The Sims 4’s Neighborhood Stories gives free will to other Sims

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The Sims 4’s Neighborhood Stories gives free will to other Sims

On Tuesday, Maxis announced a big change that’s on the way in an upcoming update. It’s a new feature called Neighborhood Stories, introducing gameplay moments that happen to Sims outside of the player’s control. This is similar to a popular feature from The Sims 3 called Story Progression. When you’re not watching, neighbor Sims will live their own lives. They may choose a new career, have a baby, or divorce their spouse. Neighborhood Stories is set to be released for The Sims 4 on Nov. 30, 2021.

To start, Neighborhood Stories will be slightly limited. The feature will be focused on a few life changes for Sims in your character’s immediate vicinity, like colleagues or bar buddies. In the future, more Sims will be affected, and they’ll make more decisions without the player’s input. However, you still get to control how things develop. Neighbor Sims with a big problem on their mind will call you for input, or you can simply point a Neighbor towards a decision to encourage them to make it themselves.

Halo Infinite’s new event is pissing people off for (mostly) legitimate reasons

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Halo Infinite’s new event is pissing people off for (mostly) legitimate reasons

Halo’s transition into a fully free-to-play multiplayer game was always going to be difficult, although perhaps it didn’t need to be this difficult. After the surprise release of Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode on Nov. 15, players immediately began to complain about how long it took to level up the battle pass. 343 Industries addressed the complaints quickly, but not completely. Now, with the release of the game’s first big multiplayer event, players have a new wave of complaints.

The big reward of Halo Infinite’s Fracture: Tenrai event is the game’s Yoroi samurai armor. The event takes place over the course of several months, and it includes its own separate, free event pass (similar to the game’s regular battle pass) that unlocks pieces of the armor every few levels.

Fortnite Chapter 2 will end on Dec. 4

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Fortnite Chapter 2 will end on Dec. 4

Fortnite Chapter 2 is coming to an end, a little over two years after it started. The chapter finale will come in a huge event called The End, which is set to begin in-game on Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. EST.

Like many other events, The End will be an in-game playlist that players will be able to queue for up to 30 minutes ahead of its scheduled start time. The End will be a one-time-only event, which means that you won’t be able to view it in replays and Epic will never run it again after it’s over — whenever that may be.

Roblox sues banned ‘cybermob leader’ for terrorizing the platform, its developers

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Roblox sues banned ‘cybermob leader’ for terrorizing the platform, its developers

The Roblox Corporation is suing controversial Roblox content creator Benjamin Robert Simon, better known online as Ruben Sim, for leading a “cybermob” that they say terrorizes the Roblox platform and its developers. Roblox lawyers filed the lawsuit Tuesday in a California court, alleging that Simon “commits and encourages unlawful acts designed to injure Roblox and its users.”

Roblox is looking for $1.6 million in damages.

DICE promises two Battlefield 2042 updates to fix glaring gameplay problems

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DICE promises two Battlefield 2042 updates to fix glaring gameplay problems

Battlefield 2042’s makers, facing an array of performance issues, absent features, and abysmal user review scores on Steam, issued a damage control memo promising a title update on Thanksgiving Day, followed by another in early December.

“The teams across the globe are working 24/7 to evolve and deliver improvements to the game,” EA DICE wrote on Tuesday. “We have confirmed at least two major game updates in the coming weeks, and we’ll be here communicating consistently about the changes we are making, as well as new content coming to Battlefield 2042.”

Halo Infinite’s first multiplayer event is here

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Halo Infinite’s first multiplayer event is here

Halo Infinite’s first major event for its free-to-play multiplayer, Fracture: Tenrai, is live.

The event offers a mini battle pass, new cosmetics, and a new game mode. The event will last through the Thanksgiving holiday and end on Nov. 30. But don’t worry, the event will return in January and four additional times between January and May (that’s six times total). 343 Industries states that not every event will appear this frequently.

Lawn Mowing Simulator’s new expansion gets medieval on your grass

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Lawn Mowing Simulator’s new expansion gets medieval on your grass

Lawn mowing — I prefer to call it “LARPing Qix” — has its own video game. How about that. Lawn Mowing Simulator launched on Aug. 10, in fact. Hey, why the hell am I writing about this now, boss? Oh, right, yeah, I’m the motorsports guy. I guess that makes me the mowtorsports guy, too.

Well, anyway, Lawn Mowing Simulator — which is also available on Xbox Game Pass — has its first premium expansion! As if to answer “What if King Harold had a Cub Cadet?” Skyhook Games is launching the Ancient Britain DLC pack, which means you can now mow some Anglo-Saxon burial mounds and Arthurian glens about a thousand years before modern golf course management began.

Activision Blizzard’s board responds to sex harassment crisis with new committee

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Activision Blizzard’s board responds to sex harassment crisis with new committee

Activision Blizzard’s board of directors has announced the creation of a “Workplace Responsibility Committee” that will respond to the company’s ongoing sexual harassment and workplace discrimination crisis.

The two-member committee, according to a news release published late Monday night, will “oversee the Company’s progress in successfully implementing its new policies, procedures, and commitments to improve workplace culture and eliminate all forms of harassment and discrimination at the Company.” The committee’s members are Dawn Ostroff and Reveta Bowers, the only women on Activision Blizzard’s 10-member board.

Epic Games buys Rock Band developer Harmonix, who will now work on Fortnite

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Epic Games buys Rock Band developer Harmonix, who will now work on Fortnite

Fortnite and Unreal Engine developer Epic Games has acquired Harmonix, the studio behind the Rock Band and Dance Central series and last year’s Fuser, the companies announced in a joint statement on Tuesday. Harmonix says it will work with Epic “to create musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite,” but says it won’t be abandoning its other music game projects.

Harmonix said in an FAQ that it will continue with its existing downloadable content plans for Rock Band 4 with “lots of great tracks coming as we wrap up 2021 and push into next year,” and will continue Rivals multiplayer seasons for its marquee music game. Fuser events will also continue for the foreseeable future, Harmonix said, and the move to Epic is not expected to impact the availability of its games on Steam and console.

Crusader Kings 3’s first expansion is coming in February, adding royal intrigue

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Crusader Kings 3’s first expansion is coming in February, adding royal intrigue

Crusader Kings 3 is full of intrigue and drama; even though the game is set across a global scale, the player still has to deal with their family affairs at home. The game’s first major expansion, Royal Court, expands on that element of the game dramatically. Royal Court gives the players a closer look at their home and more nuance to their strategy. On Tuesday, Paradox Entertainment announced Royal Court is set to release on Feb. 8, 2022.

Royal Court’s main feature is a throne room. Right now, the Crusader Kings’ political experience at home is hidden in a tab, and it’s easy to miss out on the details of your relatives and advisors. The expansion aims to make your progress a little more visible; you can check in on your advisors and collected wealth at home.