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Diablo 4 - Secret Of The Spring Side Quest And Emote Guide

Sat, 06/03/2023 - 06:09

Diablo 4 is full of side quests, and while many of them simply ask you to mow down the forces of Hell, some of them require a bit more thought. One of those is a side quest called "Secret of the Spring" which can be found just north of the first major hub city Kyovashad. This quest is started when you find a small note with a riddle on it. Here's how to complete it.

How to complete the Secret of the Spring in Diablo 4The note can be found near the entrance to the Forsaken Quarry Dungeon.

First, you will need to collect the riddle note that starts the quest off. This note can be found north of Kyovashad near the entrance to the Forsaken Quarry dungeon, marked on the map above by the red circle. The quickest path here is to leave the city via the east exit and stick to the end of the map heading north. Once you find the note, the quest will start marking a small area on the map further north from where the note was found.

The spring itself can be found just a bit north of where the note is picked up.

The note itself reads "Beacon of warmth in winter's embrace, patience rewarded by nature's own grace." Once you reach the location indicated on the map, you will find a small pool of water, which is the spring in the name of the quest. Like some other side quests in Diablo 4, you need to use a specific emote here. What might be confusing to some is that the "patience" noted in the riddle doesn't match anything in the default emote wheel.

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Diablo 4 - Best Rogue Builds Guide

Sat, 06/03/2023 - 06:01

The Rogue in Diablo 4 is one of the more complicated classes to play, largely due to a focus on applying buffs and debuffs in combat. Despite this, the Rogue can also have an incredibly high damage output against both single-target enemies and large groups, if you know how to build right. The Rogue can be built for Poison, Ice, or Shadow damage, as well as an emphasis on either single-target or multi-target attacks.

This build will cover which active abilities, passives, and upgrades you should grab to maximize each build's potential.

Table of Contents [hide]Best rogue builds

While you can tailor each Rogue build to have a better emphasis on large groups versus single-targets, the builds here will be set up to deal with both with ease. The main difference between the three builds is which Imbuement abilities they use, along with some minor changes to maximize those elements. In addition, there will be some notes on how you should play with each class, to maximize the passives and upgrades chosen below.

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EA Racing Studio Hit With Significant Layoffs

Sat, 06/03/2023 - 01:06

Layoffs are nothing new in the video game industry, but the past few months have been dire in that department. EA's Australian studio Firemonkeys is the latest impacted by large layoffs, with up to two-thirds of the developers' staff on the chopping block.

As first reported by Kotaku AU, the Melbourne-based studio currently provides live services for three games: Real Racing 3, The Sims FreePlay, and Need for Speed: No Limits.

In a statement shared with GameSpot, an EA spokesperson said, "We are constantly transforming to deliver games and services that keep our players engaged, connected, and inspired. It's with this focus that we will be making some changes to the structure of Firemonkeys Studio, allowing teams there to focus on supporting live services for The Sims FreePlay. Robust support for Real Racing 3 and Need for Speed: No Limits will transition to existing teams at EA. We will continue to work closely with all relevant teams as we undergo this transition." This is apparently a euphemistic way of announcing that the staff who maintain the two racing titles will be made redundant or shifted to other projects.

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A New Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom-Themed Carrying Case Is On The Way

Sat, 06/03/2023 - 01:00

Tears of the Kingdom is the kind of game you want to play whenever and wherever you get the chance, but carrying your Nintendo Switch everywhere can be risky without a proper carrying case. Luckily, preorders for PowerA’s upcoming Tears of the Kingdom-themed Switch carrying case are now available at Amazon.

The $20 protective case sports a zippered clamshell design with colors and decals inspired by Tears of the Kingdom and a rubberized handle for carrying. The case is large enough to fit the standard Switch or Switch OLED, and includes an optional adapter to fit Switch Lite models. The interior includes a mesh pocket and a foldable cartridge holder that holds up to 10 games.

PowerA’s Tears of the Kingdom-themed Nintendo Switch carrying case will be available on August 6th, but preordering now ensures you’ll get yours at launch.

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Square Enix Is Trying To Decide On A Release Date For Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

Sat, 06/03/2023 - 00:39

Square Enix has broken its silence on Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, but those hoping to hear a release date are out of luck at this point.

Over on Twitter, producer Yoshinori Kitase responded to a question asking, "How is development progressing on Final Fantasy VII Rebirth?" He answered, "Development is progressing smoothly and according to plan. We are currently working on nailing down a release date for the game."

