Cliff Bleszinski Says He's Done Making Video Games

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Cliff Bleszinski Says He's Done Making Video Games

After the shuttering of Lawbreakers developer Boss Key Productions earlier this year, studio head Cliff Bleszinski mentioned that, rather than jump into another project, he'd be spending time with his family and reflecting on whatever may come next. As it turns out, it likely won't be a video game.

Replying to a fan who was upset about the lack of refunds for the now-defunct Lawbreakers and that much of that money had been wasted, Bleszinski tweeted that that money went to paying employees' 401ks, health care, and severances after Boss Key shut down. "I didn't take a salary myself for two years," he said. (He mentions paying for these employee expenses for "months" after the closure, though an employee responded by saying their own severance was only for three weeks. "Maybe I used hyperbole," Bleszinski responded.)

He then pivoted to an informal announcement. "I get you're sad, but god, this kind s--- is another reason I am NEVER making another game."

Destiny 2's Gambit Sees Bounties Buffed, Comebacks Nerfed Next Season

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Destiny 2's Gambit Sees Bounties Buffed, Comebacks Nerfed Next Season

As Destiny 2 gears up for its next season, Bungie has announced a couple of changes it plans to implement to the game's Gambit mode that should make matches more rewarding and less topsy-turvy.

When the Seasons of the Forge starts on November 27, bounties will be easier to complete, more rewarding, and a little more numerous. The amount of Infamy (the experience/ranking system in Gambit) each bounty offers will be doubled, and many bounties will have "their objectives retuned to take less time and be easier to complete," Bungie says. There will also be a new type of bounty for scoring kills on Primeval Envoys, the enemies who accompany the Primeval (the enemy which teams must defeat to win a round), encouraging players to wipe them out first and weaken the Primeval before killing it.

Meanwhile, teams who summon their Primeval second will have their chances of making a comeback reduced. Currently, depending on how long the losing team is behind on summoning their Primeval after the leading team summoned theirs, the losing team would stacks of a buff called "Primeval Slayer," depending on far ahead the opposing team was, increasing the amount of damage they dealt to the Primeval and making it easy to mount a comeback. Bungie has now limited the number of stacks to one, making comebacks much harder.

Destiny 2's Gambit Sees Bounties Buffed, Comebacks Nerfed Next Season

about X hours ago from
Destiny 2's Gambit Sees Bounties Buffed, Comebacks Nerfed Next Season

As Destiny 2 gears up for its next season, Bungie has announced a couple of changes it plans to implement to the game's Gambit mode that should make matches more rewarding and less topsy-turvy.

When the Seasons of the Forge starts on November 27, bounties will be easier to complete, more rewarding, and a little more numerous. The amount of Infamy (the experience/ranking system in Gambit) each bounty offers will be doubled, and many bounties will have "their objectives retuned to take less time and be easier to complete," Bungie says. There will also be a new type of bounty for scoring kills on Primeval Envoys, the enemies who accompany the Primeval (the enemy which teams must defeat to win a round), encouraging players to wipe them out first and weaken the Primeval before killing it.

Meanwhile, teams who summon their Primeval second will have their chances of making a comeback reduced. Currently, depending on how long the losing team is behind on summoning their Primeval after the leading team summoned theirs, the losing team would stacks of a buff called "Primeval Slayer," depending on far ahead the opposing team was, increasing the amount of damage they dealt to the Primeval and making it easy to mount a comeback. Bungie has now limited the number of stacks to one, making comebacks much harder.

What To Watch This Weekend: Smite, Dota 2, And Halo 5

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What To Watch This Weekend: Smite, Dota 2, And Halo 5

We have a quite a few events to dig into as we head into Thanksgiving week. You're going to be in full clock-out mode when you get into work on Monday anyway, so why not stay up late and watch some tournaments?

Smite is having its big world championship, pitting the scene's best against each other for the right to call themselves the best. (Stream / Schedule)

The last Dota 2 major before the long-awaited 7.20, taking place in Kuala Lumpur, wraps up this weekend, as titans in the scene continue to prove themselves while a few new teams are making a name for themselves. (Stream / Schedule)

What To Watch This Weekend: Smite, Dota 2, And Halo 5

about X hours ago from
What To Watch This Weekend: Smite, Dota 2, And Halo 5

We have a quite a few events to dig into as we head into Thanksgiving week. You're going to be in full clock-out mode when you get into work on Monday anyway, so why not stay up late and watch some tournaments?

