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Microsoft Confirms It Wants To Buy TikTok

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 09:58

The rumors were right--Microsoft has now confirmed that it is pursuing an acquisition of the viral app TikTok. A spokesperson for the Xbox company told GameSpot sister site CNET that Microsoft is "committed to acquiring TikTok" pending a review of the "security" of the app.

US President Donald Trump has expressed concerns about TikTok, and in particular its ownership by a Chinese company, ByteDance. Trump has suggested that he may attempt to order ByteDance to divest its US ownership, and that's where Microsoft could come in.

Trump and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently spoke about the matter, and Microsoft says it will work to address Trump's issues with the app. Microsoft will continue to work with the US government and Trump during the acquisition discussions, the statement said.

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13 Years After Release, Halo 3 Is Getting New Guns And Weapon Skins

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 09:37

Season 3 of Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be a very big deal for Halo 3 in particular. Design director Max Szlagor said in a new blog post that Season 3 will contain many more customization options across the board, including brand-new content for Halo 3.

Season 3 will add new weapon skins, new visors, and "other content" for Halo 3, Szlagor said. This is a big deal because Halo 3 has never had weapon skins. "This marks the first step in our expansion of Halo 3 customization," Szlagor said.

Before this, 343 added weapon and vehicle skins to Halo: Combat Evolved, marking a first in the game's 19-year history.

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Halo: MCC Is Adding Crossplay And Custom Game Browser In 2020

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 09:13

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is still getting major new updates and ongoing support, even with the attention on the Halo series turning toward Halo Infinite.

In a new blog post, 343 outlined some of the new features planned for MCC--and it's a lot. In 2020, the studio plans to introduce cross-play between Xbox One and PC along with input-based matchmaking so people can decide who they want to play against. Additionally, 343 will add a custom game browser and give people the ability to choose their server region.

Additionally, mouse and keyboard support for Xbox One is coming, while players will also be able tailor the graphics and audio experiences for each game within MCC.

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Top New Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Month -- August 2020

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 09:00

It's a new month, which means this episode of New Releases is taking an overall look at August. It's got licensed games like Fast & Furious Crossroads and enhanced re-releases like Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition, and many of the games can be played at no extra cost. Both Tell Me Why and Microsoft Flight Simulator will be available on Game Pass day one, and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is making its debut on PlayStation Plus.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout -- August 4

Available on: PS4, PC

Fall Guys is like a battle royale plus Ninja Warrior: 60 players compete in a series of obstacle courses and party games to reach the top spot. Games range from keep-away to straight-up platforming challenges, and each of the Fall Guys themselves can be customized with your favorite colors and patterns.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Dreaming Guide - Dream Addresses, How To Dream

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 11:01

Animal Crossing: New Horizons' update 1.4.0 brought with it several new features, including a major online component from Animal Crossing: New Leaf on 3DS--Dream Suite! You can now dream in New Horizons, which means you can visit carbon copies of other players' islands as well as upload one of your own for other people to visit. This way, you can explore other players' islands while they're offline--maybe to get some decorating inspiration, for example--and show off your own island without fear of people trampling your flowers or stealing items.

Below we detail everything you need to know about dreaming in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including the requirements, what you're allowed to do in a dream, how to visit a dream island, and how to upload your own island.

Luna explaining the basics of dreaming in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.How To Dream In Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Requires: internet connection with a Nintendo Online subscription, 1x bed

In order to dream in New Horizons, you'll need an internet connection and an active Nintendo Online subscription. You'll also need any kind of bed in-game; you should have received Luna's bed in the mail after downloading the update, but anything you can lie down on will do. Once you lie down, you'll be given a dialogue prompt; select "Yeah, I want to sleep" to initiate dreaming.

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Warframe's Heart Of Deimos Adds Chaotic Open-World, New Frame Upgrade Mechanic

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 08:15

Revealed during Digital Extreme's TennoCon 2020 livestream, Warframe's Heart of Deimos expansion introduces a dark storyline set in the game’s next open world on Mars' moon. In this large-scale update to the online action-RPG, you'll face off against new hordes of the Infested who have taken control of the moon Deimos, wresting control from the lost Entrati family. While exploring the moon, you'll acquire new armaments of power, including a customizable mech suit, and even unlock the means to enhance your suite of characters further--but at a steep cost.

Before its debut at TennoCon, GameSpot had the opportunity to check out an early look at the Heart of Deimos expansion. The new content will be open to all players who have unlocked Mars on the star map, allowing newcomers and veterans to jump into the new story focusing on the Infested control of Mars' moon. Encompassing the surface as well as a large, procedurally generated network of underground caverns, you'll explore a section of Deimos known as the Cambion Drift to aid the remnants of the Entrati family, while also unlocking the true power of the Helminth, which has been tucked away on your ship.

