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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War/Warzone Adds New Operator This Week

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 05:47

It's a new week and that means Activision is refreshing Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and the battle royale game Warzone. Activision ran through all the changes and updates in a blog post, and we're calling out the key takeaways here.

New Operator And Other Store Bundles

The in-game store s welcomes new content this week, the most notable of which is a new Operator. Samantha Maxis will be available to buy starting March 4. She comes with two weapon blueprints as well, the Ultra-rate Z-74u SMG and the Legendary Neutralizer shotgun.

On March 7, the Anime Pilot bundle comes to the in-game store. This include three weapon blueprints, all of which are of the Legendary variety. These include the Fly Boy SMG, the Talon Envy tactical rifle, and the Strafe Run semi-automatic shotgun.

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GameStop Stock Growth May Have Been Fueled By Bots

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 05:35

GameStop stock has been rising and falling ever since its initial surge, and that activity may be driven in part by bots on social media sites like Reddit and Twitter. That claim comes from an analysis from the cybersecurity company PiiQ Media, which concluded that organized actors may be working together to fuel the surge.

That analysis found that bots used Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to promote GameStop and other meme stocks such as AMC. However, it's unclear to what degree these bots actually contributed to the surge itself. PiiQ Media stated that it found similar patterns on GameStop-related posts, with activity on these accounts strongly correlating with the beginning and end of the market trading day. The firm concluded that these patterns indicate bot activity.

"We saw clear patterns of artificial behavior across the other four social media platforms," PiiQ Media's co-founder Aaron Barr told Reuters. "When you think of organic content, it’s variable in the day, variable day-to-day. It doesn't have the exact same pattern every day for a month."

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Paramount+: Price, Launch Date, Original Content, And More

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 05:24

A new streaming service launches later this week. Well, it's kind of new at least. Paramount+ is replacing CBS All Access on March 4. The rebranding isn't just about changing the name, though. Paramount+ will feature far more content--including notable original shows and movies--than CBS All Access, which hasn't had much noteworthy content outside of new Star Trek shows. The expanded service will look to compete with big streaming names such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and Disney+. We've rounded up all of the details you need to know about Paramount+ ahead of its launch later this week.

How much does Paramount+ cost?

There's a pretty great deal available on Paramount+ before its official launch. If you subscribe to a yearly plan before March 4, you can save 50% on your subscription. The ad-free plan drops to $50, while the ad-supported plan is only $30.

Starting March 4, you'll be able to purchase a monthly ad-free plan for $10. It's important to note that the ad-free plan will still have ads for live TV streams. ViacomCBS also says that "a few shows include brief promotional interruptions to keep you in the loop on new and upcoming Paramount+ programming."

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The iPhone 13 Could Finally Shrink The Notch, Before Apple Removes It Entirely

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 05:21

The iPhone 13 could finally be reducing the size of Apple's recognizable notch, with the model in 2022 almost eradicating it entirely.

The latest report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, via The Verge, details plans for Apple's 2021 devices and the small changes they will introduce. Despite poor sales, Apple seems confident sticking with another iPhone mini, which will benefit from a slightly smaller notch along with the rest of the iPhone 13 line. The Pro models of the range will also reportedly be upgraded with 120 fps displays, something which numerous Android devices have had for years.

The report also details future Apple plans regarding iPhone models in 2022 and 2023. The successor to the iPhone 13 might be the first big redesign Apple will implement since the introduction of the iPhone X, with the notch being completely replaced by a punch hole design for the selfie camera. How Apple intends to fit the cameras required for FaceID into this design, if at all, has yet to be seen.

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Activision's Call Of Duty Charity Placed A Record Number Of Military Veterans In Jobs In 2020

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 05:11

Activision's Call of Duty Endowment, a charity that helps soldiers find new jobs in civilian life after leaving the service, had its biggest year ever in 2020 when it comes to job placements.

The organization has announced that its efforts helped to place 15,446 former service members in jobs in 2020, representing the highest yearly job placement number since the Endowment was founded in 2009.

2020 was an important year for a charity like the Call of Duty Endowment, as the Bob Woodruff Foundation projected that there would be higher numbers of soldiers affected by COVID-19 and looking for new positions.

