Golf returns to the fore this August in PGA Tour 2K21

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Golf returns to the fore this August in PGA Tour 2K21

Golf events on the PGA Tour schedule have been pushed back into late spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there’s now a bright spot on the calendar for golf fans: PGA Tour 2K21 is scheduled to be released Aug. 21 on Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, publisher 2K Sports announced Thursday.

The debut trailer for PGA Tour 2K21, which 2K published along with the first details about the game, introduces 2017 FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas as the game’s cover athlete. It also shows off a variety of golf courses — there will be 15 real-life courses from PGA Tour events in the game, “each of which was scanned using cutting-edge technology to bring the fairways, greens, bunkers, trees, lakes and ponds to life,” 2K said in a news release. That’s a significant increase from the six Players Championship courses that 2K’s previous golf title, The Golf Club 2019 Featuring PGA Tour, launched with in 2018.

Impossible Destiny 2 community quest just got easier

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Impossible Destiny 2 community quest just got easier

On Tuesday, Bungie launched a new quest inside Destiny 2. Called “The Lie,” the quest tasks the community with completing 9,000,000 Seraph Tower public events across three different planets. The reward is presumably the beloved Felwinter’s Lie shotgun from the original Destiny. But only 28 hours into the quest, Bungie issued an emergency hotfix to lower the requirements.

A little over 28 hours after “The Lie’s” in-game debut, players have completed 6% of the 3,000,000 public events on The EDZ, and 1% on both Io and the Moon. Without Bungie intervention, and assuming players kept up this pace, it would likely take over a month for the community to complete. Unfortunately, the Seraph Tower public event goes away when the new Destiny 2 season starts in about 27 days, on June 9.

New Destiny 2 icon suggests a popular destination could get destroyed soon

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New Destiny 2 icon suggests a popular destination could get destroyed soon

With Bungie expected to announce a fall expansion soon, and a new season starting in early June, Destiny 2 fans are biding their time for new things to do. But as players speculate about upcoming content, the idea that Bungie may blow up an existing planet keeps creeping into the conversation.

For the past few weeks, players haven’t had any evidence that planetary doom was coming to Destiny 2 — outside of the usual, ever-looming threat of the Darkness. But the most recent reset added a seemingly insignificant clue that could confirm the destruction of one of Destiny 2’s original planets.

The making of Avatar 2 looks like absolute hell

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The making of Avatar 2 looks like absolute hell

The first thing I did in ninth grade was sign up for water polo, in hopes of establishing a workout routine and meeting upperclassman friends. The plan was a disaster! A grueling mix of swimming and getting smacked in the face, water-polo training involved miles of laps at 5:30 a.m. and endless treading drills. Thankfully, I only spent one semester holding five-gallon water-cooler jugs above my head as I scissor-kicked for dear life.

The latest behind-the-scenes photo from the set of Avatar 2, in which Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet, and Cliff Curtis float in a giant pool while wearing performance-capture suits, brought back all the memories. Swimming, treading, and acting? The only reason I’m not curled up in a ball in a fit of anxiety is the appearance of a foam noodle.

PUBG patch adds bots, nerfs most popular gun

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PUBG patch adds bots, nerfs most popular gun

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ latest patch includes all kinds of changes, including a real ranked mode which players have been anticipating for years. The patch also adds bots to fill out non-ranked matches, and a few weapon balance updates.

PUBG’s new ranked mode will let players compete against similarly skilled opponents and allow them to earn progress to show off just how good they are at the game. The mode will arrive in the form of a brand new game mode in the “Play” section of the menu and fans will have to match for it specifically. Ranked matches will have a maximum of 64 players each and will have no bots in the lobby at all.

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath gameplay shows RoboCop shooting Baraka in the dick

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Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath gameplay shows RoboCop shooting Baraka in the dick

One of the more memorable scenes from the original RoboCop involved the part-man, part-machine, all-cop action hero saving a woman from an assailant who was using her as a human shield. RoboCop, using a cybernetic tracking system, shoots through the woman’s skirt and squarely into the groin of the perp, protecting the innocent through high-caliber castration. New gameplay footage of the Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath expansion, which will add RoboCop to the game, shows that we’ll be able to relive that dick-destroying scene in the game in the form of a Fatality.

RoboCop will also get some back-up from ED-209 in his other Fatality, and Alex Murphy apparently doesn’t feel bad at all about shooting other people’s hands clean off, based on NetherRealm’s new gameplay trailer.

Why Animal Crossing fans fear ‘the void’

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Why Animal Crossing fans fear ‘the void’

While Animal Crossing may have hit the mainstream in 2020, the franchise and its community have a much longer history, over the years developing customs, etiquette, and entire concepts which may not be known to the average player. For instance: “the void,” a place where unwanted villagers go and an idea which every Animal Crossing: New Horizons player should be aware of lest they inadvertently mess up their friends’ villages.

It’s hard to pin down when, exactly, the “void” term popped up within the fandom, or who coined it. It seems likely that the idea developed on the Bell Tree Forums, one of the oldest and most hardcore Animal Crossing communities. Technically, the mechanic has existed across all Animal Crossing games, though we can see discussion of the void on forums as early as 2013.

Epic Online Services launches, giving other games access to Fortnite-style cross-play and more

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Epic Online Services launches, giving other games access to Fortnite-style cross-play and more

Epic Online Services is now available, giving developers free access to the same kinds of tools used to support Epic Games’ massive Fortnite player base. The new suite, which went live on Wednesday, enables a unified gameplay experience across multiple platforms, including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, PC platforms (Windows, Mac, and Linux), and Xbox. It gives developers and their communities ready access to features like cross-play, cross-progression, unified matchmaking, lobbies, and more. Support for Android and iOS platforms will be added soon.

“At Epic, we believe in open, integrated platforms and in the future of gaming being a highly social and connected experience,” said Chris Dyl, general manager of online services at Epic Games, in a news release. “Through Epic Online Services, we strive to help build a user-friendly ecosystem for both developers and players, where creators can benefit regardless of how they choose to build and publish their games, and where players can play games with their friends and enjoy the same quality experience regardless of the hardware they own.”

Here’s Unreal Engine 5 running on the PlayStation 5

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Here’s Unreal Engine 5 running on the PlayStation 5

Epic Games unveiled the newest version of its game engine, Unreal Engine 5, on Wednesday, showcasing what its next generation of game technology will look like — while also giving us our first official look at software running on Sony’s PlayStation 5.

The demo, which Epic says is running in real time on a PS5, is impressive. At the heart of Epic Games’ next-gen engine are two new pieces of technology: Nanite, a virtualized geometry system that will let artists import and render 3D models and environments composed of billions of polygons; and Lumen, a global illumination system that will enable dynamic, highly realistic lighting in games. The demo also showcases the fast loading of massive game worlds that will be enabled by built-in SSD technology in the PlayStation 5. Don’t let the demo’s ol’ shimmying-through-a-narrow-gap loading trick dissuade you — the end of the demo pays off with an astounding fly-through of the game world.