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CoD: MW2 PC Beta Minimum/Recommended Specs And Other Options Detailed

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 23:21

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II multiplayer comes to PC today for people who preorder, and Activision has provided a rundown of the minimum and recommended specs and additional general PC settings and options.

The minimum specs for the beta call for 8 GB of RAM, an Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X CPU, along with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 470 card. The recommended specs, meanwhile, call for 16 GB of RAM, an Intel Core i7-4770K or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X CPU, and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580 card. You can see the full minimum and recommended specs below.

In terms of general PC options, Modern Warfare II has a "Quick Settings" menu, new for this year's game, with access to up to 15 options that players can access in and out of matches. Options like master volume, stick sensitivity, mouse sensitivity, and brightness are saved in Quick Settings--in past games, they would have been found in different menus. Players can hover over any of the additional options to save it to Quick Settings.

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Splinter Cell Remake Will Feature A Rewritten Story For "Modern-Day" Audiences

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 23:21

The upcoming Splinter Cell remake will feature a rewritten story, as Ubisoft is looking to update the game and make it more relevant to a "modern-day audience."

In a job listing that was spotted by PSU, Ubisoft is looking to hire a scriptwriter who can faithfully update the original game's story. "Using the first Splinter Cell game as our foundation we are rewriting and updating the story for a modern-day audience," the advertisement reads. "We want to keep the spirit and themes of the original game while exploring our characters and the world to make them more authentic and believable."

Ubisoft says that the applicant who lands the scriptwriting job will need to work with Ubisoft Toronto's narrative team to create a "cohesive and compelling" narrative experience for a "new audience" of Splinter Cell fans. The original Splinter Cell was first released in 2002, a very different and turbulent time that saw radical technologies introduced and Nickleback's unchecked reign over the billboard charts with "How You Remind Me" for far too long. Truly a terrible time for the world.

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Avatar's Re-Release Includes New Footage Of The Way Of Water

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 22:41

The long-awaited sequel to James Cameron's Avatar is coming in December, but ahead of that, the original movie is back in theaters for a special remastered re-release. The re-release opens in the US on September 23, but it debuted in some international markets already. People have reported that the film includes a special look at new scenes from The Way of Water.

Avatar's remastered re-release is out now in France and Korea, and people there reported on social media that the movie ends with a glimpse at the sequel. Intriguingly, it also appears that the Way of Water footage may not be the same in every market and theater, according to Deadline.

The fact that Avatar's re-release would contain a new look at The Way of Water is no big surprise, as it makes sense to sell the audience on coming back in a few months to watch the sequel.

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M. Night Shyamalan's Next Movie Gets Spooky First Trailer Where Family Must Make An "Unthinkable Choice"

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 22:06

The first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's next film has arrived, and it is suitably spooky. The movie, Knock at the Cabin, follows the story of a young girl and her parents who, when on vacation at an idyllic remote cabin the woods, are contacted by four armed strangers who call upon the family to "make an unthinkable choice" to save the world.

"With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost," reads a line from the film's description.

Jonathan Groff and Ben Aldridge play the parents of the little girl, who is played by Kristen Cui. The film also stars Dave Bautista, Rupert Grint, Nikki Amuka-Bird, and Abby Quinn as the four strange people who knock at the cabin and demand the "unthinkable choice." Just what this choice is remains to be seen, but given Shyamalan's history of fake-outs, it's possible the "choice" is not all it seems.

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Logitech G Pro Racing Wheel Comes With Cool Accessibility Features

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 22:03

Logitech unveiled a new steering wheel during its livestream event, a piece of kit aimed at serious racing game fans and packing some impressive specs. A small LED display, force feedback, and low-latency response are all great features to have in an enthusiast kit, but it's the modular design that makes the steering wheel not only that much more customizable but also more accessible to people with disabilities.

