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PS4 Owners Beware the New Message Hack

Multiple PS4 owners have confirmed that a text-message exploit is being used to brick players consoles, which requires a factory reset to get the system working again.

Although a copious amount of users have claimed that they were hit by the attack, Sony has not confirmed the reports or given any comment on the subject. To make sure PS4 owners keep their consoles safe, many are suggesting that players switch their messaging settings to “Friends Only” or the more drastic option of not being able to receive messages at all.

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PS4 – Protect Your Console

Currently, there is no known way to stop the attack once it has been initiated. Reports can be found all over the PS4 subreddit and many include the same information. The message-based attack seems to be similar to those seen on other mobile platforms where a message containing a string of characters has the ability to shut down the platform.

To ensure players keep their consoles safe, messages can be managed from a web browser or the PlayStation smart-phone app. These methods seem to be the best way to prevent opening up the message and ruining an expensive console with the exploit.

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If you’re worried about your console and don’t have access to a web browser or the smart-phone app, you can change the messaging settings right from the console. First, go to the Settings tab, then Account Management, and finally click on Privacy Settings to find the option.

In one thread a user explains his team receiving the message while playing the popular shooter Rainbow Six Siege. Everyone on the teams consoles were almost immediately bricked and apparently the accounts that sent the message have yet to be banned by either Sony or Ubisoft.

We here at Gigamax Games are always playing our PS4’s so we will be sure to keep a close eye on this this situation. Be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details.

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Festival of the Lost Brings Tons of New Content to Destiny 2

October is here and Halloween is right around the corner. Bungie is celebrating with their annual Festival of the Lost event. The company teased this year’s festivities last week and has recently pulled back the curtain on what new activities and gear fans will be able to take part in and earn while the Halloween themed event is taking place.

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Festival of the Lost Details 

The biggest addition to Destiny 2 is that the Festival of the Lost brings a new PVE zone named “The Haunted Forest” which can either be tackled solo or with a fire team. Players will be able to take on what Bungie calls “Ghouls and Demons, who are spooking up a storm.” When Guardians jump into the area they will have 15 minutes to make it as far as they can with the difficulty ramping up the further they get.

On the tail end of Festival of the Lost players, will be able to complete a quest that has Guardians investigating the murder of the old Vestian Outpost Cryptarch, Master Ives. This new mission will net fans a Powerful piece of gear, but this quest won’t be available until the weekly reset on the October 30th.

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This year’s festivities have been put in the hands of the very capable Amanda Holiday, the Tower’s shipwright. She’s taken her time to decorate the Tower with a ton of Halloween themed flair and most importantly, she’ll hand out bounties which Guardians can complete to earn a new item called, Fragmented Souls. Players will be able to turn in these items for a variety of Festival of the Lost masks and a new Auto Rifle named, Horror Story. There will also be a number of new Triumphs to complete which are all related to the new activities.

Much like the Solstice of Heroes event that took place back in August, players will still be able to earn Steadfast Engrams by filling up their XP Bars, but during the event, they’ll also earn Ephemeral Engrams which give out themed rewards. These new items include sparrows, ships, ghost shells, and emotes. Ephemeral Engrams will also be sold by Tess but require Destiny 2’s paid currency, Silver. Holiday will also have a collection of goodies that players can purchase with Bright Dust.

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Guardians will be able to start their haunted adventure when Festival of the Lost kicks off on Tuesday, October 16th. The event will run until November 6th and even those without the Forsaken DLC will be able to participate in the celebration!

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Borderlands 2 VR: Pandora Is Back in a Big Way!

Coming December 14th, 2018, PlayStation VR owners can pick up a copy of Borderlands 2 VR. 2K and Gearbox Software announced that Borderlands 2 VR will bring the beloved game to the revolutionary virtual reality platform for the very first time. The critically-acclaimed shooter-looter on PlayStation VR will bring this lively world even closer to gamers hearts.

