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    If there’s one best-known feature of Ubisoft, it’s Open World Games. Last year they launched “Assassin’s Creed: Viking Age”, “Legend of Phoenix” and “Watchdogs: Legion of Freedom” worldwide, although Ubisoft has its own arrangements for open world projects (e.g., “Polar War Howl” 6)). The last of the above three games hides a hand: Online mode. “Watchdogs: Freedom Legion Online” is basically the “GDA Online” version of “Watchdogs” .We spent a few hours before the release date to see if this mode could be included in the overall project’s massive project. . Online mode is an independent experience, but to access this mode you must have the game “Watchdogs: Legion of Freedom”. If you have played the main game, an understanding of the game dynamics and the map of London would be helpful, but it is by no means the most important. You can enter “online” mode from the main menu...
    In this morning’s preview of Watch Dogs: Legion Online, I said I was really looking forward to throwing darts online against other human players once the mode rolls out March 9. That’s sincere. Whenever I duck back into near-future London and end up in a pub, especially when fast-traveling back to DedSec HQ, inevitably I wind up playing five or six rounds. I swear, I’ve booted up this game specifically to play darts, putting it down altogether when I was done throwing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! The darts in Watch Dogs: Legion helps round out my portfolio of sports video games nicely. (Did you know the last full-title darts video game on consoles was Rebellion’s PDC World Championship Darts Pro Tour for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2010? I did not. I was probably still playing darts with Little Jacob and Roman at Grand Theft...
    Ubisoft has revealed when you’ll be able to roam around a virtual version of London with your friends in Watch Dogs: Legion. The delayed multiplayer mode arrives on March 9th. You’ll be able to explore with your buddies, take on challenges and encounter events throughout the city. There’ll be co-op missions for up to four players. The free update includes a four-player Tactical Op, which consists of five connected missions. Ubisoft says this is endgame content for players looking for a challenge, so it’s probably best to make sure that you’ve recruited a high-quality team of characters and you have upgraded your gadgets before taking on the Leader of the Pack operation. The multiplayer patch will also unlock the game’s first player vs. player (PVP) mode called Spiderbot Arena. Four players will take control of armed spiderbots and duke it out in a deathmatch. You’ll earn experience, rank up...
    Watch Dogs: Legion’s multiplayer mode, originally due in December and pushed back on a near-monthly basis since, is delayed again. Watch Dogs: Legion Online will now launch March 9, a delay of two weeks. For impatient fans, what I played in a closed preview event one month ago didn’t exactly look like something worth the extended wait. For those looking to Watch Dogs: Legion Online as the game’s first narrative expansion, there isn’t much of that. There is a story-extending series of five cooperative missions, but nearly all of them break down to a guns-blazing shootout, with little of Watch Dogs’ blend of stealth and technological trickery. There is plenty to do on your own in a reset open-world London, where the player is now recruiting and building their own DedSec cell (somewhat pursuant to the concluding events of the main story). But a lot of it feels like progression...
    President Joe Biden charmed reporters with stories about his “love affair” with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and praise for his dogs, Champ Biden and Major Biden, and even gave one reporter his own personal cup of coffee. President and Dr. Biden chatted with reporters Friday morning as they inspected Valentine’s Day decorations on the North Lawn of the White House, and the president put on a veritable clinic in the Art of Bidening. HE began with a quip, turning to reporters and saying “The press is going to think this is for them.” One reporter, Kimberly Halkett of Al Jazeera English, asked “What is your gift for Valentine’s Day?” “It’s not Valentine’s Day yet, I can’t tell you. She’ll disown me,” Biden answered, adding “Valentine’s Day is a big day, Jill’s favorite day.” Asked what inspired her to put up the display, Dr. Biden said “I just wanted some...
    PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — A dog who stayed with his master until the very end now has a new beginning. The pup affectionately known as Baby Dog has a new lease on life. “I think we’re going to go with bright blue leash,” said Lisa Lomeli. RELATED: Dog Kept Guard Over Owner David Deshon Who Was Found Dead In Snow Lomeli and her husband Laurence picked out what they would need with their newfound friend. “What an amazing dog,” she said. The cattle dog who stayed two days in the snow with his owner David Deshon until Placer County rescuers found his body is a story that won’t soon be forgotten. “Baby Dog stayed with him on his chest to keep him warm,” said David’s daughter Shona. As Shona grieved the loss of her father, she realized she just couldn’t care for Baby Dog with her busy work schedule. She wanted...