Smite is having its big world championship, pitting the scene's best against each other for the right to call themselves the best. (Stream / Schedule)

The last Dota 2 major before the long-awaited 7.20, taking place in Kuala Lumpur, wraps up this weekend, as titans in the scene continue to prove themselves while a few new teams are making a name for themselves. (Stream / Schedule)

Weekend Warrior – Let’s Talk Turkey

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Weekend Warrior – Let’s Talk Turkey

The office is full of hectic energy as we move towards Thanksgiving week. Most editors have barricaded themselves at their desks to finish their work before getting down to serious turkey-preparing business. Even so, we still have time for video games like Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu & Eevee, Hitman 2, and Red Dead Redemption II.

Do you have any plans this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – I just emerged from a review tunnel with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu & Eevee, so I’m looking forward to getting back to Red Dead Redemption II. Outside of that, I’m planning on starting Fallout 76 and checking out Hitman 2. Also, Tetris Effect has served as the perfect end to my nights recently, so I'll be sure to play more of that. Oh, and Overwatch. Always Overwatch.

Weekend Warrior – Let’s Talk Turkey

about X hours ago from
Weekend Warrior – Let’s Talk Turkey

The office is full of hectic energy as we move towards Thanksgiving week. Most editors have barricaded themselves at their desks to finish their work before getting down to serious turkey-preparing business. Even so, we still have time for video games like Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu & Eevee, Hitman 2, and Red Dead Redemption II.

Do you have any plans this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – I just emerged from a review tunnel with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu & Eevee, so I’m looking forward to getting back to Red Dead Redemption II. Outside of that, I’m planning on starting Fallout 76 and checking out Hitman 2. Also, Tetris Effect has served as the perfect end to my nights recently, so I'll be sure to play more of that. Oh, and Overwatch. Always Overwatch.

Bethesda Outlines Near-Future Roadmap For Fallout 76

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Bethesda Outlines Near-Future Roadmap For Fallout 76

Fallout 76 released just this week, but Bethesda is already hard at work on improvements it can bring to the online post-apocalyptic title. The first patch is set to hit on November 19, but the most requested fan updates aren't hitting until later.

The November 19 patch will focus on game performance and stability across every platform, but will also fix some quests, UI elements, and more. Bethesda warns that the patch will be a large download, but future patches won't be nearly as big.

Bethesda also wants to increase the stash limit in the next few weeks. The development team initially capped the stash to limit the number of items the game had to track moving through the world, but the team thinks it has ideas that will work to fix this oft-requested change to work in both short- and long-term.

Bethesda Outlines Near-Future Roadmap For Fallout 76

about X hours ago from
Bethesda Outlines Near-Future Roadmap For Fallout 76

Fallout 76 released just this week, but Bethesda is already hard at work on improvements it can bring to the online post-apocalyptic title. The first patch is set to hit on November 19, but the most requested fan updates aren't hitting until later.

The November 19 patch will focus on game performance and stability across every platform, but will also fix some quests, UI elements, and more. Bethesda warns that the patch will be a large download, but future patches won't be nearly as big.

Bethesda also wants to increase the stash limit in the next few weeks. The development team initially capped the stash to limit the number of items the game had to track moving through the world, but the team thinks it has ideas that will work to fix this oft-requested change to work in both short- and long-term.

Pokémon Go Adds Special Questline To Acquire New Mythical Pokémon Meltan

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Pokémon Go Adds Special Questline To Acquire New Mythical Pokémon Meltan

The mysterious, new mythical Pokémon Meltan is now able to be acquired in Pokémon Go through a couple of different methods. The initial announcement hinted that Meltan would only be obtainable through using the Pokémon Go integration in the newly released Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu & Eevee, but Niantic has announced a more conventional route to adding the steel-type monster to your collection.

Must like the Mew, Celebi, and Spiritomb questlines, players can now acquire Meltan through Special Research tasks. The questline, titled "Let's Go, Meltan" consists of nine stages. You may want to complete the quests sooner rather than later, though, as some of the Pokémon required to complete the stages will be more common through November 27.

Players who bought Pokémon: Let's Go in hopes of acquiring a Meltan before everyone else can likely take solace in evolving the new creature faster than anyone else; Meltan requires 400 candies in order to evolve, and doesn't cough up a single candy until you've walked 20 km with it as your buddy. With Let's Go, you can get 30 minutes of Meltan spawns per week using the Mystery Box item provided when you trade a Pokémon from Pokémon Go to Pokémon: Let's Go using the Go Park in Fuchsia City.