A new game add-on promotes the laws of war and the Geneva Convention

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A new game add-on promotes the laws of war and the Geneva Convention

Many video games model war, but few of them choose to deal with the moral complexities of modern conflict in a realistic way. Arma 3, the military simulation game from Bohemia Interactive, seeks to change that with a bold new piece of downloadable content created in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

In Laws of War, a new DLC module out now, players will step into the role of an international humanitarian aid worker. They will be tasked with clearing unexploded ordinance from the same battlefields which they fought over in the base game. In the roughly five hour mini-campaign, they will also see that conflict from all sides through a series of flashbacks. Transitions will put players on both sides of the battlefield, and also in the shoes of civilians caught in the crossfire.

Destiny 2’s first expansion takes you to Mercury, leak says

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Destiny 2’s first expansion takes you to Mercury, leak says

The first expansion for Destiny 2 is called Curse of Osiris and will focus on the titular Warlock who gave his name to Destiny’s most intense competitive multiplayer event, according to a product description leaked on the Xbox Store.

Curse of Osiris will introduce a new playable planet, Mercury, with a zone called the Infinite Forest. This will be the first time that players have been able to explore the closest planet to the sun in story missions or open-world activities. So far, Mercury has only been playable as the setting for the Lighthouse, a social space in the original Destiny, and for four Crucible maps across both games.

PUBG breaks one million concurrents on Steam

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PUBG breaks one million concurrents on Steam

There are more than one million Steam users playing Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds right now, according to the PC games platform’s stats page — a rare feat that should come as no surprise to those tracking the game’s meteoric rise.

Last weekend, PUBG topped Valve’s Dota 2 in concurrent users on Steam for the first time. The multiplayer battle arena game has held the top spot for a long, long time — it was the first game to ever hit one million concurrents on Steam — but PUBG has now far surpassed its current player count. As of writing, there are 1,005,000 people playing the survival game; meanwhile, 745,000 are logged into Dota 2.

Nintendo adding custom controls to Arms

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Nintendo adding custom controls to Arms

Nintendo Switch fighting game Arms will get a long-requested feature in its next update: customizable controls. An update for the game (ver. 3) will let Arms players remap the controls to the buttons of their choosing, Nintendo announced on Twitter today.

Arms’ lack of customizable controls was criticized in our review of the Switch game. Some of the game’s control input decisions felt baffling or uncomfortable at first — specifically, having to push in the left Joy-Con’s analog stick to block. It looks like that won’t be much of a concern after the game’s next patch.

Here’s a preview of what custom controls will look like in Arms:

Destiny 2’s shaders are consumables, leaving many fans enraged

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Destiny 2’s shaders are consumables, leaving many fans enraged

Destiny 2 has launched to a very positive reception so far, especially among fans of the original game (primarily because developer Bungie fixed many of Destiny’s most glaring issues for the sequel). But one change that Bungie made has left players fuming: In Destiny 2, armor shaders are single-use consumable items.

Shaders are cosmetic items that can be applied to armor to give it a color scheme that’s different from its original look. In the original Destiny, players often received shaders as loot drops from various activities. They could also buy shaders from vendors such as Eva Levante with an in-game currency called Glimmer. (In both Destiny and Destiny 2, Glimmer must be earned through play — you can’t buy it with real money.)

Counter-Strike gambling scandal comes to an end with FTC settlement

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Counter-Strike gambling scandal comes to an end with FTC settlement

The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell, two popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive YouTubers who were outed as the owners of a CS:GO gambling site they frequently promoted last summer.

The terms of the agreement require both Cassell and Martin to disclose their business ties to anything they endorse on their channels going forward. Their failure to do so with CS:GO Lotto, a service which underage players to gamble away their premium skins, led to the FTC complaint in the first place.

Magic: The Gathering’s new digital card game will be ‘fast-paced and easy-to-follow’

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Magic: The Gathering’s new digital card game will be ‘fast-paced and easy-to-follow’

Wizards of the Coast revealed a new free-to-play digital card game based on Magic: The Gathering today, saying the title would focus on “fast-paced, exciting, and easy-to-follow” gameplay.

Magic: The Gathering Arena is the first title developed by Wizards of the Coast’s in-house Digital Games Studio and promises the original card game’s full rules with ongoing support for new cards.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole has a skin color ‘difficulty’ setting

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole has a skin color ‘difficulty’ setting

South Park: The Fractured But Whole does a very on-brand thing with its character creator’s difficulty setting slider, based on Eurogamer’s playthrough of the upcoming role-playing game. Characters become dark-skinned on the hardest end of the spectrum, a cosmetic effect meant as a bit of social satire.

The goof appears around the five-minute, 40-second mark in the video above. The difficulty slider is one of the last pieces of the character customization process, and as players push it from hard to easy, their skin color changes along with it.

Blizzard opening its own esports arena in LA

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Blizzard opening its own esports arena in LA

Blizzard Entertainment will open its own dedicated arena space in Los Angeles this October. The venue, called Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, will be home to upcoming esports events for Blizzard games Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft.

“We’re at a tipping point for esports and we look forward to helping usher in a new era of competition-based entertainment,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, in a release. “As we open the doors of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and welcome fans from around the world, we’re honored to bring the best in Blizzard esports to the same stage that some of the biggest names in entertainment have called home.”

Pokémon nostalgia fest I Choose You! hits theaters nationwide this November

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Pokémon nostalgia fest I Choose You! hits theaters nationwide this November

Pokémon’s 20th movie, the franchise throwback I Choose You!, will screen nationwide for two days this November, and fans of the video games are getting special in-game gifts to celebrate the theatrical run.

The Pokémon Company has teamed with Fathom Events to bring the movie to theaters on Nov. 5 and Nov. 6. I Choose You! will play just once on each day: at 12:55 p.m. local time on Nov. 5 and 7 p.m. on Nov. 6. Tickets are now available for pre-purchase online and at select theaters.