Many events from the video game industry have faced cancelation due to the COVID-19 outbreak. E3 2020 and Gamescom have also been a part of that. So as will QuakeCon 2020, which event won’t conduct physically, will sustain a digital edition in which multiple players will be able to compete from home. Today, it was announced that QuakeCon will start on August 7 and will end on August 9.
This year, due to COVID-19, QuakeCon at Home will be a global, totally online event – kicking off August 7 and ending August 9 – filled with three days of livestreams from around the world, tournaments (of course!), charity fundraising, and more. And the BYOC – the heart of QuakeCon – is going virtual, using Twitch Teams to bring fans together through games in new ways.
This is the 25th Annual QuakeCon that will be held remotely. The broadcast of QuakeCon at Home will be available on different streaming services, including Bethesda’s and QuakeCon’s official Twitch Channel.
Earlier this year, it was concluded that Bethesda has given up on hosting a digital showcase for new and upcoming games. However, that alluded only for June. Bethesda also didn’t rule out QuakeCon, their renowned yearly convention, which is somewhat weird. Overall, QuakeCon at home will be a 3-day streaming event.
Tournament Prizes will always be there to spice up the entertainment and bring fun to the Livestream, but due to its online course, trust issues may arise. Nevertheless, we’re here for pleasure, as that’s what is most important at these dark times.
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Red Dead Redemption 2 was released in October 2018 and since then players have spent hours poring over the immense detail of the game’s sprawling landscape. The open-world of Rockstar’s award-winning Western contains so many Easter eggs and hidden secrets that some of Red Dead 2’s mysteries may never be solved.
Some players have even been able to find strangely interconnected mysteries hidden throughout the world, all regarding the deaths of different famous people in the Red Dead universe. Here are Red Dead Redemption 2’s famous dead people explained.
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The world of Read Dead 2 feels alive, even when all it has to offer is death. If the player takes Arthur or John to Barrow Lagoon, to the north east of Mount Hagen, they will find a horse abandoned outside of a small wooden shack. To the right of the shack is the open grave of a one-legged war veteran. The writing on the gravestone is mostly covered by red paint graffiti which reads “NO ICE IN HELL.”
If the player goes inside of the shack to explore, they will find a few key pieces of evidence that help explain some of this mystery. First, they will find a cigarette card with a caricature of a man ice skating on it. The name on the card identifies the skater as “Felix Hawley,” which matches what fan can make out on the grave, one of many cases of environmental storytelling in Red Dead 2‘s map.
An old pair of ice skates left on the table seems to confirm Felix’s identity, and a newspaper clipping left in the shack helps clarify his story. The clipping, dated 1874, 25 years before the start of the game’s story, reports of a “dreadful incident – talented ice skater career cut short in terrible accident.” This is likely the cause of Felix’s missing leg, though the fact that his grave identifies him as a war veteran also makes it possible that he lost his leg after the fact, though if he did it seems to remain one of Red Dead 2‘s secrets.
The biggest remaining mystery is why anyone would want to exhume Felix’s body and vandalize his grave. It would seem to be someone who specifically has ice-skating related issues with Felix, with the whole mystery possibly being a partial reference to the infamous 1994 attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, brought back into the popular consciousness the year before Red Dead 2’s release due to the film I, Tonya.
Felix isn’t the only star to have taken a fall from grace. Players can travel East of Barrow’s Lagoon to find the waterfall at Granite Pass. If the player goes behind the waterfall, they will find the Nevada Hat, and when they pick it up a suicide note will be revealed underneath. The note is signed by Robert Elliot Patchen, an actor who has performed all over the US from San Francisco to Chicago to New York to Red Dead’s own Saint Denis. He speaks of his fame, being featured on a card for Millicent Cigarette’s The Stars of the Stage pack.
Nonetheless, Robert turned to despair upon “looking in the mirror, at the gray receding hairline, being called upon to play roles of fathers and old men rather than the dashing hero, the romantic lead. I can suffer these indignities no longer. I am a lover, a poet, not a grandfather, a gardener.” Robert’s body is nowhere to be found, but his Red Dead 2 cigarette card can be found by the fence in Rhodes, depicting him in-costume as a Shakespearean king.
East of Granite Pass is another waterfall, Donner Falls. At the bottom of the falls, the player can find the body of a woman in a damaged barrel on the shore. Upon finding her corpse Arthur Morgan writes: “Found the remains of some poor bastard woman tried to go over a waterfall in a barrel. Found it interesting, sad, I guess. An even more ridiculous life than the one I lead.” If John Marston discovers her he writes: “Found a dead body in a barrel. Some poor woman. Wonder why she did this. Glory? Love? Stupidity? All three?”
