Sony to shut down PlayStation Vue in January 2020

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Sony to shut down PlayStation Vue in January 2020

PlayStation Vue, the streaming television service operated by Sony’s gaming unit, will cease operations at the end of January 2020, Sony announced Tuesday.

The shutdown news comes just five days after The Information reported that Sony had been losing money on Vue and had spent months looking for a buyer to take on the struggling service. It appears those efforts were futile; Vue will close up shop on Jan. 30, 2020.

HBO cancels the Game of Thrones spinoff starring Naomi Watts

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HBO cancels the Game of Thrones spinoff starring Naomi Watts

The Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts has been reportedly canceled, Deadline reports.

The prequel — not to be confused with the four other gestating Game of Thrones spinoffs in the works at HBO — was set to take place thousands of years before the original HBO series. Jane Goldman (Kingsmen) wrote the script, which focused on the “Age of Heroes” and the first battle between a man and a White Walker.

Warcraft 3 Reforged’s multiplayer beta begins this week

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Warcraft 3 Reforged’s multiplayer beta begins this week

Blizzard has announced that the multiplayer beta for Warcraft 3: Reforged will start “this week”, though scheduling on that access may vary between regions. Warcraft 3: Reforged is a relaunch of the original Warcraft 3 from in 2002, with overhauled graphics set over the same units and tactics.

The multiplayer beta will go live with some serious limits. Only orcs and humans will be available to play, and the game modes will be limited to 1v1 and 2v2 matchmaking.

The key to unlocking the Nintendo Wii’s copy protection was a simple pair of tweezers

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The key to unlocking the Nintendo Wii’s copy protection was a simple pair of tweezers

For publishers, one of the biggest perks of putting a game on a console versus Windows PC is locking it down from piracy. Of course, piracy is a two-sided coin, with those looking to flout the law on one side and historical preservationists on the other. No matter which side you’re on, however, the hack of the Nintendo Wii was a very big deal when it first went down. And without a pair of tweezers, it might not have happened at all.

A channel called Modern Vintage Gamer has a concise, 12-minute story that’s fairly easy to digest. It includes lots of well-researched sales data, as well as some handy graphics for the technical bits. But the punchline comes at the 6:20 mark.

League of Legends reveals its first Louis Vuitton skin

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League of Legends reveals its first Louis Vuitton skin

Riot Games is releasing the first Louis Vuitton skin for League of Legends. The skin, True Damage Qiyana Prestige Edition, has the champion’s weapon covered in the iconic Louis Vuitton pattern.

This Qiyana skin was designed by Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton’s artistic director of women’s collections. The skin is the first of two confirmed to be coming; Senna, another member of League of Legends music project True Damage, will be getting a Prestige Edition skin designed by Ghesquière in early 2020.

Rare Pikachu card sells for over $200,000 after bidding war

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Rare Pikachu card sells for over $200,000 after bidding war

On Oct. 23, Weiss Auctions opened bidding on a super-rare Pokémon card, Japanese Illustrator Pikachu, a promotional card created as a contest prize in 1998. The card was never commercially available, which makes it so rare. Only 39 were handed out to contest winners.

Phil Weiss, a collectibles expert and owner of Weiss Auctions, knew the card was worth a lot. Ten of the Illustrator cards had been rated by PSA, a certification company that grades cards. This particular card is a PSA 9, the closest to perfect a card could get without a 10 rating. Weiss told me that the same card, with the same rating, sold at auction for around $50,000 a few years back. Other cards have sold for higher at online auctions, he said. This Pikachu card, however, went a lot higher — to $195,000 at the hammer.

Nier: Automata comes to Final Fantasy 14, now everyone can dress like 2B

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Nier: Automata comes to Final Fantasy 14, now everyone can dress like 2B

The first Nier: Automata raid is now playable in Final Fantasy 14, which means there are new extremely cool outfits to get, including 2B’s outfit.

2B’s iconic dress can be earned by clearing The Copied Factory, the new 24-player raid. After beating the last boss, three players will randomly get a set of 2B’s clothes. Three sets will drop, so only three lucky players will score the outfit per run. Her outfit is level one and can be equipped by every race and job in Final Fantasy 14, so players can use it as sweet glamour no matter what level they are.

Red Dead Online goes goes supernatural with its new Halloween mode

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Red Dead Online goes goes supernatural with its new Halloween mode

Red Dead Online players have reported finding mysterious corpses out in the swamp, and now that spookiness is getting ramped up. A host of Halloween-themed changes are coming to Red Dead Online, including a new limited-time showdown mode: Fear of the Dark.

Fear of the Dark is a mode where players are divided into two teams: plucky Hunters and terrifying Night Stalkers. Night Stalkers begin as powerhouses with enhanced strength and speed, but they rely on skull masks hidden around the map. As Hunters destroy masks, Stalkers become weaker and the tables turn in favor of the Hunters.

Star Wars: Resistance Reborn sets up the events of Rise of Skywalker

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Star Wars: Resistance Reborn sets up the events of Rise of Skywalker

To prepare for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker you might want to dig into your pile of unfinished video games. The latest book from publisher DelRey, titled Star Wars: Resistance Reborn, puts some of the canon’s most under-appreciated characters to good use. Not only does it tie together multiple novels and comic series into a cohesive story, it also makes some very deep pulls from Star Wars Battlefront 2.

[Warning: What follows contains spoilers for Star Wars: Resistance Reborn, as well as Star Wars Battlefront 2.]

EA games are coming back to Steam

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EA games are coming back to Steam

After a series of teases and rumors, it’s official: Electronic Arts is coming back to Steam after eight years of being absent on the distribution platform.

The first new EA game coming to Steam will be Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which will arrive on Nov. 15 — and incidentally can be pre-ordered starting today. Later this year, The Sims 4 and Unravel 2 will come to Steam. Next year, other EA franchises to return on Steam, such as Apex Legends, FIFA 20, and Battlefield 5 — all of which were previously only playable on PC via Origin.