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Xbox Game Pass: Forza Horizon 4, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Metro 2033 Redux, and More in October 

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Stock up on supplies and get comfortable on that couch as October’s Xbox Game Pass update is going to keep you and your thumbs busy!

Starting October 1, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Metro 2033 Redux, Westerado: Double Barreled, Lego Indiana Jones, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, and Split/Second join the growing Xbox Game Pass catalog.

But wait, what’s that speeding around the corner on October 2? The highly anticipated Forza Horizon 4 launches into Xbox Game Pass the same day as its global release. Drive around beautiful Great Britain and experience for the first-time dynamic seasons that push your skills to the max.

You can find all these titles, in addition to over 100 more great games included in your membership, on the Xbox Game Pass tab on your home console. And be sure to follow @XboxGamePass on Twitter and Instagram for upcoming news and titles joining Xbox Game Pass. Plus – stay tuned through October as we reveal more exciting titles joining Xbox Game Pass.

Let’s dive into the new games coming to Xbox Game Pass: 

Forza Horizon 4 (October 2)

The highly anticipated sequel to 2016’s massive hit Forza Horizon 3, Forza Horizon 4 is an open-worldracing genre-first where players will experience dynamic seasons and explore gorgeous scenery in a shared open-world. Collect, modify, and drive over 450 cars, and play solo or team up with friends to race, stunt, and explore your way through beautiful and historic Great Britain.

Wolfenstein: The New Order (October 1)

Before there was Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, there was The New Order. After a daring mission goes awry during World War II, special forces operative William “BJ” Blazkowicz wakes up in the year 1960 to find that the Nazi’s have taken over the globe. The war isn’t over for BJ as he takes up arms to reignite the resistance and take down the tyrannical fascist regime. Featuring intense first-person shooter combat and a compelling story set in a terrifying alternate history, see where it all started with MachineGames’ reboot of the classic Wolfenstein franchise!

Metro 2033 Redux (October 1)

Moscow, 2033. An entire generation has been raised underground after an apocalyptic event two decades prior. As Artyom, a resident of a besieged Metro Station city, you well venture to the desolate, nuclear wasteland above and deep into the heart of the metro system to warn the remnants of mankind of a terrible impending threat from dangerous mutants and an even more mysterious enemy that goes unseen. Featuring a massive world to explore, weapon customization, and harrowing first-person shooter elements, Metro 2033 Redux is the definitive version of this classic game.

Westerado: Double Barreled (October 1)

Cowboys! Guns! Mystery! Experience all that and more in this spaghetti western-inspired action game that’s unlike any western you may’ve played before. After a bandit murders your family in cold blood, it’s up to you to track him down and deliver justice. The wrinkle to the game is that each time you play, the killer’s description and trail is different, and you must piece together the clues as you travel through the open world, taking on side quests and talking to NPCs. If you think they’re giving you the run-around and have info you might need you can pull out your weapon during any conversation to put some pressure on. We call that a gunversation. And while you could end all encounters in violence, we’ll leave that up to you.

LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (October 1)

Join Indiana Jones (in brick form) on a series of his classic adventures inspired by the films “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” all with a unique, tongue-in-cheek flavor – and lots, and lots of LEGOs. You’ll battle, build, and brawl your way from the jungles of South America to the mountaintops of India uncovering secrets and collectibles galore across 18 levels of family gaming fun.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (October 1)

With melee moves, magic spells, and Shantae’s trademark animal transformations, you’ll embark on a gorgeously animated, action-packed platformer journey spanning burning towns, tropical waterfalls, searing deserts, haunted abodes, and more. Numerous abilities and upgrades await, and you’ll need them all to discover secret areas and overcome dangerous foes, including a gargantuan sandworm, a very angry mermaid, and Shantae’s arch-nemesis: the sinister pirate queen Risky Boots.

Split/Second (October 1)

The city is rigged to explode blow and you’re in control of the action as bridges will fall, buildings will become clouds of rubble, and cars will be blown to pieces. This is the world of Split/Second, an intense racing game set within the world of a big-budget reality game show where contestants will race across a city made for destruction to be first to cross the finish line. Full of explosive stunts, demolition, and racing thrills, this racing game is full of high-octane excitement.

With over 100 great games available for one low monthly price, including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released, plus more games added all the time, Xbox Game Pass gives you the ultimate freedom to play.

For all the latest Xbox Game Pass news, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Until next month, game on!

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

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Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition Available Now on Xbox One
Warface Early Access Available Now on Xbox One
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LG’s Stunning New OLED TVs Are Less Expensive Than Usual

LG E8 2018 OLED 55" TV | $2,000 | MassDrop | Upgrade to 65" for $2,600 at checkout
LG B7 2017 OLED 65" TV | $1,600 | Walmart
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LG’s 2017 OLED TVs have achieved something of a cult status thanks to their inky dark black levels and vibrant colors. Today though, we’ve got the best price we’ve ever seen on the gorgeous, glass framed 2018 E8 models.

The picture quality got an upgrade over last year’s model thanks to a new processor that improves color accuracy, reduces artifacts, and supports HFR (high frame rate video) up to 120 FPS. HFR content doesn’t really exist yet, but a few movies are expected to come to streaming services starting later this year, so if you’re planning on using the TV for several years, it might be worth it for future-proofing purposes.

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MassDrop has the 55" marked down to $2,000, and the 65" to $2,600 (select the 65" option at checkout). You can also get last year’s 65" entry level model for $1,600 refurbished from Walmart, if you’re on a budget but want the larger size. It doesn’t have the new processor, the glass frame, or HFR, but it still looks amazing.


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People Are Torn About Whether The Walking Dead Games Should Continue

Screenshot: Telltale (The Walking Dead: Season Two)

Today, what’s left of Telltale Games following mass layoffs on Friday released episode two of The Walking Dead: The Last Season. It’s good, and while it would take the series out on a high note, many fans are ambivalent about whatever comes next.

When the closure of Telltale was first announced on Friday, people weren’t sure if today’s episode would release at all, let alone the rest of the season. The voice actress for series’ protagonist Clementine, Melissa Hutchison, put out a statement over the weekend saying she believed that episode two would release on time and be the end of the series but that she wasn’t a hundred percent clear.

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On Friday, Telltale said that a skeleton crew of a couple dozen employees would remain to work on finishing a version of its Minecraft: Story Mode, being produced for Netflix. As a result, projects like The Wolf Among Us 2 and Stranger Things have been presumed to be cancelled. The remaining episodes of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, however, were meant to release by the end of the year.

The studio’s closure has obviously thrown off that timeline. Last night, Telltale put out a statement saying that while episode two would come out as planned, it was also looking at “potential partners” to help release episodes three and four “in some form.” Episode two released today, but the future of the series remains uncertain.

Many fans understandably want to see the series conclude. Following the initial news, a fan petition was put together asking Telltale to deliver the final two episodes of the series’ story, even if that meant putting them out in comic book form. Over the past few days it’s gained over 21,000 electronic signatures.

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Prior to Telltale’s statement, in a discussion thread on The Walking Dead’s Steam page, one player suggested ex-Telltale employees work for free to finish the season’s final two episodes. “If TWD cast, crew, actors and developers REALLY cared about this franchise like they claim on twitter etc., then they would return to the studio, finish the remaining 2 episodes and THEN call it a day,” the person wrote.

Today, they amended the post with an apology, saying they’d changed their mind. “As someone who’s followed Clem from the first episode, my post was a knee-jerk reaction out of desperation upon hearing the sad news,” they wrote in a follow-up. “You have to put yourself in the shoes of gamers. Some of us are ignorant (about developers’ personal lives) because we never met them (unlike the fictional characters on screen who we have bonded with over the years), hence our initial reaction was to worry more about the fate of the wrong party.”

