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.

Days Gone’s new mode is basically Crazy Taxi

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Days Gone’s new mode is basically Crazy Taxi

Bend Studio’s zombie game Days Gone has a new update that adds a Crazy Taxi-like arcade mode to the PlayStation 4 exclusive. That mode, called Dead Don’t Ride (which was Days Gone’s rumored working title), puts players into a golf cart and forces them to pick up passengers and drop them off at their destination while racing against the clock.

Dead Don’t Ride is missing many of the things that make Crazy Taxi great; it’s slower, you don’t have a bustling city to drive through, and there are no Pizza Huts, Tower Records, or KFCs to visit. And the zombies — err, Freakers — don’t jump out of the way at the last second. In fact, running over Swarmers is one of the goals in Days Gone’s Dead Don’t Ride. But clearly Bend was going for that Crazy Taxi spirit in a game not built for arcade-style mechanics.

Here’s how the new Fortnite Champion Series will work for season X

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Here’s how the new Fortnite Champion Series will work for season X

The Fortnite World Cup has crowned its champion and catapulted him to internet fame, but that doesn’t mean that Fortnite’s competitive side is taking a break. On Friday afternoon, Epic announced its plans for a new competitive series that will run for all season X.

The new competitive mode will be called the Fortnite Champion Series, and it’s going to look familiar to anyone who followed the World Cup. The competition will have players face off in online qualifiers, each with its own dedicated prize pool. The top teams from each region in each qualifier will then compete in the Season X Championship. The only twist this time around is that rather than Duos and Solos, like at the World Cup, the only mode for the Season X Championship will be Trios.

Players absolutely hate Fortnite’s new mech

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Players absolutely hate Fortnite’s new mech

Fortnite’s latest season is only a day old, but fans are already furious about the game’s latest vehicle: the B.R.U.T.E. mech. These mechanized death machines let two players, one gunner and one driver, wander the map unleashing torrents of missiles at anything in their path. While, in theory, you can just shoot them, they’ve proven to be a lot of trouble to pro players and amateurs alike.

While the earliest complaints about the B.R.U.T.E. happened as soon as the vehicle was announced in the season X patch notes, the more hostile reactions didn’t happen until players were killed by the mechs themselves. As their frustration built, players took to both the game’s competitive and standard subreddits to make their displeasure known.

Riot Games is making a fighting game

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Riot Games is making a fighting game

League of Legends developer Riot Games is working on an unannounced fighting game, according to Evo fighting game tournament co-founder Tom Cannon, who also works at Riot. Cannon confirmed the development during an interview at Evo, as spotted by esports reporter Rod “Slasher” Breslau.

“Back in 2016, when we joined forces with Riot, I said that we were going to go in the hole for a while,” Cannon said, “and I want to be able to let people in on maybe the worst kept secret in the universe, which is I can confirm that we are working on a fighting game for Riot.”

Thousands of people have come together for the most moving game of the year

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Thousands of people have come together for the most moving game of the year

Kind Words is not like any game I’ve ever played. And while Kind Words relies heavily on the input from other players, it’s definitely not like any other multiplayer titles I’ve come across.

The premise is simple. When you first load up the game, a deer that sounds like an Animal Crossing character asks you to write a short letter about something that’s worrying you. This letter will then get sent out to the community, who can respond to your requests. Everything is anonymous. If you like someone’s response, you can share a sticker with them. While you wait, a selection of lo-fi chill beats by composer Clark Aboud play in the background, giving everything a dreamlike feel. That’s it, that’s the whole game. Some, I’m sure, would question if it really does qualify as a game, but whatever you want to call it, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience.

Fortnite World Cup winner now has to deal with the worst parts of online fame

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Fortnite World Cup winner now has to deal with the worst parts of online fame

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf walked away from the Fortnite World Cup a household name within the gaming community after winning $3M in the solos portion of the competition. But that visibility has come with a few downsides.

Bugha had his Twitter hacked by someone plugging a specific handle almost immediately after being declared the winner, and the attacker also disseminated anti e-girl rhetoric. The 16-year-old regained control of his account the next day, but the attention has started filtering into his online matches as well.

Ninja’s first Mixer stream had more viewers than his Twitch average

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Ninja’s first Mixer stream had more viewers than his Twitch average

Ninja, one of the internet’s most popular streamers, announced yesterday that he would be moving from Twitch, where he initially grew his now massive following, to exclusively stream on Microsoft’s Mixer streaming service. Ninja’s first Mixer broadcast went live from a station at the Lollapalooza music festival, complete with his sponsored Red Bull refrigerator in the background.

Just as he went live, Ninja’s stream climbed up to around 76k viewers. While this doesn’t quite reach the heights of his Twitch streaming days last year, when viewers could stretch well into the hundred thousands, it is almost double the viewership that Ninja has been getting on Twitch over the last several weeks. For his first drop in Fortnite on his new platform, Ninja landed at Mega Mall, but died just a couple of fights in. After this quick death, his stream dropped to around 66k viewers.

Pokémon Go event introduces Shiny Bonsly, temporarily increased gift storage

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Pokémon Go event introduces Shiny Bonsly, temporarily increased gift storage

A new event has come to Pokémon Go, this time celebrating friends. From Aug. 5 at 4 p.m. ET until Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. ET, there will be a ton of gift-related bonuses in game.

Each egg that you get from a gift will have a two kilometer egg instead of a seven kilometer egg, but the pool of Pokémon in the egg will be what you could normally find in a seven kilometer egg. This means that any eggs you get from gifts will hatch much faster.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses players discover the secret for recruiting students

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses players discover the secret for recruiting students

In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the player takes on the role of professor at an officer’s academy, teaching one of three houses. With enough work, the player can convince students in other classes to transfer and work with them in lectures and on the battlefield.

This is usually a stat check — if you want to nab Felix for your squad, you’re going to need high speed and sword skills — but players have found a much easier way to get new students.