    For dog lovers, the annual Puppy Bowl is the real “fantasy football.” The adorable three-hour event preceding Super Bowl 2021, now in its 17th year, is a celebration inspired by the big human game, but dedicated to inspiring — and adoptable! — dogs. The event will see teams Ruff and Fluff go paw-to-paw in a fur-filled melee for the “Lombarky” trophy. One thing they likely won’t need to fight over: a forever home. Since the Puppy Bowl’s inception, their adoption campaign has reached its goal of seeing every one of the animals involved go to loving owners. The big game will be led by ESPN’s Monday Night Football announcer Steve Levy and SportsCenter host Sage Steele, with help from animal advocates Kristen Bell, Valerie Bertinelli and Food Network star Duff Goldman. Plus, a crew of cuddly kitties will entertain viewers with paw-some performances. Before that, a pregame show...
    First Lady Jill Biden filmed a public service announcement released Thursday, urging Americans to keep wearing their masks during the coronavirus pandemic. The first lady appeared in the video with her family’s two dogs Champ and Major. The ad was titled “Puppy Bowl XVII” to coincide with this year’s Super Bowl on Sunday. “The unconditional love from a dog is one of the most beautiful things on earth and we owe it to them to keep ourselves healthy,” Biden said in the video filmed in the White House. First dogs Champ and Major Biden are seen on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2021.  The pooches can be seen trotting on the White House grounds in pictures retweeted by First Lady Jill Biden’s spokesman Michael LaRosa, with the pointed obelisk of the Washington Monument in the background. (JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images) She...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A hundred dogs landed at JFK Airport last Friday morning to meet their forever families. Many were rescued from illegal traffickers in China’s dog meat trade, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported. Special cargo of furry survivors were loaded off planes after traveling thousands of miles. They finally were able to greet their new owners. “I’m just, I don’t have words,” said Nicole Diodati, holding her new dog Ben. “It’s amazing.” “Can you imagine what he’s been through?” Duddridge asked. “I don’t think any of us can,” said Diodati. The global animal welfare group No Dogs Left Behind worked with activists in China to rescue these hundred dogs from slaughterhouses, wet markets and illegal traffickers. As bad as it is, video doesn’t show the worst of it. There are scenes too disturbing to show on our newscasts. “Once we actually save the dogs, it’s an incredible process of...
    (CNN)A boy interrupts his dad's TV appearance, "The Crown" cast gets down and dogs return to the White House. These are the must-watch videos of the week.Surprise visitor JUST WATCHEDTrivago CEO's son crashes live CNN interviewReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHTrivago CEO's son crashes live CNN interview 03:09Ah, a classic work-from-home situation. Victor, the son of Trivago CEO Axel Hefer, paid his dad a visit and sat on his lap while the executive did an interview with CNN's Richard Quest.'So humiliating'JUST WATCHEDWatch 'The Crown' cast dance to LizzoReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHWatch 'The Crown' cast dance to Lizzo 01:02Gillian Anderson and other members of "The Crown" cast danced along to Lizzo's "Good As Hell." But according to Anderson, the dance tape was never meant for the public! Read MoreUncanny resemblanceJUST WATCHEDFirst look at Kristen Stewart as Princess DianaReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHFirst look at Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana 00:31You'll need to do a...
    Netflix on Wednesday released a trailer for its upcoming series “Canine Intervention,” starring Oakland dog trainer Jas Leverette. Leverette runs Cali K9, one of the top dog-training facilities in California. According to Netflix, each episode will feature the Bay Area resident as he uses “unique training methods and techniques” while working with a variety of dogs and their owners to fix their obedience and behavior issues. He works with all breeds, he’s never turned a dog away, and he can correct “even the most extreme behavior issues.” The trailer features several scenes of teary-eyed dog owners reaching out to Leverette for help. “I help the dogs that no one else will,” he says. Consisting of six 30-minute episodes, “Canine Intervention” premieres Feb. 24 on Netflix.
    Getty First dogs Champ and Major Biden are seen on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2021. President Joe Biden’s dogs could be heard barking in the background as he signed an executive order on Monday, January 25, 2021. His dogs had just moved into the White House and were exploring the grounds when reporters could hear them in the background as he signed an executive order reversing a ban on transgender people serving in the military. Watch a video of the moment below. His Dogs Can Be Heard Barking at the End of the Executive Order Signing At the end of Biden’s press conference as he signed executive orders on Monday, viewers could hear his two dogs barking in the background. Bidens dogs barking… pic.twitter.com/doTErYoG4T — Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) January 25, 2021 Biden had just signed an executive order...
     PLAYSTATION owners can bag a brilliant deal on Watch Dogs Legion. The hit game is discounted by a whopping £21 for Cyber Monday – if you've got a PS4 or PS5. 3Save London from an oppressive private military using your hacking toolsCredit: Ubisoft Watch Dogs Legion is one of the latest and greatest games to grace the new console. It's got slick graphics, an engaging story and unique hacker-inspired gameplay. You'd usually pay £59.99 for the new Ubisoft title, but it's now down to just £38.99. The new discount is available over at the official PlayStation Store: Watch Dogs Legion (PS4/PS5) at PlayStation for £38.99 – buy here 3Stealth, hacking, puzzle-solving and outright action – whatever you like, Watch Dogs Legion has itCredit: Ubisoft Watch Dogs Legion is the third game in the Watch Dogs series, and came out on October 29. But it's also a launch title...
