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Valve, Five Other Publishers Fined For Geo-Blocking Steam Keys

The European Commission has ordered six game publishers--including Steam creator Valve--to pay the equivalent of more than $9.4 million for their role in "geo-blocking" game digital game access between territories.

In addition to Valve, the publishers fined for their role in the practice are Focus Home Interactive, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Koch Media, and ZeniMax. Koch Media owns Deep Silver, while ZeniMax owns Bethesda--and will soon be owned by Microsoft.

"Valve and the publishers restricted cross-border sales of certain PC video games on the basis of the geographical location of users within the European Economic Area ('EEA'), entering into the so-called 'geo-blocking' practices," the report said. "The fines for the publishers, totaling over €6 million, were reduced due to the companies' cooperation with the Commission. Valve chose not to cooperate with the Commission and was fined over €1.6 million.

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Source: Valve, Five Other Publishers Fined For Geo-Blocking Steam Keys

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Hitman 3: How To Unlock The Secret Ending

Hitman 3's release this week brings to an end a journey that has been four years in the making. Developer IO Interactive's return to the world of assassination began with Agent 47 infiltrating a Paris fashion show, but it ends on a smaller and bloodier note as players navigate their way through a train that is filled with Providence agents.

There are spoilers below regarding the end of Hitman 3 from this point on, so consider yourself warned.

Agent 47's destination eventually ends with a face to face with Arthur Edwards, the head of Providence who players have been chasing across the world. Cut off from the rest of the train and with no security to protect him, Edwards still has one ace up his sleeve in the form of a special serum that performs a factory reset on a subject's mind.

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Source: Hitman 3: How To Unlock The Secret Ending

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Halo's 343 Guilty Spark Will Narrate The Next Book

One of the Halo series most famous characters--or infamous, depending on your opinion--is the robot 343 Guilty Spark. The little flying orb is responsible for some of the most dastardly acts in the series' first few games, and voice actor Tim Dadabo brought him to life. Now, you'll be able to hear Dadabo's golden pipes for hours on end as the narrator of the Halo: Point of Light audiobook.

Halo: Point of Light will release on March 2, and it was written by Kelly Gay, who previously wrote the books Halo: Smoke and Shadow and Halo: Renegades. Point of Light will continue the story from Renegades. It's set after the main trilogy had come to an end, meaning 343 Guilty Spark has been very exploded by a Spartan Laser weapon, but destroying his body did not eliminate the mischievous little monster within.

343 Guilty Spark made his first appearance in the original Halo game, helping the Master Chief fight the Flood as he made his way further into the nooks and crannies of the Halo ring, but failed to address that activating it would wipe out humanity. He alternated between helping and hindering the UNSC's goals over the next few games, and his adventures have been limited to outside media since Halo 3.

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Source: Halo's 343 Guilty Spark Will Narrate The Next Book

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Fortnite Dev Pledges $20 Million In Prize Money For 2021 Tournaments

Epic Games continues to invest in the Fortnite competitive gaming scene, this week pledging a whopping $20 million for the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS).

That is up from a $17 million prize pool last year, but not more than the $30 million that was at stake for the 2019 edition of the tournament series.

There will be four FNCS seasons for the 2021 series, each featuring a $3 million prize pool, for a total of $12 million across the four seasons. There will also be mid-year and end-of-year tournaments where the top players from each region will compete for a further $8 million in prize money. More details on these events will be shared at a later date.

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Source: Fortnite Dev Pledges $20 Million In Prize Money For 2021 Tournaments

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Among Us Dev On Why Updates Are Taking So Long

Among Us was one of 2020's biggest and brightest success stories across all of gaming, but the surge in popularity hasn't been easy for developer Innersloth to manage. As such, some players are wondering why new features, the Xbox console edition, and more updates are taking so long.

The studio has now responded directly to this concern. In a blog post, community boss Victoria Tran said the success that Among Us enjoyed later in 2020 was unexpected, and as such, it drove "a lot" of change for the studio.

"Not to dive into too much organizational stuff, but not only did we need to switch back to working on Among Us after thinking it was done, but we also needed to set ourselves up more sustainably to work on the game," Tran said. "We had to spend two months just restructuring, figuring out new processes, and getting external partners to help us manage on board."

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Source: Among Us Dev On Why Updates Are Taking So Long

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Red Dead Online Weekly Update Brings Big Bonuses For Moonshiners, Naturalists

This week's bonuses in Red Dead Online make it a good time to be either a Moonshiner or a Naturalist, with extra rewards for both roles. Other players can still get their hands on freebies, as well as a handful of discounts on cosmetics, weapons and horses.

For Moonshiners, RDO$ and Role XP payouts will be doubled for all Moonshine Story and Bootlegger Missions this week. You can also redeem a 50% discount on the cost of relocating your Moonshine Shack, if you're after a change of scenery.

Naturalists are also getting a boost from missions all week, with Naturalist Free Roam events awarding double Role XP and double RDO$ payouts.

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Source: Red Dead Online Weekly Update Brings Big Bonuses For Moonshiners, Naturalists

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The Man Who Created Captain Falcon, Fox McCloud, Majora's Mask and More Has Retired from Nintendo

A legendary Nintendo designer who came up with characters such as Fox McCloud and Captain Falcon - as well as the name and art design for Majora's Mask - has retired.
Source: The Man Who Created Captain Falcon, Fox McCloud, Majora's Mask and More Has Retired from Nintendo

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God of War Studio's Unannounced Second Project Is Seemingly Still in the Works

Sony Santa Monica's unannounced second project looks like it's still in the works, according to a new job listing.
Source: God of War Studio's Unannounced Second Project Is Seemingly Still in the Works

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Where Will Ubisoft Take Star Wars?

EA's Star Wars exclusivity appears to end as Ubisoft moves in.
Source: Where Will Ubisoft Take Star Wars?

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Monster Train Beginner's Guide: How Units, Spells, and Combat Work

From selecting your primary and secondary Clans to understanding the core mechanics of the combat, IGN's beginner's guide will teach you everything you need to know about Monster Train.
Source: Monster Train Beginner's Guide: How Units, Spells, and Combat Work

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Rockstar NPC Tech Patent Has People Talking About GTA 6

A new patent filed by Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive suggests that the studio is looking into new gameplay systems to increase the situational awareness of its NPCs.

The patent, titled "System And Method For Virtual Navigation In A Gaming Environment," outlines tech aimed at creating a "realistic experience" in video games by making AI smarter at detecting their environment. Specifically, the patent is targeting NPC vehicle driving behaviors.

Currently in video games, NPCs can only sense a few objects in their immediate vicinity. This level of detection is typically relegated to other cars almost exclusively, which is why NPC drivers tend to not only run into each other but also into the objects found within the world. Through this new patent, though, Rockstar is looking to give NPCs a distinct driving profile.

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Source: Rockstar NPC Tech Patent Has People Talking About GTA 6

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New PC Sale Slashes Prices On Steam Games, Including Persona 5 Strikers And More

Though the next Steam sale may be on the horizon, you don't have to wait until February to snag some great game deals for PC. Fanatical, a store that sells licensed PC game keys, just kicked off its big January Savers sale, slashing up to 90% off PC games like Persona 5 Strikers, Rainbow Six Siege, and Civilization VI. The vast majority of the games on sale are for Steam, but be sure to note the launcher before buying--some are for other platforms like Uplay.

The sale notably includes discounts on Persona 5 Strikers, which releases February 23 if you opt for the standard edition. The base game is on sale for $49.19, down from $60. The Deluxe edition, however, releases February 19, so you'll be able to dive in four days early if you pick that version up. On sale for $57.39 (down from $70), Persona 5 Strikers Deluxe edition gets you a digital art book, digital soundtrack, behind-the-scenes video, and a pair of in-game content packs, in addition to early access. (See our Persona 5 Strikers preorder guide for more details on each edition and other bonuses.) It's worth noting each version is currently full price on Steam, so you're better off taking advantage of Fanatical's deals if you plan to play on that platform.

The sale includes a mix of newer games, such as Devil May Cry 5, Control: Ultimate Edition, and last year's Resident Evil 3 remake, as well as older titles like Torchlight II and Civilization VI. This is a good opportunity to snag pricier editions of games for cheap on PC, like Frostpunk: Game of the Year edition for $26 (normally $55), Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Ultimate edition for $26 (was $120), and Devil May Cry: Deluxe edition for $23 (discounted from $35).

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Source: New PC Sale Slashes Prices On Steam Games, Including Persona 5 Strikers And More

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Hearthstone "Darkmoon Races" Mini-Expansion Launching This Week

When Blizzard outlined its Hearthstone Madness at the Darkmoon Fair expansion, the studio mentioned that it plans to release mini-expansions regularly. It has now unveiled the first of these planned expansions, and it's already right around the corner.

The mini-expansion is called The Darkmoon Races, and it will introduce 35 new cards when it launches on January 21. As this is considered part of the Darkmoon Faire expansion, you'll have a chance of opening up the new cards with any regular Darkmoon Faire packs you open. But if you want to bypass all that, you can purchase the full mini-expansion set for $15 or 2,000 gold.

With a very short reveal window, Blizzard is showing off new cards every hour through Twitter. The reveals have already included some high-powered Legendary cards, along with more Dual-Class and Spellburst cards, which were both introduced in the previous expansion, Scholomance Academy.

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Source: Hearthstone "Darkmoon Races" Mini-Expansion Launching This Week

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PC Action Game Based On 10 Years Of Tabletop RPG World-Building Launches Next Month

After a year and a half of early access, Shattered - Tale of the Forgotten King is officially launching next month. The action RPG will be released for PC on February 17.

As seen in the new launch trailer, Tale of the Forgotten King takes place in a partially open-world, and features challenging combat against difficult enemies and larger-than-life bosses. The game's story is slowly unlocked bit by bit as you solve the world's mysteries, eventually culminating in one of five different endings.

Tale of the Forgotten King sees you play as the Wanderer, who travels through a world now devoid of the king that created it. As you traverse through the game, you'll platform, fight, and puzzle-solve your way through its world, discovering the secrets to its origins.

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Source: PC Action Game Based On 10 Years Of Tabletop RPG World-Building Launches Next Month

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PSA: Battlefield 5 Will Be Offline For One Hour On January 20

EA's military shooter Battlefield V will be offline briefly tomorrow, January 20, for a round of regular maintenance, the studio has announced.

The maintenance period will begin at 0800 UTC and run for a period of about one hour, ending at 0900 UTC. During this period, all servers for Battlefield V will be down, meaning you can't play multiplayer.

Should EA need to extend the maintenance period further, the developer will notify players. This downtime appears to be regular maintenance and not in response to a larger issue.

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Source: PSA: Battlefield 5 Will Be Offline For One Hour On January 20

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GameSpot News / GSN - Apex Legends May Be Coming To Nintendo Switch Soon
« on: January 19, 2021, 09:58:22 PM »
Apex Legends May Be Coming To Nintendo Switch Soon

Leaks are everywhere in the world of video games these days, and battle royale game Apex Legends appears to be the latest victim. As first uncovered by Dexerto, the Japanese version of a recent trailer for new character Fuse says that a Switch version of the game will become available on February 2.

That text was quickly scrubbed from the video description in various other languages, but fans are still holding out hope that the unintended text was a confirmation that the game is coming to Nintendo's portable console. February 2 is the day that Apex Legends Season 8 rolls out on other platforms, and it will introduce an explosive Legend named Fuse. It also adds a new weapon, the 30-30 Repeater, which bears a strong resemblance to a famous weapon from Terminator 2.

The new season will bring Kings Canyon back into the fold for a limited time, with the addition of the Mirage Voyage to keep things fresh. A recent patch addressed some stability issues and revamped event skins so that aiming down sights no longer blocked the reticle.


Source: Apex Legends May Be Coming To Nintendo Switch Soon

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GameSpot News / GSN - Balan Wonderworld Is Getting A Demo Next Week
« on: January 19, 2021, 09:58:21 PM »
Balan Wonderworld Is Getting A Demo Next Week

Square Enix has announced that Balan Wonderworld, the action-platformer from the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog that was revealed last year at one of Nintendo's Mini Directs, will be getting a free demo available on January 28.

The demo will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Steam, and Nintendo Switch. Players will be able to check it out in either single-player or with friends and family in local co-op mode. With two players, you'll be able to take control of both main characters, Leo and Emma, and can explore how their different costumes open up new paths that aren't available in single-player mode.

Players will get the chance to check out three of Balan Wonderworld's 12 worlds through this demo. The first is called The Man Who Rages Against the Storm, and has two playable acts plus a boss fight. The world is a farm sprawling across rolling hills, ornamented with giant crops. Leo and Emma will meet a farmer named Jose Gallard, whose cornfield has been decimated by a storm, and will have to take on the embodiment of his despair.

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Source: Balan Wonderworld Is Getting A Demo Next Week

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Rust Breaks Yet Another Record on Steam Due To Streaming Surge

Rust has been riding high recently, and that's led to yet another broken record for the survival game. According to Steam Charts, Rust recently punctured its previous high of 134,483 concurrent players with a jaw-dropping 244,394 concurrent players. As we've previously written, this surge in interest is due mostly to the game's increased profile on Twitch, where it's often been the most-viewed game over the past few weeks.

As PCGamesN notes, while just under 250k players might sound like a lot, it's actually significantly less than the likes of Steam's other top games, including Dota 2, PUBG, and the all-time champion Counter Strike: Global Offensive. (For example, CS:GO's all-time peak is 1.3 million, according to Steam Charts.) Still, it's an impressive number for the survival game to hit, especially since its usual peak was around 50 to 100k prior to this increase in popularity.

Rust's Twitch dominance shows no signs of abating. As of the time of writing, Rust is the top-streamed game on the platform, with around 450k viewers, compared to 322k for the next-highest, League of Legends. The developer behind Rust recently revealed that the game made more than $1 million in one day twice in one week, and that the game might be coming to consoles very soon


Source: Rust Breaks Yet Another Record on Steam Due To Streaming Surge

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Rocket League Is Getting X Games Items, See Them Here

The developers of the enduringly popular soccer-with-cars game Rocket League are teaming up with sports media network ESPN for a big crossover collaboration with the X Games this year.

As part of the event, Psyonix is releasing X Games-themed Rocket League items and also kicking off a tournament series.

The X Games-themed gear will be available to buy in the Rocket League item shop from January 21-24 and then again from January 28-31. The new items include the X Games Octane decal, the X Games wheels, and Snowblind topper. These are all paid items, but Psyonix and ESPN are offering up two free items: the X-Skis banner and the X-Board banner.

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Source: Rocket League Is Getting X Games Items, See Them Here

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This Week's Best Xbox Series X|S Game Deals: Resident Evil, Jackbox Party Pack, And More

The Xbox Store has kicked off a trio of new sales, all of which run until January 15. There's a Resident Evil franchise sale complete with excellent deals on the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 3. You can also save big on a variety of bundles for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, including The Jackbox Party Quintpack. A bunch of add-ons for popular games such as Grand Theft Auto Online and Rainbow Six Siege are steeply discounted as well.

The Resident Evil franchise sale is the star of the show this week. Every game in the franchise available for Xbox has received a steep discount. Resident Evil 2 is down to $16, and last year's Resident Evil 3 remake is only $19.79. Numerous titles in the series are available for $10 or less, too. Resident Evil 7 is slashed to $10, while Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 are only $8 each. The franchise sale has arrived just days before this week's showcase debuting Resident Evil Village gameplay.

The Big Bundle Sale features some great collections as well as deluxe editions of various games. The Jackbox Party Quintpack--which contains the first five entries in the party game series--is discounted to $65. If you're in the mood for an old-school RPG, a bundle containing the enhanced editions of Baldur's Gate I and II is down to $25. Playdead's brilliant indie platformers Inside and Limbo are available in a bundle for only $10.49. Meanwhile, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, which comes with every DLC campaign, is on sale for $28.

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Source: This Week's Best Xbox Series X|S Game Deals: Resident Evil, Jackbox Party Pack, And More

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Get Huge Discounts On The Best PC RPGs In New GOG Sale

When it comes to gaming on a PC, the genre that reigns supreme is the RPG. Throughout the decades, the PC has been home to some of the best RPGs of all time, games that were only possible on the keyboard-and-mouse platform. Nowadays, cconsole owners have access to great RPGs as well, but PC gamers can still celebrate the beloved genre with a new sale at GOG on DRM-free games. The sale discounts some of the best RPGs of all time, including series like The Witcher, and ends on January 25.

Of course, it's not a GOG sale without discounts on The Witcher franchise--GOG and developer CD Projekt Red are owned by the same parent company. The Witcher 3: Game of the Year edition is only $15. That gets you the complete base game as well as all of the DLC, including the Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine expansions. And if you want to play more from the series, The Witcher is $1.49, The Witcher 2 is $3, and Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is $10.

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Source: Get Huge Discounts On The Best PC RPGs In New GOG Sale

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New The Medium Trailer And PC System Requirements Revealed

Developer Bloober Team has detailed the full PC system requirements for its upcoming psychological horror title The Medium. The specifications are quite lengthy, with several different settings for players looking to achieve varying degrees of optimal performance.

There are the usuals settings--minimum, recommended, high, and ultra--as well as three options for ray tracing enabled. In order to get the extra visual enhancements provided by ray tracing, players will need either Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2080, 3060 TI, or 3080 graphics cards. The GeForce RTX 2060 Super and 2080 are easy to get ahold of, as they're both a couple of years old now. However, the newly released 3060 TI and 3080 graphics cards are harder to come by, with supply continuing to struggle to keep up with demand.

On top of the GeForce card, players will also need an AMD processor to run the game. This piece is variable, ranging from the cheaper R9 390X to the $650 RX 6800XT card. Players will want to opt for the more expensive processor if they want to enable ray tracing in the game.

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Source: New The Medium Trailer And PC System Requirements Revealed

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Destiny 2 Harbinger Guide: How To Find The Start And Re-Roll Hawkmoon

Earlier in the current Destiny 2 season, players were able to take on the Exotic weapon quest to earn Hawkmoon, a powerful hand cannon. There's more to the story with Hawkmoon, though--this is the only Exotic with which it's possible to get random perk and stat rolls. To get new versions of Hawkmoon, as well as its Exotic Catalyst, you need to finish a new quest related to the gun, called Bird of Prey. Where you go and how you complete the quest, and its new mission, Harbinger, is not obvious, though.

Here's what you need to know to get started with the Bird of Prey quest and exactly where you need to go to find the Harbinger mission.

Visit The Crow

First, head to the Crow on the Tangled Shore. If you've been keeping up with the Crow's missions in the Season of the Hunt and have already unlocked Hawkmoon, you'll find a new Exotic mission on his menu called Bird of Prey. Take it, and the mission will direct you to the EDZ--but it won't give you a waypoint to tell you where to go.

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Source: Destiny 2 Harbinger Guide: How To Find The Start And Re-Roll Hawkmoon

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Guerrilla Slows Down Horizon Zero Dawn PC Updates to Focus on Sequel

Guerrilla will release patches for Horizon Zero Dawn on PC at a slower rate as they work on the game's sequel.
Source: Guerrilla Slows Down Horizon Zero Dawn PC Updates to Focus on Sequel

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Hacker Creates Mario Kart, Ring Fit Exercise Game and Homemade Nintendo Direct to Reveal It

A hacker has found a way to combine Nintendo Labo, Ring-fit Adventure, Mario Kart 8, and an exercise bike into a whole new Nintendo fitness game.
Source: Hacker Creates Mario Kart, Ring Fit Exercise Game and Homemade Nintendo Direct to Reveal It

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Hearthstone's First Mini-Set Has Been Unveiled – See All 35 New Cards

The Darkmoon Races kick off on January 21.
Source: Hearthstone's First Mini-Set Has Been Unveiled – See All 35 New Cards

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Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town - Here's What Comes in Each Edition

Everything you need to know to preorder your copy of Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town for Nintendo Switch.
Source: Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town - Here's What Comes in Each Edition

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RDO: Claim Double Moonshiner and Naturalist Bonuses and More This Week

This week in Red Dead Online, claim special Moonshiner and Naturalist bonuses, as well as free bonuses for logging in.
Source: RDO: Claim Double Moonshiner and Naturalist Bonuses and More This Week

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Fortnite's Latest Pop Culture Collaboration Is With Soccer Legend Pele

Fortnite's latest collaboration will bring in an emote inspired by the soccer legend Pelé and 23 soccer club's outfits from around the world to play with.
Source: Fortnite's Latest Pop Culture Collaboration Is With Soccer Legend Pele

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The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of Cyberpunk 2077's Subreddit

This is the story of how the Cyberpunk subreddit went from a hype machine to a toxic wastedump to a more measured space for players.
Source: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of Cyberpunk 2077's Subreddit

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CD Projekt Faces Another Class-Action Lawsuit Over Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the biggest games of the past few months, but the controversy surrounding the game continues to grow even a month after launch. Now, developer CD Projekt has acknowledged that the company is facing a second class-action lawsuit from a law firm representing its own investors, who claim that the company misled them regarding the performance of the game on Xbox One and PS4.

In a regulatory statement, CD Projekt says that the "content of the claim, including its subject and scope, is the same" as the first class-action lawsuit that the company acknowledged a few weeks ago. That lawsuit was filed by the New York-based Rosen Law Firm, which represents the investors who claim that the company lied to them about Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt further says it will "undertake vigorous action to defend itself against any such claims." This second lawsuit was filed in the Central District of California. Several other law firms have publicly announced that they're filing suits against CD Projekt, including the Pennsylvania-based RM Law.

This lawsuit represents yet another addition to the swirling morass that has surrounded CD Projekt since the release of Cyberpunk 2077. Recently, the company's co-founder released a lengthy statement described as a "personal explanation" for why the game did not meet the "quality standard" that CD Projekt wanted the game to meet. This was followed by a substantial report from Bloomberg that described how employees felt pressure to crunch from overly ambitious studio heads.


Source: CD Projekt Faces Another Class-Action Lawsuit Over Cyberpunk 2077

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Gold Monster Hunter Amiibo Just Became Collectors' Worst Nightmare

Amiibo collectors may be disappointed to find out that the latest Monster Hunter Rise inspired figurines coming soon will likely be pretty hard to get your hands on. Capcom has partnered with 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan to give away a special, limited-edition set of golden Amiibo inspired by the upcoming Monster Hunter Rise.

Certain Amiibo being hard to find isn't exactly new (remember Mega Yarn Yoshi?), but these gilded guys may present a greater challenge as they're not only geographically locked to Japan, they also have to be won in a contest. To win, fans will need to pick up a download card for Monster Hunter RIse at participating Japanese 7-Eleven stores starting on January 25. Buying one of these download cards provides an automatic entry to the contest. Fans will have until April 25 to do so.

So far, we're still in the dark regarding several details about these golden Amiibo, including what they're actually going to look like. The art that has been floated around so far is only a concept; the final designs have yet to be released. It's also currently unclear how many of the limited edition Monster Hunter toys will actually be produced for the contest.

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Source: Gold Monster Hunter Amiibo Just Became Collectors' Worst Nightmare

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Destiny 2 Bird Of Prey Quest Guide: How To Find The Harbinger Activity In The EDZ

Earlier in the current Destiny 2 season, players were able to take on the Exotic weapon quest to earn Hawkmoon, a powerful hand cannon. There's more to the story with Hawkmoon, it seems, and this week the Crow has a new mission related to the new gun. Where you need to go to access the new Bird of Prey mission, however, is not obvious, and you'll have to find a secret location in the EDZ on Earth to advance the quest.

Here's what you need to know to get started with the Bird of Prey quest and exactly where you need to go to find the Harbinger mission.

Visit The Crow

First, head to the Crow on the Tangled Shore. If you've been keeping up with the Crow's missions in the Season of the Hunt and have already unlocked Hawkmoon, you'll find a new Exotic mission on his menu called Bird of Prey. Take it, and the mission will direct you to the EDZ--but it won't give you a waypoint to tell you where to go.

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Source: Destiny 2 Bird Of Prey Quest Guide: How To Find The Harbinger Activity In The EDZ

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Horizon Zero Dawn PC Patch Improves Performance, But Less Frequent Patches In Future

Acclaimed PlayStation exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn has been out on the PC for a while now. While sources like Digital Foundry initially ruled its PC port "deeply disappointing" due to technical issues like an inconsistent frame rate even with top of the line graphics cards, developer Guerrilla Games has issued multiple patches to help alleviate some of the complaints, and the new Patch 1.10 is no different.

According to the patch notes, this update fixes some known crashes and improves performance. However, Guerilla also says that future patches will be less frequent due to continued development on Horizon Forbidden West. The update also contains a minor but welcome change: the game's graphics settings are now stored in a text file instead of a binary file, meaning users can mess with them much more easily than before.

There's still no word on a precise release date for Forbidden West, though it is scheduled to come out sometime this year for the PS4 and PS5.

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Source: Horizon Zero Dawn PC Patch Improves Performance, But Less Frequent Patches In Future

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Super Mario 3D World's New Bowser's Fury Mode Further Detailed

Nintendo is bringing Super Mario 3D World to Switch next month. The Wii U game comes packaged with a brand-new component called Bowser's Fury, and now Nintendo has shared a few more details on what you'll actually be doing in that mode.

Bowser's Fury is a new, self-contained mini adventure set in an open-ended level called Lake Lapcat. Here, Mario must team up with Bowser Jr. (who can be controlled by a second player in co-op) and explore the various islands that make up the level, collecting new items called Cat Shines.

Complicated this journey is Bowser, who--as we saw in the mode's first trailer--is overtaken with rage and grows to gargantuan proportions. Bowser will periodically appear as you explore, raining down meteors and breathing screen-filling streams of fire at Mario.

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Source: Super Mario 3D World's New Bowser's Fury Mode Further Detailed

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Hellblade Dev Shows Off Photorealistic Graphics For Project Mara

Ninja Theory became a major developer thanks to the success of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Since then, the studio has focused on two projects: the upcoming sequel Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 and a psychological horror game dubbed Project Mara. While Project Mara's exact nature remains enigmatic, Ninja Theory has released a new video that shows off some of the tech powering the game's photorealistic graphics, and the results are quite interesting.

In the video above, Ninja Theory co-founder and chief creative Tameem Antoniades explains how the studio decided to recreate a real physical location for Project Mara, which takes place entirely inside one apartment. In order to achieve the desired levels of photorealism, the studio's artists jury-rigged a scanner to capture high-quality references of real-life materials. In a similar move, the studio hired a specialized firm to scan the interior of the apartment to make sure they recreated every detail.

According to Antoniades, Project Mara represents a substantial "shift" in the way that Ninja Theory approaches art. Instead of creating objects, the artists at the studio are now more focused on creating "systems that can create that object, and infinite variations of that object." This involves the use of procedural generation to recreate nuances such as the way dirt and dust collect in a corner of the apartment, or drip spatter on the back of a kitchen sink.

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Source: Hellblade Dev Shows Off Photorealistic Graphics For Project Mara

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Rainbow Six Siege's Road To Six Invitational Event Is Coming Back For The 2021 Season

Ubisoft has announced that the Road to Six Invitational in-game event will be returning to Rainbow Six Siege this year, alongside the Six Invitational 2021 Battle Pass.

The event will run Monday-Thursday every week from January 21-February 22. Returning to Siege for the occasion is the ultimate competitive Stadium map, which combines elements of both the Coastline and Border maps. Players will have access to all of the game's Operators while playing through three-round, three-minute, unranked Plant Bomb matches with Pick and Ban mode enabled.

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Source: Rainbow Six Siege's Road To Six Invitational Event Is Coming Back For The 2021 Season

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GameSpot News / GSN - Nintendo Has A New Twitter Account
« on: January 19, 2021, 02:17:06 PM »
Nintendo Has A New Twitter Account

Nintendo has started a new Twitter account, though you probably shouldn't expect big game announcements or other fan-focused tweets. Instead, this account is focused on corporate happenings, specifically for investors.

The Nintendo Co., Ltd account issued a welcome tweet announcing its focus, which appears in English. The only other tweet, as well as the account bio, are entirely in Japanese.

That isn't to say that the account won't occasionally deliver something newsworthy. Nintendo's investor relations portal regularly updates with its latest life-to-date sales figures for first-party games, which is how we know that Animal Crossing: New Horizons rocketed to 26 million units in less than a year, making it almost the best-selling game on the platform.

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Source: Nintendo Has A New Twitter Account

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Destiny 2 Patch Notes: Update Nerfs Hunter Shatterdive, Fixes Deep Stone Crypt Bug

A big chunk of the Destiny 2 community has had a rough time since the release of the Beyond Light expansion and the addition of its new icy abilities, known as Stasis. One ability in particular--the Hunter class's Shatterdive--has been dominant in PvP activities thanks to its massive damage protection and versatility. Bungie has heard players' complaints, though, and in its latest hotfix update to the game, it has nerfed Shatterdive significantly.

Bungie released the full patch notes for Update 3.0.2 on its website, and you can read them below. Mostly, the hotfix consists of bug fixes on various abilities and activities. The most significant change, though, is to Shatterdive. Bungie has cut the range of the ability's damage, the amount it affects enemies who aren't frozen by Stasis, and how much protection it affords to players who use it.

The Shatterdive ability worked by allowing Hunters to jump into the air and then crash down, generating a wave of energy that could destroy Stasis crystals created by things like Stasis grenades. Those crystals exploded, doing damage to any enemies or opponents nearby, while giving the Hunter heavy damage resistance during the fall. The result was that Hunters could use grenades and Shatterdive to kill enemies almost instantly, and what's more, the ability made them extremely tough to counter, since they became so difficult to kill. It wasn't uncommon to see a Hunter in the Crucible use Shatterdive to even kill Guardians who were using their Super abilities. Essentially, the ability was pretty highly overpowered.

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Source: Destiny 2 Patch Notes: Update Nerfs Hunter Shatterdive, Fixes Deep Stone Crypt Bug

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Team Ninja Is Not Working On New Ninja Gaiden Or Nioh Projects

With the Nioh 2 Complete Edition around the corner, game director Fumihiko Yasuda sat down to do some interviews about both the open-world samurai action game and one of Team Ninja's other well-known IPs, the character-action title Ninja Gaiden. According to Yasuda, Team Ninja has no plans for sequels in either series, though it's something he'd like to explore.

When asked by The Gamer about why Team Ninja isn't planning for a new Nioh entry, Yasuda said that the studio wants to divert all its attention and energy to "working on new titles." Once Team Ninja gets some distance from the Nioh franchise, however, Yasuda said he would "like to go back to the series at some point, [utilize] all the experience and new skills that we gain from some new projects, and then potentially, go back into the series at that point, and create an even greater game to surpass Nioh and Nioh 2 and to create something even better."

Yasuda echoed a similar sentiment about Ninja Gaiden during the interview, saying there's "nothing to announce or note specifically at this time." Yasuda then later said that fans should "look forward to some potential news for some kind of announcement in the near future" regarding Ninja Gaiden. Though he doesn't clarify what this could mean, The Gamer asked Yasuda whether Ninja Gaiden protagonist Ryu Hayabusa could appear in a new game of some kind, to which Yasuda said Ryu is "the most important character from all of our franchises" and that he would "like to have him make an appearance again in a game coming soon, and I would like to announce details about that in the future, as soon as possible."

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Source: Team Ninja Is Not Working On New Ninja Gaiden Or Nioh Projects

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Nioh 2 Is Dirt Cheap At Amazon Ahead Of Free PS5 Upgrade

One of the best action-RPGs of 2020 is on sale for its lowest price yet right now. Nioh 2, Team Ninja's challenging and engaging game that has drawn comparisons to Dark Souls, is discounted to only $10 at Amazon and Walmart. That's a tremendous deal for a lengthy role-playing game that released less than a year ago. It's also a great time to pick up Nioh 2 if you own a PS5, as a free upgrade with performance and visual enhancements arrives on February 5.

While Nioh is certainly worth playing as well--it was free for PS Plus subscribers in 2019--you don't have to play the original to follow the plot of Nioh 2. Set before the events of the original, Nioh 2 acts as a prequel and places you in the shoes of a nameless mercenary. If you're a fan of challenging action games in the vein of Dark Souls and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, you'll probably enjoy Nioh 2.

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Source: Nioh 2 Is Dirt Cheap At Amazon Ahead Of Free PS5 Upgrade

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Mobile Gaming Is More Popular Than Console/PC And Had A Huge Year In The US And Canada

The NPD Group has released a new report, detailing just how much growth the video game industry in the US and Canada saw in 2020 for mobile games specifically.

For the year, the NPD said there were 303.7 million people in the US and Canada who count themselves as mobile users, and 238.7 million of them are "active" mobile gamers. This represents a 12% increase over the number of active mobile gamers in 2019.

As with the home console/PC market, there was a strong surge in mobile gaming growth during 2020 due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic that has led people to play more games overall. "Players are more engaged than ever before, with the average number of hours per week spent playing games on a smartphone or tablet increasing to eight hours in 2020 from six hours a week in 2019," the report said.

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Source: Mobile Gaming Is More Popular Than Console/PC And Had A Huge Year In The US And Canada

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Scalpers Continue To Snatch Up PS5 Orders, Retailer Investigating

The next generation of video game consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have been out for several months now, but it appears that scalpers are still snapping up many consoles as soon as they become available. Now, massive UK gaming retailer Game has said that it will be verifying console preorders to ensure that only one PS5 is sold per customer.

As reported by VGC, Game released a new batch of PS5s for sale on Tuesday morning, which resulted in wait times of an hour or more for interested customers. The consoles ended up selling out in under 10 minutes, with some social media users claiming to have bought 10 or more PS5s using unauthorized bot software. The software's official social media account claimed that over 2,000 PS5s were obtained with its help. Backlash from angry fans eventually prompted "Carnage Bot" to lock its profile.

"All preorders are subject to automatic checks and order updates such as cancellations following these checks take place after a customer will have received a valid order confirmation email," a portion of the statement reads. "At the present time these orders are still preorders and as such no payments have yet been taken from customers. Payments will commence once our order checks have been completed."

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Source: Scalpers Continue To Snatch Up PS5 Orders, Retailer Investigating

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Kingdoms Of Amalur Re-Reckoning Release Date For Nintendo Switch Announced With New Trailer

Following its debut on PS4 and Xbox One in September 2020, THQ Nordic has confirmed that it's launching Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning for Nintendo Switch in March.

The HD re-release of the RPG comes to Nintendo Switch on March 16, 2021. The game bundles in three DLC packs, including The Teeth of Naros, Legend of Dead Kel, and Weapons and Armor. Another expansion, Fatesworn, will be released later in 2021.

For now, you can check out the trailer above to see what Kingdoms of Amalur looks like running on Nintendo Switch.

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Source: Kingdoms Of Amalur Re-Reckoning Release Date For Nintendo Switch Announced With New Trailer

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17 Years Later, Breaking Benjamin's Halo 2 Song Goes Platinum

An official soundtrack for Halo 2 was released in 2004 alongside the game. In addition to tracks composed by Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori for the sci-fi FPS, the soundtrack featured tunes by famous bands like Breaking Benjamin, Incubus, and Hoobastank.

Breaking Benjamin had arguably the most famous of these, "Blow Me Away." Now, coming up on 17 years after the song's release, the track has reached Platinum status. Per the RIAA's definitions, this means the song has reached 1,000,000 certification units.

"Blow Me Away" becomes Breaking Benjamin's eighth single to reach platinum status. The band also has nine Gold-certified songs for a total of 17 songs to reach either designation. This news was first discovered by and reported on by Loudwire.

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Source: 17 Years Later, Breaking Benjamin's Halo 2 Song Goes Platinum

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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - Ubisoft's Massive Star Wars Game
« on: January 19, 2021, 02:17:04 PM »
Ubisoft's Massive Star Wars Game

Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN's weekly video game podcast. This week…
Source: Ubisoft's Massive Star Wars Game

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PS5 Custom Plate Maker Returns After Cancelling All Previous Orders

CMP Shells is back with its custom PlayStation 5 shells and it says its designs are safe from Sony's patents.
Source: PS5 Custom Plate Maker Returns After Cancelling All Previous Orders

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Capcom Likely to Release Some of the Rarest Amiibo Ever Made... Again

Capcom has a bit of history with releasing ultra-rare amiibo, and is repeating that history with some Japan-only gold Monster Hunter Rise figurines.
Source: Capcom Likely to Release Some of the Rarest Amiibo Ever Made... Again

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Someone Made a Bot That Turns Reddit Arguments Into Ace Attorney Courtroom Scenes

Micah's Ace Attorney bot uses a neural network to assert whether comments in a Reddit thread are objections, representing online arguments in short, animated videos.
Source: Someone Made a Bot That Turns Reddit Arguments Into Ace Attorney Courtroom Scenes

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Announced for Nintendo Switch

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning has been announced for Nintendo Switch, and it will be released this March.
Source: Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Announced for Nintendo Switch

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GameSpot News / GSN - Hitman 3: How Long To Beat?
« on: January 19, 2021, 09:12:28 AM »
Hitman 3: How Long To Beat?

Hitman 3 is nearly here; the newest entry in the stealth-action series launches on January 20. Ahead of that, reviews for the game have started to appear online--including GameSpot's 9/10 Hitman 3 review--and alongside that, we now know about how long the game takes to beat.

Bearing in mind that Hitman 3 is an open-ended game with a lot of replayability, our reviewer suggests that players looking to zoom through the campaign might need around eight hours to complete it, or potentially less depending on how much you intend to see and explore.

But if you only follow the story missions and the main path, you can complete Hitman 3 in relatively short order. Every mission, on average, is about 45 minutes to an hour, our reviewer said. 

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Source: Hitman 3: How Long To Beat?

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GameSpot News / GSN - Microsoft HQ Will Become A COVID-19 Vaccine Site
« on: January 19, 2021, 09:12:27 AM »
Microsoft HQ Will Become A COVID-19 Vaccine Site

Microsoft's sprawling North American headquarters in Redmond, Washington will become a COVID-19 vaccination site.

The announcement comes by way of Washington governor Jay Inslee's statement regarding its vaccine distribution system, which hopes to reach 45,000 residents every day.

Microsoft's role in all of this is to provide technology expertise and support to the local government, and for some of its buildings to act as vaccination sites.

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Source: Microsoft HQ Will Become A COVID-19 Vaccine Site

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Rainbow Six Quarantine March 21 Release Date Is Not Correct

Eagle-eyed fans recently discovered that Ubisoft's own Ubisoft Connect website showed a March 21, 2021 release date for Rainbow Six Quarantine. However, this date is not correct.

A spokesperson for Ubisoft told IGN that the date is wrong, but the company did not explain how the error cropped up in the first place.

Following a delay, Quarantine is now scheduled to launch sometime between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022, which is during Ubisoft's 2021-22 financial year. Quarantine was delayed alongside Far Cry 6 due in part to complications related to COVID-19 and working from home. Both games are expected to arrive within the first six months of the FY 2021-22 financial year.

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Source: Rainbow Six Quarantine March 21 Release Date Is Not Correct

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Ubisoft Returns To In-Person Events With Rainbow Six Siege Tournament In France

Ubisoft has become one of the first major gaming companies to return to in-person gaming events in 2021. The publisher has announced that the 2021 Rainbow Six Siege Invitational will be held in Paris, France in February, and players will compete in the same room.

Ubisoft stressed that it will be following "strict safety measures," and no fans will be allowed in to watch the event, which is scheduled for February 9-21 in Paris.

Teams will compete in a LAN environment, Ubisoft said, and there will be "strict sanitary measures, with no audience on site." Ubisoft said it's working with a number of key stakeholders--including the French government--to protect the health and safety of the participants and staff.

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Source: Ubisoft Returns To In-Person Events With Rainbow Six Siege Tournament In France

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Mario Gets A Gun In This Goldeneye 007 And Super Mario 64 Mashup

'90s kids rejoice, the ultimate Nintendo 64 game has arrived. As picked up by Kotaku, GoldenEye With Mario Characters is a custom mod for Goldeneye 007 that, as the name suggests, adds a whole bunch of Mario characters to the classic first person shooter.

While the mod was first released in January 2018, an anniversary update has added Peach's Castle as a playable level both in single player and multiplayer mode, taking the mod to the next level. You can see the campaign version of this custom level below.

Aside from the castle custom level, the rest of the modded game plays out exactly like the original Goldeneye with Mario characters added and the dialogue changed a little to suit them. In a world where Mario is James Bond, Peach plays Natalya, Luigi is Trevelyan, Daisy is Xenia, and Toad is Oddjob. It doesn't make all that much sense, sure, but it looks fun to play.

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Source: Mario Gets A Gun In This Goldeneye 007 And Super Mario 64 Mashup

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Steam Reveals 2021 Roadmap Including Steam China Launch

2020 was a huge year for gaming platform Steam, which reported a 50% increase in hours played over 2019 in its latest year in review. Now, the company is looking forward to plans for 2021, which include the launch of Steam China with partner Perfect World.

The Steam blog post includes a handful of stats on how the platform grew in 2020, with the pandemic and related lockdowns driving 2.6 million new purchasers per month, a 21.4% increase in games purchased, and 50.7% more hours played than 2019. While it also goes over some of the new features and events Steam introduced over the course of last year, it finishes with a section of more interest--its upcoming plans for 2021.

The first and foremost of these is the launch of Steam China. While Steam is already available as a kind of grey market for gamers in China, the launch of an official Chinese platform will allow Steam to sell games in line with Chinese government regulations.

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Source: Steam Reveals 2021 Roadmap Including Steam China Launch

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GameSpot News / GSN - A Look At The Biggest Streaming Trends Of 2020
« on: January 19, 2021, 09:12:27 AM »
A Look At The Biggest Streaming Trends Of 2020

It's no secret that 2020 was big for game streaming. Stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever were both tuning into streams and starting their own. A new analysis by Stream Elements has wrapped up some of the biggest trends to come out of 2020, including the top games, streamers, and platforms.

The impact of the pandemic on streaming is obvious in charts showing each platform's monthly hours watched. Twitch shows a huge jump from 10 billion in March to over 16 billion in April--the months when most countries around the world first went into lockdown. Facebook Gaming also jumped from under 200 million to almost 300 million during the same period--though curiously didn't see a huge increase when Mixer shut down in June, despite Microsoft partnering with Facebook on streaming. While Stream Elements doesn't show the month-by-month breakdown for YouTube Gaming, it says the platform saw over 100 billion hours watched over the course of 2020.

Despite ongoing controversy with Twitch's response to DMCA issues, the streaming platform continued to have record-breaking months through October and November, ending December on an all-time high.

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Source: A Look At The Biggest Streaming Trends Of 2020

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Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: Yakuza Remastered Collection, The Medium, and More

Remember so long ago, way back in December during The Game Awards when we gave you a preview of what games were coming soon? That soon is sooner now than it was then, and we have more games now than we had then, which means we have even more games coming soon now… make sense? […]
Source: Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: Yakuza Remastered Collection, The Medium, and More

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Hitman 3 Is Out Tomorrow and on Sale for $10 Off

Everything you need to know about Hitman 3's preorder bonus and what comes in each edition.
Source: Hitman 3 Is Out Tomorrow and on Sale for $10 Off

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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - Hitman 3 Review
« on: January 19, 2021, 09:12:25 AM »
Hitman 3 Review

Rich, rewarding, and highly replayable, Hitman 3 is one of the barcoded butcher's best appearances.
Source: Hitman 3 Review

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Cyberpunk 2077: Second Lawsuit Filed Against CD Projekt

A second class-action lawsuit has been filed against Cyberpunk 2077 developer and publisher CD Projekt.
Source: Cyberpunk 2077: Second Lawsuit Filed Against CD Projekt

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MOBA Spin-Off Auto Chess Is... Becoming Its Own MOBA

Auto Chess, a game which started life as a Dota 2 mod has now become so popular that it is branching off and creating a MOBA of its own.
Source: MOBA Spin-Off Auto Chess Is... Becoming Its Own MOBA

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New PUBG Games Reportedly Coming in 2021 and 2022

A new PUBG mobile game is reportedly coming in 2021, with a PC and console title set to launch in 2022.
Source: New PUBG Games Reportedly Coming in 2021 and 2022

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Cyberpunk 2077 Complete Walkthrough

IGN's Cyberpunk 2077 Wiki Guide and Walkthrough will lead you through every major choice and life path, along with every collectible location, boss encounter, and much more.
Source: Cyberpunk 2077 Complete Walkthrough

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Stardew Valley: Complete Gift Guide For Every Villager

Leah hates pizza and bread! Can you believe that? Who hates pizza and bread?!
Source: Stardew Valley: Complete Gift Guide For Every Villager

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Ninja Theory's Project: Mara Is Set in a Single, Incredibly Realistic Apartment

Ninja Theory's other spooky game is utilizing some ridiculous technology to bring a single apartment to life, down to the dust under the fridge.
Source: Ninja Theory's Project: Mara Is Set in a Single, Incredibly Realistic Apartment

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Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive's Tomonobu Itagaki Has Started a New Studio

Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive director Tomonobu Itagaki has formed a new studio - Itagaki Games - and has said "it would be an honor for me" to work with Microsoft again.
Source: Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive's Tomonobu Itagaki Has Started a New Studio

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Apex Legends: New Legend and Season 8 Release Date Revealed

Kings Canyon will never be the same in Apex Legends season 8, not once the new legend gets his metal hands on it.
Source: Apex Legends: New Legend and Season 8 Release Date Revealed

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One of the Best Next-Gen Features Is One You Don’t Even Have to Think About

The quietest next-gen feature is also one of the best - inside the decade-long journey of how Ubisoft Connect took us closer to a Cross-Play, Cross-Save, Cross-Platform, Cross-Everything future.
Source: One of the Best Next-Gen Features Is One You Don’t Even Have to Think About

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Apex Legends Season 8: Start Date, Fuse, New Weapon, And More

Apex Legends Season 8: Mayhem officially starts February 2, and it brings a ton of new content to Respawn's battle royale. Per usual, players can expect a brand-new character, and the season is adding a new weapon and map changes as well.

Season 8's new character is Fuse, a laid-back man with an enthusiasm for explosives. As seen in a brand-new animated trailer, Fuse has had a tumultuous life leading up to his addition to the Apex Games. Fuse--whose real name is Wally--grew up on Salvo, fighting for his planet's freedom alongside his best friend all through their childhood, teenage years, and young adult lives.

However, Wally grew disillusioned with their cause, instead finding his true passion in the pursuit of battling it out in the Bone Cage, creating a rift between the two friends. Eventually, Wally's prestige in the arena won him a ticket off-world to join the Apex Games. He hoped to patch things up with his friend, but she angrily blew him off--quite literally, like with an actual grenade that blew off his arm. The two parted on poor terms, with Wally asking her to throw out his old arm for him before walking out to, assumedly, get medical attention and a prosthetic.

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Source: Apex Legends Season 8: Start Date, Fuse, New Weapon, And More

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Amazon Employees In The US Will Vote On Forming A Union

Amazon warehouse workers from the company's Bessemer, Alabama site will soon vote on whether or not they want to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, NPR reports. The vote will take place by mail due to concerns around COVID-19, the National Labor Relations Board decided, and will run from February 8 to March 29.

The scheduled vote follows a hearing where Amazon and the retail workers union decided who in the company should be eligible to have a say in the unionization effort. Both parties unanimously agreed that the company's many seasonal workers should also be able to vote.

Unions are common within Amazon's European operations, but no unionization efforts in the US have yet succeeded. The company is known for its aggressively anti-union stance, and earlier this year was called out for posting two job listings that described union-busting roles.

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Source: Amazon Employees In The US Will Vote On Forming A Union

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GameSpot News / GSN - Cyberpunk 2077 Patch Finally Comes To Stadia
« on: January 18, 2021, 01:21:46 PM »
Cyberpunk 2077 Patch Finally Comes To Stadia

After a messy launch and more than its fair share of bugs, developers at CD Projekt Red have been hard at work issuing patches to address the game's most glaring issue. Yet hotfix 1.06, an important patch that launched just before Christmas for consoles and PC, has only just arrived for Stadia players, many of whom were counting the extra days they had to wait for the fix.

In a CDPR forum thread about the hotfix, disgruntled Stadia players counted the days since the hotfix launched on other platforms, with one commenter still suffering from the missing Dum Dum glitch that the hotfix addresses.

The hotfix has a number of extra bug fixes on Stadia, which may have been why the patch was so delayed on Google's game streaming platform. The Stadia-specific patch notes are as follows:

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Source: Cyberpunk 2077 Patch Finally Comes To Stadia

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GameSpot News / GSN - USB Is Now 25 Years Old
« on: January 18, 2021, 01:21:46 PM »
USB Is Now 25 Years Old

USB connectors are the universal standard not just for computer peripherals, but for charging most phones, tablets, and small devices. It's hard to remember a world without USB, which debuted almost exactly 25 years ago, on January 15, 1996.

The reminder comes courtesy of How-To Geek, which has published an in-depth feature on the history of the USB and its development. It's a reminder of how complicated, difficult to set up, and even expensive computer ports could be before the USB, or Universal Series Bus, became the standard for connecting a mouse, keyboard, game controller, or any number of computer peripherals that adopted the technology.

USB was a truly universal effort, emerging as a collaboration between multiple big tech names: Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Compaq, Digital Equipment Corporation, NEC, and Northern Telecom. Adoption of the tech wasn't immediate, and many attribute its eventual success to Apple's release of the iMac in 1998, which was the first PC to ditch legacy ports and only support USB.

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Source: USB Is Now 25 Years Old

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Pokemon Go Hack Lawsuit Ends With $5 Million Settlement

A lawsuit filed in 2019 by Niantic Inc has reached a settlement, with hacking group Global++ agreeing to pay out $5 million to the Pokemon Go developer. As reported by Polygon, the rogue developers created and sold hacked versions of Pokémon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite that gave players the ability to spoof their GPS locations and use features like "auto-walk."

After ignoring a number of cease and desist letters, Global++ had a lawsuit filed against it in mid-2019, after which a number of its social media and online presences went dark. In the original filing, Niantic alleged that the hacker group had made millions by selling "hundreds of thousands of subscriptions" to apps based on Niantic's original code.

In the settlement details, Global++ was found to have accessed and used Niantic's map data, and profited from the process by selling access to its programs through a subscription model. The defendants admitted to a number of breaches of federal law, including copyright infringement and violations of California's Computer Data Access and Fraud Act.

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Source: Pokemon Go Hack Lawsuit Ends With $5 Million Settlement

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Exclusive: Hands-on with The Medium on Xbox Series X

One of the most-discussed titles we revealed in 2020 was The Medium, a psychological horror game developed by Polish developer Bloober Team, coming exclusively to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox Game Pass. Bloober Team has made its name with well-received and envelope-pushing horror games, including Observer, Layers of Fear, and Blair Witch. Each of these […]
Source: Exclusive: Hands-on with The Medium on Xbox Series X

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Animal Crossing: Never Be Fooled by a Fake Piece of Art With This Checklist


Source: Animal Crossing: Never Be Fooled by a Fake Piece of Art With This Checklist

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No, Rainbow Six Quarantine Isn't Coming Out in March

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Quarantine will not be released on March 21, despite Ubisoft's own Connect service listing that release date.
Source: No, Rainbow Six Quarantine Isn't Coming Out in March

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Rockstar Developers Patent New NPC Tech, Potentially for GTA 6

Take-Two has filed a Rockstar-developed patent for a new NPC traffic system that could be for GTA 6.
Source: Rockstar Developers Patent New NPC Tech, Potentially for GTA 6

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Sony’s New San Diego Team Is Working on ‘Existing Franchises’

Sony's mysterious new San Diego studio is working on "existing franchises" according to a former PlayStation studio head.
Source: Sony’s New San Diego Team Is Working on ‘Existing Franchises’

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STALKER 2 Features 4K and Ray Tracing Support

STALKER 2 will come to Xbox Game Pass on day one, with both ray tracing and 4K resolution on Xbox Series X.
Source: STALKER 2 Features 4K and Ray Tracing Support

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The Touryst: All Message In a Bottle Collectible Locations

Don't miss any of these hard to find collectibles in The Touryst.
Source: The Touryst: All Message In a Bottle Collectible Locations

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Hitman 2 PC Owners Will Be Able to Import Locations to Hitman 3 For Free

While the feature won't be ready for launch, Hitman 3 PC players will be able to import locations from Hitman 1 and 2 for free, if they own them.
Source: Hitman 2 PC Owners Will Be Able to Import Locations to Hitman 3 For Free

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GameSpot News / GSN - Cyberpunk 2077: When Is DLC Releasing?
« on: January 17, 2021, 04:39:57 PM »
Cyberpunk 2077: When Is DLC Releasing?

Cyberpunk 2077 is available now and, if you can get the game to run on your system, it tells a complete story. However, CD Projekt Red has DLC planned for the open-world RPG, and earlier said this content was planned for early this year. With the game's troubled launch, which even included it being pulled from the PlayStation Store, that timetable now looks unlikely. But just when will we get Cyberpunk 2077 DLC?

When will Cyberpunk 2077 DLC release?

In a post on the game's official website in January 2020, CD Projekt Red outlined a new roadmap for Cyberpunk 2077 in 2021. This roadmap still has free DLC releasing in 2021, but the studio says it wants to address the most pressing issues with Cyberpunk 2077 before it moves onto this content. More information is going to be shared "in the coming months," but there isn't a firm timetable for a release date.

The post also lists the free next-gen updates on Xbox Series X|S and PS5 as coming out after this DLC. If you're waiting for those versions before you play Cyberpunk 2077 at all, that should at least mean all the free DLC will be available by the time those versions are out.

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Source: Cyberpunk 2077: When Is DLC Releasing?

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GameSpot News / GSN - Cyberpunk 2077: When Is Multiplayer Coming?
« on: January 17, 2021, 04:39:57 PM »
Cyberpunk 2077: When Is Multiplayer Coming?

Cyberpunk 2077 has been available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC since December 2020, offering the full single-player Night City experience with Keanu Reeves, tons of side missions, and nearly as many bugs. Despite the game's rough edges, it's a fascinating look at the future, and CD Projekt Red has promised there will also be a Cyberpunk multiplayer experience eventually. But just when will we be able to play this, and what will it include?

When is Cyberpunk 2077 getting multiplayer?

If you were hoping to play a Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer experience soon, then we have some bad news for you: The experience likely isn't going to release until at least 2022. Though it's already playable at CD Projekt Red, significant development time remains on the project and it's being developed separately from the main game. Despite this, it will be available for free to anyone who bought Cyberpunk 2077.

Prior to Cyberpunk 2077's release, CD Projekt Red said that news on the multiplayer component would come in the first quarter of 2021. Given the problems the game has had since launch and the development timeline for other elements, such as post-launch DLC, this could also be the case for any announcements. With all eyes on the studio, it won't want to look like it's already thinking about future content if what's already there isn't working properly.

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Source: Cyberpunk 2077: When Is Multiplayer Coming?

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Hitman 2 PC Owners Will Now Be Able To Play Levels In Hitman 3 For Free

Update: IO Interactive now says PC players who own Hitman and Hitman 2 will indeed be able to access the games' content for free in Hitman 3. However, in Hitman 2's case, it won't be ready quite yet, with the developer saying it will happen in "the coming weeks."

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Hitman 3 is offering players the chance to play the entire "World of Assassination" trilogy within one game client, with levels from the first two games available for import. This content is free to those who bought the console games, but it's going to cost you if you plan to play on PC. Luckily, that cost isn't that high.

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Source: Hitman 2 PC Owners Will Now Be Able To Play Levels In Hitman 3 For Free

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Hitman 2 PC Owners Can't Play Levels In Hitman 3 For Free, But That Could Change

Hitman 3 is offering players the chance to play the entire "World of Assassination" trilogy within one game client, with levels from the first two games available for import. This content is free to those who bought the console games, but it's going to cost you if you plan to play on PC. Luckily, that cost isn't that high.

In the game's official pre-launch guide, IO Interactive explained the game's Access Pass system, which is what will give you free access to previous Hitman games' content if you own them. On PlayStation and Xbox, this is possible by going into the in-game store for Hitman 2 and claiming the Access Pass, which also means you won't have to keep the disc in your system to use this content with Hitman 3. Progress can also be carried over from those games if you don't want to start from scratch.

Because the PC version of Hitman 3 is only going to be available on the Epic Games Store at launch--a place Hitman 2 is not available--you cannot get the Access Pass for free. However, it will be available for 80% off during the first two weeks the game is available. The content from the 2016 Hitman is available to anyone who buys Hitman 3 on the Epic Games Store within the first 10 days. Anyone who redeemed the first game when it was free earlier on Epic Games Store will also get access to it in Hitman 3 for free on PC, even if it's past that window.

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Nintendo Switch Accounted for 87% of All Consoles Sold in Japan in 2020

Not only did Nintendo sell nearly 6 million Switch consoles in Japan in 2020, the Switch accounted for 87% of all console sales last year as well.
Source: Nintendo Switch Accounted for 87% of All Consoles Sold in Japan in 2020

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Hitman 3 - Cloud Version Coming to Nintendo Switch This Month

Hitman 3 - Cloud Version for Nintendo Switch will be released on January 20, 2021 - the same day as all other platforms.
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The Best Things About Persona 5 Strikers: Music, Menus, Makoto, And More

The Persona train isn't stopping anytime soon with the upcoming Persona 5 Strikers launching next month. After getting hands-on with the game, I'm mostly impressed with its shift to Warriors-style action combat and happy to be with its familiar cast of characters again for a new journey. In my Persona 5 Strikers preview, I detailed the new storyline, quirks of the revamped battle system, and the ways in which it's a lighter approach to the original game.

However, I still need room to highlight the little things that I love about the game so far--from the incredible music and flashy menus to great subtle characterizations and cutscenes. These elements have helped elevate the experience beyond a mere hack-and-slash adaptation thus far, and also remind us why we love the original game to begin with. If you want a detailed breakdown of the game’s early-goings, be sure to watch our in-depth discussion below.

New Music Worthy Of Praise

I feel like I've written about Persona soundtracks and the work of Atlus' sound team many times already, but Persona 5 Strikers gives me plenty of reasons to do it again. With folks like Atsushi Kitajoh and Gota Masuoka working with the acid jazz and hard rock foundation set by Shoji Meguro, we have more songs to jam out to.

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Source: The Best Things About Persona 5 Strikers: Music, Menus, Makoto, And More

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Nintendo Switch Accounted For Nearly All Consoles Sold In Japan Last Year

The Nintendo Switch remains an extremely hot console--figuratively, of course--nearly four years after its launch, and this is especially true in Japan. The console appears to have accounted for a remarkable 87% of all consoles sold in the country during 2020, even with the launch of two newer systems at the end of the year.

According to Famitsu and shared via GamesIndustry.biz, about 6.85 million consoles were sold in Japan during the year--that's all game consoles put together. Of those, 5.9 million were either the Nintendo Switch or the Switch Lite, while the PS4 and PS5 combined to sell about 798,000 units. This leaves very little room for other consoles to reach that 6.85 million number, and with the Xbox brand not having much weight in Japan, that's to be expected.

Of course, new systems have been extremely limited due to supply shortages and the effects of the pandemic, as well. As they become more widely available in 2021, the Nintendo dominance in Japan would get slightly less ridiculous.

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Source: Nintendo Switch Accounted For Nearly All Consoles Sold In Japan Last Year

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Hitman 2 PC Owners Can't Play Levels In Hitman 3 For Free

Hitman 3 is offering players the chance to play the entire "World of Assassination" trilogy within one game client, with levels from the first two games available for import. This content is free to those who bought the console games, but it's going to cost you if you plan to play on PC. Luckily, that cost isn't that high.

In the game's official pre-launch guide, IO Interactive explained the game's Access Pass system, which is what will give you free access to previous Hitman games' content if you own them. On PlayStation and Xbox, this is possible by going into the in-game store for Hitman 2 and claiming the Access Pass, which also means you won't have to keep the disc in your system to use this content with Hitman 3. Progress can also be carried over from those games if you don't want to start from scratch.

Because the PC version of Hitman 3 is only going to be available on the Epic Games Store at launch--a place Hitman 2 is not available--you cannot get the Access Pass for free. However, it will be available for 80% off during the first two weeks the game is available. The content from the 2016 Hitman is available to anyone who buys Hitman 3 on the Epic Games Store within the first 10 days. Anyone who redeemed the first game when it was free earlier on Epic Games Store will also get access to it in Hitman 3 for free on PC, even if it's past that window.

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Source: Hitman 2 PC Owners Can't Play Levels In Hitman 3 For Free

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Cyberpunk 2077 Developers Report Unrealistic Expectations From Studio Heads

In the wake of the tumultuous launch of Cyberpunk 2077, several CD Projekt Red employees have spoken out about the game's development and how it could have been released in such a rough, unfinished state. The problems appear to stem not only from unrealistic development expectations, but also a marketing campaign that seemed destined to over-promise on the final product.

Speaking to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, an anonymous member of the Cyberpunk 2077 development team said a major issue stemmed from the game's engine being created simultaneously with the game. They likened it to putting down tracks in front of a moving train to keep it from crashing, instead of building the track first. The game's development didn't begin in earnest until around 2016, despite being announced several years earlier, as most of CD Projekt Red continued work on The Witcher 3. The Witcher 3 is also getting a free next-gen upgrade for those who own the game on Xbox One and PS4, potentially pulling developers away from Cyberpunk.

The game's state at launch would have been derided no matter what fans' expectations were--a game crashing over and over again and simply not working properly will do that--but matters weren't helped by its marketing and E3 debut. The demonstration we saw at E3 2018 contained material that wouldn't be released in the final game, with the release date announced at the same time seen as unreasonable, according to the report. The anonymous employees who spoke to Bloomberg said they felt 2022 would be a more reasonable release window. For his part, studio head Adam Badowski disputed that these views represented most employees, but didn't provide anyone who contrasted with this opinion.

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Source: Cyberpunk 2077 Developers Report Unrealistic Expectations From Studio Heads

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Animal Crossing: Don't Forget to Request These 3 Secret Songs from KK

You could let K.K. choose, but you'll need to request each of these three songs in order to get them.
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Cyberpunk 2077: CD Projekt Responds to Report About Fake E3 Demo and More

CD Projekt Red studio head Adam Badowski has responded to a Bloomberg report about Cyberpunk 2077 and its alleged fake E3 demo and development issues.
Source: Cyberpunk 2077: CD Projekt Responds to Report About Fake E3 Demo and More

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Monster Train Beginner's Guide: 13 Tips and Tricks for Getting Started

Whether it's building your deck, knowing which upgrade stones to take, or selecting the best possible path to reach your next battle, IGN has you covered with 13 tips and tricks for getting started in Monster Train.
Source: Monster Train Beginner's Guide: 13 Tips and Tricks for Getting Started

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Nintendo Switch Accounted For Nearly All Consoles Sold In Japan Last Year

The Nintendo Switch remains an extremely hot console--figuratively, of course--nearly four years after its launch, and this is especially true in Japan. The console appears to have accounted for a remarkable 87% of all consoles sold in the country during 2020, even with the launch of two newer systems at the end of the year.

According to Famitsu and shared via GamesIndustry.biz, about 6.85 million consoles were sold in Japan during the year--that's all game consoles put together. Of those, 5.9 million were either the Nintendo Switch or the Switch Lite, while the PS4 and PS5 combined to sell about 798,000 units. This leaves very little room for other consoles to reach that 6.85 million number, and with the Xbox brand not having much weight in Japan, that's to be expected.

Overall, the Nintendo Switch has sold more than 68 million systems worldwide, and it should overtake the Nintendo 3DS in 2021. It has already eclipsed the 3DS in terms of software sales, as it has become an extremely popular platform for third-party and indie developers. The Switch's predecessor, the Wii U, only managed a little over 13.5 million units sold during its lifetime, while the Wii still stands as Nintendo's best-selling home console with more than 100 million systems sold.

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Source: Nintendo Switch Accounted For Nearly All Consoles Sold In Japan Last Year

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Hitman 2 PC Owners Can't Play Levels In Hitman 3 For Free

Hitman 3 is offering players the chance to play the entire "World of Assassination" trilogy within one game client, with levels from the first two games available for import. This content is free to those who bought the console games, but it's going to cost you if you plan to play on PC.

In the game's official pre-launch guide, IO Interactive explained the game's Access Pass system, which is what will give you free access to previous Hitman games' content if you own them. On PlayStation and Xbox, this is possible by going into the in-game store for Hitman 2 and claiming the Access Pass, which also means you won't have to keep the disc in your system to use this content with Hitman 3.

Because the PC version of Hitman 3 is only going to be available on the Epic Games Store at launch--a place Hitman 2 is not available--you cannot get the Access Pass for free. However, it will be available for 80% off during the first two weeks the game is available. The content from the 2016 Hitman is available to anyone who buys Hitman 3 on the Epic Games Store within the first 10 days. Anyone who redeemed the first game when it was free earlier on Epic Games Store will also get access to it in Hitman 3 for free on PC, even if it's past that window.

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Source: Hitman 2 PC Owners Can't Play Levels In Hitman 3 For Free

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Cyberpunk 2077 Developers Report Unrealistic Expectations From Studio Heads

In the wake of the tumultuous launch of Cyberpunk 2077, several CD Projekt Red employees have spoken out about the game's development and how it could have been released in such a rough, unfinished state. The problems appear to stem not only from unrealistic development expectations, but also a marketing campaign that seemed destined to over-promise on the final product.

Speaking to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, an anonymous member of the Cyberpunk 2077 development team said a major issue stemmed from the game's engine being created simultaneously with the game. They likened it to putting down tracks in front of a moving train to keep it from crashing, instead of building the track first. The game's development didn't begin in earnest until around 2016, despite being announced several years earlier, as most of CD Projekt Red continued work on The Witcher 3.

The game's state at launch would have been derided no matter what fans' expectations were--a game crashing over and over again and simply not working properly will do that--but matters weren't helped by its marketing and E3 debut. The demonstration we saw at E3 2018 contained material that wouldn't be released in the final game, with the release date announced at the same time seen as unreasonable, according to the report. The anonymous employees who spoke to Bloomberg said they felt 2022 would be a more reasonable release window.

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Source: Cyberpunk 2077 Developers Report Unrealistic Expectations From Studio Heads

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New Pokemon Snap File Size And More Details Revealed

Nintendo gave fans another look at New Pokemon Snap this week. In addition to announcing the game's release date, the company has shared a few more details about the title on its website, including its file size and how many Pokemon you'll be able to catch (on film).

According to Nintendo's product page, New Pokemon Snap will weigh in at 6.8 GB. For comparison, Pokemon Sword and Shield each take up 11.3 GB of space on Switch, while the upcoming Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury only takes up 2.9 GB.

The product page also confirms that New Pokemon Snap is a single-player game. Despite this, it appears there will be some kind of online component; the page mentions that New Pokemon Snap supports Nintendo Switch Online and features "online play," although no other details were shared beyond that. This may presumably allow you to share your best photos online, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

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Immortals Fenyx Rising: How to Find and Solve Every Hidden Quest

Immortals: Fenyx Rising has a few hidden quests you may not know about - check out their locations with our guide.
Source: Immortals Fenyx Rising: How to Find and Solve Every Hidden Quest

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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - Hitman 3 Is Up for Preorder
« on: January 16, 2021, 01:48:41 PM »
Hitman 3 Is Up for Preorder

Everything you need to know about Hitman 3's preorder bonus and what comes in each edition.
Source: Hitman 3 Is Up for Preorder

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Best Gaming Chair For 2021: Top Chairs For PC And Console Gaming

A gaming chair is one of the best investments you can make when it comes to your setup. Gaming chairs are specifically made for comfort, with an ergonomic shape designed to help reduce stress on your body while sitting for long durations. While there are plenty of gaming chairs out there across a huge range of price points, the best gaming chair will feature a great blend of comfort, looks, and durability. We've compiled a list of the best gaming chairs that fit these requirements, from PC gaming chairs to office chairs and more.

Nowadays, the most popular gaming chair style is the desk chair that often resembles a race car seat. As such, our list includes a handful of those types of gaming chairs, each of which offers its own benefits. But gaming chairs come in all shapes and sizes, so we've also included a few options that work well if you're not planning to game at your desk. Though none of these chairs are outlandishly expensive, most of them are $300 or more. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, make sure to check out our guide to the best budget gaming chairs. For more essential gaming equipment for your setup, we have roundups of the best gaming desks, best gaming headsets, and the best capture cards for streaming on Twitch and YouTube.

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Source: Best Gaming Chair For 2021: Top Chairs For PC And Console Gaming

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Huge Fallout: New Vegas The Frontier PC Mod Now Live

After toiling in development for over seven years, the self-proclaimed "largest modification ever released for Fallout: New Vegas" is now live on PC, and it adds a bevy of new content.

Titled The Frontier, the community-created mod brings over 150 new weapons, three main quest lines (each totaling about 15 hours in length), and additional game mechanics such as driving, all set against the snowy backdrop of Portland, Oregon's ruins. The mod and all it's content is available for free for everyone who owns the base Fallout: New Vegas and its DLC.

In addition to the three new quests, the creators of The Frontier said that the mod also packages The New California Republic mission. While it's unclear if this quest is part of the three new missions or an additional one (making four new quests total for Fallout: New Vegas), the developers did confirm that The New California Republic sits at about 35 hours long.

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Source: Huge Fallout: New Vegas The Frontier PC Mod Now Live

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Yakuza: Like A Dragon Is One Of Many PC Games Getting A Big Discount In Humble's Winter Sale

We thought winter sales were over for PC games, but it looks like Humble isn't quite ready to say goodbye to the season of savings. The PC game retailer has kicked off the latest Humble Winter Sale, discounting hundreds of PC games up to 90% from now until January 28. The sale includes deals on various publisher catalogs, including the likes of Rockstar, 2K, and Sega.

Sega has a number of great discounts that you'll want to take advantage of if you're an RPG fan. Last year's excellent Yakuza: Like A Dragon is only $45. It was one of GameSpot's best games of 2020 and is well worth your time and money. Additionally, beloved JRPG Persona 4 Golden has been cut to $16.

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Source: Yakuza: Like A Dragon Is One Of Many PC Games Getting A Big Discount In Humble's Winter Sale

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Fighting Game Community Establishes Code Of Conduct Following Allegations And Controversies

After the wave of sexual harassment allegations that swept through the fighting game community last summer, the FGC has established a new code of conduct to create a more inclusive community for all current and prospective members.

The FGC doesn't have a governing document binding the disparate tournaments together. This new code of conduct, signed by video game attorney and prominent FGC member David "UltraDavid" Graham, is the first to attempt to meet that standard. And the community is encouraging all tournament goers and organizers to adopt the newly written code of conduct.

The guidelines are straightforward, with most violations focused on consent between individuals. Anyone who engages in abusive behavior--such as physical, verbal, emotional, suggested (i.e. making threats or using demeaning language), and the like--will be disciplined, likely in the form of temporary of permanent bans from online and in-person tournaments.

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Source: Fighting Game Community Establishes Code Of Conduct Following Allegations And Controversies

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An Animal Crossing ColourPop Makeup Collab Is On The Way, And It Looks Incredible

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was undoubtedly one of the biggest game launches of last year, and its popularity isn't slowing down in 2021. To the joy of makeup-wearing Animal Crossing fans everywhere, Nintendo has announced an Animal Crossing: New Horizons collaboration with cosmetics brand ColourPop, and the collection looks as adorable as you'd expect. The Animal Crossing x ColourPop collection launches Thursday, January 28 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, and you can sign up to be notified at ColourPop.

The Animal Crossing ColourPop collection appears to include four different eyeshadow palettes, each with four different shades inspired by characters from the game. There's an Isabelle palette with warm pink and yellow shades; a cool purple palette inspired by the Able sisters; a silvery green palette featuring the Nooks; and a brown neutrals palette that's a nod to Blathers and Celeste. The shade names are all references to the game as well, like "Resident Rep," "Meteor Shower," and "Water Landing."

The Animal Crossing x ColourPop line launches on January 28.

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Source: An Animal Crossing ColourPop Makeup Collab Is On The Way, And It Looks Incredible

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Apex Legends Kings Canyon Map Returns Alongside The Mirage Voyage

Respawn has snuck Kings Canyon back into Apex Legends for a limited time. And that's not all either, Apex Legends' original map seems to be the new home for The Mirage Voyage, which has parked in the empty crater where Skull Town used to be. If you want to see for yourself, you'll have to act fast--Kings Canyon will only remain in the rotation until January 21.

