Slime Rancher now has bots to help automate your day

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Some people become obsessed with automating processes or otherwise improving their efficiency in video games, and I can completely sympathize. Today's Automatic Update for Slime Rancher caters to that exact mindset by adding programmable drones to pitch in around your bustling ranch.

You'll be able to control the drones by customizing three inputs: their target, source, and destination. So long as you remember to water their hydro-powered stations, the little bots can perform routine tasks. You could send them to transport food or store excess crops, for instance. It's up to you.

Blizzard rolls all of World of Warcraft's expansions into the subscription fee

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Blizzard rolls all of World of Warcraft's expansions into the subscription fee

Blizzard has switched up the way World of Warcraft is sold. Now, everything is included with the monthly $15 subscription fee (or slightly cheaper for longer commitments).

Previously, players needed to buy the base game, buy the expansions separately, and pay the monthly fee. There was a Battle Chest available to purchase which came with World of Warcraft and the six expansions, but that seems to be permanently gone now. The new model grants players access to all the game's content through level 110 as long as they keep an active subscription.

However, this doesn't apply to Battle for Azeroth which is scheduled to release on August 14. The seventh expansion will still require a $50 purchase. Everything else, though, seems to be a permanent part of everyone's World of Warcraft experience from here on out.

Delightful puzzle game GNOG comes to PC and Mac

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KO_OP's puzzlebox game GNOG reminded me of playing with Mighty Max toys as a kid. After making the rounds on PlayStation 4 and iOS, the super-polished puzzler is now available on PC and Mac. This is best played in virtual reality, so if you own Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, I'd definitely give it a go.

It's a short but memorable game that doesn't waste any of your time. You can just tell the developers put a lot of care into nailing the finer details and achieving a tactile feel for the puzzle contraptions.

GNOG is up on Steam, GOG, itch.io, and the Oculus Store for $9.99 (along with a launch discount).

We're getting a Trogdor!! board game and it looks glorious

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We're getting a Trogdor!! board game and it looks glorious

In a strange turn of events, Cheapass Games is teaming up with the creators of the old web cartoon Homestar Runner to create a board game centered around the beefy-armed dragon Trogdor the Burninator.

Titled Trogdor!!, the board game is a cooperative experience for two to six players who act as the keepers of Trogdor. Their goal is to guide the legendary Burninator in his quest to torch the countryside. That includes villagers, thatched-roof cottages, and every tree in sight. While all this is happening, players need to avoid angry knights and archers and stop the villagers from repairing the damaged countryside. The premise is straightforward, but player cards seem to shake up the mechanics a little.

You can back the game on Kickstarter now. At the time of writing, the crowdfunding campaign has already more than doubled its funding goal of $75,000.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War's market has official closed

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War's market has official closed

Middle-earth: Shadow of War's in-game marketplace has finally closed its doors. If you're wondering what that sound is, it's the joyous chorus of many fans the world over. While microtransactions were actually removed a few months back, you will no longer have to deal with seeing that greedy orc rubbing his hands together while you get a first-hand look at an issue plaguing this industry.

In addition to expunging WB's cash-grabbing efforts, Monolith Productions has also greatly reduced the requirements for Shadow of War's epilogue chapter, "Shadow Wars". Previously, you needed to grind out the nemesis system to see the conclusion of the title or spend some money in the marketplace to speed the process up. Now, the chapter plays like an actual piece of entertainment instead of a thinly veiled attempt to suck cash out of players.

Along with that, completing the epilogue will reward you with some high-end gear for your troubles. Players that have already completed Shadow Wars will be automatically given the gear when they log into the game. There is a further list of changes to Shadow of War that is far too long to go over, but it all sounds like positive stuff. I'm particularly fond of the increased spawn rates on legendary orcs.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War's market has officially closed

about X hours ago from
Middle-earth: Shadow of War's market has officially closed

Middle-earth: Shadow of War's in-game marketplace has finally closed its doors. If you're wondering what that sound is, it's the joyous chorus of many fans the world over. While microtransactions were actually removed a few months back, you will no longer have to deal with seeing that greedy orc rubbing his hands together while you get a first-hand look at an issue plaguing this industry.

