The Last of Us 2 Actor Laura Bailey Doesn't Deserve Your Hate
- Voice actor for the characters Abby, Laura Bailey, has even received death threats.
- Death threats have been flying at Neil Druckmann, the game’s director, since May. What the hell is wrong with people?
- No one deserves to receive death threats over a video game.
- Threatening Laura Bailey, or anyone, with death because of something happening to a fictional character, is complete insanity.
- These threats are a startling reminder of a miserable sub-section within the gaming community.
- Some people just don’t enjoy the game as much as the critics do.
- Suddenly, anyone who doesn’t like The Last of Us 2 is either a bigot or someone who spews threats at people.
- The actor who played Jar Jar Binks nearly killed himself after he got threats from rabid Star Wars fans.
- Maybe the gaming community needs more work than we thought it did.
Children’s game accounts hacked to support Donald Trump
- Hackers have targeted Roblox profiles to support Donald Trump in the forthcoming US presidential election.
- Users of the online multiplayer game complained their profiles were hacked with the message: “Ask your parents to vote for Trump this year!” and “MAGA2020”, an abbreviation of Make America Great Again.
- Roblox has more than 100 million users worldwide.
- Players have reported that in-game messages have been sent from the hacked profiles to the account holders' friends, urging them to support Trump in the November vote.
- Hacked avatars have been dressed in existing in-game accessories which resemble items worn by Trump supporters.
- This includes a red hat with “Running of the bulls” written in white, which looks like the Make America Great Again hats that the US president favours.
- Some players have told the news site Bleeping Computer that they are still able to access their accounts and can change their profiles back again.
MLB cancels its 2020 All-Star Game
- Major League Baseball made the announcement Friday, writing that -- with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic -- the annual game between the American League and the National League wouldn't be possible this year.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers were supposed to host the game this year, but will now host in 2022 instead.
- This is not the first time the All-Star game, also known as the Midsummer Classic, has been canceled.
- In 1945, the game was canceled amidst strict travel restrictions during the war.
- The MLB season is scheduled to resume later this month -- on either the 23rd or the 24th -- and players reported to training camp this week.
- Typically, the season would have started in late March or early April, but the coronavirus made that impossible.
- There will be some changes to the season, though, most notably the lack of roaring fans and the ban on spitting.
Horizon Zero Dawn comes to PC in August
- Horizon Zero Dawn, one of Sony‘s flagship PS4 exclusives, is coming to PC.
- We’ve known it was coming for months, but now we finally know when the game will be coming to Steam — namely, August 7.
- It’s also smart to release it in August, a month when there are basically no planned AAA releases — the next-closest release is the Avengers game coming in September — and it seems just about everyone is shoving out some remasters.
- Given that the Zero Dawn sequel, Horizon Forbidden West is coming to the PS5 (which I called… almost), this is the absolute prime time for Sony to draw in some potential new console players.
- Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition can be pre-ordered on the Steam page ahead of the August 7 release.
Why the next Olympics should include Fortnite
- If dressage and curling are Olympic sports, why not video games?
- The International Olympic Committee wants to make the games more popular with young people.
- Why not go further and let national teams compete at video games?
- Electronic sports such as “Fortnite”, described above, are vastly more popular than Olympic oddities such as dressage or curling.
- Only 28% of British boys aged 16-19 watch any traditional live sports; 57% play video games.
- Yet video games are highly competitive, with professional leagues that play to packed stadiums.
- By contrast “League of Legends”, a fantasy game played by teams of five, supports over 1,000 on good wages.
- Critics of e-sports offer moral objections, too.
- Surely, at a time of global disharmony, it is a bad idea to make simulated killing an Olympic sport?
- And the notion that warlike sports have no place in the Olympics is hard to square with history.
MrBeast ends Finger on the App competition by telling players to stop
- After watching contestants keep their fingers attached to a phone screen for more than 70 hours, YouTube creator Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson called an early end to a massive competition originally designed with one winner and a $25,000 prize in mind.