Kings Canyon was removed from Apex Legends' map rotation at the start of Season 7: Ascension, replaced by the battle royale's third map, Olympus. Season 7 saw the removal of The Mirage Voyage from World's Edge as well, the first town takeover to seemingly be removed from the game. Now we know better--it wasn't removed, it was just moved.

Be sure to aim carefully--unlike when it was on World's Edge, there's nothing beneath The Mirage Voyage while it's parked at Kings Canyon.

If you go into the cabin of The Mirage Voyage, you can find a new audio recording from Mirage's mom. It's...a very sad message to listen to--it's clear her mind is beginning to go. However, if you listen to the whole message, there are a few cool lore tidbits. The biggest of which is that Mirage's uncle is Droz, a Titan Pilot you meet in Titanfall 2. Initially a part of the 6-4 (the game's best Faction), Droz goes on to partner up with Davis to found The Last Resort--both Pilots work with you in Titanfall 2's Frontier Defense mode.

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Source: Apex Legends Kings Canyon Map Returns Alongside The Mirage Voyage

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GameSpot News / GSN - STALKER 2 Teaser Video, Development Update Released
« on: January 16, 2021, 05:22:29 AM »
STALKER 2 Teaser Video, Development Update Released

Ukrainian developer GSC Game World has provided an update on the status of the highly anticipated and long-in-development first-person horror survival title STALKER 2.

According to GSC Game World, STALKER 2 development is "progressing smoothy" on PC and Xbox Series X|S. While a release date has not been nailed down yet, the studio reiterated that STALKER 2 will hit Xbox Game Pass the same day it launches on both platforms.

GSC Game World's public relations specialist Zakhar Bocharov said the studio is "pleased to see" how well STALKER 2 is progressing and is confident about the experience being created.

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Source: STALKER 2 Teaser Video, Development Update Released

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GameSpot News / GSN - Capcom Cup Canceled Citing Coronavirus Concerns
« on: January 16, 2021, 05:22:29 AM »
Capcom Cup Canceled Citing Coronavirus Concerns

In response to an increase in COVID-19 cases, Capcom has decided to cancel its flagship fighting game series, the Capcom Cup. However, the event is living on, in a way, through an online season of the Capcom Pro Tour to be held in February.

The Capcom Cup and the Street Fighter League World Championship were scheduled to take place in person February 19-21, but Capcom has canceled both events due to the health crisis.

"While we strongly believe that we could have executed a great event with limited risk to players, staff, and crew, we have reevaluated as the situation has evolved and the state of the global pandemic has heightened," Capcom said in its announcement.

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Source: Capcom Cup Canceled Citing Coronavirus Concerns

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GameSpot After Dark Ep. 76: All Aboard The Banter Bus

2021 has kicked off in earnest so the GameSpot After Dark crew are back with those sweet, sweet podcast you love so much. This week, Jake, Lucy, and Tamoor are joined by Gav Murphy of RKG fame. If you're not familiar with RKG, you should check out their superb work on YouTube and, if you're into it, support them on Patreon.

Lucy, Tamoor, and Gav go way back, so expect a fair bit of going off the rails as they catch up and have a good time chatting about whatever nonsense pops into their head, while Jake attempts to keep the conversation on track--bless him. They also talk about Bethesda's Indiana Jones game, as well as Ubisoft's newly announced Star Wars title.

Of course, there's also the regular listener question section. This week we talk about how we approach coverage of mobile games, and how the industry treats them as a whole, as well as Welsh video game characters.

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Source: GameSpot After Dark Ep. 76: All Aboard The Banter Bus

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GameSpot News / GSN - Denim Xbox Controller Is From Canada, Eh?
« on: January 16, 2021, 05:22:29 AM »
Denim Xbox Controller Is From Canada, Eh?

A custom-made Xbox controller pokes a bit of self-deprecating fun at America's northern neighbor, Canada. The official Xbox Canada account shared an image of the controller clad in all denim, calling it the "Canadian Tuxedo."

The tweet says it's one-of-a-kind, so don't expect to buy this controller anytime soon. Still, it's a fun and cheeky look for the standard Xbox Series X controller, and even includes tiny little denim pockets for holding, presumably, strategic poutine reserves.

The "Canadian Tuxedo" is North American slang referring to a denim jacket with denim blue jeans. Those of us outside of Canada are only allowed to say it because the Xbox account said it first, so we're not technically making fun.

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Source: Denim Xbox Controller Is From Canada, Eh?

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XBOX Wire RSS Feed / XBOX - This Week on Xbox: January 15, 2021
« on: January 16, 2021, 05:22:28 AM »
This Week on Xbox: January 15, 2021

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you […]
Source: This Week on Xbox: January 15, 2021

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Stone-Fiction Platformer Jet Kave Adventure Now Available

One of humanity’s greatest driving forces is… curiosity. And that’s exactly what leads our prehistoric protagonist to finding a jetpack left behind by an alien invader. In Jet Kave Adventure, the Stone Age meets Science-Fiction. We tell the story of Kave, a chief banished by his own tribe. When you meet him, Kave wanders aimlessly […]
Source: Stone-Fiction Platformer Jet Kave Adventure Now Available

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Cyberpunk 2077 Developers Did Not Believe It Was Ready for Launch in 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 developers at CD Projekt Red did not believe the game would be ready in time for 2020, instead thinking it would be ready in 2022.
Source: Cyberpunk 2077 Developers Did Not Believe It Was Ready for Launch in 2020

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Call of Duty: A Complete Guide to the Die Maschine Zombies Easter Egg

Whether it's turning on the power, learning how to pack-a-punch, or even unlocking the 4 D.I.E Wonder Weapons, we have you covered in our complete guide to the Die Maschine Zombies Easter Egg in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
Source: Call of Duty: A Complete Guide to the Die Maschine Zombies Easter Egg

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John Wick Writer to Pen Dungeons & Dragons Live-Action Series

John Wick creator and writer, Derek Kolstad, is set to write a live-action Dungeons & Dragons series.
Source: John Wick Writer to Pen Dungeons & Dragons Live-Action Series

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The Last of Us HBO TV Series Gets a New Director

HBO's The Last of Us series drops the Chernobyl director due to a scheduling conflict, and gains the director of an Oscar-nominated drama.
Source: The Last of Us HBO TV Series Gets a New Director

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The Touryst: All Major Puzzle Solutions

Solve the mysteries of monuments and more with our guide to every puzzle in The Touryst.
Source: The Touryst: All Major Puzzle Solutions

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Rust Guide: How to Play With Friends Online

Playing with friends in Rust isn't as straightforward of a process as it is in other games. This guide details a few ways you can more easily meet up with your pals and enjoy Rust's online multiplayer.
Source: Rust Guide: How to Play With Friends Online

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Destiny 2 Trials Of Osiris Rewards This Week (January 15-19)

Another weekend has arrived in Destiny 2, and so the Trials of Osiris are back for players who want to take on the game's toughest multiplayer challenge. As always, the rewards are great if you take on the Trials--this week, you can snag a bunch of different weapons and armor you can get anywhere else, particularly if you go Flawless.

Here's the Crucible map you'll face in Trials, plus all the rewards you can earn in this rotation. Trials ends with the weekly reset on January 19, so get your matches in or you'll have to wait for another weekend to roll around.

Trials of Osiris Map And Rewards (January 15-19)

  • Map: Pacifica
  • 3 wins -- Tomorrow's Answer, Void rocket launcher
  • 5 wins -- Exile's Curse, Arc fusion rifle
  • 7 wins -- Astral Horizon, Kinetic shotgun Flawless run -- Hunter, Warlock, or Titan Helmet: Hood, Cover, or Helm of the Exile 
    • Adept Mod: Projectile Speed

For those who have never braved the Trials of Osiris and are unfamiliar with how it works, the multiplayer tournament only shows up on weekends and puts you into some of the Crucible's most challenging PvP battles. In the Trials, the challenge isn't just to win, but to go on winning streaks. Notch seven victorious matches without losing a single one and you'll earn what's known as a "Flawless" run. That gets you a trip to the Lighthouse--a special social space only accessible to players who go Flawless--and exclusive rewards and recognition. In the Beyond Light expansion, opening the Flawless chest earns you an "Adept" item, which comes with extra stat boosts unavailable on any other loot in the game, as well as powerful Adept mods that are likewise unavailable anywhere else.

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Source: Destiny 2 Trials Of Osiris Rewards This Week (January 15-19)

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GameSpot News / GSN - New Pokemon Snap File Size, More Details Revealed
« on: January 15, 2021, 02:15:42 PM »
New Pokemon Snap File Size, More Details Revealed

Nintendo gave fans another look at New Pokemon Snap this week. In addition to announcing the game's release date, the company has shared a few more details about the title on its website, including its file size.

According to Nintendo's product page, New Pokemon Snap will weigh in at 6.8 GB. For comparison, Pokemon Sword and Shield each take up 11.3 GB of space on Switch, while the upcoming Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury only takes up 2.9 GB.

The product page also confirms that New Pokemon Snap is a single-player game. Despite this, it appears there will be some kind of online component; the page mentions that New Pokemon Snap supports Nintendo Switch Online and features "online play," although no other details were shared beyond that.

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Source: New Pokemon Snap File Size, More Details Revealed

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Microsoft Investigating Windows 10 Exploit That Can Easily Corrupt Your Hard Drive

Microsoft is addressing a new Windows 10 exploit that can corrupt your hard drive with extreme ease, which could make it a nightmare for IT administrators globally. The exploit allows attackers to hide a single line of text in a file as innocent as a shortcut or zip file. What makes it so dangerous is that the file in question doesn't need to be explicitly interacted with--a user can simply open a folder with a compromised shortcut inside it for the exploit to be enacted.

The loophole was discovered by Security researcher Jonas L earlier in the week, before being corroborated by Will Dormann, a vulnerability analyst at the CERT Coordination Center. Dormann explained that the exploit has existed within Windows 10 for years already, citing other potential NTFS flaws that Microsoft has yet to address.

Thankfully, the exploit does sometimes trigger Windows' automatic chkdsk process, which will automatically repair the drive after a restart. The recovery process is far more complicated if this solution fails, which has been reported to be possible, meaning the attack is still very concerning for Microsoft.

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Source: Microsoft Investigating Windows 10 Exploit That Can Easily Corrupt Your Hard Drive

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GameSpot After Dark Ep. 76: All Aboard The Banter Bus

2021 has kicked off in earnest so the GameSpot After Dark crew are back with those sweet, sweet podcast you love so much. This week, Jake, Lucy, and Tamoor are joined by Gav Murphy of RKG fame. If you're not familiar with RKG, you should check out their superb work on YouTube and, if you're into it, support them on Patreon.

 

Lucy, Tamoor, and Gav go way back, so expect a fair bit of going off the rails as they catch up and have a good time chatting about whatever nonsense pops into their head, while Jake attempts to keep the conversation on track--bless him. They also talk about Bethesda's Indiana Jones game, as well as Ubisoft's newly announced Star Wars title.

 

Of course, there's also the regular listener question section. This week we talk about how we approach coverage of mobile games, and how the industry treats them as a whole, as well as Welsh video game characters.

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Source: GameSpot After Dark Ep. 76: All Aboard The Banter Bus

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Don't Worry, Josef Fares Also Doesn't Understand Xbox Series X|S Naming Conventions

Two months after the Xbox Series X and Series S launched, Microsoft's naming conventions for this console generation are still confusing for those outside the know or unfamiliar with the industry. But even prominent developers have a hard time wrapping their heads around Microsoft's new Xbox names, and Hazelight Studios founder Josef Fares is one of them.

In an interview with IGN discussing Fares' ambitions and Hazelight's games, Fares delivered some choice words about the Xbox Series X|S, calling the names a "total f**king mess."

"That's a f**king confusing name," Fares said. "What the f**k's going on with Microsoft? They're losing it, man. What the f**k is going on? Like Series S, X, Mex, Next. I mean, who knows this? Come on. Madness. Call it the Microsoft Box and that's it. I don't know. It's a total f**king mess. Trust me, even them, they're confused in their offices. What is this X, S... I don't know, what the f**k."

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Source: Don't Worry, Josef Fares Also Doesn't Understand Xbox Series X|S Naming Conventions

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Last Of Us, Uncharted Dev Hiring For "Something Cool"

The Last of Us and Uncharted developer Naughty Dog is apparently ramping up hiring for a new game, which is a project that executive Neil Druckmann is particularly excited about.

Druckmann said, "Come work with us! We're making something very cool!" He included the lips-sealed emoji with his message, referencing how he cannot share any more information.

Naughty Dog, which is based in Santa Monica, California, has more than two-dozen open positions across a variety of disciplines, including animation, art, game design, and production.

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Source: Last Of Us, Uncharted Dev Hiring For "Something Cool"

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Destiny 2: Where Is Xur This Week? Exotic Items / Location Guide (January 15-19)

Only a couple of weeks remain in Destiny 2's Season of the Hunt, so if you're looking to wrap up your adventures on Europa or finish off the Wrathborn and the High Celebrant, you need to get on it. Xur's back in the solar system for the weekend and can help, providing a fresh stock of Exotic weapons and armor for your collection. Head to The EDZ, to the Winding Cove area, to find Xur this week. For his weapon, Xur is offering Arbalest. Hunters can pick up the Oathkeeper gauntlets; for Titans, there's the ACD/0 Feedback Fence gauntlets; and for Warlocks, Xur has The Stag helmet.

Xur Location

Spawn in at the Tower's central transmat zone to find Xur this week. When you load in, turn left and head down the stairs to the Hangar area. When you enter it, turn left and walk to the north end of the area, then take the stairs up to the catwalk. Xur is hanging out near the edge of the area, overlooking the Last City.

Head to the Hangar and look for Xur up a flight of stairs, waiting for you on a catwalk.

Xur Exotic Items

Xur's weapon for this week is Arbalest, a newer Exotic, but a highly effective weapon in a lot of situations. This linear fusion rifle does devastating damage to enemy shields, and any enemy you hit with it becomes vulnerable to extra damage from Kinetic weapons. If you're not a fan of his other options, Xur also sells an Exotic engram that will decrypt into an Exotic you don't already own. He also has the new Xenology Quest, which rewards an Exotic Cipher you can use to purchase Exotics from either Xur or the Tower's Monument to Lost Lights. The quest requires you to either complete Strikes or win matches in Gambit and the Crucible.

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Source: Destiny 2: Where Is Xur This Week? Exotic Items / Location Guide (January 15-19)

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Destiny 2 PSA: Cash In Your Crucible Tokens While You Can

An upcoming update for Destiny 2 will be revamping the rewards system, which means a lot of changes to loot to make it more worthwhile to visit the Moon and the Dreaming City. As part of the changes, though, Bungie will be changing Crucible tokens, so be sure to cash those in while you can.

In a This Week At Bungie blog post, the studio detailed the changes to the reward progression, including Crucible tokens. Tucked away near the bottom of the explanation is a warning to use them or lose them before the new season begins, expected in February.

"Due to this automated progression, Crucible Tokens and Crucible Token Gifts are no longer needed and will be deprecated into junk that will delete as a full stack starting in Season 13," the blog notes. "So, cash those tokens in before the end of the Season, and get ready to earn some Masterwork materials!"

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Source: Destiny 2 PSA: Cash In Your Crucible Tokens While You Can

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Runs Into Errors On PC After Huge Spike In Players

EA's Star Wars: Battlefront II is the latest free game on the Epic Games Store. The game's release has proven to be extremely popular, it seems, as EA has needed to introduce additional server capacity to accomodate the huge influx in players.

This has also led to some error messages. People booting up the game may have encountered the 623 or 918 errors, and EA is working to improve the stability of Battlefront II. "An incredible number of players have joined us during our Epic Games Store free week, and we're scaling up new servers to welcome you all to the Battlefront," EA said.

Separately, EA's community manager for the game apologized for the issues. "Apologies for the error messages," he wrote. "We've been working to scale up our capacity and are seeing some healthy recovery. We'll keep increasing and look forward to seeing you!"

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Source: Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Runs Into Errors On PC After Huge Spike In Players

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Preorders Are Live Now

After years of rumors and fans clamoring for it, BioWare announced a remastered edition of the Mass Effect Trilogy during last year's N7 Day celebration. Mass Effect: Legendary edition is set to release this spring for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Though an exact release date hasn't been revealed, recent retailer listings have suggested that the remaster could arrive March 12. Regardless of whether that turns out to be true or not, it's clear fans won't have to wait much longer to replay the beloved role-playing series with performance and visual upgrades. If you already know you're going to dive back into the saga at launch, you can preorder Mass Effect: Legendary edition now.

The console versions of Mass Effect: Legendary edition come with free upgrades to PS5 and Xbox Series X. While BioWare hasn't shown off any gameplay of the collection since announcing it on N7 Day, the studio has promised updated textures, shaders, and technical enhancements. Mass Effect: Legendary edition will include all three single-player campaigns as well as every piece of DLC. At this time, it's unclear if the multiplayer mode from Mass Effect 3 will be featured in the collection, but the wording of BioWare's blog post suggests it won't be included.

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Source: Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Preorders Are Live Now

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GameSpot News / GSN - Epic Expands Its Apple And Google Lawsuits To UK
« on: January 15, 2021, 02:15:41 PM »
Epic Expands Its Apple And Google Lawsuits To UK

Epic has expanded its Fortnite legal battle with Apple and Google to the United Kingdom, now asking an antitrust tribunal to rule against the hardware and software giant as well.

Bloomberg reports that in its latest filing, Epic said that Apple has abused its "dominant position" and that its removal of Fortnite from the App Store was unlawful. The complaint was similar to another one filed the same day against Google. The Fortnite developer raised its legal challenge to the Competition Appeal Tribunal, a public body that oversees antitrust law.

Though the legal challenges have been ongoing in the States, this is the first time Epic has made a move to bring Fortnite back to the British App Store.

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Source: Epic Expands Its Apple And Google Lawsuits To UK

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Persona 5 Strikers Goes All-Out In Stylish New Gameplay Trailer

It's been a long time coming, but Persona 5 Strikers is finally launching in the West on February 20, and a new trailer shows just how chaotic its musou-inspired fights can get.

In the vein of Dynasty Warrior titles, Persona 5 Strikers will load the screen with enemies for you to mow down, tying Persona 5's RPG systems to the hack and slash action. That includes the game's signature All-Out attacks, which let each of your party's members team-up to unleash a devastating attack. That, and they just look incredibly stylish doing it, too.

In GameSpot's Persona 5 Strikers hands-on preview, editor Michael Higham found comfort in revisiting the likable cast of characters, while also experiencing a game without the time-sensitive stresses from the RPG.

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Persona 5 Strikers Hands-On: A Lighthearted Yet Tough Follow Up

It's an exciting prospect when one of your favorite games—in a series that typically doesn't receive direct sequels—gets what's more or less, well, a direct sequel. Mainline entries in Persona have a sort of definitive conclusion then get spinoffs or reissues, while a brand new storyline starts in the next full game (Persona 2 being an exception). Persona 5 Strikers, however, picks up where the original left off: The Phantom Thieves are back together to fight evil in the Metaverse as the cops keep a watchful eye on their moves. But now we have musou-style action RPG gameplay that's explosive, frenetic, and at least in the early stages, pretty damn tough.

I've spent about five hours with Persona 5 Strikers, which encompasses the opening scenarios and the entire first palace (or dungeon), and it's a blessing to be kicking ass as these characters again with all the lavish style you'd expect. With what seems to be a story with lower stakes and tiny slices of life simulation elements, it kind of feels like a Persona 5-lite in its narrative. The best way to put it is that Persona 5 Strikers is like the movie companion to your favorite anime.

Return Of The Metaverse And Humanity's Companion

It's summer vacation. Makoto and Haru have already started college, while everyone else is finishing up high school (except for Futaba, who broke out of her shell and started high school, props to her). Joker decides to return to Tokyo after a string of group texts, and everyone's going to have a carefree and lovely time with their leader back in town. Except, that's a lie.

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MSI's Stealth 15M Is The Thinnest 15-Inch Gaming Laptop In The World

Manufacturers have been able to cram more impressive hardware into gaming laptops over the years, and MSI's latest devicelatest device--revealed at CES 2021--continues that trend. Having shaved more micro-inches off of its chassis, the Stealth 15M is the world's thinnest portable gaming PC with a 15-inch screen.

With a height of 0.63 inches high when closed, the MSI Stealth 15M is slightly slimmer than similar products on the market such as the Razer Blade 15 laptop, the Lenovo Legion 7 Slim, or Alienware's M15.

MSI Stealth 15M         

Ultra-thin gaming laptops usually require some serious concessions in order to be shrunk down to that size, but the Stealth 15M still packs some impressive hardware inside of its aluminum frame. The recently-revealed Intel H35 Tiger Lake CPU Core i7-11375 CPU, 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, and an RTX 3060 laptop GPU are all part of the package, which also includes a 1920x1080 IPS display that has a refresh rate of 144Hz.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Hitman 3 Coming To Nintendo Switch This Month Too
« on: January 15, 2021, 02:15:41 PM »
Hitman 3 Coming To Nintendo Switch This Month Too

We've known since October that Hitman 3 is coming to Nintendo Switch via cloud streaming, but both Nintendo and developer IO Interactive had not yet mentioned a release date. That's changed now, with official word that it will come right alongside the other platforms on January 20.

IO announced the date with a tweet. That puts the Switch release on the same day as more powerful platforms that will run it natively on the hardware itself: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. The Switch version will require an internet connection, since it's streaming.

This is one of a handful of streaming games on Switch, and was announced along with Control. In GameSpot's Control cloud edition review, Phil Hornshaw said it ran generally well on Switch, with some degree of noticeable frame rate issues and graphical compromises. It's not the best way to play Control, but it will do in a pinch, so we can probably expect the same from Hitman.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition Arrives on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition is out now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, giving players a chance to once again team up with friends and fight for love in a remastered version of the classic  2D beat-‘em-up that first launched in 2010. Inspired by the movie and graphic-novel […]
Source: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition Arrives on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Development Update: a Gameplay Teaser and a New Hero

Hi everyone! GSC Game World here. The debut S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 trailer at the Xbox Games Showcase was all about the atmosphere. We have made quite a bit of progress since July, and we decided to go forward, sharing an in-engine gameplay teaser. That seems like a neat way to kickstart a new year, right? Just […]
Source: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Development Update: a Gameplay Teaser and a New Hero

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Here are the Games Coming Exclusively to Xbox in 2021

2021 will be a fantastic year to be an Xbox fan. The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S have launched, so we’re officially going full steam ahead into the next generation of gaming. Catch ya later, 2020! Of course, no matter the year, it’s always about the games. In 2021, creators around the world […]
Source: Here are the Games Coming Exclusively to Xbox in 2021

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XBOX Wire RSS Feed / XBOX - Next Week on Xbox: January 19 to 22
« on: January 15, 2021, 02:15:40 PM »
Next Week on Xbox: January 19 to 22

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox! Here we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PC as well as upcoming Xbox Game Pass and soon-to-be released ID@Xbox titles! Get more details on the games below and click their profiles for pre-order details when available (release dates […]
Source: Next Week on Xbox: January 19 to 22

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Xbox Canada Reveals One-of-a-Kind 'Canadian Tuxedo' Controller

Xbox Canada has created a one-of-a-kind Canadian Tuxedo controller and it is truly a sight to behold.
Source: Xbox Canada Reveals One-of-a-Kind 'Canadian Tuxedo' Controller

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Box of Pokemon TCG Booster Packs Sells for $400,000 at Auction

An auction company has officially sold a First Edition Base Set Pokemon booster box (a total of 396 cards) for a record-breaking sum of money.
Source: Box of Pokemon TCG Booster Packs Sells for $400,000 at Auction

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Nintendo Switch Pro: Analysts Conflicted on a 2021 Release

Video game industry analysts predict whether or not there will be a Nintendo Switch Pro in 2021 and opinions are conflicted.
Source: Nintendo Switch Pro: Analysts Conflicted on a 2021 Release

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Free On PS Plus: Shadow of the Tomb Raider Complete Walkthrough

Get through Shadow of the Tomb Raider with our help while it's free for PS Plus users with our complete guide to every tomb and puzzle.
Source: Free On PS Plus: Shadow of the Tomb Raider Complete Walkthrough

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Elden Ring Trailer Artist Posts Concept Art, Says There's No Hidden Meaning, Elden Ring Community Goes Wild Anyway

Concept art for the Elden Ring announcement trailer has been posted and, despite it having little connection to the final game, the community is delighted.
Source: Elden Ring Trailer Artist Posts Concept Art, Says There's No Hidden Meaning, Elden Ring Community Goes Wild Anyway

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Persona 5 Strikers: Why We Love its New Combat System

Persona 5's follow-up looks to retain the style and charm of the original game with a new but still exciting new combat system.
Source: Persona 5 Strikers: Why We Love its New Combat System

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Nintendo Switch: 2020 Sees the Second-Highest Annual Dollar Sales in US Console History

Nintendo Switch was the number one console in the US in 2020, for both units sold and dollars made – and had the second-best year for dollar sales in US console history, only trailing the Wii's spectacular 2008.
Source: Nintendo Switch: 2020 Sees the Second-Highest Annual Dollar Sales in US Console History

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Battle.net Has Had a Major Overhaul for the First Time in 8 Years

Blizzard's Battle.net PC launcher has been redesigned with a fresh new look.
Source: Battle.net Has Had a Major Overhaul for the First Time in 8 Years

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A Way Out's Josef Fares on Why He's Making Games in a Genre He Had to Invent

A Way Out and It Takes Two creator Josef Fares keeps making games in a genre he's more or less had to invent - we asked the outspoken director why.
Source: A Way Out's Josef Fares on Why He's Making Games in a Genre He Had to Invent

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Bungie's Halo Player Files Archive Is Going Offline Next Month

Bungie will permanently remove its online archive of Halo player stats and files in February.
Source: Bungie's Halo Player Files Archive Is Going Offline Next Month

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After 6 Years, Axiom Verge Gets Its First Piece Of Post-Launch Content

Almost six years after its launch, Axiom Verge is getting its first piece of post-launch content--and it's free! The new content is a Randomizer Mode, which is currently live in beta for the PC version of the game. The mode will be released for consoles (also for free) at a later date.

Originally existing as an unofficial mod, Randomizer Mode has been worked on by Axiom Verge speedrunners NoReset Games, Chris Couture (aka VideoGameRoulette), Dimitrios Lianopoulos (GVirus), Mark Rawls (Willow), Lars Lehmann (Leemyy), and CrowdControl's Matthew Jakubowski (Jaku)--as well as the mod's creator, Pozzum, for years. Now, the mod is being officially implemented into the game.

"They spent years working on this and refused any compensation I offered," Axiom Verge developer Thomas Happ wrote in a blog post. "It was a labor of love, and I'm hugely grateful to all of them."

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Source: After 6 Years, Axiom Verge Gets Its First Piece Of Post-Launch Content

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Call of Duty Zombies: How to Pack-A-Punch in the Die Maschine Easter Egg

From entering the Dark Aether, finding the missing machine part, and unlock the Pack-A-Punch machine, IGN has you covered in our complete Pack-A-Punch guide for the Die Maschine Zombies Easter Egg in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
Source: Call of Duty Zombies: How to Pack-A-Punch in the Die Maschine Easter Egg

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Why Diablo Immortal's Alpha Was a Hell of a Good Time

A fully fledged new Diablo in your pocket.
Source: Why Diablo Immortal's Alpha Was a Hell of a Good Time

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Fighting Game Community Organizers Introduce Code of Conduct to Combat Harassment, Abuse

The fighting game community introduced a Code of Conduct that will combat abuse and harassment in the community.
Source: Fighting Game Community Organizers Introduce Code of Conduct to Combat Harassment, Abuse

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New Borderlands 3 Update Makes Challenging Endgame Mission (Temporarily) A Little Easier

Gearbox Software has released the full patch notes for the latest update for Borderlands 3, now live in the game. The update adds a new limited-time mini-event called Supercharged Crystals and makes a few in-game quality-of-life adjustments.

Supercharged Crystals ensures that all the crystals in the Takedown of the Guardian Breach, an optional endgame mission, do not lose their charge after you move away from them. Normally, these crystals lose their charge when no one is charging them--only maintaining their charge once you've capped them off--and if any become completely empty, then you have to restart from a checkpoint.

So basically, this mini-event ensures you can't be wiped during the crystal charging parts of this Takedown, allowing you to more easily reach the next phase. For folks who haven't managed to beat Takedown of the Guardian Breach, this mini-event is the ideal time to try again. Supercharged Crystals ends on January 21 at 9AM PT / 12PM ET.

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Source: New Borderlands 3 Update Makes Challenging Endgame Mission (Temporarily) A Little Easier

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Bungie Is Reworking Destiny 2 Rewards And Making The Dreaming City And Moon Worth Visiting

With the release of the Beyond Light expansion, Bungie removed several of Destiny 2's destinations. One of the major issues the game has faced since then, however, is that some of its remaining destinations aren't really worth visiting thanks to changes to its weapons system. Luckily, the next season of Destiny 2 will see that changed, with Bungie reworking its loot system to make the Dreaming City and the Moon into places you're going to want to go to shoot aliens.

Bungie ran down a bunch of changes to its loot system in its This Week at Bungie blog, detailing the changes it'll make to two of its destinations, and the high-level activities you can complete there. As it stands right now, weapons and armor earned from the Dreaming City and the Moon have caps placed on their Power levels, the numbers that determine how strong those pieces of gear can be (and, when averaged with the rest of your gear, how strong your character is overall). Not too long ago, Bungie instituted a time-based system to cap the Power levels of weapons and armor, so that it can slowly phase out old gear in favor of new stuff. Since the loot from the Dreaming City is from the Forsaken expansion and the Moon loot is from the Shadowkeep expansion, it's all old enough that it has reached its cap, thus making it effectively obsolete.

In its next content season, Bungie is tweaking rewards from those locations to make them viable again. Armor sets from the Dreaming City and the Moon are getting reissued, along with four guns from both locations. One of those guns at each location will only be accessible through dungeons, the Pit of Heresy and the Shattered Throne. Here's the rundown of loot changes:

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Source: Bungie Is Reworking Destiny 2 Rewards And Making The Dreaming City And Moon Worth Visiting

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PS5 Stock Will Be Available Through Sony Rewards On Friday

The PS5 hasn't stayed on store shelves long, with stock depleting almost as quickly as it goes up. However, if you're a Sony Rewards member, you have another opportunity to snag the new console soon. Starting tomorrow, a limited number of PS5 units will be made available through the Sony Rewards website. The Sony Rewards Twitter account says it'll tweet out the direct link tomorrow, and we'll be sure to update this story when that happens.

It's free to sign up for Sony Rewards, though if you're a new user, you won't be able to get one of the consoles tomorrow. Every product on the Sony Rewards site is exchanged with points, meaning you'll need to have built up enough to claim one. To earn points, there are a number of things you can do. The first is make purchases with your Sony or PlayStation Visa credit card. You can also earn points by registering specific DVD and Blu-ray discs and uploading select movie tickets through the Sony Rewards app.

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Source: PS5 Stock Will Be Available Through Sony Rewards On Friday

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Battle.Net 2.0 Update Delivers Biggest Upgrade In Years

Blizzard is launching a major update for Battle.net, representing the biggest front-facing upgrade to the PC platform in years, according to the developer.

The upgrades, which have been available to beta testers for some time already, include things like an improved layout and navigation tools. Specifically, you can now "favorite" games and select how you want them to appear in your library.

Battle.net 2.0 looks a lot cleaner

The Battle.net 2.0 update also includes a "much more expansive layout" to help you catch up with news about your games more easily. The social plane has also been updated for greater visibility, while there are a number of accessibility improvements so you can quickly access many things on Battle.net with just the keyboard. The color contrast has been improved as well, as screen support has been updated, Blizzard said.

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Source: Battle.Net 2.0 Update Delivers Biggest Upgrade In Years

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Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor Servers Have Shut Down

As of January 12, the online servers for the open-world action-RPG Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor have shut down, publisher WB Games confirmed on the game's support page.

WB Games cited "changes with our network" as the reason for Shadow of Mordor's servers to have gone offline. As a result, several online features, like Nemesis Forge and Vendetta missions, are no longer available on PC (via Steam), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Players familiar with the game's sequel, 2017's Middle-earth: Shadow of War, may recall the Nemesis Forge. A featured added to Shadow of Mordor shortly before Shadow of War launched, Nemesis Forge allowed players to import their most-hated nemesis and most-loyal ally from Mordor into War. This feature is offline now that the servers have shut down.

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Source: Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor Servers Have Shut Down

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Free Xbox Games This Weekend Only: Star Wars: Squadrons, Dragon Ball FighterZ, And Yooka-Laylee

Looking for something new to play but don't want to spend any money? Microsoft has announced the latest additions to the Free Play Days promotion, and they include some big-name titles.

Now through Sunday, January 17, Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate members can play Star Wars: Squadrons, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Yooka-Laylee for the low, low price of $0.00.

To get started, you can queue up a download of each game through the Xbox website. You can also download the games on your Xbox by visiting the Subscriptions tab of the Xbox Store and then navigate to the Gold member area to find the Free Play Days library.

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Source: Free Xbox Games This Weekend Only: Star Wars: Squadrons, Dragon Ball FighterZ, And Yooka-Laylee

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New Smash Bros., Splatoon Rewards Added To My Nintendo

Nintendo has added a couple of new physical rewards to its My Nintendo loyalty program. My Nintendo members can now spend their points on a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate greeting card set or a Splatoon 2 keychain set.

The Smash Bros. greeting card set costs 400 Platinum points and is designed to resemble the series' signature invitation letter. The Splatoon 2 keychain set, meanwhile, costs 350 Platinum points and comes with keychains of the Super Mushroom and Super Star, the two Mario power-ups featured during this weekend's Mario-themed Splatfest.

Smash Bros. invitation greeting card set         

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Source: New Smash Bros., Splatoon Rewards Added To My Nintendo

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Charming RTS Bomber Crew Is Free Through Humble Bundle

Fans of real time strategy games can pick up Bomber Crew, a game about managing the inner workings of a World War 2 bomber, for free by subscribing to the Humble Bundle newsletter. The offer is only around for the next three days, so players will need to act quickly if they want to grab this freebie.

Visit Humble Bundle's official website, click on the banner on top, create an account, and enter your email in order to receive a copy of Bomber Crew. This offer will end on January 17, 2021 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.

Bomber Crew puts you in charge of various crews flying missions at the height of World War 2. You'll act as their invisible leader, giving engineers, gunners, and other crewmate's orders. The graphics may look charming, but there is a real challenge hidden behind Bomber Crew's colorful visuals.

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GameSpot News / GSN - This Mario Kart Wii Shortcut Took Years To Pull Off
« on: January 14, 2021, 08:01:33 PM »
This Mario Kart Wii Shortcut Took Years To Pull Off

A notoriously tricky "ultra-shortcut" in Mario Kart Wii has been performed by a human, after years of attempts. The shortcut is on the final track, Rainbow Road, and though players have known about its theoretical existence for almost five years, no one has been able to pull it off.

As noted on Reddit, streamer @ArthuurrrP is the first person to have performed the shortcut. You can see it in the streamed video below: The racer stops and turns their kart just after the starting line, then rides the railing and hops over to a piece of the track, bypassing most of Rainbow Road and going straight to the finish line. Total lap time: 22.5 seconds. Doing this successfully is said to have taken thousands of hours.

This is one of the "ultra-shortcuts" in Mario Kart Wii, and a

explains what makes it so rare and tricky. Mario Kart Wii uses a series of checkpoints to load in and make sure you've finished the entire track in sequence, so if you find a shortcut, you need to trip those markers or it won't count your progress. This particular shortcut was discovered in March 2016, and had been recreated with bots, but there wasn't yet a record of a person actually performing it.

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New Apex Legends Update Addresses Stability Issues, Patch Notes Detailed

Developer Respawn Entertainment has rolled out a new patch for Apex Legends on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S that stabilizes the game.

The patch comes after numerous players reported errors while playing the game on all platforms. Specifically, players were getting caught in infinite loops that freeze the game or the game would crash entirely. Respawn said that while it couldn't replicate whatever's causing the hiccups, the new patch "improves stability and (hopefully) fixes the freezing issues."

