Wednesday, February 1

Tag: Fictional characters

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Suicide Squad Leak Has Fans Worried About Its Online Features

Screenshot: Warner Bros. InteractiveA lot of fan expectations are riding on Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. Nearly eight years after Arkham Knight closed out Rocksteady’s Batman trilogy and just a few months after sister studio Warner Bros. Montreal’s extremely middling Gotham Knights, people are hungry for a solid DC superhero game, and especially one that’s fun and not bogged down in bullshit. But a new leak is conjuring exactly those fears with a screenshot that looks busy enough to be out of a Call of Duty Warzone matchmaking lobby.The leak originated on 4chan, made its way to Reddit, and proceeded to spread across Twitter on Tuesday. The screenshot shows Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn, King Shark, and Deadshot huddled together on what appears to be Suicide Squad’...
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Overwatch 2 Brings Back Freezing For Its New Holiday Mode

Prepare to be frozen in place once more.Screenshot: BlizzardOverwatch 2’s various reworks and balance changes have fundamentally altered several characters from their original forms, and that shift means a lot of mechanics that were once key to the original game no longer exist in the sequel. This came as part of a larger change in the game to remove or alter crowd control abilities like Cassidy’s Flashbang and Brigitte’s Shield Bash which make the game altogether faster and more frantic.The changes include removing Mei’s original ability to freeze her enemies in place with her primary fire (though her ultimate still has the freezing effect for those caught in it), which has been replaced by a slowdown effect. If you were feeling nostalgic for one of the most frustrating mechanics Overwatc...
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15 Messed Up Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Pokédex Entries

Screenshot: Nintendo / KotakuCute little Jumpluff! For years, the Pokémon games described this second-stage creature with lightness, mentioning how it enjoys drifting on the breeze, scattering its spores. It hasn’t appeared since Sun and Moon, but good gravy, something happened in the meantime.Let’s start with Violet’s description, given it’s only a bit upsetting: Beware its cotton spores. If you accidentally breathe them in, you’ll be racked with coughs and itchiness.Before we get to Scarlet’s Pokédex entry, I want to re-emphasise the almost identical text that has been used in previous generation’s dexes. Typical is X’s: Blown by seasonal winds, it circles the globe, scattering cotton spores as it goes.And now here’s Scarlet’s:Jumpluff travels on seasonal winds. Once its cotton spores ru...
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Marvel’s Midnight Suns Could Turn Me, A Hater, Into A Fan

Image: Firaxis GamesI tend to land on the Martin Scorsese side of the superhero craze—“The problem is the amusement park films,” he said in 2019—and so I admittedly went into Marvel’s Midnight Suns feeling bratty. The tactical role-playing game, which was delayed twice before finally landing on its current December 2 release date, comes from adored XCOM creators Firaxis Games, but even that association of dignity didn’t feel like enough to dull what I saw as a too-squeaky superhero sheen. I was wrong, though.To put it in amusement park terms: oh boy! This game is fun! You primarily control The Hunter, the child of sexy demon lady Lilith, back on the prowl after evil paramilitary group Hydra revived and unleashed her on New York City. In response, the Avengers and goth kid sorcery group, th...
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Overwatch 2 Kiriko Players Discover Exploit To Block Headshots

This left arm of mine? Yeah, it’s indestructible.Screenshot: BlizzardOverwatch 2 continues to incur issue after issue, with the latest problem leaving the icy damage dealer Mei totally unplayable due to a “critical issue” with her Ice Wall ability. Well, Blizzard may also want to investigate the hero shooter’s newest support character, Kiriko, as it appears she can block headshot damage by simply [checks notes] staring up at the sky.Kiriko is a kunai-wielding ninja healer who leaked at the beginning of September. Previously locked behind Overwatch 2's battle pass, Blizzard has since opted to give the kunoichi away for free following some rather uproarious criticism of the developer’s initial decision. Though she’s a pretty squishy hero, with only 200 health points, she can deal some solid ...
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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet’s Vtuber Gym Leader Has A New Monster

Screenshot: The Pokémon CompanyRemember Tuesday? The day that Game Freak released a video for Pokémon Scarlet And Violet teasing a new electric-type monster. It revealed Iona, a Gym Leader for next month’s game who looks like a vtuber and clickbaits like one, too. Today, we get to know the brand new Pokémon who will be her in-game main.It’s Bellibolt, which looks like a Politoad moved in next door to a McDonald’s. Did you guess right? Did you guess a Pokémon that has never existed before?! Iono literally trolls in this new video about the dirty practices.The Pokémon Company“Save this scene in your brainspaces forever!”Let me tell you about “EleFrog Pokémon” Bellibolt. It’s a squishy Electric-type, and expands and contracts its body in order to generate electricity, which it does “in an o...
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Genshin Impact Art Stolen Via AI, Thief Claims To Be Artist

Image: HoYoverseI don’t think I’ve ever seen art theft quite like this before. Two days ago, a Genshin Impact fanartist was painting a new creation on Twitch. Before they could even finish the fanart and post it to Twitter, one of their viewers fed the work-in-progress into an AI generator and “completed” it first. After the artist posted their completed art, the art thief proceeded to demand credit from the original artist. “You posted like 5-6 hours after me, and for that kind of drawing, you can make it fast,” the swindler brazenly tweeted. “You took [a] reference [from] an AI image but at least admit it.”AT is a Korean-language anime artist who streams process videos on Twitch. On October 11, they painted Raiden Shogun from Genshin Impact in front of a live audience. Then a Twitter use...
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YouTuber Makes Chris Pratt’s Mario Real With Unreal Engine

It’s-a him, Chris Pratt. Screenshot: Re-Imagined Games / KotakuIt feels like it was only yesterday when Shigeru Miyamoto pulled the goomba rug out from under our collective gamer asses with the surprise announcement of the bizarre Hollywood cast of the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie. While the casting of Chris Pratt in the starring role horrified many, it served as the inspiration for one visual artist to reimagine the Mushroom Kingdom with its own Pratt-as-Mario running amok.First spotted by Eurogamer, a YouTuber named Re-Imagined Games uploaded a video of the original Super Mario Bros. being remade using the Unreal Engine. To give the trailer a little bit of added validity, Re-Imagined Games used an AI voice bot mimicking the Honest Trailer voice-over guy, John Bailey, to narrate the t...
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Blizzard Announces LGBTQ+ Inclusive Programs For Overwatch 2

Screenshot: BlizzardToday, Activision Blizzard announced three programs coming to Overwatch 2’s competitive and casual scene. These aim to foster a healthy environment, with a focus on its new and returning LGBTQ+ player base. In a blog post titled “Calling All Heroes,” the Overwatch team and its competitive E-Sports program, Overwatch League (OWL), announced it would co-develop an in-game Defense Matrix, Challenger’s Cup, and Caster Camp. Blizzard said the goal of these programs is to “focus on equity, visibility, and community support for underrepresented genders.”To ensure that its mission statement is upheld, the Overwatch team announced that it will be rolling out a gameplay system called Defense Matrix. Named after D.VA’s projectile blocking ability, Blizzard said the program will ac...