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  2. The European Commission has ordered six game publishers--including Steam creator Valve--to pay the equivalent of more than $9.4 million for their role in "geo-blocking" game digital game access between territories. In addition to Valve, the publishers fined for their role in the practice are Focus Home Interactive, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Koch Media, and ZeniMax. Koch Media owns Deep Silver, while ZeniMax owns Bethesda--and will soon be owned by Microsoft. "Valve and the publishers restricted cross-border sales of certain PC video games on the basis of the geographical location of users within the European Economic Area ('EEA'), entering into the so-called 'geo-blocking' practices," the report said. "The fines for the publishers, totaling over €6 million, were reduced due to the companies' cooperation with the Commission. Valve chose not to cooperate with the Commission and was fined over €1.6 million. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  3. One of the Halo series most famous characters--or infamous, depending on your opinion--is the robot 343 Guilty Spark. The little flying orb is responsible for some of the most dastardly acts in the series' first few games, and voice actor Tim Dadabo brought him to life. Now, you'll be able to hear Dadabo's golden pipes for hours on end as the narrator of the Halo: Point of Light audiobook. Halo: Point of Light will release on March 2, and it was written by Kelly Gay, who previously wrote the books Halo: Smoke and Shadow and Halo: Renegades. Point of Light will continue the story from Renegades. It's set after the main trilogy had come to an end, meaning 343 Guilty Spark has been very exploded by a Spartan Laser weapon, but destroying his body did not eliminate the mischievous little monster within. 343 Guilty Spark made his first appearance in the original Halo game, helping the Master Chief fight the Flood as he made his way further into the nooks and crannies of the Halo ring, but failed to address that activating it would wipe out humanity. He alternated between helping and hindering the UNSC's goals over the next few games, and his adventures have been limited to outside media since Halo 3. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  4. Epic Games continues to invest in the Fortnite competitive gaming scene, this week pledging a whopping $20 million for the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS). That is up from a $17 million prize pool last year, but not more than the $30 million that was at stake for the 2019 edition of the tournament series. There will be four FNCS seasons for the 2021 series, each featuring a $3 million prize pool, for a total of $12 million across the four seasons. There will also be mid-year and end-of-year tournaments where the top players from each region will compete for a further $8 million in prize money. More details on these events will be shared at a later date. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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  6. Among Us was one of 2020's biggest and brightest success stories across all of gaming, but the surge in popularity hasn't been easy for developer Innersloth to manage. As such, some players are wondering why new features, the Xbox console edition, and more updates are taking so long. The studio has now responded directly to this concern. In a blog post, community boss Victoria Tran said the success that Among Us enjoyed later in 2020 was unexpected, and as such, it drove "a lot" of change for the studio. "Not to dive into too much organizational stuff, but not only did we need to switch back to working on Among Us after thinking it was done, but we also needed to set ourselves up more sustainably to work on the game," Tran said. "We had to spend two months just restructuring, figuring out new processes, and getting external partners to help us manage on board." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  7. This week's bonuses in Red Dead Online make it a good time to be either a Moonshiner or a Naturalist, with extra rewards for both roles. Other players can still get their hands on freebies, as well as a handful of discounts on cosmetics, weapons and horses. For Moonshiners, RDO$ and Role XP payouts will be doubled for all Moonshine Story and Bootlegger Missions this week. You can also redeem a 50% discount on the cost of relocating your Moonshine Shack, if you're after a change of scenery. Naturalists are also getting a boost from missions all week, with Naturalist Free Roam events awarding double Role XP and double RDO$ payouts. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  8. Hello there fellow ODST we are Task Force Gamma an ODST clan fresh on the scene. Task Force Gamma is looking for recruits who’s will be trained screened and selected for roles. Weekly and daily training have big opportunities for promotion. We also will train you on how to “Hell Jump” into battle in preparation for raids. We communicate and use a discord server. Reply to this post or add Validwalker9484 on Xbox and send me a message.
