Monster Prom 2 lets you filter sex, drugs, and even horrible people

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Monster Prom 2 lets you filter sex, drugs, and even horrible people

Monster Prom is a series about terrible teens doing awful things, all in the name of getting laid. Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp, the follow-up to the unique multiplayer dating sim, tries its best to up the ante — but not without giving players a choice about what they’re about to see.

I spent a few hours going through a full campaign in October using a code provided by the studio. By the end of my game, people had definitely died or at least done a number of questionable things, like setting a bunch of stuff on fire. That’s part of the appeal; even benign choices end up with almost out-of-control results. I was surprised, then, to look at the game’s settings only to find that Monster Prom 2 actually has built-in trigger warnings that allow players to opt out of content that might affect them.

In my chat with the developer, it explained that the raunchy game tries its best to punch up, not down. While some might feel that being “politically correct” restricts what comedy can do, Monster Prom 2’s writers didn’t see it that way at all. If anything, TV shows like BoJack Horseman proved to them that it was possible to have the best of both worlds: biting humor and a good message.

NBA 2K21’s Neighborhood sprawls into ‘The City’ on PS5 and Xbox Series X

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NBA 2K21’s Neighborhood sprawls into ‘The City’ on PS5 and Xbox Series X

NBA 2K21’s hub world, “The Neighborhood” will expand into “The City” on its PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, adding driveway basketball, quest-giving NPCs, and four factions to its slate of lifestyle and off-the-court features.

NBA 2K developer Visual Concepts outlined the enhancements and upgrades in a blog post Wednesday morning, noting that the series’ first hub world “The Park” was introduced in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launch version of NBA 2K14.

Pokimane wants Twitch fans to stop giving her so much money

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Pokimane wants Twitch fans to stop giving her so much money

Big donations are a sure-fire way to grab attention on a Twitch broadcast, but such performative gestures may not always make a streamer feel comfortable, even if they’re grateful for it. And so, one of Twitch’s most visible streamers has put a stop to giant donations on her stream.

Aspiring Vtuber and Twitch juggernaut Imane “Pokimane” Anys announced on Twitter in early November that, from now on, donations on her channel would have a cap. You can no longer donate more than $5 to Anys, who is asking viewers to instead take that money and give it to other streamers who may need it more than she does.

Starfield’s game engine will be a leap forward, Bethesda says

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Starfield’s game engine will be a leap forward, Bethesda says

Starfield, Bethesda Softworks’ next big role-playing game, will be powered by an overhauled Creation Engine whose capabilities will be a larger leap forward than the one seen from 2002’s The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind on Xbox to 2006’s The Elder Scrolls 3: Oblivion on the Xbox 360, according to Bethesda Game Studios creative director Todd Howard.

In a keynote appearance for the Develop: Brighton online conference, Howard added that the sci-fi RPG will rely more on procedural generation than past Bethesda titles did. (He begins talking about Starfield at the 50:38 point or so.)

Here’s how the PS5’s ‘adaptive triggers’ work

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Here’s how the PS5’s ‘adaptive triggers’ work

Deep inside this teardown video of the new PlayStation 5 DualSense controller is a look at how the controller’s variable, adaptive triggers actually work. The DualSense’s variable triggers are another, newer form of haptic feedback, which can convey things like a gun jamming up, or a superstar footballer tiring out on the pitch.

TronicsFix pulled apart the DualSense 5 to examine the unit’s overall reparability; the trigger closeup comes at the 9:15 mark. If you’re expecting this to be an “actually, it’s quite a simple device,” type revelation, well, forget it. I have no idea how Sony’s engineers figured this out, but it’s brilliant. If the entire world was nothing but people like me, I don’t think we’d have designed anything this ingenious. I don’t think we’d have designed the wheel yet, either.

See Apex Legends’ newest hero, Horizon, in action

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See Apex Legends’ newest hero, Horizon, in action

Apex Legends’s newest legend, Horizon, is no surprise — but seeing her in action is new. Respawn Entertainment on Monday confirmed that Horizon is on the way for Season 7, and provided the first look at her gameplay.

Meet Horizon, a brilliant astrophysicist who escaped a black hole and aims to use her newfound mastery of gravity to keep a promise.

Play Horizon when Season 7 begins Nov 4. pic.twitter.com/iz9LymJ5zx

World of Warcraft turns 16, and players can get free stuff

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World of Warcraft turns 16, and players can get free stuff

World of Warcraft turns 16, and Blizzard is rolling out the usual anniversary event to celebrate. Players who log in will find a package in their mail, which will reward 200 Timewarped Badges, an item that increases experience and reputation gains, and an invitation to Orgrimmar or Stormwind.

This is a great time to level up alts, as each faction has a Historian quest giver in the capital. Historian Llore and Ju’pa will ask a daily Warcraft trivia question that rewards Timewarped Badges and a big chunk of experience. The Historians also have a daily quest to tackle old World Bosses like Lord Kazzak, Azuregos, and one of the four Dragons of Nightmare in order to earn some classic loot for your collection.

Watch Dogs: Legion’s NPCs don’t do much all day, but it’s enough

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Watch Dogs: Legion’s NPCs don’t do much all day, but it’s enough

In Watch Dogs: Legion, I remember doing a mission at a construction site when one of my operatives showed up like he worked there. He did, actually. Construction workers are very useful recruits to DedSec, but like everyone else in the game, when you’re not controlling them they have lives to lead, too.

YouTube’s DefendTheHouse tracked the daily routines of Watch Dog: Legion’s NPCs, following them to work and as they go about their days. The Parcel Fox driver has an eventful day, before finally wandering home in what seems like an existential fog.