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The Daily Moot (12/8/17)

1. PUBG’s New Map Goes Live
It is finally here! Last night at 12:00AM PST, the new map, Miramar, went live for players to test out. The new map is what PUBG players have been waiting for and it comes with many new towns to explore, new vehicles, and some new weapons. Also, Bluehole announced that version 1.0 will go live on PC December 20th. Click the link to watch Ian from EuroGamer explore the new map and see for yourself how cool it is!
2. Breath of the Wild Wins Game of the Year
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was awarded the coveted “Game of the Year” award last night at the 2017 Game Awards. The game was nominated for 12 total awards and ended up taking home a total of three trophies for game of the year, best action/adventure game, and best game direction. It is safe to say last night was a night to remember for everyone who worked on Breath of the Wild and the game will only continue to grow moving forward!
3. Death Stranding
Death Stranding came out with an eight minute trailer last night at the Game Awards that had people mesmerized, confused, and downright entertained. The game features Norman Reedus as the main protagonist being one of the last survivors in a dark and ominous wasteland after some kind of “big bang”. The trailer takes you on a wild ride for what the overarching theme of the game is expected to be, but leaves you itching for more to see what happens next. There is no official release date just yet, but keep your eyes peeled because they may announce it sooner rather than later!
4. 50 vs. 50 in Fortnite
The super popular battle royale game, Fortnite, announced a new game mode coming soon last night at the Game Awards. The game mode features a ridiculously awesome 50 vs. 50 mode where you and 49 other friends or strangers go head to head with another army of 50. This game mode is starting out as a temporary update that will last from December 8th-17th so make sure to get out there soon and bash some skulls!
5. World War Z Gets a Video Game
Remember World War Z? The fast-paced thrilling movie about zombies that overtook towns and devoured people? Last night during the Game Awards, it was announced that the novel-turned-movie is being made into a video game. The game is being developed by Saber Interactive and will be available on most major platforms including PS4, PC, and Xbox One. There is no official announcement of when the game will be released but expect the four-player cooperative action game to be available sometime in 2018.

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The Daily Moot (12/7/17)

1. As Discord Comes Close to 100 Million Users, Safety Becomes Issue
The very popular gaming communication app is projected to have over 90 million users by the end of 2017. This number is staggering considering they started the year with 25 million users; that is some insane growth for one year. With this growth comes some safety concerns for the discord users due to certain discord channels shying away from gaming and moving towards many other various topics. Recently the Discord team shut down an alt-right channel “Centipede Central” that was causing much concern for the platform and its users. As Discord grows, the team must become more aware of inappropriate activity and potential threats that may arise.
2. Mario + Rabbid Kingdom Battle Getting Two-Player Mode
Mario + Rabbid Kingdom Battle is releasing a new update this Friday (December 8th) that will allow you to battle a friend. Each player will get to choose three additional heroes to have on your team and you both will ensuse in somewhat of a chess match. Each player will then have the choice of choosing three actions per turn until one winner is chosen. This sounds like a super awesome update to the game that will not only be extremely challenging, but also incredibly fun!
3. Story Driven Sports Games FTW
Story modes have always been a part of sports games since around 2011 but in 2017 the story mode concept was booming! All games including NFL Madden, NBA 2K, MLB the Show, FIFA spent plenty of time and effort into improving the functionality and narrative of their version of a story mode. Most of the times these stories derive from an individual who has always been the underdog, overlooked if you will, and it takes you on a journey of his success story. Story based versions of sports games are incredibly entertaining and will only get better as time goes on. I can not wait to see what the popular sports franchises come up with in the years to come!
4. Can Video Games Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?
University of Montreal recently published a study saying that video games could potentially prevent Alzheimer’s. Men and women ranging from 55-75 years of age were split into two groups: one group would learn piano and play video games for at least 30 minutes a day, and one group was doing neither of the two previously listed tasks. While the evidence is not conclusive just yet, the elderly group that did indeed played video games showed improvement in their hippocampus which is directly related to short term and long term memory. You are probably very excited to go run and tell your Grandma Betsy to start playing video games right now, but maybe you should wait a little bit longer to see if the evidence is 100% conclusive!
5. New Tomb Raider Coming Soon
Square Enix, the creators of Tomb Raider, recently announced on Twitter that a new game is on the way. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, your favorite badass Lara Croft is coming back in a major way. The company did not give any specifics on the game with regards to title, story, or what platform it is being released on. Instead, Square Enix teased their fan base with a small glimpse of what is to come in Tomb Raider’s future title. It’s looking like 2018 is shaping up to an awesome year for gaming!