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It's The Last Month To Buy These Mario Anniversary Games

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 04:55

If you had been holding out to buy the limited-time Mario anniversary games, be warned that this is now the last month you have to do it. Super Mario 3D All-Stars, the battle royale Super Mario Bros. 35, and the special edition Game & Watch are all going away at the end of March.

Nintendo's Japanese Twitter account gave an alert reminding customers of the limited-time offerings, which means this may well and truly be your last chance to get any of these Mario wares. Nintendo has not announced any plans to bring them back or to sell the games included in 3D All-Stars individually. It is possible you'll still be able to find a retail copy of Super Mario 3D All-Stars after the date expires, but it's probably best not to count on it. The digital version is available through the Nintendo eShop.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars

$50 (was $60)

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Game & Watch


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Deathloop Will Let You Take All The Time You Need For The Perfect Run

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 04:50

Deathloop, the latest IP from the developers of Dishonored and Prey, might be a game about planning the perfect string of assassinations, but you'll never be pressured to do them within a time limit.

Deathloop is described by creative director Dinga Bakaba as a murder puzzle, one where you have a single day to figure out how to assassinate eight targets and break the time loop you find yourself trapped in. With so many ways to take them out, distinct districts to investigate, and a rival assassin to evade, Deathloop with give you the freedom to plan without the stress of countdown.

"So this may be a game about time, but you're not on a timer," Babaka explains. "You can figure things out at your own pace and in any order you want to piece together the perfect loop to freedom."

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Paper Mario Speedrunner Skips Straight To Credits With Help From Ocarina Of Time

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 04:10

A Paper Mario speedrunner named JCog has now beaten the game in less than an hour via a new strategy that requires the use of an entirely different game cartridge: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The runner managed this feat on only his second formal attempt, though he streamed for several hours beforehand practicing the strategy.

JCog's time of 54:22 would be a new "any-percent" world record for the game. However, it's not likely to top the official leaderboards anytime soon, though it may become its own category extension. That's because the strategy requires memory manipulation through the use of a Japanese Ocarina of Time cartridge, which is usually not allowed in vanilla speedruns. As JCog explains in a lengthy Pastebin, the runner uses a series of exploits across both games that allow you to execute save file names as code.

With the right setup in Ocarina of Time, the runner can save an assembly instruction in the N64's Expansion Pak. Because Paper Mario ignores the Expansion Pak memory when booting, the runner can execute the save file exploit in Paper Mario that lets the runner update their save file to skip directly to the end credits. When it's all executed correctly, you can beat the game in less than an hour, as Jcog's above video shows.

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Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Is Getting More Content In 2021, Surprises Teased

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 03:52

2019's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint will receive further updates and content into 2021, Ubisoft has confirmed. Writing on Twitter, Ubisoft started off by thanking fans for their feedback and support over the past year-and-a-half.

This feedback informed how the developers went about fine-tuning Breakpoint to bring it more in line with what players wanted to see. Looking ahead to the future, Ubisoft said it has "exciting content" in the works for the months ahead, including some surprises.

Ghosts, get ready for the next mission. We are excited to announce that there will be new content released this year!

— Ghost Recon (@GhostRecon) February 26, 2021

"We are designing the future of our game based on your feedback and throwing in a few surprises into the mix," Ubisoft said. "We will be sharing more details about what is to come in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint in 2021 soon."

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The World Ends With You Anime Is Having Screening Event In March

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 03:45

The previously announced SquareEnix The World Ends With You anime series adaptation, based on the popular video game franchise of the same name that debuted in 2007, will be having an advanced screening of Episode 1 of the anime series, revealed via the show's Twitter account.

On Sunday March 14th, at 5:30 PM JST / 12:30 AM PT / 4:30 AM ET (It's Daylight Savings Time day), you'll be able to take part in the world premiere of the show or watch the first episode and talk to the cast. Tickets range from JP¥ 2,200 ($20 USD) to JP¥ 18,700 ($175) depending on the package, which you can pick out now.

The series is expected to premiere April 9. For this "world premiere" event, according to the anime's official website, fans will have the opportunity to purchase "limited edition merchandise" like a custom skateboard deck as well as watch a "live talk session with the main cast."

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Jason Sudeikis Wins Golden Globe For Ted Lasso

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 03:27

On February 28, Jason Sudeikis won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy. He won the award for his role in Ted Lasso, the Apple TV+ original series. This is the first award for the Saturday Night Live alumni.

