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Alice O'Connor

2 weeks ago

League Of Legends devs deny Seraphine is based on a real person

The latest wizard in League Of Legends is Seraphine, a pink-haired pop star who has also sang with League's out-of-fiction virtual girl group, K/DA. Yesterday, a woman named Stephanie alleged that the character is based on her, and she's not happy about it. She says she had briefly dated a Riot employee who sure gave the impression that she might play some part in the…

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Lawsuit claims Fifa uses dynamic difficulty to sell more loot boxes

A new class-action lawsuit accuses Electronic Arts of using dynamic difficulty to pressure players into buying more loot boxes in the card-collecting Ultimate Team mode of Fifa and other sports games. The plaintiffs claim the games use a dynamically difficulty adjustment system which makes teams seem worse than they are, perpetually nudging people to buy 'Player Packs' for improve their teams. EA responded saying simply…

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light feels like someone else’s school reunion

In the run-up to yesterday's launch of Destiny 2: Beyond Light, many players were excited for the return of familiar people and places. Will Randal the Vandal be up to his old tricks? Will the Exo Stranger say what she said six years ago? But Destiny 1 wasn't on PC so I didn't play it, and I feel like I've turned up to someone else's…

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Take-Two are buying F1 devs Codemasters

Take-Two Interactive, the owners of Rockstar and 2K, have confirmed they will buy Codemasters in a £759 million deal. Codies are the company behind racing series like F1 and Dirt, though they've dabbled in other genres too, who also recently bought Project Cars devs Slightly Mad. Take-Two said last week that they were in talks, and now they've reached an agreement that should see the…

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3 weeks ago

I missed Destiny 2’s coolest reward because I just had to be a scrub

In the dying days of Destiny 2's latest season, I blew my last shot at its coolest reward by blowing my own face off like a scrub. It's not a fancy gun or hat that's so coveted, simply a decoration for your menus. If you dove into the neon tunnels and metaphysical deserts of the Prophecy dungeon and completed the three-player challenge by yourself without…

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So how about that new Xbox, huh?

Merry Xboxmas! Microsoft's new console launches today and all across the land, good kiddywinkles are waiting to see if Father Xboxmas will deliver one to their door, or whether it's still stuck bouncing back and forth between post depots in Truro and Cumbernauld. The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are the first of the new console generation, arriving mere days ahead of the…

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Destiny 2’s pre-expansion live event might have been nice if I could see it, idk

After a short goodbye event live in-game last night, Bungie have shut down Destiny 2's servers to roll out the new expansion, Beyond Light. The event was only small, just a little flourish as Darkness closed around the solar system and locked off several areas for the foreseeable future. I think. But it seemed nice. From what I've seen. I wouldn't know myself because I,…

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Counter-Strike surfing is the esport we deserve

Look, competitive Counter-Strike is nice and all, but on the 20th anniversary of v1.0 I do find myself consumed with dreams of a wholly different CS skill: surfing. It's the freestyle skating to proper CS's baseball, using a movement glitch to skid, glide, and soar through maps filled with abstract shapes. It is stylish as all hell. And people race surfing! Or you could go…

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Remembering Counter-Strike’s forgotten beta maps

It was 20 years ago today that version 1.0 of Counter-Strike launched, boasting iconic maps like Dust and Italy. But what about the maps that didn't make it out of beta? CS had over twenty which bounced around betas but were cut by the full release, including all the maps representing one entire mode. I revisited the cut beta maps today and was surprised by…

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Happy 20th birthday to Counter-Strike, the first live service game

On the 9th of November, 2000, Valve released version 1.0 of Counter-Strike. The tactical shooter had started as a Half-Life mod in beta the year before, originally created by Minh "Gooseman" Le and Jess Cliffe, and became the star of the scene. It's weird to say now, but a twitchy teamplay FPS with a grounded paramilitary setting and realistic style really did stand out. V1.0…

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BioWare are making a new Mass Effect

Three years after Mass Effect: Andromeda failed to ignite a new sci-fi RPG saga, developers BioWare today announced they are working on "the next chapter of the Mass Effect universe." Huh! Sure, everyone expected them to announce remasters of the original trilogy today (because chat about them has been leaking for months) but this was a surprise bonus. BioWare give no hints about the new…

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LoL’s virtual girl group K/DA have an EP out

The best thing League Of Legends has done in years is create a virtual girl group, who now have a whole EP out. After years of ha-ha-hilariously cheesy promotional songs like Warriors with Imagine Dragons, Riot's music team unexpectedly hit the big time in 2018 with K/DA, a group with real singers in the digital bodies of pop-ified alternate reality versions of League characters. K/DA's…

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Worms Rumble open beta is battling royale this weekend

What happens when the turn-based tactical violence of Worms becomes a real-time shooter? See for yourself in the free Worms Rumble open beta weekend, which started today. This latest Worms spin-off is a 32-player side-on shooter with all the usual wacky weapons, throwing down in deathmatch and battle royale modes. I like Worms because of the game it is, not the brand, but Rumble could…

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American Truck Simulator adds more sightseeing spots

Driving a virtual truck is a serious job, no doubt, but I make time to appreciate the view in American Truck Simulator. The haul 'em up tentatively introduced sightseeing spots with its Idaho expansion, a few spots where we can roll up to enjoy cinematic views of landmarks and landscapes, and now it's added more. Preset cutscene points are not the first-person wandering I ache…

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Capcom were hacked, but customer info seems safe

The makers of Street Fighter and Resident Evil have reported that a ne'er-do-well got access to their computer systems this week. That's bad. Luckily for us, they say they've found no hint that the unknown baddie got into customer data. That's good. Though I'll be changing the password of any Capcom account I have, just in case. And this happening so soon after hackers reportedly…

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What’s your favourite video game explosion?

Remember, remember the fifth of November: gunpowder, treason, and plot. I myself see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot. But while we commemorate gunpowder treason with fireworks on Bonfire Night, can you honestly tell me you remember with complete certainty whether we're celebrating the fact that the plot was foiled, or that someone at least tried to detonate a king? You can't.…

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XCOM 2 is now on iOS too

Commander, it's once again time to save the Earth - but this time you can do it from the comfort of your toilet seat. XCOM 2 today launched on iPhones, iPads, I don't know anymore. The iOS release comes with all the DLC too, enough game to occupy your attention for potentially thousands of bowel movements. And I think technically you're allowed to play phone…

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Star Wars: Squadrons devs say they’re not doing another Star War

One week after a job listing said Motive were hiring for "an upcoming Star Wars action game", the Star Wars: Squadrons studio have said oops nope, not true, no Star War here. It was "human error", they say. Typical humans. No, whatever it is they are making next (and they do hint they're "working on something pretty special"), apparently we will not see a single…

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Phasmophobia PvP plans are off

While the maker of Phasmophobia did once hint at plans to add a PvP mode to the smash-hit cooperative ghost-hunting game, they've now said naw that's off. Didn't fit what the game is. Makes sense. Phasmophobia's a game of terse and unpredictable encounters with entities who behave in inhuman ways, and even the most murderous spirit is often inscrutable. A human opponent playing to win…

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