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Josef Fares: It Takes Two Is Co-Op Because "I Like To F--k With The Players' Minds"

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 03:00

The next game from Hazelight Studios, It Takes Two, is a pretty big departure from its first game. The developer found success with A Way Out, its co-op-only crime drama about two men who work together to break out of prison, and which sported choice-based narrative branches. You wouldn't expect its next game, then, to be a puzzle-platformer romantic comedy about a couple on the outs who find themselves magically transformed into dolls, forced to navigate the shrunken worlds of their messy garage and vast backyard.

But It Takes Two handles the change of pace with surprising grace. Hazelight showed off the game with a hands-on preview session, which gave us a chance to try it first-hand. Like A Way Out, the game is presented wholly in split-screen, requiring two players to work together and rely on each other. But even through the first few hours, It Takes Two is a funny, well-acted narrative game with a surprising amount of cooperative depth and variety.

The game centers on May and Cody, two parents who have just told their daughter Rose that they're planning to divorce. Rose immediately leaves her parents to go play, but instead, makes a wish on a relationship self-help book that her parents might work out their differences. In a scenario straight out of a movie like Liar Liar or Freaky Friday, Rose's wish, coupled with a few tears, turns out to have magical powers, and May and Cody find themselves transported into the bodies of Rose's dolls. As they struggle to try to catch up with Rose to get the wish undone, they're constantly hounded by Dr. Hakim, the cheesy self-help book fixated on forcing the two parents to find common ground once again.

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Rock Band 4 Adds "Superman" By Goldfinger This Week

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 02:52

Rock Band 4 is getting pair of DLC tracks this week, and they're good ones. The ska songs "Superman" by Goldfinder and "Younger Lungs" by Less Than Jake will be available with the store refresh this week for $2 each.

"Superman" is an iconic earworm of a song in the world of gaming, as it was featured in the first Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game--you can hear it again in the Pro Skater 1 + 2 remaster.

"Younger Lungs" by Less Than Jake was featured on the band's 2012 EP Seasons Greetings from Less Than Jake. "The song is everything we love about upbeat ska-punk anthems. Bassists will especially love the bouncy basslines and keeping the beat on track," Harmonix said in a blog post.

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Mandalorian Actor Bill Burr Defends Fired Co-Star Gina Carano

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 02:29

Comedian and Mandalorian actor Bill Burr has spoken about co-star Gina Carano, and her recent firing from the hit Star Wars show. Burr described Carano as a "sweetheart," and stated that he now had to be careful about what he said in public.

Last month, Disney confirmed that Carano will no longer appear on The Mandalorian, after she posted a tweet that compared American conservatives to Jewish people just before the Holocaust. BAs reported by Indiewire, Burr, who played Migs Mayfeld on the series, defended Carano on a recent episode of The Bill Bert Podcast.

"It's a weird time," he said. "Unless she did some truly horrible shit or said overtly racist s***.I don't know. I think there is just too many channels. And then you gotta do sensational s***. I don't know what the f*** it is. I'm on that f***ing show. Now, I gotta watch what the f*** I say."

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Ant-Man 3 Won't Bring Back TI

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 02:28

The third Ant-Man movie will not feature the actor and rapper T.I. The news comes after accusations of sexual abuse against him.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, T.I. is "not a part of the cast" for the third movie, which is called Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

T.I. and his wife, musician Tiny, have been accused of sexual abuse, kidnapping, assault, and harassment, among other things. A lawyer representing 11 alleged victims made the claims on Monday and is calling on authorities to launch an investigation.

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New Trailer For Netflix's Dota: Dragon's Blood Released

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 23:46

Valve and Netflix have partnered up for a new Dota anime, and now a new trailer for it has arrived before the series itself premieres later this month.

In the new Dragon's Blood trailer, we get a closer look at some of the high drama going on in Netflix's latest video game adaptation. A description for the trailer states, "They serve Selemene, the Goddess of the Moon - but do they really know whom they serve? This March, a dark hidden truth will finally be revealed as the battle of the ages begins."

