Ryan Reynolds to reportedly star as Pikachu in Detective Pikachu movie

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Ryan Reynolds to reportedly star as Pikachu in Detective Pikachu movie

Actor Ryan Reynolds is set to star in the live-action Detective Pikachu movie as Pikachu, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. Reynolds’ role will reportedly be “motion-capture in nature,” in case there was any confusion about whether Pikachu was going to be reimagined as a hunky human detective.

Reynolds will star alongside actors Justice Smith (The Get Down, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies, Halt and Catch Fire) in Detective Pikachu. Smith plays the son of a man who is kidnapped, while Newton plays a “sassy journalist.” The two will team up with Reynolds’ Pikachu to track down the father of Smith’s character.

Some Destiny 2 activities now unavailable without DLC purchase

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Some Destiny 2 activities now unavailable without DLC purchase

Destiny 2 players are up in arms yet again, now that the game’s first expansion, Curse of Osiris, has been released: People who have not purchased the add-on are discovering that they can no longer play some of the game’s high-level endgame content.

Endgame content in Destiny focuses on raids and the Nightfall strike, as well as the more challenging “Prestige” versions of those activities. Curse of Osiris raises the soft cap for Destiny 2 power levels to 330 from 300, which is the limit in vanilla Destiny 2. The recommended power level for the game’s toughest — and most rewarding — activities has also risen accordingly.

Steam ends support for bitcoin

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Steam ends support for bitcoin

Valve is ending support for Steam purchases made with bitcoin, the company said today, citing “high fees and volatility” in the value of the cryptocurrency.

“In the past few months we've seen an increase in the volatility in the value of Bitcoin and a significant increase in the fees to process transactions on the Bitcoin network,” Valve said in a post on Steam. “For example, transaction fees that are charged to the customer by the Bitcoin network have skyrocketed this year, topping out at close to $20 a transaction last week (compared to roughly $0.20 when we initially enabled Bitcoin). Unfortunately, Valve has no control over the amount of the fee. These fees result in unreasonably high costs for purchasing games when paying with Bitcoin. The high transaction fees cause even greater problems when the value of Bitcoin itself drops dramatically.”

Pokémon Go’s weather system was a long time coming

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Pokémon Go’s weather system was a long time coming

Pokémon Go’s next update introduces a feature that reflects the current weather of the world around you, which makes a lot of sense for the augmented reality game. It may have taken more than a year after release to implement the feature — the first of its kind for an AR game, according to Niantic — but the plan all along has been to have Pokémon Go resemble the real world as closely as possible.

“When we talked about the game in the early days, we always thought of this as a real-world game,” Niantic global marketing lead Archit Bhargava told Polygon this week. “Ultimately, the addition of weather makes the game even more real.”

Fortnite cheater and Epic Games settle lawsuit

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Fortnite cheater and Epic Games settle lawsuit

Epic Games and Charles Vraspir have settled a lawsuit related to cheating in the game Fortnite: Battle Royale. Vraspir has agreed to destroy the software used to circumvent the rules of the game and to never cheat at any of Epic’s products ever again.

The injunction, signed by chief U.S. district Judge James C. Dever III, involves consequences if Vraspir violates its terms. They include a fine of at least $5,000.

Destiny 2’s new exotic rifle is a nightmare in Crucible

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Destiny 2’s new exotic rifle is a nightmare in Crucible

Bungie added a batch of new and refreshed exotic items to Destiny 2 yesterday with the release of the game’s first expansion, Curse of Osiris, including a new trace rifle that’s dominating the game’s competitive multiplayer Crucible. Players are already pleading with Bungie to nerf the gun, named Prometheus Lens, and maybe even cancel this weekend’s Trials of the Nine mode.

Prometheus Lens is a new trace rifle energy weapon, a companion piece to the existing Coldheart exotic. What differentiates Prometheus Lens from Coldheart is the former’s Prismatic Inferno trait. “Fires a solar trace beam that generates a damaging heat field that grows while the weapon continues to fire,” the gun’s description reads. Kills with Prometheus Lens also return ammo to the weapon’s magazine, but it’s the growing solar damage and range of the new exotic that is wreaking havoc in Destiny 2 PvP currently.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds gets a new map just before launch

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds gets a new map just before launch

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has a new map coming soon: Miramar, which will arrive in the final test round of the game before its formal 1.0 launch.

Miramar is a desert environment, a departure from the usual fields and forests of the original Erangel map. “We wanted to go the opposite direction of having lush fields and forests,” the developers wrote in an announcement on PUBG’s Steam page. “The unique terrain and dense urban areas of Miramar will create a new Battle Royale experience where the old strategies may no longer work and new tactics are required.”

Bridge Constructor meets Portal in Bridge Constructor Portal

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Bridge Constructor meets Portal in Bridge Constructor Portal

Valve’s Portal series is returning in two weeks with Bridge Constructor Portal for Windows PC and mobile devices. The adaptation of the Bridge Constructor physics puzzle series launches Dec. 20 for Mac, Windows, Android and iOS.

Versions for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will follow next year, according to the announcement from Headup Games.