VY Esports, EA, Coca-Cola partner for Russian FIFA tournament

VY Esports, a company that works in live events and content creation for esports, has partnered with American video game company Electronic Arts (EA) and soft drink brand Coca-Cola. The Russian Esports Federation (RESF) and Football Union of Russia (RFU) are also involved in the deal.

The reason for this partnership? Together, these companies will launch the Russian Interactive Football Cup. This tournament will act as the official qualifier of the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series, leading to the Fifa eWorld Cup 2018.

Seen as a way to capitalize on the popularity of the FIFA World Cup – which will be hosted in Russia itself this year – VY Esports will bring in players, fans, and celebrities to take part in both online and offline esports events leading up to the world’s biggest football competition.

Oleg Butenko, CEO and Founder of VY Esports commented in a statement: “The Russian Interactive Football Cup will bring the global community of esports fans and players together in an experience unlike any other. The Cup will focus on online and live content that entertains and engages the competitive spirit in ways that only EA, FIFA and football can bring. We’re excited to partner with EA and Coca-Cola to create the first official qualifying competition of this magnitude across Russia.”

The first stage of the Russian Interactive Football Cup will be made up of a series of online and offline qualifying events, from there a total of 64 players will advance to the final tournament in May at the Yota Arena, Moscow. The final stage of the competition will be broadcast on Russian social networks VK.com and Odnoklassniki, among other platforms unspecified at this point.

The winner of the Russian Interactive Football Cup will advance to the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs.

Esports Insider says: It’s a clever move to host a Russian FIFA tournament so close to the 2018 World Cup, and we’re glad to see a familiar face in Coca-Cola returning for yet another esports-related deal – especially when it has ties to traditional football. Hopefully, the Russian Interactive Football Cup is broadcast on a platform such as Twitch so it gets exposure outside of the hosting country.

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Riot Games rebrands NA LCS following EU LCS changes

Riot Games‘ premier North American League of Legends competition, the North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS), has undergone a minor rebranding – it’s now solely known as the LCS.

The news came from a tweet, revealing the new name and a slightly-renovated logo alongside the competition’s January 26th, 2019 return date.

The NA LCS was launched when the Riot Season 3 Championship Series incorporated the first season of North America’s first professional LoL league. It saw eight teams compete in a round robin format, with the top teams reaching an offline playoff stage.

This isn’t the biggest change the NA LCS has ever seen. On June 1st, 2017, Riot Games announced that major changes were coming to the league for the 2018 season in the form of franchising. This meant permanent partners would join the league, having been selected from an application process with no fear of relegation. This change also included the implementation of a revenue-sharing process between each of the 10 teams and Riot Games, made up of revenues generated from media deals, team-branded goods, sponsorships, and merchandise.

The EU LCS rebranded to the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) this November, alongside the announcement of the competition’s first ever franchise partners. Following in the footsteps of the NA LCS, it opened up 10 slots for organisations and investors to apply for – giving them long-term stability in the league should they be successful. The European league kicks off on January 18th.

Esports Insider says: Now the EU LCS is known as the LEC, it mostly makes sense to drop the ‘NA’ portion of the competition’s name. The rebranding of the two leagues represents more of a separation between them – whether that’s an intentional move or not by Riot Games – but there’s a no doubt that the rivalry between the two regions will remain.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Review: Beautiful, buggy PC port has its ups and downs

Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally on PC after an entire year, and this crazy Western somehow even looks more gorgeous than it did back then.

In an upgrade of visuals to allow up to 4K resolution and uncapped frame rates, the game brings both an incredible experience and a demanding one at that.

I like to think of Red Dead Redemption 2 as one of the few high-budget cinematic video games – a title which is created solely to play, feel, and look like a Hollywood movie.

It’s also the best cinematic video game on the market. This whole idea is helped by consoles and their limit of only 30fps, which is famously used when shooting films to create a more cinematic effect.

In order to try to make a PC version of this game more cinematic, Rockstar has made quite a few changes to both controls and visuals.

Interestingly, you steer your horse with your mouse and moving at high speeds, making it quite difficult to look around without actually turning.

You eventually get used to this, but it both adds smooth turning to PC while also being irritating sometimes. This option can be turned off in the settings, but as it’s a default thing, it's worth bearing in mind.

