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The Daily Moot (7/30/18)

1. The London Spitfire are the First Overwatch League Champions
The first season of Overwatch League wrapped up this weekend and the London Spitfire are the first champions of the league. The Korean roster is lead by superstar DPS players Birdring and Profit. The Spitfire won the first match of the series 3-1 and then 3-0d the second match to take the overall victory 2-0. The Overwatch League playoffs have been especially exciting for gamers because they have been on national TV, with the finals taking place on ESPN during primetime hours on Friday and Saturday evenings.
 
2. New Blacks Ops 4 Trailer Reveals More Blackout Details
 
With the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta starting later this week the studio behind the game felt it was the perfect time for another multiplayer trailer. The trailer showed gameplay from the new battle royale mode called ‘Blackout’ for only a short time, but it was enough to assume a few things. The trailer showed teams of players, suggesting a squads game mode. It also showed what looked like highly customized outfits. There will be a beta for Blackout in September.
 
3. Guided Missiles Coming Back to Fortnite
 
The Guided Missile was highly controversial during its short time in Fortnite’s battle royale. It only lasted a couple weeks before going to the vault, but the explosive weapon will be making a return soon. The new and improved Guided Missile is nerfed in several respects, but it will hopefully still be fun to use. The new Guided Missile will move slower, turn slower, do less damage, and have a smaller damage radius.
 
4. Adidas Partners with Dragon Ball Z for some Awesome Sneakers
 
Adidas is reportedly partnering with Dragon Ball Z to bring a line of seven new sneakers to market this fall. The sneakers will all be based on different characters, with the first two being Son Goku and Frieza. There will also be sneakers for Son Gohan, Vegeta, Majin Buu, and two shoes for Shenron. All of the sneakers will reflect the character’s costume from some part in the epic story. Check the article linked below to see some pictures of the already revealed sneakers.

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The Daily Moot (7/27/18)

Happy Friday Moot fam! In this week's episode of Moot Points we talk about the great flop that was The Culling 2! What went wrong and how are the devs trying to fix it? Watch the episode to find out!
2. Fortnite's Solo Showdown is Back this Weekend
 
The competitive limited time gamemode with real prizes is back again this weekend. Solo Showdown gives competitive minded players a chance to prove their skills and earn amazing prizes ranging from a few V-bucks all the way up to an invite to the Summer Skirmish. Points will be awarded for the first 25 matches you play in the playlist and you have until Monday morning at 7 am PDT. Good luck!
 
3. NBA Live 19 Lets you Create a Female Player
 
For the first time a professional basketball game is offering players the chance to create their own female athletes. NBA Live 19 gives players that option and will let female characters play in all game modes with "access [to] all the same skills, progression, and gear as their male counterparts." Female gamers will even have the option to scan their face into the game with the NBA LIVE companion app for a more true to life representation.
 
4. NHL 19 Open Beta Started Today
 
EA surprised hockey fans today with an open beta for NHL 19 available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One until August 2nd. The open beta introduces CHEL to players. CHEL is "a hub that introduces a unified progression and customization system for created players." NHL 19 introduces some crazy new modes to the franchise so we definitely recommend you check out the beta and give them a try. NHL 19 releases on September 14th.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/26/18)

1. Fortnite Hotfix Nerfs Compact SMG
Epic Games introduced the Compact SMG to their battle royale mode earlier this week and it made an instant splash. The SMG, based on the P90, quickly came to dominate all fights and was declared overpowered by the vast majority of the community. The new weapon was perhaps poorly timed, as it came out at the same time as the new building nerfs which weakened the starting health of wooden walls. The Compact SMG will now do slightly less damage and it has a reduced fire rate.
 
2. Destiny 2: Forsaken Trailer Shows off New Exotics
 
A new trailer for the Forsaken expansion came out today and it showcases some of the exotics that will be coming to the game in September. While some of the exotics in the trailer have been seen before, like the Two-Tailed Fox and The Trinity Ghoul, others were never before seen. Malfeasance is a new hand cannon, The Black Talon is a sword, and One Thousand Voices is a new trace rifle to name a few. Check the trailer in the below article to see all the new weapons for yourself.
 
3. Forza Motorsport 7 to Remove Free Loot Boxes by Year’s End
 
Forza Motorsport 7 is a game that seems like it wouldn’t need loot boxes but has them anyway. Although the loot box system in the game is all free, players were still ultimately unhappy with the system and the studio has said they’ll be removing the crates by the end of the year. The crates aren’t being removed right away because the studio needs time to work out what exactly will be replacing the crates, as they were the main way for players to gain access to driver gear, mods, and badges.
 
4. Another Overwatch Free Weekend Starts Today
 
If for some reason you don’t already own and actively play Overwatch, this weekend is the perfect chance to get involved. The Overwatch free weekend will give new players access to all Overwatch characters and all game modes except for competitive. New players will even get the chance to play as Wrecking Ball, the newest addition to the Overwatch roster. You’ll even be able to unlock loot boxes and can keep all your skins if you decide to buy the game.
 
5. H1Z1 Officially Launching on PS4 on August 7th with New Features
 
H1Z1 has been in open beta on the PS4 for a few months now and is ready to upgrade to a full release. The official release will take place on August 7th and will bring several new features to the game. There will be a new RPG, a new semi-auto sniper, and a new vehicle. There will also be a battle pass with 3 tracks; free, premium, and PS4 plus.

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The Daily Moot (7/25/18)

1. Paladins is now Free on Nintendo Switch
Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a hero shooter game, similar to Overwatch, that came to the Nintendo Switch last month. Originally, the game was only available to those who paid $30 USD for the Founder’s Pack. Starting today Paladins is free to play on Nintendo Switch. Paladins supports cross play between Switch and Xbox and runs at 60 FPS on the Switch.
 
2. World of Warcraft’s First Raid in New Expansion Available September 4th
 
World of Warcraft expansions are incredibly exciting times and we are quickly approaching Battle for Azeroth’s release. While the new expansion releases on August 14th, it will be three weeks before the first raid actually opens up. This is to provide players ample time to level and gear up before they race to be the first ones to kill things. If it wasn’t for the three-week buffer period, we would see some incredibly unhealthy habits from the most competitive players. The new raid is called Uldir and it opens up on September 11th.
 
3. Fortnite may be Getting a Wall-Piercing Sniper Rifle
 
While nothing is confirmed, several Fortnite leakers are reporting on the next weapon coming to battle royale and it is intimidating to say the least. The Heavy Sniper Rifle will apparently be able to penetrate the first wall it hits. This will provide players will even more tools to use against strong builders, which has been a controversial topic among Fortnite players recently. If these leaks are true, the Heavy Sniper Rifle could come as early as next week.
 
4. No Man’s Sky Hits 40,000 Concurrent Players with NEXT Update
 
If you asked us a few months ago we would’ve told you No Man’s Sky was a dead and gone game. Luckily for fans of the series, we may have been wrong. The studio behind the game is seriously focused on improving the experience they provide their players, and NEXT was a huge step in the right direction. The update introduced multiplayer, a highly requested feature, among several other improvements. 40,000 concurrent players may not seem like a lot when compared to PUBG at its peak, but it is twice as many players as No Man’s Sky’s last expansion brought in.

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The Daily Moot (7/24/18)

1. GTA After Hours Update is now Live!
After an extended wait, GTA Online’s After Hours nightclub update is now live on PC. The update allows players to create their own nightclubs online, where they can manage everything from club design to staffing decisions. We are actually running a GTA nightclub themed event here on Moot right now! Share your nightclub, explain why it’s the coolest in Los Santos, and have a chance to win sweet prizes! Look at the bottom of The Daily Moot for more information.
 
2. Fortnite Patch V5.10 Goes Live with New SMG
 
Fortnite Patch V5.10 went live this morning with a ton of exciting changes. Perhaps the most exciting change is the introduction of the Compact SMG, an epic and legendary rarity weapon. The first impression of most is the weapon is too strong so we will see how soon it takes Epic to tune it down a little bit. The update also includes a birthday event, some balance tunings, and the return of the highly popular Playgrounds mode which won’t go live until tomorrow.
 
