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Past & Present Collides In ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Story Trailer, 3 More Characters Confirmed

Mortal Kombat 11 Story Trailer

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The past and present of Mortal Kombat will collide in MK11’s newest story trailer that features more recognizable faces and confirms three more additions to the growing roster.

Mortal Kombat 11 will tackle time travel thanks to its new boss Kronika. She is hell-bent on fixing the rift caused by Dark Raiden after his defeat Shinnok and merges multiple realities to repair the damage the corrupted Thunder God has done and reset the timeline to restore the balance of good and evil.

She enlists the help of  Shao Khan and his Outworld armies to accomplish her goal so it will take characters from Mortal Kombat’s past and present to defeat both Kronika and Khan and solve the temporal crisis. The trailer not only shows recently announced playable character Johnny Cage it also served as the reveals for his daughter Cassie Cage, Jacqui Briggs daughter of Jax and  Outworld gunslinger and mercenary Erron Black.

Each character gets some significant shine in the clip showing off brief snippets of their fatalities. NetherRealm followed the trailer up with a full reveal video for Cassie Cage giving MK fans a better glimpse of Sonya and Johnny’s kid in action.

With each new video NetherRealm releases, it only builds up the hype for the highly anticipated game. Mortal Kombat 11 arrives on PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch and PC April 23. If you pre-ordered the game, you can use Shao Khan as a playable character and gain access to the beta March 28 through March 31 for those platforms on PS4 and Xbox One consoles only.

Step into the Mortal Kombat 11’s story trailer below and keep it locked on Hip-Hop Wired for more news and reveals on the game.

Photo: NetherRealm Studios / WB Games

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Death of The Disc?: “All-Digital” Xbox One S Reportedly Launching In May

"All-Digital" Xbox One S Reportedly Launching In May

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Microsoft looks like it’s ready to take the leap into disc-less consoles this year. According to reports, the tech giant is poised to drop an “Xbox One S All-Digital Edition” in May.

But is the gaming community ready to part ways with Blu-ray discs?

That is the million dollar question? Rumors are swirling that Microsoft is set to launch the discless console sometime early May with pre-orders beginning in mid-April. The “Xbox One S All-Digital” would serve as the first test to see if the world is indeed ready for Microsofts next-generation video game console codenamed Scarlett. Not much is known about the digital box in terms of pricing and design but according to Thurrott its exclusion of a Blu-ray drive could mean the new system could $100 cheaper than previous models.

This is a very bold step to take but its a huge risk because there are no sure signs gamers are ready to part ways with Blu-ray discs and go completely digital. While systems offer a combination of both and offer the benefit of a cloud-based memory system, some might be hesitant to blindly put all of their faith in it assuming that their digital library will be safe. But this is definitely the direction where gaming seems to be heading in so eventually folks will have to get on board. We will definitely be keeping our ears to the streets on this rumor.

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‘Anthem’ Reportedly Crashing PS4 Consoles, EA Says They’re Aware of Issue

Anthem

Source: Bioware / EA

Bioware/EA’s epic game Anthem did not launch as smoothly as the javelin’s do into flight inside the game. Players would love to jump into one of the Iron Man-like suits and go loot chasing, but reports are surfacing that game is crashing PS4 consoles.

Since the game’s release, it has been plagued by bugs, glitches and plenty of complaints that for the most part, Bioware has addressed with patches. A new issue is gaining traction with players taking to Reddit, and other forums complaining the game is either booting them to the main menu or bricking PlayStation 4 consoles in some cases.

A thread titled “This is the only game that causes a complete PS4 shutdown” started by a Reddit user who goes by the handle ForTheMasters details his dilemma with the game. He details how while playing he claims after he gets a game error it usually sends him to the main menu, the PS4 dashboard or worst case scenario shutdown the console entirely. Since he posted it on Sunday (March 3), it has received nearly 2,000 upvotes with other players responding stating their consoles considers the issue an improper shutdown like when you yank out the power cord when the console is powered on.

EA has responded tweet from its EAHelp Twitter account stating they are aware of the crashing issue and are investigating.

I recently have been playing Anthem and experienced getting booted due to connectivity issues and various glitches but not the bricking error. This has put my playing on hold for now, and I will be waiting for Bioware/EA to issue a fix. We will keep you updated on this story. Anthem is the latest big name title plagued by post-launch issues, see Bethesda’s disastrous Fallout 76 launch.

Photo: EA/Bioware

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PlayStation Vita Officially Discontinued, End of Handheld Gaming for Sony?

Sony Is Officially Discontinuing The PlayStation Vita

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It’s official, Sony has pulled the plug on the PlayStation Vita bowing out of the handheld gaming market for now.
In a move the frankly everyone saw coming, the tech giant has discontinued its remaining two PS Vita models. This move is the final step in a long gradual phase-out of the handheld console that began with the discontinuation of physical games, no more first-party titles in 2015 and the stoppage of free PS Plus titles.

Despite its demise, the PS Vita first launched back in 2011 in Japan at the height of the mobile phone and tablet gaming boom. The follow-up to the successful PSP (PlayStation Portable) failed to compete with the likes of those devices and Nintendo who pretty much owns the portable gaming world thanks to the Gameboy. Design complaints like its reliance on expensive memory cards also doomed the mini-powerful console.

