GFN Thursday: 24 Games To Join in September

Just like that, summer falls into September, and some of the most anticipated games of the year, like the Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty expansion, PAYDAY 3 and Party Animals, are dropping into the GeForce NOW library at launch this month.

They’re part of 24 new games hitting the cloud gaming service in September. And the next Game Pass title to join the cloud at launch is Sea of Stars, part of 13 new games this week.

Keep an eye on GFN Thursday to see the next Microsoft titles joining the cloud this month, including Quake II, Gears Tactics and Halo Infinite. 

Plus, NVIDIA has worked with Google to give Chromebook owners a new offer that includes three free months of a GeForce NOW Priority membership. GeForce NOW cloud gaming ‌goes perfectly together with Chromebooks, which provide up to 1,600p resolution and 120Hz+ displays.

Party Hard in the Cloud

Party Animals on GeForce NOW
The cloud is about to get wild.

Make painfully great memories with friends in Party Animals, a hilarious, physics-based party brawler from Recreate Games and Source Technology. Fight friends as adorable puppies, mischievous kittens, magical unicorns or other fuzzy creatures or terrorize them as fearsome sharks and ferocious dinosaurs to be the last one standing.

Battle it out by picking up an assortment of weapons to get an edge over others or punch, toss, jump, kick and headbutt others in the brawl. Bring the action across multiple game modes — each requires a different strategy to win.

Get fierce for party game night, whether playing with friends locally on the couch or across devices online. Party Animals joins the cloud at launch on Thursday, Sept. 21.

Work Hard, Play Hard

Chromebook offer for GeForce NOW membership
Shiny new GeForce NOW offers for Chromebook owners.

One of the best ways to stream games from GeForce NOW is with the new Cloud Gaming Chromebooks, which feature screens that display beautiful scenes at up to 1,600p and 120Hz+.

Chromebook gamers can jump right into 100+ free-to-play titles and over 1,600 hit games, like Baldur’s Gate 3, Remnant II, supported games from the Xbox PC Game Pass library and more. GeForce NOW Priority members can also explore the worlds of Cyberpunk 2077, Control and other titles with RTX ON, and Ultimate members can level up and access new NVIDIA technologies like DLSS 3.5 in upcoming games like Alan Wake 2 and Portal with RTX. Compete online with ultra-low latency and other features perfect for playing.

Starting today, Google and NVIDIA are offering all Chromebook owners three free months of a GeForce NOW Priority membership to get gamers started. And those interested in leveling up to an Ultimate membership, the highest-performing tier, are already able to get three free months of a GeForce NOW Ultimate membership with the purchase of a Cloud Gaming Chromebook. Find more details on how to redeem the offer in Google’s Keyword blog or on the Chromebooks Perks page.

New Games as Far as the Eye Can Sea

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Want to Win $2,000 in Prizes? Join IGN’s Ultimate Sports Gaming Showdown Contest, Pick the Winners and Take Home Prizes

When it comes to debating the Greatest of All Time, no one’s more spirited than sports fans. And when it comes to naming the G.O.A.T. of sports video games you won’t find a more passionate, opinionated audience than sports gamers.

That’s why IGN partnered with the U.S. Army for the Best Sports Video Games Showdown that kicks off with an epic bracket featuring 32 sports video games divided into four ultra-competitive brackets.

Between March 24th and March 28th, we’ll invite IGN fans to select their guesses for each phase of the bracket with the hopes of correctly selecting the greatest sports video game.

The best part? You can walk away as the grand prize winner if you manage to correctly predict how the fan-voted bracket unfolds. Be All You Can Be and put your prediction skills to the test.

To make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to win big – keep reading for details on how to enter. And if you want to know why we chose the games featured in this bracket, tune into ign.com and youtube.com/ign to watch our bracket livestream on March 27th at 10:00am PT.

Be All You Can Be and visit the https://bestsportsgame.ign.com/ between Friday, March 24th and Tuesday, March 28th, and submit your 30 predictions for the bracket. Then starting March 29th, we’ll kick off 5 rounds of fan voted polls across IGN platforms. Each poll will put the bracket matchups head-to-head, determining whether or not your submitted predictions are correct. You’ll score points for each game you guess correctly during each of the 5 rounds of the IGN fan vote. Check your scores on the leaderboard at https://bestsportsgame.ign.com/

One (1) contest winner will receive an Xbox Series X, a PS5, 32 sports game titles and a one-of-a-kind IGN champion’s jersey to strut around in while bragging about your victory. And if you miss out on the top prize, don’t fret! The top ten runners-up will receive a $100 gift card to the digital video game store of their choice.

FILL OUT YOUR BRACKET: Head to https://bestsportsgame.ign.com/ between March 24th (at 12am PT) and March 28th (11:59pm PT) and follow these four easy steps:

  1. Click the “Submit Your Predictions” button.
  2. Make your predictions (you must make predictions across all 60 match-ups to qualify).
  3. Enter a username (which will be shared on bestsportsgame.ign.com’s public leaderboard), your full legal name, and a valid email address.
  4. Click “Submit Your Predictions” (note: predictions can’t be changed once submitted).

