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Pokemon Go Adds New Legendary Pokemon

10 hours 19 min ago

A new Legendary has begun appearing in Pokemon Go. Regice, one of the three Legendary titans originally from Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, can now be found at Gyms around the world as a Raid Battle, where it will appear until July 19.

As usual, players will first have to team up with other Trainers and battle Regice before earning a chance to capture it. Like its name implies, Regice is an Ice-type, which means it's particularly vulnerable to Fire-, Rock-, Steel-, and Fighting-types. Despite its many weaknesses, it has high defensive stats, making it a formidable Pokemon to take down.

The remaining two Legendary titans, Regirock and Registeel, are also slated to arrive in Pokemon Go soon. Niantic hasn't announced when those two Legendaries will begin appearing in Raid Battles, but they'll follow Regice later this summer.

Regice arrives shortly after the end of Pokemon Go's latest in-game event, the Water Festival. As part of that event, another Gen 3 Legendary, Kyogre, returned to Raid Battles for a limited time. While that Pokemon may no longer be available, players still have an opportunity to complete the latest set of Field Research quests, which will lead to another encounter with the Legendary bird Articuno.

Alongside Regice, Niantic has begun rolling out the recently announced friends and trading features for Pokemon Go. As of this writing, however, only players between level 33 and 40 will be able to take advantage of the new functions, although Niantic says it is gradually opening them to other players as well.

Pre-ordering Dragon Ball FighterZ On Switch Gets You A Rare SNES Game

10 hours 56 min ago

Dragon Ball FighterZ is coming to Nintendo Switch on September 28. If you preorder the game for Switch, you'll get a free download of Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden, one of the first Dragon Ball fighting games ever.

An obscure title for American audiences, Super Butoden released on SNES only in Japan, France, and Spain in 1993. The title features a Story mode, a one-vs-one Combat mode, and an eight player Tournament mode. Super Butoden starts with a roster of eight, but another five characters can be unlocked by completing certain in-game milestones.

Preordering Dragon Ball FighterZ for Switch will also gives players immediate access to both Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku and Vegeta.

Dragon Ball FighterZ received near universal critical acclaim, including from us. In our Dragon Ball FighterZ review we gave the title a 9/10. Peter Brown said, "FighterZ is complex and distinct enough to be enjoyed by fighting game competitors, but there's no question that it's been designed to tap into the hearts of Dragon Ball's most dedicated fans, and no doubt those same qualities will win people over who've never given the series a chance. Where past games attempted to get there through huge character rosters and deliberately predictable trips down memory lane, FighterZ has bottled the essence of what makes the series' characters, animation, and sense of humor so beloved and reconfigured it into something new: a Dragon Ball fighting game that can go toe-to-toe with the best of the genre."

PUBG Adding New Free Items For Everyone In Wake Of Anger Over Event Pass

11 hours 25 min ago

Alongside the launch of the new Sanhok map, PUBG will be adding something called the Event Pass. This is similar to Fortnite's Battle Pass and allows players to earn various cosmetics by purchasing it and completing objectives. However, news of the Event Pass has proven to be controversial, angering many players who feel the game is still not in great shape. Seemingly in response to these frustrations, developer PUBG Corp. has announced plans to give away an additional pair of items to all players, Event Pass buyers or not.

"Many of you seem pretty excited about the 17 permanent, exclusive cosmetic items included with the Event Pass (including the full Jailbird set, Escapee set, Prison Guard uniforms, and Beach set)," PUBG Corp. said in a post on Steam. "But we've also heard from many of you that you'd like the chance to earn more permanent items, even if you aren't paying for the Event Pass."

In order to address these complaints, PUBG will add two new items (pictured below) that anyone can unlock by completing Event Pass missions, but you won't have to buy the Event Pass in order to do so. These aren't the only rewards available to everyone, as you can also get a nickname change and an exclusive parachute skin by reaching certain level milestones.

The remaining items will still only be unlockable if you purchase the Event Pass, but PUBG Corp. said it's offering freebies because it wants the event "to feel fun and meaningful for all our players."

In addition to announcing these changes to its plans, PUBG Corp. explained why it failed to note that some items unlocked through the event don't become permanent parts of your collection.

"The main reason is that we wanted to let players just try out some of the most popular items from crates we've released in the past," it said. "We thought it'd be cool to give all players a chance to try them out during the launch event. But, we've heard your feedback on this. We will continue to work on creating new ways to allow you to unlock great content in PUBG, and that includes offering cooler ingame swag. We'll keep thinking about how to better use trial items in the future."

Both the Event Pass and the new map, Sanhok, launch on Steam on Friday, June 22.

NES Classic Returning To GameStop Stores Next Week

11 hours 29 min ago

If you weren't able to get your hands on an NES Classic during its initial run, you'll soon have an opportunity to pick one up at GameStop. The video game retailer announced that it is receiving a new stock of NES Classic consoles next week, on June 29, but they'll be in short supply.