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Some players reported being unable to launch Red Dead Redemption 2, with a large amount of launch crashes happening thanks to the Rockstar Games Launcher.

Though the experience can vary from player to player (and the power of your rig is going to have an impact on your experience, too), there have been many reports of crashes and bugs from all corners of the internet.

Sometimes, when I’d look around on my horse, the camera would stutter. This wasn’t the game dropping frames or freezing, as everything around me would be moving fine and smoothly, it’s just the camera movement that seemed to freak out sometimes for no reason at all.

This also happens frequently just when walking around – in fact, it’s happening as I’m writing this review. It’s quite annoying.

Other than that, it runs fine in ultra-settings on my PC rig. Obviously, you’d hope it would – I’m running the game on an RTX 2080Ti, AMD Ryzen 7 2700, with 16GB DDR4-3200 RAM, and it runs between 60fps and 70fps most of the time when playing in 1440p resolution.

This game makes my graphics card screech in pain due to how hot it gets, I’ve never heard my GPU be this loud before – even on war machine like this, it's a demanding title to run. Be warned.

It’s probably the most demanding PC game on the market right now, and that’s because it pairs amazing graphics with mediocre optimization.

As a result, Rockstar has added a multitude of graphical options in the settings, giving you way too many (in a good way) choices in order to fine tune your experience to your PC setup and get the most out of the game.

Do I think that waiting a whole year for this PC port was worth it? Personally, no.

It is pretty much the same game from last year but on a mouse and keyboard with some better graphics, but damn if it isn’t still mesmerizing.

The amount of new content isn’t that much, with Rockstar giving PC players some bounty hunter missions, 2 treasure maps, 1 brand new weapon, 2 new horses, and 5 new trinkets.

Other than that, the only real brand new thing about Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC is the photo mode.

The game boasts an all-new way of taking in-game screenshots, and it’s about damn time that we were able to show off how gorgeous the world of Red Dead is.

In fact, the photo mode is so brilliant that I physically cannot stop taking screenshots – it’s chipping away at my progress because I spend so much time taking photos in the new mode.

It makes me feel like Red Dead Redemption 2 has always needed this, and ever since the original release last year I have constantly felt like the game needed its own Rockstar Editor.

We don’t have that (at least not yet), but the photo mode is enough to tide most of us over for now.

As for the controls, it’s hard to talk about them in a review for a game which allows you to customize and change said controls.

Some horse manoeuvring needs work, with keyboard and mouse not exactly being the smoothest way to control a four-legged vehicle.

But, at the same time, you can tweak these controls in the settings to tailor it to your own preferences, and Rockstar do indeed give you a lot of options to be able to do just that.

In the end, this port is a good step, but is it worth your money or should you buy the console version?

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Review – 4/5

– Reviewed on PC

In a world where developers who design experiences for console and try throw them on the PC, Rockstar Games beautifully takes its time in creating a port that both serves the artistic purposes of the original while allowing players to run free in their best open world to date. Just make sure your PC is up to standard.

The real verdict will shine once modders get their hands into the files and begin to create some crazy mods for the game – something which may be a major selling point for this PC version down the line.

The Good

  • This is one of the best-looking games on the entire market
  • The addition of photo mode makes me wonder why it wasn’t added sooner
  • So many customizable settings for both graphics, display, and keyboard controls
  • The Bad

    • Graphically demanding game paired with mediocre optimization makes for a lot of PCs getting stressed
    • Still a few bugs and glitches that need fixing

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    Grand Theft Auto fans think they’ve found a big GTA 6 clue in a new trailer

    It's been a busy week for Rockstar Games after they announced not one, but two big new updates coming in the next 7 days.

    Firstly, Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA Online will both be adding some massive new updates next week, with Red Dead announcing the Moonshiners update and GTA expanding on the Casion update with new heist missions.

    Somewhere in the middle of this, Rockstar Games released a small teaser trailer for GTA Online, or to be more specific, the new GTA Online: The Diamond Casino Heist content, which you can see below.

    The content is an extension of the successful Diamond Casino & Resort DLC introduced back in July.

    Now, this isn't a complete trailer, but the brief glimpse we do get suggests that Lester will be hacking the casino to set up a big heist (more on that further down).

    However, some fans think the same small-clip might also include a subtle nod to Grand Theft Auto's future.

