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Hogwarts Legacy - All 55 Hogsmeade Field Guide Pages

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 03:18

There are countless collectibles scattered all over the world of Hogwarts Legacy. One particular type, the Field Guide Pages, will have you searching every nook and cranny of the only wizarding village in England. Here's our Hogwarts Legacy guide to help you find all 55 Field Guide Pages in Hogsmeade.

Collecting the Hogsmeade Field Guide Pages

The Hogwarts Legacy Field Guide Pages in Hogsmeade can be obtained by using Revelio (i.e., in case a page is transparent and stationary), or Accio (i.e., in case it's flying around an area). While the premise of collecting 55 pages might be daunting at first glance, the process is a lot easier compared to, say, looking for those in the castle. The reason for this is due to Hogsmeade's layout. Instead of winding corridors and secret passageways, we can divide Hogsmeade into interior and exterior locations.

However, do take note that some areas won't be accessible from the get-go. For instance, the Spintwitches Broom Shop won't be open until you reach a main quest where you need to buy a broom. Meanwhile, some rooms are locked, and you'll have to learn Alohomora via a main quest as well. As such, it's often advisable to start collecting only once you've progressed further in the campaign. Likewise, we advise you to check out our Moth Mirrors guide, as each puzzle you complete rewards you with a Field Guide Page.

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Wild Hearts PC Patch On The Way, Performance Issues Being Investigated

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 03:08

Developer Omega Force has confirmed that it's currently working on a pre-launch patch for its role-playing Wild Hearts.

A recent Steam blog post from the team notes that it's working on improving the game's performance ahead of the official launch on February 16 and that the patch will address optimizing stability for mid to high-end CPU's.

"Omega Force are working continuously to improve performance and optimise the game for a wide variety of hardware specs across future updates," the post reads. "We have a patch coming next week that addresses a CPU bottleneck problem the team discovered; this should improve performance across mid-high end CPU’s. The team are also actively working on DLSS and FSR support which will arrive in a future patch."

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Interactive Destiny 2 Trailer Helps You Catch Up On The Story Before Lightfall

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 03:03

The last year has seen a lot of stuff happen in Destiny 2, as The Witch Queen expansion and subsequent seasons shook up the Solar system with big twists, wild story swerves, and major revelations. For anyone in need a quick and brief catchup, Bungie has uploaded a new trailer on its site that covers several of the major story beats of the last year and leading into Lightfall.

This is an interactive trailer as well and contains numerous snippets of information between each thread. Watching it will reveal more insight into the Witness, the return of former Cabal emperor Calus, and other events that were set in motion centuries ago during the rise and fall of humanity's Golden Age.

The final season of the current Witch Queen era, Season of the Seraph, has seen some major moments play out in Destiny 2. The final mission this week was a turning point for the game, as it involved Eramis almost gaining control of the Warmind satellites, Rasputin sacrificing itself to save humanity, and the Traveler seemingly attempting to abandon our species before it found its escape route cut off by the arrival of the Witness and their fleet of pyramid ships.

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Check Out The First iOS Controller With Full USB-C Support

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 03:03

The Lightning Port on iPhones might become a relic of the past, as USB-C is looking like a real possibility for Apple’s eventual 2023 release. That can make it a bit sketchy to pick up a new gamepad for iOS, as anything that relies on a Lightning Port might not be a good pick going forward. However, the newly released RiotPWR Cloud Gaming Controller for iOS combats that issue as the first USB-C iOS controller--and it boasts some other cool functionality that makes it a great choice for all your mobile gaming needs, along with a reasonable $70 price tag. It's being sold directly from Apple, so you can rest assured it'll be ready for the next iPhone evolution.

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Beyond offering Lightning and USB-C connections, the RiotPWR controller is generally a premium device. It’s designed as a full-sized controller with an 8-way d-Pad, a passthrough charging port, a share button to quickly record your gameplay, and an Audio DAC and headphone jack. It also comes with an optional gaming app (Ludu Mapp) that gives you hundreds of titles supported by the gamepad.


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Hogwarts Legacy Patch Out Now With Performance And Stability Improvements

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 02:45

A new patch is out now for Hogwarts Legacy on Xbox and PC, with a PS5 release coming later due to the developer encountering an unforeseen issue. This patch, the first major one for the Harry Potter game since launch, mainly addresses "overall gameplay performance and stability."

The update fixes rare crash events and issues with characters appearing "flickering with a transparent head" while their hair is still present. The patch also fixes problems with the game's cinematics, including VFX presentation of robe transformation and a stability issue for when players skip cutscenes. Additionally, various problems related to game saves have been addressed, along with issues pertaining to ray-tracing and upscaling, among others.

