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Week #01

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

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14 Days of Fortnite comes back for 7 days

Epic Games is extending — or, rather, bringing back — the 14 Days of Fortnite event that just wrapped up last week. So it’ll get going again sometime this coming week (early, they say) and run until Jan. 15.

This is because Epic originally gave an incorrect end date for the event. After catching the mistake, the publisher offered a free Equalizer Glider as a make-good. Now they’ve decided that wasn’t the best approach, and are bringing back the event to let everyone earn all the rewards they may have missed because of the date screwup.

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 is underway, watch it live right here

Awesome Games Done Quick got underway at 11:30 a.m. with a half-hour pre-show, then rolls into seven straight days of speedrunning at the top of the hour. You can watch all of it live right here.

This is the ninth edition of the annual speedrun series, which benefits the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Last year’s event raised $2,295,191 for the foundation, and AGDQ lifetime (dating to 2010) has raised more than $9 million. If you are interested in giving, donations may be made through the Games Done Quick website.

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Week #00

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2019: everything you need to know about the first day

Awesome Games Done Quick is back. The world series of speedrunning will, beginning Sunday at noon ET, deliver 156 hours of highly watchable sprints, stunts and trick runs involving games both currently popular and long forgotten.

There are more than 130 events in this year’s marathon, which is a lot to manage. Beginning today, Polygon will be providing viewers’ guides to highlight the key events of the coming day, and those that could deliver the most action.

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Count Dooku arrives this month in Battlefront 2

Star Wars Battlefront 2 will continue its Clone Wars-themed slate of updates with Count Dooku’s addition to the roster of playable Heroes on Jan. 23.

Dooku (Darth Tyranus if that name makes you snicker like a 7-year-old) will be the highlight of a Battle Point Event the following weekend (Jan. 25 to Jan. 27). In this event, Heroes can be acquired for half their Battle Point cost, provided players are playing Galactic Assault in a map specific to that Hero’s era. In Dooku’s case, that means Prequel-era maps.

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Week #00

Friday, January 4th, 2019

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Red Dead Redemption 2 tops list of Game Developers Choice nominees

Red Dead Redemption 2 leads the field of nominees for the 19th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, with seven nominations, while PlayStation exclusives God of War and Spider-Man received six each. All three are nominated for Game of the Year.

They are joined in that category by Celeste and Return of the Obra Dinn, which likewise picked up multiple nominations (three for Celeste, four for Obra Dinn). Four of the five nominees for Game of the Year are nominated for Best Narrative, where they are also joined by Florence, which was given an honorable mention for Game of the Year.

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Why Smash Bros. players think Dragon Quest DLC is next for Ultimate

Data-miners are digging into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s source code and pulling out what they say are hints about the game’s upcoming new fighters. Among details about characters’ speed and weight values — important info for the competitive scene — there appears to be a codename for an unannounced character in the mix, dataminers say.

One dataminer posted a shot of in-game files, highlighting several lines of code; one of those is for “fighter_kind_brave.” The text suggests that this is a kind of fighter internally referred to as Brave (obviously), which may seem too vague to speculate on. But Smash players theorize that the file for “Brave” could be a Dragon Quest hero, and they say there’s evidence to support their claims.

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Yakuza 0 and Tom Clancy’s The Division lead February’s Humble Monthly bundle

Yakuza 0 and Tom Clancy’s The Division will be included in February’s Humble Monthly bundle, the company announced today. The rest of the bundle will be announced after orders close on Feb. 1 at 10 a.m PT.

Humble’s subscription service offers a secret bundle of PC games each month, promised to be worth $100 or more. Early Unlock games are announced as soon as the previous month’s orders close and are available to download immediately after subscribing. Remaining games are released on the first Friday of the month. (Feb. 1 happens to be a Friday.) Unlike similar services like Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, Humble Monthly games are yours to keep forever, regardless of whether you maintain your subscription.

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Dreams beta on PS4 is taking sign-ups now (Update)

Update, Jan. 4: Sign-ups are underway now. PlayStation 4 players will need to supply their PSN ID, name and an email...

Portal writer Erik Wolpaw still works for Valve, sort of

Writer Erik Wolpaw, who worked at Valve on games like Portal,

Bowsette is never going to happen, Nintendo says

In September, Super Mario fans asked a huge question: If Toadette can become Princess Peach clone Peachette just by donning a crown in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, could other characters also become pretty...

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Week #00

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

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Ex-Hearthstone leads are working on a new Marvel game

Five former members of Blizzard Entertainment, all of whom worked on the company’s digital card game Hearthstone, have a new studio and a newly announced deal with Marvel Entertainment to make games. The studio, Second Dinner, is working on an unannounced game for Marvel with some financial help from NetEase, the Chinese internet company.

Second Dinner was founded by Ben Brode and Hamilton Chu, the former game director and executive producer of Hearthstone, respectively. They left Blizzard in 2018, and have since been joined by Blizzard veterans Mike Schweitzer, Yong Woo and Jomaro Kindred. The five-person team is currently working on a prototype of its game for Marvel, but has released few details about the project.

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Star Control creators defend their DMCA claim against Star Control: Origins

Star Control: Origins, the latest title from independent developer and publisher Stardock, is no longer available for sale on Steam or GOG. That’s because of a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) claim made against the company by the creators of the Star Control franchise, Fred Ford and Paul Reiche. In statements made on Steam and social media, Stardock’s CEO Brad Wardell has vociferously demanded an explanation for the DMCA claim. Ford and Reiche have now obliged, in the form of a lengthy blog post.

