Fighting game player ‘Krucial B’ dies at New York tournament, Capcom confirms

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Fighting game player ‘Krucial B’ dies at New York tournament, Capcom confirms

Bryand McIntosh, a Louisiana-based member of the fighting game community, passed away this weekend during Defend the North, a yearly tournament based in New York City. According to participants present at the event, McIntosh suffered a seizure in the venue.

“I witnessed someone having a seizure today in the [Defend the North] bathroom and I went to go get help for him,” says Sinai Fang, a competitive Smash Bros. player. “And luckily I was able to find hotel workers that were able to help.”

Splatoon 2 fans are now convinced Pearl and Marina are an item

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Splatoon 2 fans are now convinced Pearl and Marina are an item

The results of Splatoon 2’s final Splatfest, which transpired over the weekend, are in: Chaos has won. Pearl is the ultimate victor ... if you go by the official results. But if you read into the undertones of the post-event dialogue between Pearl and Marina, it’s possible you’ll pick up on something more.

Pearl and Marina are the stars of Off the Hook, an in-game music act who always play a set for Splatoon 2’s Splatfest events. During Splatfest, players are asked to pick between two sides, and then go on to fight against the opposing team. At the end, whoever has the most votes and wins takes home the gold.

Every time an event ends, Pearl and Marina discuss the results with plenty of banter. In the first Splatfest, for instance, Marina declares that Splatfest made it so ice cream can legally be considered better than cake. Sometimes, the exchanges could be suggestive — during the invisibility-versus-flight event, Marina says, “With invisibility, you could spy on people while they’re ... inking their Splat Zone.”

Joy-Con drift leads to class-action lawsuit against Nintendo

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Joy-Con drift leads to class-action lawsuit against Nintendo

Last Friday, the law firm Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith filed a class-action lawsuit against Nintendo of America for claims related to a malfunction in Joy-Con controllers known as Joy-Con “drift.” The lawsuit follows a preliminary investigation opened by the firm on July 18 in which it solicited complaints online related to Joy-Con controllers. Andrew Ferich, associate attorney at CSK&D, told Polygon that the firm was “contacted by over 55,000 consumers” in 24 hours with concerns over the quality of the product. As a result of that, and its prior research, the firm decided to open a case.

This lawsuit comes as the most recent development in the case of Joy-Con drift, allegedly a hardware defect in which the controllers’ analog sticks register movement without being touched. Drifting can make it so that while playing games like Super Mario Odyssey, Mario will start walking in a direction without the user pushing the left analog stick.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep’s Artifacts will introduce a new ‘flavor’ to each season

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Destiny 2: Shadowkeep’s Artifacts will introduce a new ‘flavor’ to each season

In the original Destiny, Artifacts aided Guardians by giving them additional perks and powers. In the Rise of Iron expansion, they even brought some significant changes to how the game played. But Bungie decided to leave the item slot behind with Destiny 2 in 2017. Starting with Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and continuing through the year, players will earn a new Artifact to help them along their journey.

Polygon sat down with general manager Mark Noseworthy and franchise director Luke Smith to discuss how the Artifact system has changed, and what it means for Destiny 2.

StarCraft player and caster Geoff ‘iNcontroL’ Robinson dies at 33

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StarCraft player and caster Geoff ‘iNcontroL’ Robinson dies at 33

Streamer, esports commentator, and former pro StarCraft player Geoff Robinson, also known by his handle “iNcontroL,” died this weekend. He was 33. Robinson’s Twitter account announced his passing, saying that Robinson died of a sudden illness on Saturday, just one day after his last Apex Legends stream on Twitch.

With immense grief, we announce Geoff’s unexpected passing due to sudden illness Saturday. We ask privacy as his family works to understand what happened and make arrangements. To honor Geoff or offer comfort to his family, we suggest donations to @SoCalBulldog, which he loved.

EA sending out alpha invites for new Plants vs. Zombies shooter

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EA sending out alpha invites for new Plants vs. Zombies shooter

The next Plants vs. Zombies game for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One may be coming sooner than expected. Publisher Electronic Arts has already invited people to play a new game, codenamed Picnic, from the developers of the Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare games, said people who say they’ve received such invitations via email.

Picnic will get a “close alpha playtest,” according to screenshots of the email. Additional screenshots of a registration page indicate the alpha playtest will take place Aug. 1-6, and will feature at least two gameplay modes called Turf Takeover and Team Vanquish. We’ve reached out to EA for more details.

Meet Sigma, Overwatch’s new gravity-warping hero

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Meet Sigma, Overwatch’s new gravity-warping hero

After a weekend-long tease on the official Overwatch Twitter account, Blizzard revealed the game’s next hero. Meet Sigma, Hero 31 of Overwatch, who is revealed in a new origin trailer.

This animation shows a non-linear sequence of events, showing a scientist examining the science behind gravity and attempting to harness the power of a black hole. Something goes wrong during the experiment, and Sigma is hospitalized. Throughout the short, he is haunted by a melody and the equations behind his scientific thesis.

Why Catan on Nintendo Switch doesn’t have local multiplayer

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Why Catan on Nintendo Switch doesn’t have local multiplayer

Catan, one of the most popular board games of the last few decades and the game credited with kicking off a tabletop boom, recently came to Nintendo Switch. I was excited to try it out, especially since I assumed it would mean my friends and I could play a casual game of Catan without the extensive setup. But when I booted up the game looking for a local multiplayer option, it was nowhere to be found.

There is an online multiplayer mode, so in theory we could play an online game together while physically in the same room. Of course that means that everyone playing needs their own Switch and a Nintendo Switch Online account, which is far from a given.

The Pokémon Company and Tencent team up to make games for China

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The Pokémon Company and Tencent team up to make games for China

Chinese tech and entertainment giant Tencent and The Pokémon Company have announced that the two will be working together to develop games. The release didn’t include any specific game announcements, though as Tencent is the mobile and PC games giant of China, we can likely expect something for one of those platforms.

Tencent recently struck a deal with Nintendo, which is part owner of The Pokémon Company, to bring the Nintendo Switch to China, part of the game maker’s efforts to expand into the territory.

Apex Legends makers probe ways to detect keyboard-mouse cheaters on console

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Apex Legends makers probe ways to detect keyboard-mouse cheaters on console

Apex Legends console players who use a keyboard and mouse have been put on notice. Respawn Entertainment developers say they have ways of detecting those control scheme advantages, and they’re not cool with it.

Speaking in the latest update on the Apex Legends subreddit, Respawn’s community manager said “The short answer is: we don’t condone it.” Tests are underway, internally for now, on figuring out who is mixing methods; keyboard-and-mouse use not only provides faster and more accurate weapon aiming, that aiming can also pick up an assist in console play, if it’s believed they’re using a gamepad.