Facebook Facing Criticism Over New "Friendly Fraud" Info Involving Games Revealed

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Facebook reportedly allowed developers to obscure real-money transactions, while profiting millions from minors who made purchases without permission from their parents.

CBS News reports that just-released documents from a 2012 lawsuit show that Facebook was aware of the problem of kids making purchases through its games and apps without their parents' consent. In part, the suit alleges, this was because Facebook allowed developers to obscure the transactions in which a credit card would be charged.

The suit was filed by Glynnis Bohannan, whose 12-year-old son racked up almost $1,000 playing Ninja Saga. When she discovered the charges and asked her son about them, he showed her that the stack of in-game currency would blink when it depleted, and he would click to make the coins replenish--all without any indication that it was charging real money.

New PUBG Teaser Lets Everyone In On The Vikendi Map's Biggest Secret

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PUBG Corp. has released a new trailer for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds that teases a location on the game's new Vikendi map. The location is a secret cave that's hidden on the snow map.

Players discovered the secret location a few days ago, according to VG247, after Patch 25 went live on PUBG's PC Test Server. The mysterious spot is difficult to find, and this new trailer is the first time PUBG Corp. has even acknowledged that it exists. The cave is hidden inside some rock formations between Peshkova and Podvosta; it's located west of the former and northeast of the latter. You can only find it on the PC Test Server for now.

To enter the cave, you'll have to use explosives or a rapidly moving vehicle and strike a specific spot, which will cause the illusionary wall to fall away. If you happen to find the cave, your efforts will be rewarded with the discovery of several airdrop loot crates, which are typically filled with the rarest, most powerful weapons and gear you can find in PUBG.

Surprise PS4 Game Sale On PSN Includes Some Great Deals

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We may not have gotten a new assortment of PSN deals on Tuesday, but Sony has made up for it by kicking off another surprise sale in the US PlayStation Store. The PS Essentials sale is underway until February 5, offering some enticing deals on dozens of recent and popular PS4, PS3, and Vita games. And if you're a PS Plus member, you'll save an additional percentage off on all of the discounted items.

The sale encompasses some of 2018's biggest PS4 releases. Sony Santa Monica's critically acclaimed God of War reboot is on sale for $26 ($28 without PS Plus), and the special edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 is discounted to $60. Both Battlefield V and Destiny 2's well-received Forsaken expansion are $30 apiece, while Hitman 2 is $36. Just Cause 4 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider are also on sale; the former is $42, while the latter is $30.

If sports games are more your speed, the latest entries in many of EA's most popular sports franchises are on sale. Both FIFA 19 and NHL 19 are down to $24 each. NBA Live 19: The One Edition is $10, while UFC 3 is $24. PS Plus members can also get the intense off-road racing game Onrush for $12.

Resident Evil 2 Guide: Where To Find All The Weapon Upgrades

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Resident Evil 2 Guide: Where To Find All The Weapon Upgrades

Evening The Odds

Resident Evil 2 doesn't pull any punches when it comes to its survival horror experience. Whether it's finding yourself trapped in the enclosed and dark halls of the police station with numerous zombies in front of you or encountering mutated beasts that surprise you when you least expect it, Capcom's survival horror game goes out of its way to make you feel overwhelmed and in a constant state of dread. However, there's still plenty of resources and tools to help you even the odds ever slightly.

In this feature, we've rounded up all of the game's weapon upgrades to ensure you don't miss any while surviving in Raccoon City. Though each protagonist experiences their own course of events, the locations for their respective weapon upgrades are similar, which slightly lessens the hassle of tracking down these valuable enhancements. Here's how to find all the weapon upgrades in Resident Evil 2.

For more info on Resident Evil 2, including our Beginner's Guide and story breakdown, be sure to stick with GameSpot.

A Surprise Title Beats Fortnite As Twitter's Most Talked-About Game In 2018

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Twitter has announced the top tweeted about games in 2018, and surprisingly it's not Fortnite. Despite the battle royale game's popularity, Fortnite came in second behind Fate/Grand Order.

In a blog post, Twitter detailed the top gaming topics for last year. Outside of Fate/Grand Order and Fortnite, the list of most tweeted about games include Splatoon, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Super Smash Bros., and Overwatch. Japan was the region that tweeted about gaming the most, beating out the US and UK, which might explain how a mobile title was able to beat out 2018's most Google-searched title.

Be sure to take this data with a grain of salt, as Twitter's blog seems to suggest game tweets were ranked by tags, such as "@FortniteGame" instead of "Fortnite." Considering the former is longer than the latter and Twitter is a platform where every letter counts, it's likely more people referred to the battle royale game by its name only and not by its full tag. So these results could be skewed.

Metro Exodus PC Specs Have Been Revealed

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4A Games has released the PC specs for Metro Exodus, the upcoming third entry to the studio's Metro series. The developer outlines the exact requirements your machine will need to meet in order to achieve minimum, recommended, high, or extreme performance.

Metro Exodus minimum graphical requirements are a tad higher than what you'd see in most games, running at an average performance of 30fps at 1080p. But the game will run on an Intel Core i5 processor and you don't need a Windows 10 OS. The same cannot be said for recommended performance or higher. To get 60fps or anything higher than 1080p, you'll need Windows 10 and your PC will need to at least be running on an Intel Core i7 processor.

The full list of specs for each level of performance are listed below, and can also be seen in a comparison chart on Metro Exodus' main website.

Where Is Xur? Destiny 2 Location And Exotic Weapons Guide (Jan. 25-29)

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Where Is Xur? Destiny 2 Location And Exotic Weapons Guide (Jan. 25-29)

Another weekend arrives in Destiny 2, and with it, the Agent of the Nine and his bag of Exotic weapons and armor. Xur is back in the solar system, ready to sell cool items from Destiny 2's Year One to help you grab anything you're missing from the time before Forsaken.

You'll find Xur this week on Titan, in The Rig region. From the transmat point where you start in the area, head east and to the north edge, to check a small outbuilding near the edge of the platform.

As is always the case, Xur offers a small group of random Exotic weapons and armor: One Exotic gun, and one piece of Exotic armor for each character class. The gun this week is Crimson, a phenomenal hand cannon that's awesome in the Crucible, as well as everywhere else. It fires three-round bursts like a pulse rifle, but with the same power a hand cannon usually carries. Landing kills with Crimson also heals you, as if you were a vampire, and precision kills refill the gun's magazine. Crimson is a pretty devastatingly great gun, and if you don't already have it, you should get it.

Red Dead 2 Online: Free Gold Bars This Weekend Along With New Improvements

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Red Dead Redemption 2's online mode is getting some significant improvements today, alongside freebies for those who log in and play this weekend. Red Dead Online is getting tweaks to its matchmaking in the battle royale mode Gun Rush.

According to the announcement from Rockstar, it's rolling out some minor improvements to Gun Rush matchmaking immediately, with long-term plans in the works as well. For now, the tweaks are aimed at generating fuller lobbies, and the studio promises more ambitious title updates to further address the slim lobbies issue in the future. It has also opened a dedicated Feedback section to Gun Rush suggestions.

To encourage players to give Gun Rush another go, Rockstar will be giving five Gold Bars to anyone who logs on this weekend, January 25-27. The reward will be delivered by Tuesday, January 29.