Valve's Dota video game series started as a player-made mod for Warcraft III before spinning off into its own game that helped spawn the MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) genre.

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See RBI Baseball 21's Gameplay In Action

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 23:35

A new trailer for RBI Baseball 21 has come online, showcasing the professional baseball game's gameplay for the first time--and it looks pretty good.

RBI Baseball 21 features a number of updates and improvements for this year's edition, including play-by-play commentary from Fran Charles, a create-a-player mode, further information and depth around player data, and a progressive time-of-day system that shows off subtle changes like when twilight becomes nighttime. The game also has more batting controls and camera angles than before, while the Switch edition has finally added online play for head-to-head. Check out the trailer:

RBI Baseball 21 features White Sox star Tim Anderson on the cover. Everyone who pre-orders at Target and Walmart in the US will get special Tim Anderson foil cards from Topps.

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Destiny 2 Players Are Managing To Glitch 12 People Into Raids

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 18:23

While raids in Destiny 2 normally cap out with a team of six, players have figured out a way to cram 12 players into a raid team.

The glitch was reported by PCGamer this week, but has been floating around Destiny 2 communities for a while before that. A number of videos from high-profile players showing the exploit have made the rounds recently, however, bringing it to the attention of more of the community and, no doubt, Bungie itself.

Instructions on how to pull off the raid can be found in this Reddit post--all you need is 11 of your closest friends, a voice call, and some pretty spot-on timing.

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The Epic Vs Apple Trial Is Due To Take Place In Person From May 3

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 17:49

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez has met with lawyers from Apple and Epic Games in order to arrange the specifics of a trial that will seek to decide whether Apple's App Store practices are monopolistic and anti-competitive, as reported by MacRumors. The judge has said that the case is significant enough to be heard in person, with witnesses believed to be less likely to lie when testifying in a physical court.

The trial may be changed to a virtual one taking place over Zoom if COVID-19 numbers are high at the time of the trial, but it is due to start on May 3 no matter what happens. If the current plans go ahead, witnesses will have to travel to Northern California to testify, unless they have valid health reasons not to travel. The trial will be held as a bench trial, meaning there will be no jury.

Epic's lawsuit against Apple alleges that the tech giant is a "behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition, and stifle innovation," saying that Apple's practices are anti-competitive and monopolistic. Epic's main beef with Apple is over the 30% cut it takes from App Store payments, as well as rules disallowing apps on the App Store from processing microtransactions outside of Apple's payment system.

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Hero Forge Adds Customizable Wheelchairs For Minis

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 17:06

Hero Forge's range of options for its customizable tabletop minis just got a little bigger, with the addition of a set of wheelchairs for adventure-ready wheelchair-using characters. The new options include three different styles of wheelchair, which have been added in time for International Wheelchair Day.

In honor of #InternationalWheelchairDay, we are excited to announce the addition of Wheelchairs to Hero Forge!
Now your heroes can now choose from three Wheelchair styles in the Mount menu: The Modern Wheelchair, Fantasy Town Wheelchair, and Fantasy Battle Wheelchair. (1/2)

— Hero Forge (@HeroForgeMinis) March 1, 2021

Hero Forge is a service that allows you to design a customized TTRPG miniature, complete with weapons, mounts, and even animal companions. The finished designs can then be bought as a pre-made figure, or downloaded as a 3D-printable STL file.

The new wheelchairs have been added in the "Mounts" category, and include a basic "Modern Wheelchair," a decorative "Fantasy Town Wheelchair," and a "Fantasy Battle Wheelchair" that's exactly what it sounds like. The parts can also be mixed and matched between styles, with customizable wheels and handles.

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Game Developer Accuses Publisher Of Hacking Game And Uploading It To Steam

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 16:12

After asking players not to buy a version of Lovecraftian horror game The Sinking City that appeared on Steam last week, developer Frogwares has now posted a blog explaining that the Steam upload is a hacked version of the game allegedly stolen by publisher Nacon. The game was originally delisted from Steam in an ongoing dispute between the developer and their contracted publisher on The Sinking City.