3. Guacamelee! 2 Gets August Release Date
 
Guacamelee! 2, which the Moot team actually played at GDC earlier this year, is coming to PC and PS4 on August 21st. Guacamelee! is an incredibly fun Metroidvania style game. The sequel will feature a new upgrade system, improved graphics, and even drop-in 4 player local co-op. The original Guacamelee! was a highly popular game and we have high hopes for the sequel. Gaucamelee! 2 will cost $19.99 USD when it releases.
 
4. Wrecking Ball is Now Available in Overwatch
 
The adorable hamster in a spherical mech is finally available on Overwatch’s public servers after a few weeks on the test realm. Wrecking Ball, or perhaps better known as Hammond, has some unique new abilities to bring to the battlefield. Perhaps the most noteworthy is the combination of his Roll ability and his Grappling Claw, which enables Wrecking Ball to swing through the air in a tremendously fun acrobatic maneuver.
 
5. ‘Green Hell,’ a Jungle Survival Sim, Releases Next Month
 
If you like hyper-realistic survival games, Green Hell will be perfect for you. The survival game drops players into a dangerous jungle environment where they’ll need to manage all the things you’d expect in a survival game, like hunger and their physical well-being. The game is coming to PC Early Access on August 29th. The Early Access period will have half of the final map available as well as a taste of the story mode.
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A GTA event is happening right now on Moot! Are you ready? All you gotta do is show off your nightclub and explain why it's the best in Los Santos! Check the post below for more details.

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The Daily Moot (7/23/18)

1. Fortnite Gets Tons of Updates for Birthday Patch
Fortnite is officially turning 1 year old tomorrow and there are some big things coming in the birthday patch. Patch 5.10 introduces some birthday challenges that will allow players to unlock some cosmetics, including a Birthday Cake Back Bling. The patch also changes Slurp Juice after Epic Games noticed a fan’s suggestion; the item will now heal for 75 points total instead of 50. Players will regenerate 2 health per second after taking a slurp juice and once they are full health they will start gaining shields. There is also a new epic and legendary SMG coming to the game soon.
 
2. Fallout 76 Beta Launches in October
 
When Fallout 76 was revealed at E3 Bethesda announced the game would have a beta before it launches on November 14th. This morning, Bethesda confirmed the Fallout 76 beta will start in October. Beta testers will be randomly selected from people who have pre-ordered the game. You’ll need to create an account on the Bethesda website with the code you received when you preordered. More beta testers will be added over time as we approach the game’s official launch.
 
3. Dragon Ball FighterZ Comes to Switch with New Game Modes
 
While Dragon Ball FighterZ is known for its traditional 3v3 structure, the game will be coming to the Switch with 1v1 and 2v2 matches to add some diversity. Switch players will also have access to an offline six-player party match mode. There will be a beta for Dragon Ball FighterZ on Nintendo Switch starting next month. The game releases to the popular mobile console on September 28th.
 
4. Rocket League Reveals Loot Drop Rates
 
With plenty of controversy surrounding loot boxes and microtransactions in gaming it is nice to see Psyonix open up with their loot box drop rates. Psyonix has revealed the exact chance to receive an item of each rarity out of their crates, which has stayed the same since 2016 when they introduced a crate and key system. We can expect the drop rates to stay the same in the future and Psyonix has promised they’ll post about any changes as they’re implemented.
 
5. Fortnite’s Playground Mode Returns on Wednesday
 
Despite a shaky launch, Fortnite’s Playground mode was an instant classic. Players finally had the freedom they wanted to get as creative as they wished. However, Epic Games made it clear Playgrounds mode can be so much more and they took it down for a couple weeks to add to it. This Wednesday, the mode comes back with tons of new features. There will now be team select, extra loot, and more. Epic Games will announce all the details in the 5.10 patch notes tomorrow.
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A GTA event is coming to Moot tomorrow! Are you ready? All you gotta do is show off your nightclub and explain why it's the best in Los Santos! Check the post below for more details.

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The Daily Moot (7/20/18)

Happy Friday Moot family! In this week's Moot Points with Dylan & Brian, we discuss Fortnite season 5. The new season has tons of exciting stuff and we talk about our favorite things so far. Enjoy!
2. Fortnite Summer Skirmish Week 2 Tournament
 
Last week marked the first Summer Skirmish, a new series of Fortnite tournaments with big cash prizes, and it was a disaster. This week looks much more promising though, as the solo format rewards players for playing more aggressively. You’ll be able to watch your favorite Fortnite streamers participate in the Summer Skirmish today at 2 pm PT. Players will play 10 solo games where they will earn points for kills and wins. The player with the most points in their 10 games will receive $60,000 USD and players will also receive $10,000 for each game with 20 or more kills.
 
3. No Man’s Sky to Begin Free Weekly Updates
 
Most people you ask would tell you No Man’s Sky is a dead game, but don’t tell the developers that. Hello Games is releasing a huge update for No Man’s Sky called NEXT that introduces, among other things, four-player multiplayer, third-person perspective, and character customization. Immediately following the update on July 24th, the studio will start weekly updates to bring free community events to their game. While this sounds promising, we’ll have to wait and see if it actually brings anyone back to the game.
 
4. Hearthstone is Getting Another Crazy Legendary Minion
 
Hearthstone expansions usually have 1 or 2 wacky legendaries. These cards frequently have highly random effects that, while not competitively viable, are usually tons of fun to play with. Let me introduce you to Whizbang the Wonderful. If you start a game with Whizbang in your deck he will replace your entire deck with a prebuilt one from a pool of EIGHTEEN different decks. You don’t know what class or archetype you’ll be playing as until you’re already in game. Whizbang the Wonderful, and the rest of the Boomsday expansion, will be available August 21st.
 
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The Daily Moot (7/19/18)

1. GTA Online Update ‘After Hours’ Coming July 24th
Last month, Rockstar announced a nightclub-themed update that would be coming to GTA Online. This morning, they announced the update is called After Hours and will be releasing next Tuesday, July 24th, for all platforms. In After Hours, players will be able to open their own nightclubs where they will be responsible for everything from setup, design, and staffing. We even have a nightclub themed event coming to Moot to celebrate this update, so make sure to check at the bottom of The Daily Moot for more details!
 
2. Overwatch Update Buffing Supports, Nerfing Mercy
 
An Overwatch balance patch is coming soon. The patch is ever so slightly nerfing Brigitte by adding a second to her Shield Bash cooldown, but the main victim is Mercy. Mercy’s healing output will be reduced by 10 HP per second, while other support heroes are seeing buffs. Ana’s ult will now instantly heal its target for 300 HP, Lucio will provide more shields, and Moira’s base regenerate rate for her healing resource will be upped 20%. Zenyatta is the only support with no changes.
 
3. Jurassic World Evolution Sells 1 Million Copies
 
In just over five weeks, Jurassic World Evolution has sold over one million copies across physical and digital sales. The game lets you manage your own dinosaur-themed amusement park based on the movies and has been generally well received. Jurassic World Evolution features voice acting from Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong, who are both in the recent movies. The game even features Jeff Goldblum who voices Dr. Ian Malcolm. Jurassic World Evolution is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
 
4. PUBG’s Metal Rain Event Mode is Back
 
The incredibly popular limited time mode Metal Rain is coming back to PUBG starting tonight at 7 pm PDT. For those that missed it the first time around, Metal Rain is a game mode where players can find flare guns around the map. When shot, the flare guns summon an airdrop crate that will contain either special weapons or an armored UAZ. Metal Rain features squads of eight players and takes place only on Erangel.
 
5. Total War: Rome 2 Reveals Next DLC titled ‘Rise of the Republic’
 
Total War: Rome 2 is a strategy game that has been out since 2013, but it is still receiving new content. Late last year the Empire Divided DLC released and now fans of the game will be excited to hear the next DLC is coming on August 9th. Rise of the Republic is a prequel DLC that focuses on Italy and its neighbors. Players will be able to reenact historical events as they happened or build their own timelines.
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A GTA event is coming to Moot next week! Are you ready? All you gotta do is show off your nightclub and explain why it's the best in Los Santos! Check the post below for more details.

