Sea of Thieves’ cargo runs are shockingly relaxing

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Sea of Thieves’ cargo runs are shockingly relaxing

The latest Sea of Thieves expansion, Forsaken Shores, focuses heavily on spectacle and danger. You’ll spend most of your time in the Devil’s Roar navigating around volcanoes as they rain down fire and death on you, or frantically trying to sprint back to your ship as earthquakes make the island you’re on dangerous and difficult to navigate. And there’s one new element that weirdly adds an incredibly tranquil, relaxing gameplay loop to the game: the Merchant Alliance’s cargo runs.

Previously, if you wanted to do work for the Merchant Alliance, you could pick up contracts to find animals from various islands. This was the least popular of the mission types, and it required a decent amount of luck as you checked islands in the area in an attempt to find one that was spawning chickens or snakes. Cargo runs, on the other hand, are reliable and simple: You head to a contact, pick up valuable cargo, and then deliver it to another contact somewhere else. Plants require regular watering, while luxurious cloth cannot get wet. Rum bottles are fragile, and smashing into a rock or getting hit by a cannon means they’ll take damage. If you want maximum rewards, you’ll have to keep all of your cargo safe as you sail across the ocean.

Battlefield 5’s first live update is surprisingly small

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Battlefield 5’s first live update is surprisingly small

The first live update for Battlefield 5 is out now. According to the patch notes, it includes some notable tweaks for high-end graphics cards on PC plus some needed changes to the game’s Airborne mode.

Battlefield 5 now offers ray tracing for GPUs that support the technology. The technique is commonly used in pre-rendered computer graphics shown in movies and TV shows. The team at Digital Foundry was given early access to a demo showing off the tech, which you can see in the video embedded below. Ray tracing is currently offered by Nvidia, but only on specific RTX-class devices.

The US Army wants to attract more soldiers by fielding a Fortnite team

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The US Army wants to attract more soldiers by fielding a Fortnite team

In an attempt better connect with America’s youth, the U.S. Army is standing up an esports team. The effort comes during a period in which the Army is having difficulty meeting its recruitment targets.

As first reported by Stars And Stripes, an independent news organization which operates from within the Department of Defense, the Army esports team is currently accepting applications from active duty personnel, reservists and veterans. An online form indicates that there is interest in fielding teams for Fortnite, Call of Duty, Tekken, League of Legends, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Overwatch, FIFA, the Madden series and the NBA 2K franchise.

Fortnite patch v6.30 change list

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Fortnite patch v6.30 change list

The latest Fortnite patch is here and this time there are a lot of changes coming to Battle Royale.

The biggest addition to the game in this patch is the new Mounted Turret, a legendary trap that will allow players to fire the high damage machine gun, but only from where it is placed. Patch v6.30 is also taking out the Glider Redeploy feature — something fans have been asking about for weeks.

First Harry Potter: Wizards Unite teaser hints at how mobile wizarding will work

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First Harry Potter: Wizards Unite teaser hints at how mobile wizarding will work

It’s been more than a year since Pokémon Go developer Niantic and Warner Bros. announced they were working on a mobile augmented reality game based on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter franchise. Today, those companies gave us a glimpse of how that game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, will play.

A new teaser for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite doesn’t show any actual gameplay, but it does hint at what players will be doing. In the brief, live-action trailer, a witch tracks down a rogue Golden Snitch, the flying ball used in games of Quidditch, and summons a poster warning other witches and wizards that magical things are crossing over into the Muggle world — an event apparently known as the Calamity.

Low-income, minority students tell their life stories through games

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Low-income, minority students tell their life stories through games

Here’s Your Change is a game set in a small store in a low income Oakland neighborhood. It’s a first-person game structured like Papers, Please, which its designer Rogelio Lara cites as a key inspiration.

The player stands behind the shop’s counter and serves a series of customers, all of whom bring small stories of struggle and frustration. Some of the customers are friendly, others less so. As the game progresses, the store’s clientele begins to shift, reflecting a rapid gentrification of the neighborhood.

Very important Diablo 3 Switch update changes its menu icon

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Very important Diablo 3 Switch update changes its menu icon

Blizzard released a software update for the Nintendo Switch version of Diablo 3: Eternal Collection that fixes yadda yadda yadda and updates the game’s menu icon, which is of great significance to many Switch owners. People care about how their Switch home menus look, and many Nintendo fans tell developers loud and clear that their menu icons aren’t always up to snuff. So developers change them.

Diablo 3’s situation is slightly different from other Switch games, however. The game launched on Switch on Nov. 2, and did so with a distressingly bland menu icon: the stylized D from the Diablo 3 logo on a stark white background.

Fortnite’s Save the World update will add a new ‘Fork Knife’ NPC

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Fortnite’s Save the World update will add a new ‘Fork Knife’ NPC

Epic Games is working on the front-end experience of Fortnite’s PvE game mode, Save the World, as part of an overhaul of the game’s oft-neglected side. The developers also introduce a new character to Save the World that goofs on the “fork knife” meme.

What’s the front end, you ask? It’s all of the menus you use to navigate the game. So these changes are going to affect the way you upgrade your heroes, craft new weapons and generally manage your band of survivors.

The Game Awards 2018 nominees led by God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2

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The Game Awards 2018 nominees led by God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2

Organizers of The Game Awards, Geoff Keighley’s annual video game award show now in its fifth year, announced the nominees for this year’s show on Tuesday. The list of nominees is led by Sony Santa Monica’s God of War and Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2, both of which garnered eight nominations across 23 gaming categories.

Both titles were nominated for Game of the Year, along with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Celeste, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Monster Hunter: World.

Destiny 2 players finally gain access to the Thunderlord exotic

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Destiny 2 players finally gain access to the Thunderlord exotic

After a three-week quest, the Destiny 2 community has finally discovered how to earn the infamous exotic weapon Thunderlord. This weapon’s existence was first leaked months ago, but wasn’t confirmed until earlier today.

Thunderlord is the reward that awaits players when they finally solve the Murder of Master Ives, the third and final step in the “Journal of the Reef Cryptarch” quest that started as part of the Festival of the Lost Halloween event. Upon login today, players who were up to date on their quest were able to embark on a journey back to the Cosmodrome in Old Russia — the place where players first set foot in Destiny’s universe four years ago.