Apex Legends Season 6: New Character, Weapon, & Crafting Revealed

Respawn has released the first official details for Apex Legends Season 6: Boosted, and from those details we can begin to formulate a few educated guesses as to what additional content we can expect.

In the video above, Jordan Ramée details both what we know about Season 6 and what we can possibly infer about the upcoming season based on this new information. Whether or not we’re right remains to be seen, though we’ll find out pretty soon as Season 6 is scheduled to begin on August 18.

So far, Respawn has confirmed Season 6’s new character is Rampart and its new weapon is the Volt SMG. The developer has also announced a new crafting system will be implemented in Season 6 and that the season’s battle pass will include a brand-new collection of Holo-Spray items.

That’s pretty much it, though. We don’t know Rampart’s abilities, how the Volt will behave in combat, how crafting will work, or what Holo-Sprays will look like. However, based on in-game clues and map changes, the Season 6 cinematic launch trailer, and Titanfall 2, we can make quite a few educated guesses.

Top 5 Call of Duty: Warzone Moments Of The Week

Call of Duty season 5 is finally here! That means new operators, weapons and of course- awesome moments to behold! The CoD community is already testing the strength of the new train, flooding the newly opened stadium, and picking on the returning Juggernauts. Here’s a breakdown of our top 5 moments for the first week of August.

Our first clip is from Reddit user CommanderKittyPwn. Juggernauts have returned to Warzone (for now) and Commander and his crew aren’t welcoming them back with open arms. His entire squad is able to pin the jug in a doorway using their riot shields. Once he’s pinned, the squad unloads their weapons and melee away until he’s down. Next up is a clip from RilesJenkins on Reddit. After a loadout drop falls onto the blades of his helicopter, he tries to juggle it to get it to fall off. Unfortunately, this backfires and destroys his helicopter, downing him in the process.

Our next clip is from GammonRod on Reddit, who tries to make a friend on the battlefield. Surprisingly, it works! The pair drive around, honking their horns and sharing loadouts. Unfortunately, Gammon’s new friend accidentally uses a pit maneuver on his SUV- flipping them both around and causing Gammon to squish his new friend. Gone but never forgotten…

Stopping the new train is impossible right? BoldWarrior14 and his friends attempt to find out. Using 4 of the biggest cargo trucks, the crew blocks the train’s path in hopes to debunk this mystery. As expected, the train plows through all four trucks without even slowing down. Nice try anyway, boys! Last but not least is InFinZible from Reddit, who faces death by an RPG. In the middle of a sniper battle, an RPG comes careening towards him and his friend. Thank goodness he had a trophy system set up, because that would have been a direct hit!

The Twilight Zone Season 2: “A Small Town” Season 2 Episode 8 Breakdown & Easter Eggs!

Greg Thomas and Ryan Schubert break down all the ins and outs of Jordan Peele’s second season of The Twilight Zone. In Season 2, Episode 8, A quiet church handyman (Damon Wayans Jr.) uncovers a magical scale model imbuing him with the power to help his struggling small town. But with the sleazy Mayor Conway (David Krumholtz) taking all the credit, will Jason’s good intentions be corrupted?

Greg and Ryan break down the plot, list the Twilight Zone references and Easter eggs, and give their overall thoughts and reactions to “A Small Town”.

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Apex Legends Season 6, Hitman 3 In VR, & Another Cyberpunk 2077 Stream | Save State

Apex Legends’ sixth season has been revealed, with the battle royale adding a brand new legend, Rampart, as well as a new weapon, cosmetic type, crafting system, and battlepass.

CD Projekt Red has announced that its next Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire livestream will be on Monday August 10, where we’ll learn more about the weapons in the game, as well as the lifepaths, and the band Refused’s role in the game.

Finally, Sony’s State Of Play stream revealed that PSVR Support is coming to Hitman 3 when it launches early next year.

Story Of Seasons Remake Gets Update Fixing Mythic Ore On Switch

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town on the Nintendo Switch has received the 1.0.2 update, which addresses some minor issues with the cutesy farming simulator. The update fixes the appearance rate of Mythic Ore and adjusts a townsperson’s dialogue.

As detailed on Marvelous Games Twitter account, the patch makes it so Mythic Ore now appears in the mines, so long as you have the blessed tools and reach level 60 in the mine. It also adjusts Brandon’s dialogue so he now talks more than previously and, fixes some minor bugs and text issues.

This patch only pertains to the Nintendo Switch version of the game, as the Steam version is handled by Xseed Games. Marvelous Games also said on Twitter that there are no plans for any additional DLC for the game, beyond the costume packs currently available.

GameSpot gave the remake a 5/10 in our Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town review, with critic James Carr writing, “Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town feels closer to a remaster than a remake, with the majority of in-game mechanics feeling antiquated by modern standards. Shallow systems combined with inflated upgrade prices makes progress a slow trudge, with the rewards rarely feeling worth it. Interacting with the people of Mineral Town offers a nice, romantic look at small-town farm life, but the rest of the game fails to sell it.”

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New John Wick Movies: There’s Even More On The Way Than We Thought

If there’s one thing John Wick fans love, it’s revenge. If there are two things, then the second one is “more John Wick.” Happily, we learned today that we’re getting the latter in spades, as John Wick 5 is actually being developed alongside John Wick 4, according to Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer (via The Hollywood Reporter).

John Wick 4, which was previously given a May 2021 release date, hasn’t begun shooting yet, having been delayed in May by a full year. Now it’s scheduled to hit theaters in May 2022, and Lionsgate plans to shoot John Wick 5 at the same time.

