The Heartbeat Symposium: Exploring love, sex, and intimacy in games

The Blushbox Collective’s Katie Stegs chats about The Heartbeat Symposium, a 3-day event that seeks to bring devs together to explore (through game jams and talks) intimacy, love, and sex in games. …

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We’re Giving Away A Limited Edition God Of War PS4 Pro For Free (US Only)

We’re giving away a God of War Limited Edition 1TB PS4 Pro, grey DualShock 4 Controller, and copy of the game!

This special bundle features a fully customized Leviathan Grey 1TB PS4 Pro console inspired by Kratos’ Axe, a matching DualShock 4 wireless controller with insignia, and a copy of God of War Day One Edition.

Entry is open to United States residents only, since the prize is shipping from the US. Competition ends Tuesday, May 1 at 11:00 AM PDT. One (1) winner will be chosen.

Enter below (the additional entries are OPTIONAL to increase your chances of winning):

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The Simpsons Just Broke Another TV Record

The Simpsons continues to set records. Fox’s hit animated show has now passed Gunsmoke for the most number of episodes for a prime time scripted TV series. Sunday’s episode was the show’s 636th, surpassing Gunsmoke, which had 635 episodes during its 20-year run.

Executive producer and showrunner Al Jean told the NY Post about the milestone, “We never dreamed we’d get this far.”

Gunsmoke aired from 1955 to 1975, while The Simpsons has been on TV for almost 29 years now, having debuted in December 1989.

The Simpsons has generated some controversy of late regarding the character Apu and his portrayal on the show in the wake of a documentary that criticized the character. In response to this, Apu voice actor Hank Azaria has said he is willing to step aside.

The Simpsons is currently in its 29th season and has already been renewed for Season 30. When The Simpsons was renewed, Fox released a statement (via Variety) quoting Homer Simpson as saying, “Take that, Gunsmoke! You lost a race you didn’t even know you were running!”

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Monster Hunter World Update For PS4, Xbox One Released; See The Patch Notes

A new update is update has been released for Monster Hunter World on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It addresses some of the action game’s lingering bugs related to quests and weapon stats, among other things. This is patch 3.02 on PS4 and on Xbox One.

Specifically, the patch fixes a bug related to the Kulve Taroth Siege quest line the mission would not play out as intended in some cases. If you ran into this issue, you can go back to Astera and speak to the Admiral; this should trigger the Kulve Taroth Siege as intended.

Today’s Monster Hunter World patch also fixes a problem with the Wyvern Ignition sword’s “Impact” attack’s value dropped to 240 instead of 510. Finally, the update addresses bugs related to First Wyverian such as weapon usage, how many monsters you’ve killed, and more.

You can see the full patch notes and Capcom’s explanations for each below, as posted on the developer’s blog.

In other Monster Hunter World news, Capcom has announced the second round of its Street Fighter crossover event. This time, players will be able to embark on a Challenge Quest to acquire a set of Sakura armor, and as before, it will only be available in the game for a limited time. You can get all of the important information about the event here in GameSpot’s previous coverage.

Monster Hunter: World Patch Notes:

Kulve Taroth Quest Line:

  • Fixed a bug where the Kulve Taroth Siege quest line would not progress correctly under certain conditions (specifically: if you speak to the Admiral out in the field when participating in another player’s instance of the “A Wound and a Thirst” or similar quests, after having collected Kulve Taroth traces but BEFORE having spoken to him separately in Astera). Players who have encountered this bug already can return to Astera and speak with the Admiral, triggering the council scene, after which the Kulve Taroth Siege will become available.

Great Sword Wyvern Ignition “Impact”:

  • Fixed a bug where the great sword Wyvern Ignition “Impact” saw its fire elemental attack value unintentionally reduced to 240. The value has been reset to 510. The armor skill “Free Element/Ammo Up” is still a requirement for unlocking the fire elemental attack of this weapon.

First Wyverian Statistics:

  • Fixed some bugs in the data collection for the statistical summaries given to you by speaking to the First Wyverian (weapon usage, number of monsters slain, etc.). Data will be progressively reset starting on April 26. For the duration, the First Wyverian will not give out any statistical information, but this should not affect gameplay in any other way. Please note that the statistical data may be low in accuracy for a short time after the process has finished.

from GameSpot

New, Narrative-Driven World War I Game Announced By Bandai Namco And Wallace And Gromit Studio

When you think of the animation of Wallace and Gromit, painterly and atmospheric is probably not what you think of. Nevertheless, Aardman Studios, Bandai Namco, and developer DigixArt are collaborating on a new narrative adventure game set in World War I that sounds like a far cry from the comedic, claymation series.

Called 11-11: Memories Retold, the game focuses on storytelling and tone, rather than combat. Bandai has provided few details regarding its gameplay yet, although it says that it’ll be fairly unconventional. From the first press release, it sounds somewhat similar to Ubisoft’s Valiant Hearts.

“From the painted style to the emotional journey we create for the player to revive their heritage, we are pushing the boundaries of what a game can be and hope it will leave a mark on you,” DigixArt stated in a press release.

You can see the first trailer in the embed above. Although sparse on specifics, it does give a glimpse of what you can expect from the art style. True to Bandai’s word, the game looks very painting-like, and it’ll be interesting to see what the game’s character animations will be like.

11-11: Memories Retold is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC, although no release date has been provided yet. If we were to speculate, though, we’d guess that November 11 would be a good day to launch, considering it’s in the game’s title. The title almost certainly references the 11/11/1918 armistice agreement ending the war, too, so if it came out this year, the game would launch on the 100th anniversary of the armistice.

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Horror Movie A Quiet Place Getting A Sequel

The horror movie A Quiet Place, which stars John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt, is getting a sequel. The sequel was announced today at CinemaCon, just weeks after A Quiet Place opened to strong reviews and more than $200 million worldwide earlier this month.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount studio chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos said A Quiet Place‘s success was somewhat unexpected. “If you told me five years ago that an almost silent film starring the very funny guy Jim from The Office would have been a hit at Paramount, I would have said, ‘Well, I should go work at Paramount,'” he said.

Krasinski and Blunt star as parents who, along with their two children, must stay silent to avoid creatures because the world is overrun by blind monsters that track you by sound only.

The movie reportedly cost $17 million to make, so the $213 million it’s made worldwide means it has turned a very nice profit. For more on A Quiet Place, check out GameSpot’s review.

A Quiet Place was directed by Krasinski from a screenplay by Scott Beck and Brian Woods. As of yet, there is no word on if the original team is staying together for the follow-up, nor are any plot details available.

from GameSpot