Airplane Mode, coming soon, joins Desert Bus on boring games’ cutting edge

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Airplane Mode, coming soon, joins Desert Bus on boring games’ cutting edge

Desert Bus for Hope, the original masochistic-gaming charity marathon, lurched out of its station in virtual Tucson on Friday, and with it came the announcement of a game styled similarly to Penn & Teller’s absurdist work from 25 years ago: Airplane Mode.

Published by AMC (the Walking Dead and Breaking Bad network), Airplane Mode takes the, er, player on a real-time long-haul flight across the Atlantic. Developed by Hosni Auji, the game/social commentary will launch sometime in 2020 but an alpha build will be shown Tuesday during the weeklong livestream of Desert Bus for Hope.

Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan disagrees with blitzchung suspension

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Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan disagrees with blitzchung suspension

Blizzard’s top developer for Overwatch says the suspension handed to a Hearthstone pro — who voiced support for Hong Kong protesters in an official stream — should be “reduced more or eliminated,” in an interview with The Washington Post.

In October, Hearthstone pro Ng “blitzchung” Wai Chung shouted support for Hong Kong demonstrators on a Blizzard-sponsored livestream, and was suspended from competition, originally for a year, but later revised to six months. Chung also lost a portion of his winnings to date in Overwatch’s online competitive league. The suspension drew worldwide protest, both online and at last week’s BlizzCon, the publisher’s annual fan convention.

Oh no: Everyone who’s died in World of Warcraft is going to the worst hell

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Oh no: Everyone who’s died in World of Warcraft is going to the worst hell

World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, offers new zones and a compelling story about the nature of death. It turns out that everyone was a little bit right about the afterlife, and now the heroes of Azeroth must correct a terrible error. You see, everyone who dies, no matter what their beliefs or actions in life, is being sent to Warcraft’s mega hell. Players must meet new Covenants, level to...

Wait, I’m sorry, I can’t focus on anything about Shadowlands except the fact that everyone’s getting their soul megatortured, and has been for at least a year. This means that every piece of official World of Warcraft content is changed, and I’m here to explain why that’s actually very funny.

6 new games added to Apple Arcade

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6 new games added to Apple Arcade

It’s Friday and that means that Apple Arcade, Apple’s iOS game subscription service, has a few new releases for subscribers to check out. This week’s slate includes six new games.

From Asher Vollmer, the creator of Threes, IGF winning Jamie Antonisse, and Sirvo Studios, Guildlings is a fantasy adventure. The game tells a modern fantasy story and draws on inspiration from things like classic RPGs, point and click puzzle games, and visual novels. The game features beautiful art, text message-style dialog options, and a variety of different abilities that can be used in turn-based combat. Guildlings will tell its story episodically, with only the first releasing today.

The Outer World fan beats game without killing anyone on highest difficulty

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The Outer World fan beats game without killing anyone on highest difficulty

After Kyle Hinckley wowed the world by beating Fallout 4 as a pacifist — an achievement that nearly busted his game in the process — the intrepid adventurer is back with a new feat. This time, he’s tested the limits of peace in The Outer Worlds, an RPG by Obsidian that has repeatedly boasted about the sheer amount of choice provided to the player.

We know, for instance, that you can kill everyone in your path and still complete the game. But what happens when you avoid violence altogether? And what if you’re trying to do that on Supernova, the toughest difficulty available?

FIFA 20 pro suspended for colluding with other top pros

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FIFA 20 pro suspended for colluding with other top pros

A top professional in FIFA’s esports competition has been suspended for encouraging collusion. They’ll miss the remainder of qualifying for the FIFA Ultimate Team Champions’ Cup. The suspension follows an investigation and a Eurogamer report on big-name pros working together behind the scenes.

FIFA 20 includes a global ranking system, which groups players of similar skill levels into several tiers. Each weekend during the season, EA Sports runs the Ultimate Team Weekend League, which includes rewards (usually rare and highly-rated players and in-game items) for everyone who performs at a high level — including the professionals in the highest tier. Eurogamer’s investigation alleges that, by coordinating over a so-called “dodging Discord,” the best players were able to dominate weaker competition and scoop up the rewards.

Call of Duty’s ridiculous shotgun has been nerfed

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Call of Duty’s ridiculous shotgun has been nerfed

One of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s funniest and most annoying guns, the 725 shotgun that seemed to have unlimited range, has been nerfed. The nerf came as part of a balance patch that developer Infinity Ward released on Friday morning. The patch also fixed several bugs in the game, added the Hardpoint mode to multiplayer, and gave players two free maps.

After the patch the 725 shotgun will have a bigger spread, both for hip fire and when aimed down sight, and most importantly reduced damage range. This should help stop its proliferation across multiplayer, and reduce the incident of players who were using it to get kills from across entire maps. Modern Warfare’s latest patch also significantly changes the way recoil works in the game. Being crouched or prone used to adjust the recoil players felt from guns, but that’s no longer the case. Claymores have also been adjusted to have a narrower trigger and damage area of effect.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses adds sauna and maid costumes

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses adds sauna and maid costumes

You know what would go really well with a long, grueling story about war and trauma? New outfits and ways to blow off steam, clearly.

The latest wave of DLC for Fire Emblem: Three Houses has hit today, and the patch brings with it a bevy of new content. There are new threads for all students, including the obligatory maid and butler costumes that will make cutscenes hilarious. (Maids and butlers are now a type of recruitable battalion, too.) There’s now a sauna mechanic as well, which allows you to soak in the heat with your classmates.

The Outer Worlds is coming to Nintendo Switch in early 2020

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The Outer Worlds is coming to Nintendo Switch in early 2020

The Outer Worlds is coming to Nintendo Switch in early 2020, according to an investor call earlier today.

The Outer Worlds publisher Private Division, a subsidiary of Take Two Interactive, announced the game will be released on Nintendo Switch during its 2020 fiscal year, which means that the game will drop before March 31, 2020, when the fiscal year ends.