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Drawful 2, Gone Home, and Hob currently free on the Epic Games Store, Sherlock Holmes next

The Epic Games store is currently offering three free games, with a fourth coming next week.

Anyone with an Epic Games account can pick up Drawful 2, Gone Home, and Hob for free. But starting next week, mystery fans can step into the shoes of a world famous detective in Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments.

Drawful 2 is a drawing party game from the makers of Jackbox games like Quiplash and Fibbage. Players can draw on their screens, while family, friends, or a streaming audience try and guess what the picture’s of. It’s a great game for staying inside and streaming to your friends or family.

Gone Home is an exploration based mystery game from The Fullbright Company. Originally released in 2013, Gone Home is about solving a family mystery. Meanwhile, Hob is an action-adventure game set in a colorful world. Players take control of a little character with a giant arm, and adventure to save the planet.

Drawful 2, Gone Home, and Hob are all available for free through April 9. On April 9, players can download Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments.

Crimes and Punishments is a Sherlock Holmes adaptation that allows players to enter into the detective’s mind to solve crimes. The game comes with six different cases for the titular detective to solve. It’ll be free until April 16.


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Source: Polygon.com

HBO is making hundreds of hours of films and TV free to stream without a subscription

Tired of friends telling you it’s time to catch up on David Simon’s beloved five-season crime drama The Wire? Tired of telling your friends they need to watch The Wire so you can discuss it, and having them say, “Eh, I don’t have HBO?” Either way, your moment has arrived. HBO announced Thursday that it will be making nearly 500 hours of its original series and licensed films available on its streaming platform free of charge, as of Friday, April 3. The content will be available “for a limited time” on HBONOW.com, HBOGO.com, and their associated apps.

The film selection is obviously select and somewhat limited, though it’s a good time to revisit the light, fun features Detective Pikachu and The Lego Movie 2. But the free TV series selection is an impressive roster of some of HBO’s big hits, including The Wire, The Sopranos, Silicon Valley, Veep, and Six Feet Under. All seasons of those shows will be available to stream.

The move comes during a period where streaming services are seeing a huge boom in business due to the widespread closing of movie theaters, the postponing of major new film releases, and the number of people isolating themselves at home to limit the spread of coronavirus. An increasing number of streaming and other subscription services are currently offering free monthlong trial accounts to get streaming fans hooked, including the horror service Shudder, CBS All Access, Showtime, Film Movement Plus, IFC Films, and others.

Here’s what HBO plans to make available on Friday. The streaming platform is encouraging viewers to look for “interactive stunts” around this content on HBO’s social media outlets, and to track and share the hashtag #StayHomeBoxOffice.

James Gandolfini as mob boss Tony Soprano sits slumped in a living-room chair, glowering offscreen, as his family and associates gather and watch him just outside his open patio doors. Photo: HBO

Full Series

  • Ballers (5 Seasons)
  • Barry (2 Seasons)
  • Silicon Valley (6 Seasons)
  • Six Feet Under (5 Seasons)
  • The Sopranos (7 Seasons)
  • Succession (2 Seasons)
  • True Blood (7 Seasons)
  • Veep (7 Seasons)
  • The Wire (5 Seasons)

Docuseries and Documentaries

  • The Apollo
  • The Case Against Adnan Syed
  • Elvis Presley: The Searcher
  • I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter
  • The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
  • Jane Fonda in Five Acts
  • McMillion$
  • True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
  • United Skates
  • We Are the Dream: The Kids of the MLK Oakland Oratorical Fest

Warner Bros. movies

  • Arthur
  • Arthur 2: On the Rocks
  • Blinded By the Light
  • The Bridges of Madison County
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Forget Paris
  • Happy Feet Two
  • Isn’t It Romantic?
  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
  • Midnight Special
  • My Dog Skip
  • Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase
  • Pan
  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Smallfoot
  • Storks
  • Sucker Punch
  • Unknown

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Windbound looks like a Moana-meets-Breath-of-the-Wild adventure

With a trailer evoking both Moana and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Deep Silver and Australia’s 5 Lives Studios announced Windbound for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. It launches Aug. 28.

