Cunning Stunts Update Hits GTA Online Today, More Thrills To Come

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Cunning Stunts Update Hits GTA Online Today, More Thrills To Come

Racing fans have a slew of new options today in GTA Online, thanks to the new Cunning Stunts update. It brings 16 new stunt races, 13 new vehicles, and much more to the game, in advance of a suite of creative tools designed to bring out your inner stuntman coming in early August.

Rockstar says that new vehicles and races will be coming every week, so you might want to hit the road (and skies) today and warm up your tires. The Cunning Stunts update adds new racing blips to your in-game radar, to make it easy to jump into a race. The races themselves are split between stunt races and high-stakes premium races. 

You can check out the complete details below, straight from Rockstar.

Nickelodeon Calls Back To The '90s With Its SDCC Merchandise

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If you are heading to San Diego Comic-Con and fondly look back on the line-up of programs Nickelodeon featured during the 1990s, the network is likely bringing some merchandise that will interest you. Today, Nickelodeon revealed the '90s-focused merch that fans will be able to purchase at the upcoming convention.

The line-up of merchandise focuses heavily on the shows that defined the network during its early years. Shows like Double Dare, Hey Arnold, Ren & Stimpy, Rocko's Modern Life, All That, and Rugrats are all featured. In addition, properties like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Avatar, and The Legend of Korra are also included. If you're a TMNT fan, you can look forward to SDCC-exclusive figures of Triceraton and Shredder from Kidrobot, as well as other figures.

Also included in the merchandise is the Nick Box, a subscription service that sends '90s-themed Nickelodeon merchandise every three months. The box available at SDCC will include a 4.5" Reptar figure from Rugrats, a Stimpy from Ren & Stimpy coffee mug, a 9" plushie of Spunky from Rocko's Modern Life, and more from shows like CatDog and Hey Arnold.

Reader Discussion: Has Pokémon Go Affected Your Interest In Pokémon Sun And Moon?

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Reader Discussion: Has Pokémon Go Affected Your Interest In Pokémon Sun And Moon?

Pokémon Go is taking the world by storm right now, bringing together young, old, and new players alike to catch Nintendo's iconic pocket monsters. But has hunting down Pokémon in the real world affected your interest in the next traditional installment of the series?

As we discussed in today's special edition podcast, the G.I. staff is currently infatuated with Pokémon Go. While we're all in agreement about the mobile title's entertainment value (well, those of us who like fun, anyway), we're split on its potential impact to Nintendo's main series. Some in the office, like Reiner, feel Niantic's real-world shenanigans could leave players wondering why they need to go out and buy another entry in the series when they can catch Pokémon to their heart's content on their phone for free. Others, like hopeless Pokémon fanatic Kyle Hilliard, are now even more excited for Sun and Moon's traditional turn-based battles and RPG progression.

What about you? Has Pokémon Go made you less interested in Sun and Moon, or only stoked your interest further? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Pokémon Go Has Access To Your Entire Google Account

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If you installed Pokémon Go on your iOS or Android device, you inadvertently gave it access to your entire Google account. Fear not though, it’s an easy thing to fix.

In order to revoke access, you’ll want to log into your Google account via PC or mobile (via this link). There, you can see which applications have access and to what degree.

Reports indicate that revoking access doesn’t interfere with the game. However, we have not fully tested this, and it’s possible you might run into a problem down the road.

New Laser-Powered Weapons And Perks Available Now For XCOM 2

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New Laser-Powered Weapons And Perks Available Now For XCOM 2

The alien invasion in XCOM 2 never ends, and players will need to stock up on weapons and able-bodied soldiers to combat this threat. Luckily, the latest mods from Long War Studios provide new ways to defend the earth.

An entirely new tier of laser weapons has been added with the laser pack, including assault rifles, shotguns, and sniper rifles. These weapons are fully equipped with new textures, sounds, and models. In the perk pack, players can choose from over 70 new custom options for their soldiers of various classes.

The laser pack and perk pack can now be downloaded from the studio's official Steam Workshop page here. Long War previously announced a partnership to work on a series of mods for the game following its launch in February.

Paramount Is Working On A Battlefield Television Show

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Paramount Is Working On A Battlefield Television Show

Paramount Television and production company Anonymous Content have announced a partnership with EA. They are currently optioning the rights for a Battlefield television show.

The show, which is assumably very early in its conceptual stage, marks the first time both Paramount and Anonymous have dipped their toes into video game content. Other projects by the team include Legbreakers, written by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, and the Netflix series, Thirteen Reasons Why.

In a press release announcing the deal, Anonymous' Michael Sugar and Paramount Television President Amy Powell cite Battlefield's long-running, dedicated fanbase as "making it a highly coveted piece of IP primed for long-form adaptation." No news has currently been given about the show's plot, era, or talent.

Warner Bros. And Influencers Failed To Properly Disclose Shadow Of Mordor Sponsorships

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a settlement with Warner Bros. regarding the publisher’s failure to ensure proper disclosure related to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor videos. The publisher worked with a number of high-profile influencers, including Felix Kjellberg (Pewdiepie) during the campaign.

According to the FTC, the sponsored videos were viewed more than 5.5 million times and promoted across a number of social networks. The paid-for video content agreement specified that influencers on YouTube were only allowed to speak positively and were not allowed to acknowledge bugs and glitches they found while playing. Payments for the videos ranged from hundreds to thousands of dollars.   

Warner Bros. is accused of not ensuring that paid influencers disclosed the sponsorships “clearly and conspicuously.” The complaint goes so far as to assert that Warner Bros. told content creators to place the disclosures “below the fold” such that they could only be seen if the full video description was manually expanded.

Rumor: Batman: Return To Arkham Delayed Until At Least November

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Rumor: Batman: Return To Arkham Delayed Until At Least November

Batman: Return To Arkham was supposed to be out this month, but was delayed due to quality issues. The collection, which brings Arkham Asylum and Arkham City to current-generation consoles doesn’t have a new release window.

A new report suggests that the earliest we might see it is November. Eurogamer says that it has multiple sources suggesting that the game won’t hit shelves and digital storefronts until months after its original intended release.

The port is under development by Virtuous Games, which has locations in China, Vietnam, France, Japan, and Canada. We’ve reached out to Warner Bros. for comment. We’ll update should we receive a response.

Kerbal Space Program Launching On Consoles Sooner Than You Think

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Kerbal Space Program Launching On Consoles Sooner Than You Think

The countdown has begun for the launch of Kerbal Space Program on the home consoles – the game hits tomorrow on PS4, with dates for the Xbox One and Wii U to follow.

The game puts you at the head of the titular endeavor, from designing their spacecraft to exploring planets in a physics-based simulator with three different game modes.

Check out the new trailer for the game, as well as Dan's review of the PC product.