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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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The Stream team: Aiming for Angry Feet in Secret World Legends

The game may be Secret World Legends now, but it was The Secret World that started it all. And today is the original game’s sixth birthday so Massively OP’s MJ is going to celebrate. The anniversary festivities are still in full swing in SWL, but there are aspects she hasn’t been able to participate in — until now. After killing countless Talos golems MJ finally has a shard to try for the Angry Feet achievement. The only problem is that her shard is pretty common, and other instances are also placing theirs at the same time. Can she do it? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m.to cheer her on in this seemingly impossible task.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

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Fortnite’s rocket launch led to players being… nice to each other

You might think that gathering a bunch of Fortnite players in one spot to watch a rocket launch would lead to a whole lot of players shooting one another and very little actual watching of said rocket launch. But according to Polygon, players were actually being polite and watching as everything went down. After all, there’s time to go back to royale battling after the one-time server event took place, right? No one’s going anywhere.

There’s a video just below showing what the event looked like, along with some screenshots of the launch and what took place. It’s not totally clear what happened, but players will likely find out more once the game’s next seasons starts up on July 12th. We can only imagine the burst of violence on the site right after the launch.

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The MOP Up: EverQuest II’s scorched sky policy (July 1, 2018)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from ElswordCrossoutARK ParkEverQuest IIDark and LightConan ExilesKritika OnlineLineage 2 RevolutionOld School RuneScapeTitan QuestMU OriginWorld of Tanks MercenariesSMITE, and RuneScape, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Stream Team: Sun and fun in LOTRO’s summer festival

It has been… well, almost a fortnight since LOTRO’s last festival, so it’s obviously time for another! The summer festival has begun, and Massively OP’s MJ heard tell of a peacock pet available from it. Of course she just has to get one of those, so you know that she will be heading in to revel, soaking up the pixel sun (which is much better than the real one!) while collecting the festival goodies. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to fish, frolic, and have fun.

What: Lord of the Rings Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 30th, 2018

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Confirmed: The Squirtle squad may finally be coming to Pokemon Go

Niantic, don’t play with my heart like this. After enduring years of Pikachu hats for various events in Pokemon Go, there may be a chance that Niantic will finally give some ascetic love (beyond shinies) to a Pokemon outside the electric mouse family: Squirtle.

Since the announcement of Squirtle Community Day, people have flooded the official Pokemon Go twitter announcement with demands that Niantic do more than it usually does with other Pokemon, giving rise to the hashtag #SquirtleSquadorRiot. While there’s been no official announcement, fans are hoping that the above header image may be a clue that the team has heard fans’ cries, though I remain skeptical at this point. (Update– It’s been confirmed).

Casual Pokemon fans just need to know that the original manga and anime had a gang of Squirtle in sunglasses that causes mischief, which naturally the hero must put right, eventually causing the gang to turn over a new leaf. The gang has been referenced in the game series as early as Pokemon Yellow and remains a fan favorite.

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Star Trek Online prepares baseball uniforms and a new ship for this year’s summer celebration

It’s kind of silly to think about a specific time being summer in Star Trek Online, since it’s always summer on some planet or another. And it’s even less sensible when it comes to Risa, which is in a perpetual perfect summer-like climate. But it’s summer in the real world, so this is when everyone flocks to Risa to enjoy the waves and take part in assorted celebrations. Hooray for the summer festival!

This year players can pick up a Vorgon Cruiser as well as various baseball uniforms styled after Deep Space Nine’s baseball-themed episode. You can also pick up some old rewards and just enjoy the fun of floater races on their own, if you’re not motivated by greed. Stats for the ship will be forthcoming soon, but for now you can just check out the rewards and get ready to beam down to party in the sun. There are no summer festivals on other planets, even if it’s summer there, too.

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