Looks like over a million cheaters won’t be getting their chicken dinners after PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds banned them last month.

BattlEye, an analysis software that takes anti-cheating measures in PUBG, revealed the scope of the bans in a tweet. “We have banned over 1,044,000 PUBG cheaters in January alone, the tweet says.”Unfortunately, things continue to escalate.” 

To further combat cheating efforts, an anti-cheat update will go live at 6:00 p.m. PST today, and at 3:00 a.m. CET Feb. 6. The update acts as a test for an early version of anti-cheating measures that will go up next week. “Its main focus for now is blocking unauthorized programs, but it will be further developed to broaden the scope of its abilities,” a post on PUBG’s site says. Even programs that alter the graphics, such as ReShade, can get players banned because “they behave like cheats” and help players “gain an unfair advantage” by making enemies pop out in the environments, the post says.

PUBG Corp is also deactivating the game’s family share feature, which allows players to use their characters on other Steam accounts, because cheaters have found ways to exploit it. Whether or not this family sharing will activate again following patches in the near future is unclear.

    PUBG recently hit 4 million copies sold on Xbox One alone. A patch on the Xbox One iteration makes vehicles easier to destroy. Read our review of PUBG on PC here.

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    Our Take
    We’re glad to see the old adage “git gud” being applied to PUBG. One of the best parts – if not the best part – of the game is finding the right equipment, making the right calls, and picking a sweet spot to triumph over 99 other players. Why take that feeling of pride away with cheating?

    Choosing between a fight stick and a standard controller is a hard choice for a lot of people hoping to play fighting games competitively, but one player has decided to go in a completely different direction: A Rock Band keyboard.

    During the “Revenge of the 6ix” tournament in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dragon Ball FighterZ player Gregory Chow decided he was going to really push conventional fighting game controllers to the limit. Chow managed to win five matches, advancing to the top 8 of the 27-person bracket, with a team of Goku, Cell, and Trunks.

    You can see video of one of Greg’s matches below, but can’t quite get a good luck at him tickling the ivories.

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    Dragon Ball FighterZ is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can check out our review of the game here.

    Do you use any non-standard controllers for games because it just makes more sense for you? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Our Take
    I love it when people bring gimmicks to tournaments, because you never know when that gimmick will just wipe the floor with everyone else. When I realized a lot of moves physically moved the Soulcalibur 2 fighters, I decided to try teaching myself how to play that game with the DK Bongos. I never took it to a tournament, but it got me through arcade mode, and that’s pretty good.

    The N.Sane Trilogy, a remastered collection of the original Crash Bandicoot games, appears to be just the beginning of the resurgence of everyone’s favorite, shirtless marsupial. According to the spring 2018 edition of the License Source Book Europe (page 97), Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is coming to Nintendo Switch and PC sometime this year, as well another title in 2019.

    GB eye, a European supplier of licensed merchandise, noted that the success of the N. Sane Trilogy spurred a long-term plan for Crash Bandicoot games. “The new game [the N. Sane trilogy] was a huge success at retail …” said Max Arguile, licensing manager of GB Eye. “Next year it will be going broader (Switch and PC) and there will be a new game in 2019. Activision have a five-year plan for this and GB eye is delighted to be fully on board for all products.”

    Crash Bandicoot The N. Sane Trilogy has been a successful reboot for Activision, with the company stating it has been the best-selling remastered collection for PS4. To see what we thought of this collection, check out our review.


    Our Take
    I’m a big fan of the idea of taking Crash Bandicoot with me on the Switch, but I’m more curious as to what the 2019 phase of Activision’s five-year plan will bring. Will we be getting a brand new Crash Bandicoot game? Will Crash Team Racing get the same remaster treatment as The N. Sane Trilogy? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping more for the latter, but regardless, it’s an exciting time to be a Crash Bandicoot fan.

    The Yakuza series has long given players a richly detailed world to explore, while also telling interesting stories about hero Kazuma Kiryu. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life keeps the streak alive, wrapping up Kiryu’s story in fictionalized versions of neighborhoods in Tokyo and Hiroshima Prefecture. If you can’t make the trip in person, strolling down these streets in the first-person view is the next best thing. Don’t believe us? Why so skeptical? Sheesh! In our latest episode of NGT, Leo Vader and I eat, shop, and fight our way through Kamurocho. 

    Get ready for some travel stories, based on the game and Leo “Globetrotter” Vader’s own real-life experiences. Curious about what Leo ate during his recent vacation to Japan? Do you ever wonder to yourself, “What did Leo drink during his recent vacation to Japan?” Curious about how Yakuza 6’s combat, leveling, and exploration is shaping up because that’s probably why you’re here in the first place? It’s your lucky day!

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    Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is coming to North America on PlayStation 4 on April 17th after a recent delay.

    Fans of HBO’s smash-hit show Westworld have been waiting for news of the highly anticipated second season. Tonight’s Super Bowl finally gave the answer as to when we can expect more android adventures.

    The debut trailer for the show’s second season aired during a commercial break in the second half of tonight’s game. You can view the full ad below.

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    Westworld season 2 begins on HBO on April 22.

    Arguably the most anticipated superhero movie of all time is set to hit this year with Avengers: Infinity War. The film serves as the culmination of more than a decade of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, promising to finally deliver the climactic clash against The Mad Titan Thanos that has been teased since 2012’s The Avengers.

    During tonight’s Super Bowl, we got a quick glimpse of some new footage from the superhero team-up film. You can view the teaser below.

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    Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4.

    “I’m gonna be a pilot. Best in the galaxy.”

    This is one of the few lines of dialogue spoken in a short teaser for the film Solo: A Star Wars Story. The clip was briefly shown during one of the commercial breaks for the Super Bowl today. A longer, full-length trailer is expected to premiere on Monday during Good Morning America.

    Directed by Ron Howard, the film chronicles the adventures of young Han Solo and Chewbacca before they join the Rebellion.

    Watch the 40-second clip below.

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    You can read more about the upcoming Han Solo film in editor Andrew Reiner’s Science-Fiction Weekly column. The film premieres in theaters on May 25.

    Cloverfield Paradox, the third film in the Cloverfield series, was briefly teased in a trailer during the Super Bowl today. The clip revealed that the J.J. Abrams-directed movie will be available to stream this evening following the Super Bowl.

    This trailer also confirms that the project has moved from Paramount to Netflix. You can watch it below.

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    For more on the movie, you can read about it in this edition of Andrew Reiner’s Science-Fiction Weekly column. You can also take a look at our geek’s guide to 2018 movies by heading here.

    Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Mission: Impossible Fallout once again stars Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, who is yet again delving into a daring mission. It also stars Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, and more.

    The trailer is filled with action, including a scene where Ethan is piloting a helicopter that loses control. The trailer ends here, as soon as he’s about to collide head on with a truck.

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    For more on upcoming movies, check out our geeks guide to 2018 filmsMission: Impossible Fallout hits theaters on July 27th.

    Did You Know Gaming, a YouTube show about gaming trivia, has dedicated its latest episode to the Nier series. The video includes interesting tidbits from interviews with director Yoko Taro, including how he locked himself in a locker following outrage from fans when they disliked one of the endings in Draakengard.

    Another noteworthy fact includes how Nier wasn’t always planned as a sequel to Draakengard, but was instead first planned as its own stand-alone series. Yoko Taro says its original concept revolved around how picture book stories existed for real. Watch the full video below.

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    Read our review of Nier: Automata by heading here. You can also read our lengthy, fascinating interview with Yoko Taro here.