Did You Know Gaming Plunges The Depths Of BioShock Trivia

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Did You Know Gaming Plunges The Depths Of BioShock Trivia

Though it's been dormant since 2013, BioShock has become one of the most influential and popular games of all time, sparking a few sequels, millions of fans, and an endless sea of high-minded critique and thought.

Did you know gaming has a few bits of trivia you might not have known before. For example, Ken Levine originally had to pitch the game a little on-the-spot at the time, and originally came up on a tropical island setting for the game (Nazis would live there) before shifting gears to the iconic underwater city of Rapture. Other bits of intel include the ARG-esque marketing campaign for BioShock 2, and how Irrational Games struggled to create the character of Elizabeth.

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain Coming Stateside Next Year

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Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain Coming Stateside Next Year

Although Western Earth Defense Force fans already have a game to look forward to this year (Earth Defense Force 5), fans can already start getting hyped for the next spin-off in the series, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain.

Publisher D3 has announced the next game in the alien bug-shooting franchise will be headed to "Western markets" sometime in 2019. The game will be available for hands-on play at this year's Tokyo Game Show this year, which takes place September 19-23.

The First Nier: Automata Novel Is Out Next Month

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The First Nier: Automata Novel Is Out Next Month

Along with making a whole game in Nier: Automata, Yoko Taro also created two novels which take place in the game's world. Announced for the West a couple months ago, the first of the novels, Long Story Short now has a full release date.

The novel, published by VIZ media, arrives October 9. This book is a novelization of the base game, but more readily delves into the details of its characters, fleshing out their motivations and adding a few new twists that further contextualize the story of the game.

The novel is up for pre-order now for $14.99. The other Nier novel, Short Story Long, which collects several short stories that take place within the world of Automata, will be out sometime next year.

The First Team To Complete Destiny 2's Next Raid Gets A Championship Wrestling Belt

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The First Team To Complete Destiny 2's Next Raid Gets A Championship Wrestling Belt

Destiny 2: Forsaken may have already launched this week, but players are already looking forward to the next event: The launch of its accompanying raid, Last Wish, which launches next Friday. Besides the usually thrill of tackling a raid for the first time, players will also have one additional incentive to beat it quickly: A wrestling belt.

Bungie is offering the first fireteam of six players who complete the new raid a wrestling-style championship belt for their efforts. It's not an in-game item, either; this is an actual belt, the kind you can (but probably shouldn't, in public) wear.

Next week also sees the release of Forsaken's first hotfix patch, which will fix a number of bugs, such as players not being to properly buy or be rewarded for buying the edition of Forsaken they want and the included character boost clashing with certain aspects of the game.

What To Watch This Weekend: Overwatch World Cup, League of Legends, And Rainbow Six Siege

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What To Watch This Weekend: Overwatch World Cup, League of Legends, And Rainbow Six Siege

This weekend we have a smattering of events all across the world, and what better way to celebrate all this competition by cooking up some delicious food, appropriate to the event you're watching! I've made some recommendations below.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is in London for the Faceit TV major. For this, only a plate of fish and chips (they call those "French Fries" in America!) will do. (Stream / Schedule)

The North American League of Legends Championship Series has come down to Team Liquid versus Cloud9. The number of countries involved between both teams is pretty high, so we'll give you a freebie and let you cook up whatever you want. (Stream / Schedule)

Two Riot Games Employees Out After Social Media Posts About Controversial PAX Panels

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Two Riot Games Employees Out After Social Media Posts About Controversial PAX Panels

Riot Games, the studio behind the popular MOBA League of Legends, has been a subject of controversy with alarming frequency over the last few weeks. After numerous accusations of sexual harassment and toxic work culture, Riot released a statement promising to do better for its employees and its fans with a number of agenda points and actionable statements. This lead to another controversy this past weekend, where Riot Games held a PAX panel exclusively for women and nonbinary people on the subject of getting women into games professionally.

The League of Legends community, specifically on the game's subreddit, was not fond of this move. Many accused Riot of trying to solve their sexism problems by engaging in sexism against men. It became a particular sore spot as Riot had allegedly asked the mods of the subreddit to remove discussions about sexism in the previous few weeks, so the community already felt aggrieved by the developer.

