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Call of Duty League Championship to be played online

Activision has announced that, after consulting with players, teams, and intern staff, the 2020 Call of Duty League Championship will be played online.

The COVID-19 risks continue with cases increasing in the US, and as such, for the safety of everyone involved, they are hosting the remainder of the season online. Dates to be announced.

Here’s Activision’s announcement:

The Call of Duty League has been working in close collaboration with teams and players over the last several months regarding the 2020 Season Playoffs and Championship Weekend. The majority of teams voted to shift the remainder of the season online due to the rising risks associated with COVID-19, and our collective priority on protecting the safety of our teams, players, league staff, and partner personnel. This decision was made with great care, communication, and consideration over the course of many discussions. 

In light of this shift, and with the 2020 Season Playoffs and Championship Weekend on the horizon, we’re revealing some of the new technology improvements and measures we will be taking to further monitor for competitive integrity:

Smile, You’re on Camera

The League is providing all competitors with a universal camera setup that will be active throughout all matches. The cameras will provide visibility for league officials to view and check each competitor’s console, controller, and monitor as needed. Once a match reaches an official ready check status, players will need to be seated and on camera. The cameras will be in place prior to the start of the New York Subliners Home Series on July 10.

Veto Power

Currently, for each CDL Home Series, teams are provided a list of three servers (from a pool of nine) to test and determine which servers they prefer to veto. During the Playoffs and Championship Weekend, we will increase the veto server options to five for each match. By adding more options, we have increased the probability of getting the best possible server for both teams. Additionally, with more servers in play for each match, there will also be more fallback options if there’s an unexpected issue.

Calling in the Reinforcements

Lastly, we’re going to bulk up our production, technical, and officiating staffing teams. We want to be ready to handle any and all issues that might crop up in an online competition environment.

More updates regarding the shift to online competition will be shared in the coming weeks. We appreciate the continued collaboration with our teams, players, and community members as we seek to deliver an amazing and safe postseason experience for all involved.

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4th of July weekend gaming deals at Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy

This 4th of July weekend, several retailers are offering discounts over the long weekend. Amazon has a bunch of video game deals, including a new 50% off deal on the Sega Genesis Mini, which we called “a best in class retro console.” Amazon is also running pre-order discounts on Cyberpunk 2077, and Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga on PS4 and Xbox One.

Comixology is also running deals on a bunch of digital comics collections, including Ms. Marvel, Beastars, and old school DC comics. Finally, GameStop’s Game Days sale kicks off on Sunday with a bunch of new discounts on Nintendo Switch games, gaming accessories, collectibles, and more.

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Our Cyberpunk Red real play concludes its first story arc

To get hype for the release of Cyberpunk 2077, the Polygon video team has been playing the Cyberpunk Red TTRPG, and the conclusion of the first story arc, “Ring Box,” is now live.

Burger Chainz, Vang0 Bang0, and Dapper Dasha are tasked with finding the perpetrator of a petty theft at a makeup warehouse — a simple job complicated by Vang0’s personal feelings towards the potential robbers. The makeup artists and streamers of M House are all suspects, and it’s up to our three sort-of heroes to find the real thief … or at least someone believable enough to be the culprit.

With a plan in hand, the gang must convince warehouse guard Edgar that the security camera malfunction was a simple hack job and not a fundamental flaw in their technology. If that weren’t hard enough, Burger, Vang0, Dasha are called into the boss’s office; the rich and powerful higher-ups at HarpCo Security Company want to hear for themselves what the gang uncovered.

Will our heroes convince HarpCo they’re on the level, or will they bumble into the wrath of one of Night City’s largest security companies? Watch the newest episode to see the tense conclusion of “Ring Box,” or click the video below to start at the first, stand-alone-episode!

Source: Polygon.com

Call of Duty League caster Momo fired after internal investigation

Activision Blizzard has fired Phil “Momo” from the Call of Duty League after allegations of sexual misconduct, including sending inappropriate messages to females, surfaced last week from people within the community.

The allegations were reportedly shown to Activision Blizzard directly by an individual from the community.

In a statement posted to his Twitter, Momo says he is no longer part of the Call of Duty League, and that an internal investigation is currently ongoing from Activision over messages he sent to female members in the gaming community.

