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The Mandalorian Season 3 Filming Start Date Teased

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 10:31

The Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian has been one of the biggest hits on Disney Plus so far, and the second season is due to premiere on the streaming service on October 30. A third season is coming, and executive producer and showrunner Jon Favreau has now confirmed when it should start shooting.

He told Variety that the third season is expected to begin filming "before the end of the year." Production will kick off after series star Pedro Pascal finishes his shooting obligations for the wacky Nicolas Cage movie The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.

Whereas other major TV shows and movies have been delayed or shut down entirely due to COVID-19, The Mandalorian is in a unique position due to how many of the characters already wear masks as part of their costumes, while the production uses Fortnite developer Epic's incredible technology to create virtual sets.

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Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access Speedrunner Has Beaten The Game In 7 Minutes

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 10:22

Baldur's Gate 3 is available now in Early Access, and one of the game's selling points has been its huge map. The game also features over 45,000 lines of dialog, and it'll reward players who take their time to see everything. However, it's also possible to do the exact opposite and blast through the game as fast as you can--and one player has already racked up a 7 minute completion.

Speedrunner Professor Palmer speeds across the map, skipping every encounter and clicking through cutscenes, and manages to reach the final area thanks to a lucky investigation dice roll on a well leading to the final area.

In an email to Kotaku, Professor Palmer notes that he reached the end "having fought nothing, gained no EXP, still level one." Getting their time down to 7 minutes took over 200 attempts.

You can watch the complete run below and see how they did it.

Of course, this is atypical, and works only for a very specific build. For most players, seven minutes won't be enough time to even read the EULA--which you'll want to do, because it contains a hidden quest.

Developer Larian Studios is watching this Early Access period, and how its being played, closely. The studio recently released a heatmap showing how and where players are dying in-game.

Movie Studios Can Buy Theaters Now, But It Turns Out They Don't Want To

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 10:09

For most of the lifetime of the cinema medium, movie studios were not allowed to own movie theaters. A New York judge struck that ruling down in August, but, thus far, studios don't seem to be taking the bait. The CEOs of Warner Bros. and Universal Studios said this past week that they have "no plans" to do so, Deadline reports.

"We have no plans to do that currently," said Universal chairman Donna Langley when asked if her company was interested in buying up movie theaters in the struggling industry. "We have no plans either," added Warner Bros. chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff. The two were speaking at a Milken Institute Global Conference virtual panel. Sarnoff laughed as she answered, Deadline reports.

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic brought the theater industry to a screeching halt earlier this year, and companies like AMC have only been able to take the smallest of steps to start moving again since. Cineworld's Regal Cinemas are shut down completely for the time being, and AMC says it could run out of cash to keep going by early 2021.

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PS5 Does Not Record Your Voice Chats, Sony Confirms

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 09:43

The recent 8.0.0 update for the PS4 introduced new functionality for voice chats in parties that will go live when the PS5 launches, and pop-ups alerted players can these chats "may be recorded." People naturally became concerned about this, and specifically regarding conspiracy theories about how Sony might be listening in.

That isn't the case, however. The Ask PlayStation UK account said on Twitter, "We do not record party chats."

Hello! The notification advises you that other users may be recording your voice conversation. We do no record party chats. ^PS

— Ask PlayStation UK (@AskPS_UK) October 14, 2020

The purpose of the recording functionality is to give people the ability to record chats and submit them for a moderation review. The feature is only available on PS5, but the pop-up notification that is appearing now is alerting PS4 users that when they are in a chat with a PS5 player, those recordings can be sent to Sony for moderation review.

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New Korn Music Video Premiering Inside World Of Tanks Blitz As Part Of A Halloween Event

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 09:06

Here's something unexpected: the rock band Korn is teaming up with Wargaming for a Halloween event inside World of Tanks Blitz to premiere the music video for Korn's new song "Finally Free."

This is all happening as part of the new event called "Convergence," which runs from October 16 through October 24. As part of the event, players can unlock pieces of Korn artwork by completing objectives, and the music video itself will premiere in the free-to-play game.

Korn signer Jonathan Davis said in a statement, "I really like World of Tanks Blitz. It's true to the era, there are a lot of great tanks in there, and you don’t just jump in and start shooting. I think there is a connection between rock and video games because video games are intense and rock ’n’ roll music is intense. It seems like they have always gone hand in hand."

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Physical Mario Rewards Now Available On My Nintendo

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 09:05

Nintendo is slowly expanding its My Nintendo loyalty program with new rewards. While the program has traditionally only featured digital rewards like wallpapers and select game discounts, Nintendo has been recently adding a handful of physical items to the rewards catalog, including a couple of new ones inspired by Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Paper Mario: The Origami King.