- Donaldson’s “Finger on the App” was a one-time game designed in partnership with internet collective MSCHF.
- Despite Donaldson’s calls for players to “go to sleep,” a couple contestants kept going.
- One player argued on a livestream that Donaldson’s tweet could be a trick; if three of the final four players removed their fingers, the last person standing could still stand to win $25,000.
- Prior to the game’s launch, Donaldson spoke to The Verge about expectations both his team and MSCHF had for the game.
- By the end, it became clear that Donaldson wanted to control the game a little to make sure contestants finally got some sleep.
'Animal Crossing,' a Nintendo Switch bestseller, now lets you go swimming
- New York (CNN Business) - The waters of "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" are finally opening up: In the hit Nintendo Switch game's latest update, players can go swimming starting Friday.
- As much of the world remains wary of visiting beaches and swimming pools because of the pandemic, the video game provides a virtual way for swimmers to dive for mollusks and sea critters.
- "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" lets you craft furniture by collecting wood, iron and other resources.
- To swim in "Animal Crossing," players will need to own a virtual wet suit, sold at a shop within the game for digital currency.
- For lapsed players of the game tired of running errands across their tropical islands, the July 3 update might be enough incentive to log back on.
- Animal Crossing is getting another summer update in early August, according to Nintendo.
'Iron Man VR' has moments of brilliance, but shows the limits of PSVR
- Sony prepped an Iron Man VR bundle that includes all the PSVR hardware and a pair of Move controllers (still in short supply in stores) -- it seems to think it’s already going to be a hit.
- These never quite fit in with Iron Man VR, whether that’s because he’s got so many long to mid-range attacks, or because it’s disorientating and nausea-inducing to fly around punching flying robots in VR.
- The Move controllers also don’t offer the degree of tracking you might get from other, newer, VR setups, and the whole Iron Man VR experience demands standing up to play for most of it.
- Iron Man VR is longer, yes, but unfortunately, it won’t hold your interest long enough to warrant investing in a PSVR headset and a pair of Move controllers.
Fortnite to host We The People program focused on conversations about race in America
- Fortnite’s Party Royale will air an in-game showing of We The People on Saturday, part of a series of conversations around race in America, the company announced Friday.
- The program, hosted by Van Jones of CNN, will include journalists Elaine Welteroth and Jemele Hill, and musicians Killer Mike and Lil Baby.
- To watch We The People, launch Fortnite on Saturday morning, and select Battle Royale game mode.
- Enter the Party Royale playlist and go to the Island’s Big Screen.
- The event will get underway at 9:46AM ET, and will re-air several times throughout the day Saturday.
- Last month Fortnite’s Party Royale theater hosted showings of several Christopher Nolan movies, including Inception, Batman Begins, and The Prestige.
- Nolan dropped the trailer for his upcoming film, Tenet inside of the game back in May. According to Epic, as of May, Fortnite has more than 350 million players.
Sony’s PS4 hit Horizon Zero Dawn is coming to PC on August 7th
- We already knew that Horizon Zero Dawn, long one of the PlayStation 4’s prized exclusives, would be making its way to PC.
- Guerilla Games, the Sony-owned developer behind the hit title and its upcoming PlayStation 5 sequel, released a new trailer today for the complete edition of Horizon Zero Dawn.
- It all looks fantastic in this 90-second trailer, which also shows an in-game benchmark tool.
- Back in March, Hermen Hulst — the head of PlayStation Worldwide Studios — said of Horizon’s PC port that “I think it’s important that we stay open to new ideas of how to introduce more people to PlayStation, and show people maybe what they’ve been missing out on.” Horizon Zero Dawn is the first PS4 exclusive that will make the move to a second platform.
- During Sony’s PS5 event last month, Guerrilla announced a stunning-looking PS5 sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn called Horizon Forbidden West.