Black Mirror’s nightmarish social media episode is now a board game

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Black Mirror’s nightmarish social media episode is now a board game

Black Mirror episode “Nosedive,” the harrowing tale of social media-fueled anxiety from the sci-fi show’s third season, is now a board game. It’s also called Nosedive, and challenges players “to create a ‘perfect’ life by collecting Lifestyle Cards, while avoiding any ‘dings’ to their Social Score.”

While that may sound like pure, waking hell, based on how things went in the board game’s namesake episode of the show, Nosedive’s official announcement promises “light social and strategic gameplay that is engaging, interactive and accessible for new players.”

Destiny 2: Black Armory launches Dec. 4, reveal set to happen a week earlier

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Destiny 2: Black Armory launches Dec. 4, reveal set to happen a week earlier

Destiny 2’s Black Armory — the first of three expansions included in the game’s Annual Pass — will launch on Dec. 4, and include a wide variety of mysteries to discover.

While we know the date for Black Armory, Bungie is still being quiet on the details of the expansion itself. In the studio’s weekly blog post, Bungie announced that it’ll release a video preview that will detail Black Armory on Nov. 27, which should help players know what they’re in for.

Should you play Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu or Eevee?

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Should you play Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu or Eevee?

Pokémon: Let’s Go! deviates from Pokémon in some novel ways, sure. But it’s still a Pokémon RPG, which means there are two versions to choose from.

The question a Pokémon lover must ask themselves is less, “Should I play these games?” and more, “Which game should I play?” You may think this is subjective, and it mostly is. But there are solid reasons to pick one instead of the other.

PlayStation is skipping E3 2019

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PlayStation is skipping E3 2019

Sony and the PlayStation brand will not have a presence at E3 2019, a representative for the company confirmed Thursday to Polygon.

“As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community,” Sony said in a statement to Polygon. “PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.”

Overwatch goes free for a week, next week

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Overwatch goes free for a week, next week

Overwatch is going free over the Thanksgiving holiday for players on all platforms. The trial begins Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. PT and ends Monday, Nov. 26 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

The free trial means players get all of the game’s content, plus all 29 heroes — including the newest, Ashe (pictured), who went live just a couple of days ago. All 19 maps and game types are also available. Progress earned in the free weekend will carry over for those who decide to buy Overwatch.

Desert Bus for Hope motors past $5 million raised all-time

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Desert Bus for Hope motors past $5 million raised all-time

Desert Bus for Hope, the absurdist gaming marathon for a good cause now in its 12th year, eclipsed $5 million in money raised, lifetime, yesterday evening.

Organizers LoadingReadyRun also reported the largest single auction bid in the drive’s history, $12,000. So far, this year’s marathon has raised more than $590,000 and has driven Desert Bus, an excruciatingly boring, unreleased minigame for Sega CD, for more than six days nonstop. The proceeds go to Child’s Play, the Penny Arcade philanthropy that gives video games and toys to children’s hospitals nationwide.

Nintendo reaches settlement shutting down ROM hosts for good

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Nintendo reaches settlement shutting down ROM hosts for good

Nintendo and the operators of two ROM sites it sued this summer have reached a proposed settlement, for a sizable amount.

Whether the owners of LoveROMs.com and LoveRETRO.co end up paying Nintendo $12.2 million remains to be seen. A judge has not yet signed the settlement. It’s also possible Nintendo asked for, and the defendants, Jacob and Cristian Mathias of Arizona, agreed to, a large symbolic amount as a deterrent to other ROM hosts; the actual amount changing hands could be much less. The settlement calls for both sides to take care of their own legal fees.

Nintendo Switch eShop has a stellar week, from Pokémon to Civ 6

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Nintendo Switch eShop has a stellar week, from Pokémon to Civ 6

Pokémon: Let’s Go! is one of the stars of Nintendo’s holiday lineup, but for those who aren’t so much into the classic JRPG franchise, there’s plenty else going on this week. Nintendo Switch eShop’s update bring several games with recognizable names, from Sid Meier’s Civilization and Warframe.

The big highlight is Let’s Go!, of course; it’s the first full entry in the mega-series developed exclusively for a console. It has its pros and cons, per our review, but it’s still an excellent Pokémon game worth your attention. Both Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! editions go live on eShop Nov. 16.

Astro’s $199.99 PS4 controller offers ‘Elite’ levels of customization

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Astro’s $199.99 PS4 controller offers ‘Elite’ levels of customization

Gaming hardware maker Astro will release a new controller for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC early next year that promises a high-level of customization, including swappable analog sticks and D-pad modules, programmable buttons, and custom trigger sensitivity. The high-end controller, known as the Astro C40 TR, will come with a premium price: $199.99.

Astro says that the C40 TR was designed “from the ground up with pro gamers and professional tournaments in mind — aspiring pros, hardcore gamers or any gamer who demands more from their gaming equipment.”

Call of Duty ‘swatting’ caller pleads guilty to causing death

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Call of Duty ‘swatting’ caller pleads guilty to causing death

The Call of Duty gamer who ordered a fake “swatting” call that ended up killing a bystander several states away pleaded guilty this week to federal charges related to that incident and numerous other false threats.

Tyler Barriss, 25, of Los Angeles, was accused of placing a call to dispatchers in Wichita, Kansas, on Dec. 27, 2017, claiming to have killed one person and to be holding two others hostage. When police responded to the address Barriss gave them, they confronted Andrew Finch, 28. Police shot Finch dead, saying they believed he was reaching for a weapon. Finch was not armed.