Destiny 2's Gambit Getting Nerfed Sleeper Simulant, Higher Exotic Quest Drop Rate

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Destiny 2's Gambit Getting Nerfed Sleeper Simulant, Higher Exotic Quest Drop Rate

If you've been playing Destiny 2: Forsaken's Gambit mode regularly, you might be frustrated by two particular aspects of it: The overwhelming popularity of a gun called Sleeper Simulant, and the way a particular quest for an exotic weapon has affected how dedicated players are (or aren't) to sticking around for a match. Bungie hopes to alleviate both of those frustrations before the end of the month.

The quest to acquire the exotic hand cannon Malfeasance is tied to the appearance of a mean little thing called an ascendant primeval (pictured above). It spawns randomly at the end of a round of Gambit, and currently has a low spawn rate. This is causing players to quit a match as soon as they see that the primeval they're facing isn't the right one, making matches lopsided for those they leave behind. To address this, Bungie is increasing this particular primeval's spawn rate to the quest drops for those who defeat it more often in an update it expects to drop October 30, making it more common as the Dreaming City's three-week cycle intensifies, more likely to appear overall. To compensate, rewards that aren't tied to the quest for Malfeasance (which are all cosmetic) will now drop randomly after players defeat their first ascendant primeval, but are still guaranteed for the first kill.

Destiny 2's Gambit Getting Nerfed Sleeper Simulant, Higher Exotic Quest Drop Rate

about X hours ago from
Destiny 2's Gambit Getting Nerfed Sleeper Simulant, Higher Exotic Quest Drop Rate

If you've been playing Destiny 2: Forsaken's Gambit mode regularly, you might be frustrated by two particular aspects of it: The overwhelming popularity of a gun called Sleeper Simulant, and the way a particular quest for an exotic weapon has affected how dedicated players are (or aren't) to sticking around for a match. Bungie hopes to alleviate both of those frustrations before the end of the month.

The quest to acquire the exotic hand cannon Malfeasance is tied to the appearance of a mean little thing called an ascendant primeval (pictured above). It spawns randomly at the end of a round of Gambit, and currently has a low spawn rate. This is causing players to quit a match as soon as they see that the primeval they're facing isn't the right one, making matches lopsided for those they leave behind. To address this, Bungie is increasing this particular primeval's spawn rate to the quest drops for those who defeat it more often in an update it expects to drop October 30, making it more common as the Dreaming City's three-week cycle intensifies, more likely to appear overall. To compensate, rewards that aren't tied to the quest for Malfeasance (which are all cosmetic) will now drop randomly after players defeat their first ascendant primeval, but are still guaranteed for the first kill.

What To Watch This Weekend: League Of Legends, Super Smash Bros., And Dota 2

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What To Watch This Weekend: League Of Legends, Super Smash Bros., And Dota 2

It is once again, the end of the week! You made it! And now that you're all settled in and ready to not go outside because it's too cold to go outside (it's not really too cold outside, you're just used to the Summer weather and don't want to deal with it getting colder), it's time for esports!

The League of Legends World Championship is upon is, and before we know will be part of the world's biggest League tournament, we need to get through some Play-in Knockout matches. Who will make it through? Find out by watching this stream, or hearing about it online or from a friend later! (Stream / Schedule)

Meanwhile one of (if not the) biggest tournament in the Smash competitive scene is also upon us, as The Big House 8 promises to have the world's best players in just about every entry of the Super Smash Bros. series face off in both singles and doubles tournaments. (Streams and Schedule)

What To Watch This Weekend: League Of Legends, Super Smash Bros., And Dota 2

about X hours ago from
What To Watch This Weekend: League Of Legends, Super Smash Bros., And Dota 2

It is once again, the end of the week! You made it! And now that you're all settled in and ready to not go outside because it's too cold to go outside (it's not really too cold outside, you're just used to the Summer weather and don't want to deal with it getting colder), it's time for esports!

The League of Legends World Championship is upon is, and before we know will be part of the world's biggest League tournament, we need to get through some Play-in Knockout matches. Who will make it through? Find out by watching this stream, or hearing about it online or from a friend later! (Stream / Schedule)

Meanwhile one of (if not the) biggest tournament in the Smash competitive scene is also upon us, as The Big House 8 promises to have the world's best players in just about every entry of the Super Smash Bros. series face off in both singles and doubles tournaments. (Streams and Schedule)

Major Layoffs At Indie Fighting Game Icons Developer Wavedash

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Major Layoffs At Indie Fighting Game Icons Developer Wavedash

The future of Icons: Combat Arena, the indie fighting game from a group of competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee players and bears more than a slight resemblance to its inspirations, might be in doubt. The developer Wavedash posted a blog today announcing layoffs at the studio and openly expressing uncertainty about the game.

