I never thought I would see the day, but it's true, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now free-to-play
Valve is injecting more life into CS:GO with free-to-play
As if playing de_dust2 isn't enough for players haha
It's amazing to see this game go free-to-play
Now no one has any excuse but to try it out CS:GO
Kind of a serious issue to talk about here, video game addiction. it's all fun and games when you binge on a video game for a night or two. But if it becomes a regular thing, as apparently it has for some Fortnite addicts (one player mentioned clocks in 12 hours a day!), then it's time to get some help.
From the article: "For now, Fortnite is the game of choice. On a recent afternoon, the game was the most-viewed on Amazon.com Inc.’s Twitch streaming service, with 250,000 people watching others play."
This is why TRS80 Gaming is into casual games and keeping casual gaming hours. There's a world and life outside of video games, and addiction is no joke.
Bungie has finally caught on to what other games like WoW (World of Warcraft) do and that's Refer-A-Friend. They will give you a reward for inviting a friend to play Destiny 2! Finally. Aside from giving away PC copies of Destiny 2 for Battle.net players (up until 18 November 2018), refer-a-friend should help bring more players into the game.
How to get Fragmented Souls
Here's a good guide on how to get fragmented souls to buy Festival of the Lost masks. The easiest way is to get bounties from Amanda Holliday, usually you get just one it seems but other bounties can have higher fragmented souls rewards like +10. Daily bounties give you +1, Weekly bounties give you +40 fragmented souls. That's enough to buy a Festival of the Lost mask!
How to get all the Festival of the Lost Masks
Forbes has the full list of all Festival of the Lost masks. The first mask you get is Master Rahool. Each mask can be upgraded by defeating nightmares (the bosses at the end of each "branch" in the Haunted Forest quest, usually you defeat 10 to upgrade the mask's perk).
Sony announced that they would releasing PlayStation Classic on December 3rd, 2018. It's been almost 25 years since the original PlayStation was released so they decided to make it smaller and preload 20 games on it.
They haven't announced the whole list of games, but they're saying the following games will be preloaded:
It's going to come with 2 controllers, HDMI cables and a USB cable. The cost is $100 USD and $130 CAD. This is a pretty good price considering you get to play classic games.
If you have a PlayStation 4, you can actually already play PlayStation 2 games on it.
Update3: Masterwork Cores are being modified. Masterwork cores are used to upgrade armor and weapons in Destiny 2. The economy for them has been changing since the Forsaken expansion was released. At the Tangled Shore it was possible to use legendary shards (10 at first, and then 20, 30, and so on) to buy exactly 1 Masterwork Core, and usually you would need 10 Masterwork Cores to upgrade your gear (in some cases you would only need 5). Bungie is updating things because players have been complaining that Masterwork Cores are now too rare.
The changes are:
Update2: GameSpot has posted a review of Forsaken, in it they say:
The standout addition to the rotation is Gambit, a part-PvP, part-PvE mode that has you competing with an enemy team on mostly separate maps. Your main goal is to kill AI-controlled enemies, collect the motes they drop, and bank those motes to summon a final boss before the other team summons and kills theirs. Along the way, members from each team will have the opportunity to invade the other map and score PvP kills to screw with their opponents' progress. It's a creative combination of Destiny's various existing modes, and having to juggle both your side of the map and the other team's progress--and frantically trying to hide when an invader comes--makes for hectic matches that are consistently fun with or without friends, as well as a great way to level up regardless of your commitment.
Update! More of us, INCIDENT, knightedmoose and 7thOfSeptember have played the Forsaken Destiny 2 expansion! We all think it's pretty awesome, but some of us still make comparisons to Warframe.
condeneasty80 played the first story mission last night and it starts off strong; you, the Guardian, are helping to quell a prison riot in the Prison of Elders. You encounter a new type of Fallen, they're "undead" and have more annoying attacks than the Red Legion Gladiators!
There is also a new game mode: Gambit. In this mode you are killing wave after wave of enemies and trying to collect "motes". It's 4v4, where once in a while, you can send one of your team into the other team's arena to disrupt them. You can send over enemies to block them from collecting and turning in their motes too. It's a lot of fun.
The New Eden Report is a newspaper written for the game EVE Online. It looks interesting and this article talks about the day to day of the newspaper editor.
PC Gamer has a great section showing all that we know about Cyberpunk 2077. It's a game created by the same team that created Witcher 3, it takes place in a dystopian cyberpunk science fiction universe. It looks like it's a mix of an RPG and FPS; I won't say it's similar to Destiny, but maybe closer to The Division? We'll have to wait to see some more gameplay demos to find out exactly how it'll play.
The Steam client has been updated and the chat interface is much much better. What I really like is that you can see your friends in the friends list by game. I was doing this manually before; because it was awesome to see a list of 5-10 people for the games that we both have. It made it easy to find people to play CSGO or Civilization 5 with.
It even works on the web too, no need to download a client to chat with people on Steam!
What are Sleeper Nodes?
Sleeper nodes are the diamond-shaped <> nodes that are hanging around the Mars map. In Destiny 2 you can collect 44 of them. You don't collect them in order. You collect Sleeper Nodes based on what the Override Frequency item says. This means you could end up visiting the same sleeper node a few times.
How many Resonate Stems do I need in order to get 1 Override Frequency?
To create 1 Override Frequency which can lead you to a Sleeper Node, you will need 4 Resonate Stems. You're going to need to do some farming to collect enough of them.
How to farm Resonate Stems and the Best Way to Farm Sleeper Nodes
The hardest part is that the drop of the Override Frequency can be any of the 44 sleeper nodes, even the ones you have already collected. While playing, I've encountered the same node at least twice. Find all 44 locations of [Override Frequency] Sleeper Nodes
To earn Resonate Stems, you can complete public events, heroic public events (you get 2 resonate stems for this), and you can also loot lost sectors and complete patrols.
To farm Resonate Stems, you can run the Glacial Drift Lost Sector over and over again. If you do this you can farm 1 Resonate Stem. The Glacial Drift area is on Mars.
Another way to farm Resonate Stems is to complete patrols while completing public events. Especially if the public event turns into a heroic public event. With this technique you can earn 1 stem from a public event, another stem if it's heroic, and by completing a patrol, another stem for a total of 3 Resonate Stems. This is really efficient as you can farm 3 stems at a time plus the lost sector to get 4 stems, which is one Override Frequency. Spend an afternoon just grinding and farming these resonate stems and get enough of them so that you can find the sleeper nodes, and hopefully avoid repeated sleeper nodes.
Farming Sleeper Nodes
To farm sleeper nodes, you will actually have to farm Resonate Stems. Read the section above for info on that.
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