    Thanksgiving is going to the dogs. The National Dog Show, an annual tradition to watch as the turkey-itis takes over and lands you in a couch coma, is still happening this year — but like most of 2020, it’s going to look a little different. The dog show, hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia annually since 1933, will go on as planned, but all the good boys and girls will compete without spectators, vendors, sponsors or the press. The American Kennel Club (AKC)-sanctioned event will see purebred dogs, accompanied by their owners, vie for the coveted Best in Show title. Of course, the event will follow COVID-19 safety protocols, including social distancing, mask-wearing and more, but NBC, which televises the event, said there will be a mere 600 dogs competing, much less than the nearly 2,000 who typically compete in the show. While there may be fewer canines overall,...
    Thanksgiving is going to the dogs. The National Dog Show, an annual tradition to watch as the turkey-itis takes over and lands you in a couch coma, is still happening this year — but like most of 2020, it’s going to look a little different. The dog show, hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia annually since 1933, will go on as planned, but all the good boys and girls will compete without spectators, vendors, sponsors or the press. The American Kennel Club (AKC)-sanctioned event will see purebred dogs, accompanied by their owners, vie for the coveted Best in Show title. Of course, the event will follow COVID-19 safety protocols, including social distancing, mask-wearing and more, but NBC, which televises the event, said there will be a mere 600 dogs competing, much less than the nearly 2,000 who typically compete in the show. While there may be fewer canines overall,...
    Watch Dogs: Legion recently debuted, with a multiplayer mode planned to follow before the end of 2020. Ubisoft is making a change of plans, and is putting the multiplayer mode on the backburner until an unspecified date in 2021. Ubisoft posted a statement on their official site, explaining the rationale behind the delay, as well as immediate steps towards stabilizing the single player campaign. Since the launch of Watch Dogs: Legion, some of you continue to have technical issues preventing you from enjoying the game. The dev team is committed to fixing these issues and will not stop until everyone can experience the game as intended. As an immediate next step, this week, we are releasing Update 2.20 to PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Stadia. The update will add a manual Save Game button to PC, as well as bring further stability improvements for Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S,...
    Watch Dogs: Legion asks the player to lead a rebellion against London’s oppressors. The game grants me a variety of tools, tactics, and options, and I have squandered all of them in favor of playing the game like an absolute dingus. The game offered me a variety of starting Dedsec agents, and I chose a lesbian who is banned for life from the London zoo and has the incredible power of “owns a gun.” I make shortcuts over sidewalks and swerve to hit couriers on motorbikes. I avoid using the spiderbot and stealth because I prefer to brawl with absolutely everyone. After all, I figured, I’ve played a million open world games where I complete crime-related missions in a big city. I know how this works. It’s fine. I drive down the streets, hunting down people with funny traits or professions like “games journalist” or “searched ‘how do ovens...
    Some Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion players say they are getting corrupted-save errors on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of the game, wiping out hours of progress, and, in some cases, forcing them to start all over. The problem is especially severe for Watch Dogs: Legion, which maintains only a single campaign playthrough — that is, no manual saving, and no multiple game saves from earlier points. A thread on Ubisoft’s official forums for Legion has several players describing lost progress, with community managers acknowledging that developers are looking into the problem. There seems to be no consistent trigger event for the disruption to the Watch Dogs: Legion save file. Some report that it has happened to them from the point they switched to a new team member. Others said they think cycling to another team member starts the save process. One player wondered if...
    Early Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs Legion players are grappling with a particularly frustrating flaw. News Brig reader Jordan points out that numerous players on Ubisoft’s forums and Reddits communities are having frequent trouble accessi…
    System failures The theme of originality and variety in missions is not the only little problem I have encountered in Watch Dogs Legion. Beyond bugs and glitches typical of these games (to be expected at this point when it comes to a new release) and some odd face or performance drop in the game, there are three things that particularly caught my attention and that I want to highlight. In the first place, and unfortunately, I have confirmed one of the doubts that assailed me when I began to investigate this game: the absence of more complex and defined characters (let’s call them ‘main’) causes that do not get to enter 100% in the game. You can identify with the DedSec cause, you will end up having a favorite and you will feel it when a member of your team dies but you won’t get to...