    During the teaser clip, it's clear that we're meant to be seeing Lester hacking into the casino and within that clip there's a small segment where we also see a small globe revolving.

    However, the globe seems to focus, or at very least dwell on, South America more so than any other geographic location.

    Some fans believe this is a clue, or perhaps a very coded easter egg, related to the long-running rumours surrounding GTA 6 and the supposed 'Project Americas' leaks which suggest the game could be set across multiple cities, including somewhere in South America.

    We've seen the suggestion made across social media quite widely in the past few days, but there's also a growing thread on Reddit created by the user ApplelypseNow .

    It's also been suggested that the previous Doomsday Heist released over a year ago could also have been teasing the next Grand Theft Auto game, too

    VX97 said: "Doomsday Heist facility computer had circle around Vice City, Cuba, and Colombia and now South America is highlighted on this new Casino Heist DLC teaser. Even the mention of Project Americas is in RDR2 files. I think it's happening, we gonna have Colombia in GTA 6!"

    The thread also included some wild, but not completely proposturs suggestions that Red Dead Redemption 2's locations might also be contributing towards any tropical GTA 6 enviroments.

    "Having Guarma in RDR2 was a bit suspicious too," suggested ApplelypseNow .

    "Seems like a lot of effort to develop a jungle environment for such a short chapter. Possible dry run for more expansive jungle in Columbia or Central America. Sort of like how North Yankton preempted the snow environments in RDR2."

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    As mentioned, this fresh GTA 6 speculation comes via a big new GTA Online update coming to the game next week.

    Rockstar describes this new DLC as the "biggest, most audacious, most complex criminal operation ever to hit Los Santos".

    The update, named The Diamond Casino Heist is coming to GTA Online for PS4, Xbox One and PC on December 12, 2019.

    Here's a bit more info on what players can expect to encounter in this fresh GTA 5 update.

    "The Diamond Casino Heist is an all-new approach to Heist architecture and execution: one huge gameplay-packed operation as you work with the Cheng family to infiltrate the most secure building in all of Los Santos.

    "Featuring a diverse range of opportunities for set-up and prep missions that shape your plan of attack, multiple paths of approach, constantly changing security measures and a dizzying array of choices once inside.

    "Expect outcomes for you and your crew to change on the fly as you deal with each new situation, leading to more choices mid-mission.

    "Even if the best-laid plans go sideways, you’ll have the opportunity to keep the mission afloat without failing by shooting your way out with your remaining team lives, all allowing the Heist to be highly replayable with new scenarios unfolding each time.

    There's no trailer to showcase any of the new content just yet, but fans could see some teasers released early next week ahead of the new DLC arriving Thursday.

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    Celtic F.C. joins eFootball.Pro as a founding club

    Celtic F.C. competed in the eFootball.Pro Invitational in August, and now it has decided to join the Pro Evolution Soccer competition as a founding club.

    So far, Barcelona, Schalke 04, and AS Monaco have been announced as the other members of the international league.

    Gerard Piqué, Founder and President of eFootball.Pro discussed the move: “It’s great news that Celtic joins our competition. I have faced them several times as a player and I know that they will show in eSports the same integrity they display on the pitch. Having a club with so much history will give us the necessary values to make our league a model in the sector.”

    As part of joining the PES league, Celtic will recruit two players to represent the club through the year. AS Monaco became the third team to join the competition as a founding club in August, with more clubs poised to be announced in the near future.

    Gordon Kaye, Head of Business Development of Celtic F.C. added: “Following our partnership with Konami, creating a PES team to challenge for the inaugural eFootball.Pro title is an exciting first step into the evolving world of eSports and we look forward to competing against top international teams.”

    eFootball.Pro is a property of Esports Media Rights (EMR), which aims to professionalise football clubs’ entrance into esports by creating an international competition exclusively for them. The league is being run in partnership with KONAMI and spearheaded by Gerard Piqué.

    Masami Saso, President of Konami Digital Entertainment also commented: “I am excited to see this unique esports competition continue to grow and take shape, especially with a club as formidable and iconic as Celtic. It is a privilege for KONAMI to work with organisations such as eFootball.Pro and Celtic, who continue to drive the sport forward and create new derbies to excite for years to come.”