In addition to expunging WB's cash-grabbing efforts, Monolith Productions has also greatly reduced the requirements for Shadow of War's epilogue chapter, "Shadow Wars". Previously, you needed to grind out the nemesis system to see the conclusion of the title or spend some money in the marketplace to speed the process up. Now, the chapter plays like an actual piece of entertainment instead of a thinly veiled attempt to suck cash out of players.

Along with that, completing the epilogue will reward you with some high-end gear for your troubles. Players that have already completed Shadow Wars will be automatically given the gear when they log into the game. There is a further list of changes to Shadow of War that is far too long to go over, but it all sounds like positive stuff. I'm particularly fond of the increased spawn rates on legendary orcs.

South Park: The Stick of Truth is heading to Switch

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South Park: The Stick of Truth is heading to Switch

Ubisoft has announced that South Park: The Stick of Truth will be heading to the Switch soon.

While no firm release date was given, the title showed up in Ubisoft's Q1 sales press release under the "Digital Only" section. You can also see the expected DLC packs for other titles (For Honor, Fractured But Whole, Rainbow Six Siege) along with a few casual games in the list.

I'm guessing that Fractured But Whole on Switch has done well enough, otherwise why else would Ubisoft be bringing Obsidian's 2014 title to the platform?

The next Mario Tennis Aces patch includes the Bowser Jr. nerf everyone wants

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The next Mario Tennis Aces patch includes the Bowser Jr. nerf everyone wants

Mario Tennis Aces is about to get a little less frustrating. The most feared opponent -- the one who's frankly just too overpowered for fair competition -- is getting rebalanced.

Nintendo plans to release Mario Tennis Aces patch 1.1.2 on July 19, and the headlining change is that Bowser Jr. is getting nerfed. The alterations include slowing him down and lowering his return angle. Nintendo also notes that it plans to further balance Bowser Jr. (and all characters) ahead of the August Mario Tennis Aces tournament.

There are some other important tidbits to pull from these patch notes. Trick shots have been reworked to some degree. Now, there is less space to pull off a trick shot, and late trick shots use up more energy. However, it will now take less time to recover energy. Also, body shot serves can't be inflicted unless the ball bounces once.

'Hyped' doesn't even cover it for the new Rugrats reboot

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'Hyped' doesn't even cover it for the new Rugrats reboot

Drum roll, and cue the gloriously satisfying theme song, because Tommy, Dill, Angelica, Chuckie, Phil and Lil are back! More than ten years since Rugrats went off air, Nickelodeon and Paramount Players have just announced that the lovable 90s babies will be making a return in both a 26-episode animated series and a live-action film, and in four words: I am losing it.

Whether it’s just another attempt to relive childhood and indulge in popular nostalgia, I’m not complaining. In fact, if I could get tickets now, I would. I wouldn’t care if I had to queue for days. Rugrats was for many 90s babies the pinnacle of childhood viewing, and now with a series and a movie in the works, I just know it’s going to be a hit. Take all my money!

Absolver's Downfall expansion adding Bruce Lee combat style and new mode

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Absolver's Downfall expansion adding Bruce Lee combat style and new mode

Absolver is alive and well. The PvP-focused tactical combat game has reached 30,000 concurrent players on PlayStation 4 thanks to a recent boost from PlayStation Plus, the Xbox One version is still on the way, and developer Sloclap is preparing the Downfall expansion for September.

It sounds like the studio has kept itself busy as of late. Along with a fresh combat style inspired by Bruce Lee's own Jeet Kune Do, the expansion will offer a new mode called Downfall:

"Battle deep in the mines of Adal as a solo warrior or in online cooperative play, collecting Gleam from infected Prospects and transforming it as a reward for your deeds. The more Gleam you capture, the more powerful you become in your struggle to defeat the Corrupted, and even Arcell himself. Each run through the Mines and Temples is a unique path through a variety of challenges and situations, facing upgraded enemies, and three epic boss fights."