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The Daily Moot (12/6)

1. New Map for PUBG’s Patch 1.0 Launch: Miramar
For PUBG’s patch 1.0 launch, a new desert-themed map will be introduced: Miramar. On the Steam page, developers wrote that “the unique terrain and dense urban areas of Miramar will create a new Battle Royale experience where old strategies may no longer work and new tactics are required.” We’ll be seeing this map launched on Dec. 12th, alongside the full launch of the game. Finally! We’re getting a new map!
2. HUGE Pokemon GO Update
Pokemon GO is getting a massive update this week that includes 50+ generation three Pokemon as well as a new dynamic weather system for the map. The new Pokemon will include the three third generation starters: Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, as well as a variety of others from the Hoenn region. The new dynamic weather map is going to make certain Pokemon stronger and more available to find in certain areas. For example, if you're in a sunny state you better be careful when going to that Charizard raid because he will be considerably stronger. This is just one of the many updates Pokemon GO will be unveiling before the new year!
3. Bridge Constructor Portal: Engineering Sim for Fans of Portal
Headup Games is releasing a bridge construction game based on the Portal series due for Dec. 20th. Headup’s masterpiece rendition of this Portal game “blends the laws of structural engineering and technology straight from Aperture Laboratories into an exciting new game experience, all under the demanding gaze of GLaDOS.” It’ll be interesting to see what type of mechanics the game will bring now that it’ll fully utilize the license of the Portal series.
4. New Destiny 2 Gun is Broken
Following Destiny 2’s update this week for Curse of Osiris, there is arguably the most broken gun ever seen in the Destiny franchise. The new exotic trace rifle known as the “Prometheus Lens” is essentially a super powered laser beam that melts opponents faces within seconds. If you see an opponent using the Prometheus Lens, I recommend you turn around and run back to where you came from. It is clear Bungie needs to do something about this weapon in the near future to balance out the game, especially for players looking to compete during Trials.
5. Five Outstanding Games From 2017
Take a look back in 2017 at some of the games that swept us off of our feet. Some of these games are very well known while others you may never heard about and will surprise you they made this list. Do you think any of these games will line up with what is chosen at the Game Awards tomorrow night (12/7/17)?

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The Daily Moot (12/5)

1. The Division Gets a Huge Free Update
The Division is coming out with a massive new update that includes new gameplay areas, new modes, upgrades to the Underground section, and much more. Even with this huge free update it will be very hard for a game like The Division to make a comeback after such a hard flop during its initial release. The hype was through the roof for this game and it went downhill quickly after developers failed to meet the consumer's needs. Will this update be enough to draw a bigger crowd to Ubisoft’s online-only role playing game?
2. Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2 Coming to All Platforms
With the announcement of the Mega Man 11 release date, Capcom has also announced that Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 and 2 will be coming to all major platforms (Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC). It is said that the game will be coming out sometime late 2018 right around when Mega Man 11 is released. For all of the Mega Man fans out there this is some really awesome news that will bring plenty of excitement and nostalgia to gaming. Who is excited about the comeback of the Mega Man series?
3. Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
The notorious fighting game series, Street Fighter, is getting a big update in its most recent release, Street Fighter V. The game will be introducing an update called “Arcade Edition” that will be available as a DLC or as a stand-alone game. The game will feature over 200 unique arcade style endings, bonus rounds from the original games, and 6 arcade battle paths. Not only will this update be a blast-from-the-past for gamers who played the previous Street Fighter games, but it will also include a lot of new material to get excited about!
4. Attack on Titan 2 Release Date
Omega Force has announced that Attack on Titan 2 will come to the West on March 20th, 2018. This game will follow in the footsteps of the original game of Attack on Titan, but will include many more in-game features. Some of the new features include being able to make your own scout, new scout mechanics, new in-game tools, and more playable characters. The game also touches more on the RPG side of things by allowing you to get away from intense combat with giants and live a more peaceful “town life” on the side. If this game is anywhere close to as good as the show is, we can expect it to be a massive success!
5. App “Gamee” to be YouTube of Gaming
The Prague-based startup, Gamee, is preparing to become the “YouTube of Gaming” says Gamee’s CEO, Bo Rezab. Gamee is a growing platform that allows users to operate a singular application that allows the playability of over 70 different mobile games. The mobile gaming market is most profitable gaming segment with an expected revenue of over $41.6 billion in 2017. With over eight million monthly active users, Gamee is ready to take over the mobile gaming industry. Do you think Gamee will be able to compete with the top tier games on the market such as Clash Royale or Candy Crush?

