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  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons player and Redditor lazyleiz held a memorial for her father, who would have been 68, in the small town simulator. They scanned an image of him into the game to display on an easel, designed custom fireworks, and set up a special area to honor him. "I held it completely in Animal Crossing! My siblings and I are located all over the map and Animal Crossing has surprisingly turned into a place for us to virtually gather," lazyleiz told GameSpot. "I created the memorial in June for Fathers Day, and I've enjoyed surprising my siblings with little parties there." The pandemic has made mourning more difficult as families and friends can't always be together. Families have had to plan and hold their funerals virtually, although some have opted to use Animal Crossing and Zoom to gather and remember those they've lost. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  2. CD Projekt Red's upcoming open-world RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, features some in-depth mechanics in a massive world. In the second episode of the developer's online web series, Night City Wire, the focus was on the different lifepaths you can take with your interpretation of V, the protagonist of the game. But another big focus of the episode was to showcase the different weapons you can acquire in-game. In a segment called Tools of Destruction, we got to see some of the newest weapons divided into numerous categories. These categories are power, tech, smart, melee, and cyberware varieties. While we did get to see some familiar favorites once again, such as the Mantis Blades cyberware upgrade, we also got to see more of what's to come in Cyberpunk 2077. Here's a quick roundup of some of the coolest weapons and upgrades we got to see in the stream. Firstly, here's a quick refresher on the different categories you can find in the game: Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  3. Although last year's Splatocalypse event marked the end of regular Splatfests in Splatoon 2, Nintendo is holding another bonus event in the game this month. The bonus Splatfest kicks off next Friday, August 21, and much like May's one-off event, it's a repeat of a previous theme. This month's event gives players another chance to settle the age-old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? You can choose a side from the terminal in Inkopolis Square and earn points for your team by taking part in Turf War matches during the event period. Team Chicken emerged victorious when this Splatfest was originally held back in March 2018, but players have a chance to rewrite history. This month's Splatfest runs until 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET on August 23. Everyone who participates in the event will earn Super Sea Snails, which can be used to add a new ability slot to a piece of gear or re-roll one that has already been maxed out. At least two more bonus Splatfests will be held before the end of March 2021, Nintendo has confirmed, although no other details about those events have been announced just yet. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  4. The fast-food burrito joint Chipotle is giving away a limited number of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 demos on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One when you order the Birdman's go-to burrito. The Tony Hawk Burrito, made with brown rice, black beans, chicken, tomatillo-red chili salsa, and guacamole, is available on both the official Chipotle app and website until August 14. The first 2,000 people to order it will get access to the game's Warehouse demo. Are there skateboarding tricks buried in the tortilla?After ordering with a valid Chipotle account, those 2,000 people will get a redemption code in their email associated with the account. Punch the code into your respective system and you'll get access to the demo. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  5. Fortnite players have been driving each other across the map in taxis after the recent Joy Ride update. Some hunt down the yellow vehicles as soon as they land so they can spend the entire match behind the wheel. "I was taxiing people from Retail Row to Pleasant Park and this kind human being filled up my tank along the way multiple times," said Redditor Mtaylor0812_. "What game am I even playing anymore? I love this." The Joy Ride update brought taxis, sedans, trucks, and sports cars into Fortnite and players are having the time of their lives messing with them. At first they ran their own gas stations, filling up enemy cars as they rolled through, and now they're actively helping one another complete challenges. One of the Week 8 challenges was to drive between Retail Row to Pleasant Park--why not grab a taxi instead? Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  6. This year isn't just about the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X; it's also set to introduce new GPU architecture from both Nvidia and AMD. While the latter will be revealing consumer graphics cards based off hardware already in the new consoles, its Nvidia's Ampere architecture that's being teased for a reveal later this month. Nvidia has launched a new, short teaser trailer that simply reads "21 Days. 21 Years," which points towards August 31 as a potential reveal date. This is in line with both rumors and previous Nvidia reveals, which typically took place in August during Gamescom ahead of a product release in September. Gamescom is hosting a digital event this year in light of COVID-19, but it seems Nvidia's reveal will be its own event. It's probable that the event will finally reveal Nvidia's next generation of GPUs, with its current flagship RTX 20-series line bordering on two years old already. Ampere has already been revealed as the company's next-gen architecture, but it has yet to be seen how this will be adapted for consumer gaming hardware. It's likely these will include some of the first cards that support HDMI 2.1, as well as new hardware to make better use of Deep Learning Super Sampling (or DLSS) and ray tracing. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  7. If you're a discerning video game collector, you've probably already heard about Analogue, a company that makes high-end reproductions of popular retro consoles like the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis. While the Analogue Pocket, an upcoming handheld that plays Game Boy games and more, is still sold out, you'll soon have the opportunity to pre-order Analogue's take on the NES. Analogue announced today on Twitter that a limited number of its Nt Mini Noir units will be available to pre-order on Tuesday, August 11 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET. As with all of Analogue's products, the Nt Mini uses FPGA (field programmable gate array) cores to mimic the original hardware of these consoles at the chip level, making for an entirely indistinguishable experience. You have to provide your own NES cartridges, however. Unlike Analogue's later products--such as the Super Nt or Mega Sg, which sell for around $200--the Nt Mini retails for $500. Considering that they sell on Ebay for over $1,000, a certain kind of customer might consider it a bargain. The console ships this November. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  8. There was some reason to believe that Activision was finally ready to announce the next Call of Duty game for 2020, but the reveal of Black Ops: Cold War--if that is indeed this year's game--will have to wait. The mysterious boxes sent out to certain streamers and fan sites seem to contain only more teases, rather than a proper announcement. An announcement has seemed imminent for some time, but that accelerated recently. The latest update to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone added a suspiciously Black Ops-like teaser that would randomly appear during matches, and some sites began receiving packages from Activision with contents embargoed for today. Sites like Charlie Intel are now sharing what they've found inside, and they turned out to be old slide projectors with various images. Those images aren't exactly a Black Ops: Cold War logo or fact sheet--instead, they include what look like satellite imagery, maps, and assortments of letters, among other things. There's nothing explicitly detailing what to expect from the new Call of Duty game or even when to expect an announcement. Presumably, fans will be digging into these to uncover some secrets that await. We'll report back as more emerges, although technical issues have rendered aspects of this process more challenging than you might expect. Charlie Intel had issues with slides being out of focus, while Chaos's unit seemed to have a broken light. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  9. Fall Guys has already fallen victim to cheaters. Players have already learned how to bypass obstacles and grief other players in the wacky mini-game-filled battle royale. "Pathetic isn't it?" said Redditor Beard_Of_Serpico in the Fall Guys subreddit. "Cheating in one of the most casual, child friendly games ever. This is why we can't have nice things." The UK-based studio Mediatonic launched the battle royale on August 4 and experienced server issues after more than 2 million players logged onto the game via Steam in the first week. Since then, like many other online multiplayer games, players have found ways to clip into walls, run faster, and float in order to get an unfair advantage in certain mini games. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  10. Pokemon Go's third and final Ultra Unlock event, Unova Week, kicks off in a few days, but that's not the only event happening in the game this week. As a make-good for some technical issues that occurred during Pokemon Go Fest 2020, Niantic is holding a special event for Go Fest ticket holders this Sunday, August 16, giving them another chance to catch Go Fest Pokemon and more. The makeup event runs from 11 AM to 2 PM local time. Much like during the first day of Go Fest, there will be rotating virtual habitats each hour of the makeup event, which will bring out different types of Pokemon. The habitat rotation schedule is as follows: 11 AM: Fire habitat 12 PM: Water habitat 1 PM: Friendship habitat On top of that, players will be able to claim a free box from Pokemon Go's in-game shop that contains two Incense and two Remote Raid Passes. Any Incense that you use during the event will also last for one hour instead of the usual 30 minutes, and certain Pokemon will only appear when Incense is active. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  11. Twitch Prime, a service included with any Amazon Prime subscription, is getting a rebrand. Today, Amazon launched Prime Gaming, which will replace Twitch Prime going forward and offer even more free gaming content for Amazon Prime members. Twitch Prime has been one of the more overlooked sources for free games and loot every month compared to subscriptions like PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold, despite the fact that every one of Amazon's 150 million+ Prime subscribers has access to it. Since 2016, Twitch Prime has offered free in-game loot, free PC games, and a free Twitch channel subscription every month. Amazon has been ramping up its offerings in recent months, partnering with publishers like Rockstar and Riot to offer exclusive in-game items for major titles like Grand Theft Auto Online and League of Legends. The number of free games has grown exponentially as well, with over 20 games up for grabs this month, including SNK arcade classics like Metal Slug 2 and SNK 40th Anniversary Collection. With Prime Gaming, Amazon aims to keep growing its catalog of freebies and partnering with major publishers to offer free content. While Prime Gaming's free loot can be claimed across all gaming platforms, including the next-generation consoles when those launch, the free indie games will still only be available to claim on PC for now, Amazon said in a press briefing. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  12. It's just shy of a week since Fall Guys launched across PC and PS4, but the Devolver Digital-published battle royale has already hit some significant milestones. As a thanks to so many of its players, developer Mediatonic is planning to give away a special cosmetic item soon. In a post on the game's Steam page, Mediatonic thanks the millions of players that have purchased the game already, celebrating 2 million customers on Steam alone. As a thanks for the support, and an apology for server connection errors that has persisted since launch, an in-game reward is being decided on for all players to claim for free soon. It's not clear from the post if this will be offered to PS4 players too, who can still get the game as part of August's PS Plus offerings. The post also confirms that Mediatonic isalready working on new game modes to add to the pool of 25 already in the game, as well as new features that are only vaguely teased. The developer also reaffirms that work is continuing with server stability and capacity, as some players are still experiencing some connectivity issues. The game was review bombed at launch for this but has since recovered on Steam to a "Mostly Positive" status. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  13. The Division 2 will be offline for approximately three hours on Tuesday, August 11, starting from 3:30 AM ET / 12:30 AM PT. According to the latest patch notes from Ubisoft, the update will fix several bugs such as Global Event challenge progression being reset when switching to a character that has progress on a previous event, and will also bring the Phoenix Down Apparel Event to a close. Ubisoft has also confirmed that the Polarity Switch Global Event rewards have also been fixed as of August 4, with retroactive rewards based on progression on the way to players. Operation Iron Horse Raid and its multiple issues reported so far have been under investigation, such as Morozova's explosion attack striking without warning, the Negotiator's Dilemma disrupting certain phases of the Raid and PlayStation 4 players seeing frequent blue screens. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  14. Many people are still stuck at home due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, and that's leading a lot of us to spend more money on video games than ever. According to the NPD Group, spending on video games during the second quarter (April to June) reached an all-time record of $11.6 billion, which is an increase of 30% compared to the same period last year. This was driven by a 28% increase in sales of games and game content themselves, as well as an increase of 57% in the hardware category, which includes consoles like the PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Meanwhile, accessories increased by 50%. Sales from the first-quarter of this year also shattered the previous record, with a total of $10.9 billion. The best-selling games of the quarter include Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Warzone, Candy Crush Saga, Final Fantasy VII: Remake, Grand Theft Auto V, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Minecraft, NBA 2K20, Pokemon Go, and The Last of Us: Part 2. While these overall records are notable, individual companies and games have also notched surprising high-water marks in recent weeks. Capcom announced that they enjoyed its strongest first-quarter ever, and Twitch said the same. Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold more copies than anyone could've predicted, with over 22 million, making it the second best-selling game on Switch. View the full article
  15. Season 5 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone began last week, introducing changes to the battle royale map, new game modes, challenges, and more. Like usual, PlayStation Plus subscribers can snag a Combat Pack for free, which is exclusive to PS4 until October 1. The Combat Pack comes with a bunch of unique cosmetics, led by the Epic Zane Footballer skin--a fitting addition considering Season 5 opened up the Verdansk Stadium. To unlock the skin, you'll have to fulfill one of two conditions: win a match in Warzone or get the Juggernaut in Modern Warfare's multiplayer. Neither task is particularly easy, as earning the Juggernaut requires a 15 kill streak. If you don't already have Zane unlocked as an Operator, you'll get him by unlocking the skin. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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