Captain Marvel Shatters Records With Biggest Opening Weekend For Female-Led Film

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Captain Marvel Shatters Records With Biggest Opening Weekend For Female-Led Film

Captain Marvel came to theaters this past Friday, and it's already breaking records with its instant success. The film's box office debut soared to $455 million worldwide this weekend in ticket sales, including $153 in North America.

The global launch's success is the biggest in history, surpassing Beauty and the Beast ($357 million) and is the second-largest for a comic book adaptation coming in behind Avengers: Infinity War ($640.5 million). It is also impressively the sixth-biggest worldwide opening, and beats Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($281 million) with a $302 million international opening.

DC's Wonder Woman made history with $103 million on its first weekend, but now Captain Marvel surpasses that too. 

Patent Shows Possible Design Of Unannounced Google Controller

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Patent Shows Possible Design Of Unannounced Google Controller

Late last year, Google revealed that it is working on a video game streaming technology called Project Stream, and used Assassin's Creed Odyssey to show off its prowess. Now, a patent from Google has been circulating online that shows off what could be the controller for the streaming service.

The design looks pretty standard, with two joysticks, a d-pad, and both shoulder and trigger buttons in the back. It also hints that there could be voice assistant compatibility as well with a microphone button situated near the bottom. You can view the images below, or check out the complete patent here.

The copyright registration, according to the filing, was made in October of last year and was continued from a previous filing in 2014.

Crackdown 2 Is Now Free On Xbox One

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Crackdown 2 Is Now Free On Xbox One

Microsoft announced that Crackdown 2 is now available on Xbox One through backward compatibility. This lines up nicely with the recent release of Crackdown 3, so if you haven't played the predecessor, this is a good chance to check it out.

Crackdown 2 is coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today and will be available for free https://t.co/qPMRNs2ZLo pic.twitter.com/axJmb2Swa3

To make things even better, the game is free, too, so you can download it at no extra cost. Editor Ben Reeves gave Crackdown 2 a 7.25, saying that "What hurts the most about Crackdown 2 is that I would have been content with a simple, by-the-numbers sequel with a few token improvements." While Reeves mostly enjoyed the game, Crackdown 2 didn't offer the same innovations of its predecessor.

Respawn Has Banned Over 355,000 PC Apex Legends Cheaters Since Launch

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Respawn Has Banned Over 355,000 PC Apex Legends Cheaters Since Launch

When a game is as enormously popular as Apex Legends currently is, there's bound to be a lot of cheaters in the ranks looking to get one over on legit players. Thankfully, developer Respawn Entertainment has come out strong against those who'd sully their victories, and plans to make things even harder on them soon.

In a post on the game's subreddit, Respawn announced they have banned over 355,000 players on PC (where cheating is most prominent due to ease of access to cheats) using third-party service Easy Anti-Cheat. The company isn't stopping there, however. "We are working on improvements to combat cheaters and we’re going to have to be pretty secretive about our plans," the company said. "Cheaters are crafty and we don’t want them to see us coming."

To that end, Respawn is working with experts within and outside of EA to improve their methods, will be expanding their anti-cheat team, and adding a report feature in-game that will notify Easy Anti-Cheat directly. Respawn is also looking into "cases of players spamming during character select and the drop and then disconnecting shortly after," as well as working with AMD to improve game stability on PCs using their architecture.

This Twitter Account Catalogs Which Video Game Dogs You Can And Cannot Pet

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This Twitter Account Catalogs Which Video Game Dogs You Can And Cannot Pet

There are lots of dogs in video games to love. Unfortunately, video games are not yet at the point where they're universally available for petting. It can be tough to keep track of which games contain the crucial ability to do so, but now there's a Twitter account that's keeping track.

Can You Pet The Dog? is a Twitter feed with a simple mission: Letting you know which games with dogs let you pet them, and which games have left the feature out. There are two types of posts from the account: One which tells you that you can pet the dogs, like the one below confirming you can do so in Metal Gear Solid V:

And those lamenting the lack of dog-petting the game of choice, like this one letting us know Sif the Great Grey Wolf may never know how good of a boy he is.

Marvel Strike Force Adding Captain Marvel Later This Month To Celebrate First Anniversary

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Marvel Strike Force Adding Captain Marvel Later This Month To Celebrate First Anniversary

Marvel Strike Force publisher FoxNext Games has announced the game has raked in over $150 million in revenue in its first year, which means the title probably isn't going anywhere soon.

