Evo 2019 Entrant Numbers Break Records For Smash Bros. And Have A Strong Showing For Samurai Shodown

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Evo 2019 Entrant Numbers Break Records For Smash Bros. And Have A Strong Showing For Samurai Shodown

Evolution is the biggest fighting game tournament in the world and draws crowds both to the desert heats of a Vegas summer and online via streaming. Once the tournament organizers announce which games will be played at Evo, they throw open the doors to entrants, and the numbers can often tell us a lot about how competitively viable a game is, or at least how the community seems to feel about it.

Joey Cuellar, known in the fighting game community as Mr. Wizard, tweeted out the numbers for the various games last night.

Evo 2019 Final Numbers! Smash Ultimate - 3492
Street Fighter V - 1929
Tekken 7 - 1885
Samurai Shodown - 1719
Mortal Kombat 11 - 1567
Unist - 1156
DragonBall FighterZ - 1191
Soul Calibur 6 - 742
BlazBlue:CTB - 640#Evo2019

2K Sports Reveals Ratings For The Best Players In NBA 2K20

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2K Sports Reveals Ratings For The Best Players In NBA 2K20

After a good week of teasing player ratings, Visual Concepts finally revealed the overalls for the top 20 players in NBA 2K20 to kick off the 2019-2020 season.  

The biggest surprise may be who is sits atop the ratings right now. After an injury-plagued season where the Los Angeles Lakers failed to make the playoffs and many speculated that LeBron James is slowing down, the 34-year old superstar fended off current NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and season MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to claim the top slot in the ratings. Freshly minted Laker Anthony Davis, who also graces the cover of NBA 2K20, landed in the seventh spot. 

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8BitDo Reveals Pro Version Of SNES Controller

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8BitDo Reveals Pro Version Of SNES Controller

8BitDo specializes in the retro controller business, faithfully recreating old controllers like the SNES, Genesis, and Saturn for people to play retro games, but with added things like triggers or analog sticks. Last year, the company announced a Pro version of their SNES controller, but has gone quiet about it since then. Today, it was re-revealed, with software that seems to differentiate it from other controllers 8BitDo has put out.

Similar to accessories like the Xbox Elite controller, the SN30 Pro+ allows adjustment of various aspects of the controller like tension of the analog stick, trigger distance, vibration intensity, and more. Unlike the Elite controller, it does this all solely through new software included with the controller. Called the "Ultimate Software," 8BitDo suggests that it can adjust every single facet of the controller aside from just physical shape.

While the controller is intended to function with PC, Android phones, Raspberry Pi, and the Switch, there's no native support for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While adapters for these consoles might soon exist, it is likely that players who want to dive that deep into customization enough to buy an adapter already have options for controllers that do similar things.

Enjoy The Trailer For Doom: Annihilation, A New Doom Movie

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Enjoy The Trailer For Doom: Annihilation, A New Doom Movie

Doom was really good when it released in 2016! Doom Eternal looks so far to be a really good game aiming to release later this year! You might think this means there's a renaissance of Doom as a property that extends to all things with that name. Universal Studios seems to be testing that theory with the latest trailer for Doom: Annihilation, coming straight to blu-ray this October.

You can see the trailer below.

A few months back, the Bethesda Twitter account acknowledged that the movie existed, but stated that they have no involvement with it at all. It is curious how that all works, though I imagine it is a tangled mess of licenses and the previous movie existing before Bethesda got their hands on Doom.

Hasbro Unveils Stupidly Huge Transformers Figure

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Hasbro Unveils Stupidly Huge Transformers Figure

If you've wished you could have a two-foot tall transformer with over 50 points of articulation, then Hasbro has the toy for you. Transformers: War for Cybertron Unicron could be the biggest Transformers toy ever – if its crowd-funding goal is met.

This towering figure transforms between a planet and the Lord of Chaos, reaching 30 inches in diameter in planet mode. This breaks the previous record of the Transformers: Fortress Maximus figure in 2016.