The deep attachment many fans feel to The Walking Dead’s characters has spurred much of this reaction. The Walking Dead: Season One released in April of 2012 and ended up being one of the best games of the year. It was people’s first introduction to Clementine, a complex and deeply human character whose arc has spanned six years and four seasons. The news that she and other characters might not get the resolutions they deserved was an understandable disappointment for many. In some cases, though, this reaction upstaged the impact Telltale’s impending closure was having on the real people who brought the series’ characters to life.

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In the hours and days following the layoffs, fans on social media demanded to know what the series’ future might be, a request that seemed absurd to some of those recently laid off, such as The Walking Dead: The Final Season designer Emily Buck. “‘The Company will finish it,’” she wrote on Saturday, paraphrasing fans’ hopes. “With who? ‘The company’ doesn’t make games. The people who worked for Telltale made games. Devs aren’t interchangeable cogs- the game reflects the people who make it. The Walking Dead: TFS Team is gone. We all got terminated yesterday.”

She also addressed claims that the game’s ex-developers should continue working on it on their own. “And to the few of you who’ve told me ‘The devs should finish it out of the goodness of their hearts because the fans deserve it!’…no. Very no,” she wrote. “They underpaid & overworked us to give you what you already have. We aren’t gonna make it for free.”

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Closer to episode two’s release, designer Michael Kirkbride posted on the game’s subreddit encouraging people to play it. “We know it’s weird, we know it sucks, we know it’s sad in ways that’s almost impossible to articulate, and we know it’s awful that we can’t tell you what would’ve happened after, but the episode is also just goddamn good, and the best feeling we could have right now is to know it’s being played,” he wrote. One fan asked why Kirkbride couldn’t share the season’s conclusion.

“Lawyers,” he said.

Telltale’s statement Monday night gave fans their first official word on a possible ending for The Walking Dead. “Multiple potential partners have stepped forward to express interest in helping to see The Final Season through to completion,” the statement read. “While we can’t make any promises today, we are actively working towards a solution that will allow episodes 3 and 4 to be completed and released in some form. In the meantime, episode 2 will release tomorrow across all platforms as planned. We hope to have answers for your other questions soon.”

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On the one hand, it was exactly what the most dedicated Walking Dead fans had hoped for. Some early responses to Telltale’s tweet making the announcement were positive. “There is a god!” wrote one person. “I love you Telltale!”, wrote another. Supervising director on the game’s final season, Chris Rebbert, also welcomed the news. “Fingers crossed, guys. Please show your support!” he wrote. “I promise you wouldn’t be disappointed with how it ends!”

For others, the possibility of seeing the game concluded was overshadowed by the abrupt way the studio cut ties with over two hundred of the employees who made its games. Many focused in particular on the lack of severance given to ex-employees. “I will buy every game made by you guys if my funds go directly to a dev who lost their position,” one person tweeted back. “Pay your team first,” wrote another.

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God of War’s creative director Cory Barlog was also critical of Telltale’s statement. “I would hope this means that you will first pay your entire team their severance, and then proceed to finish the final episodes,” he tweeted at the studio. “I would be fine waiting however long it took to ensure we first treated those who worked so hard with the humanity and respect they deserve.”

Some former Telltale employees, including Buck and others, thanked Barlog for speaking up. Buck went on to say that while there was a company mantra at Telltale that “Quality is in our DNA,” it became clear that the quality was viewed as being part of the brand, rather than something brought to each new project by the individuals working on it. “I realize they made fans believe it too,” she wrote. “That Telltale was what was quality, not the devs actually making the games.”

She continued, “We aren’t replaceable. None of the former Telltale employees are or have ever been replaceable. They’re quality. And they all deserve so much better.”

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“Yall are putting me in a tough situation,” one fan tweeted. “I feel like I’m a bad person now because I do still want the game to come out to play it, but I still want the employees to get paid to.” They added that they felt bad about potentially supporting a new team to finish a game they fell in love with that was started by others now left scrambling to find new work and pay the bills.

To which Buck simply responded: “Tough choices is what we do.”

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Xbox Game Pass: Forza Horizon 4, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Metro 2033 Redux, and More in October 

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Stock up on supplies and get comfortable on that couch as October’s Xbox Game Pass update is going to keep you and your thumbs busy!

Starting October 1, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Metro 2033 Redux, Westerado: Double Barreled, Lego Indiana Jones, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, and Split/Second join the growing Xbox Game Pass catalog.

But wait, what’s that speeding around the corner on October 2? The highly anticipated Forza Horizon 4 launches into Xbox Game Pass the same day as its global release. Drive around beautiful Great Britain and experience for the first-time dynamic seasons that push your skills to the max.

You can find all these titles, in addition to over 100 more great games included in your membership, on the Xbox Game Pass tab on your home console. And be sure to follow @XboxGamePass on Twitter and Instagram for upcoming news and titles joining Xbox Game Pass. Plus – stay tuned through October as we reveal more exciting titles joining Xbox Game Pass.

Let’s dive into the new games coming to Xbox Game Pass: 

Forza Horizon 4 (October 2)

The highly anticipated sequel to 2016’s massive hit Forza Horizon 3, Forza Horizon 4 is an open-worldracing genre-first where players will experience dynamic seasons and explore gorgeous scenery in a shared open-world. Collect, modify, and drive over 450 cars, and play solo or team up with friends to race, stunt, and explore your way through beautiful and historic Great Britain.

Wolfenstein: The New Order (October 1)

Before there was Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, there was The New Order. After a daring mission goes awry during World War II, special forces operative William “BJ” Blazkowicz wakes up in the year 1960 to find that the Nazi’s have taken over the globe. The war isn’t over for BJ as he takes up arms to reignite the resistance and take down the tyrannical fascist regime. Featuring intense first-person shooter combat and a compelling story set in a terrifying alternate history, see where it all started with MachineGames’ reboot of the classic Wolfenstein franchise!

Metro 2033 Redux (October 1)

Moscow, 2033. An entire generation has been raised underground after an apocalyptic event two decades prior. As Artyom, a resident of a besieged Metro Station city, you well venture to the desolate, nuclear wasteland above and deep into the heart of the metro system to warn the remnants of mankind of a terrible impending threat from dangerous mutants and an even more mysterious enemy that goes unseen. Featuring a massive world to explore, weapon customization, and harrowing first-person shooter elements, Metro 2033 Redux is the definitive version of this classic game.

Westerado: Double Barreled (October 1)

Cowboys! Guns! Mystery! Experience all that and more in this spaghetti western-inspired action game that’s unlike any western you may’ve played before. After a bandit murders your family in cold blood, it’s up to you to track him down and deliver justice. The wrinkle to the game is that each time you play, the killer’s description and trail is different, and you must piece together the clues as you travel through the open world, taking on side quests and talking to NPCs. If you think they’re giving you the run-around and have info you might need you can pull out your weapon during any conversation to put some pressure on. We call that a gunversation. And while you could end all encounters in violence, we’ll leave that up to you.

LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (October 1)

Join Indiana Jones (in brick form) on a series of his classic adventures inspired by the films “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” all with a unique, tongue-in-cheek flavor – and lots, and lots of LEGOs. You’ll battle, build, and brawl your way from the jungles of South America to the mountaintops of India uncovering secrets and collectibles galore across 18 levels of family gaming fun.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (October 1)

With melee moves, magic spells, and Shantae’s trademark animal transformations, you’ll embark on a gorgeously animated, action-packed platformer journey spanning burning towns, tropical waterfalls, searing deserts, haunted abodes, and more. Numerous abilities and upgrades await, and you’ll need them all to discover secret areas and overcome dangerous foes, including a gargantuan sandworm, a very angry mermaid, and Shantae’s arch-nemesis: the sinister pirate queen Risky Boots.