As reported by Vice, the studio published an extensive blog post titled "How Nacon Cracked and Pirated The Sinking City," which calls the Steam re-release "corporate bullying, and incompetent hacking, at its finest."

The blog post details how "Alain Falc, Nacon owner and CEO, warned us on December 28th 2020 in writing that 'you have 48 hours to upload a new Steam master otherwise we will use all solutions available within the law and the contract.'" The post alleges that after the 48 hours was up, Nacon aquired a version of the game from DRM-free marketplace Gamesplanet in order to upload it onto Steam.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2021 July In-Person Event Has Been Canceled

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 07:23

For the second year in a row, the in-person San Diego Comic-Con event has been canceled. Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, Comic-Con International released a statement explaining it will instead host a virtual event in July, possibly in addition to another event in November 2021.

Details about November's in-person event are limited. It will take place over the course of three days, but specific details are still coming. Comic-Con's website will be updated with more info as it comes.

The virtual show will take place July 23-25. Because of "limited financial resources" for CCI, the show has been reduced to a three-day event. And much like 2020's event, it will feature panels for a variety of movies, TV shows, comics, and cultures. Take a look at the full statement below.

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Halo: MCC Season 6 DLC Livestream Coming March 2, Watch It On Twitch

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 07:16

Microsoft has announced a livestream event for Tuesday, March 2, during which it will showcase the content coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection in Season 6.

The stream kicks off at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET and is slated to run for one hour. During this livestream, developers from 343 Industries will provide an "early look" at the Season 6 content before jumping into live multiplayer against fans. Anyone who is lucky enough to be group with a developer from 343 will receive the rare Ice Unicorn nameplate.

Tomorrow from 2PM to 3PM PT, join us for an MCC Playdate! We'll be taking an early look at Season 6, then going head-to-head with the community with the Ice Unicorn Nameplate up for grabs when you match in with us.
Follow now and be ready when we're live:

— Halo (@Halo) March 1, 2021

This broadcast will take place on the official Halo Twitch channel, so you can bookmark it now to get ready for the big show.

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Animal Crossing Fan Recreates First Act Of Hamilton In-Game, And It's A Lot

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 07:06

Animal Crossing fans are known for being fanatically devoted to the series, but devotees of the musical megahit Hamilton might give them a run for their money. Now, a fan of both who goes by "Guitar_Knight14" has recreated the first act of Hamilton in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and it's an impressively detailed effort.

The YouTube video of the performance clocks in at over an hour, and runs from the play's opening number to the close of the first act, ending with the song "Non-Stop." The sheer amount of effort that went into the video is mind-boggling, with a villager cast in each part, detailed choreography for each song, and even a facsimile of an audience. Guitar_Knight14 has a Patreon you can contribute to if you want to see Act 2 before its official release. It's not necessarily clear how this performance will deal with certain mature themes of songs like "Say No to This," but we're excited to find out.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons recently received a batch of new Mario items to celebrate the franchise's 35th anniversary. Nintendo put out a video to explain how the new warp pipes will work as part of that update. Later in March, Nintendo will roll out some Sanrio-inspired content for the game, including villagers, furniture, and other items.

New DayZ Update Live, Patch Notes Released

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 07:05

Developer and publisher Bohemia Interactive has released the patch notes for the latest update for DayZ. The update implements several bug fixes.

There are two lists of patch notes, as the update for the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game is slightly different than the one for PC. Specifically, on consoles, the update fixes a client crash issue that would pop up when base building objects.

On all systems, the update addresses bugs that prevented weapons from spawning with attachments, caused flag poles to refresh more often than they should, stopped you from switching to VSS iron sights while using PSO optics, and a few other issues. The full patch notes for both consoles and PC are listed below.

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PlayStation Now's March Games Include InFamous Second Son, World War Z, Superhot, And Ace Combat 7

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 06:59

It's a new month and that means PlayStation's game-streaming service PlayStation Now has been refreshed again with a series of additional titles.

Coming to PS Now in March on Tuesday, March 2 with the update include Sony's own InFamous Second Son, along with high-profile third-party games like World War Z, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, and Superhot.

These games won't be available on PS Now forever, as World War Z leaves on September 16, 2021, with Ace Combat 7 flying out of the catalog on May 31, 2021. Sony's blog post did not include an end-date for InFamous Second Son or Superhot.

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Gears 5 Operation 6 Update Lands Tomorrow, Full Patch Notes Revealed

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 06:57

Developer The Coalition will drop a new update for Gears 5 on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on March 2. The update makes some changes to the game as part of Operation 6, Gears 5's new season of content that is said to be a few weeks shorter than previous seasons.

Operation 6 introduces two new game modes to Gears 5: Control and Escape from Kadar. As part of the Versus playlist, Control is similar to King of the Hill but with a couple of modifications, such as requiring players to sit in captured zones to accrue points and placing individual player respawns behind a brief timer. Escape from Kadar is a Horde event that sees players attempt to withstand a 10-wave bout against "unique Locust enemies."

The new season of content adds some playable characters to the roster as well. This includes Colonel Victor Hoffman, the Locust Zealot, and Kait Diaz's mom Queen Reyna. The Coalition shared a new reveal trailer for Operation 6 briefly showcasing what players can expect.

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LazarBeam Fortnite Skin Revealed, Coming March 4

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 06:46

Update: The LazarBeam Fortnite skin reveal has debuted. You can see pics of the skin below or watch the reveal video for yourself. According to the reveal and the official press release from Epic Games, the set will be available on March 4 at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET. It comes with the LazarBeam outfit, Lunch Break emote, Ol' Mate Sledgy Pickaxe, and the Baby Gingy Back Bling.

LazarBeam Fortnite skin.

A tournament is also set to take place a day before the skin goes live, on March 3, where players can compete in Duos to unlock the bundle before it's available in the Item Shop. Find out more details from Epic Games.

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Bungie's Trademark For "BungieCon" Has Resurfaced

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 06:39

A trademark that Bungie originally filed in 2020 is making the rounds again this week, prompting speculation that the Destiny studio may have plans for its own convention.

Bungie's trademark for "BungieCon," which was originally filed in summer 2020, covers all manner of products, including jewellery, trading cards, pants, and boots, along with something more befitting its name.

The Goods & Services description states that BungieCon could apply to the "organizing and conducting [of] fan conventions in the fields of video and computer games."

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Fans React To New Elden Ring Footage With Memes And Hype

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 06:08

Elden Ring fans have grown increasingly desperate for news of From Software's highly anticipated game, and a leak of what appears to be grainy footage of the game in action has triggered a torrent of memes. On the Elden Ring subreddit, which has become ground zero for the game's increasingly-desperate fans to express their displeasure at From Software's radio silence, the reaction has been divided between unrelenting hype and humorous memes.

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The Elden Ring subreddit has become increasingly meta in its sense of humor as the wait for the game has continued. For example, the above meme compares a low-definition screencap of a carriage from the newly revealed footage to the carriages from a photoshopped screenshot of Bloodborne Kart, a non-existent game that has become a meme unto itself in the community.

Other top posts in the subreddit poke fun at the footage's highly questionable video quality. Another popular post compares a tree seen in the footage to an image from the manga Berserk, which Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki often references in his games.

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Twitch And Rolling Stone Launch New Music Streaming Channel

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 05:50

Twitch has partnered with legendary music publication Rolling Stone to launch a brand-new channel on the streaming platform. Titled Rolling Stone on Twitch, the channel will feature a variety of content for music fans, including news, interviews, and live performances.

Rolling Stone on Twitch goes live Monday through Friday from 1-3 PM PT/ 4-6 PM ET on the publication's new Twitch channel. It will be hosted by Rolling Stone producers Tia Hill and Jon Weigell as a variety show, with original segments and existing franchises happening every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Live musical performances are scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday. This week's guests include Marcus King, Ted Park, and the Russo brothers.

Twitch's vice president of music Tracy Chan said the company believes Twitch is not only the intersection between artist and fan but also the place where the two can create together.

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