Five new physical rewards are now available on My Nintendo. First is a set of Mario posters, each one featuring the cover art from the three games included in 3D All-Stars: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. There's also a small Super Mario zipper case to store Switch game cards, Paper Mario origami and postcard sets, and a racer ID to go along with the newly released Mario Kart Live.

You can see all the newly added Mario rewards, along with how many points each one costs, below. Physical rewards are typically in limited quantities, however, so if any of these items catch your eye, it's best to jump on them sooner rather than later.

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PS4 Halloween Sale Is Live Now, Includes Resident Evil 2, Days Gone, And More

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 06:24

With Halloween right around the corner, now's the perfect time to play some unsettling games. If you're a PS4 owner looking to get in the holiday spirit, the PlayStation Store is hosting its annual Halloween Sale right now. Not every game in the sale is a pure horror game, which means you can grab titles like Death Stranding and Days Gone for cheap, too. The Halloween Sale runs until November 3, so you have a few weeks to make your picks. There's also a new Games Under $20 promotion filled with lots of bargains.

There are a handful of solid horror games in the sale. Resident Evil 2's stellar 2019 remake is discounted to $16, Little Nightmares is down to $5, and both Evil Within games are 50% off; the first entry is $10, while The Evil Within 2 is $30. You can also grab the atmospheric first-person shooter Alien: Isolation, and all of its DLC, for only $8.

Other games that somewhat touch on the horror genre are heavily featured in the sale, too. Death Stranding is on sale for $30, Days Gone is down to $20, and Doom Eternal is $30. You can also snag The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's Complete edition for $15 and Nioh for $10. Though not a huge discount, it's worth noting that the recently released Souls-like Mortal Shell is on sale for $25.49.

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AEW's Sonny Kiss, Wrestlers On Boy Meets World, Horror Video games, And More | Wrestle Buddies Episode 24

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 06:15

This week on Wrestle Buddies, GameSpot's professional wrestling podcast, Chris E. Hayner and Mat Elfring are hanging out with friends, old and new. And, naturally, there are so many things to talk about--from the rise of AEW to horror video games to, of all things, Boy Meets World.

First, TV Guide's Keisha Hatchet is back. The third Wrestle Buddy is here to talk about all of the times Boy Meets World features wrestlers on guest stars. Do you remember how Vader's kid went to the same high school as Cory, Shawn, and Topanga? We sure do.

Then, we welcome AEW star Sonny Kiss to the show to celebrate the one year anniversary of AEW Dynamite. It's been a wild year for Kiss, and we're discussing the best moments. We also find out what video games the "Concrete Rose" is playing and talk horror movies. After all, it is spooky season.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Players Recreate Spyro, Smash Bros In Park Creator

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 06:14

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 has been getting some wild fan-made skate parks. Everything from Delfino Plaza to the opening level from Spyro: Year of the Dragon has been recreated so players can shred the gnar in these iconic levels.

Redditor SonicDagan765's first custom skate park was a recreation of one of the most memorable levels in Spyro: Year of the Dragon. They kept videos of the game open on the side as they crafted purple ramps and rails to replicate the sassy dragon's playground in concrete. "I just paused it and tried to replicate the feel for [the levels]," they said in a Reddit thread of them sharing their Spyro-inspired park. "But it took many edits."

"Spyro 3 Skate Parks"

This recreation is just one example of the wild skate parks players have come up with in the pro skater remake. Players have built levels from other platformers, like Bomb-Omb Battlefield from Super Mario 64. The creator of that map, Gunderstank16, also recreated Super Mario Sunshine's Delfino Plaza.

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PS4 8.00 Update Finally Adds More Security For Your PSN Account

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 06:10

Sony has released the version 8.00 update for PlayStation 4, introducing improvements to party messages, quick menu options, remote play, and more. One of the most important changes, however, was one that allows you to make your PSN account more secure.

Sony has offered 2-Step Verification (2SV) for PSN accounts for a long time, but it has stuck to just SMS authentication since its introduction. It's convenient, but also an insecure way of supporting the feature, since it depends on the security of your carrier as well as your smartphone. With version 8.00, Sony has finally added support for third-party authenticator apps, taking one point of failure out of the equation.

After logging into your PSN account, you'll need to deactivate your current 2SV protection before being able to reactivate it with the new app-based method. You'll be supplied with a QR code that can be scanned with numerous authenticator apps (such as Google's own free one) or enter the authentication code to register your account. Ensure that you take note of your backup codes again and store them in a secure location.

