Reader Discussion – Are You Getting Apple Arcade?

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Reader Discussion – Are You Getting Apple Arcade?

Are subscriptions the future of games? Microsoft is hoping the Xbox Game Pass subscription model is successful, and Apple is entering these waters with the Apple Arcade service, which launched today on iOS. Apple Arcade is just $4.99 a month (with a free trial), and gives players access to more than 100 games. The games can be downloaded on or offline, and the subscription can be shared with up to six family members.

Some of the games available in Apple Arcade at launch are Sayonara Wild Hearts, Lego Brawls, Things That Go Pump, Where Cards Fall, and The Enchanted World.

The questions we need answer to: First, are you going to give Apple Arcade a shot? What are you hoping the service provides from a curation standpoint? Do you think subscriptions are the future of games, much like Disney+ and Netflix are for movies and TV? Most importantly, if you are subscribing, what Apple Arcade games do you recommend people should check out?

Next Week's PlayStation State Of Play Could Bring Another Look At The Last Of Us Part II

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Next Week's PlayStation State Of Play Could Bring Another Look At The Last Of Us Part II

Sony's is lining up this September 24 video stream with a previously announced The Last Of Us Part II media event. Game journalists will get their hands on the game at the event, and I'm guessing we'll see some of what they are playing during Sony's Sate of Play. Sony says this will be a "hefty show" clocking in around 20 minutes with new game reveals and more.

You can tune to the livestream at 1 p.m. pacific / 4 p.m. eastern on , , , and . Game Informer's Ben Reeves will also be reporting from the media event with new details and footage.

Overwatch Introduces Lego-Themed Event Today

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Overwatch Introduces Lego-Themed Event Today

Beginning today and running through September 30, Overwatch players can unlock a Lego-inspired skin for Bastion by simply netting nine wins in any mode. The appropriately named Bastion Brick Challenge brings 12 different rewards in total that are handed out for every three wins. Win your first three games and you'll earn two new Bastion player icons. Win three more and you'll get two new Bastion sprays. Win another three and you'll unlock the legendary Brick Bastion skin.

You can also earn more Bastion goodies by watching participating Twitch broadcasters. Spend two hours on Overwatch Twitch streams and you'll get another spray. At the four hour mark you'll earn another two sprays, and if you spend six hours in streams you'll get two player icons and two additional sprays.

Rockstar Games Is The Latest Company To Put Out Its Own PC Game Launcher

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Rockstar Games Is The Latest Company To Put Out Its Own PC Game Launcher

In recent years, several companies have tried their hands at creating their own PC game launchers. While Steam and Battle.net remain mainstay launchers, the Epic Games Store has most recently made waves in the space. Rockstar Games is the latest company to jump in with the hopes of becoming the one stop for all your Grand Theft Auto, Bully, L.A. Noire, and Max Payne 3 needs.

The Rockstar Games Launcher offers all the features of a standard PC game launcher, including cloud saves, the ability to shop for new games, and automatic updates. Right now the store consists of Grand Theft Auto V (and associated Shark Card transactions), L.A. Noire: Complete Edition, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Max Payne 3: Complete Edition, and Bully: Scholarship Edition.

If you want to download the Rockstar Games Launcher, you can head here. Doing so will get you a free copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. If you already had copies of Grand Theft Auto V or Max Payne 3 installed on your PC, you will use the Rockstar Games Launcher to access them after you install it. All of your existing data should transfer in.

You Can Now Buy The Official Wireless SNES Controller For Switch

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You Can Now Buy The Official Wireless SNES Controller For Switch

Hot on the heels of the release of Super Nintendo games on Nintendo Switch Online, subscribers looking for a more authentic experience can now purchase wireless Super NES controllers for use with Nintendo's current hybrid system.

To order, you must login with your Nintendo Switch Online account, then enter your information. Each Nintendo Switch Online account can order up to four SNES controllers. The controller comes with USB cable, but can also be charged using the Switch's AC adapter.

