Super Monday Night Combat will close down, citing EU’s new digital privacy law

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Super Monday Night Combat will close down, citing EU’s new digital privacy law

Super Monday Night Combat, the 2012 multiplayer online battle arena by Uber Entertainment, is closing down for good next month, saying the cost of complying with the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation is too high to keep going.

GDPR, which was passed in 2016 and takes effect May 25 of this year, is legislation that, broadly speaking, involves persons’ privacy and right to control their private information online. Uber, commenting to Polygon, said Super Monday Night Combat uses an older version of its multiplayer back-end system (called UberNet) that is not GDPR compliant.

Watch the God of War panel with Cory Barlog at Tribeca Games

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Watch the God of War panel with Cory Barlog at Tribeca Games

A special God of War panel moderated by Polygon managing editor Chelsea Stark is streaming live on the Tribeca Games Twitch channel today. Guests include game director Cory Barlog and three voice actors: Christopher Judge (Kratos), Jeremy Davies (The Stranger) and Danielle Bisutti (The Witch of the Woods).

Here’s the panel’s official description:

Grand Theft Auto 4 update removes a long list of songs

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Grand Theft Auto 4 update removes a long list of songs

As foretold earlier this month, an update for Grand Theft Auto 4 released this week drastically changed the game’s licensed soundtrack, as licenses for songs expire alongside the game’s 10-year anniversary.

And as expected, one of the game’s radio stations, the Russian and Ukranian music channel Vladivostok FM, was hit hardest. GTA 4’s classic rock radio station, Liberty Rock, was also hit pretty hard; songs like The Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979,” David Bowie’s “Fascination” and ELO’s “Evil Woman” have been pulled from digital versions of the game with this week’s update.

Destiny 2 will soon let you upgrade every exotic weapon in the game

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Destiny 2 will soon let you upgrade every exotic weapon in the game

Destiny 2: Warmind is expanding on the upgrade feature for legendary weapons that developer Bungie introduced in January — with a system to improve exotic weapons as well, the studio announced this week.

Like legendary weapons and armor over the past few months, each exotic weapon in Destiny 2 will be getting its own Masterwork version through a “catalyst.” But these new upgrades will do more than just track kills and spawn orbs. (To be clear, exotic Masterworks will be available for all Destiny 2 players, not just those who buy the Warmind expansion.)

God of War’s cloth map hides an elaborate puzzle

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God of War’s cloth map hides an elaborate puzzle

God of War players have solved one of the game’s most dense, well-hidden puzzles — one that only owners of the physical special edition could even discover in the first place. Deciphering a set of directions found on the Stone Mason Edition’s cloth map led the community to find a reward they never would have been able to, had one player not caught on to the hints hidden in plain sight.

Earlier today, a Reddit user took to the God of War forum with a request. YouTuber BRKsEDU suggested that the real-life cloth map included with their hard copy of the game wasn’t just decorative — it had text on it, written in runes that they had translated into English.

Steam Spy isn’t dead, but it isn’t as accurate as it was, creator says

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Steam Spy isn’t dead, but it isn’t as accurate as it was, creator says

The developer who created Steam Spy — the tool that has tracked game ownership on the PC gaming marketplace for the past three years — says the site is currently “not very accurate, to be honest” following changes to Steam’s API. But he is not giving up on charting Steam games’ sales, popularity and player base.

In a blog post today, Sergey Galyonkin said he’s using some machine learning methods he developed in a past academic pursuit to measure sales. In one case, his algorithm came close to the self-declared sales of the city-builder Frostpunk (which launched on April 24).

BattleTech takes the joy out of losing

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BattleTech takes the joy out of losing

BattleTech, the turn-based strategy title from Harebrained Schemes, came out just last week. Since then it’s been a fixture at the top of Steam’s best-sellers list where it’s traded the first place position back and forth with Frostpunk, the post-apocalyptic colony simulation, over the last couple of days.

After playing through the first third of the game I was absolutely smitten with BattleTech. But, after spending more time with the game, I’ve stumbled on what I consider to be a pretty big flaw: Losing missions in BattleTech isn’t any fun.

God of War’s director on toxic masculinity and why Kratos had to change

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God of War’s director on toxic masculinity and why Kratos had to change

The new God of War is the first entry in the core series to not feature a sex scene. Even though the minigames have composed a fraction of the series, they’ve encapsulated the approach with which previous God of War games portrayed women as objects and their antihero as the brooding, entitled meathead. To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with sex, in or outside games. The issue in God of War was the gratuity and the presentation, which was, at best, tasteless, and at worst, contributing to the culture of toxic masculinity.

Likewise, it’s not particularly interesting that God of War’s creators cut sex from the new game, but that they try and largely succeed in scrapping gratuity. Kratos’ bad behavior now has meaning and purpose. It serves the plot rather than titillating the player. Yes, Kratos definitely has that grating air of “now that I have a child, I see the error of my former ways.” But the game’s creators make a genuine and applaudable effort to grow upon the series, rather than erasing its history.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’s in-app purchases, wait times turning players away

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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’s in-app purchases, wait times turning players away

Players jumping into Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery are experiencing the same shared frustrations early on in the game. It all comes down to in-app purchases.

There’s a challenge early on in the free-to-play game where players become trapped in Devil’s Snare, the potentially lethal plant that Harry and his friends faced in The Philosopher’s Stone. Players are expected to use their energy, a resource that builds through completing activities and depletes during challenges, to get out of the Devil’s Snare’s vice-like grip.

Hellboy board game raises $1M in just two days on Kickstarter

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Hellboy board game raises $1M in just two days on Kickstarter

Hellboy: The Board Game, a tabletop miniatures game based on Mike Mignola’s Hellboy comic series, was successfully funded on Kickstarter in under 18 minutes. Less than two days after its launch the project has earned more than $1 million and blown through over a dozen stretch goals.

The company behind the project is Mantic Games, an experienced tabletop developer and publisher based in Nottingham, England. Mantic is known for making The Walking Dead: All Out War Miniatures Game, Dreadball and Mars Attacks: The Miniatures Game among others. They are partnered with Dark Horse Comics, which publishes Hellboy comics.