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  2. At the DC FanDome event, WB Montreal and DC Comics showed off a new trailer for Gotham Knights, the upcoming co-op action game set in the Batman universe. The trailer focuses on story and continues to set up the game's main antagonists: the Court of Owls. In an unexpected twist, however, this time it isn't the voice of a young girl, unsettlingly reciting the terrifying legend of the Court of Owls and their murderous assassin, the Talon. Instead, it is Oswald 'The Penguin' Cobblepot, one of Batman's primary villains, warning Nightwing that the Court of Owls isn't a myth and that pursuing them is something that he won't be able to come back from. Of course, Nightwing isn't alone in seeking out the Court of Owls, as Gotham Knights allows players to take on the mantle of various members of the Bat-family. In the trailer, an ornate gate with the sigil of the Court of Owls is shown opening, and figures wearing menacing owl masks walk out from the shadows and into the light. Nightwing can be seen skulking around a dark and decrepit cathedral-like structure; Robin picks up a rusty key with an owl on it; Batgirl explores what looks to be a cave while, just out of view, a figure scurries by above her; and Red Hood, meanwhile, is shown being caught in a trap and caged. The aforementioned little girl does make her return for the trailer, but this time she's doing some creepy singing as images of dozens of Talons emerging from coffins are shown, and the members of the Bat-family are besieged by them. At FanDome, a behind-the-scenes video was also shown. In it, key creatives that were involved in the original Court of Owls comic book arc discuss Gotham Knights. "One of the joys of writing comics is the hope that someone will take that story and make it something their own," explained acclaimed writer and co-creator of the Court of Owls, Scott Snyder. "I think the folks at Warner Bros. have done a fantastic job at translating and evolving the Court of Owls into the game." Greg Capullo, comic book artist and co-creator of the Court of Owls, as well as Jim Lee, legendary comic book artist, publisher, and chief creative officer at DC, added that fans love these characters--both the heroes and villains--and now people will be able to play the conflict that the Court of Owls instigates themselves. Members of the WB Montreal dev team including narrative director Ann Lemay and creative director Patrick Redding also appeared to talk about how the studio used the source material to bring the story to a new medium in their own way. Interestingly, it seems WB Montreal has expanded and added to the mythos of the Court of Owls, along with help from Snyder and other creatives at DC. Gotham KnightsGallery In terms of gameplay, Redding talks about how the Talon serves as a unique challenge for players to figure out. They must learn the key weaknesses of the seemingly unstoppable assassins, which will inform how they outfit themselves for combat. In March, Gotham Knights was delayed until 2022. Warner Bros. said the change was due to a need for additional development time. As of yet a more specific release date has not been provided. The game is expected to launch for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S and X, and PC. View the full article
  3. Perhaps Mojang's biggest announcement at Minecraft Live today was a major new expansion for the open-ended sandbox game called The Wild. Coming in 2022, The Wild is a celebration of the beauty and majesty of the outdoors and underground settings of Minecraft's world. One of the new biomes added in The Wild is the Mangrove, which is a forest, of sorts, that exists on top of water. The mangrove is home to new wildlife, including frogs (a commonly requested addition from the community), as well as boats to use and chests to unlock. In addition to frogs, there are tadpoles, too, and the frogs and tadpoles represent Minecraft's first cold-blooded animals. The frogs eat fireflies, which are also new to Minecraft. The Mangrove also includes a new tree regeneration system that allows them to pick propagules off trees and replant them. The Mangrove is also home to a new type of wood, mud blocks, which can be crafted by mixing water and clay. Walking on mud makes you sink slightly. The Wild update also takes players to the Deep Dark biome, which is set deep underground in a ruined civilization. It is overgrown with a strange new set of blocks called Skulk blocks, and it is the home of the evil Warden. This enemy has no eyes, reacting only on vibration. As such, players will be sneaking around, trying to avoid detection. This is among the first stealth-based components to Minecraft, the developers say. The Deep Dark and the Warden were previously expected to release in 2021 but have shifted to a new date in 2022 that has not been announced yet. It's been a long time coming, as the Warden was announced for Minecraft back during Minecraft Live 2020. In addition to the Warden, the evil Shrieker enemy will spawn with the Warden and is another force to be reckoned with. The Deep Dark also has chests containing loot that can only be found in Deep Dark. What's Next For Minecraft Dungeons Mojang made a series of other announcements at Minecraft Live today, including what's next for Minecraft Dungeons. A new live-service element called Seasonal Adventures is coming this December. Players can complete weekly challenges to earn points that they can spend on cosmetics like skins, capes, pets, emotes, and "flairs" that make their character perform a specific action when taking down an enemy or levelling up, for example. Seasonal Adventures comes to Minecraft Dungeons Season One of Minecraft Dungeons' new Seasonal Adventures is called The Cloudy Climb. It adds a new location, the Tower, which is a single-player experience. You start with a blank-slate character called the Tower Avatar and you make your way up the floors of the tower, which are populated with mobs, and each one more difficult than the last. Each floor is themed and has new enemies, and progress can be saved between floors, which take only a few minutes to complete. Mojang plans to release a new Tower about every two weeks, and the Tower is global and the same for everyone. Everyone who completes the Towers gets multiple rewards, while those who even attempt it will receive a reward for their efforts, too. Mob Vote What's more, Mojang announced this year's Mob Vote, which calls on the community to vote for which mob they want to see added to Minecraft in the future. The options include the following (written by Mojang): Glare: The Glare is a flying/floating mob that hates the darkness and will help players determine if it’s dark enough for monsters to spawn. It searches for too-dark areas, flies there and shows the player with a special sound and animation that it does not like the darkness. The Glare is tameable and can be carried in a bottle or bucket. Allay: A