In addition to trying to address technical issues on the server side, the latest patch for Apex Legends fixes a variety of other problems. This includes issues with Fight Night event skins like Haute Drop and Gold Standard getting in the way of the reticle when aiming down sights, errors with selecting the Steam Friends list, and other problems related to clubs and text chat.

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Source: New Apex Legends Update Addresses Stability Issues, Patch Notes Detailed

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New Ultra-Thin Gaming Laptops Target Balance Of Power And Portability

When it comes to gaming hardware, 'big' is the description that most often applies, whether it's the original Xbox or the latest Nvidia RTX 3090 card. High-fidelity gaming takes a lot of horsepower, which often means you'll also be dealing with large hardware. But Intel is trying to change our minds at CES 2021 with its next set of laptop processors, enabling gaming on the thinnest and lightest laptops yet.

Intel hopes to do this with its 11th-gen Tiger Lake-H CPUs and Intel's own Xe graphics tech. Intel has three chips on the way that will make up this segment of its market: The Core i7-11375H Special Edition, i7-11370H, and i5-11300H. These are four-core, eight-thread CPUs that each draw 28-35W of power, compared to 35-45W for the 10th-gen laptop processors. The four-core count is a reduction from the previous generation's six-core models, which Intel says was necessary to fit the chip into the same space.

These chips are built on Intel's Tiger Lake H35 10nm architecture, which means that they support Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, Intel's Xe graphics architecture, Wi-Fi 6/6E, PCIe Gen 4, and Resizable BAR. If you follow PC tech, you may have come across this with AMD's Smart Access Memory. Similarly, Resizable BAR allows the CPU to allocate an optimal amount of video memory instead of having to do it in smaller 256MB chunks. That lets the CPU and discrete GPU move data around more quickly, which translates to better graphics performance and loading times. Nvidia recently announced its plans to support Resizable BAR, too. The Core i7-11375H SE also features Intel Turbo Boost 3.0, which lets the CPU shoot up to 5GHz frequency on a single core.

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Source: New Ultra-Thin Gaming Laptops Target Balance Of Power And Portability

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Mario Kart 8 And Exercise Bike Join Forces With Help From Ring-Con

YouTuber and "hardware hacker" Mike Choi has combined an exercise bicycle, Mario Kart 8, and the Ring Fit Adventure controller to create a fantastic way to get in shape. The Labo Fit Adventure Kart Kit, as he calls it, lets you control your favorite Mushroom Kingdom character by pedaling, squeezing, and working your butt off.

"This kit allows you to control your kart by pedaling on the Bike-Con and steering and using items with the Ring-Con," Choi said in a tweet. "This is a fully-functional concept product that I developed myself."

Choi uploaded a video to YouTube and Twitter where he can be seen huffing and puffing as he showcases his home brew creation. The "full-body exercise experience" gets extra difficult when he picks up a golden mushroom and has to squeeze the Ring Fit controller every time he wants a boost. "Even when you lose in the game," Choi said in the video. "You're winning at exercise."

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Activision Blizzard Employees Donated $1.6 Million To More Than 3,000 Charities In 2020

Activision Blizzard has announced that its holiday charity campaign was very successful, with its employees collectively giving more than $1.6 million to thousands of charities.

In December, Activision Blizzard kicked off the Holiday Giving Initiative, which gave every employee $200 to donate to a charity of their choice. More than 8,000 employees took advantage of the offer, donating to more than 3,200 charities and raising $1.6 million.

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and COO Daniel Alegre released a statement on the initiative:

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Source: Activision Blizzard Employees Donated $1.6 Million To More Than 3,000 Charities In 2020

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Pokemon Go Trading Distance Being Increased For January Community Day

Pokemon Go's January Community Day takes place this Saturday, January 16. The featured Pokemon this time around is Machop, and Niantic is making it a little easier for players to evolve it during the event.

From January 15-18, Niantic is temporarily increasing the game's trading distance to 40 km, allowing you to trade Pokemon with a friend from farther away than usual. This should help make it a bit easier to evolve Machoke into Machamp, as it's one of a handful of Pokemon that can essentially evolve by trading, just as in the mainline games.

If you receive select Pokemon like the aforementioned Machoke in a trade, its Candy requirement to evolve will be completely removed, effectively allowing you to evolve it for free. Considering that it normally costs 100 Candy to evolve a three-stage Pokemon into its final form, this is a nice alternate means of evolving some monsters.

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When Is The Next Steam Sale? Start Date Leaked For Steam Lunar New Year Sale 2021

Steam sales fall into a yearly pattern, and we always know roughly when to expect each major sale--for example, the summer and winter sales always kick off around the end of June and December, respectively. While we can anticipate the time period for the sale, Steam rarely announces exact dates beforehand. However, this info somehow manages to "leak" ahead of time on a consistent basis, and the tradition continues with the next big Steam sale, the 2021 Lunar New Year Sale.

According to Steam Database (@SteamDB) on Twitter, the Steam Lunar New Year Sale will kick off on February 11 and run until February 15, which means the next big Steam sale is roughly one month away. As SteamDB points out, Chinese New Year 2021 starts on February 12, so the dates make sense. While a start time was not given, Steam sales usually start around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.

The dates reportedly leaked from an email to Steam partners. For context, Steam Database is an account unaffiliated with Valve that tracks various updates related to the platform, and it has a history of accurately reporting upcoming Steam sale dates--but as always with rumors, take this info with a grain of salt.

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Source: When Is The Next Steam Sale? Start Date Leaked For Steam Lunar New Year Sale 2021

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XBOX Wire RSS Feed / XBOX - Ring in 2021 with Rock Band 4 Rivals
« on: January 14, 2021, 08:01:32 PM »
Ring in 2021 with Rock Band 4 Rivals

Rock Band is celebrating the start of 2021 with its 20th season of Rock Band Rivals! We’re turning the clock back and revisiting 8 of our most popular previous challenges from the last 20 seasons, as voted on by the Rock Band community. If you still haven’t checked out Rock Band Rivals, we invite all […]
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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’s Classic Mode Makes Old-School Cool Again

Hello Bloodstained Fans! New year, new free content! We are excited to bring Classic Mode and the new Kingdom: Two Crowns boss area to Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night today! Classic Mode Classic Mode takes the gameplay of Bloodstained and dials it back a few decades to feel just like the classic platformers of your […]
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XBOX Wire RSS Feed / XBOX - Down in Bermuda Crash-Lands Today on Xbox One
« on: January 14, 2021, 08:01:32 PM »
Down in Bermuda Crash-Lands Today on Xbox One

Puzzle adventure Down in Bermuda is available today on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. After an unnatural storm brings his plane down, adventurous aviator Milton is left stranded for decades within the infamous Bermuda. It’s your job to help the cute little guy make his way across six puzzle abundant islands in order to […]
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Bloober Team Debuts Live Action Trailer for The Medium

For the upcoming launch of its psychological horror title, The Medium, Bloober Team released a live-action trailer to give a glimpse of the mystery only a medium can solve. Produced in cooperation with award-winning VFX and animation studio Platige Image, with the talented Paweł Maślona as director as well as Academy Award nominee and BAFTA-winning […]
Source: Bloober Team Debuts Live Action Trailer for The Medium

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Team Up with Friends Online with Boss Raid Mode in Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 Free Update

Hello, everyone! We’ve been thrilled with the reception of last month’s launch of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. The game has encouraged players to go head-to-head in competitive and casual matchups between friends and family to prove who is the ultimate puzzle master. All the new content we’ll be […]
Source: Team Up with Friends Online with Boss Raid Mode in Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 Free Update

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New Pokemon Snap Release Date and the Big Bowser's Fury Reveal - NVC 543

NVC for the week of January 14, 2021.
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Axiom Verge Gets Its First Free Update Six Years After Release

Axiom Verge gets its first free update, six years after the release and it's a Randomizer Mode for speedruns.
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Fortnite Predator Challenges: How to Get Closer to Unlocking the Skin

The Predator is the next Hunter to challenge players in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5. This guide outlines what you need to do to complete his challenges and unlock the Predator skin.
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The (Mostly) Complete History of the PS4

Though the PS4 dominated in the last generation of consoles, it wasn't all smooth sailing. Here's the (mostly) complete history of Sony's last console.
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Immortals Fenyx Rising: Find Collectibles and More With Our Interactive Map

From guarded chests to challenge vaults and hidden mounts, find everything on the Golden Isles with our interactive map for Immortals: Fenyx Rising.
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Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Get New Maps, More, in Major Update

The latest updates for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War bring with them new maps, weapons, zombies, and more.
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Sonic the Hedgehog Is Now a Playable Character in Puyo Puyo Tetris 2

A new free update has been released for Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 and it has added Sonic the Hedgehog as a playable character.
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How to Earn Rust Twitch Drops Before They're All Gone

The resurgence of Rust might be thanks to streamers and some new Twitch drops players can earn by watching them. Here's a guide on how to get your hands on some of these items.
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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - Ubisoft's Riders Republic Delayed
« on: January 14, 2021, 08:01:30 PM »
Ubisoft's Riders Republic Delayed

Ubisoft's extreme sports multiplayer game has been delayed to sometime later in 2021.
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New Pokémon Snap: April Release Date Announced

Nintendo has announced that New Pokemon Snap will be released on Nintendo Switch on April 30, 2021.
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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury File Size Is Surprisingly Small

Nintendo has been steadily sharing a variety of new Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury details this week. In addition to giving players an overview of its online mode and other features, the company has revealed the game's file size, and it's pretty small.

According to Nintendo's website, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury weighs in at only 2.9 GB. That is naturally larger than the Wii U version's file size, no doubt thanks to the extra content the Switch port contains, but it's much smaller than many other Switch games; for comparison, even Super Mario 3D All-Stars weighs in at just under 5 GB.

The Bowser's Fury component is the most notable addition to the package. Unlike the base game, this mode takes place in a large, open-ended level called Lake Lapcat, where Mario will team with Bowser Jr. to collect items called Cat Shines and take on a Godzilla-sized Bowser.

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Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, And S21 Ultra Release This Month, Starting At $800

Samsung took to CES to show off its new lineup of Galaxy phones, the S21 series. These phones not only feature new designs, they also have a cheaper starting price than their predecessors.

During its virtual Unpacked stream, Samsung unveiled the $800 Galaxy S21, the $1,000 Galaxy S21 Plus, and the $1,200 Galaxy S21 Ultra. Consumers in the UK should note that the S21 will start at £769, which is only £30 less than the S20.

The S21 Ultra has four camera lenses on its back, while the S21 and S21 Plus have three. Additionally, the S21 phones have upgraded displays. The S21 Ultra features a 6.8 inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x display, while the S21 and S21 Plus have 6.2 and 6.7 versions of this display respectively. In a statement, head of Samsung's mobile communication business TM Roh said that the Galaxy S21 series is "the most powerful and versatile flagship lineup ever."

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Source: Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, And S21 Ultra Release This Month, Starting At $800

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Resident Evil Multiplayer Game Teased, Closed Beta Coming

Capcom has invited fans to sign up for a closed beta test for an upcoming Resident Evil multiplayer game, a title that apparently has not been announced yet. Or perhaps this is all related to Resident Evil Village and Capcom is intentionally keeping that a secret for now.

Coinciding with the announcement of the Resident Evil Showcase, Capcom has launched a website that mentions a closed beta test for a game that will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Resident Evil. The beta test will run on PS4 and Xbox One, though people with a PS5 or Xbox Series X|S who are accepted into the beta can play via backwards compatibility.

More details about the beta test will be shared during the Resident Evil showcase on January 21. Nowhere on the page is the name Resident Evil Village mentioned, though the landing page includes "Village" as a directory.

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Get A Load Of Outriders PC Specs, Quality Of Life Features

Third-person shooter Outriders is still a few months away, but we now have a better idea of all the options it'll include when it launches in April. Developer People Can Fly outlined the game's PC specs in a new video, while also pointing out a bunch of additional customization options for the PC version, including the ability to unlock its frame rate and adjust your field of view.

First and foremost is the rundown of what you'll need to run Outriders when it launches on April 1. For the low end, running the game at 720p resolution and 60fps, you'll need at least an Nvidia GeForce GTX 750TI or AMD Radeon R9 270x graphics card, an Intel i5-3470 or AMD FX-8350 CPU, and 8GB of RAM. To hit the recommended specs for 1080p resolution and 60fps, you'll want at least a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or Radeon RX 480 8GB graphics card, an i7-7700 or Ryzen 5 1600 CPU, and 16GB of RAM. You'll also need 70GB of storage space to install the game.

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Source: Get A Load Of Outriders PC Specs, Quality Of Life Features

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Resident Evil Village First Gameplay, New Trailer, And More Promised For Digital Event

Capcom has announced a virtual showcase where the studio will provide a new look at 2021's Resident Evil Village. The event promises a "guided tour" of the game, including a first look at Village's gameplay.

Viewers can also expect a new trailer and "lots more" news about the Resident Evil franchise, not just this new game. The event is scheduled for 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET / 10 PM GMT on January 21. It will be hosted by Brittney Brombacher of the What's Good Games podcast series.

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Source: Resident Evil Village First Gameplay, New Trailer, And More Promised For Digital Event

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GameSpot News / GSN - Intel Appoints Former Principal Engineer As New CEO
« on: January 14, 2021, 12:27:49 PM »
Intel Appoints Former Principal Engineer As New CEO

Intel is going through a senior executive shakeup, with former CTO, Pat Gelsinger, returning to the company to take up the position of CEO.

A skilled engineer at heart, Gelsinger spent many years at Intel before rising through the ranks to the position of CTO. He left the company in 2009 and since gone on to serve as CEO for VMWare. His return to Intel comes at a crucial time for the company, as it continues to struggle with the pressure that AMD is mounting on it.

"My experience at Intel has shaped my entire career, and I am forever grateful to this company," Gelsinger says in a statement. "To come back 'home' to Intel in the role of CEO during what is such a critical time for innovation, as we see the digitization of everything accelerating, will be the greatest honor of my career."

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GameSpot News / GSN - Stadia Rolls Out Game Save Sharing With Hitman 3
« on: January 14, 2021, 12:27:49 PM »
Stadia Rolls Out Game Save Sharing With Hitman 3

With the launch of Hitman 3, Google's Stadia platform is finally getting one of its most interesting features: State Share. As proposed in 2019's pitch for the service, this allows Stadia players to share their game states with others, letting them to hop into the game and take on a Hitman mission with the same loadout, objectives, and difficulty setting.

Game states created with State Share are playable chunks of Stadia games that you can share just like you might a video or screenshot. It's essentially like handing your save file over to someone else, but instantly. If the other player has access to that Stadia game, they can essentially click a link and jump into the game at the point the share came from, complete with all the same parameters. In Hitman, that means players can share their particular missions, with their difficulty setting, starting location, disguise, objectives, equipment loadout, and smuggled gear. State Share places players at the beginning of the mission you just ran with the same setup you used.

Sharing a game state from the end of a mission includes your rank on the Hitman leaderboard, so anyone playing with State Share can see how they rank against you. It also includes the new Celebration Tag in Hitman 3 that gives you a rank based on how well you fared. The tags include Amateur, Professional, Silent Assassin, and Professional ICA Shadow Assassin, providing another way to compare yourself to anyone you share your game state with.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Sonic Comes To Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 In New Update
« on: January 14, 2021, 12:27:49 PM »
Sonic Comes To Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 In New Update

A new update for Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 introduces a new slate of playable characters, including Sega mascot Sonic the Hedgehog. It also includes a new Boss Raid mode, which lets you team up with four other players in co-op. A limited-time demo is now available to play on Nintendo Switch.

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 mashes up the two famous puzzle series, and the new update marks the first of a series of planned post-launch content drops coming to the game. The four new playable characters are Sonic, Lidelle, Ms. Accord, and The Ocean Prince., along with a series of new music tracks including the Sonic the Hedgehog theme.

The Boss Raid mode lets you team up online against a CPU-controlled boss. You can also use couch co-op with the Nintendo Switch local wireless multiplayer. Sega says you'll need to choose a roster of heroes with complimentary skills, popping Puyos and clearing Tetriminos to deal damage to the boss. Higher difficulties will let you take on more bosses in a row, and the bosses pack unique skills that you'll need to plan around. Defeating them will earn you Item Cards and experience points, with better rewards coming for higher difficulties.

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Source: Sonic Comes To Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 In New Update

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Biden's Inauguration Prompts Delay To Elder Scrolls Online: Oblivion Reveal

Bethesda had planned a big event for The Elder Scrolls Online for January 21 where it would announce more details on the new Gates of Oblivion expansion. However, the developer has now delayed the event to the following week to get out of the way of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

In a follow-up tweet, the developer said it's delaying the announcement event due to the recent US Capitol riots and out of an abundance of caution for what could happen on inauguration day. Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on January 20 during a ceremony in Washington D.C.

"Given recent events, we are opting to play it safe. We have players all over the world, but the majority of our employees live and work near the capital," the developer said.

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Source: Biden's Inauguration Prompts Delay To Elder Scrolls Online: Oblivion Reveal

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Tiny Lands Looks Like A Relaxing Digital Diorama Game

In times of stress, video games have proven to be a healthy distraction. One game that may be especially cathartic is developer Hyper Three Studio's Tiny Lands, which has a simple setup. Presented with a series of 3D environments, players will need to find five differences in each digital diorama. The low-poly isometric puzzle game also features a soothing soundtrack from composer BigRicePiano, and there's no time limit to worry about as you explore each of the diverse environments on offer.

Tiny Lands even features various elements such as fire, rain, thunder, snow, and wind in each diorama, and you'll be able to rotate the levels and zoom in on them to find the small differences between each model. You can see the relaxing game in its official trailer below:

Tiny Lands will be out on Steam on January 22, with a 10% discount on its regular price of $7. A Nintendo Switch version will also be released at a later date.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Star Wars Battlefront 2 Is Free For PC Right Now
« on: January 14, 2021, 12:27:49 PM »
Star Wars Battlefront 2 Is Free For PC Right Now

If you're looking for something to play this weekend, the Epic Games Store's latest free PC game is a good one. From now until January 21 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET, you can claim Star Wars Battlefront II: Celebration edition free of charge. For those who haven't claimed a free game at Epic before, all you need to do is create a free account to add Battlefront II into your library forever.

Star Wars Battlefront II originally released in 2017 as a sequel to the 2015 reboot of the third-person shooter series. While the shooter got off to a rocky start due to a confusing and unfriendly progression system as well as much-maligned microtransactions, it received consistent updates from EA over the next two years. Though it no longer receives major updates, the game has come a long way since we awarded it a 6/10 in our Star Wars Battlefront II review.

The Celebration edition comes with all of the customization content released post-launch. Battlefront II's story mode is a mixed bag, though it's still worth a playthrough. The online multiplayer is where Battlefront II gets its legs thanks to a wide variety of game modes, including large-scale objective-based variants and fast-paced skirmishes on small maps. Battlefront II also features PvE co-op for up to four players and a single-player Arcade mode that helps you prepare for multiplayer combat.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Puzzle Quest, Gems Of War Dev Acquired By 505 Games
« on: January 14, 2021, 12:27:49 PM »
Puzzle Quest, Gems Of War Dev Acquired By 505 Games

505 Games has announced the acquisition of Infinity Plus Two, the studio that created the Puzzle Quest series as well as the free-to-play Gems of War. 505 touted this as a strategic move to strengthen its position in the F2P market.

Infinity Plus Two is based in Melbourne, Australia, and has created more than 30 games, though it's most known for Puzzle Quest. Founder Steve Fawkner will remain in a leadership role at the studio as part of 505 Games management. The studio had previously collaborated with 505 on Gems of War, a strategy-RPG with match-3 mechanics.

"IP2 is a proven studio with phenomenal success over the years. Their creative vision and extensive experience will be a great addition to 505 Games," said 505 Games free-to-play head Clive Robert, in the announcement. "The F2P market has seen a tremendous amount of growth and rise in popularity over the years and has always been a key facet of the company's growth strategy. As one of the leading third-party publishers of F2P games across multiple platforms, this latest acquisition solidifies our investment in internal development and builds on our library of owned IP."

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The Medium's New Live-Action Trailer Is Very Unnerving

Developer Bloober Team has released a brand-new live-action trailer for its psychological third-person horror title The Medium, which drops later this month on PC and Xbox Series X|S.

The approximately three-minute trailer shows protagonist Marianne using her powers as a medium to connect with the spiritually displaced. She jumps between reality and some alternative version, which sees a Demogorgon-like creature emerge from the shadows to hunt her down. It was produced by Platige Image, a Poland-based VFX team that's worked on cinematics for Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher franchise, and Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman.

Check out the latest trailer above. Earlier this month, Bloober Team also shared 14 minutes of extended The Medium gameplay, giving players a small taste of the horror that's in store. Additionally, the studio dropped a batch of new screenshots, which are also embedded below.

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Massive Assassin's Creed Valhalla Title Update 1.1.1 Update Out Now

Assassin's Creed Valhalla's title update 1.1.1. is out now on consoles on PC. The new update addresses a large number of graphical bugs, adds various gameplay fixes, and also includes support for Ubisoft's Connect Achievements. On Xbox One the update size is 6.6GB, Xbox Series X/S users can expect a 7.5GB download, and PC users can brace themselves for a 6.45GB update in their download queue.

The update sizes on PlayStation are much smaller, with PS4 users needing to download a 3GB patch while PS5 users will only need to grab a quick 2GB download. Among the more substantial tweaks to Assassin's Creed Valhalla that players can expect are numerous fixes to main quests and world events where certain sequences wouldn't properly trigger, various misplaced textures or objects have been repaired, and that one pesky floating boat in Vinland no longer defies the laws of gravity.

Various NPC behavior issues, an error where you could kill NPCs by flinging corpses at them, and guards will react more aggressively when you burn their members alive with oil jars. You can see the full patch notes below:

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Nintendo Announces New Pokemon Snap Release Date Alongside A Trailer

Nintendo has announced a release date for one of its next big Switch exclusives. New Pokemon Snap will arrive on April 30, the company has confirmed.

Nintendo also released a brand-new trailer to celebrate the release date announcement, which you can watch below. What's more, as of January 14, Nintendo has begun to accept pre-orders for New Pokemon Snap, so you can secure a copy right now. For more, check out GameSpot's New Pokemon Snap preorder guide.

A spin-off of the classic Nintendo 64 game, New Pokemon Snap takes players to the Lental region where they can explore various islands and snap photos of Pokemon in the wild. The photos you take will build up your Photodex, and Nintendo promises that you'll be able to discover "new, never-before-seen Pokemon expressions and behaviors."

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CES 2021: Learn About the New Windows PC Gaming Devices Coming Soon From Our Favorite Partners

At this year’s first-ever, all-digital Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we got a glimpse of exciting innovations in PC gaming, with Microsoft’s device partners announcing new Windows hardware and software for all kinds of gamers. We’re excited that our partners are embracing graphics cards that fully support DirectX 12 Ultimate in their flagship gaming PCs. DirectX […]
Source: CES 2021: Learn About the New Windows PC Gaming Devices Coming Soon From Our Favorite Partners

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Free Play Days – Star Wars: Squadrons, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Yooka-Laylee

Jump in your starfighter battle players among the stars, go Super Saiyan and relive epic battles, and explore an imaginative open world all in this weekend’s Free Play Days. Star Wars: Squadrons, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Yooka-Laylee are all available for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play from Thursday, January […]
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GTA Online: Claim Double Survival Rewards, Kosatka Submarine Upgrade Discounts

This week in GTA Online, claim free login bonuses, discounted upgrades to the Kosatka submarine, Survival series bonuses, and much more.
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Resident Evil Village: First Gameplay Reveal Showcase Announced

Capcom has announced that a Resident Evil Showcase will take place on January 21 and will give a guided tour of Resident Evil Village, a new trailer and first gameplay, and even more Resident Evil news.
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Assassin's Creed Valhalla's Mysterious Isu Language Has Been Translated By Fans

The secret Isu language featured in Assassin's Creed Valhalla has been translated by the Access the Animus community.
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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - Where to Preorder New Pokemon Snap
« on: January 14, 2021, 12:27:47 PM »
Where to Preorder New Pokemon Snap

Everything you need to know to preorder New Pokemon Snap for Nintendo Switch.
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New Pokémon Snap: April Release Date Announced

Nintendo has announced that New Nintendo Pokemon Snap will be released on Nintendo Switch on April 30, 2021.
Source: New Pokémon Snap: April Release Date Announced

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Bowser's Fury Is a Short, Action-Packed, Free-Roaming Mario Adventure

Bowser's Fury will be a free-roaming experience that is "short but action-packed" - and you won't have to finish Super Mario 3D World to play it.
Source: Bowser's Fury Is a Short, Action-Packed, Free-Roaming Mario Adventure

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Nioh 2 Complete Edition PC Features Detailed

Whatever power your PC is packing, Nioh 2 Complete Edition seems ready to put it to the test.
Source: Nioh 2 Complete Edition PC Features Detailed

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Super Nintendo World Opening Indefinitely Delayed

Universal Studios Japan has indefinitely delayed the opening of Super Nintendo World after Osaka Prefecture declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Super Nintendo World Opening Indefinitely Delayed

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Ubisoft Massive's Star Wars Game Job Listings Hint at Game Details

Ubisoft Massive has put up several jobs for its new Star Wars game with Lucasfilm Games, and their descriptions hint at a few extra details.
Source: Ubisoft Massive's Star Wars Game Job Listings Hint at Game Details

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Fortnite Gnome Guide: Where To Find Gnomes At Each Named Location

Fortnite Season 5 has new daily challenges that are a bit harder than usual. These challenges will send you to different named locations where you'll need to track down a handful of Gnomes. They take time if you don't know where to look. This guide will help you through each challenge.

The challenges are listed as "Find Gnomes in Sweaty Sands," although the named location will change from day to day based on what challenges you complete. A regular weekly challenge also involved finding gnomes, but these challenges are different. Gnomes will be found sitting on piles of dirt with a bright blue glow around them. You'll be able to interact with them once you are close enough.

Here is a guide for how to find all the gnomes for every named location that can come up for these daily challenges.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Please Let Indie Devs Make Star Wars Games
« on: January 14, 2021, 01:49:47 AM »
Please Let Indie Devs Make Star Wars Games

Electronic Arts' exclusivity rights to making Star Wars games has come to an end as LucasArts has opened its portfolio to other studios--in fact, The Division 2 developer Massive Entertainment has already announced it's creating an open-world Star Wars game. This is exciting; I'm happy to see that other big studios are being given the opportunity to try their hand at Star Wars, and I can't wait to get more games like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Star Wars: Squadrons. But I also can't help but think that any Star Wars game we get from a AAA studio may just cover genres and storylines we've already seen before. Massive Entertainment, for example, is doing what it does best and making an open-world game. But there are so many more exciting opportunities, and I hope LucasArts chooses to let a few indie studios take a stab at Star Wars to realize them.

I have no doubt that Massive can create a good Star Wars game, but I also assume it will cater to the strengths and gameplay systems that Ubisoft studios already know sell well. I'm willing to bet that this new game will be another open-world action game with RPG mechanics and a skill tree that stars a character who can be a man or woman and has enough side quests to keep audiences playing for over 30 hours--and then painted as Star Wars. That's not shade, I'm down for it, that sounds super fun, but it isn't all that weird for a Star Wars game. And Star Wars is at its best when you explore the stranger parts of its universe.

Indie studios traditionally don't have as big a bottom line to meet in comparison to AAA developers, allowing them to be a bit more experimental with what they make. We've seen this before with other major film, TV shows, or comic book properties. Bithell Games transformed John Wick into a top down strategy game with John Wick Hex, for instance, and Telltale Games made The Walking Dead into a choice-driven episodic adventure series. Neither are obvious genre choices for their respective franchises--personally, I'd expect John Wick to be a shooter and for The Walking Dead to be a survival horror game--but both worked surprisingly well.

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Dream Star Wars Games We Want And Who Should Make Them

With Lucasfilm's announcement that all video games based on its properties will now live under the “Lucasfilm Games” umbrella, it appears that a new age is about to begin for the company's video games ambitions. We already got a glimpse of what this new strategy is with the reveal of a new Indiana Jones game by Bethesda's studio MachineGames. And more recently, Ubisoft confirmed that it's making an open-world Star Wars game, which is all the more surprising, given Star Wars titles have been predominantly developed by Lucasfilm's longtime video game collaborator Electronic Arts for the last few years.

With Star Wars and other Lucasfilm properties handed off to competing publishers and developers, it seems like EA will no longer have exclusive rights to the property's gaming-related projects. A shift in strategy like this now makes it open season for just about any notable developer in the industry to work with Lucasfilm properties. All this echoes how Marvel's games division approached making games based on its IP, where there was a greater emphasis on matching the right developer with the right property instead of handing off the entire catalog to one company.

Naturally, all of this got us thinking about Star Wars games that we've always dreamed of being made. And because of Lucasfilm's new strategy, any developer can now potentially helm projects based on any Star Wars or Lucasfilm-related property, so this has our imaginations running wilder than ever before. Below, you can read about our dream Star Wars games and who want to make them.

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Pokemon Go Hoenn Celebration Event Detailed, Brings Back Groudon And Kyogre

Pokemon Go's Sinnoh Celebration event is underway until January 17, and it'll be followed by a Hoenn Celebration next week. That event will kick off on January 19, and now developer Niantic has shared more details about what Pokemon and bonuses will be available.

Throughout the Hoenn Celebration event, the following Pokemon will be appearing in the wild more frequently than usual:

  • Treecko
  • Torchic
  • Mudkip
  • Taillow
  • Loudred
  • Nosepass
  • Aron (and Shiny Aron)
  • Meditite
  • Roselia
  • Carvanha
  • Numel
  • Baltoy

In addition to those wild spawns, the following Pokemon will be hatching from 5 km eggs throughout the event:

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Ahead Of Little Nightmares 2, Snag The First Game For Free On Steam

Little Nightmares 2 is less than a month away from release, and to celebrate, publisher Bandai Namco is giving away free copies of the first game on PC. From now until January 17, you can claim a free Steam code for Little Nightmares via Bandai Namco's website. Codes will be delivered via email within two weeks, and the sign-up page says "while supplies last," so you may want to get your name on the list quickly.

This isn't the only way to snag Little Nightmares for free this month--Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can claim Little Nightmares right now as part of January's Games with Gold offerings. It's free on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S for members until January 31.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Studio Co-Founder Releases A Personal Explanation About What Happened

Following the rocky launch of Cyberpunk 2077 in December, developer CD Projekt Red has released a statement from studio co-founder Marcin Iwinski in which he offers a personal explanation of what happened in the days leading up to the game's release.

"Despite good reviews on PC, the console version of Cyberpunk 2077 did not meet the quality standard we wanted it to meet. I and the entire leadership team are deeply sorry for this, and this video is me publicly owning up to that," Iwinski said.

"Please, don't fault any of our teams for what happened. They are all incredibly talented and hard-working. Myself and the board are the final decision-makers, and it was our call to release the game. Although, believe me, we never ever intended for anything like this to happen. I assure you that we will do our best to regain your trust."

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GameSpot News / GSN - Steam Had A Huge Year In 2020
« on: January 14, 2021, 01:49:46 AM »
Steam Had A Huge Year In 2020

Valve has released a number of year-end stats for its PC gaming store, Steam, and it would appear that the platform had a momentous year.

The big numbers include 120 million monthly active players, 62.6 million daily active players, and a peak of 24.8 million peak concurrent players. That last record has already fallen, as more than 25 million people logged into Steam at the same time in early January.

Some of the other marquee stats included 2.6 million new Steam purchasers every month in 2020, while users bought 21.4% more games than they did in 2019. Time spent gaming is up, too, with Valve reporting that the number of hours spent gaming increased by 50.7% percent compared to 2019.

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Immortals: Fenyx Rising 1.1 Patch Notes Prepares For First Expansion

The version 1.1.0 patch for Immortals: Fenyx Rising will be going out this week, fixing multiple bugs and adding support for the upcoming DLC called A New God. The patch notes don't give further details about the expansion.

The patch notes on the Ubisoft forums say that the patch will hit at 9 AM ET / 6 AM PT on Thursday, January 14. Those include a fix to a spoilery boss fight, and a few fixes to photo mode, among others. It also includes a few platform-specific issues, such as adding more haptic feedback on PS5, fixing save corruption on Xbox Series X, and aspect ratio, audio, and KBM bug fixes on PC.

Immortals: Fenyx Rising was released in December. In GameSpot's Immortals Fenyx Rising review, critic Suriel Vazquez wrote, "But even as it lives in the shadow of better games, its puzzles, combat, and open-world loop come together often enough for me to not only see it through for a few dozen hours, but also want to keep filling out its almighty checklist, even if it led me by the nose most of the way through."

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GameSpot News / GSN - Fortnite's Mandalorian Is A Menace
« on: January 14, 2021, 01:49:46 AM »
Fortnite's Mandalorian Is A Menace

The Mandalorian is playing a big role in Fortnite Season 5. He's come to the battle royale as an NPC and attacks players who approach his ship on sight. Those who manage to kill him can pick up his mythic sniper rifle and jetpack--there is only one of each in every match. He's come to be a thorn in the side of players all over the map.

The bounty hunter originally spawned close to the Razor Crest crash landing site near the center of the map, where he guards a piece of Beskar that players needed to collect. A recent update gave the bot multiple spawn locations--some players have found him swimming in rivers, fighting the IO Guards, and sneaking up on them with his signature thermal rifle. He's left his ship behind.

"This dude legit showed up at Pleasant Park and steamrolled the IO Guards there," said Redditor unlocked_. "I didn't know he could move that far until now. I was so confused."

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Twitch Partners Exclusively With Samsung On Mobile Gaming Events

Samsung has become Twitch's exclusive mobile partner in North America and will partner with the streaming platform on a variety of mobile gaming events (via Deadline).

The companies plan to collaborate on Twitch Rivals Mobile Challenges--events where streamers will play popular mobile games--and Mobile Mondays, a reoccurring tournament that will hand out cash prizes to participants. There will also be perks for Galaxy and Twitch users, but what exactly they are is still currently unknown.

A third event type, Mobile Gaming Heroes, will apparently "unveil the next generation of mobile gaming heroes." These individuals will "produce original content, host exclusive streams and participate in select events." Obviously, all events will feature Samsung’s lineup of Galaxy 5G-enabled mobile gaming devices.

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NHL 21 Predicts The Stanley Cup Winner, And It's A Team That Hasn't Won In 20 Years

The real-world NHL season begins on Wednesday, January 13, and to celebrate the occasion, EA Sports has released the results of its annual simulation to predict which team will win the Stanley Cup.

According to the results of the NHL 21 simulation, the Colorado Avalanche will win the Stanley Cup this year, defeating the defending champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning, in 7 games. In the real world, the Avalanche have not won the title since the 2000-2001 season.

The simulation also predicted that Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs will be the NHL's top goal-scorer for the season, racking up 39 goals. Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, meanwhile, will be the league's top points-scorer with 83, according to the prediction.

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Fortnite Week 7 Guide: Where To Find Books In Holly Hedges And Sweaty Sands

Fortnite's newest set of weekly challenges is here. Most of the Week 7 quests are easy to complete, but one will have you searching two named locations to find four books. The challenge asks you to collect books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands. This guide will show you where to collect books to complete the challenge quickly.

This challenge leaked early; check back on Thursday to see it live in Fortnite.

Where To Find Books In Holly Hedges And Sweaty Sands

There are two books to collect at each named location. We don't know the exact spot for each one just yet, but some dataminers have tried to pinpoint where they will be when the challenges go live on Thursday morning.

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PS5/Series X: New Study Examines Environmental Impact Of Latest Consoles

With climate change being one of the greatest existential threats looming over humanity's survival, gamers may wonder what role they play in the fate of the environment. A new study seeks to answer that question, and the findings don't look all that reassuring.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, a US-based non-profit dedicated to climate advocacy, published a study looking at the environmental impact of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The organization found that both consoles use between 160 and 200-plus watts of energy--more than previous generations. They also need roughly the same energy as the TV they're likely plugged into, which uses between 120 and 200 watts depending on size.

