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Xbox Velocity Green Controller Officially Announced, Available Now

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 03:06

There's no shortage of Xbox controllers available in a wide selection of colors right now, but if you've been patiently waiting for a very green version of the controller to hit the market, then today is your lucky day. Microsoft has officially revealed the Velocity Green Xbox wireless controller, which takes the familiar design of that peripheral and applies the signature green color of the gaming brand to it.

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Thanks to its eye-catching and vibrant design, you probably won't find it hard to spot in your home. The neon green color is complemented by tiny drops of blue, red, yellow, and a different shade of green around the face buttons. This particular controller will cost you $65, and is now available for purchase at the Microsoft Store.

Beyond that attention-grabbing color scheme, this is still the same excellent Xbox controller that was introduced with the Xbox Series X|S generation of consoles. It has a textured grip on the triggers, bumpers, and back case, the new hybrid D-pad is an improvement over the last generation of controllers, and a reliable battery life through a rechargeable unit (sold separately) or standard AA batteries will keep you gaming for a long time.

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Niantic's Next Creature Collecting Game Peridot Launches Globally In May

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 03:00

Pokemon Go developer Niantic Labs' next game Peridot is finally launching May 9, after having been in beta in select territories for a number of months.

First announced in April last year, Peridot is the next IP from Niantic that looks to offer a Tamagotchi-like take on its AR format. Now, Niantic has announced that Peridot will launch globally on May 9, with pre-registrations already available on both the Apple Store and the Google Play store. Anyone who does pre-register and also plays within the first two weeks of launch will also be able to net themselves a launch-exclusive hat cosmetic for their Dots, Peridot's cute creatures you raise and collect.

Whereas Pokemon Go is more about catching and battling your pocket monsters, Peridot places a big emphasis on breeding. In the game you'll be raising your Dots, and breeding them can produce entirely unique critters whose looks will be a makeup of their parents. "Every Peridot is 100% genetically unique," Niantic said in a press release announcing the release date. "They inherit a mix of genes from their parents that can make them blue, black, metallic, fuzzy, goat-horned, big-eared, bushy-tailed and an infinite number of other 'looks'."

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Hugh Grant Admits To Throwing A Tantrum On Set Of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 02:54

Actor Hugh Grant plays the villain the new Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves movie due out this month, and he was something of a bad guy on the film's set, too. The 62-year-old actor said he had a Christian Bale-like temper tantrum on the set of the film when he got into it with a woman who he believed to be a studio executive. This person, who was in Grant's eyeline, was actually a chaperone of a child actor.

Speaking to Total Film (via Yahoo Entertainment), Grant said the mistake happened on the first day of filming. "I lost my temper with a woman in my eyeline on day one. I assumed she was some executive from the studio who should have known better," he said. "Then it turns out that she's an extremely nice local woman who was the chaperone of the young girl. Terrible. A lot of grovelling... "

Grant went on to say, "I did a 'Christian Bale,'" referring to the Batman actor's infamous on-set freak out during the filming of Terminator: Salvation. Bale apologized for this.

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Gorgeous Final Fantasy 14 Lore Book Is Steeply Discounted At Amazon

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 02:42

Eorzea is a living, breathing world--and one that continues to grow larger with each update to Final Fantasy 14. And if you’re looking to learn everything you can about the inhabitants, cities, and everything else that calls it home, you’ll want to take a look at the Encyclopaedia Eorzea: The World of Final Fantasy 14 Volume I, which is currently on sale for $26, down from its usual $50.

Encyclopaedia Eorzea: World of Final Fantasy 14 Volume I $26 (was $50)

This official lore book was pieced together by the Final Fantasy 14 development team. That means it's bursting with interesting facts about the game that you simply won’t find anywhere else. And since it clocks in at 304 pages, there’s a lot of great info and art packed into the hardcover book. If you’d rather pick up a digital copy, you’ll find the Kindle version available for $28.

