may have historically had NAT issues to party chat more reliably. Parties where players are unable to form direct peer-to-peer connections for party chat will automatically leverage dedicated server infrastructure to relay traffic. This service is only enabled for parties where one or more members are previewing the April system update.

What’s On – The Xbox engineering team is continuing to experiment with the What’s On area, which highlights popular videos, movies, TV shows and game broadcasts. We’re continuing to test different experiences for preview members in the U.S. and this month, the preview of this feature is being expanded to Canada and the UK as well.

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Video inside So Final Fantasy Record Keeper is the greatest mobile game I've EVER played

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| By ThaReapa904 - 1 day ago

I mean seriously...get it on your mobile devices and tablets like ASAP...quick video just so y'all see sort of the gameplay from the Jap version (its in AAAAAAANGLISH now)

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Receive 10% off one transaction made on PlayStation Store on PS3, PS4 or the online store ( between 3/26/2015 at 12:00 noon PDT and 3/30/2015 at 12:00 noon PDT. Does not apply to transactions made on PlayStation Store on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP or in-game. Some exclusions apply, including PS Plus memberships, subscriptions, game pre-orders, PS Now content and rental video content. Code must be redeemed at checkout and discounted transaction completed before 3/30/2015 at 12:00 noon PDT.

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1 day ago

Article inside Resurrection ‘F’ Version Frieza Joins Dragon Ball Xenoverse Game as DLC

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| By Mosthated 81 - 1 day ago

This year’s 18th issue of Shueisha ‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the golden version of Frieza that will appear in the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ film will also be playable in the Dragon Ball Xenoverse fighting game as part of the third round of DLC. This form of Frieza is simply known as “Golden Frieza.”

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1 day ago

Video inside One of the dopest driving physics games I've seen

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| By ImAMonster - 1 day ago

This game is all about Physics. If interested, search more videos. This one probably isn't the greatest but just shows some of the cool physics and mods. There is objectives in the game.

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