Sony doesn’t look like its any rush to drop another handheld console either, and you could chop that up to ridiculous success of the Nintendo Switch and the fact PlayStation 4 is still performing well so the company could rely on those sales. With cloud-based gaming slowly becoming the wave, Sony could be looking to put all of its focus into PlayStation Now and other services that don’t have to be confined primarily to one single device.

We will have to wait and see when Sony decides to do when the company shows us its hand later this year.

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Johnny Cage Delivers Fades In The Most Hollywood Way In New ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Reveal Trailer

Johnny Cage Reveal Trailer

Source: WB Games / NetherRealm Studios

Johnny Cage is back, and boy is his character even more ridiculously good. Cage is the latest character revealed joining the growing the list of fighters that will be in NetherRealm Studios’ highly anticipated game Mortal Kombat 11.

We might have found our favorite character.

Cage is the focus of this weeks Kombat Kast that last announced that Princess Kitana’s BFF and deadly assassin Jade would be returning to MK11 as well.

Armed with his signature moves like his Shadow Kick, Shadow Uppercut, Shadow Somersaults and his brass knuckles that we were introduced in Mortal Kombat X. But what gamers will be genuinely excited to see are the new tricks that Johnny Cage has up his sleeve in MK11. The folks at NetherRealm are taking the character to another level by allowing him to beat his opponents into a bloody pulp in the most Hollywood way ever. The trailer reveals that Cage can now call on a stunt double to help issue fades, throw his sunglasses as a dangerous projectile, and blind his opponents with a camera flash.

What really will have the masses talking is Cage’s X-Ray attack where we see the former actor brutalize his opponents with an award trophy smashing it across their faces before stabbing them in the back with it. For his fatality, Cage brings back his vintage uppercut finish but needs numerous takes to get it right before taking his frustration out on his defeated opponent and asking, “who hired this guy, wtf?”

Johnny Cage joins his wife Sonya Blade, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Raiden, Geras, Skarlet, Baraka, Jade, Kano, Kabal, D’Vorah and Shao Khan. Mortal Kombat 11 launches April 23 for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch. You can peep our fave in action below.

Photo: WB Games / NetherRealm Studios

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Respect The Game: Meek Mill Announces He Is Starting An Esports Team

Meek Mill: The Motivation Tour - Miami, Florida

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Watch out Drake and Soulja Boy, the general of the Dream Chasers squad Meek Mill announced via Twitter he is starting his own Esports team as well and anyone who is good enough to make the cut will get DC chain to solidify the achievement.

Hip-Hop and video games have gone hand-in-hand for a long time both positively and in some cases negatively with the numerous rappers suing Fortnite. The Philly rapper during a recent #AskMeek Twitter Q&A session revealed that he is starting his own Esports team and is looking for the best of the best.

In doing so, Meek will join a long line of celebrities, rappers, and athletes like Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez, Drake, Jeremy Lin, Rick Fox, Mark Cuban, Ashton Kutcher and many more. Erin Ashley Simon and Jim Basco of Cheddar Sports,  got Everyday Struggle host and Meek Mill’s friend Wayno to confirm the move revealing the “Going Bad” rapper just wants to give kids an opportunity allowing them to make money off their video game playing skills.

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Meek is to be commended for this move and we hope others will jump on board to make this Esports team come to fruition. Like with Soulja Boy’s announcement we just want Black gamers to get the opportunities their White counterparts always seem to get. We are just as nice as they are in Fortnite, Call of Duty, Battlefield, Overwatch, Mortal Kombat and other competitive games as well.

Photo: Johnny Louis / Getty

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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ New Season of Content ‘Operation Grand Heist’ Goes Live Feb 19th

'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4'

Source: Activision / Treyarch

Respawn’s surprise battle royal hit Apex is the talk of the town but Black Ops 4 is looking to reclaim everyone’s attention. Activision and Treyarch announced the new season of content for the title called Operation Grand Heist kicks off on February 19th with new modes and plenty of goodies.

PlayStation 4 owners you get first dibs and an upcoming double XP weekend.

Operation Grand Heist will give Black Ops 4 season pass holders access to updates to the multiplayer mode with the addition of two maps, a new specialist class: the Outrider and the return of the beloved One in the Chamber mode from the original Black Ops game. Blackout mode will also get new life thanks to new weapons, outfits, vehicles, a Ghost Town location for you to explore and take the mayhem and action, a Gorilla rocking a spacesuit as a playable character and the new Hot Pursuit mode that will allow you to partake in action-packed high-speed chases.

Last but certainly not least Zombie mode will also receive a new Gauntlet mode, weapons, Mastercraft weapons, and a new perk. This just the start as more content will continue to roll out next week. Until Operation Grand Heist’s release on PS4 tomorrow you can get a tease of what to expect in the trailer below and hit the gallery for hi-res screenshots.

