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When did Luigi become a joke?

He’s Nintendo’s punching bag<p>Luigi is dead. Or he might as well be, since his creators don’t mind killing him for a joke.<p>In last week’s <i>Super Smash Bros. Ultimate</i> Nintendo Direct, Luigi was included in the reveal that Simon and Richter Belmont are joining the game as playable characters. In the …

Nintendo Direct

Spock is officially coming to Star Trek: Discovery

Ethan Peck was cast as the half-Vulcan, half-human science officer<p>Mr. Spock is finally appearing in <i>Star Trek: Discovery</i>. Ethan Peck will be taking on the iconic role of the half-Vulcan, half-human science officer first portrayed by the late Leonard Nimoy and taken on by Zachary Quinto in the new …

Science Fiction

The first player to hit Battle for Azeroth’s level cap did it in just over four hours

He was nearly two hours ahead of most players<p>A <i>World of Warcraft</i> player has already claimed the title of the world’s first to hit the level cap in <i>Battle for Azeroth</i>, just hours after the game’s newest expansion launched.<p>A player known as Gingi managed to hit 120, the game’s max level, in just four …

World of Warcraft

High Noon Urgot, Thresh and Lucian make the West more wild

The new set of High Noon skins were teased on Monday, but now we’re seeing the full reveal. Urgot, Thresh and Lucian are getting the skins this time …

League of Legends

Here are your finalists for the 2018 Arcana Vote

This year, Valve has given Battle Pass owners another opportunity to decide who’s getting some special cosmetic treatment in the form of a new …

Fantasy Sports

Phantom Doctrine is an XCOM-like tactics game that needs your attention, literally

An ambitious blend of espionage, stealth and decisive gunplay<p>Those who have played Firaxis’ XCOM series will be familiar with those games’ random dice rolls. You can have an alien flanked, completely exposed and out of cover, and still miss the shot. The team at CreativeForge Games clearly hates …

XCOM

Here’s how to get involved with the TI8 Compendium Fantasy and Player Cards

This year’s Compendium brings back plenty of fan favorite Battle Pass activities for those following The International 8 at home (or with a laptop in …

Top 10

The history of Saturday Night Nickelodeon

SNICK: a favorite across generations<p>We may no longer spend hours on end watching Nickelodeon, but we absolutely did throughout our childhoods. And this week on The History of Fun, we fondly recall not only wasting afternoons away with classic cartoons, but also our Saturday nights.<p>Saturday Night …

Nickelodeon

Dark Souls coming to Nintendo Switch on Oct. 19

So much for Solaire’s summer on Switch<p><i>Dark Souls: Remastered</i> is finally coming to Nintendo Switch on Oct. 19, publisher Bandai Namco announced today.<p>The Switch version of the game was previously scheduled for launch alongside the other versions of <i>Dark Souls</i><i>: Remastered</i>, but was delayed in to a …

Dark Souls

Smash Bros. fan uncovers what Ultimate’s ‘mysterious mode’ is called

Raises speculation about SSB Ultimate’s single-player mode<p>Last week’s Nintendo Direct presentation dumped a ton of news about <i>Super Smash Bros. Ultimate</i>, including the reveal of new fighters Simon Belmont and Richter from Castlevania, King K. Rool from Donkey Kong Country, Chrom from Fire Emblem and …

Retrogaming

Former pro Overwatch player xQc banned for 15 days over in-game toxicity

‘I will be better’<p>Felix “xQc” Lengyel has apologized following a 15-day ban for participating in toxic behavior while playing <i>Overwatch</i><i>.</i><p>Lengyel was streaming on Aug. 11 when he first learned about his suspended account. A message from customer support confirmed Lengyel’s suspension, noting he was …

Overwatch League

Report: Fortnite’s rifts will soon close

Fortnite’s sky could be about to go through even more changes<p>The cracks in <i>Fortnite</i><i>’s</i> sky have been around for so long that it almost seems like they’ve always been there, but it now sounds like they’ll be closing in the next few days, based on a recent data mine.<p>The Fortnite: Battle Royale Leaks …

Fortnite

EA exec Patrick Soderlund is leaving the company

The former face of Battlefield is moving on<p>Patrick Söderlund, chief design officer and frequent spokesperson for Electronic Arts, is exiting the company. CEO Andrew Wilson addressed the departure in an open letter to employees, writing that Söderlund is gearing up for “his next life …

Electronic Arts

Ninja responds to criticism of his refusal to stream with women

“We are fans of all kind of streamers and gamers”<p>Last week, <i>Fortnite</i> mega-streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins told Polygon that he doesn’t play with women on his Twitch channel. After receiving a loud, polarized response from fellow Twitch personalities, social media users and numerous other outlets, …

Internet

The fastest way to hit level 120 in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

For the players that just want to max out their character as quickly as possible<p>Jumping into a new <i>World of Warcraft</i> expansion can always be a little daunting, and <i>Battle for Azeroth</i> is no different. When you first start the questing experience, you’ll have a whole new continent to explore and plenty …

