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  1. Whether it's video games, movies, or TV shows, entertainment is filled with iconic tools of warfare, and much of the stories we love are defined by them; the Pulse Rifle is synonymous with the Aliens franchise; the Man With No Name's mystique and effortless cool is heightened by the revolver he whips out in the squint of an eye; and the sound of a bullet from the Intervention hitting an enemy immediately conjures up Call of Duty-flavoured nostalgia. These weapons are the focus of Loadout, a new show that will identify some of pop culture's most influential armaments and explore them in-depth. Each week, host Dave Jewitt will tackle a different weapon, delve into its origins, examine how it has been used, and lay out the impact it has had on pop culture. In Episode 1, Loadout takes hold of the revolver, a legendary weapon that has been present from the earliest days of cinema to the current era of video games. Why is it so popular? Watch Episode 1 of Loadout to find out. New episodes will air every Saturday and you can find them on GameSpot's YouTube channel--make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode. Episode 1: Revolvers View the full article
  2. A whole lot happened in 2019. The year saw some major games finally come to fruition, like the long-awaited Death Stranding from Kojima Productions, as well as some forward motion in new services like Xbox Game Pass and Google Stadia. But looming over most of 2019 was something even larger: 2020. This year was full of forward-looking developments in gaming, setting up a year that has the potential to be littered with major moments and sweeping changes to the industry's landscape. Of course, there are major games on the horizon, like The Last Of Us Part II or Cyberpunk 2077. More than that, though, are the moves developers, publishers, and major tech companies are making that could recontextualize the entire industry. New hardware is set to bring another technical leap forward in the console games we play. Major players are getting in on streaming and subscription services. Long-dormant franchises could see resurgences. And more and more companies are looking at new business models for their games--and trying to save games they've already released from rocky starts. We got our first look at what 2020 holds throughout 2019, and there's a lot that could bring major changes to the gaming industry in the very near future. Here's a rundown of everything that turned 2019 into the Year of 2020. Next-Gen Consoles Are Coming Nothing has quite an impact on the gaming landscape as new console hardware, and in 2019, we started getting details about what Sony and Microsoft have planned for the next console generation. Both the PlayStation 5 and the next Xbox, codenamed "Project Scarlett," are slated for release in 2020 during the holiday season, which means the current console generation is quickly coming to an end. And that means we'll soon start to see a crop of games that show off the capabilities of the new hardware. Both consoles will feature solid-state drives for storage, as opposed to the current hard disk standard, although neither has a price point yet. The PS5 is confirmed to include a disc drive and to support 4K Blu-ray discs, while reports on Microsoft's new Xbox suggest it has two versions, one of which may focus on streaming and forego a disc drive altogether, like the Xbox One S All-Digital. The PS5 is also confirmed to support backward compatibility with PS4 games and PlayStation VR. Scarlett looks slated for release during the 2020 holiday season, while the PS5 is confirmed to hit shelves in Holiday 2020. We're sure to get more information about the future of PS5 and Project Scarlett throughout 2020, as well as some of the games that'll show up on them. The big question is what the new hardware will allow developers to do with their games that they couldn't before--something we're sure to see in the coming months. The Year Of Streaming And Subscriptions Apart from new Xbox hardware, Microsoft is making another big move in gaming in the form of its xCloud streaming technology. The service looks to make console-quality games playable on a variety of hardware, including on on PCs and Macs through their internet browsers and mobile devices, through online streaming. Given the robust library of Microsoft's Game Pass offerings, which make all first-party games and a variety of other titles available to subscribers on Xbox One and PC for a monthly fee, xCloud could be a formidable entrant into the widening field of streaming services--especially since Microsoft is packaging it with Xbox Game Pass in 2020. Google also recently launched its Stadia streaming service, which offers a lot of the same capabilities as what Microsoft is bringing with xCloud. While the service launched in 2019, Stadia saw something of a rocky launch, with a small library of games and a thin install base that made multiplayer games tough to enjoy. But while it might have struggled at launch, Google has invested in Stadia with a new studio headed up by Motive Studios and Ubisoft Toronto founder Jade Raymond. It seems likely we'll see Google continue to push Stadia's offerings and shore up its capabilities. With Microsoft mounting a streaming service and a heavy hitter like Google now on the gaming stage, it seems likely we'll see an uptick of emphasis on streaming from other players as well. Sony's PS Now service has existed for quite a while, though the publisher doesn't release first-party games on the service at launch. Sony recently dropped its price in a move that seems aimed to keep it competitive with Microsoft and Google's offerings. Ubisoft also recently announced a PC subscription service for its game catalog, called Uplay Plus, and there's Electronic Arts' Access subscriptions--EA Access on console and Origin Access on PC. We've also got the newly launched Apple Arcade service, a subscription for mobile games that works on iPhones, Macs, and Apple TV, and services such as Nvidia's GeForce Now, which lets you stream PC games you've purchased on various devices, including PCs, Macs, and Nvidia Shield. Though the new consoles' support for disc drives suggests we won't see the elimination of physical media in the next generation, 2020 looks to be a year in which many of us will have the option to get our games primarily through subscriptions, rather than buying discs or even digital purchases. At Long Last: More Half-Life Possibly the least-expected announcement of 2019 came from Valve: 2020 will see a new entry in the beloved Half-Life franchise. It also wasn't the game anyone expected. Valve isn't bringing a traditional Half-Life game to PC, in which you play as series protagonist Gordon Freeman. Instead, the next title will be Half-Life: Alyx, a virtual reality game that puts you in the shoes of Half-Life 2 character Alyx Vance. Valve's also not advancing the story beyond where it left it with Half-Life 2: Episode 2 way back in 2007. Instead, Half-Life: Alyx takes place between the first two Half-Life games and looks like it'll focus on Alyx's relationship with her father, Eli Vance. Half-Life: Alyx will work with any VR platform that's compatible with SteamVR--meaning HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, Windows Mixed Media, and Valve's VR setup, Valve Index. There's not a ton of other information about the game just yet apart from Valve's announcement trailer. But if you've got VR equipment, we do know when you can play it: March 2020. Blizzard's Resurgence BlizzCon 2019 was a huge one for the developer, full of announcements. Three of its franchises are seeing major continuations in the future (to say nothing of new content coming to Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm), and while we're not sure if they'll all come out in 2020, it's very possible we'll see some new Blizzard games in the coming year. After seven years since the release of Diablo 3, Blizzard dropped the bomb of Diablo 4 at the convention, showing off not just a new trailer for the game but a playable slice of the game. It makes some big changes to the franchise, taking some influences from live games. Instead of just playing cooperatively with other players in your party, Diablo 4's overworld is public, throwing you in with other players to meet, work with, or ignore, and adding elements like world bosses and public events to take part in as you explore. Blizzard also announced a sequel to its multiplayer hero shooter, Overwatch. Up to now, Overwatch has largely been a competitive multiplayer experience, with its broader story relegated to supplementary material like trailers and videos. Overwatch 2 will feature a story campaign and single-player activities, as well as cooperative missions--expanding on the story side of Overwatch and giving you new options to play. But the competitive part is still a huge part of the game, and Blizzard intends to avoid fracturing the current Overwatch community by making Overwatch and Overwatch 2 competitive gameplay compatible with each other. All new characters and maps will also be available in both games, so even if you choose not to buy Overwatch 2, you'll still be able to keep playing the game as you know it. The third of the big announcements is a new expansion for World of Warcraft. Shadowlands expands on Blizzard's 15-year-old MMO by taking players into Azeroth's afterlife, opening up a whole new area to explore, as well as expanding on lore that Blizzard has never really explored before. The expansion is also putting a big emphasis on player choice, allowing you to choose from a variety of factions to join in the Shadowlands, and providing specific endgame story campaigns based on your choices. We don't know when exactly Blizzard will release any of those titles--and with Blizzard, it might be a while. A big showing at BlizzCon was welcome for the company, which was facing still-lingering controversy over its ruling against a Hearthstone player who expressed support for the Hong Kong protests. But BlizzCon 2019 set up the possibility for continuations of Blizzard's major franchises in 2020, and even if those games aren't actually playable next year, they're sure to be on a lot of minds. More Long-Awaited Releases While we haven't been waiting for them as long as we have for a new Half-Life game, there are a few other well-loved franchises finally getting their sequels (and remakes) in 2020. Square Enix is releasing the first episode of its Final Fantasy VII Remake in March, bringing the game back to the fore after 22 years. The first part of the remake covers the portion of Final Fantasy VII that takes place in Midgar, but we're still not sure how many episodes the game will span, how long it'll be in total, or when it'll all be released. The Last of Us Part II is finally poised for release in 2020 as well. The second part of Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic action-adventure game returns to the story of Joel and Ellie, but this time, Ellie is the player character throughout the game. Ellie has become a capable warrior in the years since The Last of Us, and she embarks on a revenge quest after a vicious attack on her friend and love interest Dina. We know she'll also work with other characters, including Joel, and that the game will be as bleak and story-focused as its predecessor. We're also about to see the wait for CD Projekt Red's follow-up to The Witcher franchise, Cyberpunk 2077, come to an end. CD Projekt revealed a bunch of new details about the upcoming action-RPG in 2019, including the addition of actor Keanu Reeves as Johnny Silverhand, a major character in the franchise. Cyberpunk 2077 looks to be about as expansive and detailed as The Witcher games, as players have come to expect, with plenty of options that let you alter your path through the game based on your choices, how you build your character, how you interact with the people you meet in the game, and how you approach its various combat encounters. Microsoft is set to continue the Halo franchise in 2020 as well, with Halo: Infinite, just in time for the launch of Project Scarlett. The game puts you back in the role of series protagonist Master Chief, though we don't know much else. The game is set for release on Xbox One and PC in Holiday 2020, while also serving as a launch title for Project Scarlett, with a beta coming before its launch that'll likely give a pretty strong look at the new Halo's multiplayer offerings. View the full article
  3. You'll be able to watch a scene from the upcoming Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker within Fortnite next weekend. An exclusive glimpse at the upcoming blockbuster will be shown on the big screen within Fortnite's own Risky Reels drive-in theatre. In-game posters advertising the special event state "Doors open" at 1.30pm Eastern (that's 6.30pm UK time) next Saturday, 14th December. The show itself will start at 2pm EST (7pm UK). Director JJ Abrams also looks set to make a brief appearance. Read more View the full article
  4. 2019 may be winding down, but Pokemon Go developer Niantic is closing out the year with one final Community Day event. Just like last year, this month's Community Day will actually be spread across two days--December 14 and 15--and will give players another chance to catch rare Pokemon, learn exclusive moves, and earn some extra bonuses. There's a lot happening during this month's big Pokemon Go event, so to help get you prepared, we've rounded up everything you need to know about December 2019's Community Day weekend below, from what Pokemon you'll be able to find again to all the different bonuses and special moves that will be available. What Is December's Featured Pokemon? While each Pokemon Go Community Day typically stars only one "featured" Pokemon, this month's event brings back every previous featured Pokemon, giving you another chance to catch them. On December 14 and 15, all of the featured Pokemon from each of 2019's Community Days will appear more often again in the wild. The full list includes: Totodile Swinub Treecko Torchic Mudkip Ralts Slakoth Trapinch Bagon Turtwig Chimchar On top of that, you'll have another chance to encounter the featured Pokemon from 2018's Community Days as well. During both days of the event, the following Pokemon will appear in Gyms as Raid bosses: Bulbasaur Charmander Squirtle Pikachu Eevee Dratini Chikorita Cyndaquil Mareep Larvitar Beldum You will also be more likely to