Valorant’s latest patch buffs Sage for the first time ever

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Valorant’s latest patch buffs Sage for the first time ever

Sage has been getting nerfs since before Valorant was even released, but in the game’s latest patch she’s finally getting some power back. The new update also brings some big changes to Icebox, Valorant’s newest map, and a for-fun Snowball Fight mode.

Sage’s ability to slow down her enemies, cut off choke points with a wall, heal her allies, and even bring them back from the dead makes her one of Valorant’s strongest characters on raw abilities alone. And that’s exactly why she’s gotten so many nerfs since the game debuted. But thanks to all these nerfs, she’s finally spent a few weeks out of the meta, and was only rarely played at last weekend’s First Strike tournament. Riot has decided it’s time to put a little power back in her kit.

Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic 2 is coming to phones

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Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic 2 is coming to phones

Star Wars fans can finally return to the Old Republic. On Tuesday, developer Aspyr Media announced that it’s releasing a newly updated version of the 2004 cult-classic RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Originally developed by Obsidian Entertainment, The Sith Lords follows the story of a lone Jedi Exile who has to team up with various people throughout the galaxy in order to thwart a Sith plot intent on destroying the Jedi order forever. Of course, as with the original Knights of the Old Republic, you can accomplish this either by embracing the light or dark side of the Force, with key decisions along your journey affecting both the exile and the story of the game itself.

YouTuber becomes more powerful by pivoting to terrible gaming content

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YouTuber becomes more powerful by pivoting to terrible gaming content

If you ask someone who makes quality video game content on YouTube, a few names are likely to pop up: NakeyJakey, Errant Signal, Mega64, and of course, my personal favorite monotone comedian, Dunkey. And yet, when compared to YouTube’s bigger gaming channels, like Markiplier or DanTDM, these beloved channels are much smaller, both in terms of audience and output.

I’m not trying to be mean here. This is all something that Dunkey has recently brought to the forefront of the conversation with a provocative upload titled “I’m Done Making Good Videos.” In the video, the YouTuber pulls back the content-creation curtain on his channel, and while much of it comes off as tongue-in-cheek, there’s a kernel of truth to everything he says. It’s one of the most candid and eye-opening things any YouTuber has made in 2020.

Why World of Warcraft’s Covenant systems remain a big choice

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Why World of Warcraft’s Covenant systems remain a big choice

World of Warcraft fans are always excited about a new expansion — it’s like unwrapping a big present chock full of content. But players were worried about one thing in Shadowlands: Covenants, an endgame system where players join one of four powerful factions for new abilities and sweet cosmetics. Now that the expansion is out, and fans have had time to dig through the campaign, the system seems to be working.

It’s a simple system: pick one of the four major Shadowlands regions and commit to their cause, earning powerful abilities and sweet pieces of gear. World of Warcraft was never a traditional talky RPG with BioWare style choices, but over the years it’s become less of an actual roleplaying game. Shadowlands aims to change this.

When you can start playing Cyberpunk 2077

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When you can start playing Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red’s highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 launches — officially — on Thursday, Dec. 10, ending an eight-year wait for the futuristic role-playing game. Exactly when you’ll be able to fire up Cyberpunk 2077 and start playing depends on where you live; players in the Americas can technically start playing the game on Dec. 9.

The developer recently specified global unlock times for Cyberpunk 2077 on PlayStation 4, Stadia, Windows PC, and Xbox One, as well as when players who pre-ordered the game can begin preloading. The good news is that preloads for Cyberpunk 2077 on PC are live now, as of Monday, Dec. 7, on the Epic Games Store, GOG.com, and Steam.

Fans say Nintendo canceled tourney over Smash Bros. protest

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Fans say Nintendo canceled tourney over Smash Bros. protest

A Splatoon 2 tournament was supposed to conclude over the weekend in early December, but everything fell apart last minute — all because the participants wanted to show solidarity with a different competitive game.

The North American Open, which had over 291 teams competing for a chance to win a trophy valued at $200, allowed groups to register under whatever banner they saw fit. And so four top teams — FTWin, Enlightenment, Bocut Nation, and Southern Lights — all signed up under slightly different monikers. Respectively, these teams became FTWavedash, Slippi, Melee Nation, and Melee Lights for the event.

Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond requires more than 177 GB of storage

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Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond requires more than 177 GB of storage

Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, the first fully virtual reality experience in franchise history, requires an incredibly powerful gaming PC. Systems specs, which were released on Monday, are higher even than Valve’s Half-Life: Alyx and include an Nvidia GTX 2080 graphics card and at least 177 GB of storage.

According to the reviewer’s guide that accompanied last week’s press preview event, Above and Beyond also requires even more space for the initial installation. More than 340 GB of storage is required to download, unpack, and install the game files. The developer tells Polygon that owners won’t need to maintain that much free space once the game is initially installed, since future updates won’t be nearly that large.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game won’t return until January

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game won’t return until January

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game, the 2010 video game adaptation of the film by the same name, was delisted from digital storefronts in 2014, but six years later, the game is coming back. Ubisoft announced on Monday that Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game — Complete Edition will be released on January 14.

It’ll be available on Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, released with the original game’s downloadable content, which added Knives Chau and Wallace Wells as playable characters. Ubisoft hasn’t said whether it’ll have a physical game available.

Nintendo shuts down ‘Etikon’ controller memorial, sparking backlash

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Nintendo shuts down ‘Etikon’ controller memorial, sparking backlash

A legal threat from Nintendo has shut down the manufacturing and sale of custom-designed Joy-Con controllers honoring Desmond “Etika” Amofah. Though the cease-and-desist demand was sent more than two months ago, news of it broke this weekend and drew widespread condemnation for Nintendo on social media.

The controllers, called “Etikons,” earned more than $36,000 in funding on Indiegogo in August 2019, shortly after Amofah died. With a YouTube following of more than 800,000, Amofah was celebrated for his over-the-top reaction videos, and his fandom for Super Smash Bros. and other Nintendo franchises. Amofah died by suicide in June 2019, after uploading a disturbing video in which he discussed thoughts of self-harm.

Master Chief is a kitten in Microsoft’s new Xbox ad for cat people

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Master Chief is a kitten in Microsoft’s new Xbox ad for cat people

Last week, Microsoft released a holiday ad clearly for dog people. (Though dog people will notice that the dogs did not get enough pets.) The Xbox Series X maker is targeting cat people this week with its new ad, “Lucid Odyssey,” directed by Taika Waititi.

Apparently, Waititi used YouTube creator MoonLiteWolf’s real dreams after playing Xbox Series X to put together the commercial. Microsoft used a bunch of things that sound like science fiction — like a Hypnodyne headband in a hypnagogic state — to track her dreams. She dreamed a bunch of things, some of which included a cat. Specifically, Master Chief was the cat, who was in space, doing a DJ set.