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#ICYMI 12.25.20


HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

C|NET'S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2020

Need some last minute gift ideas? C|Net




INDUSTRY

MICROSOFT AND GOOGLE JOIN FACEBOOK'S LEGAL FIGHT AGAINST INFAMOUS SPYWARE VENDOR

Alongside Cisco, VMWare, and the Internet Association. The Verge



SILENT HILL CREATOR HAS A NEW HORROR GAME COMING IN 2023

The Bokeh Game Studio is a new studio with the creator of the Silent Hill franchise and its team is bringing a brand-new horror experience that is expected to drop in 2023. Game Informer



SONY'S LATEST PS5 UPDATE WILL TELL YOU IF YOU'RE PLAYING THE PS4 VERSION OF A GAME

Sony has fixed one of the PS5’s biggest cross-gen problems.

The Verge | Twitter



BIG TECH COMPANIES INCLUDING INTEL, NVIDIA, AND CISCO WERE ALL INFECTED DURING THE SOLARWINDS HACK

The full extent of the hack is still being investigated. The Verge



CD PROJEKT RED FACES INVESTOR LAWSUIT OVER CYBERPUNK'S MESSY LAUNCH

Two weeks after the troubled launch of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red is facing a class action lawsuit. Kotaku



'FREE SPEECH' REDDIT CLONE VOAT SAYS IT WILL SHUT DOWN IN CHRISTMAS

Co-founder says a key investor backed out in March. The Verge



TELEGRAM GETS DISCORD-LIKE GROUP VOICE CHATS

Video and screen sharing coming soon to Telegram group voice chats.

The Verge




YOUTUBE NEWS

LINH TRUONG HITS 700K SUBSCRIBERS

Congratulations, Linh! YouTube



MAYA SUMMERS HIT 100K SUBSCRIBERS

Congratulations, Maya! YouTube



MR.BEAST OPENED A RESTAURANT

In a recent video, Mr.Beast made a restaurant and here's how it went! YouTube



CRANKGAMEPLAYS HIT 2 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS

Congratulations, Ethan! YouTube



JACKSEPTICEYE HIT 26 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS

Congratulations, Seán! YouTube




CELEBRITIES IN GAMING

BLACK PANTHER IS NOW AVAILABLE IN FORTNITE

Wakanda forever. The Verge | Twitter




REVIEWS

THE WORLD’S FIRST UNDER-DISPLAY SELFIE CAMERA ISN’T VERY GOOD

ZTE’s Axon 20 5G is a better phone if you don’t care about selfies.

The Verge



"RING'S MAILBOX SENSOR IS ONE OF THE NERDIER SMART HOME GADGETS I'VE TESTED"

"Release your inner Wayne Szalinski" The Verge



CYBERPUNK 2077: THE KOTAKU REVIEW

"I’ve been playing steadily since before launch, but weeks later, it feels like there’s barely room in the conversation to talk about the game itself." Kotaku



"STARDEW VALLEY'S JAM-PACKED 1.5 UPDATE REMINDS US WHY IT'S OUR FOREVER GAMES"

The update is out now on PC and will come to consoles in 2021. The Verge



ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR 15 REVIEW: POWERFUL PORTABLE GAMING

A great gaming rig and an okay laptop. The Verge



AMAZON ECHO FRAMES REVIEW

Great in concept, but there’s a limit to what Alexa can do on a phone.

The Verge




ESPORTS

AN ESPORTS TEAM SIGNED AN 8 YEAR OLD, BUT NOBODY IS SURE IF IT'S LEGAL

Joseph Deen, the 8 year old Fortnite star, got signed to Team 33. Kotaku




GAMES, GAMES, GAMES

CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS COLD WAR DOUBLE XP, PLAYLIST UPDATES NOW LIVE

Black Ops Cold War players can earn double battle pass experience until December 28. GameSpot | Twitter



7 GAMES TO PLAY WITH YOUR KIDS OVER CHRISTMAS

Which game would you play with your kids this holiday season? Kotaku



HALO: INFINITE XBOX ONE VERSION IS NOT CANCELED, CONFIRMS 343 INDUSTRIES

Instead of a lengthy blog post, the confirmation came from a cheeky Twitter reply when one fan asked 343 Industries Community Manager John Junyszek if there was any truth to the cancelation rumors.

