After Fortnite Lawsuits, Forza Horizon 4 Removes Carlton And Floss Dance Emotes

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A new update for Microsoft's racing game Forza Horizon 4 removes the "Carlton" and "Floss" dance emotes, which are similar to the ones that led to lawsuits against Epic over their use in Fortnite. Microsoft quietly removed the dance emotes in the Xbox One and PC game's latest update. The patch notes posted on the Forza website only state that "The 'Carlton' and 'Floss' avatar emotes are no longer available."

Microsoft provided no explanation for why the dance emotes were removed, but it seems likely that the company saw what happened with Fortnite and wanted to avoid legal action being taken against its game. This is only guesswork, and we've contacted Microsoft in an attempt to get more details on why the emotes were removed.

Alfonso Ribeiro, the actor from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, sued Epic Games for using "The Carlton" in Fortnite, while Backpack Kid also sued Epic for using "Floss" in the game. Those cases, which seek to see the game stop using the emotes and pay damages, are ongoing. Epic has also been sued by rapper Terrence Ferguson, who claims Epic stole his Milly Rock dance for Fortnite's "Swipe It" emote.

Double Cross Review - Combat Woes

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Double Cross Review - Combat Woes

There is no shortage of indie 2D platform games out there vying for your attention and money. In order to stand out from the crowd, these games have to try to make themselves unique through visuals, sound, and perhaps most importantly, gameplay. 13 A.M.'s Double Cross does this by mixing a physics platformer with a mild dash of beat-'em-up combat and even a mystery-sleuthing story element. It's an interesting concoction, but sadly, this mix doesn't go down quite as smoothly as you'd hope.

Double Cross has players assuming the role of Zahra, a spunky young lass who works for RIFT, an interdimensional police force. RIFT is in charge of keeping all the various alternate universes out there in check, and Zahra's one of their best up-and-coming agents. When RIFT HQ falls victim to a mysterious attacker, however, Zahra is tasked with combing through multiple dimensions and finding clues to the strange being's identity. This involves some hand-to-hand combat, a bit of evidence collection and investigation, and a lot of swinging about with Zahra's special Proton Slinger.

New Xbox One Games With Gold Now Available

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We're midway through January, which means the second half of this month's free Games with Gold are now available. Through the end of the month, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can grab another pair of titles at no charge on Xbox One and Xbox 360, and they'll be yours to keep and play so long as you have an active subscription.

On the Xbox One side, the off-road racer WRC 6 FIA World Rally Championship is free download from now until February 15. Xbox 360's free game, meanwhile, is Far Cry 2, which is still regarded as one of the best entries in the open-world shooter series. It's up for grabs until January 31, and thanks to backwards compatibility, it's also playable on Xbox One.

On top of those two titles, Gold subscribers still have a little more time to download the poignant 2D platformer Celeste, which is free throughout the entire month of January. Regarded as one of 2018's best games thanks to its challenging gameplay and touching story, Celeste follows a young woman's struggle to reach the top of a mountain. Developer Matt Makes Games also has a free DLC expansion on the horizon for it, making this a good opportunity to experience the game if you haven't yet.

Spider-Man Far From Home Theories: Mysterio Isn't What He Seems And Endgame Connection

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Spider-Man Far From Home Theories: Mysterio Isn't What He Seems And Endgame Connection

The first trailer for this year's Spider-Man: Far From Home is finally here. Although the two-minute long video is labelled as a "teaser"--and just what constitutes a trailer nowadays anyway?--it gave us a pretty good idea of what this movie was about. Of course, you can check out the full breakdown of everything that happening in it to learn more, but that's not why you're here, is it?

I have some burning questions about what's going on in this film, and the only way to satisfy the fire inside is to make up theories about where I think this movie is headed. Basically, I'm going to be talking about Mysterio a whole lot because something isn't sitting right with me. Also, this has to tie into Endgame somehow, right? At times, I use actual evidence to back up my claims, like you should in real life. Other times, I'm shouting craziness into the wind like an old man on a rocking chair hoping someone will look my way.

Regardless of what we were shown in the trailer, there is going to be more to this movie than meets the eye, and that's why I have nine theories about Far From Home, ranging from "plausible" to "what drugs are you taking," and we're kicking things off with the most plausible ones.

Spider-Man: Far From Home's release date is set for July 5.

See Glass For Free Before It Hits Movie Theaters

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If you simply can't wait to see the new M. Night Shyamalan movie Glass, you're in luck! Universal Pictures is giving away tickets to early screenings around the United States on January 16.

Glass is the third part in Shyamalan's trilogy that also includes 2000's Unbreakable and 2016's Split, bringing Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) and David Dunn (Bruce Willis) face-to-face with Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) and his Horde of personalities for the writer/director's take on an epic superhero story. The tale, set largely at a psychiatric hospital housing the three men, also stars Sarah Paulson as Dr. Ellie Stable, a psychiatrist who believes she can treat those that believe they have superhuman abilities.

Notably, the film also sees the return of supporting characters from both previous films, as well. Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard reprise their Unbreakable roles as David's son and Glass's mother, respectively, while Anya Taylor-Joy returns as Casey Cooke, one of the girl's kidnapped by the Horde in Split.

Free Black Ops 4 Blackout Trial Starts This Week

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Treyarch has announced a free trial for Blackout, the battle royale mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The trial will be available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Once you've downloaded the trial, you'll be able to participate in Blackout matches with other players. This trial does not include the full game, so you won't have access to either of Black Ops 4's Multiplayer or Zombies modes. The Blackout trial starts on January 17 and continues to January 24. If you're a fan of Call of Duty's battle royale mode, play on PC, and don't care too much about the other parts of Black Ops 4, there's a $30 version of the game that cuts out Zombies and only includes Blackout and Multiplayer.

Treyarch has also released a new update for Black Ops 4 on Xbox One and PS4. The update adds an improved looting interface in Blackout--a highly requested feature on consoles--which replaces the movable pointer. On PS4, Gauntlets and new Elixirs have been added to Zombies as well. These additions are scheduled to come to Xbox One and PC at a later date.

Battlefield 5 Update Out Now, Here Are The Patch Notes

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Battlefield V's second free DLC expansion is now available. Developer DICE has rolled out the first wave of Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes content on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, bringing a new mode, weapons, and gameplay fixes to the World War II shooter, with even more content on the way over the next few weeks.

Headlining this week's additions is Squad Conquest, a new mode described as "a tighter and more intense version of Conquest." Here, 16 players divided up into two teams of eight must battle it out on smaller versions of the Arras, Rotterdam, and Hamada maps, each of which features "more tactical layouts." As DICE explains, "A core belief behind Squad Conquest is a restricted number of variables to allow strategy to be able to exist--you have to be able to predict player behavior and patterns, which is reflected in all three map layouts."

Additionally, the developer has added several new weapons to the game: the Zk-383 SMG (Medic class), Modele 1944 semi-automatic rifle (Assault class), and M1922 MMG (Support class). These can be unlocked by completing the Weekly Challenges in January and February. A new vehicle, the Tank Hunter, is also on the way as part of Chapter 2.