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Controller Charger Deals - Official Xbox Play And Charge Kit, Energizer Batteries For Cheap, And More

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 06:06

In a battery race, the official Xbox Wireless Controller easily trumps most of its competition. Still, there's a good chance that your controller has run out of juice at the worst possible time, but fortunately, Target Circle Week is here and there are several deals on right now for spare batteries. These discounts will automatically be applied if you're logged into your Circle account, and membership is free for this program. There's also some hard-to-beat deals on Xbox wireless controllers at Target right now, so if you want to double up on hardware and batteries, this is a good time to do so.

Official Xbox Play and Charge Kit deal You can either stick with AA batteries or opt for a rechargeable solution to keep your Xbox controllers going

First up, the most basic solution: fresh batteries. The Xbox controller can use both normal AA batteries or a rechargeable battery pack, and some Xbox players prefer to throw in a few Duracell or Energizer batteries when they're in a pinch. Target is offering a 24-pack of long-lasting Energizer batteries for $18, although you can get the same deal at Amazon for only $14.

The other option is to purchase a rechargeable battery pack, and there's a good mix of official and third-party accessories available. These are sold separately--Xbox wireless controllers do include a pair of AA batteries to help you get started--but they're more economical in the long run. The official Xbox play and charge kit is down from $25 to $20 this week, while the PowerA dual-charging station has been discounted to $24 this week.

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Target-Exclusive Lego Disney Villains Set Is One Of Many Great Circle Week Lego Deals

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 05:50

With Target Circle Week in full swing, a bunch of Lego sets are now on sale for 30% off, so it's a good time to stock up on a few boxes for those rainy days when you're looking for a fun activity. One of the standout deals right now is this Target-exclusive set, the Lego Disney Villain Icons kit that was released to celebrate Disney's 100th anniversary. A charming piece of nostalgia, this set has been discounted from $130 to $91 for Target Circle members.

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Lego Disney Villains Icons for Disney 100th Anniversary

With over 1,500 pieces, you can assemble two VHS cases referencing Disney's Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty, a non-functioning VHS tape of The Little Mermaid, a book representing Beauty and the Beast, a Queen of Hearts playing card for Alice in Wonderland, a (non) poisonous apple for Snow White, and a pocket watch representing Captain Hook from Peter Pan. There are even a few hidden details here, and once completed, this will fit on your bookshelf as a retro-themed piece of Lego art. For minifigures, you'll get Maleficent in her witch and disguise forms, Gaston, and Jafar.

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Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes' First Clip Introduces Main Characters

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 05:22

The time of Caesar is centuries in the past in the upcoming sequel, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. While Caesar is gone, his legacy as the franchise's ape hero lives on through the new main character, Noa (Owen Teague). That may be why the first clip from Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes establishes a new core trio including Noa, an orangutan called Raka (Peter Macon), and a human girl named Mae, as played by The Witcher's Freya Allan.

Judging from the clip, it appears that Raka has more experience dealing with humans than Noa does. Their dynamic also seems to echo Caesar and Maurice from the previous trilogy. And because Mae can't convey what her name really is, Raka decides to call her Nova, which is apparently a tradition based on the girl who helped Caesar and his apes in War For the Planet of the Apes, as well as a reference to the human heroine from the original 1968 film.

Although the clip doesn't shed light on what brought this unlikely trio together, the previous trailers have revealed that they have a common enemy: Proximus Caesar (Kevin Durand), an ape who has perverted the teachings of Caesar while enslaving apes and humans alike as part of his mad quest to reclaim humanity's lost weapons and technology.

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Hori Split Pad Compact Switch Controller Is 50% Off For Target Circle Week

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 05:19

The Hori Split Pad Compact is on sale for its lowest price ever as part of Target's Circle Week sale. At just $26, you're saving close to 50% off the Nintendo Switch controller's $50 list price. To take advantage of this deal, you need to sign up for a free Target Circle membership. Only the light gray and yellow model of the Split Pad Compact is up for grabs at this price, though you can get several other Split Pad models at discounted prices from other major retailers, including Amazon.

