Logitech announces plan to be carbon neutral by 2030

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Logitech announces plan to be carbon neutral by 2030

Computer and gaming peripheral company Logitech today announced plans to limit its carbon footprint and to be powered fully by renewable electricity within a decade.

The company, which is best known for its brands of mice and keyboards, pledged its support for the United Nations 1.5 degrees Centigrade business initiative, through which organizations declare plans to limit their environmental impact or attain carbon neutrality within a set schedule. Other companies to have joined the pledge include Hewlett-Packard, Levi Strauss, and Vodafone. These initiatives line up with the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals announced as part of the Paris Agreement of 2015.

Congressman pleads guilty to spending campaign funds on Steam games

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Congressman pleads guilty to spending campaign funds on Steam games

A United States congressman pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds. Among the illegal uses of those funds were plane tickets for his pet rabbits and video games from Steam.

Our story begins in 2016, when Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA) was first questioned by investigators about how he managed to afford his family’s lavish lifestyle. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that among the expenses in question were some $1,302 worth of Steam games. Since that time Hunter’s wife, Margaret E. Hunter, has also been implicated in the scandal.

New Apex Legends patch teases even more Peacekeeper shotgun nerfs

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New Apex Legends patch teases even more Peacekeeper shotgun nerfs

Apex Legends’ Dec. 3 patch is mostly about out-of-game changes, like giving players hundreds of more levels to progress through, and a few quality of life updates. The patch also promises a highly-requested balance change for the near future.

The Peacekeeper is Apex Legends’ most powerful standard shotgun, and one of its best all-around weapons. In fact, the gun is so good that it’s probably one of Apex Legendsbest guns period. Since the game’s release players have complained about the strength of the shotgun and asked for it to be toned down. Respawn has patched the weapon quite a few times, but it’s still stubbornly stuck around as a go-to for most players.

Destiny 2’s Season of Dawn will let players ride Sparrows on Mercury

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Destiny 2’s Season of Dawn will let players ride Sparrows on Mercury

Since Destiny 2’s Curse of Osiris expansion back in 2017, players have wanted Sparrows on Mercury (Destiny 2’s smallest location). In the teaser trailer for Destiny 2’s upcoming Season of Dawn, the studio unceremoniously revealed that Guardians could finally drive their hover bikes on Mercury.

When Curse of Osiris released in 2017, Bungie wouldn’t allow players to ride Sparrows on Mercury — likely because it only takes about 45 seconds to run from one side of the area to the other. But with the upcoming Season of Dawn set mostly on the hot planet, fans hoped things would change. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment in the trailer, you can clearly see Guardians driving new Sparrows through the familiar desert sands. Destiny community manager dmg04 confirmed the feature on Twitter.

Firewatch team’s next game ‘on hold’ as it works on other Valve projects

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Firewatch team’s next game ‘on hold’ as it works on other Valve projects

In 2017, Firewatch developer Campo Santo unveiled In the Valley of Gods, a promising-looking first-person adventure set in Egypt. The following year, Valve, the maker of Counter-Strike, Steam, and Dota 2, snapped up Campo Santo. Some Firewatch fans worried that Campo Santo had been swallowed by a company notorious for not shipping games.

Just last month, Firewatch fans freaked out a little bit more when multiple Campo Santo developers who had joined Valve removed any and all mention of In the Valley of Gods from their Twitter bios. It was a worrying sign.

Halo: Reach PC lets players turn off anti-cheat to make modding easier

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Halo: Reach PC lets players turn off anti-cheat to make modding easier

Halo: Reach launched on PC for the first time on Dec. 3, as part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection. While the game is mostly the same as its console counterpart, developer 343 Industries has already confirmed that it would support community mods in the PC version of the game. As a first sign of that support, the release features an easy way to turn off Halo: Reach’s anti-cheat.

While this may sound dangerous for players that just want to enjoy the game’s standard multiplayer, it actually isn’t. This is a creative solution that will allow players use mods and play modded maps in Custom Matches and Campaign mode. But to help keep things competitive, players who don’t have the game’s anti-cheat software active won’t be able to play matchmade game modes.

Death Stranding’s vehicle griefing problem will soon be fixed

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Death Stranding’s vehicle griefing problem will soon be fixed

One of the biggest features of Death Stranding is the idea that players are sharing a world, building infrastructure to help a whole score of Sams from across the world. A zipline built by another player, or a strip of road, can be the difference between a rough journey or a walk down easy street. Timefall, the cursed rain, slowly wears this away, but then players can build it back up. The mechanics are a fun reflection of the games themes, up to and until players start driving their vehicles into shelters and abandoning them on roads.

Then, a once helpful feature turns into a logistical nightmare. Imagine trekking across a stretch of highway that smooths over rocky terrain, only to find a big ol’ truck blocking your way. Or what if you want to provide a package to Conan O’Brien’s character’s shelter, you might find a buggy wedged right in the entrance. This issue was first spotted by Eurogamer, but is a common problem among Death Stranding players.

Diablo 4 will lose Ancient Legendaries, make items more complex

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Diablo 4 will lose Ancient Legendaries, make items more complex

Like its last post on Elective Mode, the Diablo 4 development team revealed potential changes to the way the series handles items. A new blog post from lead systems designer David Kim touches on item affixes, stats, and the removal of the super powerful Ancient Legendaries.

Blizzard will add new affixes to items in Diablo 4. These affixes upgrade skills you already have or increase your damage resistance to a particular element. However, you’ll need to hit certain thresholds of three new stats to activate these affixes: Ancestral, Angelic, and Demonic Power.

Modern Warfare season 1 patch adds 3 classic Call of Duty maps

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Modern Warfare season 1 patch adds 3 classic Call of Duty maps

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare just got a whole lot more content. The first season of the latest Call of Duty game began on Tuesday morning, and it includes three more maps, numerous Spec Ops missions, new weapons and skins, as well as the game’s first battle pass.

Modern Warfare’s new maps are Crash, Vacant, and Shipment. Each of the three maps is a remake from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and will be available to play in any of the game’s standard multiplayer game modes. This season also adds a few new Gunfight maps, Cargo, Atrium, and more.

FBI pulled PlayStation 4 data to break up an alleged cocaine ring

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FBI pulled PlayStation 4 data to break up an alleged cocaine ring

A recent case in Missouri involving an alleged cocaine dealer has brought to light an often overlooked aspect of video game console ownership. Crimes orchestrated using chat services on a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or even a Nintendo Switch are still crimes, and records of those criminal activities can be used against you.

The most recent case, uncovered by Vice’s Motherboard, focuses on one Curtis “Dola” Alexander. In a search warrant filed on Oct. 22, agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigations stated that Alexander was allegedly involved in a “multi-kilogram level” cocaine deal. As the narrative goes, an FBI source reportedly requested nine ounces of cocaine via the PS4 messaging client. Curtis, believing that in-game voice communication was more secure than text chat, asked that the transaction continue “during game.”