hatch the following Pokemon from eggs on each day of the event: December 14 Bulbasaur Charmander Pikachu Dratini Totodile Mareep Swinub Larvitar Treecko Torchic Slakoth Bagon December 15 Squirtle Eevee Chikorita Cyndaquil Mudkip Ralts Trapinch Beldum Turtwig Chimchar What Is December's Special Community Day Move? All of them! In addition to bringing back every previous featured Pokemon, you'll have another chance to get each monster's special Community Day move, which they normally cannot learn in Pokemon Go through other means. To get these attacks, you'll need to evolve the Pokemon all the way into their final forms before the event ends on December 15 (although any Pikachu or Eevee you catch during the event should already know their Community Day moves). As a refresher, here is each Pokemon's Community Day move: Featured Pokemon Community Day Move Bulbasaur Frenzy Plant Charmander Blast Burn Squirtle Hydro Cannon Pikachu Surf Eevee Last Resort Dratini Draco Meteor Chikorita Frenzy Plant Cyndaquil Blast Burn Totodile Hydro Cannon Mareep Dragon Pulse Swinub Ancient Power Larvitar Smack Down Beldum Meteor Mash Treecko Frenzy Plant Torchic Blast Burn Mudkip Hydro Cannon Ralts Synchronoise Slakoth Body Slam Trapinch Earth Power Bagon Outrage Turtwig Frenzy Plant Chimchar Blast Burn What Time Does December's Community Day Start? While Community Days typically only run for three hours, December's big event will take place over two 12-hour periods, running from 9 AM to 9 PM local time on December 14 and 15. You'll be able to encounter all of the aforementioned Pokemon throughout that time, although certain monsters will be more common each day during a three-hour window. Here are the monsters you're more likely to see from 11 AM to 2 PM local time each day: December 14 Totodile Swinub Treecko Torchic Slakoth Bagon December 15 Mudkip Ralts Trapinch Turtwig Chimchar What Other Bonuses Are Available? On top of bringing back every previous featured Pokemon, Niantic is offering a handful of other bonuses during December's Community Day weekend. From 11 AM to 2 PM local time each day, you'll earn twice the normal amount of Stardust and XP for catching Pokemon. Eggs will also hatch at half the distance they normally require during that window of time. View the full article
  5. With Christmas fast approaching, the gift-shopping days are getting smaller in number all the time. However, if you have a special gamer you're shopping for, then Ebay and Woot have great deals on the Nintendo Switch Lite that are definitely worth checking out. Ebay and Woot both have the Nintendo Switch Lite discounted to $180 USD. Woot requires you to be an Amazon Prime member for the full discount, while non-Prime users can get the Switch from their site for $190. Ebay doesn't have any requirement: you can grab a Switch Lite for $180 no matter what. We don't expect the deal to last for long, as it'll only be available until stock sells out--Woot says its deal will last for five days otherwise. Nintendo Switch Lite | $180 ($200) See at Ebay See at Woot The Switch Lite is Nintendo's handheld-only version of the Nintendo Switch. It can't be docked, and it doesn't feature detachable Joy-Cons, but it does feature a proper D-Pad and a more sturdy-feeling design. You can read more about it in our Nintendo Switch Lite review. If you're interested in picking up a few games with this Switch Lite, then there are a bunch of recently released games that are definitely worth playing. You can see them all through the links below. Luigi's Mansion 3 -- $49 ($60) The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening -- $49 ($60) Fire Emblem: Three Houses -- $56 ($60) Pokemon Sword -- $57 ($60) Pokemon Shield -- $57 ($60) View the full article
  6. Game Informer has a long history with Sam Spratt, and he was kind enough to work with us on our latest issue, which is out now. The issue covers the long history of the PlayStation, and Sam's artwork captures the celebration perfectly. If you aren't a GI subscriber, we could always use the support and you can get a print or digital subscription here. If you haven't read the story, we released the story this month for free and I highly recommend you take the time to give it a read. If you would like to pick up one of the logo-free posters from Sam, you can order them here. View the full article
  7. Bethesda has announced that content development for its free-to-play card battler The Elder Scrolls: Legend is now officially "on hold" and will remain so for the foreseeable future. The Elder Scrolls: Legends - Bethesda's entry into the card-battling space shared by the likes of Blizzard's Hearthstone and CD Projekt's Witcher-themed Gwent - initially released for PC, iOS and Android back in 2017. Since then, the game has received eight paid expansions, with the most recent, Jaws of Oblivion, arriving in September this year. According to Bethesda's development roadmap, one additional content expansion was due to arrive this year. However, in a post to the Legends' subreddit, the developer says it has now "decided to put any new content development or releases on hold for the foreseeable future". Read more View the full article
  8. Infinity Ward has released the full patch notes for the newest update to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Most of the update is geared towards general bug fixes and balancing changes, but it makes map changes to Hardcore multiplayer modes too. The most notable change is the removal of all night maps from the Hardcore modes. Both Hardcore difficulty and night maps are among the best new additions to Infinity Ward's first-person shooter. The patch notes make no mention of when the night maps may be added again. It's not all doom and gloom though, as the update adds a bunch of content back into the game too. Shoot House 24/7 makes a return, replacing Crash 24/7. Docks also makes a return to the Gunfight map rotation, Grazna Raid is added to Hardcore Team Death Match, and Arklov Peak is added to both Hardcore Team Death Match and Hardcore Headquarters. All these changes and more are outlined in the full patch notes, which are listed below. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. In GameSpot's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review, Kallie Plagge writes, "Modern Warfare makes old observations and presents them with new flourishes. Those new flourishes do make for a good campaign and solid multiplayer. But it's when Modern Warfare asks you to think harder that it falls short." Call of Duty: Modern Warfare December 6 Update Patch Notes What's New Shoot House 24/7 is back! (replaces Crash 24/7) Removed night maps from Hardcore modes Added Docks back into Gunfight map rotation Added Grazna Raid and Arklov Peak to Hardcore TDM Added Arklov Peak to Hardcore Headquarters General Fixes When attempting to view weapon details of a weapon in the Missions tab, players will be kicked back to the main menu. This has been fixed. Fix for the cargo ship clipping through the playable area on Docks In some cases, players were not able to see or shoot down an opposing team’s Counter UAV. This has been fixed Fix for the VTOL audio persisting after being shot down Fix for a crash that could occur while prone and firing the AK-47 with a launcher and the Fully Loaded perk equipped Fix for the "Jack Frosty" and "Old Wounds" world model appearing differently than the Armory/Gunsmith models Special Operations: "Just Reward"--Fix for the HVT truck crashing into portions of the map Special Operations: Survival--Fix for the respawn flare not working as intended View the full article