According to GameStop, the retailer will have "at least 10 units per store," although some locations may have a larger stock. As before, the console will retail for $60, but it will only be available in limited quantities, which will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you aren't able to visit a physical location, GameStop says it will have a stock of NES Classic systems on its website in addition to its brick-and-mortar stores. The console will also be available at ThinkGeek's online and physical stores, although it's not clear if it will be sold individually or as part of bundles.

GameStop notes that it is expecting the same level of demand it witnessed for the initial run of the NES and SNES Classic for this restock, so if you're hoping to add one to your collection, your best bet will be to show up early to ensure you beat the crowd.

The NES Classic first released back in November 2016 and was very difficult to find, selling out almost immediately upon its launch. Following the release of its follow-up, the SNES Classic, Nintendo announced that it would release a new stock of the NES Classic in Summer 2018.

The plug-and-play console comes pre-loaded with 30 classic NES titles, including Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, Excitebike, Final Fantasy, and Castlevania. You can read more about it in our NES Classic review.

Nintendo Switch's Captain Toad Treasure Tracker Replaces Super Mario 3D World Levels With Mario Odyssey Ones

11 hours 39 min ago

Originally only for Wii U, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker releases on Nintendo Switch and 3DS on July 13. The Switch version features two-player co-op. Both ports include new levels from Super Mario Odyssey, but they come at a price.

Both the Switch and 3DS ports cut the four Super Mario 3D World levels: Super Bell Hill, Conkdor Canyon, Shadow-Play Alley, and Clear Pipe Cruise. If any player is interested in playing these four levels, they'll need to buy and play the Wii U version of the game.

You can play the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker demo right now, available on both 3DS and Switch. The demo has three levels: Plucky Pass Beginnings, Mushroom Mesa, and The King of Pyropuff Peak. If you play on Switch, you can try out co-op play.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker isn't the only demo available on Nintendo's hardware right now. During E3 2018, we saw more of Octopath Traveler and Nintendo announced a new demo for the title would launch that very day. If you have a Switch, you can play Octopath Traveler's demo.

Netflix: Movies, Shows and Originals Coming And Going In July 2018

11 hours 50 min ago

If you're looking to escape the heat, or you prefer streaming to barbecues, looks like July is your month. Netflix is making moves this July, releasing originals, bringing back some oldies, and giving the boot to more than a few long-timers.

All kinds of titles are coming this July, and a lot of them are classics or just kind of old like Jurassic Park (one and three), Her, Get Smart, Bo Burnham's What, Happy Gilmore, Kevin Hart's Let Me Explain, and Interview With A Vampire.

Orange Is The New Black, Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary, and Shameless are among the TV shows getting new seasons added to Netflix as well as several original series like Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Sadly, a lot of favorites are leaving Netflix this July so get to your devices ASAP because you might not be able to see these ones for a while. Some notables include all five Bring It On movies, all four Lethal Weapon movies, V for Vendetta, Tropic Thunder, and Breakfast At Tiffany's.

If you'd like to know about everything arriving and leaving Netflix in July, check out the list below.

Arriving on Netflix July 2018

July 1

  • Blue Bloods: Season 8
  • Bo Burnham: what.
  • Chocolat
  • Deceived
  • Finding Neverland
  • Get Smart
  • Happy Gilmore
  • Hawaii Five-O: Season 8
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Jurassic Park
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Madam Secretary: Season 4
  • Menace II Society
  • NCIS: Season 15
  • Pandorum
  • Penelope
  • Queens of Comedy: Season 2
  • Rica, Famosa, Latina: Seasons 1-4
  • Scooby-Doo
  • Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
  • Spanglish
  • Stealth
  • Swordfish
  • The Boondock Saints
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • The Princess Diaries
  • The Voices
  • Traitor
  • Troy
  • Van Helsing
  • We Own the Night
  • We the Marines
  • What We Started

July 2

  • Dance Academy: The Comeback
  • Good Witch: Season 4
  • Romina
  • The Sinner: Season 1

July 3

  • The Comedy Lineup - Netflix Original

July 5

  • Blue Valentine

July 6

  • Anne with an E: Season 2- Netflix Original
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: New 2018: Freshly Brewed- Netflix Original
  • First Team: Juventus: Part B- Netflix Original
  • Free Rein: Season 2- Netflix Original
  • Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 2- Netflix Original
  • Sacred Games- Netflix Original
  • Samantha!- Netflix Original
  • Somebody Feed Phil: The Second Course-Netflix Original
  • The Fosters: Season 5 New Episodes
  • The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter- Netflix Original Film
  • The Skin of The Wolf- Netflix Original Film
  • White Fang- Netflix Original Film

