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How To Watch Overwatch League Week 1: Start Times, Platform, And More

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 04:35

The Overwatch League kicks off its 2021 season today, April 16, and you can watch the entirety of the action right from your living room. A whole bunch of teams are competing in successive matches, and the official website makes it easy for you to keep track of your favorites and stay up to date on their matches.

Here's how to watch The Overwatch League's 2021 season.

Overwatch League Start Time And Schedule

The Overwatch League kicks off on April 16 at noon PT / 3 PM ET with a match between the Houston Outlaws and the Dallas Fuel. One subsequent match will take place later that day between the Los Angeles Gladiators and the San Francisco Shock before resuming on Saturday morning. The initial schedule is below, with times in PT.

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Oculus Quest Adds Subscription Options For Fitness, Meditation, And Music Apps

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 04:29

Oculus Quest is getting subscription options in several of its popular apps, giving active users more content across fitness, workplace, music, and meditation programs. The system is not one-size-fits-all, offering additional content in certain apps while being required to use others. However, anything you already purchased from an existing app will still be available, no matter what.

"With app subscriptions, some of your favorite developers will be able to seamlessly deliver new, exciting content, tools, and features to subscribers," Facebook said in a blog post. "App subscriptions will give you access to exclusive content from some of your favorite titles."

FitXR, previously known as BoxVR

Thus far, the following apps are supported:

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Pat McAfee Joins WWE Smackdown Live Announce Team

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 04:29

Friday morning, WWE announced that Pat McAfee will debut as the new commentator on Smackdown, joining Michael Cole at ringside. This comes after Corey Graves moved to Raw, to join Byron Saxton and new commentator, MLB and NHL announcing veteran Adnan Virk, on that show's new announce team.

Previously, ring veteran Samoa Joe was a member of the Raw commentary team but was recently released, along with other WWE superstars. Tom Phillips will head to being the backstage voice of 205 Live as well as continue to be senior manager of on-air talent. In addition, Phillips will oversee special projects for WWE’s programming on Peacock and at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.

McAfee dropped the news with a huge social media announcement to WWE fans.

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Apple TV+'s Mythic Quest Returns In Special Episode Featuring Anthony Hopkins

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 04:25

After a sweet and somber season one finale, Apple TV+'s Mythic Quest is back with a special episode featuring Anthony Hopkins and an unusual-looking team building exercise. The episode, titled "Everlight," comes three weeks ahead of the show's season two premiere on Monday 7, and wraps up the current quarantine arc established in the season one special. According to executive producer Rob McElhenney, "Everlight" seeks to address "the practical and emotional difficulties of returning to normalcy."

Written by Ashly Burch (who also plays game tester Rachel in the show), "Everlight" picks up several months after season one ends and follows the developers behind fictional MMO Mythic Quest as they return to the studio after a long and stressful period of working from home. In order to unify the team following their separation, creative director Ian Grimm (McElhenney) plans a day of live-action role-playing for the staff in the shape of an annual holiday called "Everlight." However, in classic Mythic Quest fashion, Ian and his now-fellow co-creative director, Poppy Li (Charlotte Nicado), have very different ideas as to what the celebration is about and hijinks ensue.

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Amazon's Lord Of The Rings Season 1 Will Cost $465 Million To Make - Report

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 03:44

The first season of Amazon's highly anticipated Lord of the Rings show will cost around $465 million to produce. The news comes via The Hollywood Reporter, which states it has confirmed the incredible cost of Season 1.

The series is currently shooting in New Zealand. The cost of the season was initially revealed by Stuart Nash, the country's Minister for Economic Development and Tourism, who said that "Amazon is going to spend about $650 million in Season 1 alone," referring to the cost in New Zealand dollars. While Amazon has not commented on this, THR has confirmed the figure as correct.

This is considerably higher than the $500 million that was initially reported as the cost for the first two seasons, and will make it it the most expensive show ever made. However, Amazon will be gaining a considerable tax rebate of US $114 million. This means the New Zealand government will, in effect, be subsidizing the show's production, but the employment and potential tourism it will create is considerable.

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You've Likely Been Pronouncing Resident Evil Village's Lady Dimitrescu Name Incorrectly

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 03:34

Resident Evil Village is difficult to separate from its main antagonist, Lady Dimitrescu. The villain has been one of the biggest talking points of the sequel, but it turns out few of us might have been pronouncing her name correctly.