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth was announced last year and appears to be a PlayStation 5 exclusive. At the time, Square Enix didn't provide an exact release date, but it mentioned Winter 2023. It's up in the air whether that release window refers to the end of 2023 or the beginning of 2024, or if that release window is even still the target.

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GTA Online's Next Big Update Coming Soon To PS5, Xbox Series X|S, And PC With New Missions

Sat, 06/03/2023 - 00:23

GTA Online is still going strong and getting new updates, the latest of which is GTA Online: San Andreas Mercenaries, which releases on June 13.

The free expansion has players teaming up to fight against a private military faction, Merryweather Security. Ace pilot Charlie Reed recruits players to become a member of the Los Santos Angels. Players will participate in missions involving "stealing sensitive data from server farms, conducting raids, and dropping explosive payloads on high-value targets across the state."

San Andreas Mercenaries launches soon

Players will also notice "spontaneous opportunities" to grab cash and commodities from moving targets through the new content in the expansion. The San Andreas Mercenaries update also adds more random events, introduces the Tactical SMG weapon, and new daily time trials. Rockstar also teased that community-requested improvements are coming, too, including:

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Mission Impossible 7 Won't Be In IMAX For Long, And Tom Cruise Reportedly Isn't Happy

Sat, 06/03/2023 - 00:01

The showdown between Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer and Great Gerwig's Barbie was mostly fueled by fans and their memes, but leave it to Tom Cruise to make things super serious. According to a report by Puck, Cruise and the latest entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise is getting bumped from IMAX screens in favor of Oppenheimer.

Cruise has reportedly verbally expressed immense displeasure with Paramount executives about the situation. Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning booked most of the IMAX screens for the week of the film's July 12 premiere. However, on July 21 comes Nolan's highly-anticipated biopic Oppenheimer, which locked in all the IMAX screens in North America for three full weeks.

This means that Mission: Impossible will also have to struggle against Barbie, which opens on the same day as Oppenheimer, and then every subsequent blockbuster for the next month.

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EA Sports Games Will Add Nike's NFT Sneakers In The Future

Sat, 06/03/2023 - 00:00

Electronic Arts and Nike have formed a new partnership, which will see "virtual creations" from Nike's Swoosh Web3 platform added to several future EA Sports games. Although the specific acronym isn't used in the announcement, nor are any games specified, it sounds as if Nike's Swoosh NFTs will be incorporated into them.

According to Nike, select Swoosh virtual creations will be made available and will allow members to develop "new opportunities for self-expression and creativity through sport and style," although NFTs weren't specifically mentioned. Nike added that more details will be revealed in the coming months. Nike's tie-in tweet had images of football gear--both American and global--possibly hinting at Swoosh integration for the upcoming soccer game EA Sports FC and Madden NFL.

One possible item revealed in the tweet was a unique football helmet, which has a carbon black finish, a purple lens, and a Nike logo on the side, complete with proof-of-ownership stats and purchase date.

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Diablo 4 Patch Notes: Enemy Health Increased, Sorcerer And Rogue Class Changes, And More

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 23:37

Diablo IV is available now for people who buy the more expensive editions, and a patch has landed that makes changes to the Sorcerer and Rogue classes and increases enemy health, among other things.

The patch is a server-side update that launched on June 1. As such, this update happens in the background and does not require a download.

The Sorcerer's flame shield enchantment is now placed on a full cooldown when it's equipped in an enchantment slot. Meanwhile, the Rogue's Inner Sight gets a four-second delay after the initial energy expiration. Elsewhere, the patch boosts monster health in higher World Tiers. You can see the full patch notes below, as shared by Blizzard.

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League Of Legends Pro Players Are Striking, Riot Threatens To Cancel Season

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 23:06

Pro League of Legends players in North America initiated a walk out earlier this week, with representative body the LCS Players Association announcing that the vote "overwhelmingly passed." Riot Games has now responded to the strike action with a statement that threatens to cancel the upcoming LCS summer season, leaving the region without a representative at 2023 Worlds.

The action started in protest to a rules change whereby Riot Games no longer requires teams competing in the top-level LCS league to also field a team for the developmental-level NACL league, PC Gamer reported. A number of teams immediately cut their NACL rosters in response to the change, which according to the LCS Players Association, impacted at least 70 jobs including players, coaches, and managers.

