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Pokemon Go Magmar Community Day (November 2020): Shiny Magmar, Event Move, Bonuses, And More

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 07:05

Pokemon Go's Electabuzz Community Day has ended, but there's still one more event planned for this month. Niantic is holding a second November Community Day this Saturday, November 21, giving players everywhere another chance to catch a rare Pokemon, learn an event-exclusive move, and take advantage of other bonuses. To get you up to speed ahead of the event, we've rounded up everything you need to know about Pokemon Go's second November 2020 Community Day below.

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November 2020 Featured Pokemon: Magmar

While Electabuzz was featured during November's first Community Day, this weekend's event will revolve around Magmar. The Fire-type Pokemon will appear in the wild more frequently than normal throughout the Community Day, and you'll be able to catch Shiny Magmar with enough persistence (and a little luck). On top of that, Magmar's baby form, Magby, will be hatching from 2 km eggs throughout the event.

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Disney's Guardians Of The Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Roller Coaster Footage Revealed

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 06:40

While the Disneyland Resort remains closed and Disney's other theme parks are operations under reduced capacity, work continues on upcoming attractions--including one tied directly to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster at Walt Disney World's Epcot is in the works to potentially open in 2021 and the first footage of the ride vehicle--a first of its kind--has been revealed.

As part of the virtual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products chairman Josh D'Amaro shared a video that features an image of the ride's track, which you can see below. However, Disney also released test footage of the attraction's "Omnicoaster" vehicles. Essentially, they are roller coaster cars that can spin 360 degrees and launch in reverse. That'll come in handy for the "reverse launch into space" that was promised at the D23 Expo in 2019. The vehicle spinning will allow for storytelling elements to be shown on what the company is calling a "family-friendly" attraction.

What can't be seen in the video above, unfortunately, is what the inside of the attraction will look like. What we know is that last year it was revealed that the coaster would essentially start visitors on Earth and take guests on a Guardians of the Galaxy-sized mission to the planet Xandar on a ship owned by the Nova Corps.

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Minecraft Star Wars DLC Has Baby Yoda

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 06:33

Mojang has released a pretty big Minecraft Star Wars DLC. Before you ask: Yes, Baby Yoda is in it. Other content from The Mandalorian is also part of the expansion pack, as well as material from A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

Players will receive a map, a skin pack, a full texture set, mobs and items reskins, UI treatment, and a licensed soundtrack. As the trailer states, the items included in the Star Wars DLC is enough to recreate scenes from the original trilogy, as well as the moments in relatively newer lore like The Mandalorian.

The DLC also gives players 12 different planet dioramas. For the first time, Minecraft will let players use flyable starfighters and hyperspace fast-travel between those multiple settings. 36 character skins are also part of the pack. To name a few, the characters include Jabba the Hutt, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Baby Yoda, and The Mandalorian.

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Ghost Recon: Breakpoint PS5, Xbox Series X/S Enhancements Detailed

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 06:26

Ubisoft has confirmed that Ghost Recon: Breakpoint will be playable on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S / Series X thanks to backwards compatibility. Alongside the announcement, the company outlined the enhancements the tactical shooter will see on next-gen hardware.

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint on next-gen consoles will be playable in two modes: Performance and Resolution. As the titles suggest, Performance favors a higher frame rate while Resolution is all about visuals. As such, Performance mode on PS5 and Series X run at 1080P and 60fps. Resolution mode, on the other hand, pushes Ghost Recon: Breakpoint to 4K and 30fps on both consoles, with PS5's 4K graphical setting being an upscaled version. Instead of the enhancements Ubisoft made with Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs Legion, these Ghost Recon: Breakpoint settings are similar to what the game sees on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint Next-Gen Performance Breakdown

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Oculus Quest 2 Update Boosts Headset's Refresh Rate To 90 Hz

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 06:19

A major update has given the Oculus Quest 2 a higher refresh rate. Previously, the Oculus Quest 2 ran everything at 72Hz, and only experimental updates could boost it beyond that in certain apps. Now, the Quest 2 will run everything at 90Hz, from games to apps.