Of course, the energy used dips pretty low when either console is low-power mode or on standby. In fact, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S use less than 1 watt in these states, according to the NRDC. However, that changes with Xbox's "Instant On" setting enabled by default and PlayStation's inability to smartly adapt to console inactivity. As a result, the wattage used by both consoles can jump to double-digits if gamers forget to turn them off.

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GameSpot News / GSN - The Last Guardian Can Run At 60FPS On PS5
« on: January 14, 2021, 01:49:45 AM »
The Last Guardian Can Run At 60FPS On PS5

The Last Guardian was a prestige game on PS4, but you can play it with a performance boost on PS5. The game from the studio behind Ico and Shadow of the Colossus had an unstable frame rate on its original hardware, but with a little work you can get it to run at a smooth 60 FPS on the new generation.

According to an analysis from Digital Foundry, The Last Guardian barely ran at 30 FPS on most PS4 hardware iterations, and sometimes would drop even lower than that. The PS5 can run at 60 FPS, but only under certain conditions. The game has to be running directly from the disc, which means you need to forgo any patches that attempt to auto-install when you insert it. That means you'll be running version 1.0, straight from the disc code, to enjoy your smooth frame rate.

The analysis does note that the frame rate dropped below 60 once in its tests, to around 55 FPS, but that was both temporary and a very minor drop. It appears that overall the increased horsepower of the PS5 makes a big difference in the game.

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Ubisoft Massive's Star Wars Game Job Listing Hint at Game Details

Ubisoft Massive has put up several jobs for its new Star Wars game with Lucasfilm Games.
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The Future of Star Wars Games Is Bright

IGN's weekly PlayStation show breaks down the latest Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Lucasfilm Games news on this week's episode!
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AC Valhalla: How to Unlock Odin's Spear

Gain the mighty spear of Odin in Assassin's Creed Valhalla with its secret location.
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ESO Delays Expansion Reveal Due to U.S. Presidential Inauguration

The Gates of Oblivion reveal event will now be held on January 26.
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Cyberpunk 2077 Next-Gen Update Will be Released in the 'Second Half' of 2021

CD Projekt now says the next-gen update for Cyberpunk 2077 on PS5 and Xbox Series X will be released in the 'second half' of 2021.
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Steam in 2020: 50 Percent More Hours Played Than in 2019

Steam has revealed that 2020 saw 50% more hours played than 2019, in large part due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic keeping everyone at home.
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How Star Wars Games Can Flourish Now That EA Lost Exclusivity

With the EA exclusivity coming to an end, the future of Star Wars games looks bright, as Lucasfilm Games can partner with whoever it wanted, including Ubisoft and EA, for future titles.
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Indiana Jones Trailer Breakdown: Setting, Timeline, and Easter Eggs Explained

Here's everything you missed in the MachineGames' Indiana Jones project trailer.
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Amazon's Lord of the Rings Prequel: The Second Age Explained

Here's everything you need to know about the Second Age and the setting of Amazon's Lord of the Rings prequel series.
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Pokemon Go February 2021 Community Day Details Announced

Pokemon Go's January Community Day is only a few days away, but Niantic has already shared details about next month's event. February's Community Day will take place on Sunday, February 7, and the featured Pokemon next month will be the Grass/Poison type Roselia.

Throughout February's Community Day, Roselia will appear in the wild much more frequently than normal, while its pre-evolved form, Budew, will hatch from 2 km eggs. You'll also have a chance to encounter Shiny Roselia in the game, and there will be Timed Research tasks to complete. These will reward you will Sinnoh Stones, which you'll need to evolve Roselia into Roserade.

If you do manage to evolve Roselia during the event, your Roserade will know two special moves: the Fast Attack Bullet Seed and the Charged Attack Weather Ball. The latter's typing typically varies, but Roserade's Weather Ball will deal Fire-type damage. You'll have up to two hours after the Community Day ends to evolve Roselia and learn the special Community Day moves.

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EVGA, Zotac Increase Prices On All RTX 30-Series GPUs

Earlier this year, a waiver protecting GPU manufacturers from additional tariffs in the ongoing trade war with China lapsed. ASUS recently announced plans to increase GPU prices as a result, and now EVGA and Zotac are following suit.

EVGA has added a note to its website making customers aware of the price hike, stating that it has attempted to minimize the impact to consumers. This includes honoring the price on preorders that have already been processed.

EVGA has increased the prices of all RTX 30-series GPUs, from the RTX 3060 Ti to the RTX 3090. Surprisingly, the increase is relatively standard across the board, with each card now retailing for $70 more than before. The RTX 3080, for example, is now $800 after previously launching at $730.

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Among Us Dev Talks About The Game's Recent Surge In Popularity, Teases "Secrets" In The Works

Among Us, the multiplayer game where you try to seek out an imposter, had a banner year in 2020. The game saw a massive spike in popularity; the game got so big that even Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got in on the action with her own record-breaking stream.

Victoria Tran, the community director at developer Innersloth, has now shared her thoughts on the surge in popularity for the game in 2020. Speaking to GameSpot's Lucy James during sister site

, Tran said of the renewed interest in Among Us, "That was terrifying and amazing and wonderful and there is really no English word to make people comprehend how surprising and amazing it was."

Asked what might have contributed to the big success of Among Us in 2020, Tran said it came down to a number of elements.

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Nvidia And AMD Don't See An End To GPU Supply Issues Soon

One of the biggest issues shared by both AMD and Nvidia is a constraint of GPU supply, with both companies struggling to serve demand with their respective ranges of new graphics cards.

CES 2021 offered a chance for both to address the issue, but neither touched on it during the press conferences held earlier this week. Since then, both companies have given vague updates on the matter, and neither give a positive outlook for the near future.

Speaking to The Verge, AMD committed to having more stock for its three new desktop GPUs--the Radeon RX 6800, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6900 XT--on its website soon, ensuring that the MSRP doesn't change from the original launch price. AMD didn't, however, confirm stock levels, which mean it could just as easily sell out as the first batch during the messy launch.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Elite Dangerous: Odyssey Delayed To Late Spring
« on: January 13, 2021, 02:15:45 PM »
Elite Dangerous: Odyssey Delayed To Late Spring

Originally penned for early 2021, the Odyssey expansion for Elite Dangerous has been delayed to later this year. Folks can expect the upcoming expansion to hit PC in late spring, and the Xbox One and PS4 versions will go live in the fall.

"Our PC plans have only been affected by a small amount, however our plans for the console release will unfortunately see a larger development shift," developer Frontier Developments wrote in a Steam blog post. "Please do know that these difficult decisions have been made with a focus on making Odyssey as incredible as it can possibly be for all our Commanders regardless of their platform, while also respecting realistic project deadlines for our teams during this difficult global situation."

The difficult global situation being, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic. The studio writes that the ongoing impact of the pandemic and 2021's renewed lockdowns has "put added pressure" on the team.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Ranked Mode Still Planned For Release

While developer Treyarch has been silent on its more competitive Ranked mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the studio is insisting the playlist is still in the works.

In response to a thread on the Black Ops Cold War subreddit, Treyarch community manager Josh Torres said Ranked mode is coming but no release date has been nailed down yet.

"Yes. Ranked Play will be a thing." Torres, who goes by FoxhoundFPS, said when asked if the mode is in development. "I currently don't have a timetable to share with you, however."

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Fortnite Predator Guide: Where To Find Beef Boss, Remedy, And Dummy

New Predator challenges have come to Fortnite with the most recent update. Players will need to complete them in order to unlock the intergalactic hunter. One challenge will send you to three different locations across the map in order to talk to different NPCs. The challenge is to talk with Beef Boss, Remedy, and Dummy.

These challenges just dropped this morning, so completing them will be hectic. This guide will show the best way to find all three NPCs and complete the challenge quickly.

Where To Find Beef Boss, Remedy, and Dummy

Beef Boss, Remedy, and Dummy are all located right next to the Stealthy Stronghold where you find the mysterious pod. They each have multiple spawn points on the map--but it appears those have been tweaked so they always show up around the same area so players can complete these challenges. Here's a map with their specific location.

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Source: Fortnite Predator Guide: Where To Find Beef Boss, Remedy, And Dummy

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GameSpot News / GSN - Dragon Quest Tact Launching On Mobile This Month
« on: January 13, 2021, 02:15:45 PM »
Dragon Quest Tact Launching On Mobile This Month

Square Enix has announced a release date for Dragon Quest Tact, a mobile spin-off in the Dragon Quest series. Originally launched last year in Japan, the strategy game will launch on January 27 in the West.

Pre-registration opened today on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. Pre-registering for the game will grant you a King Slime monster for use in the game once it launches.

Dragon Quest Tact is a grid-based tactics game featuring monsters from the Dragon Quest series as playable units. You can take your army of Slimes, Hybirds, and Hammerhoods to fight against the evil forces threatening the land of Orchesterra. Each monster has its own strength and rarity level, and Square promises a range of free monsters that will let you build out your army without paying.

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Harry Potter Open-World RPG Hogwarts Legacy Delayed To 2022

The anticipated upcoming Harry Potter open-world RPG, Hogwarts Legacy, has been delayed to 2022. Publisher Portkey Games made the announcement on Twitter, saying the game needed more time to shine.

"Creating the best possible experience for all of the Wizarding World and gaming fans is paramount to us so we are giving the game the time it needs," the studio said.

Hogwarts Legacy takes place in the late 1800s, where your actions will shape the wizarding world of Harry Potter. You can learn spells, tame fantastical beasts, and team-up with iconic Harry Potter characters during Hogwarts Legacy's main campaign.

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ESA PAC Is Halting Political Donations After US Capitol Insurrection

Following the violent insurrection at the US Capitol building last week, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has stated that it will be halting political donations from the ESA PAC after several of its beneficiaries voted to overturn the US presidential election, as reported by GamesIndustry.biz.

"Given the events and actions that led to the violence at the US Capitol, we are pausing contributions from the ESA PAC as we reflect on the tragedy and our path forward," the ESA said in a statement.

A PAC in US politics is a Political Action Committee, a committee organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect and defeat candidates based on the committee's agenda. PACs can donate up to $5,000 to a candidate's committee per election, and can also give up to $15,000 annually to any national party committee and $5,000 annually to any other PAC.

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Fortnite Mysterious Pod Location: Where To Visit For Predator Challenge

Fortnite Season 5's mystery skin has been revealed. It's the famed bounty hunter, Predator. He's not available yet--but several new challenges are available for players to complete. They unlock new emojis, emblems, and other cosmetics.

The challenges task players with collecting three medkits, finding specific NPCs across the map, and locating a mysterious pod. This guide will help you find the mysterious pod and get out of the area alive.

Where To Find The Mysterious Pod

The mysterious pod, which is Predator's ship, is located in the upper half of Stealthy Stronghold. It's fitting that the ship would land in a jungle environment. You can find the specific location of the pod on the map below:

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GameStop's Share Price Jumps By 80% After Holiday Sales And Board Changes

Investors and analysts are apparently feeling more confident about GameStop's future, as the company's share price rallied on the stock market this week after the retailer announced its holiday sales report and appointed three new members to its board of directors.

As you can see in the chart below, GameStop's share price is surging--up by more than 80% at one point on Wednesday--to reach around $36 per share. That's up dramatically from the end of 2019 when the company was trading at about half of that.

The share price increase comes just days after GameStop announced sales of $1.77 billion for the nine-week holiday period, a modest decrease of 3 percent. However, comparable store sales rose by 4.8% and digital sales at GameStop surged by more than 300 percent.

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Source: GameStop's Share Price Jumps By 80% After Holiday Sales And Board Changes

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GameSpot News / GSN - Katy Perry Is Helping Pokemon Celebrate 25 Years
« on: January 13, 2021, 02:15:44 PM »
Katy Perry Is Helping Pokemon Celebrate 25 Years

To celebrate the franchise's 25th anniversary, Pokemon is teaming up with popular musical artists including Katy Perry to create the soundtrack for its year of anniversary festivities.

Starting in March with the Galar region, the Pokemon Company will be taking a look at a past Pokemon region each month. There will also be various events, promotions, and merchandise released throughout the year to celebrate this landmark anniversary.

To tease these upcoming festivities, and its collaboration with Perry, the Pokemon Company has released a special video that's a major nostalgia trip. It follows a sort of Pokemon-themed Rube Goldberg machine launching Poke Balls through various city and landscapes, complete with Game Boy cartridges toppling like dominoes, holographic trading cards, and all the plushies you could imagine. Detective Pikachu even makes a cameo.

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Ubisoft Says Avatar Project Unaffected By New Star Wars Open-World Game

The Division developer Ubisoft Massive is making a Star Wars game with Lucasfilm Games that aims to be a "story-driven" title that leverages the studio's history and experience. While the developer is keeping quiet about what the game will actually be, a pair of higher-ups at the studio have now discussed the project and confirmed that the work being done on this game will happen in conjunction with the ongoing development of its Avatar game coming in 2022.

Massive managing director David Polfeldt said in an interview with Ubisoft that the studio is big enough these days to accomodate multiple AAA projects, so fans eagerly awaiting the Avatar game for 2022 need not worry.

"We have been preparing the studio for a long time to handle all our projects with equal attention and love," he said. "Since all our teams work on the Snowdrop engine, all projects benefit from each other's progress and successes. And obviously, with such an amazing collection of triple-A projects under one roof, we are continuously recruiting, and we're currently looking for experienced developers from all over the world to join us on our future adventures."

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Was The Most Downloaded Game On PS4 And PS5 In 2020

2020 had no shortage of games on offer, and with two next-gen console launches arriving at the end of last year, gamers were spoiled for choice when it came to choosing which games to play on those new systems. In a year that also saw more people stay at home rather than risk contracting the coronavirus, digital sales increased in 2020 as people opted to obtain games along safer online avenues. Now, Sony has released a list of the top-selling games on the PlayStation Store in the US and Canada.

Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was the most downloaded PS5 game of the year according to Sony, with Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Assassin's Creed Valhalla earning the second and third spots respectively. The rest of the top ten on Sony's next-gen console were all a mixture of dependable annual franchise entries and brand new games, which you can see in the list below:

Most downloaded PS5 games of 2020

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  3. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  4. NBA 2K21
  5. Demon's Souls
  6. Madden NFL 21
  7. FIFA 21
  8. Sackboy: A Big Adventure
  9. Immortals Fenyx Rising
  10. Watch Dogs: Legion

With PS5 stock being in high demand and short supply, there was still plenty of life left in the last-gen console for those consumers who didn't take a next-gen plunge. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War also claimed the number one position on the PS4 top ten downloads of 2020 list, while Grand Theft Auto V took second place. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare took the third spot, Minecraft came in at fourth, and Ghost of Tsushima--Sony's fastest-selling new IP--was the fifth most downloaded PS4 game of the year. You can see the rest of the list below:

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Wake Up, Mono: It’s Time to Play the Little Nightmares II Demo

Since 2017, over 2.6 million people have revisited their childhood fears by playing Little Nightmares. The strange events those fans experienced during their escape from The Maw have spawned countless theories and an active community of sleuths, all trying their best to interpret the dark yet charming dollhouse of a dream that they explored with […]
Source: Wake Up, Mono: It’s Time to Play the Little Nightmares II Demo

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Pokemon Is Working With Katy Perry for Its 25th Anniversary

The Pokemon Company and pop star Katy Perry are collaborating for Pokemon's 25th anniversary this year.
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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - Hogwarts Legacy Delayed into 2022
« on: January 13, 2021, 02:15:42 PM »
Hogwarts Legacy Delayed into 2022

Hogwarts Legacy has been delayed into 2022, in order to give "the game the time it needs".
Source: Hogwarts Legacy Delayed into 2022

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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - Factorio Review
« on: January 13, 2021, 02:15:42 PM »
Factorio Review

It's dauntingly complex, but offers almost endlessly enjoyable depth for optimizers and survival fans if you take the time to learn its systems.
Source: Factorio Review

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Little Nightmares 2 Demo Now Available

A demo for Little Nightmares 2 is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch.
Source: Little Nightmares 2 Demo Now Available

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EA Comments on Making More Star Wars Games After Lucasfilm/Ubisoft Partnership

EA says it will continue making Star Wars games "for years to come", after Lucasfilm Games announced a "long-term collaboration" with Ubisoft.
Source: EA Comments on Making More Star Wars Games After Lucasfilm/Ubisoft Partnership

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Lucasfilm Games Has More Projects to Announce This Year

Lucasfilm Games has announced an open world Star Wars game from Ubisoft and an Indiana Jones game from Bethesda in the last two days – but it's not done yet.
Source: Lucasfilm Games Has More Projects to Announce This Year

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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury: Photo Mode, Giga Bell Power-Up and New Details Revealed

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury has gotten a new overview trailer, which reveals a number of new details, including a Snapshot photo mode.
Source: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury: Photo Mode, Giga Bell Power-Up and New Details Revealed

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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey Expansion Delayed on PC and Console

Frontier has revealed that Elite Dangerous: Odyssey will suffer a delay, moving the game's release a little on PC, and a lot more on console.
Source: Elite Dangerous: Odyssey Expansion Delayed on PC and Console

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Open World Star Wars Game in Development at Ubisoft

Ubisoft is making an open world Star Wars game, with The Division developer taking the lead - and it's the start of a "long-term collaboration" with Disney.
Source: Open World Star Wars Game in Development at Ubisoft

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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury and Amiibo Are Up for Preorder

Everything you need to know to preorder Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury.
Source: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury and Amiibo Are Up for Preorder

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Nvidia Announces Competitor To AMD's Smart Access Memory

Alongside its desktop and laptop GPU announcements at CES 2021, Nvidia has revealed that it will start supporting Resizable BAR functionality from February.

Resizable BAR has been part of the PCIe specification for years, but AMD were the first to utilize it last year with what it called Smart Access Memory. This allowed Radeon RX 6000 GPUs and Ryzen 5000 CPUs to directly communicate, letting the processor access the entire batch of GPU memory instead of it being served up in 256MB chunks. This overcomes one of the biggest I/O limitations in PC hardware today.

Smart Access Memory requires specific hardware to work, but Nvidia is proposing a solution that works across both Intel and AMD CPUs. Intel has already confirmed support with its new 11th generation H and S series processors, while AMD has yet to officially announce which CPUs it will support.

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Source: Nvidia Announces Competitor To AMD's Smart Access Memory

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GTA V Actors Recreate One Of The Game's Most Iconic Memes In Live Action

When Grand Theft Auto V released in 2013, Lamar's "yee yee ass haircut" roast became a hit, catching on with gamers as an expression of disgust. In 2020, the meme was revived when people started remixing the scene, replacing Lamar with fictional characters ranging

. Now, the meme has reached its peak form, with the original voice actors from the game reuniting to recreate it in person.

The video stars GTA 5 actors Slink Johnson and Shawn Fonteno (who provided both voice and motion capture for their characters) acting out the scene with impressive attention to detail. After it was uploaded by YouTube channel PlayStation Haven it racked up almost 2.5 million views in under 24 hours, proving the meme is still alive and well. The meme has a page on Know Your Meme, as well as an Urban Dictionary definition of "yee yee ass".

The new video was made to promote an upcoming webseries from PlayStation Haven called GTA V Real-Life Comparisons. The series, hosted by Slink Johnson, compares GTA's setting Los Santos to its real-world inspiration, the city of Los Angeles.


Source: GTA V Actors Recreate One Of The Game's Most Iconic Memes In Live Action

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Here Are The Biggest Twitch And YouTube Livestreams Ever

Some may have been confused by the news of TheGrefg's record-breaking Twitch stream and corresponding Fortnite Icons skin, when many had never even heard of the Spanish-speaking streamer. A new analysis of the top livestreams across Twitch and YouTube has shown that Grefg's success is far from unprecedented, and that the Spanish-speaking streaming community is a lot larger than you might expect.

The chart, put together by analytics company Stream Hatchet, has some surprising revelations. Firstly, it shows just how much bigger Grefg's record-breaking stream was than those in second and third place. Second, it shows that YouTube is much more important as a live-streaming platform than you might imagine, and last but not least, it proves the domination of the Spanish-speaking and LATAM in streaming to a level that may surprise English-speaking gamers.

Of the top 15 streamers displayed, only six are English-speaking--including Americans Technoblade, Dream, Ninja, xTears88, and Dr Disrespect, as well as Australian YouTuber LazarBeam. Grefg is also the only streamer to appear multiple times in the top 15, with 4 of his Twitch streams making the list.

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Source: Here Are The Biggest Twitch And YouTube Livestreams Ever

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Patch Notes: PUBG Mobile's Big 1.2 Update Is Out Now

PUBG Mobile's latest big update has arrived, bringing with it new modes and corresponding loot. Check out everything that's been added in the patch, including the brand new Runic Power Mode in the full patch notes below.

Runic Power is a new event that'll run from the moment you update until March 7. Available on the Erangel map, Runic Power has players select one of three special powers that they can then use by collecting rune fragments on the map.

The three runes are the Flame Rune, Arctic Rune, and Wind Rune, each with different abilities to suit varied playstyles. The Flame Rune is the most attack-based, with the ability to summon a fire-based attack and apply burning damage with your regular ammo. The Arctic Rune summons an ice wall that can be used either to impede opponents or to lift up anything on top of the wall's area. The Wind Rune creates a shield that will reduce projectile damage, as well as increasing player movement speed.

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Source: Patch Notes: PUBG Mobile's Big 1.2 Update Is Out Now

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It's Easy To Keep Indiana Jones From Turning Into Uncharted: Take His Gun Away

There are a lot of things about the Indiana Jones movies that make for good video game fodder: a hero who occasionally cracks wise, fascinating historical settings, Nazis and other evildoers to fight, and big action set pieces in which the heroic Indy takes on a tank or escapes ancient traps. Indiana Jones translates so well into video game form that a few other franchises, most notably Uncharted and Tomb Raider, have already more or less lifted key elements from the iconic movies.

That leaves the upcoming Indiana Jones title from current Wolfenstein developer MachineGames facing an uphill battle. One of its bigger challenges is distinguishing itself from the games that have already riffed on some of the essential elements of the Indiana Jones formula. Nathan Drake and Lara Croft are archaeological killing machines and treasure hunters, gunning down whole armies of mercenaries as they fight to keep lost cities and powerful relics out of the hands of bad guys. Some online reactions have already suggested any Indiana Jones game might wind up being an "Uncharted clone" on account of the ideas being so similar.

So how do you make an Indiana Jones game that doesn't feel like it's borrowing from the games that have borrowed from Indiana Jones? It might actually not be as difficult as it sounds, at least conceptually. The key is creating a game that is more like the movies than slotting the franchise into the Indiana Jones-shaped framework set out by the video games it inspired.

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Source: It's Easy To Keep Indiana Jones From Turning Into Uncharted: Take His Gun Away

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As GTA 6 Rumors Swirl, Let’s Look Back At Grand Theft Auto's Protagonists

Despite GTA V's massive success--or perhaps because of it--Rockstar has not indicated what form GTA VI will take, including when it's coming, what city it will take place in, or who will star in it. The subject of the playable protagonist in GTA has been a topic of some discussion of late, with a rumor suggesting that a female character could headline the next game in the series. That would be a first for the long-running franchise, which to date has exclusively starred male characters, dating back to the first game in 1997.

With this in mind, we wanted to take a look back at the various playable protagonists to appear in the core Grand Theft Auto games throughout the franchise. Dating back to the nameless antiheroes from the early games to the personable hustlers of modern GTA, we’re shining a spotlight on the franchise's key players and what this could mean for a potential GTA VI. We do go into some spoiler territory, so be warned about the info ahead.

Grand Theft Auto | The Protagonists

In the original Grand Theft Auto, players had a bird’s eye view of the action as they took part in missions to strike it rich and take out rival gang leaders across the explorable locales of Liberty City, San Andreas, and Vice City. While the franchise would eventually settle into telling stories with evolving characters, the mega-franchise's first game took a more modest approach with a playable protagonist, allowing you to choose from a set of eight characters to serve as the basis for your anti-hero.

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Source: As GTA 6 Rumors Swirl, Let’s Look Back At Grand Theft Auto's Protagonists

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Trails Of Cold Steel 4 Coming To Switch This April, PC Later

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV is coming to platforms beyond PS4 this year. The RPG will be released for Switch in Japan in March, and in North America and Europe on April 9, and in Australia on April 16. A PC port will come later in 2021.

Trails of Cold Steel IV is the final entry in the series, which exists as part of the larger The Legend of Heroes franchise. The game is a turn-based RPG, similar in structure to its predecessor, though it possesses a larger character roster and makes adjustments to the series' Order and Break systems.

Set two weeks after the events of Trails of Cold Steel III, Trails of Cold Steel IV sees Class VII, Crossbell's Special Support Section, and the heroes of Liberl all come together as the Erebonian Empire prepares for war--a conflict that threatens to consume the entire continent.

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Source: Trails Of Cold Steel 4 Coming To Switch This April, PC Later

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Call Of Duty Is Down: Black Ops Cold War, Warzone, Modern Warfare Affected (Update)

Update: Activision has restored online services for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Warzone.

Original story follows...

If you're having problems connecting to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Modern Warfare, or Warzone, you're not the only one. Activision is currently reporting service outages across each game, affecting every platform, including PSN, Xbox Live, Battle.net, Nintendo, Steam, and Epic Games.

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Source: Call Of Duty Is Down: Black Ops Cold War, Warzone, Modern Warfare Affected (Update)

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Open World Star Wars Game in Development at Ubisoft

Ubisoft is making an open world Star Wars game, with The Division developer taking the lead.
Source: Open World Star Wars Game in Development at Ubisoft

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The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield 'Aren't Affected' By Todd Howard Producing the Indiana Jones Game

Pete Hines has said that Todd Howard's involvement with the MachineGames' Indiana Jones project won't affect his work directing The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield.
Source: The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield 'Aren't Affected' By Todd Howard Producing the Indiana Jones Game

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Will Bethesda’s Indiana Jones Game Be an Xbox Exclusive?

Plus: Microsoft tried to buy...Nintendo?? Yes, it's true.
Source: Will Bethesda’s Indiana Jones Game Be an Xbox Exclusive?

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Call Of Duty Is Down: Black Ops Cold War, Warzone, Modern Warfare Affected

If you're having problems connecting to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Modern Warfare, or Warzone, you're not the only one. Activision is currently reporting service outages across each game, affecting every platform, including PSN, Xbox Live, Battle.net, Nintendo, Steam, and Epic Games.

The company is working to correct the issue according to Activision Support on Twitter, pointing players to its Online Services status tracker. The status tracker recommends restarting your router, using a wired connection, checking your connection speed, and limiting applications that take up bandwidth to correct normal service issues, but given the scale of the current outage, these probably won't do much until Activision addresses the problem.

As of 1:37 PM PT, Activision reported the issue "under investigation." There are no further updates.


Source: Call Of Duty Is Down: Black Ops Cold War, Warzone, Modern Warfare Affected

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Treyarch Teases New Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies Content

Treyarch is teasing more content for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's Zombies mode. The studio tweeted out an image of what appears to be a new map, alongside the caption "Projekt Endstation was only the beginning."

Projekt Endstation, which is German for Project Terminus, was the Nazi research program featured in Black Ops Cold War's Zombies. It introduced the new map Die Maschine. Players believe this image is a brand-new map, rather than an updated version of one seen in Zombies before.

Treyarch has promised that more content would be coming to Black Ops Cold War's Zombie mode. The mode has been a bright spot for the game after players have complained that the standard multiplayer modes aren't as sharp as the ones in Modern Warfare. Call of Duty fans have also been unhappy with how Black Ops Cold War has impacted Warzone.

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Source: Treyarch Teases New Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies Content

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2X Weapon XP Weekend Coming

You can spend the weekend grinding for epic loot in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone a little faster, as Treyarch has announced a double weapon XP weekend ahead. The event begins on January 15 and runs all the way through the long holiday weekend.

The event begins just after the big mid-season update drops on January 14, which is set to add a new Fireteam map called Sanitorium, a 6v6 map called Dropkick, and a Raid map in Zombies' Onslaught mode. Zombies also gets a new Cranked mode that resets the timer whenever you take down one of the undead.

Double weapon XP will be active from 10 AM PT on Friday, January 15 through 10 AM PT on the following Tuesday, January 19. This also overlaps with free trial for the Zombies mode, which will last from January 14-21.

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Source: Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2X Weapon XP Weekend Coming

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Pokemon Go: Last Chance To Take Advantage Of Kanto Tour Early Purchase Bonus

Pokemon Go's big Kanto Tour event takes place next month, and much like Pokemon Go Fest, players will need to purchase a virtual ticket to participate in it. To sweeten the deal a big, developer Niantic is offering an early purchase bonus that will net you some additional tickets for free, but time is running out to take advantage of it.

If you purchase a Kanto Tour ticket by 11:59 PM PT on January 13, you will also receive free tickets for January and February's Community Day Special Research stories. If you miss that deadline, you can still get a February Community Day ticket for free if you purchase a Kanto Tour ticket by February 3.

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Source: Pokemon Go: Last Chance To Take Advantage Of Kanto Tour Early Purchase Bonus

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GameSpot News / GSN - Asus HDMI 2.1 Monitor Finally Gets A Release Window
« on: January 12, 2021, 06:48:28 PM »
Asus HDMI 2.1 Monitor Finally Gets A Release Window

With the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, people have been investing in new HDMI 2.1 4K TVs to enjoy the consoles' 4K and 120Hz capabilities. The first gaming monitors to feature HDMI 2.1 ports have yet to be released, but at CES 2021, Asus has given us another look at its upcoming Asus ROG Swift PG32UQ gaming monitor and revealed when we'll be able to get our hands on it. No pricing details have been revealed, but you can expect it to arrive by the end of March.

The PG32UQ also features G-Sync compatibility via FreeSync and Asus's "Extreme Low Motion Blur Sync" and "Variable Overdrive" tech, all of which help provide a smooth experience when playing with variable frame rates. And as for the display itself, the monitor boasts DisplayHDR 600.

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Source: Asus HDMI 2.1 Monitor Finally Gets A Release Window

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Razer x Hello Kitty Collection Launching Globally This Spring

Gamers can already deck out their setup in pink with Razer's Quartz line of gaming peripherals, but things are about to get even cuter with Razer's latest collaboration. Announced during CES 2021, the Razer x Hello Kitty and Friends collection is launching globally this spring after originally being available only in China.

In its CES stream, Razer confirmed only that the collection is releasing soon. Though specific products were not mentioned, the Razer x Sanrio Characters peripherals released in China a few months ago included a keyboard, headset, wired mouse, and mouse pad, all featuring Hello Kitty's signature pastel design. You can check them out below.

The Razer x Sanrio Characters line released in China in 2020

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Source: Razer x Hello Kitty Collection Launching Globally This Spring

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Razer Unveils Smart N95 Face Mask With RGB Lighting And Voice Amplification

Razer has unveiled a concept designed with the current state of the world in mind--a new smart mask known as Project Hazel. The specialized N95 mask debuted at CES 2021 and is designed to keep people safe during the pandemic and sociable in a world where social distancing has become the norm.

The Project Hazel smart mask has surgical N95 respirators that use rechargeable active ventilators and replaceable Smart Pod filters. Razer says the "high bacterial filtration efficiency Smart Pods filter at least 95% of airborne particles." Additionally, each mask comes with a wireless charging case to replenish the ventilators' battery life. This case also features a UV sterilizer to ensure the cleanliness of the mask.

As for actually wearing the mask, Project Hazel is made of scratch-resistant and waterproof plastic. It boasts adjustable ear loops, custom sizes, and an air-tight seal with active cooling to allow for a smooth air flow and the disposal of carbon dioxide. The transparent design allows other people to see the wearer's mouth to help with social situations and those who require lip reading to communicate. The mask has a low-light mode that activates lights in the dark and a built-in microphone to amplify the wearer's voice for better communication.

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Source: Razer Unveils Smart N95 Face Mask With RGB Lighting And Voice Amplification

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Razer Reveals Immersive Gaming Chair With 60" OLED Screen At CES 2021

For CES 2021, Razer revealed two concepts for new products, including a smart N95 mask and a new type of gaming chair. Dubbed Project Brooklyn, the chair transforms into an immersive gaming station with an OLED "surround" screen. Built with carbon fiber and adorned with RGB lighting, it is designed to be a "cockpit"-style chair.

"Project Brooklyn is an exciting concept developed on the true essence of a fully immersive gaming station," Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan said in a press release. "The haptic feedback, visuals, and overall functional design with attention to ergonomics will deliver a one-of-a-kind gameplay experience."

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Source: Razer Reveals Immersive Gaming Chair With 60" OLED Screen At CES 2021

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Elder Scrolls 6, Starfield Not Impacted By Indiana Jones Game

Bethesda veteran Todd Howard is the executive producer on the new Indiana Jones video game that Wolfenstein studio Machine Games is developing. Howard is also the game director on Bethesda's next-gen games Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI, while he's also the executive producer on the Fallout TV from Amazon. With so many responsibilities on his plate, people are wondering if any of Howard's projects might be impacted due to the Indiana Jones game.

That's not the case, according to Bethesda marketing boss Pete Hines. He said on Twitter that Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI specifically are not affected by the announcement of the Indiana Jones game. "Todd is currently [executive producer] on many [Bethesda Game Studios] and other projects, such as the Fallout TV show. His main focus remains directing the upcoming Starfield and TES6 games, which aren't affected by today's news," Hines said.

Assuming the release order is unchanged from the last update, fans can expect Bethesda Game Studios to release Starfield and then The Elder Scrolls VI. It's not clear when the Indiana Jones game will release, however.

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Source: Elder Scrolls 6, Starfield Not Impacted By Indiana Jones Game

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GameSpot News / GSN - Baldur's Gate 3 To Support Razer Chroma
« on: January 12, 2021, 06:48:28 PM »
Baldur's Gate 3 To Support Razer Chroma

During Razer's livestream presentation at CES, the company announced that Baldur's Gate 3 will get Razer Chroma functionality with its line of Chroma-enabled products. A brief trailer showed off the functionality working with a Razer keyboard and mouse.

Razer Chroma changes the coloring across the full RGB lighting spectrum in certain lit areas of its peripherals, like underneath the keys and on the letter caps of a keyboard. In the video we saw this used to set the mood with red lighting during a particularly demonic moment, highlighting the number keys during a decision moment, and even using the keys to approximate the shape of a D20. The announcement promised the functionality is coming soon, but did not give a date.

Also during its presentation, Razer announced a new line of gaming laptops, a smart mask with lighting and safety features, a gaming chair with an OLED screen, and a partnership with Hello Kitty.

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Source: Baldur's Gate 3 To Support Razer Chroma

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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Amiibo Support Detailed

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury launches for Nintendo Switch next month alongside new Amiibo figures of Cat Mario and Cat Peach, but those aren't the only figures it will be compatible with. Nintendo has confirmed the game will also work with the Bowser and Bowser Jr. Amiibo, and here's what they'll do.

While specifics are still vague, Nintendo confirmed via a press release that the Cat Mario and Cat Peach Amiibo "will offer in-game enhancements" when scanned. The Bowser and Bowser Jr. figures, meanwhile, will "have special activations" in the Bowser's Fury portion of the package.

The Cat Mario and Cat Peach Amiibo will go on sale at various retailer on February 12, the same day the game launches. The Bowser and Bowser Jr. Amiibo will also be restocked, giving you another chance to snag the figures if you previously missed them.

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Source: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Amiibo Support Detailed

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Overwatch Patch Notes Detailed, New Kanezaka Map Live Now

The new Kanezaka map for Overwatch--which was previously only available in the Public Test Region--is now live on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. And until January 25, players can earn a variety of rewards by winning games.

Kanezaka is a free-for-all Team Deathmatch map that's located next to the suburban town of Hanamura, an assault map and the home of Genji, Hanzo, and the entire Shimada Clan. Players can expect a familiar Japanese aesthetic, replete with a nightclub, pagodas, and a cat cafe.

Check out some screenshots of Kanezaka below.

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Source: Overwatch Patch Notes Detailed, New Kanezaka Map Live Now

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Valorant Episode 2 Patch Notes: Adds Yoru, Buffs Brimstone, And More

Valorant's much-anticipated Episode 2 update is now live, and it introduces a number of major shifts to the game. These changes range from general game balance to Valorant's competitive mode, as well as the obvious addition of a new Agent to the mix.

