Weekend Warrior – Zombie Slayin' Time

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Weekend Warrior – Zombie Slayin' Time

This weekend, we'll be competing for seasonal skins in Overwatch, running from zombies (and half-zombies, and crawling-on-the-ceiling zombies) in Resident Evil 2, and (hopefully) testing out Anthem in the new demo if the servers stabilize.

We want to hear what you're playing this weekend! Drop into the comments section and tell us what's on your gaming agenda.

Imran Khan (@imranzomg) – I made a decision not to start Resident Evil 2 until after I finish Kingdom Hearts because I didn’t want to rush through the game. I didn’t realize that this meant I would spend this weekend wishing I was playing RE2, which inevitably means I am going to break down and play it like the day before Kingdom Hearts is out. I also have a Raspberry Pi project I’ve been putting off, so maybe I’ll occupy myself with that this weekend. Oh and I guess I’m seeing The LEGO Movie 2?

Detective Pikachu Movie Sequel Already In The Works

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Detective Pikachu Movie Sequel Already In The Works

You can't keep a good Pikachu down, nor does Legendary seemingly want to. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the movie studio has already hired a writer to pen the Detective Pikachu sequel before the first movie has even released in theaters.

The second movie is being written by Oren Uziel, who has worked on the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, 22 Jump Street, and the also upcoming Men In Black: International. While it's no surprise, it looks like Detective Pikachu's follow-up will have the same blend of humor and action as the first one does, based on that portfolio.

Hollywood Reporter describes the early greenlight as a sign of confidence for the movie, which is still a few months out from release. Legendary likely sees it as a money-maker and a critical hit, which means they probably really focused their energy on it.

Travis Strikes Again Update Adds Killer7 Tease

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Travis Strikes Again Update Adds Killer7 Tease

One week after the release of Travis Strikes Again, the newest game to star No More Heroes protagonist Travis Touchdown, the game has been updated with a new addition to the intro sequence, surprising fans of both No More Heroes and Suda51's wider catalog.

In the new scene, Killer7's Dan Smith appears to Badman, Bad Girl's father and Travis' grudging co-op partner throughout the game. From Smith's perspective, the intro plays out like a bit of Killer7 gameplay with slow walking and a first-person perspective. Smith has been hunting Badman, who explains that he had to stay alive to avenge his daughter's death, but he hasn't been able to find the killer. Smith finds out pretty immediately that it was Travis Touchdown, a name he had recognized before, and tells Badman where he is to go kill him.

The #killer7 character "Dan Smith" makes an appearance in the #TravisStrikesAgain #NoMoreHeroes opening movie! Available today in the TSA Day 7 patch, released 1 week after launch. pic.twitter.com/35Zfxgf5g8

Report: Facebook Knowingly Profited On In-Game Charges From Children

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Report: Facebook Knowingly Profited On In-Game Charges From Children

Facebook gaming might be the most common way that people dabble in a quick game or two while checking statuses or pretending to take notes in Microeconomics class. Being able to just play a quick game in your browser is appealing to people and also to children, who log in to games like Angry Birds or various -ville suffixes on the regular. While those little ones are playing, they are likely racking up tons of charges without realizing it, which itself is not all that surprising. What is surprising is that Facebook was seemingly aware of this as a problem and did nothing to fix it.

According to documents received by website Reveal as part ongoing litigation, Facebook recognized that children would often charge hundreds up to thousands of dollars to their parents' credit cards without being aware that the game was charging them at all. Parents were similarly unaware that their credit card was stored on Facebook and being used for authorization-free charges. The documents allegedly state that Facebook knew about the problem internally but told developers they were concentrating on maximizing revenue.

Moreover, while internal teams within Facebook sought to fix this problem by either honoring refund requests from what they call "friendly fraud" or elevating awareness of it on Facebook itself, the company largely chose to ignore those solutions.

The Anthem Demo Is Having Some Server Troubles

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The Anthem Demo Is Having Some Server Troubles

If you've been trying to get into the Anthem demo today, you are probably very familiar with the various error messages popping up on your screen all day. Here at the Game Informer office, we've been waiting for hours for the servers to let us in. Word-searching "Anthem" on Twitter is leading to plenty of other complaints about the game and this is only the pre-order/EA Access demo, the open demo isn't even for another week.

In the meantime, EA has posted a number of updates.

We're adding more server capacity to the #Anthem demo right now. Hang tight while we work to get everyone into the game.