peaceful, cute and helpful mob that loves to collect items and loves music. The Allay collects items that match what it holds, bringing those collected items to the player. If a note block is playing nearby, the Allay drops the items there. Copper Golem: Adding additional usages for copper, the Copper Golem is constructed by players and can fully oxidize over time, freezing in place like a statue. The Copper Golem will randomly press copper buttons, adding entropy to Minecraft Big Stats Finally, Mojang shared new statistics about Minecraft that speak to the game's massive and enduring popularity. The game has players in every country on Earth, including Antarctica and Vatican City, Mojang said. More than 500 million people in China alone have registered for Minecraft, while the game has sold more than 238 million copies to date. In August 2021, the game set a new record for monthly active users, reaching 140 million. And it's not just Mojang that makes money off Minecraft, as the Minecraft Marketplace has paid out more than $350 million to creators selling their mods and add-ons. And more than two-thirds of all Minecraft players make use of fan-made Marketplace content each week, Mojang said. Mojang made other announcements at Minecraft Live, too, including Minecraft coming to Game Pass on PC and that Minecraft's Cliffs & Caves Part II expansion will be released this year. View the full article
  4. Minecraft's biggest update ever, Cliffs & Caves, was so big that Mojang decided to split it into two pieces. The second part of the expansion, which the developers say make the game feel like Minecraft 2.0, will be released at the end of 2021, Mojang said at Minecraft Live today. Part II adds a new world generation system that allows for bigger worlds than in vanilla Minecraft. The world has an increased high limit, so in essence, everything can be bigger in scope. Any of your previously created worlds will be "blended" into Cliffs & Caves Part II, taking advantage of the new world generation system. Or you can keep playing on your standard worlds. But Mojang says the idea is that, when you are ready to move forward to the new world-generation system, your content will move with you. Players can also look forward to visiting new places like additional caves, while the size of ore veins has been increased. "Scale bigger mountains, unearth elaborate caves, and mine large ore veins. Discover lush cave and dripstone cave biomes. Push boundaries with the increased world height and traverse the updated terrain. Light up your world with candles, then stick one in a cake to celebrate becoming a savvy spelunker and master mountaineer," Mojang says of the new update. Cliffs & Caves Part 1 released in June as a free update to Minecraft. Minecraft Live also brought news about Minecraft's PC edition coming to Game Pass and a new expansion for Minecraft called The Wild in 2022. Minecraft Dungeons, meanwhile, is getting a new live-service element in the form of Seasonal Adventures. View the full article
  5. Minecraft is one of Microsoft's flagship titles, but curiously it is not available on Xbox Game Pass for PC. That's about to change, as Mojang announced at Minecraft Live today that Minecraft is headed to Game Pass on PC on November 2 through a special bundle that includes Minecraft's Bedrock and Java editions. Not only is this the first time Minecraft is coming to Game Pass on PC (it's already available for Game Pass on console), but this is the first time the Bedrock and Java editions are being bundled together in a single launcher. Bedrock supports cross-play on PC, console, and mobile, though the Java and Bedrock editions do not work together. Mojang is making this change in part to help streamline the user experience. Come November 2, players can launch Minecraft Bedrock and Java from the same launcher. As part of this, players will need to create a Microsoft Account, which offers better security, Mojang said. The new Minecraft PC bundle comprising Bedrock and Java will be available at retail, too, while everyone who buys Bedrock also gets Java, and vice versa. This was just one of Mojang's announcements at Minecraft Live today. The developer also announced a big new update for Minecraft called The Wild that is launching in 2022. The studio also revealed Cliffs & Caves Part II is coming this year, along with a substantial update to Minecraft Dungeons that adds a new live service element called Seasonal Adventures. View the full article
  6. Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League is the newest game from Rocksteady Studios, the acclaimed developer of the Batman: Arkham series. At the DC FanDome event, a new trailer for the title was shown, and although it didn't provide any insight into gameplay, it was a good showcase of the overall humorous mood and tone of what Rocksteady is going for. The setup isn't all that different from most stories involving Taskforce X. Once again, Amanda Waller puts together a team of criminals that are sent on a suicide mission with the promise of freedom should they succeed. This suicide mission, however, involves killing off the Justice League, which the odds of achieving feel slim. The trailer begins in Arkham Asylum, a setting which will be familiar--and looks very familiar--to fans of Rocksteady's Batman games. The squad Waller puts together is Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark. The madness begins in Metropolis, home of Superman, where it looks like an invasion has taken place. Given the look of the spacecraft, the purple energy firing off all over the place, and the alien monsters appearing, this could all be the work of Brainiac, a supervillain that has crossed paths with Superman and the Justice League many times. In one scene a giant monster is shown towering over Taskforce X but is unceremoniously stabbed by a giant sword. Interestingly, all the members of the team are shown on-screen before the monster is stabbed, indicating that the crew might have some help on their side during the mission. This, of course, is unsurprising given that this kind of invasion would bring together many other heroes, but it'll be interesting to see which characters from the wider DC universe make surprise appearances. This is also the first trailer that gives us a good look at most of the Justice League. The previous trailer showed off Superman, and he once again appears in this trailer firing beams from his eyes, while also looking corrupted in some fashion. Flash makes an appearance, taking a prominent speaking role in the trailer giving Taskforce X some smack talk. Green Lantern also makes his debut--it looks like Rocksteady has picked John Stewart as the Lantern for its universe--and Wonder Woman also kicks some ass during the video. One thing that is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment is that Superman, at one point, is shown as being pinned down and kicking someone off him. It looks like that person is Wonder Woman, which means she could also be the person that kills the monster earlier and has somehow not been corrupted by whatever has affected the other members of the Justice League. Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice LeagueGallery You may have noticed there is one major omission from the Justice League's ranks thus far: Batman. He doesn't seem to appear in the trailer and that may be because he's, technically, supposed to be dead. Suicide Squad: Kills The Justice League takes place in the same universe as Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham series, which concluded with Bruce Wayne seemingly being killed in an explosion at Wayne Manor. A secret ending suggested that this was a ruse and that he was actually killing off Bruce Wayne to fully embrace the Batman persona, but the implication is that the world believes he's dead. Rocksteady's Sefton Hill previously said that some of the narrative threads established in the Arkham trilogy will be picked up in Suicide Squad, but he didn't share specifics. Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League is a 1-4 player co-op game, though you can play single-player and have your companions played by AI and switch between them. The game is expected to launch for PS5, Xbox Series S and X, and PC in 2022. View the full article
  7. The Analogue Pocket is finally nearing its release date, and with it comes the announcement of the portable device's feature-rich operating system. Analogue OS goes beyond just supporting the fundamental functions of the Pocket and is instead a new portal for the preservation of all the games the Pocket supports. Analogue OS is being designed as the new way for avid collectors to catalogue, save, and share their games and experiences with other like-minded players, adding in functionality never possible for the array of Game Boy (original, Color, and Advance), Atari Lynx, and Game Gear games that are supported. It starts with save states, with the OS allowing you to store numerous snapshots of saves from any supported title, letting you pause the action wherever you are. Analogue OS also allows you to capture moments of your gameplay directly, with onboard storage of all your screenshots catalogued by game. Games themselves can also be collected into playlists (that can also be shared), and have their data edited so that you can add custom artwork, titles, and more. There's also some nice quality-of-life features, such as a timeline of your activity on the Pocket that lets you see what you were busy with last, and a full calendar that showcases your use of each game. For those really into collecting, Analogue OS will also enable you to check the revisions of cartridge games on the go, which will make hunting for very specific revisions much easier. Just by plugging in a cartridge, Analogue OS will provide you with specific details on its revision number and additional metadata, which might come in handy for games that went through numerous versions as certain assets were edited out or included. Save States are a big part of Analogue OSThis is all so impressive because of how the Analogue Pocket is built. With two FPGA processors, Analogue is achieving this at a hardware level for the first time, according to the company. Analogue stresses that there is no emulation involved, which makes the inclusion of features never supported by the games themselves that much more impressive. Analogue also says that Analogue OS will allow hobbyists to make use of the secondary FPGA core to make changes and new feature additions, while Analogue itself will be updating the OS periodically. The Analogue Pocket has been sold out for ages already, but orders are expected to start shipping in December this year. View the full article
  8. It's a new day in the Fortnite Item Shop and that means a new Fortnitemares skin has arrived. This time, it's the brand-new Gummy Fishstick skin and his complete Delicious Fishes set. If you're not into the sweet stuff, there's also a never-before-seen emote, plus the return of an entire undead soccer team. Here's what's in the Fortnite Item Shop for October 16, 2021. Gummy Fishstick is certainly the highlight, and makes for one of the only Fortnitemares 2021 skins that isn't designed to be spooky. Instead, he's rather playful and made to look like a Swedish Fish candy. He comes in several different colors and you can customize his top and bottom halves so he sports two different and vibrant colors in every match. He comes with back bling, but if you want to complete his entire set, there are a few more pieces you'll need. Here's everything in the Delicious Fishes set: Gummy Fishstick skin and The Original Puffa Pak back bling - 1,200 V-Bucks Giant Jelly Sourfish pickaxe - 500 V-Bucks Ultrasour wrap - 300 V-Bucks Fishstick's new look will leave you with a toothache if you overdo it.That means the complete set will run you 2,000 V-Bucks, or about $16. This is a new arrival but a lot of seasonal skins only come around for their respective holidays, so if you don't grab Gummy Fishstick this month, he may not be back until next October. If you'd rather sport something spooky, the Dead Ball set is back and offers eight different soccer stars--with the added detail that they're, well, undead. Each one costs 1,200 V-Bucks and includes the Dead Card back bling. As for new emotes, the Drum Solo emote comes as the latest in the Icon Series. You can grab it now for 500 V-Bucks. Elsewhere in the Item Shop, the Tom Hardy-inspired Venom skin is back with the new Eddie Brick built-in emote. Take on enemies as the jock or his symbiote form--it's up to you. You can snag the complete Venom bundle for 2,800 V-Bucks, or pick and choose from the symbiotic selection. The massive Halloween section continues to grow, with almost every Halloween skin released to the store this month still available in it today, including Rick Grimes. Expect this trend to continue over the next two weeks. In the meantime, don't miss the big news of the week: Fortnite And Among Us will collaborate on a future crossover. View the full article
  9. Last week
  10. 343 Industries has announced that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be available to play for free until October 17 at 11:59 PM PT (2:59 AM ET on October 18). The offer is available on Xbox or Steam. During this period, the entire collection is also discounted 50% both as a bundle or individually. The titles include Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4. Halo: The Master Chief Collection has all of the latest seasonal updates from 343 Industries. Season 8 of Halo: The Master Chief Collection is currently underway with new features such as custom game browser support, as well as some new weapon and vehicle skins for Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 3. The latter also has new golden collectible Moas hidden throughout its campaign missions and a new map called Icebox. New Mythic Armors inspired by mythology and high fantasy were added to Halo 3 and Halo: Reach. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is also available via Xbox Game Pass. The latest entry in the franchise, Halo Infinite, will launch on December 8 on PC, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. However, the game will not have a co-op campaign or Forge at launch. View the full article