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The Daily Moot (7/18/18)

1. The Culling 2 is Shutting Down
After launching earlier this month, The Culling 2 is already shutting down. Fans of the series were upset when the team stopped supporting the first game in order to develop a sequel. The developers heard those complaints and have decided to reinvest in their original game. The Culling is getting rebooted as a free-to-play battle royale. They’re undoing all the changes they made to their original game and issuing refunds to all who purchased The Culling 2.
 
2. Antonio Brown Announced as Madden NFL 19’s Cover Star
 
The All-Pro wide receiver from the Pittsburgh Steelers has been announced as the cover star for the upcoming Madden NFL 19. Antonio Brown was recently revealed to be a 99-rated player in the game, making him the fifth cover star in the last six years to hold a 99 rating. Terrell Owens, the controversial Hall of Fame wide receiver, will be on the cover of the game’s Hall of Fame edition. Madden NFL 19 launches on August 10th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
 
3. Bowser Jr. is Getting Nerfed in Mario Tennis Aces
 
Fans of Mario Tennis Aces share at least two things in common. First is their mutual appreciate for the game and second is a communal hatred of Bowser Jr. Bowser Jr has been the strongest character in the popular tennis game since it released, and Nintendo is finally doing something about it. Bowser Jr. is getting slowed down significantly plus his return shot is getting weaker. Nintendo said they will continue tuning the balance between characters in the lead up to the big online tournament set to take place in August.
 
4. Fortnite Themed Funkopops Coming Soon
 
It was only a matter of time before this specific crossover between the two wildly popular brands took place. Coming by this year’s holiday season, Fortnite themed Funkopops are sure to sell well. A deal between Epic Games and Funko, Inc. promises to bring fans ten different product lines including the iconic figurines, keychains, and more.
 
5. Fear the Wolves Early Access Delayed
 
Fear the Wolves came to closed beta recently with mostly positive reviews. Still, there was enough negative feedback from testers that the developer Vostok Games has decided to delay their Early Access launch. Although Fear the Wolves was supposed to come to Early Access today, technical issues were the main thing leading to delay. The game will remain in closed beta for now, meaning testers will be able to continue playing and providing the developer with feedback. Fear the Wolves is still expected to come to Early Access sometime soon.

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The Daily Moot (7/17/18)

1. Fortnite Patch Introduces New SMG
Before the dust can even settle from the launch of Season 5, Epic Games is hitting us with the season’s first content update. Patch V5.0 introduces a new Submachine Gun for players to use. It takes the place of the Tactical SMG, which is going to the vault. The new SMG comes in Common, Uncommon, and Rare rarities and has a 30-round magazine. The Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle is also getting buffed, as it will now do 12 more points of damage per shot.
 
 
2. Final Hollow Knight DLC Announced
 
Hollow Knight: Gods & Glory will be the final DLC for the popular platformer and it will be available for free on both Nintendo Switch and PC. Don’t get confused by the non-existent price tag, though, as the Hollow Knight team has said this will be their biggest DLC yet. There will be new bosses, music, NPCs, and quests. Hollow Knight has received tremendous praise from PC and Switch players alike. The game has a beautiful atmosphere, fantastic music, and polished gameplay.
 
3. PUBG Custom Matches in Beta, Free for Now
 
After promising custom matches for a long time, PUBG Corp has finally brought them to their test servers in an open beta. The hype may be short-lived, however, as the developer has said they may need to eventually put custom matches behind a paywall so the system can ‘remain sustainable long-term.’ In our opinion, putting custom matches behind a paywall sounds like a terrible business idea and would set PUBG even further behind Fortnite. What do you think?
 
4. No Man’s Sky Update Introduces Multiplayer, Other New Features
 
Hello Games is set to release a big update for No Man’s Sky that finally introduces multiplayer capabilities. Players will be able to team up with friends and interact with other random space travelers. The update also enables you to play in either first or third person view. Finally, it gives players the ability to command fleets of spaceships while they explore the universe. The update, called Next, comes out on July 24th and will be free on PlayStation 4 and PC. It also comes to Xbox One, but it seems they may need to pay for it.
 
5. PUBG Update for Xbox One Introduces New Gun and Car
 
PUBG players on Xbox One rejoice, as a new update finally brings you into the future with the rest of us. The new update brings the highly popular SLR rifle and the sleek Mirado vehicle to Xbox One servers. The patch also brings significant weapon balance changes that PC servers saw back in April. Assault rifles got worse in general and SMGs got significantly stronger. There are also less level three helmets overall, as they will now only spawn in airdrop crates.

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The Daily Moot (7/16/18)

1. First Fortnite Summer Skirmish was a Big Failure
Fans of watching competitive Fortnite were disappointed this weekend, as the first installment of Summer Skirmish was riddled with lag issues. The game took place online, instead of on LAN, and Fortnite’s servers were uncooperative. Unpredictable lag issues meant most players decided to play safe instead of risking dying due to lag. The event was supposed to run for 10 matches but it was called early after only 4. We will see how Epic Games chooses to change the event to address these issues by next week.
 
2. Monster Hunter: World comes to Final Fantasy 14 on August 7th
 
Last week, we shared details about the patch that will bring Final Fantasy 14 to Monster Hunter: World. Today, details about the other half of the epic crossover event have been revealed. Final Fantasy 14 players will get to battle the legendary Rathalos from Monster Hunter: World on August 7th. Players will also have a chance to earn Rathalos-inspired armor, Poogie and Palico minions, and even a Ratholos mount.
 
3. Overwatch Endorsement System Has Already Reduced Toxicity
 
Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch’s game director, took to the game’s forums today to share some statistics since the new endorsement and looking for group systems were implemented. On the American servers, competitive matches have 26.4% less abusive chat than before the update. Also, the number of daily players who acted abusively is down 28.8%. We will need to wait and see whether this is a temporary change until players get bored of the new system, but for now things are looking great.
 
4. EA Confirms Open Beta for Battlefield 5, Set for September
 
Although there is not a set date yet, EA has confirmed there will be an open beta for the upcoming Battlefield 5. EA has several issues from their alpha they hope to get fixed by the time the beta opens up. One of the worst issues with the alpha was in matchmaking, as it was sometimes hard for players to even find matches. Battlefield 5 is available on October 11th for Original Access subscribers, October 16th for Deluxe editions owners, and October 19th for everyone else.
 
5. Octopath Traveler Sells Out of Physical Copies
 
It seems Square Enix underestimated the demand for their recent JRPG game Octopath Traveler, as gamers are having a hard time buying a physical copy of the game. The company issued an apology on their twitter account that also reminder players they could buy the game straight to download if they didn’t mind owning it digitally. Octopath Traverl has received praise for its unique art style and inspired combat.

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The Daily Moot (7/13/18)

Happy Friday Mootiacs! In today's Moot Points with Dylan & Brian we talk about whether randomization or consistency is better in a battle royale game. What do you think?
 
2. New PVP Mode in ‘Destiny 2’ in the Forsaken DLC
 
Destiny 2 players will be receiving a new PVP game mode called Breakthrough in the Forsaken DLC that is set to release on September 4th. Breakthrough has multiple rounds, each with two phases. First, teams fight to capture a single point called the Breaker. Next, the team that successfully captures the Breaker attacks the other team’s Vault. If the attackers successfully capture the Vault they receive a point and if they fail then the defending team gets the point.
 
3. ‘Black Ops 4’ Will Have Multiple Betas, First is a PS4 Exclusive
 
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been highly anticipated ever since they announced they were including a battle royale game mode. Treyarch announced today their beta schedule, which includes two main windows where the game will be available. On August 3rd through August 6th most of the multiplayer game modes will be available only to PS4 players. On August 10th the game will be temporarily available to players on all platforms. In September the Blackout game mode will get its own beta.
 