July 7

  • Scream 4

July 9

  • Lockup: Extended Stay: Collection 1

July 10

  • Drug Lords: Season 2 - Netflix Original

July 12

  • Gone Baby Gone

July 13

  • How It Ends- Netflix Original Film
  • Jim Jefferies: This Is Me Now- Netflix Original
  • Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
  • Sugar Rush- Netflix Original
  • The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants- Netflix Original

July 15

  • Bonusfamiljen: Season 2- Netflix Original
  • Going for Gold
  • The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale: Part 2- Netflix Original

July 20

  • Amazing Interiors- Netflix Original
  • Dark Tourist- Netflix Original
  • Deep Undercover: Collection 3
  • Duck Duck Goose- Netflix Original Film
  • Father of the Year- Netflix Original Film
  • Fix It and Finish It: Collection 3
  • Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 4- Netflix Original
  • Jimmy: The True Story of a True Idiot- Netflix Original
  • Last Chance U: EMCC & Life After- Netflix Original
  • Last Chance U: INDY: Part 1- NEtflix Original
  • Luna Petunia: Return to Amazia: Season 2- Netflix Original

July 22

  • An Education
  • Bolt

July 24

  • The Warning- Netflix Original Film
  • Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial- Netflix Original

July 27

  • Cupcake & Dino - General Services- Netflix Original
  • Extinction-Netflix Original
  • Orange Is the New Black: Season 6-Netflix Original
  • Roman Empire: Reign of Blood: Master of Rome- Netflix Original
  • The Bleeding Edge- Netflix Original
  • The Worst Witch: Season 2- Netflix Original
  • Welcome to the Family- Netflix Original

July 28

  • Shameless: Season 8
  • The Company Men

July 29

  • Her
  • Sofia the First: Season 4

July 30

  • A Very Secret Service: Season 2-Netflix Original

July 31

  • Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 3- Netflix Original
Leaving Netflix July 2018

July 1

  • Alive
  • Along Came Polly
  • An Honest Liar
  • Beerfest
  • Before Midnight
  • Bring It On
  • Bring It On Again
  • Bring It On: All or Nothing
  • Bring It On: Fight to the Finish
  • Bring It On: In It to Win It
  • Cocktail
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Lethal Weapon 2
  • Lethal Weapon 3
  • Lethal Weapon 4
  • Little Women
  • Michael Clayton
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Mixed Signals
  • More Than a Game
  • Pandemic
  • Piglet's Big Movie
  • Rugrats Go Wild
  • Scary Movie
  • Scream 3
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  • The Art of War
  • Tropic Thunder
  • V for Vendetta

July 2

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

July 8

  • Alpha & Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom
  • Real Husbands of Hollywood: Seasons 1-5

July 9

  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Serena

July 11

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass

July 14

  • Wild Hogs

July 15

  • Convergence
  • Lockup: State Prisons: Collection 1
  • Small Is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary

July 16

  • Changeling
  • Wanted

July 29

  • The Den

July 30

  • A Cinderella Story
  • Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot
  • Swing State

Some Great Nintendo Switch And 3DS Deals On The US Eshop

12 hours 34 min ago

The Nintendo Eshop is running a new set of sales this week, with select Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games getting discounts big and small. We've combed through the deals to find the best prices on the best games below. Or, if you'd like to see the full list of discounts, you can do so here. The deals end on different dates depending on the game, so grab them quickly if you see games you want.

With the World Cup going on now, it's a great time to pick up FIFA 18 for Switch; it's on sale for $24, down from $60. In sports entertainment news, WWE 2K18 is on sale for $20, which is the best price we've seen so far.

JRPG fans may want to check out the melancholy-but-endearing I Am Setsuna now that it's half off at $20, or the developer's following game, Lost Sphear, available now for $25. The indie Metroidvania-style game Owlboy is down to $17, or if you're looking to solve some murders (and who isn't?), you'll want to check out L.A. Noire, on sale for $37.

As on some other digital retailers, many games in the Sonic series are on sale on the Eshop right now. You can get Sonic Forces on Switch for $24, or a bunch of Sonic games on 3DS, including Sonic Generations, for $15 or $20. Speaking of 3DS, Final Fantasy Explorers is also on sale for $20.

Nintendo Switch Games On SaleNintendo 3DS Games On Sale

Mario Tennis Aces Review Roundup

13 hours 30 min ago

Mario Tennis Aces brings back one of the Mushroom Kingdom's oldest pasttimes, pitting its iconic characters against each other on the court. On the Nintendo Switch it's both pretty and portable, and it packs plenty of new bells and whistles for this round. A new zone shot and trick shot system brings some more subtlety to your strategy, and the multiplayer mode allows for online tournaments and matches.

