Splatoon 2's 2.0 Update Goes Live Today, Adds New Stage, Gear, And More

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Splatoon 2's 2.0 Update Goes Live Today, Adds New Stage, Gear, And More

If you're looking for something to play after getting stuffed on Thanksgiving (or, if you live in the rest of the world and are looking to play something on just another Friday), you'll be happy to know that a major Splatoon 2 update goes live today.

The update technically hit yesterday, but one of the new stages, MakoMart, goes live today. Three additional stages will be hitting in the coming weeks. As for right now (and as we previously detailed), the update adds 140 pieces of new gear to equip (so you'll have fewer excuses when your squid kid is found to not be fit for combat and excessively stylish), raises the level cap from 50 to 99, lets players swap gear between matches, makes a host of balance changes to both multiplayer and Salmon Run (the latter also gets a few more weapon options), and (most importantly) lets you nab a Fried Whip Cream Double Croissant at Crusty Sean’s Food Truck, which sounds delicious and increases the amount of battle cash you earn by 2.5 times for a limited time.

To dive into the thick of all the changes, head here. Another new update, slated for December, will add a new mode: Clam Blitz.

Valve Has A Pyroland Room In Their New Office

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Valve Has A Pyroland Room In Their New Office

Earlier this year, Valve moved into a massive office in Bellevue, Wash., and they plan to make at least some of the nine floors of office space a fun place to work.

Matt T. Wood, a longtime Valve employee, recently posted a picture of himself riding a giant Balloonicorn on Twitter. The next day, former Valve employee Burton Johnsey posted an image of the entire room, and it’s wonderful.

If you haven’t seen the Meet the Pyro short for Team Fortress 2, go watch it now (then watch the rest of the shorts, since there's a good chance you're trying to avoid family at the moment). The way the Pyro sees the world is finally becoming a reality with Valve’s very own Pyroland room in their office. The room features giant sweets as well as a pile of Balloonicorns being dwarfed by an absolutely massive Balloonicorn.

A Reddit User Made An Awesome Cuphead Arcade Cabinet

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A Reddit User Made An Awesome Cuphead Arcade Cabinet

Games used to come out in arcades before being ported to home consoles, but with the arcade industry shrinking, some people are reversing that process by building custom cabinets for newer games. Reddit user xiubeda, who goes by John Sellers on YouTube, made his first arcade cabinet, which is inspired by Cuphead.

Cuphead looks right at home in an arcade cabinet, even if it is still running off an Xbox One. Sellers says in the Reddit comments that the cabinet, including the $200 Xbox One, cost $680 and took about two weeks to make. He was able to keeps costs relatively low due to already having access to large cutting and printing machines. The artwork on the cabinet is printed vinyl and the controls are hooked up to rewired Xbox controllers.

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Nier’s Yoko Taro On Success, Drinking, And Death

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Nier’s Yoko Taro On Success, Drinking, And Death

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Best known for directing the Nier and Drakengard series, Yoko Taro reached a new level of success after teaming up with Platinum Games for Nier: Automata, which sold over two million copies. We chatted with Taro about his newfound success and what's next. Just like his esoteric games, our talk was anything but ordinary.

Editor's Note: A portion of this interview appeared in issue #296. This is an extended version.

After Five Years, One Man's Challenge to Create 100 Games Is Complete

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After Five Years, One Man's Challenge to Create 100 Games Is Complete

In 2012, James Cox decided to test himself as a game designer and creative thinker: he challenged himself to make 100 games in five years. This year marks the end of that five year epic journey, and somehow Cox managed to hit that 100-game mark. 

As reported in the full story over on Waypoint, Cox is an aspiring game designer who in 2012 wanted to see if games were a possible career path. “The challenge acted as a litmus test for game development,” he said to writer Patrick Klepek. “It also was the best idea 2012 me had.”

Most of the 100 games are simple or downright strange, featuring a colorful, doodlish art style that Cox refined over time. The first game, Landers, had players take on the role of the invaders in the classic Space Invaders, while the last game, Bundle Kitt, is all about a weird creature wrapped in a blanket trying and failing to accomplish certain objectives. All of Cox's games are available on his website.

