Valve is making Dota 2 players pay to avoid toxic gamers

Dota 2 is no longer free to play if you want to have the best experience. In this year’s Dota 2 “Battle Pass” — a premium subscription that usually offers cosmetics and other optional curiosities to the game — Valve bundled one of the most important features it has ever created. Players who buy the Battle Pass can now use an “experimental” Avoid Player feature, which is supposed to keep toxic players away from you. Here’s a different way to say it: Valve is now charging players a minimum of $9.99 to avoid harassers. I’m glad to see that Valve is finally taking more steps to address its toxic player community and protect Dota 2 players from the worst of the bunch. But it’s telling that the company sees this as an add-on, and not part of… Read the full article…

GameStop is discounting games, consoles, accessories, and more today

GameStop is hosting a day-long sale today on games, consoles, accessories, and memorabilia based on movies, TV shows, and video game franchises. This is a rare opportunity, aside from Amazon Prime Day 2019 and Black Friday, to find popular games and console bundles for less than their usual prices. Before jumping in to see a few of the best deals, you should know that a membership is required before you can take advantage of today’s deals at GameStop. Its PowerUp Rewards program costs $14.99 per year to join, and it will earn you 10 percent off of used inventory as well as an extra 10 percent back in store credit if you trade in a game, console, or an accessory. So if you still purchase games on disc, a membership may be worth it for… Read the full article…

2020 Call of Duty Now Reportedly Being Developed by Black Ops’ Treyarch

According to a report from Kotaku, Activision has informed developers at Sledgehammer Games and Raven that both studios will no longer be in charge of the Call of Duty game scheduled for 2020. Instead, Treyarch, who last developed 2018’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, will reportedly be taking over and leading development on a new Black Ops game for next year – Black Ops 5. Raven and Sledgehammer were originally supposed to lead the development of the 2020 Call of Duty, and according to Kotaku, the plan was to set its story mode during the Cold War. Conveniently enough, Kotaku reports that Treyarch is also setting its story mode for Black Ops 5 during the Cold War. Read the full article…

Some World of Warcraft Classic ‘Bugs’ Actually Features, Blizzard Says

World of Warcraft Classic is Blizzard’s attempt to bring back the spirit of its early glory days. That’s not because its suffering (not more so than any other modern MMO), but because the land of Azeroth and how people play around in it has changed so much in the 15 years since launch. That said, a part of the charm included a few “bugs” or “features” that even more experienced players may have forgotten about. It looks like Blizzard anticipated a bit of head-scratching over it all from beta players, and clarified things in a forum post, first reported by Eurogamer. Read the full article…