2K returns to making NFL video games, but not a Madden competitor

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2K returns to making NFL video games, but not a Madden competitor

2K is getting back into the officially licensed football video game business, having struck a “multi-year partnership” with the NFL that covers “multiple future video games,” the parties announced Tuesday.

But don’t call it a comeback: The deal is for “non-simulation football game experiences,” according to a news release from 2K, so it doesn’t give the publisher the ability to revive its dearly departed NFL 2K franchise. Electronic Arts’ Madden NFL series will remain the only simulation football game in town — for now, at least.

Everything we know about the new battle royale, Call of Duty: Warzone

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Everything we know about the new battle royale, Call of Duty: Warzone

After several leaks about a new battle royale game, Activision has finally unveiled Call of Duty: Warzone. But the latest Call of Duty game is more than just a new entry into the battle royale genre. It also adds another mode and a few twists on the familiar BR mechanics. While there are still a few mysteries around Warzone, we’ve got answers to the most important questions.

Warzone is a new Call of Duty game that is loosely connected to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The game is standalone and free. Players who already own Modern Warfare can access it through that game’s menu. For most players, the main draw is its battle royale mode.

Reggie Fils-Aimé joins GameStop’s board of directors

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Reggie Fils-Aimé joins GameStop’s board of directors

Reggie Fils-Aimé, the recently retired president of Nintendo of America, will join GameStop’s board of directors on April 20. The announcement was made Monday in a news release on the publicly traded company’s website. The news comes in the middle of a precipitous decline in the company’s stock price, and rumors of turmoil inside the troubled games retailer.

GameStop has been floundering seemingly for years now, as digital downloads and larger market pressures have cut into its revenues. In January, executives admitted sales for the most recent quarter were down 25% from the year previous period. Company executives say the arrival of new game consoles from Microsoft and Sony will provide a much-needed boost, but recent layoffs suggest a lack of confidence.

How to download Call of Duty: Warzone

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How to download Call of Duty: Warzone

Call of Duty: Warzone is the series’ latest take on battle royale. It will be a completely free game, but the practical details of how to download the game can be little confusing. After all, it has two different release times, and players who own Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will have a different download process from players who don’t.

To help you get ready for the release of Call of Duty: Warzone, we’ve got everything you need to know about when the game comes out, and how you can download it.

Call of Duty: Warzone will let dead players fight a 1v1 battle for a chance to respawn

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Call of Duty: Warzone will let dead players fight a 1v1 battle for a chance to respawn

It’s been a long time since death was really the end in battle royale games. Apex Legends gave players the chance to revive their fallen squad mates, and Fortnite added the same feature just a few weeks later. But Call of Duty: Warzone’s new battle royale mode is giving players a new way to get back into a game.

After their first death, players are sent to a new location, Modern Warfare’s Gunfight map, the Gulag. There they patiently watch as the other dead players face off against each other in a one on one showdown, before getting a turn themselves. The winner of each duel gets to jump back into the fray. The loser doesn’t.

Call of Duty: Warzone trailer promises you can play the free battle royale tomorrow

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Call of Duty: Warzone trailer promises you can play the free battle royale tomorrow

After months of teasing and leaks, Call of Duty: Warzone has finally been revealed. The new stand-alone game will be free for all players, and will be released Tuesday, March 10, on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

While early speculation pointed to Warzone being a battle royale mode for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, it turns out it’s a completely separate experience. Warzone will include a new battle royale mode for Call of Duty, the first since Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode, but it will include another mode called Plunder as well.

Pokémon Go Safari Zone event postponed due to concerns over coronavirus

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Pokémon Go Safari Zone event postponed due to concerns over coronavirus

The Pokémon Go Safari Zone event scheduled for March 27-29 in St. Louis has been postponed due to concerns over the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. Niantic said in a news release on Monday that it is looking at alternate dates in the next 12 months. Customers who want a refund for their digital pass should reach out through the in-app support system before 11:59 p.m. PT on March 25.

The St. Louis Safari Zone was to be the first of event of its kind to be held in 2020. Niantic’s regional events bring players together to socialize and catch rare Pokémon. The city itself was looking forward to an influx of travelers, and had set up a tourism site for the occasion. Polygon has reached out to Explore St. Louis for more information.

GTA Online players are killing sex workers to duplicate cars

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GTA Online players are killing sex workers to duplicate cars

Grand Theft Auto’s inclusion of sex workers has a long-standing infamy thanks to players who supposedly kill the NPCs for money, but in modern games, such violent tendencies have subsided — it’s hardly the best way to make cash. Recently, however, GTA Online cheaters have brought the gruesome murder practice back.

In early 2020, players discovered that they could use sex workers for a glitch that allows them to duplicate rare cars. In the first iteration, players would pick up a sex worker in a car at night time, and then wedge that vehicle between a Mobile Operations Center (MOC), and a third car. The goal was to make it impossible for the sex worker to vacate the car.

Mortal Kombat animated red band trailer delivers on promise of extreme violence, bad language

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Mortal Kombat animated red band trailer delivers on promise of extreme violence, bad language

A new “red band” trailer for Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge, the feature-length animated movie based on the Mortal Kombat franchise, promises “extreme violence, bad language, and a bloody good time.” And based on the number of exploding heads and severed limbs featured in the trailer, plus Johnny Cage shouting “Holy shit!” at least two of those promises are delivered on.

Suffice it to say, if you have an aversion to animated blood or exposed bones, this may not be the cartoon trailer for you. But if you’re interested in a new spin on the Mortal Kombat story, and additional back story on why Scorpion’s so dang pissed all the time, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge might be the adaptation for you. (A live-action Mortal Kombat movie reboot is also in the works, but won’t arrive until 2021.)

SonicFox wins Mortal Kombat tournament, tells people to ‘Vote Bernie’

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SonicFox wins Mortal Kombat tournament, tells people to ‘Vote Bernie’

Dominique “SonicFox” McLean took home the first prize trophy — a large hammer — at Mortal Kombat Final Kombat 2020, and while they didn’t get a proper acceptance speech, they did manage to grab the microphone and tell everyone watching to vote for democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders.

[Ed. note: McLean identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, especially in the fighting game community.]