Overwatch Nerf weapon line adds D.Va’s blaster

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Overwatch Nerf weapon line adds D.Va’s blaster

The second weapon in the Overwatch collaboration between the Nerf Rival line of toys and Blizzard was revealed at ChinaJoy in Shanghai and, lo and behold, it’s D.Va’s Light Gun.

A news release from Hasbro boasted that that blaster has a three-round capacity and will fire the foam ammunition at a velocity of up to 80 feet per second. Other features include a spring-action mechanism, a safety, a ready indicator and, of course, D.Va’s bunny charm dangling from the grip.

Bungie reveals the fate of Destiny 2’s Year One weapons, random rolls

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Bungie reveals the fate of Destiny 2’s Year One weapons, random rolls

In this week’s This Week at Bungie, the studio revealed the fate of Year One weapons. Many Year One weapons and armor will be retired in Destiny 2’s second year, making them completely unavailable to players who haven’t earned them yet. Players eager to have everything in their inventory only have a few weeks left to complete their collection.

Bungie clarified which weapons and armor will be retired in September. The Year One weapons and armor will be removed from Vanguard, Crucible, Gunsmith, Meditation, Trials of the Nine, and Iron Banner vendors when Forsaken is released. The emblems given out by the Gunsmith, Meditation, and Cayde-6 stashes will also be made unavailable. Cosmetics and seasonal rewards for Vanguard, Crucible, Trials, and Iron Banner vendors are also entering retirement.

Cartoon Network brings Steven Universe, OK K.O to Nintendo Switch this fall

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Cartoon Network brings Steven Universe, OK K.O to Nintendo Switch this fall

Nintendo Switch owners will get a chance to check out Steven Universe: Save the Light and OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes, previously exclusive to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, when they launch on the console Oct. 30.

Cartoon Network announced that it will bring the action role-playing games to Switch both separately and in a bundled set, composed of both games at a discount. That will be available not only on Nintendo eShop, but also in stores. Save the Light and Let’s Play Heroes will get their first physical retail release alongside their Switch debut.

Fortnite ditches Android’s Google Play store, will release direct to players

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Fortnite ditches Android’s Google Play store, will release direct to players

Fortnite’s upcoming launch on Android devices will bypass the Google Play store and will instead be offered directly to players through Epic Games’ own website and app.

“Epic wants to have a direct relationship with our customers on all platforms where that’s possible,” Epic CEO Tim Sweeney told The Verge in an email interview. “The great thing about the Internet and the digital revolution is that this is possible, now that physical storefronts and middlemen distributors are no longer required.”

Horizon Zero Dawn is becoming a board game

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Horizon Zero Dawn is becoming a board game

Horizon Zero Dawn is getting a second life as a board game, courtesy of tabletop mavens Steamforged Games. The company announced that it will soon launch a crowdfunding campaign for a tabletop take on the well-received PlayStation 4 exclusive, much like it’s done with its other video game spinoffs in the past.

There’s not much to see from the proposed Horizon Zero Dawn project yet, although the Steamforged blog post has some renders of playable pieces based on Aloy and one of those robotic animals — a Scrapper — that inhabit her land. With the blessing of Sony Interactive Entertainment and Guerrilla Games, which developed Horizon Zero Dawn, we’ll likely see even more nice touches with the finished version.

It’s taken me two years to finally face the new Doom

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It’s taken me two years to finally face the new Doom

It’s taken me two years to finally sit down and play 2016’s Doom, which is bad, because it was our game of the year. Taken in the context of a lifetime playing games, this delay strikes me as odd. Back when the original Doom dominated gaming, I’d never have waited so long to play a stonking new shooter. I’d have been enjoying the carnage on release day.

When I was younger, I lapped up violent games. I played through the original Doom many times. I spent a lot of time engaging in ferocious Quake 2 contests. I loved GoldenEye and Halo. I gorged on action movies and “video nasties.” I got a buzz out of violence.

Evo 2018: How to watch the year’s biggest fighting game tournament

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Evo 2018: How to watch the year’s biggest fighting game tournament

The Evolution Championship Series, better known as Evo, takes place this weekend in Las Vegas, from Friday, Aug. 3, to Sunday, Aug. 5. Thousands of competitors will battle each other in dozens of fighting games, but only eight titles are featured as part of the official Evo 2018 lineup.

Those eight games — Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle and Injustice 2 — will be livestreamed across seven official Evo channels and Capcom’s official Capcom Fighters channel on Twitch. Two upoming games, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Soulcalibur 6, will be featured in official exhibitions on the main Evo Twitch channel.

Cloud-based gaming PC Shadow may finally be ready for prime time

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Cloud-based gaming PC Shadow may finally be ready for prime time

These days, the world seems to be moving away from owning material goods. In the video game business, this trend isn’t just manifesting in the transition from physical to digital games. The industry appears to be convinced that streaming is the future of game distribution.

One company, a French startup named Blade, is putting a bigger bet on that possibility than most others. Blade soft-launched its cloud gaming service, Shadow, in California this past February, following a successful debut in Europe in late 2016. Now, Blade is taking Shadow to the masses in America. But as tough as the platform’s technological hurdles are, Blade realizes it has an even more daunting task: simply getting people on board.

Madden NFL 19 scrubs Colin Kaepernick’s name from menu music lyrics

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Madden NFL 19 scrubs Colin Kaepernick’s name from menu music lyrics

Menu music is the parsley of sports video gaming, but Madden NFL 19’s served up quite a spicy dish on its Windows PC launch day when a song referencing Colin Kaepernick had the name blanked out in the game.

Kaepernick, of course, is the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began demonstrating against police brutality and racial discrimination by kneeling during the National Anthem in 2016, the last year of his contract with the team. Other players joined him, including last year, when the kneeling controversy intensified and Kaepernick found no team willing to sign him. He has since filed a collusion grievance against the league.

Fatal Fury’s Terry Bogard joins SNK’s all-female fighting game

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Fatal Fury’s Terry Bogard joins SNK’s all-female fighting game

Terry Bogard, the star of the Fatal Fury series who has appeared in dozens of SNK fighting games, is joining the roster of the company’s all-female fighter, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. This is a somewhat unexpected announcement, because in every other game Terry Bogard has appeared in, he’s presented as male.

So, what’s going on? SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy’s new trailer featuring Terry presents the character’s inclusion as something of a mystery. The fighting game’s official website says that Terry’s appearance in the game — being “stuck in the body of a woman” — is the “result of some prank(?) by someone else.”