World of Warcraft

Twitch streamers have mixed reactions to Ninja’s choice to not play with female streamers

While some support his decision, others believe it highlights sexism within the streaming community<p>Ninja, aka Tyler Blevins, Twitch’s biggest streamer, told Polygon last week that he doesn’t play with female gamers. The decision, he explained, is rooted in internet culture rather than …

Internet

Destiny 2’s Eververse will be more player-friendly in Forsaken

Tess is coming back, but she’ll be a bit more predictable this time<p>The Eververse, <i>Destiny 2</i>’s real-money cosmetic shop, will be updated with the release of <i>Destiny 2: Forsaken</i> and season 4. The system will be seeing quite a few changes between season 3 and 4, Bungie recently explained, with many of …

Destiny 2

Everything you need to know about World of Warcraft’s lore going into Battle for Azeroth

You should understand the war before you fight in it<p>Almost 14 years into the game’s life, <i>World of Warcraft</i> players have gone up against dozens of villains and protected their home planet of Azeroth multiple times. <i>Battle for Azeroth</i>, the game’s seventh expansion, instead brings <i>World of Warcraft</i> back …

World History

Siding with the the Horde lets players be the villains of Battle for Azeroth

The Horde have already committed atrocities before Battle for Azeroth is officially released, so where will they go from there?<p>After years of defending the world from outside threats, <i>World of Warcraft</i><i>: Battle for Azeroth</i> is finally taking things back to the simple Horde versus Alliance conflict …

Shades of Grey

Modern Metroidvanias: how Dead Cells and Hollow Knight elevated a genre

Diving into the sub-genre to explore what makes games like Hollow Knight and Dead Cells tick<p>If you grew up loving Metroidvanias, there was a pretty rough stretch in the 1990s and 2000s where there wasn’t a whole lot to get pumped about. Sure, there were occasional installments of Castlevania or …

Dark Souls

I’ve played Alliance for 10 years, and now Battle for Azeroth is making me fight for it

World of Warcraft’s new factional war is fun, nostalgic and a little sad<p>At BlizzCon 2017, guests and viewers were treated to an announcement of the next <i>World of Warcraft</i> expansion, along with the debut of the game’s launch cinematic. <i>Battle for Azeroth</i> got off to a strong start in terms of hype. …

Hung Up

Arm yourself for Lucioball with these handy tips

Lucioball is <i>Overwatch</i>’s traditional Summer Games mode, where players enter into a 3v3 soccer match. In order to win, you must score more goals than …

Handy

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth previews and beta thoughts

Here’s how World of Warcraft’s newest expansion is shaping up<p><i>World of Warcraft</i> is a very big game. With most expansions, it takes days — not hours — to fully grasp the quality of each new feature and zone. With <i>Battle for Azeroth</i>, we’re going to take some time before we release our impressions on …

World of Warcraft

The Slender Man myth, and its tragic reality, was too big for a movie

A spoiler-filled look at how Hollywood got the internet’s boogeyman wrong<p>The new horror movie <i>Slender Man</i> ends with a vague, voiceover reminder: “we” spread the “virus” that is the antagonist. By sharing Slender Man’s mythos — through websites and drawings and late night trips to the woods — people …

Horror

New western-themed Thresh, Lucian and Urgot skins teased (update)

<i>League of Legends</i> players have gotten special e-mail teasers sent to them focusing on three champions. Though the champions haven’t been officially …

E-Mail

Sony’s stalling tactics on cross-play worked

The issue of cross-platform play on the PlayStation 4 no longer seems as pressing<p>Sony is still getting dragged in public for its decision to keep PlayStation 4 players segregated from other consoles and the PC, but it looks like the company has gotten away from the fight without making any …

Sony Interactive Entertainment

No Man’s Sky player is sharing 3.8 billion credits worth of gear with random strangers

You get a Stasis Device, and YOU get a Stasis Device!<p>One player in <i>No Man’s Sky</i> will soon set out with a shipload of the game’s most ludicrously valuable items. The plan? Drop them on unsuspecting travelers in multiplayer. At 18 million credits each, receiving even one or two items would be a big …

No Man's Sky

World of Warcraft’s post-Legion story has tons of pre-Battle for Azeroth info

Get caught up on all of the lore leading into the new World of Warcraft expansion<p><i>World of Warcraft</i>’s newest expansion, <i>Battle for Azeroth</i>, is set to launch today. That’s exciting! There’s just one problem: Even players who log in every day may have missed out on bits and pieces of the story. In the …

World of Warcraft

Here’s everything you need to know for TI8’s group stagse

It’s the start of The International 8, the biggest event in Dota 2 — and possibly the world (at least financially). Eighteen teams have come together …

Serenity

Monster Hunter: World no longer available in China

Tencent is suddenly at odds with Beijing regulators<p>The PC version of <i>Monster Hunter: World</i> is no longer for sale in China. Governmental regulators in that country have pulled its license, and the continued operation of the game is not guaranteed.<p>The Capcom-developed title, which launched in January …

Monster Hunter