"When we started Wavedash three years ago, our mission was to create the game that we most wanted to play, and to share it with the world," the blog post reads. "Along the way, as the mission grew, we had the great fortune to be joined by some of the most talented, passionate builders in the game industry. Sadly, we have fallen short of our goals – but we feel immensely fortunate to have had the chance to bring Icons into existence, together."

While Wavedash says there will be news about the future of Icons next week, it does seem like the team will not create the full product they wanted to make.

Major Layoffs At Indie Fighting Game Icons Developer Wavedash

about X hours ago from
Major Layoffs At Indie Fighting Game Icons Developer Wavedash

The future of Icons: Combat Arena, the indie fighting game from a group of competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee players and bears more than a slight resemblance to its inspirations, might be in doubt. The developer Wavedash posted a blog today announcing layoffs at the studio and openly expressing uncertainty about the game.

"When we started Wavedash three years ago, our mission was to create the game that we most wanted to play, and to share it with the world," the blog post reads. "Along the way, as the mission grew, we had the great fortune to be joined by some of the most talented, passionate builders in the game industry. Sadly, we have fallen short of our goals – but we feel immensely fortunate to have had the chance to bring Icons into existence, together."

While Wavedash says there will be news about the future of Icons next week, it does seem like the team will not create the full product they wanted to make.

Nintendo Files Patent For Playable Smartphone Case Resembling A Game Boy

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Nintendo Files Patent For Playable Smartphone Case Resembling A Game Boy

A patent applied for by Nintendo that hinted at a Game Boy Classic appears to more than meets the eye, now that a more full look at the information has become available. Nintendo appears to be seeking to create a case for smartphones that acts as a playable shell for Game Boy games, effectively using your phone as a Game Boy Classic.

The patent, which was applied for in March 2018, became fully available this week. The patent illustrations show a wallet smartphone case with a Game Boy-style front that would be placed over the touchscreen. The buttons on the front cover would be usable, while the screen cutout on the front would presumably play Game Boy games.

It's an interesting idea that definitely could solve some of the inherent problems with creating a Game Boy Classic versus a NES or SNES Classic. The addition of a screen as part of the standalone hardware likely makes it more expensive than is worth it for Nintendo, but leveraging a smartphone's hardware for a Game Boy Classic makes a lot more sense.

Nintendo Files Patent For Playable Smartphone Case Resembling A Game Boy

about X hours ago from
Nintendo Files Patent For Playable Smartphone Case Resembling A Game Boy

A patent applied for by Nintendo that hinted at a Game Boy Classic appears to more than meets the eye, now that a more full look at the information has become available. Nintendo appears to be seeking to create a case for smartphones that acts as a playable shell for Game Boy games, effectively using your phone as a Game Boy Classic.

The patent, which was applied for in March 2018, became fully available this week. The patent illustrations show a wallet smartphone case with a Game Boy-style front that would be placed over the touchscreen. The buttons on the front cover would be usable, while the screen cutout on the front would presumably play Game Boy games.

It's an interesting idea that definitely could solve some of the inherent problems with creating a Game Boy Classic versus a NES or SNES Classic. The addition of a screen as part of the standalone hardware likely makes it more expensive than is worth it for Nintendo, but leveraging a smartphone's hardware for a Game Boy Classic makes a lot more sense.

Weekend Warrior – A Jumble Of Fun

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Weekend Warrior – A Jumble Of Fun

The office is abuzz with all the various activities the editors have in store for their weekend. Some are wrapped up in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey but for the most part everyone is doing something different. It’s almost like they are independent human beings and not game-playing robots programmed by Game Informer. Strange.

Are you doing anything fun this weekend? Tell us about them in the comments below! Also, resident Sphinx, Suriel, has given his weekend plans in the form of a riddle. Let us know if you understand what he’s saying.

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – This weekend is both exciting and scary. We’re celebrating my daughter’s birthday with pizza, cake, and a bouncy house. That’s the exciting part. The scary part is it might rain, and we don’t have a great contingency plan for what to do with a (presumably) rowdy bunch of first-graders that we can’t send outside. It could be a disaster – for the parents. I’m sure the kids will be happy with whatever happens.

Weekend Warrior – A Jumble Of Fun

about X hours ago from
Weekend Warrior – A Jumble Of Fun

The office is abuzz with all the various activities the editors have in store for their weekend. Some are wrapped up in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey but for the most part everyone is doing something different. It’s almost like they are independent human beings and not game-playing robots programmed by Game Informer. Strange.

Are you doing anything fun this weekend? Tell us about them in the comments below! Also, resident Sphinx, Suriel, has given his weekend plans in the form of a riddle. Let us know if you understand what he’s saying.

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – This weekend is both exciting and scary. We’re celebrating my daughter’s birthday with pizza, cake, and a bouncy house. That’s the exciting part. The scary part is it might rain, and we don’t have a great contingency plan for what to do with a (presumably) rowdy bunch of first-graders that we can’t send outside. It could be a disaster – for the parents. I’m sure the kids will be happy with whatever happens.