What the Vampire Tabeltop Tells Us About Bloodlines 2

Even though Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 is still several months off, it’s one of the many upcoming RPGs that’s had its claws in me since it was announced during GDC 2019. To get a better sense of the world and mechanics we’ll be dealing with when Bloodlines 2 releases early next year, we invited Rachel Leiker, the Lead UI/UX Designer from VtMB2 developer Hardsuit Labs and Jason Carl, host of the Vampire streaming series L.A. By Night and Brand Manager for White Wolf’s World of Darkness, to run a session of the Vampire tabletop RPG for us so we could get a sense of what it’s like to spend some time in Vampire’s World of Darkness.

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My Time At Portia gets in the mood for love with a romance update

Harvest Moonesque wholesome life simulator My Time At Portia just got an injection of romantic side-quests in celebration of this week’s Chinese Qixi Festival, also known as China’s Valentine’s Day. In the words of my country’s greatest poetess of love Celine Dion: Near, far, wherever you are, I believe that free updates are bon (“good” in French).


Gene Simmons Really Likes That New Pokemon That Looks Like Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons, frontman of the band KISS, is happy that The Pokemon Company apparently chose to honor him with Obstagoon, a brand new Pokemon from the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield that shares a striking resemblance to the rock star.

As reported by Eurogamer, Obstagoon is a brand new Galarian evolution of Zigzagoon that was revealed earlier this week in a trailer that also gave us the Hangry Morpeko, Top Hat Weezing, and the On-the-Nose Team Yell.

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August 9th : New Preview Beta, Delta & Omega Ring 1908 Update (1908.190807-1720)

Starting at 2:00p.m. PST today, members of the Xbox One Preview Beta, Delta & Omega Ring will begin receiving the latest 1908 Xbox One system update (Build: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_190818362.6065.190807-1720).




  • OS version released: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_190818362.6065.190807-1720
  • Available: 2:00 PM 8/9/19
  • Mandatory Date/Time: 3:00 AM 8/10/19




My Games & Apps


  • Fixed an issue where “Pre-Ordered” tag for applicable games would not be displayed in collection.



Known Issues:



  • Some users have reported that when the content does not load when they attempt to open a new Message or Notification/Alert that appears on the dashboard or in the Guide.
    • Note: If you encounter this issue, be sure to indicate whether it was a Message or a Notification/Alert that was not loading content in your feedback description.



  • Users who have Dolby Atmos enabled and console display settings set to 120hz with 36 bits per pixel (12-bit) are experiencing loss of Dolby Atmos audio in some situations.
    • Workaround: Disable 120hz or set Video Fidelity to 30 bits per pixel (10-bit) or lower.


Profile Color

  • Sometimes users may encounter the incorrect Profile color when powering on the console.

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

August 8th : New Preview Alpha Ring 1908 Update (1908.190807-1720)
August 8th : New Preview Alpha Skip Ahead Ring 1910 Update (1910.190806-1945)
August 8th : New Preview Beta, Delta & Omega Ring 1908 Update (1908.190806-1945)

Pretend to be friends with Japanese developers with these neat documentaries

Where does Suda51 get a drink after work? Sounds like the beginning of a (baffling) joke, is actually the pitch of Toco Toco, a series of short documentaries that follow Japanese creators on a tour of their favourite places. Some episodes are career retrospectives told through old haunts; others are just Trip Advisor, but with extra clips of fighting games. They are all beautifully shot and make me want to leap in the screen and start hanging out.

Personally, if I was a famous anything I don’t know if I’d tell the general public where I’m most likely to be found. What if some maniac turns up, or it becomes another pilgrimage site for western fanboys to come and ruin (see: the retro videogame stores of Akihabara). No, despite the generous invitation, I think I’ll sit back, whack the video up to full screen and just pretend that I’m mates the guy who made Nier Automata for a couple of minutes.


The Evercade Handheld’s Latest Cartridge Features Several Rare SNES Games

More retro delights.

Yet another wave of games set to be released on Evercade have been shared – the upcoming cartridge-based handheld system which can connect to your TV.

You can read all about the new system here if you’re not familiar, but for those of you who have seen our previous coverage, let’s dive into the good stuff. This latest set of games will be featured on the Piko Interactive – Collection 1 cartridge, and some of them originally appeared on Nintendo’s very own NES and SNES. There are one or two rare titles available here.

Read the full article on nintendolife.com

Share of the Week – Swimming

Last time, we asked you to beat the summer heat and take a dip in the digital waters of your favorite games. While you swam through oceans, lakes, and murky waters, we waded through your shares in the #PS4share and #PSBlog tags. Here are this week’s swimming highlights:

@SebastianoCatig shared Aloy taking a dip in an oily sink hole in this shot from Horizon Zero Dawn.

@JohnnyCrepp showed Nathan Drake taking a dip through some colorful waters in Uncharted 4.

@jrcollector91 shared Spyro splashing around in Spyro Reignited Trilogy.

The underwater world of Abzu is the perfect summer setting in this share from @JRPyznar.

Grand Theft Auto V has some chilling underwater moments, as shared by @lillanothing.

Kassandra wades through cooling waters in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, shared by @warrior_musa

Search #PS4Share and #PSBlog on Twitter or Instagram to see more entries to this week’s theme. Want to be featured in next week’s Share of the Week?

Theme: Fashion
Share by: 9am Pacific on Wednesday, August 14

Next week, get ready to hit the runway. Throw on your most fashionable gaming duds and strike a pose in the game of your choice using #PS4share and #PSBlog for a chance to be featured.

Minecraft shaders 1.14 – the best Minecraft shaders mods out there

Minecraft shaders, more often than not, force you to choose which you value more highly with your Minecraft experience: aesthetics, or performance. Shaders are always going to be more taxing on your rig than vanilla Minecraft, so the delights of volumetric lighting, godrays, and world curvature (yeah, seriously) are not available to everyone. But what you might be surprised to find is that nowadays some of the very best Minecraft shaders out there are not only fully up-to-date for Minecraft 1.14, but also highly customisable and lightweight, able to run even on lower-end machines. Stay awhile, and we’ll talk about some of our favourites.


Reacquaint Yourself With the Weapons Manufacturers of Borderlands 3

Our IGN First game for August 2019 is the much anticipated Borderlands 3. We’ve got tons of info and first-looks coming at you all this month, including the first 14 minutes of Borderlands 3 and a tour of Borderlands 3’s new hub, Sanctuary 3.

Today we’re focusing on the gun manufacturers. Of course, classic Borderlands weapons makers are returning, but we also have a look at the hacked-together firearm creations of the Children of the Vault (COV). There are also new, easy-to-switch alt-fire modes, adding a whole new layer to combat.

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