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The Split Pad Compact is a smaller iteration of Hori's other Split Pad Pro controller, featuring a similar button layout and features--like two programmable back paddles and turbo mode--but a less bulky design. The Split Pad Compact also lacks rumble, gyro, IR, and NFC support like the Pro version, so it's not a holistic Joy-Con replacement, but it's still one of our favorite picks for playing Switch games in handheld mode.

Interested in the Split Pad Compact but want a bit more stylistic flair? A Pokemon edition featuring Pikachu and Mimikyu is available for $41.79 at Amazon (down from $60). Alternatively, you can grab a Gengar edition for $53. Meanwhile, retro gamers can get the Pac-Man edition for $49.

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Elden Ring Shadow Of The Erdtree Bosses, Gameplay, And Everything We Know

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 04:57

More than two years after its release, Elden Ring fans will finally be returning to the Lands Between later this year. Shadow of the Erdtree is a massive expansion for From Software's open-world fantasy-RPG and is set to take place in a whole new area. It also looks to expand on the base game by centering on Miquella, a character who was important in Elden Ring but whose story was left untold by the end.

With a new trailer and interviews providing details about what we can expect, we've finally moved out of the realm of speculation to concrete facts about Shadow of the Erdtree--although, there's still a lot players are guessing at. Here's everything you need to know about Elden Ring's story expansion, from when it releases, to what it will include.

Table of Contents [hide]When Will Shadow Of The Erdtree Be Released?Does Shadow of the Erdtree take place in an alternate reality? Is it set in the past? It's tough to say with what little information we've received so far.

From Software's Shadow of the Erdtree announcement confirmed we'll be getting the DLC release on June 21, 2024.

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Netflix Announces Layoffs And Restructuring

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 04:29

Netflix has become just the latest media and technology giant to announce layoffs. Deadline reports that a "major restructure" is underway within Netflix, and that 15 people from the company's film division are being let go.

This reported restructuring comes not long after Dan Lin became the new head of Netflix's film division, taking over for Scott Stuber, who left to start his own company.

As part of the new organizational shift, Netflix's movie division will be broken down into genre, with bosses for each major unit. Ori Marmur will lead action, fantasy, horror, and sci-fi; Kira Goldberg is heading up thrillers, drama, and family films; Niija Kuykendall is taking the lead on young adult, holiday, and faith-based movies; and Jason Young is running the comedy and rom-com team within Netflix. These changes have been in the works for the past month, Deadline reported.

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Helldivers 2 Players Have Successfully Kicked An Entire Enemy Faction Out Of The Game

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 04:23

After a weekend of intense fighting, Helldivers 2 players have successfully driven the Automaton threat out of the galaxy. The conclusion to Operation Swift Disassembly has seen an entire faction removed from the game, as the Automatons are nowhere to be found after players liberated the planets of Maia, Durgen, and Tibit. The murder-bots didn't go quietly into the night as their foundries unleashed new mobile weapons of mass destruction, although Helldivers got a major firepower boost when the Quasar Cannon and heavy machine gun weapons were added to the game.

Durgen was the last to fall, seemingly bringing an end to the mechanical threat for good. "You did it, Helldivers," Arrowhead posted on X/Twitter. "Operation Swift Disassembly was a success! With the bots eradicated and bugs contained, the galaxy is free once more."

Today, Super Earth citizens celebrated the full eradication of the Automatons.
Additionally to reward their bravery, each Helldiver has been issued an extra 1 minute break. [Note: 1 minute is inclusive of the time taken to read this. Helldivers currently deployed are ineligible]

— HELLDIVERS™ 2 (@helldivers2) April 8, 2024

But is the war truly over? For now, Helldivers are being tasked with setting up Terminid farms, allowing the bug menace to safely breed so that they can be harvested. Remember, the bugs and their organic matter are used as a fuel resource for faster-than-light travel and any talk of them being purposefully planted on planets is treasonous talk. As for what happens next, there are a few avenues for Arrowhead to explore.