But is it worth another round on the court? The critical reception is positive, with reservations. While the single-player Adventure Mode is underdeveloped and the difficulty spikes can feel unfair, the multiplayer is where it really shines. Like any good arcade sports game, the mechanics are easy to pick up and play but hard to master thanks to additional layers of complexity that were absent from some prior iterations. Check out our in-depth thoughts in our Mario Tennis Aces review-in-progress, and read on for more thoughts from around the industry. GameSpot sister site Metacritic has the wider reception.

  • Game: Mario Tennis Aces
  • Developer / Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch
  • Release date: June 22
  • Price: US $60 / £45 / AU $69
GameSpot -- 8/10

"The Tetris Effect is in full swing here; days after the credits rolled, I still crave the satisfying thwack from a Power Shot, mentally replay matches and imagine how I might do things differently given a bit more focus and know-how. Mario Tennis Aces does what this series has done best, and improves what it's rarely gotten right prior. Fingers crossed that the online support stands up to the rest of the game after launch." -- Justin Clarke [Full review]

GamesRadar -- 4/5

"At the end of the day, Adventure Mode is only going to take you so far, and, like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch, it's really all about multiplayer. You can opt in for online or local multiplayer, or just pass a Joy-Con to your pal for instant split-screen, which is really where the game shines brightest - and I'm not just talking graphically, although this game is an absolute stunner. This is a game built for battling against your friends, which might seem like a weird turn of phrase for a tennis game, but absolutely works for Mario Tennis Aces." -- Sam Loveridge [Full review]

IGN -- 7.5/10

"Mario Tennis Aces is an extremely fun arcade tennis experience, colourful and dazzling to look at and smartly balanced in its back-and-forth play. With a little bit more care and depth given to the simple single-player mode and more variety added in the way of character and tournament customisation to give its multiplayer extra spice, Mario Tennis Aces could have been a true all-rounder. As it is, Mario Tennis Aces is still a lot of frantic tennis fun with friends." -- Tristan Ogilvie [Full review]

Nintendo Life -- 8/10

"We're used to seeing Wii U games transfer to Switch, but for Ultra Smash to have moved across without a substantial makeover would have been disastrous. Aces, wonderfully, is anything but that--it's a superb arcade sports game that's generous with its suite of player options and only occasionally guilty of being a little cheap in its Adventure Mode. The presentation is spot on, and the core tennis action is absorbing whether you're trading simple strokes or firing off special shots. Some animations and voice overs are identical to Ultra Smash's, but everything around them has been overhauled to quite splendid heights. This is something of a Switch Port Plus, then--not quite a whole new experience, but so improved as to be near unrecognisable next to its preceding title." -- Mike Diver [Full review]

God is a Geek -- 7/10

"Play through the story mode until you take out the first boss and you should have a good grip on how the game is played, once there I suggest you stop before the game turns you into a gibbering gibbon of pure hatred. Take that part as a tutorial and then play against your friends and you'll have a whale of a time. I put the game in front of my family members, and for the first time ever I saw interactions that wouldn't look out of place in a Switch infomercial, they were having pure, unadulterated fun and that's where this game's magic lies." -- Nick Gillham [Full review]

Popular Anime Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Is Finally Getting Its Long-Awaited Fifth Part

13 hours 34 min ago

After waiting nearly a year and a half, we're finally getting the anime adaption of Part 5 of cult favorite anime/manga series, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. Announced by series creator Hirohiko Araki at the end of a Jojo art exhibition press conference, the new season is scheduled to premiere this fall.

Titled Vento Aureo (Golden Wind), the fifth arc is set in Italy and stars Giorno Giovanna, who aspires to ascend the ranks of the Italian mafia to defeat its leader, so that he may absolve the organization of its corruption. Alongside the help of caporegime Bruno Buccellati and his men, Giorno will do whatever it takes to fulfill his dream of becoming a "Gang-Star." It takes place two years after the conclusion of Diamond is Unbreakable, the series' fourth arc whose anime adaptation aired in 2016.

Below you can view the anime's first teaser image, which offers a look at its artistic rendering of Part 5's iconic and fabulous ensemble cast. David Production, which handled animation duties of previous anime installments, is once again returning to handle the latest season.

◆BREAKING NEWS!!!!◆
FINALLY!! “JOJO’s Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind” Anime is coming in this October!!!
Now main staffs and character visual are disclosed! Japan Premier will be held on July 5!!!!
Stay tuned☆☆ https://t.co/afWuPN2Mkx #jojo_anime #goldenwind #ventoaureo pic.twitter.com/j1ZvTM45Sv

— TVアニメ『ジョジョの奇妙な冒険』公式 (@anime_jojo) June 21, 2018

The series premieres this October--likely on anime streaming platform Crunchyroll which have hosted all of the show's previous seasons. But if you're lucky enough to attend this year's Anime Expo, you'll be able to watch a pre-screening of the first episode on July 7 at 3 PM PST in the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is an incredibly popular manga series that first began publication in publisher Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 1987 with its inaugural arc, Phantom Blood. It follows the adventures of the Joestar family, whose members are each destined to take down supernatural threats. The series is split up into eight major arcs with its latest--JoJolion--still running to this day. Currently, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is the second longest running series in the Jump line of magazines with over 121 volumes.