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Xbox Series X Quick Resume Works Even After A Console Reboot

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 05:44

One of the hallmark features on the Xbox Series X or Series S consoles is Quick Resume--the ability to suspend multiple games and swap between them with minimal loading. It's a feature that will let you zip between paused games in ways only the new internal SSD can afford, but it can also save your progress after a console reboot.

Quick Resume won't only work while your Series X/S is on or in standby. Instead, game states will also be retained during a full console cold boot, which includes a full loss of power to the console. You can still presumably lose progress if the console loses power suddenly, such as a power outage for example. But if you're planning to shut down your Series X/S for an update or when you want to move your console, you can rest assured that your games will be ready when you boot up again.

This feature was announced earlier this year when Microsoft was detailing some of the technical specifics of the Xbox Series X, but now that we've had some time with the new console, we can confirm that it indeed works as intended. We've also looked at loading times from external HDDs, early performance of launch titles such as Dirt 5 and Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and more. Check out our final Xbox Series X preview for all the details.

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Joe Biden's Animal Crossing Island Is Going To Debut On Kinda Funny

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 05:38

The United States presidential election is coming up. Perhaps you've heard of it. But just in case you haven't, video games are coming to remind you. Kinda Funny Games has announced it will host the first public showing of Biden Island, a custom-built Animal Crossing: New Horizons island created to promote the candidacy of Democrat Joe Biden.

Host Greg Miller made the announcement via Twitter. He said that Biden Island will debut on the Kinda Funny Twitch channel on Friday, October 16 at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET. This is in partnership with Biden's presidential campaign, so expect to see plenty of campaign material.

This isn't the first time the Biden campaign has promoted itself through Animal Crossing. In September, the campaign released Animal Crossing yard signs. These appeared to be modeled after real-life yard signs, a mainstay of presidential campaigns, albeit simplified for the smaller design space. And unlike your real neighbors, your Animal Crossing residents probably won't steal them.

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Among Us Players Can Now Murder Toad

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 05:31

Among Us is a game about creating your own experience. You can tweak and change the in-game rules to your heart's desire in order to create the experience you want, but some players are going a little further. They've found a way to add their own custom character designs to the game by modding it.

One mod turns every crewmate and impostor into a Toad from Paper Mario while another adds Monokuma from the Danganronpa series. Other mods have changed the designs of crewmates, ghosts, and impostors in smaller ways, like this special Halloween design.

"Fungus Among Us" Skin Pack Credit: TimerofPopsicles

Among Us is an online multiplayer game, so every change that individual players make will only show up on their devices, though these new skin packs are fun if everyone in your group adds them to their games. Here's a tutorial on how to replace the in-game art with other designs. Remember that cheating has become a problem in Among Us, so don't add any mods that let you alter gameplay.

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Among Us Tournament Announced By Faze Clan

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 05:06

Popular esports organization FaZe Clan has announced that it will host an Among Us tournament on October 19 at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET.

The tournament, "FaZe Clan Among Us In-Vent-ational," is limited to 40 spots for select FaZe talent, streamers, and celebrity friends of the organization. A cash prize of $25,000 is on the line for those competing in the tournament. The current roster of confirmed participants include FaZe Apex, FaZe Adapt, FaZe Nate Hill, FaZe Sway, FaZe Blaze, FaZe H1ghSky1, and LeBron James' son LeBron James Jr. (FaZe Bronny, one of FaZe Clan's newest signees). More competitors will be announced soon.

As for the tournament itself, it will be a solo competitor game where every crewmate or imposter is playing for themselves. You can watch the "FaZe Clan Among Us In-Vent-ational" livestream on FaZe Clan's official Twitch and YouTube channels.

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Pokemon Sword And Shield Theme Returns To Tetris 99 This Weekend

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 04:45

Pokemon Sword and Shield's second DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra, launches next week, and to celebrate its release, Switch Online members will have another chance to unlock a Pokemon theme in Tetris 99. The online puzzler's next Maximus Cup event kicks off tomorrow, October 16, and it brings back the Sword and Shield theme from last November.

Like the previous Sword and Shield Maximus Cup, this weekend's event is a point-based competition. You'll earn points depending on how highly you place each round, with the theme unlocking once you hit a specific milestone. Previously, you needed to amass 100 points to unlock the Sword and Shield theme, but this time around, you'll only need to earn 50.

Celebrate the launch of The Crown Tundra in the #PokemonSwordShieldEX on 10/22 with another chance to earn a returning #Tetris99 theme! pic.twitter.com/d4vMCRC4nF

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 13, 2020

The Maximus Cup runs until 11:59 PM PT on October 19 (2:59 AM ET on October 20), and you'll need to have an active Nintendo Switch Online subscription to participate. You can read more about the event on the official Tetris 99 website.

