Grab an HTC Vive for $700, $100 Less Than Usual [UPDATE]

Update: The Microsoft Store now has an even better offer: It’s selling the Vive for $699 with a $100 Microsoft Store gift card.

Original Story: If you’ve found yourself with money burning a hole in your pocket or a virtual reality-capable PC after Christmas, the HTC Vive is $100 off right now.

Amazon and the official HTC store are offering the headset for $699 as of this writing. Vive deals haven’t been especially common, but it did also drop to this price briefly around Black Friday.

Grab an HTC Vive for $700, $100 Less Than Usual [UPDATE]

This comes with the headset itself, two SteamVR wireless controllers, headphones, and two base stations that track your movement and allow for room-scale VR. It also comes with free copies of Zombie Training Simulator and The Gallery – Episode 1: Call of the Starseed.

At a hair under $700, this brings the Vive closer in price to the Oculus Rift, which costs $600 (without its pricey but very good Oculus Touch controllers). For more on what to expect, check out GameSpot’s Vive review. Bear in mind, you’ll need a fast-enough PC–HTC calls for at least a GTX 1060 or RX 480.

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Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Star Wars Cast Mourn Carrie Fisher’s Death


George Lucas, Peter Mayhew, Gwendoline Christie and more shared their goodbyes.

Carrie Fisher‘s Star Wars family was quick to mourn her passing after news of her death at age 60 broke on Tuesday, December 27th.

The accomplished actress, writer and activist is best known for her work in Star Wars. Her involvement in the series spans her entire life; she joined A New Hope when she was just 19, and she will appear in the forthcoming Episode VIII, which hits theaters in 2017. She touched many lives as Princess Leia, not the least of which are the people who worked directly with her in the Star Wars franchise. Here’s a round up of their responses to news of her passing.

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Mark Hamill quickly responded to news of Fisher’s death on Twitter, sharing an old photo of the two of them in Star Wars costume. “No word,” he wrote, with the hashtag “devastated.”

Harrison Ford released a statement about Fisher’s death, saying, “Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely…My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her Mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her.”

Director George Lucas also released a statement, saying, “Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess — feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all.”

The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams released a statement via Bad Robot’s Twitter, which reads: “You didn’t need to meet Carrie Fisher to understand her power. She was just as brilliant and beautiful, tough and wonderful, inclusive and funny as you could imagine. What an unfair thing to lose her. How luck to have been blessed with her at all.”

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Star Wars Cast Mourn Carrie Fisher's Death

A statement from JJ Abrams via Bad Robot’s Twitter account

Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO, followed up his tweet about Fisher’s seemingly stable condition from earlier in the week with his own grief at her loss. “I am very, very sad,” he wrote on Twitter.

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Star Wars Cast Mourn Carrie Fisher's Death

Via Anthony Daniels’ Twitter

Peter Mayhew, the man behind Chewbacca, wrote on Twitter that Fisher “was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly.”

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Star Wars Cast Mourn Carrie Fisher's Death

via Peter Mayhew’s Twitter

Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian, also took to Twitter to express his grief.

Warwick Davis tweeted an old photo of him and Fisher on the set of Return of the Jedi and wrote, “Your kindness & sharp wit will be missed.”

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Star Wars Cast Mourn Carrie Fisher's Death

Via Warwick Davis on Twitter

Gwendoline Christie, who plays Captain Phasma, tweeted her goodbye to Fisher.

Lupita Nyong’o, who played Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, posted a photo with Fisher to Instagram with the caption, “Sweet Carrie.”

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Star Wars Cast Mourn Carrie Fisher's Death

Via Lupita Nyong’o on Instagram

Andy Serkis, who played Supreme Leader Snoke in The Force Awakens, tweeted his goodbye as well.

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Star Wars Cast Mourn Carrie Fisher's Death

Via Andy Serkis on Twitter

Disney CEO Bob Iger released a statement about Fisher’s passing:

“Carrie Fisher was one-of-a-kind, a true character who shared her talent and her truth with us all with her trademark wit and irreverence. Millions fell in love with her as the indomitable Princess Leia; she will always have a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans as well as all of us who were lucky enough to know her personally. She will be sorely missed, and we join millions of fans and friends around the world who mourn her loss today.”

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy also released a statement:

“Carrie holds such special place in the hearts of everyone at Lucasfilm it is difficult to think of a world without her. She was Princess Leia to the world but a very special friend to all of us. She had an indomitable spirit, incredible wit, and a loving heart. Carrie also defined the female hero of our age over a generation ago. Her groundbreaking role as Princess Leia served as an inspiration of power and confidence for young girls everywhere. We will miss her dearly.”

