Trump and GOP blame recent mass shootings on video games, internet

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Trump and GOP blame recent mass shootings on video games, internet

President Donald Trump held a national address this morning to discuss the mass shootings that transpired over the weekend, outlining future legislative moves and priorities to better tackle what has become a country-wide crisis. And, like some Republican leaders who discussed the issue over the weekend, the president partially placed the blame on video games.

Over 24-hour period, the U.S. saw two horrific mass shootings: one at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, which where 20 people were killed and 26 were injured, and a massacre in Dayton, Ohio, where 9 people were killed and dozens more were injured.

The new Guilty Gear looks gorgeous

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The new Guilty Gear looks gorgeous

Developer Arc System Works is making a new, untitled Guilty Gear game. The new Guilty Gear will be released sometime in 2020, according to a teaser trailer shown at Evo 2019 on Sunday.

That teaser features series mainstays Sol Badguy and Ky Kiske — who are sporting new looks — battling it out in a flashy sword fight. The teaser appears to hint at one new feature coming to the next Guilty Gear: stage transitions. The video also hints at a menacing new character who sports thick dreadlocks and a skull-like helmet. Beyond that, Arc System Works hasn’t specified a firm release date or platforms.

Tekken 7 adding Zafina, new character Leroy, and ... Solid Snake?

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Tekken 7 adding Zafina, new character Leroy, and ... Solid Snake?

Tekken 7’s next season is shaping up to be a wild one. At Evo 2019, Bandai Namco revealed first details about season 3, revealing that Tekken 6’s ancient martial artist Zafina will return for Tekken 7, and that the game is getting a brand-new fighter, Leroy Smith.

But perhaps the biggest reveal may be that Metal Gear Solid’s Snake might be coming to Tekken.

Soulcalibur 6 adding Cassandra, Samurai Shodown’s Haohmaru

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Soulcalibur 6 adding Cassandra, Samurai Shodown’s Haohmaru

Bandai Namco confirmed two new characters coming to Soulcalibur 6: series veteran Cassandra Alexandra and Haohmaru from SNK’s Samurai Shodown franchise. The two characters and a second season of downloadable content were announced on Sunday at the Evo 2019 grand finals.

Cassandra, the younger sister of Soulcalibur fighter Sophitia, first appeared in the weapons-based fighting game series in Soulcalibur 2. Her most recent mainline playable appearance was Soulcalibur 4. She’ll be available in Soulcalibur 6, along with her arsenal of weapons and a new story mission, on Aug. 5. Cassandra is included as part of the game’s season pass.

Valve apologizes for spoiling Street Fighter’s roster reveal

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Valve apologizes for spoiling Street Fighter’s roster reveal

Valve has formally apologized for a publishing error that outed the next three fighters coming to Street Fighter 5’s roster. “We are fans of Street Fighter ourselves and we’re sorry for the error,” the company says.

Last week, a video went up on Steam revealing that fan favorites Poison, and E. Honda are coming to the game, along with newcomer Lucia. This weekend is Evo 2019, the time of year when Capcom and other fighting game publishers save their big announcements. After the slip-up earlier this week, Yoshinori Ono, the longtime producer and public face of the series, seemed genuinely wounded by the spoiled reveal.

Rainbow Six Siege’s newest operators look like Indiana Jones characters

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Rainbow Six Siege’s newest operators look like Indiana Jones characters

Rainbow Six Siege is about to embark on the third season of its fourth year since launch, and according to concept art fans have found recently, the two new operators players will meet look like a couple of treasure hunters straight from an Indiana Jones flick.

Concept art for the new characters slipped out over the weekend and ended up on the game’s subreddit. Skeptical players there aren’t sure that the images really fit the idea of a Siege fighter, but when they’re taken in with some hints previously revealed by the game’s support roadmap, it seems plausible. Me personally, I’m captivated by the female character depicted, who looks like a straight-up tribute to Marion Ravenwood.

Twitch Prime’s latest freebie mends a Hall of Famer’s beef with EA

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Twitch Prime’s latest freebie mends a Hall of Famer’s beef with EA

Twitch Prime’s latest loot freebie delivers movie star, lacrosse standout and Syracuse University alumnus Jim Brown to your Madden NFL 20 Ultimate Team roster. This is noteworthy because only three years ago did he and Electronic Arts settle a lawsuit over the unauthorized use of his likeness in Madden NFL 09.

Brown’s legal action was somewhat related to the mess that ended the NCAA Football series. In the days before Ultimate Team, Madden would include unlockable classic NFL teams from yesteryear, but “scrambled” the rosters the way EA’s college game did. So Brown showed up for the 1964 Cleveland Browns as “RB#32.” Officially but unofficially a part of the video game, in other words.

Evo 2019 brings lots of deals on fighting games

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Evo 2019 brings lots of deals on fighting games

The 2019 Evolution Championship Series tournament (aka Evo) takes place this weekend, with the world’s best fighting game competitors descending on Las Vegas to virtually duke it out.

To celebrate Evo 2019, Humble, Steam, and other digital storefronts are running deals on fighting games all weekend. Most of the games featured at this years event are discounted, including Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. This year’s unexpected newcomer, Under Night in Birth Exe:Late[st], is on sale at Steam. And the game receiving top billing this year, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, gets a rare $10 discount at Amazon.

Hitman’s heat-seeking briefcase is officially a weapon in the next update

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Hitman’s heat-seeking briefcase is officially a weapon in the next update

Hitman 2 has, or had at one point, a glitch in which Agent 47 could fling his briefcase overhead and it would home in on a target, even around corners or behind walls, and knock someone’s Eurotrash ass out. It was a lot of fun, but quickly patched out by IO Interactive. Now they’re embracing it, and bringing back the homing briefcase as goofy, officially usable gadget.

It’s part of the Best Case Scenario Challenge pack, which is coming Aug. 8. “Is it a bug? Is it a feature? No, it’s an unlock!” IO says. “This physics-bending briefcase is designed to induce fear and terror in whoever gets in its way.”

Warframe celebrates summer with Dog Days, a beach-themed event

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Warframe celebrates summer with Dog Days, a beach-themed event

Warframe developer Digital Extremes announced a whole host of content at this year’s Tennocon, but there’s another smaller event going online today. Dog Days Tactical Alert is a summer event based around you, a beach arena, an “ultra-powered Soaktron” squirt gun, and other players. If players win their watery brawls, they’ll win rewards.

The beach arena disallows mods, pets, and abilities. Warframes are on equal footing, and must participate in a deathmatch. Of course, Soaktrons must be refilled, and so players will need to refuel at water fountains throughout the arena.