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  10. A new patent filed by Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive suggests that the studio is looking into new gameplay systems to increase the situational awareness of its NPCs. The patent, titled "System And Method For Virtual Navigation In A Gaming Environment," outlines tech aimed at creating a "realistic experience" in video games by making AI smarter at detecting their environment. Specifically, the patent is targeting NPC vehicle driving behaviors. Currently in video games, NPCs can only sense a few objects in their immediate vicinity. This level of detection is typically relegated to other cars almost exclusively, which is why NPC drivers tend to not only run into each other but also into the objects found within the world. Through this new patent, though, Rockstar is looking to give NPCs a distinct driving profile. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  11. Though the next Steam sale may be on the horizon, you don't have to wait until February to snag some great game deals for PC. Fanatical, a store that sells licensed PC game keys, just kicked off its big January Savers sale, slashing up to 90% off PC games like Persona 5 Strikers, Rainbow Six Siege, and Civilization VI. The vast majority of the games on sale are for Steam, but be sure to note the launcher before buying--some are for other platforms like Uplay. The sale notably includes discounts on Persona 5 Strikers, which releases February 23 if you opt for the standard edition. The base game is on sale for $49.19, down from $60. The Deluxe edition, however, released February 19, so you can dive in now if you pick that version up. On sale for $57.39 (down from $70), Persona 5 Strikers Deluxe edition gets you a digital art book, digital soundtrack, behind-the-scenes video, and a pair of in-game content packs, in addition to early access. (See our Persona 5 Strikers preorder guide for more details on each edition and other bonuses.) It's worth noting each version is currently full price on Steam, so you're better off taking advantage of Fanatical's deals if you plan to play on that platform. The sale includes a mix of newer games, such as Devil May Cry 5, Control: Ultimate Edition, and last year's Resident Evil 3 remake, as well as older titles like Torchlight II and Civilization VI. This is a good opportunity to snag pricier editions of games for cheap on PC, like Frostpunk: Game of the Year edition for $26 (normally $55), Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Ultimate edition for $26 (was $120), and Devil May Cry: Deluxe edition for $23 (discounted from $35). Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  12. When Blizzard outlined its Hearthstone Madness at the Darkmoon Fair expansion, the studio mentioned that it plans to release mini-expansions regularly. It has now unveiled the first of these planned expansions, and it's already right around the corner. The mini-expansion is called The Darkmoon Races, and it will introduce 35 new cards when it launches on January 21. As this is considered part of the Darkmoon Faire expansion, you'll have a chance of opening up the new cards with any regular Darkmoon Faire packs you open. But if you want to bypass all that, you can purchase the full mini-expansion set for $15 or 2,000 gold. With a very short reveal window, Blizzard is showing off new cards every hour through Twitter. The reveals have already included some high-powered Legendary cards, along with more Dual-Class and Spellburst cards, which were both introduced in the previous expansion, Scholomance Academy. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  13. After a year and a half of early access, Shattered - Tale of the Forgotten King is officially launching next month. The action RPG will be released for PC on February 17. As seen in the new launch trailer, Tale of the Forgotten King takes place in a partially open-world, and features challenging combat against difficult enemies and larger-than-life bosses. The game's story is slowly unlocked bit by bit as you solve the world's mysteries, eventually culminating in one of five different endings. Tale of the Forgotten King sees you play as the Wanderer, who travels through a world now devoid of the king that created it. As you traverse through the game, you'll platform, fight, and puzzle-solve your way through its world, discovering the secrets to its origins. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  14. EA's military shooter Battlefield V will be offline briefly tomorrow, January 20, for a round of regular maintenance, the studio has announced. The maintenance period will begin at 0800 UTC and run for a period of about one hour, ending at 0900 UTC. During this period, all servers for Battlefield V will be down, meaning you can't play multiplayer. Should EA need to extend the maintenance period further, the developer will notify players. This downtime appears to be regular maintenance and not in response to a larger issue. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  15. Leaks are everywhere in the world of video games these days, and battle royale game Apex Legends appears to be the latest victim. As first uncovered by Dexerto, the Japanese version of a recent trailer for new character Fuse says that a Switch version of the game will become available on February 2. That text was quickly scrubbed from the video description in various other languages, but fans are still holding out hope that the unintended text was a confirmation that the game is coming to Nintendo's portable console. February 2 is the day that Apex Legends Season 8 rolls out on other platforms, and it will introduce an explosive Legend named Fuse. It also adds a new weapon, the 30-30 Repeater, which bears a strong resemblance to a famous weapon from Terminator 2. The new season will bring Kings Canyon back into the fold for a limited time, with the addition of the Mirage Voyage to keep things fresh. A recent patch addressed some stability issues and revamped event skins so that aiming down sights no longer blocked the reticle. View the full article
  16. Square Enix has announced that Balan Wonderworld, the action-platformer from the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog that was revealed last year at one of Nintendo's Mini Directs, will be getting a free demo available on January 28. The demo will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Steam, and Nintendo Switch. Players will be able to check it out in either single-player or with friends and family in local co-op mode. With two players, you'll be able to take control of both main characters, Leo and Emma, and can explore how their different costumes open up new paths that aren't available in single-player mode. Players will get the chance to check out three of Balan Wonderworld's 12 worlds through this demo. The first is called The Man Who Rages Against the Storm, and has two playable acts plus a boss fight. The world is a farm sprawling across rolling hills, ornamented with giant crops. Leo and Emma will meet a farmer named Jose Gallard, whose cornfield has been decimated by a storm, and will have to take on the embodiment of his despair. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  17. Rust has been riding high recently, and that's led to yet another broken record for the survival game. According to Steam Charts, Rust recently punctured its previous high of 134,483 concurrent players with a jaw-dropping 244,394 concurrent players. As we've previously written, this surge in interest is due mostly to the game's increased profile on Twitch, where it's often been the most-viewed game over the past few weeks. As PCGamesN notes, while just under 250k players might sound like a lot, it's actually significantly less than the likes of Steam's other top games, including Dota 2, PUBG, and the all-time champion Counter Strike: Global Offensive. (For example, CS:GO's all-time peak is 1.3 million, according to Steam Charts.) Still, it's an impressive number for the survival game to hit, especially since its usual peak was around 50 to 100k prior to this increase in popularity. Rust's Twitch dominance shows no signs of abating. As of the time of writing, Rust is the top-streamed game on the platform, with around 450k viewers, compared to 322k for the next-highest, League of Legends. The developer behind Rust recently revealed that the game made more than $1 million in one day twice in one week, and that the game might be coming to consoles very soon View the full article
  18. The developers of the enduringly popular soccer-with-cars game Rocket League are teaming up with sports media network ESPN for a big crossover collaboration with the X Games this year. As part of the event, Psyonix is releasing X Games-themed Rocket League items and also kicking off a tournament series. The X Games-themed gear will be available to buy in the Rocket League item shop from January 21-24 and then again from January 28-31. The new items include the X Games Octane decal, the X Games wheels, and Snowblind topper. These are all paid items, but Psyonix and ESPN are offering up two free items: the X-Skis banner and the X-Board banner. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  19. The Xbox Store has kicked off a trio of new sales, all of which run until January 15. There's a Resident Evil franchise sale complete with excellent deals on the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 3. You can also save big on a variety of bundles for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, including The Jackbox Party Quintpack. A bunch of add-ons for popular games such as Grand Theft Auto Online and Rainbow Six Siege are steeply discounted as well. The Resident Evil franchise sale is the star of the show this week. Every game in the franchise available for Xbox has received a steep discount. Resident Evil 2 is down to $16, and last year's Resident Evil 3 remake is only $19.79. Numerous titles in the series are available for $10 or less, too. Resident Evil 7 is slashed to $10, while Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 are only $8 each. The franchise sale has arrived just days before this week's showcase debuting Resident Evil Village gameplay. The Big Bundle Sale features some great collections as well as deluxe editions of various games. The Jackbox Party Quintpack--which contains the first five entries in the party game series--is discounted to $65. If you're in the mood for an old-school RPG, a bundle containing the enhanced editions of Baldur's Gate I and II is down to $25. Playdead's brilliant indie platformers Inside and Limbo are available in a bundle for only $10.49. Meanwhile, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, which comes with every DLC campaign, is on sale for $28. