US GameStop customers will be required to wear masks in store

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US GameStop customers will be required to wear masks in store

GameStop customers in the United States will be required to wear a face mask in all stores, the company announced Friday. The new protocol will go into effect on July 27. Customers with “concerns, or health-related issues in wearing a face covering” are all directed to use the GameStop online store.

“We believe this is the right thing to do to ensure the heath, safety and well-being of our associates and customers from the growing spread of COVID-19,” GameStop CEO George Sherman said. “Providing a safe environment in our stores for all customers and store associates continues to be our top priority and wearing a face covering is a simple step every one of us can take to ensure the safety of others in our stores.”

Animal Crossing mod gets rid of all the sea bass

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Animal Crossing mod gets rid of all the sea bass

If you play Animal Crossing: New Horizons for any amount of time, you are probably already sick of the phrase, “I caught a sea bass! No, wait—it’s at least a C+!” The sea bass is so common many players come to hate the poor marine denizen, who often tricks people into thinking they might have found a rarer fish. But what if you never had to see another sea bass in Animal Crossing ever again?

Such are the powers of mods, like this one by SmuggestGirl, which eradicates the green roach in its entirety. “Not all hero’s wear capes, thanks!” one commenter on the mod page says. “Shucks, now [it’s] all squids, olive flounders, and red snappers now,” another says.

Crysis Remastered absolutely runs on Nintendo Switch, and it looks like this

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Crysis Remastered absolutely runs on Nintendo Switch, and it looks like this

Crytek and Nintendo have released a short video showing off how Crysis Remastered runs on Nintendo Switch, giving us our first look at a technological marvel that still may disappoint fans of the original.

You can watch the game in action at the top of this post, and I’m not sure how Crytek managed to wring so much out of Nintendo’s hardware. The Switch can, in fact, run Crysis, as the old joke goes.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will have Mortal Kombat-style x-ray gore

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will have Mortal Kombat-style x-ray gore

With Assassin’s Creed Valhalla approaching this November, we’re getting to see more of the sprawling open-world viking action game — both inside and out. That’s because fans can witness brutal assassinations in full X-ray vision, a first for the series. It’s like watching the autopsy scenes from CSI, except instead of solving murders, you’re causing them.

These gruesome kills first appeared in a recent gameplay trailer, leading fans to think it was just a bit of flourish. But, according to a tweet by game director Benoit Richer, Valhalla will allow players to trigger them in-game. In one breakout gif you can see the main character, Eivor, not just stab an enemy but plunge their blade right into their guts and fat. It’s all very Mortal Kombat, and it definitely speaks to the brutality of the setting.

A new format of Magic launches online, with hundreds of new cards

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A new format of Magic launches online, with hundreds of new cards

On Thursday, Wizards of the Coast launched a new format of Magic: The Gathering for MTG Arena. It’s called Jumpstart, and it’s a quick way to get into the game — by removing the deck-building aspect of Magic: The Gathering, players skip the setup and jump straight into wild, themed games.

The physical version of Jumpstart was first introduced to Magic: The Gathering in February. It’s a format that uses existing cards alongside a bunch of new ones, too, to create a game that’s easy to just pick up and play. Now, players can easily hop into these games online in MTG Arena — the free-to-play digital version of Magic: The Gathering.

Bungie delays Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion to Nov. 10

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Bungie delays Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion to Nov. 10

Bungie has delayed the newest Destiny 2 expansion, Beyond Light, to Nov. 10, the developer announced in a blog post Thursday. The studio originally intended to launch the expansion on Sept. 22. Bungie promised more communication on upcoming Beyond Light features in the coming months, and information on how this new plan will impact Season of Arrivals, the game’s current season. Season of Arrivals will now run until Nov. 10.

In its blog post, Bungie blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for the delay, saying, “The past few months have been a challenge and will continue to be during this pandemic. We’ve learned to create together in a new way, by having to work apart from one another. Despite these hurdles, we’re still committed to the same level of quality that our fans expect.”

Overwatch update removes McCree’s noose spray

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Overwatch update removes McCree’s noose spray

Blizzard Entertainment rolled out a new patch for Overwatch this week that made one unannounced but noticeable change: McCree’s noose spray has been removed from the game. A new spray — a horseshoe with the text “Bad Luck” on it — has taken its place.

Many of McCree’s in-game sprays recall imagery from classic Western cinema, referencing Clint Eastwood classics like The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly and Hang ’Em High. And while many Overwatch sprays are innocuous or amusing to see in game — who doesn’t love spraying that soft, fluffy pillow behind the head of an opponent put to sleep by Ana’s tranq dart? — it wasn’t unheard of for players to overlay McCree’s noose on other sprays, like portraits of other Overwatch heroes.

Microsoft Flight Simulator will ship on 10 DVDs, still require a download to launch

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Microsoft Flight Simulator will ship on 10 DVDs, still require a download to launch

Microsoft Flight Simulator launches for Windows PC on Aug. 18, and the vast majority of fans will purchase the game digitally. Nonetheless, Microsoft is partnering with a European company for a physical release. The physical edition will ship on 10 double-sided DVDs, and come packed in a special accordion-style box. It sounds outlandish, but it’s actually a boon for those with slow or severely constrained internet connections.

Details of the retail release come via Aerosoft, a developer and publisher of simulation hardware and software. Mathijs Kok took to the company’s official forums on Monday to make the announcement. The boxed set will include 90 gigabytes of data, and will still require an update from Microsoft before the game will launch.

No Man’s Sky’s Desolation update lets players explore haunted space freighters

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No Man’s Sky’s Desolation update lets players explore haunted space freighters

No Man’s Sky’s new Desolation update is here, and it’s full of more creepy story content than the game has ever had before. The update gives players new spaces to explore by adding abandoned freighters all throughout space, each with its own unique story of what happened to its crew.

The freighters themselves will be procedurally generated, meaning that no two freighter interiors will be the same. When players come across these vessels floating around in the vastness of space, they’ll be able to board and begin exploring. Inside the spooky abandoned spacecraft, players might find any number of dangers, like a rogue security system AI or a new kind of biological enemy that has infested the ship. As players make their way through the perils of each haunted ship, they’ll also find procedurally generated storylines that can be discovered through captain’s logs, personal items, and ship logs.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate adding Project xCloud game streaming to subscription

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate adding Project xCloud game streaming to subscription

Microsoft is adding a new perk to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the subscription that bundles Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for console and PC, starting in September: Project xCloud. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate’s price of $14.99 per month isn’t changing, Microsoft said.

Project xCloud is Microsoft’s cloud-based streaming technology that lets users play Xbox Game Pass titles on phones and tablet devices. Microsoft announced Project xCloud in October 2018, and the service has been in public testing since September 2019 in some countries. Access to Project xCloud is limited to the U.S., Canada, South Korea, the U.K., and “many countries in western Europe,” according to an FAQ on the Xbox website. The streaming service is currently compatible with Android smartphones and tablets; Microsoft launched a limited test version of xCloud on iOS devices in February.