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#ICYMI 11.20.20


GAMES, GAMES, GAMES

SUPER MARIO SUNSHINE GETS GAMECUBE CONTROLLER SUPPORT IN SUPER MARIO 3D ALL-STARS

In addition to inverted controls across all three games, the new Super Mario 3D All-Stars patch makes it so that you can play Super Mario Sunshine the way it was originally intended. Kotaku



FORTNITE IS GETTING IN-GAME VIDEO CHAT

Hanging out with friends in Fortnite is getting a little closer to real life. Polygon



MADDEN NFL 21 ON PS5 AND XBOX SERIES X: EA WANTS IT TO 'FEEL LIKE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT GAME'

Can RFID chips help Madden take a next-gen leap? IGN



AMONG US DEVS HINTS TOWARDS A NEW MAP

What tasks do you see in the room already? Polygon | Twitter



STAR WARS: SQUADRONS IS GETTING A NEW MAP AND MORE SHIPS

Star Wars: Squadrons is getting more DLC this holiday season, including a new TIE ship called The Defender. Kotaku



DOOM ETERNAL SWITCH HAS NOT BEEN CANCELLED, BUT IS NOW A DIGITAL-ONLY RELEASE

Doom Eternal is still coming to Switch. IGN



PUBG'S LATEST PATCH ADDS A NEW DIRT BIKE AND LETS YOU SHOOT WHILE DRIVING

The patch is also making pistols stronger. Polygon



MASSIVE POKÉMON GO UPDATE RAISES LEVEL CAP, ADDS GEN 6 POKÉMON

Pokémon GO gets its biggest update ever on November 30. Kotaku



ANIMAL CROSSING NOW LIMITS TIME TRAVEL A LITTLE BIT

You still can do it, though. Polygon




NEW GAMES

CYBERPUNK 2077 HAS A 'STREAMER MODE' THAT DISABLES COPYRIGHTED MUSIC

CDPR wants to help you avoid the DMCA. Polygon



NEW JAMES BOND GAME COMING FROM HITMAN DEVELOPERS

Project 007 will focus on Bond’s origin story. Polygon




HARDWARE

THE BABY BLUE GOOGLE PIXEL 4A IS REAL, AND YOU CAN BUY ONE RIGHT NOW

$349 for an unlocked model, no Google Fi offers. The Verge



BEST GAMING HEADSET 2020: THE TOP WIRED AND WIRELESS GAMING HEADSETS

Every gamer's secret weapon. IGN




GAMING LIFESTYLE

PUMA HAS SOME NEW NINTENDO SNEAKERS, AND THEY'RE ALRIGHT

"There are a ton of new pairs coming, and while not all of them are what I’d call a success, the more retro-looking ones are great!" Puma | Kotaku




CELEBRITIES IN GAMING

LIL NAS X'S ROBLOX CONCERT WAS ATTENDED 33 MILLION TIMES

It’s up there with Fortnite’s Travis Scott performance. The Verge



WRESTLING STARS THE NEW DAY JOINING GEARS 5 AS PLAYABLE CHARACTERS

Games-loving tag team crosses over before the Survivor Series.

Polygon | Twitter




HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

LUIGI'S MANSION FOR THE GAMECUBE TURNED 19!

Luigi's Mansion for Gamecube was released on this day in North America, 19 years ago! Twitter



SMOSH TURNS 15!

Anthony and Ian both took to Twitter to post some wholesome tweets about what they created 15 years ago! Smosh




INDUSTRY

GOOGLE PAY’S MASSIVE RELAUNCH MAKES IT AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING MONEY APP

It will include tap-to-pay, peer-to-peer, personal finance aggregation, customizable deals, and even full banking services. The Verge



APPLE WILL REDUCE ITS APP STORE CUT FOR SMALLER DEVELOPERS

Apple announced that it’s halving its App Store cut for developers who earn under $1 million, from 30% to 15%. Kotaku



WHAT TWITTER FLEETS SIGNALS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE COMPANY

With fleets and audio spaces, can the company make a space for healthy conversations? The Verge



UBISOFT REMOVES MANAGING DIRECTOR OF ITS SKULL AND BONES STUDIO

Hugues Ricour, the man in charge of overseeing Ubisoft’s Singapore studio, which is currently developing Skull and Bones, has been removed from that position following the result of a “leadership audit" Kotaku



HUAWEI IS SELLING OFF ITS HONOR PHONE BUSINESS

Honor made the decision ‘to ensure its own survival’. The Verge



THE GAME AWARDS 2020 NOMINEES: THE LAST OF US PART 2, HADES LEAD THE LIST

PS4 exclusives dominate with 22 nominations overall. Polygon



REPUBLICANS LEARNED TO LIVE WITH BIG TECH IN LATEST CEO HEARING

‘My advice would be to allow the industry itself to develop best business practices,’ said Sen. Graham. The Verge



SMASH BROS. TOURNAMENT THE BIG HOUSE 10 CANCELED OVER NETCODE

Nintendo sent organizers a Cease & Desist, and they will comply.

Polygon | Twitter



APPLE PODCASTS NOW COMPETES WITH SPOTIFY FOR WEB EMBEDS

You can embed from Apple Podcasts now. The Verge



GOOGLE STADIA IS MAKING ITS WAY TO IOS SOON

Plus, how to get a Stadia Premiere Edition for free. Polygon



GITHUB REINSTATED A YOUTUBE VIDEO DOWNLOADER THAT THE RIAA CLAIMED WAS A PIRACY TOOL

It’s promised $1 million for a new developer defense fund. The Verge



EPIC'S NEW TECH COULD THEORETICALLY PUT YOUR FACIAL EXPRESSIONS IN FORTNITE

Newly acquired Hyprsense specializes in expressive digital avatars.

