Blizzard responds to leveling problems in World of Warcraft

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Blizzard responds to leveling problems in World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft patch 7.3.5 introduced a slightly slower, more interesting leveling experience through the old world. But since Blizzard introduced patch 8.0 two weeks ago, players have been struggling to level through the old content effectively.

With 8.0, Blizzard introduced World of Warcraft’s second ever stat squish — where all the numbers in the game are lowered across the board for clarity. While it may make the game easier to read, it has caused some serious in-game problems. Since the patch, Blizzard has been throwing out hotfixes each day, fixing things that the stat squish either forgot to alter or simply broke.

Teamed with Gen.G Gold, Evermore and JuanKorean win the PUBG Invitational charity tournament

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Teamed with Gen.G Gold, Evermore and JuanKorean win the PUBG Invitational charity tournament

The biggest tournament of the year for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is halfway over. Friday saw the Charity invitational portion of the PUBG Global Invitational pit 40 celebrities against 40 pro players, divided into teams, but all of whom hoped to win money for the charity of their choice.

After the dust settled in all four matches, the winning team was the Korea squad of streamers Evermore and JuanKorean, who were teamed up with pro players from Gen.G Gold Esca and Simsn. The team made an impressive run through the tournament, including a big win in game two, which earned the four members $600,000 that they can split and donate to the charity of their choice. This is the second first-place finish so far at this tournament for these pro players; they also won the Third-Person Perspective segment with their team Gen.G Gold.

It looks like EA’s ‘On the House’ freebies are over

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It looks like EA’s ‘On the House’ freebies are over

Electronic Arts’ “On The House” program, which gives out free, classic games on PC, appears to be over. The page for the promotion now links over to EA’s Origin Access home.

The subtle change comes shortly after EA announced, to investors in the quarterly earnings call yesterday, the debut of Origin Access Premier. Going live on July 30, it’s an upgraded software-as-a-service subscription that will give PC users new titles five days before their street date, somewhat similar to the EA Access subscription offered to Xbox One customers.

Nickelodeon Kart Racers isn’t the prettiest game, but it’s captured our millennial hearts

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Nickelodeon Kart Racers isn’t the prettiest game, but it’s captured our millennial hearts

Nickelodeon is leaning hard into nostalgia with a flurry of 1990s cartoon revivals and returns. The cable network is now expanding that strat to include video games, with a Nicktoons-centric kart racing game heading to consoles on Oct. 23.

Nickelodeon Kart Racers, developed by GameMill Entertainment for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, will include characters from 12 different series. We’re led to believe by its screenshots that the roster will stretch back to the golden days of Nicktoons — Hey Arnold! is represented, as is Rugrats. Some racers come from SpongeBob Squarepants, because obviously. But the other cartoon that GameMill has confirmed is not one most of us ex-kids associate with Nick. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles make up four members of the roster, their look based on designs from Nick’s reboot of the old-school fave.

External Destiny program lets you view your Collection early

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External Destiny program lets you view your Collection early

One of Destiny 2: Forsaken’s most useful features is the upcoming Collection tab, which will let players track all the gear they’ve collected and pieces they’ve yet to come across. Curious players now have an unofficial way to check their collection progress pre-Forsaken, although they won’t be able to re-print their gear to use in-game just yet.

Thanks to a recent update to the Destiny 2 API, Destiny Sets now acts as an unofficial Collection tab for players. By visiting the website and signing in with their Bungie account, players will be able to see which current gear the Collection system plans to track this September.

Bungie to host PvP-focused Destiny 2 stream before Forsaken launch

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Bungie to host PvP-focused Destiny 2 stream before Forsaken launch

Destiny 2: Forsaken will be released in a little over a month. But before the Sept. 4 release date arrives, Bungie will host another reveal stream for the expansion. This stream will feature senior sandbox designer Jon Weisnewski and will focus on how the game’s new weapon system will affect the Crucible, Destiny’s competitive PvP mode.

The time to kill — meaning how quickly players die to attacks — is going down significantly in Destiny 2: Forsaken. This is partially due to the new weapon system, which will give players more regular access to shotguns and sniper rifles, but also includes a global buff to weapon damage. In addition to showing off the new time to kill in the stream, Weisnewski promised players a look at new weapon perks and modifications as well.

Fortnite’s Solo Showdown competitive mode has returned

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Fortnite’s Solo Showdown competitive mode has returned

Fortnite’s Solo Showdown has returned to the game, giving players a way to compete for in-game currency and a shot at the big time. This is the first time Solo Showdown has appeared during the game’s fifth season.

Solo Showdown is all about the competitive experience and scoring points as the mode tracks players’ performances over the course of 25 solo games. Participants earn points for their final standing — first place getting 100 points, second gets 94 third gets 91 and so on — as well as earning six points per elimination. Each players’ score is at the end of their 25 matches is the total that will go on the official leaderboard.

Battlefield 5’s big new multiplayer mode will arrive after the main game launches

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Battlefield 5’s big new multiplayer mode will arrive after the main game launches

Battlefield 5 is set to include several fresh and exciting new multiplayer game modes, but one marquee feature won’t be arriving on launch day. In a new blog post, developer DICE has indicated that Grand Operations — multi-stage, 64-player engagements — will not arrive on day one.

“Grand Operations is the ultimate multiplayer experience,” DICE said, “designed to seamlessly showcase the maps and modes of Battlefield V. Each Grand Operation presents a powerful narrative experience inspired by historical events. Shortly after launch, you will be able to take part in the first Grand Operation.”

Taiko: Drum Master returns this fall on Switch and PS4

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Taiko: Drum Master returns this fall on Switch and PS4

Taiko no Tatsujin — previously known in North America as Taiko: Drum Master — is coming back West for two new games this November. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! for Nintendo Switch and Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! for PlayStation 4 come stateside on Nov. 2, each with unique features to make both games worth checking out.

Drum ‘n’ Fun! on Switch makes use of both Joy-Con controllers to air drum to a number of songs. It’s based on the popular arcade version of Taiko no Tatsujin, according to developer Bandai Namco, which seems to mean it will have a strong multiplayer focus. The game supports anywhere from one to four people at a time, with 20 different mini-games to check out. And another nice bonus for Nintendo fans is that the primary campaign will feature characters like Kirby and the Inklings from Splatoon to shake up gameplay.