Dota 2 Introducing Monthly Dota Plus Subscription Service

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Dota 2 Introducing Monthly Dota Plus Subscription Service

Valve's endlessly popular MOBA Dota 2 has announced a new monthly service called Dota Plus.

The service is an "evolution" of Battle Passes. These are optional, seasonal packages players pay for which offer bundles of cosmetic items, as well as quests and challenges to earn more cosmetic items. Dota Plus replaces the Majors Battle Passes by making rewards independent from timeliness. More and exclusive cosmetics will continuously be added to Dota Plus as well. A feature called Plus Assistant provides players with various advice, such as how to best use abilities and real-time items, based on "millions of recent games at each skill bracket," the update's posts says.

Another new feature called Hero Leveling allows players to earn a new currency called Shards for rewards like items sets and relics, which track hero-specific accolades and show them off to other players.

This Week In Gaming – Kirby, Burnout Paradise, The Future Of Sonic

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This Week In Gaming – Kirby, Burnout Paradise, The Future Of Sonic

Each Monday, come here for a rundown of all this week's big events that we know about, from game releases, to betas, to recapping the biggest continuing news stories from the previous week. If there's anything we missed, feel free to let us know! This week covers the dates from March 12 to March 18.

Devil May Cry HD Collection (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 13Golem (PSVR) – March 13
Kirby Star Allies (Switch) – March 16
Burnout Paradise Remastered (PS4, Xbox One) – March 16

Chun-Li's June (Star Gladiator) Costume Challenge – The fourth and final part of Chun-Li's June costume is available through SFV's Extra Battle challenge until March 15.
Monster Hunter World Aloy Costume Quest Available Now – The Horizon: Zero Dawn quest that allows you to earn an armor set that makes your hunter look like Aloy (and get her bow!) runs until March 18.
SXSW Gaming – The SXSW gaming contention happens March 15 - 17. Of specific note is the Sonic the Hedgehog panel, which promises a look into the series' future.
Overwatch League (Stage 2, Week 4) –Philadelphia Fusion meet Shanghai Dragons and London Spitfire take on Seoul Dynasty. 

Vengeful Kings Rise In Assassin's Creed Origins DLC

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Vengeful Kings Rise In Assassin's Creed Origins DLC

When grave robbers violate a pharaoh's tomb, naturally the undead are not pleased, sparking events that take place four years after the main game.

The Curse of the Pharaohs is out tomorrow (March 13), and through it players journey with Bayek to famous locations such as Thebes and the Valley of the Kings.

The DLC also increases the level cap to 55 and includes new crafting levels, resources, and abilities.

Artist Uses Nearly 25,000 Domines To Depict Donkey Kong

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Artist Uses Nearly 25,000 Domines To Depict Donkey Kong

TheDominoKing is an artist on YouTube that has long been putting together domino creations related to pop-culture. His latest creation is dedicated to Donkey Kong, and it's a spectacular homage to this famed video game mascot and the surrounding series.

"The Donkey Kong Country series as a whole are some of the best games I’ve ever played," writes TheDominoKing in the video's description. "And with DK Tropical Freeze for the Switch right around the corner, I thought it was time to make Donkey Kong in dominoes.

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Artist Uses Nearly 25,000 Dominoes To Depict Donkey Kong

about X hours ago from
Artist Uses Nearly 25,000 Dominoes To Depict Donkey Kong

TheDominoKing is an artist on YouTube that has long been putting together domino creations related to pop-culture. His latest creation is dedicated to Donkey Kong, and it's a spectacular homage to this famed video game mascot and the surrounding series.

"The Donkey Kong Country series as a whole are some of the best games I’ve ever played," writes TheDominoKing in the video's description. "And with DK Tropical Freeze for the Switch right around the corner, I thought it was time to make Donkey Kong in dominoes.

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Report: Bluepoint Working On New Remake Following Shadow Of The Colossus

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Report: Bluepoint Working On New Remake Following Shadow Of The Colossus

Bluepoint, the developer behind the recent Shadow of the Colossus remake, spoke with Digital Foundry (via EuroGamer) and disclosed that the team is working on a new remake. What makes this even more exciting is that it's apparently even larger in scope that the work they did for Shadow of the Colossus.