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  20. Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the biggest games of the past few months, but the controversy surrounding the game continues to grow even a month after launch. Now, developer CD Projekt has acknowledged that the company is facing a second class-action lawsuit from a law firm representing its own investors, who claim that the company misled them regarding the performance of the game on Xbox One and PS4. In a regulatory statement, CD Projekt says that the "content of the claim, including its subject and scope, is the same" as the first class-action lawsuit that the company acknowledged a few weeks ago. That lawsuit was filed by the New York-based Rosen Law Firm, which represents the investors who claim that the company lied to them about Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt further says it will "undertake vigorous action to defend itself against any such claims." This second lawsuit was filed in the Central District of California. Several other law firms have publicly announced that they're filing suits against CD Projekt, including the Pennsylvania-based RM Law. This lawsuit represents yet another addition to the swirling morass that has surrounded CD Projekt since the release of Cyberpunk 2077. Recently, the company's co-founder released a lengthy statement described as a "personal explanation" for why the game did not meet the "quality standard" that CD Projekt wanted the game to meet. This was followed by a substantial report from Bloomberg that described how employees felt pressure to crunch from overly ambitious studio heads. View the full article
  21. Amiibo collectors may be disappointed to find out that the latest Monster Hunter Rise inspired figurines coming soon will likely be pretty hard to get your hands on. Capcom has partnered with 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan to give away a special, limited-edition set of golden Amiibo inspired by the upcoming Monster Hunter Rise. Certain Amiibo being hard to find isn't exactly new (remember Mega Yarn Yoshi?), but these gilded guys may present a greater challenge as they're not only geographically locked to Japan, they also have to be won in a contest. To win, fans will need to pick up a download card for Monster Hunter RIse at participating Japanese 7-Eleven stores starting on January 25. Buying one of these download cards provides an automatic entry to the contest. Fans will have until April 25 to do so. So far, we're still in the dark regarding several details about these golden Amiibo, including what they're actually going to look like. The art that has been floated around so far is only a concept; the final designs have yet to be released. It's also currently unclear how many of the limited edition Monster Hunter toys will actually be produced for the contest. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  22. When it comes to gaming on a PC, the genre that reigns supreme is the RPG. Throughout the decades, the PC has been home to some of the best RPGs of all time, games that were only possible on the keyboard-and-mouse platform. Nowadays, cconsole owners have access to great RPGs as well, but PC gamers can still celebrate the beloved genre with a new sale at GOG on DRM-free games. The sale discounts some of the best RPGs of all time, including series like The Witcher, and ends on January 25. Of course, it's not a GOG sale without discounts on The Witcher franchise--GOG and developer CD Projekt Red are owned by the same parent company. The Witcher 3: Game of the Year edition is only $15. That gets you the complete base game as well as all of the DLC, including the Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine expansions. And if you want to play more from the series, The Witcher is $1.49, The Witcher 2 is $3, and Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is $10. See RPG sale at GOG Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  23. Developer Bloober Team has detailed the full PC system requirements for its upcoming psychological horror title The Medium. The specifications are quite lengthy, with several different settings for players looking to achieve varying degrees of optimal performance. There are the usuals settings--minimum, recommended, high, and ultra--as well as three options for ray tracing enabled. In order to get the extra visual enhancements provided by ray tracing, players will need either Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2080, 3060 TI, or 3080 graphics cards. The GeForce RTX 2060 Super and 2080 are easy to get ahold of, as they're both a couple of years old now. However, the newly released 3060 TI and 3080 graphics cards are harder to come by, with supply continuing to struggle to keep up with demand. On top of the GeForce card, players will also need an AMD processor to run the game. This piece is variable, ranging from the cheaper R9 390X to the $650 RX 6800XT card. Players will want to opt for the more expensive processor if they want to enable ray tracing in the game. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  24. Earlier in the current Destiny 2 season, players were able to take on the Exotic weapon quest to earn Hawkmoon, a powerful hand cannon. There's more to the story with Hawkmoon, it seems, and this week the Crow has a new mission related to the new gun. Where you need to go to access the new Bird of Prey mission, however, is not obvious, and you'll have to find a secret location in the EDZ on Earth to advance the quest. Here's what you need to know to get started with the Bird of Prey quest and exactly where you need to go to find the Harbinger mission. Visit The Crow First, head to the Crow on the Tangled Shore. If you've been keeping up with the Crow's missions in the Season of the Hunt and have already unlocked Hawkmoon, you'll find a new Exotic mission on his menu called Bird of Prey. Take it, and the mission will direct you to the EDZ--but it won't give you a waypoint to tell you where to go. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  25. Acclaimed PlayStation exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn has been out on the PC for a while now. While sources like Digital Foundry initially ruled its PC port "deeply disappointing" due to technical issues like an inconsistent frame rate even with top of the line graphics cards, developer Guerrilla Games has issued multiple patches to help alleviate some of the complaints, and the new Patch 1.10 is no different. According to the patch notes, this update fixes some known crashes and improves performance. However, Guerilla also says that future patches will be less frequent due to continued development on Horizon Forbidden West. The update also contains a minor but welcome change: the game's graphics settings are now stored in a text file instead of a binary file, meaning users can mess with them much more easily than before. There's still no word on a precise release date for Forbidden West, though it is scheduled to come out sometime this year for the PS4 and PS5. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  26. Nintendo is bringing Super Mario 3D World to Switch next month. The Wii U game comes packaged with a brand-new component called Bowser's Fury, and now Nintendo has shared a few more details on what you'll actually be doing in that mode. Bowser's Fury is a new, self-contained mini adventure set in an open-ended level called Lake Lapcat. Here, Mario must team up with Bowser Jr. (who can be controlled by a second player in co-op) and explore the various islands that make up the level, collecting new items called Cat Shines. Complicated this journey is Bowser, who--as we saw in the mode's first trailer--is overtaken with rage and grows to gargantuan proportions. Bowser will periodically appear as you explore, raining down meteors and breathing screen-filling streams of fire at Mario. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  27. Ninja Theory became a major developer thanks to the success of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Since then, the studio has focused on two projects: the upcoming sequel Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 and a psychological horror game dubbed Project Mara. While Project Mara's exact nature remains enigmatic, Ninja Theory has released a new video that shows off some of the tech powering the game's photorealistic graphics, and the results are quite interesting. In the video above, Ninja Theory co-founder and chief creative Tameem Antoniades explains how the studio decided to recreate a real physical location for Project Mara, which takes place entirely inside one apartment. In order to achieve the desired levels of photorealism, the studio's artists jury-rigged a scanner to capture high-quality references of real-life materials. In a similar move, the studio hired a specialized firm to scan the interior of the apartment to make sure they recreated every detail. According to Antoniades, Project Mara represents a substantial "shift" in the way that Ninja Theory approaches art. Instead of creating objects, the artists at the studio are now more focused on creating "systems that can create that object, and infinite variations of that object." This involves the use of procedural generation to recreate nuances such as the way dirt and dust collect in a corner of the apartment, or drip spatter on the back of a kitchen sink. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  28. Ubisoft has announced that the Road to Six Invitational in-game event will be returning to Rainbow Six Siege this year, alongside the Six Invitational 2021 Battle Pass. The event will run Monday-Thursday every week from January 21-February 22. Returning to Siege for the occasion is the ultimate competitive Stadium map, which combines elements of both the Coastline and Border maps. Players will have access to all of the game's Operators while playing through three-round, three-minute, unranked Plant Bomb matches with Pick and Ban mode enabled. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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