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2023-03-18 23:04:37| Engadget

Disco Elysium, one of the best releases of 2019 and 2021, finally has a dedicated photo mode, but its not like the one you find in most games. Announced this week, the games new Collage Mode grants players full access to all the characters, environments and props found within the RPG. As you might imagine, you can use that power to pose your favorite NPCs in a range of silly and sensible poses. Youre then free to add filters and change the time of day to alter the mood of your capture.But most interesting of all, Collage Mode gives you the freedom to write your own dialogue for Disco Elysium, and make it look like it came directly from the game. Fabricate completely new dramas from unforgivable punch-ups to fruity yet forbidden kisses, developer ZA/UM Studio suggests. Corroborate your fan fiction with screenshots directly from the game. Disco Elysium fan fiction will never be the same.As Eurogamer notes, Collage Mode arrives amid an ongoing public dispute between ZA/UM and a handful of the studios former employees. The disagreement dates back to 2022 when three members of the Disco Elysium team Robert Kurvitz, Helen Hindpere and Aleksander Rostov said they were fired from their jobs following the studios takeover by a pair of Estonian businessmen in 2021. Kurvitz and Rostov went on to accuse ZA/UMs new owners of fraudulently obtaining control of the company. On Tuesday, ZA/UM published a press release announcing the legal proceedings Kurvitz and Rostov had brought against it had been resolved after a court dropped the case. The two later told Eurogamer the announcement was "wrong and misleading in several respects," and that they would continue pursuing other legal options against their former employer.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/disco-elysiums-collage-mode-allows-you-to-write-new-dialogue-220437086.html?src=rss

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2023-03-18 21:29:40| Engadget

Since its release in 2021, one of the most consistent criticisms of Windows 11 has been Microsofts handling of app defaults. Compared to Windows 10, the newer OS makes it more complicated for users to move away from the companys first-party offerings. For example, if you dont want Edge to open every time you click on a webpage or PDF, youre forced to launch Windows 11s Settings menu and change the default app by file and link type. Its an unnecessarily long process that makes customizing Windows 11 convoluted.Microsoft is finally addressing some of those criticisms. In a blog post published Friday (via Bleeping Computer), the company said it was reaffirming our long-standing approach to put people in control of their Windows PC experience. Microsoft announced a feature it said would ensure Windows 11 users are in control of changes to their app defaults. Later this year, the company will introduce a new deep link uniform resource identifier (URI) that will allow developers to send users to the correct section of the Settings menu when they want to change how Windows 11 responds to specific links and file types.MicrosoftMicrosoft says it will also give users more control over what apps get pinned to their desktop, start menu and taskbar with a new public API that will display a prompt asking you to grant programs permission before they show up on those interface elements. Both features will first roll out to PCs enrolled in the Windows Insider Dev Channel in the coming months before arriving in the public release of Windows 11. Notably, Microsoft says it will lead by example and release updates for Edge that will see the browser add support for those features as they become available.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-is-making-it-easier-to-set-default-apps-in-windows-11-202940444.html?src=rss

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2023-03-18 19:05:35| Engadget

Its safe to say Diablo IVs early access weekend hasnt gone as smoothly as Blizzard likely hoped it would. Shortly after the beta went live on Friday, many players found themselves in lengthy login queues. In my case, I had to wait nearly two hours before I got a chance to play the game, only to be quickly disconnected after about 15 minutes.Blizzard addressed the issue after players took to social media and the official Diablo IV forums to complain. The team is working through some issues behind the scenes that have been affecting players and causing them to be disconnected from the servers, Blizzard said in its initial post on the subject. This is done so we can ensure stability amongst players who get into the game after the queue process.Very kind of the Diablo IV beta to make sure I get work done today pic.twitter.com/VgZ1SBcebS Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) March 17, 2023If youre waiting to play, Blizzard asks that you stay in the login queue so as not to reset your timer. The studio said it would have a more accurate countdown in place by the start of next weekends open beta when anyone who wants to try Diablo IV before its June 6th release date can do so. We are actively working on these issues for this weekend, Blizzard said. Once these are resolved, we will be able to increase the influx of players and queue times will be significantly reduced.Later in the day, the studio shared an update on the situation, noting it was also working to resolve a handful of other issues that players had filed reports about, including a bug preventing some from joining parties. As of Saturday afternoon, the queue to play Diablo IV was much shorter. I got to the character selection screen in under a minute. Many players have successfully logged in to the game, but we are aware that some have experienced longer than expected wait times, Blizzard said. As we continue to roll out improvements to our server stability, we expect our players to see continued improvements to the queue time.Ah yes, the Diablo beta experience. Takes me back... circa 2012. pic.twitter.com/dLbxp429r1 Force (@ForceStrategy) March 17, 2023Hiccups are expected during a beta, particularly when a studio stress tests a live-service game like Diablo IV. The last thing Blizzard wants is a repeat of Diablo IIIs launch when interest in the game overloaded Battle.nets login servers, preventing many from playing the game at all.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/blizzard-is-working-to-shorten-diablo-iv-beta-queue-times-180535837.html?src=rss

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