The Most Influential Games Of The 21st Century: League Of Legends

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The Most Influential Games Of The 21st Century: League Of Legends

Join GameSpot as we celebrate gaming history and give recognition to the most influential games of the 21st century. These aren't the best games, and they aren't necessarily games that you need to rush out and play today, but there's no question that they left an indelible impact on game developers, players, and in some cases, society at large.

League of Legends exploded onto the scene in 2009 as the start-up brainchild of Marc Merrill and Brandon Beck, poised to disrupt an esports market that would end up being helmed by two heavyweights--Dota 2 and StarCraft. The idea that a bunch of enthusiastic DOTA fans were responsible for what is now the game's biggest competition may come as a surprise to the uninitiated, but the humble beginnings of League of Legends can be traced all the way through to two college roommates essentially wanting to turn a Warcraft III mod into a standalone title.

Now, League of Legends is synonymous with esports and the MOBA genre. While companies like Valve and Blizzard were forces to be reckoned with in the pre-2010 era, there's now no question that Riot Games and its lone video game are essentially household names. Whether it's a new champion, a new in-game event, or Mid-Season Invitational which drew 19.8 million concurrent viewers last year, everyone who has even a passing interest in the game stops and stares.

Valve Launches Mobile Steam Chat App

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Valve has released a new mobile Steam Chat app, letting you keep in touch with your friends and game invites without the desktop client. The free app is now available on the App Store and Google Play.

The announcement boasts that the mobile app lets you use several of the desktop client features, including a fully featured friends list, and rich chat with videos, tweets, GIFs, and emoticons. You can also manage your list with invite links, get notifications and game invites, and manage your group chats.

Valve invited feedback but says it's already working on updates and new features for the app, including voice chat. The company also notes that since Steam Chat is moving to its own dedicated app, the overall Steam Mobile app will focus its next updates on account security with more options for Steam Guard.

Striking First Terminator: Dark Fate Poster Released, Trailer Tomorrow

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Striking First Terminator: Dark Fate Poster Released, Trailer Tomorrow

After the commercial disappointment of 2015's Terminator Genisys, there was some suggestion that it might be a long time before we saw another movie in the long-running sci-fi franchise. But that's not to be the case, and the sixth film in the series, Terminator: Dark Fate, arrives in November. The movie's trailer will be revealed tomorrow, May 23, but ahead of that we have the first poster.

The poster is a striking and simple one. It shows Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, the iconic main character of the first two Terminator movies, walking down a desert road carrying a gun with a blazing sun behind her. Dark Fate will be a direct sequel to 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day, ignoring the three movies in-between, and the poster's somewhat awkward tagline hammers this home: "Welcome to the day after Judgment Day." Check it out below:

Hamilton isn't the only original cast member set to feature in Dark Fate-- Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as the T-800. The new stars includes Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049), Gabriel Luna (Agents of SHIELD), Diego Boneta (Pretty Little Liars), and Colombian star Natalia Reyes in her first Hollywood movie. The movie is directed by Deadpool's Tim Miller and produced by James Cameron, who created the franchise and helmed the first two movies. It releases on November 1. For more, check out this recent batch of images from the film.

Xbox One Game Pass Adds More Games For May

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Following up on its previous May offerings, Microsoft has announced another set of eight games coming to Xbox Game Pass subscription service throughout the rest of the month and early June. The games coming to Xbox One over the next few weeks include some indie classics, big franchises, and even a couple of day-one launches.

First on May 23, the service will add Metal Gear Survive and The Banner Saga. The first is an alternate take on the Metal Gear universe with light horror elements, while the latter is a strategy game set against a backdrop of viking legend.

Then on May 29, the shooter Void Bastards will launch and become immediately available on Game Pass same-day. May 30 will bring another launch day game, the exploration game Outer Wilds. That day will also add the multiplayer horror game Dead by Daylight.

Star Wars 9: The Rise Of Skywalker Photos Reveal New Characters

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Star Wars 9: The Rise Of Skywalker Photos Reveal New Characters

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker is the final part in the trilogy that kicked off with 2015's The Force Awakens, and it releases in December. The first trailer arrived in April and gave fans a taste of what to expect from the movie, which is directed by JJ Abrams. Now a new batch of images has been released.