  9. Humble Monthly is no more, and in its place comes Humble Choice, a new monthly subscription that lets you choose which games you want from a selection of 10. If you held an active subscription to Humble Monthly when the transition to Humble Choice occurred, then you get all 10 games for the same monthly fee. The first 10 games from Humble Choice have been revealed. They include Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Blasphemous, and Phantom Doctrine, in addition to seven others. If you were converted to the $12 USD/month Classic plan, then you don't need to make any choice: you get all 10. You can see a list of the games in the list below. If you're a new subscriber to Humble Choice, then you'll have to pay more money for fewer games depending on your plan. Premium costs $20/month and gets you nine of these games, while Basic comes in at $15/month with only three games. Each subscription comes with additional benefits, such as a library of DRM-free games, access to Humble Originals, and a store discount--the $5/month Lite plan gets you some of these benefits with no games. You can learn more about these plans at Humble. If you're already a Humble Choice subscriber, you have until December 27 to unlock your choices. At that point, you'll be charged for the month and sent your games. If you want to cancel before then, you can do that on Humble's website. However, you can unlock your games and start playing now, but once you do so, you'll be charged. Humble Choice December 2019 games Shadow of the Tomb Raider Blasphemous Phantom Doctrine Ancestors Legacy Dead In Vinland Horizon Chase Turbo Dark Future: Blood Red States X-Morph: Defense Aegis Defenders Desert Child View the full article
  10. Minecraft is, by far an away, the most popular video game on YouTube, according to new figures released by the video platform as part of its end-of-year round-up. To celebrate the imminent evaporation of 2019, YouTube has unveiled its latest Rewind video, offering a brisk, but still almost entirely insufferable, run-down of the things viewers have fixated on the most over the last 12 months. The most pertinent section (for us at least), arrives around the 2:30-mark - but if you'd rather not subject yourself to YouTube's nonsense, allow me to supply the key details. Read more View the full article
  11. Infinity Ward has released a new game settings update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. There’s no official patch notes for the Game Settings Update yet, but Infinity Ward has added back the Shoot House 24/7 playlist. Players have been requesting Shoot House 24/7 playlist to return since it was removed earlier this week with the start of Season 1. PATCH NOTES FOR DECEMBER 6: WHAT’S NEW: Shoot House 24/7 is back! (replaces Crash 24/7) Removed night maps from Hardcore modes Added Docks back into Gunfight map rotation Added Grazna Raid and Arklov Peak to Hardcore TDM Added Arklov Peak to Hardcore Headquarters GENERAL FIXES: When attempting to view weapon details of a weapon in the Missions tab, players will be kicked back to the main menu. This has been fixed. Fix for the cargo ship clipping through the playable area on Docks In some cases, players were not able to see or shoot down an opposing team’s Counter UAV. This has been fixed Fix for the VTOL audio persisting after being shot down Fix for a crash that could occur while prone and firing the AK-47 with a launcher and the Fully Loaded perk equipped Fix for the “Jack Frosty” and “Old Wounds” world model appearing differently than the Armory/Gunsmith models Special Operations: “Just Reward” – Fix for the HVT truck crashing into portions of the map Special Operations: Survival – Fix for the respawn flare not working as intended SOURCE: Reddit The post Call of Duty: Modern Warfare December 6 Update – Shoot House is back appeared first on Charlie INTEL. View the full article
  12. Though not nearly as well-known as Cyber Monday, Green Monday has brought online deals to a variety of retailers each year since 2007. Ebay created the holiday sale event after noticing that the second Monday in December was one of its biggest revenue days. Monday, December 9 happens to be the second Monday of the month, and Ebay is once again offering deals on a wide assortment of products, including Xbox One bundles, Bose headphones, gaming monitors, and more. Ebay's Green Monday sale kicks off on Monday, December 9 at 5 AM PT / 8 PM ET. Ahead of the sale, we've rounded up the best gaming, tech, and entertainment deals right here. Unfortunately, you cannot preview the entire sale before Monday, but we imagine it will mirror other Ebay sales and be located in the deals hub when the sale is live. A few of the deals are available now, including a pretty awesome discount on a very expensive curved monitor from Alienware. See all deals at Ebay Best Green Monday Gaming Deals at Ebay Xbox One X special edition with NBA 2K20 -- $350Xbox One X with NBA 2K20 | $350 ($500) If you missed out on buying an Xbox One X on Black Friday or Cyber Monday for $350, you'll have another chance. This special edition Xbox One X will be on sale, and it comes bundled with NBA 2K20. See at Ebay Xbox One X with Gears 1-5 -- $350Xbox One X with Gears 1-5 | $350 ($500) The Gears 5 Xbox One X bundle offers the most value. Not only does it have the latest entry in the third-person shooter franchise, but you'll also get Gears of War 1-4. This is the Black Friday/Cyber Monday price, which makes it a great deal. See at Ebay Xbox One S with NBA 2K20 -- $199 Xbox One S with NBA 2K20 | $199 ($299) Another repeat from recent holiday sales, this Xbox One S bundle features NBA 2K20. At $199, this bundle offers pretty solid value. See at Ebay Best Green Monday Tech and Entertainment Deals at Ebay Dell 23.6-inch Gaming Monitor -- $80Dell LCD 23.6-inch gaming monitor | $80 ($100) 23.6-inch LCD display 16:9 aspect ratio 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution 60Hz refresh rate 2ms response time For $100, this Dell monitor is a great value. It offers a 1080p resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, and 2ms response time, so it's great for gaming. Not the best monitor on the market if you really want to showcase high-end hardware, but it's a great option for those just getting started. See at Ebay Alienware Curved Monitor -- $65Dell Alienware 34-inch LCD Curved Gaming Monitor | $625 ($1,078) 34.6-inch curved LCD display 21:9 aspect ratio 3440 x 1440-pixel resolution 120Hz refresh rate 4ms response time This Ultrawide, curved monitor is a deluxe, high-end display with its 3440x1440 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. For games with Ultrawide support, you'll be able to see more of the action at a silky smooth frame rate up to 120 FPS. Available now See at Ebay Bose QuietComfort Wireless Headphones -- $199Bose QuietComfort 35 Series Wireless Headphones | $199 ($349.95) Regularly $350, you can pick up the stellar Bose QuietComfort 35 series wireless (Bluetooth) headphones for just under 200 bucks. These particular headphones are factory renewed, but they are in "Like New" condition and come directly from Bose in their original packaging. They boast up to 20 hours of battery life and feature acoustic noise-canceling technology. This deal is live already and will be available until Saturday, November 14. Available now See at Ebay JBL Duet BT Wireless Headphones -- $39.95JBL Duet BT Wireless Headphones | $39.95 ($149.95) For $40, the JBL Duet BT wireless headphones are a steal. Ebay is knocking a whopping $110 off the price for Green Monday. These Bluetooth headphones can run for up to 16 hours on a full charge. Available now See at Ebay View the full article
