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#ICYMI 12.11.20

Updated: Dec 23, 2020


HARDWARE

APPLE REPORTEDLY WORKING ON A 32-CORE PROCESSOR FOR HIGH-END MACS

A new half-sized Mac Pro is planned for launch by 2022. The Verge



BEST SMARTPHONE 2020: DON'T SETTLE FOR A BAD IOS OR ANDROID PHONE

The one phone to rule them all. IGN



A CHEAP TABLET IS A GREAT ENTERTAINMENT DEVICE

It's official: Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A7 is a good cheap tablet. The Verge



NINTENDO SHUTS DOWN 'ETIKON' CONTROLLER MEMORIAL, SPARKING BACKLASH

‘JoyCon Boyz’ logo infringes trademark, say lawyers. Polygon



APPLE WILL REPLACE YOUR IPHONE 11'S DISPLAY FOR FREE IF IT HAS THE GLITCHY TOUCHSCREEN

Non-VoLTE phones are on the way out. The Verge



SAMSUNG'S OFFICIAL GALAXY S21, 21 PLUS, AND 21 ULTRA TEASERS HAVE LEAKED, AND THE CAMERA SQUIRCLE IS GONE

Don’t be fooled, there’s still a bump. The Verge



APPLE ANNOUNCES $549 AIRPODS MAX NOISE-CANCELING HEADPHONES, COMING DECEMBER 15TH

The long-rumored headphones are Apple’s end-of-year hardware surprise.

The Verge | Twitter




THE GAME AWARDS 2020

The Game Awards Broadcast: Twitter



THE LAST OF US PART II WINS BEST GAME DIRECTION, GAME OF THE YEAR, AND MORE

Naughty Dog's hit game ended up winning Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Game of the Year, Best Audio Design, Innovation in Accessibility, and Best Action/Adventure Game!



AMONG US WINS BEST MOBILE GAME AND BEST MULTIPLAYER GAME

In a year where connections were hard to make, Among Us did an amazing job and connecting players from around the world! Twitter | Twitter



VALKYRAE NAMED CONTENT CREATOR OF THE YEAR

Congratulations, Valkyrae! YouTube | Twitter



PHASMOPHOBIA WINS BEST DEBUT INDIE GAME

Co-op ghost hunting horror game Phasmophobia wins the Game Awards prize for Best Debut game, a huge honor for the single developer working on it. Screen Rant



ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS WINS BEST FAMILY GAME

Congratulations, Animal Crossing! Twitter




INDUSTRY

THE GAME AWARDS WILL HAVE AUDIO DESCRIPTIVE ACCESSIBILITY MODE

The mode will be exclusive to YouTube Gaming during the streamed presentation on December 10th. GameSpot | Twitter



FANS SAY NINTENDO CANCELED TOURNEY OVER SMASH BROS. PROTEST

The Splatoon 2 scene blew up, but in a good way. Polygon



WARNER BROS. WILL RELEASE ALL OF ITS NEW 2021 MOVIES SIMULTANEOUSLY ON HBO MAX

For a period of one month in the United States. The Verge



HOW EVE ONLINE'S PLAYERS STARTED A WAR THAT'S COST $700K

EVE Online is (once again) at war with itself. IGN



ALL FORTNITE COMPETITIVE EVENTS IN 2021 WILL BE ONLINE-ONLY

The decision was made as COVID cases continue to rise in the United States. GameSpot



FACEBOOK'S NEW PROGRAM PAYS BLACK STREAMERS TO HELP THEM GO FULL-TIME

On Tuesday, Facebook announced a program to aid Black creators in their pursuit of full-time streaming careers. Kotaku | Twitter




YOUTUBE NEWS

FLOYD MAYWEATHER IS FIGHTING LOGAN PAUL IN FEBRUARY

50-0 vs. 0-1. The Verge



HANNAH ELISE HIT 600K SUBSCRIBERS

Congratulations, Hannah! YouTube



YOUTUBE'S BIGGEST GAMING VIDEOS OF 2020 ARE A LITTLE FISHY

That got HOW many views? Polygon



CHRISTINE LEE CREATED A DISCORD SERVER

Click the link to join Christine's Corner! Discord



WHY MINECRAFT WILL NEVER END

We all know Minecraft is a BIG game. Not just in popularity, but in the scope of what you can do. Game Theory




GAMES, GAMES, GAMES

ANIMAL CROSSING WAS HUGE ON TUMBLR IN 2020, BUT SO WERE A BUNCH OF OTHER UNEXPECTED GAMES

Based on the top trends, people were drawn to connection and nostalgia. Polygon



FALL GUYS TEASES HOLIDAY AND WINTER COSTUMES FOR SEASON 3

More information is to come at The Game Awards on Dec. 10th!

GameSpot | Twitter



SEPHIROTH IS COMING TO SMASH

The announcement was made by Nintendo during The Game Awards.

