During a livestream celebrating his 29th birthday, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive commentator Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett, uttered a racial slur in a fit of gaming-related braggadocio.

While playing PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds, Trivett went into a pumped-up rant about his own skill in esports, eventually using a slur. The archive of the stream has since been taken down. We caution that the video uses strong derogatory language, but you can find another archive of the video here.

In a subsequent “Ask me anything,” segment following the stream, Dot Esports reports Trivett mentioned he had been drinking during the stream (the tweet has since been deleted). However, he also lashed out against Counter-Strike community members who upset him, asking them to commit suicide. We once again advise that these videos use strong language regarding suicide. You can find an instance of Trevitt doing this here.

Trevitt has since deleted all of his archived streams, but has not made a public statement on the matter as of this writing. Trivett’s outburst is another in a recent series of prominent Twitch and esports personalities using slurs and offensive language. Recently, Twitch’s biggest star, Ninja, had his own incident, and pro Overwatch player Felix “xQc” Lengyel had one of his own, which Trivett publicly denounced at the time.

 

Our Take
No matter the context, using racial slurs of any kind in public is not okay, and telling people to kill themselves is just as terrible. Even if when they’re used offhandedly, this type of language can be harmful to people of the receiving end, even if they’re not the intended target. And seeing how many people have had major public incidents that have affected their careers, you’d think any popular figure in gaming would watch what they say, both because of how unnecessary this kind of language is and because of the PR nightmare that follows.

Regionals, playoffs, and championships all make for a nice weekend to just sit back and watch people play games while you’re ignoring Far Cry 5’s story.

Dota 2‘s 7.12 patch showed up late for its own welcoming party, as teams had to play on the previous patch for the first day of the Dota Asia Championship in Shanghai. VP may have already qualified for the event, but seeing who might emerge as the second team to secure an invite (and get the $370,000 first-place price) makes a good case for staying up late on a Saturday night for the group stage (or catching the rebroadcast Sunday morning). (Stream 1Stream 2Schedule)

The League of Legends LCS is coming down to penultimate matches, as the four best teams in North America and Europe face off across the semifinals in the two leagues. (Stream / Schedule)

We’ve got two major fighting game events this week! Starting off, the yearly Northern California Regionals has your mainstay fighting action, with big-league tournaments for Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, The King of Fighters XIV, and Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite. There’s even some community-chosen games, like Arms, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Windjammers, and Pokkén Tournament DX. (Streams and Schedule)

Second, there’s Anime Ascension, which features some of the faster-paced, brightly-colored anime games like Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Rev 2, and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]. (Streams and Schedule)

Call of Duty: WWII is in Birmingham, England for its World League, but you can watch all the action right at home! (Stream / Schedule)

This week’s big Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark, where both male and female divisions will face off in high-level matches for supremacy. (Stream / Schedule)

The Heroes of the Storm HGC event is still underway, so if you want to see the crossover MOBA in action, strap in for somet matches. (Stream / Schedule)

Meanwhile, if you miss Overwatch and want some high-level action, the Contenders league should give you your fix of high-octane action while you wait for the full League to resume next week. (Stream / Schedule)

Also, Hearthstone is having its Wild Open tournament. It’s the biggest tournament where any card is legal, so who knows what card combos will emerge from the chaos! (Stream)

The Rocket League Championship series continues this week, bringing more of the high-level car-soccer action you always wanted as a kid. (Stream / Schedule)

That’s it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed an event, or if there’s a scene you’d like us to cover, in the comments.

If you’re checking out Pokémon Go’s new quest system this weekend, you’re in for a fun surprise: sprites!

To celebrate the internet’s favorite holiday April Fool’s Day early, Niantic is replacing the images of Pokémon that show up in Go’s menus with their 2D counterparts. This doesn’t affect them on the field or during the catching and stats screens, however.

Of course, Niantic also had some fun with the concept on their blog:

Experience Pokémon GO like never before with cutting-edge 8-BIT GRAPHICS! Registering approximately twice the definition of 4K, the chunky squares of each pixel provide realistic detail and unbelievable definition. Your Pokédex will feel lifelike in ways previously unimagined on any handheld device ever created.

