Here’s how Bungie comes up with Destiny’s wacky weapon names

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Here’s how Bungie comes up with Destiny’s wacky weapon names

Bungie is known for making shooters, creating countless in-game guns over the years. In the Halo series, weapons had simple names: assault rifle, battle rifle, magnum. The most creatively named weapon in the first Halo was the Needler, and it only took a cursory glance at the gun to figure out how Bungie came up with that one.

On the flip side, the Destiny franchise features names for weapons with references like Izanagi’s Burden, Parcel of Stardust, or Vision of Confluence.

Sega reveals new Super Monkey Ball for PC, PS4, and Switch

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Sega reveals new Super Monkey Ball for PC, PS4, and Switch

Sega’s new Super Monkey Ball game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC isn’t really an all-new game, but a remake of a previous title, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz, according to a report from Japanese publication Famitsu. Titled Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball in Japan, the remake of the 2006 Wii game will be released on Oct. 31 for PS4 and Switch.

The PC version will hit Steam sometime in December, according to Famitsu. Sega of America has not yet confirmed a North American release for Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball but we’ve reached out to the publisher for clarification.

Tetris Effect coming to PC, Vive, and Rift

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Tetris Effect coming to PC, Vive, and Rift

Tetris Effect, the audiovisual experience-meets-puzzle game that first hit PlayStation 4 in 2018, is coming to Windows PC on July 23, developer Enhance Games and The Tetris Company announced today. Tetris Effect for PC will be sold through the Epic Games Store.

Enhance calls Tetris Effect for PC “the ultimate version” of the game, capable of displaying resolutions of “4K or more” with an uncapped frame rate with v-sync disabled, and offering support for ultrawide monitors. The PC version will also offer “expanded game and graphical options” including texture filtering and adjustable particle volume and size.

Mario Maker 2 level turns World 1-1 into a fiery nightmare hellscape

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Mario Maker 2 level turns World 1-1 into a fiery nightmare hellscape

Have you been looking for the perfect place to start with Super Mario Maker 2? Well keep looking, because this might be the hardest version of Super Mario Bros. World 1-1 ever made. Named “1-1 but with a twist,” creator and Twitter user Sunny remade the first level from Super Mario Bros. with dozens of twirling fire bars. The “twist” makes the once elementary level nearly impossible to finish. It is enough to scare any newbie away from playing Mario possibly forever.

The level was made in the recently released Super Mario Maker 2. In Mario Maker 2, players are given the tools to make their own Mario Levels from scratch. It’s common for community members to make hard levels; much of the community thrives on it. But, this level is more than just technically difficult to play. It is butt-clenchingly stressful to watch. Other difficult levels in Super Mario Maker 2 require perfect timing and a smooth and polished execution. It’s almost relaxing to see the perfectly timed jumps and runs.

Pokémon Go is getting a subtle One Piece crossover

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Pokémon Go is getting a subtle One Piece crossover

A little bit of One Piece is coming to Pokémon Go next week. Starting July 22, players will be able to catch a Pikachu sporting a straw hat, the same hat that One Piece protagonist Monkey D. Luffy wears. It’s part of an event to support the reconstruction project of Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan, an area hit by a devastating earthquake in 2016.

The Pokémon Go event is part of the larger One Piece Kumamoto Reconstruction Project. One Piece manga creator Eiichiro Oda, who hails from Kumamoto, has contributed financial and fundraising support for the area over the years. The makers of Pokémon Go have previously supported the Kumamoto region by spawning Snorlax in the area in hopes of attracting players to visit.

Pokémon Go’s appraisal system is getting a big upgrade

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Pokémon Go’s appraisal system is getting a big upgrade

People who play Pokémon Go know all too well that the game’s eccentricities are part of its charm. It is one of the most deceptively complex mobile games around, mostly because so little is actually explained to players. But the game is about to get slightly easier to grok.

Individual Values (or IVs) are one of the most confusing aspects of Pokémon Go. If you don’t know what they are, you can read up on IVs in our guide. But the gist is that IVs are random and can slightly influence the overall power of a given Pokémon (even when comparing two of the exact same ‘mon).

The future of one of the year’s best horror games seems grim

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The future of one of the year’s best horror games seems grim

It’s been nearly five months since Taiwanese game studio Red Candle Games pulled its latest title, horror game Devotion, from sale. Amid controversy that it had included a disparaging remark about Chinese president Xi Jinping in Devotion, the studio apologized and removed the game from Steam in order to perform a “complete QA check” on all of the game’s artwork assets.

Devotion has not returned to Steam, and based on a new statement from the developer, it doesn’t sound like the game will reappear anytime soon, if at all.

Hasbro is trying to crowdfund this massive Transformer with a $4.6 million price tag

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Hasbro is trying to crowdfund this massive Transformer with a $4.6 million price tag

Hasbro’s nascent “crowdsourcing” portal, HasLab, has sprung to back to life more than a year after its first project went live. Right now fans can pay up front for a screen-accurate, posable reproduction of Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster; or they can chip in for their own copy of the biggest Transformer toy ever made. Both campaigns are timed to coincide with the San Diego Comic-Con.

HasLab was announced in February 2018, and its first project — which launched in April 2018 — was a wild one. Called the Khetanna, it was a four-foot-long reproduction of Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Backers could pre-order their own for $499.99, but Hasbro would only make them if at least 5,000 people signed up. The campaign was successful, with more than 8,800 backers and around $4.4 million earned. Fans received their barges in a timely fashion. A good portion of them stayed sealed inside the box, where they’re being sold for about $1,200 on eBay.

The Pokémon virus that scared and confused players for years

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The Pokémon virus that scared and confused players for years

If you play Pokémon for long enough, there’s a small chance that you might be hit with a mysterious affliction. “First time it happened to me during my play through of Diamond and Platinum, my young self thought that my Pokémon were in danger,” said Twitter user T’khari Fisher. “I panicked, placed the carrier in the PC so that it wouldn’t affect my party.” Before he was able to Google the virus, Fisher feared that perhaps his monsters had contracted some “some sort of equivalent to HIV,” he said.

Stories like Fisher’s abound in the Pokémon fandom, largely because older games barely explain the Pokerus mechanic. When you take your infected buddy to the Pokémon center, the healer tells you that “tiny life forms” have attached to your creature. Then, you get a call informing you that the virus will eventually wear off.