Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Google Starts Issuing Stadia Refunds

With Stadia's looming demise in January, Google has began honoring its pledge to compensate consumers. The refund procedure began yesterday, and Google has issued a FAQ outlining how it works.


As previously mentioned, Google is refunding any software purchases made through the Stadia Retail (such as games, DLC, in-game currency, and current pre-orders) and hardware purchases made through the Google Store; physical store purchases cannot be returned. Hardware that qualifies includes:

  • Stadia Controller
  • Founder's Edition
  • Premiere Edition
  • Play and Watch with Google TV packages

Stadia Pro subscriptions will not be returned, although members can continue to play their Pro titles until the closure. Those who acquired a subscription on or after September 29, 2022 and were charged for it will get their money refunded.


Refunds will be granted in the same method of payment that was used to make the transaction. If that account is no longer available, Google will send an email with instructions for setting up an other means of getting the refund.


Users may have already received an email informing them of the status of their refund. Although payments are currently being made, this does not guarantee that you will receive yours today or this week. This will be a phased deployment that will last until January 18. There's no telling when you'll get your refund, so eligible customers should keep a watch on their inbox and bank account over the next several days or weeks.

Fortnite: Chapter 3 Final Event Happening Next Month

Epic Games has announced that the final event for Fortnite Chapter 3 will take place next month.

The final event will be place on December 3 at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET. According to Eurogamer, this information was provided via a title card displayed at the end of the Fortnite Champion Series, which took place over the weekend.


Unfortunately, Epic Games only hinted the end of Fortnite's Fracture era. What happens in Chapter 4 or how this concluding event will play out is uncertain. Fortunately, we won't have to wait long because the event begins in just a few weeks.


If past Fortnite chapter finales are any indication, anticipate massive PvE fights throughout the island, plenty of spectacle, an exciting climax, and, of course, some downtime while the game prepares to launch the new chapter.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Tops The NPD Sales Chart For October 2022

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
  2. Gotham Knights
  3. FIFA 23
  4. Madden NFL 23
  5. NHL 23
  6. Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
  7. Persona 5 Royal
  8. NBA 2K23
  9. Bayonetta 3
  10. Elden Ring

Monday, November 14, 2022

Here Are The Nominees For The Game Awards 2022

Here are the nominees for The Game Awards 2022.  The show will take place in person at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, but will also be streamed online for free on Thursday, December 8 at 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT.


GAME OF THE YEAR
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)

BEST GAME DIRECTION
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)
  • Immortality (Half Mermaid)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)

BEST NARRATIVE
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)
  • Immortality (Half Mermaid)


BEST ART DIRECTION
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)
  • Scorn (Ebb Software/Kepler Interactive)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)

BEST SCORE AND MUSIC
  • Olivier Deriviere, A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Tsukasa Saitoh, Elden Ring
  • Bear McCreary, God of War Ragnarök
  • Two Feathers, Metal: Hellsinger
  • Yasunori Mitsuda, Xenoblade Chronicles 3

BEST AUDIO DESIGN
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony/SIE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)


BEST PERFORMANCE
  • Ashly Burch, Horizon Forbidden West
  • Charlotte McBurney, A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Christopher Judge, God of War Ragnarök
  • Manon Gage, Immortality
  • Sunny Suljic, God of War Ragnarök
 
GAMES FOR IMPACT
  • A Memoir Blue (Cloisters Interactive/Annapurna)
  • As Dusk Falls (Interior Night/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Citizen Sleeper (Jump Over The Age/Fellow Traveller)
  • Endling - Extinction is Forever (Herobeat Studios/HandyGames)
  • Hindsight (Team Hindsight/Annapurna)
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist (Northway Games/Finji)

BEST ONGOING GAME
  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Genshin Impact (HoYoverse)
 
BEST INDIE
  • Cult of the Lamb (Massive Monster / Devolver Digital)
  • Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna)
  • Sifu (Sloclap)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
  • Tunic (Tunic Team/Finji)
 
BEST DEBUT INDIE
  • Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Norco (Geography of Robots/Raw Fury)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
  • Tunic (Tunic Team/Finji)
  • Vampire Survivors (poncle)