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Overwatch's New Anti-Cheating Detection Shuts Entire Matches Down

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Overwatch's New Anti-Cheating Detection Shuts Entire Matches Down

Cheating is kind of a problem in almost every online game with competition, but it can be especially grating in Overwatch. Players who are trying to do their placement or competitive matches will sometimes notice people cheating and report it, but the match still goes on the record regardless of what the report says. In the newest developer update, Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan explains that their new automatic anti-cheat system should shut this down by shutting the match down.

Now being tested in the Playable Test Realm servers, the new anti-cheat system will end a game once it detects cheats from a player. In theory, this should stop players from wasting time in a game where the result has been tainted by a cheater and having something on their record that wasn't fair.

Anyone who is caught cheating will face, according to Kaplan, "very harsh punishments." It is not detailed exactly what these punishments are, but presumably they will include banning, either temporarily or permanently.

Madden NFL 20 Player Ratings Again Stirring Debate

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Madden NFL 20 Player Ratings Again Stirring Debate

It's the NFL off-season, so what better way to get excited for the season than speculation and conjecture on how our favorite players are going to perform in Madden 20 (out for PS4, Xbox One and PC on August 2nd). The complete player ratings for the game are out now, including the four elite players of the rarified 99 Club – Aaron Donald, Deandre Hopkins, Khalil Mack, and Bobby Wagner.

The game's official site has a handy menu you can filter to see players on each team and by position. Right now it reflects the players at launch, but this will be updated as the season progresses. Needless to say, not everyone agrees with what they are rated.

Your favorite @NFL players talk Madden Ratings

God Of War's Baldur To Be Immortalized In $1,200 Statue

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God Of War's Baldur To Be Immortalized In $1,200 Statue

When we reflect on 2018's God of War, we often focus on Kratos' transformation as a character and his son Atreus. Not enough credit is given to their adversary Baldur. The son of Odin was a thorn in Kratos' side for most of this game, and is rightfully getting his own high-end statue. Surrounded by brood warriors, Baldur is ready to give Kratos a pummeling. A second statue with Kratos and Atreus will be released at a later date, and yes, it connects with Baldur to create a stunning battle scene.

Baldur and the brood he rides upon stand in at 24.5 inches in height and will retail $1,199.99. Prime 1 hopes to ship the statue between July and November 2020. Two versions of the statue will be available: a standard edition and an EX version that comes with a God of War logo stand.

The Division 2 Fans Asked If They Want A Story-Driven Offshoot

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The Division 2 Fans Asked If They Want A Story-Driven Offshoot

Julian Gerighty, creative director for The Division 2 by Ubisoft, appears open to the idea of a story-driven spin-off to the squad-based online shooter. 

The idea started when TT Games level director Tim Spencer tagged Gerighty on Spencer's Twitter thoughts how he'd love a story-driven offshoot for the series.

I love the idea of a single player narrative driven spin off of @TheDivisionGame. Focusing on an agent trying to get home to their family after being sent to NYC, during the SHD blackout from the fall of DC. TLOU x Division. @jgerighty

Devotion Developers Say No Plans To Re-Release The Game Soon

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Devotion Developers Say No Plans To Re-Release The Game Soon

A frontrunner for one of 2019's strangest (and saddest) stories is the saga of Devotion. A first-person psychological horror game from Taiwan, Devotion gained a lot of anticipation and praise for its quality approach to creating an immersive, scary experience. However, shortly after its release, players discovered a Winnie The Pooh meme within the game that poked fun at Chinese president Xi Jinping. Shortly after, the game was delisted from Steam, and to make matters worse, developer Red Candle Games lost its business license in China.

Since the delisting, Red Candle Games has remained silent on whether the game would be coming back to Steam and what the future of the company looked like. Today, the company released a statement about Devotion's future. For those who were hoping for a speedy return for this scarefest, the news is not rosy. After a few passages offering an apology for the meme incident, Red Candle explicitly says that the company's co-founders have "reached a unanimous decision to not re-release Devotion in the near term."

The door isn't shut completely though. Red Candle goes on to say, "If in the future, the public is willing to view the game rationally and allow us an opportunity to rebuild trust with our players, Red Candle would consider re-releasing Devotion."