Rockstar responds to blowback over Red Dead Redemption 2 team’s ‘100-hour’ work weeks

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Rockstar responds to blowback over Red Dead Redemption 2 team’s ‘100-hour’ work weeks

Rockstar Games renewed the ongoing conversation of game industry crunch after co-founder Dan Houser suggested in a New York Magazine interview that the development team worked multiple 100-hour weeks on Red Dead Redemption 2. In response to the backlash, Houser sought to clarify his comments, although those concerned about crunch at the studio may not be satisfied.

New York Magazine’s story about the making of Rockstar’s new Red Dead noted that writing and edits on the game’s script were “immense,” with Houser explaining, “We were working 100-hour weeks” earlier this year.

In-game tournaments are coming to Fortnite

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In-game tournaments are coming to Fortnite

Epic Games has always said that Fortnite players would have a way to take on the pros, and with the newly announced in-game tournament system, it looks like that’s finally here.

The in-game tournaments, which were announced this afternoon, will be added to the game in patch v6.10 and open to every single Fortnite player, regardless of platform or control scheme. That means players using a mouse and keyboard or controller or even touch device will all be pit against one another during the events. Each tournament will task players with reaching a certain score threshold, which can be done either through placing high in matches or eliminations.

Pokémon cards go highbrow with The Scream collection

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Pokémon cards go highbrow with The Scream collection

Pokémon is art in the same way that a sandwich — or an arrangement of stuff on your desk, or a urinal — is art. That is to say, of course the monster-collecting phenomenon is art, a truth made clearer thanks to a collaboration between the Pokémon Center and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, inspired by the classic painting The Scream.

A line of Pokémon trading cards will soon be available at both the museum and the storefront, each one featuring a Pokémon mimicking the classic pose from Edvard Munch’s painting. The first card in the set, based on Mimikyu, goes on sale Oct. 27; the whole set will be available through Jan. 20, 2019. Not only is this collection inspired, but it’s also surprisingly similar to the style and color palette of Munch’s most famous work.

Destiny 2 glitch suggests a return to a familiar location

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Destiny 2 glitch suggests a return to a familiar location

Over the past week, players have been reporting a new and exciting bug in the world of Destiny 2. While the game has been known to have glitches here and there, this particular bug is more interesting than most. Players have found that the game will occasionally get confused, and set them on a loading screen that appears to be for Oryx’s Dreadnaught — the primary location in Destiny: The Taken King, which is not a playable location in Destiny 2.

The new Dreadnaught loading screen appears to be slightly different from its Destiny counterpart, and has been updated with more modern graphics. This glitch — along with the Dreadnaught music that can be found in Destiny 2’s files — suggests that players could be returning to Oryx’s Dreadnaught soon.

Diablo 3 is getting its own Nintendo Switch bundle

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Diablo 3 is getting its own Nintendo Switch bundle

Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo 3: Eternal Collection is coming to Nintendo Switch on Nov. 2. To commemorate the launch of that game, Nintendo and Blizzard have teamed up for a Switch hardware bundle that, in the United States at least, will be exclusive to GameStop.

The Diablo 3: Eternal Collection Switch bundle includes a download code for the game, a Diablo-themed carrying case and the console, with Diablo artwork on the system and its dock, for $359.99. Essentially, you’re getting a free carrying case and some devilish detailing on the system as part of the bundle.

Star Citizen’s latest promise rakes in almost a million dollars

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Star Citizen’s latest promise rakes in almost a million dollars

How much was that Star Citizen trailer this week worth? Nearly a million dollars.

Donations to the crowd-funded space combat video game, which has been in development since 2012, spiked on Wednesday, the day Cloud Imperium Games issued a three-minute trailer for Squadron 42 from CitizenCon 2018. Roberts Space Industries (the parent company) reported $379,254 taken in on Oct. 10, plus another $600,000 over the next three days combined.

PS4 message hack allegedly bricks the console

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PS4 message hack allegedly bricks the console

PlayStation 4 users are saying a text-message exploit is bricking their consoles, requiring a factory reset to get the unit working again.

Though numerous users have said they’ve been hit, the attack isn’t officially confirmed and Sony hasn’t given any kind of comment. To be on the safe side, users are suggesting that others change their message receipt settings so that only friends (or, more drastically, no one at all) can send them messages.

Desert Bus is back for a 12th trip in the name of charity

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Desert Bus is back for a 12th trip in the name of charity

Desert Bus for Hope, one of the longest-running video game charity marathon events in world history, returns next month for the 12th straight year. The organizers at LoadingReadyRun will gas up Nov. 9 and drive the dumbest video game ever made until the donations stop.

All of the excitement of piloting a 16-bit bus on the road between Tucson and Las Vegas, in real fucking time, will be streamed via Twitch when the marathon kicks off. To date, Desert Bus for Hope has raised more than $4 million for Child’s Play Charities, the philanthropy founded by Penny Arcade creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik.

Carmack: lawsuit with Bethesda publisher is done

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Carmack: lawsuit with Bethesda publisher is done

John Carmack and ZeniMax Media are no longer involved in a lawsuit over the development of the Oculus Rift VR headset.

That’s according to Carmack, who on Thursday tweeted that both he and ZeniMax had released all claims related to the publisher’s acquistion of id in 2009. Another case, involving a 2017 judgment awarding $500 million to ZeniMax, is still on appeal. Carmack, in 2017, had sued ZeniMax, saying the publisher had failed to pay him $22.5 million owed him for id’s acquisition.

West Virginia is so ready for its Fallout 76 closeup

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West Virginia is so ready for its Fallout 76 closeup

West Virginia is, uh, really leaning into this Fallout 76 thing. But who could blame them, really?

The state’s tourism board on Thursday announced a partnership with Bethesda Softworks to promote Fallout 76, which is, of course, set in the wild, wonderful 35th state. “It’s finally time the rest of the world sees what a gem West Virginia is,” Gov. Jim Justice said in a joint statement, with the kind of suspender-popping promotional pride that is a governor’s constitutional duty to project, along with putting ribbons on things at the state fair.