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The Daily Moot (12/4)

1. Mega Man 11 Release Date Announced
Capcom came out with some great news this morning announcing that Mega Man 11 will be released in “late 2018”. The long awaited game will be released for all of the major platforms including Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, PC, and Xbox One. The last game in the series, Mega Man 10, was released in 2010 and was given mixed reviews; will Mega Man 11 live up to the hype or will it be a “mega” flop?
2. Maps in Pokémon GO Look a Bit Different
Pokémon GO? Is this 2016? No, it's almost 2018 and the game is still being played worldwide by millions of people. Recently, players have noticed the in-game map looking a little different. The creators of Pokémon GO, Niantic, secretly updated the maps by changing its source for landscape features. Niantic switched over from Google Maps to an open source mapping service called “OpenStreetMap”. The good aspect of this is that anyone can edit the map; on the other hand, the bad side of this is also.... that anyone can edit the map. This is a pretty big change for a map-based game that could prove to be a really good decision, or a quite bad one.
3. Big Update Coming to Assassin's Creed Origins
Assassin’s Creed Origins players can expect a pretty big update this December! Ubisoft announced that they will be releasing a new “horde” game mode and a new difficulty called “nightmare mode”. You can expect “nightmare mode” to be much more challenging than any other Assassin’s Creed you have played in the past. The game is already receiving very high praise from its community, and it will continue to receive high praise long after the upcoming update.
4. PUBG Talks Loot Boxes and Aggressively Addressing Cheaters
PUBG has recently experienced a wave of in-game cheaters who are ruining the integrity and fun of the entire game. The company admits that they were caught off guard and ill prepared to apprehend the cheating participants. They are now saying that the first priority of the entire game at this moment is to find the cheating players and deal with them swiftly. Do you think the cheating community should get a permanent ban or a ban of a specific length?
5. Star Wars Battlefront 2 Updates Progression Speed
Star Wars Battlefront 2 is doing anything and everything its power to get players to come back to the game after it got publicly ridiculed due to its “pay to win” game style. Recently DICE announced the amount of credits received after a game has been increased substantially. This means the amount of time it takes to progress throughout the game has been drastically decreased. This is just one of the many steps that EA and DICE are taking in an attempt to bring back the disgruntled community. Will this be enough to get players back into that game again?

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The Daily Moot (12/1)

1. Persona 5 Sells Over 2 Million Copies Worldwide
Persona 5 (P5) is a turn-based Japanese Role-playing Game (JRPG) similar to the Final Fantasy series, except with a new spin on the combat system and real-time decision making features. P5’s story doesn’t necessarily have a prequel, but contains overarching themes consistent in the Persona series: It is based in a high school setting with a group of students being the protagonist, a main silent protagonist, and combat systems based around Personas.
Hitting 2 millions copies sold worldwide is a huge achievement for developers at Atlus USA as P5 is now being considered a “gold standard for JRPG’s.” Gamers might be seeing more JRPG’s making their debut in the West; it’ll be interesting to see how this category expands.
2. Xbox One Adds Two New Backwards Compatible Games
Microsoft has decided to pull some games out of the woodworks and make them available to play on the Xbox One. The two classic games are Sonic Adventure 2 and Earth Defense Force 2017. If this proves to be a successful move by Microsoft, there could be plenty more classic games that become available on the new and future systems. Which old title would you like available on the Xbox One?
3. December PlayStation Plus Games to be Outdone by Special Beta Launch
This December, Sony has a few more free games coming for PlayStation Plus users. A few of the titles to be excited about include Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition and Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends. But what really has the gaming community excited is the announcement of the beta launch for Monster Hunter World. This game will be available to play December 9th -12th where you and your three friends can explore new and exciting maps while using 14 unique weapons.
We've been excited for Monster Hunter World. Do you think Capcom's claims of Monster Hunter World being the "breakout" title for the series will hold true in 2018?
4. Ranked Play for COD WW2 Coming for PS4 and Xbox One
Today, ranked play for Call of Duty: WW2 will be available sometime around 10:00 AM PDT, while the PC community will have to wait another week. Season one of ranked play will be considered a "Placement Season," where players can participate in competitive matches to determine their skill level. After season one is completed, players will be ranked in tiers for the following season(s). The ranks are: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Masters; It's also important to note that the top 100 players will be considered “Pro tier”. Today should be a very exciting day for PS4 and Xbox One Call of Duty players!
5. Day Z Leaving Early Access and Will Hit Consoles in 2018
Day Z will be leaving early access mode early in 2018. The game was a catalyst for big titles such as H1Z1 or War Z, however the market has shift and the gaming community has given a bigger following to current titles like PUBG and Fortnite. The game has been a moderately large success to the PC community but it has been in somewhat of a downward spiral as of late. Day Z will need to make some considerable upgrades in order to keep the game relevant in such a crowded industry.