[Source: Pokémon Go official blog]

 

Our Take
Honestly, this change should be permanent. It’s pretty cool.

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is one of the games I don’t think about too often, but when I do, I think “yeah, you know what? That game was fun.” Unfortunately, it seems like fewer people will be able to experience that feeling, as it’s been delisted from major console online storefronts.

The game seems to have been delisted from Steam, PSN, and Xbox Live early Friday. Currently, searching for the game on the PSN store does not bring up results for the game, though it’s been available on the storefront before. On Xbox Live, you can find its official store page, but all you can find is the demo. You can also find the demo on Steam if you type the name into the search bar, but clicking on the link to the demo will bring you back to the main store page. The rest of the Call of Juarez games are still available, however.

If you absolutely need to get this game now, however, you have a couple of options. You can still get a digital PS3 code from Amazon, or you can buy the PC version off the Uplay Store.

[Source: Wario64 on Twitter, (2)]

 

Our Take
It’s entirely possible this is one of those slip-ups you could chalk up to negligence. But considering it’s effectively gone from everywhere except Uplay (where it’s on sale as of this writing), it’s easy to see this as a move to make Uplay games more exclusive… but that doesn’t seem right either. If that’s the case, why Gunslinger, of all games? I’m going to guess this is negligence or some lapsed licence agreement.

Fighting EX Layer has revealed two more characters for its roster, and its plans for including DLC characters – assuming the game sells well enough.

The two new characters are only shown briefly, and while they’re returning characters, you’d be remiss if you were a fan of the original Street Fighter EX games but didn’t recognize them. Hayate, who wields a sword during some of his special moves and supers, sports a very different look, wearing a jacket, t-shirt, and jeans instead of the more traditional garb he wore in EX2. Nanase, introduced in EX3, returns as Sanane (“Nanase” backwards in Japanese), and also sports more modern clothes. She also wields a naginata instead of a bo staff.

In addition to the new characters, developer Arika founder Akira Nishitani outlined a few other plans for the game. First, the game will have another mode beyond arcade, training, versus, and online modes, but didn’t reveal what that would be.

Second, Nishitani said the team has plans to release DLC characters after Fighting EX Layer’s launch, but only if the game sells well enough. “If we don’t reach our target in the first month after release, then [my company] won’t make the new characters for me,” he said. We then see sketches of a handful of potential DLC characters, all of them familiar faces for EX fans like Sharon, Area, Vulcan Rosso, and Pullum. Considering the revelation of DLC characters, it’s likely Hayate and Sanane are the last two characters on the main roster.

The trailer then shifts gears for an April Fool’s joke, showing off SNK’s Yasuyuuki Oda as Savage Reign’s Sho Hayate as a joke character.

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Sea of Thieves has a rank of Pirate Legend that was hit this past week by Prod1gyX, but some fans are claiming he didn’t achieve it in a fair way.

The Pirate Legend class is not meant to be reached easily. It is the core goal of the game’s lateral progression system and gives players an objective beyond the ships-and-treasure gameplay loop. To hit it, players have to hit level 50 in all three of the game’s factions, which is no small task.

Enter Prod1gyX, who has been playing Sea of Thieves a lot since release. A lot. One stream of his lasted eighteen hours, which makes it no real surprise that Prod1gyX has amassed quite a group of Sea of Thieves fans eager to see him become the first player in the world to hit Pirate Legend.

As he progressed, and as it became really clear how much work was going to go into this, Prod1gyX started accepting help from the community. Fans of his streams would give him gold, a resource that he could simply turn around to use for himself. While Prod1gyX was doing other quests, people grouped together, completed quests, and had him join in right before they turned it in.

It worked. After hitting level 50 in all the factions and solving a mystery with his crew, Prod1gyX became the first Pirate Legend in the world. 