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Best of all, the hardcover book is printed in full-color, providing you with the best possible look at the game’s development and all the work that went into creating the thriving MMO. From professions and organizations to enemies and bustling cities, just about every aspect of Eorzea is covered throughout the 300+ pages.

To claim the full discount, be sure to clip the coupon code on the Amazon store page. We’re not sure how long this deal will stick around, so head over soon if you’re interested in cashing in on the offer.

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Serial Killer Series Devil In The White City Halted At Hulu, But Could Live On Elsewhere

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 02:09

Following the departure of star Keanu Reeves in 2022, Hulu has halted development on the series The Devil in the White City, which hails from Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. Reeves quit the show after director Todd Field left, and now the series is undergoing a big shakeup, though the show may not be dead for good.

A source told Variety that there are plans in the works to shop The Devil in the White City to other potential homes, though none were named in the report.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeremy Allen White (The Bear) and Jude Law (The Two Popes) could be circling the project to star, with Matt Ross (American Pyscho) tipped to direct the next version of the show.

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The United Nations Is Hosting Its First-Ever Games Event With Games For Change

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 01:56

For the first time, the United Nations will be holding a video games event, as part of the 20th anniversary celebration for the Games for Change Festival.

Being held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the event is running July 17-21, and is the first-ever summit of its kind to be held at the UN. The festival is held annually, hosted by the non-profit Games For Change, which aims to make the world better through games. This is the first time the games industry has been involved with anything at the UN, with the Games and Sustainable Development Goals Summit making an appearance for the first time at the conference.

"This is our 20th anniversary for Games for Change. And to celebrate, we have expanded our programming to touch on different ways to connect with and celebrate the different audiences that we serve," president of Games for Change Susanna Pollack told GamesBeat in an interview.

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FIFA, Call of Duty, Elden Ring Top UK's Best-Selling Games Of 2022

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 01:56

2022's been over for a while now, which may lead you wondering which games ultimately sold the most last year.'s Christropher Dring recently posted a full list of the top 20 games sold in the UK last year, including digital sales, and the results are mostly what you'd expect, albeit with a few surprises.

Here are the UK's Top 20 games of 2022, with sales figures and the % share of digital

— Christopher Dring (@Chris_Dring) March 7, 2023

FIFA 23 emerged as the best-selling game on the list, with just above 2.53 million copies sold, with a 61.3% digital share. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 took the second spot, with 1.67 million in sales and a 65.3% digital share. Elden Ring came in third, with sales of 865,262 and a digital share of 76.3%, followed by Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, with sales of 817,299 and a digital share of 52.6%. The stalwart Grand Theft Auto 5 rounded out the top five with 816,081 copies sold, and a digital share of 82.5%.

The other five games in the top 10 include God of War Ragnarok, FIFA 22, Horizon: Forbidden West, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Pokemon Legends: Arceus. The rest of the top 20 mostly speak for themselves, though the inclusion of F1 22 at number 15 is a good reminder of how popular Formula 1 is in the UK, though it was beaten out by Gran Turismo 7, which came in at the 12 spot.

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New Dungeons And Dragons International Trailer Dabbles With Necromancy

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 01:53

Paramount's Dungeons and Dragons movie, Honor Among Thieves, comes out at the end of the month and the studio just released an international trailer that features more wonder and sorcery. We've seen Justice Smith's Simon, who is classified as a Sorcerer in the movie and not a Wizard, use his spells in previous trailers, but here he tiptoes into necromancy to help his team's quest.

Simon casts Speak with Dead, which is a 3rd Level spell so we know at least Simon isn't completely incompetent but not super powerful. The spell grants "the semblance of life and intelligence to a corpse of your choice within range, allowing it to answer the questions you pose." Check out the hilarious results with the spell below.

After the spell is cast, you can ask the corpse up to five questions, but Simon should have known the answers are usually brief, cryptic, or even repetitive. The corpse is under no compulsion to offer a truthful answer as well.