BEST COMMUNITY SUPPORT
  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
 
BEST MOBILE
  • Apex Legends Mobile (Lightspeed & Quantum/Respawn/EA)
  • Diablo Immortal (Blizzard/NetEase)
  • Genshin Impact (HoYovese)
  • Marvel Snap (Second Dinner Studios/Nuverse)
  • Tower of Fantasy (Hotta Studio/Perfect World/Level Infinite)


BEST VR/AR
  • After the Fall (Vertigo Games)
  • Among Us VR (Schell Games/InnerSloth)
  • Bonelab (Stress Level Zero)
  • Moss: Book II (Polyarc)
  • Red Matter 2 (Vertical Robot)


BEST ACTION
  • Bayonetta 3 (Platinum Games/Nintendo)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna)
  • Sifu (Sloclap)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (Tribute Games/Dotemu)

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
  • Tunic (Tunic Team/Finji)
 
BEST ROLE-PLAYING
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • Live a Live (Square Enix/Nintendo)
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Game Freak/Nintendo/TPCI)
  • Triangle Strategy (Artdink/Square Enix)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)

 
BEST FIGHTING
  • DNF Duel (Arc System Works/EIGHTING/NEOPLE/NEXON)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R (CyberConnect 2 Co. Ltd/Bandai Namco)
  • The King of Fighters XV (SNK/Plaion)
  • MultiVersus (Player First Games/WB Games)
  • Sifu (Sloclap)


BEST FAMILY
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land (HAL Laboratory / Nintendo)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Traveller’s Tales/WB Games)
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Ubisoft Milan/Paris/Ubisoft)
  • Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Splatoon 3 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
 
BEST SIM/STRATEGY
  • Dune: Spice Wars (Shiro Games/Funcom)
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Ubisoft Milan/Paris/Ubisoft)
  • Total War: Warhammer III (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Two Point Campus (Two Point Studios/Sega)
  • Victoria 3 (Paradox Development Studio/Paradox Interactive)

BEST SPORTS/RACING
  • F1 22 (Codemasters/EA Sports)
  • FIFA 23 (EA Vancouver/Romania/EA Sports)
  • NBA 2K23 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
  • Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony Digital/SIE)
  • OlliOlli World (Roll 7/Private Division)
 
BEST MULTIPLAYER
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • MultiVersus (Player First Games/WB Games)
  • Overwatch 2 (Blizzard)
  • Splatoon 3 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (Tribute Games/Dotemu)


MOST ANTICIPATED
  • Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix)
  • Hogwarts Legacy (Avalanche Software/WB Games)
  • Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
  • Starfield (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
 
CONTENT CREATOR OF THE YEAR
  • Karl Jacobs
  • Ludwig
  • Nibellion
  • Nobru
  • QTCinderella
 
BEST ADAPTATION
  • Arcane: League of Legends (Fortiche/Riot Games/Netflix)
  • Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (Studio Trigger/CD Projekt, Netflix)
  • The Cuphead Show! (Studio MDHR/King Features Syndicate/Netflix)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Sammy Group/Paramount Pictures)
  • Uncharted  (PlayStation Productions/Sony Pictures)

INNOVATION IN ACCESSIBILITY
  • As Dusk Falls (Interior Night/Xbox Game Studios)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Return to Monkey Island (Terrible Toybox/Devolver Digital)
  • The Last Of Us Part I (Naughty Dog/SIE)
  • The Quarry (Supermassive Games/2K)
 
BEST ESPORTS GAME
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • Dota 2 (Valve)
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Rocket League (Psyonix)
  • Valorant (Riot Games)

 
BEST ESPORTS ATHLETE
  • Jeong "Chovy" Ji-hoon  (Gen.G, LOL)
  • Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok (T1, LOL)
  • Finn "karrigan" Andersen ( (FaZe Clan - CS:GO)
  • Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev (Natus Vincere, CS:GO)
  • Jacob “Yay” Whiteaker (Cloud9, Valorant)

BEST ESPORTS TEAM
  • DarkZero Esports (Apex Legends)
  • FaZe Clan (CS:GO)
  • Gen.G (League of Legends)
  • LA Thieves (Call of Duty)
  • LOUD (Valorant)

