All the weirdest stuff we’ve heard about in Crusader Kings 3

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All the weirdest stuff we’ve heard about in Crusader Kings 3

Crusader Kings 3 is a complex strategy role-playing game set in the feudal world, one that lets players indulge in high drama on a massive scale. More importantly: Crusader Kings 3 makes some real weird shit happen.

Paradox Interactive’s latest grand strategy game has dozens of interwoven systems that all contribute to the fun. The most integral is a reputation system. Every character in the game world — and there are thousands of them — has an opinion of every other character. But there are also scripted events, which can hijack even the most stable relationships and turn the entire game on its head.

PS5 pre-orders might not arrive on time, Amazon warns

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PS5 pre-orders might not arrive on time, Amazon warns

Securing a PlayStation 5 pre-order has proven tricky over the last few days, as nearly every retailer seems to sell out of their stock the second it goes up. Amazon appeared to be a good bet for many PS5 hopefuls, but now, anyone who got a pre-order from the retail giant might want to think about backup options — at least, if they want their console to arrive on Nov. 12, the PS5’s U.S. release date.

An email from Amazon to numerous pre-order customers warns that the console might not show up on launch day. Sent Friday afternoon, the message — which was received by some Polygon employees with existing PS5 pre-orders — says that “you may not receive this item on the day it is released due to high demand. We’ll make every effort to get the item to you as soon as possible once released.”

Internet pours one out for Super Mario 64’s ‘Gay Bowser,’ who is dead now

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Internet pours one out for Super Mario 64’s ‘Gay Bowser,’ who is dead now

Every Bowser level in Super Mario 64 ends in a boss battle where you fling the giant Koopa onto spikes for massive damage. During this heroic act, it sounds like Mario says, “So long, gay Bowser” — but that iconic misheard line is no longer present in the version of the game that appears in Super Mario 3D All-Stars on Nintendo Switch.

To be clear, Mario never actually calls Bowser gay. Most people know that the actual line is likely “so long, King Bowser.” But nobody really cares, because it’s funnier to imagine that the Nintendo 64 compression isn’t mangling Charles Martinet’s voice acting. There is a lot of fan nostalgia and love for the “gay Bowser” line that it’s pretty much a meme. This might explain why everyone seemed to recoil in horror and disappointment when Nintendo shared new Super Mario 64 footage on social media hailing from its new collection. Here, Mario can be heard saying “buh-bye!” instead:

How to watch the 2020 Game Devs of Color Expo

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How to watch the 2020 Game Devs of Color Expo

Since 2016, the Game Devs of Color Expo has been a celebration and showcase of the work of game developers who are Black, Latinx, or from other marginalized racial backgrounds. For 2020, the annual convention has moved online, with new game announcements, panels, playable demos, and even a Steam sale. Here’s how to watch or attend — or watch and attend — Game Devs of Color Expo 2020.

The folks behind GDoCExpo kicked off the weekend with an Indie Games Showcase on YouTube, which you can watch above. The GDoCExpo Direct puts a bunch of trailers and announcements from featured developers in one place.

PS5 works with ‘99 percent’ of PS4 games Sony has tested, PlayStation CEO says

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PS5 works with ‘99 percent’ of PS4 games Sony has tested, PlayStation CEO says

Sony revealed the most important details about the PlayStation 5 — its price and release dates — during Wednesday’s PlayStation 5 Showcase. But one thing the company didn’t discuss at all is backward compatibility, which is perhaps the biggest remaining question mark about the PS5.

We got a tiny update from PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan this week, courtesy of an interview with the Washington Post. Ryan said that out of the thousands of PlayStation 4 games that Sony has so far tested with the PS5, “99 percent” are compatible with the next-gen console.

Bungie is overhauling how Ghosts work in Destiny 2

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Bungie is overhauling how Ghosts work in Destiny 2

In its latest weekly blog post, Bungie revealed a complete overhaul for its Ghost system coming in Destiny 2: Beyond Light. Players will finally get to choose their Ghost by its look, not the baked-in perks it comes with. Instead, players will be able to customize their Ghost with mods, similarly to the Armor 2.0 system added last year.

In Destiny 2, Ghosts are the little robots that resurrect characters when they die, and the angel on the Guardian’s shoulder that does most of the talking for them. Currently, players can get different shells for their Ghost, customizing the way it looks and offering their character bonus perks, like tracking chests on a specific planet.

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge exclusive merch won’t require a trip to the park

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Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge exclusive merch won’t require a trip to the park

One of the big draws of the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge theme park has always been its exclusive merchandise.

Sure it’s exciting to explore Batuu and bump into Kylo or Rey, but scoring your own remote control droid or getting your hands on Obi-Wan’s lightsaber used to be something you could only do inside the park. iO9 revealed on Friday that many of the exclusive items sold at Galaxy’s Edge will be going onto the ShopDisney website starting Sept. 28.

Cyberpunk 2077’s minimum PC specs revealed by CD Projeckt Red

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Cyberpunk 2077’s minimum PC specs revealed by CD Projeckt Red

CD Projekt Red has finally revealed what kind of technical specifications you’ll need to run Cyberpunk 2077 on PC.

The game’s minimum specs aren’t actually too punishing, so it seems like you’ll be able to at least play the game at its lowest settings with a pretty moderate set up. However, if you want to reach the recommended specs, or bump things all the way up to maximum settings, you might need and upgrade or two for you PC.

Fortnite Save the World unplayable on Mac after next patch

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Fortnite Save the World unplayable on Mac after next patch

Fortnite’s Save the World mode — the one that got the whole game started, remember? — will no longer be available to Mac players, another consequence of Epic Games and Apple’s brawl over access to the App Store.

A post from Epic Games on Friday morning said that Fortnite’s version 14.20 release, which has yet to roll out, will cause bugs for Mac users on version 13.40. With Apple now preventing Epic from patching its games on MacOS, that means Save the World will be broken once the next update rolls.

No Man’s Sky’s next big update is called Origins and it’s coming out next week

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No Man’s Sky’s next big update is called Origins and it’s coming out next week

No Man’s Sky has had several small but important updates this year, and another one is on the way next week. This latest update will be called Origins, and according to developer Hello Games, it’s “the beginning of something new.”

While the developer revealed very little about this new update outside of its name and that it will be released next week, there are a few clues. For one thing, Hello Games briefly compares the Origins update to the game’s earlier Foundation and Beyond updates, which helped reshape the game and adds huge new features. There’s no way to know if Origins will really be that big, but it certainly seems important.