Reports: Hostage situation underway at Ubisoft Montreal office

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Reports: Hostage situation underway at Ubisoft Montreal office

A hostage situation is in progress at Ubisoft Montreal’s offices, according to reports from social media and Canadian news outlets. Workers there are said to be hiding in conference rooms, and helicopter footage shows that some have gone to the building’s roof. Public safety vehicles are on the scene with officers involved.

Polygon has reached out to Ubisoft representatives for a statement. The City of Montreal Police Service confirmed on Twitter that there is a police operation in the area, and asked people to stay away. TVA Nouvelles reported on television that the police service has deployed tactical units, the equivalent of a SWAT team.

Nintendo touts best October ever for US Switch sales

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Nintendo touts best October ever for US Switch sales

A couple of gaming consoles launched this week, and you may have heard about that. The Nintendo Switch has kept right on trucking, however, with Nintendo of America saying Thursday that the Switch family of systems had its strongest October ever since the console’s 2017 debut.

The raw numbers: 735,926 units of the Switch and Switch Lite sold in the U.S., according to tracking firm NPD Group. Nintendo’s announcement said NPD verified that it’s the second-highest October sales total of any console in gaming history, outdone only by the 807,000 units of the Nintendo Wii sold in October 2008. (NPD has been tracking video game sales data since 1995.)

Genshin Impact patch fixes problem where fans kept burning themselves alive

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Genshin Impact patch fixes problem where fans kept burning themselves alive

Genshin Impact’s big 1.1 update added all-new mechanics, characters, and storyline content, which for the most part has been great, except for how the game temporarily made some characters completely unusable. It all has to do with an unfortunate tweak to environmental damage.

As the patch notes state, one tweak to the game tried to more properly scale up environmental damage to the player’s world level, which dictates how challenging enemies will be. “Tried” is the operative word here. Players using fire-heavy characters, like Klee or Diluc, soon found out that using their explosive abilities at all would often destroy their HP if not kill them outright, as folks took ambient damage from things like burning grass.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has several anti-stream-sniping features

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has several anti-stream-sniping features

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has only been out for a day, and it’s already one of the biggest games on Twitch. But anytime popular streamers are pulling in tons of viewers in a multiplayer game, the chance of stream snipers goes way up. While stream snipers can sometimes make for entertaining moments, Treyarch wants to make sure that Black Ops Cold War streamers can choose how easy their games are to snipe.

For anyone who isn’t familiar with the term, stream sniping is when viewers attempt to get into the same match as the streamer they’re watching. While this may sound innocuous, it’s most often used as a way to grief the streamer in hopes of ruining their game and evoking a strong reaction on stream.

Whisker Squadron is a procedurally generated Star Fox game with kitty cat pilots

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Whisker Squadron is a procedurally generated Star Fox game with kitty cat pilots

Earlier this week I got the chance to play an early demo of the latest game from Flippfly, the small indie team of developers behind cult hit Race The Sun. If you were hungry for the next Star Fox game (that isn’t tied to a line of collectible toys) boy do I have good news for you.

It’s called Whisker Squadron, and it takes all the best parts of Nintendo’s classic third-person arcade shooter and adds a dollop of adorable kitty cats. Most of the art for those characters — as well as whatever backstory they might have — is still under wraps. All I know is that the city is under attack, and only me and my trust Arw... cough ... spaceship can save the day.

Pokémon Go is testing remote trading with a limited distance

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Pokémon Go is testing remote trading with a limited distance

Pokémon Go is allowing players to trade Pokémon from a further distance, from Nov. 12 until Nov. 16.

Though Niantic’s English post about the update did not state how far the distance allowed is, a Korean announcement confirmed that the maximum range you can trade is 12 kilometers (approximately 7.4 miles). Normally, you can only trade with a person if you’re standing close to them. This means you will not be able to give all your coworkers who live several states away the Pansage that you caught for them on your trip to Asia in January, but you will be able to trade with your buddy who lives in your area. Ahem.

Streamers protest Twitch DMCA policy with homemade video game noises

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Streamers protest Twitch DMCA policy with homemade video game noises

beTwitch’s recent policy of enforcing DMCA claims have wreaked havoc on the platform. Users are reporting getting their streams muted or deleted for copyrighted audio, with no ability to file a counterclaim. Making matters worse, even in-game audio can be flagged by Twitch’s automated system. Players are saying that sound effects like a grandfather clock or a gust of wind are enough to start an automated DMCA claim process. How are players meant to play if even the game audio can trigger a copyright dispute?

This has kicked off an absurd, yet stunning form of protest. Twitch streamers are engaging in a form of malicious compliance by turning off all in-game audio, and either streaming in eerie dead silence, or making their own sound effects with their mouth.

PS5’s ‘Queued for Download’ error causing major problems

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PS5’s ‘Queued for Download’ error causing major problems

The PlayStation 5 is finally out in the world, but one major issue has cropped up that is causing a lot of people headaches on launch day: the so-called Queued for Download error.

The error occurs when you try to download a certain game that you already own, but the download simply won’t start. In our example, pictured above, we tried to download the PS5 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but found ourselves stuck on this screen. Hopping over to the download queue on PS5 shows that there is indeed no download in progress, nor are any errors listed.

Elite Dangerous free on Epic Games Store, to get ready for next year’s expansion

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Elite Dangerous free on Epic Games Store, to get ready for next year’s expansion

In 2021, Elite Dangerous, the spaceflight sim from Frontier Developments, will see its first premium expansion in more than five years, and players on PC can take a head start getting ready for it when the Epic Games Store makes Elite Dangerous free beginning next week.

The game, which has expanded several times following its launch in 2014, gives Epic Games Store members the game with its 2015 Horizons season of content — which allowed players to take their adventures to the surface of (atmosphere-less) planets and explore them in wheeled rovers. Horizons was made into a free update to the base Elite Dangerous game on all platforms at the end of October.