Massively Popular Kids Cartoon Bluey Finally Gets A Video Game

If you have kids, you know what Bluey is. For everyone else, it’s an Australian cartoon about a nuclear family of talking dogs who live in a giant bungalow and love to play silly games. It’s cute and clever, and several years after becoming a global phenomenon, it’s at long-last getting a video game adaptation.

Outright Games announced multiplayer puzzle game Bluey: The Videogame in partnership with BBC Studios on September 19, and revealed that it’s coming to PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and PC on November 17. Up to four players can choose from Bluey, Bingo, Mum (Chile), and Dad (Bandit) t and participate in playable episodes by completing a range of minigames to unlock new costumes, stickers, locations. It sounds like standard kids’ game fair, with the advantage of looking exactly like the beloved show and starring its same voice talent.

Here’s the trailer:

And here’s how the developers describe the game:

Bluey: The Videogame has been designed with flexibility in mind, allowing fans to engage with the game and explore it at their own pace with the ability to jump between story quests, activities, and exploration at any time. Variable difficulty features have been included that allow the game to be accessible and fun for both preschool and older fans including UI on/off toggle, simple written on-screen instructions and full voice-over. Players will be able to utilize physics-based mechanics to manipulate objects, interact with the world around them, add additional challenges to mini-games, and support free-play in the sandbox.

Bluey has three seasons so far, all of them currently airing on Disney Plus with some additional episodes on the way and a fourth season set to air sometime in the future. The show practically pulsates with “hard relate” vibes for a parent, which is the key to making it entertaining for grownups as much as young kids. Although for me it’s always conjured an unlikely but potent mix of guilt and aspiration.

Being a parent is exhausting. Remember the book The Giving Tree? The titular tree gives everything to a child for nothing in return. It quite literally gets chopped up into wood in the end. Hard relate. But Bluey’s dad Bandit always pushes through, laughing, messing around, and indulging the kids in absurdly specific pretend games and scenarios. Some millennial gamers want to be strong and stoic like Kratos. I just want to have the patience and imagination of Bluey’s dad.

Maybe Bluey: The Videogame will teach me how. I can’t wait to give it a try.

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Smartphone AI Is Turning Reality Into A Video Game Photo Mode

The Google Pixel 8 appears to feature an AI-powered photo editing option that lets you completely change peoples’ faces. A reliable leak from mobile tech reporter and leaker Kamila Wojciechowska to phone site 91mobiles revealed the feature, which is like using Cyberpunk 2077’s fleet of customizable facial expressions in photo mode, except it’s real life, and it’s more terrifying.

In the leaked trailer for the Pixel 8, which is expected to launch with the Pixel 8 Pro on October 4, a narrator lists off a number of camera options. “Engineered by Google, with AI controlled by you,” they say. The Pixel 8 can do what we now gluttonously expect of most smartphones—night vision, microscopic zoom—but it seems to add the rarer ability to edit photos with AI directly in its camera app.

“Swap this,” the narrator says while we look at a little boy grimacing. Suddenly, he’s smiling. And a man checking out his feet is now staring directly into the camera, also smiling. Another boy—this one making the kind of overextended, open mouth grin kids make when they’re allowed a whole Snickers bar—becomes more decorous after the ad’s phone user clicks a small, alternate grin from three possible options. “Nice,” says the narrator. “Photos made perfect with a tap.”

From the trailer, it looks like the Pixel 8’s photo editor also uses AI to remove unwanted objects and completely exchange entire sections of a photo, like a gray sky the ad’s user ditches for a prettier sunset.

“It’ll make you wonder, ‘can a phone be made of magic?’” says the narrator, “Nope. It’s AI.”

The ad doesn’t get into specifics about how AI photo editing works, or the extent to which it does; Kotaku reached out to Google for comment. Other modern smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and Pixel 8 predecessor, the Pixel 7, also use AI to touch-up or modify photos, including one S23 Ultra feature that gave toothless babies an unnatural row of chompers.

Historically, people have always made representations of reality more attractive than life itself, commissioning portraits without their blackened teeth and scraping at their albumen prints to reveal smooth skin. But the Pixel 8’s proposed feature makes me pause. It looks more spotless than the S23 Ultra’s graceless shot at AI, and the photos we take now are usually shared to about a million strangers, not only a few friends with access to our Victorian albums.

Reposing Aloy in Horizon Forbidden West’s adjustable photo mode feels okay—she’s not real. She can’t decide what she wants. I worry, though, that the Pixel 8’s AI editing could encourage us to think of ourselves that same way.

Overwatch 2 Girlies Serve In Le Sserafim Music Video

Tracer, D.Va, Brigitte, Sombra, and Kiriko pose for a selfie.

Image: Source Music / Blizzard Entertainment / Kotaku

I had never listened to the K-Pop ensemble Le Sserafim before this morning, but after the group collaborated with Overwatch 2 on a music video and skins, I may be on my way to becoming a stan.

In the new music video for the group’s song “Perfect Night,” between shots of the group performing we get what is basically a new Overwatch 2 animated short following a handful of the game’s leading ladies. The video follows D.Va, Tracer, Brigitte, and Kiriko as they all get ready to attend a Le Sserafim show. The group runs into a huge traffic jam and is taunted by Sombra, who uses her hacking skills and a motorcycle to skip the line. But Kiriko gives the group a speed boost by dropping her ultimate, and then D.Va chips in by having her mech lift the group’s car to the venue.

