January is over, which means that Valentine's Day is just a couple weeks away, so if someone is expecting you to do something for Valentine's Day, you should probably be thinking about that—restaurant reservations go fast. But if no one is expecting anything from you for Valentine's Day, then hell yeah, do whatever you want, such as catch up on the week's PC gaming news:
Where other EULAs give publishers license to do just about whatever they want with player-created content, Blizzard takes things a step further by claiming ownership of your custom games. Predictably, no one is happy about that.
Don't worry, this was fixed—by rolling back everyone's accounts to before the currencies and materials started disappearing. I still find it interesting as an example of how much can go wrong in a live game, and how prepared developers like Bungie are to rewind time before the riots start.
See Ciri wielding a gun in the video below, which feels weirder than I expected it to, and also check out Lauren's unrelated feature about Ciri's creation (in The Witcher 3, not Resident Evil 2).
Now that RGB lighting is in pretty much anything, the time has come to put screens on everything a screen can be crammed onto. In this case, a CPU cooler.
The studio is headed by James Ohlen, who led the design of Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate 2, Neverwinter Nights, Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age: Origins, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Not a bad resume.
A pick/ban system for competitive Overwatch was expected, but this wasn't how we figured it would work.
Hard to fault him for that.
More things we wrote
- Taipei Game Show postponed over coronavirus emergency
- Overwatch League matches in China canceled due to coronavirus fears
- 80 Days studio Inkle reveals more about its next game: 'Camelot has fallen'
- The Sims 4 hits 20 million players, online play hinted for a next-gen game
- Google responds to Stadia complaints, says it's 'up to the publishers' to announce games
- Apex Legends Season 4 launch trailer reveals the truth behind Revenant
- Halo Forge on PC is making 'great progress,' gets first screenshot
- Several antivirus firms will continue supporting Windows 7 for at least 2 years
- Latest Rainbow Six Siege patch rolls out big changes, Ubisoft says a Lesion nerf is coming
- The Division 2 takes a trip to Coney Island next month
- Henry Cavill shows how he chopped up eight guys at once in a Witcher fight scene
- Kentucky Route Zero's last episode is finally out
- The quest to put RGB lighting in everything, part 47: dice
- Metro Exodus is getting a sandbox expansion in February
Around the office
Tyler let the horrible goose from Untitled Goose Game loose on his desktop, and that was just one of our bad ideas this week. Steven put five scopes on a gun in Escape from Tarkov, Chris made a tiny house in The Sims 4 and had a party in his bathroom, and Chris also 'simulated' the Super Bowl in a 1987 DOS game, which will only prove accurate if a player named Muffins is named MVP.
Also a mistake this week: Putting Garfield in The Elder Scrolls: Arena.
In the more serious feature department, Steven took an in-depth look at the state of Warframe and spoke to Riot about its new card game, while Luke Winkie put a critical eye on the recent phenomenon of big studios speaking openly about crunch—not to apologize it, but just to acknowledge that it's happening.
Rachel took the award for boldest take of the week, though, when she declared that Temtem is better than Pokémon on PC. That's the kind of hard stance we like to see when it comes to catching and battling small creatures.
That's all for this week. It's time to enjoy the first weekend of February by doing the same thing I do every weekend: Playing Hearthstone or Rocket League until I get mad and then falling asleep while reading a book about people who live in space. I hope your routine is equally satisfying.
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