  13. It's the last week of the Season of the Undying in Destiny 2, and that makes this the last visit from Xur before the Season of Dawn kicks off on December 10. Destiny 2's next season is seeing some changes, particularly to how Exotic Engrams work, which might lower the usefulness of Xur's weekly visits. In the meantime, though, he has a few Exotics from Year Two that you might be missing, including Black Talon, which is one that rarely (if ever) has appeared in his bag before. Xur Location Head to Titan to locate Xur this week. You'll want to land at the transmat zone on The Rig, then head north under the scaffolding with the edge of the platform on your left. Look for a small, low building toward the north end of the area; you'll find Xur chilling in the dark room within. Look for Xur in an out-of-the-way building on The Rig on Titan.What Is Xur Selling? The weapon Xur is offering this week is Black Talon, a spiffy sword that doesn't just force you to attack enemies at melee range--it can also fire deadly bolts. It's a Year Two Exotic, and in fact, Xur has a few of those this week, making this a good time to fill out your collection if you're lagging behind on some Exotics that came with the Forsaken expansion and the seasons that followed. If Xur's wares aren't compelling, you can always roll the dice on the expensive Fated Engram he brings with you. This gives you a single Exotic from the limited pool of ones you haven't already earned, for the price of 97 Legendary shards. If there's something you're missing from your collection, it's a good deal, but be sure to purchase it on the character who's missing the Exotic, and note that you can only get one per week, so choose wisely which of your characters makes the buy. If you're a PC or Xbox One player taking advantage of cross-save, you can now potentially get Wavesplitter from the Fated Engram as well. Xur Item Lineup (December 6-10) Black Talon (Exotic sword) Lunafaction Boots (Exotic Warlock leg armor) Womrhusk Crown (Exotic Hunter helmet) Stronghold (Exotic Titan gauntlets) Black Talon Black Talon is a sword that offers both high melee damage and a deadly ranged attack.This might be the first time Xur has had the Year Two Exotic sword Black Talon available, and if you like blades, this is a handy one to have in your collection. In addition to being a formidable Power weapon up close, Black Talon offers some ranged capabilities as well--it can fire off deadly bolts that seek targets, which makes it great in both PvE and the Crucible. Lunafaction Boots (Warlock) Lunafaction Boots are a perfect pairing with the Warlock Well of Radiance Super.A mainstay of a lot of Warlock builds, Lunafaction boots are great for supporting a team in major battles, such as those in raids. The boots strengthen your Warlock Rifts for anyone who stands in them, increasing reload speeds significantly. If you use Empowering Rifts, Lunafaction boots also boost everyone's weapon ranges. Stats: Mobility: 6 Resilience: 13 Recovery: 7 Discipline: 6 Intellect: 6 Strength: 10 Total: 48 Wormhusk Crown (Hunter) Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge with Wormhusk Crown, and you'll get some health back.Another useful Year Two Exotic, Wormhusk Crown is great for Hunters who do a lot of dodging. Every time you execute a dodge, Wormhusk Crown gives you a small amount of health back and bumps your shields, as well. Pair it with some Paragon mods and you can get yourself out of a lot of sticky situations with a dodge. Stats: Mobility: 7 Resilience: 2 Recovery: 17 Discipline: 6 Intellect: 6 Strength: 12 Total: 50 Stronghold (Titan) Stronghold makes your sword guards extremely effective, which makes it a great get with Black Talon this week.If you're keen on grabbing Black Talon this week, Stronghold is also a good get for your collection. This sword-specific Titan armor makes your sword guards much better--they increase your movement speed and no longer drain ammo, and if you time them right for just as a shot hits your block, Stronghold heals you, as well. That pretty much means you can use swords to block indefinitely, allowing you to close gaps on enemies to more easily take them down. Stats: Mobility: 6 Resilience: 14 Recovery: 6 Discipline: 12 Intellect: 2 Strength: 12 Total: 52 View the full article
  14. The Switch exclusive Assassin's Creed: The Rebel Collection is now available for your portable enjoyment. The collection combines Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin's Creed Rogue, and all of the single-player DLC across both games. Black Flag and Rogue released very close to each other and made use of similar naval battle mechanics. Black Flag is one of the more highly-regarded Assassin's Creed games, introducing the pirate Edward Kenway who gets tangled into the Assassin cause. Rogue was less well-received, but tells a very different kind of story about a loyal guild member turned Assassin Hunter. Aside from the two main games, the collection includes the Freedom Cry and Aveline DLC. The Aveline DLC features the star of the PSP spin-off Assassin's Creed Liberation, while Freedom Cry puts the spotlight on Edward's trusted shipmate Adewale. You'll also get an extra content pack with CG trailers and concept art, as well as the manga Assassin's Creed: Awakening and a sample of the tie-in novel Blackbeard: The Lost Journal. Plus it includes 10 new exclusive outfits for your assassins, and uses Switch capabilities, like the touchscreen and motion control aiming, for certain features. The Rebel Collection costs $40/£40/$80(AUD), and uses 19GB of space. You can find it now on the Eshop. View the full article
  15. NOTE: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until the release date/time: 02/13/2020 – 9:00 AM (check the product page for release date/time in your region). Product Info: Developer: Airship Syndicate Publisher: THQ Nordic Website: Darksiders Genesis Twitter: @AirshipSyn / @THQNordic / @darksiders Related: Cold Silence Is Now Available For Digital Pre-order And Pre-download On Xbox One Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX Is Now Available For Digital Pre-order And Pre-download On Xbox One SuperEpic: The Entertainment War Is Now Available For Digital Pre-order And Pre-download On Xbox One View the full article
