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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ Battle Royale Mode ‘Blackout’ Free Trial Begins January 17

Blackout Free Trial Begins Thursday

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If you haven’t gotten a chance to experience Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode ‘Blackout’, you can do so for free starting this Thursday, January 17.

Today Activision announced for one week, players can experience the popular new mode in all of its glory and Call of Duty multiplayer mayhem on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. You will have access to all of the mode’s features which includes characters, maps, gear, and weapons.

Along with the announcement of the Blackout Free Trial, Activision also is releasing a new update that will add some improvements to the game that includes:

  • Debut of Gauntlets and new Elixirs in Zombies on PS4
  • A new week of Featured Playlists and the addition of Elevation andMadagascar to map rotation for Black Ops Pass owners in Multiplayer
  • New-and-improved console looting interface in Blackout
  • plus much more

You can head to Black Ops 4 official Reddit page to get the full details on the update, and you can watch the announcement trailer below to get you excited for Thursday.

Photo: Activision / Treyarch

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Playing With Fire: Soulja Boy’s Latest “Sold Out” Sketchy Console Looks Awfully Familar

Soulja Boy Selling Fake PS Vita Consoles

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Soulja Boy is currently trying to convince his “haters” he is not a crackhead but, he might have Sony breathing down his neck as well thanks to his latest sketchy console.

Tyga will be the least of his worries if he keeps this up.

Clearly, DeAndre Cortez Way hasn’t learned at all from having to “boss up” the last time after a publisher presumably slapped him with a cease and desist forcing him to stop selling those janky consoles. If you head to his SouljaWatch website, there is a console being sold that looks eerily similar to PlayStation’s portable unit the PS Vita.

The bootleg console which is mysteriously “sold out” now features the build of a Vita with the specs of PlayStation Portable aka PSP. The unit’s original price was $200 but is allegedly on “sale” for $100. So Sony could have already have reached out and put him on notice already.

Besides the consoles, the website also sells knockoff versions of AirPods called Soulja Pods for $19.76, a sketchy Apple Watch named the Soula Watch for $11.66, Bluetooth wireless headphones for $35.36 and a tablet for $164.64. Now we here at Hip-Hop Wired are not hating on the Black man at all, but we do want y’all to seriously do your research before spending money on these electronics.

You can currently watch Soula Boy try to salvage his confirmed dead relationship with Nia Riley on Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition.

Photo: Santiago Felipe / Getty

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Birdman Handrub: ‘Resident Evil 2’ “1-Shot” Demo Will Allow You To Play 30 Minutes of The Game

Resident Evil 2 1 Shot Demo

Source: Capcom

Resident Evil 2 easily one of 2019’s most anticipated video games with fans chomping at the bits to play the rebuilt survival horror classic. Well, Capcom is you giving you that chance with a demo arriving on PS4, Xbox One and Steam this month.

Oh, we are excited and shook at the same time.

Capcom announced its upcoming Resident Evil 2 “1 Shot” demo will arrive January 11 and will allow players to experience 30 minutes of in-game time of the reimagined nightmare. As reported on PlayStation’s blog players will be able to play as much as the like, but they better make the most of their time cause once the clock runs out the demo comes to an end.

So basically it’s like a time attack mode where players will have to make the most of the time given by picking and choosing their battles, conserving ammo and supplies in hopes they can make it to the end before time runs out. Sounds like the perfect placement holder till the game is officially released January 25. If you are eager to get your hands on this game like we are, you can pre-order the game now and receive an exclusive PS4  pre-order theme.

For those who pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition of the game, you will be rewarded with a DLC pack with extra costumes for Claire and Leon and a “Samurai Edge” handgun model, and “Original Ver.” Soundtrack swap. So get ready to enter the world of Survival Horror again this Friday.

Photo: Capcom

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Hip-Hop Wired’s 10 Best Video Games of 2018

Hip-Hop Wired's 10 Best Video Games of 2018

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2018 is coming to a close and if you’re a gamer the year has been a good one for you when it came to powering up your consoles and escaping reality for a few hours.

