October 2019

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer insists Infinity Ward is not working on loot boxes

Amid growing speculation within the Call of Duty community about Modern Warfare's monetisation plan, one of the game's chief developers has stepped in to insist Infinity Ward is not working on loot boxes.

Joel Emslie, studio art director at Infinity Ward, took to the Modern Warfare subreddit to issue a statement under the thread title "Current events", which is clearly designed to calm the rampant speculation. In the statement, Emslie said Infinity Ward is "definitely NOT working on any kind of supply drop or loot box system". Also, Emslie said "functional stuff is unlocked through GAMEPLAY".

Here's the statement:

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Players are doing sweet parkour in Minecraft thanks to the new honey blocks

Every time I log into Minecraft, you know what I'm thinking? This game would really benefit from some parkour. Not really, but the game has it now anyway thanks to the new honey block - which players have discovered possesses some pretty cool wall-riding properties.

Some very creative players (as is always the case with Minecraft) are using the newly-introduced block to make all kinds of parkour courses - Minecraft's Edge, if you will.

Honey blocks were introduced along with the cute little bees in the last Java Snapshot update, as well as the Bedrock beta. They can be made by putting four honey bottles - that you've harvested from a bee hive or nest - into a crafting table, and can be placed just like any other block in Minecraft.

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Get 20% off a Nintendo Switch, Mega Drive Mini and loads more at The Game Collection

There's a brand new voucher code over at eBay that'll get you a massive 20 per cent off the entire catalogue at The Game Collection until Thursday.

Of course, we're well used to a good eBay voucher here at Jelly Deals by now. This one, though, is one of the best we've seen for some time. All you need to do is enter the code 'POPULAR20' at the checkout at you'll save 20 per cent off your entire basket when purchasing from certain retailers.

We're sticking with The Game Collection here as they've got all of the most exciting gaming offers, though you can browse through the entire list of retailers to find for tech, fashion and homewares bargains.

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Players worked through the night to decode Fortnite's black hole numbers

There's a secret message hidden in Fortnite's black hole screen - the only thing visible in the game after last night's climactic live event - and players have spent the night trying to puzzle it out.

Fans on reddit have spotted numbers swirling around the black hole, and realised they refer to the words within the Visitor's audio logs which you could piece together over the dying days of season 10.

As a recap, here's the season 10 message:

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I wish they made one of those classic mini consoles stuffed with games that aren't classics

Joseph Heller once said that the difficult thing with students on literature courses is that they never read anything that isn't a classic. It's an odd kind of problem, but I think I know what Heller was on about. I don't know if you've seen or read anything by John Webster, a Jacobean playwright who overlapped with Shakespeare a bit. I read Webster's The Duchess of Malfi at school, and it made me appreciate Shakespeare all the more. Stuff Shakespeare seems to do without any effort Webster really struggles with. And then Webster is so gloriously weird, too, so sadistic and over-the-top. Is The Duchess of Malfi a classic? It's survived long enough to suggest it is, but encountering the text still felt like going off-road a little, and leaving the major part of the canon behind. I think Heller would have just about approved.

All of which is a really long-winded way of saying: I really want to play that Die Hard they made for the NES. I have a memory of this game as something strange and complex, a film tie-in that focused on the architectural fixations of Die Hard. You had to think about what floor you were on, I think. You had to worry about broken glass. You had to worry about where everyone else was. It wasn't a straightforward film-to-side-scroller adaptation - it was an adaptation based on a bit of serious thinking about the film.

And it wasn't a classic. I'm pretty sure of that anyway. And because it's not a classic, it shines a little brighter in my imagination - a game that got away at the time, that was weird and difficult, and which would be a major pain to track down and render playable today.

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Epic Games Store experiencing issues following Fortnite live finale

Epic Games Store users are experiencing issues with the launcher following the conclusion of Fortnite's climactic live event earlier this evening.

It's unclear of the exact cause, though Fortnite's dramatic finale was played and watched by millions - and many are still watching now, as mysterious numbers pop up around the game's holding screen black hole.

"We are aware that some folks are unable to login to the Epic Games launcher and are working on getting the service back to normal," the company wrote on Twitter this evening. "As a work around, you can elect to skip login to access games that don't require you to be online."

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Cyberpunk 2077 will "probably not" be released on Nintendo Switch

CD Projekt Red has confirmed its upcoming sci-fi RPG Cyberpunk 2077 will "probably not" be coming to Nintendo Switch.

In a wide-ranging interview with Gamespot, CD Projekt Red's John Mamais said that while the team hadn't even considered a game like the Witcher 3 "would be possible on Switch", it was unlikely it's upcoming RPG would also port over to Nintendo Switch.

"Who would have thought a game like The Witcher 3 would be possible on Switch, so who knows?" Mamais said. "I guess we'll see, if we decide to put it on the Switch, if we can do it. Probably not."

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