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Fortnite Getting Avatar: The Last Airbender Event This Week, Along With New Skins

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 04:00

Get ready to (water)bend it like Katara and other members of the Aang gang in Fortnite. The enormously popular game will add a trio of Avatar: The Last Airbender skins to the game tomorrow, April 9--in addition to a special Avatar: Elements event beginning April 12.

Korra, Zuko, and Toph will be available for purchase in the item shop starting tomorrow, according to the official Fortnite account on X (formerly known as Twitter). The teaser clip for their inclusion shows each character bending their own element: Katara with water, Toph with earth, and Zuko with fire. Aang is also shown encased in ice before being broken out by Katara. The Avatar will probably be part of the Avatar: Elements mini battle pass.

Yip yip! Get ready, Avatar: The Last Airbender is coming to Fortnite.
Katara, Zuko, and Toph land in the Shop tomorrow.

— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 8, 2024

That only leaves out Sokka, so in the words of Zuko, that's rough, buddy. Obviously, Katara's big brother could be brought to the game later. Fortnite currently has Korra from The Last Airbender sequel series The Legend of Korra as part of the Chapter 5 Season 2 battle pass. Myths and Mortals is the name of this season, with the battle pass featuring Greek gods and goddesses like Poseidon and Medusa.

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Baldur's Gate 3 Studio's Next Game Will Likely Launch In Early Access Too

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 03:57

The developer behind Baldur's Gate 3, Larian Studios, is probably betting on early access again for its next project. In an interview with Stephen Totilo for Game File, head of publishing Michael Douse said the model is key to creating a situation where developers have a constant dialogue with players.

"I think, you know, our next--whatever the next thing will be--will also probably be in early access," Douse said. "That way you remove a lot of the prediction, too. When you release a game in AAA, whatever method, [if] you don't have early access, you're taking a huge bet on the fact that this is good and people like it. In early access, you find out very quickly. It helps you steer the massive ship."

The interviewee advocated for early access as the only way to create social resonance now. In terms of creating a strong core gameplay loop and building around it to foster a community, the model is "probably the best way to do it," said Douse.

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Daisy Ridley Believes Star Wars Is "Divisive" But Also Brings "Love And Joy" To People

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 03:47

Actress Daisy Ridley is returning to the Star Wars universe to reprise her fan-favorite character, Rey, and now she's spoken a little more about coming back to the sci-fi franchise. In particular, she acknowledged that Star Wars has its fair share of critics, but she wanted to come back for another film because of the potential to make people happy.

Speaking to Empire, Ridley says she feels like she's "owning it" more these days than when she made her first Star Wars movie, 2015's The Force Awakens. "Basically, I'm an adult now," she said. "I certainly did not feel like an adult at the time. Obviously, personally, things have changed, and professionally, I've had lots of other experiences, and so I definitely feel like it's a different thing this time."

Ridley previously discussed how she didn't feel comfortable as Rey until her last movie, 2019's The Rise of Skywalker.

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Grab Granblue Fantasy: Relink Deluxe Edition For $65

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 03:31

If you've ever wanted to indulge in Cygames' latest action-RPG, then you might want to check out its limited-time Amazon offer on Granblue Fantasy: Relink. The Deluxe version for the PlayStation 5 is currently on sale for $65. Amazon account members may also get an extra 5-10% off if a coupon box appears on the page.

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In addition to the Granblue Fantasy: Relink game, the Deluxe Edition includes an artbook with over 100 pages, a CD soundtrack with 12 tracks, a set of five postcards, and in-game DLC. The DLC features a Starter Item Pack with usable items to help you on your journey, cosmetics in the form of Character Color Packs 1-3, and the weapon "False Sword of the Apocalypse." These are by no means necessary for completing your quest across the Sky Realm, but they can lighten the load and give you more looks to experiment with. However, if you don't want the extra goodies that come with the Deluxe version, you can also get the standard Granblue Fantasy: Relink for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on sale for $50.

