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War Thunder introduces a soccer mode through July 9

It’s around World Cup season once again, and that means everyone is wondering when the United States will care about soccer to the level of forgetting other sports exist. Do you need to have tanks? Because War Thunder is bringing you tank soccer. Yes, you can drive around in tanks which are also playing soccer. This is helped by the fact that it’s impossible to touch a ball with the hands of your tank, because your tank does not, strictly speaking, have any hands.

The event minigame will award participants with a special fiery soccer ball decal, so you’ll want to get in on the 3v3 random queues or the 4v4 squad queues if you want to forever have a burning soccer ball on the side of your tank. Also the whole thing will be called “football,” because the United States is the only country where it’s not called “football.” In summary, even if you can’t bring yourself to care about the sport, care enough to get an event reward.

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The Stream Team: Summer festival fun in Star Trek Online

If Independence Day celebrations weren’t enough for you this week and you want more, Star Trek Online invites you in to its summer festival. There are jet packs, dance competitions, races, sandcastle building, and so much more. Did we mention dancing? Tune in at 2:00 p.m.to frolic among the waves and cut a few rugs.

What: Star Trek Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 6th, 2018

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The Elder Scrolls Online is planning a freeplay event next week plus free lockboxes for subbers

Do you want to play The Elder Scrolls Online for free this weekend? Too bad. You can’t. But you can play next week! Yes, ZeniMax has announced that it’s running one of its infamous ESO Plus Bonus Events starting on Tuesday, July 10, and running through the following Monday. Existing subbers, there’s something in it for you too: If you log in during the hoopla, you’ll pick up six free lockboxes.

“To take part in the ESO Plus Bonus Event, log into the game with an active paid ESO Plus membership (the free trial does not count, sorry) each day from July 10 until July 15. Note that in order to qualify, each unique login must occur within a 24-hour time period that starts at 10:00AM EDT and ends at 10:00AM EDT the next day. If you remain logged in over a two-day period, it will only count as a single entry. You must log completely out of the game and back in – only logging out to the character select screen will not work. The free Crown Crates will be delivered to your account by Friday, July 20. Check your Crown Crates menu!”

If you take advantage of the free-play period, know that you’ll be able to check out basically all of the DLC and Morrowind (but not Summerset). You’re getting all of the perks associated with subbing with the exception of the monthly stipend, so that means the experience bonus, costume dyeing, double bank, and so on.

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Warframe invites players to get a free Ash Prime for watching TennoCon

Looking forward to the future of Warframe? You should be happy that TennoCon is this weekend, but if you can’t make your way there in person, you’re almost in a better place. Not only can you watch TennoLive over the weekend to get all of the information, but you can also pick up a free Ash Prime frame just for watching the live broadcast.

To get the free frame, you’ll need to watch for 30 consecutive minutes and you’ll need to have your Twitch Prime and Warframe accounts linked, all of which is rather standard. Then you’ll be able to get a nice shiny Prime warframe just for checking it out. If you’d rather get most of your information through other means, however, our own MJ is at the convention this weekend; you can check out her latest stream of the game just below, and keep watching for the reveals on the show floor.

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Destiny 2 is free-to-play on PC this weekend

Eyes up, Guardians: From July 6th until July 8th, Destiny 2 is free to play on PC through Blizzard’s Battle.net program. Whether you’re a console player who wants to take the PC version for a spin, a lapsed veteran who wants to see what’s new since you last logged in, or a complete newbie who wants to see if Bungie’s FPS/RPG hybrid might be up your alley, this weekend is the perfect time to jump in.

For the duration of the free weekend, the entirety of the game is open to any and everyone. That means players can access all content from the base game as well as the Curse of Osiris and Warmind expansions, including the PvE campaign, competitive PvP matches, and everything in between, without any limitations. And if you decide you want to keep playing, you can grab the base game plus the first two expansions for $38.99 US, discounted from $59.99, for a limited time.

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Blizzard wants you to crush your enemies for a Battle for Azeroth beta key

Can’t wait until August 14th to get your hands on World of Warcraft’s upcoming Battle for Azeroth expansion? Then you might be in luck: Today, July 6th, from 1 p.m. to 12 a.m. EDT, Blizzard is holding the Battle for Beta giveaway contest. To enter, all you have to do is take to Twitter between the designated times and post an in-game screenshot of a slain enemy or NPC of the enemy faction with the hashtag #BattleForBeta. The lucky winners will be chosen randomly and contacted by Blizzard within a week of the giveaway.

And if you’re not much for tweeting, Blizzard wants to remind you that there are still ways to get your hands on a Battle for Azeroth beta key. Chief among them is Wowhead’s beta key giveaway, where players can enter for a chance to win a key by completing in-game achievements. For all the contest rules and details, you can check out the full post on WoW’s official site.

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Fortnite players download a hack and wind up hacked themselves

It turns out that when you download third-party hacks designed to help you cheat in a game, the people you are downloading them from may not be paragons of moral integrity! They may actually be enormous turdnozzles. This is so obvious that it shouldn’t seem like it requires a mention, and yet it is also a lesson that Fortnite players have apparently had to learn when several players downloaded an aimbot hack that, quelle surprise, infected their computers with malware.

The whole thing was originally uncovered by Rainway developers who found the source of the unexpected ads to be a rootkit installed by the aforementioned hacks. In summary, cheating is bad and makes bad things happen to your computer. In lighter news, it appears that bad things are happening to the actual game world of Fortnite as a preview for the next big event in the game, so perhaps someone found a way to install a nasty virus on the very source code of existence there.