One could make the argument for 2018 being one of the best years in video game history. It’s been a while since we seen so many critically acclaimed titles hit consoles in one year keeping gamers in front of their 4K televisions regularly.

I’ve been gaming for a long time, and I can’t recall a time when there was just so many games to play with some of them launching in the same month. In this year alone we saw the return of Kratos, web swung through the streets of NYC as Spider-Man, got the Dragon Ball Fighter Z game we always wanted, returned to the Wild Wild West in Red Dead Redemption 2, teamed up with Lara Croft to stop the apocalypse in Shadow of The Tomb Raider and so much more.

We decided to list our favorite 10 games from 2018, and no Fornite is not on it. While 2019 has some big titles to look forward to like *coughs* Resident Evil 2, and The Last of Us 2, this year has been one for the record books. Hit the gallery below to see which games got mad respect from us and which title got that number 1 spot.

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Tattoos In Sports Video Games Becoming An Issue, Athletes Don’t Own Them

NBA - Washington Wizards vs Portland Trail Blazers

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What makes video games great, especially sports-related ones, is the realistic player models thanks to next-generation scanning technology. So now when you play NBA 2K or FIFA, for example, you get every detail including the player’s tattoos, but the body ink that is now the norm is becoming an issue for developers cause the athletes do not own the tats.

Wait… what?

Despite the personal connections the tattoos may have and the fact the athlete might have come up with the idea in their heads, they do not own the ink.

Per The New York Times:

“Any creative illustration “fixed in a tangible medium” is eligible for copyright, and, according to the United States Copyright Office, that includes the ink displayed on someone’s skin. What many people don’t realize, legal experts said, is that the copyright is inherently owned by the tattoo artist, not the person with the tattoos.”

“For most people, that is not a cause for concern. Lawyers generally agree that an implied license allows people to freely display their tattoos in public, including on television broadcasts or magazine covers. But when tattoos are digitally recreated on avatars in sports video games, copyright infringement can become an issue.”

Well damn. This may come as a shock, but the battle for the rights to incorporate athletes tattoos into video games has been going on for some time now. A tattoo artist slapped Electronic Arts with a copyright infringement lawsuit when it used an illustration of retired NFL running back Ricky Williams and his tattoos on the cover of NFL Street. He later withdrew his claim in 2013.

We reported on Solid Oak Sketches suing NBA 2K’s developers over the use of tattoos that it obtained copyrights for in the game. Not all tattoo artist feel the same way, two artists Shawn Rome and Justin Wright who licenesed their work to Solid Oak claim “they had been deceived by its founder, Matthew Siegler, and never desired a lawsuit.”

There is some artist who finds this ridiculous, speaking with the New York Times, Gotti Flores who has spent many hours tattooing NFL athlete Mike Evans said he was “surprised” because he had to give permission for the tats to be used in the game and sign a waiver for no compensation. “Really it didn’t even matter to me. It was dope to have my tattoos on there” he also added.

This all sounds ridiculous, but it’s definitely becoming an issue video game developers are wary of and are tackling ahead of time now.

Photo: Anadolu Agency / Getty

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Lil Yachty Announces He Is The Newest Member of Global E-Sports Organization FaZe Clan

Lil Yachty announces he is a member of the FaZe Clan

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Hip-Hop and video game culture pretty much go hand in hand now. Soulja Boy just announced he is starting his own E-sports team and now Lil Yachty revealed at Rolling Loud that he is taking his video game playing talents to Global E-Sports Organization FaZe Clan.

The “Minnesota” rapper made the announcement during his set at the music festival which was live-streamed to fans around the world via LiveXLive revealing he will be known as FaZe Boat. Fellow clan FaZe Clan members Banks, Temperrr, Apex, Alex, and others joined their new team member on stage to celebrate the occasion.

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After his performance, Yachty and the FaZe Clan sat down for an exclusive interview in the LiveXLive “Live Zone” where he spoke on the moment and his passion for playing video games and how him teaming up with the clan came to be. So this union this was a no-brainer, you can peep the entire interview in the video below.

