Battle.net app gets new social features, including ‘appear offline’

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Battle.net app gets new social features, including ‘appear offline’

Blizzard Entertainment is adding new social features to its desktop Battle.net app, including the long-requested ability to appear offline when logging into the service.

Those new features, including updates to groups, profiles and avatars, are now in the beta version of Blizzard Battle.net’s desktop app. Battle.net users can opt into the beta now; no invitation is required to take part.

Hollywood’s biggest names are ready to fight the ’liquid diarrhea’ of TV motion smoothing

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Hollywood’s biggest names are ready to fight the ’liquid diarrhea’ of TV motion smoothing

Motion smoothing is the reason your parents’ TV makes everything look like a soap opera. It’s likely the first thing you turned off on your own TV to make the image tolerable, and now you’re forced to either deal with it when you visit someone else or you give in and turn it off for them while explaining why it’s so damned bad. And that’s just uncomfortable for everyone.

James Gunn, the director of Slither, both Guardians of the Galaxy films and the under-appreciated Super recently tweeted about his hatred of the feature, and the fact it’s turned on as the default for so many displays. His message included some big names, all supporting the death of motion smoothing.

Arms graphic novels coming in 2018

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Arms graphic novels coming in 2018

Nintendo fans thirsty for more Arms lore can look forward to a series of graphic novels based on the Switch fighting game coming next year. Comic book publisher Dark Horse announced a partnership with Nintendo today to bring the weird world of Arms to a series of comics in 2018.

Dark Horse called its partnership with Nintendo “a new publishing program for the energetic and strategic fighting game” and shared new artwork of Arms fighters Spring Man, Ribbon Girl and Master Mummy from illustrator Joe Ng. (Ng is no stranger to drawing video game characters for comics; he’s illustrated Street Fighter and Darkstalkers books for Udon Entertainment and Overwatch’s Bastion comic for Blizzard.) Here’s a first peek at the art:

JonTron is still in A Hat in Time, but not without controversy

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JonTron is still in A Hat in Time, but not without controversy

Jonathan “JonTron” Jafari, a popular YouTuber whose racist and divisive political stances drew widespread criticism earlier this year, will soon be heard in one of the fall’s most promising indie games: A Hat in Time, which launches Oct. 5 after years of Kickstarter updates and promises to backers.

But JonTron’s bit part in the game, seen in videos like the clip from streamer Vinesauce below, has ruffled the feathers of those who have since abandoned or turned against the YouTuber. Some are calling for developer Gears for Breakfast and publisher Humble Bundle to address JonTron’s involvement, or even remove him from the game.

The joy and pain of starting over in Stardew Valley

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The joy and pain of starting over in Stardew Valley

In Stardew Valley, a fictional place where my fictional character inherited a fictional farm, I have three cows, two sheep, a pig and a rabbit. I have a kitchen stocked with potatoes, olive oil, radishes and a lot of fish. I have three boyfriends and two girlfriends. I have many hats.

I’ve been playing, according to the in-game counter, for more than 70 hours. Many people on Reddit threads and wikis (one of my most-visited websites on Chrome is the Stardew Valley Wikia) have been playing for multiples of that, set up full-scale farming operations and raked in more gold per day than I’ve ever amassed.

Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition is a surprisingly wonderful remake

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Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition is a surprisingly wonderful remake

Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition piqued our interest during Gamescom this past August because of how ... strange it seemed. An episodic mobile version of a 100-hour console RPG? Featuring big-headed renditions of our burly leading boys? It was one of those things we needed to see to believe.

I got to go hands-on with it, and it turns out that Square Enix has something really sweet on deck with Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition. A scaled-down remake of last year’s long-awaited new Final Fantasy installment, Pocket Edition uses the same storyline and voice acting from its big brother. Over the course of 10 episodes, the mobile iteration will cover the same major moments as Final Fantasy 15 on console, with a few changes to the gameplay and, obviously, the visuals.

Stardew Valley leads a rad week for Nintendo Switch indies

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Stardew Valley leads a rad week for Nintendo Switch indies

Today is a great day for Nintendo Switch owners nationwide: Stardew Valley is now available on the eShop. While the beloved farming sim is the biggest name on the list this week, it’s not the only download worth checking out.

Alongside the blessed portable version of one of 2016’s most relaxing games comes a new way to play another memorable indie from last year. Oxenfree, Night School Studio’s debut point-and-click mystery adventure game, is out on Switch tomorrow, Oct. 6. It’s an easy pick for anyone with a thing for realistic teen drama and supernatural happenings.

Pokémon’s Ultra Beasts get stranger in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

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Pokémon’s Ultra Beasts get stranger in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

We now know that Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are pretty out of this world, what with the focus on interdimensional travel and all. That inspiration carries over to the designs of the series’ biggest monsters, the terrifying Ultra Beasts.

These not-quite-Pokémon play a big part in the original Sun and Moon stories. (We got a bigger glimpse of the extent of their strangeness from concept art released in March.) But the three new monsters introduced or further detailed in today’s trailer are something else. Whether you’re fighting a wall of sentient bricks or a creature that attacks with its own exploding head, these Ultra Beasts are stranger than your average Pokémon. (Which says a lot, considering things like Mimikyu exist.)

Players found a weird new glitch with Destiny 2's first raid boss

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Players found a weird new glitch with Destiny 2's first raid boss

An enterprising group of players have discovered what looks like a nasty glitch with the first raid boss in Destiny 2. It makes the final encounter a breeze.

In a video, which was posted to YouTube yesterday, they show a team of five defeating Calus without any additional enemies spawning into the throne room. It’s an exploit, to be sure, but it’s not the first one in the long history of the franchise. We have our most powerful guardians working to try and duplicate it right now, but here’s how it’s supposed to work.