    Screenshot by Jack Fennimore Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition copy provided by Ubisoft Review based on PC version I’ll be honest with any of you reading this: I didn’t finish Watch Dogs Legion. I would say that I’ve put in about 15-20 hours into the game but Ubisoft Connect (it looks like that’s what Ubisoft calls Uplay now) won’t tell me how long I’ve been playing the game. Feel free to discredit what I have to say based on that, but in my defense Ubisoft games are no longer designed with the intention that they’ll ever be finished. But to understand why I’ve decided to stop playing and go ahead with writing my review, let me tell you of the gameplay session I had before I quit. I take my operative whom I got after liberating a borough and who has the exact same voice and recruitment quote...
    Watch Dogs Legion, make way for technology With such a universe, hard to leave cryptocurrency aside, quickly become a full part of finance in recent years in the world of Watch Dogs Legion. With the story taking place around the 2030s, the writers considered that cryptocurrencies should be part of it. And Watch Dogs Legion doesn’t do things by halves, the pound sterling having been replaced by the ETO. This is a cryptocurrency that the player can use to purchase in-game items. In Watch Dogs Legion, ETO can be acquired by various methods: story missions and various activities. Far from being only used as in-game currency, interactions with ETO are numerous in this dystopian London. Cryptocurrency, a component of Watch Dogs Legion gameplay Cryptocurrencies, a topic of discussion on the radio Certainly a world first for a triple A game, the writers of Watch Dogs...
    Entertainment : Today the Watch Dogs Legion premiere on the new Microsoft consoles. After all, today is the big premiere of Xbox Series X and S on the market. Without a doubt, we are facing a good moment for players, who can enjoy an unparalleled experience in the new generation of consoles. For this reason, more and more comparisons of both are appearing. If you still had doubts about the great proposals that the little sister of Series X can bring with it, we anticipate that Series S is not only cheaper than its older sister, but it even has surprising image quality. To prove it, Tom Warren, editor of The Verge, has shared two videos. One showing the world of Watch Dogs Legion with Xbox Series X and in another with Xbox Series S. One of the aspects that most concerned many players...
    It’s no secret that, far from accurately reflecting the diversity of the societies we live in, a great deal of media casts an image of our cities and public spaces that skews heavily white, straight, and male. So when Watch Dogs: Legion asked me to choose my first operative from one of 15 procedurally generated options, I was thrilled by the range of choices I was given. Here at last was a game that not only gave me characters of different races and genders, that not only told me some of them were definitely queer and suggested that some of them might be trans, but that went even further with the specific personal details to more fully mirror the range of identities that inhabit the world as I experience it. According to the metadata in their files, one of my potential operatives was polyamorous, while another was asexual, and...
    Egregor also claimed to have obtained and encrypted data at Crysis developer Crytek, although it’s not clear the hacking group locked down the Watch Dogs material. If authentic, the hack would primarily threaten the developers themselves if there’s any sensitive personal data. It might not necessarily hurt the game experience, though. As RPS noted, the source code might be most helpful for modders looking to tweak content or the game engine itself. It’s not clear if this would hurt the promised multiplayer update in December, though. There’s no guarantee a leak would include the online code, and it might change enough by the official launch to break any potential cheats.
    In Watch Dogs: Legion, I remember doing a mission at a construction site when one of my operatives showed up like he worked there. He did, actually. Construction workers are very useful recruits to DedSec, but like everyone else in the game, when you’re not controlling them they have lives to lead, too. YouTube’s DefendTheHouse tracked the daily routines of Watch Dog: Legion’s NPCs, following them to work and as they go about their days. The Parcel Fox driver has an eventful day, before finally wandering home in what seems like an existential fog. DefendTheHouse says there’s not that much more to it, though. After following an NPC around for TWO WHOLE HOURS (that has to be … more than two days in the game’s compressed time cycle) he finds that NPCs usually walk somewhere inaccessible, like a Tube stop to begin the day, or their home’s door at the...
    Following the success of the first two installments in the Watch Dogs series, the gaming community had high expectations from Watch Dogs Legion as well. The biggest highlight in the game is its ‘play as anyone’ feature, and fans were really hyped to try it out. The game finally released on October 29, but the players have discovered some prominent problems in the game. Apparently, the procedural generation algorithm in Watch Dogs Legion can create some very controversial characters. Andy Borjas tweeted an image that pointed out exactly how this could go wrong. Uhhhhh you are a what and did WHAT #PS4share pic.twitter.com/xFKSh4eJc2 — Andy Borjas (@DNAbro) October 30, 2020 Watch Dogs Legion algorithm accidentally creates a pedophile pediatrician Being an open-world game, Watch Dogs Legion has a lot of characters with unique identities. To generate so many characters at once, games use procedural generation. In the gaming industry, it...