With effect from 30th June 2020, I was released from employment with Activision Blizzard. This decision follows what was described to me as an internal investigation after old messages that I’d sent to female members of the gaming community had been passed to my employer. For confidentiality reasons, the detail of these messages and the recipients were not disclosed, which I fully respect. I cannot therefore respond to the specific allegations and their context.

The statement he posted on Twitter states that he sent messages to multiple female members in the gaming community, which made many of them feel ‘uncomfortable’ and led them to report the messages to Activision Blizzard anonymously.

The generic nature of the complaints is that my messages made the recipients feel uncomfortable. To put it bluntly, in my messages, I was ‘trying my luck’ with women who hadn’t invited my attention, and I was being forward when I shouldn’t have been. Some of the exchanges contained sexual content from both sides. I did not believe at the time that I was making the recipients uncomfortable. Had I known this I would not have continued conversing in this way.

Momo says he takes ‘full ownership’ of his actions and is ‘sorry’ for tasteless humor in his messages sent.

The person I was back then is not the person I am now. I take full ownership for my misjudgements and would stress how sorry I am for my conduct. I’m sorry for my immaturity, I’m sorry for any explicit content or graphic language I used, I’m sorry for any tasteless humour, and I’m sorry to anybody who I’ve caused offense to or who has suffered in any way as a result of my actions. I hope they read this message and believe these words.

Activision Blizzard has not issued a statement in regards to this at this time.


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10 movies new to streaming you should watch this July

Movie theaters in the U.S. may be tentatively opening back up, but as the coronavirus pandemic continues to push back movie releases, streaming services remain your best bet for entertainment during the hot summer months. This July, a few films that were intended for theatrical release are dropping straight to streaming, in addition to some great films of the last several decades worth rewatching (or watching for the first time, as I did last weekend with David Fincher’s Panic Room, now streaming.)

The Assistant and Palm Springs both played at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. While wildly different in tone — the latter is a Groundhog Day-style romp starring Andy Samberg while the former tackles the #MeToo movement — both are well worth watching. And the filmed production of Hamilton, initially set for a 2021 theatrical run, drops onto Disney Plus over the July 4 weekend.

Here’s our full roster of picks — including My Cousin Vinny, one of the best courtroom procedurals ever made — for what’s worth watching this July.

The Assistant

a woman on the phone Photo: Bleecker Street

Director Kitty Green’s striking feature about an assistant working for a predatory film producer notably never shows the unnamed boss, an obvious stand-in for Harvey Weinstein. It makes his presence all the more looming, and illustrates the banality of the kind of abuse that the #MeToo movement highlighted. From our review:

Green doesn’t need to embellish Jane’s experiences to get across how soul-crushing they are, especially as it becomes clear there’s no good outcome for her. If she does nothing, the cycle of abuse will continue. If she speaks up, the only job on the line will be her own. And there’s no one she can turn to, because everyone around her has already accepted that this is just the way things are. Green’s approach to stories — finding larger truths rather than focusing on the most sensational aspects — vaults The Assistant into extraordinary territory, as it sheds light not only on the actions of abusers in power, but on the people around them, who can’t or won’t do anything to change the status quo.

The Assistant will be streaming on Hulu on July 20.

The Conjuring

Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) touches a woman covered in a sheet Photo: Warner Bros.

Directed by James Wan (Saw, Furious 7), The Conjuring is one of the best haunted house movies of the last decade. Very loosely based on Ed and Lorraine Warren, a husband-and-wife team of real-life paranormal experts (played by Vera Farmiga and horror savant Patrick Wilson), The Conjuring tells the story of a family who moves into a spooky old farmhouse. Spoiler alert: the house is haunted as heck.

The Conjuring dropped onto Hulu earlier this year, but is now headed to distributor WarnerMedia’s HBO Max.

The Conjuring is streaming on HBO Max.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Peter (Jason Segel) watches Sarah (Kristen Bell) and Aldous (Russell Brand) on a date Photo: Universal Pictures

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is perhaps the sweetest of the Judd Apatow-produced comedies, thanks in large part to the sensibilities of writer and star Jason Segel. He plays a TV composer, Peter, whose girlfriend, the titular Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) and the star of the show he works on, abruptly dumps him. When he heads to a Hawaiian resort to try and forget her, Sarah shows up with her new boyfriend, rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). With the help of a cute receptionist (Mila Kunis) Peter eventually gets over Sarah and writes his Dracula puppet musical, and Segel would go on to write and star in The Muppets (2011.)

