Animal Crossing turnip traders have something new to fear: sea robbery

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Animal Crossing turnip traders have something new to fear: sea robbery

The first time I invited strangers to my Animal Crossing: New Horizons island, I created a large, fenced-off area to keep mischievous strangers out of my flower fields and fruit orchards. I’d heard the horror stories, of trampled flowers and ransacked islands, so I painstakingly created a pathway from the airport to Nook’s Cranny — a pain in the ass considering how far my Nook’s Cranny is from the airport.

I’d been burned before in the Stalk Market, but mostly by my own mistakes. The damage an internet stranger could do to my digital island is minimal, all things considered, but I’d spent dozens of hours on this place. It wasn’t a big enough risk to not post my Dodo code publicly on Twitter — I made a lot Bells that day — but it was a risk, indeed.

God of War has been adapted into a children’s book (for adults)

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God of War has been adapted into a children’s book (for adults)

The story of 2018’s God of War is being retold in adorable storybook form with God of War: B is For Boy, a forthcoming adaptation that transforms the PlayStation 4 action-adventure into a way to learn your ABCs. Unlike Kratos and Atreus’ video game adventure, God of War: B is For Boy is mostly safe for kids — there don’t appear to be any beheadings or visible gore, but there is some slightly salty language.

God of War: B is For Boy will be published by Insight Editions — publisher of things like official cookbooks for Fallout and Overwatch — and will be released on Sept. 1.

Call of Duty players love this ‘toxic’ gameplay montage, hate the gameplay

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Call of Duty players love this ‘toxic’ gameplay montage, hate the gameplay

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone subreddits usually have some pretty good clips — videos of players denying access to the sweet new bunker, helping out random friends, or just refusing to give up. But a new clip on the Modern Warfare subreddit marks the end of all Call of Duty montages; it cannot and will not get better than this.

On July 5, user Gorrick1 posted a minute-long montage of their own exploits using a self-described “toxic” loadout: the dual .357 revolvers with their Snake Shot shotgun attachments and the Model 680 shotgun. The video (embedded below) depicts Gorrick1 using this loadout to decimate players across a variety of maps.

Pokémon Go is breaking records despite coronavirus limitations

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Pokémon Go is breaking records despite coronavirus limitations

You’d think that a video game predicated on getting out there and going places might take a nosedive in 2020, when coronavirus is forcing the world to stay indoors and socially distance, but no. According to a new report, Pokémon Go is doing incredibly well right now.

Mobile app tracker Sensor Tower said Monday that players have spent more in Pokémon Go (an estimate $445 million) in the first half of 2020 than in the same timeframe in previous years — including the game’s first year, when Pokémon Go basically took over the world.

Rian Johnson directed a cute commercial for Pokémon Go Fest 2020

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Rian Johnson directed a cute commercial for Pokémon Go Fest 2020

Pokémon Go Fest 2020 is on the way, and this year is set to be an exclusively online event with special research tasks, competitions, and more. The festivities will be accompanied by a commercial directed by Rian Johnson, director of The Last Jedi and Knives Out, because sure, why not?

This commercial celebrates Pokémon Go Fest and Pokémon Go itself, as the mobile game hits its 4 year anniversary.

Shadow Warrior 3’s first teaser spares us further Wang jokes

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Shadow Warrior 3’s first teaser spares us further Wang jokes

The first teaser trailer for Shadow Warrior 3 is built on a pretty good gag: The game’s protagonist, Lo Wang, is contractually obligated to film said teaser for developer Flying Wild Hog and publisher Devolver Digital, but seems genuinely enthusiastic to show off the sequel’s new stuff, like a grappling hook, and kill things.

Thankfully, there are no tired, ripped-from-1997 “Who wants some Wang?” attempts at humor here. It appears that veteran anime voice actor Jason Liebrecht will return to voice Lo Wang.

The Last of Us 2 dev Naughty Dog condemns harassment, death threats

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The Last of Us 2 dev Naughty Dog condemns harassment, death threats

The Last of Us Part 2 has been so fraught with controversy since its release date that the developers and talent behind the game have been targeted and threatened over it. Over the weekend, co-director Neil Druckmann shared a small snippet of awful messages he’s gotten about the game.

In response to all the nastiness, Naughty Dog released a statement condemning the “harassment or threats directed toward our team and cast.” The message reads, “their safety is our top priority, but we must all work together to root out this type of behavior and maintain a constructive and compassionate discourse.”

Xbox Series X Games Showcase slated for July 23

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Xbox Series X Games Showcase slated for July 23

Microsoft will reveal new details about the Xbox Series X and its lineup of next-generation games on July 23, the company announced on Monday. Microsoft didn’t offer any additional clues about what to expect, but we know from previous announcements that July’s Xbox Game Showcase will focus on first-party games from Xbox Game Studios.

That likely means a more in-depth look at Halo Infinite, the next game from 343 Industries that was first announced in 2018 at E3, and was recently teased by Microsoft. Halo Infinite, an Xbox Series X launch title, is said to be a “spiritual reboot” for the venerable Halo franchise.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla footage appears to have leaked

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla footage appears to have leaked

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla developer Ubisoft has issued multiple copyright claims to take down leaked footage of its next-generation game.

Thirty minutes of gameplay, reportedly from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, was uploaded to YouTube over the weekend. Videos were quickly taken offline, but mirrors are still available. The footage, which is labeled “work in progress” begins with the main character, Eivor, riding a horse through a village, on a mission called “A Fury from the Sea.” This leads into a boat-based assault on “Burgh Castle” — showcasing both land and sea combat. The video ends with a brief look at the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla menus, particularly the skill tree and inventory slots.