4. Rainbow Six Siege Will Now Automatically Ban People Who Use Slurs
 
Starting yesterday, those who type certain racial or homophobic slurs in Rainbow Six Siege’s text chat will see automatic bans. The first use will be met with a 27-minute ban from all R6 game modes, the second and third offenses will warrant 2-hour bans, and after the third offense an official investigation will be conducted on the account that could lead to a permanent ban. Rainbow Six Siege players, thoughts?

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The Daily Moot (7/12/18)

1. Big Map Changes to Kick Off Fortnite Season 5
Fortnite Season 5 has brought tons of exciting changes, with the changes to the map at the top of the list. The most glaring change is at the southeast part of the map, where a desert has replaced Moisty Mire. In the center of the desert is Paradise Palms, an urban area with some cool buildings. At the top of the map, a golf course called Lazy Links has replaced Anarchy Acres. Dusty Divot is seeing nature take over even more, as the entire crater is now filled with trees and even a pond. We’ll leave some of the smaller additions for you to find yourselves, but rest assured it looks like it’s going to be a fun season.
 
2. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Introduces Dueling
 
The Dueling Club is coming to Hogwarts starting today. Players will receive three tickets to enter the first event with and lose a ticket each time they lose a battle. Once you’ve lost all tickets, you’ll be unable to duel until the next event starts. Winners will receive special rewards, although it is still unclear what those are exactly. There will be several multiplayer events throughout the summer, so pay attention in your classes and practice your spells now.
 
3. Final Fantasy XIV Comes to Monster Hunter World on August 1st
 
Monster Hunter World has had a string of popular crossovers since its release, and Final Fantasy XIV is the next in line. The iconic Behemoth from FFXIV will be a huntable monster in the game. There will also be craftable armor and other goodies inspired by Final Fantasy. This isn’t the end of Final Fantasy XIV coming to Monster Hunter World, as we will also eventually get Rathalos as a monster that will take a party of eight to take down.
 
4. Fortnite Summer Skirmish Series Announced with $8 Million in Prizes
 
Remember when Epic Games said they were going to give out $100 Million USD in prizes for competitive events? Well, they’re starting to deliver on that promise. The Summer Skirsmish series is an 8-week long series of competitions with $8 Million USD in total prizes. The series kicks off this weekend with a duo tournament consisting of content creators and top Fortnite players.

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The Daily Moot (7/11/18)

1. Overwatch League Coming to ESPN, Disney, and ABC
ESPN announced this morning that Overwatch League will be broadcasted live on their network of TV channels starting with this season’s playoffs. The agreement is not restricted to only live matches, meaning we may see talk shows and other original content surrounding OWL as ESPN tries to bring it to a more mainstream audience. It is important to note that this new deal does not cancel any existing distribution agreements, meaning Overwatch League will continue to be streamed on Twitch.
 
2. ‘Subnautica’ Announced for PS4
 
The highly popular underwater survival game Subnautica will be coming to the PlayStation 4 this holiday season. Panic Button is the studio bringing the game to the Sony console. Panic Button is the studio that brought Doom and Wolfenstein II to the Nintendo Switch and they are working on Warframe from the Switch as well. Subnautica is a beautiful game and we highly encourage you check it out when releases if you own a PS4.
 
3. Shroud Gets Banned from PUBG for a Month After Playing with a Hacker
 
A few days ago, Shroud teamed up with a hacker in one of his games. The hacker had been in a couple of his previous games and eventually Shroud decided to embrace it. Shroud rode in a flying car with the hacker and killed one person after the hacker told him where to find the enemy. Yesterday, PUBG Corp. banned Shroud for a month. Shroud joked while playing with the hacker that he would get banned and doesn’t seem particularly shaken up by the news. Recently, he’s been playing Rainbow Six Siege.
 
4. New ‘Sea of Thieves’ Weekly Event Brings You Underwater
 
Many were disappointed with the lack of content in Sea of Thieves when it released, but the team behind the game has been impressing fans with the content they’re putting out ever since. The first expansion, The Hungering Deep, was generally well received and Cursed Sails is coming this month. In the meantime, weekly events have been keeping players engaged. This week’s event sees players going underwater to fight off a curse.
 
5. ‘The Gardens Between’ Coming to the Switch
 
The Gardens Between is an adventure puzzle game set to release later this year and the studio behind the game has just announced it will be on the Nintendo Switch. It will launch on the Switch at the same time it launches on PlayStation 4, Windows, and Mac. In the Gardens Between, the player follows two best friends named Arina and Frendt. It is an emotional journey that examines the meaning of true friendship. Watch the Switch announcement trailer below.

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The Daily Moot (7/10/18)

1. New Battle Royale ‘The Culling 2’ Releases Today
The Culling, which released in early access in 2016, was one of the original battle royale games. While it wasn’t incredibly popular, the sequel may stand a better chance of success now that the genre is so mainstream. The Culling 2 will drop 50 players instead of the usual 100 into each game. It also will only cost $20 dollars, which is $10 cheaper than PUBG and infinitely more expensive than Fortnite. We’ll see over the next few days how streamers like the game and if it will have much relevancy in the scene moving forward.
 
 
2. Wasteland 2 Coming to Nintendo Switch
 
Wasteland 2 originally released on PC in 2014 after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Now, the team behind the game is porting it to the Switch. The post-apocalyptic roleplaying game will be available in August on this year. The Switch is getting the Director’s Cut of the game, which includes the original game as well as additional perks for character creation and tons of new voice-overs.
 
3. Procedurally-generated Metroidvania ‘Chasm’ Arriving July 31st
 
Procedurally-generated games were super hyped up a few years ago, and now another one is finally coming to market. Chasm is a Metroidvania game, which is a style of platformer. In Chasm the sequence of rooms the player encounters as they play through the game will be different each time. In other words, the rooms themselves aren’t procedurally generated, but the order the player sees them is. This is to avoid the most common issue of procedural generation, which is rooms or worlds feeling like they were designed by a computer.
 
4. Nintendo Hopes to Release at Least 20 Indie Games a Week on the Switch
 
During a shareholder meeting a couple weeks ago, Nintendo executives addressed the future of indie games on Switch. One Nintendo executive had a promising message for indie developers and their fans; Nintendo hopes to bring 20 to 30 indie games to the Switch each week! Nintendo is already close to that mark, as last week we saw 18 new indie games come to the eShop.
 
5. Next Hearthstone Expansion is Called ‘The Boomsday Project’
 
Hearthstone’s next expansion is set to launch on August 7th and is based around one of Hearthstone’s most iconic cards, Dr. Boom. There will be a total of 135 new cards, some new mechanics, and a new single-player puzzle mode called The Puzzle Lab. ‘Magnetic’ is a new keyword that lets players merge mech minions to combine their stats and abilities. There are also new Projects and Omega cards. Projects benefit both players and Omega cards have extra boosts if you cast them when you have 10 mana crystals.

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The Daily Moot (7/9/18)

1. Monster Hunter World Releases on PC August 9th
Capcom has finally revealed when the popular game Monster Hunter World is coming to PC. The game will be available on August 9th on Steam. Monster Hunter World will be capped at 60 fps on PC, which is double the FPS the game currently gets on console. If you choose to pre-order Monster Hunter World for PC you’ll receive the Origin Armor Set and the Fair Wind Charm.
 
2. Things are Getting Weird in Fortnite Before Season 5
 
Epic Games did a fantastic job teasing Season 4 of Fortnite. The build up the meteor that eventually struck Dusty Depot saw tons of hype from fans who couldn’t wait to see what was coming to the popular game. Now, it seems like Epic Games is trying to outdo themselves. Rifts have opened up inside the game and several items have popped into the map, like a wagon and an anchor. But there are also Fortnite items spawning in the real world! Last week, a hamburger disappeared from the game and appeared in California. Now, Fortnite llamas are sprouting up across Europe. Whatever season 5 is going to be, we won’t have to wait much longer as it comes out on July 12th.
 