The LCSPA voted to strike on May 28, after the association deemed Riot's new NACL plan unsatisfactory for players. "This is not a decision LCS players have come to lightly," the LCSPA said in a statement on Twitter. "Joining hands to put competition aside is a testament to the significance and urgency of the issues at hand."

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Nintendo's New Pastel Joy-Cons Are Available To Preorder Now

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 23:05

After more than six years on the market, a spare set of Joy-Cons for a Nintendo Switch console can easily be acquired and are available in a selection of bright color variants. Nintendo's latest addition to the Switch, however, features a more subdued use of pastel colors.

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These easy-on-the-eyes Joy-Cons will be available from June 30 in the US and several other regions, and include Pastel Yellow, Pastel Green, Pastel Pink, and Pastel Purple versions. Like most Joy-Cons, they'll have an MSRP of $80 in the US and are only sold as a pair (Pink/Yellow or Purple/Green). They are available to preorder now at GameStop. The new Joy-Cons follow another announcement from Nintendo that's linked to the controllers, as Everybody 1-2 Switch! was revealed this week.

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Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse Is Already Doing Great At The Box Office

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 22:50

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is already putting up big numbers at the box office. The movie pulled in $16 million in Thursday previews in the US, which is good for the second-best start for an animated movie in the history of film, only trailing 2018's Incredibles 2 ($18.5 million).

2018's Into the Spider-Verse, for comparison, made $3.5 million for its Thursday screenings in the US, going on to make $12.6 million on its first Friday and $35.3 million for its first weekend stateside. All of these box office figures come from Deadline.

Across the Spider-Verse is expected to make in the range of $75 million-$90 million for its first weekend in the US, which would be more than double the first movie's opening-weekend results. The record for biggest opening weekend in the US for an animated movie belongs to Incredibles 2, which made $182.6 million for its opening weekend in America back in 2018.

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Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse Steelbook Preorders Are Live

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 20:26

Everyone's favorite webhead is back in theaters for a new adventure, and with plenty of multiversal momentum behind it, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is shaping up to be a summer blockbuster that's worth watching on the big screen and at home. The good news is that preorders for the upcoming Blu-ray release of the Spider-Man sequel are now live, and you'll be able to get your hands on several versions of the film that can be enjoyed on your flatscreen TV.

Preorder Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Steelbook Edition $30

Walmart has an exclusive steelbook edition for the standard Blu-ray. It comes with Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copies. This edition will likely sell out, so you may want to order quickly.

Preorder at Walmart Preorder Spider-Verse Double Pack $33

A double pack containing Across the Spider-Verse and Into the Spider-Verse is available to preorder at Best Buy. This version comes with the standard Blu-ray and digital versions of both films. It's a pretty great value.

Preorder at Best Buy Preorder Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse $28-$33

For the standalone standard editions, you can choose between a regular high-definition Blu-ray and an ultra-HD 4K edition. There's no word yet on what extras you can expect on these Blu-rays to release.

Preorder 4K UHD at Best Buy Preorder Blu-ray at Best Buy

"Across the Spider-Verse is a visual feast unlike anything I've ever seen before in a movie theater," Phil Owen wrote in GameSpot's Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse review. "It's transcendent, really. Maybe, for this film, that's all that will end up mattering."

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Everybody 1-2 Switch! Announced For Nintendo Switch

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 13:45

Nintendo Switch launch title 1-2-Switch is getting a sequel, titled Everybody 1-2-Switch! The new minigame collection adds the potential for players to use their smartphones or tablets to play, as well as Joy-Con controllers. Everybody 1-2-Switch! will launch on June 30 for the Switch.

Everybody 1-2-Switch! is a multiplayer game that pits teams of players against each other in varied minigames. Unlike its predecessor, the new game will allow players to use smartphones to control its minigames, as well as the Switch's Joy-Con controllers.

Some individual games will only be playable on phones, and some will only use Joy-Cons. Some of Everybody 1-2-Switch's games will also have variations that change up how the game is played, or add an extra challenge.

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Diablo 4 - Grim Favors And Whispers Of The Dead Guide

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 09:00

The Diablo 4 Whispers of the Dead and Grim Favors are a type of endgame activity that you can partake in once you've completed the campaign. In it, you'll complete tasks, akin to bounties, to earn rewards. Here's our guide to help you with the Whispers of the Dead and Grim Favors in Diablo 4. Likewise, since we're discussing an endgame activity, this article will contain minor spoilers.