While the original manga series first began during the late '80s, it wasn't until 2012 that it received an anime adaption that aimed to faithfully recreate its story beats. Previous attempts dabbled in retelling the series' most iconic arcs, but ultimately took artistic liberties. This latest announcement should come as a massive treat to fans who have been eagerly awaiting the anime adaption of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure's fifth arc, especially after the near two-year wait from the previous season's conclusion. The new series has garnered massive success for its ability to capture the imaginations of both newcomers and longtime fans--ourselves included--so we're eager to see what David Productions has in store with its latest entry in the ongoing Jojo's Bizarre Adventure anime.

Free PS4, Xbox One Game To Play This Weekend

13 hours 43 min ago

If you're itching for a new shooter to play, you'll be pleased to hear you can try Killing Floor 2 for free between now and Monday, June 25 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Killing Floor 2 is a co-op shooter that takes place in a zombie-infested version of Europe that's seen civilization collapse. Despite the downfall of governments and the general unrest that's going on, a group of survivors is trying eradicate the "zeds" and rebuild society.

In GameSpot's 8/10 Killing Floor 2 review, we said, "If the expansive suite of Call of Duty multiplayer modes is analogous to a buffet, Killing Floor 2's offerings are a hearty plate of meat and potatoes. The game hones in on the basic appeal of killing zombies without the complications of reaching waypoints or setting up intricate fortifications. Yet Killing Floor 2's strongest asset is in its simple yet effective combat--Tripwire could substitute the zeds for robots or Nazis and still have a solid shooter on its hands."

The reason for the free play weekend is because Killing Floor 2 just got The Summer Sideshow: Treacherous Skies update, which brings a bunch of new content to the game, including weapons, features, Summer Zeds, maps, and more.

If you choose to purchase Killing Floor 2, you can get it on sale on both platforms. PS4 owners can get it for $15 as long as they have a PS Plus membership (it's $30 without one). Xbox One owners can buy it for $20--no Xbox Live Gold subscription necessary.

Steam Summer Sale Includes Anime Deals On Crunchyroll Shows

13 hours 49 min ago

The annual Steam Summer Sale is underway, which means discounts on tons of games and maybe bad news for your wallet. But it's not just games that get price cuts--Crunchyroll has also discounted recent anime on Steam for the duration of the sale, which runs from now until July 5. If you don't subscribe to an anime streaming service or prefer picking series a la carte, this is a great opportunity to get some fantastic anime.

The anime featured in the sale are largely recent series that have aired in the last year and a half. This includes shows that made GameSpot's top 10 anime of 2017 list: The Ancient Magus' Bride, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju (Seasons 1 and 2), and Recovery of an MMO Junkie are all over 50% off. Also notable is Mob Psycho 100, from the creator of One-Punch Man, and Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid.

Other big anime include Black Clover, which is getting a video game adaptation--Black Clover: Quartet Knights--later this year, Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World, and Food Wars: The Third Plate. And for the romance anime fans, there's Orange and Kiss Him, Not Me. All the sale series listed are available for over 50% off, and individual episodes are 30% off, or around $1 to $2 US each. You can find an extended list of the discounted anime below and more details on the Crunchyroll sale page.

  • Alice & Zoroku
  • Black Clover (Season 1 Block 1)
  • Chronos Rule
  • Clockwork Planet
  • Code Realize
  • Dies Irae
  • Fastest Finger First
  • Food Wars! The Third Plate
  • Fox Spirit Matchmaker (Season 1 Block 2)
  • Hina Logic - from Luck & Logic (Hinrojiku)
  • King's Game
  • Kino's Journey
  • Kiss Him, Not Me
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
  • Mob Psycho 100
  • Orange
  • Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World
  • Saiyuki Reload Blast
  • Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju (Seasons 1 and 2)
  • The Ancient Magus' Bride (Season 1 Volume 1)
  • The Eccentric Family (Season 2)
  • The IDOLM@STER Side M
  • Recovery of an MMO Junkie
  • Urahara

All of these series are also streaming on Crunchyroll; a Premium membership costs $7 per month. For other good deals from the Steam Summer Sale, see our list of the highlights.

US Online Shopping Is About To Get More Expensive

14 hours 49 min ago

Online shopping is likely to get more expensive in America soon. The United States Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states may now require online retailers to collect state sales taxes. The 5-4 decision sided with the state of South Dakota against online retailers Wayfair, Overstock.com, and Newegg.