    When I start a new game, especially if it has any kind of role-playing features, I spend an embarrassing amount of time dithering over my avatar, even if their features, clothing, origins, etc. can be changed at any time later. I do this in shooters like The Division 2 and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint as much as I do role-playing games like Fallout 76. Hell, who knows how long I spent on Star Wars: Squadrons, a freaking space-combat game, with only four facial presets, just trying to pick the Star Warsiest name I could think of. Is anyone else in this silly boat with me? It’s a little thing, but the different way Watch Dogs: Legion handles its cast solves such … paralyzing aesthetic overloads, even if all of the player characters you’ll control are unique to your playthrough. You get one choice for your starter character: What do they do?...
    Screenshot by Jack Fennimore Watch Dogs Legion is the latest hack-em-up from Ubisoft and there is a lot to do and learn. The hacking gameplay entices experimentation and playing with the style of gameplay you feel most comfortable with, though there are certain abilities and creative tricks that will get you through missions more efficiently. Here are 10 Watch Dogs Legion tips and tricks, whether you prefer stealth, combat or anything else.1. Scouting Ahead Is Key Screenshot by Jack Fennimore Don’t go into restricted areas head on. Take some time to scout the area for enemies, keys and collectibles. That will reduce your chances of being caught off guard by an enemy you didn’t know was there. Scan by pressing in the right stick to highlight all hackable devices in an area, even stuff that isn’t immediately highlighted to you. Then hack security cameras or drones to...
    Screenshot by Jack Fennimore Watch Dogs Legion’s big new feature is the ability to recruit anyone on the street to join the cause of freeing London from the iron grip of Albion and Clan Kelley. Each person you find has a variety of abilities and perks to assist your team in their cause. However, you’re going to have to do a bit of work to get them to join. Here’s how to recruit operatives in Watch Dogs Legion.How to Recruit OperativesTo recruit a person to your team, you need to help them out with a problem only DedSec can help with. Use the left button to profile people you find in the open world. Here you can learn a little bit about them and, more importantly, see what kinds of perks they have. If you find someone you’d like to recruit, walk up to them and hold...
    In this Watch Dogs: Legion guide, we’ll explain how to build a respectable team of DedSec Operatives. We’ll cover the basic of how a team works in Watch Dogs: Legion, how to recruit new members, what to look for while recruiting, when to stop recruiting, and how to remove people from your team. Why you need a team There is no main character in Watch Dogs: Legion. The closest thing is probably Bagley, the AI that runs the hacker collective DedSec, but you don’t play as Bagley. That makes your team is a bunch of humans for Bagley (and you) to move around London. How your team works (using abilities) Every person in London is a potential character for you to play. Their abilities — occupation, outfit, gadgets, weapons, skills, and even unique emotes — make them different from one another. They’re also how and how you’ll decide who to...
    New York (CNN Business)"Watch Dogs: Legion" goes on sale Thursday, and promises to be one of the biggest video game releases of 2020. How big? The game, where you can play as nearly anyone in dystopian London, could sell as many as 10 million copies, analysts predict.Ubisoft (UBSFF)'s "Watch Dogs" franchise has sold over 40 million copies globally, according to the company, which also makes the Assassin's Creed franchise. The French company is hoping to generate another hit with its third game in the series."Watch Dogs" could get a boost from a relatively quiet video game release schedule leading up to the debut of the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles, according to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter.But the game's unique characters could be a selling point on their own. "Watch Dogs: Legion" features countless characters generated by a computer that the user can play. These characters, such as a street poet,...
    Watch Dogs: Legion’s elevator pitch to the player gave me pause. Play as anyone, say the marketers, touting your ability to recruit literally anyone you meet on the street to your cyber-hacktivist cause. That’s great, but absent pre-written player characters, developing in and changed by a narrative, would that mean I’d care about no one? Then Blake McCleary, my 58-year-old industrial designer, chugged a couple of eisbocks in a pub in Southwark, threw a round of darts, and went off to his next assignment for DedSec. McCleary was assigned to rescue Lydia Anderson, a stage magician whose talent is using hypnosis to turn a foe friendly. Anderson is also a gambling addict with bad debts, which led to her kidnapping. McCleary easily slipped inside the gangster hideout where Anderson was being held. The core gameplay loop of Watch Dogs: Legion — sneak around, get the drop on the goons, stroll...
    The problem with writing about “Watch Dogs: Legion” is that sometimes you don’t know if a bug is a flaw in the game or whether the developers are being very meta. That happened to me while playing one of the longer storyline missions and it’s the reason that this is review-in-progress rather than an actual assessment of the title. I got to an important decision in the campaign, and when I chose either outcome, the game made the fans whir on my Xbox One, and then it shut down. The console turned off. When that happened the first time, I thought it was part of the narrative. The screen went black in a “Sopranos”-type of way to show the outcome. I waited for a few seconds and then I realized, “Oh wow, ‘Watch Dogs Legion’ made the console turn off to protect itself.” I suppose it couldn’t handle the gravity...