Sudeikis seemed genuinely stunned by the award, not knowing what to say during his acceptance speech for his role as the titular character. "I kind of reject the premise of being the best actor because in my humble opinion, the best actor is the person you're acting with," explained Sudeikis. "I want to give a shoutout to all the people I get to act with on this show because they're incredible. Do they make me the best? No, but I know for a fact they make me better than I am, better than I thought I could be, better than anything I could do."

During his speech, Don Cheadle--also a nominee for the award--gave Sudeikis the "wrap it up" hand motion as a joke. "You're right, " Sudeikis said. "I got to wrap this puppy up. Never been my forte."

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Apex Legends Just Hit A Record On Steam For Concurrent Players

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 03:24

The battle royale game Apex Legends released more than two years ago, but it's still setting records. The free-to-play game from the developers of Titanfall surpassed 198,000 concurrent players on Steam recently, setting a new high watermark for the game.

SteamDB had Apex Legends at a peak concurrent player figure of 198,235 at the end of February. The game is showing strong growth, as Apex Legends' peak concurrent player number rose by around 70,000 compared to January, according to SteamDB (via PC Gamer).

These are massive numbers, but they don't even capture the full extent of Apex's reach. The battle royale game is also available on Origin, where it presumably has a sizeable playerbase.

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More Than 2,000 Steam Games Discounted In New PC Spring Sale

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 03:18

If you're looking for a new game to play on PC, you'll want to check out Fanatical's Spring Sale. The annual sale just went live with deals on thousands of games, including Persona 5 Strikers, Monster Hunter World, Rainbow Six Siege, Resident Evil 3, and much more. Some of the discounts are only available for a short window, so you'll want to check back in the coming days for refreshed flash deals.

Like most Fanatical sales, you'll get rewarded by spending a certain amount of money. In the Spring Sale, if you spend $10 in one transaction you'll receive a free game. A handful of games are up for grabs, including This War of Mine: Final Cut, Beat Cop, and Tomb Raider: Chronicles.

Most of the deals in Fanatical's Spring Sale can be redeemed on Steam, while the remaining deals can be claimed on publisher clients such as Ubisoft's Uplay. Standout Ubisoft deals include Anno 1800 for $17.69, Rainbow Six Siege for $7.39, and Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Ultimate edition for only $27.59.

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Snoop Dogg Rage-Quit 15 Minutes Into A Madden Stream

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 03:17

Snoop Dogg's love for Madden is well-documented, but the rapper didn't exactly have a good time streaming the game recently. Fourteen minutes into his most recent Madden stream, after the opposing team scored three unanswered touchdowns in the first half, Snoop decided that he'd had enough.

However, it appears that the mind behind such infectious hits as "Drop It Like It's Hot" and "Gin & Juice" forgot to end the steam, as the broadcast continued for the next seven hours and change with no footage whatsoever. Viewers were regaled with a mixture of soul and funk classics for hours and hours. Snoop's fans continued to bombard the stream chat with memes and emojis for the entirety of that time, with several suggesting that he should "get some mods" to help with the technical mix-up.

Snoop's stream description of "sit back, relax, and chill, it's a vibe in here" seems particularly ironic now, given how the stream ended. That said, the fact that Snoop's fans were willing to sit there for hours amusing themselves to the tunes of James Brown demonstrates the rapper's endless appeal. Let's hope he can at least make it through an entire game next time.

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Netflix's Superhero Saga Jupiter's Legacy Gets First Images

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 03:17

The first images from the Netflix's upcoming superhero series Jupiter's Legacy have been released. The show is an adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book, and it releases on May 7.

The images give us a first look at the main cast of Jupiter's Legacy. The first image shows Josh Duhamel and Leslie Bibb as veteran superhero spouses Sheldon and Grace Sampson (aka The Utopian and Lady Liberty), and Ben Daniels as Sheldon's brother Walter, aka Brainwave. Elsewhere, there's Andrew Horton and Elena Kampouris as Sheldon and Grace's children Brandon and Chloe, Ian Quinlan as Hutch, and Tyler Mane as the villainous Blackstar. Check them out below:

(1/2) Here's your first look at #JupitersLegacy

— Millarworld (@mrmarkmillar) March 1, 2021

(2/2) Here's your first look at #JupitersLegacy

— Millarworld (@mrmarkmillar) March 1, 2021

While we're yet to see any footage from the show, a teaser showing some of the characters being brought to life has also been released. This follows last week's first promo, which revealed the logo.