The G Pro foot pedals that are sold separately are equipped with a load cell on the brake and pressure detection that precisely registers the applied force. For those players who can't use that hardware, the G Pro has a dual-clutch system that can be used as alternative accelerator and brake pedals. The pedal system also has a more modular setup so that it can be customized to suit player needs.

The top paddle shifters also happen to be magnetic and incorporate hall-effect sensors, although the price for this setup won't be cheap. The G Pro wheel on its own will cost $1,000, while the optional pedals are priced at $350. This does put the Logitech G Pro steering wheel at a more premium price-point when compared to rival brands in that space, such as Thrustmaster and Fanatec.

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Overwatch 2 DPS Heroes Are Getting A Speed Boost At Launch

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 22:02

Ahead of the Overwatch 2 launch next month, Blizzard has posted a preview of changes that players can expect. One of the big tweaks, when compared to the previous betas, is a new passive ability for each class of hero, with DPS role characters getting an increase in speed.

In the betas, DPS heroes retained 30% of their ultimate power when they were swapped out for another character, and this buff will also be applied to Tank and Support heroes. To give DPS characters a more clearly defined role, Blizzard explained in a blog post that these heroes will benefit from a passive movement and reload speed increase after they eliminate an opponent.

"We're introducing a new passive to DPS that increases their movement speed and reload speed by 25% for a brief window after getting an elimination," Blizzard explained. "We believe that this change is the right balance of rewarding players who perform well in the Damage role without being overpowered. However, in future seasons, we may continue to experiment with what these passives do as we look to shake up the meta regularly."

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Destiny 2 PSA: You No Longer Have To Worry About That Tough Champion Quest Requirement

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 08:29

Bungie is removing the requirement to complete a difficult, time-consuming objective for this week's Season of Plunder story quest in Destiny 2. The quest objective to "defeat 50 Champions" will auto-complete for players, allowing them to advance the quest forward much more easily.

Bungie made the announcement on Twitter, stating that the 50 Champion objective was too difficult for some players. Judging by player feedback, that was definitely the case, since Champions mostly appear in high-level content and in relatively low numbers. Even Legendary difficulty Lost Sectors or Nightfall Strikes only include a handful of Champions, forcing players into a large number of runs to complete the requirement. Champions are also more difficult to kill than normal enemies and generally require special seasonal weapon mods to defeat, adding a skill barrier to the requirement.

Due to the completion requirement being too high for many players, we have auto-completed the Champions Defeated objective for this week’s Sails of the Shipstealer Seasonal quest.

— Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) September 21, 2022

The move is a fairly big one, not just because the objective was frustrating a lot of players, especially among Destiny 2's more casual fans. This week's story quest unlocked a big revelation for Season of Plunder's plot, giving new information about the season's main characters, Mithrax and Eido, and advancing the game's overall plot toward its next expansion, Lightfall, in February.

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NBA 2K23 Build List - Best Builds For MyPlayer

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 07:49

NBA 2K23 gives players plenty of options when it comes to creating their characters in MyCareer mode, but the number of choices can be overwhelming for those who don't know where to start. If you're looking to make the best MyPlayer possible, we've got some pointers. Here are some of the best MyPlayer builds for each position in the next-gen version of NBA 2K23.

Best PG Build - Playmaking Shot CreatorPlaymaking Shot Creator is one of the best PG builds.

This Point Guard build will allow your player to be effective both inside and outside the three-point line. It provides a total of 69 Badge Points, with the majority going into Playmaking and Shooting for Hall of Fame Ankle Breaker, Dimer, and Gold Unpluckable, alongside others like Gold Limitless Range, Catch & Shoot, and Deadeye. However, there are just enough points in Finishing to unlock notable Badges including Hall of Fame Giant Slayer, Gold Posterizer, and Gold Limitless Takeoff.

