Splatoon 2 Updates Bringing New Stages, Mode & More

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Splatoon 2 Updates Bringing New Stages, Mode & More

Splatoon 2 is getting an infusion of content – including a new game mode, Salmon Run stage, 140 pieces of gear, and much more via two updates before the end of the year.

The first update hits on November 23, and includes the new Salmon Run stage (Salmonid Smokeyard – above), gear (clothes, stuff returning from the first game, shoes, etc.), Amiibo functionality, higher level caps (up to 99), and gear swapping between battles without exiting to the lobby. This update also starts the ball rolling on four new battle stages, but technically the first of these doesn't hit until the day after the update launches on November 24 (MakoMart). the others (Shellendorf Institute, Walleye Warehouse, and Arowana Mall) release in the following weeks.

The second update is in mid-December, featuring the Clam Blitz mode. Here you collect clams around the stage, who then follow you until you deposit them in a basket near the opponent's base. However, players must first destroy the barrier around the basket by collecting 10 clams in order to get the Power Clam that breaks the barrier down. The first one to 100 wins.

Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Daniel Gilbert Invests In Esports Team 100Thieves

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Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Daniel Gilbert Invests In Esports Team 100Thieves

Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and founder of Quicken Loans, has invested in the new franchise team 100Thieves as a partner.

The reveal of 100Thieves came from a Riot Games announcement for the ten franchised teams participating in the 2018 League of Legends season. Team leader Nadeshot announced the partnership via both video and tweet earlier today, confirming the huge esports investment.

You can check out the announcement video below and follow the team as new developments proceed.

Legendary Nintendo Composer Hip Tanaka Releases Solo Album

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Legendary Nintendo Composer Hip Tanaka Releases Solo Album

Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka, composer for a number of Nintendo games such as Donkey Kong, Metroid, and Earthbound, has released a new solo album titled Django.

Under the stage name of Chip Tanaka, Django is exactly what it sounds like, a collection of original chiptune music that invokes a lot of Tanaka's earlier works throughout the 8- and 16-bit eras.

You can check out a preview of the album below, which is available on ITunes.

Beamdog Announces Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition For PC

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Beamdog Announces Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition For PC

Beamdog, a Canadian developer founded by ex-Bioware staff, has announced that they will be releasing an enhanced edition of PC RPG classic, Neverwinter Nights for release 

The studio has been known for working on Infinity Engine games such as Baldur's Gate through Icewind Dale, and recently released Planescape Torment, as enhanced editions meant for modern systems. Neverwinter Nights is their first foray into Aurora Engine titles. Here is a listing of what the enhanced edition offers:

You can find the launch trailer below. Beamdog has not clarified the release date, but says preorders are starting tomorrow, so a release date should not be too far in the future.

Clicker Heroes 2 Developer Abandons Microtransaction Model Citing Ethical Concerns

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Clicker Heroes 2 Developer Abandons Microtransaction Model Citing Ethical Concerns

In a letter to their players, Clicker Heroes 2 developer Playsaurus explains why they went with an upfront pricing model instead of free-to-play with microtransactions like the first game, citing both ethics and gameplay design as their main reasons.

"Games are inherently addictive," explains the developer. "That alone is not a bad thing, until it gets abused ... We made a lot of money from these players who spent thousands. They are known to the industry as 'Whales'. Great. If you're rich, please be my guest. But we don't want this kind of money if it came from anyone who regrets their decision, if it made their lives significantly worse as a result. Unfortunately, those who have a problem are usually in denial about it, and would be too ashamed to ask us for a refund. We would give the refund in a heartbeat. It's not like we have artists drawing each ruby by hand. It costs us nothing but payment processing fees."

Playsaurus also explains that letting players feel like the experience might be better if they spend more money feels terrible, and that they do not want the game to feel like that's necessary. 

EA Says Battlefront II's Microtransaction Change Will Not Affect Earnings

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EA Says Battlefront II's Microtransaction Change Will Not Affect Earnings

After Electronic Arts made a last-minute adjustment to Star Wars: Battlefront II's microtransactions by turning off the ability to buy its virtual currency, the publisher has issued a statement to investors that they do not expect this to change earnings much at all.

The statement comes as EA attempts to assuage investors' fears that microtransactions are a big part of the revenue EA was expecting from Battlefront II this financial year. EA does not believe it will impact things too much.

"On November 16, 2017, Electronic Arts Inc. (“EA”) announced in a blog on its website at www.ea.com/news that it will turn off all in-game purchases for the Star Wars Battlefront II title until further notice," said the statement. "This change is not expected to have a material impact on EA’s fiscal year 2018 financial guidance."

Rare Announces Three New Vinyl Soundtracks

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Rare Announces Three New Vinyl Soundtracks

The acclaimed developer has unveiled three new vinyl soundtracks for some of their most popular games, complete with custom album covers.

In a post to Twitter, Rare revealed that vinyl albums for Battle Toads, Conker's Bad Fur Day and Viva Piñata would be available through a collaboration with iam8bit. The records will be released in 2xLP with the full soundtracks composed by Robin Beanland (Conker), David Wise (Battle Toads), and Grant Kirkhope (Viva Viva Piñata), and boast custom made album art. The albums are priced at $35, with preorders opening on November 24.

Interested in soundtracks from more recent games? Check out our discussion on some of the best tracks of the year during the most recent GI Show

Nintendo Switch Chosen As TIME Magazine's Gadget Of The Year

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Nintendo Switch Chosen As TIME Magazine's Gadget Of The Year

In TIME's top ten list of gadgets released in 2017, the Nintendo Switch has taken the number one spot, beating out the iPhone X and the Microsoft Surface laptop.

The list has been a fixture of TIME's end-of-the-year roundups, looking back and compiling the top people and things from the year. This year, the Switch topped the list, with iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S8, and the Xbox One X all below it on the list.

"For about as long as game consoles have existed, players have had to choose between gaming in front of a TV or holding a tiny screen in their hands while out and about," list author Lisa Eadicicco wrote. "Not so with the Nintendo Switch, the first console that’s truly designed for both at-home and on-the-go entertainment."

Supergirl Star Melissa Benoist Performs A Minecraft Musical In This Video

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Supergirl Star Melissa Benoist Performs A Minecraft Musical In This Video

Actress Melissa Benoist, best known for Supergirl but also Glee and The Longest Ride, sings all about Microsoft's world-constructing game in this new video.

The Super Duper Minecraft Musical has Benoist performing in front of a green screen with the various sights and sounds of Minecraft's world. The whole tune is surprisingly catchy, whether you have an affinity for the subject matter or not, and Benoist definitely has a voice that makes the whole thing gel really well.

Check out the video below and then pretend not have it stuck in your head all day.

The Shape Of Water Inspires Breath Of The Wild Fan Art

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The Shape Of Water Inspires Breath Of The Wild Fan Art

Fans of Breath of the Wild have created art pieces inspired by Guillermo Del Toro's new film, and it hasn't gone unnoticed by him.

Recently, fans of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are creating Link X Sidon fan art inspired by The Shape of Water, an upcoming film directed by del Toro involving a romance between a woman and a fishman creature. Twitter users @cheneysin and @katiesimrell in particular created pieces influence by the films'strailer, incorporating fan art using Link and Prince Sidon. Del Toro seems to approve of the mashup, retweeting the pieces using his official Twitter account over the weekend.

Be sure to check out the artists' Twitter pages for more of their content – but be aware that not all of it is as tame as the pieces above – and catch The Shape of Water when it launches on December 8. For those interested in seeing other ways fans have expressed their love for Breath of the Wild, check out a recreation of the opening plateau one fan made using Mario Maker.