It will cost you ten dollars to avoid jerks in Dota 2

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The latest Dota 2 premium pass includes access to tools that gives owners the ability to put other players on a personal ban list. Valve’s long-running MOBA now offers beta access to an Avoid Player feature, but you’ll have to give up at least $10 for the standard Battle Pass to use the tool.

Complaints from the Dota 2 community point out that besides charging for a basic toxic player management feature, the Avoid Player function doesn’t actually mean you won’t see those particular offenders in your future games. It only tells the system that you’d rather not play with a particular person, but matchmaking can override that notice. The Battle Pass does include a virtual high-five emote, so you can hopefully make nice and turn bad actors into buddies.

Steep is the cheapest ski trip you can take

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Ubisoft is giving away Steep, their high-flying, open world, snow sports game, to anyone that wants it. You can add Steep to your PC Uplay library right now. It will be yours to keep for as long as Uplay remains a thing. You have until May 21st to grab the game, and really, why wouldn’t you? Tom liked its laid-back approach to winter activities.

“It’s your mountain range, dude. Steep shrugs affably and patiently waits while you mosey over to unlock a new drop-off point.”

Crush the powder Bro!

The other half of Red Dead Redemption 2 has launched

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Rockstar has graduated Red Dead Online, the multiplayer portion of Red Dead Redemption 2, out of beta status. The “full” launch includes poker, more cooperative story missions, free roam activities, and cosmetic bits and bobs to buy for your online desperado.

The developers say that they’ve built a solid foundation for Red Dead Online, on which they plan to build content for years to come. Starting this summer, Rockstar plans to add player roles to the online mode that will offer virtual cowpokes the chance to specialize in bounty hunting, trading, or collecting artifacts.

Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick told investors during a quarterly earnings call that Red Dead Online is already outpacing Grand Theft Auto V’s GTA Online performance during its initial run.

Imagine World of Warcraft without memes

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Blizzard has announced the start of World of Warcraft Classic. The wayback mode goes live on August 27th, putting players back to 15 years ago when Leeroy Jenkins had to be explained to moms and the mere mention of Barrens chat could elicit groans from the MMO audience. Beginning tomorrow, some lucky players will be asked to participate in small-scale beta testing, with invitations going to current “dedicated” folks as determined by “select” criteria.

Blizzard will begin accepting character names on August 13th, so if you want that coveted “Elric_of_Meltingbone” or “Drizzt_Doodoo” you’ll have to be ready to jump in the queue then.

Qt3 Games Podcast: Days Gone, Forza Horizon 4, One Finger Death Punch 2

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How much Last of Us is in Days Gone, how much do castles cost in Forza Horizon 4, and how much badassery can the average person accomplish in One Finger Death Punch 2? Also, how douchey can one game be? We conduct a rigorous scientific study.

Days Gone at 1:50
Forza Horizon 4 at 24:00
DQ contest at 37:57
One Finger Death Punch 2 at 54:27.


PUBG gives Game for Peace a chance in China

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Tencent has pulled the mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds from the Chinese market and replaced it with Game for Peace. The new game is a somewhat sanitized reimagining of PUBG that swaps blood with sparks, death animations with a jaunty hand-wave, and supplies a patriotic backstory honoring the Chinese military as an anti-terrorism force. You can check out the zaniness in this video.

Reuters reports that the publisher made the changes based on PUBG failing to get approval for in-app purchases in the country due to objectionable content, as judged by the Chinese government’s censors. The publisher announced that Game for Peace has already secured the clearance to collect in-app revenue. While the changes may seem silly, the ability to actually make money seems to be the concern for the company.

Go back in time ten years with Minecraft

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Mojang and Microsoft have made a free version of the 2009 build of Minecraft. Available to play in your browser right now, Minecraft Classic turns the pixelated clock back to a time when the game only had 32 different material blocks, no in-game store, and no controversy. There’s also not much to actually do, but we were all so much more willing to let a developer slide on possibility back then. If you like to stack blocks, and then stack even more blocks, this is the version for you.

Microsoft Solitaire made it into the Hall of Fame

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Microsoft Solitaire, the ubiquitous time waster of offices everywhere, is now an official inductee of the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The National Museum of Play chose Microsoft Solitaire for inclusion due to its cultural impact, popularity, and its enduring legacy since its 1990 launch on Windows 3.0. Microsoft’s manager for casual games, Paul Jensen, said the company was honored to have Solitaire included in the Hall of Fame along with heavyweights like Tetris, Doom, and The Oregon Trail.

If you were one of the people that played Solitaire, thanks to it being bundled with the operating system on every PC sold during its run, you unknowingly participated in a slick tutorial. Microsoft originally included the game as a way to teach users how to operate basic functions of the mouse, a peripheral that was new to most folks back in 1990.

Microsoft encourages potato aim on Xbox

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Microsoft has updated their service agreement and Code of Conduct with a new Community Standards for Xbox site.The page breaks down the normal legal jargon into easy-to-parse text for gamers. Most of it is generally good advice like “win or lose, be a good sport,” but there’s a real head-scratcher in the examples of acceptable trash talk.

“That was some serious potato aim. Get wrecked.”

I don’t think I’ve ever been accused of having “potato aim” by anyone in an online game, but I don’t think my life will be complete without someone legitimately yelling that at me. It would be so much nicer than the things I have had hurled my way.

Which Saints Row will we get in the movie?

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Forget the awful Sonic the Hedgehog film. The director of Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray, is developing a Saints Row movie. Deadline reports that Gray is working with Greg Russo, (not related to the Marvel Russo brothers) to bring those lovable Third Street Saints to the big screen. Actually, that raises an interesting question. If the movie ever gets made, and many in-development movies never leave the writing stage, will we see the Grand Theft Auto inspired gangsta Saints from the first game, or the wacky dildo bat goofballs that fought aliens and the Devil?