Destiny 2’s seasonal changes detailed by Bungie

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Destiny 2’s seasonal changes detailed by Bungie

At TwitchCon today, Bungie explained how Destiny 2’s concept of seasons will change the game on a regular basis and revealed what players can expect when the game’s second season rolls around. The developer also detailed changes to what it calls “rituals” like Iron Banner and Faction Rally, and confirmed the return of The Dawning, a holiday-themed event from the original Destiny.

Bungie said it added seasons to the game to give players “a more predictable cadence for content updates.” Currently, the studio expects to have four seasons per year, though that is subject to change. Seasonal changes will see certain cosmetic items, including the contents of Bright Engrams, being swapped in and out. New seasons will also “change the themes of the player experience,” Bungie said.

Team Fortress 2’s Pyro is getting a jet pack

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Team Fortress 2’s Pyro is getting a jet pack

Team Fortress 2’s Jungle Inferno update arrives today, bringing with it a fresh batch of jungle-themed maps, 36 new contracts and a bunch of new cosmetic items. It also introduces some major changes for the Pyro, thanks to four new weapons.

The Pyro’s new weapons, which include a jetpack that can be equipped in their secondary weapon slot, can be earned by completing six contracts coming in today’s update. Here’s a description of each and what they do:

Nintendo Switch update makes the activity log a little bit better

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Nintendo Switch update makes the activity log a little bit better

Nintendo Switch’s new system update makes a bunch of big and important changes. One smaller change that Nintendo didn’t highlight in its rundown of version 4.0.0 is just as nice, though: The console’s activity log, which notoriously does a poor job of precisely tracking play time, is now just a bit more accurate.

Redditors who share my curse of obsessing over how much time I spend playing a game picked up on the change shortly after the version update launched. In players’ profile pages, any game played for between one and five hours will now say as much — meaning, if you played Sonic Mania for around four hours, the activity log will now note that.

Destiny 2’s Trials of the Nine canceled for two weeks due to glitch

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Destiny 2’s Trials of the Nine canceled for two weeks due to glitch

A pesky Destiny 2 glitch has led developer Bungie to cancel the next two instances of Trials of the Nine, the game’s weekly Crucible event, the studio announced yesterday.

Trials of the Nine would ordinarily be live right now — it runs from 1 p.m. ET on Fridays until the weekly reset at 5 a.m. ET on Tuesdays. But Bungie has decided to cancel Trials for this week and next week; it is scheduled to return Friday, Nov. 3.

New Pokémon Go anti-cheat protection comes and goes in no time at all

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New Pokémon Go anti-cheat protection comes and goes in no time at all

Niantic pushed a Pokémon Go update this week that prepped the game for the release of new Pokémon. Also tucked into the game’s new version, however, was an anti-cheating measure that prevented players with certain “spoofing” apps on their phones to log in.

But less than an hour after cheaters hit the new roadblock, they found a way around it — and it appears that not much longer after that, Niantic disabled the new feature entirely.

Mario can wear Peach’s wedding dress in Super Mario Odyssey

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Mario can wear Peach’s wedding dress in Super Mario Odyssey

Some folks already have their hands on Super Mario Odyssey and its new, wedding-themed amiibo — which means we’re getting our first taste of what to expect from the game’s figure functionality. And, just as we hoped, that Peach amiibo in the nice wedding dress? Yeah, it gives Mario the exact outfit you’d expect it to.

The back of the Wedding Peach amiibo box has a small screenshot of the costume the figure unlocks in-game. We see it briefly in an unboxing video from YouTube channel FamilyGamerTV, embedded below. (It comes up around the six-minute, 30-second mark.)

YouTubers hit with demonetization of South Park: The Fractured But Whole videos

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YouTubers hit with demonetization of South Park: The Fractured But Whole videos

South Park: The Fractured But Whole is a game whose jokes are based around suggestive content and vulgar humor, making it a risky bet for YouTubers.

YouTube has been inundated this past week with gameplay videos and streams of Ubisoft’s sequel to 2014’s South Park: The Stick of Truth, The Fractured But Whole. The game, much like its predecessor, includes sexually suggestive humor, crude language and racist terminology. There are a number of cutscenes and dialogue options that violate YouTube’s strict advertising guidelines, leading to demonetization concerns for many creators.

Resident Evil Revelations for Nintendo Switch includes exclusive retro minigames

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Resident Evil Revelations for Nintendo Switch includes exclusive retro minigames

The Nintendo Switch versions of Resident Evil Revelations and Resident Evil Revelations 2 will include a pair of minigames exclusive to that version, Capcom announced today. One of those minigames, Ghouls ‘n Homunculi, is a Resident Evil-infused homage to Capcom classic Ghosts ‘n Goblins.

Ghouls ‘n Homunculi will be included as part of Resident Evil Revelations 2. The “8-bit throwback” sees Resident Evil mainstay Barry Burton stepping in for Arthur the knight, and slaying zombies and other gruesome creatures on a deadly island.

An aspiring YouTuber cosplayed as Pikachu and rushed the White House fence

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An aspiring YouTuber cosplayed as Pikachu and rushed the White House fence

We could all use a ludicrous news story today, I think, and here’s a pretty good one: Earlier this week, the Secret Service took down Pikachu after the Pokémon attempted to jump the White House fence.

Obviously, this Pikachu was a dude in a costume and not the actual little yellow guy. 36-year-old Curtis Combs, a Kentucky native and the man behind the stunt, was taken into police custody after the incident. He’s since been charged with unlawful entry, according to DC Superior Court documents shared on Twitter. Combs pled not guilty, so he’ll be heading to court starting Nov. 9.