That's at least according to Capcom, who advised Brittney Brombacher, the host of the latest Resident Evil Village Showcase, on the correct pronunciation. You can hear Brombacher pronounce the name in the video below, which she explains was the take that Capcom ultimately went with.

I’ve received a few questions about the pronunciation of Lady Dimitrescu! Capcom briefed me on how to say it properly (believe me, I asked) and they approved the take, soooo take that for what you will. ;) https://t.co/GsZuUviEuV

— Brittney Brombacher (@BlondeNerd) April 16, 2021

That might be surprising given the spelling of the name, and some estimations of what pronunciation might be like from natives in Romania, a country that heavily inspires Resident Evil Village's vague European setting.

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Best 240Hz Gaming Monitor 2021: Displays For Competitive Gamers

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 03:31

Best overall 240Hz monitor

ViewSonic Elite XG270

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Best 1080p 240Hz monitor

LG 27GN750-B

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Best 1440p 240Hz monitor

Alienware AW2721D

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Best budget 240Hz monitor

Acer XF250Q

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Best 280Hz monitor

Asus TUF VG279QM

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The higher the refresh rate on your monitor, the better when it comes to multiplayer games where every millisecond you have on your opponent makes a difference. 240Hz gaming monitors reigned supreme as the fastest displays on the market for quite some time, and while the advent of 360Hz monitors has come, 240Hz screens are still much more affordable--and the difference between the two isn't as big as the numbers suggest. So if you're a competitive gamer looking for an edge, high refresh rate monitors are the way to go, and there are a number of fantastic 240Hz gaming monitors that we'd recommend.

If 240Hz is too much for you, check out our roundups for the best 4K monitors and the best 144Hz gaming monitors. There is no shortage of great options no matter what type of gamer you are.

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Harry Potter, Peaky Blinders Actor Helen McCrory Dies At 52

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 03:27

English actor Helen McCrory, perhaps best known for playing Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise and Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders, has died of cancer at 52. The news was first shared by McCrory's husband, Billions actor Damian Lewis, who on Twitter said she died at home.

"I'm heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family," Lewis wrote. "She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you."

While Harry Potter and Peaky Blinders are both fairly recent credits, McCrory had worked as an actor since the 1990s beginning in stage productions. Throughout her career, she appeared in more than 25 productions including MacBeth, Pride and Prejudice, As You Like It, Medea, and many more. In 2012, she had a formidable role as Clair Dowar MP in the James Bond movie Skyfall; in 2009, parallel to her Harry Potter role, she showcased a lighter sensibility as the voice of Mrs. Bean in Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox.

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F1 2021 Is Going To Be Much More Expensive In Some Regions This Year

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 03:10

Codemasters is once again at the helm of another Formula 1 game, with F1 2021 set to launch this July. But unlike its previous entries, it will be a lot more expensive in many regions.

Games have generally stuck to the same price for a long time, with the now recognizable $60 price tag for most big, new releases. In other countries, especially those with more developing economies, publishers sometimes choose to value games differently--as a means to improve sales or combat piracy in regions where direct currency conversion would put the game out of reach.

In the past, Codemasters' F1 titles have seen this case-by-case strategy put into effect, with some prices being extremely reasonable. For example, F1 2020 cost ARS$ 650 in Argentina, the equivalent of $7, while in South Africa it cost ZAR 330, just over $23. With F1 2021, this pricing has skyrocketed. In South Africa the game will retail for ZAR 1000, nearly three times as much and well over $70 when converted. Similarly in Argentina, the game will now be ARS$ 3500, a 400% increase that converts to over $38.

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Destiny 2: Where Is Xur This Week? Exotic Items / Location Guide (April 16-20)

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 03:04

The Season of the Chosen is almost over in Destiny 2, but there's one last big activity before the game's next season kicks off: the Guardian Games. Prepare to stomp last year's winners, the Titans (or gear up for another thrashing if you are a Titan) with new Exotics from Xur this week. Here's where to find him and what he's offering.

Head to the Tower, in the Hangar area, to find Xur this week. For his weapon, Xur is offering The Jade Rabbit. Hunters can pick up the Lucky Raspberry chest armor; for Titans, there's the Ashen Wake guantlets; and for Warlocks, Xur has the Starfire Protocol chest armor.

Xur Location

Spawn in at the central Tower transmat zone and turn left to head down the stairs to the Hangar. At the bottom of those stairs, hang another left and pass under the structure to find a catwalk staircase in the back corner of the area, to the north. Xur is up the stairs a bit, surveying the Last City below.