Those who use Oculus Link to connect their Quest 2 to their PC will also enjoy the boost, and players can select between 72Hz, 80Hz, and 90Hz rates. This update also gives the headset a new interface to manage graphics settings, such as render resolution, as well as offering preset settings to maximize an individual game's frame rate.

Alongside the update, Oculus announced Oculus Move, which is a system-level fitness tracker for both the Quest and Quest 2 that will estimate the number of calories burned across all games. It will roll out gradually over the next two or three weeks. Additionally, later this month, Oculus will introduce the ability to gift apps to friends, as well as casting your headset feed to a friend.

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Michael Bay's Pandemic Thriller Songbird Gets VOD Release Date

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 06:02

Great news for people who just can't get enough of thinking about deadly pandemics: Michael Bay's thriller Songbird, about paranoia and conspiracy in a pandemic-ravaged world, will be skipping the theaters and making a home-entertainment video-on-demand debut starting December 11 according to Variety. The film will reportedly come to streaming services after its premium run, though it isn't yet clear which ones or when--production company STXfilms has reportedly declined to specify on that detail right now.

"The pandemic has affected every aspect of our business, from production to release, but Songbird demonstrates that a nimble studio like STX can find effective and profitable ways to make their movies work," said STXfilms Motion Picture Group chairman Adam Fogelson (via Variety). "The show must go on. Songbird is a thrilling movie that will speak to audiences in this moment as it keeps them on the edge of their seats."

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New To Netflix This Week: The Crown Returns, More Movies, TV Shows, And Originals

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 05:56

It's a brand-new week, and that means plenty of brand-new content coming to Netflix. In the upcoming week, a fan-favorite TV series returns, and a new original docuseries debuts. Here is what is coming to Netflix for the week of November 15.

The biggest release of this week has already arrived on the service. Season 4 of The Crown will take viewers up to the '80s, following Emma Corrin (Pennnyworth) as Lady Diana Spencer. The season will cover her marriage to Prince Charles, which wasn't the happiest of matrimonies. You can check out the latest trailer below before watching the stream yourself.

The seemingly intriguing docuseries We Are The Champions arrives on Tuesday. Narrated and executive produced by Rainn Wilson (The Office), the Netflix original explores wacky and outlandish sports. Each episode in Season 1 will cover a different sport, like chasing a wheel of cheese down a hill, scaring a frog into jumping far, or dog dancing--whatever that is.

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Battlefield 5 Fall Update Goes Live Tuesday, Full Patch Notes Released

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 05:39

Battlefield 5's fall update is scheduled to go live this Tuesday, November 17, and it introduces better support for the Community Games feature. It also adds two new Elite soldiers, a bundle of new cosmetic items, and many bug fixes, including the broken Globetrotter achievement.

Community Games is essentially Battlefield 5's version of custom games, and this update gives players much more freedom to customize their matches. For example, players will now be able to adjust variables like bullet damage and vehicle respawn time, as well as selecting what weapons, classes, and gadgets are available on the map.

The update also includes other smaller fixes, such as ensuring that all weapons and gadgets are available in the game's practice range, as well as restoring War in the Pacific back into the core matchmaking pool. Rush, Frontlines, and Domination have been removed from Quickplay accordingly.

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Walmart Announces PS5, Xbox Series X Restock Date And Time For Black Friday

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 05:37

If you weren't able to snag a PS5 or Xbox Series X in their preorder phases or during launch week, then you'll have another chance during Black Friday 2020. Walmart kicks off its Deals For Days event on November 25 at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET and will restock the PS5 and Xbox Series X alongside it. The consoles will only be available on Walmart.com, not in stores, so stay home and keep your mouse finger loose and limber.