Split/Second (October 1)

The city is rigged to explode blow and you’re in control of the action as bridges will fall, buildings will become clouds of rubble, and cars will be blown to pieces. This is the world of Split/Second, an intense racing game set within the world of a big-budget reality game show where contestants will race across a city made for destruction to be first to cross the finish line. Full of explosive stunts, demolition, and racing thrills, this racing game is full of high-octane excitement.

With over 100 great games available for one low monthly price, including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released, plus more games added all the time, Xbox Game Pass gives you the ultimate freedom to play.

For all the latest Xbox Game Pass news, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Until next month, game on!

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

Related:
Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition Available Now on Xbox One
Warface Early Access Available Now on Xbox One
Next Week on Xbox: New Games for September 25 – 28

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Speedrunner Achieves ‘Impossible’ Super Mario Bros. Record Time

The original Super Mario Bros. is tightly optimized, as far as speedruns go. Runners have been shaving off milliseconds using highly-skilled play and glitches, all in the hopes of someday reaching a theoretically perfect run. Previously, this was only achievable using special programs, but last night, a runner did what some people thought impossible, matching those computer-assisted performances with nothing but grit and skill.

Kosmicd12 is one of the most well-known Super Mario Bros. runners, thanks in part to a back-and-forth string of world records claimed by him and another runner named Darbian in 2016. The classic NES game was already thought to be highly optimized back then, with a world record that stood uncontested for three years. New glitches, including a means to grab and later skip the end-of-level flagpoles, drove the record lower and lower. But those new records came down to fractions of seconds.

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As the time shrank, runners began to wonder how much more time could even be saved even as they made minute improvements. A tool-assisted run, which uses special programs to allow creators to play perfectly, achieved a time of 4 minutes and 55 seconds. Segmented runs, which combined runners’ best performances throughout multiple runs, showed it was theoretically possible for a human to achieve but not realistic . Kosmicd12 achieved the first human-performed 4:55 last night, pushing the game to its limit in the process.

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The miraculous time came after Kosmicd12 managed to tie the then-current record, a 4-minute, 56-second, 245-millisecond world run by a player named”somewes.” After taking time to review the run, he decided to try out a new trick in world 1-2, which would save a single “frame-rule.” Frame-rules are a strange quirk of how Super Mario Bros. handles how long it waits before loading the next level. Small improvements allow runners to arrive closer to the times when the transitions occur. Those times are highly regulated, so managing to save time and arrive closer to those transitions can save valuable frames and time. In this particular case, it was a highly precise trick that allowed him to clip through the end-of-level pipe and access a warp zone faster. It was his first time pulling it off, and he carried the run all the way to the end for a final time of 4 minutes, 55 seconds, 913 milliseconds.

“This isn’t real life, dude,” he said after the run ended. “One and done. I don’t know what what to say.”

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While it’s highly unlikely that 4:54 will ever happen with new glitches, It’s hard to say if 4:55:913 will remain the best of all possible times. By repeating what Kosmicd12 did, Super Mario Bros. runners might shave a millisecond or two off, but being the first human to crack the 4:55 barrier is still a monumental achievement that snagged a formerly mythical time from the jaws of supposed impossibility. 

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Japanese Publishers Should Go Bigger At Tokyo Game Show

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Another Tokyo Game Show has come and gone, and Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft and I were both there to see the sights, play some games, and score some merch. Now that it’s all over, we have some thoughts.

Chris Kohler: Brian, we’ve just returned from our annual hangout at Tokyo Game Show—me to America, you to Osaka. Tokyo Game Show reported a record 298,690 attendees this year—granted, if you go for four days, they count you as four attendees, but the record total means it’s still a very popular destination for Japan’s game-likers. All the same, I feel like it’s lost its unique flavor. As games are going more global, TGS is less of a special event and more of Japan’s version of Gamescom or E3, down to many identical demos for the triple-A titles. Of course, that’s great for those who live in Tokyo and don’t go to other shows, but for those who pay attention to everything, TGS doesn’t have that special quality it used to. Or am I missing it?

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Brian Ashcraft: I think the sheer number of events, especially with Gamescom and TGS being so close together, has put Japanese developers in a bind. Do you debut a hands-on for the larger international audience, or do you try to please the home team? That being said, there are always games and booths that do feel like they’re aimed squarely at the local market, such as the yearly D3 booths. One thing that stuck out this year was how PC gaming was getting a bigger share of the show than I remember in the past. Did you notice that?

Chris: They did announce a greater focus on esports this year, so that does make sense. In the past, Japanese publishers have either made sure to have an all-new demo for TGS, or save the playable demo for TGS. It was the big show, the grand stage for the premium debuts. This year, take for example Kingdom Hearts III—the TGS demo was the same demo shown at E3. I think by and large, the decision is that it doesn’t make sense to just keep all the powder dry for TGS, because the international markets represented by Europe (Gamescom) and the US (E3) are so, so, so much bigger.

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So, then, what is Tokyo Game Show? I would say this: Old TGS was where Japan’s game culture was introduced to the world, whereas new TGS is where the global game culture tries to introduce itself to Japanese consumers.

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Brian: I think that’s fair. Old TGS, however, seemed utterly unaware of anything outside of Japan. New TGS (and, by extension, the current Japanese game industry) is very much aware of that. I’ve always thought that TGS is the show for game companies who want to dominate the news cycle for a week. The Tokyo Game Show puts a lot of the regular news cycle on ice, so it’s really the place to make a big splash. And it’s a rather easy one at that, compared to the wall-to-wall news of E3 where every game company is shouting as loud as possible just to be heard. In the past, Sony has used TGS to own a week of news, as has Square Enix. This year, Sony held a solid press conference slightly before the show but didn’t really use TGS to punctuate anything. Square Enix seemed as though it’s simply trying to get Kingdom Hearts III out the door.

Sega announcing Project Judge, for example, and then releasing the demo seemed like a perfect example of this. Like, why not debut the demo at TGS and then release the demo a week later?

Chris: Yeah, that’s another great example—they don’t want people to have to be at TGS to experience it. And when all that happens, the value of really being there goes down.

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TGS is definitely a great place to do new VR demos—they’re a huge part of Sony’s booth, and there are a lot of other VR experiences out there. But of course, with that comes very long lines. Even on the business days, I saw signs saying you’d be waiting upwards of two hours just to try a 15-minute VR demo.

But let’s talk about what we liked. Was there anything so good you waited on line for it, even a little?

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Brian: On the second business day, I always try to do a sweep of the show to see if there’s anything that catches my eye. Level-5, which has been MIA from the Tokyo Game Show for the past few years, was back, so I really wanted to check out what they were doing. I thought Yo-Kai Watch 4 was good, and I like how the series, including the anime, is growing. The odd thing, though, was when I circled around on the first public day at around 12:30pm, their booth wasn’t exactly packed. Granted, I wasn’t hanging out there all afternoon monitoring things, so that might have changed later, but when I swung by, the lines were super short.

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The Yo-Kai Watch boom has passed, but I thought that was kind of strange considering how in years past, the Level-5 booth was drawing incredibly long lines. Part of me, however, thought it was great that the lines were short, because people could actually play the game. TGS is so incredibly packed, and it’s so hard to get from one hall to the other, that I always feel somewhat bad for the public who are coming out to the show. Each year, the attendance numbers go up and up, and each year it’s harder and harder for people to play games—even on press days, like you say.