In addition to a new open world, the expansion will add another layer to the game's extensive customization systems. One of the more surprising new additions to the update is the means to expand your Frame's powers by granting it abilities from different characters. For instance, if you want to give Volt's shock ability to Mag, you can do so by feeding Volt to the Helminth located on your ship. Doing so will permanently sacrifice your current Volt, and the only way to get Volt back would be to craft a new one. It's a tough choice, especially for long-time players who have an extensive stable of Frames to pick from. Still, it presents an interesting opportunity to heighten your favorite Frame's attributes.

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TennoCon 2020: Full Schedule And How To Watch

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 03:45

TennoCon 2020 is happening today, August 1, and you won't want to miss out on the announcements or a chance to get free Warframe prizes via Twitch drops. TennoCon is Digital Extremes' annual Warframe fan event, packed to the gills with new information on the game, revelations, and prizes. Because of the ongoing pandemic, it's completely virtual for 2020, meaning you can catch all the action from your home through the streamed presentations.

Heart of Deimos is the next major expansion coming to Warframe, and Digital Extremes has some other surprises in store for fans. It's a full day of content meant for fans, so you won't want to miss any of it.

How To Watch TennoCon 2020

All of TennoCon 2020 will be streamed on the official Warframe Twitch channel. We've also embedded the stream directly above, so you can see everything and keep your eye on the schedule of events. On the official TennoCon website, you can also purchase digital and physical merchandise, and a portion of the proceeds will go toward the Autism Ontario London and Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex charities.

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Fortnite Reveals Coral Castle, And It's Basically Atlantis

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 03:02

Fortnite's battle royale map got a big overhaul at the start of the season due to "The Device" event causing a massive flood, and it has continued evolving ever since. In its latest update, Epic Games added an area previously hidden underwater, and it appears to essentially be the lost city of Atlantis.

Technically, this area is called Coral Castle, and it is located north of the Sweaty Sands area. Previously covered with water from the flood, it has receded enough to show off a glorious and very small hidden city. The centerpiece here is a breathtaking castle, as you can see in the video below. There are plenty of points for cover in the castle, making it ideal for defending against multiple enemies late in a match.

From the video, it appears the castle was originally called "Carl." This is almost certainly a reference to the popular Walking Dead meme.

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Street Fighter V Gets Two-Week Free Trial With All 40 Characters

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 00:05

Street Fighter 5 has improved tremendously over the last few years, evolving into a premiere competitive fighter with a great roster of characters. If you've yet to try the game for yourself, you'll have a chance to do so for a full two weeks, and the trial version features all 40 characters.

Discussed during the Japanese Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable, there will be a free-to-play version of Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition available starting on August 5. It will run for about two weeks and features all of the game's characters. Because of this, you'll be able to start learning who your favorites are instead of being limited to only a few before deciding on a purchase.

Street Fighter 5 took a different approach to updated releases than the series has in the past. Rather than force players to buy entirely new versions of the game like the Arcade or Championship editions, these are now available as free updates to existing owners. This keeps the community together, though the game has still never come to Xbox One.

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Soulcalibur VI Brings Back Setsuka After Decade Away

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 22:40

Bandai Namco has announced that Setsuka is coming to Soulcalibur VI. She'll arrive in DLC 11 on August 4 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

A master of the blade with a lightning-fast offense and a passion for flowers, Setsuka is the third Season Pass 2 character following the release of Samurai Shodown's Haohmaru back in March and Hilde in November last year.

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Guilty Gear Strive Confirmed For PS5 And PC With New And Returning Characters

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 21:40

Guilty Gear Strive had a busy weekend during the Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable, dropping three big announcements. Developer Arc System Works has confirmed that the game will be launching on PlayStation 5 and PC via Steam alongside the PlayStation 4 version in 2021.

The roster is also receiving two additional fighters. Newcomer Nagoriyuki, who was briefly seen in Guilty Gear Strive's initial reveal, brings a vampire samurai energy to the mix, while the sword-wielding Leo Whitefang is also returning to action.

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Scream 5 Adds Another Original Cast Member

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 09:52

Slowly but surely, the gang is getting back together. A fifth Scream movie is in the works and already we know David Arquette has signed on to return, while Neve Campbel previously admitted she was in negotiations to return as Sidney Prescott. Now another piece of the puzzle is in place.