Walmart's Black Friday ad does not show the digital PS5 or the Xbox Series S, so it's unclear if these digital-only consoles will also be restocked. If you want a new console, you should focus on trying to order an Xbox Series X or PS5 with a disc drive when Walmart's restock happens. If last week's Walmart PS5 restocks are any indication, they'll sell out fast, so you'll want to give yourself the best chance at snagging one. We suggest making sure your Walmart shipping information and payment details are up to date beforehand to help checkout go faster.

PS5 $499

The PS5 launched last week alongside a number of great exclusives, including Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon's Souls, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure. It also features a number of excellent third-party games like Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and backwards compatibility with most of the PS4's library.

See at Walmart Xbox Series X $499

The Xbox Series X is the only console that can play the next-gen version of Yakuza: Like a Dragon. It features a lot of the same third-party titles as the PS5, too, including Watch Dogs: Legion, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. It also boasts 100% compatibility with the Xbox One's library as well as every Xbox 360 and original Xbox game that has been made backwards-compatible with the new consoles.

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In addition to keeping Xbox Series X and PS5 orders online-only, Walmart is staying closed on Thanksgiving Day this year. The company said it's doing this to give its employees a "special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones" after a "trying year."

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Black Friday 2020: Watch Dogs Legion Is Already $30 With Free PS5, Xbox Series X/S Upgrades

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 05:24

Watch Dogs Legion is barely two weeks old, but you can already grab it for half-off and score the free upgrade to a PS5 or Xbox Series X version to boot. It's available for $30 at Best Buy as part of the retailer's early Black Friday sale.

To see the Watch Dogs Legion deal, though, you'll need to sign up for a My Best Buy account, the free rewards program. At $30, you can choose the PS4 or Xbox One version. Since Ubisoft is offering free upgrades for all of this fall's new releases, you can then upgrade to the PS5 or Xbox Series X version. Since this is a disc version, you'll just need to put in the disc for the upgrade, and then insert the disc anytime you play like you would on the older consoles. Please note this disc version wouldn't work to upgrade on Xbox Series S or the PS5 Digital version.

Watch Dogs Legion $30 (was $60) See PS4/PS5 version at Best Buy See Xbox One/Series X version at Best Buy

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SpaceX Astronauts Brought Baby Yoda To The International Space Station

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 05:16

SpaceX's Crew-1, an international crew of NASA astronauts en route to the International Space Station, has revealed that it has The Child (aka Baby Yoda) as a stowaway. The footage was captured by The Verge's science reporter, Loren Grush. Check out the footage she clipped from the flight's recordings below.

Good morning, I must have fallen asleep before I learned that Baby Yoda is the Crew-1's Zero G indicator. May this bless your Monday morning pic.twitter.com/5Ajhlr69p9

— Loren Grush (@lorengrush) November 16, 2020

Baby Yoda reportedly has a job: The toy is the flight's "zero G indicator," or a small object that can let crewmembers and/or any passengers know at a glance when the spaceship is in orbit and has reached a microgravity environment. While there is a clear link between astronauts and sci-fi--and especially Star Wars--fandom, it should be stated that this is something of a tradition. Earlier this year, according to The Verge, astronauts on SpaceX's historic launch brought a stuffed dinosaur along for the same purpose.

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TimeSplitters 2 Easter Egg "Just A Joke" According To THQ Nordic

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 05:10

Last week, SpellForce 3: Fallen God released on PC. Players were tickled to discover that there are several collectible in-game items that were also Easter eggs referring to upcoming and already released THQ Nordic games. Games referenced by these items include Biomutant, Spongebob Squarepants: Battle For Bikini Bottom, Gothic Remake, and TimeSplitters 2 Remake. Many fans took this reference to be a direct hint that the game, of which there have been rumors about a remake, might be making a comeback.

Translated from French, the item's description reads: "It’s finally coming! The iconic shooter, which has stood the test of time to join the era of modern games." But according to a THQ Nordic spokesperson who spoke with Eurogamer, the TimeSplitters 2 Remake box being sold in-game was just meant to be a joke.