CNET reports that this overturns a standing 1992 decision that prevented states from collecting sales tax from online retailers that had no physical presence in their state. Instead, consumers themselves were expected to voluntarily submit the required taxes--and many did not.

States have long complained that they were losing millions in tax revenue, while giving online retailers an advantage over brick-and-mortar shops. This ruling is likely to lead other states to start requiring sales tax from online retailers, which in turn will be required from the consumer at checkout.

In the majority decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy noted that the realities of consumer habits have changed drastically since the 1992 decision. Mail-order sales in 1992 were only $180 billion, while online sales last year topped $450 billion. Kennedy also said the previous ruling effectively created tax shelters for retailers. In a dissenting opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts argued that this change could disrupt online marketplaces as a whole, and therefore should be in the hands of Congress rather than the courts.

South Dakota's suit stemmed from a law requiring sales taxes for any out-of-state seller that delivers more than $100,000 worth of goods. That position was to target huge retailers, without hitting smaller shops who sell their wares through eBay and Amazon.

Stocks for several major online retailers dropped in response to the news, including Amazon, Wayfair, and eBay.

MoviePass Adds Surge Pricing For Popular Movies As Competitors Bring The Heat

14 hours 51 min ago

Some things are simply too good to be true. With the latest wrinkle it's adding to its service, MoviePass is quickly becoming one of those things. Though it originally announced it would allow users to see a movie every day for the price of $10 a month, the months that have followed have brought caveats as MoviePass tries to recoup some of the money it's spending on tickets.

Among the changes the service has attempted is a revamped plan that offered only four movies a month, removing the option to see a film more than once, blocking access to certain movies, and changing lineups of theaters the service can be used in. However, the newest change is likely going to take money out of the pockets of customers.

According to Business Insider, MoviePass will be introducing surge pricing on certain films beginning in July. That means movies with a high demand will also require MoviePass customers to pay an extra fee--which starts at $2--for a ticket. This is troubling for a few reasons. First and foremost, while the charge could start at $2, MoviePass doesn't note a ceiling on the surge prices. Furthermore, it will be up to the service to determine which movies are "high demand." So if you enjoy seeing big movies on opening weekend, get ready to pay.

"At certain times for certain films--on opening weekend--there could be an additional charge for films," MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe explains to Business Insider.

To soften the blow of the new charges, MoviePass is also adding some new features, which will arrive in August--but watch out, those are also going to cost you extra money. The service is planning to add options to add premium options like IMAX and 3D by the end of August, for small fees. Additionally, MoviePass is expected to add an option that allows you to buy an additional ticket for a friend that's not a member of the service. According to Lowe, the second admission will cost "somewhere near the retail price of the ticket."

These changes comes as MoviePass begins facing even more competition in the movie ticket subscription space. Previously, Sinemia made a splash by allowing admission to any theater and any format--including IMAX and 4DX--but for fewer tickets in a month. Now, the AMC theater chain has also announced its own service, which offers three tickets a week to any screening at the chain's theaters.

Red Alert: The Steam Summer PC Game Sale Is Live

15 hours 2 min ago

The Steam Summer Sale is now live, which means you're either jumping for joy at the money you'll save, or locking your wallet in a safe until the sale ends. One way or another, the PC game deals during the annual sale have a knack for making your money disappear. The sale runs between June 21 and July 5, so make sure to grab the games you want before it's over.

Things appear to be more straightforward than usual this year. Instead of having daily deals and flash sales on certain games, all of the deals seem to be permanent from the beginning to the end--at least so far. That might make this sale a little less exciting than in past years, but it's nice that you don't have to keep checking in multiple times a day to see if anything you want to buy is on sale. There is, however, a free browser game you can play on Steam's homepage.

So what kind of deals can you get during this year's Steam Summer Sale? For starters, the whole Fallout franchise is available at 50% off or more. You can get Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics for $2.50 each. Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate and Fallout 3: GotY Edition are $10 apiece, and Fallout 4: GotY Edition is $30. The Sonic series and Final Fantasy franchises are also on sale.

Outside of those franchises are loads of other deals on individual games. The battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is down to $20, as is the comedic RPG South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Tacoma, Rocket League, and What Remains of Edith Finch are $10 each, while Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is down to $36. Celeste is available for $16, and Grand Theft Auto V is $20.

The sale isn't limited to software, either. The Steam controller is on sale for $34 (down from $100), and Steam Link--which lets you stream Steam games to your TV--is on sale for $2.50 (which is 95% off its usual price of $50).

That only scratches the surface of this year's Steam Summer Sale. You can view the whole thing here.

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Blizzard Teases New Overwatch Hero Or Map

15 hours 3 min ago

It hasn't been especially long since Overwatch's last new character and map were added, but Blizzard seems to already be teasing what the shooter's next playable hero or locale. It's very all very mysterious for now, but based on the teasers released in the past, we can expect several follow-ups in the coming days.