Borderlands 2 VR Makes an Old Game Feel Fresh

The news broke yesterday, 10/9/18, that Borderlands 2 would be getting yet another release. Except, this time it is going to be just a bit more exciting. Borderlands 2 gave gamers endless hours of enjoyment and bringing it into VR has the potential to refresh Pandora and make this 6-year-old game feel exciting all over again.

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Well, this is exciting!

Experience the Borderlands universe like never before. Players can open life-size chests filled with treasure, guns, and have the chance to inspect the world from every angle. The real-world aiming system will completely immerse anyone wearing that PlayStation VR headset in Borderlands 2. There’s no telling how intense the action will get when the world on the screen comes to life all around you.

New Perspective and Features

Borderlands 2 VR includes additional features not found in the original. One that has the potential to transform how players experience Borderlands 2 VR, besides the game actually being in VR, is the new “Bad Ass Mega Fun Time” (BAMF Time) ability. Gamers will be able to slow down time in order to give them the opportunity to set up their next attack. Players will also have access to a Teleport option, allowing them to transport themselves across Pandora with ease. However, even with the Teleport option being included, it doesn’t seem as though the world is going to be any less extraordinary to explore on foot or in a vehicle.

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Claptrap… in VR!

2K and Gearbox Software enhanced the Borderlands 2 VR experience as well, adding a first-person perspective when driving vehicles. Players will be able to navigate the landscape, accelerate and steer with the joystick and use their headset to aim the vehicles weapons. Furthermore, if players use motion controllers, they can interact with the menu systems in an entirely new way. Point, click, drag and drop, seamlessly flow through the menu system to save time so more can be spent playing Borderlands 2 VR.

Virtual Reality Gaming – The Future?

There are high hopes for the future of Virtual Reality in gaming and the technology is still only in its infancy when it comes to consumer headsets like the PlayStation VR. However, the headset is still capable of delivering a thrilling experience. Borderlands 2 is a massively popular title and bringing it to the PlayStation VR seems like it’s going to be a perfect match.

Stop by GigamaxGames.com in December to find Borderlands 2 VR gameplay. Find out how it performs on Sony’s consumer VR headset. Let’s hope it lives up to expectations or at least comes close. 

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Destiny 2 Last Wish Raid Gear – No Run Needed

Destiny 2 introduced their raid for Forsaken named, Last Wish. Guardians looking to jump in the raid early as they grind to 550 light or gamers that don’t want to wait around for a group have a chance to pick up raid gear without ever fighting an enemy.

The Gigamax Games crew streamed Destiny 2 and showed off how to find the raid chest hidden deep within the new Destiny 2 raid. Find your path through the complex labyrinth and make your Last Wish to get that raid gear.

Destiny 2: Forsaken – Last Wish – Get Raid Gear Without Running The Raid!

Gigamax Games streams every Tuesday and Thursday on YouTube Live and Twitch. The updated stream schedule is available, here.

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Walking Dead: The Final Season Set To Be Completed

Skybound Entertainment, the studio owned and operated by The Walking Dead’s creator, Robert Kirkman, officially announced that they reached a deal with Telltale to complete the game Walking Dead: The Final Season.

“We’ve successfully negotiated with Telltale Games for our company Skybound to come in and see Season 4 of the Telltale game to completion,” said Kirkman during a panel at Comic-Con over the weekend. “We can’t lose Andrew Lincoln and Clementine in the same year.”

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Telltale and Skybound Entertainment have always worked together on the Telltale Walking Dead series, but after the studio announced it was closing its doors in September, many fans were concerned about Walking Dead: The Final Season’s fate.

Skybound also confirmed that it was working with a number of former Telltale employees that were originally making Walking Dead: The Final Season, but with over 200 employees laid off, this is a bittersweet announcement. According to reports, none of those fired were given severance and were never told that the company was going to be shut down prior to the day it closed.