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The Last Of Us Actor Troy Baker Didn't Remember Who James Was When He Was Cast

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 01:41

Actor Troy Baker portrayed Joel in Naughty Dog's The Last of Us video game series, and in the HBO series, he plays a villain named James. In an interview with Polygon, Baker discussed the role and the fate of his character. Spoilers for The Last of Us follows below.

First, Baker acknowledged that when he was cast as James, the lieutenant to Scott Shepherd's sadistic, cannibalistic boss David, he struggled to remember just who the heck James was in the first place.

"Honestly, when I first found out that I was gonna play James, I was like, 'Dude, thank you so much. It's very, very gracious--who is James?' Because he wasn't a big character," Baker said.

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First Wave Of Xbox Game Pass March Titles Announced

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 01:37

Xbox has announced the first wave of titles coming to Game Pass in March, with the list including a fighting game heavyweight, classic strategy, and an RPG with a Studio Ghibli influence to its visual design.

Guilty Gear Strive, the most recent entry in the long-running Arc System Works fighting game series, will be available from today on Xbox consoles, PC, and cloud-compatible devices. Featuring a rich roster of heavy metal brawlers and stunning Unreal Engine visuals, this Guilty Gear is also one of the more approachable games in the series and looks great in action.

On March 9, Dead Space fans can dive back into EA's survival-horror series when Dead Space 2 and 3 are available to play through Xbox cloud gaming via EA Play on March 9. The release of Dead Space remake this year has reignited interest in the terrifying series, so if you're looking to explore space stations and alien planets infested by Necromorphs, you'll be able to easily do so while you're on the move.

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Former Big Time McDonald's Chef Teases Xbox Collaboration

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 01:20

There might be some sort of foodie crossover between Xbox and former McDonald's corporate chef Mike Haracz in the future. Though what that entails is apparently still under wraps.

On Twitter, Haracz showcased that Microsoft sent him an Xbox Series S that's part of "a super secret project." While it may be totally unrelated, it's intriguing to note that an Xbox Series S toaster just recently leaked.

Did my pals at @Xbox just send me a Series S for a super secret project not related to that OTHER super secret project I have in the works?!?
Yes…yes the did!

— Chef Mike Haracz (@Mike_Haracz) March 7, 2023

Microsoft has made its foray into the kitchen other ways with Xbox as well. The company released an Xbox Series X minifridge in 2021 for $100. Though unfortunately, the Xbox fridge is loud and annoying.

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Dead Cells: How To Start The Castlevania DLC

Tue, 03/07/2023 - 06:16

The white-knuckled action roguelike Dead Cells has introduced a bunch of expansions, but none of them have gotten the fanfare of its latest, Return to Castlevania. The new expansion adds biomes, enemies, characters, and weapons modeled by the classic series Castlevania, which developer Motion Twin says was a big influence on its own game. But how exactly to find the new Castlevania content isn't immediately apparent.

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The level design in Dead Cells is mostly structured, but with some random elements. As you venture through the main quest you'll come across branching paths leading to different biomes. Like the other Dead Cells expansions, the new Castlevania content is integrated into the existing biomes, so you'll have to find the entrances. We say entrances, plural, because the content is spread across at least two separate runs.

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Get 1 Month Of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate For $8

Tue, 03/07/2023 - 03:09

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is one of the best deals in gaming, and today you can resubscribe for less. For the next few days, you can pick up a one-month subscription for just $8, down from its usual $15. There are a few caveats to the deal, but if you meet all its restrictions, it's certainly worth considering.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (One-Month Subscription) $8 (was $15)

The biggest drawback to this deal is that it's not stackable, whether you're a current, lapsed, or new subscriber.

Essentially, this deal is only good for those who previously subscribed to Game Pass Ultimate or those who are currently subscribed but have an expiration date within the next 30 days. That's because new subscribers can get their first month for $1 directly from Microsoft.

Make sure to check to see if you're eligible for Microsoft's deal before buying this, as sometimes you can get the deal if your subscription has been expired for a long time.

If you're a current subscriber who wants to save some cash next month, you could always cancel your subscription, grab this deal, and save $7 in the process.