This first teaser is accompanied by the words "Calm before the storm." It shows what looks like an alleyway with a variety of sprays and posters on the wall. Among these is one of Lucio, one calling for rights for Omnics (essentially robots), and another calling for "no robots." It's possible some hidden clue awaits, but there's nothing that immediately stands out. Check it out for yourself below.

As it stands, Overwatch has a total of 27 characters. The most recent of the bunch was Brigitte, a Support character who can can heal teammates, equip a barrier shield, and stun enemies. So far, Blizzard hasn't given any indication of what to expect from the next character, nor do we know when they will be released. As always, though, any new addition to the roster has the chance to dramatically shake up the game, both for casual players and on the competitive/Overwatch League side.

Calm before the storm. pic.twitter.com/yxzXyzdzuA

— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) June 21, 2018

We can expect new characters for Overwatch to continue to roll out, as Blizzard doesn't seem keen on moving on to an Overwatch 2. "What people might not realize is the team now is significantly bigger than what it was when we shipped the game, and we have put all of that into working on the live game and the new maps, heroes, and events like Anniversary," the studio said recently. "At least for the time being, [supporting Overwatch] is our focus right now, and we're excited to work on this game."

As Sony Limits PS4 Cross-Play, Nintendo Touts Switch/Xbox One Support In New Trailer

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With the recent launch of Fortnite: Battle Royale on Nintendo Switch, Sony's reluctance to allow cross-play has again become a hot topic. As was the case following Rocket League's release, the company has yet to offer a satisfying reason for why PS4 players can't join up with those on Xbox One and Switch. With a newly updated version of Minecraft now available for Switch that enables cross-play with Xbox One, a new trailer doesn't waste its opportunity to tout that functionality.

Indeed, the entire purpose of the new 34-second ad, which you can watch above, is to drive home the fact that you can seamlessly play Minecraft with Xbox One players on Switch (and vice versa). In fact, we even see an Xbox One controller used by a player throughout, and the video ends with a bisected screen featuring the Xbox One and Switch's signature green and red colors and their respective logos. Nintendo subsequently sent out a tweet mentioning Xbox, which you can see below.

This is no doubt meant to tout the game rather than serve as some sort of veiled shot at Sony, though it's likely to only encourage fans to keep up the pressure on the company to reverse its decision. Sony does allow cross-play with PC and mobile, but throughout this generation, it has prevented support for the feature with competing consoles.

Hey @Xbox, since we can play together in @Minecraft now, did you want to build something? pic.twitter.com/LIylWy3yXZ

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 21, 2018

John Smedley, a former developer at Daybreak Game Company (formerly Sony Online Entertainment), recently stated that Sony's decision is all about money. "[W]hen I was at Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money," he said in a tweet. "They didn't like someone buying something on an Xbox and it being used on a Playstation. simple as that. dumb reason, but there it is."

Smedley also encouraged fans to continue pressuring Sony, though it's unclear if that will have any effect. Sony has provided a range of reasons over the past few years for why it doesn't allow cross-play. Most recently, amid the frustration that stemmed from Fortnite's release on Switch, Sony released yet another statement that reveals very little.

"We're always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience," a Sony representative said to the BBC. "Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online.

"With 79 million PS4s sold around the world and more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we've built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles. We also offer Fortnite cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms."

Epic Wants Fortnite Victories To Revolve Less Around Building, Rockets, And Shotguns

16 hours 24 min ago

Like other battle royale games, Fortnite: Battle Royale offers a wide variety of ways that any match can play out. But come to the final circle of a round, and you likely know what to expect: Players building elaborate defenses and wielding shotguns and rocket launchers. It can get a bit tiresome, and Victory Royales can feel out of reach for those who aren't experts at building. Developer Epic Games is aware of all this, and it's looking to mix things up.

In a post on Fortnite's website, Epic explained that it plans to "continue to make changes to evolve the game to give players multiple ways to counter each other in combat, and create more strategies to win the game." It also specifically addresses the notion that building is the only way to win: "It's important to support a variety of late game strategies, that don't boil down to 'just build lol.' We strongly believe that the evolution of Fortnite supports a wide range of play styles and counterplay. Currently, the superiority of shotguns, rockets, and uncapped building are such a dominant play style in the final circle that most other strategies are being drowned out."

Epic said it's already made some changes to address these concerns and will continue to do so. Weapon balance is being looked at, as is the resource economy, which it said includes something like a cap on the number of resources you can hold. The "next few weeks" will see Epic continuing to look at changes it can make, and it says it wants to hear from players about what they want to see.

"You should be able to find Victory Royales through multiple strategies," it said. "Shotguns should be strong, but other weapons have room to grow. Not every encounter should have to end in a build-off. We want to empower you to showcase your skill, strategy, and tactics in all variety of ways."

