Rocket League Review Bombed After Epic Acquisition Announced; Steam Steps In

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The popular competitive esport Rocket League has become the latest victim of review bombing, following news that developer Psyonix is being acquired by Epic Games. Concerns that the acquisition would mean the game will be pulled from Steam led to a flurry of negative reviews on the platform, before Steam's new anti-bombing tool was deployed to stop it.

Steam reviews recently dipped from "Very Positive" down to "Mixed." That prompted Steam to implement its tool that excludes periods of "off-topic review activity" from the aggregate score. The negative reviews are still visible, and they almost universally reference the Epic acquisition, but they're no longer counted in the average.

Concerns about the game's exclusivity stemmed from a statement (via The Verge) that mentioned the game will be coming to the Epic Games Store later this year. It said "in the meantime" it will still be available for purchase on Steam, and that "thereafter" it will continue to be supported--reportedly through the release of patches and DLC.

Star Wars Day 2019: Best Deals On Star Wars Games, Movies, Lego Sets, And More

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Star Wars Day 2019: Best Deals On Star Wars Games, Movies, Lego Sets, And More

In the age of social media, there are a lot of unofficial, hashtag-driven "holidays" that exist these days, but few are as long-standing or beloved as May 4, the day Star Wars fans have an excuse to tell each other "May the Fourth be with you" and chuckle at the pun. Fun fact: The phrase is believed to date back to 1979, the two-year anniversary of the original Star Wars hitting theaters, and incidentally the same day Margaret Thatcher officially took office as Prime Minister of the UK. To celebrate the dual occasion, the British Conservative Party published an ad in the paper that day declaring, "May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations."

Ever since, May 4 has become known as Star Wars Day, an annual celebration of Star Wars for fans all over the world. And as with other pop culture holidays (like Mario Day on March 10), online retailers are taking the opportunity to sell their best Star Wars merch at a discount. To make it easier for you, we've rounded up some of the best Star Wars Day sales happening this weekend and highlighted some specific products that caught our eye. Whether you're shopping for yourself or have someone in mind who'd enjoy a Star Wars gift, there are so many discounts floating around, you're sure to find what you need.

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Just Look At These Absurd Godzilla-Themed Xbox One Consoles

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Just Look At These Absurd Godzilla-Themed Xbox One Consoles

If you like your consoles extremely textured and spiky, you're in luck: Microsoft has announced a promotion for the upcoming film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, with four custom-themed Xbox One X consoles as the prizes. Each one is modeled after an iconic creature from Godzilla lore, including the King of the Monsters itself.

You can enter the sweepstakes by retweeting the promotional Xbox tweet by June 7. You have to be age 14 or over, and minors need a parent or guardian's permission. If you win you'll be notified via Twitter direct message. Four winners will get one of the specialized Xbox One X consoles.

Those consoles are modeled after Mothra, Rodan, Ghidorah, and of course, Godzilla. The film, which releases on May 31, refers to this collection of monsters as "Titans" and has them brawl for monster supremacy. It's directed by Michael Dougherty and stars Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Vera Farmiga (The Departed), and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones).

Can You Name All 20 Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Maps?

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Can You Name All 20 Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Maps?

Call of Duty is one of the biggest video game series around. Black Ops 4's popularity is still going strong, even with the next Call of Duty game on the horizon. And although the series was huge from the very beginning, it owes a decent proportion of its success to the groundbreaking game that was Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

CoD4's multiplayer modes completely changed the series--and the shooter genre--and its popularity continued into the sequels Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3. If rumors are to be believed, the next Call of Duty will be Modern Warfare 4 and will no doubt leverage the franchise's legacy. But how much can you remember of the first game in the subseries?

To test your knowledge, we're asking you to name all 20 of the game's multiplayer maps, just by glancing at images of their respective loading screens. We've also given you the teams that fight on the map in question to help you out. However, you've only got five minutes, so you'll need to be quick. Let us know your score in the comments below, and be sure to share the quiz with your friends and family to see who has the superior gaming knowledge. For more quizzes, check out our previous brain-teasers below.

ThinkGeek Is Practically Giving Away Everything On Clearance In 24-Hour Flash Sale

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ThinkGeek Is Practically Giving Away Everything On Clearance In 24-Hour Flash Sale

May is finally here, and ThinkGeek is ready to do some spring cleaning on its clearance section. To kick off the new month, the digital store is offering 75% off all clearance items, plus an additional 25% off all items in your cart. That 25% off discount applies both to full-price items and clearance items that have already been slashed by 75%. In case you don't feel like doing the math, that's a full 81% off clearance items that are already on sale.

Some important information: This sale only runs for 24 hours, so you'll want to grab whatever you're interested in buying between now and 9 PM PT on May 1 (12 AM ET on May 2). Once you add things to your cart, you'll see the discount automatically applied--no coupon code needed.

If you're not familiar with ThinkGeek, the retailer is one of the top online places to get officially licensed merchandise and collectibles from practically any fandom or interest, from Star Wars and Game of Thrones to Pokemon, Borderlands, Dungeons & Dragons, and many, many more. ThinkGeek's stuff tends to be reasonably priced in general, but with this sale, you're getting multiple stacked discounts that make these items more affordable than ever.

How Much Money Avengers Cast Makes From Marvel Movies Revealed In New Report

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Marvel's superhero movies are some of the biggest films ever. The latest one, Avengers: Endgame, has already made more than $1.3 billion after less than a week in theatres. Now, a report report reveals how much money Disney/Marvel pays the franchise's biggest stars.

Starting with the biggest payday, Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. earned $75 million from 2018's Avengers: Infinity War alone, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This was the result of a unique deal he made with Marvel boss Kevin Feige that gives the actor "backend" on the Avengers movies. A backend deal means an actor gets a percentage of box office grosses.

Infinity War was a massive commercial success, making $2.048 billion at the box office. Downey Jr.'s reported $75 million from that movie is likely tied to that huge performance.

Oculus Rift S and Quest Will Launch Next Month, Pre-Orders Are Open

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Oculus Rift S and Quest Will Launch Next Month, Pre-Orders Are Open

Last month, Oculus revealed that its next step in VR gaming would be a two-pronged approach: a revision of its original headset with the Rift S and a standalone headset in the Quest. Specs and features had been detailed alongside a Spring 2019 release window and a $400 USD price tag for each package. Now, Oculus has announced that both will launch simultaneously on May 21--pre-orders for Rift S and Quest are now open as well.

The Rift S makes several improvements over the original Rift, a platform that has been out since March 2016. First off, the Rift S has an increased resolution; it'll display 1280x1440 per eye, 2560x1440 in total, although it now displays in 80Hz (down from 90Hz). Another addition is integrated audio on the headset and a more comfortable, secure headstrap. The biggest feature, however, is the company's new inside-out tracking technology called Oculus Insight. This negates the need for external motion sensors since there are five built into the headset, capable of full positional tracking.