3. Darksiders 3 Comes Out on November 27th
 
In the Darksiders games you fight as one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse against the Seven Deadly Sins and their evil armies. In the first game you fought as War, in the second game you fought as Death, and now in the third game you’ll fight as Fury. Darksiders games have been praised for their combat in the past, so hopefully the third can live up to that expectation. You can preorder Darksiders 3 on Steam or GOG for $60 USD before the November 27th release.
 
4. Overwatch’s Pink Mercy Skin Raised $12.7 Million For Charity
 
A few months ago, Blizzard revealed a Pink Mercy skin that they sold for $15 USD. All proceeds from the skin sales were to go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In addition to the Mercy skin, players could also buy a Pink Mercy themed t-shirt or donate directly through a handful of Twitch streams. Well, the final numbers are now in and the Overwatch team has revealed the total amount raised was almost 13 million dollars! Good job everyone!
 
5. Moments of Triumph Return in Destiny 2
 
Yesterday Bungie revealed they have brought back Moments of Triumph, the popular achievement mechanic from the original game, for Destiny 2. Some of the challenges are available now, but the full list and the ability to redeem rewards will not be available until July 31st. Players will only have until October 1st before Moments of Triumph comes to a close, so make sure you get moving. You can go to bungie.net to check your current progress.

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The Daily Moot (7/6/18)

Happy Friday Mooterinos! Today we got a great episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian where we talk about Overwatch's newest hero and PUBG's new map. Enjoy!
 
 
2. PUBG’s War Mode Comes to Sanhok This Weekend
 
War Mode has returned to PUBG and this time it has come to Sanhok. The popular game mode will now feature five teams of ten instead of the traditional three teams. There will also be some changes to the weapons players have access to, as all players will drop in with a shotgun, handgun, frag grenade, and bandages. Air drop crates will spawn every 10 minutes, but other than that there is no world loot. Get your fill of War Mode before it goes away again on Sunday night at 7 pm PDT.
 
3. Fortnite’s Playground Mode Ends Next Week
 
After a bit of a botched launch, Fortnite’s Playground mode has been live for a few days now and fans are loving it. Earlier today Epic Games announced the Playground will be available until July 12th, the day Season 5 starts, and then will come back later. Epic hopes to add team selection to the next iteration of the Playground, meaning you will be able to use it for 1v1 and 2v2 games.
 
4. Kingdom Come: Deliverance DLC Available Now
 
The popular medieval era RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance has just received its premium DLC titled ‘From the Ashes.’ In From the Ashes, players will be able to manage a village, upgrade buildings, hire special NPCs, mediate disputes, and establish a home. All of these new features are coming to a game that has already been praised for its depth. From the Ashes is available for $10 USD.

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The Daily Moot (7/5/18)

1. Rocket League Free Weekend and 50% Sale
The popular “soccar” game Rocket League is free this weekend on Steam. Players who try the game out will have full access to all of its features, including the competitive playlist, and if they decide to purchase before Monday they’ll get a 50% discount. Rocket League has been steadily growing its player base as they keep releasing new updates, DLCs, and Arenas since the game came out 3 years ago.
 
2. Hollow Knight Sells More Than 1 Million Copies on PC
 
Hollow Knight was recently in the news for how quickly the game sold 250,000 copies on the Nintendo Switch, but one of the game’s co-directors revealed recently that the game has also recently surpassed 1 million sales on PC. Hollow Knight is a Metroidvania game with a Darks Soul-esque mood that has left players seriously impressed. The art, music, and gameplay mechanics are all superb and for only $15 USD the game is absolutely worth picking up for PC or Switch.
 
3. ‘Fear the Wolves’ Battle Royale Comes to Early Access July 18th
 
Fear the Wolves is a new battle royale set in Chernobyl that is coming to PC and consoles later this year. We have now learned the game will be coming to Steam Early Access in just a couple weeks, starting on July 18th. Fear the Wolves will introduce a few unique elements to the battle royale genre, including a dynamic weather system and dangerous mutants. There was a trailer for the game at E3, which you can see in the article linked below.
 
4. Top Selling Steam Games of the Year Thus Far
 
Steam has revealed the best selling games of 2018 so far and there are some familiar titles. Steam doesn’t give exact numbers and instead breaks the games into tiers. The Platinum tier includes popular tiles such as PUBG, Rainbow Six: Siege, GTA 5, and perhaps surprisingly Jurassic World: Evolution. The Gold tier includes games like Final Fantasy XV, Path of Exile, Subnautica, and The Witcher 3. To see the full list of the most popular games be sure to check out the link below.
 
5. Assassin’s Creed Games May Span Multiple Time Periods in the Future
 
Assassin’s Creed games are famous for sending players back in time, but each game only lets you go back to one time period and region. In a recent interview, a Ubisoft executive claimed that this may not be the case in future games. New technologies will enable the games to include multiple zones, meaning players could visit several different time periods in the same game. This may also apply to other Ubisoft games, meaning future Far Cry games may have different countries in the same game.

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The Daily Moot (7/3/18)

1. Drum Gun Comes to Fortnite
The Fortnite world may be crumbling down around us as the sky itself begins to crack open, but there’s a new gun! The Drum Gun is a hybrid between an SMG and an assault rifle. It has a high fire rate like an SMG but does damage similar to an assault rifle. You can find a Drum Gun for yourself on the floor, in chests, or out of vending machines. Have you tried the Drum Gun yourself or seen it in action? Let us know how you feel about it in the comments!
 
2. Get 21 Free Games from Twitch Prime to Celebrate Prime Day
 
Twitch Prime Day is July 16th this year and Twitch is giving away 21 games for free to celebrate. The biggest title included is probably Pillars of Eternity, but even if you haven’t heard of the other titles it doesn’t mean they aren’t worth checking out. Free games include Metal Slug 3, Deponia Doomsday, Tacoma, and more. To receive your free games you’ll need Twitch Prime, but you can always get a one-month free trial! Check the link for more information.
 
3. Fortnite’s Playground Mode is Back and Everyone Loves it
 
After a brief tease, Fortnite’s Playground LTM is finally live for all players. In the Playground mode, you can enter an empty map with your squad and do whatever you want. Players will have access to significantly more resources for their building needs, so you can get as creative as possible. You’ll have an hour to mess around by yourself or with friends before the storm closes in and kills everyone. If you don’t want to wait that long, you can always shoot your friends! Don’t worry, though, as respawning is turned on.
 
4. Mutant Football League Comes to the Switch This Fall
 
Mutant Football League, the spiritual successor to the similarly titled Mutant League Football from 1993, started on Steam after a successful Kickstarter campaign and then released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One earlier this year. Now, Mutant Football League is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Switch owners will be able to battle teams of mutants in the over-the-top, arcade style football game in September 18th.
 
5. GTA 5 Online Gets Independence Day Discounts
 
GTA 5 Online continues with their weekly updates this week as they focus on 4th of July themed items. Different patriotic weapons, facepaints, and outfits are 40% this week only. Additionally, players who logged in and participated in last week’s event should have received their $300,000 by now. There is also still a 50% discount on Hangars, Executive Offices, Special Cargo Warehouses, and Biker Clubhouses and Businesses.

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The Daily Moot (7/2/18)

1. A Rocket in Fortnite has Cracked the Sky
After many clues, countdowns, and conspiracy theories something big finally happening in Fortnite. On Saturday morning, Fortnite players stopped fighting for long enough to watch a rocket launch in game. The rocket flew through the sky before ultimately shattering the sky itself, leaving behind a sprawling crack that is still visible in the game. What exactly this is foreshadowing is still unknown, but it almost certainly has to do with the end of season 4 and the start of season 5.
 
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo Will be on the Cover of NBA 2K19
 
Antetokounmpo, otherwise known as The Greek Freak, will be the next star to grace the cover of an NBA 2K game. This information was revealed at a press conference in Antetokounmpo’s home town of Athens, Greece earlier today. Antetokounmpo plays for the Milwaukee Bucks and has been a top player in the league over the last few years. There will also be an anniversary edition of NBA 2k19 releasing, which will feature Lebron James on the cover instead.
 