You can see the full patch notes below, as shared by the developer.

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SteelSeries PC Gaming Bundle Receives Massive Discount

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 02:39

Finding responsive, reliable, and affordable gear for your gaming PC can be challenging. It’s not uncommon to see keyboards alone creep well above $100, and mice and headsets (especially) can get up there, too. However, if you’re looking to build out a new PC or want to upgrade your existing setup, consider looking at the discounted SteelSeries Ultimate Gaming Bundle, which pulls together a headset, keyboard, mouse, and mousepad for just $124, down from its usual $200.

SteelSeries Ultimate Gaming Bundle $124 (was $200)

SteelSeries is a big name in the PC gaming space, and this bundle is arguably one of the best PC accessory deals we’ve seen all year. It includes the popular Arctis 1 Wireless Headset, the Apex 3 Keyboard, the Rival 3 Wireless Mouse, and QcK Mousepad. The Arctis 1 is a particular standout, offering a sleek design and the same speaker drivers found in pricier SteelSeries headsets.

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Meanwhile the Apex 3 Keyboard features “whisper quiet” switches that should last for more than 20 million keystrokes and is also water resistant. Rounding out the package is the Rival 3 Wireless Mouse and QcK Mousepad, and while wired mice tend to be better for gaming, it offers ultra-low latency thanks to both a 2.4GHz and Bluetooth 5.0 connections.

The QcK Mousepad is also a great addition if you don’t already have a soft surface for your Rival 3, giving you enhanced control of your movements and featuring a durable, washable design for easy upkeep.

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Final Fantasy VII DLC For Powerwash Simulator Arrives On March 2

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 02:34

Square Enix has confirmed that the Final Fantasy VII DLC for Powerwash Simulator will officially release on March 2 for PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Switch. Announced earlier this year, the add-on developed by Futurlab for its relaxing grime-fighting simulator will take players to the streets of Midgar where they'll be tasked with completing some tough and filthy levels.

Only a few teasers were given during the initial reveal, but Square Enix has expanded on what you can expect when this free DLC launches. Five levels set above and below the plate of Midgar will be available, as Don Corneo's lackeys, Professor Hojo's "specimens", and Heidegger's rampaging tech have made a huge mess that needs cleaning up.

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There's even a new dirt-type to deal with, bio-residue, which you'll find in these new levels. The Hardy Daytona motorcycle ridden by Cloud and the adorable Shinra hauler are all caked in muck, and you'll need to bust out all of your high-level nozzles to get Shinra's prized Scorpion Sentinel back in showroom condition.

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The Word "Zombie" Was Not Allowed On Set Of The Last Of Us, Apparently

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 02:22

According to a cinematographer working on HBO's The Last of Us, the word "zombie" was banned from the set of the TV series. Eben Bolter, who is responsible in part for the show's absolutely stunning visual imagery, said in an interview that the word "zombie" was banned on set because The Last of Us universe doesn't have zombies--the humanoid enemies are instead known as Infected.

"It's not a cliché zombie movie, it's not Hollywood backlit where everyone's close-up is perfect. It's a world of organic cinematic naturalism, and that's something I could just feel," Bolter told The Credits. "We weren't allowed to say the 'Z word' on set. It was like a banned word. They were the Infected. We weren't a zombie show."

The "Infected" in The Last of Us are humans who have been infected by a Cordyceps fungal disease. The fungus infects the brain of its host and gives them traits and characteristics associated with the traditional "zombie."

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Be A Bear And Eat Cocaine In This New Cocaine Bear Video Game, Out Now For Free

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 02:20

Bear eats a red bag of cocaine. Bear runs faster. Bear catches people and rips them to shreds. That's the simple loop of a new browser-based video game to promote the upcoming film Cocaine Bear.

The official Twitter account for the movie unveiled the surprise game, Cocaine Bear: The Rise of Pablo Escobear. You control the creature with simple directional inputs in a maze-like level that resembles Pac-Man. However, you must be older than 18 to play the title, so it's obviously bloodier than Namco's classic game.

here is something to entertain you. play as me, and share your high scores:

— Cocaine Bear (@cocainebear) February 14, 2023

Instead of ghosts, humans are the prey for our titular bear. There is even an ambulance to catch for bonus points. To keep going, though, the bear needs to regularly consume cocaine, which is littered around the levels. Completing enough stages will lead to clips from the upcoming movie playing on screen.

