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After the mass shooting that took the lives of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Dick's Sporting Goods decided to stop all sales of assault style guns and accessories in their stores. After a mass shooting at one of their own stores that took the lives of 22 people, Walmart decided to remove video game displays it deems violent.

Fred Guttenberg—whose 14 year-old daughter Jaime was murdered at her high school in Parkland—let the billion dollar retail chain know what he thought of their decision.

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For the bulk of Fortnite’s third season of content, players have watched as the skies over Tilted Towers filled with meteors. In the days leading up to Epic Games’ announcement that season four was around the corner, those showers started to enter the atmosphere and strike the ground across the map. It’s all leading up to something big, but Epic has remained tight-lipped about what the culmination could be.

After the official Fortnite Twitter page posted a teaser for season four, speculation has turned to a superhero-themed season. The tweet (seen below) features a figure that appears to be donning superhero garb and the words “Battle. Adapt. Win.” It could very well be that the meteor showers are a prelude to the rise of heroes and extraterrestrial foe, but how that would play into Fortnite’s 100-player Battle Royale is all conjecture. Aliens would definitely help carry the horror elements of Fortnite's Survive the Storm mode into Battle Royale. Players have theorized that the meteors will either lead to a map where entire sections are missing or destroyed or one that sports pockmarks left by the crashing balls of space rock.

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With the reveal of SIE Santa Monica’s God of War came the realization that the old Spartan warrior had ditched his staple weapons in favor of a mystical broadaxe. Five years have passed since Santa Monica Studio’s developed the polarizing God of War prequel, Ascension, and based on footage of Kratos’ Nordic adventure, it’s quite clear the series has changed quite a bit in that time.

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The God of War series has always been a linear one where gamers walked away with the same experience. The minimal customization came with deciding which of Kratos’ weapons to upgrade for more power and advanced attacks. With the Spartan’s descent into Norse mythology, the team at SIE Santa Monica opted to give gamers quite a bit more freedom when it came to how they play the game without turning to the open-world format.

Though God of War (2018) will remain linear in its story, in a video detailing specifics on the game’s customization, Lead Gameplay Designer at SIE Santa Monica, Jason McDonald, stated that they wanted “players in the game with a different Kratos as somebody else’s Kratos, even though he’s still Kratos at the end of the day.” Joining Kratos on his latest bloody adventure is his son, Atreus, who will also be playable and customizable.

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These days, it seems that gamers are all about nostalgia. For some, it’s a statement on their distaste of the current state of the gaming industry while others just want to relive their youth by picking up the games they played in the days of yore.

When it comes to HD remasters, titles from the PlayStation One era of gaming tend to garner plenty of attention. In 2017, the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy was revamped and packaged as Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and on Sept. 21, 2018, the Spyro series will be re-released as the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. It doesn’t stop there, either, as MediEvil, Nightmare Creatures, and Fear Effect were all revealed to have a remaster, a reboot, and a remake in the works by three different studios.

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First revealed at E3 2016 during Sony’s press conference, developer Insomniac Games recently provided more details about the PS4 exclusive Spider-Man title. A release date of Sept. 7 was finally attached to the game, as well as additional story and gameplay details including light RPG progression, multiple unlockable costumes, and a photo-mode.

The new round of information also revealed that players will control Mary-Jane Watson during specific segments and that the game would be completely devoid of microtransactions. Insomniac revealed plenty about its stand-alone Spider-Man title, but wasn’t too forthcoming when it came to Spidey’s villains. Since the reveal, it’s been known that Spider-Man would face off against Mr. Negative and Kingpin, but Insomniac has since remained tight-lipped about other antagonists. What it did confirm, however, was that the game would feature no original focal characters, meaning any villains that will make it into the roster would be pulled directly from Spider-Man’s comic book universe.

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After finally succumbing to the evils of Diablo in Blizzard’s Diablo III, fans thought they saw the last of the Horadric scholar. For Heroes of the Storm, the arena-style game featuring characters across all of the developer’s franchises, Blizzard resurrected Deckard for one last fight against evil. Joining the extensive roster of more than 70 fighters, Deckard will bring a unique playstyle and join the ranks of the game’s 14 other Support characters.

In the Diablo series, Deckard was never a fighter, so it makes sense that his inclusion in Heroes of the Storm would be that of an aid. With a low Damage and relatively high Utility attribute, players that prefer to stay on the outskirts of battle will find that Deckard’s skillset will keep him out of harm’s way.

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