3. Fallout 76 Will not have Cross-Console Because of Sony
 
Fallout 76 is an online multiplayer game which seems like a natural fit for cross-platform play. Unfortunately for Fallout fans everywhere, Fallout 76 is coming to PlayStation 4 which means Sony is in a position to prohibit cross-platform play for the game. Todd Howard, the Bethesda Game Studios director, has said recently that Sony is doing exactly that. As games like Rocket League and Fortnite have demonstrated, people like to play with their friends. It is a shame we won’t be able to do that in Fallout 76.
 
4. Summer Games Done Quick Breaks Record With 2.1 Million Raised
 
Summer Games Done Quick, a weeklong charity speedrunning event, just finished with record breaking results. The event is streamed to Twitch over the course of a week and features dozens of popular speedrunners and games. The relaxed atmosphere of the event usually prevents runners from setting world records, but it is still a fun experience for runners and viewers. This year the charity event reaised $2.1 Million USD for Doctors Without Borders, a charity that provides healthcare for people around the world.
 
5. The International Olympic Committee Will Hold an ‘Esports Forum’ this Month
 
In what is an exciting step toward getting esports in the Olympics, the IOC announced today they will be holding an Esports Forum next month. Esports players, teams, sponsors, event organizers, and more will all be invited to participate in the event. The purpose of the event is “to begin a discussion… and understand the potential opportunities for collaboration.” Esports are already making waves on the international level, as they will feature as a demonstration event in this year’s Asian Games and will probably be full medal sport by the 19th Asian Games in 2022.

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The Daily Moot (6/29/18)

Happy Friday Mootsters! Today we discuss Realm Royale's recent popularity and Sony's refusal to allow cross play with Nintendo Switch. Enjoy!
 
1. Moot Points with Dylan & Brian
 
2. State of Decay 2 DLC Introduces Revolutionary War-themed Zombies
 
The State of Decay 2 team is giving us all an Independence-themed DLC to celebrate Independence Day in the US next week. The patriotic DLC gives players access to three new melee weapons, three new vehicles, and zombies dressed up in Revolutionary War outfits. While it probably doesn’t add to the overall gameplay too much, the fun DLC is only $4.99 so if you’re into State of Decay 2 you should consider purchasing it.
 
3. Overwatch’s New Hero ‘Wrecking Ball’ is Live on PTR
 
While Hammond is the new hero in Overwatch, as many speculated, he is officially called Wrecking Ball. Wrecking Ball is a new tank coming to the Overwatch’s lineup and Blizzard hopes he can offer a unique playstyle to the popular role. We’ve seen some gameplay already from the PTR and Wrecking Ball definitely looks fun; in particular, the grappling hook that lets you fly through the air has massive potential for some serious shenanigans. We don’t know exactly when Wrecking Ball will come to live servers, but probably within a month.
 
4. Prestige Raid Lairs Coming to Destiny 2 Next Month
 
Bungie has finally revealed more details and a release date for the Prestige raid difficulty for Destiny 2. The defining feature of the Prestige difficulty will be new modifiers and forced loadout types. Some modifiers will actually be helpful, as one of the revealed ones will increase elemental damage. Players who complete a raid on Prestige difficulty will receive a random level 400 weapon, which is 15 levels higher than the current item level cap. Prestige raids go live on July 17th with the rest of version 1.2.3.

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The Daily Moot (6/28/18)

1. Overwatch Hero 28 Revealed
The official Overwatch Twitter account has revealed the identity of the newest hero coming to the popular game and it is, drumroll please…… a chubby hamster in a ball! You can see the adorable little guy for yourself in the tweet attached below. Many are assuming the new hero’s name is Hammond, but nothing official has been revealed by Blizzard on that topic just yet.
 
See the Developer Update here:
 
2. Sony Considering Giving Fans Universal Cross-Platform Play
 
While it is usually Nintendo being overly protective regarding cross-platform play, lately it has been Sony in the news for restricting their player base. Many games on PlayStation 4 let you play with your friends on PC, but Sony does not let PS4 owners play with their friends on Microsoft or Nintendo platforms. While this has been true for a while now with games like Rocket League, it has come to the forefront now because of Fortnite. A Sony execute recently claimed they are “looking at a lot of possibilities” and will come to a solution that “will be understood and accepted by [their] gaming community.” Will PS4 players accept anything short of complete cross-platform access? We hope not.
 
3. Marvel Powers United VR Releasing Next Month
 
Earlier today Oculus announced the Marvel themed co-op fighter Marvel Powers United VR will launch on July 26th. Alongside the announcement of a date, Oculus revealed Black Panther as a playable character. Now there are 8 total characters revealed, including Thor, Hulk, and Deadpool. In Marvel Powers United VR you play with friends to fight off waves of enemies, akin to Halo’s Firefight game mode or Gears of War’s Horde.
 
4. Halo TV Series Coming to Showtime Next Year
 
After years of speculation, we finally have a confirmed Halo TV series coming out next year. The series will start in the 26th century, the same time frame as the original Halo game. There will be ten episodes in the first season, each an hour long. The Halo story is rich and should make for some great television if executed properly. Seeing as both Microsoft/343Industries and Steven Spielberg are involved with the project, we have high hopes.

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POPULAR The Daily Moot (6/27/18)

1) Fortnite: Season 5 Release Date, Cosmetic Leaks, and Playground Mode
Fortnite just continues to stay atop the gaming industry by releasing new, quality content consistently. Today Epic’s community coordinator, Sean Hamilton, revealed season five will begin on July 12th which is two days later than the date we all anticipated. In addition, from June 29th through July 2nd Fortnite will have the ‘100% match XP weekend’ to allow players to gain as many season four rewards as possible. Furthermore, many cosmetics were leaked to the public which include new skins, gliders, backbling, and emotes! See the article from Polygon below to see some of the new cosmetics. Lastly, the brand new Playground Mode was released this morning and is available right now for you to play with your squad!
 
2) H1Z1 Releases New 8X8KM Map
 
H1Z1 recently released a brand new 8x8km map called ‘Outbreak.’ The new map is said to include ‘new terrain, points of interest, and art and textures’ for all players to enjoy! It is great to see H1Z1 developers working so hard to get back to relevancy in the battle royale genre, however it may just be too little, too late. Do you think H1Z1 can make a comeback? Let us know in the comments below!
 
3) Pokémon GO Player Count Skyrockets
 
Pokémon GO recently unveiled a rather large update and the statistics are proving that users are enjoying the new content. The game just hit their highest number of players since the game took over the world back in 2016. Now if you ask us, we think this is because players want to get a head start on Pokémon Lets Go Eevee/Pikachu because you can transfer Pokémon directly into the upcoming Switch game. Regardless, it is cool to see the game make a resurgence!
 
4) PUBG Drops Lawsuit with Fornite
 
It has been reported that PUBG has dropped their lawsuit against Epic Games’ Fortnite, although it is still unknown if a settlement was in fact reached. It has only been about a month since the lawsuit was initiated so it is surprising to see it fall through so quickly. Now we can go back to the two behemoth battle royale games duking it out in the virtual gaming world!
 
5) Overwatch Patch
 
Overwatch has released a new patch in the game that drastically affects Symmetra with regards to her photon projector, secondary fire, overall damaging, and teleporter. It will be interesting to see how the Overwatch fan base reacts to these major changes. In addition, the game implemented a brand new ‘Looking for Group’ feature to enhance gameplay by helping you gather a squad. This all comes in wake of the teasers for the new ‘Hero 28’ rumored to be on the way.

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The Daily Moot (6/26/18)

1) Is Hero 28 on the Way?
Let the rumors flow! Yesterday ‘Overwatch’ revealed a very short trailer of a ball shaped figure rolling through what looks like to be a dim alleyway. Fans are already alluding this to be the first glimpse of ‘Hero 28’ or potentially a new map. The background of the video features a plethora of different artwork varying from monkey and a dog in space, to the words “NO BOTS” written across the wall. The monkey in the background appears to be one of Winston’s long-lost friends, Hammond. Could Hammond be the next hero in the series? Let us know in the comment section below!
 