Photo: Activision/ Treyarch

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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ New Season of Content ‘Operation Grand Heist’ Goes Live Feb. 19

'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4'

Source: Activision / Treyarch

Respawn’s surprise battle royal hit Apex is the talk of the town but Black Ops 4 is looking to reclaim everyone’s attention. Activision and Treyarch announced the new season of content for the title called Operation Grand Heist kicks off on February 19th with new modes and plenty of goodies.

PlayStation 4 owners you get first dibs and an upcoming double XP weekend.

Operation Grand Heist will give Black Ops 4 season pass holders access to updates to the multiplayer mode with the addition of two maps, a new specialist class: the Outrider and the return of the beloved One in the Chamber mode from the original Black Ops game. Blackout mode will also get new life thanks to new weapons, outfits, vehicles, a Ghost Town location for you to explore and take the mayhem and action, a Gorilla rocking a spacesuit as a playable character and the new Hot Pursuit mode that will allow you to partake in action-packed high-speed chases.

Last but certainly not least Zombie mode will also receive a new Gauntlet mode, weapons, Mastercraft weapons, and a new perk. This just the start as more content will continue to roll out next week. Until Operation Grand Heist’s release on PS4 tomorrow you can get a tease of what to expect in the trailer below and hit the gallery for hi-res screenshots.

Photo: Activision/ Treyarch

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‘Fortnite’ Lawsuits Looking Shaky: Copyright Office Says Nah To Alfonso Ribeiro Registering “Carlton Dance”

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Epic Games has been getting slapped left and right with lawsuits for jacking dances and incorporating them in the game. Alfonso Ribiero who was on the sue Fortnite wave just suffered a massive L trying to copyright the “Carlton Dance.”

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Ribiero application to copyright the “Carlton Dance” has been denied. According to the US Copyright Office, it’s just “simple dance routine” putting it beyond the protections of the s102(4) Copyright Act 1976 that requires dances to be “a related series of dance movements and patterns organized into a coherent whole.

So for the “Carlton Dance” to be copyrighted, that would mean basic movements would be copyrightable meaning everyone could be sued. Now, this does not imply that Ribiero’s lawsuit is outright cooked, but this does make Epic Games’ case even stronger against those who are trying to get their coins from the video game studio.

Epic Games is also trying to get 2 Milly’s lawsuit thrown out according to Kotaku claiming the emote is too short to be copyrighted and that the “Swipe It” is different from the “Milly Rock.” But we all know that is not true, we do hope Epic decides to do the right thing and break everyone off with some of that $3 billion in profit the game brought in last year.

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‘Red Dead Online’ Beta Update To Highlight Trolls To Curb Destructive Behavior

Red Dead Online Beta

Source: Rockstar Games / Red Dead Online Beta

Rockstar Games right now is basking in the success of Red Dead Redemption 2 and the steady but cautious rollout of Red Dead Online beta. Listening to feedback from gamers, the studio is rolling out a massive update that aims to tackle some of the online component’s most significant issues.

While it did not stumble out the gate like Grand Theft Auto Online, Red Dead Online had a much smoother introduction but has suffered from some in-game issues since its November launch. Players were quick to point out the lack of missions, problems with the in-game economy and players hell bent on just being destructive trolls in the game or as some describe it “grieving.” To combat those issues, Rockstar announced a massive update coming February 26 that will hopefully improve Red Dead Online.

First, we will focus on “grieving” and how that main issue alone took the fun out of Red Dead Online. Being a Black gamer, of course, my character in the game reflects that. The minute my created character stepped foot in the digital Wild West I was greeted with racial slurs and regularly killed and chased down by white players. Now don’t get me wrong I’ve experienced racism while gaming before but when you play Red Dead Online it just feels too real,. In speaking with The Verge’s Patricia Hernandez who wrote a piece about Black players enduring racist nonsense myself others detailed our experiences within the game.

“I remember a player actually saying ‘get that nigger’ with a Western twang to his voice,” Smalls says. “It was like they felt they have the perfect game to do so.”

I would dread playing the game alone opting to only hop on with friends in hopes to deter trolls from aggressively targeting me. Now the game does allow you to initiate a parlay with that person who is hellbent on killing you, but Rockstar will take things even further. The upcoming update will now reduce your visibility or blip over long distances only revealing your location on the map to players within 150 meters of you. Your position will only be shown if you’re firing your weapon. This new feature aims to stop people from continually targeting you from long distances.

Now if you are one of those players who like to cause trouble on the regular the new system will highlight your over-aggressive play by darkening your dot on the map. The only way to make your visibility fade is by good behavior but if you keep killing innocent players and horses a bounty will be placed on your head, and NPC bounty hunters will track you down this also another new feature coming with the update.  Another much-needed improvement is the ability to parlay with an entire posse because of course trolls run in gangs.

Last but not least there some bug fixes and minor improvements as well as the introduction of daily challenges such as foraging for herbs, selling items at a Fence, hunting, and skinning animals, clearing hideouts, winning feuds and so much more that will reward players with gold nuggets and XP. Rockstar says it will continue to expand and evolve the challenges over time.

This sounds like a step in the right direction, and I personally applaud Rockstar for listening and taking some sort of action to make Red Dead Online fun for EVERYONE.

Photo: Rockstar Games/Red Dead Redemption 2

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