2018's Gaming Hall Of Fame Recipient Is Halo, Xbox Boss Bonnie Ross

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The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has announced that Bonnie Ross, a 24-year Microsoft veteran perhaps best known for her work on Halo, will be inducted into the group's Hall of Fame. She joins an esteemed group of game developers, including 2017's recipient, Bethesda's Todd Howard, along with Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, Metal Gear designer Hideo Kojima, and Valve founder Gabe Newell, among others. Ross will be the first woman in the AIAS Hall of Fame.

"It is thanks to Bonnie's vision and drive for combining art and technology that has allowed the Halo universe to flourish within so many different mediums and platforms," AIAS president Meggan Scavio said in a statement. "That along with her deep passion to expand diversity in gaming and encourage STEM education amongst women as well as all young people is truly inspirational. Her positive legacy and leadership have helped advance interactive entertainment and will impact game makers and aspiring game makers for generations to come."

Xbox boss Phil Spencer will present Ross with the Hall of Fame award at the 22nd DICE Awards ceremony on February 13, 2019 in Las Vegas.

New Legendary Pokemon Available Now In Pokemon Go

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A new Legendary Pokemon has arrived in Pokemon Go. Heatran, another rare monster originally from the series' fourth-generation titles, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, has begun appearing in Raid Battles around the world following Cresselia's departure, and it'll remain as a Raid boss until January 15.

As usual, in order to catch Heatran, you'll first need to visit a Gym where a Heatran Raid is taking place, then team up with other players to battle the Legendary Pokemon. Once Heatran has been defeated, you'll be rewarded with a handful of Premiere Balls along with an opportunity to capture the Legendary.

Heatran is unique in that it is the only Fire- and Steel-type Pokemon in the entire series. This type combination gives it a resistance to Dragon and Psychic attacks, but it also makes the Pokemon very susceptible to Ground-types like Rhyperior and Groudon. Water and Fighting Pokemon such as Kyogre, Swampert, and Machamp will also be effective against the Legendary.

Destiny 2 Just Resurrected A Dead Character And It Could Change Everything In The Story

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Story has never been the strong suit of the Destiny games, but things have gotten pretty interesting with Forsaken, Destiny 2's big expansion for its second year. Rather than drop everything in one big story campaign players ran through, Bungie has slowly been dropping new story tidbits with each week. Many of these specifically relate to the Dreaming City, Forsaken's big endgame area and the home of the race known as the Awoken, and the Curse, a strange phenomenon that's keeping the place in a three-week time loop.

This week saw a new cutscene that suggests a very big twist for the story--one that likely has serious implications for Destiny 2's story going forward. The trouble is, it's in a weird place and is easy to miss. Here's where to find the new story cutscene in the Dreaming City, and what it all means. You can also watch it above.

Warning: Spoilers beyond this point!

Don't Miss This Free PC Game On Steam

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Don't Miss This Free PC Game On Steam

Everyone with a gaming PC and an appreciation for 4X and real-time strategy games should head to Steam now. That's because you can download Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion for free, with no strings attached, between now and December 19. It's a great deal, considering the game normally sells for $40. Get your copy here.

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion is a standalone expansion that originally launched in 2012. In it, you control a growing number of galactic civilizations. Your job is to assemble battle fleets and sail through space, colonizing planets and asteroids, collecting resources, and either making nice or going to war with alien species.

In GameSpot's 8.5/10 Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion review, Brett Todd wrote, "Rebellion puts a nice capper on the Sins of a Solar Empire franchise. While this is an excellent game, with loads of new options and an incredible amount of tactical depth, it does show the age of the series. It's hard to imagine the Sins games progressing without a more serious overhaul to move the next release into full-blown sequel territory. Until that game launches, however, you can get your space-empire fix from this outstanding stand-alone expansion, which contains enough ways to conquer a galaxy to tide you over for a very long time."

Spider-Man: Far From Home: Everything We Know About The 2019 Marvel Movie

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Spider-Man: Far From Home: Everything We Know About The 2019 Marvel Movie


Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame aren't the only major MCU releases slated for 2019--we've also got more Spider-Man well on the way with the sequel to Homecoming, Far From Home, swinging into theaters next July.

Details on the movie are still pretty scarce, though last weekend's ComicCon Experience in Brazil offered fans some details care of a panel with stars Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal--so we do have some info to work with as we patiently wait for our first teasers, trailers, and posters.

We've rounded up a list of everything we know about Spider-Man: Far From Home, including the returning cast, scheduled release, and mysterious plot details that have managed to make it out into the wild. If you want to learn more about 2019 movies that we're excited to see, check out our everything we know galleries about Godzilla: King of Monsters, Captain Marvel, Shazam, Wonder Woman 84, Star Wars: Episode IX, Toy Story 4, and Game of Thrones Season 8.

Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame aren't the only major MCU releases slated for 2019--we've also got more Spider-Man well on the way with the sequel to Homecoming, Far From Home, swinging into theaters next July.

14 Days Of Fortnite Event Starts Tomorrow, Features New Challenges, Rewards, And Modes

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Fortnite's 7.10 update is now live on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile. While it doesn't include the previously teased Driftboard vehicle, it does make an assortment of weapon and balance tweaks. The highlight of this week's update, however, is 14 Days of Fortnite, a new limited-time event that features new and returning LTMs, challenges, and more.

14 Days of Fortnite kicks off on December 19. As its name suggests, the event will run for two weeks, during which time players will be able to participate in new and returning limited-time modes. Epic says that "large team modes" will rotate every 48 hours, while "small team modes" will change every 24.

In addition to the LTMs, Epic will offer new challenges to complete during the 14 Days of Fortnite event, along with new rewards to unlock. The developer hasn't announced what these rewards are just yet, but we'll have guides on how to complete the challenges once they're live.

Free Destiny 2 In-Game Items Out Now For Some Forsaken Owners

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Free Destiny 2 In-Game Items Out Now For Some Forsaken Owners

Die-hard Destiny 2 players who log in for today's weekly reset will have something nice waiting for them: a batch of in-game items called the Veteran of the Hunt bundle. It's Bungie's way of saying thank you to early adopters of the Forsaken expansion, something the developer announced back in October.

The Veteran of the Hunt bundle is free to everyone who played Forsaken between its launch on September 4 and October 16. The bundle includes two Exotic emotes--one which mimics Petra Venj's knife-throwing animation, and another in which you do the Drifter's coin-flip move. It also has an unique Veteran of the Hunt emblem (which has changed since Bungie first announced it), and a handful of consumables, including Fireteam Medallions, Finest Matterweaves (which cause Enhancement Cores to drop from bosses), and Crucible and Vanguard Boons.

Bungie announced back in October that it was grouping Forsaken with Destiny 2's two previous expansions, Curse of Osiris and Warmind. Some players struggled after returning to Destiny 2 for Forsaken, but having skipped the previous two smaller DLC offerings. That meant those players weren't able to play the new content they'd paid for, since Forsaken requires the previous two installments as well.