Ubisoft Worked With GLAAD On Upcoming Changes To Assassin's Creed Odyssey Shadow Heritage DLC

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Ubisoft Worked With GLAAD On Upcoming Changes To Assassin's Creed Odyssey Shadow Heritage DLC

Update 2: LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD released a blog post stating they worked with Ubisoft on the upcoming changes to Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Shadow Heritage DLC. After praising the main game's approach of allowing players to define their character's sexuality however they please, GLAAD criticized an unavoidable heterosexual relationship that occurs in the DLC story, saying, "At worst, this sends the harmful message that sexual orientation can be changed at will and that LGBTQ people can choose to conform to heteronormative expectations in spite of their identities."

In response to the news, GLAAD said the following:

Ubisoft has publicly apologized for the acknowledged mistake, and since last week, GLAAD has been in direct contact with Ubisoft in an effort to work together to improve aspects of this DLC and future content releases. The forthcoming updates to Shadow Heritage announced by Ubisoft just yesterday are a positive step, and we applaud them for working to mitigate the damage.

Nintendo President Says They Are Not Considering A Switch Successor Or Price Cut Yet

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Nintendo President Says They Are Not Considering A Switch Successor Or Price Cut Yet

The Switch has had an incredibly successful 2018 in terms of hardware and software sales. The hybrid system finished the year as the best selling hardware in North America and game sales have been breaking records, even at the price of $300, traditionally thought to be above the threshold for mainstream adoption. It seems like Nintendo is not eager to shake things up too heavily, at least according to the company's president Shuntaro Furukawa.

In an interview with Japanese newspaper The Sankei News and translated by Nintendo Everything, Furukawa is sticking to his guns on the 20 million units prediction for the Switch he made for this financial year. With Christmas over and another few months to go, though, the question has to be asked if Furukawa plans to incentivize new Switch sales through a price cut or revision.

"It is an extremely ambitious, but worthwhile achievement," Furukawa said. "So, we will maintain this goal. Nintendo Switch is our primary sales objective, and we are not considering a successor or a price cut at this time."

Fortnite Removes Blind Loot Boxes From Save The World Mode

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Fortnite Removes Blind Loot Boxes From Save The World Mode

Loot boxes have been a controversial topic over the last few years. They've always been a controversial topic, really, but in the face of games like Battlefront II and even Overwatch, the discussion around them has really heated up, with the video game industry insisting there's nothing wrong with them. National governments are getting involved in the discussion, though, which is putting pressure on individual developers to start tuning them to be more consumer-friendly. Perhaps as a consequence of that, Epic announced today that they will be replacing the previously purchasable loot boxes in Fortnite's Save the World mode with loot boxes that allow you to see their contents before you buy.

Dubbed X-Ray Llamas, the llamas (boxes) show you exactly what you're going to get before you buy them, Epic explained in a blog post today. If you don't see anything you like, the store will refresh the next day and the loot box with it. The prices aren't changing and the boxes can still be earned through gameplay, but they'll be similarly transparent in those.

First 4 Figures Reveals Massive Metroid Prime Ridley Statue

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First 4 Figures Reveals Massive Metroid Prime Ridley Statue

First 4 Figures recently revealed its plans for a high-end, Metroid Prime Meta Ridley statue. It stands at a whopping 37 in. with a 22 in. diameter, and the figure and its base weigh a combined 14.29 lbs. Both the standard and exclusive versions include glow-in-the-dark wings, but the pricier, exclusive edition touts an LED chest panel and eyes that light up, which you can see in the video below.

You can pre-order either version of the statue now for $599 USD on First 4 Figures’ site and there is also a giveaway which ends on July 31. You can read the full details of the giveaway on First 4 Figures’ blog here.

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First 4 Figures Reveals Massive Metroid Prime Ridley Statue

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First 4 Figures Reveals Massive Metroid Prime Ridley Statue

First 4 Figures recently revealed its plans for a high-end, Metroid Prime Meta Ridley statue. It stands at a whopping 37 in. with a 22 in. diameter, and the figure and its base weigh a combined 14.29 lbs. Both the standard and exclusive versions include glow-in-the-dark wings, but the pricier, exclusive edition touts an LED chest panel and eyes that light up, which you can see in the video below.

You can pre-order either version of the statue now for $599 USD on First 4 Figures’ site and there is also a giveaway which ends on July 31. You can read the full details of the giveaway on First 4 Figures’ blog here.

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