Former Riot Director Speaks Out About Toxic Culture At League Of Legends Developer

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Former Riot Director Speaks Out About Toxic Culture At League Of Legends Developer

Riot Games has had a rough few weeks of its own making. Earlier this month, Kotaku senior reporter Cecilia D'Anastasio released an exposé of the sexist culture that seemingly pervades the company that built and maintains popular MOBA League of Legends. The story has rocked the industry, prompting more people to come out from within the company to, at minimum, say that Riot can and must do better. Meagan Marie, a former editor at Game Informer, wrote a blog post shortly after to chronicle the six months she spent working at the developer and her hope for "real, meaningful change" at Riot.

Another voice has come out to give their own perspective of Riot's culture by explaining why they left the company. Barry Hawkins, an alumnus of various tech companies and developers like Netflix, Hulu, and Blizzard before entering the role of director of product management at Riot, published a post today titled The Story of Why I Left Riot Games.

Former Riot Director Speaks Out About Toxic Culture At League Of Legends Developer

about X hours ago from
Former Riot Director Speaks Out About Toxic Culture At League Of Legends Developer

Riot Games has had a rough few weeks of its own making. Earlier this month, Kotaku senior reporter Cecilia D'Anastasio released an exposé of the sexist culture that seemingly pervades the company that built and maintains popular MOBA League of Legends. The story has rocked the industry, prompting more people to come out from within the company to, at minimum, say that Riot can and must do better. Meagan Marie, a former editor at Game Informer, wrote a blog post shortly after to chronicle the six months she spent working at the developer and her hope for "real, meaningful change" at Riot.

Another voice has come out to give their own perspective of Riot's culture by explaining why they left the company. Barry Hawkins, an alumnus of various tech companies and developers like Netflix, Hulu, and Blizzard before entering the role of director of product management at Riot, published a post today titled The Story of Why I Left Riot Games.

The Last Major Update For The Master Chief Collection Rolls Out Today

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The Last Major Update For The Master Chief Collection Rolls Out Today

In November 2014, Microsoft released The Master Chief Collection, an anthology of Master Chief's Halo games with Halo 2 being newly remastered for the Xbox One X. The game launched to fan outcry for problems with matchmaking and other issues, which 343 has spent the last four years attempting to understand and fix. Today, Microsoft released the last major update to the game before it releases on Game Pass next month, theoretically fixing it once and for all.

Thanks to months of feedback and playtesting by MCC Insiders, the latest major update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection is rolling out today in preparation for the @XboxGamePass launch on 9/1. Read about the new features, improvements, and more: https://t.co/269P3jCrjQ pic.twitter.com/O0QhdjxqZG

The collection has updated all four included titles visually for 4K and HDR and load faster than ever before. Games can now be installed separate from each other and further subdivided by campaign and multiplayer, so you don't need to install what you don't expect to play.

The Last Major Update For The Master Chief Collection Rolls Out Today

about X hours ago from
The Last Major Update For The Master Chief Collection Rolls Out Today

In November 2014, Microsoft released The Master Chief Collection, an anthology of Master Chief's Halo games with Halo 2 being newly remastered for the Xbox One X. The game launched to fan outcry for problems with matchmaking and other issues, which 343 has spent the last four years attempting to understand and fix. Today, Microsoft released the last major update to the game before it releases on Game Pass next month, theoretically fixing it once and for all.

Thanks to months of feedback and playtesting by MCC Insiders, the latest major update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection is rolling out today in preparation for the @XboxGamePass launch on 9/1. Read about the new features, improvements, and more: https://t.co/269P3jCrjQ pic.twitter.com/O0QhdjxqZG

The collection has updated all four included titles visually for 4K and HDR and load faster than ever before. Games can now be installed separate from each other and further subdivided by campaign and multiplayer, so you don't need to install what you don't expect to play.

Epic And Google Clash Over Fortnite Android Vulnerability

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Epic And Google Clash Over Fortnite Android Vulnerability

A few weeks ago, Epic announced that their incredibly popular Fortnite Battle Royale port on Android would be circumventing Google's Play Store and posting their own installer. Unlike the iOS store, Android app developers can simply post their own installer to download if they want and avoid giving Google a cut of their revenue, though it limits their theoretical reach, unless you're the biggest game in the world. 

