Hitman 3’s latest trailer shows off the trilogy in VR

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Hitman 3’s latest trailer shows off the trilogy in VR

A new trailer for Hitman 3 is from an unfamiliar perspective: Players will be able to tackle all of the World of Assassination trilogy in virtual reality, and the gameplay footage here gives us a much broader glance at what that’ll look like in action on PlayStation VR. (You’ll have to watch it directly on YouTube here, since the video is age-restricted due to, y’know, assassinations.)

We get to see through Agent 47’s eyes as he hacks, garrotes, and stalks his way through a variety of stunning international locales — and also as he takes the time to stop and smell the roses or read a newspaper while waiting for his target to pass by. Hitman levels showcased in the trailer include Paris, Sapienza, and Hokkaido from 2016’s Hitman; Hawke’s Bay and Miami from Hitman 2; and Dubai and Dartmoor from Hitman 3.

Monster Hunter Rise gets a free demo tonight

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Monster Hunter Rise gets a free demo tonight

A demo for Monster Hunter Rise, the upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive, will be released Thursday night, Capcom announced in a livestream this morning. The company also revealed details about the free demo, showed off new and fan-favorite monsters like Tigrex, and revealed a feature called wyvern riding, which is exactly what it sounds like.

After a short trailer, the stream opened with a showcase of one of the game’s locations. Monster Hunter Rise will take players to a new area called the Frost Islands, an icy locale with underground caverns and frozen walkways.

Twitch streamers already have great ideas for replacing PogChamp

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Twitch streamers already have great ideas for replacing PogChamp

After the face behind PogChamp used social media to invite continued “civil unrest” from his followers, the popular Twitch emote has been removed from the livestreaming service. Twitch has promised to work with the community to come up with an emote that can capture hype moments on the platform, and plenty of entertainers are providing suggestions — if not volunteering their own faces.

One Twitch streamer, Sean Plott, wants to see a variety of faces when users type ‘PogChamp.’ But there’s also worry that tying an emote to any real-world person (or people) can lead to similar issues down the line, as there’s no telling when or if someone might pull a Milkshake Duck.

PC hardware prices go up as Trump tariffs go back into effect

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PC hardware prices go up as Trump tariffs go back into effect

A message from hardware maker ASUS regarding pricing on motherboards and graphics cards has the PC gaming community bracing for higher prices in 2021 as exemptions to Donald Trump’s import tariffs on Chinese products expire.

In a statement reported Tuesday by WCCFTech, ASUS announced MSRP changes reflecting “increases in cost for components, operating costs, and logistical activities, plus a continuation of import tariffs.” The statement from Juan Jose Guerrero III, a technical product marketing manager for ASUS, first appeared in the company’s Facebook group. It has since been removed. Polygon has reached out to an ASUS representative for additional comment.

Why Red Dead Online players are starting over after hundreds of hours

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Why Red Dead Online players are starting over after hundreds of hours

It’s not easy flushing hundreds of hours of video game progress down the drain, but scores of cowboys are doing just that. Players are leaving their Red Dead Online accounts behind on consoles in order to pick up the Windows PC version of the game, even though it means leaving behind exclusive cosmetics, renovated moonshine shacks, and even real-money investments.

Red Dead Online started as a mode within Red Dead Redemption 2 on the humble PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but it’s now available as a stand-alone game, and playable on the new generation of consoles thanks to backward compatibility. Red Dead Online accounts are not cross-platform; you can go from PS4 to PS5, since that would be using the same account, but not from PS4 to PC or from PC to Xbox One. That means that the players picking up Red Dead Online for $4.99 on PC, even if they have a rich history with the game, have to hit the restart button.

Twitch removes PogChamp emote after star encourages ‘further violence’ at Capitol Hill

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Twitch removes PogChamp emote after star encourages ‘further violence’ at Capitol Hill

Pogchamp, one of gaming culture’s most prominent faces, has been removed from livestreaming service Twitch, the company announced. The decision was taken in light of its real-world face, fighting game personality Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, who utilized social media to, in Twitch’s words, encourage “further violence after what took place in the Capitol today.”

Following a violent takeover of Capitol Hill by Trump supporters — and calls to impeach from major political figures — Gutierrez asked his followers to continue the “civil unrest” that unfolded throughout Jan. 6. The personality invoked the name of a woman who died during the Trump supporter takeover, encouraging his followers to watch a video about her passing.

Call of Duty: Warzone patch nerfs the most powerful gun, but it may not be enough

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Call of Duty: Warzone patch nerfs the most powerful gun, but it may not be enough

Over the last couple of weeks, Call of Duty: Warzone has been dominated by a few weapons, but none as a powerful as the DMR 14. Thankfully, Raven Software released a patch on Wednesday nerfing the gun — although it may have been too powerful to stop with just one update.

The DMR 14 is a relatively new addition to the Warzone arsenal, making its way over from Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with December’s season 1 patch. The weapon is a semi-automatic rifle, with long range, great accuracy, and very high damage. All this combines to make it an excellent choice on a huge map like Verdansk even when the gun isn’t overpowered. But when it’s OP like it has been for the last few months, it completely takes over the game.

Visit Super Nintendo World without going to Japan

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Visit Super Nintendo World without going to Japan

Most of us probably won’t be able to travel to Japan for the opening of Universal Studios Japan’s Super Nintendo World, but there’s a second option for checking out the theme park: a digital walkthrough available on the Super Nintendo World website.

Sure, nothing will be as magical as the real thing, but the interactive map is our best look at the park yet. On the website, visitors are able to fly through the park, checking out different rides, like the Mario Kart Koopa’s Challenge and a Yoshi ride, called Yoshi’s Adventure. Everything is rendered in 3D, with looks at the different interactive elements at the park down to the food and gift shops.

Upcoming Madden 21 patch will make drafting QBs more logical

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Upcoming Madden 21 patch will make drafting QBs more logical

Madden NFL 21’s next big Franchise mode update will fix an area that players have long complained about: AI-controlled teams drafting first-round quarterbacks when the club already has talent, even rookie talent, at that position.

The new logic that’s coming says that an AI team in Franchise will “deprioritize drafting a first round QB” if any of seven conditions are met. Further, if a team has a starting quarterback over age 35, they’ll look at taking a replacement.

Microsoft Flight Simulator’s real-time snow looks magical

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Microsoft Flight Simulator’s real-time snow looks magical

Shortly before the Christmas holiday, the developers behind Microsoft Flight Simulator released a new free update for the cutting-edge platform. It introduced virtual reality for those with high-end machines, and it also added real-time snow effects all across the globe. On Monday, the team released a lavish new trailer showing off their virtual snow machine, and it looks nothing short of magical.

Flight Simulator draws from more than two petabytes of Bing Maps imagery, including satellite and photogrammetry, to create a realistic simulation of the surface of the entire planet. But that kind of data can only be captured clearly on bright, sunny days. That limitation effectively locked the world in an endless summer ever since the game launched in August 2020. Now, the team at Asobo Studio has divined a way to map virtual snow on top of those summer landscapes in real time. It’s a remarkable technical feat, and it makes the already-gorgeous game that much more inspiring to look at.