MLB The Show’s Road to the Show is so much better with these two community toolkits

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MLB The Show’s Road to the Show is so much better with these two community toolkits

If you’re starting — or like me, restarting — a career in MLB The Show 19’s popular Road to the Show career mode, two indispensible character creation tools are now available thanks to the game’s dedicated community. One of them makes the creation and customization process go a lot more smoothly.

That’s Operation Sports user Baseballking888’s list of animations. In MLB The Show, players can give their creations (whether RTTS or in the main game) any of 1,329 batting swings and 712 pitching deliveries. Many of these are listed under their owner’s name, either because they’re currently an MLB player or they’re an old-timer licensed to appear in the game.

More than 1,200 accounts banned for cheating in Fortnite World Cup

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More than 1,200 accounts banned for cheating in Fortnite World Cup

Epic Games gave bans to more than 1,200 Fortnite accounts and revoked cash prizes that more than 200 players had won following Epic’s investigations of cheating in the first week of Fortnite’s World Cup Online Open. The crackdown caught cheaters who had played in multiple regions, shared accounts and teamed up, and one account was even permanently banned for using cheat software.

That cheater (whom Epic did not name) used the cheat software during the tournament’s semifinals. The account involved had played “for less than five minutes” before being discovered and banned, Epic said. The great majority of the other accounts sanctioned received two-week bans for their misconduct.

Smash Bros. stage builder brings the inevitable: memes, dongs and moderation

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Smash Bros. stage builder brings the inevitable: memes, dongs and moderation

Super Smash Bros. stage builder mode, which allows players to create and share custom stages, has gone about as expected in its first week on offer. Which is to say there’s a bell curve of content, the first third of it being patently offensive stuff, the last third of it being really creative and humorous, and the middle and most plentiful third being dicks.

Perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but it does describe the moderation headache Nintendo (and by extension, Smash fans) signed up for when this toolkit launched. A blanket proscription on “political statements” already created problems yesterday, for example.

Bloodborne board game trailer offers a dynamic look at how it plays

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Bloodborne board game trailer offers a dynamic look at how it plays

FromSoftware’s Bloodborne is being reworked as a miniatures board game by game maker CMON, and a new trailer for the tabletop port of the PlayStation 4 exclusive does a great job of visualizing how it will all work.

CMON has already released a tabletop card game based on Bloodborne, created by award-winning game designer Eric M. Lang — who co-developed Bloodborne: The Board Game with Michael Shinall — but its new effort will be packed with miniature recreations of the game’s grisly beasts and the Hunters who slay them.

Review-bombers go after Assassin’s Creed Unity — to praise Ubisoft’s Notre-Dame effort

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Review-bombers go after Assassin’s Creed Unity — to praise Ubisoft’s Notre-Dame effort

Here’s a story about review bombs but, for a change, it’s a nice one. The Steam community ganged up on Ubisoft this week, but this time, it was to cover Assassin’s Creed Unity in praise for the publisher’s efforts to help the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris.

Earlier this week, Ubisoft made the PC version of Assassin’s Creed Unity free, and chipped in another €500,000 to rebuilding efforts for the 856-year-old Notre-Dame, whose roof and spire burned on Monday. The cathedral is a prominent landmark in Assassin’s Creed Unity’s French Revolution-era Paris, and Ubisoft made the game free so players could explore Notre-Dame (virtually) as it was before the conflagration.

Fortnite’s Creative Mode gets $3M tournament

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Fortnite’s Creative Mode gets $3M tournament

Fortnite has become much more than just a battle royale game, thanks in large part to Creative Mode, which allows players to make custom levels and minigames. It seems that developer Epic Games is finally acknowledging that reality by throwing big bucks toward the players who build and play in Creative Mode.

Fortnite World Cup — Creative is a competition that starts on April 29 where players must survive five trials crafted by community creators. Each event will present a different challenge to overcome. Finalists will be vying for a pool of $3 million. To enter, you’ll need to try the game mode out and submit a clip of yourself using a hashtag, which will be perused to find the best contestants. Events will be doled out on a week-to-week basis, ending on June 7.

Warhammer: Chaosbane’s beta is back for another week

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Warhammer: Chaosbane’s beta is back for another week

The second beta period for the rootin’, tootin’, dungeon-lootin’ Warhammer: Chaosbane is underway now through April 24 at 4 a.m. EDT, with two more characters added to the tryout and a new part of the realm to explore. The beta is available on PlayStation 4, Windows PC via Steam, and Xbox One.

The closed beta is available to anyone who has preordered the game (any edition), which will launch June 4. The new characters players may take for a spin are the Dwarf slayer (heavy-damage tank) and Wood Elf archer (range and speed). The level cap is now 25, and players may tour the land of Praag, in addition to a Nuln (the beta’s starting area) that has been reworked according to feedback from the first beta.

Nintendo fans think Metroid Prime’s creators hid a new game in Reggie’s retirement photo

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Nintendo fans think Metroid Prime’s creators hid a new game in Reggie’s retirement photo

Reggie Fils-Aime retired from Nintendo of America this week, bringing his 15-year career at the company to a close. As he departed Nintendo, Fils-Aime posted a series of goodbye messages to his newly launched Twitter account — he nabbed the coveted @Reggie handle — with photos of his office and gifts from friends and colleagues. One particular photo from Fils-Aime has Nintendo fans wondering if he’s giving them a tease on his way out.

Specifically, Nintendo fans are theorizing that they’ve just gotten a peek at a new Retro Studios game or character.

An NFL team turned a big announcement into a tour of video game history

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An NFL team turned a big announcement into a tour of video game history

If you don’t obsessively follow the NFL, then you might have missed its announcement of the 2019 season’s full schedule. Arriving just ahead of the NFL Draft, the schedule drop has become an opportunity for individual teams to rally their fan bases. In recent years, some teams have been creative with how they elevate their schedule reveals above the rest. I’m here to announce that, for 2019, the Carolina Panthers are the undisputed winner.

In the Panthers’ announcement video, each entry in the 17-week schedule is announced in the style of a classic video game. The gag is incredibly well-crafted, with NFL players and team logos rendered in both 2D and 3D art styles for the various games. The video doesn’t explicitly name the references. Some are obvious, like Pitfall! and NBA Jam. But others are a little more obscure. I’ve listed each game reference by each week and opponent.