“We’re also busy preparing scripts for the next two installments of our John Wick action franchise, with John Wick 4 slated to hit theatres Memorial Day weekend 2022. We hope to shoot both John Wick 4 and 5 back to back when Keanu becomes available early next year,” Feltheimer reportedly told analysts.

Series star Keanu Reeves has been busy lately making Bill and Ted Face the Music, but Lionsgate is clearly eager for him to return to the role of the dog-loving hitman John Wick. As THR points out, the first three movies in the franchise made over $579 million worldwide. There’s also a spin-off TV show, The Continental, and a spin-off movie, Ballerina, in the works.

In our John Wick 3 review in 2019, we noted the series’ “diminishing returns,” calling it “the weakest entry yet in a series that, overall, remains head and shoulders above most of its competition in terms of style, action, writing, world-building, and characters.”

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The Rickest Moments From Rick And Morty Season 2!

Season 2 of Rick and Morty took everything that season 1 of the show had established, and further fleshed it out. The multiverse of the show was taken to all kinds of wild new places, and Rick’s issues with the Galactic Federation were finally revealed. Rick further showed he had a heart putting his family first, and had even more brilliant mad scientist moments. These are the Rickest moments of Rick and Morty Season 2, including Tiny Rick and Get Schwifty!

Marvel vs Capcom Arcade1Up Cabinet Is Now Available For Pre-Order

Announced earlier this year, Arcade1Up’s Marvel vs Capcom is now available to pre-order. The Marvel vs Capcom cabinet is $500 at Best Buy with a release date of October 1. All Arcade1Up cabinets enjoy free shipping with Best Buy, and you can get it as early as its release day, October 1. Of course, due to the current pandemic, it’s important to remember that shipping delays may occur.

The Marvel vs. Capcom Arcade1Up cabinet features five classic Capcom fighting games, including X-Men vs Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes, Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems, Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter, and Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes–that was a mouthful. Every game, except War of the Gems, is also Wi-Fi enabled, so you can play online multiplayer with other cabinet owners.

This is the first cabinet that’s available for pre-order among Arcade1Up’s latest announcements. Other cabinets include the Ms Pac-Man machine, the X-Men vs Street Fighter cabinet, and the Big Buck Hunter machine. These aren’t available to pre-order yet, but we will keep you updated when their store listings go live. The company’s Ms Pac-Man machine will be available to pre-order soon and is going for $450.

If you’re interested in finding out exactly how good Arcade1Up cabinets can be, check out our Burger Time cabinet review. Arcade1Up does a great job paying homage to the best classics out there, from the emulation to the cabinet’s physical design.

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Trump Looks to Ban TikTok and WeChat, Could Also Affect Games Industry

United States President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that looks to ban both TikTok and WeChat from operating in the USA if they are not sold by their Chinese-owned parent companies, ByteDance and Tencent, respectively.

As reported by CNN, the order for TikTok’s parent company states that after 45 days, “any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd.” will be prohibited.

The order for WeChat’s parent company states that after 45 days, “any transaction that is related to WeChat by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with Tencent Holdings Ltd. (a.k.a. Téngxùn Kònggǔ Yǒuxiàn Gōngsī), Shenzhen, China, or any subsidiary of that entity, as identified by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) under section 1(c) of this order.”

While the ByteDance order could impact many around the world if a potential sale doesn’t go through within the timeframe, the order for Tencent could potentially have even greater ramifications for the gaming world.

Tencent has many investments in US companies, and fully owns League of Legends and Valorant developer Riot Games. It also has a major stake in Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite. Furthermore, Tencent has an ownership stake in Activision Blizzard, Clash of Clan’s Supercell, Ubisoft, and operates other such games as Call of Duty Mobile and PUBG Mobile.

As far as ByteDance is concerned, Microsoft and its CEO Satya Nadella have been in talks with President Trump about a potential purchase, and it mentioned it would begin talks with ByteDance with hopes of “completing these discussions no later than September 15.”

ByteDance’s order alleges that TikTok “automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories. This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage.”

Tencent’s Order alleges that WeChat “automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users. This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information. In addition, the application captures the personal and proprietary information of Chinese nationals visiting the United States, thereby allowing the Chinese Communist Party a mechanism for keeping tabs on Chinese citizens who may be enjoying the benefits of a free society for the first time in their lives.”

While it’s hard to currently guess what will happen with these companies and apps in the US, and how this will affect the gaming industry at large, it is a big development that IGN will be following closely over the coming days.

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Visual Novel Writers Strike Successful In Earning Better Pay And Conditions

A strike held by writers of the Lovestruck game platform has yielded great results. In mid-July, the writers of Lovestruck organized and went on strike to demand better work and pay conditions, as they were being “paid less than half the industry standard rate” for their work.

The striking writers, who “are members of marginalized genders and/or sexualities,” were originally presented with a dismissive statement from the company, which has since been removed from the Lovestruck website.

Now, after 21 days of striking action, the official Lovestruck Twitter account has posted an update, announcing that an agreement had been reached with the writers. You can see it below.

Speaking to VICE Games, contractor AK Fedeau says this would not have been possible if they “hadn’t come together collectively,” and that “this is what can happen when we look to each other as friends.”

According to the report, the average pay for writing these games has jumped from 3.5 cents a word to 6.5 cents per word. This is much higher, albeit still below industry standards.

During the strike, developers at Activision Blizzard, started anonymously sharing wages to shine a light on wage disparity within the company.

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