When the group realizes they left their tickets back at Kiriko’s apartment, Tracer uses Recall to go back in time and grab them off the table, so the girls get to enjoy the show. While Sombra is shown rocking out by herself, the Overwatch girls pull her into their group and she begrudgingly joins them and poses for some selfies. The lesson is that even enemies can come together over Le Sserafim.

Sombra’s look here is probably my favorite, but I may be a little biased just because she’s one of my favorite characters in the game too (even after her rework that I’m not thrilled about). She’s serving, and even though she’s leaving the others in the dust, I am rooting for her.

Source Music / Blizzard Entertainment

The whole thing is very cute and the song is catchy and sweet. The lyrics are all about a group of friends getting together for a good time, so the vibe of the video showing the Overwatch girlies getting ready for a show and using their abilities to make sure the night goes well is a lot of fun. Le Sserafim will perform the song next week at the end of BlizzCon 2023 at the BlizzCon Arena following the conclusion of the Community Night.

All of this is part of a bigger crossover that will bring new in-game skins to Overwatch 2 on November 1, with more details coming on October 30. But in the meantime, if you’ve got Le Sserafim song recommendations, drop them in the comments. I’m down to make a playlist for my next few Overwatch 2 matches.

Airbnb Horror Movie Barbarian Will Soon Be A Video Game

A woman is shown crawling up a staircase in distress.

Image: 20th Century Fox

The 2022 horror movie Barbarian wasn’t on my short list of recent films I thought might get a video game adaptation. But it sounds like one is coming from the company behind the Friday the 13th and Evil Dead games.

Diversion3 Entertainment, who is behind the aforementioned horror adaptations, announced it has entered an agreement with New Regency, the production company behind last year’s horror hit. There’s currently no word on a publisher or developer, but it sounds like the game won’t be a direct adaptation of the movie.

“We’re very excited to work with the team at New Regency to expand on the settings, characters, and creatures of Barbarian,” said Tim Hesse, Executive Producer of Diversion3 Entertainment in a statement to Bloody Disgusting. “The film did a magnificent job of not only scaring audiences with its unexpected and horrifying twists and turns, but also in establishing strong characters thrown into terrifying situations.

“We look forward to exploring these themes further in the game.”

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The 2022 film stars Georgina Campbell (Murdered by my Boyfriend), Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers), and Bill Skarsgård (the It remakes) and focuses on an Airbnb stay gone terribly wrong after the guests discover the home they’re staying in is inhabited by a monstrous woman in the basement. Things escalate from there, but even so, I’m curious how the premise gets made into a video game. But given that Friday the 13th and Evil Dead were asymmetrical multiplayer games instead of direct adaptations, it’s likely Barbarian is due for a shake-up in its movie-to-game translation.

Barbarian was well-received last year, and was directed by Zach Cregger, who also plays Everett in the film. Cregger has gone on to do a lot as a writer, director, and actor over the years, but he will always be Zach from The Whitest Kids U’ Know, to me.

Internet Drags ‘Scumbag’ xQc For Gaza Reaction Video

Rampant gambler, content-stealer, and little stinker xQc—aka superstar Twitch and Kick streamer Félix Lengyel—is in trouble again. The content creator has been posting video “reactions” to war footage since the most recent inflammation of the Israel-Hamas war in early October. People online are disturbed, but Lengyel doesn’t mind, since he’s still making so much money.

“when I think about what scumfuck degenerate content parasites look like,” the YouTuber Noodle wrote on Twitter, “I don’t think I could possibly create parody more on the nose than this.”

Lengyel responded to Noodle’s criticism with a picture of his stacks of cash. When YouTuber Kwite weighed in and told Lengyel that his “soul remains empty,” Lengyel replied, “Your bank account relates,” alongside a photo of a glittering, diamond-encrusted watch.

“Everybody got so mad,” Lengyel said in a recent stream about the Twitter backlash. “They think that this is about war, this is about this, everybody’s just victimizing and whatever.”

But “I came to a topic that I had no education on,” Lengyel said. “People say, ‘you have a responsibility with your platform to know about this,’ whatever. I was like, ‘Okay, let’s learn about this.’”

Lengyel’s reactions to the ongoing Palestinian genocide are sometimes neutral (“xQc Learns About Gaza”), sometimes bumbling (“Learning About The Israel-Palestine Conflict So You Don’t Have To”), and always absurd in the context of his other streams and videos (“TIKTOKS THAT MAKE YOU DIE LAUGHING!,” “Some of these TikToks made me laugh out loud,” “TIKTOKS THAT MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD!”).

“As I already explained,” Lengyel continued to say in his recent stream, “this was not about, like, war and death, it was about, just, dumbass behavior regardless of what the context is.”

That sums it up. We don’t need to siphon malformed geopolitical opinions from xQc, a 27-year-old Overwatch player with a bedroom full of, as he said once, “crusted-up liquid,” although his massive online following bleakly makes him one of the most influential people in the world. We should reevaluate. We’re probably better than this.