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Castlevania Season 4 Release Date And Trailer Released, Will Be Final Season

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 02:46

Netflix has revealed the release date of Castlevania Season 4, and confirmed this will be the final season. It hits the platform on May 13.

A new trailer for Castlevania Season 4 has also been released. The promo doesn't contain any footage from the show, but instead shows a map of the various Eastern Europe locations the series has traveled to, accompanied by ominous voiceovers from a variety of the main characters including Trevor Belmont, Carmilla, and Alucard. Check it out below:

This is where it all started. The final season of Castlevania arrives May 13. pic.twitter.com/sLqWjJxjoA

— NX (@NXOnNetflix) April 16, 2021

Castlevania is based on Konami's classic video game, and the show was created by comic book writer Warren Ellis. It stars Richard Armitage as monster hunter Trevor Belmont, and the first season was released to acclaim in 2017. The final season will consist of 10 episodes.

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Lego Super Mario Is Now Crying Out For His Brother Luigi

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 02:40

If you ever thought that Mario's Lego incarnation looked a bit lonely without his brother Luigi by his side, then the feeling is mutual, as Nintendo's iconic plumber appears to be looking for his green sibling.

As spotted by Eurogamer, Twitter user Jay Phoenix updated his Lego Super Mario toy and when he was switched back on, Mario immediately started calling out for Luigi. Here's the video, which isn't creepy at all:

So, was fiddling about with LEGO Mario for the first time in ages cos of that new treasure hunt update and pic.twitter.com/Ztk44ZAY3G

— Jay Phoenix (@AyliffeMakit) April 15, 2021

On a Facebook post that detailed this week's Super Mario toy update, Lego's official account wrote in a tongue-in-cheek fashion that it was investigating Lego Mario's sudden insistence on finding its brother.

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Nier Replicant Video Shows Off Substantial Combat Improvements

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 02:33

Nier Replicant releases next week for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and Square Enix and Sony have released a new video to show off the game's upgraded combat and signature bosses.

The video, which is from within the first few hours of Nier Replicant in case you're wary of spoilers, shows how the combat has evolved since the original version released in 2010. It's more fluid this time around, bringing it more in line with the combat from Nier: Automata. There's a countering system, too, letting you deliver a powerful blow to enemies after parrying their attacks perfectly.

You can mix heavy and light attacks just like you did in Automata, and if you remember the pod characters' ranged attacks from that game, then Grimoire Weiss' abilities will feel right at home. He's got a few other tricks up his sleeve, too, if you want to stay up close to your targets.

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F-Zero Isn't Dead But Needs A "Grand Idea" To Return, Ex-Nintendo Designer Says

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 02:10

A former Nintendo game designer doesn't believe the F-Zero franchise is dead. However, Nintendo's own design philosophies are likely behind why we haven't seen a new entry in the racing series in more than 16 years.

Speaking to IGN, retired designer Takaya Imamura said that he doesn't believe F-Zero is dead at Nintendo, even with such an extended absence. However, he said that without a "grand idea," it's a difficult series to revive. The other games were fairly straightforward sci-fi racers, not featuring major overhauls aside from much better visuals when coming to different platforms. These days, that might not be enough.

Nintendo isn't one to pump out sequels to games without some sort of hook or huge, innovative idea, and we've seen big franchises like Star Fox also suffer long inactive periods.

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Game Of Thrones Prequel House Of The Dragon Adds Fabien Frankel To New Cast

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 01:17

British actor Fabien Frankel (The Serpent, NYPD Blue) has joined the cast of House of the Dragon, the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series, according to Deadline. Frankel will play Ser Criston Cole, a "common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven… all he has to his name is his honor and his preternatural skill with a sword."

Frankel is part of a cast that includes Doctor Who actor Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen, Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, and Emma D'Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. It's been rumored that the series will have five lead characters, so it's possible these actors will fill those roles.

House of the Dragon is co-created by author George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony, Rampage). Miguel Sapochnik (Trainspotting, Game of Thrones) will serve as showrunner along with Condal. Joining them as a writer and executive producer will be Sara Lee Hess (Orange is the New Black, Deadwood).

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IO Interactive Opens New Studio In Barcelona To Assist With Project 007 Development

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 01:14

IO Interactive, the developer behind Hitman 3, has just announced the opening of a new studio in Barcelona. This new studio, creatively named IOI Barcelona, is one part of its "ambitious and exciting plans for expansion over the coming years" according to a post on the developer's site.