Photo:  Scott Dudelson / Getty

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Alfonso Ribeiro Suing ‘Fortnite’ & ‘NBA 2K’ Developers For Jacking The Carlton Dance

Alfonso Ribeiro Suing 'NBA 2K' & 'Fortnite' Developers For Jacking The Carlton Dance

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Brooklyn rapper 2 Milly isn’t the only person suing Epic Games for stealing dance moves and incorporating them in Fortnite. Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor, and the creator of the Carlton Dance, Alfonso Ribeiro is getting in on the action and wants his coins as well. 

Ribeiro is upping the ante and also suing NBA 2K’s developers as well TMZ exclusively reports.

His suit is almost similar to 2 Milly’s, and in court documents attained byTMZ he alleges that the “Fresh emote” as it is called in the game is a carbon copy of his dance he came up with for the hit 90’s sitcom that he is in the process of copyrighting.

Per TMZ:

Alfonso’s attorney, David Hecht of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP, tells us, “It is widely recognized that Mr. Ribeiro’s likeness and intellectual property have been misappropriated by Epic Games in the most popular video game currently in the world, Fortnite.”

He continues, “Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like “Fresh.” Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property.”

We reached out to Epic Games but were told they don’t comment on ongoing litigation.

2 Milly’s case was going to be a bit of an uphill battle, but with Ribeiro throwing his name into the hat, the pressure on both companies to compensate them might have increased dramatically. We wouldn’t be shocked at this point if Epic Games and now 2K decide to settle and cough up some dough. The results of this suit could open the door to more similar lawsuits as well.

You can see the evidence in the video below if for some reason you’re skeptical about Ribeiro’s case.

Photo: NBC / Getty

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Soulja Boy Announces He’s Starting Own Esports Team, Reveals Ninja As His Mentor

Soulja Boy Announces He Is Starting His Own Esports Team

Source: Greg Doherty / Getty

Soulja Boy accomplished a life-long dream of launching his own gaming consoles, now he’s looking to start his own Esports team, and he’s gotten advice from one of the most prominent streamers in the world, TylerNinja’ Blevins.

Speaking with TMZ exclusively, Soulja Boy gushed about his love for video games and being able to launch his SouljaGame Console that reportedly plays over 800 Nintendo and PlayStation games. In the video where we point out, he had Nintendo Switch in his hand, Soulja revealed that he was starting his own Esports team at the top of 2019 that will rival 100 Thieves and Team Liquid and under the tutelage of Ninja.

Per TMZ:

Soulja says he’s looking to make an even bigger dent in the video game world — launching his own organization to rival giants like Team Liquid and 100 Thieves. 

“We’re gonna be finding talent, hiring talent,” Soulja says … noting plans to create squads for Fortnite, Call of Duty, Counterstrike and more. 

As for Ninja, Soulja says gaming’s biggest star is one of his good friends and has taught a lot about the business. 

But, he also knows hiring Ninja to play for him would cost a FORTUNE. 

Sounds good, we wished he would have connected with Dominique “SonicFox” McLean who took home the Best Esports Player award from this year’s Game Awards show.

But we hope Soulja comprises his team of Black and other people of color who game. There are plenty out there to choose from, we will be keeping our eyes on this situation as it unfolds.

Photo: Greg Doherty / Getty

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Game Over: Nintendo Will Be Moving On From Retro Consoles After This Year

A Nintendo Classic Mini 'Nintendo Entertainment System'...

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Nintendo set the gaming world ablaze with the release of its two retro consoles the NES and SNES Classic. If you haven’t gotten your hands on one and still want to, this upcoming holiday season will be your last chance to do so.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Nintendo’s President and CEO Reggie Fils-Aime pretty much confirmed the company will be moving on from retro consoles in 2019. So if you had high hopes of a Nintendo 64 Classic coming out its a safe bet that won’t be happening. Aime clearly states in the interview that the current slate of retro consoles was the “extent of our classic program.” “These products are going to be available through the holiday season and once they sell out, they’re gone. And that’s it,” he added.

Nintendo fans still interested in playing the companies classic NES games should concentrate their focus on the games supplied via Nintendo Switch Online he points out. While the company’s plan when it came to the launch of its retro consoles was shaky, this move isn’t that surprising. Of course, they would instead rather you purchase a Switch which is the fastest selling home console of all time in the US selling over 20 million units to play classic games in it’s growing the online library.