The new Agent Yoru is perhaps the most exciting development that Episode 2 brings. Though he fits into the role of a Duelist, his kit is designed to support a stealthy playstyle that is unique among the game's existing characters. He can use his abilities to mislead his opponents with fake footsteps, teleport backward or forward, or go entirely invisible with his ultimate ability.

The Episode 2 update also introduces many changes to Valorant's ranked competitive modes, including revamped regional leaderboards, a rank system that better communicates your relative placement within your rank, and the introduction of a solo/duo premade cap for top-tier players.

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Source: Valorant Episode 2 Patch Notes: Adds Yoru, Buffs Brimstone, And More

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Preorders For New Pulse Red Xbox Series X Controller Are Live Now

The new model Xbox wireless controllers launched alongside the Xbox Series X|S with three color options: Carbon Black, Robot White, and Shock Blue. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the first brand-new color being added to the line: Pulse Red. The new controller features a stunning red, white, and black color scheme, and if you're hoping to add it to your setup, preorders for the Pulse Red Xbox controller are available now.

The new Pulse Red Xbox controller combines its striking color with the same upgraded design of the new Xbox wireless controller, including a hybrid D-pad, a textured grip on the triggers and bumpers, and new Share button. While released for the Xbox Series X|S, it'll work with Xbox One as well if you haven't upgraded to the new console.

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Source: Preorders For New Pulse Red Xbox Series X Controller Are Live Now

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Call Of Duty League Details Announced For 2021 Season

The 2021 Call of Duty League season will begin February 11 with the Atlanta FaZe Home Series online event, which will run until February 14. Fans will be able to enjoy a special pre-season event called the Call of Duty League Kickoff Classic that will be broadcast on January 23-24.

Fans will be able to decide matches at the pre-season event via online polling. Each of the top three regular season teams from the 2020 season will hold online polls to determine who they will face off against in the Kickoff Classic. The Dallas Empire were 2020's champions, and will be pit against either the New York Subliners, Paris Legion, or London Royal Ravens depending on the results of their poll. Fans for the second place team in 2020, Atlanta FaZe, will vote between the Florida Mutineers, Los Angeles Guerrillas, and Seattle Surge. And finally, Chicago OpTic (formerly Chicago Huntsmen) fans will decide between the LA Thieves, Minnesota RØKKR, and Toronto Ultra.

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Source: Call Of Duty League Details Announced For 2021 Season

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Star Trek Online: The Future of the Klingon Empire is at Stake

The Year of Klingon is continuing in Star Trek Online, with the next chapter of our epic story that shakes the Klingon Empire to its very core, Star Trek Online: House Shattered. Starring J.G. Hertzler (Martok from “Deep Space Nine”) and Robert O’Reilly (Gowron from “The Next Generation” and “Deep Space Nine”), we find players […]
Source: Star Trek Online: The Future of the Klingon Empire is at Stake

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D&D Reveals New Book, Candlekeep Mysteries, Designed for One-Shot Adventures

Wizards of the Coast has revealed a new one-shot Dungeons & Dragons book called Candlekeep Mysteries.
Source: D&D Reveals New Book, Candlekeep Mysteries, Designed for One-Shot Adventures

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Todd Howard May Have Teased Bethesda's Indiana Jones Game Months Ago

Todd Howard may have teased Bethesda's newly-announced Indiana Jones game two months ago.
Source: Todd Howard May Have Teased Bethesda's Indiana Jones Game Months Ago

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RDO: Claim Tons of Bounty Hunter Bonuses and Discounts This Week

This week in RDO, claim tons of Bounty Hunter discounts, double Role XP on Legendary Bounties, double RDO$ on Prestigious Legendary Bounties, and more.
Source: RDO: Claim Tons of Bounty Hunter Bonuses and Discounts This Week

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Indiana Jones Game Coming from Bethesda and Lucasfilm Games

It appears that MachineGames (Wolfenstein) and Bethesda are partnering with Lucasfilm Games on an Indiana Jones game.
Source: Indiana Jones Game Coming from Bethesda and Lucasfilm Games

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Updated for Next-Gen Consoles

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has been updated to make the most of the PS5 and Xbox Series X hardware.
Source: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Updated for Next-Gen Consoles

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Nintendo Reveals Mario Red & Blue Edition Switch Console

Nintendo has revealed a new Switch version in red and blue colours to match its beloved mascot, Mario.
Source: Nintendo Reveals Mario Red & Blue Edition Switch Console

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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Trailer Shows Off a Kaiju-Sized Mario

We finally have our first proper look at Bowser's Fury, the expansion coming alongside the port of Super Mario 3D World for Nintendo Switch - which features friendly Bowser Jr., plus Kaiju-sized Cat Mario and Bowser.
Source: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Trailer Shows Off a Kaiju-Sized Mario

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Arkane Austin's Unannounced Next Project Is Seemingly a Fantasy Game

Arkane Austin is seemingly working on an unannounced fantasy game – which could point to new Dishonored.
Source: Arkane Austin's Unannounced Next Project Is Seemingly a Fantasy Game

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Capcom Provides Update on Number of People Affected By Ransomware Attack

Capcom has provided an update on last year's ransomware attack, with 16,415 people confirmed to be affected, up to a maximum of up to 390,000.
Source: Capcom Provides Update on Number of People Affected By Ransomware Attack

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Riot and Bungie File Lawsuit Against Cheatmaking Company

Riot and Bungie has filed a lawsuit against GatorCheats, alleging the distribution of cheating software used in games like Valorant and Destiny 2.
Source: Riot and Bungie File Lawsuit Against Cheatmaking Company

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AEW Console Game Will Feature Campaign, Multiplayer, and Create-a-Wrestler

The AEW console game will feature campaign, multiplayer, create-a-wrestler, and "various other unusual modes", but won't include a GM mode, according to executive vice president of All Elite Wrestling Kenny Omega.
Source: AEW Console Game Will Feature Campaign, Multiplayer, and Create-a-Wrestler

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Phasmophobia Adds Scary Feature That People Thought It Already Had

In an update about new additions to the beta version of the game, Phasmophobia developer Kinetic Games revealed that "the ghost will now listen for player voices when hunting." The biggest news for most Phasmophobia players, however, was that the game didn't already include this feature.

In a subsequent reply, Kinetic confirmed that it was added to the game because "lots of people thought it was a feature" already. With the game already allowing for audio input for communicating both with other players and with the ghost, as well as antagonizing ghosts by calling out their name, it's no surprise players believed that mic input would also lead a ghost to their location. The bad news is, if the ghosts weren't using those clues before, they're about to get even more deadly on a hunt.

Kinetic have elaborated that the update will be "based on how loud your mic is," meaning players will still be able to safely whisper while being hunted. Another recent update also improved ghosts' hunting behaviors, allowing ghosts to remember a player's last known location and to search that area first.

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Source: Phasmophobia Adds Scary Feature That People Thought It Already Had

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GameSpot News / GSN - Project Athia Coming To PS5 In January 2022
« on: January 12, 2021, 07:13:28 AM »
Project Athia Coming To PS5 In January 2022

During Sony's CES livestream, Sony revealed that Square Enix's Project Athia will launch on PlayStation 5 in January 2022. The window was confirmed by way of a very small block of text on a PlayStation disclaimer image, which also confirmed dates for other upcoming PS5 titles. A release date for the game was previously unknown.

Project Athia was first announced as an exclusive title for the PS5 during Sony's PS5 reveal event stream. The trailer played during the announcement revealed a protagonist leaping and exploring a fantasy world with menacing-looking enemies. Project Athia's taglines suggest that the protagonist will endure something like a fish out of water trial: "In a world not her own, where resolve will be tested, truths will be questioned, and devotions will be doubted, she will rise." Not much else is known about the game at this time.

Project Athia is being produced by Square Enix's Luminous Productions, a subsidiary formed to develop AAA titles. Luminous Productions' past titles include only Final Fantasy XV, and Project Athia is the studio's first departure from a Final Fantasy installment.

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Kena: Bridge Of Spirits, Solar Ash Get PS5 Release Dates At CES 2021

There are plenty of indie games to look forward to in 2021, and Sony has just confirmed that two PlayStation console exclusive indie titles are coming out sooner rather than later. You can expect to get your hands on both Solar Ash and Kena: Bridge of Spirits within the first half of 2021.

In a small text message seen during Sony Interactive Entertainment's CES 2021 press conference, Sony revealed the release windows for several upcoming games. Both Solar Ash and Kena: Bridge of Spirits are listed, with the former scheduled to come out in June and the latter in March.

From developer Heart Machine, Solar Ash sees you play as a mysterious individual who can seemingly glide across practically anything, speeding through beautifully stylized worlds and just as quickly getting thrown into frantic bouts of combat. The game is scheduled to launch for PS4, PS5, and PC.

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Ghostwire: Tokyo And Stray Releasing For PS5 This October

Sony's CES 2021 presentation gave us a look at some of the new tech on the way from the company this year, including various PS5 titles. Although few details were shared during the stream, we did learn some updated release windows for a handful of upcoming games, including Ghostwire: Tokyo and Stray.

As noted in a disclaimer during the presentation, both Ghostwire and Stray are now slated to release for PS5 in October 2021. Both had previously been confirmed for this year, but this further narrows down their release window. No further information about the titles was revealed beyond that.

Ghostwire: Tokyo is the next project from Tango Gameworks, the studio founded by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. We've heard little about the game since last summer, when director Kenji Kimura spoke about how the title will take advantage of PS5's DualSense controller and other hardware features.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Capcom's Pragmata Delayed To 2023
« on: January 12, 2021, 07:13:27 AM »
Capcom's Pragmata Delayed To 2023

During CES 2021, Sony outlined release dates for some upcoming PlayStation 5 titles, including GhostWire: Tokyo, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Project Athia, Solar Ash, and Stray. The company also confirmed that Capcom's sci-fi title Pragmata has been pushed back to 2023.

Neither Sony nor Capcom have shared new footage of Pragmata during CES 2021. Originally slated to launch in 2022, Pragmata was unveiled in June 2020 with a trailer that didn’t reveal much. Questions around narrative, gameplay, characters, and the like have yet to be answered. However, it's supposed to launch on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S in 2023.

Toward the end of Sony's CES 2021 livestream, the company's logo was punctuated by small-print text featuring other release date announcements. This includes Kena: Bridge of Spirits (which releases this March), Solar Ash (launching this June), GhostWire: Tokyo and Stray (which both drop this October) and Project Athia (coming out in January 2022).


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GameSpot News / GSN - Hitman 3: All Six Locations Revealed
« on: January 12, 2021, 07:13:27 AM »
Hitman 3: All Six Locations Revealed

Hitman 3, the stylish assassination game, features Agent 47 trekking and executing missions all over the world. Ahead of the game's launch, IO Interactive took to Twitter to announce all six of the locations Agent 47 will visit.

In addition to the previously revealed Chongqing, Dubai, and Dartmoor locations, Hitman 3 will take players to Berlin in Germany, Mendoza in Argentina, and the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. Mendoza will host Agent 47's penultimate mission, and the game's epilogue will take place in the Carpathian Mountains.

GameSpot editor Phil Hornshaw was able to play Hitman 3's first two levels set in Dubai and Dartmoor. Hornshaw praised the gameplay and commented, "For its third game, Hitman 3 isn't changing the formula that made the first two titles so much fun. Each of its missions is a huge, clockwork-like contraption of various characters wandering here and there, which can be disrupted through often-weird, novel killing methods."

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GameSpot News / GSN - Monster Hunter Rise Amiibo Gear Revealed
« on: January 12, 2021, 07:13:27 AM »
Monster Hunter Rise Amiibo Gear Revealed

Monster Hunter Rise launches for Nintendo Switch this March, and alongside the game, Capcom is releasing three new Amiibo figures. The publisher had previously teased that these figures will unlock special layered armor sets in the game, and now it has revealed what those sets look like.

All three figures net you gear based on the Magnamalo, Rise's new flagship monster. The Magnamalo Amiibo unlocks the Sinister Seal armor set for your hunter, while the Palamute and Palico Amiibo unlock similar sets of armor for your Palamute and Palico companion, respectively. You can take a look at each of the armor sets below.

Sinister Seal hunter armor         

The standalone Amiibo figures will be sold exclusively at GameStop in the US and EB Games in Canada. The Magnamalo figure also comes packaged with the Monster Hunter Rise Collector's edition, which features other digital and physical extras like an enamel pin and a sticker pack. You can learn more in our Monster Hunter Rise preorder guide.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Twitch's Viewership Record Shattered By The Grefg
« on: January 12, 2021, 07:13:27 AM »
Twitch's Viewership Record Shattered By The Grefg

Spanish streamer and EU Heretics team owner David "TheGrefg" Martinez has beaten the record for most concurrent viewers for any gaming-related stream on Twitch. The content creator's stream revealing he's a new skin in Fortnite managed to reach 2.5 million viewers, which is far above the previous record holders.

For context of how big this is, the runner-ups to this record include channels like Twitch eLeague and YouTuber Rubiu5. The former has managed to reach 1.1 million viewers and the latter surpassed 1.06 million--both of which are much lower than 2.5 million, so Martinez has utterly smashed the record by a significant margin.

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Though not as big, other runner-ups include streamer Ninja, who also has a Fortnite skin styled after him, and has had as many as 667,000 concurrent viewers and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who had over 400,000 concurrent viewers when she streamed Among Us.

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Fortnite Mandalorian Guide: How To Unlock All Beskar Armor Pieces

The Mandalorian is the first thing you unlock when you purchase the Fortnite Season 5 battle pass, but there is a lot more you'll need to find in order to complete the Star Wars skin. The bounty hunter has pieces of Beskar Armor that can be equipped--each tied to an individual quest that you'll unlock as you level up the battle pass.

A fully decked out Mandalorian skin.

The first challenge is unlocked as soon as you purchase the battle pass, while others are unlocked when you get to a specific tier. Here's a map of all the locations you'll need to visit to finish the 4 location-based Beskar challenges:

Fortnite Beskar Armor Locations

Here's a list of all challenges and how to complete them with ease.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Western Digital's Portable SSDs Now Max Out At 4 TB
« on: January 12, 2021, 07:13:27 AM »
Western Digital's Portable SSDs Now Max Out At 4 TB

CES is raging right now, and though the event is virtual this year, it's bringing a wide variety of new product announcements from big tech companies. Now, Western Digital has revealed a fresh line of portable solid-state drives, and they're bigger than ever before, though they've got a price tag to match.

WD's new portable SSDs will now max out at 4 TB, which is double the size of the previous max for flash-memory based SSDs. If you aren't familiar, solid-state drives are smaller and faster than traditional hard drives, though they typically cost more for the same amount of space. The 4 TB portable SSD will start at $700 for the 1050 megabyte per second read speed, while the faster 2000 megabyte per second model will cost $900. No word yet on international pricing.

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Otterbox Announces New Xbox And xCloud Accessories For CES 2021

Microsoft's Xbox cloud gaming service (Project xCloud) officially launched last September, allowing you to play Xbox games on the go using an Android phone or tablet. Now, Otterbox has unveiled a new line of mobile gaming accessories aimed at keeping your phone and controller damage-free. Announced during CES 2021, the new Otterbox mobile gaming line features an Xbox controller shell, a carrying case, a mobile gaming clip, and more. As you'll see, the new products aren't exactly cheap, but their prices are in line with what Otterbox usually sells its cases, screen protectors, and other accessories for--you're paying for top-notch durability here.

The following mobile accessories release in mid-February, and preorders will open on January 25.

Easy Grip Controller Shell | $40

Otterbox Easy Grip Controller Shell

While there are many controllers that work well for Xbox cloud gaming, the best mobile controller to use is the official Xbox wireless controller, which xCloud's games are designed for. The new Otterbox Easy Grip Controller Shell offers durable protection for the Xbox wireless controller, protecting it against any drops or scrapes. The most appealing feature is the grip pads on the side of the shell, which help you maintain a comfortable grip while gaming.

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CD Projekt Could Be Fined If Cyberpunk 2077 Isn't Improved In Upcoming Patches

Cyberpunk 2077's launch has been anything but smooth, and now Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection has begun investigating its developer, CD Projekt Red. As reported by Polish business newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, the consumer protection office will monitor the company's progress on upcoming patches that are meant to improve Cyberpunk 2077 on console after its rocky start.

"We are asking the company for explanation regarding problems with the game and actions taken by them," the office said, as translated by IGN. "We will check how the developer is working on patches or solving issues preventing playing on various consoles, but also what steps [the company] is planning to take regarding people [who requested refunds] and are not happy with their purchase because they can't play the game on owned hardware, despite assurances by the producer."

According to the report, the investigating office will give CDPR time to offer an explanation. After that, it's reported that CDPR could be fined up to 10% of income for the latest financial year. The report also said, via IGN, that the office could request CDPR to offer "digital bonuses" to those who bought Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4/Xbox One as a means of recompense.

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GameSpot News / GSN - LG Teases New Rollable Phone At CES 2021
« on: January 12, 2021, 07:13:27 AM »
LG Teases New Rollable Phone At CES 2021

LG took to the virtual stage during CES 2021 to unveil a swath of new products, including gaming monitors and OLED TVs. Tucked into the end of the company's approximately 30-minute livestream was an official albeit brief look at the LG Rollable phone.

"Brief" is an understatement. LG wrapped up its CES 2021 presentation with someone holding a phone with a screen that slowly collapses on itself. Once the movement is done, the device's display cuts to black and the text "More to Explore" pops up above the phone's name--LG Rollable--in white. This all occurs in a 10-second sequence before the broadcast ends.

According to GameSpot sister site CNET, the LG Rollable is slated to launch this year. However, LG hasn't outlined a price point or announced a release date for the phone yet.

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LG Reveals New Super-Lightweight Laptops With 11th Gen Intel Processors

LG has announced the next series of Gram laptops at CES. There will be five new models that feature a new design and some internal upgrades. The Gram 14, 16, and 17 are clamshell models, while the Gram 2-in-1 14 and 16 are convertibles.

"Synonymous with unprecedented portability and first-class performance, the LG Gram brand continues to raise the bar for the ultra-lightweight and slim laptop market," LG senior vice president Jang Ik-hwan said in a statement. "With sleeker, more refined designs and 16:10 aspect ratio displays while maintaining their light weight, our latest LG Gram lineup gives consumers the ability to enjoy better productivity and more immersive viewing experiences wherever they go."

While changes are coming, the features Gram laptops are known for are sticking around. They're called Grams because they're notoriously lightweight, and the new models follow suit; the Gram 14 is 2.2 pounds, the 16 is 2.62 pounds, and the 17 is 2.98 pounds (the same weight as its predecessor).

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Panasonic Announces New TV At CES 2021 With AI That Gives You Best Picture/Sound

CES 2021 is officially underway, and while the show might look different this year with its online-only setup, it's still bringing lots of news. Technology giant Panasonic has announced a new TV set as part of the show, and it's powered by AI that may make your life easier.

Panasonic's flagship OLED TV for 2021 is the JZ2000, which will be available in 55-inch and 65-inch sizes. The new model is billed as having low latency and support for HDMI 2.1 variable refresh rate and high frame rate. Inside the TV is a new AI processor that can automatically detect what you're watching or playing and select settings that is best for it.

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The Medium: Watch the New 14-Minute Gameplay Trailer


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Announcing Path of Exile: Echoes of the Atlas for Xbox One

The Echoes of the Atlas expansion brings a lot to the table in terms of new brutal challenges to overcome alongside items that herald fresh ways to play. Whether you’re a new player who washed up on the shores of Wraeclast this morning, or a titan of the genre powering your way deep into the […]
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New Rogue Company, Smite, and Paladins Seasons Revealed at Hi-Rez Showcase

New seasons await players of Rogue Company, Smite, and Paladins — and Hi-Rez Studios unveiled all the epic details at our annual keynote last week. Want to learn more about the new rogue Kestrel, a new Babylonian Conquest map and gods, or the world-devouring worm champion Yagorath? Read on for all the details. Next month, […]
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XBOX Wire RSS Feed / XBOX - Happy 10th Anniversary DC Universe Online
« on: January 12, 2021, 07:13:26 AM »
Happy 10th Anniversary DC Universe Online

Cheers to DC Universe Online and the incredible community that has made this remarkable journey possible as we celebrate 10 years this January! Even though DCUO released on Xbox One in 2016, we celebrate 10 years of world-spanning storylines, over 250 iconic DC characters featured, and 39 Episodes released and counting. To show our appreciation, […]
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Experience the Next Chapter of Zombies Through Black Ops Cold War Zombies Free Access Week

After uncovering secrets about the Dark Aether, Requiem is calling on all reinforcements to investigate anomalies related to this mysterious power source. Get ready to gear up for a full week of zombie-slaying action when Treyarch’s legendary Zombies mode will be free to access for Xbox Live Gold members to play during the Zombies Free […]
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Introducing the New Xbox Wireless Controller – Pulse Red

Each year, we look forward to bringing many new controller designs to our fans. With the launch of the Xbox Series X|S in November, we were eager to bring you our new Xbox Wireless Controller in three options: Carbon Black, Robot White, and Shock Blue. Today, we’re excited to introduce the latest design in the […]
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Immortals Fenyx Rising: All Mount Locations

Gather every mounted animal to your side in Immortals: Fenyx Rising with our locations guide.
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A New Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Trailer Is Arriving Tomorrow

A new trailer for Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is being released tomorrow, January 12, but it is not arriving in a Nintendo Direct.
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Pragmata Delayed to 2023, Project Athia Gets 2022 Release Window

Pragmata, Capcom's new PS5 game has been delayed to 2023 according to Sony's CES presentation.
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Spanish Fortnite Streamer TheGrefg Breaks All-Time Twitch Viewership Record

Spanish language Twitch streamer TheGrefg broke Ninja's record for all-time highest concurrent viewers.
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Assassin's Creed Valhalla: All Asgard Wealth Locations

Score extra skill points by collecting all the Ymir's Tear Stones in Asgard with our guide.
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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - Hitman 3: Every Location Revealed
« on: January 12, 2021, 07:13:24 AM »
Hitman 3: Every Location Revealed

IO Interactive has unveiled all six locations Agent 47 will be traveling to in Hitman 3.
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Here's Why Everyone's Playing Rust Again

Rust , an online multiplayer survival game, is insanely popular again thanks to streamers like Shroud and xQc
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Mass Effect Legendary Edition Reportedly Out in March

Singaporean and Indonesian retailers have reportedly leaked the Mass Effect trilogy remaster release date, and it's coming pretty soon.
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Phasmophobia's Ghosts Never Hunted You Based on Your Voice... But They Do Now

Phasmophobia's latest update turns a fan theory about game audio into a horrifying reality.
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Star Wars Games to Be Branded Under Lucasfilm Games Banner

Star Wars games will now be brought together under a single banner, Lucasfilm Games.
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Microsoft Reveals Pulse Red Xbox Series X/S Controller

A new red colourway has been revealed for the current-generation Xbox Wireless Controller.
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Ghost of Tsushima Fans Help With Real-Life Tsushima Island Repairs

Fans of Ghost of Tsushima have helped contribute to real-life restorations of a Torii gate on the Japanese island.
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Decoding Season, PS5 and PC's Mysterious Road Trip Adventure

The internet loves the look of Season, the bicycle road trip adventure revealed at the Game Awards. But what actually is it? We spoke to the game's creative director to find out.
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Genshin Impact's Newest Playable Character Ganyu Arrives This Week

In line with Genshin Impact's ongoing content updates, the gacha game's next event banner will bring Liyue's Ganyu to the game as a playable character, starting from January 12. Developer MiHoYo has now revealed what 4-star characters will be joining Ganyu on the banner, as well as the weapons that will be featured on the secondary banner.

The new content is set to drop all at once, consisting of a new character banner, new weapon banner, new 'test run' stages, and an unlockable story quest for Ganyu. The content will arrive on January 12 at 6 PM ET, though as with other updates, players on the game's Asia-based servers will get the update earlier than US players. You can find the launch time in your timezone by checking the in-game notices for the new banners.

The Ganyu banner is called "Adrift in the Harbor" and comes with boosted drop rates for existing characters Xingqui, Xiangling, and Noelle. The weapon banner will feature boosted rates for 5-star weapons Amos' Bow and claymore Skyward Pride, as well as 4-star weapons Sacrificial Sword, The Bell, Dragon's Bane, Eye of Perception and Favonius Warbow.

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League Of Legends Reveals First New Champion Of Six Planned For 2021

As 2021 kicks off in earnest, Riot Games has started to reveal its roadmap for League of Legends throughout the year. The plan for the 2021 season aims to add six new champions, the first of which has been revealed as jungler Viego the Ruined King.

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Riot's champion-related plans for 2021, Ryan "Reav3" Mireles said that new champions for the year will follow a similar plan to 2020's releases, with Riot planning to release one new character for every lane position throughout the year, and two for mid lane.

"We believe that players shouldn't have to go longer than a year without getting a new champion to try in their role," Reav3 explained. While the video specifically mentions four confirmed champions tied to the Ruined King, 2021 will get six new character if Riot matches its 2020 champion output as promised.

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The UK PlayStation Store Is Listing A Free Game For £10,000

After Greedfall was announced as one of the PlayStation Plus free games for January, some players in the UK were surprised to find it listed instead for the excessive price of £10,000. After a number of screenshots showing the error were posted to Twitter, some users have revealed that they've been encountering the same glitch across different games for months.

As picked up by IGN, a number of posts on Twitter showed January's free games on the PlayStation Store were listed as anything but free.

PlayStation Support responded, saying that the correct price would be shown when the game was clicked on, or that players could try rebuilding their database through safe mode to fix the error. Though it's unclear if anyone tried the local-level fix, players responded asking Sony to fix the glitch once and for all, with users posting examples of times they encountered the same error on different games in the last few months.

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Cyberpunk 2077's Launch and Ongoing Fixes Investigated By Consumer Protection Agency

Poland's consumer protection agency is looking into Cyberpunk 2077's launch and ongoing development, and has the power to fine CD Projekt up to 10% of its income.
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Rust's Long-Awaited Console Version Has Been Rated By the ESRB

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One console port of Rust has been rated by the ESRB.
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Valorant's Newest Agent Is the Infiltrator Duelist Yoru

Episode 2 Act 1 of Valorant is set to be released on January 12, and with it arrives a new agent named Yoru that can turn invisible and send out fake footsteps to confuse and distract enemies.
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You Can Now Play Pokemon Red In Someone's Twitter Profile Picture

Move aside Twitch Plays Pokemon, now the world can play Pokemon Red inside @ScreenShakes Twitter profile picture.
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Gotham Knights: Batman Arkham's Combat System 'Entirely Redesigned' With a Focus on Co-Op

WB Games Montreal has discussed how Gotham Knights' combat has been "entirely redesigned" so that it works well for the game's focus on co-op play.
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Gotham Knights' Combat System Has Been 'Redesigned' With a Focus on Co-Op

WB Games Montreal has discussed how Gotham Knights' combat has been "entirely redesigned" so that it works well for the game's focus on co-op play.
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Animal Crossing: How to Spot and Wish on Shooting Stars

Never miss a shooting star or meteor shower event ever again, as we have you covered in our complete shooting stars guide for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 Raises Over $2.7 Million for Charity

All Games Done Quick 2021 has raised $2,758,847 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - A Complete Guide to Cyberpunk 2077
« on: January 11, 2021, 01:45:37 AM »
A Complete Guide to Cyberpunk 2077

IGN's complete Cyberpunk 2077 Wiki Guide includes a detailed walkthrough for every mission and gig, tips and tricks for getting started, the best cheats and secrets to exploit, as well as every easter egg.
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GameSpot News / GSN - AGDQ 2021 Raises More Than $2.7 Million For Charity
« on: January 10, 2021, 07:06:37 PM »
AGDQ 2021 Raises More Than $2.7 Million For Charity

Awesome Games Done Quick 2021--better known as AGDQ 2021--came to an end early Sunday morning, and the speedrunning marathon managed to raise big numbers to support the Prevent Cancer Foundation. In total, over $2.7 million was donated during the week-long event, and we saw some truly marvelous feats in a variety of games.

The final donation total for AGDQ 2021 was $2,760,516.03, to be precise, with more than 25,000 different people and organizations contributing. Of these, the largest donation total came from the Games Done Quick organization itself, which donated a little over $187,000, while the shirt website The Yetee donated $160,000 in total.

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Killzone Website No Longer Available, Thanks Players For Their Support

Killzone developer Guerrilla Games had a smash hit with 2017's Horizon: Zero Dawn, and the sequel Horizon: Forbidden West is set to release later this year. However, it appears the Killzone franchise may have been a casualty of this success. The official Killzone website is no longer available, instead directing players to visit the main PlayStation site in its place.

As spotted by VGC, the official Killzone site now only shows a notice page letting visitors know it has been "retired" and that it will soon forward them to PlayStation.com instead. You can no longer create or manage clans in the PS4 launch game Killzone: Shadow Fall, either, though you can still play online multiplayer in the game as normal. It's not clear if there are future plans to shut down these servers yet.

"Thank you to Killzone.com's many fans and visitors throughout the years for their enthusiasm and support," Guerrilla Games said on the site.

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Free Switch Online Trial Available Alongside Monster Hunter Rise Demo

Capcom's limited-time Monster Hunter Rise demo is now available on the Switch eShop, and it supports local and online multiplayer for up to four players. To take advantage of the latter, however, you'll need to have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, but Nintendo is letting players try out the service free of charge right now.

To coincide with the release of the Monster Hunter Rise demo, Nintendo is offering a free seven-day NSO trial through its My Nintendo rewards program. It doesn't cost any points to redeem the trial, so it's available to everyone who has a Nintendo Account but not an existing subscription to the service.

This free trial is a limited-time offer; it will only be available until February 2, one day after the Monster Hunter Rise demo is scheduled to be delisted. You can also only redeem the offer once, and it will automatically convert into a one-month subscription after the seven-day period end unless you turn off automatic renewal before then.

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Halo Infinite Designer Leaves To Join Darksiders Studio

Halo Infinite developer Kolbe Payne has officially left the studio. January 7 was his last day working for 343 Industries, and he's now taken a position at Darksiders studio Gunfire Games.

Payne was a campaign level/gameplay designer on Halo Infinite from April 2019 to January 2021. His LinkedIn page says he worked for 343 on a contract basis.

Payne is now working at Austin, Texas-based developer Gunfire Games as a junior level designer, though it's not immediately clear what project he's contributing to. The studio created Darksiders 3, which received mixed reviews when it launched in 2018. It also developed the Souls-like Remnant: From the Ashes the next year, which took From Software's formula and turned it into a snappy third-person shooter. The last Darksiders game was Darksiders Genesis, a spinoff prequel featuring Strife and War. It was developed by Airship Syndicate rather than Gunfire Games.

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Black PS5 Sale Canceled After Site Says It Received Threats To Safety

Last week, a custom black PS5 model went on sale via the store SUP3R5, promising a sleek and classic look for the PS5--which is currently only available in a white version. The systems went out of stock on the site almost immediately, but following what the site says were threats to its safety, orders are being refunded and the system is no longer being sold at all.

According to VGC, a statement on the company's now-deleted Twitter account said the sale didn't go as planned, as players were charged without knowing if they had actually secured a system, and a later message said existing orders were canceled due to threats to the staff's safety.

"Last night, our team began receiving credible threats to their safety," the store said in the statement. "We take these threats seriously. We aren't willing to risk the safety and well-being of our team, or the potential impact this would bring to delivering your order."

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GameSpot News / GSN - AGDQ 2021 Raises More Than $2.7 Million For Charity
« on: January 10, 2021, 01:12:53 PM »
AGDQ 2021 Raises More Than $2.7 Million For Charity

Awesome Games Done Quick 2021--better known as AGDQ 2021--came to an end early Sunday morning, and the speedrunning marathon managed to raise big numbers to support the Prevent Cancer Foundation. In total, over $2.7 million was donated during the week-long event, and we saw some truly marvelous feats in a variety of games.

The final donation total for AGDQ 2021 was $2,760,516.03, to be precise, with more than 25,000 different people and organizations contributing. Of these, the largest donation total came from the Games Done Quick organization itself, which donated a little over $187,000, while the shirt website The Yetee donated $160,000 in total.

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Gotham Knights' Co-Op Focus Resulted In Gotham City Being Redesigned

As one of the most-anticipated games of 2021, Gotham Knights has some big bat-shaped boots to fill when you take to the streets as one of Batman's four protégés. While the Batman: Arkham series of video games focused on a lone caped crusader, developer Warner Bros. Montreal is taking a different approach and emphasizing co-op play as you protect the city in the wake of Batman's death.

"We have entirely redesigned the combat system in order for it to work well in co-op," executive producer Fleur Marty said to GamesRadar. "Of course, we're still a brawler, and some of the mechanics won't feel totally alien for people who played and enjoyed the Arkham series, but it is in many ways very different."

According to creative director Patrick Redding, the drop-in and drop-out co-op gameplay resulted in a redesign of Gotham City, so that enemy encounters wouldn't feel claustrophobic. "Gotham is a city of alleyways and rooftops, so the footprint for gameplay needs to be compatible with that," Redding explained. This isn't the city you remember from the Arkham trilogy.

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New Series X Owners: 10 Important Features to Check Out

If you've got a new Xbox Series X, don't miss these essential hidden features to get the most out of your next gen console.
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Animal Crossing: How to Get Turnips

Read how to buy and store turnips from the turnip seller in Animal Crossing: New Horizons with this guide.
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Killzone's Website Has Been 'Retired,' Does Not Affect Online Multiplayer

The official website for the Killzone franchise has been "retired," but this change does not impact online multiplayer modes for Killzone games.
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New PS5 Owners: 15 Hidden Features to Check Out

Make the most out of your new PlayStation 5 with these essential tips and features you may not know about.
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Tetris World Champion Jonas Neubauer Dies at 39

Seven-time Classic Tetris World Champion Jonas Neubauer has died at the age of 39.
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Free Switch Online Trial Available For Monster Hunter Rise Demo

Capcom's limited-time Monster Hunter Rise demo is now available on the Switch eShop, and it supports local and online multiplayer for up to four players. To take advantage of the latter, however, you'll need to have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, but Nintendo is letting players try out the service free of charge right now.

To coincide with the release of the Monster Hunter Rise demo, Nintendo is offering a free seven-day NSO trial through its My Nintendo rewards program. It doesn't cost any points to redeem the trial, so it's available to everyone who has a Nintendo Account but not an existing subscription to the service.

This free trial is a limited-time offer; it will only be available until February 2, one day after the Monster Hunter Rise demo is scheduled to be delisted. You can also only redeem the offer once, and it will automatically convert into a one-month subscription after the seven-day period end unless you turn off automatic renewal before then.

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Every Song You Can Get from K.K. Slider in Animal Crossing

Keep track of all your Animal Crossing: New Horizons music with this handy checklist.
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AC Valhalla: How to Solve Every World Event

Find out how to help people in every region of England, Norway, and beyond in Assassin's Creed Valhalla.
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Killzone Website No Longer Available, Thanks Players For Their Support

Killzone developer Guerrilla Games had a smash hit with 2017's Horizon: Zero Dawn, and the sequel Horizon: Forbidden West is set to release later this year. However, it appears the Killzone franchise may have been a casualty of this success. The official Killzone website is no longer available, instead directing players to visit the main PlayStation site in its place.

As spotted by VGC, the official Killzone site now only shows a notice page letting visitors know it has been "retired" and that it will soon forward them to PlayStation.com instead. You can no longer create or manage clans in the PS4 launch game Killzone: Shadow Fall, either, though you can still play online multiplayer in the game as normal.

"Thank you to Killzone.com's many fans and visitors throughout the years for their enthusiasm and support," Guerrilla Games said on the site.

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Tetris Champion Jonas Neubauer Has Died Following Medical Emergency

Jonas Neubauer, a Tetris player who won the Classic Tetris World Championship seven times, has died  following a medical emergency. He was 39 years old.

In a statement on his own Twitter account, the emergency was called "sudden," with those running his account saying they were "overwhelmed with grief" and more information would be provided when they had it.

The official Tetris account offered its own tribute, calling him "one of the greatest classic Tetris players of all time in skill, spirit, and kindness."

