Red Dead Redemption 2 gets its own high-end clothing line

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Red Dead Redemption 2 gets its own high-end clothing line

If the sartorial stylings of Red Dead Redemption 2 have you feeling inspired to update your real-life wardrobe, a new clothing line inspired by Rockstar Games’ Wild West adventure is now available from New York-based label Barking Irons.

Barking Irons’ Red Dead Redemption 2 line consists of a handful of clothing staples that draw inspiration from protagonist Arthur Morgan. For example, there’s a waxed cotton Gunslinger’s Jacket ($250, pictured above) that’s printed with Arthur’s name in the collar and “Van Der Linde Gang” on the interior. The collection also includes three button-up shirt: a denim chore shirt in indigo ($150), a blue striped shirt ($120) and a navy striped shirt ($120). The shirts include a mix of accents, including “A. Morgan” collar prints, embroidery featuring the Rockstar logo and a printed Rockstar insignia. A bone-white henley shirt ($92) rounds out the apparel collection.

Blade Runner anime series coming to Adult Swim and Crunchyroll

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Blade Runner anime series coming to Adult Swim and Crunchyroll

A new Blade Runner anime series called Blade Runner — Black Lotus is on the way to Adult Swim and Crunchyroll, the two companies announced on Thursday morning.

The series will be “inspired by” Blade Runner 2049, though it appears that it will follow another separate story in the larger Blade Runner universe as the series will take place in the year 2032 — 13 years after the original movie. It’s unclear exactly what characters the series might focus on, but according to a press release the series will feature some familiar characters from the Blade Runner franchise.

Red Dead Online’s battle royale mode is quiet and intense (and needs its own playlist)

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Red Dead Online’s battle royale mode is quiet and intense (and needs its own playlist)

Red Dead Online launched in beta on Tuesday, letting Red Dead Redemption 2 players explore the Wild West together. There’s an entirely separate story to discover, missions you can tackle as a posse, and a chance to rub elbows with other players — or shoot them in the face — as you freely roam the world.

There’s also a series of more traditional competitive multiplayer modes called the Showdown Series. Right now, that exists as a trio of playlists, a rotating set of modes that includes traditional deathmatch, team deathmatch and control point game types. There’s also a separate horse racing playlist.

This week’s Nintendo eShop update is the quiet before the storm

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This week’s Nintendo eShop update is the quiet before the storm

This week’s Nintendo eShop update is light on new Switch games, filled mostly with ports and smaller titles. The reason seems obvious: Arguably the biggest Nintendo Switch game of the year is out next week — it’s called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — and at this point, it’s probably best to just stay out of its way.

There’s at least one notable newbie: Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is out Dec. 4, about a month after its originally scheduled release date. It’s the latest attempt at reviving Sega’s classic platforming series Wonder Boy. DotEmu published a remake of Wonder Boy 3: The Dragon’s Trap last year, and Monster Boy also draws upon that old game. First announced in 2015, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is considered the first canonical entry in the Wonder Boy franchise since 1994, when its last game launched.

What Laser League’s launch tells us about Xbox Game Pass’ future

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What Laser League’s launch tells us about Xbox Game Pass’ future

In Laser League, teams of players activate neon-colored laser barriers and use them to trap or wipe out opponents on a futuristic playing field. It has no single-player component. This is the kind of video game that depends on large numbers of players, as opposed to buyers, on the very first day if it’s going to be worth anyone’s attention. That kind of problem isn’t solved simply by throwing more marketing money at it.

Not that Tim Woodley, the senior executive for global branding at publisher 505 Games, had a lot of money to throw around in the first place. That’s where Xbox Game Pass came in, and that’s why launching on that all-you-can-eat subscription service made sense, even when the game was going on sale the same day at $15.

