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nov
10

World’s fastest button-masher breaks 200 in Mario Party 4 Domination

Even if you don’t know Mario Party 4 (raises hand), the significance of this video is rather easy to grasp. Ludwig Ahgren so thoroughly obliterates the presumed maximum score in the Domination minigame that the trail of Thwomp-dominoes runs slap out of the game entirely. Put another way “Fastest masher in the world,” is the…

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nov
09

In video games’ rumor mill, trademark filings are proof of nothing

Video games are a rumor-driven business, and for its fandom, chasing and chewing over teases and tipoffs is all part of the fun. But, says a lawyer — the guy who fashions himself as the “video game attorney,” in fact — maybe we should all cool our jets. Because sometimes government paperwork is exactly as…

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nov
09

Airplane Mode, coming soon, joins Desert Bus on boring games’ cutting edge

Desert Bus for Hope, the original masochistic-gaming charity marathon, lurched out of its station in virtual Tucson on Friday, and with it came the announcement of a game styled similarly to Penn & Teller’s absurdist work from 25 years ago: Airplane Mode. Published by AMC (the Walking Dead and Breaking Bad network), Airplane Mode takes…

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nov
09

Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan disagrees with blitzchung suspension

Blizzard’s top developer for Overwatch, Jeff Kaplan, said the suspension handed to a Hearthstone pro — who voiced support for Hong Kong protesters in an official stream — should be “reduced more or eliminated,” in an interview with The Washington Post. In October, Hearthstone pro Ng “blitzchung” Wai Chung shouted support for Hong Kong demonstrators…

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nov
08

Oh no: Everyone who’s died in World of Warcraft is going to the worst hell

World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, offers new zones and a compelling story about the nature of death. It turns out that everyone was a little bit right about the afterlife, and now the heroes of Azeroth must correct a terrible error. You see, everyone who dies, no matter what their beliefs or actions in…

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nov
08

6 new games added to Apple Arcade

It’s Friday and that means that Apple Arcade, Apple’s iOS game subscription service, has a few new releases for subscribers to check out. This week’s slate includes six new games. From Asher Vollmer, the creator of Threes, IGF winning Jamie Antonisse, and Sirvo Studios, Guildlings is a fantasy adventure. The game tells a modern fantasy…

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nov
08

The Outer World fan beats game without killing anyone on supernova

After Kyle Hinckley wowed the world by beating Fallout 4 as a pacifist — an achievement that nearly busted his game in the process — the intrepid adventurer is back with a new feat. This time, he’s tested the limits of peace in The Outer Worlds, an RPG by Obsidian that has repeatedly boasted about…

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nov
08

FIFA 20 pro suspended for colluding with other top pros

A top professional in FIFA’s esports competition has been suspended for encouraging collusion. They’ll miss the remainder of qualifying for the FIFA Ultimate Team Champions’ Cup. The suspension follows an investigation and a Eurogamer report on big-name pros working together behind the scenes. FIFA 20 includes a global ranking system, which groups players of similar…

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nov
08

Call of Duty’s ridiculous shotgun has been nerfed

One of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s funniest and most annoying guns, the 725 shotgun that seemed to have unlimited range, has been nerfed. The nerf came as part of a balance patch that developer Infinity Ward released on Friday morning. The patch also fixed several bugs in the game, added the Hardpoint mode to…

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nov
08

Fire Emblem: Three Houses adds sauna and maid costumes

You know what would go really well with a long, grueling story about war and trauma? New outfits and ways to blow off steam, clearly. The latest wave of DLC for Fire Emblem: Three Houses has hit today, and the patch brings with it a bevy of new content. There are new threads for all…

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