While this is certainly an exciting announcement, there are plenty of details that need to be clarified about Skybound’s partnership with Telltale. “We’re currently ironing out some of the details as this is a pretty major deal, so we’ll have more info on the who/what/where/when/how very soon as those details are finalized,” the studio said. (https://bit.ly/2NtaHHX)

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“We appreciate your patience during this process. Thank you to the fans for being so supportive of this series and vocal about wanting to see Clementine’s story continue! We’re going to do right by you (and also for ourselves, because WE want to play it too!).” (https://bit.ly/2NtaHHX)

Unfortunately, Walking Dead: The Final Season was far from the only game Telltale was working on and it is hard to forget the poor choices that were made by the studio. Hopefully, some of the profits from the project will be used to properly compensate employees that were left blindsided by this terrible event. We here at Gigamax will continue to follow this story and report any new developments so be sure to keep checking back at GigamaxGames.com.

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Reports Suggest New Switch Hardware On The Way

According to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, a new version of the extremely popular Nintendo Switch is making its way to gamers next year. This report is backed by suppliers and others in the industry with direct knowledge of the company’s plan for the console.

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Big Moves for the Switch!

Along with the news came a few details on what fans can expect from the new Nintendo Switch hardware: “The current Switch uses a lower-end liquid-crystal display without some technologies that are standard in more recent smartphone LCDs,” said the report. “Updating the display with these technologies would make it brighter, thinner and more energy-efficient. The updated Switch isn’t expected to adopt the organic light-emitting diode or OLED panels used in Apple Inc.’s iPhone X series.”

Nintendo has already managed to sell 20 million units around the world since the console launched back in 2017 and this move is probably intended to keep sales numbers up as the system grows in age. Fans can expect the new iteration of the hardware in the second half of 2019, most likely around the holiday season to really capitalize on the biggest sales months of the year. This news isn’t terribly surprising considering that Nintendo not only wants a console in every home, but it wants every member of a home to own a version of the hardware.

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“The biggest attraction of Nintendo Switch is that the console can be carried around and used easily for competitive gameplay via local wireless connection,” said Shigeru Miyamoto during a financial briefing earlier in the year. “If consumers come to take it for granted that everybody has a Nintendo Switch, then we can create new and very Nintendo genres of play, and Nintendo Switch can have a life apart from smart devices and other video game systems. Expanding the Nintendo Switch world this way is a means of eliminating risk.” (https://bit.ly/2EXODCX)

We would love to see a new version of this amazing portable console and will certainly try to have whatever Nintendo releases on day one, so be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest detail on the company’s future plans!

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HITMAN 2 – How to Hitman: Tools of the Trade

Fans of the Hitman series will be excited to see some of the imaginative gadgets available to Agent 47 in HITMAN 2. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive added a new video to their How to Hitman series called, Tools of the Trade. These How to Hitman videos show off what gamers can expect to see from HITMAN 2.

The new game releases November 13th, 2018 and will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One X, and PC.

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A hitman is nothing without the right tools. Agent 47 is proficient with many of the classics, guns, hands, explosives, however, to be a great hitman, he needs to continue getting creative. Tools of the Trade highlights an assortment of tools, weapons, disguises, stealth techniques and unique ways to eliminate any target. The entire Tools of the Trade video is available below.

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Whether its a rubber ducky distraction, or falling coconuts, there’s no limit to how creative gamers can get. A hitman’s job depends on eliminating their targets and getting the task done as efficiently as possible. It seems as though HITMAN 2 will include the tools and environments necessary to accomplish these two goals in a variety of ways.

Even More HITMAN Gameplay

Tools of the Trade is the third video in the How to Hitman series. The first, Immersion, showed off some of the unique environments players can expect to experience when they pick up the game in November and showcased how each choice a gamer makes can influence the outcome of a scenario. The second video, Assassins Mindset, explored some of the unique disguises Agent 47 uses and the distraction options available to throw off the targets.

New Environments and Game Modes

HITMAN 2 will include 6 sandbox locations where Agent 47 will work. The two that are available to the public as of now are Miami and Colombia. The developer and publisher expressed that all of these new areas will be hyper-detailed. Gamers can expect to experience a living world to keep every contract feeling fresh and exciting.

