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Jacob Chambers

Old-school gamer with a cheeky tongue that gets me in trouble. When I'm not playing games, I'm writing about them, preferably in the vicinity of a fridge! Oh, and if you're a Justin Bieber fan, I'm afraid we can't be friends!

New Sims Game Is Inspired By Animal Crossing’s Multiplayer

The 2020 Switch exclusive Animal Crossing: New Horizons takes social simulation to new heights, and Maxis’ team is using it as inspiration for the next Sims game, dubbed “Project Rene”. Vice president of franchise creative Lyndsay Pearson said the development team discussed Animal Crossing “all the time” when discussing The Sims 5’s multiplayer feature on a Radio Times podcast. IGN ...

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Minecraft Introduces Trial Chambers and Mischievous Mob

Mojang revealed “Trial Chambers” and “The Breeze,” hostile mobs, after Minecraft Live last month. The Trial Chambers are procedurally created and present fresh challenges each time you enter. Helpful or harmful things are in every room. Trial Spawners increase difficulty according to team size, with different enemies in each chamber. Surviving these mobs will earn you a special reward. Players ...

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Leaves US “Top 20” Games Chart For First Time

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has dropped off of the US “top 20 best-selling games” category for the first time, just weeks after the final wave of DLC. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has hit Circana’s (previously The NPD Group) top sales every month since April 2017 (78 months), according to GamesIndustry.biz. Industry researcher Mat Piscatella says it’s “likely” an all-time record ...

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ESRB lists ‘Felix The Cat’ Konami Collection

Felix the Cat may return to video games, according to a new ESRB rating. Felix the Cat is a “collection of action platformers” for Switch and other platforms that follows Felix as he travels 2D worlds to save his girlfriend from an evil professor. The whole description is: “This is a collection of action platformers in which players help Felix ...

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This Weekend: Pokémon Scarlet & Violet’s Next 7-Star Tera Raid Battle Event

The Pokémon Company announced the stars of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s forthcoming 7-Star Tera Raid Battles, which begin later this week after last weekend’s Eevee event. Hisuian Samurott will appear in the next fight event, which will run from November 24th–26th and December 1st–3rd (yeah, December is that soon). The fully evolved Gen V starter will be a Water Tera ...

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Fortnite Has Game Awards And Geoff Keighley

Fortnite fans can vote in-game for “The Best Creator-Made Fortnite Island of the Year” at this year’s Game Awards. This new ‘Nighttimes’ and ‘Studio 568’ update is a hub world that connects players to ten creator-made islands they can explore and vote for. Players can earn XP by collecting Game Awards statues in the main section. The Game Awards creator ...

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Updated Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 Patch Notes

Konami updated Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 to 1.3.0. The patch notes cover all platforms, so Switch players won’t see much, but Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 frame rate and cutscene fixes are notable. Unfortunately, Konami isn’t planning to increase the frame rate to 60fps for console parity, but this update should improve the experience. Konami also ...

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The award-winning cozy mining adventure ‘Core Keeper’ switches next year

Yesterday’s Indie World Showcase featured Core Keeper, a 2024 Switch mining sandbox game, and other adorable games. Despite being set in a mine, this pixel art farmer/builder has Stardew Valley-like vibes. Core Keeper by Pugstorm draws you into an ancient underground area via a mysterious relic. You can explore the caverns, defeat enemies, upgrade your skills, or gather resources to ...

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Persona developer Atlus is raising average employee pay by 15%

Atlus, the developer of Persona and Shin Megami Tensei, is raising its average annual salary by 15%. In stark contrast to the seemingly endless layoffs hitting the industry, Atlus will raise new graduates’ starting salaries by 300,000 yen (about $1,977) and all employees’ annual salaries by 15%. Atlus “promotes global expansion” to attract and retain talent, according to a translated ...

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