New Destiny 2 patch nerfs Spectral Blades, fixes Xur

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New Destiny 2 patch nerfs Spectral Blades, fixes Xur

Destiny 2’s final patch before the Season of Opulence is live. Patch 2.2.2. doesn’t add any new content to the game, but it will make playing Destiny 2’s multiplayer a lot more enjoyable. Bungie finally nerfed Spectral Blades, the new Hunter Super from Forsaken. The bug preventing progress in Xur’s Invitation of the Nine questline is also gone.

Here is a complete list of the things you need to know about today’s Destiny 2 patch. For a complete list of changes, scroll down.

Fortnite is free, but kids are getting bullied into spending money

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Fortnite is free, but kids are getting bullied into spending money

In a private school where tuition is high, students can bicker about clothes, shoe brands, cellphones, or video games. At Paul Towler’s middle school, where he teaches English to seventh and eighth graders, some kids “have enough money to be comfortable and others’ parents are owners of giant nationwide restaurant chains,” he says. Towler is used to seeing such disparities play out in the real world through objects that you can physically hold. But after battle royale sensation Fortnite exploded, the fights between students took an unexpected turn. Fortnite’s virtual clothes became a status symbol, and some of Towler’s pupils started policing what their classmates wore in-game.

The confrontations could get ugly. One student in Towler’s class “begged his parents for [money] to buy a skin because no one would play with him” because he wore basic virtual clothes. While the bullying wasn’t always Fortnite-specific, Towler recalls that it seemed “vicious for [the student] to have another avenue for the meaner kids to attack him.” Things got better for that kid, but when your social scene begins and ends with Fortnite, having nobody to play with is like a mark of death.

EA Access subscription service coming to PS4

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EA Access subscription service coming to PS4

Electronic Arts is bringing its EA Access subscription service, which offers early access trials to new games and a library of existing games as part of “the Vault,” to PlayStation 4 this July, the publisher announced on Tuesday.

EA Access for PS4 will cost $4.99 per month or $29.99 annually, the same price as the existing EA Access service on Xbox One.

The original Devil May Cry is coming to Switch

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The original Devil May Cry is coming to Switch

Capcom is bringing the original Devil May Cry to Nintendo Switch this summer, according to a tweet from the official Devil May Cry account. Pricing and release date were not announced.

Unlike the Devil May Cry HD Collection released on console and PC last year, this appears to be a stand-alone title. Reaction to that decision has been mixed; some Devil May Cry fans seem happy to avoid the much maligned Devil May Cry 2, but given the first three games are available as a moderately priced bundle elsewhere, fans are also perplexed by the decision to release just one game from the series on Switch.

No Man’s Sky’s best and brightest are trying to build a perfect colony

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No Man’s Sky’s best and brightest are trying to build a perfect colony

With its harsh, unforgiving temperatures and constant blizzards, Mount Loper doesn’t seem like the sort of planet where most people would want to settle down. But No Man’s Sky fans who are a part of the player-run collective known as the Galactic Hub were coming up against an unusual problem five months ago: overcrowding. Settlements built on the capital planet, New Lennon, were becoming so popular that player-built bases would start to disappear, seemingly pushing against the limits of No Man’s Sky. And so the Galactic Hub set out to find a new home.

The Hub, which was established in 2016, is a group of No Man’s Sky players who banded together to deeply explore a region of the game. The guild was meant to provide players with an area where they could find discovery markers everywhere, hopefully giving people a reason to stick around and contribute to the overall effort. Hub players also provide services to members, such as trading and fuel delivery. As No Man’s Sky fleshed out its multiplayer mechanics, the Hub flourished. With a larger number of players in the mix, the Hub developed the concept of capitals and colonies —that is, deliberate communities where people could build, explore, and learn together. But early gatherings at the Hub were scattershot.

Microsoft teases new AR Minecraft game

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Microsoft teases new AR Minecraft game

Microsoft has something new planned for Minecraft, and it looks like an augmented reality app for mobile phones.

In a teaser video posted to the Microsoft Twitter and YouTube accounts, a woman accidentally swaps phones with a man sitting on a bench. She picks up the phone to discover a new Minecraft game, in which one of the game’s polygonal pigs is wallowing in the mud, overlaid on a real-world surface. The teaser gets a bit fantastical when a pair of Minecraft villagers appear nearby, hinting that the game world will inhabit our own reality.

Adventure Academy marries 90s edutainment with modern MMO style

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Adventure Academy marries 90s edutainment with modern MMO style

As a child of the ’90s, I grew up in an era where everyone had the internet, but it wasn’t so all encompassing. Much of my young life was spent on online portals and in adventure games based around unlocking new areas, solving puzzles, and collecting rewards. These games could be online portals based around opening a dinosaur museum, or entertainment focused experiences like the Pajama Sam series or my carefully curated Neopets collection.

Nearly two decades later, I found myself surprised at a new project that held the DNA of my childhood. Adventure Academy, a new game for kids aged 8-13, draws from the curated experiences and portals of the ’90s. That setting is combined with the design of MMORPGs and modern games-as-a-service, and its fascinating to see how a game built specifically for kids has evolved with the gaming landscape of 2019.

Pokémon Go is getting Detective Pikachu stuff

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Pokémon Go is getting Detective Pikachu stuff

The live-action Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu, hits movie theaters this week, so naturally an event in Pokémon Go celebrating all things Detective Pikachu is in order. Niantic and The Pokémon Company are holding a special event that will commemorate (and help promote, obviously) Detective Pikachu with a number of new cosmetics and in-game bonuses.

From Tuesday, May 7, at 1 p.m. to Friday, May 17, at 1 p.m., Pokémon Go players will see Pokémon featured in Detective Pikachu in raids and in the wild. That likely means more Pikachu, Psyduck, Snubbull, and maybe even Mr. Mime showing up more frequently in-game.

MediEvil remake to headline next PlayStation State of Play livestream

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MediEvil remake to headline next PlayStation State of Play livestream

Sony is hosting its second episode of State of Play — the Nintendo Direct-like video presentation for PlayStation games — on Thursday, May 9, at 3 p.m. PT. The next State of Play will offer an “extended look” at the PlayStation 4 remake of MediEvil, as well as the debut of a new title from PlayStation Worldwide Studios.

But don’t expect much beyond that. Thursday’s episode of State of Play will run approximately 10 minutes, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. Sony does promise “other updates and announcements from upcoming PS4 games,” but it sounds best to keep expectations in check.

Fortnite’s rune event opens vault, unlocking a weapon from the past

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Fortnite’s rune event opens vault, unlocking a weapon from the past

Over the last month, the entire Fortnite community has been working together on puzzles in hopes of unlocking the game’s season 8 Rune event. The first sign of something big came from a few dig sites around the island which eventually revealed a giant door over Loot Lake. After weeks of digging, destroying rocks, and dancing, players broke all five of the door’s seals. On Saturday afternoon, that door finally opened.

Around 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, players jumped inside to a freshly opened vault to discover a massive underground cavern with many of the weapons and items that have been removed from Fortnite over the last eight seasons frozen in giant blocks of ice. Every time something is removed Epic refers to it as being “vaulted.” It seems that this is the vault those items and weapons are sent to.