Bethesda Hits Game Pass, Watch Tenet on Game Boy

Today: Fallout wasn’t always meant to be SPECIAL — Enjoy the real Tenet experience exclusively on Game Boy Advance — If you receive an email about Resident Evil Village early access, it’s just a scam

20 Bethesda games on Xbox Game Pass

Unsurprising but still impressive: All of ZeniMax Media's games are coming to Xbox Game Pass, with first 20 available right now.

Bethesda Softworks now really is part of Team Xbox

The first round of games are a mix of the most recent and most popular games published by ZeniMax Media's Bethesda Softworks label, and Phil Spencer announced that all future Bethesda games will be exclusive to “platforms where Game Pass exists.”

Now available on Xbox Game Pass

  • Dishonored Definitive Edition (Console, PC, Cloud)
  • Dishonored 2 (Console, PC, Cloud)
  • Doom (1993) (Console, PC, Cloud)
  • Doom II (Console, PC, Cloud)
  • Doom 3 (Console, PC, Cloud)
  • Doom 64 (Console, PC, Cloud)
  • Doom Eternal (Console, PC, Cloud)
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Console, PC)
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Console, PC)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition (Console, PC, Cloud)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online (Cloud, Console)
  • The Evil Within (Console, PC, Cloud)
  • Fallout 4 (Console, PC, Cloud)
  • Fallout 76 (Console, PC, Cloud)
  • Fallout: New Vegas (Console)
  • Prey (Console, PC, Cloud)
  • Rage 2 (Console, PC, Cloud)
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (Console, PC, Cloud)
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (Console, PC, Cloud)
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood (Console, PC, Cloud)

What roleplaying system was meant to be the basis for Fallout?

a) Interlock
b) Fuzion
c) GURPS
d) D20

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Cut content that’ll bring tears to your eyes

There’s a vehicle called Tommy buried in the Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories game files. No, it’s not a homage to Tommy Vercetti, but a cute little car apparently inspired by the Mini Cooper. Unfortunately, it didn’t survive until release.

‘...urge to kill rising...’

The game also features a fully functional tear gas weapon, but it can only be activated by using a hack. The same goes for the Hunter attack helicopter, which is functional – except for its weapons.

Join our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today's fact.

Nolan’s film Tenet on Game Boy Advance

YouTuber Wulff Den has gone to the trouble of bringing Christopher Nolan's latest film Tenet to … Game Boy Advance!

Game Boy Advance supported a resolution of 240×160

The movie spans five Game Boy Advance cartridges, and it was apparently an act of spite. Nolan released the movie at the height of the COVID-19 lockdowns last year, because he believed that Tenet is the kind of movie that can only be properly enjoyed in a theatre. Watching it on Game Boy Advance is pretty much the opposite of that experience.

Spite and malice: “I got this idea when the whole meme was going around about how much Christopher Nolan really wanted you to go to the theaters to see this movie," Wulff Den explained. The result is a highly diminished version of Tenet, with terrible video quality and even more garbled audio than what the movie presented on release.

Handheld movies: Apparently, compressing movies for viewing on Game Boy Advance is not actually that hard, if you happen to have the time, hardware, software and know-how to get it done – oh, and presumably a healthy portion of spite to motivate you.

New egg rating system for Pokémon Go

Niantic is trialling a new system where Pokémon Go eggs will show what could hatch from them, presumably in a bid to avoid the kind of scrutiny other companies have come under for their “surprise mechanics”.

Pokémon GO’s Eggs have been criticised as loot boxes

“Trainers, we're excited to share that we're starting testing where a limited number of Trainers will be able to see which Pokémon may hatch from Eggs in their Inventory!” Niantic announced on Twitter. If you were selected for the test, you can tap any egg and see a list of which Pokémon could hatch from it.

Sought after: The chance of a particular Pokémon hatching is indicated by a rating of 1 to 5 eggs, with 1 egg meaning a high chance, and five eggs meaning a low. Fans have requested some kind of egg rating system for a long time now.

Feature test: At the moment, it is not possible to remove or delete eggs from your inventory, and if the test period works out fine, the egg preview feature should be rolled out to all users in the next few weeks.

We Were Here Series 

The entire We Were Here series of first-person puzzle adventures were up for grabs this week on PlayStation 4, and today we can reveal the DailyBits subscribers who will be rewarded with these codes.

We Were Here first released in 2017

This week's subscribers:

  • James Wheatley
  • Daniel Stoykov

What roleplaying system was meant to be the basis for Fallout?

ANSWER: GURPS!

Nothing generic about this game

Fallout is widely considered a classic, thanks in no small part to its SPECIAL role-playing system – but the original idea was to use the GURPS – Generic Universal Role Playing System – instead. The deal fell through in the end, although it’s not entirely clear if it was because Steve Jackson pulled out because of Fallout’s extreme violence, or because Interplay just changed their minds and made their own system.

Hence, the SPECIAL system, which remains a part of the Fallout series to this day. While it has some similarities with GURPS, its more specialized skills and perks helps Fallout feel much more distinct. It’s actually kind of hard to imagine what the series would have been like if Interplay had decided to stick with GURPS.

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