John J. Kirby, lawyer and namesake of the Nintendo character, dies at 79

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John J. Kirby, lawyer and namesake of the Nintendo character, dies at 79

John Kirby, the longtime Nintendo attorney and the namesake of fan-favorite character Kirby, died on Wednesday. He was 79. Kirby was given the honor by famed designer Shigeru Miyamoto when the blobby pink character was created for 1992’s Kirby’s Dream Land.

In addition to his work for Nintendo, Kirby’s clients included Pepsi and America Online, but his obituary notes he was most proud of his work for the Justice Department during the 1960s. As special assistant to the head of the department’s Civil Rights division, Kirby’s work on voting records demonstrated widespread discrimination against African-Americans in the South and led to the creation and passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Scholastic publishing Overwatch book starring Numbani hero Efi Oladele

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Scholastic publishing Overwatch book starring Numbani hero Efi Oladele

Blizzard Entertainment has Overwatch comics, a cookbook, and plenty of digital shorts. Now it’s expanding into a new venue — young adult fiction. Scholastic will publish an Overwatch novel titled “The Hero of Numbani” in 2020, a Blizzard representative confirmed to Polygon.

An Amazon listing for the book appeared this week and detailed the story. “The Hero of Numbani” centers on Numbani hero Efi Oladele, the young girl who created Orisa. You probably remember her from the Doomfist attack on Numbani’s OR15 bots; after the attack, Oladele built Orisa from the remains.

New Pokémon revealed in 24-hour Sword and Shield stream appears to be a Galarian Ponyta

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New Pokémon revealed in 24-hour Sword and Shield stream appears to be a Galarian Ponyta

Minutes before Pokémon Sword and Shield’s 24-hour broadcast ended, two Pokémon galloped into view. They appear to be a Galarian version of Ponyta. The Pokémon was revealed a few hours earlier, but the final reveal showed two of the colorful ponies — one that’s glowing and another without a tail.

Of course, the stream had no dialogue, so we can’t exactly confirm these are new iterations on Ponyta, but they sure look like they are. After all, we did hear Ponyta cries throughout the stream.

Ms. Marvel joins the roster of Marvel’s Avengers game

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Ms. Marvel joins the roster of Marvel’s Avengers game

Ms. Marvel, aka Kamala Khan, is the sixth playable superhero in Marvel’s Avengers. The character’s inclusion in the upcoming Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal-developed game was confirmed by publisher Square Enix at New York Comic Con on Friday.

Square Enix teased Ms. Marvel for Marvel’s Avengers back at San Diego Comic-Con in July, but a new trailer for the ambitious superhero game shows how Kamala Khan, and her polymorphic superpowers, will appear in-game.

The 24-hour Pokémon Sword and Shield stream is spooky

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The 24-hour Pokémon Sword and Shield stream is spooky

Mushrooms grow along the Galar region’s forest floor. Heavy tree coverage leaves the forest dark, illuminated only by the faint glow of its green and yellow mushrooms. I can hear the static of rushing water in the distance, broken only shrill of a chime. The 24-hour Pokémon Sword and Shield broadcast screen could easily be mistaken for a still image, only dust-like wisps floating around the screen. There is the promise of something happening, but the image has stayed largely unmoving.

And so for most of the day, I’ve had the stream pulled up on my TV screen, an unnerving version of “lo-fi beats to chill to” that scares my pants off every time something changes. I’ve had the stream on since it began more than six hours ago, so the regular sounds may as well be silence to me — silence that is broken with a shatter every time a Pokémon cries. This happens every half hour or so; so far we’ve heard Morelull and Phantump, among others. Occasionally, Pokémon will creep out from the brush before darting back behind cover. We’ll hear rustling bushes — then nothing.

House of the Dead remakes are in the works

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House of the Dead remakes are in the works

Two classic Sega light gun shooters, The House of the Dead and The House of the Dead 2, are being remade, according to developer Forever Entertainment. The studio is also responsible for the forthcoming remakes of Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon 2 Zwei.

Forever Entertainment confirmed the House of the Dead remakes on Twitter, saying it had signed an agreement to remake the two games. “No platforms or release dates have been confirmed, and unfortunately we can’t say anything more for now,” the developer said.

Every item in Ghost Recon Breakpoint can be purchased with real money

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Every item in Ghost Recon Breakpoint can be purchased with real money

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint is a meaty stealth and action game, plunging the player deep into the you-against-the-world mentality of operations behind enemy lines. And it seasons that meat with a lot of the gun-and-gear fetishism the Tom Clancy branding would suggest. That’s why Breakpoint’s microtransaction structure is a little troubling.

All the items in the in-world store have an in-game currency cost, and that currency is freely found in chests and on dead bodies. But the free currency can also be bought with a premium currency, which of course is only purchased with real-world cash.

Hearthstone’s celebrating Halloween with three-week Doom in the Tomb event

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Hearthstone’s celebrating Halloween with three-week Doom in the Tomb event

Blizzard Entertainment will celebrate Halloween in Hearthstone with three weeks of a challenge event called Doom in the Tomb. Building off the Saviors of Uldum expansion, the Doom in the Tomb challenges will require players to speed through Hearthstone’s Haunted Temple of Uldum. The rewards are timed.

The Haunted Temple’s tombs unlock at 1 p.m. EDT on Oct. 8 and will continue until Oct. 30. Here’s the breakdown straight from Blizzard:

Final Fantasy 14 is addressing its housing problem

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Final Fantasy 14 is addressing its housing problem

Final Fantasy 14’s housing system is extremely limited, but with the game’s next patch (version 5.1), more plots of land will be added to the game.

Three more wards will be added to each housing district, meaning that there will be 180 new plots of land per the four housing areas. However, these new wards will only be available for players who are relocating the homes they already own and to players buying houses for their Free Companies.

Destiny 2 players can get a free powerful engram from Bungie

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Destiny 2 players can get a free powerful engram from Bungie

Destiny 2’s Shadowkeep expansion has just arrived and that means players are once again on the search for the best loot. Thankfully there’s a quick and easy way to get a powerful piece of gear by signing up for Bungie’s rewards program.

The Bungie Rewards program requires players to have a Bungie.net account and have a Destiny 2 profile linked to that account. Once your rewards account is set up you’ll start to periodically get rewards in-game for Destiny 2. For now, one of those rewards is a Powerful Engram, a random piece of gear that’s guaranteed to be above your current Light level.