  11. The achievements for the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy: The Definition Edition have allegedly leaked and they seem to contain a few references to old GTA secrets and memes. The list, which was data mined from Rockstar's PC launcher, contains the type of achievements you would normally expect, like completing missions and amassing a ton of money, but a few achievements seem to be references. As reported by Kotaku, all three achievement lists were shared on GTA Forums by user alloc8or, complete with both the achievement names and descriptions. The GTA San Andreas list includes two meme references, one of which originated in San Andreas. One of the achievements is titled "...Here we go again" which is a reference to the meme of C.J. saying the line in GTA San Andreas. The achievement is for starting a new save file after getting 100% completion on an earlier save file. The other GTA San Andreas meme achievement is "They Can't Stop All of Us" for sneaking into the underground base without setting off the alarm in the "Black Project" mission. This is a reference to the Storm Area 51 meme where some people "attempted" to storm the military base. Another GTA San Andreas achievement references an achievement in Red Dead Redemption's Undead Nightmare DLC, which was itself a reference to the original release of GTA San Andreas. The achievement is titled "81 Years Too Late" and is earned for spending 24 hours in the countryside on foot looking for Big Foot. The name of the achievement refers to the year when Red Dead Redemption takes place, and to the achievement called "Six Years In The Making" which was earned by finding and killing Big Foot. The achievement was referencing a rumor about GTA San Andreas, which came out six years before Red Dead Redemption, which said that Big Foot could be found in the game--which wasn't true. Grand Theft Auto Trilogy: The Definitive Edition is set to release later this year PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and on PC through the Rockstar Games Launcher, with mobile versions arriving in 2022. View the full article
  12. Twitch announced that the latest data breach did not leak users' login credentials, full credit card numbers, or ACH/bank information--personal information people were worried had been compromised when the security breach was first made public on October 6. Confirmed leaked information include documents from Twitch’s source code repository, as well as a subset of creator payout data. The number of people impacted is minimal, Twitch claims, and individuals affected directly have been reached out to. The security breach stemmed from a server configuration change that allowed unauthorized access from third parties--an issue Twitch says they have now fixed. The leaked Twitch information was made publicly available in a 125GB torrent link post to 4chan. In addition to the creator payout data, information about an unannounced competitor project to Steam, nicknamed "Vapor," was also included. Even though Twitch claims no login credentials were compromised--and if you haven't done so already--it'd still be a wise decision to change your password to protect your account. Better safe than sorry! In other Twitch news, the platform recently implemented more tools to help users combat "hate raids" after much push from the Twitch community. Twitch creators can now implement phone-verified and email-verified chat settings, which ask chat users to verify their phone number or email once. Twitch streamers can also adjust which pool for chat participants this verification applies to and can exempt VIPs, subscribers, and moderators. View the full article
  13. Fortnite and DC Comics are teaming up once more, and fans can enjoy new related items, both physical and digital, later this month. On October 26, a new one-shot comic, Batman/Fortnite: Foundation, will launch in comic shops, and buyers will unlock the new Batman Who Laughs Fortnite skin as well as some other in-game items for no charge. Here's what you need to know about Batman/Fortnite: Foundation and all the complimentary Item Shop cosmetics you can grab with the comic book. Batman/Fortnite: Foundation The one-shot comic will debut on October 26 and, as you may have guessed based on the name, will feature the mysterious Fortnite original character The Foundation in a prominent role. If the cover art is to be believed, it seems the Dark Knight and Fortnite's man of mystery (who is definitely voiced by The Rock) will do battle, though the reason for their feud isn't known just yet--we'll have to read it to learn that. We haven't seen The Foundation since he fell into deep waters following the alien attack that kicked off Season 7, and we still don't really know whether he's an ally of Jonesy's, Slone's, or perhaps led by motivations that are entirely his own. Fortnite loves an elongated mystery, though at least one prominent fan wonders if this upcoming comic is more closely linked to the canon than we know right now. Anyone who buys the comic in any format will also receive a code for several new DC Comics in-game skins including: The Batman Who Laughs skin Robin’s Perch back bling Dark Days loading screen The Batman Who Laughs and his cosmetic set will come to Fortnite later in October.If you want the new cosmetics but don't want the comic book, you can find The Batman Who Laughs and his bundled cosmetics, including some not included in the comic, in the Fortnite Item Shop on the same day as the comic's launch. Specifically, he'll appear in the digital store on October 26 at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET. Who Is The Batman Who Laughs? If you're unfamiliar with this alternate take on DC's most beloved character, don't fret. He's not been around very long and we're happy to catch you up. The Batman Who Laughs is a 2017 invention of Scott Snyder, the longtime Batman scribe who reimagined Bruce Wayne as a twisted hero who finally breaks, kills Joker, and falls from grace, eventually going mad and adopting parts of Joker's unhinged persona. Of all the Batman skins already in Fortnite, this is certainly the most unlike the others. In Fortnite, The Batman Who Laughs will be part of the new Dark Multiverse cosmetic set, named as a nod to the comics' storyline that sees worlds literally collide--typical comic book stuff, to be honest. That might mean we'll see more DC heroes and villains come to the game via this new set--and certainly other sets anyway. There have been rumors of a Lex Luthor skin too, so we'll keep on the lookout for such a leak or reveal. For more on Fortnite this week, don't miss the upcoming Among Us collaboration and the hefty 18.20 patch notes. View the full article
