Animal Crossing nerfed bug moneymakers, dataminers say

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Animal Crossing nerfed bug moneymakers, dataminers say

Nintendo’s desire to fine-tune the inflated Animal Crossing: New Horizons economy is no secret — upon downloading the latest patch, the game informs you that the Bank of Nook has decreased interest rates for player’s savings account. But that’s not all. According to dataminers, you might notice a huge change in spawn rates for bugs, too.

This information comes by way of data miner @_Ninji, who has correctly reported on updates and additions to the life sim in that past. Perusing through the code, _Ninji found that spawn rates for insects may have been unified. In layman’s terms, that means that rather than having specific months where a bug spawned more often, now they all have set rates during the months they are coded to appear.

Nintendo says up to 160,000 Nintendo Accounts may have been accessed by hacks

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Nintendo says up to 160,000 Nintendo Accounts may have been accessed by hacks

Nintendo has disabled the ability to log into a Nintendo Account using a Nintendo Network ID (NNID) after approximately 160,000 accounts were compromised by unauthorized parties. Nintendo’s statement, originally published in Japanese, says that ID and password information for NNIDs was “obtained illegally by some means other than our service” from the beginning of April.

Nicknames, date of birth, country/region, email address, and gender associated with the NNIDs and Nintendo Accounts that were compromised as part of the breach may have been exposed, Nintendo warns. Some accounts may have been used for fraudulent purchases, including large amounts of Fortnite’s in-game currency, V-Bucks, according to reports from affected users.

The Parks and Recreation cast to reunite for new special next week

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The Parks and Recreation cast to reunite for new special next week

As national and state governments deal with the containment of the novel coronavirus, the parks department of Pawnee, Indiana hopes to do its part in making life a little easier.

Five years after endings a seven season run, Parks and Recreation will return to TV next Thursday for an all new episode. Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta are all set to return for A Parks and Recreation Special, NBC announced on Thursday, with a promise of many more familiar faces from the Pawnee universe popping in by remote means.

Here’s the entire Fortnite Travis Scott concert

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Here’s the entire Fortnite Travis Scott concert

The first of Travis Scott’s in-game Astronomical Fortnite concerts has come to a close. The concert will be held four more times, but if you just want to watch, some of the players at the first concert have already uploaded it to YouTube. But it’s probably best experienced in person.

The concert’s virtual doors opened up about 30 minutes before the event, which gave players time to dodge the crowds that shuffled in close to the start and caused some minor log-in snags on Epic’s servers. While everyone was waiting around they could explore the staging area and even build their own custom boxes to watch from, supposing no rude players decided to knock them down.

WWE says there will be no WWE 2K video game this year

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WWE says there will be no WWE 2K video game this year

2K Games won’t release an annual WWE wrestling sim this year, effectively meaning that WWE 2K21 has been canceled, according to comments made on WWE’s quarterly investor call on Thursday. WWE interim chief financial officer Frank Riddick said “there’s not going to be a launch of a game this year” in response to a question about the release of WWE 2K21.

The cancellation of this year’s WWE 2K game comes after a down year for the franchise. WWE 2K20 was slammed by both critics and fans for its poor technical performance, with widely shared game-breaking (yet often very visually amusing) bugs. Developer Visual Concepts took over for former developer Yuke’s with last year’s game after the Japanese developer left the WWE 2K series to work on its own wrestling project.

Pro hockey players to partake in NHL 20 esports competition

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Pro hockey players to partake in NHL 20 esports competition

With their seasons suspended or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, professional sports leagues around the world have turned to esports to give their fans some competition to watch while staying inside. The NHL is the latest organization to go virtual, announcing Thursday that nearly 50 real-life hockey players have signed up to represent their teams in an NHL 20 competition called the NHL Player Gaming Challenge.

This won’t be a tournament per se; the NHL has set up a series of one-off games that will play out primarily during the month of May. It sounds like the league organized these head-to-head matchups around fun themes — for instance, one of the first games will feature the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators, with the intra-Canadian contest pitting Matthew Tkachuk against his younger brother Brady Tkachuk.

Overwatch’s communication wheel updated so you can finally say ‘sorry’

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Overwatch’s communication wheel updated so you can finally say ‘sorry’

Overwatch’s communication wheel is a decent substitute when players don’t have voice chat enabled, but Blizzard is making it more robust, letting players customize that wheel with a variety of new voice lines.

Previously, that wheel let players communicate things like “My ultimate is ready,” “Group up,” and “Understood.” The options were severely limited. Game director Jeff Kaplan said in a new development update video that additional voice commands have been added to the wheel, including the option to say things like “Fall back,” “Goodbye,” and the oft-requested “Sorry.” Helpful voice commands like a “3-2-1” countdown, and “Press the objective” are also available, Kaplan said. Certainly more helpful that hearing “I need healing” eight times in a row, Genji.

The Call of Duty: Warzone subreddit is saving lives in the Gulag

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The Call of Duty: Warzone subreddit is saving lives in the Gulag

On Monday, we wrote about a suprisingly effective but stupid tactic in Call of Duty: Warzone’s Gulag, involving tricking players with in-game sprays. Since the Reddit post revealed the in-game trick, several other players have highlighted their own spray-based tactics. But the tables have already started to turn, and players are beginning to recognize the sprays for what they are: an elaborate ruse, set up by some jerk hiding nearby.

In Call of Duty: Warzone, your first death is not the end of your battle royale experience. For the first half of the match, killed players spawn into the Gulag. The game then pits two of these random players against each other in a duel to the death. The victor comes back to life, while the loser gets booted to the main menu.

How to watch Travis Scott’s Astronomical Fortnite in-game concert

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How to watch Travis Scott’s Astronomical Fortnite in-game concert

Travis Scott’s Fortnite concert is almost here. The concert will happen entirely in-game, so here’s everything you need to know about how to watch Fortnite’s Astronomical Travis Scott concert.

The concert only happens at specific times. Thankfully, there are several different times for you to catch the concert. Regardless of where you live in the world, there should be a timezone to fit your schedule.

Sega’s revival of its Saturn mascot just got way more dramatic

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Sega’s revival of its Saturn mascot just got way more dramatic

In March, Sega revealed a new mascot character in the lead up to the company’s 60th anniversary. Known as Sega Shiro, the handsome young high school student is — or rather appeared to be — the fictional son of Segata Sanshiro, a Saturn-era mascot created for the Japanese market. The actor who plays Sega Shiro also happens to be the real-life son of the man who portrayed Segata Sanshiro, Hiroshi Fujioka.

The reveal of Sega Shiro was little more than an amusing tease. But in a new video, things are starting to get real — and we get confirmation of Sega Shiro’s parentage.