Source: Ars Technica, Medium, Rock Paper Shotgun; thanks to Kinya and Paragonlostinspace for the tips!

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It’s the battle of the cephalopods in Splatoon 2 as it pits squids against octopi for its birthday bash

It’s almost been a year since Nintendo released Splatoon 2 on the Nintendo Switch. The frequent Splatfests – casual tournaments that decide winners by popularity, singleplayer performance, and team-based performance – have seen interesting tweaks of late, like a longer-form, team-elimination format that eliminates a voting option while letting everyone continue playing. North America and Europe experienced this with a Ninja Turtles-themed event.

However, for its one-year anniversary on July 21st, the game will be hosting an event partially based on its new DLC: Squids vs. Octopi. Much like the small change to ink color, t-shirts, and other tweaks Nintendo’s done for other Splatfest, this one also comes with a twist: While DLC players have access to the octolings (octo-kids) once they complete the rather challenging new storyline (or allow one of the characters to “hack” any level you’re stuck on), the new Splatfest will let any player who chooses Team Octopus play as an octoling for the duration of the event. As you might have guessed, Team Squid is stuck as the default but more varied inklings. While the choice may be tough, we’ve included a Very Serious discussion between the differences between squid and octopus advantages, care of Zoo Tier.

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RuneScape’s Ocean’s Bounty event sets sail

This week, Jagex is inviting RuneScape players to reap the fruits of the sea in its Ocean’s Bounty event. The two-week-long event introduces the Runepass, which “brings a variety of challenges and tasks” that players can complete to rise through its 30 tiers of trials. With each tier they complete, players can unlock exclusive cosmetic items with an oceanic flair.

All players can progress through the free challenge track, but if you want to get your hands on all the available prizes, you’ll have to shell out 400 RuneCoins for a Runepass which, in addition to providing access to two additional task slots and the golden challenge track, immediately grants two exclusive prizes: the ocean’s warrior head and the legendary Water Lycan pet. The announcement notes that the Ocean’s Bounty event is a “pilot” for the new Runepass system, so players can probably expect to see more like it in the future. For all the details on the event and other RuneScape news, you can check out the full post on the game’s official site.

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Hi-Rez brings American flair to Paladins and SMITE for the 4th of July

Hi-Rez is getting in on the 4th of July festivities by bringing some star-spangled skins (and a delightfully campy voice pack) to Paladins and SMITE. Paladins players can show their patriotism with the Ameri-Khan skin for the champion Khan, who also receives a new voice pack wherein he proclaims, “Four score and seven years ago, I was born to kick ass and get babes.” We’re sure Abraham Lincoln would be proud.

Meanwhile, SMITE players can get a hold of two new Old Glory-inspired skins for the Greek goddess Nike and the Egyptian sun-god Ra. The skins, dubbed Star Spangled Nike and Ra’Merica, are available alongside past patriotic skins for Zeus, Bacchus, and others, as rewards from Independence Chests. These displays of nationalistic pride are all for a good cause, though; for every Independence Chest purchased, Hi-Rez will donate $1 to the American Red Cross to aid in disaster relief efforts all over the world.

Source: Press Release

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ArcheAge is giving away free daily fireworks packs on Glyph until July 5th

Are you itching to set off some colorful explosives but your hometown won’t allow it? ArcheAge is offering a vicarious solution: in-game fireworks. And they are free! You’ve got the chance to snag some free daily gift packs in celebration of… well anything you want to celebrate. And here’s a twist: You don’t even need to log into game to get them! Until July 5th, players can log straight into their Glyph account and claim these numbered packages on one character that contain:

  • 5x Dragon Fireworks
  • 5x Heart Fireworks
  • 2x Bound Lucky Quicksilver Tonics
  • 2x Bound Greedy Grimoires

So even if you can’t light up your own sky this week for the holidays, you can grab some and do it in game. (Sorry, said fireworks will not cause any harm to enemies — not even light their hair on fire.) Grab a new one each day and either stock up on one character or share the wealth by picking a different one to receive them each time.

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The Stream Team: Beating the heat (literally) with EverQuest II’s Scorched Sky Celebration

When it’s a scorcher outside and you can’t leave your house, what do you do? Massively OP’s MJ is going to beat the snot out of all that is hot in EverQuest II! The Scorched Sky Celebration is a new event where players can join devotees of Flame and temper themselves into something stronger by facing elementals across Norrath. Join us live 8:00 p.m. to face the fiery foes.

What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

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Pokemon Go apologizes for technical issues at its EU event by making the event a complete waste of time

All right. Let’s walk back through this. Pokemon Go holds an event in Dortmund, Germany. Because this is Pokemon Go, the event hits technical snags, which at this point is more of a theme for the game than catching things or gym battles. But once the game works again, people get to enjoy things like catching the elusive Corsola, normally available only around the equator. To apologize for the technical issues, Niantic promises to add a limited-time event wherein everyone in Europe can catch… Corsola.

You know, the rare monster that was made accessible during the event, which many people traveled to Dortmund for and caught several of just to make for rare trades.

Needless to say, players are rather unhappy about the fact that the apology for technical hiccups at the start of the event is to make the entire event what amounts to an expensive waste of time. There were, of course, other incentives for the trip, but many players are understandably upset about this form of compensation for attendees and non-attendees alike. Based on the current track record, we expect Niantic to compensate for this new misstep by blowing up everyone’s phones.

Source: Eurogamer via VG24/7

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