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is streaming on Hulu.


hamilton and burr shaking hands Image: Disney

Broadway may be dark right now, but audiences can finally watch Hamilton without heading to New York and spending big bucks on a ticket. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary (yes, that’s a pun) musical was originally set to be released in theaters in October 2021, but as the coronavirus pandemic has shifted around release schedules, Disney elected to drop the filmed version onto Disney Plus this July 4 weekend. Featuring the original Broadway cast and directed by the show’s original director, Thomas Kail, Hamilton is described as a leap forward in the art of ‘live capture’ which transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way.”

Hamilton is streaming on Disney Plus.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

Jim Carrey as Count Olaf in a screenshot from A Series of Unfortunate Events Photo: Paramount Pictures

No offense to Neil Patrick Harris, who turns in an admiral performance as Count Olaf in Netflix’s excellent adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, but there’s just no topping Jim Carrey’s manic, sinister portrayal in the 2004 film. Spanning the first three novels, the movie adaptation is like a mashup of Tim Burton and Roald Dahl. The film takes some liberties with the plot while the Netflix series is a bit more true to the source material, but now that the movie is back on Netflix, you can decide for yourself which version you prefer.

A Series of Unfortunate Events is streaming on Netflix.

Lenny Cooke

Lenny Cooke looks through a basketball net Photo: Under the Milky Way

Directed by Uncut Gems’ Josh and Benny Safdie, this documentary about a high school basketball star who never made it to the NBA fits neatly into the brothers’ oeuvre of character studies about men who can’t get out of their own way. From our list of 21 essential films about Black Lives:

Films like this allow me to remain cognizant of the fact that all all the blessings, all the great things I have in my life right now can be stripped away in an instant. It encourages me to work harder. And it also forces me to think about the ways in black men and women — but mainly, from my perspective, black men — have been boxed into a particular mentality as a result of starvation of education and other opportunity. Biggie Smalls said on his first album, Ready To Die, “Either you’re slinging crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot.” It’s the truth, in certain ways — certain opportunities will be placed in front of you, and if you don’t have anything, you’re just going to grasp at the one thing that seems most appealing.

Lenny Cooke is streaming on The Criterion Channel.

My Cousin Vinny

Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei lean against a convertible Photo: 20th Century Fox

90’s era Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei doing Brooklyn accents. That’s it. That’s the pitch.

My Cousin Vinny is streaming on Hulu.

Palm Springs

andy samberg donning a hawaiian shirt in palm springs Image: Hulu

Polygon caught Palm Springs, starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti as wedding guests caught in a Groundhog Day-style time loop, when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year. It sold to Hulu and Parasite distributor Neon in the largest Sundance deal to date, topping out at $17.5 million … and .69 cents (nice). In January we wrote, “The story may be familiar, at least for those who either grew up with Groundhog Day, or caught modern riffs like Edge of Tomorrow or Happy Death Day. But the execution here feels fresh and playful, with a new energy coming from Samberg and Milioti’s go-for-broke performances, and some new iterations on the formula.”

Palm Springs will be streaming on Hulu on July 10.

Panic Room

Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart huddle on a green blanket while watching a wall of screens in Panic Room. Photo: Columbia Pictures

David Fincher’s Panic Room is essentially Home Alone for grown-ups. (Forest Whitaker even references Joe Pesci’s iconic role as one of the bandits.) Jodie Foster and a tweenaged Kristen Stewart star as a mother and daughter who have to deal with armed robbers in their New York City brownstone on their first night living there. They retreat to the home’s built-in panic room, and a deadly game of cat-and-mouse ensues. Not only does this provide plenty of opportunities for the characters to say the name of the movie — always a delight — it also puts a fun twist on the home-invasion thriller, especially as it becomes clear that the robbers (Whitaker, Jared Leto, and Dwight Yoakam) know all about the house’s quirks.

Panic Room is streaming on Amazon Prime.