The Nintendo Creators Program draws to a close this December

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The Nintendo Creators Program draws to a close this December

Nintendo has announced an end to its controversial Creators Program. The company announced the news via Twitter, along with a brief statement that states that the program will come to a close by the end of December. Nintendo also states the reason they are ending the Nintendo Creators Program is to “make it easier for content creators to make and monetize videos that contain Nintendo game content.”

The system is no longer accepting new videos and channels, nor will Nintendo review any remaining in the queue. Creators can continue “showing their passion for Nintendo” by following the company’s guidelines, which were updated along with today’s announcement.

Fallout 76’s $199 Power Armor edition wasn’t what buyers were promised

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Fallout 76’s $199 Power Armor edition wasn’t what buyers were promised

Bethesda originally advertised a “canvas West Tek duffel bag” as one of the items that would come with the $199.99 Power Armor Edition of Fallout 76, but fans were surprised by the quality of the item that ended up shipping with the final product.

“Basically people who bought the collector’s edition were given a cheap nylon bag to house the Power Armor helmet that doesn’t match the product description or the image of a ‘West Tek canvas carrying bag,’” an individual wrote on Reddit. “In the product listing to this day, it still says it’s a canvas bag and it even looks completely different to what was delivered.”

Tumblr’s top ships of 2018 paint a picture of a community in constant debate

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Tumblr’s top ships of 2018 paint a picture of a community in constant debate

Tumblr buzz-tracker Fandometrics released its Year in Review stats today, showing off the top shows, movies and other media that the community’s been talking about all year. One of the highlights from the Year in Review is the Top 100 Ships — the top romantic pairings posted, liked and reposted by Tumblr denizens. But while a Top 100 list may appear to just show off what’s popular, examining it more closely reveals deeper undertones of the fandom debate that populates Tumblr. In addition to the heated conversations regarding some of the most popular fictional pairings, there’s a more macro-conversation of the validity of the Real People pairings that trickle in on the list. A simple list of popular ships is a reminder that when it comes to shipping, nothing is really that simple.

The rankings are based on how many posts were created under specific tags, how often those tags were searched for, and how many times those tagged posts were liked and reblogged. Based on those metrics, the number one ship of the year comes from Voltorn: Legendary Defenders and its the ever-popular (and ever-contentious) Klance: Keith and Lance.

Popular Japanese mascot Chiitan does her best to recreate Just Cause 4

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Popular Japanese mascot Chiitan does her best to recreate Just Cause 4

Loveable Japanese mascot Chiitan has gained viral fame from a strange amalgamation of adorable looks and Jackass-type antics on YouTube and Instagram. A baby fairy otter with a turtle for a hat, Chiitan represents the city of Susaki in Japan’s Shikoku region while also serving on Tokyo’s tourism board. But that’s not what she’s primarily known for. Chiitan is mystifying — she exudes cuteness in everything she does, even in the face of utter disaster. She’s often seen furiously punching balloons, flipping over a car, attempting to use stilts or beating inanimate objects until she falls over from exhaustion.

In a promotion for Square Enix’s Just Cause 4, Chiitan recreates some of the in-game stunts and feats performed by protagonist Rico Rodriguez. Spanning across four videos, the stunts include flying into a tower of metal boxes, surviving a wind tunnel, leaping across a gap with a grappling hook and using a series of umbrellas glued together to break her fall on yet another assortment of boxes.

PlayStation Plus games for December include SOMA, Onrush

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PlayStation Plus games for December include SOMA, Onrush

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get free access to a good variety of games in December, especially on PlayStation 4. Horror adventure SOMA and team-based racing game Onrush will be free for PS Plus subscribers next month.

SOMA is from Frictional Games, developer of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. The creepy PS4 game sends players to the undersea facility Pathos-2, home to corrupted humans, maniacal robots and an omnipresent artificial intelligence. Codemasters’ Onrush was developed by former members of Evolution Studios, creators of the Motorstorm series. Onrush is team-based vehicular combat racer where the goal isn’t to finish in first place.