Dodgeball-shooter Knockout City’s cross-play beta opens up to all this weekend

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Dodgeball-shooter Knockout City’s cross-play beta opens up to all this weekend

Knockout City’s console beta this weekend has been opened to everyone; no need to register for a code for access through Electronic Arts or developer Velan Studios.

The cross-platform beta gets underway on Friday, April 2, and runs until Sunday, April 4, on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. Players can join matches among those platforms as well as Windows PC, via Origin and Steam.

This upcoming indie game will finally let you get really into craft beers

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This upcoming indie game will finally let you get really into craft beers

Craft beer and brewing is one of those niche hobbies that’s taken off in recent years, and most of us know a craft beer bud who would love to share their secret to suds. But actually getting into the hobby is easier said than done, which makes this new indie game look appealing.

Auroch Digital’s upcoming title Brewmaster looks a little dry, despite being about pouring some extremely wet pints. This isn’t a goofy or a joke title, but a game that tries to capture the authentic experience of homebrewing.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s helicopters have been removed because they’re turning players invisible — again

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Call of Duty: Warzone’s helicopters have been removed because they’re turning players invisible — again

Call of Duty: Warzone has had a rocky history with vehicles, and that trend continues with the game’s latest patch. On Thursday, developer Raven Software announced that it’s removing minigun helicopters from the game because they’re causing players to turn invisible.

The change cropped up shortly after the game’s season 2 Reloaded patch went live on Wednesday. A note on the bug was quickly added to Raven’s public Trello board, where the developer keeps track of things it’s working on in Warzone. On Thursday, the developer tweeted that it’s simply going to remove the minigun choppers from the game.

Overwatch’s April Fools’ Day joke is an evil universe version of the game

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Overwatch’s April Fools’ Day joke is an evil universe version of the game

Overwatch’s experimental mode has always been a way for Blizzard to try out new things and see what might work well without fully committing to a set of changes. For this April Fools’ Day, the developer is running an experimental card that’s way different. This is live now in Overwatch, if anyone wants to see a dark mirror version of the FPS where Mei is an unstoppable, enormous tank, Sigma can fly, and D.Va can drop her mech down from the skies and crush anyone unlucky enough to be in its shadow.

The full patch notes are available on Blizzard’s site, but we’ve rounded up the changes with the developer commentary.

You can spend thousands on ‘Thicc Pokémon’ NFTs

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You can spend thousands on ‘Thicc Pokémon’ NFTs

There are plenty of problems with nonfungible tokens (NFTs). The system consumes a ton of energy. Some people are stealing artwork to sell on NFT websites, without artists’ permission. And then there’s the “thicc Pokémon.”

Ryan Broderick of Garbage Day reported on Wednesday that the NFT boom is cooling off from the major surge earlier in the year, but that there’s a special new option for those interested in the nonfungible, digital art market. It’s Pokémon with large butts, doing moves like Fury Slaps, Squeakycheeks, and Bootysweep. Some of them are quite upsetting.

Fortnite now has the Stonks guy

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Fortnite now has the Stonks guy

In another April Fools’-but-it’s-really-in-the-game development, Fortnite’s marketplace of skins added the Stonks! meme guy on Thursday.

“Diamond Hanz,” as he is called, goes for 1,200 V-bucks — which roughly equals about $10. We think that price should hold steady, but this is not a forward-looking statement securities involve risk and may lose value member FDIC please don’t sue me.

Animal Crossing fans all want the Hello Kitty bridge

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Animal Crossing fans all want the Hello Kitty bridge

Last week, a wave of new Hello Kitty items and characters hit Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The cards and the virtual items that they unlock are in high demand. Among them, the competition for cutest item is fierce — but one has arisen as a fan-favorite. The next big “it” item from the Sanrio collection is the Kerokerokeroppi bridge, an item from Toby the bunny’s set.

The bridge is not a real infrastructure project that can be installed to cross the river, so it’s available to set up indoors. It’s a beautiful little wooden construction that’s painted red and covers a tiny pond.

Yes, you can buy a Garrus pillow from the Mass Effect store today

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Yes, you can buy a Garrus pillow from the Mass Effect store today

There’s an unusual piece of merchandise for sale in the BioWare store, but it’s not an April Fool’s joke. Anyone with $35 and the will to spend it can purchase their very own Garrus Vakarian body pillow cover. (The pillow itself isn’t included, though. You’ll have to find your own that can fit inside a 20 by 54-inch pillow case.)

Based on the photos displaying this product, Garrus looks quite cozy. This isn’t as lewd as some Mass Effect fans might have hoped, but it does look quite comforting, especially if you’re a fan of calibrations.

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator hits 1.0 with multiplayer and new maps

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Totally Accurate Battle Simulator hits 1.0 with multiplayer and new maps

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, the ragdoll-physics, set-’em-up-and-watch-’em-fight game from Landfall, makes a full version 1.0 launch today. Despite the game’s jovial nature and ironic title, the studio says this is not an April Fools’ Day announcement.

TABS, which launched in Early Access almost five years ago, will get multiplayer and two new factions with the 1.0 release. Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, broadly speaking, allows the player to set up two armies — pirates with cannons and cavemen with mastodons are among the factions — and let them duke it out to settle an eternal who-would-win question, for science. So far, it’s been a single-player-only game.

Sonic the Hedgehog’s new energy drink tastes like chili dogs

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Sonic the Hedgehog’s new energy drink tastes like chili dogs

Sonic the Hedgehog has a new energy drink, one that only he could appreciate. Energy drink maker G Fuel’s newest flavor is Chili Dogs, inspired by Sonic’s favorite food — and Sanic Hegehog, the meme-ified version of Sega’s mascot. And, yes, this too is a real product, despite today’s date.

“Seriously, it’s true,” G Fuel said in a news release Thursday. “If you’ve ever wanted to drink a chili dog from a G FUEL shaker cup, now’s your chance.” Taking that chance will cost you $39.99, and you’ll have to get on G Fuel’s waitlist. The flavor will launch in June, and is available for pre-order from G Fuel’s website.