The Verge




ATHLETES IN GAMING

2021 NFL PRO BOWL WILL TAKE PLACE IN MADDEN NFL 21 INSTEAD OF REAL LIFE

The 2020 NFL season’s top players will hit the virtual gridiron. Polygon




REVIEWS

DEMON'S SOULS: THE KOTAKU REVIEW

"It’s basically the Demon’s Souls you remember from the PlayStation 3, with an added emphasis on graphical fidelity and quality-of-life improvements." Kotaku



APPLE MACBOOK AIR WITH M1 REVIEW: NEW CHIP, NO PROBLEM

The new Arm-based system has exceeded almost every expectation.

The Verge



"GODFALL IS AN OVERSTUFFED MESS"

Counterplay Games’ looter slasher game reaches beyond its grasp. Polygon



KINGDOM HEARTS: MELODY OF MEMORY REVIEW

At long last, diehard Kingdom Hearts fans have received the musical love letter to their beloved series that they’ve long awaited. IGN



AMD RADEON RX 6800 XT REVIEW: AMD IS BACK IN THE GAME

A worthy RTX 3080 competitor for gaming. The Verge



CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS: COLD WAR: THE KOTAKU REVIEW

Even during a pandemic and a shortened development cycle, we get all the Black Ops goodness we could expect from a Treyarch Call of Duty. Kotaku



APPLE MAC MINI WITH M1 REVIEW: OVER-PERFORMER

Apple’s Arm chip punches above its weight class. The Verge



SACKBOY: A BIG ADVENTURE: THE KOTAKU REVIEW

Sackboy: A Big Adventure, out now for both the shiny new PS5 and those dirty old PS4s, takes the craftwork style, excellent tunes, and adorable protagonist of LittleBigPlanet and places them all in a proper platform game. Kotaku



AMD RADEON RX 6800 REVIEW: ENTRY-LEVEL 4K

The cure for the common gaming PC. The Verge



HYRULE WARRIORS: AGE OF CALAMITY REVIEW

Oh, the Calamity! IGN



APPLE MACOS 11 BIG SUR REVIEW: A LONG TIME COMING

This is what the future of the Mac looks like. The Verge



FUSER IS A GOOD GAME, BUT AN AMAZING MUSIC CREATION TOOL

"It’s a joy to play, even when you make some truly awful stuff." Kotaku




TIPS AND TRICKS

HOW TO SHARE GAMES BETWEEN ACCOUNTS ON YOUR PLAYSTATION 5

These days, with downloadable games being the norm, sharing your games isn’t as easy as handing your friend a disc. Kotaku



HOW TO ZOOM IN ON SMALL TEXT IN ANY XBOX SERIES X / S GAME

As the saying goes, nothing in life is certain except death, taxes, and painfully tiny video game text. Kotaku



HOW TO EASILY UNCOVER EVERY SKILL IN ASSASSIN'S CREED VALHALLA

"After I hit the 40-hour mark in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, I learned something essential about the skill tree. Turns out, you can defog the entire thing with minimal effort." Kotaku



TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

GTA ONLINE FANS ARE TRYING TO DECIPHER A NAKED MAN

Big changes are afoot. Polygon | Twitter



PS5'S "SONY" BRANDING IS OFF-CENTER ON THE DUALSENSE CONTROLLER

No justification. GameSpot | Twitter



NEW ANIMAL CROSSING RULES PROHIBIT JOE BIDEN'S ISLAND

He won the election, but lost New Horizons. Polygon



SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES GLITCH TURNING PLAYERS INTO TRASH, LAMPS, AND JUST A BIG PATCH OF SNOW

With great power comes the ability to turn into a dumpster. IGN



ANOTHER JOY-CON DRIFT CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST NINTENDO

Including a robust technical breakdown. Polygon



AMAZON UK PS5 CUSTOMERS REPORT GETTING EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE CONSOLE ITSELF

Amazon said it will "put it right" for every UK customer missing a PS5. GameSpot



ANIMAL CROSSING PATCH REMOVES ANOTHER POPULAR ITEM GLITCH

It was good while it lasted, I guess. Polygon




YOUTUBE NEWS

GAB SMOLDERS HIT 500,000 SUBSCRIBERS

Congratulations, Gab!




TWITCH

TWITCH'S DIGITAL CONVENTION WAS A DAY-LONG COMMERCIAL THAT LEFT STREAMERS FEELING FRUSTRATED

Over the weekend, Twitch put on GlitchCon, an entirely digital convention. However, this celebration felt, at times, as though it was taking place in another world—one where Twitch is what it (and advertisers) want it to be, and not what it actually is. Kotaku



XQC ISSUED TEMPORARY TWITCH BAN

At Twitch's GlitchCon, their player conduct rules were violated. As a result, xQc has been issued a temporary Twitch account suspension, a temporary Twitch Rivals ban & forfeited associated prize money. Twitter



STREAMERS BAFFLED BY NEW TWITCH OPTION TO BUY AFFILIATE STATUS

The company’s latest announcement, a deal with music label Monstercat that allows streamers to purchase affiliate status instead of earning it, combines both. Kotaku

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