Latest Cobra Kai Trailer Makes Daniel LaRusso Look Kind Of Awful

Though a previous teaser for the upcoming YouTube Red series Cobra Kai showed that original Karate Kid villain Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) grew up to become quite a jerk, the latest trailer for the show reveals why that might be the case–and it’s Daniel’s (Ralph Macchio) fault.

In the latest trailer, it’s revealed that life has worked out pretty well for the former student of Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). He has a wife, a beautiful home, and what looks like a job selling luxury cars. Life has been less kind for his former nemesis, who is now reopening the Cobra Kai Dojo. “The guy thinks he can bring Cobra Kai back to the valley? Not on my watch,” Daniel tells his wife.

While that may seem to paint Daniel as some kind of hero, things take a major turn quickly as a scruffy and unkempt Johnny is put down by the former karate champion and his friend. “This is the guy whose ass you kicked?” the friend asks. Daniel quickly shoots back, “If you want to get technical, I kicked his face.”

Whatever is happening in that scene, it’s clear that Johnny has seen better days, while Daniel is still gloating about something that happened over 30 years ago. Is that the kind of thing that makes you want to root for the titular Karate Kid?

With each tease, the premise of Cobra Kai becomes a bit more mysterious. Johnny may be relaunching the dojo that made him such a punk as a teenager–and carrying on many of its less-than-commendable traditions–but Daniel is no saint in this scenario.

Still, it’s hard not to feel a little excitement when Daniel suits up in his old Miyagi Dojo uniform once more and throw a kick. While it was previously revealed that he will be serving as a trainer to Johnny’s son, clearly there’s still some fight left in him. Perhaps Cobra Kai will build to another showdown between him and Johnny when it premieres on YouTube Red in the spring.

There’s A Great Deal On Xbox One Controllers Right Now

If you’ve been looking to pick up another Xbox One controller for local multiplayer, or if you want one for use with your PC, today’s a good day to buy one. Right now, you can grab a controller for just $32.

As found by Twitter user Wario64, the deal is live right now on Ebay. The controllers were already priced down from $60 to $40, which is the same price as they are going for on Amazon. However, an additional Ebay promo will get you 20% off–meaning you can buy the controller for $32.

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All you have to do is go to Ebay, add the controller to your cart, and enter the code PSPRING20 at checkout. The code will work on anything, too. But it’s worth acting on this deal now: the code is only valid until 8 PM PT / 11 PM ET. The promotion is only available in the United States and Canada.

In other deals news, there’s a good sale going on for an Xbox One X with an extra controller. The consoles are marked down to $460, but by using the same PSPRING20 code, you can get one for $368. If you decide to pick one up, be sure to check out the this week’s discounted Xbox Store games.

Aspiring Web Developer? Check out Code Foo!

Hello internet! We are excited to announce IGN’s annual Code Foo for 2018!

Every year, IGN runs a six-week paid internship for software engineers (must be eligible to work in the US) to start getting professional experience in the world of web development. The 2018 application goes live on March 12th, 2018 at Code Foo 2018.

Our goal is to not only give you a hands-on, mentored experience, but to set you up for success by helping you grow as a developer and allowing you to find what you’re interested in. You’ll have the opportunity to work on and explore a variety of products, from general web development, to API and CMS systems, video players, comments, and mobile apps.

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance Update Out Now; Here’s What It Does

Kingdom Come: Deliverance was greeted with a pretty warm reception upon release, although a common complaint was that it’s a little rough around the edges. Today, developer Warhorse released a new update that’s meant to solve many of the bugs and fix some of the performance issues.

The patch is available now on PC, and Warhorse stated on Twitter that it’ll be released in the next few days for PS4 and Xbox One. It features a wide array of changes and improvements, from bug fixing to modifying certain mechanics. For example, it’s overhauled the save system to make it more “robust” and prevent saves from being corrupted if the game crashed. In addition, the studio has added a “Save and Exit” feature. Further, lockpicking and pickpocketing have been improved so that they’re less frustrating to perform.

The patch notes also contain several specific bug fixes, including some that are pretty funny. You can no longer be launched into the air by the alchemy bench, nor will your horse get stuck trying to jump a fence. Other parts of the game have been rebalanced; for example, the number of easily-accessible, high-reward chests has been reduced. Guards will stop and frisk you less frequently, too.

You can see the full patch notes below. The update is out now on Steam, but Warhorse has yet to give a specific date for its release on consoles. If you want to know more about the game, be sure to check out our feature on why we came to enjoy Kingdom Come–in spite of all of its issues.