What about you? Was there anything you waited for that was worth it?

Chris: From Software’s PS VR game Déraciné. I had a pass that let me skip the lines at Sony’s VR stations—but of course, other people had that pass too, and there was only one Déraciné demo station, and the demo was a full 30 minutes long! So I ended up waiting for about 45 minutes to try it, but I think it’s really beautiful and I can’t wait to play the final game.

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I also waited a bit to play The Ninja Warriors Once Again in the Indie Games area. This is from the same team that did the remaster of Wild Guns, and now they’re on to Natsume’s 16-bit ninja beat-em-up, giving it a graphical makeover (but still big-ass pixel art, of course). Totally worth the three minutes I waited.

Any lowlights? Stuff that disappointed you?

Brian: I think the general lack of showmanship from most Japanese companies was a letdown. This is TGS! We’re all here! Bring your A game. Which we don’t really get. It wasn’t like that for all of them. Capcom, for example, always has amazing booths and typically brings new stuff to play. What about you?

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Chris: I wish PlayStation Classic had been playable! But there will be time for that soon enough, I suppose.

Did you get over to Indie Games?

Brian: Sadly, I did not. I wasn’t able to fit it in the last day, which was packed. I wish the Indie Games area was in one of the main halls, because it would make it easier to dart over there to check stuff out. At a recent TGS, indie game VR was very much a thing. Did you notice any new trends this year in the Indie Games area or at the show in general?

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Chris: Well, the hot new trend is of course the Nintendo Switch. There were tons of Switch games at the show this year, as is to be expected. The missing piece is, as ever, Nintendo, which doesn’t do TGS—which is fair, considering that it does its own Japanese live events all the time! But we might look back on this year as a big turning point, since Nintendo had a booth for the first time. Now, it was just a big white room in the “business” area of the show, for meetings—but it’s finally official participation. What do you think: Does TGS need a real Nintendo booth on the show floor to stay relevant?

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Brian: If Sony didn’t participate then I’d agree, but it does and usually has something on hand. One of the big takeaways for me was, as I mentioned earlier, the increasing sight of PC gaming. I mean, I-O Data had a booth! There was a massive Battlegrounds booth, which was also amazing to see. Plus, this year there appeared to be fewer mobile games or mobile game booths. While Google had a Google Play booth, this TGS wasn’t a mobile game show as it has been in the past.

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The other takeaway was how more and more Chinese language press are covering the show. That really makes me see TGS as having a huge potential audience for news, demos and more.

But in all, the Japanese console market seems healthy and vibrant. A range of Japanese developers are making all sorts of games, so walking around the show floor, I didn’t get the feeling that “Japanese gaming is dead,” as Keiji Inafune infamously said one year. I felt quite the opposite. I also felt like this is a massively big show with a huge number of people attending and yet most developers and publishers kind of coast through. There is always one game developer who, year after year, usually tries to do something special for TGS, and that’s Hideo Kojima. He held a talk on the last day, which looks to have drawn a massive crowd. He unveiled a new trailer and really tried to take advantage of the spectacle of the show. Kojima gets TGS. I’m not sure other Japanese game companies do.

Chris: Yeah, any time you have that many people packed into a building, there’s the potential to do something amazing. A captive audience, in some cases! But you’re right—Japan’s not dead, although it’s definitely passed through the wringer and come out leaner and meaner.

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New Preview Beta and Delta (subset) 1810 Update – 9/25/18

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Starting at 2:00 p.m. PDT today, members of the Xbox One Preview Beta and Delta (subset) Rings will begin receiving the latest 1810 Xbox One system update (180920-1920). Read on for more about the fixes and known issues in the latest 1810 system update.

NOTE : Today a subset of Delta Users are receiving the 1810 build.  We are doing the subset of users as we are targeting the upgrade process and will move the remaining set of Delta users in over the next week as we flight new builds to test the upgrade process.

Delta Users:

 

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Fixes:

 

Display – Video playback of protected content

  • We have fixed the issue that some users were seeing with video glitches and/or reduced system performance after changing the resolution of their display or suspending / resuming from connected standby during protected media playback in apps such as HBOGo, Vudu and Movies & TV.

My Games and Apps

  • Additional fixes to how Games and Apps are installed, updated and launched to ensure the games/apps can launch correctly and not provide the user with an error requiring a reinstall of the game/ app.

System

  • System Memory and Performance fixes in this build.
  • Localization fixes in this build.

 

Known Issues:

 

Avatars

  • It can take up to 10 seconds to view an Avatar on the profile screen after creating a new Avatar.

My Games & Apps

  • We are aware that some users are experiencing crashing of a game or the Youtube app when you are either launching or resuming the Youtube app.
  • If you are in the Youtube app and then Resume to a Game the app/game and console may hang or crash.
  • We are aware that some users are experiencing challenges navigating the Ready to Install Filter options in My Games and Apps.  Some users are unable to select the filter options at all and we are investigating.

Power

  • We are tracking an issue in which the console is fully powering off when it is placed into Instant On mode.

Profile Color

  • Sometimes users may encounter the incorrect Profile color when powering on the console.

Virtual Keyboard

  • We are aware that special characters appear incorrectly when using the Virtual Keyboard.
  • We are aware that the recently used emoji’s/characters are not present when you launch the VK again.

 

 

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Related:
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New Preview Beta and Delta (subset) 1810 Update – 9/22/18
New Preview Alpha Ring 1810 Update – 9/21/18

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Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition Available Now on Xbox One

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Hey gang, Team Cherry here! We’re a small development team based in Adelaide, Australia, and we’re hugely excited to announce that our game Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition has arrived on Xbox One! To celebrate, we’re offering an early-bird 20% discount from now until October 2. Now is the perfect time to jump into the world of Hallownest!

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Team Cherry formed around a love for the sense of wonder, exploration, and adventure that you get from the best video game journeys, and our mission has been to build an epic world for players to explore and conquer. If you’re not familiar with Hollow Knight, it’s all about exploring a vast, old, ruined kingdom of bugs and heroes. Hallownest, the world you’ll be traveling through in Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition, is filled with bizarre enemies (over 150!), terrifying bosses (over 40!), crazy characters and devious secrets.

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Since E3, we’ve been super busy finishing up our final content pack, Godmaster, and then we began preparing our world for its Xbox One debut. Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition gets you all the content packs: Godmaster, Lifeblood, The Grimm Troupe, and Hidden Dreams, all seamlessly built into our award-winning game.

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Considering all that we’ve been through since the launch of Hollow Knight on PC in February of last year, to now launch Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition on the Xbox One represents a huge milestone for us and we’re thrilled to get it out to a whole new group of players. The next step for us is to work with our new partner, Skybound Games, to produce and ship our game to retail stores worldwide.

Until then, we hope you enjoy plunging in and carving your own path forward!

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

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Arcade1Up’s Stunning Arcade Cabinets Are Finally Back In Stock For Preorder

Arcade1Up’s 3/4 sized arcade cabinets look stunning, include multiple games, and are a steal at $300, especially since they were supposed to cost $400, according to the original announcement. They’ve been out of stock at Walmart for months, but are available to preorder once again, so if you’ve got the space and the love for old arcade games, you’ll have one of these in your home by mid-October.


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We Played Forza Horizon 4’s Halo Event

Forza Horizon 4, much like Halo, is a Microsoft Product. Where there’s brands there’s synergy, so of course Forza Horizon 4 has a Halo-themed race in it. I played this Halo-themed race, and made a video about it.

