Olympic president: Violent games still a problem facing esports as an event

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Olympic president: Violent games still a problem facing esports as an event

The Olympics’ boss is complaining about violent video games again.

Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, again said the Olympics would not consider “a game which is promoting violence or discrimination,” without giving a specific example of a popular esport that does. Last year he made a similar criticism when asked if esports would ever join the Olympic program.

Rainbow Six Siege’s new season begins next week

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Rainbow Six Siege’s new season begins next week

Operation Grim Sky, The third season of Rainbow Six Siege, premieres on Sept. 4 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. Ubisoft announced yesterday.

Players on the game’s test servers have been sampling Operation Grim Sky over the past two weeks. The new season brings in two new operators — Maverick, an attacker, and Clash, a defender. The Hereford Base map is also getting a makeover to balance it for competitive play.

Spider-Man’s photo mode lets you make cool custom comic book covers

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Spider-Man’s photo mode lets you make cool custom comic book covers

Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man for PlayStation 4 will include an impressive array of screenshot editing features that would make Peter Parker proud. In a new trailer focused on Marvel’s Spider-Man’s photo mode, we get an extensive look at what Insomniac has planned, including the ability to make your own custom comic book covers.

The trailer speeds through the game’s myriad photo mode features, which include many options we’ve come to expect: field of view, focus, aperture, color filters, vignettes, film grain, stickers. Spider-Man’s photo mode also features plenty of selfie options, including selfie-specific lighting and emotes that alter the eyes on ol’ Spidey’s costume.

Hitman 2 is heading to the jungles of Colombia

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Hitman 2 is heading to the jungles of Colombia

Agent 47 is heading to the jungles of South America for Io Interactive’s sequel, Hitman 2. In a new teaser video, we get a sneak peek of Hitman 2’s second confirmed location: Colombia.

Unlike many of Hitman’s other recent locations, the game’s Colombia environment is not a developed, bustling city where Agent 47 can blend in with crowds. Instead, it looks like Hitman 2’s version of Colombia will place a great emphasis on stealth in a lush, uneven and hostile environment.

Star Citizen studio backs away from plan to charge fans to stream convention

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Star Citizen studio backs away from plan to charge fans to stream convention

The keynote presentation for the annual Star Citizen fan convention, called CitizenCon, has long been free to stream online. This year, the team behind the event made the decision to charge a $20 fee for digital access. Those rights were to include access to the keynote presentation and, for the first time ever, complete coverage of every panel and presentation held at the event. Instead, they’ve been forced to walk back those plans due to fan outrage.

All streams of CitizenCon this October, including the keynote and its various sub-components, will be available for free to anyone with a free Star Citizen community account.

Counter-Strike: GO gets a free version for offline play

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Counter-Strike: GO gets a free version for offline play

Valve released a free version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive this week as part of the game’s latest update, letting players compete in offline matches against bots. It’s a good way to jump into the game if you’ve been wary about dropping $14.99 or are just hesitant about playing against more experienced players.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s free version — available for Linux, Mac and Windows PC from Steam — also lets players watch matches through GOTV, the game’s spectating client. GOTV was added to CS:GO in 2012, and was formerly known as SourceTV.

Counter-Strike: GO gets a free version for offline play

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Counter-Strike: GO gets a free version for offline play

Valve released a free version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive this week as part of the game’s latest update, letting players compete in offline matches against bots. It’s a good way to jump into the game if you’ve been wary about dropping $14.99 or are just hesitant about playing against more experienced players.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s free version — available for Linux, Mac and Windows PC from Steam — also lets players watch matches through GOTV, the game’s spectating client. GOTV was added to CS:GO in 2012, and was formerly known as SourceTV.

NBA 2K19’s story mode goes to China

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NBA 2K19’s story mode goes to China

NBA 2K began the story mode trend for sports video games five years ago. Each edition since then has featured a new tale, rather than a sequel. This year’s story, The Way Back, steps well outside the boundaries of the game’s namesake league, and goes international in search of the hero’s redemption.

In that way, The Way Back looks like the best qualities of last year’s Longshot in Madden NFL 18, and the second act of The Journey in FIFA 18 — albeit done with the production values and star power fans have come to expect of 2K Sports’ flagship series. The Way Back plops the protagonist down in China’s top flight pro league (formally called the National Basketball League), where plenty of Americans have played in the past. NBL games in The Way Back will even feature Chinese language commentary, further adding to the player’s sense of displacement.

Rebel Galaxy is getting a prequel, available early next year

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Rebel Galaxy is getting a prequel, available early next year

Rebel Galaxy, developed by Double Damage Games and released in 2015, is getting a sequel. Called Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, it’s also being developed by Travis Baldree and Erich Schaefer, the two-man team with roots in the Diablo and Torchlight series, Hellgate: London, Fate and Mythos. Outlaw is expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2019 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC for $30.

Fans of spacefaring games may recall that Rebel Galaxy, which was revealed here on Polygon in 2014, was a three-dimensional game locked to a two-dimensional plane. Players took on the role of massive capital ships and fired broadsides into the opposition in the style of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. The game also included loot mechanics borrowed from the action role-playing game genre.