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Joel McHale Talks About Madden, Pitches His Own Video Game

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 03:00

Actor Joel McHale recently appeared on the video game podcast Good Game Nice Try, opening up about his own video game tastes and even jokingly pitching his own game concept. The lengthy chat included thoughts on Madden, character creators, and a game McHale calls "Wine Cellar."

McHale calls himself an old man and pokes fun at his own skill level, though he does say that he was pretty good at Battlefield games a few years back. He also said that those seeking to learn football should just play Madden for a month, because the complexity of knowledge about plays and options took him years to learn when he actually played football in real life. They also discussed character creators, which McHale said he doesn't really bother with despite being "deeply concerned" about his appearance. But while he plays shooters and horror games, his real dream seems a lot more relaxing.

"I'd like a video game wine cellar, where you go into a cellar and start popping open super expensive bottles that you could not afford in real life," he said. The goal of the game, he said, is to drink it all before 12 noon. Later, he mentioned that Wine Cellar multiplayer would consist of friends vomiting while he puts on an album.

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Halo 3 Is Adding Its Version Of Fortnite's Back Bling In New Update

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 02:52

A new way to customize your Spartan in Halo 3 is coming to the game more than 13 years after it was originally released. 343 Industries has announced that it's taking a page out of Fortnite's book with its own version of back bling for another way to customize your solider.

"Back attachment" gear is coming to Halo 3 in The Master Chief Collection with the Season 6 update. The attachments are purely cosmetic, and they're meant to give you yet another way to customize your character to stand out on the battlefield.

The Ammo pack back attachment

The new back attachments, which can be unlocked by simply playing the game, include the Tactical pack, the Demolitions pack, the Communications pack, and the Ammo pack, among others. The Ammo pack looks the best to me thanks to its huge knife at the bottom.

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Horizon Forbidden West Still Seemingly On Track For 2021 According To Sony Advertising

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 02:20

Horizon Forbidden West is still on track for release on PS5 and PS4 later this year, according to the most recent games trailer from Sony. The trailer suggests the sequel will launch in the second half of 2021, while also featuring the most up-to-date release information for Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and Gran Turismo 7.

The trailer in question (captured by IGN) features the recently revealed June release date for Insomniac's latest Ratchet and Clank adventure and the omission of a 2021 release window for Gran Turismo 7, suggesting that the "anticipated second half 2021" caption for Horizon Forbidden West is equally accurate. You can see the trailer below, which shows off some clips from the anticipated sequel that Sony debuted with the game's announcement.

A second ad on Instagram (via VGC) corroborates this, stating that Forbidden West might come in the latter months of 2021. This echoes statements made by PlayStation's Jim Ryan, who said he felt confident about the releases of Returnal, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, and Horizon Forbidden West in an interview with GQ last week.

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Taylor Swift Slams Netflix For "Lazy, Deeply Sexist" Joke About Her On Ginny & Georgia

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 02:14

The Netflix show Ginny & Georgia made a joke about Taylor Swift, and she's not having it. The pop star lashed out at the show, and Netflix, for what she called a "lazy, deeply sexist joke" about her.

"Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants it lazy, deeply sexist joke back. How about we stop degrading hard working women by defining this horse sh** as FuNnY," she wrote. "Also, Netflix, after Miss Americana this outfit doesn't look cute on you. Happy Women's History Month I guess."

The joke in question came from a line on the show where Ginny says to Georgia, "What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift."

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Chadwick Boseman's Wife Gave Passionate Acceptance Speech For Golden Globes Win

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 02:10

Chadwick Boseman won Best Actor in a Drama at Sunday's Golden Globes for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, becoming the first Black actor in history to do so. His widow, Taylor Ledward Boseman, gave a powerful speech on her late husband's behalf.

"He would thank God. He would thank his parents," she said. "He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices. He would thank his team...he would thank his team on set for this film."

She continued with how he "would say something beautiful. Something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside of us that tells us you can, that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you were meant to be doing in this moment."

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