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Preorder Stories – Aliens Vs Predator June 29, 2020

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In the year 1999, Aliens Vs Predator was one of my favorite PC games. Based on the classic 20th Century Fox films, you could play as an Alien, a Predator, or a Colonial Marine in a single or multiplayer campaign for supremacy. It was terrifying, violent and absolutely fun as hell.

A year after the original PC game was released, Rebellion planned to release a new Gold Edition of the game. It included new multiplayer maps and updated in-game cinematics and was essentially going to be the new version of the game. However, while it was not uncommon for PC games to receive post-release paid expansion packs at retail, it was not common for users to to have to rebuy an entire game they already owned just to receive that expansion. To split the difference, Fox Interactive sold an expansion pack disc as an online exclusive. For anyone who preordered the expansion disc, they received one of the coolest preorder incentives in gaming history. Take a look.

Aliens Vs Predator is out now exclusively for PC.

Pokken Tournament DX Invitational 2020 June 29, 2020

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The Pokémon Player’s Cup Invitational continues and this past weekend, the best Pokkén Tournament DX players from around the world competed to see who could be the best like no one ever was. In case you happened to miss it, here are the archived streams of both days of the event. Enjoy.

Pokkén Tournament DX is out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Gaming History You Should Know – The History of Showbiz Pizza’s Band June 28, 2020

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When I was a 90s kid, I was in love with arcades. It didn’t have to be special, but it had to have all the latest games, and maybe some VR headsets. However, if you were an 80s person, you might remember a specific arcade franchise that also served pizza and offered a cute animatronics show with anthropomorphic animal musicians. No, I’m not talking about Chuck E. Cheese, I’m talking about Showbiz Pizza.

Showbiz Pizza was an early amalgamation of restaurant and arcade, a business strategy later perfected by places like Dave and Busters. Unlike Dave and Busters, Showbiz Pizza would offer more than just arcade games while they waited for their food, their restaurants included a custom animatronics show starting an entirely original band, The Rockafire Explosion.

I know what you younger people are thinking, didn’t Chuck E. Cheese have an animatronic band and why haven’t I heard of The Rockafire Explosion but I’ve heard of Chuck E. Cheese? The Rockafire Explosion was a casualty of Mr. Cheese, but not in the way you might have guessed. So who created this crazy animatronic band, what is up with their characters, and why are they so fondly remembered to this day? This independently produced documentary, titled simply The Rockafire Explosion, answers all of those questions. In wake of Chuck E. Cheese declaring Bankruptcy this week, I think it is the perfect way to cap off your week.

Preorder Stories – FEAR June 27, 2020

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Welcome back to Preorder Stories, where I chronicle some of the coolest preorder promotions from throughout gaming’s history. In 2005, Monolith, riding high from the success of No One Lives Forever, developed one of the coolest PC demos for an upcoming game I had seen in quite a while, FEAR. The hype from the demo was so impressive in fact, an empty box preorder campaign was launched at Best Buy. It included a special DVD with early episodes of content that would be included with the Collector’s Edition, and download codes for access to the multiplayer beta.

Let’s take a closer look at this preorder, and why it meant so much to me.

FEAR is out on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicals Remastered – New Features Trailer June 26, 2020

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One of the games I greatly regret missing out on was the original Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles for the Nintendo GameCube. Now, we are just two months away from the game getting remastered for modern platforms. Let’s take a look at what went into this update and how we’ll be able to play it.

Square Enix has announced that a free LITE Edition will be released on the same day that the full game launches. That’ll give us a chance to try out the game’s dungeons for ourselves to see how we like the game before buying it.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered is coming August 27th, 2020 to PS4, Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android. The game’s multiplayer supports cross platform play.

Night City Wire Episode 1 June 25, 2020

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Welcome to Night City, the home of Cyberpunk 2077. The first ever episode of Night City Wire was broadcast earlier this morning, and we got a major look at all-new gameplay and story footage. The best part, it’s all in glorious 4K!

Cyberpunk 2077 is coming November 2020 to PC, Xbox One and PS4. It will be released later on Xbox Series X and PS5.

Shiny Zeraora Coming to Pokemon Home June 29th June 25, 2020

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Great news, gamers! One million trainers have completed the Zeraora raid in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. That means EVERYONE wins a Shiny Zeraora! Zeraora is a mythical Pokémon that cannot be obtained through normal gameplay. That means everyone should take full advantage of this opportunity to obtain it. Since it looks like they’ll be distributing Zeraora through Pokémon Home, you’ll need to download the application to your Smartphone or Tablet and link it to the same Nintendo Online account that you use on your Nintendo Switch.

Once it’s obtained you can either keep Zeraora in Pokémon Home or transfer it to your copy of Pokémon Sword or Shield. We’ll keep you posted on all the details of how transfer works as we hit the distribution period.

Pokémon Home is available for Nintendo Switch and compatible iOS and Android devices.

CYBERPUNK Edgerunners Announced For Netflix June 25, 2020

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During today’s Night City Wire stream, Cyberpunk Edgerunners was announced. It is an anime series being developed in conjunction with Netflix that takes place in the Cyberpunk universe. Take a look.

CYBERPUNK Edgerunners is coming to Netflix in 2022.

Cyberpunk 2077 – The Gig Trailer June 25, 2020

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Right now, Cyberpunk 2077 is hosting an incredible live preview stream on Twitch, and new content from the game is being shown off. Here’s a first look at the game’s newest trailer which shows off the game’s prologue.

Cyberpunk 2077 is coming November 2020 to the PC, Xbox One and PS4. It is also coming to the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Firefight Coming to Halo 3: ODST On PC and Xbox One June 24, 2020

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I’m ashamed to admit I completely missed out on this news when it was first revealed, but it’s so important I decided to bite the bullet and report on it now as I feel very few institutions online have reported on it. Halo 3: ODST, when it was released on the Xbox 360 in 2009, had an incredible multiplayer mode called Firefight. Online groups of four friends could team up and battle waves of Covenant foes. It was one of the best team building experiences I can remember from the last generation.

After Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s disappointing bug-filled initial Xbox One launch subsided, 343 Industries ported the entire Halo 3: ODST single-player campaign (arguably one of the best stories Bungie ever produced) and gave it out for free to the people who purchased the collection early on. It later became paid DLC for people who purchased MCC after the launch period. However, the beloved Firefight mode was not included, and we were told it wasn’t going to get included.

That..is about to change. Now, it looks like this classic mode is finally getting released on Halo: The Master Chief Collection for people who purchased Halo 3: ODST. Take a look.

Halo 3: ODST is out for the Xbox 360. It is part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection as paid DLC. It is coming to the PC this Summer.