An Elite: Dangerous Player Invents A Way To Talk With Aliens

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An Elite: Dangerous Player Invents A Way To Talk With Aliens

If we were to encounter an alien race would we react with kindness or cruelty? It's a question at the heart of some of our favorite science fiction stories and one that a player in the space flight/combat/trading simulator Elite: Dangerous decided to answer. 

According to a story on Kotaku, Benjamin "Heisenberg6626" Bahr started working to communicate with the game's Thargoids despite ongoing anti-alien sentiment among players and the lack of in-game methods of communication with Thargoids. Working with members of  the Canonn Interstellar Research, a Thargoid alien investigation group (yes, we're still talking about a video game), Bahr began a year-long research process that recently culminated in "Project Mercury." Bahr essentially analyzed the structure of sounds that Thargoids make and created his own messages, the product of converting images into sounds. He's basically Amy Adams' character from Arrival. You can find a video of him sending one of these messages to a Thargoid below.  

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Rumor: Marvel Heroes Ending In Two Days, Entire Gazillion Staff Let Go

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Rumor: Marvel Heroes Ending In Two Days, Entire Gazillion Staff Let Go

A number of rumors circulating today indicate that Marvel Heroes, which was scheduled to shut down at the end of the year, is actually shutting down on Friday. Furthermore, employees of the company are suggesting that the entire staff at Gazillion has been let go with no benefits paid out.

The rumor started today with a message in the official Marvel Heroes Discord. “I’m super sad to communicate to all of you that Marvel Heroes ex-developer Winterthur just told us that Marvel Heroes Omega servers will close before the announced date. The new date is 11/24, that’s two days for now.”

People who made in-game purchases for the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have been trying to get refunds due to the game only launching five months earlier, but have been refused so far.

Weekend Warrior: Happy Turkey Day Weekend!

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Weekend Warrior: Happy Turkey Day Weekend!

Thanksgiving is upon us, providing a chance to catch up with relatives and take part in some joint gaming.

From family plans to recipes involving a cooked bird carcass with crab legs to finally knocking out those games that have been sitting on our to-do lists, the GI crew is more than ready for the Thanksgiving weekend. Be sure to let us know how you'll be spending your holiday weekend, and we hope you all find plenty of relaxation and fun.

Elis Favis (@elisefavis): I’ve been sucked back into Persona 5, and I think this time I’m in it for the long haul. I’m about 65 hours in, and I plan to continue playing with my brother during Thanksgiving break. I’m also going to play some more of Super Mario Odyssey, which I’ve been enjoying a lot.

Finding Paradise, The Second Episode Of To The Moon, Gets A Trailer And Release Date Of December 14

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Finding Paradise, The Second Episode Of To The Moon, Gets A Trailer And Release Date Of December 14

The second episode of To The Moon, the narrative-driven game which first released in 2011 on PC, finally has a release date and a new trailer.

Developer Freebird gave the announcement today, finally getting close to the release of the RPG Maker sequel. To The Moon was lavished with praise for its narrative, which has fueled anticipation for Finding Paradise.

Check out the trailer below and you can check out Finding Paradise on December 14 on PC.

Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Meals With The Necro Nom-Nom-Nomicon

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Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Meals With The Necro Nom-Nom-Nomicon

Running behind on preparing ingredients for your traditional thanksgiving dinner, or looking to spice up your plates this year? This handy compendium of macabre meals has you covered.

From the horror based cooking site earththedead.com, the Necro Nom-Nom-Nomicon has an extensive list of dishes that'll leave an impression on your dinner guests. Most have probably seen its most recent entry, the Facehugger Feast Roasted Chicken, circulating on social media and news sites. Designed by Helen Die, the dish combines roasted chicken and crab for a meal that'll leave guests eating until they burst. The full recipe, along with those for other dishes, are available on the website free of charge. 

For those who want something a little tamer to bring to the dinner table, try checking out a few recipes from this cook book based on food from video games, and if you need a distraction until the big meal is ready, try distracting yourself by visiting one of these virtual restaurants.