The identity of the woman can be found on a poster at Emerald Station, which depicts “Desiree LaFlamme, the Woman Without Fear.” Its tagline reads: “The world famous Desiree LaFlamme risking life and limb going over the terrifying Donner Falls in a barrel.” Whether Desiree did what she did out of glory, love, or stupidity, Desiree’s abandoned body suggest she didn’t have much of an audience, though it may be because she chose one of Red Dead‘s hidden areas. She is likely based on Annie Edson Taylor, the first woman to survive going over Niagra Falls in a barrel.
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The difference between Arthur and John’s reflections on fame in this moment lends some insight into why all 3 of these mysteries might have been included in Red Dead Redemption 2. With the game set after the closing of the American frontier and Arthur Morgan and John Marston representing two sides of the same coin, both struggling to reconcile their identities with the slow march of industrialization through the American west, their reflections on Desiree are as much reflections on themselves.
In his journal, Arthur finds it ridiculous that someone would put themselves in unreasonable danger for fleeting wealth and glory, despite finding himself doing the same thing as an outlaw for increasingly diminishing returns. John’s entry is more reflective; the motives he ponders – glory, love, stupidity – could easily be asked of the Van Der Linde gang. In all three mysteries there is a fall – Felix’s fall from stardom after his accident, Robert’s relegation to older roles and descent into depression, and both Robert and Desiree’s literal falls to their deaths, Desiree seemingly having lost her audience.
As much as these mysteries may seem like Read Dead Easter eggs and throwaway details, the depiction of three people falling out of the spotlight of performative American heroism, and the fact that their fates are all discovered after the fact, reflects the dying and mythologized frontier world the Red Dead Redemption 2 player finds themselves in, and hints at the performative nature of the characters attempts to maintain their outlaw lifestyles in a changing world.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is available now for PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One.
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Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town features all the adorable characters that were first introduced in the 2003 Harvest Moon game of the same name. Among the returning characters is the traveling merchant Van, who veteran players of the series would know is the go-to guy to purchase records and record-player that would allow players to change the game’s background music whenever they are in their own farm.
However, in Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, Van’s wares are not only limited to records given that he is also the only one that sells various species of animals that players can get as pets. For those interested in meeting Van, it is important to remember that he won’t be available at the very start of the game, given that players must complete a special condition first before triggering the event that would allow players to meet him.
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To unlock Van, players must offer 30 liked/loved gifts to the Harvest Goddess. To the uninitiated, the Harvest Goddess is the powerful deity that serves as the guardian of Mineral Town both in the remake and the original game. While the Harvest Goddess would be polite in receiving most gifts, players should know that there are offerings that she wouldn’t appreciate. However, as a general tip, the Harvest Goddess likes most crops grown by the player or flowers that can be found in the forest and mountains.
After offering 30 gifts to the goddess, Van will appear on the player’s doorstep during the first sunny Wednesday after offering the goddess their 30th gift. After this initial meeting, Van will be setting up his record shop in the Inn every Wednesday from 8 am to 9 pm and his pet store at the Rose Plaza every 15th of the month from 12nn to 6 pm. Apart from triggering the event that would let players meet Van, befriending the goddess also has tons of benefits for players starting out their new farms.
It is worth knowing that everything mentioned above applies to both the Switch and the PC versions of the game. Interestingly enough, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is the franchise’s debut title for the PC. Below are the prices of both of his shops that players can use as a reference:
Van’s Shop Price List:
Inn – Every Wednesday, from 8 am to 9 pm:
Copper – 150G
Gold – 250G
Mithril – 400G
Record Player – 2000G
Record 1 – 500G
Record 2 – 600G
Record 3 – 700G
Record 4 – 800G
Record 5 – 900G
Record 6 – 1000G
Record 7 – 1100G
Record 8 – 1200G
Record 9 – 1300G
Record 10 – 1400G
For Van’s Pet store, the in-game weather must be sunny or he will decide to stay at the Inn. It is also worth remembering that the type of pet players can get are more varied in the remake and will change every season: Cats – Spring, Summer – Penguins, Fall – Dogs, Winter – Capybara. This means that if it rains on the 15th of Summer, players won’t be able to purchase a penguin as a pet until the 15th of Summer next year. Moreover, the player must have a friendship level of eight or more with all their current pets, before buying a new one.