  16. Product Info: Developer: teedoubleuGAMES, Monster Couch Publisher: Monster Couch Website: Immortal Planet Twitter: @teedoubleuGAMES / @monstercouch Related: Immortal Planet Is Now Available For Digital Pre-order And Pre-download On Xbox One Tetsumo Party Is Now Available For Xbox One Tetsumo Party Is Now Available For Digital Pre-order And Pre-download On Xbox One View the full article
  17. Julian Gollop's long-awaited X-COM spiritual successor Phoenix Point finally launched on PC earlier this week, after much delay. Unfortunately, while it's currently available to purchase via the Epic Store, it's still yet to materialise on the Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass for PC as originally announced - and developer Snapshot Games has now explained why. Snapshot's decision to delay sales of Phoenix Point on Steam and GOG following a one-year exclusivity deal with Epic was met with some controversy earlier in the year. However, backers preferring not to use the Epic Store would still have the option to play via the Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass for PC on release date - or, at least, that was the original plan. In a new post on its forums, Snapshot has told its community that the Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass versions are currently missing in action because it "dropped the ball". Read more View the full article
  18. The video game industry is sophisticated, both as a multifaceted business enterprise and artistic medium. That complexity made it intersect with politics in 2019 in ways that are both broad-ranging and deep. Despite the best efforts of some fans and publishers to distance the medium from messy political societal conflicts, this year proved there's no separating the two. Politics and video games are enmeshed and likely to stay that way. Loot Box Controversy Continues Following the initial explosion of controversy over loot boxes last year, the fallout has continued well into 2019. A bill introduced by US Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) called the Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act would have banned loot boxes and "pay-to-win" microtransactions altogether. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) criticized Hawley's bill as "riddled with inaccuracies" and said many provisions simply don't understand how the industry actually works, and the bill has remained inert since its introduction in May. Meanwhile, the industry was being probed by other sources within the United States government. In response to a letter of concern from Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), the Federal Trade Commission announced a public workshop on loot boxes to discuss the issue. That event took place in August and hosted panelists talking on the monetization models, psychological impact, and steps for further action. It was the games industry itself that made the biggest news of the day, though, as all three console manufacturers and several major publishers committed to new disclosure notices in any games that include loot boxes. Most of the industry has therefore volunteered to provide disclosure on rarity rates for randomized virtual items, and set a deadline for the policy rollout by the end of 2020. This was part of a larger trend within the industry as well. With legislators in several countries considering action, publishers have started to preempt legal remedies with their own voluntary action. Several games have pulled loot boxes from their monetization models, either in countries where the practice has been banned or worldwide, and some new releases like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare have made a point of noting they would not use the controversial monetization mechanism. Shootings Lead To Game Violence Furor In the wake of tragic back-to-back shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio on August 3 and 4, the debate regarding a potential link between gun violence and violent video games kicked into high gear. The tragic nature of two shootings occurring so closely together shook the public, who demanded action from political leaders. In response, President Donald Trump and many conservative leaders quickly coalesced around video game violence as contributing to a culture of violence in America that devalues life. It began with Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Republican House minority leader Kevin McCarthy in media appearances over the weekend of the two tragedies, and then a statement from President Trump on the following Monday. "We must stop the glorification of violence in our society," Trump said. "This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately." Critics of the president have suggested that invoking video games is a strategic choice to shift the national conversation away from gun control, which conservatives have historically opposed. President Trump used similar rhetoric, culminating in a roundtable discussion with industry leaders and stakeholders, following the Parkland shooting in 2018. The evidence of a causal link between game violence and real-world tragedies is unclear at best. The American Psychological Association has argued against any such connection, whereas the American Academy of Pediatrics has sharply criticized media violence. No significant gun control legislation has passed through Congress to the president's desk. Blizzard Causes An International Incident For sheer volume and intensity of a political controversy in 2019, it's hard to get bigger than Blizzard's decision to harshly punish a Hearthstone player who spoke out in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. In a post-match interview, Ng Wai Chung (aka Blitzchung) donned a mask in solidarity with protestors and quoted the slogan, "Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our age." Punishment for the offense came swiftly, with Blizzard citing a rule against any behavior that "brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages Blizzard's image." It revoked his monetary winnings and banned him from competitive events for a full year. Backlash to the decision followed just as quickly. The Hearthstone subreddit was subsumed by players swearing to delete their accounts after years of play. Many called for a boycott and successfully started a trending hashtag. US senators Marco Rubio and Ron Wyden expressed bipartisan disagreement with the decision, and professional Hearthstone streamers and casters strongly disagreed in public statements--some of them even cutting ties and thereby walking away from a game that's defined their careers. Less than a week later, Blizzard issued a statement partially rescinding its ruling. It returned the winnings and reduced the ban to six months. This made Blitzchung eligible for next year's Grandmasters tournament, but Blizzard did not admit fault with the ruling that an infraction had taken place, and the controversy continued. Protests were organized to take place at BlizzCon 2019, and once again, Blizzard made a statement. Company president J. Allen Brack opened the BlizzCon proceedings by accepting personal responsibility for the lack of transparency and communication. Though advocate groups say Blizzard's apologies still have not addressed the core issues of free speech or democracy, the volume on the controversy has lowered significantly. Blitzchung, for his part, has accepted a position on