"This is just an innocent Easter egg," the spokesperson told Eurogamer. "The vendor in the game is a character known especially for not telling the truth." THQ Nordic also told Eurogamer that the boxes shown for Biomutant and Gothic Remake are jokes as well. Luckily, as far as we know both Biomutant and Gothic are still in production according to statements from THQ earlier this year.

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Fortnite Players Really Want Dr. Doom To Sit Down

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 04:56

Fortnite's Season 4 brought a host of Marvel characters to the battle royale. The battle pass includes heroes like Iron Man, Wolverine, and Dr. Doom--complete with their own special emotes. Dr. Doom's emote has him sit on a giant throne, but players can only use it right after a victory royale. They can't use it at any other time and they aren't happy about that restriction.

"At the very least they could make it usable at any time in modes that don't have victory royales available," said Redditor Unknown Submarine. The emote isn't available in other modes like Creative, Battle Lab, or the various limit-time modes.

The emote is insignificant, but players have been complaining about it since Season 4 started over two months ago. It's one of several skin-specific emotes that need to be unlocked through special challenges. Iron Man has one where he puts on his suit of armor that can be used at anytime.

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot's New DLC Adds A Horde Mode This Week

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 02:52

After a lengthy gap, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot's latest DLC episode finally launches this week. A New Power Awakens Part 2 will focus on the revival of Frieza, with the iconic villain now able to transform into a vastly more powerful Golden form. Goku and Vegeta will battle back with a new transformation of their own, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, or Super Saiyan Blue for short.

According to lead producer Ryosuke Hara, the ultimate battle with Golden Frieza is based on the setting from the Resurrection of F movie but the DLC has its own original story to match the setting and outcomes of the base game. For example, you'll be able to fight the Ginyu Force once again if you resurrected them with the Dragon Balls during the main campaign.

Another big feature is the introduction of Horde Battle, which pits players against Frieza's entire army. Hara explained that the battle system for this mode had been tweaked, with several adjustments to the enemy AI, SFX, skills, and more being added so that the experience will be both challenging and fun.

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Oxford University Study Suggests That Playing Games Is Good For Your Mental Health

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 02:10

In a new study by Oxford University, it has been suggested that video games can be good for your mental wellbeing. What makes this particular study interesting is that it was the first of its kind to be done using actual play-time data, allowing the Oxford team to link up psychological questionnaires with the total time spent playing games according to cloud saves. Past studies about the mental effects of video games relied on test subjects to self-report how much time they'd spent on a game, which resulted in inaccurate results.

For the test, Nintendo's leisurely Animal Crossing: New Horizons and EA's quirky Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville action game were used.

"This is about bringing games into the fold of psychology research that's not a dumpster fire," lead researcher on the project Andrew Przybylski explained to The Guardian. "This lets us explain and understand games as a leisure activity. It was a quest to figure out is data collected by gaming companies vaguely useful for academic and health policy research?"

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Justice League Snyder Cut: Ezra Miller Shot New Footage On Fantastic Beasts 3 Set

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 02:04

One of the most anticipated DC releases of 2021 isn't a new movie or show--it's Zack Snyder's reworking of the much-maligned 2017 movie Justice League. Snyder is making a new four-hour version of the film, which mixes previously unseen material with newly shot footage. One of the actors who has returned for reshoots is Flash actor Ezra Miller, and Snyder has revealed that he shot his new scenes on the set of the next Fantastic Beasts movie.

Speaking to Beyond the Trailer, Snyder explained that he was unable to fly to the UK to film Miller, so asked the Fantastic Beasts crew to help out. "I had to get a pick-up shot of Ezra when we were doing this little bit," he said. "You know, he's on Fantastic Beasts, and that's in London, and we weren't going to travel to London, unfortunately. I would have loved to have done that. So what we did was we picked him up on a Zoom, and the Fantastic Beasts crew, I sent them these drawings. I was like, 'Ok, this is what he has to do, this is where he is.'"