If you're interested in purchasing a controller (or four), head to the official Nintendo site. Each controller costs $30 plus shipping and tax.

Welcome The Fall 2019 Game Informer Interns

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Welcome The Fall 2019 Game Informer Interns

It's time to fall in love again – with our Fall 2019 internship crew! You'll be seeing these bylines a lot on the site over the coming months, so we want to introduce you to our new intern crew. They'll be covering news, gamer culture, and more as they build up their portfolios. These young writers come from a variety of places across the country, but they all have one thing in common: video games. We'll let them introduce themselves.

Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76) – I was in first grade when I first discovered the Game Boy Color. All the “cool” kids had one and I was so curious about what a Pikachu was or why a plumber would jump on turtles. I knew I needed one of my own but unfortunately, that was never going to happen in my house. I felt like Ralphie from A Christmas Story; always begging for the handheld but constantly being shut down with tales of how it would destroy my still-growing brain. The no’s kept coming but just when all hope was lost, my best friend’s mom swooped in and convinced my parents that playing Pokémon wouldn’t, in fact, transform me into a ne'er-do-well hellbent on never going outside. The day was won, the Game Boy was mine and my life-long passion for gaming had officially begun.

Likes In Death Stranding Are 'Unconditional Love,' Not Currency

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Likes In Death Stranding Are 'Unconditional Love,' Not Currency

During the 50-minute presentation for Death Stranding at Tokyo Game Show, director Hideo Kojima explained that part of the game's innovative social system involves giving "likes" to other players' objects in the world. But what players can do with those likes wasn't exactly clear, so we asked Kojima to elaborate during our interview.

The answer is surprisingly simple: You can't really do anything with them. They function primarily to send a positive and supportive message out into the bleak world of Death Stranding. Kojima's response (in part) was:

For more on that subject and other Death Stranding info, be sure to read our full interview with Hideo Kojima.

Gen 5 Pokémon Begin Appearing In Pokémon Go Today

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Gen 5 Pokémon Begin Appearing In Pokémon Go Today

Several new Pokémon are set to join the world of Pokémon Go beginning today. 11 months to the day after Pokémon from Gen 4's Sinnoh region began appearing in the game, monsters from Gen 5's Unova region will make their debut.

According to Niantic, Pokémon originally discovered in Black and White will start appearing at 1 p.m. Pacific today. The list of creatures appearing in the wild includes Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Patrat, Lillipup, Pidove, and Blitzle. Additionally, the Pokémon will hatch from the following eggs:

Lillipup, Patrat, and Klink will be available to battle and catch in Raids. While Niantic hasn't confirmed that all of the Pokémon added to the eggs will be appearing in the wild, it did confirm Klink will not spawn in the wild for the time being; you can only obtain Klink through eggs and Raids. For collectors of shiny Pokémon, Patrat, Lillipup, and Klink have shiny forms to hunt down.

Days Gone Gets New Game Plus Today

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Days Gone Gets New Game Plus Today

Remember Days Gone? Sony Bend's open-world zombie game released this April, and is pretty darn good, but hasn't been talked about much in the months that followed, especially for a Sony exclusive. From the lack of chatter, I'm guessing most of you haven't finished it yet, but if you have, and you enjoyed it, Sony Bend today added New Game Plus, giving you good reason to jump back in.

Days Gone's version of New Game Plus allows the player to begin the adventure again with almost everything they unlocked in the first playthrough, including bike upgrades, collectibles, encampment trust, and more. This update also brings two new difficulty modes: Hard II and Survival II. Even if you haven't finished the game yet, you can select these difficulties from the outset of play.

Sony Bend rounded out this update with new trophies, one of which pertains to a new weapon from a character that mostly resides in shadows. If you've played Days Gone, we'd love to hear what you thought of it. And if you haven't played it, what turned you away?