The worst Nintendo Switch icons, according to fans

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The worst Nintendo Switch icons, according to fans

Nintendo Switch icons are a big deal: Not only do fans lobby for bad icon re-dos, makeovers get their own trailers. Sometimes, if you buy a game within a certain launch period, you might even get to temporarily enjoy a special limited-time icon. But not all Switch icons are made equal.

The folks over at Switch Icon Showdown have allowed fans to vote on what icons they like best over the last few years, and 2020 is no exception. According to the website proprietor, there have been nearly 40,000 votes this year alone, with 4,500 icons incorporated into the brackets. When you load the website up, it asks you to choose between the better of two icons. The more an icon wins, the better its overall standings.

Blizzard announces BlizzConline, an online-only BlizzCon, for 2021

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Blizzard announces BlizzConline, an online-only BlizzCon, for 2021

On Monday, Blizzard announced BlizzConline, an all-digital convention that will serve as a replacement for BlizzCon 2020.

In May, Blizzard announced the cancellation of BlizzCon 2020 — which joined a sea of gaming conventions that were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, Blizzard revealed tentative plans to host an online event in early 2021, which we now know will be BlizzConline.

Microsoft deciding ‘case by case’ about future Bethesda games on PS5, Switch

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Microsoft deciding ‘case by case’ about future Bethesda games on PS5, Switch

One day before Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders go live, Microsoft has announced a compelling argument for investing in its next-generation consoles: The company is acquiring ZeniMax Media, parent company of game publisher Bethesda Softworks and more than 10 game developers such as Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, and MachineGames.

Of course, that raises a $7.5 billion question. Now that Microsoft is poised to take full control of ZeniMax and everything in its portfolio — Microsoft says the deal is expected to close in the second half of its 2021 fiscal year, which runs from Jan. 1-June 30, 2021 — will future Bethesda games be exclusive to Windows PC and Xbox, or will they continue to also be released on platforms like PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch? The answer for now is, well, it depends.

Why Microsoft acquired Bethesda (and why Bethesda sold)

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Why Microsoft acquired Bethesda (and why Bethesda sold)

Let’s answer the big question first: Why did Microsoft acquire Bethesda and its parent company, ZeniMax?

Microsoft sells video game consoles, personal computers, operating systems, and software subscription services. People will be more likely to acquire these Microsoft products if their favorite games can only be played on said platforms, or if the games are available everywhere but are optimized for Microsoft’s platforms, Windows PC and Xbox.

Bethesda and Microsoft: A tight relationship over two decades

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Bethesda and Microsoft: A tight relationship over two decades

Bethesda Softworks and Microsoft’s games division have had a tight relationship going back to the first Xbox. It’s about to get a lot closer.

Though Bethesda’s big works have also launched on PlayStation 3 and 4, if games like The Elder Scrolls or Fallout series had a lead platform over the past 18 years, it’d be Xbox. Todd Howard, the creative director of Bethesda Game Studios, said as much in a note Monday morning about the acquisition. He pointed out that The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind’s launch on Xbox in 2002 was a gamble for both companies.

Sony apologizes for PS5 pre-order disaster

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Sony apologizes for PS5 pre-order disaster

Pre-orders for Sony’s next-gen console, the PlayStation 5, opened shortly after the company announced its release date and price details. To put it nicely, it was a mess. Retailers went rogue and opened pre-orders early — a day ahead of the Sept. 17 date announced by Sony. Sites crashed and people panicked wondering whether they’d get their hands on a next-gen console or not.

As it turns out, Sony has recognized the error of its ways. “Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been been a lot smoother,” Sony tweeted from the PlayStation Twitter account on Saturday. “We truly apologize for that. Over the next few days, we will release more PS5 consoles for preorder — retailers will share more details. And more PS5s will be available through the end of the year.”

BTS debuting Dynamite choreography video in Fortnite

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BTS debuting Dynamite choreography video in Fortnite

K-pop superstar group BTS will be debuting the choreography version of its “Dynamite” music video in Fortnite’s Party Royale.

On Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. EDT, players will be able to watch BTS’ new version of the “Dynamite” music video in the game’s Party Royale mode.

Microsoft acquires Bethesda Softworks

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Microsoft acquires Bethesda Softworks

Microsoft has acquired ZeniMax Media and publisher Bethesda Softworks, it announced Monday. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, published a letter on Xbox Wire, welcoming the The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, Doom, Dishonored, Quake, and Starfield franchises to Microsoft.

Bethesda’s games have always had a special place on Xbox and in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world. Our teams have a close and storied history working together, from the amazing first DOOM, and its id Tech engine, innovating games on PCs to Bethesda bringing their first console game to the original Xbox, the groundbreaking The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Over the years I’ve had many deep conversations with the creative leaders at Bethesda on the future of gaming and we’ve long shared similar visions for the opportunities for creators and their games to reach more players in more ways.

All the weirdest stuff we’ve heard about in Crusader Kings 3

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All the weirdest stuff we’ve heard about in Crusader Kings 3

Crusader Kings 3 is a complex strategy role-playing game set in the feudal world, one that lets players indulge in high drama on a massive scale. More importantly: Crusader Kings 3 makes some real weird shit happen.

Paradox Interactive’s latest grand strategy game has dozens of interwoven systems that all contribute to the fun. The most integral is a reputation system. Every character in the game world — and there are thousands of them — has an opinion of every other character. But there are also scripted events, which can hijack even the most stable relationships and turn the entire game on its head.