This cat-fighting game better be at Evo 2020

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This cat-fighting game better be at Evo 2020

About a month ago, Playfellow Studios announced a new indie game: Fisti-fluffs. The studio behind New Light ‘89 and Mako: The Shark Game are putting together a new party game all about cats.

In Fisti-fluffs, you can select a cat you want to control, choose hats you think they might look good in, and battle other cats for dominance in the living room. Fisti-cuffs is all about batting fellow cats with your ferocious paws; there are no Hadoukens or Kamehamehas here. To win the fight, you need to bash the enemy cats until their health is zero — and repeat the process depending on how many “cat lives” the enemy player has (up to nine, of course).

NBA 2K players and studio pay tribute to Kobe Bryant

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NBA 2K players and studio pay tribute to Kobe Bryant

NBA 2K20’s players and developers alike are paying tribute, in the game, to Kobe Bryant, the epochal basketball superstar who died in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Sunday.

Players logging into the game since Sunday afternoon have been greeted with a memorial title card (pictured above), which is also presented as a billboard in NBA 2K20’s The Neighborhood hub world (below).

Rocket League developers offer MacOS and Linux refunds, explain why they’re ending service

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Rocket League developers offer MacOS and Linux refunds, explain why they’re ending service

On Thursday, Jan. 23, Psyonix announced it will pull support for the macOS and Linux versions of Rocket League this March. After some frustrated comments from the Rocket League community, the developers launched a post on the game’s subreddit, explaining the refund process and offering new information on why the company decided to pull Mac and Linux support. Following some teething problems, Psyonix is now offering a streamlined method for attaining a refund via Steam:

Despite the new process, many commentators in the thread were still unable to refund their copy, or described a long battle with Steam to make it happen. Despite Psyonix’s advice, some players in the thread said they could only get the refund through a manual refund ticket — rather than a Steam bot.

Did Respawn just murder the new Apex Legends guy?

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Did Respawn just murder the new Apex Legends guy?

Last week, Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment introduced the world to Forge, the newest Legend to enter the Apex Games. But in the game’s latest trailer, which Respawn released on Monday morning, Forge was murdered during a “live” interview. The culprit? The mysterious — and frequently leaked — robot, probably, known as Revenant.

The trailer starts out like a standard introduction. The championship-winning MMA fighter Forge introduces himself and talks a big game about how well he’ll do in Apex Legends’ fictional combat sport, the Apex Games. Suddenly, the lights flicker and a robotic figure appears behind Forge. The new robot morphs its hand into a blade and stabs Forge, ending the champion’s run, and probably his chance at joining the Apex Games.

US-China trade agreement lowers the cost of next-gen consoles, but not board games

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US-China trade agreement lowers the cost of next-gen consoles, but not board games

In December, the United States and China reached a so-called “Phase One” trade agreement that suspended proposed tariffs on video game consoles indefinitely. While it’s not quite the comprehensive reform package that the Trump administration has been after, it does remove a significant threat to the launch of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X this holiday season. Meanwhile, those in the tabletop games industry are still suffering.

President Donald Trump first adopted his combative stance against Chinese trade policies while on the campaign trail in 2016. After his election, he went on to raise existing tariffs and create new ones. The situation came to a head last summer with the threat of 25% tariffs on some $160 billion worth of Chinese goods, including consoles. Those tariffs had the potential to increase the cost of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, which will likely be built in China this year for sale in the United States and elsewhere.

League of Legends, CS:GO events in China canceled amid coronavirus outbreak

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League of Legends, CS:GO events in China canceled amid coronavirus outbreak

Two esports events in China have been canceled following the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan City.

The League of Legends Pro League (LPL) has postponed week two of its 2020 season until it “can ensure the safety and health of our players and fans.” English commentators Jake “Hysterics” Osypenko, Robert “Dagda” Price, Oisín “Penguin” Molloy, Clement Chu, and Joe “Munchables” Fenny are also leaving the country out of fear of the virus. None of the casters are showing symptoms of the virus, they said.

New Torchlight game ditches free-to-play model, renamed Torchlight 3

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New Torchlight game ditches free-to-play model, renamed Torchlight 3

The developers of Torchlight Frontiers, a free-to-play, shared-world version of Runic Games’ Torchlight action role-playing game series, are overhauling the game and renaming it Torchlight 3. The developers pitched the change as taking Torchlight “back to its roots,” and will sell the game on Steam this summer for an undisclosed price.

Torchlight 3 will feature a linear progression system, similar to 2009’s Torchlight and its 2012 sequel.

Plague Inc. isn’t a reliable source of information on coronavirus, dev says

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Plague Inc. isn’t a reliable source of information on coronavirus, dev says

Following the coronavirus outbreak in China, developer Ndemic Creations’ Plague Inc. saw a boost in players — something that happens often when there’s an outbreak of a new illness, despite the game being eight years old. But with the surge in players, Ndemic Creations is reminding players that Plague Inc. isn’t a “scientific model” and people interested in the outbreak should seek official information elsewhere.

“We specifically designed the game to be realistic and informative, while not sensationalizing serious real-world issues,” Ndemic Creations wrote in a statement on its website. “This has been recognized by the CDC and other leading medical organizations.”

The mass Twitch exodus: Why streamers are leaving

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The mass Twitch exodus: Why streamers are leaving

A few years ago, if you were a streamer, you were on Twitch — simple as that. Outside of a few select content creators, everyone who wanted to be a streamer had to use Twitch’s platform. It was the only viable game in town. But over the last year, the streaming landscape has changed. Twitch still remains the largest streaming platform, but some of its biggest creators are signing exclusive contracts with platforms like Mixer, Caffeine, YouTube, and Facebook Gaming.

Which leaves fans with a question: Why? The answer is a lot more complicated than you might think.