Codes purchased from StackCommerce must be redeemed within 30 days, so you should not buy more than one as it will expire before you can redeem additional codes.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes more than access to hundreds of games on your console, and you’ll also benefit from Xbox Cloud Gaming and a PC Game Pass membership--allowing you to game on your smartphone, console, or PC. It even comes with an EA Play membership at no extra cost. Games are constantly being added to the service, with Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, Soul Hackers 2, and Madden NFL 23 all recent additions to the service.

Keep in mind your membership will renew at the standard price once this one-month deal expires, so you’ll want to cancel your membership before that happens if you don’t want to be on the hook for more than eight bucks. But with so many great games in the Game Pass library, there's a good chance you'll find the service to be a worthwhile investment.

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WWE 2K23 DLC Includes Legends, NXT Stars, Bray Wyatt, And Zeus From No Holds Barred

Tue, 03/07/2023 - 03:00

WWE 2K23 will be in stores on March 14 (if you're getting the Icon Edition), but ahead of that release, we're getting a look at what 2K has planned for the game over the next year. The game studio has released 2K23's entire DLC plan and it's stuffed with some very interesting names--including some legends that have never appeared in a WWE video game before.

The downloadable characters will be released over five separate packs between April and August, with the most notable additions being current WWE superstar Bray Wyatt, who returned to the company in October 2022, and the inclusion of WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race and Zeus, the character played by Tommy Lister Jr. in the 1989 film No Holds Barred, which also starred Hulk Hogan. Of course, it's also worth noting that Lister competed in the WWE (then WWF) between 1989 and 1990 as Zeus.

You can check out the full DLC roster, along with release dates, below.

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Broken Destiny 2 Lightfall Farm Lets You Open Same Chest Three Times, Will Likely Be Nerfed Soon

Tue, 03/07/2023 - 02:59

Farms and exploits are nothing new in the world of online games like Destiny 2, and Lightfall is no exception. As revealed in a video from YouTuber Fallout Plays, Destiny 2 Lightfall has a farming trick that allows players to open a chest at least three times for completing just one activity, and it's likely that the trick isn't long for this world.

As the above video shows, the farm gives you Neomuna reputation, weapons drops, crafted weapon progress, and more. The trick involves going to Neptune and loading into a zone where the public event Terminal Overload is happening. Once you load in, you should look for a Terminal Overload activity that's approaching its conclusion.

You should then kill the boss, open the two chests, ride your Sparrow into a new area, and then come back. If you do it fast enough, you can open the same free chest three times. Some commenters on the video suggest that you can open it four times with the right route, so it's worth experimenting with to maximize your returns. Given that this farm lets you triple or quadruple-dip the same chest, don't be surprised if it gets nerfed by Bungie soon.

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Knockout City Dev Explains What Went Wrong

Tue, 03/07/2023 - 02:51

Knockout City, the "dodgebrawl" game from Velan Studios, is coming to a close this June after launching in May 2021. The game didn't have the long life its developer was hoping for. But what went wrong?

Co-founder Guha Bala told that Knockout City hit the ground running with marketing support from publisher EA, solid sales, and a surge in players thanks to its inclusion with Xbox Game Pass. However, a "mid-price premium" business model was "pretty uncommon" for a multiplayer-only title like Knockout City, with many similar titles adopting a free-to-play model instead, Bala said. Knockout City was priced at $20 before it later changed business models.

"So the competitive environment changed for pricing. It sold fairly well but not well enough to as a mid-price premium title to continue to support an additional flow of content," the developer explained.

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Meta Quest 2 And Pro Models Get Big Price Cuts

Tue, 03/07/2023 - 02:40

Meta has slashed the prices for two of its VR headsets. As of today, you can find the Meta Quest 2 (256GB) available for just $430, down from $500, and the Meta Quest Pro for $1,000, down from $1,500. The standard 128GB model of the Quest 2, meanwhile, will remain $400.