The game calls this race “The Halo Experience Showcase Event.” That sounds fancy, and it is fancy. The event forces your in-game avatar to wear a full Master Chief outfit. Cortana voices your GPS. She makes a couple of jokes. Some banshees fly overhead. Marines yell “Hoo-rah!” when their Warthogs pass yours.

In my video, you’ll be able to witness the whole race uncut, after I deliver a little background on what the Forza Horizon series’ “Showcase Events” are. I’ll also show you a couple of Forza Horizon 4's other showcase events.

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I’m absolutely loving Forza Horizon 4. However, I don’t love the Halo Experience event enough to spend 850,000 credits to buy the Warthog for use in non-Halo-themed cross country events. It doesn’t feel exactly like it does in Halo, which is understandable, because this game isn’t Halo. Though it doesn’t feel exactly like it belongs in Forza, either.

So instead I spent 500,000 credits on a 1993 Toyota Baja Truck, the chosen ride of Ivan “Ironman” Stewart, star of such video games as Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Super Off-Road. Ivan “Ironman” Stewart is my Master Chief.

By the way! You could subscribe to our YouTube channel, if you like videos like this.

There’s even a playlist of all my other videos. Wow!

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Warface Early Access Available Now on Xbox One

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Soldiers!

Be the first to join the ranks of Warface and dive into a range of PvP modes and PvE missions including Xbox One-exclusive content. To participate in the Early Access you need to purchase one of the packs.

Five types of Early Access packs are offered. Four of them are centered around the needs of separate game classes: Rifleman, Medic, Engineer, and Sniper. The fifth one is rather different. Collector’s Early Access pack accumulates all the contents of other packs and additionally provides a pistol, a knife and premium in-game currency. Please note that only Early Access packs provide certain weapons and their unique golden versions with enhanced visuals and stats.

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Do you believe that the total annihilation of your enemies is the only proper victory? Enter Team Death Match and enjoy three diverse locations to fight in. Do you consider your individual skills to be the highest merit? Jump in Free for All and test your mettle. Plant the Bomb and Capture add new twists to familiar gameplay, so master them as well.

Xbox One-exclusive content consists of an additional hunting PvP mode Bag and Tag, several diverse PvP maps, and a fun Cyber Horde raid where you will need to make the most of your arsenal.

Dominate and conquer in Warface today on Xbox One!

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

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The Joy Of A Three-Button Game

Move forward and time advances. Move backwards and time rewinds. It’s a simple idea that games such as Superhot have done well. It’s one of the only things you can do in The Gardens Between, a simple, beautiful three-button game I’m enjoying during my breaks between climbing the mountains of this season’s gargantuan releases.

The Gardens Between stars Arina and Frendt, two friends who wind up in a series of puzzle levels that look like dreams about a 1980s childhood. The levels are presented as little island peaks covered in the bric-a-brac of that era, including an off-brand Nintendo Entertainment System and a Commodore 64. These objects are super-sized and serve as part of an obstacle course the friends must overcome to climb to the top of each island.

Move forward and time moves forward. Press another button and undo what’s been done. It’s all scripted, but it’s not as easy as you’d think. This level is easy. Later levels are stumpers.

The controls are simple: Hold one button and the characters will try to advance to the top by walking, climbing or jumping on a set path. Hold a different button and they will reverse those actions. A third button lets them interact with things, though only at predetermined moments. Arina’s interactions involve a lantern that she can hold, put down or shine light needed to open the gate at the top of each level. Frendt’s interactions involve switches and levers. That’s it. Forward. Backward. Interact.

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At first, each level seems like it should be a glide to the top. The characters will just walk right up, right? But problems reveal themselves. Their path may be blocked by a jump they can’t make or by a barrier that must be removed. How to do that? At first the solutions are simple. Advance the friends far enough for Frendt to flip a switch and make a bridge and then move on. Later, things become more complex. In the Commodore 64 level, the friends steps across a numerical keypad to type numbers into a monitor, but they’re not the numbers that seemingly are needed to turn on a nearby printer. What to do when all they can do is walk forward and back? That’s for the player to figure out.

Solve a level and, as you advance time, you might just build something cool.

Some of the pleasure of The Gardens Between is the beauty of each level. Each scene shifts from being frozen in time to gradually building or un-building itself as the player moves things forward or back.

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Some of the pleasure is in simply exerting control over simulated time. It’s nice to be able to move events along but then also just let everything be still. Ah, to have a pause button in these busy times.

Still more of the pleasure of the game is its simplicity. In the last month I’ve shifted from clambering up the surprisingly sprawling Shadow of the Tomb Raider to getting briefly lost in the clouds of the loot-filled Destiny 2 (I’ll get back to it) to dropping in for a peek of a peak of Red Dead Redemption 2. I love playing games like that. I’m happy to devote 100 hours to climbing a new Assassin’s Creed. I like the huge games with their myriad systems and inputs. Taking breaks from them to play something so straightforward is a joy. Fittingly, I’m playing The Gardens Between on my Switch, the perfect system for taking a short gaming break between huge games or other complex parts of life. The game is also out for PS4 and PC.

The Gardens Between would be a delight for me any time of the year. This time of year, it’s even easier to appreciate and enjoy.

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Exclusive: Mystery Science Theater 3000’s new season gets a fitting premiere date on Netflix

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Last Turkey Day, Netflix gave fans of bad movies and wisecracking robots something to be thankful for, renewing Mystery Science Theater 3000 for a 12th season. It was a fitting choice, extending the show’s Kickstarted revival on a date that’s long been synonymous with MST3K marathons and premieres.

And now, like the aunt who’s perfecting her stuffing recipe well in advance of the big meal, the streaming platform has done it again: The A.V. Club is the first to report that new episodes of MST3K will arrive on Netflix this Thanksgiving—Thursday, November 22—marking the show’s third decade of riffing.

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“Thirty years ago on Thanksgiving Day 1988 is when we premiered Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the Minneapolis market,” said creator, original host, and executive producer Joel Hodgson. “We were competing with 60 Minutes for the same time slot, and I think history has shown which is the better show.”

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When last we left the intrepid crew of the Satellite Of Love, test subject Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) had been temporarily relieved of his outer-space captivity and threatened with a buzz-capturing marriage to his captor, Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day). Fortunately (or unfortunately), a lovesick TV’s Son Of TV’s Frank (Patton Oswalt) sicced a giant metal serpent on Jonah, bringing the wedding to an abrupt end and stranding Jonah’s robot friends (voiced by Baron Vaughn and Hampton Yount) in orbit above the dark side of the moon. All five cast members are confirmed to return for season 12, so we’ll presumably get an explanation for how Jonah escaped the belly of the beast. Either way: Being eaten by Reptilicus Metallicus is still better than a life of watching cinematic stinkers, right?

“I think the movies are even worse than last season, but I know the show is better,” Hodgson said. “I could be mixing those two up.” Day straightened things out: “The movies are deliciously bad and I get to torture my cast mates in new and innovative ways. I love my job!”

Added Ray, “When is the quote for The A.V. Club announcement of the new MST3K season due?”

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Ahead of the new season, Hodgson and Ray will hit the road for a 30th Annniversary live tour, which begins in Portland, Maine on October 9. (Tickets for the tour are on sale here.) Until then, whet your appetite for fresh MST3K content with these exclusive photos from the set of season 12.