    Ubisoft is merging its loyalty program, Ubisoft Club, and desktop app Uplay into Ubisoft Connect, the developer announced. In addition to a rewards program, it will introduce crossplay and cross-progression in games such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion. The new hub will be available for free, but it requires a Ubisoft account. Ubisoft Connect “aims at giving the best environment for all players to enjoy their games and connect with each others whatever the device,” Ubisoft said. Players who use the service will be able to earn Ubisoft Connect XP for playing games and completing in-game challenges. Gaining XP will allow players to level up their Ubisoft Connect accounts, which will award a second currency, Units, that can be used to unlock various rewards for different games. Additionally, players will be able to see what their friends are up to and get news through the service’s...
    What does the future hold? In our new series “Imagining the Next Future,” News Brig explores the new era of science fiction — in movies, books, TV, games, and beyond — to see how storytellers and innovators are imagining the next 10, 20, 50, or 100 years during a moment of extreme uncertainty. Follow along as we deep dive into the great unknown. Science fiction is a study of future worlds. Sometimes these are near-future worlds, ones that are only slightly off from our own. Other times, these worlds are set so far in the future that they’re nearly unrecognizable. That’s what makes designing the future so hard; the definition is always changing. It’s not always about flying cars and cybernetically enhanced bodies, but, of course, that’s cool, too. Video games have to be built in ever-changing technology, and yet science fiction games about the future manage to encompass all...
    The first time I played Watch Dogs: Legion, I was amazed that its wildly ambitious promise to play as anyone actually worked. But success during a three-hour demo is one thing. Making this conceit practical or useful for dozens of hours is another. In the weeks after I wrote about playing Watch Dogs: Legion for the first time, I kept wondering about the downside: a tyranny of choice. If everyone in the world is a potential ally, how do I choose? How could any of them feel worthy? Why pick the homeless man over the cop or the cab driver? I got some of the answers when I first played. It’s better to enter a construction zone as a construction worker. It makes sense. I got a more complete answer the second time I played Watch Dogs: Legion. It’s called the intel system, and it gently guided...
    A city isn’t just defined by its buildings or the landmarks around it. A big part of what makes a locale distinct is its people. That is one elements missing when designers re-create cities in video games. With the lack of distinct people, the setting is just a shell and it doesn’t have the same personality. “Watch Dogs: Legion” is aware of this and puts the people of London out front. That’s one of the biggest selling points of the project. The third entry to the open-world hacker series takes a different tack by moving away from a central character and letting players control a roster of rebels. Players start off with a handful of allies, the remnants of DedSec after the hacktivist group after they were framed for the Zero Day explosion that rocked London. The terrorist attack changed British society and ushered a new era of surveillance...
    Ubisoft The first thing I noticed about Watch Dogs Legion was that I was driving on the wrong side of the road. The second thing I noticed is that it’s not too much different from the first two entries, but that’s hardly a problem when Watch Dogs is my favorite of Ubisoft’s big budget open world franchises. The games are so distinct personality-wise from Ubisoft’s other fare, especially the po-faced Tom Clancy games. And there’s just something about saving the world with nothing but some weapons and a cell phone that’s just really engrossing. As for Watch Dogs Legion, it looks like it’s going to be yet another fun, tech-filled romp, provided you’re okay with a few hiccups along the way. At least, that’s the impression I got when Ubisoft invited Heavy to remotely demo a pre-release build of the game for three and a half hours. You...
    Ubisoft shared new details on Watch Dogs: Legion Thursday during its Ubisoft Forward event. The publisher debuted a new gameplay trailer, offering a detailed look at all the different people you can hack and recruit in the open-world game. The footage showed some of the people you can play as, including a street artist that shoots non-lethal paint balls and a beekeeper that — you guessed it — controls robot bees. Following the trailer, Ubisoft revealed that Aiden Pearce, the original Watch Dogs protagonist, will join the game as a fully playable character. Apparently, some people asked for him — but we aren’t sure who. (Pearce will be added as “post-launch content,” when he’ll have his own “dedicated story arc.”) Watch Dogs: Legion was originally slated for a March 3 launch, but the game was delayed last year to “increase development time.” Watch Dogs: Legion will be released...
    The Naval Special Warfare Command is investigating a video that shows military dogs attacking a man wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey. The video was recorded last year at the Navy SEAL Museum, according to Task and Purpose. It was also posted to Instagram in January of last year. The caption reportedly read, “Colin Kaepernick stand-in Josh gets attacked by 5 Navy SEAL dogs for not standing during the National Anthem at a Navy SEAL Museum fundraiser.” In another video, after “Navy SEALs and Navy SEAL dogs take down Colin Kaepernick for not standing during National Anthem,” he moans something like, "Oh man, I will stand” #BecauseFlorida https://t.co/uZ3ervZguB pic.twitter.com/6vi1uCGIt5 — Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) August 2, 2020 Naval Special Warfare Command said it was only made aware of the video last weekend. In a statement, the organization said the video is “inconsistent with the values” of the Navy. “The inherent message of...