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Along with the new tools and locations coming to HITMAN 2, it also introduces Sniper Assassin mode. This is a standalone mode that brings a co-op experience to Hitman. It will be the first time a Hitman game allows two gamers to play together online to complete contracts. Sniper Assassin mode is available now for those that pre-order HITMAN 2. For people looking to make a name for themselves in the HITMAN universe, they can enter the HITMAN: Sniper Assassin Competition. Gamers that take part in the Sniper Assassin Competition compete for a chance to get their name and likeness included in future HITMAN 2 content.

With all the unique environments to experience and assassination tools to use, HITMAN 2 looks like it’ll be a refreshing take on the strategic stealth game.

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Destiny 2’s Masterwork Cores Getting Reworked

Bungie finally confirmed that they are solving issues many fans are having with Destiny 2. Just before the Forsaken Expansion, a patch was implemented that increased the importance of the “Masterwork Cores” resource. The company acknowledged that the system is currently flawed and reassured fans that a fix was on the way.

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Masterwork Core Rework on the Horizon

Before the patch was made live, Masterwork Cores were solely used for upgrading a weapon into their Masterwork version. These weapons have increased stats and add a variety of perks to the gun, but obtaining the resource necessary to make this transformation isn’t a simple task.

Now that Forsaken is out, Masterwork Cores are an essential ingredient for Destiny 2’s Infusion system, which allows players to boost their Light Level by deconstructing weapons. This was initially intended to make the choice of Infusion more difficult so Guardians would have to utilize a wider variety of weapons. Now that this resource is needed in two separate but important systems, fans believe the drop rate is too low.

This was one of the talking points for Bungie’s most recent blog post which acknowledged the player feedback and promised to fix it. The post detailed the two main problems: “Masterwork Cores have a misleading name. When they were created, the definition of a pinnacle item put the emphasis almost entirely on Masterworking. We expanded that definition in Forsaken, but didn’t update the currency. [Also], there are not enough reliable sources to earn Masterwork Cores, which can make deciding what to spend them on too difficult.” (https://bit.ly/2Ioi8PR)

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Destiny 2 currently only offers a few ways to obtain Masterwork Cores: breaking down Legendary gear, purchasing them from the vendor on the Tangled Shore, or using a Consumable that causes bosses to drop them. On top of the update to cores, Bungie is modifying Exotic drop rates so that players are less likely to earn weapons or armor they’ve already received.

This certainly wouldn’t be the first time Bungie changed a system that fans had complaints about. It’s reassuring to see their open-mindedness when it comes to taking advice from fan feedback. Make sure you keep track of all Destiny 2’s changes by checking back here with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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Local Gamers Raise Over $1,900 for a Great Cause

Gamers have the power to do wonderful things. From beating Dark Souls, to giving back to their community in a spectacular way, the video game community is growing and that means their ability to give back is expanding as well.

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The Long Island video game community came together to host an event called United We Game: For Jacksonville. Its goal was to raise money for the victims of the Madden tournament shooting and it was a glowing success. MT Summit Gaming, a Long Island eSports event organizer that hosts community orientated tournaments all around the island saw this tragedy and couldn’t sit by and do nothing. So they sprang into action, contacting a host of small businesses around Long Island and asked them to contribute in their own way.

MT Summit Gaming Takes Community Seriously

All tallied up, United We Game: For Jacksonville brought in over $1,900 and donated it to EA’s Public Fund which the company set up to help those impacted by the horrific event. None of the hosts pocketed a dime of the income. Every cent of profit went directly to the charity. People offered their time, equipment, and expertise at no cost, all to raise money for individuals they’ve never met. This just highlights the comradery that can be found all throughout the video game community.

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Joe Marchese-Schmitt President and CEO of MT Summit was asked: What gave you the idea to put this event together?

“It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while. The video game community, generally speaking, can be kind of fractured and we’ve been trying to think of ways to unite people for a while. “

“[The tragedy] hit particularly close to home for us, we run events like that all the time. With everything bad happening, we had to do something about it and we couldn’t let this pass us by, we wouldn’t have let ourselves live that down. We thought that if there was a chance to get people together, this was it.”

“Hopefully this event today goes the extra mile, not just in raising money for the families and the people that unfortunately passed away and for the people that were injured, but the goal today is also to show the world and remind the video game community that we are one cohesive united community that will stand together when tragedy hits.” 