The height and length help when defending on switches and can also unlock certain animations. If you'd like, height can be lowered to gain some speed at the cost of inside finishing. As it stands, we sacrifice a bit of Acceleration, Speed With Ball, and a lot of rebounding stats. Here are the specifics:

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Beverly Hills Cop Original Cast Members Reteam With Eddie Murphy For Netflix's Axel Foley - Report

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 04:29

Eddie Murphy will reteam with his original Beverly Hills Cop co-stars from all across the franchise--Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Paul Reiser, and Bronson Pinchot--on Netflix's Beverly Hills Cop 4, according to Variety.

Reinhold, Ashton, Reiser, and Pinchot will join a cast that also reportedly includes newcomers Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) and Taylour Paige (Zola, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom). It has not been announced who each of these actors will be portraying, nor what side of the law they might be on.

As for the original actors who are coming back, Reinhold and Ashton played Detective Billy Rosewood and Sergeant John Taggart, who were hired to track Axel Foley as he attempted to solve the murder of his best friend. Reiser played Detective Jeffrey Friedman and Pinchot portrayed fan-favorite Serge.

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How Tunic's Cool In-Game Manual Was Made

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 03:14

One of the best links to the past in isometric action-adventure game Tunic is its manual, an in-game instruction booklet that gradually fills up during your quest. Inspired by the glossy manuals that were included with games many years ago, Tunic's tome of information adds intricate illustrations, maps, and tips that help you out during your journey.

According to Tunic lead developer Andrew Shouldice, the game's manual was designed to capture the feeling of physicality that you'd find in a booklet accompanying a classic 8-bit game. "It's more delightful to flip through something that feels like a real object," Shouldice explained in a PS Blog post. "We put extra effort into reproducing the artifacts of old print processes, even going so far as to have visible staples in the middle of the book."

To capture that feeling of a manual that had some wear and tear after years of being flipped through, Shouldice built a real-world version of the booklet and proceeded to fold, rip, tape, and stain it. With some authentic battle damage on the prototype, each page was scanned individually and used as a canvas for the detailed illustrations that explained the more intricate mechanics of Tunic.

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First "Major" Diablo Immortal Update Will Turn Warband Camps Into Castles

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 03:00

Diablo Immortal's next update will be its largest yet, bringing a complete overhaul of the game's much-maligned Warband system along with an additional dungeon, new set items, another seasonal battle pass, and more.

Defined as the game's first "major" update by Blizzard (the developer has classified all previous updates to the free-to-play mobile ARPG as "mini" updates), the Forgotten Nightmares features list is certainly big. At the forefront are changes to Warbands, which serve as mini-clans for up to eight players that, in theory, are there to reward small groups of players for playing together. In actuality, the feature has been criticized by players, as gaining rewards from being in a Warband often required all of its members to be online at exactly the same time in order to complete certain activities.

The Forgotten Nightmares update looks to address some of those issues, though only time will tell if players are satisfied with the changes. Come the update's arrival on September 27, Warband camps will be no more, replaced by the new Castle Cyrangar. There will no longer be any requirement for Warband members to slay a certain number of monsters together in order to establish their base of operations. The requirements for Warband Helliquarry raids are also being adjusted, which come the update will only require four members of a Warband instead of a full team of eight. Completing a Warband Helliquary raid will grant members an additional 400% drop rate increase for Sealed Warband Chests, with the bonus resetting every seven days.

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Reality Check: What Is The Real State Of Blockchain And NFTs In Video Games?

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 03:00

When developer Bungie added the Forsaken expansion to Destiny 2, it also brought several new guns to its live-service experience. One of those weapons, a grenade launcher called The Mountaintop, upended Destiny 2's competitive landscape. It was devastating in fights and became a mainstay of many players' arsenals--and it was incredibly tough to earn, which made it feel like a significant power boost as well as a badge of honor to wield.