BEST ESPORTS COACH
  • Andrii "B1ad3" Horodenskyi  (Natus Vincere, CS:GO)
  • Matheus “bzkA” Tarasconi (LOUD, Valorant)
  • Erik “d00mbr0s” Sandgren (FPX, Valorant)
  • Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström (FaZe Clan, CS:GO)
  • Go "Score" Dong-bin (Gen.G, LOL)


BEST ESPORTS EVENT
  • EVO 2022
  • 2022 League of Legends World Championship
  • PGL Major Antwerp 2022
  • The 2022 Mid-Season Invitational
  • Valorant Champions 2022

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Apple Has Increased The Cost Of Music And TV+ Subscriptions

 Apple has raised the pricing of Apple Music and Apple TV+. In the United States, music now costs $11 per month for individual plans (up from $10), or $109 per year. The Family plan is now $17 per month rather than $15. TV+ has had the greatest proportional price rise, rising from $5 per month to $7, and from $50 per year to $69.

As a result, Apple has raised the cost of its multi-service One bundles. Individual plans now cost $17 per month, up from $15 before. Family users now pay $23 per month instead of $20, while Premier customers now pay $33 per month instead of $30.

ICYMI: Sony Reveals PlayStation VR2 Release Date, Price, New Games And More

Sony has announced the price, two bundles, accessories, and new titles for the PlayStation VR2 launch on February 22.

The basic bundle will cost $549.99. It comes with the headset, two PlayStation VR2 Sense controllers, and stereo headphones.


If you want to play anything right away, the PlayStation VR2 Horizon Call of the Mountain combo is for you. This version costs $599.99 and includes a digital voucher for the first-person Horizon spin-off in addition to everything else in the normal bundle.


Want to charge your controllers without taking up your PS5's USB ports? Take a look at the PlayStation VR2 Sense controller charging station. For $49.99, this standalone dock refreshes your VR gamepads by just clicking them into the base without the need to connect to a console.


According to Sony, pre-orders will be available on November 15. During the launch period, the sole way to pre-order will be through the direct.playstation.com online shop for the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Beginning today, you may register to pre-order, and purchases placed through the web store will be mailed during launch week. Customers in other areas, however, will have to reserve the PS VR2 through local shops.


Eleven additional PS VR2 titles have also been announced. You can read about each one in depth on the PlayStation Blog, but here's a quick rundown of what they are and when they will be available:

  • After the Fall – a post-apocalyptic co-op shooter by the studio behind Arizona Sunshine (2023).
  • Cities VR – Enhanced Edition – an improved version of the VR edition of Cities: Skylines (Feb. 22).
  • Cosmonious High - restore an alien high school in this wacky adventure title from the makers of Job Simulator (2023). 
  • Crossfire: Sierra Squad – A new VR first-person shooter the Crossfire franchise (2023). 
  • The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR – a rollercoaster VR horror action shooter by Supermassive Games (2023).
  • Hello Neighbor: Search and Rescue – Team with friends to free a captive friend in this VR take on Hello Neighbor (2023).
  • Jurassic World Aftermath Collection – An enhanced bundle of Parts 1 and 2 of the Jurassic Park survival action game. (2023). 
  • The Light Brigade – a roguelike first-person shooter with procedurally generated levels (2023). 
  • Pistol Whip – the acclaimed rhythm action game is enhanced for PS VR2, and will be a free upgrade to existing owners (2023).
  • Tentacular – Solving physics-based puzzles as a giant, adorable Kraken (2023). 
  • Zenith: The Last City – a VR MMORPG (Feb 22) 


PlayStation VR2 games are not backwards compatible with original PlayStation VR games.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Mei Will Be Removed From Overwatch 2 Until November 15th

 Blizzard stated today that Mei in Overwatch 2 would be disabled for two weeks due to a new problem discovered with her Ice Wall ability. The problem appears to allow players to reach regions of the maps that they are not meant to be able to access. Mei's Ice Wall is a defensive ability that comes in useful when your squad is being attacked by the other team. Blizzard said they plan to bring Mei back in their next major update, which will be released on November 15th.