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RIP To Me, The Person Writing This, A Real One

Are you allowed to call yourself a real one? No, I would argue, you are not. That pretty much immediately disqualifies you from being a real one, so I’m already off to a rough start here. But today’s my last day at Kotaku, so I consider it my solemn duty to close out my award-wanting “RIP To A Real One” article series by eulogizing an NPC who’s very important to me: myself.

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WoW players hosted a virtual sit-in to protest Activision Blizzard due to harassment lawsuit

Details of the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard by California’s State Department of Fair Employment and Housing were made public on Wednesday night. The lawsuit includes numerous accounts of harassment and discrimination against women within the company. While plenty of players, fans, and former employees reacted to the report online, a guild of World Of Warcraft roleplayers organised a sit-in protest in game while raising now over $9,000 for Black Girls Code. Read more

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Activision Blizzard sued by California over sexual harassment and bullying allegations

A two-year investigation by the state of California has ended in a lawsuit aimed at Activision Blizzard, citing sexual harassment, bullying, unfair pay, and more besides.Following a two-year investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the state has filed a lawsuit against the publisher and developer, alleging the company incubated a “frat boy” culture (via Bloomberg Law).The lawsuit alleges that female employees working for the company – who make up roughly 20% of the workforce – are victims of discrimination in terms of unequal pay, sexual harassment, bullying, and retaliation.CONTENT WARNINGThe investigation that brought the lawsuit to Activision…

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This week’s Black Ops Cold War update added PS5 DualSense Controller support for PC

By Stephany Nunneley 15 July 2021 21:17 GMT Those who own a PS5 DulSense should know Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War now supports the controller on PC.The Season 4 Reloaded update for Black Ops Cold War stealthily added DualSense support on PC today, though the feature wasn’t included in the patch notes, apparently.Watch on YouTubeWith the controller, the game now also supports haptics, but, should you not be interested in trigger haptics, you can turn them off in the game’s setting under the “Controller” tab (thanks, reddit [1] [2]).Today’s update also includes the 6v6 map Rush, new weapons, new multiplayer…

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Massive weapon damage nerfs hit Warzone in an effort to increase overall time-to-kill

Raven is rolling out some major changes to the Warzone meta for Season 4 Reloaded, part of a plan to increase the game’s time-to-kill.Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 4 Reloaded arrives today, and Raven is introducing some fairly drastic changes to the game to celebrate the occasion.Many assault rifles have been hit with quite severe nerfs to torso and headshot multipliers, meaning it’s going to take players longer to kill with those weapons on average.LMGs, meanwhile, are a more mixed bag; some will see headshot damage multipliers increased whereas others will see similar nerfs to the…

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Diablo 2: Resurrected to get a bigger stash and much more thanks to feedback

By Dom Peppiatt 14 July 2021 10:19 GMT Blizzard Entertainment will be making some substantial changes to Diablo 2: Resurrected following feedback it received during the game’s technical alpha.If you played the Diablo 2: Resurrected alpha back when it kicked off in April and gave Blizzard some feedback on your experiences, chances are you’ve shaped a better final product.Blizzard has posted a very in-depth look at the various player reactions to the technical alpha and has detailed what changes it will make to the game before it hits PC and consoles in September. One of the most notable updates is the…

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Here’s your first look at the Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 4 Reloaded roadmap

Mauer Der Toten, the next Zombies map for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, as well as a wealth of new Warzone content, is coming to the game on July 15.Call of Duty fans, there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks of Warzone and Black Ops Cold War. A classic Multiplayer map and new modes are coming to Black Ops Cold War, while Warzone is getting its own new objective mode with Payload  – as well as other meta-changing updates.For this update, there will be a download size of approximately 11.4GB to 21.3GB for those who…

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Battle.net Summer Sale features multiplayer games for up to 50 percent off

By Jessica Reyes 2 July 2021 19:30 GMT Activision Blizzard’s Battle.net supports multiplayer games such as Call of Duty, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft. Basically, players buy the games directly from the digital storefront and run them on their PCs. Now, thanks to the Battle.net Summer Sale, players can download these popular titles and DLC for up to a 67% discount.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare touts one of the highest discounts at 50% off the original price. COD: MW is the previous installment of Activision Blizzard’s best-selling FPS series, which allows players to shoot ‘em in Shipment and other MW-only modes and maps…