  14. Minecraft Live 2021 is happening October 16, and it's bound to include some major announcements on what's next for Mojang's eternally popular voxel-based sandbox, as well as some possible news on what's next for franchise's action-RPG spinoff Minecraft Dungeons. Some of the biggest names in the Minecraft content creator scene will be part of the stream, and fans will even get to vote on what new mob type will be joining the game. There have also been reports of new projects in the works at Mojang that may or may not be Minecraft adjacent, meaning the upcoming Minecraft Live broadcast will hopefully have at least a few surprises in store for fans. Here's how to watch the upcoming show and what to expect. How To Watch Minecraft Live 2021 Minecraft Live 2021 is being broadcasted just about everywhere, and can be watched via the official Minecraft website, YouTube, Facebook, or Twitch channel. GameSpot's stream of the festivities is embedded above. Minecraft Live 2021 Start Times 9 AM PDT 12 PM EDT 1 PM BRT 5 PM BST 6 PM CEST 1 AM JST 3 AM AEDT What To Expect From Minecraft Live 2021 Previous Minecraft Live events have shared news on major upcoming updates, such as the announcement of the Caves & Cliffs update, as well as the Nether update, which released in 2020 but was announced at Minecraft Live 2019. It seems likely then that fans will learn what the next big update will be for Minecraft proper during this year's show. Minecraft Dungeons continues to do well, having seen more than 10 million players, and recently released on Steam following the release of the game's Echoing Void expansion. What's next for the dungeon crawler is unclear, but it certainly wouldn't be surprising to learn that Mojang has more Minecraft Dungeons content in the works. Fans will also get to vote on which new mob will be coming to Minecraft during the event. Players can vote for either the Copper Golem, Allay, or Glare mob, with the winner coming to the game in the near future. View the full article
  15. Xbox Game Pass lets players enjoy a vast library of games on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S for a monthly subscription price, including upcoming releases like Halo Infinite. While getting access to a ton of games for a low price is already a great deal, Xbox Game Pass also lets you earn rewards points, which can be used towards digital purchases or contests. These points come from Xbox Game Pass quests, which are part of the Microsoft Rewards system. Basically, you can earn cash to spend on games or DLC just from playing Game Pass titles. How Microsoft Rewards Work The main page of the Microsoft Rewards app on XboxMicrosoft Rewards is a system that awards people points for using different Microsoft services. The rewards are tied to a person's Microsoft/Xbox account and are awarded for doing different tasks. They vary by platform. On the PC/mobile side, for instance, the points are awarded for using Bing as a search engine. For Xbox users, points are awarded for many different actions, some of which need to be claimed and some that are awarded automatically. All digital game purchases on Xbox and the Windows Store give users points automatically. There are also special offers available in the Microsoft Rewards app on Xbox, and there are Xbox Game Pass quests. How To Earn Points Xbox Game Pass questsFor Xbox Game Pass quests, they can be found in the Xbox Game Pass section on the Xbox console, under the gaming section on your profile page, or on the Xbox Game Pass mobile app. There, you will find sections for daily, weekly, and monthly quests that award Microsoft Reward points. Many of the quests revolve around playing Game Pass games and earning Achievements in Game Pass games, and this includes games you own that also happen to be on Game Pass. One of the static daily quests is for launching any Game Pass game, which awards five points. Some of the monthly quests are based on completing a certain number of daily and weekly quests during the month. There are also quests for performing specific tasks in games available on Xbox Game Pass. Some examples are obtaining five items in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard or killing two enemies in We Happy Few, with both quests awarding 75 points. These quests will need to be turned in once completed, and that can be done in the Xbox Game Pass reward menu or by opening the system notification that appears whenever a quest is completed. The quests do not need to be activated prior to completing them. Xbox users also earn 20 reward points for every dollar spent on digital games. There are also additional offers available in the Microsoft Rewards app on Xbox. Some of these offers award bonus points for earning Achievements in new releases. Additionally, there are bonus offers for purchasing new games, which can give up to 6000 additional reward points. Unlike the Xbox Game Pass quests, these offers need to be activated in order to complete them. How to Redeem Points The Microsoft Rewards redemption pageThe Microsoft Rewards app is also where you can redeem the points you have earned. There are three categories of redemption items: shop, play to win, and donate. In the shop category, you can redeem points for Xbox gift cards, Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, and even Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions. You can also get digital gift cards to a number of places, like Uber Eats, Starbucks, and Taco Bell. There is also the option to set an auto-redeem for an Xbox gift card, which will automatically spend your points at the start of each month--if you have enough--on an Xbox gift card at a slight discount. The play to win category has a variety of sweepstakes that you can spend points to enter. The prizes range from custom Xbox Series X consoles to $1,000 in Microsoft gift cards if you win. In the donate section, you can use your reward points to donate money to a variety of charitable organizations, like the World Wildlife Fund, Girls Who Code, and the AbleGamers Foundation. View the full article
  16. Rockstar Games appears to be teasing a UFO-themed Halloween update for Grand Theft Auto V's multiplayer mode, GTA Online. "Strange sightings in GTA Online as Halloween approaches," the developer said in a tweet featuring a clipping from the in-universe newspaper, Los Santos Meteor, describing a UFO sighting and the drama and casualties that followed. "Strange lights spotted over Paleto Bay," reads the headline. The subhead states, "Locals open fire at sky--limited casualties." GTA Online celebrates Halloween each year, and GTA V and GTA Online have been known to be visited by UFOs in the past--it appears that Rockstar is combining both traditions this year. This appears to be connected to Rockstar's previous tease, in which it told fans that an update in October would include "special surprises," including some "unusual activity" in and around southern San Andreas. Paleto Bay is at the base of Mt. Chiliad, which is at the center of GTA Online's UFO mysteries. In addition to this upcoming Halloween/UFO event, Rockstar is working on another "exciting adventure" for GTA Online that features familiar faces. In other news, Rockstar recently officially announced the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition, which features updated versions of GTA III, San Andreas, and Vice City. Outside of that, more details about the improvements for GTA Online and GTA V for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S will be announced "in the months to come." View the full article
