Destiny 2’s Trials of the Nine is worth playing for the badass intro alone

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Destiny 2’s Trials of the Nine is worth playing for the badass intro alone

Destiny 2’s weekend player-versus-player event, Trials of the Nine, is now live, and the best thing about it so far is the spectacular way in which it introduces the competitors to each other.

For the uninitiated, Trials of the Nine is Destiny 2’s replacement for the original Destiny’s Trials of Osiris. Available only on weekends for 72 hours — from 10 a.m. PT on Fridays until the same time on Mondays — Trials of Osiris was a high-stakes three-on-three elimination mode in which teams attempted to win nine matches before they lost three.

The fight over Star Citizen’s production delay is getting dirty

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The fight over Star Citizen’s production delay is getting dirty

The campaign to undermine the credibility of the team building Star Citizen is getting nasty.

Yesterday, an elaborate hoax was staged involving a staggering $45,000 in virtual goods. At least one major tech site took the bait, and the team at Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) spent the entire day trying to change the narrative online. The incident casts a spotlight on a dedicated group of trolls who spend much of their personal energy trying to smear lead designer Chris Roberts and his team at CIG.

Bungie explains how Destiny 2 armor resembling hate symbol made it into the game

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Bungie explains how Destiny 2 armor resembling hate symbol made it into the game

Destiny 2 developer Bungie responded swiftly this week once it was notified of a piece of armor in the game featuring artwork resembling a logo associated with a white nationalist movement, apologizing for the design’s presence and pledging to remove it. Today the studio answered the bigger questions — namely, how did this happen in the first place?

In announcing the removal of the artwork on Tuesday, Bungie said its appearance in Destiny 2 was “not intentional.” But the strong similarities between the armor’s design and the logo for Kek, a satirical “religion” created by members of the so-called alt-right, led people to wonder if somebody on the Destiny 2 development team had very much intended to sneak the design into the game.

YouTube accepts Campo Santo’s copyright strike against PewDiePie, could lead to bigger issues

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YouTube accepts Campo Santo’s copyright strike against PewDiePie, could lead to bigger issues

YouTube has accepted the copyright takedown request submitted by Campo Santo against Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg for his two hour stream of its game, Firewatch.

In a new video, Kjellberg addressed the copyright takedown request, confirming that the strike had gone through. Campo Santo founder Sean Vanaman first tweeted that Campo Santo would be issuing the request on Sunday, following one of Kjellberg’s livestreams where the YouTuber was caught using a racist term.

Bomber Crew is pretty cute, as far as terrifying combat simulations go

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Bomber Crew is pretty cute, as far as terrifying combat simulations go

Over in the quonset hut that the crew calls home, the kettle is on. On the radio, the latest Dinah Shore song fades out only to be replaced by a new refrain: “Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition!” The crew stands at attention as I step inside.

There’s my engineer, Mary Wright, an amateur boxer from Ross-on-Wye. I catch her looking nervously at our navigator, William Gordon, a pig farmer from Wadhurst. They’re nervous, all seven of them. I can see it in the slow blinking of their big, pixelated eyes.

Blizzard: Overwatch development is slowed by fighting toxic players

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Blizzard: Overwatch development is slowed by fighting toxic players

The Overwatch team wants to make new content for the game, including animated shorts, new maps and new features. But the toxic behavior of so many players is causing them to prioritize fighting abuse.

“We’ve been put in this weird position where we’re spending a tremendous amount of time and resources punishing people and trying to make people behave better,” Game director Jeff Kaplan said in a recent video post. “I wish we could take the time we put into putting reporting on console and have put them towards a match history system or a replay system instead. It was the exact same people who had to work on both who got re-routed to work on the other.”

Meowth blasts off to Build-A-Bear Workshop

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Meowth blasts off to Build-A-Bear Workshop

Build-A-Bear Workshop’s latest stuffed Pokémon is Meowth, and the character is available for purchase starting today. It’s the fifth Pokémon to enter the Build-A-Bear collection, and it’s already one of our favorites.

A $60 bundle including the plush, a sound chip and two costumes is on sale exclusively through the website, while a $28 Meowth and one outfit by themselves can be found in stores. The online set includes the hallmark piece of the new Pokémon items, though: a Team Rocket hoodie for Meowth to wear. In the Pokémon cartoons, Meowth is the mascot for one bumbling pair from the enemy troupe, who are even subtly featured on the hoodie.

Japanese Breakfast’s free, online RPG was a long time coming

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Japanese Breakfast’s free, online RPG was a long time coming

When Michelle Zauner was in high school, she discovered something huge: She was an artist. But she was also, by her own estimation, an outcast. A loner. A weird kid.

“I think most artists are pretty lonely and sad people,” she told me this week. “They’re shitty outcasts in middle school and high school, and that’s kind of a real fodder for being an artist.”