As a result, a lot of fans of the game are accusing Prod1gyX of reaching the status by cheating and having his audience do most of the work. Fans of the game on Reddit and Twitter have tried circulating a #NotMyPirateLegend hashtag to spread word about Prod1gyX, with comments on Reddit outlining their frustrations with how they perceive his skill at the game.

“He does almost nothing while playing,” a comment reads. “He stops every five seconds to look at his chat while his crew is running around doing everything for him. He can’t aim, he is a noob with the sword, he has no idea where to go and what to do and just seems confused half of the time. You can totally tell that he got boosted most of the way.”

It has been assumed that Rare would, in some way or another, honor the first player to become Pirate Legend, which rubs a lot of fans the wrong way. “If Rare makes a legit shrine to him in the game, I will go out of my way to deface it in every lobby,” wrote another user in a now-deleted comment.

For his part, Prod1gyX just finds the whole controversy funny, and doesn’t understand why people are mad. “This is nuts,” he tweeted. “I just wanted to see Pirate legend.”

 

Our Take
I imagine no small part of the frustration is finding out exactly what becoming Pirate Legend unlocked and fans are focusing on 
Prod1gyX as a focal point of those frustrations. That said, I doubt anyone at Rare expected this is how the first Pirate Legend would ascend and I’m pretty surprised they didn’t see it coming a mile away.

Released on November 16, 2010, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood served as the second chapter in what is now called the Ezio trilogy. As the name of the game implies, Ezio was not alone in this entry. If he needed a hand, he could call in an assassin to strike from the shadows or complete a task in a different region of the world. Brotherhood scored a 9.25 out of 10 from Game Informer critic Matt Miller and is widely considered the most accomplished Assassin’s Creed game to date, but maybe not the most important. It sits at number 75 on Game Informer’s Top 300 Games of All Time list, not far behind Assassin’s Creed II, which is locked in at number 29, and was the game that built the foundation for Brotherhood. These games are held in high accord for numerous reasons, but the biggest one, which unifies the entire trilogy, is just how likeable Ezio is. He was complex, charismatic, conflicted, and we watched him transform into a more responsible person as he aged. It was a fully established character arc that sadly hasn’t been repeated by any Assassin’s Creed game that followed.

We take a look at the opening hour of the game. Apologies for the lack of Replay Roulette these last two weeks, but we felt these juggernaut releases deserved more time. Replay returns to its normal (and likely terrible) programming next week. See you again in seven days. Enjoy the episode!

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The Persona 5 anime, an adaptation of the game’s storyline, will be airing in the U.S. on streaming services day and date with the Japanese broadcast courtesy of Aniplex USA.

The anime is in line with the Persona 4 anime, following the game’s protagonist – here named Ren Amamiya – awakening his Persona and forming the phantom thieves in Tokyo. Earlier this year, Aniplex USA released an English-subtitled version of the anime’s first trailer, which you find below.

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You can stream the anime the same day it broadcasts in Japan on both Crunchyroll and Hulu. Most of the Japanese cast is returning to reprise their roles and composer Shoji Meguro will also be composing for the show.

[Source: AnimeNewsNetwork]

 

Our Take
The Persona 4 anime mostly excelled at showing the S.Links as deeper characters, which Persona 5 also tried to do in its main game, so I am curious if this adaptation takes a different strategy. I’m interested to see at least the first few episodes and see how well it handles the transition.

Happy Easter weekend everyone! If you’re not into all of the commotion with bunnies and eggs, that’s ok too; it’s still a great weekend to play some video games! Here’s what some of the Game Informer staff is up to on this deceptively cold spring weekend.

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – And from seemingly out of nowhere… AN AVALANCHE OF GAMES! I did, in fact, finish Pokémon Omega Ruby last weekend, so now I’m playing through Far Cry 5 and MLB The Show 18. Both games have their flaws, but I’m enjoying them. In addition, I’d like to finish Yakuza Kiwami prior to the launch of Yakuza 6 next month, but that’s looking less and less likely at this point. Also, I might spend a lot of time looking at my phone this weekend, as I’ve been putting some significant time into Marvel Strike Force this week, and Pokémon Go launched its quest system today. Thankfully, I don’t have any plans this weekend, so I should have plenty of time!