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Gotham Knights' Co-Op Focus Resulted In Gotham City Being Redesigned

As one of the most-anticipated games of 2021, Gotham Knights has some big bat-shaped boots to fill when you take to the streets as one of Batman's four protégés. While the Batman: Arkham series of video games focused on a lone caped crusader, developer Warner Bros. Montreal is taking a different approach and emphasizing co-op play as you protect the city in the wake of Batman's death.

"We have entirely redesigned the combat system in order for it to work well in co-op," executive producer Fleur Marty said to GamesRadar. "Of course, we're still a brawler, and some of the mechanics won't feel totally alien for people who played and enjoyed the Arkham series, but it is in many ways very different."

According to creative director Patrick Redding, the drop-in and drop-out co-op gameplay resulted in a redesign of Gotham City, so that enemy encounters wouldn't feel claustrophobic. "Gotham is a city of alleyways and rooftops, so the footprint for gameplay needs to be compatible with that," Redding explained.

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Gengar's Cursed Mouth Pokemon Pillow Is Now The Perfect Way To Escape Reality

Barely ten days into 2021, the world remains more chaotic than ever. If you're looking for some way to escape the madness outside, then Bandai and Nintendo may have a solution for you: A massive Pokemon pillow that allows you to stick your head into the gaping maw of the ghostly Gengar.

More than just a comfortable plushy portal to block out the outside world and possibly scream into, the Gengar cushion also allows you to unroll the Pokemon's trademark lengthy tongue out as a convenient blanket. At five feet and five inches in length, it looks to be a comfortable surface to lay on before you enter the sensory deprivation chamber that is Gengar's mouth.

Good luck getting your hands on one of these pillows right now though. According to Pokemon merchandise-tracking website Pokeshopper, the Gengar cushion--which costs over $250--sold out after an hour of going live. It's also worth noting that in Pokemon lore, Gengar's mouth is capable of breaching the dimensional barriers between life and death.

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Halo Infinite Designer Leaves To Join Darksiders Studio

Halo Infinite developer Kolbe Payne has officially left the studio. January 7 was his last day working for 343 Industries, and he's now taken a position at Darksiders studio Gunfire Games.

Payne was a campaign level/gameplay designer on Halo Infinite from April 2019 to January 2021. His LinkedIn page says he worked for 343 on a contract basis.

Payne is now working at Austin, Texas-based developer Gunfire Games as a junior level designer, though it's not immediately clear what project he's contributing to. The studio created Darksiders 3, which received mixed reviews when it launched in 2018. It also developed the Souls-like Remnant: From the Ashes the next year, which took From Software's formula and turned it into a snappy third-person shooter.

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Cyberpunk: Don't Miss These Best Weapon and Clothing Mods

IGN has narrowed down some of the best weapon and clothing mods you should consider using in Cyberpunk 2077.
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9 Things We Want To See In Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2

Despite the anticipation for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's sequel, Nintendo has been dead silent about the upcoming game since its announcement trailer in 2019. We know little about the game aside from vague inklings about its premise, which seems to involve Link and Zelda trying to put down for good what we presume to be the dead husk of Ganon. And we don't even know if the game will be titled Breath of the Wild 2 or if it'll have an entirely new subtitle.

But with Zelda's 35th anniversary coming up, we're getting a feeling that new details may be coming soon, so we've taken the time to reflect on the first BotW to find nine things we'd want to see from the sequel. For all the latest news about the game, be sure to check out our BotW 2 hub. Otherwise, what do you want to see in BotW 2? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned to GameSpot for any future updates about the game.

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Can we not have Zelda as the damsel in distress anymore? Wouldn't it be cool to fight alongside her in a more cooperative experience? Nintendo has generally been good about having adventures you can play alongside friends with games like Luigi's Mansion 3 and Kirby: Star Allies, so the idea of having Zelda and Link side by side out in the open world sounds like a dream come true. Although, on the flip side of the coin, it may cause other mechanical issues, as we could see triggering bullet-time as a nuisance for the other player if not implemented properly. Other ideas like having an AI-controlled Zelda follow you throughout the entire adventure, a fully playable Zelda, or even the ability to control both characters simultaneously, ala-Astral Chain, would be fantastic to see in the sequel.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Get 150 Classic Games On Steam For Only $2
« on: January 08, 2021, 08:18:24 PM »
Get 150 Classic Games On Steam For Only $2

The Steam winter sale may be over, but there are still plenty of deals on Steam games across the internet. Fanatical is one place where you can still pick up some sweet discounts, and right now, you can get 150 classic Atari games for only $2. The Atari Vault Complete Pack includes the base 100 games included with the Atari Vault as well as the 50-game add-on. This deal is only available until January 10, but stock is limited, so it may run out sooner than that--you'll want to take advantage of this deal soon if you're interested.

Some of Fanatical's other deals include a Fanatical Favourites bundle, which lets you build your own bundle from a number of discounted games like Metro: Last Light Redux, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and Just Cause 3: XXL Edition. The Build-Your-Own New Year bundle offers another set of games to choose from at even lower prices as does the Build-Your-Own Holiday bundle.

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GameSpot News / GSN - 31 Best Nintendo Switch Games For Kids In 2021
« on: January 08, 2021, 08:18:24 PM »
31 Best Nintendo Switch Games For Kids In 2021

Nintendo consoles have always been known as the family-friendly platform, filled with parent- and child-approved mascots like Mario, Link, Kirby, and Samus. With the Switch, Nintendo has merged its console and handheld markets, offering games that can be played both on the TV and in the palms of our hands. And more so than previous generations, the Switch has robust third-party support, significantly expanding the library to appeal to players of all ages. If you recently purchased a Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite for your children, you may be wondering which Switch games are both fun and age-appropriate. We've rounded up over 30 of the best Nintendo Switch games for kids--and chances are, you'll like playing them, too.

Our list contains the obvious standouts--Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, etc.--but also some games that might not be on your radar. Games of all different genres are represented, too, and many of these Nintendo Switch games have co-op or multiplayer so you can tag along with your little ones.

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Free Nintendo Switch Online Trial Available For Monster Hunter Rise Demo

Capcom's limited-time Monster Hunter Rise demo is now live on the Switch eShop, and it supports local and online multiplayer for up to four players. To take advantage of the latter, however, you'll need to have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, but Nintendo is letting players try out the service free of charge right now.

To coincide with the release of the Monster Hunter Rise demo, Nintendo is offering a free seven-day NSO trial through its My Nintendo rewards program. It doesn't cost any points to redeem the trial, so it's available to everyone who has a Nintendo Account but not an existing subscription to the service.

This free trial is a limited-time offer; it will only be available until February 2, one day after the Monster Hunter Rise demo is scheduled to be delisted. You can also only redeem the offer once, and it will automatically convert into a one-month subscription after the seven-day period end unless you turn off automatic renewal before then.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Genshin Impact: How To Get A Seelie Pet
« on: January 08, 2021, 08:18:24 PM »
Genshin Impact: How To Get A Seelie Pet

Following the end of Genshin Impact's Dragonspine event, a new feature is live until January 21. Titled "Lost Riches," the event offers three different seelie pets to choose from--blue (Dayflower), pink (Rose), and yellow (Curcuma). Players can only obtain one and must have reached Adventure Rank 20 to do so.

The seelies can be purchased by using iron coins in the event shop. Talking to Ulman in the Stone Gate Area will give you a treasure book, which you can check for the general regions of hidden iron coins, and he will give you a treasure-seeking seelie that will act like a detector. The seelie will glow more intensely the closer you are to the treasure, and a special light will activate when players reach the treasure.

Digging up all the coins in an area will unlock special clues for other regions and players can travel there to get rewards, including the coveted primogens. Ulman will add two new treasure locations everyday, up to a total of 14.

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Best PC Gaming Headset Of 2021: HyperX, SteelSeries, And More

When it comes to the sheer number of product options out there, nothing beats PC gaming. Whether you're talking games, hardware components, or the vast selection of accessories, PC gamers have an overwhelming number of options to choose from. And while that's generally a good thing, it can make finding quality accessories difficult, especially when it comes to the best gaming headset for PC. With so many PC headsets to choose from, you might have to dig for quite some time, reading dozens of reviews before you find the right option for you. Thankfully, we've tested a large number of PC accessories and have rounded up some of our top PC gaming headset picks, from SteelSeries and Razer to HyperX and other quality brands.

One of the upsides of PC gaming headsets is that they tend to also work with one or both of the major video game consoles. Many PC gaming headsets are compatible with the PS5 and Xbox Series X--some can even be connected to the Nintendo Switch--making them multi-use if you own or ever decide to buy one of the new consoles. In fact, every PC gaming headset we've selected for this guide works with one or both of them.

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GameSpot News / GSN - NBA 2K21 MyTeam Season 4 Now Live On All Platforms
« on: January 08, 2021, 08:18:24 PM »
NBA 2K21 MyTeam Season 4 Now Live On All Platforms

The fourth season of NBA 2K21's MyTeam mode is now live on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Called The Return, Season 4 brings some new additions like challenges, rewards, and players.

Publisher 2K shared the news in a brief press release detailing what's new about MyTeam Season 4. The headliner is the Galaxy Opal version of the Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard, which is a new level 40 prize. There are new NBA Weekly and Moments challenges and agendas for players to participate in, an additional Kareem signature challenge, the introduction of the Domination Heat Check tier, and more Throwback Moment pack drops.

Other additions to MyTeam as part of Season 4: The Return are Galaxy Opal versions of the Washington Wizards' Russell Westbrook, former Boston Celtics player Kevin McHale, and the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard. Further, the second series of Idols is live, with those who have completed the first series earning a Galaxy Opal version of former pro Chris Webber.

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Halo Infinite Designer Leaves To Join Darksiders Studio

Halo Infinite developer Kolbe Payne has officially left the studio. January 7 was his last day working for 343 Industries, and he's now taken a position at Darksiders studio Gunfire Games.

Payne was a campaign level/gameplay designer on Halo Infinite from April 2019 to January 2021. His LinkedIn page says he worked for 343 on a contract basis.

Payne is now working at Austin, Texas-based developer Gunfire Games as a junior level designer, though it's not immediately clear what project he's contributing to.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Witcher 3 Mod Finally Gives Geralt A Snowboard
« on: January 08, 2021, 08:18:24 PM »
Witcher 3 Mod Finally Gives Geralt A Snowboard

Have you ever looked at The Witcher's Geralt of Rivia and just thought "This guy is just not extreme enough?" Well, now you can have him shred the Continent's powder with this Witcher 3 mod that gives our favorite monster hunter a snowboard.

The mod is called Geralt VGX Snowboarder, and it adds a snowboard that Geralt can find on an altar in Skellige that overlooks the bay of Kaer Trolde. As noted by the mod's designer Feregorn, this area is home to some great items and is also "a solid spot for avid virtual instagrammers." The mod also provides Geralt with some snazzy snowboarding goggles to protect his cat eyes from the cold.

The accompanying snowboard can be equipped in either a weapon or boot slot, so Geralt can use it to hit either the slopes, or his enemies. Just don't pay too much attention to the usual sword sounds and animations that still accompany Geralt's attacks.

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A Gilmore Girls Themed Fire Emblem Mod Is Available To Play

Fire Emblem--your favorite RPG franchise that combines chess and dating--and Gilmore Girls got a fan-made crossover. The creator, Marlowe Dobb, borrowed the power of both cult classics to create an hour-long Fire Emblem Sacred Stones mod with characters and plotlines from Gilmore Girls.

According to Fire Emblem: Gilmore Girls' itch.io page, the mod contains four custom maps, multiple playable characters, fun dialogue, and "depictions of a normal mother-daughter relationship." Playing the mod requires a ROM version of FE Sacred Stones and a .ups patch applying software.

Fire Emblem has received a lot of great fan-made mods over the years. Fire Emblem Girls, a standout mod that also uses FE Sacred Stones as its base, impressively upgrades the difficulty of the original game and includes a ton of other custom content. Like the name implies, all the characters in Fire Emblem Girls are female characters from different Fire Emblem games.

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Rust Developer Made More Than $1 Million In A Day Twice This Week

Despite having released all the way back in 2013 through Early Access, the PC survival game Rust is enjoying a new lease on life recently after numerous streamers started playing it again. This uptick in attention has led to a huge spike in sales and revenue, according to Garry Newman of developer Facepunch.

Newman revealed on Twitter that Facepunch made more than $1 million in gross revenue on two different occasions this week on Steam. You can see the sales graphic below. Now, some of this revenue might be related to Facepunch's other game, Garry's Mod, but you'd have to imagine the bulk is coming from Rust.

Newman also shared that Rust recently doubled its record for player count, a record that was set just days prior. Steam's public data shows that Rust had more than 200,000 peak concurrent players on January 8, which makes it among the most popular games on Steam overall.

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Source: Rust Developer Made More Than $1 Million In A Day Twice This Week

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Games, Xbox Series X Controllers, And Monitors Discounted In New Best Buy 3-Day Sale

While January tends to be a slower period for game deals as things calm down post-Black Friday, there are still a few solid sales running this month, and one of them can be found at Best Buy. The retailer just kicked off its first three-day sale of 2021, offering some nice discounts on games for Switch, PS5, and Xbox Series X; gaming monitors; Xbox controllers; and more. The sale ends Sunday, so be sure to check out everything on offer before then. Fortunately, we've highlighted some of the best gaming deals for you here.

Best Buy currently has some game deals that are left over from Black Friday, like Final Fantasy VII Remake and The Last of Us Part 2 for $30 each, and both games are still excellent pickups at that price. You'll also find some nice Switch game deals, like Ring Fit Adventure on sale for $70 (instead of $80), just in time for your New Year's fitness resolutions. The newly released Fitness Boxing 2 is also down to $40 and is a nice complement to Ring Fit if you're looking for more at-home workout options. Other great deals include Yakuza: Like a Dragon for $35, Assassin's Creed Valhalla for $40, and Super Mario 3D All-Stars for $50. For the latter game, there's also a bundle that comes with the collectible three-piece Mario coin set.

Check out the best gaming and tech deals from Best Buy's weekend sale below, including some solid discounts on 4K TVs, gaming monitors, smart devices, and gaming laptops. For some products, we've included links to Amazon when that store is price-matching. Plus, check out other sales happening this weekend, like Ubisoft's bargain bin sale on PC games, the Xbox Last Chance Sale, and the PlayStation Store Holiday Sale, which just added more games.

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Competitive CoD: Warzone Players Are Forcing Their Way Into Bot Matches With A Cheat

A new cheat in Call of Duty's battle royale Warzone is now allowing a small group of competitive players to completely ditch the game's skill-based matchmaking and instead enter matches filled with low-level players and/or bots, according to Call of Duty YouTuber Drift0r.

In an interview with PC Gamer, Drift0r said that he was able to enter matches populated by AI-controlled adversaries about "two thirds of the time." The other third of the time, the matches were filled with lower-skilled players who are more likely to be new to the game. Some K/D ratios observed in these matches were as low as 0.72. Drift0r declined to explain how the cheat works, fearing it would add fuel to the already present fire.

Despite these bot and low-skill players being predominantly present in these matches, Drift0r also noted that there were other several high-skill players in these lobbies as well, likely using the same exploit to garner easy wins. While that impulse is maybe understandable in a vacuum, Drift0r is pessimistic about what it will mean for the Warzone scene as a whole if the cheat becomes more widespread. His expectation is that lower-level lobbies will end up becoming a 50/50 spread between new players and "really sweaty tryhards," AKA the other content creators using this exploit.

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Destiny 2 Trials Of Osiris Rewards This Week (January 8-12)

Destiny 2's Season of the Hunt is winding down, and so are your chances to go Flawless in the Trials of Osiris before we roll over into the game's next batch of content. But there's still some time to work on this season's Flawless seal, as well as to earn yourself some new Adept weapons and mods.

Each week, the map on which Trials of Osiris matches are played rotates, as do the rewards you'll unlock for earning wins in the weekend multiplayer tournament. Here's a rundown of where you'll play this week's Trials matches and what you can get for winning:

Trials of Osiris Map And Rewards (January 8-12)

  • Map: Dead Cliffs
  • 3 wins -- Hunter, Warlock, or Titan Leg Armor: Boots, Legs, or Grieves of the Exile
  • 5 wins -- The Summoner, Solar auto rifle
  • 7 wins -- Hunter, Warlock, or Titan Class Item: Cloak, Bond, or Mark of the Exile
  • Flawless run -- Eye of Sol, Kinetic sniper rifle 
    • Adept Mod: Charge Time

If you're unfamiliar with the Trials of Osiris, it puts you into some of the Crucible's most challenging PvP battles. While your goal in the Crucible is always to win, it's tougher in the Trials because you need multiple wins in a row. Notch seven winning matches without losing a single one and you'll earn what's known as a "Flawless" run. That gets you a trip to the Lighthouse--a special Trials social space--and exclusive rewards and recognition. In the Beyond Light expansion, opening the Flawless chest earns you an "Adept" weapon, which comes with extra stat boosts unavailable on any other guns in the game, as well as powerful Adept mods that are likewise unavailable anywhere else.

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Remaster Gets Physical PS4 And Switch Editions

Indie game distributor Limited Run Games will release physical copies of the remastered version of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, the company announced on Twitter. Xbox versions of the game will arrive "at a future date."

There are three editions of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game available through Limited Run Games, with preorders going live for six weeks starting on January 15 at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET. Alongside the $35 Standard Edition for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, the company will drop two other jam-packed versions: the $55 Classic Edition and $140 K.O. Edition.

The Classic Edition includes the physical game on either platform, full-color instruction booklet, reversible cover, deluxe clamshell case with a separate reversible cover, a sticker sheet, physical CD soundtrack by the chiptune-based pop-rock band Anamanaguchi, a commemorative concert ticket, and an overworld map, all in one slick-looking box.

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Checking In On Games in Development Hell

Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN's weekly video game podcast. In the…
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PS Plus Free Game: 24 Essential Maneater Tips for Terrorizing the Seas

Become an apex predator and strike fear into man and fish alike with these important tips for Maneater
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The Internet Goes Wild for a Pokemon Pillow Where You Put Your Head in Gengar's Mouth

For the price of nearly $250, you can finally put your head inside Gengar's mouth thanks to a new Pokemon pillow.
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Check Out This Massive New Pathfinder Dragon Figure

We took an advanced look at the latest line of WizKids Pathfinder minis.
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How To Get The Streetsweeper In Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War And Warzone

Though some players have reported the challenge required to unlock it being bugged, the powerful Streetsweeper shotgun is available to unlock via Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The shotgun seems like it's going to decimate enemy players, and the challenge to unlock it is actually pretty easy to unlock.

How to unlock the Streetsweeper

Unlocking the Streetsweeper shotgun requires getting a three-kill streak using Black Ops Cold War shotguns at least 15 times. This means that any shotgun in Black Ops Cold War is eligible for the challenge, along with those same shotguns within Warzone. You can only do this once per match, however, so getting repeated kill-streaks in the same match won't add to your total. Warzone matches are also eligible if you don't play Black Ops Cold War.

You can also get a special version of the weapon called the Surge Protector as part of the Shock Value pack for 1,200 Call of Duty Points. If you go this route, that variant will be available instantly without having to complete the challenge. The pack also includes a legendary charm, legendary emblem, and epic sticker.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Fortnite Players Want Fewer Cosmetic Restrictions
« on: January 08, 2021, 11:37:45 AM »
Fortnite Players Want Fewer Cosmetic Restrictions

Every Fortnite battle pass has added a number of new skins that come alongside an emote, back bling, glider, and other accessories that are unlocked as players level up. These additions could be used with any skin, but Season 4 introduced special versions of these items that were tied to specific characters. Players worry that these new cosmetic restrictions will continue into future seasons, limiting their ability to customize as they see fit.

This change was introduced with various Marvel characters. Thor's hammer, Mjölnir could only be used by characters that were worthy like Captain America and Thor. Dr. Doom's glider and emote, alongside a number of other items, were also tied to specific heroes.

Mave's glider can't be used with other skins.

"I get Marvel, but Mave’s glider is stupid," said Redditor ExtraTime101. This change was believed to only apply to Marvel characters, but now it's continued into Season 5. Mave, one of the hunters you can unlock, features a glider specifically made for her. It can't be used on other characters.

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CS:GO Update Removes Bots From Competitive Games, But Valve Doesn't Say Why

The newest update for Valve's incredibly popular free-to-play shooter CS:GO has arrived, and one of the most notable changes pertains to a feature that has been removed.

The patch notes state that, when a player disconnects or is kicked from a classic competitive or wingman mode match, a bot will no longer replace them. Should the entire team vanish, a single bot will be spawned in for the other team and remain idle.

Valve provided no rationale for why it made this decision to remove bots. The appeal of bots was that, should a teammate get disconnected for any reason, the squad would still have a fighting chance instead of being forced to play one team member down.

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Source: CS:GO Update Removes Bots From Competitive Games, But Valve Doesn't Say Why

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Steam Adds Additional Support For Xbox And PS5 Controllers

Steam developer Valve has begun rolling out additional support for Xbox and PlayStation controllers, giving you more customization options for input mapping.

The biggest change makes the Xbox One Elite Series 2 more useful when played with games via Steam, with the rear paddle buttons now available for mapping. Valve has also added support for the new revision of Xbox controllers that include the share button, which can now also be mapped for any function in-game.

Both controllers will also benefit from added support for rumble triggers, which can now be used on supported titles. Additionally, four Xbox controllers can now be recognized at once for local multiplayer titles.

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Source: Steam Adds Additional Support For Xbox And PS5 Controllers

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Mid-Season Update Teased, Here's What We Know

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is getting another big update soon, as developer Treyarch has now teased a "mid-season update" that will land on January 14.

This update to Season 1 adds a huge new Fireteam map called Sanatorium, along with a new 6v6 multiplayer mode called Dropkick. Treyarch did not provide any specifics on what this mode is or how it plays, however.

What appears to be the new Sanatorium map

For Zombies, the mid-season update will introduce a Cranked mode that resets the timer every time you kill a zombie. The Onslaught mode in Zombies, meanwhile, introduces the Raid map. PlayStation fans are getting some exclusive content, too, in the form of new Dark Aether intel.

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Source: Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Mid-Season Update Teased, Here's What We Know

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Lenovo's Prototype Handheld Computer Is Basically A Nintendo Switch

Computers come in all shapes and sizes these days, but they all have the exact same problem in their design: None of them resemble a Nintendo Switch. Chinese hardware manufacturer Lenovo has tackled this dilemma head-on with its latest prototype, the LaVie Mini.

Revealed at CES 2021, Lenovo's concept machine imagines what one of its laptops would look like if it were pocket-sized and on the verge of receiving a legal takedown notice from Nintendo.

Like the Switch, the LaVie Mini features detachable controllers on the side, a docking station that can display to TV, and can also function as a portable device. Its theoretical specs are also impressive, as the 8" WUXGA touch panel display has a 1920 x 1200 resolution, internal storage is a 256GB SSD, and the computer is powered by an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 mobile processor. With Intel Iris Xe graphics on the chipset and 16GB of RAM, it'd be more than capable of playing any of your favorite indie games and also running a few work apps.

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Source: Lenovo's Prototype Handheld Computer Is Basically A Nintendo Switch

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PS5 Exclusive Returnal Channels Housemarque's DNA In New Footage

Returnal, the latest PS5-exclusive from arcade-shooter veterans Housemarque, is launching in a few months, and the latest developer diary from the studio shows off more elements of its rogue-lite.

Housemarque is known for its fast and frenetic 2D shooters, namely Resogun, Nex Machina, and Super Stardust HD. The transition to 3D is a big leap for the studio, but it's evident from the footage that the DNA of its previous work is there. There are enemies firing off waves of projectiles, blisteringly fast movement, and bright neon effects everywhere. Check it out below.

In addition to the new footage, Returnal game director Harry Krueger explained how the addition of a new dimension is letting the team at Housemarque experiment with something entirely new to them.

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Source: PS5 Exclusive Returnal Channels Housemarque's DNA In New Footage

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Nvidia Releases GPU Driver To Address Serious Security Vulnerabilities

Nvidia has released a new driver for its whole range of graphics cards, addressing several security vulnerabilities that could expose your PC to a variety of attacks.

The update, which is available to download now, prevents exploits that could result in denial-of-service attacks or escalation of privileges. Nvidia ranks some of these security loopholes as high risk, even though an attacker would still need local access to your PC to install software that can capitalize on them.

The patch doesn't feature any traditional game-specific improvements as is custom with new drivers, but it does address some smaller issues that you may have been experience on your GPU. One of the biggest fixes addresses incorrect contrast levels when using HDR with compatible displays--specifically any of LG's OLED TVs.

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Source: Nvidia Releases GPU Driver To Address Serious Security Vulnerabilities

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Watch Halo's Multiplayer Announcer Perform His Epic Voice Lines: "Triple Kill," Slayer," And More

Anyone who has played Halo has likely heard the voice of Jeff Steitzer, even if they don't know him by name. The veteran voice actor performs the multiplayer voice lines for the Halo series, and he's delivered some epic words over the years.

In a new video made for a fan (via The Gamer), Steitzer spoke some of his more memorable Halo lines, including "Triple kill," "Extermination, "Killionaire," and "Capture the Flag," along with the very famous "Slayer." It's a true delight to watch him perform these lines.

"I hope that does the trick. Coming to you from my little tiny vocal booth," Steitzer said, showing off his at-home recording studio.

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Hitman 3 Adds More Wild Assassinations, Including One With A Full Murder Mystery

The first mission of Hitman 3, set in Dubai, feels like it could have been lifted from a movie. In fact, it would be right at home in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, as it starts with Agent 47 dropping onto a towering skyscraper, slipping in through a window, and donning a debonair disguise to infiltrate a party full of rich revelers. All that's missing is Ving Rhames.

For its third game, Hitman 3 isn't changing the formula that made the first two titles so much fun. Each of its missions is a huge, clockwork-like contraption of various characters wandering here and there, which can be disrupted through often-weird, novel killing methods. Since Hitman 3 allows you to pull in the missions from 2016's Hitman and 2018's Hitman 2 (just like you could merge the first two games), the foundation is familiar. But it does feel like IO Interactive is amping up the inventiveness of the how, where, and whys of its assassinations.

The Dubai mission stands out for its spectacle--you'll spend some time climbing around the outside of the skyscraper and venturing through its huge glass atriums--as well as its level design. The place is mostly vertical, with large areas that are open to the public and tighter back hallways frequented only by security and wait staff. A lot of the challenge of the level is in finding your way around, figuring out how to physically get in position to take on the level's pair of heavily guarded targets. Sure, you might be able to see them at the party, but how can you get to them in a way that'll allow you to escape unseen in the end?

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Devil May Cry 5 Voice Actor Brad Venable Has Died, Receives Tributes From Peers

Voice actor Brad Venable, whose work included roles in games like Devil May Cry 5 and World of Warcraft, has died. His death has spurred a massive number of tributes from fellow voice actors, who remembered him as a kind and generous person who served as an inspiration for others.

"There aren't many people in this industry that treat me with the love and respect that you do," actor Darrel J Delfin said in a video on Twitter. "And when I show up to our coffee spot, it hurts knowing that I'm not going to walk up and see you."

Nier: Automata actor Kira Buckland echoed these sentiments in her own statement, calling him an "example of a light we should all strive to be."

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Source: Devil May Cry 5 Voice Actor Brad Venable Has Died, Receives Tributes From Peers

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King of Fighters XV Reveal Trailer Shows Off Upgraded Graphics

Developer SNK has revealed the first look at King of Fighters XV, which is scheduled for release this year. The trailer is less than a minute long, but it does show off brand-new visuals for the long-running fighting game series. You can see the teaser below, which features characters such as Kyo Kusanagi, Mai Shiranui, Shun'ei, Leona, K', and Benimaru Nikaido.

After the trailer was revealed, creative director Eisuke Ogura spoke about how this game will play when compared to previous entries in the series.

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Source: King of Fighters XV Reveal Trailer Shows Off Upgraded Graphics

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GameSpot And CNET Discuss The Future Of Games At CES 2021

2020 was a gigantic year for gaming. Due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic that kept people in their homes, the time and money spent on gaming grew dramatically. A recent NPD study said four out of five consumers in the US played a video game in the last six months, propelling the industry to new heights in terms of total players and time/money spent on the activity.

But just how much did the industry grow in 2020, and can the gaming industry sustain the momentum and keep growing? These are some of the questions that GameSpot and sister CNET will discuss during a virtual panel at CES 2021 later this month as part of CNET's Thought Leadership Panels.

Panelists include NPD analyst Mat Piscatella, who has been at the forefront of analyzing data and releasing reports about the health of the US game industry, along with Among Us developer Victoria Tran; video game journalist and co-founder/host of Kinda Funny, Greg Miller, will also appear on the panel to share his thoughts and insights.

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Source: GameSpot And CNET Discuss The Future Of Games At CES 2021

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Ninja To Voice "Main Role" On A TV Show, But He Won't Say Which One

Prolific gaming streamer Tyler Blevins AKA Ninja is taking his talents to a different medium. Blevins revealed on Twitter that he just finished doing voiceover for a "main role" on a TV show.

Blevins said he isn't allowed to say more yet, but he enjoyed the experience. "Voice acting is so fun. A huge passion of mine that I'm starting to get to live out," he said.

Blevins is no stranger to TV or film. He played Ice Cream on The Masked Singer, while he's set to have a cameo in the Ryan Reynolds video game movie, Free Guy.

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Source: Ninja To Voice "Main Role" On A TV Show, But He Won't Say Which One

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Dying Light 2 Art Director And Writer Announces His Departure From Techland

In another blow to its development, Dying Light 2 art director and writer Pawel Selinger has announced his departure from not only the game but also developer Techland, ending a career that lasted more than two decades at the Polish company.

"After over twenty-two years, I decided to end my cooperation with Techland," Selinger wrote in a Linkedin announcement. "I would like to express my gratitude to the company that has allowed me to develop and fulfill myself for half of my life. Techland, I will always be rooting for you, as well as the great people I have met thanks to you. I wish you that Dying Light 2 and subsequent projects will become world hits. Goodbye and good luck!"

This isn't the first major departure from Dying Light 2, as Techland ended its cooperation with then head-writer Chris Avellone after allegations of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment surfaced during his time at multiple studios. Paradox Interactive also severed ties with Avellone after the reports of his behavior came to light and confirmed that none of the writer's content for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 would be used.

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Prolific Video Game and Anime Voice Actor Brad Venable Dies, Aged 43

Brad Venable, who provided his voice acting talents to Devil May Cry 5, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, multiple anime series and more, has died aged 43.
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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - Hitman 3 - The Final Preview
« on: January 08, 2021, 11:37:42 AM »
Hitman 3 - The Final Preview

If this is the end for Agent 47, he’s going out in style.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Mid-Season Update Coming Next Week

Treyarch has revealed some of the content coming to Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War as part of the game's mid-season update.
Source: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Mid-Season Update Coming Next Week

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King of Fighters XV: First Gameplay, 6 Characters Revealed

SNK has confirmed five characters for The King of Fighters XV, formally revealing the game with a new trailer.
Source: King of Fighters XV: First Gameplay, 6 Characters Revealed

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There Is No Microsoft/Duracell Deal Meaning Xbox Has to Use AA Batteries in Controllers

Amid new speculation caused by comments from a Duracell spokesperson, IGN understands that there is no deal forcing Xbox to use AA batteries in its controllers.
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Nintendo eShop Down, Seemingly Due to Monster Hunter Rise Demo Demand [Updated]

The Nintendo eShop is currently down for unscheduled "emergency maintenance", which may be due to demand for the recently released Monster Hunter Rise demo.
Source: Nintendo eShop Down, Seemingly Due to Monster Hunter Rise Demo Demand [Updated]

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Path Of Exile Developer Gives An Update On The Sequel

Grinding Gear Games' Path of Exile has remained a popular free-to-play action-RPG since its debut in 2013. While the current game is still getting regular updates, the developers also have plans for a sequel, which was announced in 2019. Unfortunately, 2020 turned out to be a chaotic year for many, and developer Grinding Gear Games had to adapt to sudden changes in plans.

Along with our chat about the Echoes of the Atlas expansion, managing director of Path of Exile Chris Wilson gave us an update on Path of Exile 2. The sequel is Path of Exile's next leap forward as a free-to-play action-RPG, adding in a new story, world to explore, and classes to level up and outfit with loot. While development is still progressing, Wilson spoke candidly about how the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the progress, and it may be a bit longer before we see the sequel's release.

"[Development] has been a bit slower than I would have liked, it was the biggest casualty of COVID--and I hate to blame COVID because it seems like everyone is doing that--but it really has had an impact on us," said Wilson. "That's mostly because we're still committed to getting our normal expansions out, we're not going to allow problems to affect our current maintenance of the game, so that means we've had to pull developers from PoE2 from the last year back onto this game. That's been fine, and there's plenty of work there, but that does mean it's been a bit rocky with the sequel's work being done behind the scenes. It also doesn't help that with New Zealand's borders being closed, we can't hire other developers from overseas. But to cut a long story short, things have been slow."

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Source: Path Of Exile Developer Gives An Update On The Sequel

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Monster Hunter Rise's Wirebug And Palamutes Are Game Changers

Although Monster Hunter has been around for nearly two decades now, it wasn't until 2018's Monster Hunter World that the series truly exploded in popularity. Thanks in no small part to its myriad quality-of-life refinements, World opened the traditionally dense franchise up to a new audience and became Capcom's best-selling video game to date, and the series' next installment, Monster Hunter Rise for Switch, builds upon World's strides with a greater emphasis on exploration and mobility.

We had a chance to play an early access version of Monster Hunter Rise's forthcoming demo, which offered a small taste of the game's different weapons and features. The demo consisted of two training missions, designed to acclimate players to the game's basic controls and new mechanics, as well as two proper hunts: a "beginner" quest to slay the new Great Izuchi, and an "intermediate" quest revolving around the returning Mizutsune.

The backdrop for both hunts was the Shrine Ruins, an expansive bamboo forest dotted with cliffs, stone shrines, and waterways. The locale lent itself particularly well to showing off the Wirebug, Rise's most notable new gameplay wrinkle. Like Monster Hunter World's Slinger, this creature functions as a sort of grappling hook, allowing you to swing through the air and wrangle monsters. Despite these cursory similarities, however, the Wirebug is functionally quite different from the Slinger. For one, rather than latching directly onto a monster, you'll be using the Wirebug primarily to slingshot yourself toward or away from it, making the tool more about mobility.

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Source: Monster Hunter Rise's Wirebug And Palamutes Are Game Changers

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Fortnite's Superhero Skin Is Giving Some Players An Advantage

Fortnite players are asking Epic Games to adjust the custom superhero skin after they've given some players an unfair advantage. The skin, with colors that can be changed to be all black, is nearly invisible when shrouded by in-game shadows.

"They should just give it a white outline or something simple like that," said Redditor Bruvneh. The skin originally required players to display an emoji on both the front and back, but Epic Games added an option to display nothing, giving players the ability to hide in plain sight.

This isn't the first time this has happened in Fortnite. A skin that looked like the green army men in Toy Story had a similar effect where it couldn't be seen in some areas of the map. Epic adjusted that skin after players complained of a "pay-to-win" advantage that it provided.

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Source: Fortnite's Superhero Skin Is Giving Some Players An Advantage

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GameSpot News / GSN - Twitch Is Down Right Now
« on: January 07, 2021, 11:14:02 PM »
Twitch Is Down Right Now

The livestream platform Twitch is experiencing some issues, according to Twitch Support. Various features aren't loading on the site, including streams. While the company has identified the issue, it's still investigating it to see what's preventing the site from loading.

As a result of streams not loading due to these server-side issues on Twitch, many broadcasts are moving over to YouTube, bumping to next week, or sitting on waiting screens while Twitch resolves the problem. The official Twitter accounts for Gears of War, Paladins, and Smite have all announced their plans in response to the current Twitch hiccups.

This downtime comes on the heels of two notable moves on Twitch's part: removing PogChamp's emote due to the livestreamer's comments on the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and disabling Trump's account because of his "incendiary rhetoric." However, there isn't any indication this is anything other than a standard outage from Twitch, which last experienced downtime earlier this week.


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You Can Play Mortal Kombat 11 In First-Person, If For Some Reason That Is Something You'd Like To Do

Mortal Kombat 11 is gruesome in all the ways we've come to expect from NetherRealms' organ-shredding fighter, but what if you could witness all that viscera from a more intimate perspective? Well, stay away from me you weirdo; and also, you can!