The images come via Vanity Fair, which has published an extensive feature about The Rise of Skywalker. They reveal some of the movie's new characters, alongside familiar faces. In terms of new villains, there's the amazing-looking "masked scoundrel" Zorri Bliss (Keri Russell) on the planet Kijimi, and First Order leader Allegiant General Pryde (Richard E. Grant) pictured alongside General Hux.

The good guys are represented by Jannah (Naomi Ackie), seen riding a creature called an Orbak alongside Finn, plus a group of Aki-Aki, who are natives of the planet Pasaana. Over at Vanity Fair's site you can also see new pictures of Rey, Kylo, Lando, Chewie, R2-D2, and Luke. Check out the images of the new characters below.

Brightburn Review: Let The Hate Flow Through You

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Brightburn has an extremely strong, if simple, elevator pitch: What if Superman was evil? Even the "dark and gritty" superhero movies these days have some hopeful notes; what if Brightburn played out more like a slasher movie? What if there's no hero to rise up and defeat the omnipotent villain in the end?

Unfortunately, Brightburn never takes the concept any deeper than that macabre skeleton of an idea. It succeeds in corrupting the fabric of superhero narratives, but it replaces it with an empty void of over-the-top gore and desperate cynicism. It may succeed at scaring you with its dark vision of an all-powerful pre-pubescent monster, but without anything to actually say, Brightburn is just 91 minutes of miserable murder porn.

Elizabeth Banks and David Denman play Tori and Kyle Breyer, a couple living in the small town of Brightburn, Kansas. Their wish for a child is granted when a mysterious craft lands in the woods nearby their rustic farmhouse home, but their lives take a dark turn around the time their son Brandon (Jackson A. Dunn) hits puberty. The boy begins to feel the call of destiny and discovers his powers--flight, speed, invulnerability, incredible strength, laser eyes, you name it. Multiply that discovery by the raging hormones that come with the territory, and you have a recipe for one angsty supervillain.

Netflix's Dark Crystal Prequel Show Release Date Confirmed, New Images Revealed

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Netflix's Dark Crystal Prequel Show Release Date Confirmed, New Images Revealed

It's more than two years since Netflix first announced development of a new show based on the classic '80s fantasy movie The Dark Crystal, and we finally know when it will be with us. The streaming giant has confirmed that Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will hit the service on August 30, and a new batch of images has been released.

The images will be instantly recognisable to anyone who has seen the 1982 film, which was written and co-directed by Muppets creator Jim Henson. Director Louis Leterrier told Entertainment Weekly that he was determined to use puppetry to create and animate the characters, rather than the CG you might expect in 2019. The results look very impressive--check them out below.

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will run for 10 episodes. It has a hugely impressive voicecast, which includes Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Jo, Nathalie Emmanuel, Mark Hamill, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, and Alicia Vikander.

Netflix's Aggretsuko Season 2 Premieres The Day After E3 2019, Perfect Timing!

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Death metal anime Aggretsuko has had a full year to rest its vocal cords and seems to be ready to make a return. According to Netflix, the series' second season launches on the streaming platform on June 14, which is the day after E3 2019--the perfect way to unwind from all the excitement of the show.

The news comes via a Twitter exchange between Japanese design company Sanrio (most known for Hello Kitty) and Aggretsuko. The back-and-forth banter concludes with Netflix's NX Twitter account providing the release date announcement and a couple of screens from the new season.

Wait, I think I got it… I’LL CHANNEL MY RAGE WITH THIS FIRST LOOK AT AGGRETSUKO SEASON 2, COMING JUNE 14!

Fallout 76's New Wild Appalachia Patch Out Now

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Fallout 76's latest patch, Wild Appalachia, is finally out for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The patch, approximately 5.5GB on console and a little under 9GB on PC, adds a new Project Paradise event, addresses various bugs regarding C.A.M.P. and challenges, and improves game performance.

The headlining feature of the patch is the introduction of the Project Paradise event. Players will team up with Arktos Pharma to explore labs underneath the building. Traveling to the labs and participating in experiments will result in new loot and experience. But be warned: enemies encountered will be level 50+, so players are encouraged to explore above ground before going below.

Elsewhere, the Wild Appalachia patch addresses a number of bug fixes and performance issues with regards to C.A.M.P., challenges, items, and quests. Two big fixes center around infinite loading after accessing Player Vending Machines and frequent PC crashes. This patch should eliminate both occurrences, effectively stabilizing gameplay.