Leo Vader (@leovader) – Last weekend I got ranked in Siege for the first time at Silver 2, which I was quite proud of! As of this writing I’m now down to a gentleman’s Bronze 1. Truly having some of my favorite gaming experiences ever planning and executing strategies with my group, so satisfying to spot the holes in an enemy team’s defense and capitalize on them. I love this game! In the off-hours, Far Cry 5’s Arcade Mode is surprisingly varied and fun to play co-op! Especially the Arcade Hero mode which sends you through random player-created maps one at a time for double XP, which earns you cash and perk points to use in the main game. Overall, a disappointingly cookie cutter game but I think what they have with the Arcade mode is really fun and novel. What can I say, I’m an Ubisoft boy!!! HAGS!!!!

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – Hi everybody! Oh man oh man. This weekend I’d love to spend more time with Ni No Kuni II, it’s stupid easy but I’m having a wonderful time playing the game so far. Outside of that, maybe I’ll keep dabbling with Far Cry 5. Have a good weekend!

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – I’m hoping to see Ready Player One this weekend, dig deeper into Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, and do some Easter stuff – if it’s not snowing.

Robbie Key (@RobbieKeyV) – Copy and paste sleeping response from last week.

Jon Bowman (@MrGameAndWrite) – I’ll be doing my best to avoid my family as much as I can, so what better way to do that than with video games? I was pretty excited to play Far Cry 5 in co-op until I learned that only the host’s story progress is saved, but reading Leo’s response to the Arcade mode makes me want to give it a shot. On the flip side, I also want to back to Destiny 2 and see how beastly the “Go Fast” update makes my beloved Dawnblade warlock. Maybe after that I can find a game to play that I won’t have to try so hard to like, or just play some more Fortnite.

Suriel Vazquez (@SurielVazquez) – I’ve been playing Far Cry 5 with my brother this week, and while I’m not crazy about the game, it’s just fun enough that I’m going to keep at it. I’m also going to keep plugging away at the Assassin’s Creed Origins DLC. It’s bigger than I thought it was, but I’m starting to get slightly worn by the simple quest design. Finally, Dota Plus has done its job by hooking me on Dota 2 again, so I’ll probably squeeze in a few matches of that in as well.

Joey Thurmond (@DrJoeyStein) – I’m going to play A Way Out this weekend! While I don’t think it will be as revolutionary gameplay-wise as Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons was, I’m looking forward to seeing how the changing perspectives influence puzzles, traversal, and whatnot. I’ll also be taking some time to (actually) finish up a book, write up some drafts for articles in progress, and spend time with friends.

Matt Bertz (@mattbertz) – I’m going fishing and bear hunting in Montana – at least that’s my hope. Thus far, the overzealous hillbillies in Far Cry 5 keep getting in the way of my leisure activities, so my outdoorsman pursuits will likely come at the cost of several lives. All those white pickup trucks will have to find new owners, but it’s not my fault. They always shoot first! 

Imran Khan (@imranzomg) – I have fallen down a hole in Monster Hunter World again. The Deviljho Great Sword is way better than the Nergigante great sword I JUST MADE, so now I need that one. I’m also continuing to play Kirby Star Allies which, despite its sleepy difficulty (or lack thereof), it is still cute and charming.

Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner) – My weekend begins with the construction of a Barbie toy for my daughter, and ends with three hours of Overwatch on Sunday night. In between these two events, I hope to tackle as much Far Cry 5 as possible. I also want to see Ready Player One again, this time with my wife, who is just as big of a pop-culture nerd as me. 

Nintendo is holding another online demo for ARMS, their Switch boxing-based fighting game, this weekend for players to try for free.

The demo runs from from March 31 through April 3 with a selection of characters from the full roster. A number of characters have been added since the game’s last demo, but it isn’t known which ones will appear in this weekend’s global test punch.

You can go ahead and download the client now ahead of it going live. It might be a good chance to see how you like ARMS after all its updates or just something to play around with over the weekend with people online.