In the game, a young warrior washes ashore on the mysterious Forbidden Islands, where she learns to craft, hunt, adapt, and survive. An accompanying release touted “an immersive sailing experience,” in the gameplay, as well as a procedurally generated world with a dynamic wildlife population.

Scattered about the islands are ruins whose secrets will reveal the lore behind Windbound. 5 Lives promises players will be able to “explore as far as the eye can see,” on a boat that can be custom crafted to suit their needs and playing style.

5 Lives Studios is the developer behind 2015’s Satellite Reign, a crowdfunded spiritual successor to the Syndicate series. (5 Lives’ staff includes alumni of that franchise.)


Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch consoles are often sold out, but you can still pick up the handheld-only Switch Lite, which is perfect for portable gaming.

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SXSW 2020’s canceled film festival will now stream free on Amazon Prime Video

Due to the cancellation of the South by Southwest film festival (SXSW) earlier this year, Amazon Prime Video and SXSW are teaming up to launch a digital film festival later this month.

This new, digital event is “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection” and gives filmmakers an opportunity to submit their film for screening. The event is exclusive to Prime Video, but is free for all viewers — no Amazon Prime membership needed. The duo is looking to set the 10-day, one-time event for late April, although there isn’t a concrete date yet.

Participating filmmakers will earn a screening fee for Amazon’s right to show their movie to the world. SXSW has already shared details with filmmakers, who are now able to opt into the online event. Amazon and SXSW did not provide a list of agreed filmmakers.

Head of Amazon Studio, Jennifer Salke, had this to say about the partnership:

We’re honored to be able to provide a space for the SXSW filmmakers to share their hard work and passion with audiences for the first time. It’s been a privilege collaborating with Janet Pierson and the SXSW team to bring these diverse and inspiring films to viewers around the country. We are supporters of SXSW and other independent film festivals, and hope this online film festival can help give back some of that experience, and showcase artists and films that audiences might otherwise not have had the chance to see.

SXSW normally premieres a variety of films early in the year, showing off both upcoming feature films and documentaries. The SXSW 2020 lineup included screenings of David Lowery’s The Green Knight with Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, and Joel Edgerton, as well as Judd Apatow’s latest film starring Pete Davidson: The King of Staten Island. Some of SXSW 2019’s headliners included Booksmart, The Beach Bum, and Pet Sematary.


Fire TV Stick 4K

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K is an all-in-one streaming device with apps for most major streaming services, 4K streaming and a voice remote powered by Amazon’s Alexa.

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Source: Polygon.com

Call of Duty: Warzone players get free weekend in Modern Warfare’s multiplayer

Players of Call of Duty Warzone, the free-to-play battle royale variant that Activision launched a month ago, will get a free weekend in the main multiplayer of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

The free weekend begins at 10 a.m. PDT on Friday, April 3 and runs until Monday, April 6 at 10 a.m. PDT. It’s available to anyone with the Warzone client (which is itself a subset of the main game). Players will get access through the Warzone lobby in the form of the “Stocked Up/Locked Down” 24/7 playlist.

That playlist will offer two maps: Atlas Superstore and Shoot House. Players will get Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint, Kill Confirmed, and Headquarters modes. Activision’s announcement has more details and advice on how to play both maps.

Call of Duty Warzone launched on March 10. It is altogether a different thing from Modern Warfare’s standard multiplayer, although it is free to play. In addition to the battle royale, it features a mode called Plunder. Progress in both games transfers, so players will see their levels and cosmetic customizations in Warzone show up in the free weekend’s multiplayer, and whatever they earn there will stay with them after the free weekend. Cross-platform play is also available for this free weekend.


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Source: Polygon.com

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Young Spring Bamboo recipe list

During the springtime, Animal Crossing: New Horizons players on Switch are able to collect Young Spring Bamboo from bamboo thickets.

Based on our tests, it appears that players can only harvest the Young Spring Bamboo during spring months. This means it’ll be available from March to May for Northern Hemisphere players and from September to November for Southern Hemisphere players.

Recipes that require Young Spring Bamboo can only drop during these months. The recipes will drop from balloons. They can also appear in Bottled Messages on the beach.

Note that there are other bamboo furnishings in the game but these are the ones that the game considers “seasonal,” since they use resources (in this case, Young Spring Bamboo) that can only be collected at specific times of the year.