Director Steven Spielberg released a statement:

“I have always stood in awe of Carrie. Her observations always made me laugh and gasp at the same time. She didn’t need The Force. She was a force of nature, of loyalty and of friendship. I will miss her very much.”

Meanwhile, Colin Trevorrow, who is slated to direct the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode IX, tweeted his own salute to Fisher.

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Star Wars Cast Mourn Carrie Fisher's Death

Via Colin Trevorrow on Twitter

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Carrie Fisher Reportedly Finished Filming Star Wars: Ep 8 Scenes


She will be missed terribly.

We’ll have one last chance to fall in love again with Carrie Fisher‘s portrayal of Leia Organa, as her scenes for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII finished filming in July.

According to Variety, anonymous sources say Fisher’s work on the film was finished when filming of Episode VIII completed in July. This has yet to be confirmed by LucasFilm, but IGN has reached out for comment and will update this article with any additional information we receive.

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The actress died this morning following a heart attack on December 23. A family spokesperson confirmed the news. She was 60 years old.

Apart from her role as princess-turned-general Leia Organa, Fisher also worked as a writer and script doctor, polishing scripts for such films as Hook, Sister Act, and even the Star Wars prequels.

Fisher suffered from substance abuse and mental health issues, but was vocal about her struggles and served as an advocate for others suffering from their own mental health struggles. Her therapy dog, a French bulldog named Gary, was always at her side, from interviews to red carpet appearances.

Throughout the day, fellow castmates like Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill have expressed their thoughts about her passing.

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Your Mass Effect 2 Save Can Be Imported Into Frog Fractions 2

Frog Fractions 2 is, unbelievably, now available. And it turns out that it allows you to import your save file from Mass Effect 2.

As seen in the images below from Twitter user dogrunes, “Import Mass Effect 2 Save” is an option that can found in-game. Doing so initially yields a message that welcomes you back using your Mass Effect character’s name, but it seemingly offers no further reason for doing so.


— ♥ dogrunes ♥ (@dogrunes) December 27, 2016

In fact, Frog Fractions 2 includes a puzzle that requires the use of different Mass Effect 2 saves, according to what developer Jim Crawford told Polygon. He didn’t share any further details on what form that puzzle takes, which should come as no surprise considering the lengths to which he has gone to keep Frog Fraction 2’s precise existence a secret.

The game was recently discovered hidden inside another, unrelated game that launched on Steam earlier this month. This comes after a lengthy search that began following a Kickstarter campaign for a Frog Fractions sequel in early 2014.

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Frog Fractions 2 Finally Uncovered; Here's How to Play It Now

A seemingly nondescript game launched on Steam earlier this month is in fact hiding the long-awaited Frog Fractions 2, a group of players have discovered.

As detailed by the group calling itself the Game Detectives, Frog Fractions 2 is hidden inside Glittermitten Grove, which debuted on Steam on December 13. Patch notes for an update released on December 25 caught the attention of some internet sleuths who have taken part in an ongoing augmented-reality game hunt for the Frog Fractions sequel. The search is now over, something that has since been confirmed by developer Jim Crawford. Those who backed its Kickstarter (or contributed to the subsequent Slacker Backer crowdfunding campaign) are now eligible to receive keys for it.

All of this brings an end to a years-long search for Frog Fractions 2, which is detailed on the Game Detectives wiki. The original Frog Fractions was an innocuous browser game that achieved considerable acclaim. Through the guise of a classic edutainment game, it actually amounts to a surprisingly fun game full of strange power-ups, and one that has nothing to do with teaching you math or fractions. You can play it for free here.

A sequel was later confirmed and arrived on Kickstarter in early 2014, but with some unusual qualifications. Crawford, who stated he “created Frog Fractions explicitly to evoke the air of mystery that all video games held in the 1980s,” said the follow-up would come as a true surprise. It would not be called Frog Fractions 2 and, more importantly, its release would not be formally announced in any way. It would be quietly released on PC, with crowdfunding backers only receiving their download keys once the “jig is up,” meaning its existence began to be widely reported.

To access Frog Fractions 2, you’ll first need to buy (or obtain your key for) the $20 Glittermitten Grove, which is its own game. Playing it will allow you to reach a door located in the sky, which leads into the new Frog Fractions. Alternatively, you can get into the game more quickly by using fireworks to dig into the ground, where you can find another door that takes you into Frog Fractions 2. You can see one such door, and some gameplay, through the video above.

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