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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Fans Can't Believe They Have To Play In Fair Matches

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Fans Can’t Believe They Have To Play In Fair Matches

Screenshots: Activision Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 drops on October 28, although if you preordered it, you’ve likely already gotten some through some of the campaign. But ahead of the game’s full release, which will give people full access to the multiplayer component, some are decrying the game’s skill-based matchmaking (SBMM). Modern Warfare 2 …

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Overwatch 2's Free-To-Play Grind And Battle Pass System Has Players Wanting Loot Boxes Back

Overwatch 2’s Free-To-Play Grind And Battle Pass System Has Players Wanting Loot Boxes Back

Image: Blizzard / Kotaku In the two weeks Overwatch 2 has been live—yes, it’s only been two weeks—players have become so disappointed with the hero shooter’s free-to-play grind and battle pass system that they’re longing for the days when the original game had loot boxes. In a post on the Overwatch 2 forumuser LeafyBamboo summarized …

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Competitive Overwatch 2 Players Have A Lot Of Complaints

Competitive Overwatch 2 Players Have A Lot Of Complaints

Image: Activision Blizzard It’s time to reset the clock Overwatch 2 players finding something to be unhappy about with the rocky launch of Blizzard’s sequel hero shooter. Last time—which is to say, two days ago—players discovered that crossplay automatically deactivated aim assist for console players in matches with PC players, thus ruining the fun for …

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Overwatch 2 Console Players Displeased To Find Aim Assist Disabled During PC Crossplay

Overwatch 2 Console Players Displeased To Find Aim Assist Disabled During PC Crossplay

Image: Blizzard While Blizzard was preoccupied with effectively turning Overwatch 2 “off and back on again” last night and accidentally made a third of its heroes temporarily unplayable in an effort to deal with issues impacting just two, players have taken umbrage with another part of the troubled hero shooter: the disabling of aim assists …

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Overwatch 2 Twitch Drops: What To Know About Scoring Kiriko's Exclusive Goodies

Overwatch 2 Twitch Drops: What To Know About Scoring Kiriko’s Exclusive Goodies

Image: Blizzard / Kotaku Overwatch 2 landed this week with a bunch of changes compared to the first game, not the least of which were its new heroes. And if you’re looking to kit out the game’s latest support hero, Kiriko, you don’t want to miss out on Overwatch 2‘s first Twitch Drop. Kicking off …

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Overwatch 2's Phone Requirement: 'It's Like Being Punished For Being Poor'

Overwatch 2’s Phone Requirement: ‘It’s Like Being Punished For Being Poor’

Image: Blizzard “It feels like being punished for being poor,” Overwatch player Richard Meunster told Kotaku over email. Along with 19 million other peopleRichard and his brother both use Cricket Wireless, one of the prepaid phone services that Overwatch 2 will not accept for its newly instituted, mandatory two-factor authentication system, SMS Protect. Every single …

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GTA VI's Vice City Is Already Being Mapped Using MS Paint, Google Earth, And Math

GTA VI’s Vice City Is Already Being Mapped Using MS Paint, Google Earth, And Math

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Definitive EditionImage: Rockstar Games / Kotaku / Peter Bardocz (Shutterstock) Earlier this week, early development footage of the next Grand Theft Auto game, assumed to be Grand Theft Auto VI, leaked all over the internet. You probably already know about all that. Since then, it’s become harder to find the …

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343 Still Not Sure If It Will Add Microtransactions To Halo Master Chief Collection

343 Still Not Sure If It Will Add Microtransactions To Halo Master Chief Collection

Image: 343 / Microsoft Since it was released in 2014, Halo: The Master Chief Collection received a variety of updates and tweaks, including maps and modes that in some cases were never in the original games. But one thing that wasn’t added were in-game microtransactions. That could change soon, however, as Hello developers 343 Industries …

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Halo Infinite Players Are Arguing Over Weapon That's Not Even In The Game Yet

Halo Infinite Players Are Arguing Over Weapon That’s Not Even In The Game Yet

I can’t wait to see how low my teammate Zack’s accuracy is with this thing.Image: 343 Industries In the year since it’s been publicly playable, the multiplayer shooter Halo Infinite hasn’t received a single new weapon. But if recent leaks are to be believed, a new gun—the so-called bandit rifle, which looks a lot like …

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