Two years later, Bungie "sunset" a number of older weapons by capping their stat levels. With lower stats, those guns couldn't compete in newer or higher-difficulty content, which effectively rendered them obsolete. The Mountaintop was among those sunset weapons, and for many, losing some of the best weapons in their arsenals, guns they'd poured hours of grinding and frustration into earning, was enough to make them abandon Destiny 2 forever. Though Bungie made the change for the health of the game, at least from its point of view, that choice still came at the expense of some of its most die-hard players, who had scraped and struggled to claim The Mountaintop. Something they felt was theirs was taken away. The frustration was enough to drive some players to quit Bungie's MMO shooter entirely.

This Destiny 2 scenario is emblematic of what cryptocurrency advocates point to when they push for the use of blockchain technology and NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, in video games. Lots of talk about integrating the blockchain with games amounts of lofty promises and claims about how the technology empowers players to "own" pieces of games and profit from them. Fundamentally, though, a big part of the appeal is that, in the world imagined by crypto gaming fans, your copy of The Mountaintop would be yours, and once you earned it, Bungie would never be able to change it or take it from you.

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Fortnite 5th Birthday Celebration: Everything You Need To Know

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 02:12

Has it really been five years since Fortnite introduced its battle royale mode? It may be hard to believe, but yes--while it may seem like only a moment has passed, it really has been half a decade of enjoyment already. As such, Epic has decided to throw a 5th Birthday Celebration filled with fun activities, special quests, and even some birthday cake to eat! We've got everything you need to know about the festivities here.

5th Birthday Celebration start and end times

The 5th Birthday Celebration will begin on September 23 at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET and will run until September 27 at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET.

Birthday presents, birthday cake, and balloons

Not only has the battle bus received a birthday makeover during the celebration, but you'll also be able to score some cool stuff on the ground, too. When exploring the map, you can find Birthday Present that you can open to receive high-tier loot and some birthday cake, which you can eat to restore your health.

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Logitech's $350 Gaming Handheld Officially Announced, Plays Halo Infinite And More

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 02:02

Following rumors and leaks, Logitech has officially announced the Logitech G Cloud device, and it's compatible with Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming. That means you can play Halo Infinite, Grounded, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 5 on the go via streaming on the device. It also supports Nvidia GeForce Now.

The device has "precision" controls, a 1080p screen, and battery life that is described by Logitech as "amazing." More specifically, it'll run for about 12 hours on a charge, Logitech said. It weighs 463 grams.

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Andor Explores A Side Of The Empire We've Never Seen Before

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 02:00

The Disney+ series Andor focuses on the titular character who first appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but it introduces a new sect of authority that answers to the Empire: corporate security. Syril Karn, played by Kyle Soller, is one of the security members hot on the trailer of Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), and he's a very different villain than Star Wars fans are used to.

Karn is on the hunt for Cassian after the future Rebel fighter's confrontation with other members of corporate security. Syril is a company man, and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. "I was really surprised about what was written on the page, which was ostensibly a villain, an antagonist to Cassian Andor, who really was in a process of becoming, and figuring out who he is, and who he wants to be," Soller told GameSpot. "He's not fully formed, you know, he's kind of an adolescent in terms of his development. And I was also surprised that he's participating in a kind of side of the Empire that we haven't seen before, in corporate security.

"And the fact that the Empire itself and the Rebellion are not at all where they are when we meet them in Rogue One, and in A New Hope. The Empire is sort of flabby and fat and lazy. And the Rebellion isn't even a thought in people's minds yet. Being able to explore and participate and be in those structures at their state of genesis, as well as being a character that is in a state of flux at the same time, that was a part of Star Wars that I hadn't kind of ever seen before."

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Tom Hardy Competes In Jiu Jitsu Competition, Wins All His Matches

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 01:55

Over the summer, videos of actor Tom Hardy appeared on TikTok competing in a martial arts competition, seemingly doing very well, and ended up winning the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Wolverhampton. This week, Hardy won his matches in another tournament.

Hardy, a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu who trains at Roger Gracie's affiliate schools, participated in the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship. That tournament is part of the Ultimate Martial Arts Championships at Oakgrove school in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England.