Kotaku



SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD: THE GAME WON'T RETURN UNTIL JANUARY

Ubisoft announced on Monday that Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game — Complete Edition will be released on January 14. Polygon



NINTENDO SWITCH'S BEST GAMES OF 2020

Amid dueling console launches, Nintendo Switch stayed the course with a bunch of great new games. GameSpot



AMONG US GETS A NEW MAP SET ON AN AIRSHIP

Coming early 2021! Kotaku | YouTube



FORTNITE ADDS HALO'S MASTER CHIEF AND A PLAYABLE BLOOD GULCH

The classic map is live now! Engadget | Twitter



GTA ONLINE IS GETTING AN UNDERGROUND NIGHTCLUB FEATURING REAL-WORLD RESIDENT DJ

The Music Locker is opening soon under the in-game Diamond casino.

The Verge



XBOX'S BEST GAMES OF 2020

From Ori and the Will of the Wisps to Yakuza: Like a Dragon, these are our favorite Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S games of 2020. GameSpot




STREAMERS

JOIN POLYGON FOR A 56-HOUR CHARITY STREAM

Polygon's stream is starting today, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. EST, until 6 p.m. EST on Sunday, Dec. 13, they will be streaming nonstop on Polygon’s Twitch channel, and you can donate on their Tiltify page, which is raising money for the Innocence Project. Polygon



POKIMANE ADDRESSES RUMORS ABOUT FITZ BEING HER BOYFRIEND AFTER FED DRAMA

Pokimane has responded to claims that she was seeing YouTube star Fitz after Fedmyster’s leaked document hinted at the content creator’s boyfriend.

Dexerto | Twitter



6-YEAR-OLD CALL OF DUTY 'PRODIGY' BANNED

The internet is rallying being RowdyRogan. Polygon | Twitter




TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

CD PROJEKT RED STOCK DROPS 29% AROUND CYBERPUNK 2077 LAUNCH

The decline is likely due to the release and press coverage revealing that Cyberpunk 2077 suffers from a plethora of bugs and glitches, and has notably poor performance on previous generation consoles. IGN | Twitter




REVIEWS

BOSE QUIETCOMFORT EARBUDS REVIEW: NOISE-CANCELING CHAMPION

Good sound quality and best-in-class noise cancellation come in an awkwardly big case. The Verge



CALL OF THE SEA REVIEW

Norah the Explorer. IGN



YAKUZA: LIKE A DRAGON: THE KOTAKU REVIEW

The Yakuza series entered a new era in 2020 with the release of Like a Dragon, which is trying to be something completely new, only it’s also not.

Kotaku



CYBERPUNK 2077 REVIEW

A beautiful cityscape with a staggering amount of choice (and a few too many bugs). IGN




TWITCH

STREAMER FINDS EXTREMELY RARE POKÉMON AND FREAKS OUT

As anyone probably would. Kotaku | Twitter



TWITCH REMOVES 'BLIND PLAYTHROUGH' TAG AFTER DISABILITY CRITICISM

Until very recently, “blind playthrough” was one of many official Twitch tags. Now, however, it’s not. Kotaku



LUDWIG HIT 1 MILLION TWITCH FOLLOWERS

Congratulations, Ludwig! Twitter




NEW GAMES

PROJECT ATHIA WILL BE A PS5 CONSOLE EXCLUSIVE FOR AT LEAST 2 YEARS

But the game will be available on PC. IGN



HALO INFINITE IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHING FALL 2021

We now have a release window. The Verge



MEDAL OF HONOR: ABOVE AND BEYOND REQUIRES MORE THAN 177 GB OF STORAGE

The full system requirements for the new VR game are steep. Polygon



PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME REMAKE DELAYED

Quick, someone use the Ravages of Time. IGN | Twitter



CYBERPUNK 2077 IS HUGE, AMBITIOUS, AND SAFE

A Night City too big to get weird. The Verge



POKÉMON-LIKE TEMTEM IS AVAILABLE ON PS5 NOW IN EARLY ACCESS

Temtem has received a rare early access release for Sony's new system.

GameSpot




GAMING FASHION

NINJA'S HEADPHONE-COMPATIBLE HOODIE FIXES A NON-EXISTENT PROBLEM

Thanks to the wit and wisdom of gaming streamer Ninja, gamers can now purchase a hoodie with a couple of mesh bits that let headphones work with them. Screen Rant | YouTube




THAT'S SOME CRAZY SHIT!

THIS SNL SKIT IS ALL ABOUT BEGGING SANTA FOR A PS5

It's been a real shitshow. Kotaku | YouTube



DAVID DOBRIK IS GIVING AWAY $100,000 WITH THIS PUZZLE

David Dobrik has announced a giveaway game based on a puzzle, called "The Hundred Thousand Dollar Puzzle." Insider | Twitter



NBA TEAM RELEASES VIDEO GAME TRIBUTE FOR BASICALLY NO GOOD REASON

The Utah Jazz really went above and beyond for their schedule release video. Kotaku | YouTube




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