Blizzard Puts Stan Lee Tribute Into World Of Warcraft

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Blizzard Puts Stan Lee Tribute Into World Of Warcraft

Last November, former editor-in-chief, publisher, and chairman of Marvel comics, Stan Lee, passed away at the age of 95. But he will likely be remember for longer than he lived. Case in point, Blizzard recently released a patch for World of Warcraft that includes a cute tribute to the late creator.

Fan Bas Schouten recently discovered the addition of a mustached NPC named Stanley who walks around Stormwind Keep and occasionally yells “Excelsior!” at other players. At least two more models based on Stan Lee appear in the game, one wearing a plain black shirt and the other wearing Orgrimmar gear. Pretty neat. Nuff said.

Spider-Man and God Of War Lead The D.I.C.E. Award Nominations

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Spider-Man and God Of War Lead The D.I.C.E. Award Nominations

The Academy of Arts & Sciences' has revealed the nominees for its annual D.I.C.E awards. Once again, Greg Miller (Kinda Funny) and Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News) will be hosting the show on February 13. Voting opens to academy members tomorrow, with God Of War, Spider-Man, Return Of The Obra Dinn, and Red Dead Redemption II leading the pack of nominations.

Here's the full list.

Outstanding Achievement in Animation God of War
Gris
Spider-Man
Moss
Red Dead Redemption II

Newest Punisher: Season 2 Trailer Is Bursting With Action

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Newest Punisher: Season 2 Trailer Is Bursting With Action

The Punisher is one of the few remaining Marvel shows left on Netflix, which means he's probably got a lot of crime to stop. Judging by the latest trailer for the show's second season, there won't be many buildings in New York left without bullet holes once he's done. 

Season two can be streamed on Netflix starting January 18. Will this be the next show to get executed like one of Frank Castle's enemies? We'll have to wait and see.

Battle Royale-Style Mode Hits Red Dead Online Beta

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Battle Royale-Style Mode Hits Red Dead Online Beta

Rockstar has announced the first batch of new content that's coming to the Red Dead Online beta via today's update. The biggest addition is the new Gun Rush mode, which is the Western game's answer to the battle-royale craze.

In Gun Rush, 32 players scramble to build up an arsenal as the playfield shrinks, in either solo or team-based variants. The last one (or team) standing takes home the glory, while the rest can do their part by feeding the buzzards. 

Today's update also adds daily challenges, upgrades to the law and bounty systems, changes to make it easier to avoid hostile players, and tweaks to the in-game radar (you'll only be visible to other players over short distances).

Nintendo Reveals Release Dates For Switch Ports Of Final Fantasy X/X-2 and XII

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Nintendo Reveals Release Dates For Switch Ports Of Final Fantasy X/X-2 and XII

Nintendo made a huge Final Fantasy showing during a Direct last September, revealing that a bevy of entries in Square-Enix's landmark series were making their way to the console. Today, both Nintendo and Square-Enix dropped dates for two of the biggest titles.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will be coming to the Switch in April. X/X-2 hits on April 16 while XII arrives a few days later on April 30. XIII is also coming to Xbox One on that day.

You can read our review on the PS4 version of XII here.

Bungie Nixes Destiny 2 Puzzle Because It Was Too Hard

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Bungie Nixes Destiny 2 Puzzle Because It Was Too Hard

Destiny 2's Black Armory expansion was meant to hit a major milestone this week with its final forge, the Bergusia Forge. To commemorate this release, Bungie set up a complicated and circuitous puzzle in-game in a location called the Nicobe Labs. The idea was that players would investigate the area in teams, solve the puzzle, and unlock the forge for everyone.

However, after a day of trying, no one was able to solve the puzzle and Bungie just unlocked the content, anyway.

"While coming together as a community to solve puzzles can be fun, setting this puzzle up as a gate between you and new content that you want to play has not been an ideal experience," Bungie wrote in a blog post today. "As such, we will be decoupling the puzzle from the final offering of the Black Armory. All Annual Pass owners will be able to experience the Bergusia Forge when the puzzle is solved or when the deadline expires - whichever happens first."

