Send Us Your Super Mario Maker 2 Levels So We Can Beat/Rage Quit Them

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Send Us Your Super Mario Maker 2 Levels So We Can Beat/Rage Quit Them

We had a lot of fun live streaming Super Mario Maker 2 last week (see the embedded tweet below), but there was something missing that we're hoping to correct in a follow-up stream. During that stream, we played the pre-release version of the game which had special dedicated servers for reviewers, and as a result, we couldn't play levels from the community.

We decided to listen to some trap remixes of iconic Mario themes during our recent Super Mario Maker 2 live stream. https://t.co/3qZOEV2bc8 pic.twitter.com/2J3AZ3wX9q

We'll be streaming the game again on Monday, July 8 at 2:00 p.m. CT, and this time we want to play your levels! Leave us your level codes in the comments below, and if it's a level better-suited to co-op, let us know and we will try to download it in advance.

Punk Rock Band Refused Bringing Cyberpunk 2077 Band To Life

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Punk Rock Band Refused Bringing Cyberpunk 2077 Band To Life

Swedish punk rock group Refused is writing, recording, and producing an EP of the "greatest hits" of Cyberpunk in-game band Samurai. Samurai is a popular chrome rock group in the Cyberpunk universe that features Johnny Silverhand, who ia now-famously depicted by actor Keanu Reeves, as lead vocalist.

The EP, which is being created in collaboration with CD Projekt Red's music and composer team, features tracks inspired by the original source material, as well as new ones created by the band exclusively for the Cyberpunk 2077 game. You can listen to the first single off the EP, titled "Chippin' In," above. The song was referenced in the Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop game, with lyrics even appearing on the front cover of the Second Edition release of the game in 1991.

Refused itself has released four full-length albums, as well as multiple EPs, over the course of its existence, which began in 1991. Vocalist Dennis Lyxzén is excited about bringing the music of Samurai to life. "Like us, Samurai is a group of rebels, albeit in a different time and place," he said in a press release. "Working together with CD Projekt Red, writing music and song lyrics for Cyberpunk’s chrome rock icon was fun, but also very different in the creative sense. It was an unexpected challenge that turned out to be right up our alley and really got us going. The songs turned out great and the game looks insane."

August Cover Revealed – Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

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August Cover Revealed – Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

If Capcom’s goal for Monster Hunter: World was to bring the niche title to the mainstream, they absolutely succeeded. That game managed to please longtime hunters while also acting as an emissary to players who’d always been curious about the series but couldn’t get past some of its more peculiar elements. With more than 12 million copies sold, it’s now become Capcom’s best-selling game. Where do they go from there? How about someplace cold?

While the game has had a variety of updates and extra content added since release, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is the game’s first major expansion. What does it add? How about an all-new region to explore, with new monsters to hunt (as well as some returning favorites). We got to spend extensive time with the game during our studio visit, and we’ve got loads of info to share, including details on our hunt with the Iceborne’s flagship elder dragon, Velkhana. 

There’s a lot to dig into, and a lot of info packed into our 12-page cover story. Even if you’ve been keeping up with the expansion’s dev diaries and played the demo, you’ll find plenty of exclusive info and impressions in the August issue of Game Informer. Also, you can watch our trailer below teasing our month of online coverage coming to gameinformer.com/iceborne.

Spider-Man Gets Two Free Suits To Mark Far From Home's Release

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Spider-Man Gets Two Free Suits To Mark Far From Home's Release

Spider-Man: Far From Home is in theaters today, so what better time to fire up Insomniac's PS4 game? If the timing isn't enough to get you back into the swing of things, would a wardrobe upgrade change your mind?

Insomniac has added a pair of new suits to the game, and better yet, they're available at no cost. After updating your game to version 1.16, they're yours! Well, you have to build the Advanced Suit early on. But after that... they're yours!

 For more on Spider-Man, check out our hub page on the game, which is filled with behind-the-scenes details on its development and a ton of exclusive video features.

PlayStation Plus Invites You To Look Through An Android's Eyes With Detroit: Become Human

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PlayStation Plus Invites You To Look Through An Android's Eyes With Detroit: Become Human

Detroit Become: Human proved to be one of 2018's more divisive games. While some praised its ambitious storytelling, others found the way it handled its themes about technology, classism, and racism to be underwhelming. If you haven't played the game yourself yet, PlayStation Plus has made it one of this month's offerings so subscribers can find out on which side of the fence they fall.

Interestingly enough, Pro Evolution 2019 was supposed to be the original offering for this month, but Sony replaced it at the last minute with Detroit for unspecified reasons:

 For more on Detroit: Become Human, read our review here.

