Twitch is hosting a Super Bowl Fortnite tournament

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Twitch is hosting a Super Bowl Fortnite tournament

Super Bowl weekend is one of the biggest and busiest weekends in all of sports, and now Fortnite is coming along for the ride. To celebrate the NFL’s biggest game, Twitch is hosting a Twitch Rivals Fortnite tournament which will include some of the world’s most famous Fortnite streamers teaming up with NFL athletes live in Miami — the site of Super Bowl LIV.

The tournament, which Twitch has dubbed the Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl, will feature 16 different duos. The teams were chosen in a draft, where the streamers picked which NFL player they wanted to partner up with. The teams will be competing for a charity prize of $500,000, which Twitch will donate to a charity of the winners’ choosing.

Official Pokémon ASMR is a great way to chill out

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Official Pokémon ASMR is a great way to chill out

I’ve never really been an ASMR person. The sound of another person’s voice isn’t necessarily relaxing for me. But a very cute Pokémon chewing cookies? Yes, that’ll do.

The Pokémon Company released two ASMR-styled videos this week, one of which features grass-type Pokémon Chespin eating crunchy, colorful cookies. The other, which is also very nice, is Charmander snoozing by a fire. (Honestly, The Pokémon Company missed an opportunity by not releasing this one as a Yule Log video.) But really, it’s the Chespin video, published on the Pokémon Kids TV YouTube channel, that’s got it all — part mukbang, part ASMR.

Iron Man VR delayed to May

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Iron Man VR delayed to May

The PlayStation VR game that will let players slip into Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit needs more time in the lab. Developer Camouflaj announced on Friday that Marvel’s Iron Man VR has been delayed to May 15. Previously, the PlayStation VR exclusive was expected on Feb. 28.

Camouflaj announced the delay on Twitter, saying it was delaying Marvel’s Iron Man VR by two and a half months “to deliver on our vision and meet the high expectations” of players.

Destiny 2’s latest hotfix ‘fixes’ Wish-ender and some annoying bugs

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Destiny 2’s latest hotfix ‘fixes’ Wish-ender and some annoying bugs

Destiny 2’s first new patch in 2020 fixes some nasty bugs, and reverts a beloved weapon back to its original power level.

On Jan. 16, Bungie launched Hotfix 2.7.0.2 as players continue to race through a seemingly unsolvable Corridors of Time puzzle. The patch is all bug fixes of one kind or another. It re-enables the weekly Gunsmith bounty that’s been out of commission for a few weeks, and removes the annoying, blinking symbol above Destiny 2’s real-money cosmetic store, the Eververse. The patch also fixed the maddening EDZ Obelisk bug, which made the Obelisk nearly impossible to interact with, despite needing it for a number of quests.

The Elder Scrolls Online Skyrim expansion detailed, watch the new trailer

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The Elder Scrolls Online Skyrim expansion detailed, watch the new trailer

After being ported to virtually every video game platform known to man, the world and lore of Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is now set to arrive inside its own sibling MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online.

The team at developer ZeniMax Online Studios unveiled new details about its upcoming season of content, titled The Dark Heart of Skyrim. The rollout of its four discrete modules begins with The Elder Scrolls Online: Harrowstorm on May 18 for players on Windows PC and Mac, and June 2 for those on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That content will be on the public test server starting next week.

New Overwatch League skin is a homage to the infamous GOATS meta

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New Overwatch League skin is a homage to the infamous GOATS meta

There is one word nearly every Overwatch player hates to hear: GOATS. The GOATS meta — a strategy requiring all tanks and healers — dominated Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch League in 2019. A lot people hated it because it was boring to watch; tanks have a lot of health, and with three healers, they’re even more beefy. There’s a lot of strategy to it, but not necessarily visually interesting, as characters crash into each other over until one team outlasts the other.

Teams kept playing it, over and over, until Blizzard stepped in. In July 2019, Blizzard implemented the Overwatch role queue, which forced players into roles: two damage players, two support, and two tanks. And that, my friends, was the end of GOATS.

Humble joins in fire relief efforts with a charity bundle of Australian games

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Humble joins in fire relief efforts with a charity bundle of Australian games

Humble this week joined the growing number of companies that have pledged to support Australia as it combats catastrophic bushfires. A limited edition Humble Bundle, called the Australia Fire Relief Bundle, was announced on Thursday. The collection of 29 PC games is available for a minimum donation of $25, with all proceeds going towards organizations dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating Australian wildlife.

The Australia Fire Relief Bundle has a promised value of over $400. Each of the included games is connected to Australia in some way, including Hollow Knight, developed by Adelaide-based Team Cherry, and the charming interactive storybook Paperbark, about a Wombat who lives in the Australian outback. I’m a big fan of the multiplayer dungeon-crawler Crawl and the gorgeous puzzle-adventure game The Gardens Between, both included in the bundle and developed by Australian studios.

Cyberpunk 2077 developer says multiplayer won’t be available until after 2021

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Cyberpunk 2077 developer says multiplayer won’t be available until after 2021

Following the delay of Cyberpunk 2077 from April into September of this year, developer CD Projekt Red says the game’s multiplayer component likely won’t surface until “after 2021.” The news comes as part of an investor question-and-answer session published online.

An investor on the call asked Michał Nowakowski, a member of CD Projekt’s board of directors and the senior vice president of business development, whether we should expect the multiplayer game in 2021. Nowakowski said that was “unlikely.”

New ‘Guardians for Australia’ shirt gives Destiny fans a way to donate and get swag

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New ‘Guardians for Australia’ shirt gives Destiny fans a way to donate and get swag

With the bush fires ongoing in Australia, some game companies are putting relief efforts together via purchase of in-game items or games themselves. Bungie, the developers of Destiny 2, are doing one better — an in- and out-of-game reward.

In a blog post on its website, the studio announced the new “Guardians for Australia” shirt. The shirt features the classic Guardian spaceship flying over some kangaroos on a hot plain — with the Destiny symbol on the corner of the shirt, seen above. Bungie is selling the shirt as a fundraiser for firefighting and animal rescue/conservation efforts in Australia.

Games use two types of randomness. Which one is more fair?

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Games use two types of randomness. Which one is more fair?

There’s one genre that this excellent video from Game Maker’s Toolkit does not address, and that’s sports, but in MLB The Show and NBA 2K particularly, I can speak to the total getting-screwed mindset of feeling like I’m getting beaten by a random number generator. That’s called output randomness, and Mark Brown does a wonderful job explaining it, and its sibling input randomness, in this video.

More importantly to us, he explains how they affect our (players’) feelings of fairness. Output randomness is best described as having an 87% chance to hit in XCOM and somehow whiffing the shot completely. (It also describes loot boxes, which no one likes.) But XCOM is still an excellent, well-loved series. Why?