The background of the conflict between the two teams dates back to 2013, when Stardock purchased rights to Star Control intellectual property from Atari during a bankruptcy auction. Three years later, in 2016, Stardock revealed that it was developing Star Control: Origins. Then, in October 2017, Ford and Reiche announced they were making a game called Ghosts of the Precursors, a direct sequel to Star Control 2: The Ur-Quan Masters. As a result, Stardock filed suit against them.

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Everything (the game) is heading to Switch

Everything will be on Nintendo Switch eShop starting Jan. 10 — that’s designer David Oreilly’s moving, interactive treatise on the nature of existence, to be clear. All those other games we’re still hoping will make the jump to the handheld console remain only in dreams, but at least Everything, one of 2017’s most unique titles, is no longer on that list.

Double Fine Productions announced Everything’s Switch release alongside a trailer starring a Switch console. That Switch console is seen roaming around the game’s wide-ranging environments, with the game itself displayed on its screen. At one point, the Switch console has another Switch console on-screen. And that Switch console is showing a Switch console too. It’s a very weird, very psychedelic choice.

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Return of the Obra Dinn leads Independent Game Festival 2019 nominees

Organizers for the Independent Games Festival announced the finalists for its 21st annual awards today, with Lucas Pope’s murder mystery puzzle game

Octopath Traveler, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and more Switch games are discounted in a New Year’s digital sale

If you received a Nintendo Switch over the holidays, now is an excellent time to load up on games for your new console. Nintendo is discounting select Switch games in a New Year’s digital downloads sale, running through Jan. 10.

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Fallout 3 Capital Wasteland mod is back on, but makers face a lot of work

Around this time last year, Capital Wasteland — a modding project to bring Fallout 3 into the

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Week #00

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

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CEO of Project CARS developer Slightly Mad Studios teases new console on Twitter

The CEO of Slightly Mad Studios, maker of the Project CARS franchise of simulation racing games, is teasing a new video game console on Twitter. Called the Mad Box, the device will be designed, built, marketed, and sold by an unannounced business entity, Ian Bell tells Polygon.

“What is the Mad Box?” Bell asked in the sixth message sent from an entirely new social media account, prompting a flurry of new followers. “It’s the most powerful console ever built... It’s literally ‘Mad’... You want 4k, you want VR at 60FPS? You want a full engine for free to develop your games on it? You have it.”

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The newest esports league might be the future of stock car racing

Three years ago, NASCAR was on life support as a video game. Today, it’s the next esports league, and that may be its future as a spectator sport.

Qualifying for the eNASCAR Heat Pro League, running on NASCAR Heat 3 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, has been going on for a month and will continue another two weeks, and will ultimately see up to 32 racing fans placed with real-life driving teams for an inaugural season beginning later this year.

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Fun Super Smash Bros. Ultimate details you might have missed

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate contains a ridiculous amount of stuff, from the impressive amount of playable characters to the hundreds of songs that make up its soundtrack. The work that went into creating a cohesive game while staying true to all these original characters and locations is inspiring; Nintendo didn’t just throw all this content into a blender, hoping for a tasty sludge.

Nintendo filled Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with so many tiny details and one-off jokes and gags that most players will probably miss at least some of them, no matter how often they play. The team behind Ultimate filled the game with jokes and references that are sometimes obvious and sometimes obscure, but each one feels like a treat for the players who are truly paying attention.

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Star Control: Origins removed from Steam, GOG following DMCA claim

Star Control: Origins is no longer for sale on Steam or GOG. According to an official...

Persona 5 R reveal teases ‘new projects’ this year, nothing else

Atlus has more plans for Persona 5 this year, the company teased just ahead of New Year’s. But as for what those “new projects” are, we’ll...

Fallout 76 getting new PvP mode, player vending, but the economy is broken

In an “Inside the Vault” post published on Jan. 1, Bethesda briefly announced some of the new features coming to

Xbox Game Pass adds Life is Strange 2, Absolver, Ark, and more in January

Xbox Game Pass subscribers will get a fresh batch of new and not-so-new Xbox One games this month, including Absolver,

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Week #52

Monday, December 31st, 2018

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Celeste team cancels Skytorn, a Metroidvania years in the making

Game designer Noel Berry, member of the team behind 2018 hit Celeste, has canceled one of his most anticipated projects. The Metroidvania-style game Skytorn is no longer in development, Berry announced over the weekend.

“Having worked on the game for several years we constantly struggled with what the game was,” Berry wrote in a post on Medium. “To its core it was a procedurally generated adventure game without permadeath, but the procedural elements always clashed with the Metroidvania themes, and I didn’t know how to design around that.”

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Undertale creator made a wrestling promo for Kenny Omega

Undertale creator Toby Fox’s latest project is something of a surprise: a match promo video for New Japan Pro Wrestling star Kenny Omega. The wrestler teamed up with Fox to promote NJPW’s upcoming pay-per-view event, Wrestle Kingdom 13, but according to the video’s Star Wars-esque opening crawl, “circumstances beyond [the creator’s] control” will prevent it from airing officially.

In the video’s opening scene, shot at Akihabara retro game store Super Potato, a young Kenny Omega fan buys a copy of faux Famicom game Kenny’s Quest. That game looks and plays a lot like Fox’s Undertale, pitting Omega against his rival Hiroshi Tanahashi. As wrestling promos go, it’s one of the more charming ones, and references Omega’s love of Street Fighter 5 and Undertale. (The wrestler named Undertale his favorite game of 2018 in one of Giant Bomb’s end-of-year awards.)

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