The Warrior and Mad Max: Fury Road star, adorned in a blue gi, fought several opponents and eventually won all his matches. Hardy's certificate of achievement was awarded under Edward Hardy, his first name as the actor goes by his middle name professionally.

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PlayStation Boss: We Believe In The Premium Release Before Subscriptions

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 01:49

PlayStation Indies head Shuhei Yoshida has revealed more details on Sony's approach to first-party games and its strategy towards releasing its biggest titles through its subscription services PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium.

According to Yoshida in his interview with Games Industry, Sony still believes in the "premium release of a title at launch" and that when those games are made available on the new PS Plus tiers, the aim is to give those titles an additional revenue stream much later in their lifecycles. There are exceptions to the rule, such as the day-one launches of multiplayer-centric games such as Rocket League and Fall Guys, so that they could quickly establish an online audience.

"In the same kind of way, we believe in the premium release of a title at launch and after maybe six months, or three months, or three years, when the game's sales come down, inclusion into this service, PS Plus Extra, can help introduce these games to new, broader audiences," Yoshida explained.

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Fortnite Herald Boss Fight Guide

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 01:41

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 4 features tons of new changes to the beloved battle royale's POIs and loot pool, largely thanks to the arrival of the Chrome, which has started taking over the map in dramatic fashion. If you've glanced around at the map, you'll notice that Herald's Sanctum is a massive vertical structure erected out of the Chrome that has taken the place of where The Seven's Sanctuary once belonged. Inside this shiny and eerie castle awaits a boss fight against The Herald--whom you may also recognize as this season's secret skin--and she's quite a doozy. Don't worry, though, we'll tell you how to make quick work of her and earn her Mythic Herald's Burst Rifle.

How to defeat The Herald

The Herald is located in the center of Herald's Sanctum where you'll find her admiring an orb. Before taking the fight to her, however, you will definitely want to make sure you've prepared by getting full shields, a few solid weapons, and plenty of ammo. She hits like a truck when she gets on you, so you don't want to be caught out of sorts, especially since her own health bar is massive and takes a while to whittle down.

When you're ready to take her down, walk into the large room with her and line up a headshot with a sniper or other hard-hitting weapon to get her attention. This will knock a bit of damage off of her shield to get things started.

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House Of The Dragon Is Averaging 29M Viewers Per Episode, Here's How That Compares To Game Of Thrones

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 01:34

HBO's Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon, is putting up big viewership numbers. According to Variety, the show is now averaging 29 million viewers per episode in the US. This counts viewership across cable TV, HBO Max, and all other places where people can watch HBO content.

Forbes reported that the original Game of Thrones picked up an average of 9.3 million viewers per episode in 2011 for its debut season. Importantly, though, that was a decade ago when there was no HBO Max. George R.R. Martin had published some of the A Song of Ice and Fire books, but the fantasy series overall was new to many and didn't have the cultural significance that is has now thanks to the Game of Thrones show.

Game of Thrones ended its run with an average of 44 million viewers per episode in its eighth and final season in 2019. The spinoff series, House of the Dragon, was never expected to perform as well as the main show. This is something that series star Matt Smith previously spoke about.

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September's Xbox Update Is Out Now With Color-Changing Xbox Button, Revamped Library, And More

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 01:32

The September update for Xbox is here, adding in new storage options, easier access to your games, and more.

The new update launches today, September 21, and Xbox has made it easier for you to access your games and apps with a revamp to your library. The full library view has been streamlined to show you all the games you have access to install and play, as well as an all games section which will include games you can play through any subscriptions you have, like Game Pass, EA Access, and Games with Gold.

The new color-change update.Gallery

The new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 - Core in white is now available too, and with this latest update you'll be able to change the Xbox button color on any Series 2 Elite controller. You can do so in the Xbox Accessories app on your Xbox console or PC, as long as your controller is connected.

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