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GameStop Pro Day Sale Is Live Now: FF7 Remake For $39, B2G1 Free Funko Pops, And More

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 04:15

Fresh off of its 1Up Sale during Prime Day 2020, GameStop is hosting another Pro Day Sale with deals on new and pre-owned games, collectibles, and more. The sale is exclusive to PowerUp Rewards Pro members through tomorrow, October 16, but it will open up to everyone over the weekend. As usual, there are a wide assortment of promotions as well as discounts on many popular games.

Game deals include Final Fantasy VII Remake for $39, which is one of the best deals we've seen on the excellent Square Enix RPG. You can also grab Doom Eternal for $29, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order for $30, and PGA Tour 2K21 for $50. You can browse the full selection of game deals at GameStop; here's a list of the best ones.

There weren't any deals on PS4 or Xbox One controllers during Prime Day, but the Pro Day Sale features pre-owned first-party wireless controllers for $40. It's worth noting that Xbox One controllers will work with Xbox Series X and Series S, while DualShock 4 controllers will only work with backwards-compatible PS4 games on PS5.

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Digimon Survive Delayed To 2021

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 03:57

Game producer Kazumasa Habu has confirmed that the tactical RPG Digimon Survive now launches in 2021. An exact release date has not been revealed as of yet. However, the game is still slated to arrive on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

The Digimon Games Twitter account shared a statement by the game producer. Habu said that "current world events" impacted the development timing of Digimon Survive, making it difficult for the team to hit its original 2020 release window.

"We originally planned to launch Digimon Survive in 2020 but current world events have shifted our development timing and we have made the difficult decision to push Digimon Survive's launch to 2021," Habu said. "We thank you all for your continued patience as we work to create a fun and engaging tactical RPG game along with a memorable story for Digimon fans. We will share some exciting updates for Digimon Survive in Spring 2021, so please stay tuned for more information."

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Keanu Reeves' Motorcycle Is In Cyberpunk 2077

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 03:39

Keanu Reeves' collaboration with CD Projekt Red on Cyberpunk 2077 continues to get deeper. Not only is he playing the character Johnny Silverhand in the game, but his Arch Motorcycle company has a special ride fully customized for the future.

Based on the Method 143 bike already in the works, the version seen in Cyberpunk 2077 has been augmented significantly. Despite the aesthetic changes, it will still sound like the Method 143 in-game, as the actual motorcycle was recorded. There wasn't a fancy way to do this in a studio, with audio technicians instead just recording the bike speeding down a stretch of road and revving its engine while standing still. These will likely be adjusted slightly in-game, but Arch co-founder Gard Hollinger said he could pick out the sound of the motorcycle if he were blindfolded.

You might be a little more at-risk of an accident in Cyberpunk 2077 while you're driving Keanu's bike, but that sense of danger is part of the appeal. Reeves' character Johnny Silverhand also has his own special Porsche car in the game, with colors to match his robotic arm and Samurai rock band. There are plenty of other cars, as well, including different "junk" or sports variants based on where you find them--and who you take them from.

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Cyberpunk 2077's Custom Porsche Is As Cool As Keanu Reeves

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 03:30

Keanu Reeves is impossibly cool, and it looks like his Cyberpunk 2077 character Johnny Silverhand will be equally cool. The same goes for his ride: a retro Porsche 911 Turbo customized to match Silverhand himself.

Shown during the recent Night City Wire presentation and based on the 1977 model, which makes the car 100 years old in Cyberpunk 2077's world, the 911 Turbo we'll see Johnny Silverhand drive has been outfitted with futuristic enhancements such as a lidar and electronic mirrors. CD Projekt Red's artists based the main body of the car on four photos, attempting to recreate it as accurately as possible.

Johnny's car features multiple colors to match his backstory and character design, including red for his Samurai band and silver for his robotic arm. It also had green and khaki, as Johnny was in the military at some point in the past.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Coming To Google Stadia Same-Day As Other Platforms

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 03:24

Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 19, but CD Projekt Red has now confirmed one more destination for launch day: the streaming platform Google Stadia. You'll be able to explore Night City just as soon on Stadia as the other major platforms--or possibly a bit faster since you won't have to wait for a download.

Cyberpunk had previously been confirmed for Stadia since 2019, but CDPR hadn't announced a release date. We only knew it would be coming sometime this year. This is the first time we've heard that the Stadia version is coming alongside the other versions.

The release date is coming about a week after the launch of PS5 and Xbox Series X and Series S. Cyberpunk will be playable on those next-gen platforms, but they'll be the PS4 and Xbox One versions running on the new hardware. Fully upgraded next-gen versions are also in the works, and those upgrades will be free, but they won't be coming until 2021 or later.

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