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The Truth, We Bare Bears, and the new movies you can now watch at home

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet has once again been delayed, this time to Aug. 12. This marks the second delay for the film, which was originally scheduled to come out on July 17. Warner Bros. and Nolan seem to be optimistic about the chances that theaters will re-open and become safe again by mid-August, though it seems more likely that Tenet will have to be delayed yet again.

In the meanwhile, film production is slowly resuming. Marvel’s Shang-Chi is prepping to restart production in Australia by the end of July. Further off in the future is a new live-action adaptation of Frosty the Snowman, which will star none other than Jason Momoa in the title role. Momoa’s muscles will be hidden away, though, as Frosty will be a CGI creation.

Though parts of the world have slowly begun to get back to normal, movie theaters remain closed. But there’s still plenty to watch at home. Here are the biggest new releases this week.

The Truth

Where to watch it: Rent on digital, $6.99 on Google Play

a group of people stand on a balcony Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve, and Ethan Hawke in The Truth. Photo: IFC Films

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film focuses on a mother and daughter, and the lies families tell each other to bolster their own desires to be remembered well. Catherine Deneuve stars as Fabienne, a legendary actress whose new memoir sets off sparks between her and her daughter, Lumir (Juliette Binoche), who can’t stand the idealized history Fabienne is trying to sell the public. From our review:

Rather than focusing solely on Lumir and Fabienne, Kore-eda takes a broad scope, which gives The Truth some of his trademark warmth. The film has less of a sense of urgency than most of his other work — After Life had a weeklong time limit imposed on its characters, for instance, and disaster seemed to loom just off-screen in every frame of Shoplifters and Nobody Knows. But Fabienne isn’t on death’s doorstep, and the unease between her and her daughter has been brewing for a long time. Fabienne’s memoir does prompt arguments, but the blowouts aren’t what change Fabienne’s heart. As it does in real life, change happens slowly here, and incrementally.

We Bare Bears: The Movie

Where to watch it: Buy on digital, $14.99 on Amazon, Google Play, and Apple

three bears take a selfie Say cheese! Image: Cartoon Network

The popular animated series We Bare Bears gets a feature-length film, this time pitting the three main bears — Grizz (Eric Edelstein), Panda (Bobby Moynihan), and Ice Bear (Demetri Martin) — against a nature preservationist (Marc Evan Jackson) who believes the bears ought to be removed from their home in San Francisco and separated. Will the friends manage to weather this new threat, or will they be torn apart? Only one way to find out!

John Lewis: Good Trouble

Where to watch it: Rent on digital, $6.99 on Google Play

john lewis crosses his arms John Lewis in Good Trouble. Photo: Magnolia Pictures

This new documentary chronicles John Lewis’ decades of activism, stitching together archival footage and interviews to tell his story. The film also explores Lewis’ childhood, as well as his 1957 meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., his initial ambitions of becoming a minister, and his path to becoming the U.S. representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district.

The Outpost

Where to watch it: Rent on digital $14.99 on Google Play and Apple

a soldier stands in front of a screen Orlando Bloom in The Outpost. Image: Screen Media Films

The Outpost is based on Jake Tapper’s book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, which focused on the Battle of Kamdesh. Scott Eastwood, Orlando Bloom, and Caleb Landry Jones star as soldiers given a frustratingly vague mission and facing seemingly insurmountable odds. The film focuses on their heroism, as well as the poor leadership that put them in the middle of a battle where they were outnumbered three to one.

New on Netflix this weekend

  • Comedy special George Lopez: We’ll Do It For Half
  • Documentary series Unsolved Mysteries
  • Warrior Nun, a frustratingly dull fantasy series about a resurrected teenager with demon-fighting superpowers
  • A new adaptation of the beloved series The Baby-Sitters Club
  • The first TV series in one of the scariest franchises ever, JU-ON: Origins

And here’s what dropped last Friday:


Where to watch it: Rent on digital $19.99 on Amazon and Apple

rose byrne and steve carell in irresistible Photo: Focus Features

Jon Stewart’s new movie stars Steve Carell as a political strategist who, after seeing a viral video of a Wisconsin man (Chris Cooper) standing up for his town’s undocumented workers, decides to turn the newly minted star into the town’s mayor. However, the opposing party soon sends their own strategist (Rose Byrne) to try to foil him. It’s funny and earnest, but its take on American elections feels hopelessly out of step with this particular political moment. From our review:

Instead of aping the intensity of Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker’s legendary doc The War Room, or delivering the punchy breakdowns of The Big Short, Stewart concentrates on the human element. Jack’s supporters are quirky, the opposition is a caricature, and the media hyping up the showdown is the obstructive enemy. The choice makes it one big sitcom (complete with Office-ready campaign operatives played by Topher Grace and Natasha Lyonne). Stewart clearly did his homework — the movie feels like it’s being propped up by the last three years of Atlantic magazine cover stories — but the message lacks any sense of bite or power.

My Spy

Where to watch it: Streaming on Amazon

chloe coleman and dave bautista in my spy Photo: Amazon Studios

It’s been clear since his turn as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy that Dave Bautista has considerable comedic chops, and My Spy sees him taking on a leading role in a comedy. Bautista stars as JJ, a newly hired CIA operative who teams up with 9-year-old Sophie (Chloe Coleman) in his pursuit of an illegal arms dealer after she catches him on the job.

House of Hummingbird

Where to watch it: Rent on digital $12 through digital cinemas

park ji-hoo in house of hummingbird Photo: Well Go Entertainment

House of Hummingbird is a slow-burn coming-of-age story, starring Park Ji-hoo as Eun-hee, a teenager trying to figure out who she is. As she wanders through 1994 Seoul, Eun-hee struggles to connect with the people around her. A spark finally arrives in the form of her remedial Chinese tutor Young-ji (Kim Sae-byuk), who seems to understand Eun-hee in a way that even her family doesn’t.

Do the Right Thing

Where to watch it: Rent on digital $3.99 on Amazon and Apple

bill nunn in do the right thing Photo: Universal Pictures

Spike Lee’s 1989 masterpiece stars the director himself as Mookie, a pizza delivery man. The film focuses on Mookie’s neighborhood, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and the racial tension between its inhabitants and the local pizzeria, run by Sal (Danny Aiello) and his unabashedly racist son Pino (John Turturro), which boil over on one particularly hot, fateful day. With the film being discussed again due to widespread tensions and protests over the latest series of police killings of unarmed black Americans, it was briefly made free to stream on several platforms.


Where to watch it: Free to rent on Amazon, $3.99 to rent on Google Play and Apple

will smith as muhammad ali in ali Photo: Sony Pictures Releasing

Michael Mann’s Ali centers on 10 years in the life of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, portrayed in the film by Will Smith, from 1964 to 1974. The movie covers his accomplishments in boxing (winning the heavyweight title from Sonny Liston, winning the Rumble in the Jungle fight against George Foreman in 1974) as well as his conversion to Islam and his criticism on the Vietnam War. It also touches on the political upheaval caused by the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Netflix’s Baby-Sitters Club adaptation transcends its era and its age group

Modern-day updates of childhood staples are often clunky messes, because of the ways they try to adapt the hot-button topics of their original eras for modern audiences. Setting a piece in the time period it was written, as Hulu’s Looking for Alaska adaptation does, tends to rectify some of the dated tropes and plotlines. Otherwise, you get a Stargirl, with the specifics of 2000 bogging down a 2020 story.

Netflix’s new series The Baby-Sitters Club, adapted from the long-running Ann M. Martin book series published from the late 1980s to 2000, pulls off the tricky feat of setting the series in 2020, but updating small details of the bigger plotlines to more effectively capture the present day. It keeps the essence of the characters, but little touches — like the rival league The Baby-Sitters Agency launching a social-media campaign — help keep the stories engaging.

[Ed. note: This review contains mild spoilers for The Baby-Sitters Club.]

The story setup is still the same: 13-year-old tomboy Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace) decides to start a baby-sitters club with her friends, quiet Mary Anne Spier (Malia Baker), artsy Claudia Kishi (Momona Tanada), and fashionable new girl Stacey McGill (Shay Rudolph). Eventually, they’re joined by hippie Dawn (Xochitl Gomez). They take on clients in their small town, while grappling with the struggles of growing up. Showrunner Rachle Shukert understands that things like a parent remarrying, an overprotective father, and childhood diabetes are evergreen storylines that will be applicable across generations. Each episode follows a different book, and the tentpoles of the plotlines are roughly the same. The updates come through the specificities on how each story manifests, with more nuance added to simplistic plotlines when appropriate.