Courteney Cox, who played news reporter and author Gale Weathers in the previous four films, confirmed she's coming back for Scream 5. In a post on Instagram, she revealed an image of the movie's Ghostface mask, writing, "I can't wait to see this face again." The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the news.

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The next Scream movie will be the first not directed by horror icon Wes Craven, who died in 2015. Instead, it will be helmed by Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the duo behind 2019's Ready or Not. A screenplay is being written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick, who are taking over duties from Kevin Williamson (Scream, Scream 2, and Scream 4), who will serve as an executive producer on the project.

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Animal Crossing: How To Back Up Your Save Data

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 09:37

Animal Crossing: New Horizons' second summer update has arrived, and it adds a handful of new features to the game, including a weekly summer fireworks festival, the ability to fall on your face, and save backups. You'll need to have a paid Nintendo Switch Online subscription to take advantage of the latter, and it works a little bit differently than the typical cloud saves offered through the service. If you're unsure how the process works, here's how to back up your Animal Crossing save data.

How To Back Up Your Save Data

After installing New Horizons' 1.4.0 update, you'll see Backups - Not Set beneath the Settings option in the lower lefthand corner of the title screen. Press the Minus button to access the Settings menu, then select Island Backup from the list of options that Tom Nook presents you to begin the backup process.

Once Island Backup has been selected, Nook will emphasize that this backup function is only intended to be used if your Nintendo Switch is lost or has been damaged. He'll then present you with options to Enable island backup or Listen to explanation. Select the former to enable save backups; select the latter to learn more about the process and its requirements.

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Grounded Beginner's Guide: 10 Tips For Staying Alive

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 09:01

Obsidian Entertainment's new title, Grounded, will seem a lot like other survival games at first blush--even though it's Honey, I Shrunk The Kids-like setting puts it at a super-small scale compared to titles like Minecraft or The Forest. Like those games, you still need to drink water and eat food to stay alive, construct shelters to keep from getting overwhelmed by indigenous life, and craft equipment to help you keep alive and thrive in your new surroundings.

Though Grounded has a lot in common with other games in the genre, its shrunken approach to the survival genre means it has quite a few of its own quirks. From how you'll uncover crafting recipes, to the creatures keen on eating you that live in the backyard, there are plenty of nuances to understand. Here's a quick rundown of 10 key tips that'll help you adjust to life in the lawn.

1. Pick Up Everything And Analyze It

One of the first things you'll come across when you start a game of Grounded is a strange little science facility called a Field Station. This is your first inkling that there's something bigger going on here than a weird dream. Inside every Field Station is an item called an Analyzer--something that's extremely useful.

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Pokemon Masters Latest Event, Summer Superstars, Is Live

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 08:09

The latest Pokemon Masters event, Summer Superstars, is underway. The mobile title's event is live now through August 16, giving players a chance to earn items through event battles and daily log-ins.

Pokemon Masters players can earn travel tokens by beating event battles. These in turn can be used to move around an event map, which has different rewards in each map location. After completing a map you advance to a checkpoint, which gives more event story and advances you to another event map. During the event, the maps are unlimited so players can stockpile as many items as they want.

The Steven Seasonal Scout is now live!
5★ Steven (Summer 2020) & Sandslash are featured in the seasonal sync pair scout!
You can get Steven (Summer 2020) & Sandslash’s sync orbs from the Summer Superstars event map!#PokemonMasters pic.twitter.com/uXrBNoWhek

— Pokémon Masters (@PokemonMasters) July 31, 2020

Players can also earn 100 Gems each day for logging in, for up to a total of 1400 Gems. Additional travel tokens can be earned for using specific sync pairs during combat, including fan favorite Steven.

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Netflix Developing Beyond Good & Evil Movie With Detective Pikachu Director At Helm

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 07:26

Rob Letterman, the director of Detective Pikachu, has been tapped to direct a Beyond Good & Evil movie for Netflix, the streaming company confirmed. Originally reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Letterman will helm a hybrid live-action animated feature of the 2003 game, produced by Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin for Ubisoft Film and Television.

The movie is early in development and is currently looking for writers to adapt the game's story. Beyond Good & Evil became a cult classic in the years following its release, leading up to Ubisoft resurfacing the property with Beyond Good & Evil 2 in 2017 after it had previously been announced in 2008. The game currently has no release date, but won't be released prior to April 2021.

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A Netflix feature film adaptation of @Ubisoft's epic space pirate adventure is in development! pic.twitter.com/H5uMIXhir6

— NX (@NXOnNetflix) July 31, 2020

Netflix has a slew of video game adaptations both in development or currently available on its service, including Castlevania, the Witcher, and the recently announced Splinter Cell animated series--another Ubisoft IP--helmed by the John Wick writer Derek Kolstad.