After confirming a new project is in the works, Bluepoint president and co-owner Marco Thrush said, "This project served us as a great point of growing the art team to the point where we can take on a full triple-A game major scope of art content. So now our next step is, let's improve the art pipeline, let's improve the engine, let's improve workflow for artists, let's grow on the art side some more to handle our next project because it's a bit bigger. And our next focus is, all right, let's work on design and add new stuff to get to the next remake, because now that can be our sole focus of making sure that's where we put the time and everybody else, they're already at a level where we can perform."

The studio is currently hiring, and has greatly expanded and grown since working on their previous project.

First Three Tomb Raiders Receiving Remasters On Steam, Free If You Own Originals

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First Three Tomb Raiders Receiving Remasters On Steam, Free If You Own Originals

The first three Tomb Raider games, each of which released during the late '90s, are receiving remasters on Steam. If you own the original DOS versions on Steam, you'll be able to grab these remasters for free.

Realtech VR, a developer that previously ported Tomb Raider 1 and 2 on mobile, is behind these upcoming remasters. As such, the PC remasters will be based off the mobile versions, support OpenVR, and feature a new 3D engine. 

TR1-3 remaster for PC are planned for Steam for free and will requires the purchase of the DOS version being sold on Steam (like ZDoom playing Doom games). Also the PC version will supports OpenVR and features a new 3D engine for both 3 games.

Black Panther Surpasses $1 Billion Worldwide

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Black Panther Surpasses $1 Billion Worldwide

Black Panther released to theaters about a month ago, and already it has grossed over $1 billion worldwide at the box office. This makes it the fifth Marvel movie to reach that milestone, and the 33rd movie in general to do so.

The wildly successful film has earned over $530 million domestic, meaning that it will soon surpass Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($532 million domestically) and The Dark Knight ($534 million domestically), which will make it the seventh-biggest domestic grosser ever. Once it does surpass The Dark Knight, it'll then be the second-biggest comic book superhero film in North America, with only The Avengers ($623 million domestically) behind it.

Black Panther also broke a record for selling more pre-sale tickets than any other Marvel film. For more movie-related news, read our geek guide to 2018 films by heading here.

Twitch User Threatens Mass Shooting At Evo 2018, Organizer Notifies FBI

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Twitch User Threatens Mass Shooting At Evo 2018, Organizer Notifies FBI

Evolution Champion Series (Evo) organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar has reported a mass shooting threat made against the event to the FBI.

The threat was made earlier today on yungmushu_'s Twitch channel by user quackquackhonks during a stream. The message read "Mass shooting @ EVO18 see you there," as posted by Twitter user Dankadillas.

Since we’re on the topic. Idk how I feel about this. Joke or not, I don’t like this. pic.twitter.com/BbH1Zh2lto

FreeSync Support, Twitter Posting, And Mixer Controller Sharing Coming To Xbox One This Spring

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FreeSync Support, Twitter Posting, And Mixer Controller Sharing Coming To Xbox One This Spring

As part of its new Inside Xbox video series, Microsoft announced a number of updates coming to Xbox One later this spring, and Xbox Insider Alpha testers for the console can take these features for a spin right now.

First, Xbox One S and Xes will support displays with FreeSync, a TV and monitor technology that lets the monitor synchronize its refresh rate according to the game. This leads to less framerate stuttering and tearing. All Xbox Ones will also support Low Latency mode, a feature in some TVs coming later this year that will automatically remove post-processing effects some TVs use to make images look sharper when games are being played, reducing input latency while playing games, then restore them when you go back to watching TV or movies.

As previously teased by Xbox VP Mika Ybarra, the update also includes the ability to post videos and screenshots on Twitter. Players will also be able to share their controller with viewers while streaming on Mixer, Microsoft's livestreaming platform. Viewers will be able to use a either an on-screen or physical controller to play a streamer's game while watching on their PC.