Publisher Behind Horror Game Devotion Has Had Its Business License Revoked In China

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Publisher Behind Horror Game Devotion Has Had Its Business License Revoked In China

Some months back, Taiwanese horror game Devotion briefly came out on Steam before quickly being pulled from sale. While the developers said this only because they wanted to fix some glitches, it was assumed that Red Candle Games did so to remove a poster that made fun of Chinese president Xi Jinping, relating him to Winnie the Pooh and calling him a moron. The game, which was taken down at the end of February, never came back on sale and the developers have not publicly commented on Devotion since.

At the time, the game's publishers Indievent and Winking Entertainment abandoned the title and terminated their contracts for console versions of Devotion. Today, the Chinese government revoked Indievent's business license within the country.

While China did not explicitly say their reasoning for this was because of Devotion, they did not give reasoning at all beyond saying that Indievent violated "relevant laws," according to Another Indie founder Iain Garner via PCGamesN. The government would have a similar amount of leverage over Winking Entertainment, should they choose to exercise it.

Marvel To Show New Avengers Video Game Content At San Diego Comic-Con

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Marvel To Show New Avengers Video Game Content At San Diego Comic-Con

When Marvel's Avengers was shown at E3 last month, fans were kind of expecting a little more than what was shown at Square Enix's E3 conference. While the publisher went into things like how the voice actors feel about the characters, very little was shown about the actual gameplay, and had to mostly be gleamed from behind-closed-doors demos and glowing interviews. Now it seems like we'll get our next bit of info from San Diego Comic-Con in July.

Marvel has a game panel on July 18, hosted by professional loudmouth Greg Miller, though I feel like I'm stretching the definition of professional even if loudmouth was their description. The panel summary says that it will show new content for Avengers, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Iron Man VR, and promises surprises as well. Miller will be joined by special guests, which presumably means some developers from those games, and Bill Rosemann, who is vice president and creative director at Marvel Games.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 releases the next day on Switch, so we'll likely get the very last character reveals or the DLC characters, which got an announcement of X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Marvel Knights at E3. Iron Man VR is scheduled for PlayStation VR later this year. Marvel's Avengers will land on May 15 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC.

Dr Disrespect Explains Bathroom Incident On Behalf Of His Brand

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Dr Disrespect Explains Bathroom Incident On Behalf Of His Brand

A few weeks ago, streamer Dr Disrespect, who is known for exactly what it says on tin but probably with less medical knowledge than would assume with that title, held a stream walking around the E3 show floor. He went a bit too far beyond the E3 show floor, ended up in a public bathroom with the stream on, got banned from both E3 and Twitch, and may have committed some misdemeanors in the process.

The ban, at very least, ended after about two weeks. In the time he was banned, the streamer spent a lot of time on social media hyping up his return and joking about the ban, but notably did not actually apologize for streaming in a public restroom with minors in it. He instead took to Twitter today as Guy Beahm himself rather than as Dr Disrespect.

"I'd like to talk about Dr Disrespect's Twitch ban from E3," the tweet said, posting a link to a longer message. "This was my first IRL stream as the Doc and if it's not obvious by now, one of the things I try to stay true with is authenticity. Real life personas are so difficult to pull off, especially in today's society. Doc is edgy, highly opinionated, cocky, etc. and that certainly adds to the difficulty in staying authentic without offending anyone on a deeper, personal level."

Twitch Prime Meets Rockstar Games For The First Time

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Twitch Prime Meets Rockstar Games For The First Time

Grand Theft Auto Online makes a lot of money. While there's not a lot of numbers behind Red Dead Online, as it's still surprisingly nascent, it's safe to say it probably does pretty well for itself. Grand Theft Auto Online in particular does surprisingly well as a streaming game, so it makes sense to assume that there's a pretty big middle-ground in the Venn diagram of Rockstar Online fans and Twitch viewers, which is why Twitch Prime is teaming up with Rockstar to give away some goodies.

This is mostly notable because this is the first time for Rockstar and Twitch to partner up. Here's what you'll get from being a subscriber and linking your two accounts.

Grand Theft Auto Online Benefits:         

Sony Considering Developer Acquisitions For PlayStation Worldwide Studios

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Sony Considering Developer Acquisitions For PlayStation Worldwide Studios

Over the past two years, Microsoft has become downright addicted to buying up studios. The Xbox Game Studios were trying to patch a whole in what was perceived as a weak first-party portfolio, which kind of left Nintendo and Sony, which already had strong first-party software, to do their own thing. Now, according to PlayStation president Jim Ryan, that might change as Sony looks to beef up its software development in preparation for next-gen.

In an interview with Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Jim Ryan told the outlet that they are looking into developer acquisitions in the future. Specifically, Ryan said that PlayStation is looking at developers fairly new to the industry to join them, as PlayStation already has lots of money and lots of experience under their belt.

Ryan didn't tip his hand on which developers they were looking for, but I imagine that statement about experience is to show a contrast to Microsoft picking up established developers like Double Fine. It seems unlikely Sony is interested on acquiring, say, Capcom or Konami or anything like that.