  17. Capcom Japan has launched a 25th anniversary website for the Resident Evil franchise. The site is Halloween-themed as it's filled with pumpkin icons indicating new announcements throughout the rest of October. There are two announcements kicking off the celebration, the first of which is a social media campaign on Twitter. From today, October 15 to November 12, Capcom is soliciting posts from Resident Evil fans for Halloween. The posts can be anything from cosplays, illustrations, or favorite memories. In order to participate, you must follow the official Japanese Resident Evil Twitter account, and tweet using the hashtags #BioHalloween and whichever category the it falls under: #Cosplay, #Memories, or #Illustration The lottery prizes given out for this campaign are pretty great, too. They include a Sony 4K Organic EL TV, a 128GB Oculus Quest 2 headset, a Republic of Gamers Delta S headset, as well as some merchandise. For the Oculus Quest 2 prize, in particular, there will be a total of three given out. Two of the winners will be chosen at random from those who tweeted during the campaign for all three categories. As for the third headset, it works a little differently. From the top 10 people who received the most retweets from the posts of each category, one person will be chosen at random to win it. The second announcement is one that we already know about, which is Resident Evil 4 VR's release date on Oculus Quest 2 on October 21. There will be seven additional announcements coming this October. Three of them will be revealed on the 21st, two on the 22nd, and one each on the 25th and 29th. So far, there isn't an English version of this website, but hopefully, these upcoming announcements will involve global Resident Evil fans as well. In related news, Resident Evil 7 has recently passed 10M copies hipped. View the full article
  18. Epic Games just launched a Connect and Save event that gives new and existing email subscribers a $10 coupon. Sign-up works similar to any other store’s email alerts program, which asks users for an email address to send information on new releases, deals, and happenings related to the Epic Games Store. This limited-time deal lasts from October 15 to November 15. Check off the box to subscribe under Communication PreferencesAll you need to do to claim the coupon is sign up for emails if you haven’t already. Just look under your Epic Games account’s communications preferences to change your subscription status. If you’re already subscribed, there’s no need to re-subscribe. Epic should automatically send the coupon to all existing subscribers within 24 hours after the event starts. If you’re not subscribed, then check off the box that asks users about signing up for Epic’s email program. Epic will send the coupons as fast as it can, but it also asks users to wait up to 24 hours for them. Once you receive the coupon in an email, click through to automatically apply it to any eligible purchase. Check your account inventory before buying if you’re not sure it registered. The $10 coupon applies to many purchases, but not all. You can use the coupon on any full game that costs $15 or more. As Epic states, the coupons won’t work on “pre-purchases, add-ons, virtual currency, or in-game purchases.” So no DLC, preorders, or any other content that isn’t an already released standalone game. It’ll apply to your next purchase so long as it meets these requirements. Also, the $10 coupon has a time limit. Connect and Save runs from 7:01 am PT on October 15 until 11:59 pm PT on November 15. Coupons expire after the event, so use them while you can! View the full article
  19. Nintendo Switch Online, the subscription service required to play most of the platform's games online, also comes with access to select games from the NES and SNES library. In the future, the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription will add Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games, as well, and the selection available has grown over time. Below, we've included a list of every game you can currently play via Nintendo Switch Online, as well as those announced for the Expansion Pack service. They're broken up by platform, and many have additional online features not found in the originals. Additionally, they all feature save states--many of the original NES and SNES games didn't allow for saving at all, much less saving at any point to return to later. The Expansion Pass will be available on October 25 and costs $50 for an individual plan and $80 for a family plan. Special controllers based on the Nintendo 64 and Genesis will be available, as well. Nintendo Entertainment System Adventures of Lolo Balloon Fight Baseball Blaster Master City Connection Clu Clu Land Crystalis Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 3 Donkey Kong Jr. Double Dragon Double Dragon II: The Revenge Dr. Mario Eliminator Boat Duel Excitebike Fire 'n Ice Ghosts'n Goblins Gradius Ice Climber Ice Hockey Journey to Silius Kid Icarus Kirby's Adventure Kung-Fu Heroes Mario Bros. Metroid Mighty Bomb Jack NES Open Tournament Golf Nightshade Ninja Gaiden Ninja JaJaMaru-kin Pro Wrestling Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream River City Ransom Rygar S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team Shadow of the Ninja Soccer Solomon's Key StarTropics Super Dodge Ball Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Tecmo Bowl Tennis The Immortal The Legend of Zelda TwinBee Vice: Project Doom Volleyball Vs. Excitebike Wario's Woods Wrecking Crew Yoshi Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Super Nintendo Entertainment System Bombuzal Brawl Brothers Breath of Fire Breath of Fire 2 Caveman Ninja Claymates Demon's Crest Donkey Kong Country Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong-Quest Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Doomsday Warrior F-Zero Jely Boy Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics Kirby Super Star Kirby's Dream Course Kirby's Dream Land 3 Magical Drop 2 Mario's Super Picross Natsume Championship Wrestling Operation Logic Bomb Panel de Pon Pilotwings Pop'n TwinBee Prehistorik Man Psycho Dream Smash Tennis Spanky's Quest Star Fox Star Fox 2 Stunt Race FX Suer EDF Earth Defense Force Super Baseball Simulator 1,000 Super Ghouls'n Ghosts Super Mario All-Stars Super Mario Kart Super Mario World Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Super Metroid Super Punch-Out!! Super Puyo Puyo 2 Super Soccer Super Tennis Super Valis IV The Ignition Factor The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past The Peace Keppers The Peacekeepers Tuff E Nuff Wild Guns Nintendo 64 (coming soon) Dr. Mario 64 Mario Kart 64 Mario Tennis Sin and Punishment Star Fox 64 Super Mario 64 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time WinBack Yoshi's Story Sega Genesis/Mega Drive (coming soon) Castlevania: Bloodlines Contra: Hard Corps Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine Ecco the Dolphin Golden Axe Gunstar Heroes Musha Phantasy Star IV Ristar Shining Force Shinobi III Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Streets of Rage Strider View the full article