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is out now for the PC and Switch.
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While there’s still no release date for the next generation of gaming consoles, there has been no shortage of interest from consumers. There have been concerns that coronavirus may cause a delay in the release of the new consoles as studios attempt to source enough parts and meet production schedules. But it seems Sony intends to meet the holiday 2020 release window and is increasing the production order for its PlayStation 5 console in order to meet market demand.
The Summer of Gaming event in June was a huge success for Sony where the studio finally revealed the design for the new PlayStation 5 console and Dualshock controller. Sony is yet to reveal the price or release date for the new console but a solid lineup of exclusive games in development such as Spiderman: Miles Morales and Horizon Forbidden West has rapidly increased customer interest in buying the new PlayStation as soon as it is available.
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A report from Bloomberg reveals that Sony is aiming to double its PlayStation 5 output in anticipation of a higher demand this holiday season due to coronavirus. With the pandemic forcing most of the population to stay inside for the foreseeable future, gaming across the board has seen a huge increase in popularity. Sony originally intended to produce 5 to 6 million PS5 consoles by March 2021. This has now rocketed to approximately 10 million units in the same amount of time.
Whether this will be achievable based on production and shipping schedules is uncertain, particularly with coronavirus impacting the workforce. Without a release date, it’s hard to tell if the studio will meet its required output for the first shipment in the holiday season, but it does seem that Sony intends to make the PS5 available for as many gamers as possible over the next year.
While gamers aren’t able to preorder the PS5 just yet, Amazon pages have been spotted online showcasing the new console and customers are able to register their interest for updates at many local stores. New features such as ray tracing, an ultra fast SSD and backwards compatibility, make the PlayStation 5 one of the most desirable consoles on the market, but these new features will likely involve a heftier price point as well.
Since the pandemic began, Sony has been looking for ways to entertain those stuck at home, even starting a ‘Play At Home’ initiative which allowed players to download exclusives such as Uncharted and Journey for free on the PlayStation store. Increasing production of the next PlayStation is a big move by Sony to capture the current market, particularly with the Xbox Series X also poised to release this holiday season.
The PlayStation 5 is set to be released in Holiday 2020.
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Ever since the original Digimon Adventure aired, the Digidestined children had many amazing journeys during the past 2 decades. Now thanks to the rebooted Digimon anime, fans can watch Tai and his friends explore the Digital World for the first time again. But so far, the series has slowly introduced each Digidestined before having them join the team and the latest episode follows the same trend with Mimi’s arrival.
Mimi Tachikawa is one of the younger Digidestined at age 10 and is a 4th grader at the start of the series. She is partnered with Palmon and later on becomes the Crest of Sincerity’s wielder. Because of her sheltered upbringing, Mimi may seem selfish but in reality is caring and honest to a fault. While Mimi’s personality and mannerisms haven’t changed much in the reboot, the circumstances in which she first met the other Digidestined greatly differ from the source material.
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In episode 6, Mimi appears after Tai, Sora, and their Digimon are captured by Palmon who believe they were trying to steal fruit from a village of Tanemon. As it turns out, Mimi is their “Queen” and has been protecting the Tanemon from a group of Tuskmon. Once Tai and Sora agree to help Mimi defend the village, Tuskmon under Ogremon’s control attack. Fortunately, the 3 children and their partner Digimon manage to drive the villain away with the power of their Digivices. Afterwards, Mimi and Palmon leave the village in the Tanemons’ care and officially join the group.
Mimi’s role as queen of the village directly parallels one episode in the original Digimon Adventure where she was treated as a princess. Compared to then, however, Mimi comes off much more sincere in how she truly feels. This can be explained as Mimi better embodying her crest’s theme, which is purity or sincerity, in her actions like promising to protect the Tanemon village after seeing her grandfather helping others. As a result, Mimi doesn’t seem to have the spoiled side to her nature which was a recurring issue in the first series.
Although the problems from that side of Mimi’s personality have been skipped over for now, there’s always a chance that the anime is just moving elements around and it will be addressed later on after the battle with Devimon. Furthermore, Mimi has only met Tai and Sora in person so far and seen a hologram of Izzy. If their original Digimon interactions are anything to go by, Izzy and Mimi could end up butting heads when forced to work together in the future.
With Mimi’s anime entrance, there are only 3 more Digidestined left to appear and the next episode’s title seems to heavily hint at Joe Kido’s debut along with his Digimonpartner, Gomamon.