    Twitter/ @dcfireems Six dogs have been rescued from a burning home in Washington, DC. DC Fire and EMS confirmed the incident in a tweet to their official account on July 21. “Update Working Fire unit block K St NW. There are 4 residents & 6 dogs displaced. They will be assisted by @DCMOCRS & @RedCrossNCGC. No civilian injuries at this time. Investigators on scene to determine cause.” Update Working Fire unit block K St NW. There are 4 residents & 6 dogs displaced. They will be assisted by @DCMOCRS & @RedCrossNCGC. No civilian injuries at this time. Investigators on scene to determine cause. pic.twitter.com/qoif5FPGCv — DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) July 21, 2020 Crews were able to successfully revive an unconscious dog, initially believed to be dead, on the scene, WUSA-TV said. Video was shared by emergency responders in further tweets showing rescuers administering water and oxygen...
    Ubisoft will let you redeem a free copy of open-world hacking simulator Watch Dogs 2 for PC right now just by logging in to your Uplay account. To snag your copy of the 2016 game, head to this page on Ubisoft’s website where you’ll be asked to log in. When you do, you’ll see a message that you’ve successfully claimed the game and that it will soon show up in your Uplay library. It’s unclear how long the giveaway will be going on, though, so you might want to jump on the deal sooner rather than later. Ubisoft had previously said the game would be offered for free if you watched its Ubisoft Forward digital press conference on Sunday and were logged in to Uplay. But technical problems prevented some people from claiming the giveaway. Ubisoft isn’t the only video game company to experience technical issues with giveaways; the...
    London has fallen. At least, that’s what you’re told when you first visit the dystopian future of England’s capital city in Legion, the third instalment of Ubisoft’s action-adventure series Watch Dogs. Navigating the underground corridors of the Hous…
    My name is Margareta Ionescu, and I am a spy. I spent the last several minutes on the trail of a possible informant, investigating a series of crime scenes and tailing the ghostlike AR apparitions of getaway vehicles in my Aston Martin-inspired spy car that fires missiles like I’m in Spy Hunter. I’m wearing a designer suit and way-beyond-smart watch, which is useful for hacking into the high technology of near-future dystopian London in Watch Dogs: Legion. All of that led me here — a city block that’ll one day be a building but is now little more than a crater filled with construction equipment and ramps and bare concrete rooms. I crouch behind a Jersey barrier and consider my options. I put my spy skills to the test, and I looked good while doing it. But now I’m wearing a mask that looks like a pig...
    NPCs were a big part of the first two Watch Dogs games; their colorful histories and biographical snippets would pop up when you scanned anyone in the game world, mostly for comedic effect. But in Watch Dogs Legion, Ubisoft is taking that potential and expanding it into a core part of the game — or at least, it’s trying to. The idea is simple: all those NPCs, with all their strengths and weaknesses, are now actual playable characters that can be recruited as part of your hacktivist army. Need to sneak into a building site? Recruit a construction worker who can sneak in undetected. And with procedurally generated characters, Ubisoft says that the number of potential recruits ranges in the millions. Unfortunately, for all the hype, after playing three hours of Legion, it doesn’t do enough to differentiate its myriad characters from each other. One of my recruits,...
    At first blush, I hated the concept of “Watch Dogs: Legion.” Everything about an open-world hacking game where players could recruit anyone seemed wrong. It would be devoid of a main character. All the operatives would be disposable. Ubisoft’s vision of London seemed like a predictable dystopian mess. I assumed the developers just ran out of ideas, threw their hands in the air and decided to burn the franchise to the ground with cockamamie ideas. “Watch Dogs” went full on Poochie the Rocking Dog. Fortunately, a funny thing happens when rules are thrown out the window: A game becomes unpredictable and it breaks new ground. That’s what I discovered when I previewed “Watch Dogs: Legion” at a Ubisoft Forward event held virtually last week. The three-hour session showed a title that was more fun than what I was expecting. The campaign starts off putting players in the shoes of Dalton,...
    Ubisoft will hold an “E3-style showcase” — E3 2020 was canceled back in March — called Ubisoft Forward on Sunday, July 12 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT. The publisher of Assassin’s Creed, Rainbow Six, and Watch Dogs promises news and reveals during its digital event, which you can watch right here via YouTube or on Twitch. A pre-show, which will feature updates on released games like The Crew 2 and Trials Rising, will kick off at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. During Ubisoft Forward, we’ll hear more about announced titles like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion. Ubisoft will also likely (officially) lift the lid on Far Cry 6, which leaked ahead of the event. There are plenty of other Ubisoft games we can get updates on, such as Rainbow Six Quarantine, Gods and Monsters, Skull & Bones, and Beyond Good and Evil 2, but the last game...