The ability to build ramps, walls, and floors was initially the thing that most distinguished Fortnite from competitors like PUBG, but Epic has done an impressive job in expanding the game since launch last year. Just how much it's willing to deemphasize the need to build to win remains to be seen, but it's a positive sign to see that it's willing to address what can feel like a stale endgame experience.

Stellar PC Game Deals In The Itch.io Summer Sale

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The indie gaming hub Itch.io is having its Summer Sale right now. Between June 19-26, you can pick up a whole heap of independent PC games at discounted rates. Nearly all genres are accounted for in the sale, plus a bunch of games that don't fit neatly into any genre.

What games might be worth a look? Necrosphere is on sale for $2.50. It's billed as a super-challenging Metroidvania with only two buttons: left and right. Before you buy, you can play a web version here to see if you like it. The vampire-hunting game Slayer Shock puts you in a college coffee shop in Nebraska and has you run missions save humans and hunt bloodthirsty enemies. It's on sale for $6, down from $20.

The quirky Twine game Arc Symphony is on sale for $2, as is the retro-style arcade shooter R-Coil. If ancient horrors are more your speed, you can grab the Lovecraftian game Eldritch for $1.50 as well. Or there's always the "first-person destructive cat simulator" Catlateral Damage, on sale for $2.50.

As you can probably tell, there's a lot of variety on offer here, so no matter what kind of games you're into, you can find something worth trying. You can see the full list of games on sale here or check out some of the ones that caught our eye below.

Nintendo Dominated Twitter During E3 2018

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According to Twitter, there were nearly 15 million #E3 tweets during E3 2018. The largest spike occurred on June 12 between 9-10 AM ET when Nintendo's Direct was airing. In that one hour, there were 890,000 tweets using the E3 hashtag. Most of them originated from the United States. Japan, the United Kingdom, Spain, and France followed.

With Nintendo's Direct dominating the charts, it makes sense that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was the most tweeted about title. It was followed by Kingdom Hearts III, Fallout 76, The Last of Us Part II, and Death Stranding.

Nintendo also generated the most conversation in Twitter moments during E3. The most popular Twitter moment focused on the release date for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Though neither moment reached the same height, both the announcement of Ridley as a Super Smash fighter and The Elder Scrolls VI's trailer reveal were also quite popular.

Despite Nintendo taking the gold for Twitter coverage this year, @Bethesda, @Ubisoft, @PlayStation, and @Xbox were all the number one worldwide trend during their respective press conferences.

During E3 2018, the most Tweeted about topics were:

  1. Nintendo (@Nintendo)
  2. Xbox (@Xbox)
  3. Super Smash Bros. (#SuperSmashBros)
  4. Fallout (@Fallout)
  5. PlayStation (@PlayStation)
  6. Kingdom Hearts (@KINGDOMHEARTS)
  7. Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)
  8. Elder Scrolls (@ElderScrolls)
  9. Death Stranding (#DEATHSTRANDING)
  10. Fortnite (@FortniteGame)

Dragon Ball FighterZ Nintendo Switch Release Date, Pre-Order Bonuses Announced

16 hours 51 min ago

Following its reveal during Nintendo's E3 2018 presentation, Bandai Namco has announced a release date for the Switch version of Dragon Ball FighterZ. The acclaimed fighting game launches for Nintendo's hybrid console on September 28.

As was the case with the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions, players who pre-order Dragon Ball FighterZ for Switch ahead of its release will get a few bonuses. First, reserving the title will grant immediate access to two characters--Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta--at launch.

On top of that, those who pre-order the Switch version will get an exclusive bonus: a digital Japanese copy of the rare Dragon Ball Z game Super Butoden, which was released for the Super Famicom (Japan's equivalent of the SNES) back in 1993. You can see a screenshot of the game running on Switch below.

Despite the Switch's comparatively weaker hardware, Dragon Ball FighterZ holds up well on the console. We had an opportunity to go hands-on with the Switch version just prior to E3 and found it to be a strong port that maintains the feel and style of the game. You can watch footage of us playing it in tabletop mode above.

Dragon Ball FighterZ first released for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in January. The game was developed by Arc System Works--the studio behind the BlazBlue series--and was a critical and commercial success. GameSpot awarded it a 9/10 in our Dragon Ball FighterZ review and called it "a Dragon Ball fighting game that can go toe-to-toe with the best of the genre."

In other Dragon Ball news, Bandai Namco revealed a new DLC pack for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. A release date for the pack hasn't been announced, but it is slated to arrive for all versions soon and will introduce a new playable character to the game: Super Baby Vegeta from Dragon Ball GT. You can see screenshots of him below.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is available for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch. It was likewise well-received by fans and critics. GameSpot gave it a 7/10 in our Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and said it is "among the best games to emerge from this beloved franchise."

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