Now both Google and Epic are clashing over that decision and the security vulnerabilities inherent to it.

While the Google Play Store has received criticism for poor quality control over things like clones, by and large Google claims responsibility over making sure apps don't contain malicious code. When installers are separate, like Epic is doing with Fortnite, that safety net is gone, and you both have to be sure that what you're downloading is the Fortnite APK and that the installer's permissions don't leave holes for anything else to sneak through.

Epic And Google Clash Over Fortnite Android Vulnerability

about X hours ago from
Epic And Google Clash Over Fortnite Android Vulnerability

A few weeks ago, Epic announced that their incredibly popular Fortnite Battle Royale port on Android would be circumventing Google's Play Store and posting their own installer. Unlike the iOS store, Android app developers can simply post their own installer to download if they want and avoid giving Google a cut of their revenue, though it limits their theoretical reach, unless you're the biggest game in the world. 

Now both Google and Epic are clashing over that decision and the security vulnerabilities inherent to it.

While the Google Play Store has received criticism for poor quality control over things like clones, by and large Google claims responsibility over making sure apps don't contain malicious code. When installers are separate, like Epic is doing with Fortnite, that safety net is gone, and you both have to be sure that what you're downloading is the Fortnite APK and that the installer's permissions don't leave holes for anything else to sneak through.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Limited Edition Shown Ahead Of Announcement

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Limited Edition Shown Ahead Of Announcement

Nintendo has updated the Smash Bros. Ultimate website with mention of a Special Edition for the game, with retail listings confirming its existence shortly after.

The Special Edition, as it has been labeled on the site, appears to include a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate steelbook and a Smash-branded Pro controller. The controller has white-colored grips and bears the Smash Bros. logo on the front.

Nintendo has also previously announced that the game will be compatible with the Wii U's Gamecube controller adapter and another line of Gamecube controllers also bearing the Smash logo on the front. The company has yet to actually officially announce either the Pro controller or special edition.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Limited Edition Shown Ahead Of Announcement

about X hours ago from
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Limited Edition Shown Ahead Of Announcement

Nintendo has updated the Smash Bros. Ultimate website with mention of a Special Edition for the game, with retail listings confirming its existence shortly after.

The Special Edition, as it has been labeled on the site, appears to include a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate steelbook and a Smash-branded Pro controller. The controller has white-colored grips and bears the Smash Bros. logo on the front.

Nintendo has also previously announced that the game will be compatible with the Wii U's Gamecube controller adapter and another line of Gamecube controllers also bearing the Smash logo on the front. The company has yet to actually officially announce either the Pro controller or special edition.

Microsoft To Offer 24-Month Financing Plan For Xbox Ones

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Microsoft To Offer 24-Month Financing Plan For Xbox Ones

Today Microsoft announced a new way for potential customers to buy Xbox One X, with a financing plan that Microsoft itself is putting together called the Xbox All Access.

Purchasers of the plan get access to the following: an Xbox One (either an S or One X), 24 months of Game Pass, and 24 months of Xbox Live. The Xbox One S plan will cost $21.99 a month for 24 months while a plan for an Xbox One X will cost $34.99.  No games are offered with the plan but the subscription to Game Pass gives you access to what Microsoft says is "100 all-you-can-play games" for as long as you have the subscription.

For more information on this financing plan, head here.

Microsoft To Offer 24-Month Financing Plan For Xbox Ones

about X hours ago from
Microsoft To Offer 24-Month Financing Plan For Xbox Ones

Today Microsoft announced a new way for potential customers to buy Xbox One X, with a financing plan that Microsoft itself is putting together called the Xbox All Access.

Purchasers of the plan get access to the following: an Xbox One (either an S or One X), 24 months of Game Pass, and 24 months of Xbox Live. The Xbox One S plan will cost $21.99 a month for 24 months while a plan for an Xbox One X will cost $34.99.  No games are offered with the plan but the subscription to Game Pass gives you access to what Microsoft says is "100 all-you-can-play games" for as long as you have the subscription.

For more information on this financing plan, head here.