Qt3 Games Podcast: Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Surge 2, Mindustry

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What if Jason McMaster was the sole survivor of an aircraft crash along with about 70 other people? What if videogame masochist Nick Diamon got to play a game he actually liked? What if Tom Chick wasn’t so scared of Factorio? This week, we answer these question and more.

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint at 1:41, The Surge 2 at 18:36, and Mindustry at 34:37.

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A lot of people have played the latest Call of Duty. Have you?

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Maybe you’re waiting on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for this holiday season. Perhaps you’re still playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4? If you’re somewhere in the middle, bored of Black Ops 4, but impatient for the next Modern Warfare, you could be playing the other Call of Duty that just launched. In fact, you’d be joining about 100 million other players.

According to SensorTower, a mobile analytics firm, Call of Duty Mobile (launched on October 1st) surpassed 100 million downloads in its first week of availability. Apple owners accounted for a whopping 56.9 million unique installs, with Android players racking up another 45.3 million. To put that into perspective, Fortnite and PUBG had mobile launch week downloads of 22.5 million and 28 million, respectively. Call of Duty Mobile also generated more revenue in its first week than either title.

The most amazing part of all this success? It hasn’t even launched in China yet. Activision and Tencent have applied, but are waiting for approvals to release it in the Chinese market. Considering the curent dust-up over Blizzard’s snafu with a pro-Hong Kong Hearthstone player, maybe going slow is for the best.

Can the Rabbids make effective teachers?

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Ubisoft is releasing Rabbids Coding for free today. It’s an educational title that teaches the basics of coding concepts via the antics of the Rabbids characters. It’s meant for a younger (seven and up) audience, but if you’ve never dipped into programming, it’s 32 lessons are a good primer for more advanced studies.

“Your goal in each level is to provide the simplest instructions possible to get the task done.”

Keep it simple, stupid! Rabbids Coding is available on PC for free through Uplay.

Carl von Clausewitz would be proud of the unit coming to Wargroove

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Wargroove, Chucklefish’s homage to Nintendo’s Advance Wars series, is getting new units in a free update. Previewed in this blog post, the Riflemen and Thief add some new wrinkles on this casual friendly combat game. The Thief, in particular, offers a different way to damage your enemy. Instead of attacking other units, the sneaky Thief hits your adversary where it really counts. Right in the bank account! The Thief steals gold from bases and strongholds, bypassing all that fighting nonsense.

If there is one thing a couple decades of strategy games have taught me, it’s that taking away the other guy’s money is a surefire path to victory. That, or Zerging him.

Qt3 Boardgames Podcast: Prophets of Doom, Ancient Civilizations, Lords of Waterdeep

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What’s a religious cult to do when the world actually ends, how do you raise a young civilization in the Mediterranean, and what’s the orange cube again? Tom Chick, Bruce Geryk, and Hassan Lopez consider these questions and more.

Prophets of Doom at 3:07, Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea at 15:48, and Lords of Waterdeep at 47:25.

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Destiny 2 is full of déjà vu

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I’m playing Destiny again. No, wait. I’m back in the Tower hub for Destiny, but I’m playing Destiny 2. What happened? Also, why is my level 750? Why do I have a big fiery hammer superpower instead of my electric Tron shield? What happened to the farm hub? Where do I go next? What do I do now? I don’t even know what’s real anymore.

If you’ve been gone from Destiny 2 for a spell, (maybe to play other looter shooters) you’ll probably be as confused as I was. Things are kind of the same, but different. Destiny 2 is free to play now. No, really. Bungie just launched the Shadowkeep expansion, added a battle pass progression system with premium and free tracks, then made the base game along with a lot of previous expansion content free for anyone to try out. They also replaced the story start with a completely open Tower hub. Oh, Bungie moved the game from Battle.net to Steam for PC players as well! They’ve been busy, these rascals.

Confusing beginning aside, the strategy is probably a good one. In the absence of a cherry deal from a publisher or exclusive store, revitalizing an older title that always had a mixed reputation requires drastic measures to attract players. Everyone loves free stuff.

Wendy’s has a meaty tabletop role-playing game

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Is it the End Times? I’m only asking because after KFC decided to make a visual novel on Steam, Wendy’s has made an honest-to-gosh tabletop role-playing game. Feast of Legends may not be Dungeons & Dragons, but it does have rules for “Feast Mode” and a starter campaign set in Freshtovia.

The “Clapback Queen” has been the ruler of Freshtovia since 1969, and defends the realm from the treacherous evils of those who practice the dark art of frozen beef.

Yes. It’s the End Times.

Fans of Borderlands 3 get more grind as a thank you

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The first Borderlands game launched on October 20th, 2009 and Gearbox wants to celebrate with a month of Borderlands 3 in-game events. The Anniversary Celebration kicks off with Boss Week which has already started! From now until October 8th, the game’s boss monsters have modified loot tables that have increased chances of dropping rare goodies. Now is your chance to farm to your heart’s delight.

Later weeks’ events include Rare Spawn Hunt, Show Me the Eridium, and Mayhem on Twitch. While there are no details of those updates, the final week, Spooky Surprise, will likely coincide with the release of the Bloody Harvest, a Halloween-themed extravaganza.

Oh, look! A new area where someone can beat you in Apex Legends.

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Apex Legends’ Season 3 Meltdown starts today. The free game update comes with a new map, “World’s Edge,” that features molten lava and icy drifts. There’s also a Snowpiercer-ish train running through the map. Season 3 also brings a new player character to buy, if that’s your thing. Crypto is a surveillance guy, so he comes with drones as well as a backstory nominally tied to the new map.

Most importantly, Season 3 arrives with an all new Battle Pass with 100 levels of skins, in-game funny money packs, emotes, and other unlockables. Get your icy-hot cosmetics right here!

You’ll have to take a class about making games to attend this class within a game

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Ubisoft has teamed up with Concordia University and KnowledgeOne to create the Game Creator’s Odyssey. It’s a full online game design course built within the framework of a game. The course teaches basics, design principles, techniques, and best practices, while rewarding students with XP and level progression. If there’s one thing Ubisoft can teach game designers, it’s how to get players to fill bars.

As they progress through the course, students will discover the epic story of Nagato, a shinobi warrior. Just like him, they will practice their skills and challenge their knowledge to progress through the first part of the Odyssey. The story of our hero will evolve along with their own learning journey.

Unfortunately, people excited at the idea of finally playing a big sprawling Ubisoft RPG set in Japan will have to commit to signing up for a game design class with one of the academic partners using the course. For that kind of money you could buy all the microtransactions available in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

Medal of Honor is back and on your face

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There’s a new Medal of Honor game coming, but its a VR exclusive. Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond is developed by Respawn Entertainment and Oculus Studios. Gamers with Oculus Rift VR kits that are eager to jump back into WWII will shoot, stab, and soldier their way through three “authentic” acts. First, as a member of the French Resistance, then a regular infantryman in Normandy, and finally a member of a special force taking out a secret German facility. Boots on the ground!

Beyond the shooty bits dressed up with VR frippery like reloading via full hand motions, the game comes with a story gallery featuring interviews with veterans and historical images. Imagine the ending of Band of Brothers, but now two inches from your eyes!