Why Red Dead Redemption 2's Sean MacGuire is the best Irish character in a video game yet

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Why Red Dead Redemption 2's Sean MacGuire is the best Irish character in a video game yet

Yeah, it takes a whole army of bounty hunters to bring in Sean Macguire.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to see Vulfpeck's Joey Dosik perform live in Dublin's Sugar Club. After a sincere acapella performance, less than a split second elapsed before a member of the crowd bellowed, "GEWON JOEY!" A thundering applause from the audience immediately ensued, threatening to bring the very walls of the building crashing down.

There's something about the spirit of Dublin that's perpetually vital; an unwavering confidence coupled with a burning passion for life. That's the Ireland I've grown up knowing, having spent all 23 years of my life living in Dublin. However, that's not the Ireland I see portrayed when I play video games - or at least it wasn't until I came across Red Dead Redemption 2's Sean Macguire.

League of Legends' virtual girl band K/DA manages to top Billboard's world music charts

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League of Legends' virtual girl band K/DA manages to top Billboard's world music charts

A few weeks ago, developer Riot Games unleashed the latest weapon in its incredibly well-financed marketing arsenal: a three-minute music video for POP/STARS, a song performed by a fictitious girl band consisting of four of the most popular characters in League of Legends. That track has now managed to secure the top spot on Billboard's World Digital Song Sales Charts.

POP/STARS is performed by K/DA, a band which, in the virtual world at least, consists of League of Legends characters Ahri, Evelynn, Kai'Sa, and Akali. In reality, however, their vocals are provided by a cross-continental line-up of accomplished music stars: US-based Madison Beer and Jaira Burns, and Miyeon and Soyeon from K-pop girl group (G)I-DLE.

As compiled by Nielsen Music and reported by Billboard, POP/STARS managed to sell 9,000 copies in the week ending November 8th. That might sound faintly preposterous for a fake band rustled up to promote some video game cosmetics - but it all becomes a little clearer once you actually watch the accompanying music video.

Sony announces that it won't be attending E3 in 2019

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Sony has revealed that it won't be attending E3 in 2019, marking the first time the publisher has elected to stay away in the show's 24-year history.

In a statement provided to Game Informer, Sony confirmed that it will neither "activate or hold a press conference around E3" or exhibit on the show floor. "As the industry evolves," it said, "Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community."

"PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019." It did note, however, that it will be "exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can't wait to share our plans".

Superb underwater survival adventure Subnautica dated for December on PS4

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Superb underwater survival adventure Subnautica dated for December on PS4

Developer Unknown Worlds has announced that its excellent (and terrifying) underwater survival adventure, Subnautica, will finally be making its way to PlayStation 4 on December 4th.

Subnautica released earlier this year on PC (after three fruitful years in Steam Early Access) to much critical claim. It's also been available on Xbox One as part of Microsoft's Game Preview programme since 2016 - and the latter is also scheduled to emerge in its version 1.0 guise alongside the PS4 release this December,

If you've yet to experience the wonders (and horrors) of Unknown Worlds' phenomenal survival adventure, it comes highly recommended. It's a entirely solo affair that tasks players with exploring, and eventually escaping, an ocean planet after their ship mysteriously crash lands during a routine voyage.

Monster Hunter World on PC is getting Arch-Tempered Kirin later this month

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Monster Hunter World on PC is getting Arch-Tempered Kirin later this month

It's all go in Monster Hunter World PC. Mere days after Capcom announced that the mighty Elder Dragon Lunastra is, at long last, readying to make her debut on the platform this month, the publisher has now now revealed that Arch-Tempered Elder Dragon Kirin is incoming too.

Kirin's Arch-Tempered variant was the first Arch-Tempered Elder Dragon to be introduced to Monster Hunter World on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, arriving back in the halcyon days of June. These fearsome creatures are designed to give seasoned hunters a real run for their money, even moreso than their (already formidable) Elder Dragon counterparts.

To begin the battle against Arch-Tempered Kirin, which requires a Hunter Rank of 50 or higher to participate, players will need to accept the new A Whisper of White event quest. This will be introduced at midnight on Friday November 30th in the UK, and can be completed as many times as required, but only until 23:59pm on Monday, December 17th.

Microsoft's Xbox Black Friday Sale offers up to 75% off games

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Microsoft has once again embraced the discounting spirit of Black Friday. The Xbox Live Black Friday sale sees over 500 games reduced, including a raft of 360 oldies which are backwards compatible. For Xbox Gold members, the sale starts today, with up to 75% off. Non-members: the festive deductions will open up to everyone else on the 19th, continuing until the end of the month, although you only get up to 65% off. For a limited time you can also enjoy one month of Xbox Live Gold membership for a singular quid.

Some thrift-friendly highlights in this year's Xbox Live Black Friday Sale include:

Sea of Thieves for £24.99

Vermintide 2 finally arrives on PlayStation 4 next month

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Vermintide 2 finally arrives on PlayStation 4 next month

After what feels like a very long wait, co-op rat smasher Vermintide 2 now has a PlayStation 4 release date: 18th December. That's just one month away!

Before that, you can try the game on PlayStation 4 via a closed beta if you pre-order Vermintide 2's Ultimate Edition from the PlayStation Store. Doing so will also grant you four days early access to the full game before it launches, alongside some other gubbins.

So far, it seems like the only way to access the closed beta is to put your money down for the game's £45 Ultimate Edition. This also contains extra skins, portrait frames and a keep statue, as well as its two DLCs.

First look at Netflix's Narcos as a video game

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First look at Netflix's Narcos as a video game

Earlier in the year, British publisher Curve Digital announced it was working on a video game version of hit Netflix show Narcos.

If you haven't seen it, Narcos is a gritty Colombian cartel drama starring the guy who's head got popped on Game of Thrones. It's good watching, if you have the stomach for it.

Today we got our first glimpse at the game Curve is cooking up by way of its development studio partner Kuju.

Eurogamer Q&A: Win 1 of 5 limited edition PS4 Pros!

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Eurogamer Q&A: Win 1 of 5 limited edition PS4 Pros!

So you've been eyeing up one of those swish PS4 Pros for a while now.

Sure, you could nip over to Amazon and treat yourself, but we both know that'll be coming out of the Christmas present fund, and how are little Timmy and young Sandra going to find this year's top-selling toy, a *checks notes* Poopsie Unicorn Slime Surprise under the tree if you've blown the lot on a fancy PlayStation?

Well, how about this for a solution:

PlayStation 4 worldwide sales reach 86.1 million

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PlayStation 4 worldwide sales reach 86.1 million

Sony has wheeled out a new worldwide sales figure for PlayStation 4. The grand total now stands at 86.1 million units sold.

It's a rather odd milestone on account of PlayStation 4 turning five years old today and Sony needing an up-to-date statistic for an infographic.

Other nuggets of information include the most popular controller colour - can you guess what it is? Bloody boring standard black, that's right. Then it's red, blue, white and pukey camo.