the competitive Hearthstone team TempoStorm. Modern Warfare Invokes Real-Life Massacres Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was always intended to be a pointed semi-reboot, with overtones inspired by real-world events. Two controversies surrounding the game showed that those efforts may have hit too close to home for some players. The first came in the announcement of Killstreak bonuses, which included white phosphorous. The chemical agent is controversial in real battlefields, where it's only authorized to be used as a smokescreen. When it comes into contact with people, it can result in horrific effects including severe burns and organ damage. In advance of release, players expressed concern that using it as a Killstreak bonus was insensitive to the severe, real-world effects. Sure enough, GameSpot's own review noted an odd disconnect between a campaign that heavily focuses on the ills of chemical warfare, and multiplayer that treats it relatively flippantly. Another controversy materialized once the game was released, when players found a mission called the "Highway of Death." The name carries resonance in US political history, having been coined for a massacre of Iraqi military committed by US and allied forces in the first Gulf War. Modern Warfare used the term in reference to a mission in which Russian forces, not American ones, commit an atrocity. Some accused the developer of misappropriating a tragedy and shifting the offender to America's geopolitical foe. Narrative director Taylor Kurosaki noted that in the context of the story, the area was called that before the Russian attack. But Games Aren't Political, Say Publishers Against this backdrop of near-constant intersection between video games and politics, publishers are often cautious to avoid any appearance of political overtones. This is especially the case in regards to games that have the most overt appearance of politics--the ones that center on global conflict, often starring American military or espionage agents as the protagonists. Ghost Recon Breakpoint lead developer Sebastien Le Prestre told GameSpot in May that the game was not trying to make any political statement, despite themes centering on American drone warfare, rogue military officers, and imperialism. Similarly, Infinity Ward's Jacob Minkoff and Taylor Kurosaki said in August that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was meant to be apolitical, even though the developers talked openly about pulling inspiration from real-world events and touching on themes of colonialism and foreign occupation. This disparity has led to a sense of dissonance between the artistic vision of games, which often and obviously includes inherently political content, and the interest of publishers, who likely want to maintain an appearance of total neutrality in a broad market where many different types of people might want to play their games. Video games are the product of a political society, and when the real world mixes with the games we play, disengaging from that conversation is the least impressive thing a publisher can do. While it's fair to stand up for intentions, publicly being defensive or downplaying concerns won't lead to a resolution or progress the conversation in a productive direction. Politics have always and will always coincide with video games. The sooner everyone acknowledges that, the sooner we can find ways of settling our differences and making the most of the unique opportunities games afford us. View the full article
  19. Kojima Productions has released a brief video showcasing some of the changes coming in Death Stranding's upcoming patch. The update is due to arrive in mid-December. One of the most requested changes from the community is the option to delete other players' vehicles. Death Stranding is a shared-world game; you'll never see other players, but structures they've built, such as bridges, roads, ladders, and postboxes, will appear in your game and can be interacted with. The same is true with vehicles, giving you the chance to commandeer those abandoned by other players. This becomes a problem, however, when vehicles are abandoned in inopportune places--especially by those eager to troll. Sometimes a derelict truck is a mere nuisance, blocking a road or a doorway and forcing you to climb behind the driver's seat to move it. Other times, like with The Cosplayer's shelter, a truck can completely block an entrance with no feasible way to circumnavigate it unless you have explosives handy. The latest patch aims to rectify this issue by giving you the option to remove other player's vehicles by simply holding down the options button. The video also reveals that the patch will let you see the Odradek scanner through cargo on Sam's back. When the scanner is locating BTs, the cargo will become transparent once these changes are implemented, preventing Sam's payload from blocking your line of sight to a crucial survival tool. Aside from this, Kojima Productions tweeted last month that the upcoming update would also give players the option to increase the game's small text size. View the full article
  20. Battlefield 5 will bring back the Wake Island map just in time for the holidays. The map is one of the most popular in the franchise, having debuted in Battlefield 1942. It will make its appearance in the latest Battlefield with an update coming December 12 as part of the latest Tides of War update. The Wake Island map will be familiar to anyone who's played it throughout the series' history, since it's now appeared across multiple games, but the Battlefield 5 version is prettied up and includes the new fortification feature. You can play on the map in both Breakthrough and Conquest Assault modes. DICE has shared a few Wake Island tips and tidbits of info as well, to make the most out of your tropical assault. It notes that in Breakthrough mode, attackers get tanks in the first sector, so be prepared to build fortifications if you're on defense. Some bunkers can't be destroyed, so knowing which ones are vulnerable can help you set up choke points. The studio also encourages players to make use of small boats for flanking enemies. This is part of the ongoing War in the Pacific, the latest live content for the game that launched in 2018. DICE has already announced that it plans to launch Battlefield 5 on next-gen consoles as well, so it seems the studio has plans to keep the live game going for a while. View the full article
  21. PlayStation will wrap up the year with its final State of Play, which airs this Tuesday at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET. The company intends to unveil a bevy of PlayStation 4 related content, including "around 20 minutes of new game reveals, release date announcements, new gameplay footage," and more. You can stream it live below. What the "around 20 minutes" will show is unknown. We recently saw leaked artwork for a Resident Evil 3 Remake, and we know both Final Fantasy VII Remake and The Last of Us Part II are arriving in 2020. Nioh 2 is also expected to launch early next year, but it's unclear if either of these games will appear during the State of Play livestream. PlayStation announced, though, that there won't be "any updates" related to PlayStation 5. PlayStation's Final State of Play Start Times December 10 at 6 AM PT December 10 at 9 AM ET December 10 at 2 PM GMT December 11 at 1 AM AET PlayStation's Final State of Play Livestream Facebook Twitch Twitter YouTube The final State of Play of 2019 goes live just before The Game Awards, which airs on December 12 at 5:30 PM PT / 8:30 PM ET. Alongside revealing the nominees, show host Geoff Keighley confirmed the livestream will also feature 10 new games/project reveals. While what's to be shown at both The Game Awards and State of Play remains a mystery, next week should provide an exciting roadmap for what's to come to PlayStation 4 in 2020. View the full article