One of the babysitters gives a colorful mood-board presentation to a group of adults in Netflix’s The Baby-Sitters Club. Photo: Liane Hentscher / Netflix

For instance, in the fourth episode of the series, “Mary Anne Saves the Day,” (based on the book of the same name) timid Mary Anne calls the hospital when the kid she is taking care of becomes ill. In the book, the act of bravery is making the phone call and going to the hospital, but the show updates it: Mary Anne stands up to the hospital staff, who are misgendering the young girl. Mary Anne’s arc of standing up for herself remains the same, but with a more modern touch.

Die-hard fans of the books don’t need to worry: the sitters still use a landline to schedule appointments. It’s a little detail established earlier on, with just a bit of explanation: Kristy insists an old-fashioned method works best, because her mom misses simpler days. And it just so happens that Claudia has a clear plastic ’90s phone she bought off Etsy. Anyone who feels modern technology guts any attempted plotlines about communication issues needs to take notes from The Baby-Sitters Club, which effectively uses phones, either by taking them away for believable reasons, or by integrating them into the plotline. It’s a testament to how contextualizing older or newer elements can be done smoothly, without losing beloved elements of the original story.

Like their book counterparts, all the girls in The Baby-Sitters Club are more in-depth than their one-word trope descriptor (tomboy, goody two-shoes, artsy kid, prep, hippie) implies, thanks in part to the skillful performances from the young actresses. As spunky, outspoken Kristy, Sophie Grace adds nuance to her bossy, bratty attitude, grounding what could be an over-the-top performance with some tender moments. Momona Tamada, of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before fame, captures Claudia’s quirkiness and energy, but not without pangs of isolation because she feels her family will never understand her.

One of the babysitters worries over a sick kid in Netflix’s The Baby-Sitters Club. Photo: Kailey Schwerman / Netflix

The girls are all endearing, but the adult cast is just as interesting and compelling. The parents have their own plotlines, woven realistically into their daughters’ lives. They’re never just one-note authority figures, even would-be tropey ones like Mary Anne’s overprotective father (Marc Evan Jackson) and Dawn’s free-spirited mother. Kristy’s relationship with her mother (Alicia Silverstone) helps characterize Kristy’s sometimes-grating behavior. Her mother is remarrying, and as Kristy already feels abandoned by her father, she’s also frustrated by the possibility of a new father figure, and the question of where she fits into a new family.

Much as with the books, each episode of The Baby-Sitters Club revolves around a particular character. Even if Stacey is narrating, the rest of the girls aren’t forgotten. But handing off the viewpoints lets each character get screen time, fleshing out their individual characters and their relationships. The books were praised for tackling big themes like death and divorce, but it’s important to remember that the little problems — crushes on older boys, fights with friends, or redecorating childhood bedrooms — can be just as weighty, especially for 13-year-olds. The Netflix adaptation makes every episode and plot point feel important, and lets the characters’ details and desires feel valid. That makes this the kind of kids’ show that transcends audience age.

The Baby-Sitters Club is available to stream on Netflix on July 3.

Source: Polygon.com

Fortnite will host a discussion of race in America, broadcasting all day on July 4

On Saturday, Epic Games will host a discussion about race in America inside the popular video game, Fortnite. In partnership with marketing firm Opus United, the event will be hosted by author and commentator Van Jones. Guests will include Jemele Hill, Elaine Welteroth, and Killer Mike. The event will be rebroadcast in-game for 24 hours throughout July 4.

According to a news release issued today, the event is titled We The People. It will feature “a series of conversations that advance the dialogue around race in America with prominent BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) voices in business, sports, media, music, and entertainment.” It will be available inside the Party Royale mode, which held a debut concert in May.

We The People begins at 8:46 a.m. CT on Saturday. The timing is symbolic of the killing of George Floyd, as it is a reference to the amount of time Floyd was pinned to the ground by Minneapolis police. His death, which multiple autopsies have ruled a homicide, kicked off an international wave of protests against racism and police brutality.