Collaborating Long Island Small Businesses

United We Game: For Jacksonville wasn’t just an unbelievable cause, it showed that small businesses have the power to do a lot of good. When these local businesses come together and collaborate, they can have a nationwide impact. MT Summit Gaming realized that if they brought together companies that would normally be competing and offered them all a chance to do give back, something amazing would happen. That became a reality after the results of United We Game: For Jacksonville were realized.

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All of the companies listed below gave their time to make sure this event met a certain standard. Every piece of equipment, all the effort, and every second spent advertising and hosting brackets for no profit proves that this community will stand together through any hurdle that presents itself. 

To find out more about them, be sure to click through and see what else makes these companies special besides them giving their time to this cause.

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What made you want to be a part of this?

“[MT Summit] reached out to me and it’s for a great cause. I like games and so, of course, it’s a pretty natural thing. We wanted to bring our all” Michael LaBombard, owner of Aon Gaming stated.

Find Aon Gaming on Twitter and Facebook!

 

Long Island Retro Gaming

Why did Long Island Retro Gaming want to be involved today?

Chris aka Dbus explained, “This whole situation, you know what it is, it sucks. I wish I had better verbiage for it but I don’t. It’s unfortunate, it’s unfortunate that stuff like this keeps happening and I’m glad that all the different communities on Long Island, Long Island Retro and everybody else came together to toss this together and do something good.”

“At the end of the day, we have Tetris Grand Finals going on right now and obviously, there’s going to be a winner and there’s going to be a loser. But watching people play and have a good time is what’s it about.”

Find Long Island Retro Gaming on Facebook, Twitter, and their Website!

 

ESPORTS LONG ISLAND and Extra Life NYC & LI Guild

What does ESPORTS LONG ISLAND do exactly, for those that might not know?

“We’ve been putting on free tournaments for the local community and Nassau and Suffolk County. I enjoy putting on events and bringing a community that would normally be at home, together and give them a platform to meet other people in the area who play the same game who they never met before.” Mike Harris said. 

Find ESPORTS LONG ISLAND on Facebook, IG, and Twitter!

You said you also said you work closely with Extra Life. How does that work?

Harris continued to explain his role for the Extra Life BYC & LI Guild, “I’m the president of the Extra Life NYC & LI Guild. On a national level, Extra Life supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital is Cohen Children’s Medical Center. My responsibility is to build a local group of ambassadors who promote Extra Life and get other people involved to fundraise for our local hospital.”

“We go to a lot of Cons and different events in the area to promote and then we also do a lot of events at the hospital with the kids.”

Find out more about Extra Life NYC & LI Guild on their Website, Twitter, and follow them on Instagram!

 

Waypoint Gaming

Speaking with Eric Marinaccio, COO for Waypoint Gaming, Gigamax Games asked a couple of questions to learn more about the company and their contribution.

Waypoint Gaming has only been open for about 4 months but have you done charity before?

“We haven’t done anything to this scale. We do have a lot of things planned to do other charities. We are working with Extra Life to get some stuff together.” Marinaccio explained.

How did you guys get involved with this event?

He continued, “Especially for this, the Madden community holds a special place in our heart. We do have a Madden player and when it first happened, a lot of people in the community were scared because they thought he was there. I knew he wasn’t able to go but the community started going crazy trying to find him. So, we wanted to give something back. We wanted to prove that it doesn’t matter what facet of gaming you’re in, you want to work together and prove that the gaming community isn’t all these little alcoves, we’re all the same.”

Learn more about Waypoint Gaming on their Website, Facebook page, and Twitter!

 

GenGAME

Has GenGAME taken part in charities like this before? 

“Over the course of our charitable involvement, we’ve at least raised over $10,000 for charity. For this event, in particular, we felt this was great to kind of bring everyone together and just throw a great event and raise some good money for the folks who really need it right now,” said Trevor Magnani from GenGAME.

This company has so much more to share with the Long Island gaming community. See what else they have to offer on their Website, Facebook, and Twitter!