Granblue Fantasy: Relink is Cygames' first time fleshing out Granblue Fantasy, its hit browser and mobile game franchise, into an action-RPG experience. Relink is a single-player experience with optional co-op with up to three friends. Jason Finelli gave it a 7/10 in GameSpot's Granblue Fantasy: Relink review, praising the "shorter, succinct adventure" and "beautiful graphics and music." Cygames also dabbled in other genres like with its fighting game, Granblue Fantasy Versus, but most of the fanfare comes from the original game.

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Mortal Kombat Creator Explains How Error Message Spawned A New Character

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 03:31

Ermac is set to make his Mortal Kombat 1 debut, as NetherRealm Studios has announced the first gameplay trailer for the telepathic ninja is coming this week. In the leadup to the reveal, series creator Ed Boon has shared details on how the character was born, which includes a simple misunderstanding of an abbreviation.

Boon begins by elaborating on Ermac's name, which is an abbreviation of "Error Macro," or a log of every error in the code while an arcade machine was in use. The "Ermacs" counter was listed alongside the number of times players encountered Reptile on the machine, which led some to believe "Ermac" was a similarly secret opponent.

30+ years ago we were working on the very first #MortalKombat game. The game's software, had sections of code that it (theoretically) should never reach/execute. If it did, it incremented a counter that would log the ERROR. We also made a "Game Audits" screen where we could check…

— Ed Boon (@noobde) April 8, 2024

The Twitter thread says that even after Mortal Kombat 2 made Reptile a playable character while adding new secret fighters Jade, Noob Saibot, and Smoke, there were some players who were still looking for Ermac. It would take two more releases to see Ermac finally to the roster, as the red ninja finally became playable in Mortal Kombat 3's expansion Ultimate MK3.

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Jonathan Majors Won't Get Jail Time In Assault Sentencing

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 03:30

The Associated Press has reported that actor Jonathan Majors has been ordered to complete a year-long counseling program but avoided jail time Monday for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The actor had faced up to a year behind bars after he was convicted of misdemeanor assault by a Manhattan jury back in December.

This started last March when Jabbari accused Majors of attacking her in the backseat of a chauffeured car, saying he hit her head with his open hand, twisted her arm behind her back, and squeezed her middle finger until it fractured.

On Monday, Judge Michael Gaffey sentenced Majors to a conditional discharge after noting that both sides agreed the charges did not warrant jail time, given the actor was a first-time offender with no prior criminal record. Gaffey said Majors must complete a year-long, in-person batterer's intervention program. In addition, Majors has to continue with the mental-health therapy his lawyers say he's been going to. Majors faces a year in jail if found violating the terms, which include a no-contact order with his former girlfriend, Grace Jabbari.

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CoD: Warzone Lets You Experience The Solar Eclipse On Rebirth Island

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 03:29

As North America prepares to experience a total solar eclipse today, Call of Duty is joining the celebration by adding an eclipse to Warzone's Rebirth Island map.

Matches of Resurgence on Rebirth Island start out with normal sunny skies, but the atmosphere gradually shifts near the first circle until the map takes on a dark and eerie vibe, which is all thanks to an in-game solar eclipse.

Rebirth island Solar eclipse event happening rn

— SoaR Meishū (@ImMeishu) April 8, 2024

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Sonic Co-Creator Returns To Social Media To Point Finger At Dragon Quest Producer

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 03:28

Sonic co-creator and Balan Wonderworld director Yuji Naka has broken his social media silence to speak about Dragon Quest producer Yu Miyake.

Last week, Square Enix top producer Yu Miyake was reportedly stepping down due to multiple internal delays of Dragon Quest XII. Naka took to Twitter to accuse Miyake of lying during Naka's own insider trading trial.

In a tweet (machine translated), Naka claims that Miyake lied in court documents and hopes that he'll be gone from Square Enix soon. Along with the accusations, Naka seems to praise Square Enix's new president Takashi Kiryu, even though they never met, who is shaking up the company's development process to focus on fewer and higher-quality games.

