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Activision Blizzard heads promise change following reports of widespread abuse

Activision Blizzard executives are promising to resolve the company's "frat boy" culture of widespread abuse and harassment, according to internal emails sent to employees. Following this week's horrifying report, Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier obtained an email from Blizzard president J. Allen Brack reportedly sent to employees the night following the news. In it, Brack acknowledges the "extremely troubling" allegations, explaining that he plans to speak to a number of employees to discuss how the company can move forwards.
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Google's latest doodle is a surprisingly packed Olympics RPG

From empty stadiums to (rightfully) fired composers and beyond, this year's Tokyo Olympics are already something of a disaster. Fortunately, Google's celebratory homepage doodle has given a surprisingly fun collection of arcade minigames in its place. Appearing on the Google homepage this week, the Doodle Champion Island Games is an...
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Popular Fortnite mapper suspended then reinstated over homophobic comments

Fortnite's month-long Rainbow Royale event has been marred by the too-brief banning of a featured creator, after they were found to have had a history of homophobic comments. The popular creator, who is a minor, was responsible for many of the Fortnite community's favourite maps—including the Pro 100 competitive arena, which was featured as a Summer Challenge LTM this year.
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Mismanagement and cut costs doomed Warcraft 3: Reforged, a new report finds

Warcraft 3 Reforged's underwhelming release was the result of budget cuts, mismanagement, and internal disputes, a recently-released report from Bloomberg has found. Released last February, Reforged arrived in a shocking state. Not only was the remake missing many of the planned grand, sweeping updates to the game's art and voiceover, but it retroactively ruined the original 2002 Warcraft 3—wholesale replacing its online service with one lacking basic features like competitive ladders.
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Discord is adding Slack-style conversation threads

Big Discord servers can be something of a nightmare to keep track of. Fortunately, the chat client has begun testing Threads, temporary sub-channels that'll let you pop open a sidebar to continue a conversation in peace. Exclusively revealed by our sister site TechRadar, Discord has introduced Threads in a very...
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Play a free, broken twist on Tetris every Tuesday

Everyone's played Tetris. It's solid, simple, satisfying. But if it's a little too boring for your tastes, one indie developer is uploading a new cursed remix of the venerable block dropper on Itch.io for free every Tuesday. Every week, Tetrible (by developer Henri) updates with a brand new twist on...
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Games Workshop is trying to shut down fan animations

Games Workshop is facing backlash after making changes to its IP Guidelines to clamp down on fan-made animations. For the most part, changes to Games Workshop's IP Guidelines make a lot of sense. It makes sense for the miniatures company to enforce a zero tolerance policy towards people 3D printing its designs, for example. But things take a turn for the concerning when it comes to a note on fan-made animations, which reads:
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Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga and Naruto are coming to Fortnite

Fortnite's next big concert will be headlined by Ariana Grande, according to a combination of court documents and recent leaks over on the Fortniteleaks subreddit (via Eurogamer). Court documents from Epic's battle with Apple first suggested Grande would be coming to Fortnite this October (with Lady Gaga taking the Party...
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Call of Duty: Warzone banned 50,000 more cheaters last week

Over 50,000 cheaters were banned from Call of Duty: Warzone last week, developer Raven announced on Friday. Posting a brief anti-cheat update on Twitter, Raven revealed that this latest batch of cheaters were given the boot over two separate ban waves. These waves were targeted largely (but not exclusively) at repeat offenders, accounts that Raven had already caught cheating.
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Fall Guys turns Spelunky Guy into a terrifying bean tomorrow

Fall Guys will let you stumble through the jungle with friends tomorrow, as squads arrive in Season 5's jungle adventure. Debuting via a community-solved jigsaw puzzle last week, the next season of Mediatonic's bean-stumbler was fully explored in a lengthy reveal trailer earlier today. One of the biggest features coming with Season 5 is the introduction of squads, which will let you jump into the game with three friends—though Mediatonic also wants to experiment with limited-time duos and trios modes.
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Solve a murder by flicking through a fake future Wikipedia

It's October 1st, 2049. Two corporate big-wigs have just been assassinated in a helicopter crash, and all the clues to this mystery have been left scattered across a fake, future successor to Wikipedia. Neurocracy, released last week, is a narrative murder mystery that takes place entirely across the entries of...
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Warhammer 40,000: Darktide has been delayed into next year

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide's grimdark co-op shooting will have to wait, as developer Fatshark has pushed the game's release back into 2022. Initially penned for a release later this year, Fatshark today broke the news that (once again) our old friend Covid-19 has delayed a videogame release. Instead, Darktide will release "early next year", with plans to use the extra time to help shape up the game before launch and lay the foundations for future content.
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