Game Informer | Twitter



POKÉMON SWORD AND SHIELD 1.3.1 UPDATE OUT NOW

The latest update for the Switch Pokémon games patches up a handful of unspecified issues. GameSpot | Nintendo



HERE'S JANUARY 2021'S XBOX LIVE GAMES WITH GOLD

January’s Games with Gold lineup is a mix of horror and fighting games, and these games are only “free” if you have an active Xbox Live Gold Subscription. Kotaku



RED DEAD ONLINE HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES INCLUDE DISCOUNTS, DECORATIONS, AND A NEW BOUNTY

Get in the holiday spirit by picking up some special gifts, getting bonus XP, or hunting down a creepy cult leader. GameSpot | Twitter



ASH PARRISH'S TOP 10 GAMES OF 2020

What titles did you recognize? Kotaku



YOU CAN NOW PLAY MICROSOFT'S FLIGHT SIMULATOR IN VR

Really putting you inside the cockpit. The Verge



CYBERPUNK 2077 SELLS 13 MILLION COPIES AT LAUNCH

The RPG sold a huge number of copies at launch, despite some volume of returns. GameSpot




HARDWARE

SAMSUNG'S LEAKED GALAXY CHROMEBOOK 2 IS ORANGER THAN EVER

But did Samsung fix the battery and cooling issues of the original?

The Verge



NINTENDO BOSS SAYS SWITCH IS ENTERING "MIDPOINT" OF ITS LIFECYCLE

Doug Bowser says Nintendo will "really lean into" the Switch and Switch Lite in 2021. GameSpot



GREAT ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR NEW APPLE WATCH

Did Santa bring you a new wrist companion? Here's a roundup of affordable bands, mobile chargers, headphones and more to go with it. C|Net




TWITCH

TWITCH STREAMER BANNED BECAUSE THIER CHILD WAS INTERACTING WITH CHAT

It seems Twitch is at the center of a controversy every day, as the latest one sees a mother banned after her daughter appears on stream, but she has since been unbanned and has returned to streaming! GameRant | Twitter



COVID RELIEF BILL STILL INCLUDES FELONY STREAMING ACT, BUT TWITCH STREAMERS ARE PROBABLY SAFE

The felony streaming rider is still part of it, but it no longer seems to directly threaten Twitch streamers and other content creators. Kotaku



DRLUPO RAISES $2.3M FOR ST.JUDE IN 24 HOURS

Ben “DrLupo” Lupo exceeded the goal of his annual charity stream for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the third year in a row, raising $2.3M USD in 24 hours. The eSports Observer




THAT'S SOME CRAZY SHIT!

SUPER NINTENDO WORLD'S AREA MAP, MERCHANDISE, AND CAFE ITEMS REVEALED

Universal Studios Japan has released an area map for its forthcoming Super Nintendo World area, themed around characters from the Mario games and their universe of spinoffs. IGN


EVE ONLINE PLAYERS ARE CALLING A CHRISTMAS TRUCE

Over the course of this war, the players involved have set two Guinness world records for the largest PvP battles in video game history. Kotaku | GWR



NEARLY HALF A BILLION USERS PLAYED AMONG US IN NOVEMBER ALONE

That’s so many tasks left undone. The Verge



CYBERPUNK 2077 IS PLAYABLE ON NINTENDO SWITCH THROUGH A GOOGLE STADIA WORKAROUND

A Nintendo YouTuber has uncovered a way to get Cyberpunk 2077 to play on Switch. GameSpot | YouTube



THE 4K, 240FPS KFCONSOLE IS REAL...AND WILL KEEP YOUR CHICKEN WARM

Finger lickin' powerful. IGN | Twitter


APPLE WANTS TO BUILD ITS FIRST CAR IN 2024, REUTERS SAYS

The car project appears to be back on. The Verge




GAMING TIPS

HOW TO UNLOCK ALL 5 ENDINGS IN CYBERPUNK 2077

That is, if you even kept the game long enough to get to an ending. IGN




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