Breath of the Wild fans are trying to mount Sidon as fast as possible

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Breath of the Wild fans are trying to mount Sidon as fast as possible

Every month, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild speedruns get a little stranger. Case in point, today we’ve got a new category of playthrough titled “mount%,” wherein runners try and ride every animal in the game. This includes standard creatures, like horses, but it also includes everyone’s favorite shark hunk, Sidon. After all, you do ride Sidon during a boss portion of the open-world adventure, so technically, he qualifies here too.

This hilarious concept was developed by speedrunning extraordinaire Joedun, who has previously made headlines for things like completing BOTW at 100% — with zero damage. In an email, Joedun explained that this was initially conceived as a Sidon-only challenge that popped into his head while taking on the damageless run. But, he said, it soon became clear that the only way to make it an official speedrun category that is recognized by the community was to flesh out some rules. It wasn’t long before he decided to include every type of mount, just to make things more interesting.

Mass Effect’s Mako made me quit the game. Now I can try again

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Mass Effect’s Mako made me quit the game. Now I can try again

I tried to play Mass Effect when it was first released in 2007. And I almost immediately turned off my Xbox 360 as soon as I had to get into the M35 Mako — Mass Effect’s divisive, horrifying-to-control space vehicle. The memory of it, struggling to steer as I flung my vehicle off cliffs, is still embedded so deeply in me that I never even tried a Mass Effect game again.

I was excited and weary when I first heard that BioWare was remastering the Mass Effect series; the controls wouldn’t stay so goddamn awful, would they? But somewhere, there is a community of people who liked the six-wheeled vehicle. I thought BioWare might keep it unchanged, like some horrible legacy. But on Tuesday, BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts quelled my fears. They’re “calibrating” the Mako. The developer published a series of descriptions of “gameplay calibrations,” detailing combat adjustments, gameplay improvements, and a general modernization of some old systems. But most importantly, they’re finally fixing the dang Mako.

Hearthstone introduces new story content that dives into Warcraft lore

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Hearthstone introduces new story content that dives into Warcraft lore

Hearthstone isn’t quite ready to roll out the new Mercenaries game mode, announced at BlizzConline, but players can still meet the cast of Mercenaries and learn some neat World of Warcraft lore. A new, free campaign called the Book of Mercenaries released today, and in it, players go through a campaign as Rokara the Frostwolf orc. This is the first part of a ten-part series, each campaign focusing on a different low-level adventurer around Azeroth.

Rokara the young Frostwolf orc and new Horde recruit takes on the challenges of the Barrens head on!

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Overwatch Archives event returns with new skins, new reward structure

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Overwatch Archives event returns with new skins, new reward structure

Overwatch’s annual Archives event is now live, giving players a chance to revisit the game’s co-op missions and earn brand-new skins. Archives also introduces a new reward structure for Overwatch that does away with the previous win-nine-games-to-get-new-skins rules, which is good news for players who want to tackle the game’s more challenging PvE missions.

First, let’s talk about the skins. There are five new legendary skins, one each for Genji, Soldier: 76, Tracer, Widowmaker, and Zarya. Those can only be earned from Archives loot boxes or by purchasing them with in-game credits.

Diablo 2: Resurrected first playable alpha test coming this weekend

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Diablo 2: Resurrected first playable alpha test coming this weekend

Starting April 9, some Diablo fans will be able to play the Diablo 2 remaster, Diablo 2: Resurrected, as part of a “technical alpha” test, Blizzard announced on Tuesday. A small group of players who opted into the alpha test via Blizzard’s website will get an invite sometime this week. The test period will run until Monday, April 12.

The Diablo 2: Resurrected technical alpha doesn’t allow for co-op play (it’s single-player only) and features three of the game’s seven classes: the Barbarian, Amazon, and Sorceress. Fans and some streamers will be able to play through the first two acts of Diablo 2: Resurrected, including the Duriel boss fight.

The American Tabletop Awards celebrate 2020’s best board games

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The American Tabletop Awards celebrate 2020’s best board games

Three years ago, a team of tabletop industry experts gathered to create the American alternative to the Spiel des Jahres, Germany’s prestigious board game awards. On Tuesday, that committee announced the winners of the third annual American Tabletop Awards. Divided into four categories — Early Gamers, Casual Games, Strategy Games, and Complex Games — they represent some of the best new releases of 2020.

This isn’t a collection of the most-hyped games to arrive on Kickstarter, nor is it a hyper-specific list of the most technically demanding Euro-style games available. The ATTAs celebrate the very best board games for fans of all skill levels. Its diverse committee is backed by a robust code of conduct, with transparency and clear provisions against conflicts of interest in the selection process.

League of Legends’ metal band, Pentakill, is back

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League of Legends’ metal band, Pentakill, is back

Pentakill, the League of Legends metal band, is making a return to the stage with new music. Much like K/DA, the K-Pop group starring a cast of alternate-universe champions, Pentakill is a fictional metal band created by Riot Games. Pentakill’s most recent work, a full album called II: Grasp of the Undying, released in in 2017. Players still can purchase Pentakill skins in-game for Sona, Olaf, Mordekaiser, Yorick, and Kayle.

Pentakill’s music is made by Riot Games’ in-house composers and designers, as well as collaborations with established musicians from the metal scene. Grasp of the Undying had cameos from Tommy Lee, Noora Louhimo, and Danny Lohner. Vocals are performed by Jørn Lande, in the role of Karthus the Deathsinger.

E3 2021 announced as ‘reimagined, all-virtual’ event coming in June

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E3 2021 announced as ‘reimagined, all-virtual’ event coming in June

E3 will return in 2021 as a “reimagined, all-virtual” event, organizers announced Tuesday. E3 2021 will take place June 12-15, and will feature content from Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games, and Koch Media, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) said in a news release.

Game developers and publishers will showcase their games at E3 2021 “directly to fans around the world,” the ESA said. E3 2021 content will be free to access, thanks to unannounced global media partners.

Animal Crossing’s Build-A-Bear collection goes on sale April 6 — here’s how to buy it

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Animal Crossing’s Build-A-Bear collection goes on sale April 6 — here’s how to buy it

Nintendo and toymaker Build-A-Bear will release a new collection of Animal Crossing: New Horizons-themed stuffed animals on Tuesday, April 6. Build-A-Bear announced the release date on Monday with little notice and did not share what the new Animal Crossing line will actually consist of when it goes on sale.

Animal Crossing fans will get a preview of the new Build-A-Bear collection on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. CDT (that’s 10:30 a.m. EDT/7:30 a.m. PDT), when the toymaker will announce the characters and release product images. Fans can then enter a “virtual waiting room” to purchase the collection from Build-A-Bear’s website — that is, if they’re selected. Build-A-Bear says that fans who get in line before 10 a.m. CDT (11 a.m. EDT/7 a.m. PDT) will get first dibs. If selected, customers will have limited time to buy the Animal Crossing collection.