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Official Xbox Wireless Headset Is Steeply Discounted At Amazon

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 03:06

The official Xbox Series X|S Wireless Gaming Headset is discounted to $72 at Amazon and Target. The deal originated at Target thanks to the retailer's Circle Week sale, which you have to sign up for a free Target Circle account to shop. But like usual, Amazon is matching some of Target's best deals, including this Xbox headset offer. At Amazon, you need to click the coupon box to slash an additional $18 off the price and get it down to $72. This wireless headset works on Xbox consoles, PC, and other devices that support Bluetooth.

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This Modular PS5 Controller Is On Sale For Its Lowest Price Yet

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 02:22

The Victrix Pro BFG is the most versatile controller available for PS5. If you're interested in trying a pro-style gamepad with all the bells and whistles, the Pro BFG is definitely worth considering. That's especially the case this week, as Target is selling the Pro BFG for $144 (was $180) as part of the retailer's Circle Week sale. To take advantage of this offer, you simply need to sign up for a free Target Circle rewards account. The Pro BFG offers wireless and wired connectivities on PS5, PS4, and PC.

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PDP Victrix Pro BFG PS5 Controller

The Pro BFG's main claim to fame is its modular design, as it allows for custom configurations. It has a reversible left module, standard right module, six-button fight pad module, four interchangeable sticks, three different D-pads, and four gates to choose from. On top of that, it has clutch triggers with five trigger stops, a hair-trigger mode, and four customizable rear buttons.

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Another New Prince Of Persia Game Is Reportedly On Its Way Next Month

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 02:16

Yet another Prince of Persia game is reportedly coming this year, not long after January saw the release of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown.

According to an update from Insider Gaming, the new Prince of Persia game is reportedly set to be revealed on April 10 and releasing on May 14 into Steam Early Access. This new Prince of Persia game is reportedly a roguelite title that's been in development by Dead Cells studio Evil Empire for the past four years. The art style is apparently inspired by Franco-Belgian comics too.

The reported reveal date lines up with the Triple I Initiative showcase that's set to air on April 10, and Evil Empire has confirmed that it will be announcing new projects during it.

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Gamers Voted On Chipotle's Next Burrito Bowl, And Here Are The Ingredients

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 01:53

As part of a new partnership, Chipotle and Bandai Namco have created a Tekken-inspired burrito bowl, and the ingredients were voted on by fans of the fighting game series.

The Tekken 8 Battle Bowl, as it's called, is available to order through the Chipotle app and right now. After calling on fans to submit their preferences for ingredients, more than 380,000 people weighed in to decide how it should taste. Here's what Tekken fans came up with for the Tekken 8 Battle Bowl:

  • Chicken, White Rice, Black Beans, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa, Fajita Veggies, Cheese, and Guac.

Additionally, Chipotle announced that people who order the Tekken 8 Battle Bowl or something else via the Chipotle app or website and use the code EWGF623 will earn in-game currency for Tekken 8. The code is a nod to the "Electric Wind God Fist" move.

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Get A HyperX Gaming Keyboard, Mouse, And Headset For Only $100 This Week

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 01:50

If you're just starting out with PC gaming or you want to buy some new hardware for a younger gamer in the family, this Target Circle Week deal offers a good discount on a starter bundle. This HyperX gaming bundle offers a solid keyboard, lightweight mouse, headset, and a mouse pad, all for $104 if you have a free Circle membership.

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The HyperX Alloy MKW100 mechanical keyboard is the main draw here, as it has a durable aluminum frame with customizable RGB lighting. The dust-proof mechanical switches are rated for up to 50 million keypresses and the easy-to-use software makes it very simple to set up your own RGB light show.

For the mouse, the HyperX Pulsefire Haste is an ultra-lightweight piece of hardware with a honeycomb design. It has a maximum DPI of 16,500, durable switches, and a pair of side buttons.

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