Now we know who is going to Trump’s video games meeting

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Now we know who is going to Trump’s video games meeting

We now know who will be attending President Donald Trump’s White House meeting with game industry representatives. A story in the Washington Post tonight released the names, most of which have yet to be officially confirmed by the White House.

Robert Altman, the CEO of ZeniMax (parent company of Bethesda), will attend. Trump’s brother Robert serves on the board of ZeniMax, but is not expected to attend. Strauss Zelnick, chief executive of Take-Two is also invited. Take-Two is best known for publishing the Grand Theft Auto series, which has attracted much media attention and political heat down the years. As already confirmed, Entertainment Software Association head Michael Gallagher will also be there.

World of Warcraft’s Demonology Warlock is being reworked, again

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World of Warcraft’s Demonology Warlock is being reworked, again

Demonology Warlocks have been a hit or miss specialization in World of Warcraft for years now. As casters who were able to harness demonic power, they could metamorphize themselves into demons far before Demon Hunters were ever even imagined as a WoW class.

In Legion, “Demo Locks” lost their transformation ability so as not to conflict with the Demon Hunter. This resulted in a complete overhaul for their spec, one that left it feeling more like a management sim than a World of Warcraft DPS rotation. Thankfully, Blizzard has decided to overhaul Demonology once again. The master of demons seems to be back in a big way on the Battle for Azeroth test servers.

Trump’s upcoming meeting with game industry feels rushed, aimless

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Trump’s upcoming meeting with game industry feels rushed, aimless

Last week, the White House press secretary announced a meeting with the game industry to discuss gun violence. That caught the team at the Entertainment Software Association, the industry’s largest trade group, completely by surprise. It wasn’t formally invited until the following Monday. Now, nearly a week after the meeting was first announced, there is still no list of attendees, nor word from the Trump administration on the stated purpose of the meeting.

Following a “madcap” televised meeting on gun control last week, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked why President Trump could not make legislators “bend to his will.” Instead of answering the question, she offered that a meeting was being scheduled with the game industry the following week.

Total War: Rome 2 celebrates ancient rulers on International Women’s Day

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Total War: Rome 2 celebrates ancient rulers on International Women’s Day

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, so it’s appropriate that women rulers and warriors feature prominently in the release of Total War: Rome 2’s new culture pack Desert Kingdoms.

Cleopatra of Egypt and Teuta of Illyria are now playable as faction leaders and generals, along with custom visuals and voice-over. They follow the addition of Zenobia, queen of Palmyra in the Empire Divided campaign, released last November. Total War: Rome 2 was originally released in 2013, and has since been supported with numerous add-on packs, though this is the first “culture pack” since 2014.

Monster Hunter: World’s Wiggler hats are horrifying, but players love ’em

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Monster Hunter: World’s Wiggler hats are horrifying, but players love ’em

Monster Hunter: World’s current limited-time event has an appropriate name, even if it’s also a painful pun: “Wiggle Me This,” a wiggler-centric quest that runs through March 9. The goal is to collect 10 of the spineless creatures, so that you can get the material to craft the Wiggler Head Alpha armor. But despite this bendy, oversized helmet’s extreme creepiness factor, hunters are obsessed with it — which is leading to some amusing (or terrifying) sights.

“Wiggle Me This” kicked off on March 2, and players have been quickly completing the quest so they can make that creature-inspired helmet. It’s a tall, jiggly thing that completely covers characters from the neck up, and a bug-eyed wiggler head sticks out at the very top. Basically, the Wiggler Head Alpha makes everyone who wears it look like they’ve mutated into half-human, half-creature.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole gets a new character class with the latest DLC

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole gets a new character class with the latest DLC

South Park: The Fractured But Whole’s first chapter extension of downloadable content, launching March 20, will introduce a new hero class to the game: The Netherborn. Or, maybe it should be said, introduces Netherborn as a playable class, since they’ve been in the game all along.

The new content comes in “From Dusk Till Casa Bonita,” aka Cartman’s favorite restaurant (and based on the real life Casa Bonita of Lakewood, Colorado. And yes, it really has cliff divers. They’re in the video game, too). In it, the sister of Mysterion (spoiler alert: Kenny) is now part of the gothy Vamp Kids. Casa Bonita is the scene of the showdown as the gang tries to rescue her from the vampiric cult.

What to expect (and hope for) from this week’s Nintendo Direct

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What to expect (and hope for) from this week’s Nintendo Direct

There’s a Nintendo Direct presentation airing tomorrow, March 8, which is understandably a huge deal. Not only is the stream going to focus on upcoming Nintendo Switch and 3DS games, but it’s also expected to run 30 minutes — making it the first full-length Nintendo Direct of 2018.

Nintendo has only mentioned one title that will be among the highlights tomorrow: Mario Tennis Aces. The plumber’s return to the tennis courts launches this spring. But there are several other marquee names from the company that we haven’t heard about in some time; below, we list out the ones we hope to get updates on during the Nintendo Direct.

Oculus Rifts around the world stopped working this morning

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Oculus Rifts around the world stopped working this morning

Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets around the world are experiencing an outage this morning, including devices here at Polygon. Users are not sure what is causing the issue, and so far neither Facebook nor Oculus itself has provided a solution.

One place where users experiencing the issue are gathering is on the Oculus forums. Last night user apexmaster booted up his computer, tried to open the Oculus app and was greeted by an error indicating that the software could not reach the “Oculus Runtime Service.”

Rainbow Six Siege just hit an all-time high player count

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Rainbow Six Siege just hit an all-time high player count

Yesterday Ubisoft launched the third season of content for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and it’s already already paying dividends. The game’s three-year pass is coming in at number two on the Steam top-sellers list and, according to SteamCharts, player counts are at an all-time high. It’s a remarkable surge for a game first released to middling reviews in 2015.

SteamCharts recorded a high of more than 176,000 players. That’s up from just over 47,000 players one year ago.

Fortnite: Battle Royale is getting a 20-versus-20-versus-20-versus-20-versus-20 mode

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Fortnite: Battle Royale is getting a 20-versus-20-versus-20-versus-20-versus-20 mode

Fortnite’s free Battle Royale game is being updated with a new mode that will pit five teams of 20 players each against one another to see who can survive the longest. The free update is coming to the game tomorrow, March 8. You can watch the trailer at the top of this post.

The ability to play with five groups of twenty players will only be available for a limited time, so be sure to jump online to check it out before it leaves the game. Breaking each round up into five teams should significantly change how people play, especially if large groups of players are able to organize into 20 person teams with voice chat and squad tactics.