What To Watch This Weekend: Super Smash Bros., PUBG, And Beatmania IIDX

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What To Watch This Weekend: Super Smash Bros., PUBG, And Beatmania IIDX

Evo was just a week ago and The International is just around the corner, but we still have a number of fun events sandwiched in between. Let's get into it!

Super Smash Con is a celebration of all things Super Smash Bros., and has events for every game in the series (yes, even Brawl!). So if you're still hype over last weekend's Smash Ultimate tournament for Evo, or just want to watch high-level play of the first game, here's your chance. (Streams and Schedule)

More Overwatch League matches are on their way today and tomorrow, and we're in the final weeks before the playoffs, so some of these teams are going to have to clutch it out if they want better seeding. (Stream / Schedule)

Activision Sees Value In More Remasters And New Games In Those Series

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Activision Sees Value In More Remasters And New Games In Those Series

With Crash Bandicoot's various remasters and the Spyro Reignited Trilogy doing such big business for Activision, it was not going to be long until the company started making those IPs a cornerstone of their software lineup. It seems the publisher is planning to do just that, according to a recent statement to investors.

Activision president Rob Kostich told investors this week that they're not only exploring more remasters, but also new games in the IPs those remasters are coming from, which would presumably mean new, original games in the Spyro and Crash series.

"When you look at our IP library, we think there's a lot of IP in there the fans are going to want to experience again," Kostich said during Activision's earnings call. "I'd say stay tuned for some future announcements, but just beyond pure remasters, there are also a lot of opportunities now to innovate and think about totally new content within these IPs."

Weekend Warrior – Do Your Duty

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Weekend Warrior – Do Your Duty

It's the weekend, which means it's time for relaxing and gaming! Many of us are still working through the lengthy Fire Emblem: Three Houses and other RPGs. We're also playing through Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for the Game Informer Game Club, so join us and be a part of the discussion!

Javy Gwaltney – Still slowly making my way through Fire Emblem: Three Houses. After years of reviewing the series at a breakneck pace, it’s nice to just really take this at my own pace and enjoy it. Also, my second playthrough of Youngblood is done. Also, still making my way through Hollow Knight. Also, Mad Men. 

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – I’m still playing the Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey DLC (these Atlantis episodes are much better and longer than the Legacy of the First Blade ones!), but I’m also working through Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for Game Club! Also, you know, Overwatch and Marvel Strike Force.

Discord Gets Small-Audience Streaming Feature

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Discord Gets Small-Audience Streaming Feature

[You might have seen this story when it went up yesterday based on a video Discord uploaded to their YouTube channel. It was pulled down when Discord informed us that the video was inaccurate and, thus, the story was as well. The company did not clarify what was inaccurate about it, so the story stayed down until they officially announced it. It does not appear that the story, which was confirmed officially today, has any differences from yesterday's details.]

Streaming is obviously the big thing to do on Twitch, with streamers pulling in audiences of thousands of people to watch them play video games (usually). If you want a smaller, chill stream where you're just showing the game you're playing off to a few friends in a chatroom or a boss fight you don't feel like recording, there's not a ton of options out there. Discord has added a feature to help expand that short list.

You can stream to ten friends at 1080p and 60 frames per second, but subscribers of Discord's premium service Nitro can hit 4K. It's not exactly a high-end streaming service, but there's value in keeping things small. Steam has had this ability for a few years, though I don't know of anyone who uses it, and that service is kind of limited to Steam itself.

Update: Wal-Mart Begins Removing Violent Video Game Advertisements From Stores, But Not Video Games Themselves

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Update: Wal-Mart Begins Removing Violent Video Game Advertisements From Stores, But Not Video Games Themselves

Update: While Wal-Mart has confirmed that they are indeed removing violent video game advertisements, they are not pulling violent games from stores company-wide. While individual stores are removing violent video games, according to reports on Twitter, there has been no corporate edict for all stores to do the same. The original report about video game advertisements is true, but not the games themselves.

"We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week, and it does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment," director of national media relations at Wal-Mart LeMia Jenkins told IGN.

Original story from August 8 at 6:25 p.m. CT:

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Gets An Epilogue In A New Update

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Dragon Quest Builders 2 Gets An Epilogue In A New Update

Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a sequel to a game that in itself was inspired, perhaps blatantly, by a worldwide phenomenon in Minecraft. While the first game was well-liked, the second really took on a much wider and more favorable critical reception, with even some of our own editors becoming addicted to the game. That has translated into some sales success for the game and Square Enix is thanking fans with an update.

A new update coming to the game provides new hairstyles, as the protagonist only has one for character creation. Unfortunately, these hairstyles are basically just hats, so you can't stack anything else on top of them. Additionally, the game will be getting support for multiple save files, which it lacked before. Multiple buildertopias will be supported and you can change the weather on the Isle of Awakening. These updates solve some complaints players had before.

Most excitingly, however, is that an epilogue is being added for players who finished the game. You'll need at least 45 builder recipes, have completed all the scavenger hunts on the Explorer's Shores, and visited one buildertopia. After which, you'll receive an in-game letter pointing you toward new content.

The Read Dead Redemption II Original Score Is Officially Out

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The Read Dead Redemption II Original Score Is Officially Out

Woody Jackson returns for yet another collaboration with Rockstar Games, the original score, the last of the Red Dead Redemption II music. Alongside Woody Jackson are contributions from other artists such as Arca, Colin Stetson, Senyawa, David Ferguson, Jon Theodore, and more.

The original score includes 22 tracks and can be found on iTunes and Spotify. For more updates on Read Dead Redemption II, be sure to check out our hub here on Game Informer.

Japanese Police Arrest Man For Threatening Square Enix With Arson

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Japanese Police Arrest Man For Threatening Square Enix With Arson

There is often a contingent of people that dismiss any threats in or around the video game industry as part of the dynamic, with an implied dismissiveness that threats are just bluster. A threat against Square Enix's Japanese headquarters has been taken quite seriously by the police and resulted in the arrest of one man who said he planned to burn the building down.

Police in Shinjuku arrested a 40-year-old delivery worker for sending a threat to the company through their online web inquiry form. In the message, the man said he would recreate the Kyoto Animation fire, a tragic arson attack on July 18 that killed 35 people and severely injuring at least 34 others. He admitted to police that he was angry about losing at a mobile game and sent the message.

Officers did not find any gasoline or accelerants traditionally used for arson.

Kiss' Gene Simmons Flattered By Pokémon Impersonator

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Kiss' Gene Simmons Flattered By Pokémon Impersonator

During this week's Pokémon video, a new regional variation of Zigzagoon was shown. In the Galar region, it evolves past Linoone for the fist time to the new Obstagoon. With its black-and-white makeup and wagging tongue, Obstagoon bares a resemblance to 80s rockstars of old, popularized by the band Kiss and Gene Simmons. It wasn't long until Simmons was made aware of this, though his reaction made people think the former rocker was upset about it.

This reaction fueled speculation that Simmons might end up suing The Pokémon Company over his badger lookalike, but it does seem like Simmons isn't all that angry about it. In fact, it seems like he's pretty cool with it in general.

"Pokémon has been a part of our household for decades, ever since our kids first discovered them," Simmons told Newsweek in a statement. "And to see Pokémon pay homage to Kiss, is flattering."