Fallout 76 Owners Can Download Classic Fallout Games Now

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Fallout 76 Owners Can Download Classic Fallout Games Now

A few weeks ago, Bethesda announced that they would be giving the classic Fallout games on PC to owners of Fallout 76. You can claim the games on PC, regardless of whether you played Fallout 76 itself on consoles or PC, as long as you played the game within 2018. Well, 2018's over, but the gifts are just getting started.

In a blog post on their official site, Bethesda announced that you can claim your new, er, old Fallouts now. The user entitlements have already been granted, so it's too late to boot up a copy to get it, but for everyone else, it's a pretty simple process.

Downloading the games requires installing the Bethesda launcher on PC, sign in, and it should be in your library ready to use. Now you can turn the intelligence stat all the way down and play old Fallout the way it's meant to be played.

New Devil May Cry 5 Details Indicate It May Last 15 - 16 Hours, Has Hidden Weapons

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New Devil May Cry 5 Details Indicate It May Last 15 - 16 Hours, Has Hidden Weapons

It's kind of hard to believe Capcom is releasing two major games within the next two months, but here we are, looking to get both Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5 in a matter of weeks. While we're getting another demo for the latter next month, director Hideaki Itsuno still has a lot more about the game to talk about, and he was happy to do so at a South Korean media showcase event.

Speaking at a panel there, Itsuno detailed more about the game and answered audience questions. The game is set after Devil May Cry 2, making it the first game in the series to take place after Dante and Lucia's adventures and Dante's ride to Hell, which Itsuno says will be relevant to DMC5's story. Additionally, based on testing, the game is estimated to be about 15-16 hours long.

When asked if there will be any more characters for the game than the three already revealed, Itsuno mentioned that they might add more characters as later if the game is very successful, suggesting that V, Dante, and Nero are only characters in the game before any DLC additions. Dante, at very least, will have hidden weapons that you aren't required to get to complete the game, however.

Activision Names Call Of Duty Head Robert Kostich As New President

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Activision Names Call Of Duty Head Robert Kostich As New President

After a number of high profile departures from Activision Blizzard's corporate, such as a CFO that left for Netflix and Sledgehammer's founder leaving soon after being promoted, the company is quick to fill open chairs and name key promotions within the company. Most notably, Robert Kostich, who is amazingly not Bobby Kotick under an assumed name, has been promoted to the position of Activision president.

Kostich has been head of the Call of Duty franchise over the last ten years, shepherding it during its lower points and its recent higher ones. He also oversaw the Call of Duty esports initiatives during his tenure. He'll be assuming a similar role as head of Activision, except for all games in the company's portfolio.

Humam Sakhnini was named president of King Entertainment, Activision's $6 billion dollar acquisition, while Dennis Durkin was also named president of Activision Blizzard’s emerging businesses as well as serving as CFO. Bobby Kotick remains CEO, while J. Allen Brack stays president of Blizzard.

Competitive Battlegrounds Players Caught In Anti-Cheat Ban Receive Multi-Year Suspensions

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Competitive Battlegrounds Players Caught In Anti-Cheat Ban Receive Multi-Year Suspensions

One of the most common complaints about PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is that the game is often rife with cheaters, which makes the game harder to play for casual players. As such, developers at PUBG Corp. have vowed to get far more aggressive with cheaters, resulting in a recent ban wave for big and minor cheating programs. One of the most recent ban waves centered around radar hacks, which were incredibly hard to detect, because they involved using a VPN to sniff network packets and get the positions of other players. This usually gave information to to the person using the hack on a different screen, meaning you have to be looking for it to catch someone using it. 

When PUBG Corp. banned a number of players for using the radar hacks, 10 competitive players suddenly disappeared from the game, with VAC bans appearing on their accounts on Steam. Today, the developer announced that these players were confirmed to be using the radar hack, some during professional matches.

"We were able to verify with concrete evidence that no ban was falsely imposed due to a technical or human error," PUBG Corp. wrote. "We also performed a thorough review of the system logs to search for any evidence that would suggest any of the banned accounts had either been hijacked or borrowed by somebody else when an unauthorized program was apparently used. We found no surprise ch evidence."