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  • Diablo 4 Grim Favors and Whispers of the Dead guideDiablo 4 Grim Favors and Whispers of the Dead guideUnlocking the Tree of Whispers

    Once you're finished with the campaign, a notification will pop up telling you about Diablo 4's endgame activities. These include Helltide Events, Nightmare Dungeons, the Capstone Dungeon to unlock World Tiers, and, of course, the Whispers of the Dead.

    For the Diablo 4 Whispers of the Dead objective, you'll need to head to the Tree of Whispers. Don't worry since this is a landmark that you'll visit in the region of Hawezar as part of the story. Now, though, with the campaign over, the tree, as well as a particular denizen, provide new tasks for you.

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How To Get A Mount In Diablo 4

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 09:00

Diablo 4 mounts aid you when exploring a hellish and war-torn realm. While the quest to obtain these creatures might show up early on, you'll have to wait until much later in the campaign to acquire them. Here's our Diablo 4 Donan's Favor guide to help you get mounts in the game.

How to get mounts in Diablo 4

You'll visit the city of Kyovashad early in the campaign. There, you'll come across a stable master who's got a quest called Donan's Favor. Here's the kicker: even though the quest appears at this stage, you won't be able to complete it until Act 4.

To get a Diablo 4 mount, you'll want to progress further until the start of Act 4. There, you'll receive a main quest called A Master's Touch. In it, you'll need to talk to Donan at the Cathedral of Light in Kyovashad.

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How To Play Diablo 4 On Steam Deck

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 08:33

Can Diablo 4 play on Steam Deck? It sure can. That's great news for players who want to take one of the year's biggest games on the go. If you thought getting Diablo 4 to work on Steam Deck would be tricky--after all, some Steam Deck workarounds are a bit confusing for some players--don't worry. As far as circumventing the handheld's usual platform setup, getting Diablo 4 on Steam Deck is relatively easy. Here's all you need to know.

How to play Diablo 4 on Steam Deck

If you've ever tried side-loading things onto your Steam Deck, such as Epic Games Store, you know it can be tricky for players who aren't too familiar with PC gaming, or even some who are. Thankfully, the Diablo 4-to-Steam Deck pipeline runs a bit smoother. It should go without saying, but we'll say it just in case: You must own Diablo 4 on PC to play it on Steam Deck. Follow these steps and you'll be all set:

  1. Open Desktop Mode on your Steam Deck by pressing the Steam button, select Power, then switch to Desktop Mode
  2. In the Discover tab, search for an app called Lutris, then install it
  3. When it's installed, open Lutris and press the + button
  4. Search for, Blizzard's landing spot for all its first-party games, and install it
  5. Log into your account, download Diablo 4, and slay

And if you want to make it so you can thereafter load the game from classic Steam Deck view, be sure to also perform a few more simple steps:

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Diablo 4 - Legendary Aspects And Codex Of Power Guide

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 08:22

The Diablo 4 Codex of Power and Legendary Aspects provide your characters with unique buffs. With these, you can choose perks that will greatly define your build, while also turning certain gear pieces into legendaries in their own right. Here's our guide to help you with Occultist functions, the Codex of Power, and Legendary Aspects in Diablo 4.

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Diablo 4 - All Dungeon Locations And Aspects Guide

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 08:20

There are over 100 dungeons in Diablo 4. Each one rewards you with a particular Legendary Aspect that can be used by certain classes. Here's our Diablo 4 dungeon locations guide to help you find all of these landmarks in the game. And yes, this is really every dungeon in Diablo 4--for now, anyway.

Table of Contents [hide]Diablo 4 dungeons guide

Before we discuss all Diablo 4 dungeons, let's first talk about how you can explore and acquire rewards. First off, the Codex of Power tab shows all the Legendary Aspects that come from your first clear of each dungeon. These are either specific to a class, or for all classes (i.e. General).

Take note that not all Diablo 4 Legendary Aspects come from dungeons. There are also those that can only be extracted as affixes from items. You can learn more in our Legendary Aspects/Codex of Power mechanics guide.

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Diablo 4 - Best Necromancer Legendary Aspects Guide

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 08:17

The Diablo 4 Necromancer Legendary Aspects will turn your favorite undead-loving warrior into a tougher killing machine. Naturally, you'll want to obtain a mix of those from gear pieces and dungeons. Here's our guide to help you with the best Necromancer Legendary Aspects in Diablo 4.

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