Snyder also spoke about the problems of finding the various superhero costumes from the 2017 shoot for the actors to wear in the reshoots. "They were all over the place," he said. "In museums and stuff. We had to tear them out of there. One of the cowls we put on just ripped in half!"

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HBO Max Finally Coming To Amazon Fire TV Devices

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 01:48

AT&T/WarnerMedia's HBO Max launched back in May, and while it's a great streaming service, the major issue with it is that it has limited accessibility because it is not available on Roku or Amazon Fire TV devices. However, HBO Max will finally be available on Amazon devices, like the Fire Stick, this week.

Hitting devices on Tuesday, November 17, HBO Max will be available on Fire Tablets and Fire TVs, according to a press release from HBO Max. This news means 40 million more people will have access to HBO Max.

"We are very excited that Amazon customers will now be able to enjoy the best-in-class content that lives within HBO Max," said WarnerMedia's head of sales and distribution Tony Goncalves. "Our continued goal is to make HBO Max and its unparalleled content available to customers across all the devices they love. Fire TV is a favorite among customers and we look forward to working with the Amazon team to engage and grow our existing subscriber base by showcasing all that HBO Max has to offer."

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2020 Video Game Accessibility Awards Announced

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 01:23

As December approaches we're getting near video game award season, with various sites giving their Game of the Year awards and Geoff Keighley set to host a virtual presentation of The Game Awards. Before all of that, though, the accessibility organization AbleGamers hosted its 2020 Video Games Accessibility Awards, honoring the games and studios that did the most to make their games available to all types of players.

The presentation was hosted by Alanah Pearce and AbleGamers' Steve Spohn, with a panel of presenters including several Twitch streamers, fellow accessibility advocates, and voice actor Troy Baker. The awards included categories like "Same Controls But Different" and "Clear Text."

The presenters each gave a brief explanation of the category, and then following each announcement Spohn walked viewers through how each category solves for a specific accessibility problem. For example the Second Channel category, which was won by The Last of Us Part 2, honored games that offered an alternative or additional way of accessing game information for players who can't access it through the in-game tools.

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Xbox Will "Absolutely" Buy More Studios

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 17:21

While Microsoft has been slowly acquiring game studios for some time now, its record-breaking $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda parent company ZeniMax showed just how serious Microsoft's first-party development ambitions are. In an appearance on Twitch's Glitchcon opening address, Xbox head Phil Spencer touched on the Bethesda acquisition, but also confirmed it'll be adding more studios to its roster in future.

Spencer clarified first that, while the Bethesda acquisition is in motion, it hasn't yet been finalized and most likely won't be until early 2021 due to regulatory processes. "Coming together now and having them become part of Xbox I think will just be an amazing opportunity with the great games that they'll continue to build," Spencer said. "The great thing is, those games will become part of Game Pass on the day that they launch, which I think creates more opportunity for people to go play."

"In terms of continuing to invest in new studios and new games and new content, absolutely we have to do that," Spencer confirmed. "It's important that we continue to build out the library of games that are available on Xbox. We'll double the size of our studios organization when we add Bethesda, and we're going to continue to invest in great games so that people can find their next favorite game on our platform."

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Wonder Woman 1984's December Release Is Up In The Air

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 16:28

After a number of delays, Wonder Woman 1984 finally settled on a December 25, 2020 release date that many assumed would be final. However, amidst a wave of COVID-19 spikes across the country, sources cited in a Variety report claim the new Wonder Woman film release will go one of two ways.

The first option will see WW84 continuing with its December 25 theatrical release date as planned, but also releasing on HBO Max shortly after in early January. The second, more conservative option would see the movie delayed again into summer 2021.

Warner Bros. may very well decide to push the release after its last big theatrical release, Tenet, performed worse than expected in the domestic market. Tenet's performance has had repercussions on the rest of the industry, with other big name films pushing dates to avoid making the same mistake.

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