    Ubisoft is hosting a digital press conference to show off what would have been its slate of E3 game announcements. The event is called Ubisoft Forward, and though it’s a strange time for the studio to announce new projects — amid several high-level execs leaving the company after being accused of sexual misconduct and harassment — that hasn’t slowed it down. You can expect to see “plenty of exclusive game news, exciting reveals, and much more,” according to the publisher. With several games in development, like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion to name two anticipated examples, there’s plenty still to show off. Perhaps we’ll see some extended PS5 and Xbox Series X gameplay demos for those games and hopefully others, like the next Far Cry. When does the Ubisoft event start? You can tune in to the broadcast at 3PM ET / 12PM PT on Sunday, July 12th....
    An anti-Israel student protest in the Canadian regional center of Mississauga which featured antisemitic chants is the subject of a hate-crimes complaint filed by a local Jewish organization. Global News reports video from the rally appears to show a protester chanting an antisemitic slogan in Arabic, “Palestine is our country and the Jews are our dogs,” as others repeated the insult along with other chants. Canadians chanting “the Jews are our dogs” in anti-#Israel protest. No, not Iranians, or Palestinians, or any other nationality…Canadians. Antisemitism, 2020 pic.twitter.com/d2YZKqK7VE — Emily Schrader – אמילי שריידר (@emilykschrader) July 8, 2020 Sauga for Palestine, the group that organized the rally at Celebration Square, describes itself on Facebook as a group of “students passionate about Palestine … who want to make a statement against Israel and its illegal practices.” The mayor voiced her concern at the display in the immediate aftermath of the event...
    CREEPY dancing robots and dogs have replaced fans at a Japanese baseball ground. Coronavirus has stopped supporters the world over from going to watch their teams in action. 4Some 20 dancing robots, which appeared to be models of humans and dogs, filled the stands at a baseball game in JapanCredit: Reuters 4The 'dogs' wore baseball caps while the other robots danced and waved flags Fake fan sounds have been pumped into football games with varying levels of success. But Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have taken it to whole new levels, with robotic fans replacing the real thing. They had 20 of them dancing on an otherwise empty platform ahead of their Nippon Professional Baseball game against Rakuten Eagles yesterday. The robots carried out a dance that is usually performed by Hawks' fans before games in the 40,000 capacity Fukuoka Dome. 4The robots were a nice addition but their dancing was a...
    With no E3 this year, publishers have taken to holding their own online, promotional events. The latest in this long line of streams comes from Ubisoft, with its Ubisoft Forward event on July 12. But aside from just seeing the company’s new games, Ubisoft is also throwing in another incentive to watch: a free copy of Watch Dogs 2. All players will have to do for their free copy of the 2016 game is watch the stream for Ubisoft Forward while logged into their Uplay account. Unfortunately for console players, only the PC version of the game will be offered through the promotion. Viewers should have no trouble logging into their Uplay account if they’re watching from Ubisoft’s official link at ubisoft.com/forward, but the stream will also be live on YouTube and Twitch, although it’s unclear if you can still secure your free copy of Watch Dogs 2...
    The Ubisoft Forward showcase that’s taking place this Sunday will offer more details on the likes of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Hyper Scape, as well as some other upcoming Ubisoft titles. While you might be content to catch up with all of the news after the fact, Ubisoft is sweetening the pot for those who watch the event as it happens — live viewers can claim a free PC copy of Watch Dogs 2. If you log in with your Uplay account during the main Ubisoft Forward stream, which gets under way at 3PM ET, the hacking-centered game is yours to keep. Ubisoft is also giving away goodies for other games to some folks who answer trivia questions correctly during the event. There’s also a 90-minute pre-show, which starts at 1:30PM.
    GAMERS can bag a copy of Watch Dogs 2 without having to pay a penny. Ubisoft is handing out the game totally free – if players tune in to the firm's livestream this weekend. 3Watch Dogs 2 is a futuristic dystopian game where you play as a hackerCredit: Ubisoft On Sunday, the Ubisoft Forward livestream will show off content from new and upcoming titles. And the game-maker is hoping to attract additional viewers by bundling in a freebie. To get the game, you'll need to watch the stream – during which you'll receive instructions on how to claim the game. It kicks off at 10.30am LA time, 1.30pm NY time and 6.30pm London time. 3The game is set in a fictionalised version of the San Francisco Bay AreaCredit: Ubisoft The bad news is that the game will only be available to PC players with UPlay. So if you were hoping...
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