To get Young Spring Bamboo, just hit bamboo thickets with your Stone Axe. It will spit out Young Spring Bamboo and Bamboo randomly. It will still drop the regular Bamboo year-round.

If you don’t have any bamboo thickets growing on your island, you can find some on Mystery Island Tours.

We’ve put together all of the seasonal bamboo recipes we know of below.

Bamboo-grove Wall

An Animal Crossing crafting screen for a Bamboo-grove Wall Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

  • Seven Young Spring Bamboo
  • Three Bamboo Shoots

Light Bamboo Rug

An Animal Crossing crafting screen for a Light Bamboo Rug Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

  • Six Young Spring Bamboo

Bamboo Wand

An Animal Crossing crafting screen for a Bamboo Wand Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

  • Six Young Spring Bamboo
  • Three Star Fragments

Basket Pack

An Animal Crossing crafting screen for a Basket Pack Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

  • Six Young Spring Bamboo

Green-leaf Pile

An Animal Crossing crafting screen for a Green-leaf Pile Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

  • One Young Spring Bamboo
  • 10 Weeds

Steamer-basket Set

An Animal Crossing crafting screen for a Steamer-basket set Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

  • Six Young Spring Bamboo

Bamboo-shoot Lamp

An Animal Crossing crafting screen for a Bamboo-shoot Lamp Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

  • Four Young Spring Bamboo
  • Five Bamboo Shoots
  • Four Clay

Bamboo Noodle Slide

An Animal Crossing crafting screen for a Bamboo Noodle Slide Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

  • Seven Young Spring Bamboo
  • Three Wood

Pan Flute

An Animal Crossing crafting screen for a Pan Flute Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

  • Seven Young Spring Bamboo

Bamboo Doll

An Animal Crossing crafting screen for a Bamboo Doll Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

  • Six Young Spring Bamboo

Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch consoles are often sold out, but you can still pick up the handheld-only Switch Lite, which is perfect for portable gaming.

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Target / $199.99 Buy

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How to sell to the new fish vendor, C.J., in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch is filled with all sorts of colorful villagers and friendly vendors. Many of the sales folk you’ll come across will join your island eventually, but some of them like the Turnip vendor Daisy Mae, only show up at specific times. However other visitors will come at random times. If you are looking to make some good Bells with your fish, then keep your eye out for C.J., who replaces Chip from previous games.

This boisterous beaver will randomly appear on your island and will hang out until the next day. C.J. is a unique vendor since he offers two different features when they visit: you can sell your fish to them for 1.5x their normal value and you can commission them to make fish models for you.

If you see the “seasports” fanatic hanging out on your island, then here’s what you need to know about C.J. and how to make the best of their time on your island.

How to sell fish to C.J.

Unlike the bug vendor Flick, who will buy your insects for a markup right away, C.J. requires a simple challenge to be completed before he buys your fish.

The tasks are random, fairly simple, and usually involve fish. When we first encountered C.J., he asked us to “catch five fish in a row.” As we began catching fish, our villager would mention how many fish we had left to complete C.J.’s challenge. Once we were done, our villager instructed us to head back the beaver. We’ve also seen C.J. ask for other challenges, such as “catching three fish of the same size,” so be prepared as his requests may be different when you encounter him.

Once you’ve completed C.J.’s challenge, he will then be open to buying your fish for 1.5x of their normal value. For instance, if you look at our Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish price guide, you’ll see that a horse mackeral costs 150 Bells if you sell it at Nook’s Cranny. However, because of his markup, C.J. will buy them for 225 Bells.

Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s fish vendor C.J. buying fish at a markup Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

If you are looking to make the most of our your fishing skill, and are willing to wait around for C.J., then make sure to keep your most expensive fish in storage until he appears.

How to commission C.J. for art

Making a little extra money with your fish isn’t the only thing C.J. can help you do.

If you hand over three of any fish, you can commission C.J. to create a custom model of that fish for free. Just simply give them three fish of the same type and C.J. will mail you a model of that fish the next day.

You can only commission one fish at a time with C.J., so if there’s a certain fish you’d love to keep inside your home, it’s best to save those in your storage until C.J. arrives.


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Source: Polygon.com

How to get 10 Free Battle Pass Skip Tiers in Modern Warfare and Warzone

As Season 2 ends, Infinity Ward has gifted all Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone players a little boost to help towards the Battle Pass.