The price cuts come not long after price hikes on the Meta Quest 2 went into effect last summer. At that time, Meta raised the price of both models of the Quest 2 by $100, so the price drop brings the 256GB model pretty close to the price it was before the increase. Now that we've got that out of the way, here's where you can buy the Quest 2 and Quest Pro at their new prices.

Meta Quest 2 (256GB) $430 (was $500)

The Meta Quest 2 (256GB) is less than half the price of the Meta Quest Pro, making it an ideal headset for newcomers to the world of VR. Its 256GB drive should give you plenty of space to hold all your VR games, and its wire-free operation means you won’t need to mess with a lengthy setup process. Simply clear some space in your room, strap on the headset, and you’re ready to start playing. Two games are also included with your purchase--Golf+ and Space Pirate Trainer DX.

Now that it only costs $30 more to double your storage, the 256GB model figures to be more popular, so it could be harder to find than its 128GB sibling.

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If you’re looking for something a bit more robust, consider stepping up to the Meta Quest Pro. It’s a much more enticing product now that its price has been slashed by $500, featuring an ultra-comfortable design, charging dock, and a radically improved display. And just like the Meta Quest 2, it works without wires and is a standalone product--so you won’t need a powerful computer or gaming console to run it.

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The Meta Quest 2 continues to offer the best combination of performance and price, even with the recent release of the PSVR 2. Considering that the PSVR 2 requires a PS5 (and is wired), the Meta Quest 2 is the way to go for VR newcomers. Meanwhile, the Meta Quest Pro, while expensive, is less than the price of the PS5 and PSVR 2 combined.

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Counter-Strike 2 Is Legit, Coming "Just Round The Corner" - Report

Tue, 03/07/2023 - 02:17

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the most popular games on Steam, but that hasn't stopped rumors that the game will soon get a massive update that will transform it overnight. According to a new report from journalist Richard Lewis, sources have confirmed that a hypothetical "Counter-Strike 2" is indeed real, and the planned release date for the beta is March or early April.

The report suggests that this new game will be on the Source 2 engine, rather than the aging original Source engine that powers Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It will feature an improved match-making system and 128-tick servers, intended to compete with its major rival in the competitive shooter space, Valorant.

It's unclear if the two versions of Counter-Strike will coexist, or if Valve plans to pull an Overwatch and replace the original Global Offensive entirely. It's also likely that the move to Source 2 will require higher minimum specs to run well.

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The Emotional And Icy Challenges That HBO's The Last Of Us Cast Faced With Episode 8

Tue, 03/07/2023 - 02:08

The latest episode of HBO's The Last of Us takes Bella Ramsey's Ellie through the winter chapter of the first game where she's on her own and trying to keep herself and Joel (Pedro Pascal) alive. However, this will be their greatest challenge yet.

At the end of Episode 6, we find Joel having been accidentally stabbed and Ellie is trying to save him, with Episode 7 being a flashback to the last time Ellie experienced loss. In Episode 8, Ellie is fending for herself as she kills a deer, and stumbles upon the small town of Silver Lake led by the ultra-religious David, played by Scott Shepard (A Bridge of Spies, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie).

This episode goes hand-in-hand with Episode 7 as maybe the most faithful adaptation of the game, but the challenges the cast faced to make the episode were anything but easy.

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Battlefield 2042's Newest Map Has An Homage To Mirror's Edge

Tue, 03/07/2023 - 01:52

Battlefield 2042 players have discovered that there's a Mirror's Edge Easter egg in the game's brand-new map, Flashpoint.

The latest Battlefield 2042 map was released alongside Season 4 on February 28 and after some time exploring, players have come across a pretty obvious Mirror's Edge Easter egg that can be found on top of a crane (via mp1st). The Easter egg is Faith's red running shoes that the protagonist wears throughout the 2008 first-person action game and its prequel Mirror's Edge Catalyst, which were both developed by DICE.

To locate the shoes, players will need to commandeer an aircraft and fly toward the large hole built into the ground where a crane can be seen hovering above it. After jumping from the craft, players should be able to land safely on top of the crane where Faith's shoes can be found.

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