Team Fortress 2 loot crate glitch wrecks virtual economy

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Team Fortress 2 loot crate glitch wrecks virtual economy

A glitch in Team Fortress 2’s loot crate distribution at the end of this week guarantees the rarest type of virtual item — ones that can be legally resold for real money — in several types of loot crates, where ordinarily players have a one percent chance or less of unboxing them.

Though Valve is moving to limit the damage, this has wrecked the 12-year-old game’s virtual economy meantime. The problems start with the game’s most recent update, which delivered another batch of new cosmetics. TF2 players in ResetEra, the game’s subreddit, and elsewhere immediately noticed they were unpacking unusual-class hats with automatic reliability from certain numbered crates.

Actor removed from Fire Emblem: Three Houses following Tumblr apology

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Actor removed from Fire Emblem: Three Houses following Tumblr apology

An actor in Fire Emblem: Three Houses will be replaced in an update coming to the game later, following a controversy in which the actor apparently violated a non-disclosure agreement by discussing his role prior to the game’s July 26 launch.

Christopher Niosi, the jettisoned actor, also wrote a lengthy Tumblr confessional a week ago in which he apologized to numerous friends, professional colleagues and romantic partners for abusive behavior, outraging many online. Following the Tumblr post, Niosi was discovered in the credits for the mobile game Fire Emblem Heroes. One of the incidents for which he apologized involved bragging about his role as the player character’s male avatar in Three Houses, in apparent violation of an NDA covering that work.

Classic Doom releases require an online account, leading to some good goofs

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Classic Doom releases require an online account, leading to some good goofs

Today at QuakeCon, Bethesda tried to surprise fans with something nice: a re-release of the first three Doom games on Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It sounds great, but there is a small catch: To play the classic Doom games, fans have to log into a Bethesda.net account.

Players will only need to log into Doom and Doom 2 once and then they can play offline. For Doom 3, they’ll need to log in to a Bethesda.net account “to access certain features and/or content.”

DCS F-16C, the spiritual successor to the legendary Falcon flight sim, gets a new trailer

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DCS F-16C, the spiritual successor to the legendary Falcon flight sim, gets a new trailer

It’s Friday, and I’m actively considering making the long trip up to Oshkosh, Wisconsin to the EAA AirVenture Air Show, better known as the Oshkosh Air Show. It’s one of the largest in the world, and has already seen some excitement this week, including a brake fire on a C-5M Super Galaxy. Ironic, then, that the team at Eagle Dynamics dropped a new trailer for DCS: F-16C Viper, the latest module for its DCS World vehicle simulation platform.

Honestly, I think the game looks nearly as good as real life at this point. And learning to fly the thing is probably a lot easier than standing next to the blazing hot tarmac on the other side of the Cheddar Curtain. Unfortunately, the module itself won’t be out until September.

NHL 20 open beta offers first look at gameplay, Gritty

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NHL 20 open beta offers first look at gameplay, Gritty

Fans can get their first look at NHL 20 through an open beta kicking off today, but, more importantly, it’s the World Premiere Video Game Debut of Gritty.

Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers’ mascot and true NHL rookie of the year (sorry, Elias Pettersson), made his first public appearance on Sept. 24, 2018, 10 days after NHL 19 launched. But the hirsute 7-footer was not included in subsequent roster updates, and was thus unavailable for play in NHL Threes with fellow googly-eyed cheerleaders Youppi, Iceburgh, Stormy, or Thunderbug.

Bungie fixing Destiny 2’s Lord of Wolves weapon next week, rewarding players

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Bungie fixing Destiny 2’s Lord of Wolves weapon next week, rewarding players

For nearly two months, a single weapon has cursed Destiny 2 players in the Crucible: the Lord of Wolves shotgun. With the Solstice of Heroes holiday patch coming next week, Bungie is finally shipping a fix for Lord of Wolves in PvP.

Bungie’s intended nerf to the Lord of Wolves at the season’s start backfired, and while the studio successfully reigned in the weapon for most activities, it has dominated the game’s multiplayer.

Tactical shooter Squad gets Canadian troops, more modding and a free weekend.

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Tactical shooter Squad gets Canadian troops, more modding and a free weekend.

Squad, the tactical shooter in Early Access on Steam, got a new set of modding tools today and developer Offworld Industries is celebrating that with a free weekend. Also Canadians.

The Canadian Armed Forces, a playable faction that began as a mod, will join the game as its first official downloadable content, which will be free to everyone. That expansion will also include more weapons and vehicles “giving one of the world’s most well known armies some well deserved spotlight,” Offworld said in a statement. The update will also carry two snowy maps, Quebec and Nanisivik.

Breath of the Wild glitch-hunters figured out how to ride Sidon anywhere

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Breath of the Wild glitch-hunters figured out how to ride Sidon anywhere

Yeehaw! Thanks to the tireless work of Breath of the Wild glitch-hunters, we can now ride a hot fish boy wherever we want. Videos showing players riding Prince Sidon across both land and air, in addition to water, started cropping up today.

The only time Link can ride Sidon without glitches is a single battle against the Divine Beast Vah Ruta. Link shoots arrows while riding Sidon’s back as the two zip across the water together. The videos don’t really explain what needs to be done to make this happen in a reliable fashion, so you’re on your own when it comes to replicating the effect.

The first three Doom games could be headed to Nintendo Switch

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The first three Doom games could be headed to Nintendo Switch

Doom, Doom II, and Doom 3 may all be headed to Nintendo Switch in the very near future. On Friday morning, all three games went up on Nintendo’s U.K. eShop, with release dates set for Friday, July 26. Since then, however, all the pages have vanished.

While it’s a little strange for the games to appear then disappear online, the timing does make some sense. id Software’s QuakeCon 2019 is set to kick off that same day, with a keynote address around 12 p.m. ET. QuakeCon is id Software’s annual conference and fan expo, where the publisher often announces new details about its games. This year the focus is on the Doom franchise, which makes this announcement of the trilogy coming to Switch seem even more likely.