Cyberpunk 2077 has a ‘streamer mode’ that disables copyrighted music

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Cyberpunk 2077 has a ‘streamer mode’ that disables copyrighted music

Just as livestreaming platforms like Twitch mass delete video content in response to an influx of DMCA takedown requests, Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red is giving its players a solution to deal with the problem of streaming copyrighted music in video games. The developer will give players the option of disabling certain songs in Cyberpunk 2077 in an attempt to avoid copyright strikes while livestreaming or making videos that feature audio from the game.

“We know that for content creators, licensed music can sometimes be problematic,” Hollie Bennett, U.K. head of communication, said in CD Projekt’s latest Night City Wire video presentation, “so with this new mode, you’ll be able to disable a small number of selected tracks which could cause some issues, replacing them with a different song, helping to avoid any problems.”

Smash Bros. tournament The Big House 10 canceled over netcode

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Smash Bros. tournament The Big House 10 canceled over netcode

The Big House, one of the premier events in competitive Super Smash Bros., must cancel the tournaments organizers had scheduled for early December after receiving a cease-and-desist demand from Nintendo of America.

The Big House has been held with no problem every year since 2011. Nintendo’s issue this year is related to Big House organizers’ plans to use Slippi, an unapproved rollback netcode that makes Super Smash Bros. Melee playable online — a tool necessary for the online event.

Demon’s Souls’ locked door mystery just got more interesting

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Demon’s Souls’ locked door mystery just got more interesting

The Demon’s Souls remake for PlayStation 5 brought with it a new mystery: a secret, tightly locked door that wasn’t in the original PlayStation 3 game. There’s some kind of treasure behind that door, but players haven’t found a way to open it up. What they have found is another new layer to the puzzle, one that shows developer Bluepoint Games won’t make this mystery easy to unravel.

Here’s where the hunt for answers stands: Shortly after the PS5 and Demon’s Souls launched on Nov. 12, players found a new door in the game. That locked door was behind an illusory wall, and players have tried dozens of solutions in an attempt to open the door. One of the prevailing theories involved the use of Gold Coins, a new item in Demon’s Souls. (Bluepoint’s remake of Shadow of the Colossus had a similar puzzle, and that required 79 collectible coins to open.)

Destiny 2’s pre-raid hotfix adjusts Stasis in PvP, fixes exploits

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Destiny 2’s pre-raid hotfix adjusts Stasis in PvP, fixes exploits

Destiny 2: Beyond Light is less than two weeks old and Bungie is already making changes to Stasis, the series’ first new element. In a hotfix on Thursday, Bungie rebalanced Stasis for both PvE and PvP, fixed a bug with Witherhoard (the Exotic grenade launcher), and fixed an exploit that causes the Warlock’s new Stasis Super to insta-kill bosses. Unlike most hotfixes, this one comes just before Destiny 2: Beyond Light’s new raid, Deep Stone Crypt, which hits live servers on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Bungie has cut back on some of the frustrating aspects of Beyond Light’s PvP.

Sharkboy and Lavagirl sequel’s first trailer is pure chaotic energy

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Sharkboy and Lavagirl sequel’s first trailer is pure chaotic energy

Robert Rodriquez’s follow-up to is 2005 classic The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D will hit Netflix on Jan. 1, but Netflix just dropped its first teaser trailer on Thursday. Welcome to the New Year! Here’s some pure, chaotic energy with Rodriquez’s We Can Be Heroes.

The trailer stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas as Ms. Granada, who’s described as a “mysterious government babysitter.” You see, aliens have kidnapped the superheroes of Earth, and the superhero children now need looking after. The kids, of course, fight back against their caretaker — she does have an evil look in her eye — to save their parents. Naturally, superhero kids have superpowers, like elasticity, time control, and ... a water-based shark?

Cyberpunk 2077’s final gameplay trailer shows what you’ll be doing, and why

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Cyberpunk 2077’s final gameplay trailer shows what you’ll be doing, and why

Closing out the final Night City Wire for Cyberpunk 2077 on Thursday was this: a meaty, five-minute look at gameplay inside CD Projekt Red’s highly anticipated role-playing game.

This is a start-to-finish examination of what you’ll be doing, and why, in Cyberpunk 2077’s open world. It touches on the game’s story, the broad origin for the player character, what Keanu Reeves is doing in this game and, more importantly, why he’s living rent-free in your character’s head. Literally.

Marvel’s Avengers video teases Black Panther, grim future for Hulk’s hairline

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Marvel’s Avengers video teases Black Panther, grim future for Hulk’s hairline

Marvel’s Avengers developer Crystal Dynamics announced Kate Bishop’s December debut in a new video on Thursday. But the studio also teased some exciting items for the future.

At the end of the Kate Bishop deep dive, we got a preview of Hawkeye’s Operation coming next year: Future Imperfect. We see a Hawkeye (with long hair!) walking through a desolate future. It’s filled with flipped-over cars, rust, and all sorts of brown — basically what you’d expect post-nuclear fallout.

Keanu talks about Cyberpunk 2077, and Johnny Silverhand, for four minutes

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Keanu talks about Cyberpunk 2077, and Johnny Silverhand, for four minutes

Thursday’s Night City Wire episode — the last before Cyberpunk 2077 finally launches — showcased Keanu Reeves and his concept of, approach to, and performance as Johnny Silverhand, the role-playing game’s “co-protagonist.”

“You almost have to play a moment [...] with three different behavioral attitudes,” Reeves told Night City Wire. “Either he’s happy, or he’s being a dick, or he’s satisfied. [...] You get to see Johnny as a rock star, you hear about his military past, you know, he’s fighting for survival. I think there’s a Johnny Silverhand in all of us.”

Marvel’s Avengers adds the cooler Hawkeye in December

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Marvel’s Avengers adds the cooler Hawkeye in December

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics announced Thursday that Kate Bishop and Operation Taking AIM — the first major update for Marvel’s Avengers since launch — will launch on Dec. 8. This starts Season 1 of Marvel’s Avengers, with more heroes, enemies, and content coming early next year.

Kate Bishop’s story picks up immediately after the events of Marvel’s Avengers, with Kate seeking help from the Avengers to rescue her friend and mentor, Clint Barton (the original Hawkeye). Players will need to take Kate on a time-traveling adventure using some of Hank Pym’s tech to save the original archer hero.