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Marvel’s Avengers Black Panther DLC Release Date July 29, 2021

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The next DLC character coming to Marvel’s Avengers will be the Black Panther, and his kingdom of Wakanda will be a playable location in the game.

The Black Panther expansion will release August 17th, 2022. The character and his corresponding expansion content will be totally free. Wakanda Forever!

There is going to be a Marvel’s Avengers free weekend this weekend for people who don’t currently own the game, and XP multipliers are a go for current players all weekend.

Marvel’s Avengers is out now for PC, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Stadia, and Xbox Series X/S.


WatchOS 7.6.1 Released July 29, 2021

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Apple Watch owners will be happy to hear there is now an update for the Apple Watch. The new update, WatchOS 7.6.1, contains security and bug fixes for the Apple Watch.

You can download the update right now through either your Apple Watch or iPhone’s Watch app. The update only weighs in at around 55MB but don’t forget the Watch will only update while it is charging and past 50% battery life.

Halo Infinite Technical Previews Starting July 28, 2021

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Microsoft and 343 Industries are emailing out download codes right now to a select group of individuals who will get a chance to play Halo: Infinite multiplayer this weekend in a technical preview experience. Here’s a closer look at what’s in store!

We did not get an invite, but that’s okay with us. Hope you did!

Halo: Infinite is coming Holiday 2021 for the PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S.

Control: Ultimate Edition Out Now on Stadia July 27, 2021

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Control was my favorite multiplatform game from 2019 and now it looks like it has been re-released on the Google Stadia. Here’s the official launch trailer.

Control: Ultimate Edition includes all of the DLC included with the game’s season pass, including the incredible AWE expansion featuring an appearance by Alan Wake.

Control is out now for PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS5 and Stadia.

Japan Travel Tips – What Games To Pick Up July 27, 2021

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It has sure been a while, hasn’t it? Welcome back to Japan Travel Tips, where we highlight some of the best independently produced travelogs for people who may be interested in visiting Japan some day. Today’s article is going to be strictly for the gamers, but hey this is after all a gaming website.

In one of our earlier articles, I mentioned something called region locking, where an electronic entertainment device (like a game console or DVD player) will literally lock-out a piece of content (like a movie or a game) for no other reason than it was manufactured in a different region of the world than the one that the person who wanted to watch it lived in. This is a despicable anti-consumer practice and thankfully over the past few years it has slowly been phased out.

However, while companies like Sony and Microsoft no longer choose to region-lock the majority of games on their modern consoles, Nintendo has traditionally chosen not to. While most of their classic handheld games could play on any region’s handheld for the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS generations, Nintendo would not allow DSi or 3DS handhelds play games from other regions. When I posted about Pokémon Centers, I warned tourists not to consider picking up any video games or game consoles from them, as I didn’t believe they would play on alternate regions. Then, a friend of mine sent me these pictures from games he has just imported from Japan.

It turns out the Nintendo Switch does NOT region lock, and Japan has some exclusive retail games you can’t get in the US. As a penance, I have decided to post an update in the affected article and wrote this new article. So let’s get started, shall we?

While shopping in Japan, it’s always a good rule to ask yourself, what game do you see on a shelf would you expect to import? More importantly, what can’t you get in your region that you can find in Japan? YouTuber MetalJesusRocks, who has a great channel where he discusses classic and modern video games, answered that question for me. Give it a watch!

iOS 14.7.1 Released July 26, 2021

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A minor but important fix was just released for the iPhone. Now, Apple Watch users who had trouble unlocking their phones from their Watch when wearing a mask can resume. Apple has posted that issue is now fixed.

The new update, 14.7.1, weighs in at around 100MB depending on your device. It can be downloaded through your iPhone’s Software Update feature.

There doesn’t seem to be a corresponding release for the iPad or Apple Watch, but there is a new update for Mac computers today as well.

UPDATE: There is an iPadOS 14.7.1 update. It lists security fixes.

Gaming History You Should Know – The Sharp NES Television July 25, 2021

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Welcome back to Gaming History You Should Know, where we highlight some of the best independently produced content on the history of games. While I always make sure to prioritize space for my big screen TVs and game consoles, other people are not so lucky. Today’s modern SmartTVs work by integrating online services like Netflix and Prime without the need to buy a separate Chromecast or AppleTV. Back in the day, it wouldn’t be uncommon to see televisions with integrated DVD players, or before that you would see combination TVs with VHS players. Most people remember at least one person who had a tv like that, but did you know you could’ve gotten a brand-new TV with a built-in game console as early as the 90s?

One of the first major rare items I can think of when it comes to gaming history was the Sharp Game Television. Not too much is known about its development but these TVs are just iconic, and a reminder of an era when the Nintendo Entertainment System ruled the gaming landscape. It was essentially a 19” television with a built-in NES. In the early 90s, that was all some people needed.

YouTube Channel Nintendrew has created what I believe is the definitive history and analysis of this TV. He also dispels some serious myths I’ve heard about since forever. Give it a watch!

EA Play Live 2021 July 22, 2021

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EA Play 2021 is one of the final events to cap off the traditional E3 2021 press events. The third-party publishing monolith has been teasing new games for this event, but not in the form of Star Wars games. What did we get? Fast forward to the thirty minute mark and find out!

iPadOS 14.7 Released July 22, 2021

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A day after the release of updates for most of their major portable devices, Apple has updated the iPad’s operating system to support some of the features added in the iOS 14.7 update. Of major note is the ability to place restrictions on Apple Card spending.

The update, depending on your device, could weigh in at around 880MB, even if you previously had the most recent version of iPadOS.

Pokémon Unite Released on Nintendo Switch July 22, 2021

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Pokémon UNITE was built up to be the next major competitive Pokémon game for smartphones and tablets. Now, it’s out for the Nintendo Switch and you can download it right now.

All players who start playing the game now will receive a free mythical Zeraora.

Pokémon UNITE is out now for Nintendo Switch, it is coming soon to Android and iOS devices.