The fallout from GameStop’s wild Wednesday has been ugly

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The fallout from GameStop’s wild Wednesday has been ugly

If you’ve spent the last day or two trying to suss out if money is real while watching a green line go up, you’re not alone. The GameStop spectacle pitting Reddit against hedge fund giants has everyone talking, even if it’s just to try and figure out what the hell is going on. But the increased visibility around the hijinks has had some major repercussions for people trying to game the system, and the services people were using to do it are now closing ranks.

First, late on Wednesday night, news broke that chat app Discord banned the WallStreetBets server, where users gathered to shoot the shit and discuss their stock strategies. In a statement to The Verge, Discord said that the ban had nothing to do with potential stock market manipulation, noting that the server was full of “hate speech, glorifying violence, and spreading misinformation.”

The first hidden gem of 2021 is Where’s Waldo meets ‘Lo-Fi Beats’

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The first hidden gem of 2021 is Where’s Waldo meets ‘Lo-Fi Beats’

Like so, so many others, an important part of my morning — following coffee — is opening YouTube and turning on its most relaxing channel: “lofi hip hop radio,” also known as “lo-fi beats to study to.” (Though I have to admit, I’ve added the lo-fi Bernie Sanders channel to my playlist lately, too.)

I can’t concentrate on anything — writing or other work — when I’m listening to music with words. That’s why I’m drawn to these sorts of lo-fi beats. It’s stimulating, but not too stimulating, so I can enjoy the feeling while doing whatever task needs to be done. I think that’s why I was immediately drawn to the relaxed, chill vibes of Tiny Lands, created by Hyper Three Studio. It’s the perfect mix of lo-fi music paired with a task I need to concentrate on: spotting the differences. It helps, too, that Tiny Lands is a low-pressure game, so the concentration necessary to spot the differences in these small worlds — à la Where’s Waldo? — isn’t too intense.

Cyberpunk 2077 hotfix addresses game-breaking bug introduced in previous patch

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Cyberpunk 2077 hotfix addresses game-breaking bug introduced in previous patch

A hotfix for Cyberpunk 2077, pushed out Thursday morning, resolves a game-breaking bug in the main quest line that Friday’s patch 1.1 had introduced.

Hotfix 1.11, now available on all platforms, patches out the glitch in the “Down on the Street” mission. In that job, the player waits for a holocall from the NPC Takemura before meeting with them. The bug prevented that call from taking place; Takemura would ring up the player, and then just stare at them, saying nothing.

Magic: The Gathering Black Lotus card sells for $511,100 at auction

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Magic: The Gathering Black Lotus card sells for $511,100 at auction

A rare Black Lotus, the most prized Magic: The Gathering card ever made, sold Wednesday for $511,100. That’s more than three times the price paid for a similar card in 2019, and more than five times what the card was going for in 2018.

Released in 1993 as part of the original Alpha set of Magic cards, the Black Lotus requires no mana to play. The artifact adds three mana of any color to your pool, and is especially prized in-game as it can be used to cast powerful spells very quickly. The card in question has been graded by Professional Sports Authenticators (PSA), one of the two main organizations to grade Magic cards.

Cyberpunk 2077 dev asks fans to stop having sex with Keanu Reeves

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Cyberpunk 2077 dev asks fans to stop having sex with Keanu Reeves

Cyberpunk 2077 fans have been creating mods for the game to change all sorts of things, from the minimap to the weather. There’s demand for saucier mods exists as well, as players love romancing characters in Night City. For instance, players who want to woo Judy as a male V can do so with the help of a mod created by Zialar. But not all mods of this nature have survived unscathed. CD Projekt Red has shut one a tweak that allows players to approximate sex with Johnny Silverhand, a major character played by Keanu Reeves.

A popular but simple tactic for modders looking to bed ineligible characters is to go to the game’s sex workers, known as joytoys, and replace their NPC models with more characters, like Goro Takemura or Evelyn Parker. One modder, Catmino, uploaded a version of this mod that replaced a joytoy with Johnny Silverhand — only to have CD Projekt Red intervene and take the mod down, according to the creator. You can no longer download it.

Magic: The Gathering Arena comes to Android tomorrow, here’s what to expect

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Magic: The Gathering Arena comes to Android tomorrow, here’s what to expect

Magic: The Gathering Arena comes to mobile on Jan. 28 with a new early access version for Android devices. The free-to-play game will feature the latest sets of cards, including the Viking-themed Kaldheim, which will be available in physical form as early as Jan. 29. Here’s what to expect.

This new digital version of Magic, developed in-house by Wizards of the Coast, has been around since 2018. Designers and developers have worked together these past few years to sync the physical and the digital versions of the game, creating day-and-date releases for new sets of cards like the one we’ll see this week.

GameStop’s stock market explosion, explained

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GameStop’s stock market explosion, explained

American stock markets are in a lather. Little-guy investors are supposedly cratering billion-dollar hedge funds. Reddit, social media, and now Elon Musk are involved. And somehow, this is all for GameStop, the beleaguered video games retailer notorious for giving gamers pennies on the dollar for their used software.

It’s very hard to recap what is going on with GME, the ticker symbol that has become a hashtag, because the news in a volatile stock market changes instant-to-instant. We’ll try anyway. The most important thing to understand about GameStop and short-selling, though, is this is now a very high-stakes gambling table with theoretically infinite losses that, for some big players, are becoming very real.

PlayStation Plus offers Control, Concrete Genie in February

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PlayStation Plus offers Control, Concrete Genie in February

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get access to three games in February: Control Ultimate Edition, Concrete Genie, and Destruction AllStars. All three games will be available to download starting Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Control Ultimate Edition is Remedy Entertainment’s re-release of its 2019 game, and includes The Foundation and AWE expansions on top of the main game. Remedy and publisher 505 Games received no shortage of heat for how they handled the sale of the Ultimate Edition of the game, because existing owners of Control could not upgrade to the bundle — they had to purchase it separately for $39.99. Hopefully, some PlayStation players held out, and can now play the Ultimate Edition on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 as part of their PS Plus subscription.

Sentinels of the Multiverse: Definitive Edition refines the superhero card game

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Sentinels of the Multiverse: Definitive Edition refines the superhero card game

Sentinels of the Multiverse, the popular superhero themed cooperative card game, is getting a brand-new edition with completely revised art. Sentinels of the Multiverse: Definitive Edition will include newly polished and streamlined rules, plus even more heroes and villains than the original version of the base game. Best of all, the creators at Greater Than Games tell Polygon they expect it to be in retail stores by the end of 2021.

Of course, that’s not stopping Greater Than Games from putting the game up for pre-order at Kickstarter on March 30. The $59.95 game will be available on the crowdfunding platform for $50, and backers will get their copies first. In a break with crowdfunding tradition, there will be no stretch goals for this campaign, no unlocks, and no deluxe collectors editions.