A new Gift Bundle is available in the game for free that gives all users 10 free skip tiers in the Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass.

Be a Battle Pass Owner and login before April 5 at 11PM PT and redeem your free tiers in the ‘Just For You’ section. Wherever you were before on the Battle Pass system, now you will progress forward 10 tiers when you redeem this free gift. 

For players who have reached any tier above tier 90, they will be gifted tiers to reach tier 100 and any remaining tiers will be allocated to next Season’s Battle Pass. E.g. if you are at tier 95, you will be gifted five tiers this Season and five tiers once you purchase next Season’s Battle Pass. 

Season 2 ends on April 7, and Infinity Ward will also be providing users Double XP, Double Weapon, and Double Battle Pass Progressions starting April 3 at 10AM PT and end on April 6 at 10AM PT.

SOURCE: Activision

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Modern Warfare Multiplayer Free Access available April 3 through April 6

Activision has announced that players can experience Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer mode for free this weekend only through Call of Duty: Warzone.

Players can try Call of Duty: Modern Warfare MP free starting Friday, April 3 at 10AM PT and ending on Monday, April 6 at 10AM PT.

If you’re interested in trying out the MP mode and don’t have access to the Modern Warfare game, you can do so through the free to play Call of Duty: Warzone version.

Free Call of Duty continues. Starting tomorrow, get free access to Multiplayer through Warzone all weekend long.

There will be a special “Stocked Up, Locked Down” playlist in Modern Warfare this weekend alongside free MP access, which is Shoot House and Atlas Superstore maps in the rotation.

Now’s your chance to get to know Modern Warfare Multiplayer combat in two concentrated, visually stunning settings. You’ll be able to experience 6v6 and 10v10 gameplay with Modern Warfare and free-to-play Warzone players alike. And, you’ll get a deeper knowledge of the weapons and equipment you’ve encountered in Warzone.

There’s no time to waste: Experience Modern Warfare Multiplayer starting on April 3 at 10AM PDT only live until 10AM PT on April 6. In this genre-defining take on Multiplayer, you’re sure to experience a fast-paced fight where combat is constant and there’s a skirmish at every turn. So, grab your friends, hit the lobby, and get your dukes up!

Players interested can download Warzone for FREE on PS4, Xbox One, and PC and play the free to play Battle Royale experience, and this weekend, experience the MP of Modern Warfare through the Stocked Up. Locked Down. playlist.

SOURCE: Activision

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Federal judge rules in favor of Activision Blizzard in lawsuit over usage of Humvees in Call of Duty

AM General, makers and owners of the Humvee vehicle, filed a lawsuit back in 2017 against Activision Blizzard for using their vehicles in their games without providing compensation for using it.

The original lawsuit filed by AM General claimed Activision Blizzard was profiting off of their property without providing compensation for such usage. The company was seeking millions in lost profit thanks to Activision’s usage of the vehicle. In 2019, Activision Blizzard responded to the lawsuit claiming that it was bogus and using military vehicles is protected under the First Amendment.

On Wednesday, April 1, a federal judge haas ruled in favor of Activision Blizzard in this case stating that the usage of humvee vehicles in Call of Duty is protected by an artists’ right to realistically depict warfare in their titles and is therefore protected by the First Amendment. Federal judge said Activision Blizzard cannot be sued for doing this.

“If realism is an artistic goal, then the presence in modern warfare games of vehicles employed by actual militaries undoubtedly furthers that goal,” U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels said in his motion to dismiss. “The inclusions of Humvees in the foreground or background of various scenes … are integral elements of a video game because they communicate ideas through features distinctive to the medium.”

Federal Judge Daniels said AM General’s lawsuit failed to meet the threshold of suing a company over artistic usage of their trademark in a video game

“Defendants’ uses of Humvees in ‘Call of Duty’ games have artistic relevance. Featuring actual vehicles used by military operations around the world in video games about simulated modern warfare surely evokes a sense of realism and lifelikeness. Proceeding to the second prong of the Rogers test, defendants’ uses of Humvees in the ‘Call of Duty’ games are not explicitly misleading,” the judge said.

SOURCE: Law360

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