2) New Class in ‘Call of Duty: WWII’
 
Sledgehammer Games released an update for ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ which includes a brand division called Cavalry. The Cavalry are the gritty warriors equipped with a Cavalry Shield who are ready to take on the opposition on the front lines. In addition, “The Cavalry Division also has improved objective capabilities, which include capturing Domination flags faster, planting bombs in S&D quicker, and swiftly building and destroying walls in War Mode.” The Cavalry division seems like a fast paced, advanced class that will become a fan favorite in no time. Check out the article to see everything new in the newest update!
 
3) Get $300,000 Free in ‘Grand Theft Auto V Online’
 
Rockstar games has announced the chance to receive a free $300,000 in ‘GTA Online’ in wake of the Guest List update. All you need to do is sign in to the online servers any time between July 2nd and July 9th in order to receive the cash and enjoy the nightclub-themed update. Simple as that! Are you guys excited for the new content? Let us know in the comment section below!
 
4) Joel Embiid Named Cover Athlete for ‘NBA Live 19’
 
The EA Sports ‘NBA Live 19’ cover athlete has been announced and it is none other than the Social Media Legend himself, Joel Embiid. Embiid is a 24-year-old, 7-foot phenom from Cameroon who has been a force to reckon with on the court since his debut in 2016. ‘NBA Live 19’ game will be available on September 7th on PlayStation and Xbox, with the demo going live on August 24th.
 
5) Dota 2 Bot’s Projected to Beat Team of Professionals
 
The independent research institute founded by Elon Musk, OpenAI, is preparing their ‘Dota 2’bots to take down a professional team in a 5v5 match at ‘The International 18.’ The team of bots has been practicing every day, putting in over 180 years’ worth of games against itself in a single day! While the team of bots has taken down amateur teams in the past, it has never been able to defeat a team of all professionals. Do you guys think the OpenAI team will be able to take down professionals?

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The Daily Moot (6/25/18)

1. Fortnite’s Playground mode is Coming Soon
Epic Games announced last month they were working on a creative Playground mode and it seems to be almost ready. Players will be able to load into a private island with a squad of friends where they can practice their building. Friendly fire will even be on so you can even shoot your friends. Don’t worry if they return fire though, as respawning will be turned on. Fortnite’s Playground won’t stick around forever, but it is the first step toward a permanent creative mode.
 
2. GTA Online Update Will Let Players Run Their Own Nightclubs
 
Rockstar has recently confirmed a nightlife-themed expansion coming to GTA 5 Online soon. The update was teased by a few different artists who will actually feature in the game’s new night clubs. Solomun, The Black Madonna, and Dixon all have posted about Los Santos on their Facebook pages. Players will be able to open their own night clubs, controlling everything from the design of the club to the people who work it. We don’t yet know the exact release date for the new update.
 
3. Creator of Overwatch Hack Jailed for a Year
 
A 28-year old South Korean man has been sentenced to a year in prison after he made almost $200,000 USD selling an Overwatch hack. Two other hack creators were sentenced earlier this year and there are 10 more awaiting trial in South Korea. Blizzard has been working with the Seoul National Police Agency’s cyber security team to catch the people behind illegal hacks. Beyond hacking, account boosting and match-fixing have both proven themselves to be issues that Blizzard is looking to address.
 
4. Telltale Games Ditching Old Engine, Embracing Unity
 
Telltale Games is the studio behind the popular choose your own adventure games like The Walking Dead series. The games have always been made using the Telltale Tool engine, but that has grown increasingly more outdated as time moves on. Finally, Telltale is moving to the popular Unity engine for their new games. Two games next year will use the new engine. These two games are The Wolf Among Us: Season Two and the Stranger Things game.

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The Daily Moot (6/22/18)

1. PUBG’s New Map is Live, Alongside the Poorly Received ‘Event Pass’
After a lengthy four rounds of testing, PUBG’s new 4x4 km map Sanhok is now live! As popular as the new map has been so far in testing, the PUBG community is rather upset with PUBG Corp. right now due to the new Event Pass. Specifically, players are upset that the majority of items unlocked with the free version won’t stay unlocked permanently. In other words, the items you earn through the battle pass are only yours for a little while unless you pay. We will see if PUBG Corp. decides to change anything.
 
2. World of Warcraft Free Weekend in Anticipation of New Expansion
 
Blizzard is trying to build some hype before Battle for Azeroth drops on August 14th and a free weekend seems like the perfect way to do that. As anyone who played World of Warcraft in the past will tell you, it is a hard game to put down for good. Luckily for those of us who have been looking for an excuse to get sucked back in, this weekend the game is free to play! There is also a discount on account services like faction and race changes in case you need to transfer to find your old friends.
 
3. Nintendo Switch ‘Flip Grip’
 
The Flip Grip is an awesome tool used with the Nintendo Switch which allows users to play games vertically, rather than the usual horizontal. Playing games in a vertical fashion creates a new and exciting way for players to enjoy their games. While there are certain issues with the Flip Grip such as a few ports being blocked off due to the location of the grips, they are still finding ways to create the design in a more user-friendly fashion. The grips will be ready for consumers in November by pledging either $12 or $24 on Kickstarter to receive either one or two grips, respectively.
 
4. The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game is Coming to Steam Soon
 
The Lord of the Rings digital card game is an adaptation of the cooperative card game with the same name, but it has some differences. For starters, the game is only going to be solo adventure play when it first comes to Steam. The game is releasing with several different purchase options. The more expensive options will provide players with more cards, in-game currency, and cosmetic items. The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game is coming to Steam Early Access on August 28th.
 
5. The Overwatch Twitter Account may be Teasing Hero 28
 
The official Overwatch Twitter account posted a six-second video clip yesterday that seems to be teasing either a new map or hero. The video shows a dimly lit alley with some posters on a brick wall. There’s a monkey in a space suit, perhaps a reference to Winston’s old colleague on Horizon Lunar Colony. There’s also a small image of the Junker Queen, a highly anticipated character with ties to Junkrat. As with most teasers, all we can do for now is speculate and hope to get more information soon.

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The Daily Moot (6/21/18)

Hello, hello, hello mooties! We have a fantastic episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian for you this week. We talk about everything E3 in this episode as we cover what we liked, what we didn't like, and what we're going to be purchasing on release day. Hope you enjoy!
 
2. PUBG Reveals ‘Event Pass’ set to Launch This Friday
 
PUBG’s highly anticipated new map ‘Sanhok’ is releasing tomorrow and alongside it comes the new Event Pass. PUBG’s Event Pass is similar to Fortnite’s Battle Pass in that it offers cosmetic rewards to players with free and premium options, but it also has some distinct differences. Players who stick with the free option will be able to ‘temporarily unlock many of the items’ but they will only get to permanently keep ‘one special item.’ PUBG Corp. has promised dozens of Sanhok themed challenges in their first Event Pass.
 
3. Steam Summer Sale 2018 Starting Today
 
Recent leaks have claimed this year’s Steam Summer Sale will start today. We believe the leaks, mostly because almost every Steam sale gets accurately leaked before its start date. The summer sale is traditionally one of the larger Steam sales of the year, so get your wallet and excuses ready. While waiting for the official sale to start you can consider buying PUBG, which is on sale for the first time ever.
 
4. Gears 5 Built from the Ground Up for PC
 
Gears of War 4 was the first game in the series to come to PC, and Gears 5 hopes to build upon the game’s success on the platform. The head of the studio behind the game has said Gears 5 has been reaching 120 FPS in their initial testing on PC. While that number is definitely promising, we will need to wait and see how cleanly the game is ported to PC. Frequently games that originally start on console are buggy when they finally come to PC. Gears 5 is due out next year.
 
5. Mojang’s Card Game ‘Scrolls’ is Coming Back
 
Mojang, the company behind the insanely popular Minecraft, originally released Scrolls at the end of 2014. While the game was generally well received, within a year the company announced they would be halting development on the game. Earlier this year, Mojang turned off the game’s servers. Now, the game is being re-released under the name ‘Caller’s Bane.’ Players will need to host their own servers, but that has the added benefit of allowing you to customize your settings. For instance, a server’s host could decide to give everyone access to all cards at the start.
 
