Popular CS:GO YouTuber Trevor ‘McSkillet’ Heitmann killed in car crash, officials confirm

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Popular CS:GO YouTuber Trevor ‘McSkillet’ Heitmann killed in car crash, officials confirm

Trevor “McSkillet” Heitmann, a popular Counter Strike: Global Offensive player and YouTube creator, is dead following a multi-car collision that occurred just outside of San Diego on Thursday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the San Diego County Department of Public Safety confirmed the driver involved in the crash was Heitmann. Two people on Twitter claiming to be close friends of Heitmann tweeted about his death prior to the official statement.

Sony’s stunning translucent blue PS4 Pro up close

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Sony’s stunning translucent blue PS4 Pro up close

Sony has released many varieties of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro, with most of the colorful designs tied to a particular game, like the bright red console for Insomniac Games’ upcoming PS4 exclusive, Spider-Man. But the company is now offering a unique PS4 Pro that’s tied to an impressive Sony milestone: a system with a translucent casing in deep blue, with copper detailing, to mark the fact that Sony has sold more than 500 million PlayStation consoles and handhelds since launching the original PlayStation in 1994.

The console, which comes with a 2 TB hard drive, is known as the 500 Million Limited Edition PS4 Pro, and it is very limited indeed: Sony is manufacturing just 50,000 units of the bundle, which also includes a matching DualShock 4 controller and PlayStation Camera. Pre-orders for the $499.99 package went live at midnight Friday, and as you might expect, most of them are already sold out.

Fortnite’s Road Trip Challenge skin has been revealed as the Enforcer

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Fortnite’s Road Trip Challenge skin has been revealed as the Enforcer

After seven weeks, the mysterious skin behind Fortnite’s Road Trip challenge has been revealed and players can already unlock it.

The skin, called Enforcer, was unlocked for players who completed step seven of the Road Trip Challenge. Just like last year’s Blockbuster Challenge, Road Trip required players to complete every challenge for each of the weeks that the Battle Pass has been live. The skin itself gives off kind of a ninja look and the flavor text associated with it says, “balance and order must be restored.”

NBA Live 19 demo available now on PS4, Xbox One

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NBA Live 19 demo available now on PS4, Xbox One

NBA Live 19’s demo is now available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users to try out. It includes a preview of the game’s career mode, Live Events, customization options and more.

NBA Live 19 will, for the first time, allow users to create women players within The One, the game’s single-player career suite. The demo will provide a glimpse of what that entails in the full game. Players will be able to participate in a three-on-three mixed-gender pickup game featuring stars such as the WNBA’s Candace Parker and newly enshrined hall-of-famer Allen Iverson.

World War 3 may be the next great hardcore shooter

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World War 3 may be the next great hardcore shooter

One of the games getting good buzz out of this year’s Gamescom in Germany is an ambitious modern military shooter. World War 3 is being made by the team at The Farm 51, a mid-sized independent developer out of Poland. If they can pull off what they envision, we could be looking at one of the next big franchises for hardcore fans.

The fiction of World War 3 posits a near-future global conflict with the European theater as its epicenter. The team has announced realistic maps modeled after locations such as Warsaw, Berlin and Moscow. But they’ve gone a step further, promising an unprecedented level of fidelity in the way it models arms and equipment.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 adds elite clone troopers in latest update

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 adds elite clone troopers in latest update

Two new Clone Trooper skins will be available in Star Wars Battlefront 2 as part of the Elite Corps Update scheduled to launch on Wednesday, Aug. 29, EA DICE announced this week.

The new appearances are for the 41st Elite Corps, better known as the good guys who fought alongside Yoda on Kashyyyk in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith; and for the 327th Star Corps, who were (among many others) the bad guys carrying out Palpatine’s “Order 66” to exterminate all Jedi in the same flick.

The final Battle for Azeroth Warbringers short is cosmic, watery horror

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The final Battle for Azeroth Warbringers short is cosmic, watery horror

Queen Azshara is one of the most dangerous villains in World of Warcraft. A Night Elf monarch and mage who struck a deal with the Burning Legion, she was stopped 10,000 years ago by Tyrande Whisperwind and the brothers Stormrage. After her reign ended and the Sundering tore the world apart, Azshara and her followers were swept under the waves. There, she struck a bargain with an Old God, and they rose again as the powerful Naga. We’ve known these details in the abstract, but the newest Warbringer short shows the moments of truth where Azshara drowned and was reborn, and it’s some of the most compelling cosmic horror around.

Since World of Warcraft’s debut, Azshara has been present on the fringes of the game. The Naga have been an enemy in zones as far back as vanilla WoW, and statues of her litter the Night Elf ruins. One of her generals, Lady Vashj, made a play at stealing the water of Outland in The Burning Crusade. We saw a vision of her past back in Cataclysm. Now, in Battle for Azeroth, she finally makes her debut. We also get to see her Old God patron, N’Zoth, and the entire experience is as compelling as it is unsettling.

Fortnite’s map is being struck by lightning, which seems to be creating a countdown

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Fortnite’s map is being struck by lightning, which seems to be creating a countdown

Fortnite’s meta-story of events and characters that impact the game’s map is heating up again, as the rifts in the sky have begun to spit out lightning bolts that hit the ground on square H9 on the map. Fans now think it could all be leading to an in-game event that’s taking place later today.

Players first noticed the lightning strikes yesterday, with streamers witnessing a few while they were broadcasting gameplay.

Marvel Strike Force’s microtransactions go beyond the mobile standard

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Marvel Strike Force’s microtransactions go beyond the mobile standard

There’s a lot to like about Marvel Strike Force, and that’s part of what makes the game’s recent decisions so infuriating, and the justified community reaction so lamentable. This all could have been avoided, if the developers had made different decisions.

There are the bones of a very fun role-playing mobile game in Strike Force: You recruit heroes, weigh their strengths and synergy, and then build teams to face off against a variety of challenges. That’s a solid formula, but everything built around it is what you might expect from the worst-case business practices of a mobile game — and even that has recently been taken to extremes.