While you will no longer be able to own a physical retro console (which I think was a money grab) who’s to say you won’t be able to play the NES, SNES, N64, and possibly GameCube games you loved on your Nintendo Switch in the. Besides Super Smash Bros Ultimate is taking up most of your time anyway.

Photo: SOPA Images / Getty

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Source: HipHopWired.com

POWER Star Omari “Ghost” Hardwick Flexes Gaming Skills W/ NBA 2K’s Biggest Rival

Ghost NBA Live 19

“Power” actor Omari “Ghost” Hardwick is low-key nice with the sticks. Everyone’s favorite Starz entertainer has revealed his role in the new NBA Live 19 video game.

Hardwick hit up Instagram to share a preview of himself in the basketball game.

Last week, Omari and various “Power” actors spoke on the tragic death of crew member Pedro Jimenez.

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I sit next to my family as i type this post of a day gone the worst. Started as a regular ole workday for everyone of us. Ironically for me the night prior saw me as part of the special CNN Heroes annual gala honoring local yet worldwide heroes. I found myself presenting to 1 of those heroes. And now, as the man who was given the challenge of quarterbacking this very formidable team into 6 successful seasons of play, i find myself presenting along with my colleagues & producers this tragic tragic news of one of our work family members losing his life on the job. Unless under a rock ….all of you who have rooted for me & this show…..have heard me pay homage to our crew over & over & over again. I was born a team player & will leave this earth as one. On this “just another work day”, we all were & are faced with the harshest of realities that a wife has lost her husband, children their father & friends…..their beautiful hardworking GRACIOUS Pedro. As the QB of this show & as the face of the network, this has of course affected me. But as a person in communication & exchange of spirit as much as i was with good ole Pedro…i’m rocked. NO team ever imagines losing a teammate. Let alone like this. On behalf of ALL of us here at Power, we send our deepest condolences to the entire Jimenez family & God, we ask that you warmly receive our good ole Pedro. Please send up prayers for the Jimenez family while loving on your own 🙏🏽

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Thank you Omari for these much needed words today. On behalf of myself and my Power family…prayers and love for our GRACIOUS Pedro and the Jimenez family🙏🏽its a sad day😢Love More. Live More. Laugh More. Rest in Heaven Dear Pedro ❤—————————————————————————#Repost @omarihardwickofficial I sit next to my family as i type this post of a day gone the worst. Started as a regular ole workday for everyone of us. Ironically for me the night prior saw me as part of the special CNN Heroes annual gala honoring local yet worldwide heroes. I found myself presenting to 1 of those heroes. And now, as the man who was given the challenge of quarterbacking this very formidable team into 6 successful seasons of play, i find myself presenting along with my colleagues & producers this tragic tragic news of one of our work family members losing his life on the job. Unless under a rock ….all of you who have rooted for me & this show…..have heard me pay homage to our crew over & over & over again. I was born a team player & will leave this earth as one. On this “just another work day”, we all were & are faced with the harshest of realities that a wife has lost her husband, children their father & friends…..their beautiful hardworking GRACIOUS Pedro. As the QB of this show & as the face of the network, this has of course affected me. But as a person in communication & exchange of spirit as much as i was with good ole Pedro…i’m rocked. NO team ever imagines losing a teammate. Let alone like this. On behalf of ALL of us here at Power, we send our deepest condolences to the entire Jimenez family & God, we ask that you warmly receive our good ole Pedro. Please send up prayers for the Jimenez family while loving on your own 🙏🏽

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According to reports, the tragic accident happened last Monday morning in New York during season six production.

An early morning accident on the set of the sixth season of Power today has left a production assistant dead. Pedro Jimenez was fatally struck by a SUV at around 4:30 AM ET Monday while setting up parking cones for a Brooklyn location shoot for the Starz series. In the midst of the filming for the upcoming season of the Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson EP’d and Courtney Kemp created drama, Power has temporarily shut down production. (Deadline)

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