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Marvel Boss Says Marvel TV Series Will Slow Down And Space Out To Give Them A Chance To Shine

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 02:15

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has said that future Marvel Disney+ shows will be spaced out to give each of them a chance to shine.

Speaking in a recent Entertainment Weekly interview, Feige discussed the upcoming release of Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania, which will kick off Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and talked about the decision to explore the Quantum Realm and how he always thought Kang "would be an amazing follow-up to Thanos."

At one point, the Marvel boss went on to speak on the studio's foray into television and how Phase 4 opened the gates to new characters and their respective series on Disney+. Feige touched on what he's learned since releasing the multiple shows and confirmed that future products will have their individual time to shine.

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Riot Forge Announces The Mageseeker: A League Of Legends Story

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 02:05

Riot Forge--the in-house publishing wing of League of Legends dev Riot Games--has announced its plans for the upcoming year, which include a brand-new RPG from indie developer Digital Sun called The Mageseeker: A League Of Legends Story.

The Mageseeker is a 2D pixel-action-RPG set in Demecia, one of the many kingdoms found in League Of Legends' home world of Runeterra. Players will assume the role of Sylas, one of LoL's many champions and an adept magic user, as he seeks revenge against those who imprisoned him.

Riot Forge also confirmed two previously announced games--Song Of Nunu and Convergence--for release in 2023. Song Of Nunu is a single-player adventure from Rime developer Tequila Works that follows the young Nunu and his yeti friend Willump on a quest to find the boy's mother. Convergence, meanwhile, stars the tech-savvy champion Ekko in a 2D action-platformer with time-control mechanics.

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PlayStation Plus Game Catalog Additions For February 2023 Announced

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 02:03

Following a leak earlier on February 15, the next batch of PlayStation Plus Premium and Extra games have been officially announced. The list includes some heavy hitters like Horizon Forbidden West, Borderlands 3, and Scarlet Nexus.

PlayStation Plus Game Catalog lineup for February includes:
➕ Horizon Forbidden West
➕ The Quarry
➕ Resident Evil 7 biohazard
➕ Borderlands 3
…and many more. The full lineup:

— PlayStation (@PlayStation) February 15, 2023

Horizon Forbidden West is a big get for the higher tiers of the PlayStation Plus subscription service, as the game launched a year ago on PS5 and PS4. A PS5-exclusive expansion, Burning Shores, is also in development and is scheduled to arrive on April 19. Scarlet Nexus is also a fairly recent game, while Borderlands 3 and Resident Evil VII are older but popular titles.

Other games featured in this batch are The Quarry, Tekken 7, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, and The Forgotten City. You can see also the full list on the official PlayStation Blog post as well as below.

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There Were Talks Of A Last Of Us Animated Series, Actor Says

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 01:52

HBO's The Last of Us actor Jeffrey Pierce--who also acted in the video game series--has revealed that there were discussions about making the video game adaptation an animated series.

During a recent Entertainment Weekly interview, Pierce--who played Joel's brother Tommy in the game and a rebel soldier named Perry in the show--discussed the process of bringing the story to life for television and how he was asked to do a table read.

Pierce went on to share his thoughts on the idea of The Last of Us movie, which was rumored early on but never saw the light of day, saying that he didn't think it would've worked given its runtime. The actor went on to reveal that there were even discussions about making the adaptation an animated series with motion capture before HBO picked it up.

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How Pioneers Of Pagonia Expands The City-Builder Through Procedurally Generated Challenges

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 01:28

Last week, Volker Wertich--creator of Ubisoft's city-building sim series The Settlers--and his new studio Envision Entertainment announced Pioneers of Pagonia, a brand-new entry into the city sim genre.

Set on the island of Pagonia, players will create a new settlement using dozens of building types and goods offered throughout the adventure. Goods are found by exploring procedurally generated islands, each one rich with both resources and unknown dangers.

After the game was revealed, we had the opportunity to speak with Wertich about how he's approaching this new title, which includes some insight into the game's procedural generation. He speaks about how using that method of level building is a change in philosophy for him, but one that is instrumental to Pioneers of Pagonia.

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Captain America: New World Order Makes Harrison Ford's Thaddeus Ross President Of USA

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 01:26

Thaddeus Ross keeps climbing the career ladder in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He started as a lieutenant general in the US Army and responsible for Bruce Banner becoming the Hulk. Then he became the secretary of state. And soon, he'll be president in Captain America: New World Order.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige discussed the character's upcoming role in the new Captain America film and Harrison Ford's casting. The Indiana Jones actor is taking over for the late William Hurt, who first portrayed Ross in The Incredible Hulk back in 2008.