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Jonah and the bots face off with the captors (and some Boneheads)
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New musical (and anatomical?) adventures aboard the Satellite Of Love
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Jonah’s either doing some Friars-style roasting here, or he’s asking Crow to pull his finger.
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Tuesday’s Best Deals: Klymit Pads, Red Dead Bundle, OLED TVs, and More

Klymit camping gear, OLED TVs, and a three-in-one Anker charging cable lead off Tuesday’s best deals from around the web.

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Best Tech Deals

LG E8 2018 OLED 55" TV | $2,200 | MassDrop | Upgrade to 65" for $2,800 at checkout
LG B7 2017 OLED 65" TV | $1,600 | Walmart
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LG’s 2017 OLED TVs have achieved something of a cult status thanks to their inky dark black levels and vibrant colors. Today though, we’ve got the best price we’ve ever seen on the gorgeous, glass framed 2018 E8 models.

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The picture quality got an upgrade over last year’s model thanks to a new processor that improves color accuracy, reduces artifacts, and supports HFR (high frame rate video) up to 120 FPS. HFR content doesn’t really exist yet, but a few movies are expected to come to streaming services starting later this year, so if you’re planning on using the TV for several years, it might be worth it for future-proofing purposes.

MassDrop has the 55" marked down to $2,200, and the 65" to $2,800 (select the 65" option at checkout). You can also get last year’s 65" entry level model for $1,600 refurbished from Walmart, if you’re on a budget but want the larger size. It doesn’t have the new processor, the glass frame, or HFR, but it still looks amazing.


Anker 5-in-1 Premium USB C Hub | $43 | Amazon | Promo code KINJACHUB
Anker USB C to Ethernet Adapter | $14 | Amazon | Promo code KINJACADP
Anker USB C to HDMI Adapter | $14 | Amazon | Promo code KINJACADP
Anker 2-in-1 USB C Memory Card Reader | $7 | Amazon | Promo code KINJACREA
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USB-C will be truly ubiquitous one of these days, but for the next few years at least, owners of USB-C laptops will probably want to carry a dongle or two. Several of Anker’s highly rated adapters are on sale just for our readers today, so be sure to note the promo codes.


Anker PowerLine II 3-in-1 Cable | $11 | Amazon | Promo code ANKER846
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If you want the durability and lifetime warranty of Anker’s PowerLine II charging cables, but you own a lot of different devices, this new $11 microUSB cable (with promo code ANKER846) includes Lightning and USB-C adapters attached to the end. It’s a little awkward, but it’s nice to know you’ll always have the right cable handy.


Blue Snowball Microphone | $40 | Amazon

Whether you’re looking to start a podcast, or just want your Skype calls to sound better, the Blue Snowball is one of the most popular affordable USB microphones you can buy, and Amazon’s offering the murdered out black version for for $40 today, or about $5-$10 less than usual.


RCA 65" Class 4K (2160P) LED TV | $420 | Walmart
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$420 for a 65" 4K TV? Even for this barebones RCA with no smart apps or HDR support, that’s a blazing hot deal. Plus, everyone who buys it gets free two day shipping, or you could pick it up at your local Walmart to have it ready for this weekend’s football games.


2-Pack Nylon-Braided 90 Degree Lightning Cables | $12 | Amazon | Promo code AUKEYA64
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Given how many Lightning cables seem to wear out at the necks, it’s surprising that 90 degree cables aren’t more of a thing. You can grab two nylon braided cables for $12 from Aukey today with promo code AUKEYA64, which would be a great price for two nylon-braided Lightning cables anyway, even without the unique connector.


Update: We posted this 55" TV at $300 a few weeks ago, and it promptly sold out. It’s back in stock today at $320, but the 49" is also on sale for $250.

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While it doesn’t have the best picture quality out there, it’s tough to complain about a 55" 4K TV for $320, or a 49" model for $250. Both include HDR, though with a distinct lack of specs on the page, I’m going to assume that’s not Dolby Vision. And while they doesn’t have apps onboard—pretty typical at this price level—they do have Chromecast built in, so you can stream video easily from your phone, which is very rare at this price.


Kootek 118" Cable Management Sleeves | $10 | Amazon
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The back of your home theater cabinet doesn’t have to look like a rat king of tangled wires. These velcro sleeves can keep everything tidy, and is reversible, so the outside can be either black or white. Get 118" of the stuff for just $10.


Private Internet Access Exclusive Deals
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VPNs have been in the news, and whether you want to get around video geoblocks, circumvent proxy filters, or just keep prying eyes out of your browsing data while using sketchy public Wi-Fi, reader-favorite Private Internet Access has a deal to fit your needs.

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Private Internet Access doesn’t do much in the way of discounting, but they offer exclusive pricing and packages just for our readers that you won’t find anywhere else. Here are your options, and what you’d pay if you bought the same plan elsewhere:

These deals are only for our readers, but we aren’t sure how long they’ll be available, so go ahead and sign up while you can.

Best Home Deals

Bosch 12V Drill/Driver + Bonus Bit Kit | $100 | Amazon
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Even if you don’t do a ton of home improvement projects, everyone should own a good drill/driver, and today’s Gold Box deal fits the bill.

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Despite being a 12V model, this Bosch drill/driver packs a punch, and carries a 4.6 star review average. And unlike most cordless drills that hang a bulbous battery pack off the bottom of the handle, Bosch’s 12V tools use a slimline design where the battery fits entirely within the handle, making the drill far more maneuverable in tight spaces.

Normally priced at $129, Amazon’s marking the drill down to $100 today, and throwing in a bonus drill bit set (normally $20) for free. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one sells out before the end of the day.


Lodge Miniature Skillet | $4 | Amazon
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Lodge’s 3.5" cast iron skillet is pretty freakin’ adorable, and worth $4 for that alone, in my opinion. But it’s perfect for homemade pizookies, or single eggs, and unlike your full-sized skillet, it takes approximately four seconds to clean.


Cuisinart 16 qt. Enameled Stockpot | $24 | Walmart
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A big-ass stockpot is a must-own kitchen accessory, and this gorgeous, 16 qt. enameled model from Cuisinart is only $24 right now. Just be sure to invite me over for gumbo.


10 Pounds Diatomaceous Earth | $18 | Amazon
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Diatomaceous earth is one of the most effective weapons we have against bugs, and Amazon will sell you a 10 pound bag of the stuff for $18, a rare discount from its usual $20-$22. Despite the unspeakable things it does to bugs in your yard, it’s actually food grade, and completely non-toxic for humans and pets. It even works on bed bugs, though hopefully that’s not why you’re buying it today.


Shredded Memory Foam Pillow | $26 | Amazon
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Is it time to refresh your pillows? This shredded memory foam pillow is just $26 in Amazon’s Gold Box, today only. Shredded memory foam allows you to add or remove fill at will to suit your sleeping style, and the ultra-soft bamboo color will make you second guess using a pillow cover. This deal will only last through the end of the day or until they sell out, so don’t sleep on it.


Zero Grid Dopp Kit | $17 | Amazon | Promo code 388IPOBO
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Luggage gets all the attention, but if you ask me, the most important piece of travel gear you can own is a good toiletry kit. This one from Zero Grid is made from water-resistant ripstop nylon (which is just as important for keeping liquids in as it is keeping them out), and carries a 4.4 star review average. Get it for an all-time low $17 today with promo code 388IPOBO.


Luminoodle Click | $17 | Amazon | Promo code 43YMZIXT. Three-pack also available for $34 with same code.
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Power Practical’s latest Luminoodle is a terrific light strip attached to an amazing button, and it’s ideal for illuminating dark closets, or installing under shelves and cabinets.