This is not the first time that players have been invited into Fortnite for something other than a battle royale game. The massively popular free to play game has become a major social hub, with concerts, film screenings, and promotional events.

Source: Polygon.com

Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards, July 3-7

Trials of Osiris is back in Destiny 2. Saint-14 is the new Trials vendor and announcer, and players can find him and his wares in the Tower Hangar every Friday at reset.

Each week, the Trials of Osiris map changes, as do the rewards for winning a certain number of matches. The rewards are consistent across all players, although each player’s weapon roll will differ.

Here are the guaranteed Trials of Osiris rewards this week:

Map: The Dead Cliffs

  • 3 wins — Grips, Gloves, Gauntlets of the Exile (Hunter, Warlock, Titan arms)
  • 5 wins — Exile’s Curse, Arc fusion rifle
  • 7 wins — Vest, Robe, Plate of the Exile (Hunter, Warlock, Titan chest)
  • Flawless — Hood, Cover, Helm of the Exile (Hunter, Warlock, Titan helmet)

Note: As of Season of Arrivals, players can complete the End Game weekly bounty — which just needs Trials match completions (wins give more progress) — to earn the three win reward.

Players who manage to reach seven wins without a single loss can go to the Lighthouse social space — this is called a Flawless run. The Lighthouse offers additional rewards for players, some of which are unique, like a special emblem. Players who reach the Lighthouse also earn a special armor glow for any of their Trials of Osiris armor, which lasts for the remainder of the weekend.

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Source: Polygon.com

Destiny 2 Xur location and items, July 3-7

The weekly Exotic item merchant, Xur, hangs out in random locations around the world of Destiny. In Destiny 2, he can appear all over the map, as well as inside the Tower. This week, you can find Xur in the Tower, hanging out on the back stairs of the Tower Hangar.

a screenshot of Destiny 2’s map showing the location of Xur in the Tower Hangar Image: Bungie via Polygon

Xur’s inventory this week consists of the following:

  • The Huckleberry, kinetic submachine gun: 29 Legendary Shards
  • Lucky Pants, Hunter legs: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Mask of the Quiet One, Titan helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Lunafaction Boots, Warlock boots: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Exotic Engram: 97 Legendary Shards (you can now purchase a second with an Exotic Cipher)

Xur’s inventory caps out at 1050.

The Huckleberry

The Huckleberry is an exotic from Warmind. Its intrinsic perk is Ride the Bull, which causes the gun to fire faster and have increased recoil the longer you hold the trigger. Kills with the gun partially reload the magazine. The Huckleberry’s secondary perk is rampage, which causes each kill to increase your damage for a short time.

The Huckleberry is a very fun gun to use. Its perks combine to offer you a little minigame of trying to fire for as long as you possibly can without having to reload. Pick up The Huckleberry if you can afford it.

Lucky Pants

Lucky Pants are fairly worthless in most situations. They’re also one of the exotics that Sloane offers you during the campaign. Their exotic perk, Illegally Modded Holster, allows you to ready hand cannons very quickly as well as increase accuracy for your first shot. Additionally, precision hits partially reload any stowed hand cannons. If you absolutely must use hand cannons in both your energy and kinetic slot, these pants are for you. Otherwise, skip Lucky Pants.

Xur’s roll this week comes with 61 total stats.

Mask of the Quiet One

Mask of the Quiet One is a mediocre Titan Exotic in both PvP and PvE. Its exotic perk, Dreaded Visage, grants energy for your grenade, melee, and class ability each time you take damage. Kills with Void abilities instantly trigger your health regeneration. While this helmet is best used with Sentinel, you’ll get the extra energy on damage regardless of your subclass. If you’re going to be taking a lot of damage, this is a decent Exotic to throw on.

Xur’s roll this week comes with 62 total stats.

Lunafaction Boots

Lunafaction Boots are very powerful Warlock Exotic boots, and have been since the original Destiny 2. Their Exotic perk is Alchemical Etchings. This perk grants a reload speed increase while standing in a Lunafaction-empowered Rift. This Exotic got hit hard in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, but it’s still worth using. You need these.

Xur’s roll this week comes with 64 total stats.

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Source: Polygon.com