6. Arena of Valor’s Closed Beta on the Switch Starts Soon
 
The mobile MOBA Arena of Valor is the world’s most played game and soon it will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Starting next week, a two-week closed beta for the game on Switch will take place and it’s not too late for you to sign up! The beta will take place in North America and Europe and you can sign up on the Arena of Valor website. Arena of Valor hits an astonishing 80 million active users a day, a number that is only expected to go up once the game is available on the Switch.

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The Daily Moot (6/20/18)

1. Psyonix Reveals Details for Rocket Pass, a Cosmetic Reward System
During a meeting at E3 last week, Rocket League’s game director revealed more information about the game’s upcoming Rocket Pass. The pass will function similarly to Fortnite’s popular Battle Pass, as it will have both free and premium options. Players will receive cosmetic rewards for leveling up, with the premium option offering more and better rewards. For example, free users will get decryptors to unlock crates while premium users get actual keys. The Rocket Pass will cost $10 USD, just like Fortnite’s Battle Pass.
 
2. PUBG Announces First Steam Sale to Celebrate 50 Million Sales and 400 Million Players
 
With the recent popularity of Fortnite it is easy to forget exactly how massive of a year PUBG has had. Recently the game hit some major milestones, including selling 50 million copies of the popular battle royale game and registering 400 million accounts (including mobile, which is free to play.) Alongside the announcement of these remarkable achievements, PUBG Corp. has announced the game’s first sale on Steam. PUBG is available for $19.99 USD, 33% off normal price, until July 5th.
 
3. ARK: Survival Evolved Reveals Next Expansion’s Release Date
 
Studio Wildcard, the team behind ARK: Survival Evolved, has revealed some gameplay details for their upcoming expansion alongside a release date. ARK: Extinction is set to release on November 6th on Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Players with the Explorer’s Pack or the Season Pass will have access to the new content. A trailer for Extinction is out now so be sure to check it out in the article linked below if you’re interested.
 
4. United Front DLC for Call of Duty: WW2 Announced
 
Yesterday Activision announced the third DLC for Call of Duty: WW2, United Front. The DLC includes three new multiplayer maps, a new War Mode mission, and a new Zombies chapter. One of the three new maps is Stalingrad, which famously is the site of one of the largest battles in the history of the second world war. The new Zombies chapter is The Tortured Path, which sees four new characters who must transport the final pieces of Emperor Barbarossa’s sword through three new locations. The United Front first releases for PlayStation 4 on June 26th.
 
5. Pokemon Quest Coming to Mobile Next week
 
After the surprising initial success of Pokemon Quest on Nintendo Switch the game is now coming to mobile devices next week. A tweet from the Japanese Pokemon twitter account has revealed Nintendo Quest was downloaded an astonishing 2.5 million times worldwide since its release. The ‘free to start’ game is different than any other Pokemon games before it, but fans of the series are still trying it out. Pokemon Quest is available on mobile devices on June 28th and you can preregister now.
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ALSO Update 1.5.0 is now live on mobile devices (PC coming soon). v1.5.0 includes the highly requested direct messaging feature and a neat Follow Feed system. You can follow people you like and be notified when they post. To access the Follow Feed, click the right hand corner of your screen on the newspaper icon and view all of the content under “Feed.” To read the entire update notes, click below.

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The Daily Moot (6/19/18)

1. Fortnite Patch Introduces Stink Bombs and Final Fight LTM
Another week, another cool item added to Fortnite. This time it is the Stink Bomb, which is an epic quality item you throw to create a stinky cloud. The cloud deals 5 damage every half-second to enemies within it and lasts for 9 seconds. Stink Bombs come in stacks of 3 and you can hold 5 at a time. The patch also brings a new Limited Time Mode called Final Fight. After the 3rd circle, the storm will not move in any further. A countdown will start and the team, or teams, with the most remaining members when the timer ends are crowned the winners.
 
2. Ninja Announces Red Bull Sponsorship and Rise Till Dawn Tournament
 
Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, the biggest name in gaming right now, recently announced a partnership with Red Bull. Ninja also announced another Fortnite tournament he will be participating in sponsored by Red Bull. The Rise Till Dawn duos tournament is scheduled for July 21st at 8:21 pm to 5:35 am the following morning, with competitors battling it out all night to score the most points. There will also be bonus rewards for killing Ninja. Beyond those few details, we don’t know much about the tournament yet.
 
3. Sanhok, PUBG’s New Map, Will Launch on June 22nd
 
After a lengthy testing phase that has included plenty of high praise, Sanhok is finally coming to PUBG’s live servers this Friday. The new map comes with a new gun, the QBZ95. The QBZ95 is a 5.56mm assault rifle that replaces the SCAR-L on Sanhok. This patch also introduces a new version of map select that splits the two old maps into one playlist and Sanhok into another. While Sanhok is exclusive to PC right now, PUBG Corp. has said they hope to bring it to Xbox One sometime this summer.
 
4. Blizzard is Launching an Official StarCraft Remastered League
 
Earlier today Blizzard announced the StarCraft Remastered League to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic game. The Korea StarCraft League will be the first time Blizzard will have official control over a tournament for StarCraft Remastered. The tournament is open to players around the world as it will hold a series of online qualifiers. These lead to on-site qualifiers set in Seoul, Korea on July 1st. The total prize pool is approximately $71,000 USD.
 
5. Quake Champions Will be Free to Play for Another Week
 
While Quake Champions has been around for a while, it has been a bit under the radar. The game is intended to be free, but during its early access period it has cost $30 USD. For the last week, Quake Champions has been free to play on Steam and players are loving it. The game offers high paced action in a unique and fun way. Luckily for players who have been loving the game and for those who still want to try it, Bethesda has decided to extended the free trial period for one more week. If you’re interested, make sure to check it out before Monday the 25th when the free period is expected to end.

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The Daily Moot (6/18/18)

1. World of Tanks Reveals Rocket League-esque Mode to Celebrate World Cup
While World of Tanks is usually known for their more serious, historically accurate gameplay, that doesn’t mean they can’t also have a bit of fun. World of Tanks has unveiled a Rocket League type game mode where teams of 3 face off in a game of soccer, except they’re all driving tanks. The team behind World of Tanks really went all out on this one as they even commissioned legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to voice the commentator for the new mode. If you’re a World of Tanks fan make sure you play the new Tank Football mode before July 29th when it ends.
 
2. Pokemon Go Introducing Trading and Friends Lists
 
Niantic announced a new update set to release this week that is going to drastically improve the social aspects of the game. The new update will allow players to add each other as friends, which will provide benefits when performing activities together. You will also now be able to trade Pokemon with one another. You can even send gifts to your friends if you’re feeling especially generous.
 
3. Ominous Signs in Fortnite Suggest Something Big is Going to Happen
 
When Fortnite came to the Switch last week it included a unique detail; the televisions inside the game were all broadcasting a countdown clock. Now, the televisions on other platforms are broadcasting a red skull. Many are speculating these signs are indications that the missile inside the super-villain lair west of Snobby Shores is set to launch soon. Whether that will happen soon, as in this season, or at the start of the next season is anyone’s guess.
 
4. New Game ‘Beyond Blue’ Revealed by Creators of Never Alone
 
Beyond Blue is a new game about exploring the ocean’s depths. You will play as Mirai, the lead researcher on a team tasked with exploring the ocean using new technologies. The game is set in the near future and will require players to navigate stressful situations where they must manage resources and prioritize objectives. Beyond Blue is set to release early next year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
 
5. ‘Kill la Kill The Game’ Announced
 
Anime fans rejoice as a game based on the popular series Kill la Kill has just been announced. The game is listed as a “battle action” title on the official website, which suggests it will be a fighter game similar to Dragon Ball FighterZ. We don’t know what platforms the game will release on when it comes out next year, but more details are set to come during Anime Expo 2018 which takes place July 5th-8th.

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