Windows 11 features Auto HDR and Android Apps

Today: LucasArts’ 90s horror pastiches are getting re-released — Get ready to capture Legendary Pokémons on Pokémon Go’s Raid Day — Sonic makes his VTube debut with heartfelt thanks in Japanese

Windows 11 adds new gaming features

Closer integration with Xbox Game Pass is a top feature

Microsoft have announced new gaming features in Windows 11, and claim it is their best operating system for games. So what's new?

The headline feature is Auto HDR, which will automatically add High Dynamic Range colors to games supporting DirectX 11 or higher, something Xbox Series X/S already does.

Getaway driver: Windows 11 will also include exclusive new drivers for NVMe SSDs that improve performance with DirectStorage, which was also invented for Microsoft's consoles as part of the Xbox Velocity Architecture technology suite.

Gaming OS: Xbox Game Pass will be integrated into Windows 11 through the Xbox app, so there are fewer hoops to jump through in order to enjoy games on Windows 11. The other good news is that android apps will be made available, which will run natively and be downloadable from Amazon’s Appstore. 

Which Native American people is Gun’s protagonist descended from?

a) Mohawk
b) Apache
c) Sioux
d) Comanche

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.

Frank could do with a tissue for that mess

One of the most notable tropes in manga and anime is nose bleeds as a euphemism for sexual arousal, and Dead Rising features a particularly messy example.

A nation of chronic nose bleeders

If you take a Perfect photo of something the game classifies as erotic (which is often anything but), then you can see Frank’s impressive jawline spattered with a nose bleed.

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

LucasArts classics for PC and Switch

Retro revived with Lucasfilm Classic Games

It's retro time! Lucasfilm Classic Games includes two early-90s gems: Zombies Ate My Neighbours and Ghoul Patrol for PC and consoles, alongside the remastered Destroy All Humans! for Switch.

Tuesday – June 29th

  • Destroy All Humans! for NS
  • Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny for NS
  • Ghoul Patrol for PC, NS, PS4, XBO
  • Sky: Children of the Light for NS
  • Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World for PC
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors for PC, NS, PS4, XBO

Wednesday – June 30th

  • Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! for PC, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX

Legendaries for Raid Day in Pokémon GO

Legendary battles await July 18 during GO Fest

This year's Pokémon Go Fest features a special Raid Day on July 18th presenting a different Legendary Pokémon every hour for the whole day. All 48 episodes of the 23rd season of Pokémon Journeys: The Series will air on Netflix, chronicling the continuing adventures of Ash and Goh.

Pokémon Café Mix

  • Snorlax in repeat team event June 30th to July 14th

Pokémon Go

  • Raid Battles updates this summer
    • Introduces of Trainer Achievements
    • Art and user experience updates
    • Various quality-of-life updates
    • Regigigas encounter in 5 star raids until July 1st
  • Pokémon Go Fest 2021 – Raid Day
    • July 18th between 10:00am and 6:00pm local time
    • Wind Hour (10:00am – 11:00am / 2:00pm – 3:00pm)
      Mewtwo, Ho-Oh, Latias, Latios, Regigigas, Altered Forme Giratina, Cresselia, Virizion, and Therian Forme Tornadus
    • Lava Hour (11:00am – 12:00pm / 3:00pm – 4:00pm)
      Moltres, Entei, Regirock, Groudon, Heatran, Reshiram, Terrakion, Therian Forme Landorus, and Yveltal
    • Frost Hour (12:00pm – 1:00pm / 4:00pm – 5:00pm)
      Articuno, Suicune, Lugia, Regice, Kyogre, Palkia, and Kyurem will be appearing in five-star raids. Plus, Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf
    • Thunder Hour (1:00pm – 2:00pm / 5:00pm – 6:00pm)
      Zapdos, Raikou, Registeel, Rayquaza, Dialga, Cobalion, Therian Forme Thundurus, Zekrom, and Xerneas

Pokémon Masters EX

  • Legendary Arena: Regirock returns from June 24th to July 8th
  • Next Unova Challenge from July 4th to August 8th

Which Native American people is Gun’s protagonist descended from?

Home on the (problematic) Range

ANSWER: Apache!

Westerns have always had a bit of trouble moving their portrayals of Native Americans beyond the whole cowboys and indians thing, and the old open-world cowboy adventure Gun is no exception. The lead, Cole White, is supposed to be half Apache on his mother’s side and is played by Thomas Jane, who apparently has some kind of Blackfoot ancestry, but it doesn’t really matter: Gun is unrealistic at best, and The Association for American Indian Development (AAID) claimed that the game features “some very disturbing racist and genocidal elements toward Native Americans”.

For example, Cole appears to be fluid in the Apache language, despite being raised as English-speaking, yet doesn’t seem to have any problem gunning down Apache people for fun and/or profit. While Cole is one of a pretty narrow range of Native American videogame stars, he’s not exactly a sterling example of representation.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Nick Akerman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!