Patch Notes

  • The game now has Save and Exit feature.
  • Saving is much more robust and saves won’t get corrupted even if the game crashes while saving.
  • Performance improved
    • LoD switching tweaked, reducing pop-in and improving texture streaming.
    • Stuttering in some areas reduced.
    • Slightly smoother framerate on Vsync 30. (Consoles and some PCs)
  • Improved lockpicking
    • New interface design makes it much easier to hold the sweet spot while turning the lock.
    • Easy and Very Easy trunks are now easier to lockpick when playing with controller. (Mouse difficulty unchanged)
  • Improved pickpocketing
    • You will no longer get caught if you stop at the beginning of the minigame. (Unless someone sees you)
    • The risk indicator is now much more precise. When green, you are sure not to get caught.
  • Alchemy bench will no longer shoot you into the air.
  • The last quest with Lord Capon is now visible on the map when he is ready to assign it to you.
  • Guards won’t frisk you so often.
  • Your horse shouldn’t get stuck when jumping fences.
  • Horse items are cleaned along with player items in bathhouses.
  • You can see when looking at a bed whether it will save your game.
  • You can sleep on beds without having to sit down first.
  • Levelling up stealth by sneaking past enemies is more consistent.
  • Sneaking past sleeping NPCs is now easier.
  • Some easily accessible trunks with extremely good loot have been removed.
  • Cave mushrooms can now be found in many other damp places.
  • You can no longer autocook potions that you haven’t brewed by hand at least once before.
  • German voiceovers will no longer cut off in mid-sentence in cutscenes.
  • Late game player strength tweaked
    • Some combat perks that were unintentionally overpowered were tuned down.
    • Weapons scale less with high-level stats.
    • It should now be much harder to kill high-level enemies with one hit. (Unless they’re helmetless.)
  • Other combat system tweaks
    • “Untargeted attack” exploit fixed.
    • Enemy combat archery AI improved.
    • Guards now react to combat more aggressively.
  • (PC only) It is now possible to select different types of anti-aliasing.
  • (PC only) It is now possible to set VSync to 30 or 60, or disable it completely.
  • (PC only) Steam Cloud saving enabled.
  • Other quest improvements/fixes.
  • Improved CPU load balancing–better performance.
  • Turkish subtitles added.

Great Nintendo Switch Deal Drops Price To $256 For A Few More Hours

If you’re still in the market for a Nintendo Switch, you have a chance to pick one up at a nice discount, but only for a very limited time. Ebay has kicked off a pre-Daylight Savings Time promotion today, March 9, that lets you take 20% off of a ton of eligible items, including Nintendo’s hybrid console. [Update: After briefly selling out, the Nintendo Switch deal below is once again back in stock, giving you a few hours to pick up the console for cheap. However, the starting price has been raised to $320, meaning the discounted price comes out to $256. The Ebay coupon is also still available for use on other items, including a PS4 Pro bundle that includes Star Wars Battlefront II and Dynasty Warriors 9.]

Wario64 pointed out that highly rated seller manhattanproducts is selling a Nintendo Switch console with grey Joy-Cons for $280. That’s a slight discount from the console’s typical retail price of $300, but you can bring its cost down even further to $224 using the aforementioned 20% off coupon. Shipping is free, although it’s limited to the United States.

To get the discount, enter the code PSPRING20 in the code redemption field on checkout. The coupon code is only valid until 8 PM PT / 11 PM ET tonight, giving you a few hours to take advantage of the offer. You can read more details and exclusions for the offer on Ebay.

This month marked the first anniversary of the Nintendo Switch, and now would certainly be a good time to pick up one up if you haven’t yet. Nintendo announced a wealth of new titles for the console during this week’s Nintendo Direct broadcast, including a Switch version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and a Super Smash Bros. game for Switch. You can read more announcements from the broadcast in our roundup of all the biggest news from Nintendo Direct March 2018.

Avengers: Infinity War Is A Long Movie–Marvel’s Longest Yet

Plan your bathroom breaks accordingly, because Avengers: Infinity War is going to last a while. According to AMC Theaters, the next Marvel Cinematic Universe entry is the longest yet by nearly 10 minutes.

Infinity War clocks in at 2 hours and 36 minutes, topping the 2-hour and 27-minute runtime of Captain America: Civil War. With so much story to tackle–and so many Avengers to service–though, it makes sense that this movie would eat up a lot of time.

This movie sees pretty much every superhero the MCU has introduced thus far, from the Avengers to Doctor Strange to the Guardians of the Galaxy, banding together to battle Thanos, the intergalactic warlord looking to control the Infinity Stones. The film will also, no doubt, set up whatever story is to be told in Avengers 4, as the movies were shot back-to-back.