  20. The recently announced Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis controllers for Nintendo Switch are available to purchase now at the Nintendo Store for $50 each. You have to be a Nintendo Switch Online member to purchase them, and chances are you'll only want them if you plan on upgrading to Switch Online + Expansion Pack later this month. The controllers could sell out quickly, but Nintendo tends to periodically release more stock for its retro controllers. Nintendo is allowing members to purchase up to four of each model. Orders begin shipping on October 25. The new wireless controllers are faithfully designed to match the original looks of these classic gamepads. That means the N64 controller retains its bizarre three-handle design, and the Sega Genesis controller only has three face buttons (rather than the six that were featured on the updated Genesis controller). Weird truth: The release of this Genesis controller means that Nintendo manufactured an official controller for Sega games. Nintendo revealed pricing details for Switch Online + Expansion Pack during the Animal Crossing Direct stream. Switch Online + Expansion Pack costs $50 per year for an individual membership and $80 per year for a family membership (supports up to eight users). That's quite the leap in price from the standard tier ($20 for individual, $35 for family). The Expansion Pack tier includes access to a growing library of N64 and Sega Genesis games as well as the newly revealed Happy Home Paradise Animal Crossing DLC. View the full article
  21. Microsoft has announced that Xbox Mini Fridge preorders will be available starting October 19. The Xbox Mini Fridge costs $100 and will only be sold at select retailers across the globe. In the US and in Canada, the fridge will only be sold at Target. The fridge will also be sold in Europe, with GAME being the exclusive retailer in the UK. Meanwhile, fans in Germany, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Poland, and Netherlands can preorder the fridge at Game Stop EU, Toynk, and Micromania. The Xbox Mini Fridge will ship this December, just in time for the holidays. There's no denying that the Xbox Mini Fridge is silly and not extremely practical. It started out as a meme that wound up going viral and here we are, months away from its retail release. The fridge is designed to mirror the Xbox Series X and has LED lights as well as a USB port to charge devices. In terms of its actual use, well, the fridge is pretty tiny and only holds up to 12 cans of Mountain Dew. Xbox Mini FridgeBut hey, since the Xbox Series X is still extremely difficult to buy, at least fans can purchase something that resembles the console. Well, maybe. We expect the Xbox Mini Fridge to sell out very quickly, especially since it's exclusive to select retailers. Chances are there will be Xbox Mini Fridges on eBay approaching the price of the actual console. That said, Xbox's Aaron Greenberg noted on Twitter that the Xbox Mini Fridge isn't limited edition. Microsoft is manufacturing "as many as we can this holiday" and a second batch of units will be available early next year. Greenberg did also say that fans should expect it to sell out. All jokes aside, the Xbox Mini Fridge is just weird enough to make it appealing. What I'm saying here is that I need it for reasons that I cannot fully explain. It's a similar to the Xbox set from American Girl in that way. View the full article
  22. The previously announced Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription plan was detailed a few weeks back, adding Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games to the console. Now we know the price: $50 for a year. But there's another bonus that makes the deal a little bit better. For $50 a month on an individual plan or $80 for the family membership, which grants multiple users access to its benefits, the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack gives you all the content in the standard Nintendo Switch Online plan. You also get a selection of Nintendo 64 games, Genesis games, and the recently announced Animal Crossing's Happy Home Paradise DLC. That DLC is also available to purchase on its own for $25 (and is separate from the major free update), and because a standard 12-month NSO subscription is $20, it makes the $50 yearly subscription a little more reasonable. Nintendo 64 NSO + Expansion Pack gamesNintendo previously detailed the full list of launch games available for both N64 and Genesis on Nintendo Switch Online. Big hits like Mario Kart 64 and Star Fox 64 are joined by lesser-known games, including Sin and Punishment and the Genesis shooter Musha. Over time, additional games are going to come, as well. Nintendo Switch Online is the only way you can access cloud game saves on the system. If you recently purchased the new Switch OLED model, it will make getting your save data to the new system a lot easier. However, certain games require a different local transfer method. View the full article
  23. As part of the Animal Crossing Direct, Nintendo announced the first paid expansion for Animal Crossing: New Horizons called Happy Home Paradise. It appears to be a new spin on the 3DS game Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. Like that game, Happy Home Paradise lets players design homes for characters. The $25 expansion launches on November 5, with pre-orders opening on October 29. It's also included with a Nintendo Switch Online membership through the new expansion pack offering. Taking place on a different island, not your own, the expansion calls on players to build new homes for villagers. You can select which island to build their vacation home on, and there are multiple seasons and weather elements depending on what you think the villager might want. Players can select the wallpaper, mood lighting, and the outside design with things like fences and trees. Check out the detailed video above to learn lots more about Happy Home Paradise. "Clients with different dream vacation requests will visit a new resort area located in an archipelago, made up of several different islands, where the Paradise Planning team is located. You can talk to a client and find out the details of their requests for a vacation home, and then make their dreams happen," reads a line from Nintendo's description. After selecting a location for the vacation home, players can design the interior and exterior, and players can also take over vacant buildings on the island to outfit them with things like cafes, schools, and restaurants. A Happy Home Network app is coming to the NookPhone, too, where players can post photos of their vacation homes and look at creations from other Animal Crossing players. In addition to Happy Home Paradise, Nintendo has detailed the final free DLC for New Horizons, and it sees the return of the Roost this November. With nearly 34 million copies sold, New Horizons is the Switch's second best-selling game of all time, only trailing Mario Kart 8 (37 million). View the full article