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The Daily Moot (11/30)

1. Will the Nintendo Switch Sell More Consoles than PS4?
Nintendo Switch is on track to sell more copies than the current “console king”, PS4. Analysts predict sales of more than 100 million copies during the Switch’s lifecycle; this is quite impressive considering that the Switch came out this year!
2. My Hero Academia: One's Justice
Bandai Namco will be releasing a battle-action styled game for the Switch and PS4 based the popular manga & anime: My Hero Academia. The game titled My Hero Academia: One’s Justice will have a trailer released during Shounen Jump Festa 2018, which runs from December 16th to 17th. A release window for the game hasn’t been revealed.
Due to the popularity of the manga & anime, do you think this game will live up to its hype?
3. ESP Gaming Launches as Premier Production Company for Esports
ESP, the popular production company with over 20 years of sports event production including X-Games, Olympics, and the NFL, is now making its way into the Esports industry. In 2018, ESP Gaming will produce events with top gaming developers on PC, console and mobile. The company's focus at the start will be producing content for others;
ESP will follow-up with original documentary and video short styled content.
It'll be interesting to see more companies like ESP pop up in the Esports world.
4. Fortnite Cheaters are Continually Being Sued
Certain players of the popular battle royale game, Fortnite, have created and sold code designed to destroy other in game players. The creators of Fortnite, Epic Games, have filed multiple lawsuits against the players who infringed upon their gaming policies. More facts about the court case here:
5. Bungie's "The State of Destiny 2"
For those of you who haven’t read Bungie’s blog post about the State of Destiny 2, Bungie outlined their plans for the upcoming DLC to be released on December 5th, as well as informing players of changes coming December 12th and early next year.
One of Bungie’s bigger reveals was showing off Masterwork weapons, which are Legendary weapons that have been upgraded with an additional perk such as kill tracking. Other perks for Masterwork weapons include multi-kill orb generation and re-rollable stat bonuses.
Bungie also planed on adding:
• Additional legendary shard spending options
• Chance at getting legendary mod components from dismantling weapons
• Three-of-coins is returning and will be sold by Xur (increase chances of earning an exotic for 4 hours)
• Armor ornaments, similar to how the exotic weapon ornaments work
• Providing better rewards for strikes, adventures, lost sectors, and prestige activities
• A focus on crucible ranked play during 2018
As Bungie plans to have a more transparent approach for development in terms of communication, do you see Destiny 2 making a comeback following the release of Curse of Osiris?

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The Daily Moot

1. Will $80 - $100 for a Video Game be the Answer to Loot Boxes?
Video games containing microtransactions is an apparent problem that’s being discussed among the online gaming community. Many people make the argument that taking out microtransactions and hiking up the initial price of games itself will resolve this issue. Will this be a viable solution?
2. November 2017 Free PlayStation Plus Games
• Bound
• Dungeon Punks (Cross-Buy with Vita)
• Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (available until January 3)
• Worms Battlegrounds
• R-Type Dimensions
• Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic
• Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse (Episodes 1 & 2)
• Dungeon Punks
3. The Next Steps for A.I. and Video Games
It is no surprise to anyone that AI is the future of gaming, but is it the future of making games? Check out what Michael Cook, a Senior Researcher at University of Falmouth, created that just might change the gaming industry as we know it.
4. Civilization VI Expansion Coming in February
New wonders, new units, new districts and much more! Click the article to find out what else is coming soon in the Civilization VI expansion: Rise and Fall!
5. EA’s stock price takes a hit, and analysts predict changes coming to loot boxes.
With EA suspending microtransactions from Star Wars Battlefront 2, it’s clear that EA’s stock price would be impacted as a result. Microtransactions in Battlefront 2 were viewed as a pay-to-win mechanic by many, which may have resulted in an unfair balance among players. With EA re-introducing microtransactions for Battlefront 2 at a later date, will we see EA’s behavior change for future titles?

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