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It’s an affordable product to begin with, but right now, you can save 15% with promo code 43YMZIXT. That’ll work on the daylight or warm white versions, and on the single pack or the three-pack, which is basically a three-for-the-price-of-two deal.


Honeywell Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat With Alexa | $69 | Amazon
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If you want the convenience of a Wi-Fi and Alexa-compatible thermostat, you don’t have to pay out the nose for a fancy touchscreen model from Nest or Ecobee. This Honeywell is ugly as hell, but it has the same basic set of smart features for just $69.


Takeya Cold Brew Maker | $15 | Amazon

Iced coffee is a brilliant way to sell people ice for the price of coffee (which is mostly water to begin with). Cold brew on the other hand is a different process that results in less acidity, among other benefits, and you can do it yourself at home with this top-selling Takeya, now down to $15 on Amazon.

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This non-coffee drinker bought one of these a couple years ago, and I loved the thing (though admittedly, I have since upgraded to the OXO alternative). All you have to do is fill the basket with ground coffee, fill the container with water, and let it steep overnight in the fridge. The resulting coffee concentrate needs to be watered down, so one batch should last you several days.

$15 is the best price we’ve ever seen on this, so wake yourself up and get over to Amazon.


Dash Deluxe Egg Cooker | $26 | Amazon
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The original Dash Egg Cooker was one of the fastest items to ever join our bestseller pantheon, and now, you can score the Deluxe model for just $26, the best price we’ve seen in months. This is the same Dash our readers know and love, but now it can cook a full dozen eggs at once, rather than just six.


If you could use more storage space around the house, these Muscle Rack steel shelves would be ideal for a garage, a utility room, or even an industrial-chic kitchen. Two different sizes (large/small) are on sale at Walmart right now for $60 and $36, respectively, so you can mix and match.


Free ground beef. Forever. Do I have your attention?

Butcher Box ships grass fed beef, heritage grade pork, and free range chicken right to your door for less than $6 per serving, and if you sign up with our exclusive link, you’ll also get 10 ounces of uncured bacon in your first box, and two bonus pounds of ground beef in every box you get delivered for the life of your subscription, for no additional charge. That’s enough for eight burgers every time you get a shipment.

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Your reader-exclusive bonuses come bundled with any of Butcher Box’s pre-selected boxes, which are priced at $129 for 24 servings, or $238 for 48 servings, which can be delivered every 30 or 60 days. For a nominal surcharge, you can also build a completely custom box, with your choices of proteins.

Note: You’ll have to enter your email at the beginning of the process. I know, it’s annoying.


Pit Boss 700 sq. in. Wood Pellet Smoker | $337 | Walmart
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My parents bought a wood pellet grill (a Traeger, to be precise) a couple years ago, and holy crap it’s cool. You pour wood pellets (there a ton of different kinds) into the container on the left side of the grill, select the temperature you want with a digital dial, and the grill feeds the pellets into a heating element at whatever speed is necessary to maintain that exact temperature. The result is smokey deliciousness with the ease of using an oven.

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This Pit Boss model gives you a massive 700 square inches of cooking space, and $337 with free two day shipping is an absolute steal. Just remember to invite me over the first time you use it to smoke a brisket.


https://kinja.com/ajax/inset/iframe?id=youtube-video-xb4z5Sy9O3M&start=0ThermoWorks ThermoPop | $20 | ThermoWorks | Must buy two or more

ThermoWorks’ ThermoPop is the less expensive and ever-so-slightly slower little brother of our readers’ favorite meat thermometer, and the company is offering a very rare deal on it today when you buy two or more. Just add at least two to your cart, and you’ll get them for $20 each, down from its usual $34. These make tremendous gifts, so stock up now, and stuff them in some stockings in a few months.


Three Bottles of Wine + Free Shipping | $15 | Firstleaf | Promo code Kinja. New members only
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Firstleaf is an online wine club that learns your preferences, offers tons of options, and most importantly, saves you money compared to buying from the store. It’s a solid deal any time, but it’s even better for our readers today.

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Every new Firstleaf member gets an introductory delivery with three bottles of wine for just $15, plus $5 shipping. Considering that you aren’t locked in and can cancel any time, that’s a bargain. But it gets even better for our readers, as promo code Kinja will waive the $5 shipping charge, for a limited time. That’s three bottles of wine (all of mine had MSRPs over $20) for just $5 each shipped, with no commitment.

You can read more about the service in my review, but if you choose to remain a member (I did), every box thereafter includes six bottles for $80, plus $10 shipping.

Best Lifestyle Deals

Klymit Gold Box | Amazon
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Klymit pads are lightweight and inflate incredibly easy, so they’re ready to be packed into an overnight bag and hiked up a mountain. And right now, Amazon is running a Klymit sale full of really fantastic sleeping pads, sleeping bags, and more.

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The Static V is the most popular model, and this price is within a few cents of an all-time low. There’s also a version that’s 22% lighter.

Or just go full-on minimalist with the Inertia X Frame.

Need a pillow? You need a pillow. And a dinghy.

One of the few non-inflatable products here is a camping hammock, to keep you safely above all the bugs and woodland creatures.

Go use them before it gets too cold!


Extra 20% off Clearance | Under Armour | Promo code GEARUP20
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What better way to get ready for fall weather than an extra 20% off Under Armour’s already affordable sale sectiont? Pick up workout shirts, sweats, leggings, shoes, and more, and use promo code GEARUP20 at checkout to stack on the savings. $5 standard shipping, or free shipping on orders over $60.


30% off Sitewide | Enso Rings
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Whether you’re worried about losing your wedding band at work, or you just don’t want to end up like Jimmy Fallon, silicone wedding bands are practical, affordable, and actually pretty good looking. If you’re curious to try one out, Enso just kicked off its birthday sale, taking 30% off every ring they sell.

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We just tried out Enso’s Elements ring, which incorporates real metal into the silicone for a bit of shine, and while it won’t fool anyone up close, we were still impressed. But they also offer a ton of other styles too, some starting around $10, and they’re all included in the sale as well. Hell, they’re cheap enough that you could buy several, and pick one based on your mood or outfit.


Satchel Sale | Nordstrom Rack
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Need a new purse to schlep around all the stuff you’ve bought from Kinja Deals? Nordstrom Rack is running a purse satchel clearance event full of brands like Marc Jacobs and Ted Baker London that even I, a purse idiot, know to be good. As always, you can use the dropdown menu on top to filter by designer.


Nordstrom Rack Travel Flash Sale
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Shop Nordstrom Rack’s Travel Flash Sale and save on hundreds of pieces of luggage, including luggage sets, carry-ons, back packs, hand bags, roller bags, and duffels. There’s a wide array of brands in the mix too, like Samsonite, Briggs & Riley, Herschel Supply Co., Kenneth Cole, and more, so now’s the time to upgrade before the holiday travel season sneaks up on everyone.


I know it’s officially fall now, but as far as I’m concerned, every season can be cooler season. Two great options from Coleman are ridiculously cheap at Walmart right now, drinks not included.


Lifetime Tamarack Angler Fishing Kayak (Tan) | $230 | Walmart
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Nothing will connect you to the water quite like fishing from a kayak. Lifetime’s Tamarack Angler is designed specifically for this purpose, and Walmart has the tan one marked down to $230 right now, or about $80 less than Amazon. You won’t have to tell any fish tales about how great a deal you got.


Preorder BioLite HeadLamp | $49 | Kickstarter
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Consider, if you will, the headlamp. I’m willing to bet that you’re picturing an elastic strap with a big lump on the front containing the light and the battery. That is, after all, how most of them are designed. But BioLite has a different idea.

