Summer Games Done Quick blows away old fund raising record

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Summer Games Done Quick blows away old fund raising record

Summer Games Done Quick raised another record-breaking amount, this time breaching $3 million. That’s nearly 50 percent better than what the speedrunning marathon raised in 2018 for Doctors Without Borders. More significantly, it’s the first time any Games Done Quick event has raised more than $3 million.

Games Done Quick’s organizers announced the milestone early this morning in a news release. As of now, the total is $3,005,788.87, from more than 50,000 donors, but that figure typically changes in day after the event’s end as more donations come in. The figure smashes last year’s $2.1 million raised, which was also a record at the time.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout loses split-screen support

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout loses split-screen support

About as quietly as it was added to the game, split-screen play in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s battle royale Blackout mode has been removed.

Players noticed the feature was no longer in the game this week following Black Ops 4’s most recent patch. A Treyarch representative, on Reddit, checked with the development team and was told that split-screen has been disabled “as we evaluate some known issues.”

Xbox Games With Gold for July spotlights Inside, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

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Xbox Games With Gold for July spotlights Inside, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Two days before the end of the month, and on a Saturday, no less, Major Nelson announced the four titles being offered on Xbox Live Games with Gold for July 2019. It’s another light-hitting month, which correlates to Microsoft’s push to get Gold subscribers to add on Xbox Game Pass.

Inside, launched in mid-2016, is Playdead’s spiritual successor to its 2010 game Limbo. It picked up a ton of awards in 2016 and 2017, many of them for art, design and independent games categories. Our review called it a better game than Limbo, which itself was an outstanding indie game for consoles.

Five games leaving Xbox Game Pass this month

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Five games leaving Xbox Game Pass this month

After a relatively quiet May, four big names, five depending on your point of view, are dropping out of Xbox Game Pass as of tomorrow. If you’re a subscriber and want to continue your progress, you can acquire these for 20 percent off. The list prices given are their current full price through the Microsoft store.

The doomed:

Game Freak responds to fan anger over Pokémon Sword and Shield’s limited Pokédex

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Game Freak responds to fan anger over Pokémon Sword and Shield’s limited Pokédex

Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda, longtime Pokémon series game designer and producer, responded today to fan blowback over Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, and the developer’s decision to limit the amount of Pokémon that can be transferred to the game. Masuda’s statement, however, doesn’t amount to much, and only appears to acknowledge fans’ discontent about Pokémon Sword and Shield’s limited Pokédex.

In a statement, Masuda tells fans he’s “read all your comments and appreciate your love and passion for Pokémon,” and reaffirmed that the decision to limit Pokémon Sword and Shield’ to the Galar region Pokedex was “very difficult.”

Breath of the Wild glitch shows a beautiful underwater world

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Breath of the Wild glitch shows a beautiful underwater world

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is already known for its sprawling, open world, filled with neat design tricks and abundant enemies, but a recent glitch shows just how much detail lives in parts of the game that aren’t always visible.

A Twitter user shared a clip of their experience, which shows Link wading into the water while activating his scope. Once they cancel out of the action, the water disappears and leaves behind a clear view of a lush underwater world filled with coral and giant, brightly-colored fish.

Pokémon Go Jump-Start Research guide

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Pokémon Go Jump-Start Research guide

After a bit of a drought, Pokémon Go has finally added a new Special Research quest: Jump-Start Research. It’s designed to get returning players up to speed, while also giving new players something to work for. The rewards for this quest are surprisingly generous, and it should be well within the reach of even casual players.

Here’s everything you’ll need to do to complete the Jump-Start Research quest. (Special thanks to Reddit user, u/geocean for flying through these so quickly. We’ll be confirming these for ourselves over the weekend.)

EA Access for PS4 launches July 24

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EA Access for PS4 launches July 24

EA Access will launch for PlayStation 4 on July 24. For $5 a month, $30 a year, players on that console can get a library of Electronic Arts games and a discount on microtransactions.

The launch date was announced today. Back in May, the publisher said that the service, previously available to Xbox One and PC (as Origin Access) would come to PlayStation 4. It originally launched in 2014.

Last Day of June is the Epic Games Store freebie for the last week of June

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Last Day of June is the Epic Games Store freebie for the last week of June

Last Day of June is a puzzle adventure game. The last day of June is this Sunday, June 30. And Last Day of June is the latest free game available at the Epic Games Store that will, in fact, be available on the last day of June. June 27 through July 4, to be exact.

Despite the title, Last Day of June does not actually take place in summer, or at least not only in summer. It’s a time-travel puzzle adventure in which the protagonist goes back in time, attempting to tweak the past in order to prevent his wife’s death. It’s a lovely little game about love and loss, with a simple, beautiful stop-motion-y style. Our review summarized it thusly: