I’m pretty sure all these Mario Maker 2 players are going to hell

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I’m pretty sure all these Mario Maker 2 players are going to hell

Super Mario Maker 2 allows you to enjoy some levels with up to three other players, which sounds nice in theory, but actually ends up being nothing but chaos. If your buddies don’t kill you, the course will. This mayhem is leading to a number of hilarious clips where players share their unfortunate fates.

Sometimes, a rival will be an asshole and will intentionally use a feature to take you out of the race. Other times, players will slyly wait until the last minute to do their worst. And even better, at times course-makers will place elements on their levels that can only be used for evil against other players.

World of Warcraft’s Race to World First raids are undergoing an ownership controversy

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World of Warcraft’s Race to World First raids are undergoing an ownership controversy

World of Warcraft’s new expansion, Battle for Azeroth, has had one interesting success: the race among top guilds to be the first to finish new raids. Uldir and the Battle for Dazar’Alor, the two full raids currently in Battle for Azeroth, were both accompanied by heated races from guilds competing to gear up, learn the strategies, and down the final boss before their competition could. As Blizzard prepares to launch the third raid, Azshara’s Eternal Palace, one of the top guilds in the world has called out their sponsor for attempting to take over the entire community-led project.

Race to World First raids exist somewhere in between speedrunning and esports. Players band up in large groups with the best gear that they can possibly acquire — even by wild methods like doing a mass paid switch to the other faction to take advantage of a loot loophole, then switching back — and go through a series of carefully designed boss encounters. These boss encounters test both a player’s stats and their skill, and players have to maximize their damage and healing while also avoiding traps, counteracting boss mechanics, and moving as a group.

Warhammer 40,000 introduces new plastic Sisters of Battle

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Warhammer 40,000 introduces new plastic Sisters of Battle

Following a year of record profits, Games Workshop is reinvigorating its flagship Warhammer 40,000 miniatures line. Leading the pack of announcements and new releases this month is our first look at the all new plastic Sisters of Battle tactical squad.

The Sisters of Battle, also known as the Adepta Sororitas, are 40K’s version of militant nuns. As the lore goes, they’re known to be heavily armed and armored, able to go toe-to-toe with humanity’s greatest foes like the Eldar, Orcs, and Tyranids. But they’re also a bit mysterious, closely associated with the Imperial Inquisition and always on the lookout for heresy.

Hello Kitty is coming to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

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Hello Kitty is coming to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Hello Kitty and her friends from Sanrio are coming to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Nintendo’s mobile adaptation of the lifestyle video game, later this month. In-game items, including sofas, beds, hats, and dresses, featuring Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty and Cinnamoroll, will be added to the game on July 11.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp players will automatically get at least one Sanrio item: Hello Kitty’s bow. From July 11-22, Pocket Camp will feature a Gyroidite Scavenger Hunt that will enable players to craft “limited-time in-game Hello Kitty amenities and Sanrio Characters tees,” Nintendo said in a press release. Players will also get Sanrio-themed rewards from fortune cookies in the Sanrio Characters Craft Collection.

Cuphead is coming to Netflix as an animated series

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Cuphead is coming to Netflix as an animated series

Cuphead, the notoriously difficult side-scroller based on classic cartoons, is coming to Netflix as an animated series. Called The Cuphead Show!, Dave Wasson (Mickey Mouse Shorts) and Cosmo Segurson (Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling) will serve as co-executive producers alongside the game’s creators, Chad and Jared Moldenhauer.

The original game caught our attention at E3 in 2015 with a wild series of lavish boss battles. When the game finally came out as an Xbox One exclusive in 2017, critics and fans were smitten, despite the game’s punishing difficulty. In Polygon’s review, we noted that those challenges were eclipsed by “dozens of tiny breakthroughs, when the impossible became possible.”

Working group of game companies announces plan to tackle crunch and workplace stress

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Working group of game companies announces plan to tackle crunch and workplace stress

Over the past few years, I’ve interviewed dozens of game developers and other industry workers, who’ve spoken to me about how their jobs are ruining their lives. As they talk about the challenges they face, it’s not unusual for people to break down in tears,

Long hours, bad managers and lack of job security all contribute to mental health problems that go way beyond the normal parameters of workplace stress.

Tetris 99 getting offline multiplayer in new DLC

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Tetris 99 getting offline multiplayer in new DLC

Tetris 99, the Tetris battle royale game for Nintendo Switch, appears to be getting a new piece of downloadable content that will enable offline multiplayer. On Nintendo’s Australian website, there’s a listing for a new offline expansion for the Tetris game.

This expansion — currently just called DLC 2 — references a new offline multiplayer mode. In the Big Block DLC released earlier this year, Tetris 99 got two single-player modes with CPU matches and a Marathon leaderboard mode. However, the new DLC will apparently allow for local multiplayer in Tetris 99. “In the second DLC, we plan to add a new mode that lets you play offline with your family and friends,” the add-on’s description reads.

G2A employee tried to pay the press for favorable coverage

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G2A employee tried to pay the press for favorable coverage

An employee of G2A, which runs the controversial G2A Marketplace that sells game key codes, attempted to secretly pay 10 different journalists for favorable coverage of their company, according to emails published on Monday.

G2A’s head of communications, Maciej Kuc, confirmed the scheme to Polygon via telephone this afternoon. He said attempt to solicit positive paid coverage without disclosure is against company policy, and the employee will be reprimanded. Kuc declined to identify the employee, deferring to disclosure and employment law within the European Union.

Dr. Mario World has some fun twists on a classic puzzler, with a few mobile game gotchas

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Dr. Mario World has some fun twists on a classic puzzler, with a few mobile game gotchas

Nintendo’s efforts to bring its games, like Super Mario, Fire Emblem, and Animal Crossing, to mobile platforms have always come with caveats. They’re polished and fun, but have never come close to upstaging their console siblings. That’s by design; when Nintendo kickstarted its mobile efforts, then-president Satoru Iwata said its mobile games were made to bring awareness to and up-sell players to premium games on its consoles and handheld devices.

The company’s latest mobile game, Dr. Mario World, continues in that tradition. It’s a polished, robust mobile puzzle game that flips a few Dr. Mario traditions — the virus-killing pills you play with move up, not down — that also follows modern mobile game monetization methods. It’s a good game, but doesn’t reach heights of Nintendo’s Switch titles. It’s enjoyable enough to spend some time with while waiting for the bus or sitting in an airport, when you may not have your Switch nearby.

Destiny 2 players think Gjallarhorn could return soon

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Destiny 2 players think Gjallarhorn could return soon

The Destiny community has thoroughly datamined the content in Season of Opulence. As usual, Bungie is holding back some secrets, but elements of certain surprises are sneaking out — like the upcoming quest for the Bad Juju Exotic. But two new lines have players thinking a fan favorite Exotic rocket launcher could return: the infamous Gjallarhorn.

Players have spent a few weeks poring over new Destiny 2 data, but hints of a rocket launcher quest showed up in early July. In the datamine, players can see two lines of very specific text: “Rocket Launcher Components” and “scattered pieces of a greater whole.”