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The makers of that incredible camp stove that charges your phone are back with the HeadLamp, a blindingly bright wearable light that puts the battery behind your head, and uses modern LEDs to create a lamp up front that’s thin, comfortable, and extremely bright.

The light itself toggles between modes with the press of a button on the top of the assembly (the button is a little hard to find and press by touch, my one real complaint about the HeadLamp), and you get the option of a wide or focused beam in multiple intensities, a strobe light, and a red lamp for when you don’t want to wake up a tent mate, or mess up your eyes before a stargazing session. And despite the light enclosure’s thin design, you can also swivel the lamp downward at multiple angles to fit your needs.

The battery on the back is connected to the light by a thin cable, most of which runs inside HeadLamp’s extremely comfortable headband. This is a modern, USB-rechargeable gadget—no bulky AAs to be found—and can run for a whopping 40 hours at minimum brightness, or 3.5 at full blast. And trust me, at 330 lumens, it’s bright.

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There are no smartphone-connected features, RGB LEDs, or, like, Alexa support here, which is probably a good thing. While HeadLamp takes cues from modern electronics, it’s still just a head lamp at the end of the day, albeit a very nice and thoughtfully designed one. I wore one around at the Outpost trade show earlier this month, and everyone who saw it was jealous.

You can preorder it starting today on Kickstarter for $49, ($13 off MSRP, apparently), and backers will also receive an exclusive light-diffusing carrying case that turns the HeadLamp into a hanging lantern for your tent. BioLite is promising delivery in time for the holidays, and they have a good track record.

Best Media Deals

$5 Off Venom Movie Tickets | Amazon
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If you have an Amazon account (not even a Prime account!), you can save $5 on a ticket to see Venom in theaters. It’s as easy as creating or logging into an Atom Tickets account, finding the Venom ticket(s) you want, and logging in with Amazon at checkout. We’ve seen Amazon offer movie discounts with specific purchases before, but this is just a straight-up free discount. That $5 you saved should almost buy you a small popcorn!


Solo A Star Wars Story | $27 | Walmart
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A collector’s edition of Solo: A Star Wars Story is a must have for die hard fans of Stars Wars, especially at a low of $27. So while Walmart’s page isn’t especially clear as to what all is included in the Collector’s Edition, I can tell you that you will get the movie in 4K ultra-HD, a blu-ray disk, and a digital code to download, so you can basically watch it anywhere.


Blue Planet || | $30 | Walmart
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BBC Earth’s renowned series, Blue Planet, returned in 2017 after more than a decade since the original was released, giving viewers another 8 episodes of underwater exploration. Now Blue Planet II is available in 4K HDR for just $30. Enjoy the wonders of our oceans from the comfort of your couch with the illustrious Sir David Attenborough as your trusted guide.

Best Gaming Deals

Red Dead Redemption 2 PS4 Pro Bundle | $399 | Walmart
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Red Dead Redemption 2 pulls into station in just over a month, and you can take in all the natural splendor by playing it on a PS4 Pro . This console bundle doesn’t have a unique design like the recent Spider-Man console did, which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your preferences. But what it does have is the game, essentially for free with the purchase of the $399 console.


Dark Souls Remastered [PS4 Digital] | $28 | Amazon
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Whether you played the original or not, Dark Souls Remastered is worth picking up for action RPG fans, if only to better understand its dedicated following. Amazon just knocked the PS4 digital download down to $28 (from its original $40), which is the best price yet.


GPToys RC S916 Truck | $64 Amazon | Code PW5PWPLX
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Remote controlled cars might be made for kids, but you’ll likely see some adults taking a lap in the GPToys S916 since it’s down to just $64 with code PW5PWPLX at checkout. Not only can this truck max out at 26mph, each wheel is supported with shockproof stable springs to allow for ample off-roading. Control the truck from up to 60 meters away and enjoy 10 minutes of driving time when the rechargeable battery is full.


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There’s a new Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Switch bundle on the way, and it includes a download code for the game, Smash-themed Joy-Con, and a unique Switch Dock with all of the original N64 game’s characters tastefully embossed on the front. It’s up for preorder now for $360, and comes out November 2, though the game won’t unlock until December 7.

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Already have a Switch? You can preorder the game by itself here, and Prime members will get a $10 Amazon credit added to their account about a month after it ships.

The official Smash Ultimate GameCube controller and USB adapter are in stock as well.


Preorder Pikachu Edition Nintendo Switch Bundle | $400 | Amazon
Preorder Eevee Edition Nintendo Switch Bundle | $400 | Amazon
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Nintendo’s new Pikachu And Eevee Nintendo Switch Bundles blew up the internet before Toad, Bert, and Ernie grabbed the torch, and now, you can preorder both from Amazon. The console is the same in both bundles, but one includes a download code for Let’s Go Pikachu, and the other includes Let’s Go Eevee. Both will set you back $400, rather than the usual $300 for a Switch, but they include a Pokéball Plus accessory, in addition to the game.


Humble Monthly
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This month’s Humble Monthly already featured Overwatch as the early-unlock game, which is pretty damn good, but if you’re still on the fence, they just added Dungeons 3 and Hidden Folks as well. For just $12, you’ll get instant access to all three games, plus more mystery games when the month unlocks in early October. And of course, every game you get is yours to keep forever, even if you cancel.


If you somehow don’t own Overwatch yet, the Legendary edition is back down to $30 on PS4 and Xbox One, matching an all-time low.

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The Legendary package includes 10 extra skins for the game, plus bonus Overwatch-themed content for Blizzard’s other games as well. But don’t worry about all of that; the underlying game is a must-own even without any extras.

PC gamers, your best bet is to sign up for Humble Monthly, which will get you Overwatch for just $12.


Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild | $45 | Walmart | Also available at Amazon
Super Mario Odyssey | $45 | Walmart | Also available at Amazon
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | $45 | Walmart
Mario Tennis Aces | $45 | Walmart | Also available at Amazon
Splatoon 2 | $45 | Walmart
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze | $45 | Walmart | Also available at Amazon
Kirby Star Allies | $45 | Walmart | Also available at Amazon
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker | $30 | Walmart | Also available at Amazon
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If you have any notable holes in your Nintendo Switch game library, you can fill them today with rare discounts on first party Nintendo games. Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Mario Tennis Aces are all marked down to $45, and that’s just for starters. Check out the image caption above for all the deals.


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There are people who occasionally pull out a copy of Catan or Scrabble for a game night, and then there are people who spend a couple hundred bucks on Gloomhaven, or play through the roguelike Pandemic Legacy with the same group for months on end. This board game table is for them.

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The 2nd Breakfast board game table is up for preorder on Kickstarter, and even with the earlybird discount, it costs $500. That’s an investment (though actually fairly cheap, as gaming tables go)! But if board games are a major hobby of yours, it’s totally worth it. Each table includes the following:

  • Removable playfield
  • Eight USB charging ports
  • Clear acrylic cover
  • Two A outlets
  • Reversible leaves
  • Four trays
  • Two double cup holders
  • Two single cup holders

When you aren’t playing, the leaves cover up the play surface, transforming the table into a regular looking dining room table without any garish, gaming-centric design details.

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I think it’s safe to say that game night will be at your place in perpetuity once this arrives.

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Total War: Rome II has responded to the recent influx of negative Steam reviews concerning female ge

Total War: Rome II has responded to the recent influx of negative Steam reviews concerning female generals: “Female characters appear throughout the game, but have between a 10 and 15% chance of appearing as recruitable generals for some of the playable factions… We have no plans to patch this out or remove this feature from the game.”

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