"[Ross is] the president of the United States in the film," Feige said. "And with Harrison, you think about Air Force One, and you think about some of his confrontations with the president in Clear and Present Danger. There's a dynamic between President Ross and Sam Wilson. They have a history together, but in this film, we'll be seeing the dynamic between Captain America and the president of the United States in a way that is just incredible."

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Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania Tracking For Franchise-Best Box Office Opening

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 01:00

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is poised to have a massive start at the box office this weekend, with projections saying it could set a new record for the series.

Deadline reports that the movie should earn $95 million over its first three days (February 17-19) and a few million more for the four-day Presidents Day long weekend in the US to end at between $105 million-$110 million. Earlier projections had the film earning $120 million for the four-day weekend, but downward revisions are not totally out of the ordinary.

Quantumania is the first new Ant-Man movie since 2018's Ant-Man and the Wasp, which earned $75.8 million over its opening weekend--that total was for a traditional three-day window. 2015's original Ant-Man made $57 million over its three-day opening weekend.

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Have A Nice Death World 8 Answers Fans' Most Burning Questions, But Devs Have "A Lot More Ideas"

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 01:00

Magic Design Studios' roguelike game, Have a Nice Death, leaves early access on March 22. The launch of build 1.0 adds an eighth and final world to the game, the Inevitable Time Department, concluding Death's rampage through his company and answering any lingering questions fans may still have about Death Inc. and the unsupportive Sorrows that have caused Death to feel overworked and burned out.

Ahead of the 1.0 launch, I caught up with narrative designer and marketing coordinator Mérédith Alfroy, lead game designer Simon Dutertre, and creative director and animation director Nicolas Léger to talk about Have a Nice Death's time in early access, how the team approached storytelling for a roguelike game, and whether fans can expect more from this universe in the future (spoiler: yes we can).

How has this early access period shaped and influenced the direction of the game's development--both in terms of gameplay and narrative--if at all?

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Have A Nice Death Leaves Early Access This March, Adds A Time Paradox Level

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 01:00

Have a Nice Death is leaving early access this year with the launch of the 1.0 build on March 22. Alongside the official launch, the game will be getting another level to play through, World 8: Inevitable Time Department.

First released in early access on March 8, 2022, Have a Nice Death is a roguelike that sees you play as the titular grim reaper, who finds himself feeling burned out and in need of a vacation after his subordinates at Death, Inc. run amok. To remind his underlings that it's his name on the building and that he's in charge, Death ventures through the many departments of Deach, Inc. in order to beat the Sorrows under his command back into submission and find out why they've become so disloyal.

"There'll be plenty of [new] story content, as the launch version of the game will bring the conclusion of the game's main storyline and players will get to discover why the Sorrows, like Catherine, went rogue and into overdrive," Have a Nice Death narrative designer and marketing coordinator Mérédith Alfroy told GameSpot. "Some specific NPC dialogues will also hint at the broader story, and players will uncover lots of story lore when they unlock Employee Handbook entries."

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Star Wars Memorabilia Pulled From Auction After Plea From Late Chewbacca Actor's Wife

Wed, 02/15/2023 - 18:13

An English couple made news recently when they discovered a treasure trove of Star Wars memorabilia in a bag in their attic, including an original script, shooting schedules, and call sheets for Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, who passed away in 2019, the Washington Post reports.

The couple approached Ryedale Auctioneers to try and sell the historic items at auction, but the announcement drew the attention of Mayhew's widow, Angie Mayhew. Tweeting from the Peter Mayhew Foundation account, Angie explained that the bag had been left behind due to Peter's movement difficulties, which made it hard for him to access the attic before they moved from the UK to the USA.

When we moved out of this house Peter's movement challenges made it impossible for him to get into the attic to get the rest of these memories. It really breaks my heart to see our belongings auctioned off like this by @angusashworth and @RyedaleAuction1. ~Angie Mayhew

— Peter Mayhew Foundation (@TheWookieeRoars) February 8, 2023

It was one of Peter's and my biggest regrets that we had to leave these items behind, but his knees and joints had gotten to be so painful that he was no longer able to go into the attic to get them.

— Peter Mayhew Foundation (@TheWookieeRoars) February 8, 2023

Star Wars fans immediately started tweeting at the auction house, bringing Angie's sentiment and story to owner Angus Ashworth's attention. The items have now been pulled from the auction, with the couple who found them agreeing to donate them to the Peter Mayhew Foundation, provided the foundation doesn't plan to sell them.

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