 

Extra Life

Extra Life Volunteer, Jerelyn Zontini helped the Gigamax Games crew learn more about this charitable organization and what these events mean to her. 

How many of these kinds of events do you attend a year?

“Depending on the time of the year and the scope of the event, we will try to get to as many gaming events in the Long Island community. I got involved about 5 years ago. Being an event planner and community manager and seeing the surge and the excitement and the impact that eSports and gaming, to see it kind of surge and what it’s become, it’s wonderful to see here on Long Island that the community does come together for fun, for laughter for tears for competition, but that’s being a part of a community.”

There is a competitive nature in gaming, there’s going to be a winner. But once they’re behind the screen, it’s what they love to do. It’s almost beyond a sense of competition at that point. Do you see that a lot? Where it’s mostly comradery?

“Speaking as a volunteer for Extra Life, knowing that the proceeds of volunteering or gaming and the funds that are raised are going to the one Children’s Miracle Network Hospital on Long Island, and to see these people come together and sign up and want to raise funds for this not-for-profit, they’re directly impacting, not only their love of gaming but they might not realize it, they’re impacting the hospital on Long Island whose funds are given strictly for some programs, going directly back to the hospital. [Gamers] can see the difference that their fun and their fundraising is going.”

See how to get involved and start giving back with Extra Life by visiting their Website, Twitter, or Instagram page

 

Virtual Realms

Virtual Realms brought out two stunning VR setups and invited people to play a variety of games for free, all day. There was even a Beat Saber bracket where gamers slashed their way through fire beats to take home the title as Beat Saber champion while also giving back to the gaming community. This company created a place on Long Island for gamers to experience the latest VR gaming technology, host parties and overall just have an amazing time.

 

Small Businesses and Local Vendors

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Besides the companies that hosted brackets, free plays, and donated equipment, there were other small businesses that came to show support. They shared their art, creativity, and products with the crowd to elevate the entire experience. Take a few minutes and find out more about these talented artists, creators, and organizations. 

Video Game Community is Unique and Beautiful

There is one community in particular that made this event possible and without them, United We Game: For Jacksonville wouldn’t be able to raise any money at all. Gamers, competitors, and spectators are the life-blood of video game tournaments. Long Island gamers came out in a big way, competing and cheering on their favorite gamers, and their presence supported the competition and entire cause. Without the support of all the gamers that attended, it would have been impossible to raise this money.

It was heartwarming to see and speak to the incredible people that put this event together. Sometimes, gamers forget that they are a part of a community, especially one that is becoming more powerful by the day. Competing companies and gamers put their differences aside on that day to give back to the community in an amazing way.

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Valve Opens In House Steam Comment Moderation

Valve announced their plan to officially start moderating comments on individual game discussions on their popular gaming platform, Steam. Before today’s development, Valve was only moderating Steam’s screenshots, artwork, guides, user profiles, community groups, and user reviews.

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Valve Sick of Toxic Comments

The company made the statement via a Steam blog post which read: “In the past, we’ve been hesitant to get involved in the moderation of individual game discussions, as we didn’t want to step on the toes of game developers that want to have their own style of communication with players and their own set of guidelines for behavior. But over time, we’ve been hearing from more and more game developers that would actually prefer for us to take a more active role in discussion boards, at least to the extent of handling posts that are reported by other players.”

This does not mean Valve will be actively scanning forums and various comment threads for comments that break their terms of service and community guidelines. The company will rely on reports from users on the platform in order to ensure all of their rules are being followed. This is to make sure developers that joke around with their community and are rude on purpose don’t get taken down by an automated system. Valve will only target comments that have been reported.

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Actual picture of a Steam troll

All of this news follows a year of numerous changes to Steam’s policies on censorship, which have been met with backlash by users. Earlier in the year, Valve announced that everything and anything could go up on Steam as long as it wasn’t illegal or a blatant attempt to troll potential buyers. It will be interesting to see how long this new system performs considering the company’s nature of going back and forth on decisions, but Gigamax Games will be sure to keep every gamer updated on the latest changes and Steam updates!

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