  24. One of the more noteworthy omissions from previous Animal Crossing games, The Roost, will finally make its debut in Animal Crossing: New Horizons next month. As previously teased, the coffee shop will take its place in the town's museum following the release of a new update releasing on November 5, we learned during the October Animal Crossing Direct. But the update is much more significant than we previously realized, with additions like Kapp'n, permanent ladders, new customization options, ordinances, and a lot more marking the last free major content update for New Horizons. By stepping into the musuem, you'll be able to go up the stairs and to the left to visit The Roost, which is still run by Brewster. You can order a cup of coffee for 200 bells and encounter other island residents, even including Isabelle. Using Amiibo cards or figures will also let you call in specific characters, who can bring along other characters. Multiple players can also visit and have a cup of coffee together. Kapp'n also makes his return to the game and will take players to an island using his boat--and yes, he'll still sing sea shanties on the way. On the island, you can encounter new types of flora or a different time of day or season than your island. Harv's Island expands significantly, as you can donate bells to help him open up new shops from characters like Kicks and Sahara. You'll also have the ability to customize furniture that you wouldn't be able to otherwise, and Katrina will tell you your fortune. Tortimer, the old mayor, also shows up, and you can learn new hairstyles from Harriet. Changes are coming to the town center, as you can join other characters to take part in group stretching along out island residents using your Joy-Cons. Another notable addition returning from the past is ordinances. You can issue one of these to change the island in various ways, like gearing the game around wanting to play earlier in the day. Tom Nook will offer new home customization options, with more choices for the exterior. Furthermore, you can upgrade your home to hold up to 5,000 items. On the inside, you can use accent walls, letting you place a design on a single wall, and install new lighting. And your character will be able to navigate tighter areas in between items. Nook Miles get some new uses, as you can earn new benefits. You'll be able to buy DIY recipes to cook new items like carrots and potatoes. A variety of things can be cooked to place on your table or eat (which seems to have the same effect as eating fruit). On the island itself, you can now have more bridges and inclines than in the past (10, up from eight), and new fence recipes will help you design a new look. Those fences include corrugated iron, block fencing, bamboo slats, log fencing, frozen fencing, and more. A new storage shed can be erected on the island to let you access storage from anywhere, and similarly, you can build an ABD outside of the airport. The new ladder setup kit, which can be bought at Nook's Cranny, lets you permanently place ladders around the island, ensuring you can get around more easily. The camera app on your in-game phone gets some upgrades with the Pro camera app. This includes the ability to use a tripod, letting you step into the photo. New hairstyles and reactions will help you customize your look and presence, while patterns for customizing items can now be worn or used as flooring/wallpaper. And a new Island Life 101 guide will fill in novice players on how to play. KK Slider gets new songs, while Gyroids make a return from previous games. These play sounds, as in the past, and fragments can be buried in order to create full gyroids that you can place in your home or customize like furniture. There are new interactions to be had with villagers, who can finally visit your home or invite you to theirs. Toward the end of the stream, we learned about Happy Home Paradise, a paid DLC pack that is a take on Happy Home Designer. You'll sign up to work at DAL and then help to craft vacation homes for villagers based on their specifications. View the full article
  25. Activision is taking a hard line against cheaters in its Call of Duty games, and is rolling out a new anti-cheat software called Ricochet later this year with Vanguard and Warzone. Just days after its announcement, the anti-cheat software's files have now been compromised, it seems, though some believe it was an intentional leak to trick the would-be hackers. Modern Warzone, which has accurately reported on a variety of Call of Duty news in the past, was informed by sources that the leaked files finding their way onto cheating sites are the real deal. There is no word, however, on how the files managed to become available in the first place. The site points out that this may not be a real leak at all. It's possible that Activision intentionally leaked fake files to trick would-be cheaters into believing it was the real deal. If the leak is indeed genuine, it could be used to potentially undermine or circumvent the system, at least in theory. GameSpot has contacted Activision in an attempt to get more details on this story. Ricochet is a new anti-cheat system that includes a kernel-level driver on PC that comes to Warzone this year and for Vanguard at a later date. Responding to concerns about the kernel-level driver, which monitors other applications beyond just the game, Activision said it only functions when Warzone is playing and shuts down when the game is closed. The publisher also said the driver "only monitors and reports activity related to Call of Duty." For lots more, check out GameSpot's breakdown of Ricochet and what it means for Vanguard and Warzone. Call of Duty: Vanguard will launch in November as Activision Blizzard faces a lawsuit from the state of California over alleged harassment and discrimination against women. Just recently, California's lawsuit was accused of ethics violations. View the full article
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