Desert Bus for Hope pulls in with a record $700,000 raised

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Desert Bus for Hope pulls in with a record $700,000 raised

Desert Bus For Hope, the charity gaming marathon now in its 12th year, finished on Friday after setting records for money raised and hours driven.

The fund drive, which benefits Child’s Play, brought in $730,289.37 after volunteers piloted the bus for 160 hours. The previous record was $695,242.57 in 2016. A news release from organizers LoadingReadyRun said more than 6,300 donors contributed to the six-day, 16-hour run, which reached 11,026 Twitch viewers at its peak.

Dark Souls creator Miyazaki takes lifetime honors at Golden Joysticks

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Dark Souls creator Miyazaki takes lifetime honors at Golden Joysticks

Hidetaka Miyazaki, the chief executive of From Software and the creator of Bloodborne and the Dark Souls series, was honored with the lifetime achievement award of the 36th Golden Joystick Awards yesterday in London.

Miyazaki’s career honor was one highlight of an evening that also saw Fortnite Battle Royale take overall game of the year honors; God of War win for Best Storytelling; Red Dead Redemption 2 take the Critics’ Choice Award, and the Xbox Adaptive Controller earn a citation for Outstanding Contribution.

Thronebreaker misses sales expectations because of GOG’s small reach, says CD Projekt Red

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Thronebreaker misses sales expectations because of GOG’s small reach, says CD Projekt Red

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, was a sales disappointment for CD Projekt Red when it launched at the end of October on Windows PC, and the publisher suggested that original plans to launch exclusively on GOG.com — which CDPR owns — is to blame.

In a financial call earlier this week, co-chief executive Adam Kicinski said CD Projekt Red had high expectations for sales based on community anticipation of the game, which took what had been planned as a small singleplayer campaign for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game and expanded it into a 30-hour standalone game.

Meltan is now catchable in Pokémon Go via special research

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Meltan is now catchable in Pokémon Go via special research

To commemorate the release of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, the mythical Pokémon Meltan is available to catch now in Pokémon Go.

You will have to complete a series of special research to get a chance to catch the little gooey nut thing, similarly to how you have to for Celebi, Mew and Spiritomb. It looks like there are nine different steps to catching Meltan, which is the most we’ve seen so far.

Devil May Cry animated series coming from Netflix Castlevania producer

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Devil May Cry animated series coming from Netflix Castlevania producer

Capcom is making an animated series based on the Devil May Cry franchise, with Adi Shankar, executive producer of the animated Castlevania series streaming on Netflix, set to produce. Shankar revealed his next project to IGN.

Shankar said that he has “acquired these rights so [...] Hollywood [doesn’t] fuck this up.” It’s not clear if that’s a reference to the creative liberties that Hollywood studios have taken with other Capcom franchises, like Resident Evil and Monster Hunter.

Final Fantasy 14 getting new Stormbringers expansion, Blue Mages and more

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Final Fantasy 14 getting new Stormbringers expansion, Blue Mages and more

Final Fantasy 14’s Fan Festival is underway in Las Vegas and the developers of the game took the stage to announce some big changes coming to the MMORPG. Producer and director Naoki Yoshida, with the help of translator and English localization lead Koji Fox, announced a new expansion, a new job and teased a highly anticipated new race to play as.

Here’s a roundup of the Final Fantasy 14 news Square Enix brought to its annual fan fest.

Pokémon: Let’s Go! gives you the whole starter trio

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Pokémon: Let’s Go! gives you the whole starter trio

Pokémon: Let’s Go! limits your partner pick to one of two Pokémon: Eevee or Pikachu, depending on which version of the Switch game you get. What with these being Pokémon Red/Blue makeovers, though, this may be disappointing. Maybe you just want to pal around with your starter Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle from the start.

Thankfully, you can truly have it all in Let’s Go!, and with ease. All three of the original starters can be yours relatively early on into your adventure — and there’s even a chance to own more than one of these rare Pokémon.

Paradox reins in White Wolf after offensive passages in Vampire: The Masquerade RPG

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Paradox reins in White Wolf after offensive passages in Vampire: The Masquerade RPG

Heads are rolling at White Wolf, the company behind the classic Vampire: The Masquerade tabletop role-playing setting. Leadership changes are underway, after the studio used the imprisonment, torture, and murder of Chechnya’s LGBTQ community as the backdrop for a major plot point in that game.

For the last several years, an independent team at White Wolf, owned by Paradox Interactive, has been working to refresh the tabletop RPG for a modern audience with a fifth edition. Even before the launch of that ruleset in August, however, White Wolf was already courting controversy. A series of unforced errors prompted statements disavowing perceived links to neo-Nazi and white-supremacist ideology in its game materials.

Pokémon Go update adds Sinnoh-region evolutions

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Pokémon Go update adds Sinnoh-region evolutions

A Pokémon Go update has added a new evolutionary item into the game: Sinnoh Stones, items that allow Pokémon from previous generations to become their Sinnoh-region forms. But for collectors looking to evolve their first-, second-, or third-gen Pokémon into special, exclusive fourth-gen monsters, it may take some time in order to collect enough Sinnoh Stones to do so.

Only one Sinnoh Stone is required to evolve compatible Pokémon, alongside 100 candies. Thus far, the only way to obtain these items is through completing field research. After collecting seven consecutive days’ worth of stamps, received by completing daily tasks, some players have found their research breakthrough rewards to be the elusive new item.