Some Pokemon Trainers have started foaming cappuccinos instead of catching Minccinos with Pokemon‘s newest addition to the mobile market, Pokemon Cafe Mix. In the first and most recent in-game event, players have been invited to serve a fiery new customer, Scorbunny, in hopes of recruiting them as cafe staff.
Players logging on to Pokemon Cafe Mixfrom July 1 – July 15, 2020, have the opportunity to encounter Scorbunny as a Special Customer in their cafe. To recruit Scorbunny as a cafe helper, players should simply serve it five times — or less, if there’s an active friendship bonus. This means that players may have to serve a few good Pokemon customers just to shuffle the queue and get Scorbunny to appear.
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Once a player strengthens their friendship with it five times, they will befriend the energetic rabbit and convince it to stick around the cafe for good. Although the roster of initially available Pokemon featured a fair number of creatures, this marks the first totally new introduction to the game.
Players unable to befriend Scorbunny before the Special Customer event wraps up on July 15 should simply focus on meeting and serving the Fire-type starter as many times as they can. Once a player has served Scorbunny (or any Special Customer) at their cafe, they will be able to invite it back over for a party. So as long as players have met Scorbunny a single time, they’ll be able to recruit it as staff via party invite, even after the event concludes.
Speaking of which, PokeBaristas hoping to recruit Scorbunny ASAP should keep an eye out on their party section. If Scorbunny is available for a party invite, it’s an incredibly easy shot at (at least) 2-3 friendship points. Of course, this is also a generally valuable tool for anyone trying to quickly unlock all the characters. Scorbunny’s specialty is Small Plates and its skill is to clear Pokemon icons and gimmicks in a block to the left. It isn’t an extraordinary addition by any means, but it certainly has its uses, and anyone can appreciate the added variety to their team.
Between Pokemon Cafe Mix, Team GO Rocket invading the skies of Pokemon GO, and the recent release of Pokemon Sword and Shield‘s first expansion pass, Pokemon Trainers have more gaming than usual to catch up on. Players should try their best to meet Scorbunny before it stops appearing as Special Customer and the next event, featuring the Water-type starter Pokemon, Sobble, kicks off.
Pokemon Cafe Mix is available now on the App Store, Google Play, and Switch.
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A new Cyberpunk 2077 preview reveals fresh information about the game’s Cyberware gameplay. Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt RED itself has also shared much more information about the game over the last few weeks, giving fans a look at Cyberpunk 2077‘s Braindance gameplay among other things.
A Cyberpunk 2077 preview published by German publication NightCityLife and translated by fans on Reddit, has revealed how many Cyberware slots players will be able to work with. There are 19 spaces for Cyberware in total: brain (three slots), eyes, cardiovascular system (three slots), immune system (two slots), peripheral nervous system (two slots), skin (three slots), operating system (one slot), and skeletal system (one slot for hands, one slot for arms, and one slot for each leg).
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The preview also gives fans an idea of some of the Cyberware that they can expect to see in the game. One piece of Cyberware is the Mantis Blades, which gives player character V huge blades protruding from their forearms, there’s also the passive Micro-rotors Cyberware which offers better movement speed and precision, and Gorilla Hands which gives V more melee strength. Fans were also able to see the Cyberoptics piece of Cyberware in the Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay video from 2018, while CD Projekt RED has also teased Cyberware such as a double jump.
While CD Projekt RED hasn’t confirmed much about the Cyberpunk 2077 loot system, the preview did give fans new information about item rarity. There will be six loot rarities: ordinary, unusual, rare, epic, legendary, and iconic. Cyberware will also have these rarities and some pieces of Cyberware could need more than one slot to be installed.
Fans will be glad to hear this information, but many will want to know when they’ll be able to see some gameplay of it. CD Projekt RED did show more gameplay as part of the game’s Night City Wire event, but this barely touched upon some of the biggest questions that fans have. Fans haven’t seen any romance gameplay and have also asked to see gameplay of perks and character clothing.
Cyberpunk 2077 is a huge game, meaning that it is likely very difficult for CD Projekt RED to answer all of fans’ questions at once. However, the developer has confirmed plans to do another Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire event and fans could get to see much more gameplay then.
Cyberpunk 2077 comes out on November 19 for PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One, with PS5 and Xbox Series X versions to follow.