Modder Ermaccer (via DSOgaming) has released the Custom Cameras mod on Github. It includes both first-person and third-person modes, the latter of which places the camera behind your back similar to what you might find in a third-person action game. The first-person camera is really the draw, though, letting you see your opponent straight-on.

A video shows the mod in action, and it seems to run pretty smoothly on the whole. Be sure not to use this in any competitive modes, though, because as a mod it could be determined to give you an unfair advantage.

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Acer Reveals Its First HDMI 2.1 Monitor, Capable Of 4K And 144Hz

CES 2021 is days away, but Acer has gotten ahead of the new tech announcements with one of its own. The company unveiled its May lineup of gaming monitors, including one that boasts HDMI 2.1, the technology that the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S both use to output 4K and 120Hz. The Acer Nitro XV282K KV will be the company's first HDMI 2.1 gaming monitor, and among the first to release in general, as the technology is just now being adopted by monitors.

The HDMI 2.1-capable Acer Nitro gaming monitor features a 4K resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and $900 price tag. While the PS5 and Xbox Series X may be more widely used with this monitor, users who are able to snag an RTX 3000 series graphics card will also be able to make use of the HDMI 2.1 tech. And while HDMI 2.1 offers its own VRR (variable refresh rate) technology, it will also support FreeSync Premium for PC gaming with DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 cables--though your features will be limited with the latter. Potential buyers can also expect HDR600.

Acer Nitro XV282K KV gaming monitor

$900

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Source: Acer Reveals Its First HDMI 2.1 Monitor, Capable Of 4K And 144Hz

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Call Of Duty: Warzone Players Used Companion App To Dodge SBMM

Call of Duty: Warzone players have been using a companion app to cheat the battle royale's competitive matchmaking system. The creators of Warzone Companion, an app that helps players avoid cheaters by displaying K/D ratios before a game, was forced to adjust the stats it displays in pre-game lobbies. Some players were using the stats to back out of lobbies that had players with high K/D ratios.

"Cheaters are one of the worst problems of Warzone and online gaming overall," Dmitry Shymko, the CEO of COD Stats, the company that runs the app, told Eurogamer. "We wanted to help the community and highlight those players that are having extremely high metrics in their previous matches and at the same time give an instrument for players to see that they just might die to the lucky shot."

The app was designed to help players check pre-game lobbies to see if anyone had stats that are only attainable through cheating. Players ended up using the app to avoid unfavorable lobbies altogether. COD Stats issued a patch that now displays the K/D ratio information after the pre-game warmup, among other changes, earlier this week. Now the app can no longer serve its original purpose of helping players avoid Warzone's rampant cheating problem.

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Source: Call Of Duty: Warzone Players Used Companion App To Dodge SBMM

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Call Of Duty: Warzone And Black Ops Cold War Patch And Playlist Updates Are Live (January 7)

Activision has rolled out the newest playlist updates for Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, adding new multiplayer modes and, in Warzone's case, removing a few as well. Additionally, wider patches for both games are now available.

Starting January 7, playlist updates for both titles will go live on Thursday. You can find what's new in each title, as well as what's been removed from Warzone, in the list below. Read on for the full patch notes.

Call Of Duty: Warzone January 7 Playlist Update

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Source: Call Of Duty: Warzone And Black Ops Cold War Patch And Playlist Updates Are Live (January 7)

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GameSpot News / GSN - New Rust Update Adds Twitch Drops, Wipes Blueprints
« on: January 07, 2021, 11:14:01 PM »
New Rust Update Adds Twitch Drops, Wipes Blueprints

Facepunch Studios is trying to capitalize on the recent wave of new players that has flocked to its popular game Rust by quickly providing updates and new features. The studio announced that it had enabled Twitch drops, increased its server capacity, added streamer-specific rewards, and more, all via its monthly update.

"We're expecting to see huge player counts over the coming days, server capacity is something we're keeping a close eye on and proactively bringing more servers online," the studio wrote in a post on its official site. "We're already boosting the official server count by 13 servers preemptively today."

Rust cracked the 1 million viewer threshold in 2021 thanks to a number of big-time streamers picking the game up. Facepunch enabled Twitch drops for those who are watching streamers play the survival game. A couch, industrial door, and "hobo barrel" can be unlocked for watching eight hours of Rust content on Twitch.

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Our 2021 Nintendo Prediction Spectacular! - NVC 542

Nintendo Voice Chat for the week of January 7, 2021.
Source: Our 2021 Nintendo Prediction Spectacular! - NVC 542

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PS5: How Sony Can Maintain Excitement in 2021

IGN's weekly PlayStation show takes a look at what Sony can do to keep momentum going into 2021, and how it can address supply concerns for those hoping to get a PS5 this year.
Source: PS5: How Sony Can Maintain Excitement in 2021

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Rust Is Seeing A Massive Resurgence Thanks To Big-Name Streamers

2020 saw large streamers take the relatively obscure hidden role game Among Us and turn it into one of the biggest games of the year, breaking records in the process. Now it seems that Rust is the latest multiplayer game to receive a massive boost from the Twitch audience.

As one of the earliest hits in the free-for-all survival genre, Rust has always enjoyed a sizable audience, despite first emerging in Early Access in 2013. However, over the past two weeks, streamers with large audiences like Shroud, Pokimane, Myth, and many others have all joined the same server provided by Offline TV. This led to over a million Twitch viewers for the game on January 3, as well as a new peak of 135,000 concurrent players on Steam.

Rust received Twitch drops shortly after this resurgence. They became available on January 7.

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PUBG's 10.2 Patch Is Live On The Test Server, Patch Notes Revealed

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' 10.2 patch is now live on the game's test servers. Several changes are coming with it, including in-game TVs streaming esports events, a new car, a reputation system, and an update to ranked mode.

First up for the patch is the new PGI.S (PUBG Global Invitational.S). This event pits teams from around the globe against each other in weekly tournaments. Each week these teams will fight it out for placements, and will earn prize money as the overall tournament continues. If you want to watch these skirmishes play out, you can do so in-game as PUBG will now have 10 displays set up around the Miramar and Erangel maps which will livestream the tournaments while they're happening. There will also be an event called PGI.S Pick'em where players can earn PGI.S gear for correctly predicting tournament winners. If you don't want to see the livestreams in your game, you can opt to turn the TVs off in your settings menu.

Now for what this patch is bringing to the regular game. A new vehicle is entering the arena, the Coupe RB. It's a vintage two-seater sports car that can hit a top speed of 150km/h. Be warned, it only spawns on the Miramar, Sanhok, and Erangel maps.

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Source: PUBG's 10.2 Patch Is Live On The Test Server, Patch Notes Revealed

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Call Of Duty: Warzone And Black Ops Cold War Patch And Playlist Updates Go Live

Activision has rolled out the newest playlist updates for Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, adding new multiplayer modes and, in Warzone's case, removing a few as well. Additionally, wider patches for both games are now available.

Playlist updates for both titles now go live on Thursdays, and they are available now. Here's what's new in each title, along with what's been removed from Warzone:

Call Of Duty: Warzone January 7 Playlist Update

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Source: Call Of Duty: Warzone And Black Ops Cold War Patch And Playlist Updates Go Live

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GameSpot News / GSN - Apple Pulls 39,000 Games From Chinese App Store
« on: January 07, 2021, 03:43:37 PM »
Apple Pulls 39,000 Games From Chinese App Store

In a move that is seen as the biggest removal ever in a single day, Apple has deleted some 39,000 mobile games from its Chinese app store, according to Reuters.

The mass removal comes as Apple initiated a year-end crackdown on unlicensed games by Chinese authorities. As a result, including the 39,000 pulled games, the company took down a total of 46,000 apps from the Chinese iOS app store on New Year's Eve. As cited by Reuters, the research firm Qimai said only 74 of the top 1,500 paid games made it through the purge.

Publishers had until December 31, extended from end-of-July initially, to submit a government-issued license number allowing the use of in-app purchases in their games. The titles affected include the mobile-exclusive Assassin's Creed Identity and NBA 2K20, according to Qimai. It's unclear which others games have been removed from the app store.

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Source: Apple Pulls 39,000 Games From Chinese App Store

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Path Of Exile: Echoes Of The Atlas Expansion Revealed, Adds New Endgame Content And Loot

Over the years, Grinding Gear Games' Path of Exile has steadily improved its core hack-and-slash gameplay as it incorporates significant new features that spice up the flow of the game. While the developers are still working on its sequel, Path of Exile 2, the original game isn't showing any signs of slowing down. As revealed during a livestream, the latest expansion, Echoes of the Atlas, will upgrade the action-RPG's extensive endgame, and will launch on PC January 15, and for Xbox One and PS4 on January 20.

Just before Grinding Gear Games' reveal stream, we had a chance to speak with managing director Chris Wilson about Echoes of the Atlas, how it will change the endgame and incorporate gameplay from previous expansions. Along with his thoughts on the state of the game, he also explained how work on Path of Exile 2 has improved the original for the better.

The Echoes of the Atlas expansion features a whole suite of changes coming to the game, which includes rebalances, new endgame content centered on the Atlas of Worlds world map, and new pinnacle boss fights that can open up pathways for more powerful loot. While previous expansions like Harvest, Delve, and Heist was available to all players, the core content from the Echoes of the Atlas expansion is catered more towards high-level players with decked out character builds. The expansion will also add in new passive skill trees that can be unlocked from completing high-end challenges from the new NPC known as the Maven, who appears after clearing bosses on the world map.

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Source: Path Of Exile: Echoes Of The Atlas Expansion Revealed, Adds New Endgame Content And Loot

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GameSpot News / GSN - New Rust Update Adds Twitch Drops, Wipes Blueprints
« on: January 07, 2021, 03:43:37 PM »
New Rust Update Adds Twitch Drops, Wipes Blueprints

Facepunch Studios is trying to capitalize on the new wave of popularity that has come to Rust by quickly providing updates and new features. The studio announced that it had enabled Twitch drops, increased its server capacity, added streamer-specific rewards, and more with its monthly update.

"We're expecting to see huge player counts over the coming days, server capacity is something we're keeping a close eye on and proactively bringing more servers online," the studio wrote in a post on its official site. "We're already boosting the official server count by 13 servers preemptively today."

Rust cracked the 1 million viewer threshold in 2021 thanks to a number of big-time streamers picking the game up. Facepunch enabled Twitch drops for those who are watching streamers play the survival game. A couch, industrial door, and "hobo barrel" can be unlocked for watching eight hours of Rust content on Twitch.

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Source: New Rust Update Adds Twitch Drops, Wipes Blueprints

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Twitch Disables President Trump's Account, Citing "Incendiary Rhetoric"

Following a riot at the US Capitol building, Twitch has followed the lead of other notable social media companies and disabled Trump's account. A statement from Twitch cites the president's "incendiary rhetoric" as the cause.

"In light of yesterday's shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump's Twitch channel," the statement reads. "Given the current extraordinary circumstances and the President's incendiary rhetoric, we believe this is a necessary step to protect our community and prevent Twitch from being used to incite further violence."

Twitch is the latest in a string of tech companies that have taken action against President Trump's accounts, following riots that he helped to instigate. Twitter temporarily disabled his account for 12 hours, while Facebook banned him from both the social media platform and Snapchat for at least the next two weeks, "until the peaceful transition of power is complete." Shopify also removed branded Trump stores.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Fortnite's Stormwing Planes Are Real Gas Guzzlers
« on: January 07, 2021, 03:43:37 PM »
Fortnite's Stormwing Planes Are Real Gas Guzzlers

Fortnite saw the return of X-4 Stormwing planes with the Operation Snowdown holiday event. Despite that now being over, some of these planes are still available on the map, but a change compared to their original launch has rendered them far less attractive

They no longer have infinite fuel. They, like cars and boats, have to get filled up at a gas station (or with a gas canister) after a short time behind the wheel. One boost in the plane eats nearly a quarter tank of gas.

"I wouldn’t even mind the fueling so much if it was actually possible to land the damn plane at a gas station," said Redditor NickEggPlant in a thread about the planes. "The plane was actually fuel efficient instead of burning through a full tank in 30 seconds."

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GameSpot News / GSN - Roblox Has Raised $520 Million In New Funding
« on: January 07, 2021, 03:43:36 PM »
Roblox Has Raised $520 Million In New Funding

Multiplayer sandbox/game dev sensation Roblox has raised $520 million in its most recent Series H funding rounds, led by investors Altimeter Capital and Dragoneer Investment Group. Other well-known companies like Warner Music Group and the Investment Group of Santa Barbara also participated in this round. This news comes in the wake of Roblox Corp. filing the paperwork to go public with an initial public offering (IPO) back in November. The company has since decided to opt for a direct listing instead of the IPO.

For those unfamiliar with the workings of business investment and capital, companies often go through multiple series of funding rounds as they grow and progress. When a company needs more funding to get to the next level of its business, it undergoes a valuation that takes several factors into account including the company's management, market size, risk, and proven track record. Each round usually has a different purpose, with Series A being focused on optimizing a company's user base and product, and each ensuing Series focusing on a different aspect of the company's growth and development.

In its Series H funding valuation, Roblox was valued at $29.5 billion, with its stock at a purchase price of $45 per share. According to a statement on the Roblox site, this additional funding will be used to "advance Roblox's growth initiatives and mission to build a human co-experience platform that enables shared experiences among billions of users." Roblox, like Fortnite, has become more than just an online game. Between player-created content and in-game concerts featuring artists like Lil Nas X, it has become its own huge online platform.

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Sony's Latest Bravia TVs Finally Deliver The Full PS5 Promise

Sony's Bravia XR TVs in 2020 were marketed alongside the company's PlayStation 5, despite a range of them failing to support many of the new HDMI 2.1 features that the console shipped with. In 2021, Sony has learnt from that mistake, announcing its latest range of Bravia TVs ahead of CES next week.

Irrespective of which of the new Bravia sets you purchase in 2021, every single model will support the full suite of HDMI 2.1 feature out of the box; no future firmware updates required. This goes for the new premium Z9J Master Series 8K down to the X90J 4K. This includes Variable Refresh Rate, eARC, 120Hz support at 4K, and more. Additionally, the entire range will support Dolby Vision HDR.

Unlike Samsung, Sony isn't drastically changing its display technology in 2021. The range of new sets still consists of a mix between OLED and LCD panels, with the Master Series Z9J 8K, A90J 4K, and A80J 4K range making use of the former. LCD sets will benefit from more local dimming zones to reduce blooming, especially with HDR content, but Sony hasn't specified exactly how many.

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Lost Tomb Raider Game Now Available To Play, Sort Of

A never-released Tomb Raider game has been leaked, allowing you to play it on PC. Called "Tomb Raider: 10th Anniversary," it was originally intended as a PSP remake of the original Tomb Raider from Core Design. But it was ultimately shelved in favor of a different remake from Crystal Dynamics, Tomb Raider: Anniversary.

While Core briefly considered reskinning the game to be a licensed Indiana Jones game, those plans also fizzled. PC Gamer reports that now more than a decade later, assets were released on the Internet Archive, and made playable via instructions on the fan site Tomb of Ash. You'll need to jump through some hoops like installing a patch, and you need to use either a PS4 or Xbox 360 controller.

This is an early alpha build, and there are no enemies to contend with, but you can explore the environments of Peru, Greece, and Croft Manor.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Bumps Jeff Bezos To Become The Richest Person On Earth

While 2020 was rough for average Americans, the world's richest only got richer, raking in more than $931 billion as the pandemic ravaged industries and livelihoods. Someone to rise out of the ashes of 2020 is Elon Musk, who is now reportedly the richest person on the planet.

According to Bloomberg, the Tesla Inc. and SpaceX CEO's net worth has now reached some $188.5 billion, thanks in part to a 4.8% surge in Tesla's shares. This makes Musk wealthier than the world's previous wealthiest person, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, by $1.5 billion. Bezos would've held the title of World's Richest Person Ever if not for his divorce, which saw his ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott, walk away with 25% (worth about $36 billion) of his Amazon shares. Bezos also donated some of his shares in November 2020 that totaled to about $680 million.

This comes as Tesla, which produced over 500,000 cars last year, shipped and sold just under 370,000 units in all of 2020. In spite of this, Tesla shares have surged 743% last year.

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Ubisoft's Bargain Bin Sale Drops Huge Discounts On A Lot Of PC Games

Holiday sales may be in our rearview mirror at this point, but that doesn't mean you can't save some money on games this month. Unsurprisingly, companies have already started to kick off their new year deals, with Ubisoft hosting its Bargain Bin sale on its digital store. This sale discounts more than 100 PC games, all of which redeem on Uplay. The Ubisoft Store Bargain Bin sale runs until January 13, so if you're interested in something to play while we wait for new releases, now's a great time to stock up.

Rainbow Six Siege sees its price drop from $20 to $8, though it's important to note this is the base edition of the game. That means you'll have to unlock the base operators with in-game currency and purchase the DLC operators separately. Unfortunately, the Deluxe, Gold, and Ultimate editions are not discounted in the Bargain Bin sale.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Fortnite Season 5 Is Still A Grind
« on: January 07, 2021, 03:43:36 PM »
Fortnite Season 5 Is Still A Grind

Fortnite's Season 5 has restructured the battle royale's challenge system. Weekly challenges are still here--but everything has been renamed a to match the new NPC system. So while things might look different on the surface, the underlying grind that players have complained about in the past remains.

Last season had players grinding to level 225 in order to unlock special silver, gold, and rainbow versions of characters like Iron Man and Wolverine. They had punch cards, weekly, daily, XP coins, and other special challenges to help them grind through it. Season 5 has the same grind, with special skin variants unlocked after level 100, but there are no more XP coins or punchcards to help players unlock everything.

Fortnite's challenges are now called "quests."

While XP coins have vanished from the battle royale, Epic Games has added a replacement for punchcards. They are now called rare quests and are listed with a blue background in the challenge menu. All quests aren't listed in the menu so some players have created a complete list to help others finish everything before the end of the season.

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Dead Or Alive Studio Pressing Charges Over Video Of Nude Mod Sold On DVD

Developer and publisher Koei Tecmo is filing charges against an unnamed suspect for allegedly selling an unlicensed DVD with nude Dead or Alive characters modded onto it, Siliconera reports.

Koei Tecmo has taken the complaint to the Kanagawa police. The studio said the suspect allegedly copied footage of an illicitly modded version of Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation onto a DVD and sold it on an online auction site. The DVD featured nude Dead or Alive characters, which Koei Tecmo claims is an infringement of its copyright. The studio will file a lawsuit seeking damages.

"It is an act that infringes [on] the rights of the company and is illegal," Koei Tecmo said in a press release. "We will take decisive measures against such acts."

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This Premium D&D Set Might Include the Largest Battle Map Ever

The Legendary Edition of Curse of Strahd from D&D designers Beadle & Grimm is a high-end edition of the adventure and comes with what might be the largest battle map we've ever seen.
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GTA Online: Claim Triple Rewards in Motor Wars, Air Races, and More This Week

This week in Grand Theft Auto Online, claim triple rewards in several modes, pick up the brand new BF Weevil vehicle, and get Cayo Perico bonuses.
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Persona 5 Strikers: Here's What Comes in Each Edition

Everything you need to know to preorder Persona 5 Strikers, including release date, preorder bonuses, and what comes in each edition.
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The Nerdy Details of Warhammer 40K: Darktide - Obscure Bolters and Era Indomitus

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide developer Fatshark explains how it has painstakingly recreated Games Workshop's grimdark universe for its new co-op shooter.
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Popular 'PogChamp' Emote Will Be Removed From Twitch

Twitch has announced it will remove the 'PogChamp' emote following tweets made by its inspiration Ryan 'Gootecks' Gutierrez.
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Monster Hunter Rise Will Let You Ride Monsters

A Monster Hunter Rise digital event revealed a lot of new gameplay details - not least the fact that you can now ride unsuspecting monsters.
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Monster Hunter Rise Demo Out on Nintendo Switch Today

Capcom has announced that a demo for Monster Hunter Rise is out today for Nintendo Switch, and runs until February 1.
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Lost Tomb Raider Remake Seemingly Discovered, Made Partially Playable

A lost remake of the original Tomb Raider has seemingly surfaced online - and it may also have been planned as a possible Indiana Jones or National Treasure game.
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Wasteland Developer InXile Appears to Be Making an FPS RPG

Job listings suggest that Wasteland developer InXile Entertainment is working on an unannounced next-gen FPS RPG.
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Earth Is Spinning Unusually Fast, And We Might Have To Delete A Second

2020 was a rough year for many of us, but there was another crisis going on that you probably weren't even aware of: a time crisis. Unfortunately, no light guns will save us here. According to TimeAndDate.com, the Earth spun faster than in 2020 than in any other time in the past 50 years, with the 28 shortest days since 1960.

As reported in the Telegraph, experts and astronomers warn that timekeepers may need to introduce a negative leap second in order to stay accurate. Leap seconds--which are used to accommodate differences between atomic time and less-precise solar time--have previously been used to solve such issues. However, a leap second in 2012 wreaked havoc across the Internet, with Reddit, Yelp, Mozilla, and others reporting Y2K-esque crashes due to the shift.

Some experts have called for an end to leap seconds entirely, opining that they are a relic of a past age, since much of the world relies on atomic time today. The World Radiocommuncation Conference may end up abolishing the practice in 2023, though it's unclear how likely this is to happen. Earth's rotational speed varies considerably due to the motion of tides, the atmosphere, and the planet's core, as well as other factors, such as snowfall on mountains.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Cyberpunk 2077 Devs Refutes Development Rumors
« on: January 06, 2021, 04:50:43 PM »
Cyberpunk 2077 Devs Refutes Development Rumors

CD Projekt Red took to Twitter to refute a post created by an alleged anonymous Cyberpunk 2077 developer. The post in question received a lot of attention on Cyberpunk 2077's Reddit page, but was originally sourced from GameSpot's sister site GameFAQs.

The post contained a lot of rumors, from update schedules to descriptions of what content was cut. It alleged that Cyberpunk 2077 would possibly receive a "No Man's Sky style comeback," and that the redone Cyberpunk 2077 would be finished in June 2021 with a "good chunk of code...getting scrapped and rewritten from scratch." June's update supposedly would sort out all the bugs found on all versions, and would bring back a lot of cut content.

Elaborating on the cut content, the writer told players that if they "see that you guys are asking for s*** to be put back into the game, we might actually make the game we intended back in 2018." The writer alleged that there was a huge underground area that looked like "Malkavian/Nosferatu path on Vampire the Masquerade," and stated that apartments with "Closed (locked) indications used to be lootable."

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GameSpot News / GSN - EA Is Revealing A New Sims Content Pack Next Week
« on: January 06, 2021, 04:50:43 PM »
EA Is Revealing A New Sims Content Pack Next Week

EA is teasing new Sims content on Twitter. The studio will reveal the first 2021 content pack for the hit simulation game on January 12.

EA posted a GIF of a Sims character surrounded by ghosts on Twitter. Players believe that the pack will include more content for ghosts, or Sims who have died.

This is a "stuff pack," or a downloadable pack that adds more objects and fashion items. There aren't any gameplay features in stuff packs as they are "smaller packs," according to EA. Expansion packs add more substance to the game with new systems and gameplay elements. Previous stuff packs include items based around laundry day, tiny living, and a first pet.

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One Of Halo's Most Beloved Modes Has Returned To The Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection has brought back one of the Halo franchise's most famous modes: Grifball. Available now in The Master Chief Collection, Grifball is one of the zaniest and most enjoyable/frustrating modes across all of Halo.

For those just catching up, Grifball is a non-traditional team-based multiplayer mode where players are equipped with a gravity hammer and energy sword and must try to plant and detonate a bomb. Things rarely go to plan, and the mode often leads to some white-knuckle action and excitement.

Developer 343 often rotates multiplayer modes in Halo: MCC to keep things fresh and to avoid having too many playlists online at the same time to benefit the overall experience. But with Grifball being such an iconic mode that is super fun and lighthearted, many are wondering why it's not a permanent fixture in the game.

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Hitman 3 Will Give Players Special Shortcuts Through Levels

Hitman 3 is bringing a new shortcut feature to the third-person stealth shooter. "Persistent shortcuts" will reward players for exploring the sequel's various maps by unlocking permanent shortcuts that give players new ways to approach their assassinations.

These shortcuts are only available by searching for hidden secrets in levels--players will find things like unlockable ladders that'll open up new pathways they'll be able to use in future playthroughs. Each shortcut can only be unlocked from one side, so it'll take some investigative work to find out how to access them.

Game Informer showcased one of these shortcuts from the Dubai level of Hitman 3 in a short video.

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Dishonored Co-Creator Working On New Game With Prey Devs

While Arkane Lyon is busy working on the PC and PlayStation 5 title Deathloop, Dishonored co-creator Harvey Smith has his hands on a separate unannounced project at Arkane Austin.

Smith said in an interview with the Spanish site Vandal that, after moving back to Austin, Texas following the conclusion of Dishonored 2's development at Lyon, he started working on something else. Though he didn't name the project, Smith confirmed he's not involved with Deathloop and instead collaborating with developers that worked on both Dishonored and Prey.

"At the end of Dishonored 2 I went back to Austin," Smith told Vandal. "I'm not on Deathloop, I'm on another [project], working with those who made Dishonored and Prey."

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GameSpot News / GSN - CES 2021: Dates, Conferences, And News We Expect
« on: January 06, 2021, 04:50:42 PM »
CES 2021: Dates, Conferences, And News We Expect

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed how conventions operate--or don't--and this certainly applies to CES 2021. The event won't be held in-person this year, but there will still be plenty of virtual presentations and announcements beginning Monday, January 11. The biggest names in technology will share news on upcoming products and services, including gaming brands. Here is everything you need to know about CES 2021, including the dates, key presentations, and expected announcements.

When is CES 2021?

CES 2021 will take place online from January 11 through January 14, and events are scheduled throughout each of these days. It kicks off with a keynote presentation from Verizon CEO and chairman Hans Vestberg on January 11 at 3:30 PM PT / 6:30 PM ET.

You can see a full list of when each event kicks off on the official CES website. Keep in mind that some of the scheduled events during these CES 2021 dates are actually replays of previously-streamed presentations. This is the case for every single event on January 14.

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King Of Fighters 15, Samurai Shodown Season Pass 3 Announcement Delayed

Developer and publisher SNK has announced that the reveal of King of Fighters XV and Samurai Shodown's Season Pass 3 has been postponed, though a reason hasn't been confirmed.

SNK had planned to officially unveil King of Fighter XV this week. The reveal of the latest entry in the King of Fighters series was to be followed by an announcement of the new characters coming to Samurai Shodown as part of the game's Season Pass 3 bundle. However, the company said it will "inform our fans as soon as the new date and time has been confirmed."

King of Fighters XV was teased in December, with SNK calling it the "most ambitious KOF yet." The studio shared no gameplay at the time. King of Fighters creative director Eisuke Ogura revealed King of Fighters XIV newcomer Shun'ei is the franchise's latest protagonist. As such, Shun'ei has a new outfit (shown off in some concept art), as well as an overhauled moveset.

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Samsung Announces New 8K And 4K TVs With Drastically Improved Picture Quality

Ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show next week, Samsung has revealed its new line of 4K and 8K TVs set to launch later in 2021.

All the models announced today make use of brand new QLED technology that Samsung is branding "Neo QLED." The biggest benefit is that Samsung has managed to reduce the size of the LEDs that act as the backlight in its display, allowing for drastically more dimming zones and the reduction of blooming. Traditional LED displays require backlighting for brightness, but the size of the LEDs has often led to distracting light bleed in scenes where only small portions of the image are overly bright or dark. This is one of the biggest benefits of OLEDs, which are self-emissive.

According to The Verge, Samsung is promising up to "up to almost 30,000 tiny LEDs" and "up to 2,500 dimming zones," which will make backlighting in this year's models noticeably better than those from 2020. Samsung announced to 8K models (the QN900A and QN800A) as well as numerous 4K models (QN95A, QN90A, and the QN85A). The number of dimming zones does decrease with less expensive models, but Samsung hasn't detailed each individually yet.

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Earth Is Spinning Unusually Fast, And We Might Have To Delete A Second

2020 was a rough year for many of us, but there was another crisis going on that you probably weren't even aware of: a time crisis. Unfortunately, no light guns will save us here. According to TimeAndDate.com, the Earth spun faster than in 2020 than in any other time in the past 50 years, with the 28 shortest days since 1960.

As reported in the Telegraph, experts and astronomers warn that timekeepers may need to introduce a negative leap second in order to stay accurate. Leap seconds--which are used to accommodate differences between atomic time and less-precise solar time--have previously been used to solve such issues. However, a leap second in 2012 wreaked havoc across the Internet, with Reddit, Yelp, Mozilla, and others reporting Y2K-esque crashes due to the shift.

Some experts have called for an end to leap seconds entirely, opining that they are a relic of a past age, since much of the world relies on atomic time today. The World Radiocommuncation Conference may end up abolishing the practice in 2023, though it's unclear how likely this is to happen. Earth's rotational speed varies considerably due to the motion of tides, the atmosphere, and the planet's core, as well as other factors, such as snowfall on mountains.


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Smash Bros. Ultimate Adds Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity Spirits This Week

Nintendo is holding a new Spirit Board event in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate this week. The event kicks off tomorrow, January 7, and it introduces a handful of new Spirits based on the recent Zelda spin-off, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

Three new Age of Calamity Spirits are making their debut as part of the event: Age of Calamity Impa, Master Kohga, and the Diminutive Guardian. All three will be appearing randomly throughout the event, and defeating them will net you extra gold as well as unlocking them for your own use.

The Age of Calamity Spirit event begins at 10 PM PT on January 7 and runs until the same time on January 12.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Outriders Delayed Again, Demo Coming In February
« on: January 06, 2021, 04:50:42 PM »
Outriders Delayed Again, Demo Coming In February

Bulletstorm developer People Can Fly's new game, Outriders, has been delayed again. The Square Enix-published shooter will no longer release in February, and is now scheduled for release on April 1. That is not a joke.

"We will spend this extra time fine tuning the game and focusing on delivering a fantastic experience at launch. Thanks for hanging tight a little longer. We appreciate your patience!" the developer said in its message posted on Twitter.

While Outriders will no longer release in February, the developers are releasing a free demo for the game on February 25 that showcases its first few hours. All four character classes will be available in the demo for both single-player and co-op. Additionally, progress from the demo will carry forward to the full game, People Can Fly said.

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Monster Hunter World's Latest Patch Fixes Delivery Quest Glitch

If you have been playing Monster Hunter World: Iceborne lately and have been running into issues with a bugged delivery quest, we have good news for you! Iceborne version 15.11's patch update is now live and will squash those bugs.

In the previous version of Iceborne, 15.10, delivery quests would disappear from the list at the Resource Center when playing on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles in offline mode. This bug made it impossible to complete these quests, which was a pretty significant drag on the Monster Hunter experience. If you play in online mode, those quests should reappear anyway, but with the 15.11 update, even players who want to remain offline will no longer see delivery quests up and vanish on them.

The bug was originally discovered by Twitter user JalBagel, a Monster Hunter speedrunner, during a charity stream back in early December. He noticed that while playing with an offline mod on Steam, the delivery quests were disappearing. This was noticeably strange since JalBagel knew that prior to the game's Movie Event Quest update, delivery quests were not going missing.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Call Of Duty: Warzone Patch Nerfs The DMR 14
« on: January 06, 2021, 04:50:41 PM »
Call Of Duty: Warzone Patch Nerfs The DMR 14

Activision has followed through on its promise to nerf the DMR, which was causing some issues and headaches in the battle royale game Call of Duty: Warzone.

The newest patch is now live, and it reduces the headshot damage of the DMR 14 while also increasing recoil to deliver an overall nerf to the weapon. The Type 63 has also been nerfed with the same adjustments through the patch notes.

The Mac-10, meanwhile, sees its headshot multiplier decreased, while players using dual pistols will discover more hip fire spread and a decreased damage range. All of these nerfs and adjustments are specific to Warzone, not Black Ops Cold War.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Netflix Shutting Down Service On Wii U, 3DS
« on: January 06, 2021, 04:50:41 PM »
Netflix Shutting Down Service On Wii U, 3DS

You'll have two fewer options to watch Netflix starting later this year. The company has announced plans to stop supporting the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS starting on June 30, 2021. And if you didn't already have the app on those devices, now it's too late.

In a statement, Nintendo gave word that Netflix removed its app from the Wii U and 3DS eShops on December 31, 2020. If you downloaded it in the past, you can re-download the applications and use them until support is discontinued on June 30.

Netflix functionality is mostly ubiquitous, so you should have no trouble finding other devices with which to watch the service. But the pending absence of it on Nintendo devices is a reminder that years into the Nintendo Switch lifecycle, Netflix still hasn't come to the console. The console/handheld hybrid does support some other video streaming apps, such as Netflix competitor Hulu.

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With Flash Games Dead, One Developer Is Saving Theirs With A Game Boy Port

If you're old enough to remember the early 2000s, you probably have fond memories of playing Flash games to while away the hours at your job or at school. As many longtime Flash fans know well by this point, Adobe officially halted support for the longtime multimedia platform back on December 31, citing security flaws and the existence of better tech. However, one prolific Flash developer took an unusual step to preserve their work: porting it to the original Game Boy.

That game is Anthony Lavelle's IndestructoTank, and you might have hazy memories of it from your youth, as I do. It's a grounded shoot 'em up similar to Defender or Moon Patrol, only your tank is completely invincible, and your goal is to bounce onto your enemies' heads continuously so you don't run out of fuel. The Game Boy port obviously limits the game's color palette, and the on-screen action is a little bit tighter, but it plays just as I remember.

Though the ROM will work on a real Game Boy, for the rest of us, Lavelle has provided an emulator that works in your web browser on his Itch.io page. As a whole, Lavelle exhibits a sense of humor about the demise of Flash in a recent AMA, but it's clear that he still has a lot of love for the platform. Arguably best-known for the puzzle game Shift, he says that Flash is the reason that he got into making games, and there will never be a tool quite like it.

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Join the Forces of the Pyre in the Latest Paladins Update

Forge your destiny in the newest Paladins update featuring an all-new Battle Pass inspired by the purifying flames of the Pyre, an extra-worldly plane of existence of the Realm. The Pyre is home to powerful forces of light and radiant forges where mighty weaponry is crafted to combat the forces of chaos. Join its holy […]
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Before the Original Xbox, Microsoft Looked Into Buying EA, Square, Midway... and Nintendo

Before the original Xbox, Microsoft talked about acquiring EA, Square, Mortal Kombat publisher Midway, and even Nintendo – before it found the unexpected trump card of Bungie and Halo.
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How One Modder Discovered Nintendo's Most Advanced Miis Hiding in Zelda: Breath of the Wild

One modder discovered that Zelda: Breath of the Wild's NPCs are actually advanced Miis, hiding in plain sight - here's how they did it.
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Outriders Delayed to April, Demo Coming February

Outriders has been delayed to April, but a playable demo will be available in February.
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CD Projekt Says Rumored Cyberpunk 2077 Development Details are 'Simply Not True'

A CD Projekt Red representative has deviated from company policy to say that widely-circulated rumours about development decisions on Cyberpunk 2077 from a purported developer are "simply not true".
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Dishonored Co-Creator Is Working on a New Arkane Game With Dishonored and Prey Developers

Dishonored co-creator Harvey Smith is working on an unannounced new game at Arkane Austin, alongside devs from the Dishonored and Prey teams.
Source: Dishonored Co-Creator Is Working on a New Arkane Game With Dishonored and Prey Developers

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Tenchu: Stealth Assassins Creator Wants to Make a Successor for PS5

The creator of Tenchu: Stealth Assassins has said that he would like to create a successor for the PS5 - but nothing is formally in the works right now.
Source: Tenchu: Stealth Assassins Creator Wants to Make a Successor for PS5

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Xbox Survey Asks Players If They Want PS5 DualSense Features in the Series X Controller

A Microsoft survey doing the rounds is asking Series X owners if they are missing features offered by the PlayStation 5's DualSense peripheral.
Source: Xbox Survey Asks Players If They Want PS5 DualSense Features in the Series X Controller