During the commotion, Riot systems designer Daniel Z. Klein made his presence known by commenting on the subject, calling the complainers "manbabies" and laid the blame on "violently angry" protesters for making the community feel "fucking terrifying" in a follow-up reddit post. Another Riot employee, communications designer Mattias Lehman, backed up Klein on Twitter, arguing that the "both sides" mentality misses the forest for the trees.

Five New Teams From China, North America, And Europe Join Overwatch League

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Five New Teams From China, North America, And Europe Join Overwatch League

With the 2018 Overwatch league in the rear view mirror, Blizzard has been assembling a larger deck for next year's season. With the hefty team fees of up to $60 million, it's a high-value slot, so various corporations interested in getting into eSports have been eager to field teams. Atlanta, Guangzhou, and Toronto were previously confirmed or just as good as confirmed, but now several other cities have been added to the bench.

Announced today, teams in Chengdu, Hangzhou, Paris, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C. have been confirmed to join the 2019 season of the Overwatch League. According to Blizzard's blog post on the subject, these are the following corporate sponsors for the new teams including the previously revealed Toronto:

If you're hoping for team names and logos to figure out who you should root for based on what jersey will look coolest, you'll have to wait until we get a little closer to the 2019 season.

Monster Hunter World Autumn Festival Begins Later This Month

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Monster Hunter World Autumn Festival Begins Later This Month

Capcom has revealed a start date for Monster Hunter World's Autumn festival as well as detailed a little of what we can expect from what is either the last or second-to-last festival of the calendar year.

The Autumn festival will start on September 21, so two weeks from now, and run through October 4, so two weeks after that. During that time, Astera will be filled with Autumn colors and include a special new gothic lolita costume for your handler.  There will also be a pumpkin outfit for your poogie added during the festival.

As with all Monster Hunter World festivals, all previous time-limited quests will be back for those two weeks. This really only accounts for the console versions, though, as the PC version sticks to its different schedule. So if you're feeling the Dante hype from Devil May Cry 5 trailers, you can get that red jacket and white wig now.

Conan O'Brien Met With Hideo Kojima While He Was In Japan

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Conan O'Brien Met With Hideo Kojima While He Was In Japan

Earlier this year, talk show host Conan O'Brien made a claim that he was the most famous Conan in the world. He received information from fans that it was actually Japan's boy detective manga and anime Detective Conan in terms of revenue. The series is a somewhat serial procedural where a teen detective has been turned into a child through nefarious means and has to solve murder mysteries using adults as a proxy. The manga has been running since 1994 and has had 94 volumes and 25 movies, some of which rank among Japan's highest-grossing films. Obviously, Conan O'Brien realized this story was based on his life, so he asked creator Gosho Aoyama to pay him $300 million in royalties.

To collect on this, the former Tonight Show host took his show to Japan for a visit this past week and visited a town inspired by Detective Conan, appropriately named Conan Town. O'Brien was also okay with buying all 15,000 residents of the town as compensation.

While Conan was there, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, who is currently working on the PlayStation 4 exclusive Death Stranding, met up with the super tall redhead and showed him around the offices. Kojima is well-known to be an aggressive consumer of American media and has met O'Brien before through Conan's Clueless Gamer segment on his show.

Multiple Switch Games Including Pokémon, Splatoon, And Dark Souls Do Not Support Cloud Saves

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Multiple Switch Games Including Pokémon, Splatoon, And Dark Souls Do Not Support Cloud Saves

It seems likely that Nintendo was planning to detail their paid online plans, scheduled to go live this month, during their now-delayed Nintendo Direct. Much like the accidental misfire with Yoshi's Crafting World, some things have gone live on the website ahead of announcement, including some small details on the cloud saving. While Nintendo had previously said that not all games would support it, we now know a few Switch games do not have cloud saves.

On the page for Pokémon Let's Go Eevee & Pikachu, a message at the bottom indicates that cloud saves are a no-go for the two Nintendo-published games. The warning reads "Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. This game does not support Save Data Cloud backup. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features." This warning is also on the page for Splatoon 2.

We have also discovered the warning on Dark Souls Remastered, Dead CellsFIFA 19, and NBA 2K19. It is worth noting that all of these games support cloud saves on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.