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Call of Duty: Warzone gets a new PS5 and Xbox Series X/S texture pack

By Dom Peppiatt 28 June 2021 14:01 GMT Activision and Raven have offered out a new Call of Duty: Warzone texture pack that allows the game to run in 1440p on Xbox One X, Xbox Series X/S, PS4 Pro, and PlayStation 5 consoles.The texture pack is available to download on consoles and PC now, and as per the developer, it’s aimed at making the game playable in 1440p – that’s why you won’t find it on Xbox One or the base PS4 (thanks VGC). Those consoles only output up to 1080p.The texture pack weighs in at roughly 7GB on consoles, and marks…

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CoD Warzone HARP | How to get the HARP U.A.V. killstreak

By Rebecca Jones 22 June 2021 14:15 GMT The HARP killstreak is a new addition to Call of Duty: Warzone with Season 4. However, this new U.A.V. is likely to be time-limited: it’s part of the Ground Fall event, which means its continued availability is uncertain past June 24th.Watch on YouTubePlayers of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will likely already be familiar with the HARP (a.k.a. High-Altitude Reconnaissance Plane). It’s been one of the most popular killstreaks — technically called scorestreaks these days — in BOCW since it was introduced in that game’s first season. Warzone players wanting…

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An innocuous Call of Duty Warzone Salt Mines door is killing players, for some reason

By Dom Peppiatt 21 June 2021 17:15 GMT Call of Duty: Warzone seems to have spawned a door that will kill players when they try and pass through it – so you’re probably best off avoiding the Salt Mines for now.Redditor Rxelik has figured out that a specific door in a warehouse in the Salt Mines portion of the map will instantly knock you if you go anywhere near it. The user posted some footage of the offending barrier over on the r/warzone subreddit.Showing solidarity and wanting to prove that The Scary Door is, indeed, deadly, other players flocked to the unlikely…

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Cross-Play is coming to Overwatch

By Stephany Nunneley 9 June 2021 20:16 GMT Cross-Play is coming to Overwatch soon, allowing players to group up and play together.Overwatch players will soon be able to play with others, regardless of platform, thanks to the latest global Battle.net update.Watch on YouTubeThe update will allow players from around the world to team up, as long as they have a Battle.net account and have linked their appropriate console accounts.If you are unsure how to create a Battle.net account, or want to know how to link your platform to a Battle.net account, Blizzard has you covered.To celebrate, everyone who logs in…

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Cargo Trucks should no longer dominate Warzone Solos thanks to new patch

By Sherif Saed 28 May 2021 10:58 GMT Things are going to feel different in Warzone Solos going forward.Warzone developer Raven has delivered on its promise to look into the problem of cargo trucks in the game’s Solos mode. Cargo trucks are the sturdiest vehicle in the game and they have ruled the Solos meta for months.Watch on YouTubeThis happened when players in Solos realised that cargo trucks can be used to avoid engagement. Because of the sheer number of them, and their demonstrably high durability, most simply would rather avoid them than take them down. This causes the end…

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It looks like Activision may be working on a new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game

By Dom Peppiatt 23 May 2021 19:20 GMT According to CKY drummer Jess Margera, Activision is working on a new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater following the success of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Remaster.CKY drummer Jess Margera may have spilled the beans about an unannounced Activision project in a new interview. Appearing on the Behind Closed Doors podcast back in April, the drummer (and brother of series mainstay, Bam Margera) noted that the band is working on a new title with the publisher (cheers, VGC).“Now touring is your main income, and you really have to try and get…

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Call of Duty: Warzone massively reduces Stopping Power drop rate

By Dom Peppiatt 20 May 2021 11:10 GMT Raven Software has drastically altered the drop rate for the field upgrade Stopping Power in Call of Duty: Warzone with this week’s mid-season update.If you’re unfamiliar with Stopping Power, the upgrade allows you to reload your current weapon with more powerful rounds that dish out extra damage to anyone unfortunate enough to be in your sights.Players have been calling for Raven to modify and balance the upgrade for a while, complaining it reduced the already controversial TTK in the game to a frankly trivial level.[]“Given Stopping Power’s efficacy and lack of counter…