Rumor: Microsoft Introducing New Achievement System To Xbox One

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Rumor: Microsoft Introducing New Achievement System To Xbox One

Microsoft is prepping a new achievement system called "Careers" to sit alongside the current system, according to a report by Windows Central.

The new system is to compensate for how achievements emphasize playing a wide breadth of games versus players who want to play one game for a long period of time. Careers are designed to give you goals to hit in the game you're playing instead of getting your 1000 points and moving on.

Microsoft hasn't confirmed the plan, but Windows Central reports that they are actively committing resources to it. The new system should take the form of a level-based progression system, similar to the PlayStation trophy system, and give avatar loot crates away as rewards for doing well.

New Overwatch Patch Allows Players To Watch Overwatch League And Introduces New League Currency

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New Overwatch Patch Allows Players To Watch Overwatch League And Introduces New League Currency

Blizzard is obviously very eager to talk about the Twitch-exclusive Overwatch League, which is the main emphasis of the new Overwatch patch.

The main thrust of the new patch is an Overwatch is the introduction of the new league skins, which allow you to rep your favorite team with colors for your characters. As an example, I'll rep the San Francisco Shock, which means I'll be wearing garish orange on all my characters. The London Spitfire colors are probably way better.

These costumes are only purchasable with League Tokens. Anyone who logs in before February 13 receives 100 tokens free – normally a $5 cost. Those 100 tokens by you any one character's colors. There are 12 total colors and 24 total characters, so if you wanted to get all the colors for every character, minus the one color you get for free, you're looking at about $1432.13 maximum. If that seems genuinely insane and you only want to cover your team, it'll cost you $114.17.

New Overwatch Patch Allows Players To Watch Overwatch League And Introduces New League Currency

about X hours ago from
New Overwatch Patch Allows Players To Watch Overwatch League And Introduces New League Currency

Blizzard is obviously very eager to talk about the Twitch-exclusive Overwatch League, which is the main emphasis of the new Overwatch patch.

The main thrust of the new patch is an Overwatch is the introduction of the new league skins, which allow you to rep your favorite team with colors for your characters. As an example, I'll rep the San Francisco Shock, which means I'll be wearing garish orange on all my characters. The London Spitfire colors are probably way better.

These costumes are only purchasable with League Tokens. Anyone who logs in before February 13 receives 100 tokens free – normally a $5 cost. Those 100 tokens by you any one character's colors. There are 12 total colors and 24 total characters, so if you wanted to get all the colors for every character, minus the one color you get for free, you're looking at about $1432.13 maximum. If that seems genuinely insane and you only want to cover your team, it'll cost you $114.17.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Will Start Allowing Reporting Cheaters Through Replays

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Will Start Allowing Reporting Cheaters Through Replays

With millions and millions of players, PlayerUnknown's Battleground is also coming to grips with the fact that it has a proportional number of cheaters. Now, PUBG Corp. is allowing players to use the replay feature to report other players.

The previous system more or less required you to be killed by a cheater. It also presented a weird looping issue where video evidence had to be provided alongside a report with the developer often asking for it outside of the client itself, which then might be denied because the report was not made within the client. This made it difficult to punish cheaters, even though there are 1.5 million banned users already.

The update that includes the new replay system also adds Desperado and Biker items to lootboxes for test server users, though the items will only be usable within that tester server.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Will Start Allowing Reporting Cheaters Through Replays

about X hours ago from
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Will Start Allowing Reporting Cheaters Through Replays

With millions and millions of players, PlayerUnknown's Battleground is also coming to grips with the fact that it has a proportional number of cheaters. Now, PUBG Corp. is allowing players to use the replay feature to report other players.

The previous system more or less required you to be killed by a cheater. It also presented a weird looping issue where video evidence had to be provided alongside a report with the developer often asking for it outside of the client itself, which then might be denied because the report was not made within the client. This made it difficult to punish cheaters, even though there are 1.5 million banned users already.

The update that includes the new replay system also adds Desperado and Biker items to lootboxes for test server users, though the items will only be usable within that tester server.

Nintendo President Hopes To Announce Mario Movie Partner Soon

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Nintendo President Hopes To Announce Mario Movie Partner Soon

Despite not being officially announced, the Mario movie is still on the lips of Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima in an interview with Japanese newspaper Kyoto Shimbun.

When asked about movie rumors, Kimishima states that he hopes to come to an an agreement with a partner soon and hopefully announce quickly after that. If everything goes according to schedule, Kimishima believes the movie could be out in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

There have been rumors about an animated Mario movie for years since the Sony email hack in 2014 revealed correspondence suggesting Nintendo was shopping the plumber to studios looking for a partner. More recently, rumors were abound that Nintendo was in final talks with animation studio Illumination, the studio behind Minions and Despicable Me.

Nintendo President Hopes To Announce Mario Movie Partner Soon

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Nintendo President Hopes To Announce Mario Movie Partner Soon

Despite not being officially announced, the Mario movie is still on the lips of Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima in an interview with Japanese newspaper Kyoto Shimbun.

When asked about movie rumors, Kimishima states that he hopes to come to an an agreement with a partner soon and hopefully announce quickly after that. If everything goes according to schedule, Kimishima believes the movie could be out in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

There have been rumors about an animated Mario movie for years since the Sony email hack in 2014 revealed correspondence suggesting Nintendo was shopping the plumber to studios looking for a partner. More recently, rumors were abound that Nintendo was in final talks with animation studio Illumination, the studio behind Minions and Despicable Me.

Sea of Thieves Closed Beta Starts On January 24

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Sea of Thieves Closed Beta Starts On January 24

Microsoft have announced that the closed beta for Sea of Thieves on January 24, this time allowing players to post screenshots, stream, and talk about the game. 

The beta will run its start date 4:00 AM PST on January 24 to 12:00 AM PST on January 29, giving about five days for players. The closed beta is available to players who preordered the game and anyone who joined the Sea of Thieves Insider Program before December 1, 2017.

The previous betas prohibited players from broadcasting thoughts on the game or footage from the beta publicly, while the next beta has no such restriction. The beta will be available on both Windows 10 and Xbox One.

Sea of Thieves Closed Beta Starts On January 24

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Sea of Thieves Closed Beta Starts On January 24

Microsoft have announced that the closed beta for Sea of Thieves on January 24, this time allowing players to post screenshots, stream, and talk about the game. 

The beta will run its start date 4:00 AM PST on January 24 to 12:00 AM PST on January 29, giving about five days for players. The closed beta is available to players who preordered the game and anyone who joined the Sea of Thieves Insider Program before December 1, 2017.

The previous betas prohibited players from broadcasting thoughts on the game or footage from the beta publicly, while the next beta has no such restriction. The beta will be available on both Windows 10 and Xbox One.

Twitch Signs Exclusivity Deal With Overwatch League

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Twitch Signs Exclusivity Deal With Overwatch League

Tomorrow marks the season opener for Overwatch League, with the San Francisco Shock battling the Los Angeles Valiant. If you're interested in checking out the inaugural match, you have a couple of options. In addition to viewing the action on Blizzard's official site, streaming service Twitch has announced that it has signed an exclusivity deal for the league.

Viewers can check out the first match tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. Pacific on the site's Overwatch League channel. You can check out the entire schedule here, if you'd like to plan ahead a bit.

Streams will be available in English, Korean, and French.