Diablo 3’s Season 17 adds new difficulties and a seasonal buff

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Diablo 3’s Season 17 adds new difficulties and a seasonal buff

Diablo 3 hasn’t had a major content release in two years, since Blizzard released the Necromancer pack. But the Diablo 3 seasons continue. Starting May 17 at 8 p.m. EST, Diablo 3 Season 17 goes live. It’s Blizzard’s second themed season, granting players a three month long buff. This season also adds new difficulties and some quality of life updates.

Here’s everything you need to know about Diablo 3 Season 17. For a complete list of patch notes, scroll down.

Fortnite players are shooting an octopus in the hopes of winning $3M

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Fortnite players are shooting an octopus in the hopes of winning $3M

Trials for the Fortnite Creative World Cup are well underway, and this week players are being challenged with a level where only the most outrageous shooting counts. It’s not enough to land the shot; you’ve got to do it style.

Such is the world of “trickshotting,” where players kill enemies after doing things like flips, or swinging their character a full 360 degrees before firing the shot. The idea is to be extra as possible. The more you do before landing the blow, the better.

The unexpected challenges of remaking Fallout 2 using Fallout 4’s engine

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The unexpected challenges of remaking Fallout 2 using Fallout 4’s engine

When Fallout 2 was released in 1998, the post-apocalyptic role-playing game was widely considered a masterpiece thanks to its open-ended gameplay.

Players were able to approach problems however they’d like, and the game took great care in giving fans creative options to solve missions, like talking your way out of the final boss battle. In the wake of Fallout 4’s more action-oriented approach, and Fallout 76’s mixed reception, it’s no wonder that, over twenty years later, there’s still interest in revisiting the California wasteland.

Bethesda promises big updates for The Elder Scrolls: Blades

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Bethesda promises big updates for The Elder Scrolls: Blades

Bethesda Softworks will soon lower the costs of repairing gear and the difficulty of some enemies through upcoming updates for The Elder Scrolls: Blades, the company announced in its first monthly Town Hall post for the mobile adaptation of its fantasy role-playing series. Going forward, a major update sometime around or after E3 2019, with more on that to be discussed in Bethesda’s presentation during the expo.

Blades is a free-to-play title where players have to wait up (in some cases for six hours) to open treasure chests they’ve found, which contain loot necessary to advancement. Players can currently bypass that wait by spending real money (“Gems”). Bethesda developers noted that timers to open silver chests have been shortened to one hour from three, and increased the payout of gems, both of which came from player feedback.

Riot Games will not allow employees to opt out of arbitration, despite company-wide walk out

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Riot Games will not allow employees to opt out of arbitration, despite company-wide walk out

Riot Games employees took part in a company-wide walk out on May 6 to protest several of the company’s employment policies, including the use of forced arbitration in response to employee lawsuits. Riot has since released a statement announcing that it will not be changing its arbitration policy during litigation.

“Ultimately, given the complexities of ongoing litigation, we will not change our employee agreements while in active litigation,” the statement explains. “We know not everyone agrees with this decision, but we also know everyone does want Riot to continue to improve. We remain committed to having a firm answer around extending an opt-out to all Rioters when active litigation concludes.“

Trump’s disastrous trade war with China is causing panic in the tabletop game industry

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Trump’s disastrous trade war with China is causing panic in the tabletop game industry

President Donald Trump’s disastrous trade war with China is causing a panic inside the board game industry. A list of tariffs on Chinese imports proposed by the United States trade representative would raise the cost of virtually everything needed to produce modern tabletop games. John Stacy, executive director of the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA), says that tariffs could dramatically reduce the number of new games in production in the United States. Even worse, they could cost workers and business owners their livelihoods.

GAMA is a non-profit organization that represents more than 1,000 companies in the hobby games industry. That industry includes board games, card games, dice, role-playing games, and miniatures games. It’s a sector that has seen remarkable growth over the last decade thanks to a number of factors. Among them is the birth of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, but also a modern renaissance in board game design. Meanwhile the tabletop RPG sector, lead by Dungeons & Dragons and made viral by actual-play experiences, is more popular than ever before.

Bungie is nerfing Destiny 2’s most popular weapons

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Bungie is nerfing Destiny 2’s most popular weapons

In its weekly blog post, Bungie announced plans to nerf some of Destiny 2’s most popular Exotic items in Season of Opulence. Bungie announced that their goal is to keep endgame activities like raids a challenge. But some of these items were too powerful to sustain.

Here are the nerfs coming in Season of Opulence.

Minecraft Earth is augmented reality on a global scale, and also in your kitchen

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Minecraft Earth is augmented reality on a global scale, and also in your kitchen

Microsoft today unveiled its previously teased follow-up to Minecraft, a sequel of sorts. It’s a free-to-play Augmented Reality game called Minecraft Earth, and it’s designed for modern Android and iOS phones. A closed beta is planned for this summer, likely to be limited geographically, with a gradual roll-out through the whole world. The game allows players to collect Minecraft blocks as they walk around their neighborhoods, to engage in augmented reality mini-games in public spaces, and to create their own virtual buildings, which can be shared and explored.

So, those are the main details. But there’s a lot to dig into, to find out, what is Minecraft Earth?