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The Coalition’s Gears 5 has been updated with seasonal content since launch, with the most recent Operation 3: Gridiron adding new characters and more in March. Today, Operation 4: Brothers In Arms kicked off, adding more new characters than any previous update on top of radically changing multiple in-game systems.
There are six new characters in Gears 5‘s Operation 4 that can be purchased through a bundle for $19.99: Four Heroes in Dominic Santiago, Garron Paduk, Jinn-bot, and a generic UIR soldier; alongside two Villains in Zamil Karn and a Locust grenadier. The Coalition says they have been able to “ramp up the production” of creating characters by not requiring them to launch with unique Ultimate and Arcade abilities, with only Paduk having an Ultimate out of the six.
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Alongside the Totem system once used to unlock characters, the Gears 5 shop and unlock system are being changed to make it easier to unlock new items. Gears Coins are replacing the scrap, supply, and Totem systems, and can purchase almost any old item from other Operations through a permanent store collection. The game’s Battle Pass, called Tour of Duty, is also being given a new “Legends” rank that can be re-earned indefinitely to get more Gears Coins.
While these are some of the biggest changes made through Operation 4: Brothers In Arms, there are a host of other new things. The Ranked system has been updated to work based on earning and spending Gears Points to rank higher, there are three new maps to play on, 24 new achievements to unlock, and a seasonal roadmap promises two new characters coming down the line; much like mid-season updates for games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
With all of this new content, it’s hard to believe that there is more coming to Gears 5, but in the blog post about Operation 4 the developer discusses plans for the next update. For instance, while characters can now be unlocked by getting any of their skins, Operation 5 will apparently allow players to use any character and class combination they want to mitigate issues with playing characters added without abilities, and it’s likely updates may continue for Gears 5 on the Xbox Series X.
Having easier access to old content while new characters, maps, and more are still being added should be a huge selling point for Gears of War fans. Even following the departure of The Coalition’s former studio head Rod Fergusson earlier this year, the future for this acclaimed entry in the series looks bright.
Google Stadia received one of its first notable timed exclusives, as Robot Entertainment sprang Orcs Must Die! 3 on the game streaming platform today. The unexpected launch is an even sweeter surprise for Stadia Pro subscribers, who will be able to play the title for free.
While it is far from the killer-app or high profile release that Stadia has been waiting for, the latest entry in the Orcs Must Die!series is likely to garner interest from fans of puzzle and action games alike. The Orcs Must Die! franchise originally debuted in 2011 with a blend of tower-defense and third-person combat, customizable traps, and a steady stream of tricky, orcish enemies. The second game in the franchise added 2-player co-op to the mix, which also features prominently in this latest installment.
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Robot Entertainment teamed up with Stadia for a timed exclusive release for several reasons, particularly the platform’s ability to make the games’ new features available to all players regardless of their platforms’ specs. The title’s Lead Designer, Jerome K. Jones, also admitted that Robot Entertainment originally had no intention of creating a follow-up to the 2012’s Orcs Must Die! 2, but after the Stadia team professed its fondness of the franchise, the project naturally evolved from their partnership.
New additions to the Orcs Must Die! franchise formula include War Machines and War Scenarios, which will pit players against well-over 1,000 enemies simultaneously. The series’ cartoon-ish graphics have never looked better than they do on Unreal Engine 4, which also enables the game to break free from its standard indoor onslaughts in favor of massive, outdoor battles such as the castle siege depicted in the game’s launch trailer.
Orcs Must Die! 3‘s surprise launch announcement arrived amidst Googles’ Stadia Connect event, which revealed a broad offering of high profile titles arriving on the platform this fall, like Super Bomberman and Sekiro. Google has been aggressively courting established studios and young, indie developers to produce timed-exclusives for their platform, which has had something of an underwhelming launch.
The market’s tepid reaction to the streaming console can be attributed to a number of reasons, but Stadia’s inherent Achilles’ heel is that players with slow internet connections are essentially locked out of the platform—or destined for miserable user experiences.
Some developers, like Take-Two’s CEO, Strauss Zelnick, even acknowledged that Google may have oversold Stadia. But Stadia is far from dead in the water, with new features like messaging and Android device support being added at regular intervals, and an expanding catalog of free games to users who subscribe to the pro service. Even if Orcs Must Die! 3 fails to immediately turn the tide, its presence on the platform may be enough to make players who are familiar with the franchise sit up and take notice.
Orcs Must Die! 3 is exclusively available on Google Stadia and free for Google Stadia Pro subscribers, with a wider release on other platforms to follow in the future.