IOI Barcelona will be joining IO Interactive's two other studios, IOI Copenhagen and IOI Malmö. It will assist these other studios in supporting Hitman 3, which already has extra content on the way. The game's first DLC collection, Seven Deadly Sins, is now available, and its roadmap for April is packed with more new content.

Two other projects will also be tackled by IO Interactive's new Barcelona studio. IOI Barcelona will be joining the developer's two other studios in working on both Project 007, IO Interactive's James Bond title, as well as another unannounced new intellectual property.

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Outriders Soars Up Sales Charts Despite Launching On Xbox Game Pass

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 00:40

The NPD Group has released its monthly video US game sales report for March 2021, and they seem to further confirm that a game's inclusion on Xbox Game Pass does not doom its sales. Outriders, a surprise hit that launched day-and-date on the service, still managed to put up impressive numbers on Xbox.

Outriders managed to take the third spot on the Xbox top-sellers list for March 2021, trailing only Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. This put it above other huge games like Madden NFL 21 and Forza Horizon 4, both of which are also available on Xbox Game Pass. The game actually came out on April 1, but the sales data extended to April 3, meaning it did this in just a few days.

But Outriders also managed to take the third spot on the PlayStation charts, only trailing Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Spider-Man: Miles Morales while actually beating Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Outriders was third on the all-platform charts, as well, and because many of the games on that list are from last year, it's likely to climb even higher.

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Predator Writers Are Suing Over Franchise Copyright, But Disney Are Putting Up A Fight

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 00:25

The writers of the classic 1987 sci-fi action movie Predator are suing Disney over its rights. Jim and John Thomas claim that Disney's hold on the series is about to lapse, but the studio is unwilling to relinquish the rights.

US copyright law allows for authors to cancel the ownership of their work by previous rights holders and reclaim the copyright after a 35-year period. According The Hollywood Reporter, the Thomas brothers state that their original Predator script--titled Hunters--reverts back to them on April 17 this year.

In addition, Thomas brothers state that they served Disney notice that they planned to take back the rights in 2016, but heard nothing from the studio until January this year. The brothers have sued, with copyright lawyer Marc Toberoff representing.

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Call Of Duty: Warzone Hackers Are Using Night-Vision Goggles, Which Aren't Even In The Game

Game News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 00:14

Hackers in Call of Duty: Warzone already have advantages like instant aiming accuracy, but now you can add night-vision to that list. The battle royale title has been plagued by various exploits, hackers that never seem to go away, and balancing issues for some time now. However, it seems like hackers are rubbing developer Raven Software's face in it at this point. Two clips, one posted to Twitter and the other posted to Reddit, show hackers pulling out night-vision goggles while they shoot other players through walls. Even the darkness can't protect those who want to play the game the right way.

In the first clip, a hacker uses some rare tools to cheat their way to multiple kills. They have a cheat enabled that automatically pings enemies around them, giving the cheater their exact position at all times. This is really just adding insult to injury, as they are also clearing using an auto-aim bot. Towards the end of the clip, the cheater pulls out night-vision goggles, despite the sun being out.

Hackers are evolving
We need to have a talk.... @RavenSoftware
Auto pings everyone in lobby, has night vision goggles in warzone, never seen this from a hacker before pic.twitter.com/DAVeoUdZjs

— Stephen (@Yungstaz6) April 13, 2021

The second clip shows more behavior that any Warzone player is used to at this point. The person being spectated here actually attempts to hide their aimbot, missing a couple of sniper shots. However, they lock on to multiple targets with their assault rifle and then headshot a player through a wall, clearly showing that they at least can see through walls. Once again though, towards the end of the clip, our hacker dons a pair of night-vision goggles even though it's daytime.

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Genshin Impact PS5 Version, 1.5 Update Release On April 28

Game News - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 23:55

Genshin Impact's P5 version and its new 1.5 update Beneath the Light of Jaeite, will launch on April 28, developer Mihoyo has announced. As shown in a new trailer detailing the upcoming content, version 1.5 will add a new Trounce Domain, boss enemy, characters, and a fancy teapot. Though previously playable on PS5, the new version will be made specifically for the system.

Version 1.5 will also give players a chance to continue the hangout story with Noelle and Diona, the bartender of The Cat's Tail in Mondstadt. Eula, a Spindrift Knight from Mondstadt, and Yanfei, a legal adviser from Liyue Harbor, are being added to the game as new playable characters.

Eula is a five-star character, a claymore-user, bearer of a Cryo Vision, as well the Captain of the Knights of Favonius Reconnaissance Company.

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