Everything you need to know about Overwatch endorsements

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Everything you need to know about Overwatch endorsements

Overwatch has been going through quite a lot of changes recently. From the recent revealed Hammond (a.k.a. Wrecking Ball) to the reworked Symmetra, there’s a lot to catch up on if you haven’t been keeping up. But the characters aren’t the only ones bringing something new to the table. In an effort to combat toxicity and increase positive player behavior, Blizzard rolled out “endorsements” in one of the game’s latest patches. While we’re all familiar with the mechanics of reporting problematic behavior, endorsements call out those players who have been particularly nice.

There are three categories of endorsements:

Sunglasses-wearing Squirtle coming to Pokémon Go

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Sunglasses-wearing Squirtle coming to Pokémon Go

Remember how, in the original Pokémon anime, the absolute coolest characters were the Squirtle Squad? They were a pack of BAMFs who tagged every wall they could find, wore sunglasses inside and at night, and basically gave zero craps about anything and anyone.

Now the Squirtle Squad is about to be the coolest characters in Pokémon Go, too. The game’s upcoming Community Day event will give players an opportunity to not only unlock a Blastoise (Squirtle’s fully evolved form) with the rare attack Hydro Cannon in its moveset, but it will also give players the chance to find some sunglasses-wearing Squirtle out there in the wild.

No, GTA 6 is not coming in 2019

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No, GTA 6 is not coming in 2019

Grand Theft Auto 6 is not scheduled for release in 2019, despite the pop-ups that some Grand Theft Auto Online players have been seeing in the game over the past day or so.

The pop-up in question, which says in a purported “Rockstar Message” that “GTA VI” is “coming 2019,” has been reported by numerous players on Reddit and the GTA Online support forums. Many of the reports include screenshots, with some players saying that they saw multiple message pop-ups within a few minutes of each other.

Mario Tennis Aces’ worst character wins tournament in nail-biting match

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Mario Tennis Aces’ worst character wins tournament in nail-biting match

While Mario Tennis Aces has dazzled players with its wonderful roster of characters, there will always be a character that’s just not that great compared to the rest of the lineup. That character is Toad, while cute and fearless, just isn’t a great character to main while playing Mario Tennis. He’s widely considered to be the worst character in the game and winning while playing him is just really hard.

But one YouTuber decided to prove Toad naysayers wrong.

The Yuri on Ice movie trailer reveals which character it will explore

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The Yuri on Ice movie trailer reveals which character it will explore

Two years after the anime series ended, Yuri on Ice is finally getting a movie. The first visual teaser for the 2019 movie has been revealed — and it promises a glimpse into the backstory of a beloved character.

The forty seconds of plaintive music pans onto a frozen landscape with a figure that is most likely Viktor Nikiforov and his dog Makkachin, before cutting to the title card: Ice Adolescence

P.T. PC remake is playable, perfectly scary

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P.T. PC remake is playable, perfectly scary

The story of P.T., Hideo Kojima’s “playable teaser” for the canceled project Silent Hills, is one of the console generation’s most tragic. The beautiful, surreal, terrifying horror game was available as a free download until Kojima’s infamous exit from publisher Konami led to the company taking it off the PlayStation Store. If you don’t already have it on your PlayStation 4, too bad; there will never again be an easy way to download it.

So it’s nice that P.T. fan and 17-year-old developer Qimsar is working on giving everyone another chance to play the cult classic PS4 game.

Devotion is a Taiwanese psychological horror game about religion

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Devotion is a Taiwanese psychological horror game about religion

The studio behind the side-scrolling horror game Detention released a teaser for its upcoming project, Devotion. A throwback to 1980s commercialism and gaudy talk show days blares right from the start of the video, before slowly panning outwards to an abandoned apartment.

The story centers around a religious Taiwanese family of three that used to live in an old apartment complex. It’s since been abandoned, and you’ll have to solve puzzles and explore haunted parts of the space to find out more about the family and what happened to them.

Semblance is a delightfully squishy Nintendo Switch platformer

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Semblance is a delightfully squishy Nintendo Switch platformer

Under Good Shepherd Entertainment, independent South African developer Nyamakop will release its debut game, Semblance, on July 24. The puzzle platformer takes place in a soft, bouncy world where an infestation of hard material has started to spread through the land. It’s up to the little squishy character to mold and deform the landscape, solve challenging puzzles, and bring the land back to life.

This game aims to take the assumptions of platformers — namely the presence and permeance of the platforms themselves — and subvert them. Instead of being a static part of the environment, the platforms in Semblance are pivotal pieces of the gameplay mechanics. The soft and bouncy hero will shape the landscape in order to solve the puzzles. The world is fully moldable and can be squished, bounced, squashed or pushed down as the puzzle (or your own whims) demands.

This is how Wolfenstein 2 was crammed onto the Nintendo Switch

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This is how Wolfenstein 2 was crammed onto the Nintendo Switch

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus on the Nintendo Switch is the full game, although some liberties had to be taken visually to make it possible.

The levels haven’t been made smaller, nor have the visual techniques employed to craft the game’s aesthetic been removed. The port is very good, as we’ve discussed before, but the latest breakdown from Digital Foundry goes into deep detail about what it took to make that happen. You can watch the video at the top of this post; it’s interesting stuff, especially if you’re curious about how other graphically ambitious games may fit onto the Switch.