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This Classic FPS Will Be Free Next Week During QuakeCon

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 06:53

QuakeCon is one of gaming's longest-running conventions, and while you might have to watch the festivities from home this year, you'll at least get something for your troubles.

Starting August 7, if you have a Bethesda.net account and you watch QuakeCon, you'll get the PC version of Quake on the Bethesda launcher for free, according to reputable Twitter user Wario64. Additionally, if QuakeCon hits its first fundraising goal of $10,000--which seems fairly likely--you'll also receive a free copy of Quake II, the misleadingly-named sci-fi follow-up to Quake.

QuakeCon was confirmed to be a digital-only event back in late June, and it runs from August 7 to 9. You can check the rest of the schedule on the event's website, which includes a Representation in Video Games panel, a Doom Eternal panel, a look at the upcoming Dishonored tabletop RPG, and, of course, the grand finals of the Quake World Championship. There will probably be game announcements too, perhaps related to upcoming Bethesda games like Ghostwire: Tokyo and Deathloop. Don't expect too many details on Starfield, though.

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Halo Infinite's Multiplayer Will Be Free-To-Play And Run At 120 FPS

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 06:40

Halo Infinite's multiplayer component will be free-to-play and will support 120 FPS on Xbox Series X. 343 Industries announced this on Twitter, stating that more details about the game's multiplayer will be shared at a later time.

Halo is for everyone. We can confirm #HaloInfinite multiplayer will be free-to-play and will support 120FPS on Xbox Series X. More details will be shared later! pic.twitter.com/9bIrppFiON

— Halo (@Halo) July 31, 2020

Halo Infinite's campaign was shown off during the Xbox event earlier in July, but 343 Industries has yet to show any footage of the game's multiplayer component or offered details beyond confirming that the multiplayer will be available at launch. Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently said that Halo Infinite's multiplayer was "special" and the team worked alongside professional Halo players to fine-tune the experience.

In a recent blog post, 343 Industries developers said that Halo Infinite might not have a multiplayer beta due to the difficulties of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the same post, 343 Industries said that the team is going with a more 'classic' art style for the game, but the studio has heard the complaints that the game looks "flat, simplistic, and plastic-like," after the single-player demo was criticized for its visual fidelity. The studio also said that the game will not feature real-money loot boxes the way Halo 5: Guardians did, but the game is expected to have microtransactions in some form.

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The Last Of Us HBO Show Will "Expand" On The Series

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 06:08

Chernobyl miniseries creator and The Last of Us show producer, Craig Mazin, said that the television adaptation of Naugty Dog's popular post-apocalyptic zombie franchise will "expand" on the series.

Mazin talked about The Last of Us show on BBC Radia 5 Live's Chernobyl Special, in which he discussed the delicate balancing act he faces in adapting such a widely lauded game franchise to television. He assured fans during the conversation the show will "expand" instead of "undo" the source material.

"I think fans of something worry that, when the property gets licensed to someone else, those people don't really understand it, or are going to change it," Mazin said. "In this case, I'm doing [the series] with the guy who [created the game], and so the changes that we're making are designed to fill things out and expand, not to undo, but rather to enhance [the source material].

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Refurbished SNES Classic, 3DS XL, And More Available From Nintendo

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 05:37

Somehow, the Nintendo Switch is still sold out everywhere, thanks to the rush of people looking to buy consoles during the coronavirus pandemic. If you're someone who's looking for a Nintendo system to play games on right now, some of Nintendo's older handhelds and classic models are currently available directly from the Nintendo store. These are products that have been refurbished directly by Nintendo and come with everything you need to play. "Although it may have minor cosmetic blemishes, it is guaranteed to be fully functional," each product listing states.

Notably, you can buy the NES Classic and SNES Classic, which were released by Nintendo in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and have since been discontinued. Unless you want to pay an absurd price for these systems somewhere on the internet, the best place to buy them now is on the Nintendo store, which sells "Authentic Nintendo Refurbished Sets." The refurbished NES Classic sells for $50 at Nintendo and comes with the system, one controller, an HDMI cable, AC adapter, and 30 pre-installed games. Meanwhile, the refurbished SNES Classic is $70 and gets you the mini console with two wired SNES controllers, one HDMI cable, one USB cable with AC adapter, and 21 pre-loaded Super NES games.

Several of Nintendo's 3DS and 2DS systems are available as well, including a red 3DS XL for $120, two 2DS XL colors for $100, and two 2DS options for just $50 each. There are a ton of great games that can be played on these systems, including The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Ocarina of Time 3D, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and more.

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