  22. If you've ever wondered what a Pokemon game would look like as an MMO, cast your gaze no further than the upcoming TemTem. Developed by Madrid-based studio Crema and published by Humble Bundle, TemTem takes the familiar creature catching and battling of Pokemon and sets it in a shared online world--and now it has a new trailer. The Pokemon influence is clear as day, and Crema isn't shying away from the obvious comparisons. The Steam store page for TemTem even says that it's a "massively multiplayer creature-collection adventure inspired by Pokemon." Yet the MMO aspects differentiate TemTem enough that it's much more than just a simple clone. There will initially be 76 TemTems to catch."Every kid dreams about becoming a Temtem tamer," the game's description explains. "Exploring the six islands of the Airborne Archipelago, discovering new species, and making good friends along the way. Now it's your turn to embark on an epic adventure and make those dreams come true." You'll be able to team up with other TemTem trainers and play the entire campaign cooperatively, battle against others in competitive matches, buy and decorate your own house, and customise your character to stand out from the crowd. TemTem is initially launching on Steam Early Access on January 21, 2020. Those who purchase it at this early stage will gain access to three islands to explore, 76 TemTems to catch, and a 20-hour campaign. Crema will expand on each of these areas as the months roll by, and also has plans to release TemTem on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch at a later date. View the full article
  23. Phoenix Point, the XCOM-esque strategy game from Snapshot Games, has been delayed on Xbox Game Pass for PC for the foreseeable future. The title was supposed to release on December 3, the same day it successfully launched on the Epic Games Store, but it's still absent. Snapshot Games has now announced a delay, attributing the Game Pass no-show to a few issues, including Microsoft's certification process. "We know that some of you are waiting for our release on Microsoft Xbox Game Pass for PC and the Microsoft Windows Store," a statement on the developer's official forums says. "We want to update you on the status of that. "The fact is we dropped the ball. We were exceedingly busy getting the game itself ready, and being inexperienced with Game Pass and the Microsoft Store, we simply had not properly prepared the groundwork to get the game released on time on these platforms. Compared to other platforms we’re on these platforms require a number of pre-requisites, from Microsoft certification to legal documentation review. While these are now mostly complete, they have given rise to a number of new delays. "Specifically, we are currently unable to make the same content available on Microsoft's platform that is available to players on other platforms. Since we want to make sure all players have access to all versions of Phoenix Point regardless of where they choose to play, we need to get this working before we can release. "This issue was not anticipated by us and has caused unexpected delay over and above our delay waiting for certification. We had hoped to have Game Pass players, at least, up and running today, but it now seems like there will be further delays. We do not have an ETA for Phoenix Point on Game Pass or the Windows Store yet. Please know we are working as hard and as quickly as possible with our partners at Microsoft to resolve these issues and will keep you informed." First announced in 2016, the spiritual successor to XCOM was successfully funded via Fig, and was initially set to launch in 2018 before a delay pushed it back to July 2019. That eventually changed to September and then December, where it's now available to buy on the Epic Games Store. An Xbox One release of Phoenix Point is due in early 2020, with a PlayStation 4 version to follow at a later date. View the full article
  24. Call of Duty Mobile had a strong start, and new estimates from a mobile tracking firm show its momentum has slowed but it's still doing very well for itself. Sensor Tower says that in its first two months, it has hit more than 172 million downloads and generated almost $87 million in global player spending. This represents a slowdown from its explosive launch, which hit 100 million in the first week alone, and about 148 million in its first month. This means it got about an additional 20 million downloads in November. November also added another $31 million in revenue. Sensor Tower says this is as compared to $55 million in October, which suggests that the decline in new downloads hasn't led to a proportional slowdown in revenue. The tracker also broke down some of the numbers further. The game is most popular in the US, where it has gotten about 17% of total worldwide downloads. That's followed by India (10%) and Brazil (7%). The US is also home to most of the revenue generated (42%), followed by Japan (13%) and Great Britain (3%). The App Store also accounted for the lion's share of revenue (59%) compared to Google Play ($41%). Apple recently announced its most downloaded iPhone games of 2019, and surprisingly it wasn't Call of Duty Mobile. Instead, it was Nintendo's own Mario Kart Tour. Call of Duty did make the top five, however. "Beyond its messy microtransaction menus and the slight time-saving purchases, there's not much else in Call of Duty Mobile that detracts from its faithful recreation of the exhilarating and fast-paced multiplayer action of the core series," Alessandro Barbosa wrote in GameSpot's Call of Duty Mobile review. "It's flexible and easy-to-use control scheme mitigates the lack of controller support, and its celebration of the best modes and maps the Black Ops and Modern Warfare series have produced makes it a pleasure to line up game after game." View the full article
  25. We knew gameplay changes were coming to Death Stranding. Now, we can see some of these changes in action. We can see the much-requested vehicle delete function in the clip below. This was announced as one of the more commonly-requested changes that would be made to Death Stranding in an update in mid-December, and it'll be done in-game by simply holding down the options button. You'll also be able to see the Odradek scanner through cargo on Sam's back. When the changes are implemented, cargo on Sam's back will become transparent when the Odradek scanner is locating BTs, so nothing will block your line of sight to the scanner. Read more View the full article

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