Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s newest map features paint-filled exploding rats

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s newest map features paint-filled exploding rats

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s new Cheshire Park map has only been out for a day and the community has already discovered an Easter egg puzzle. The new map is set in London, England in the area surrounding a park. Near the center of the park, there’s a town square with a notably strange statue of the Pied Piper, which is where this Easter egg really begins.

Now for those of you who aren’t up on your German myths, the Pied Piper was legend about a rat catcher who played a tune on his magical instrument that gathered all the rats in town together. However, the town’s people refused to actually pay the Pied Piper, so he released the rats and played a new tune that let him lead away the town’s children instead. (German myths involve a lot of child stealing.)

Xbox Summer Game Fest will let players try over 60 upcoming games

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Xbox Summer Game Fest will let players try over 60 upcoming games

With the novel coronavirus pandemic making large gaming events nearly impossible this year, many announcements have shifted to online events, like Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest. The latest online shift comes from Microsoft, will give fans a chance to get a hands-on look at some upcoming games through a digital event. The Xbox Summer Game Fest demo event will include demos of upcoming games for players to check out, as if it were a virtual version of a regular gaming convention.

The main draw of the event will be a collection of over 60 demos that Xbox One players can play. Unlike regular demos, which usually created after a game is finished, these demos are work-in-progress representations of games, much like fans might see at an E3, PAX, or Gamescom convention.

Fortnite’s data miners believe a new area filled with ruins is coming later in the season

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Fortnite’s data miners believe a new area filled with ruins is coming later in the season

Fortnite maps evolve during the game’s seasons, but we may soon be seeing more change than usual. When Fortnite Chapter 2 season 3 began earlier this month the map was covered in water, with only the high ground peaking out. But it seems an entire new area may be uncovered as the water levels recede, at least according to data miners.

Fortnite data miner VollMitBotox, posted a tweet claiming to have found the final stage of this season’s map. Based on the leaked image, it seems that the water will continue to recede, revealing a new area called “The Ruins.”

Xbox Game Pass adds Fallout 76, Soulcalibur 6 in July

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Xbox Game Pass adds Fallout 76, Soulcalibur 6 in July

Xbox Game Pass subscribers can start playing Soulcalibur 6 and Out of the Park Baseball 21 starting today, July 1, as part of their subscription. Bandai Namco’s weapons-based fighting game and Out of the Park Developments’ baseball strategy game are two of four new games coming to Xbox Game Pass in July.

Soulcalibur 6 will be available on Xbox One, while Out of the Park Baseball 21 will be available on Windows PC.

2020’s best tabletop RPGs (so far), as chosen by fans

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2020’s best tabletop RPGs (so far), as chosen by fans

Many people think of tabletop role-playing games as a monolith, a space occupied solely by heavyweights like Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, and a handful of other AAA titles. Of course, that’s the same as saying that the only two video games are Fortnite and Grand Theft Auto Online. In truth there is a glorious spectrum of modern tabletop RPGs, filled with novel games ranging in size from self-published micro-games to full-fledged make-believe worlds.

One of my favorite ways to keep track of the best tabletop RPGs is the annual Ennie Awards, handed out each year since 2001 at the annual Gen Con tabletop gaming convention. Gen Con is moving online this year, and so are the Ennies. This week, organizers announced the nominations for Product of the Year. We’ve included all the nominees in our roundup below.

Cards Against Humanity workers are unionizing following allegations of toxic culture

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Cards Against Humanity workers are unionizing following allegations of toxic culture

Cards Against Humanity employees are unionizing following allegations of a toxic workplace made by former employees of the company. The union, which calls itself Cards Against Humanity Workers United, is working with the Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board to demand recognition from the company’s owners, according to a Twitter announcement on Tuesday.

“Within the walls of our office, the trust between the staff and ownership has been eroded from years of abusive management,” the union said in its statement. “For too long, our employees have been kept in precarious, powerless, and outright toxic conditions. We acknowledge the removal of toxic management, but the issues in our company extend well beyond one person. In order for this business to survive, we need to confront both of these crises directly and without fear.”

Crucible is going back to the drawing board with a closed beta

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Crucible is going back to the drawing board with a closed beta

Crucible was released on May 20. Sort of. After a month of open release and a complete lack of interest from almost everyone, Crucible is being taken out of release and moved back into a closed beta.

According to a post from the Crucible development team, players will have until noon ET on Wednesday to download the game from Steam before it’s closed to new players. In the near future, the post says, interested players will be able to sign up through playcrucible.com. While the game is closed, the development team will attempt to improve Crucible in the many ways it has already outlined.

Everything we know about Marvel’s Avengers game

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Everything we know about Marvel’s Avengers game

Marvel’s Avengers is only a few months away, but despite numerous streams and videos, it’s not immediately obvious what kind of game Marvel’s Avengers is. Is it a loot game like Destiny 2? A combo-based action game? A co-op game? Or a story-focused game? The answer to all of those questions seems to be: yes.

Here’s everything we know about Marvel’s Avengers, from the single-player story to the game’s post-launch content.