That all said, it’s not as if the MCU is known for short runtimes. The shortest of the films thus far is 2008’s The Incredible Hulk at 1 hour and 52 minutes, with most stretching past the two-hour mark.

Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters on April 27. To prepare for the movie’s release, take a look at GameSpot’s comprehensive guide to the Infinity Stones and every character confirmed for the movie.

Everything the U.S. Government Has Said About Video Games Since the Florida Shooting – IGN

Over the past two weeks, video games and the U.S. government have overlapped more than usual. Here’s everything that has happened.

Over the past few weeks, video games and the U.S. government have overlapped more than usual, with conversations taking place in response to a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Here’s a run-down of the recent political news updates that have potential to affect video games.

Trump Meets With Game Executives to Talk ‘Violent Video Games’

On March 8th, President Trump met with members of The Entertainment Software Association to have what they called a “fact-based conversation” about video game violence. The White House published a ‘violent video game’ reel (below) that President Trump showed at the beginning of the meeting, with Washington Post reporting that he asked the group: “this is violent, isn’t it?”

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In attendance at the meeting were Members of Congress Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Vicky Hartzler. Alongside the CEO of the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) and members of the ESRB (Entertainment Software Ratings Board), only two video game publisher executives were present, being the CEO of Take-Two Interactive (parent company of Rockstar Games), the CEO of ZeniMax Media (parent company of Bethesda Softworks). Outside of the industry, guests included Dave Grossman, author of “Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression and the Psychology of Killing”.

While we don’t know the exact details of the meeting nor any proposed outcomes, the ESA put out a statement saying that its representatives focused on the many studies that disprove the correlation between real world violence and video games. “We discussed the numerous scientific studies establishing that there is no connection between video games and violence, First Amendment protection of video games, and how our industry’s rating system effectively helps parents make informed entertainment choices,” the ESA said.

The meeting was in direct response to the following:

Trump Says Violent Games Are ‘Shaping Young People’s Thoughts’

On February 22, U.S. President Donald Trump pointed to mature content in video games as a potential cause of youth violence during a meeting on school safety. He said, “I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts. And then you go the further step, and that’s the movies. You see these movies, and they’re so violence, and yet a kid is able to see the movie if sex isn’t involved, but killing is involved, and maybe they have to put a rating system for that.”

While there are rating systems in place from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for films and the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) for video games, it’s possible Trump was suggesting a government-run rating system should replace those.

Trump Plans to Meet With Members of the Video Game Industry, But They Haven’t Recieved Invites

On March 1, it was announced that President Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with “members of the video game industry” to discuss violence in games. The news came from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, via NBC News’ Peter Alexander on Twitter.

At the time, the Entertainment Software Association, of which many major video game publishers and developers are members, told IGN that its members have not received an invitation to meet with President Trump about video game violence.

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On March 2, Peter Alexander tweeted an update, saying that White House officials told him “invites to video game companies will be going out in the coming days.”

According to Kotaku, the meeting was unorganized and solid information was “hard to come by”, and two of their sources described it as “wildly frustrating”.

Tax Levy Proposed For M-Rated Games

On February 23, the Republican member for the Rhode Island State House, Robert Nardolillo, proposed a tax increase on games with ratings of M or higher, by 10%. The tax increase would be used to fund mental health provisions in schools.

“There is evidence that children exposed to violent video games at a young age tend to act more aggressively than those who are not,” Nardolillo said in a statement. “The bill would give schools the additional resources needed to help students deal with that aggression in a positive way. Our goal is to make every school in Rhode Island a safe and calm place for students to learn. By offering children resources to manage their aggression today, we can ensure a more peaceful tomorrow.”

Nardolillo did not provide sources to substantiate the claim that children who play violent video games act more aggressively than those who do not.

Illinois Judge Bans 16yo From Playing Violent Games

On March 2, a 16-year-old boy in Illinois was arrested after posting a video of himself on Snapchat, playing an undisclosed violent video game with the caption “Y’all need to shut up about school shootings or I’ll do one.” The young man was supposedly “annoyed” by social media conversations that took place in the wake of threats to his own school that resulted in the school closing its two campuses as a safety precaution. The defense argued that the teen’s video was a joke, but the prosecution rebutted this position and banned him from playing violent video games.

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An NRA-endorsed game called NRA: Shooting Range was also recently removed from the iOS app store, though this is an isolated incident that does not seem likely to influence any other games. You can read more about that story here.

IGN previously covered a decade-long study of over 11,000 children in the UK which concluded video games have no impact on behavior, attention, or emotional issues in children. In 2011, the United States Supreme Court struck down a California law banning the sale of violent games to children on First Amendment grounds, establishing a national precedent. For more information on the topic, read IGN’s in-depth piece on violent video games.