As VentureBeat reports, the free-to-play title, which has received several updates, characters, and overall support since its release, has maintained a steady stream of dedicated players. "The game has hundreds of thousands of people playing every day and millions playing every month," head of FoxNext Aaron Loeb told VentureBeat.

To celebrate the game's one-year anniversary, the company is planning a major update with two highlights: The first is the Alliance War mode, which players equip SHIELD helicarriers with squads of superheroes (and villains) and raid other players' helicarriers. Second, FoxNext is adding Captain Marvel to the game as a reward for the player "Widowmaker," who was the first to complete the elaborate and difficult Dark Dimension questline long before the developers thought it could be done.

Granblue Fantasy Versus Trailer Introduces Lowain

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Granblue Fantasy Versus Trailer Introduces Lowain

Cygames has released a new Japanese trailer of its Arc System Works-developed fighting game Granblue Fantasy Versus, and it features the game's wackiest character yet.

Lowain looks to be among the silliest characters in the roster, sporting some wild tricks that make for an interesting playstyle. His trademark ability is to get his buddies to help him out in combat, helping him throw his opponents, attack them as Lowain sits back (effectively making them projectiles), and letting Lowain enter a "stance" in which he's being carried by two of his friends and can deliver some powerful moves.

Other tricks in his arsenal is summoning a tank-like robot with a human-looking top half, and, as the cook who works for the main character in the mobile game that inspired Versus, can summon food mid-battle. It's likely these meals are used to heal him or buff him in some way.

Devil May Cry 5 Is Capcom's Second-Biggest PC Launch Ever

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Devil May Cry 5 Is Capcom's Second-Biggest PC Launch Ever

Capcom continues its streak of great renditions of its classic series with Devil May Cry 5, and fans have proved rabid enough for stylish action to make the game the company's second most-popular release on Steam.

According to third-party stat-tracking site SteamCharts, the title is currently sitting at an all-time peak of 88,735 concurrent players as of this writing. This makes it the second-largest launch Capcom has had on the platform. For perspective, Resident Evil sits at third place with an all-time high of 74,024, while Monster Hunter: World, the company's current juggernaut, sits at a cool all-time high of 329,333 players.

Of course, it's important to emphasize this is only for the PC versions of these games (the trio is Steam exclusive on PC for now). Sales and concurrent players of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of games are rarely made public, and could vary.

Latest Anthem Patch Adds Respawn Timers To Every Mission, Rebalances Weapons And Enemies

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Latest Anthem Patch Adds Respawn Timers To Every Mission, Rebalances Weapons And Enemies

BioWare has deployed a fairly large patch for Anthem over the weekend, adding some much-needed quality-of-life features.

The biggest change in this patch is the addition of respawn timers to every kind of mission. Before, regular missions had short respawn timers after which players would return to the battlefield, but other kinds of missions, like strongholds and legendary contracts, prevented players from returning to battle unless they were revived by other players. Now, every kind of mission lets you respawn, with strongholds, legendary contracts, and endgame missions now having 30-second timers, while every other kind lets you respawn after 10 seconds. Speaking of strongholds, those have been added back into the quickplay rotation.

A host of other changes should improve the overall experience for dedicated players. Common and uncommon gear, which becomes useless long before you finish the initial campaign, no longer drop for level-30 players, which means less clutter when managing gear. The game should also be more stable, since the patch includes "fixes for a number of issues that were causing crashes or connection problems," as well as for a glitch that caused the sound to drop out completely under certain conditions. The notes don't specifically call out an issue that was crashing PS4s, however, though it's possible that issue has been fixed.

What To Watch This Weekend: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, PUBG, And Overwatch

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What To Watch This Weekend: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, PUBG, And Overwatch

This weekend, we've got a couple of leagues going strong, a big invitational, and the conclusion of a battle royale tournament (not the famous one, though! that one ended a long time ago and is fictional).

Esports stream outfit Beyond The Summit has their sights set on the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate scene this weekend, inviting 11 of the game's best players and asking fans to invite 5 more to round out the 16-player invitational. (Stream and Schedule)

The Overwatch League will host eight more matches this weekend, so make sure to root for your favorite locale-based team, even though most of the players are probably not from that region. Just like real sports! (Stream / Schedule)