Mixer streamer loses Microsoft partnership after Fortnite sex offender joke

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Mixer streamer loses Microsoft partnership after Fortnite sex offender joke

A verified streamer on Mixer lost his partnership with Microsoft after he tweeted a joke about being a sex offender playing Fortnite with kids.

Harrison “HarrisonJr” Patrick Stewart, a Mixer streamer since 2017 with 80,000 followers, summarily lost just about everything about his presence on Mixer, too. All of his past streams have been deleted, his view count has been wiped, his biography has been deleted, and the headline for the main stream (offline, of course) reads simply, “I’m sorry.”

Xbox Series X will improve one of the best console features of this generation

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Xbox Series X will improve one of the best console features of this generation

At The Game Awards 2019, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox Series X, its next generation game console. The 2020 console’s new website unveils details about backward compatibility and the new controller. But head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, and partner director of program management for Team Xbox, Jason Ronald, sat down with GameSpot to reveal an upgrade to the Xbox One’s game suspension feature.

“Today, we have the capability of instantly resuming the last game that you were playing,” Ronald told GameSpot. “Why can’t you do that for multiple games? Many players choose to play multiple games at the same time, being able to instantly jump right back where I was, those are things that we can do with the platform level to make the gaming experience better.”

Warframe’s new spaceship expansion is built to expand and evolve over years

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Warframe’s new spaceship expansion is built to expand and evolve over years

Warframe is a game so large that it’s almost a franchise unto itself, stuffed with everything from Tony Hawk-style hoverboard challenges to a music-composing combat minigame. The latest expansion, Empyrean, is built on the foundation of Warframe, but it’s almost a whole new game in and of itself.

When a player jumps in for the first time, there’s no tutorial. They’re thrown into the deep end of the pool. My first few voyages upon the Railjack spaceship were quick and devastating.

A playable teaser for a remake of Gothic, a flawed and beloved RPG, is out now on Steam

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A playable teaser for a remake of Gothic, a flawed and beloved RPG, is out now on Steam

The team at THQ Nordic has been busy spooling up a new development team in Barcelona, Spain. To test their mettle, the powers that be set them to task on a remake of a game in their stable: specifically Piranha Bites’ cult classic Gothic, a flawed and beloved role-playing game from 2001. The result is this playable teaser, available for free to anyone who also owns any other Piranha Bites game.

Gothic was a devilishly opaque little game that focused on a male protagonist inside a prison colony. You battled orcs, but also explored the political landscape of a remote feudal society. It featured non-player characters with their own schedules, and many other subtle features that were an inspiration to the team behind The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.

How to watch Fortnite’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker clip premiere

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How to watch Fortnite’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker clip premiere

Fortnite is gearing up for its first ever in-game movie clip, with a debut of new footage from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Developer Epic Games announced that the clip would be premiering in-game last week, and offered a few additional details during The Game Awards 2019.

The event will start letting players in at 1:30 p.m. ET, which probably means that’s when you’ll be able to hop into a match to get ready for the clip’s premiere. The actual event itself will begin at 2 p.m. ET. Geoff Keighley and Donald Mustard briefly spoke about the event during The Game Awards and made it sound like they would both be in attendance for the event, along with Rise of Skywalker director, J.J. Abrams. This could mean that there’s some kind of pre-show that will go up before the clip, but we can’t be sure on that.

Photo mode joins Red Dead Redemption 2 on consoles

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Photo mode joins Red Dead Redemption 2 on consoles

Red Dead Redemption 2’s photo mode, exclusive to the PC version of the game when that launched in November, has joined the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions with the latest update. However, some Xbox One users are saying they can’t find the option, with others saying it’s only available in certain modes of play.

The patch notes for title update 1.15 make no mention of restrictions or exclusions on the mode, just that “Photo Mode has been added for consoles.” Players on Twitter verify that it works as advertised for PS4 (just enter the pause menu, then press the touchpad) but some Xbox One users (pause menu, Back button) are puzzled and can’t seem to find the option. Still others say the mode is available in single-player play only, not Red Dead Online.

Gleamlight publisher responds to accusations of being a Hollow Knight ‘ripoff’

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Gleamlight publisher responds to accusations of being a Hollow Knight ‘ripoff’

Nintendo held an indie game showcase earlier in the week, and one of the games revealed for the show was an action title called Gleamlight. When I first saw the footage, I initially thought I was looking at DLC or a sequel for Hollow Knight. Evidently, I’m not alone: The top response to Nintendo’s tweet about the game calls it a Hollow Knight “ripoff,” and nearly all replies after that mention the existing Metroid-style indie game in some way.

The same is true on YouTube. While the trailer for Gleamlight has only been viewed over 11,000 times as of this writing, all the top comments are about Hollow Knight. The footage also has more dislikes than likes at the moment.

New Destiny 2 bug accidentally hints at the return of Trials

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New Destiny 2 bug accidentally hints at the return of Trials

With Destiny 2’s Season of Dawn update, Bungie added a bunch of new hidden items to the game’s code. This is normal, and happens every few months in Destiny 2. But, with Season of Dawn, a rare bug after PvP matches appears to show a Trials score card.

Trials — both of Osiris in the original Destiny and of the Nine in Destiny 2 — was a hardcore PvP mode available on the weekends. Players would get a card displaying their wins and losses, and jump into the mode with a group of other players. Each team would battle, and whoever won marked a win on their card, and the losers would mark a loss.

All the winners from The Game Awards 2019

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All the winners from The Game Awards 2019

Most folks show up for The Game Awards for the new games and announcements. But, despite the dozens of trailers at the event, its core conceit is still to give the game industry an international stage on which to recognize the truly outstanding games of the previous year. There’s even a few surprises, and this year was no exception.

The Game Awards 2019 had 29 categories ranging from best esports coach to best indie game. The nominees for all of the awards are selected by a jury of 80 media and influencer outlets, Polygon among them. After all of the nominees are decided, the winners are chosen based on 90 percent of the votes from the nominating jury and 10 percent from a fan vote.

You gotta see The Outer Worlds dev’s amazing journey to fix an elusive bug

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You gotta see The Outer Worlds dev’s amazing journey to fix an elusive bug

Quality assurance is a process. Merely knowing that a bug exists isn’t enough: testers need to be able to reproduce the bug in order to access the root cause. Easier said than done.

Yesterday, Obsidian Entertainment QA Lead Taylor Swope took to Twitter to explain how the developer figured out and eventually fixed an annoying bug that caused The Outer Worlds to believe that a player’s companions are dead. The problem should be obvious: companions can’t die, and indeed, people who encountered this bug could see their pals behaving as they normally would. But, because the game treated companions as deceased, some players weren’t able to complete certain quests.