SCORING:

  • Round 1: 16 possible correct answers worth 30 points each (480 points max)
  • Round 2: 8 possible correct answers worth 60 points each (480 points max)
  • Round 3: 4 possible correct answers worth 120 points each (480 points max)
  • Round 4: 2 possible correct answers worth 240 points each (480 points max)
  • Round 5: 1 possible correct answer worth 480 points (480 points max)

Tie Breaker: In the event of a tie, the user who most closely predicts the ratio of fan votes between the two

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HITN and Dicapta Join Forces to Make Network’s Content material/Programming More Available to Persons With Sensory Disabilities

BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(Organization WIRE)–HITN, the top Spanish-language network that offers academic and entertainment content to a lot more than 40 million households across the United States, introduced currently its partnership with Dicapta to make its programming extra accessible to individuals with sensory disabilities.

Guaranteeing equivalent entry to facts for individuals with listening to and visible impairments, this partnership is part of HITN’s ongoing determination to carry loved ones-helpful, academic information to Hispanic homes nationwide for the betterment of minority communities. The 1st program to showcase Dicapta’s media accessibility know-how was “Mundo Salvaje con Ron Magill” which premiered its third year on Jan. 31.

“We are quite happy to be doing the job alongside Dicapta to make our demonstrates a lot more inclusive and what much better way to kickstart our collaboration than with ‘Mundo Salvaje con Ron Magill,’ an audience’s favorite and one particular of our most routinely viewed wildlife packages suitable for the entire family members to learn and be influenced to maintain nature”, mentioned Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Solutions of HITN.

Dicapta’s know-how offers substantial-high quality Spanish audio descriptions and captions for Television programming. Consumers will be able to conveniently and conveniently accessibility the audio descriptions and captions by applying the downloadable application All4Entry to watch their media information on a tv, tablet or other media product.

“Adding written content to the All4Accessibility Clearinghouse assures that no make any difference the place HITN’s one of a kind content material goes, it will be available for audiences with sensory disabilities. Applying braille displays, mobile products, or tablets, audio descriptions and captions of the programming will be readily available everywhere, anytime” mentioned Maria-Victoria Diaz, President and founding companion of Dicapta. “We are so fortunate to have assist from the US Office of Education in this endeavor. We at Dicapta share HITN’s mission of selling Latinos’ instructional, cultural, and socio-financial aspirations in the United States by way of top quality material, now available for Latinos with sensory disabilities” Diaz added.

To use Dicapta’s All4Accessibility application, users will have to adhere to the pursuing guidelines:

  1. Obtain the All4Obtain from the Application Retail outlet or Google Engage in Retailer.
  2. Participate in your programming on your Television, personal computer, or any other device. Stay clear of the use of headphones since the application have to ‘listen’ to the audio of the software to recognize it.
  3. On the app, pick “Start” and then select “Press in this article to synchronize.”
  4. The moment the application is synchronized, pick out the accessibility component you want to use.
  5. Take pleasure in your available program.

About HITN-Tv set

HITN-Tv set is a major Spanish-language media firm that features instructional and cultural programming for the full family members. It reaches more than 40 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico through DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, DISH Community, AT&T U-verse Tv, Verizon FiOS Tv set, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice. For far more details, be sure to go to www.hitn.org.

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Blizzard’s Jen Oneal stepping down to join women-in-games nonprofit

Jen Oneal, who took over leadership of Blizzard Entertainment with Mike Ybarra in August, has stepped down from that role, Activision Blizzard announced Tuesday. Ybarra will continue alone as Blizzard’s top executive, effective immediately.

In a note to Blizzard employees and fans of their games, Oneal said she would be taking on a new role with the nonprofit organization Women in Games International (WIGI), starting with a $1 million grant from Activision Blizzard to the organization. Oneal said she would be leaving Activision Blizzard by the end of the year.

Oneal and Ybarra took over Blizzard’s leadership after former president J. Allen Brack stepped down in early August. Brack’s resignation followed the state of California filing a lawsuit, alleging sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation, against Activision Blizzard in late July.

It also came after a large employee demonstration against a toxic “frat boy” workplace alleged to permeate the company, Blizzard Entertainment in particular, and an apology from Activision chief executive Bobby Kotick.

“As I’ve listened to the stories from people all over Blizzard and been inspired by their courage and conviction, I’ve been thinking about the potential of what I can do as an individual to create the most meaningful change,” Oneal said in the statement. The grant will fund skill-building and mentorship programs at WIGI, she said.

“I am doing this not because I am without hope for Blizzard, quite the opposite,” Oneal said. “I’m inspired by the passion of everyone here, working towards meaningful, lasting changes with their whole hearts.”

Oneal is already a board member of WIGI, an organization “that cultivates and advances equality and diversity in the global games industry,” she said. Oneal added that her new role is not yet entirely clear, but that she will “explore how I can do more to have games and diversity intersect.”

Oneal was formerly the studio head for Vicarious Visions, which was folded into Blizzard in January. She became executive vice president of development at Blizzard following the announcement. Albany, New York-based Vicarious Visions was moved over to support Blizzard development; Activision had owned it since 2005 (Activision and Blizzard merged in 2008). Last week, Vicarious Visions employees were told the studio would lose its name, which dates to 1991 and merge fully with Blizzard, and it will be renamed as one of Blizzard’s satellite studios.

Also on Thursday, Activision Blizzard’s executive leadership told investors that development on Blizzard’s Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 is delayed. Neither game had an announced launch date or window, and investors weren’t told what the new timeframe for their delivery is, either.

“These are two of the most eagerly anticipated titles in the industry, and our teams have made great strides towards completion in recent quarters,” the company said. “But we believe giving the teams some extra time to complete production and continue growing their creative resources to support the titles after launch will ensure that these releases delight and engage their communities for many years into the future.”

https://www.polygon.com/22760209/blizzard-jen-oneal-steps-down-announcement-activision…

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