    In February of this year, Sportradar became the official international media rights distribution partner of eFootball.Pro. Sportradar will commercialise the live media rights for the league’s matches, as well as distributing matchday previews and analyses, highlights, news, interviews, and other content. It will also be in charge of production for all content, including the LAN matches.

    Esports Insider says: PES is far behind FIFA in terms of popularity, both as a casual game and as an esport. That being said, the caliber of clubs joining eFootball.Pro is impressive – but it all means nothing if the game can’t provide a competitive and enjoyable experience. We’re intrigued to see how the league continues to differentiate itself from what EA is doing with FIFA.

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    Discord DOWN: Server status news as Google Cloud Platform suffers issues

    Discord is down this evening, leaving thousands unable to use the messaging service with numerous reports of server issues related to issues with Google's GCP services.

    For those unaware, GCP stands for 'Google Cloud Platform', described as "cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search and YouTube"

    A message from Discord first told fans: "Oh gosh~! We're seeing some issues with messages sending & failure to connect due to an issue with Google compute platform & are waiting for a resolution!! Sorry for the inconvenience.

    "Unfortunately there is a known issue affecting the timestamp for countries which do not observe DST. We're aware of the problem and hope to push out a fix for it in a future update. Apologies for the inconvenience in the meantime!"

    That was at around 7pm this evening, but the latest update, shared at around 8pm, added:

    "Discord is still experiencing major downtime related to Google's ongoing issues in GCP. We have the team online and are ready to restore service as soon as the root issue is resolved. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience."

    Independent outage monitor Down Detector has received a surge of Discord down reports with the majority of issues relating to connection problems upwards of 3000 reports.

    The Down Detector outage map says the issues are worldwide, so it's not just you experiencing troubles.

    As noted by the past quotes, there is no timeframe for when the Discord services will be back online, because all the emphasis appears to be on Google.

    The Google Cloud Platform’s status page also notes the problem and as of 8pm GMT this evening Google's status page wrote:

    Description: Mitigation work is currently underway by our engineering team.

    We do not have an ETA for mitigation at this point.

    We will provide more information by Saturday, 2019-12-07 12:42 US/Pacific.

    Diagnosis: Seeing High IO wait times, failed IO operations, or IO Operations taking over 2 seconds to complete

    Workaround: None at this time

    Earlier in the day, Google also added:

    “We are experiencing an issue with SSD Persistent Disk and SSD Regional Persistent Disks,beginning at Saturday, 2019-12-07 06:45 US/Pacific. Symptoms: High IO wait times, IO operations failing or taking over 2 seconds to complete. Self-diagnosis: Seeing High IO wait times, failed IO operations, or IO Operations taking over 2 seconds to complete. Workaround: N/A Our engineering team continues to investigate the issue.”

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    Final Fantasy: The 10 Worst Things Kefka Has Done

    Final Fantasy as a series has given birth to a whole host of formidable bosses. Often times these bosses are cold, calculating and just preeminently evil. Final Fantasy 6’s Kefka, however, is a little different. In the previous Final Fantasy games you didn’t often get to know and interact with the games ultimate boss.

    However, you get to see all the horrible things Kefka does and even stop him a few times. But this insane clown is, in many ways, much more terrible than most Final Fantasy villains. With that said, here’s the 10 worst things Kefka has ever done.

    10  He Poisoned Doma

    One of the first horrendous acts you see Kefka do is to poison Doma. Doma is the kingdom where Cyan lives, and this horrible act impacts how Cyan develops throughout the game. Beyond the obvious death of Doma’s citizens, this act that Kefka did himself led to the complete annihilation of Doma. The only two survivors were a lone Doma scout and Cyan himself.

    Furthermore, this act shows just how unhinged and cowardly Kefka really is. General Leo is the one in charge of assaulting Doma and he expressly forbids Kefka to do this. It’s only when Leo is called away elsewhere that Kefka poisons Doma’s water supply.

    9 Enslaved Terra

    The simple act of taking away the will of another person is despicable enough, but Kefka takes it to another level. Early on, even before the player gets to do anything besides watch, Kefka places the slave crown on to Terra. He does this because of his curiosity and interest in her magic.

    But being who he is, Kefka doesn’t stop there. In order to test her magic he orders her to burn 50 imperial soldiers alive. Not the enemies of the empire, but its own soldiers. He treats the lives of those around him as toys, disposable ones at that. Thankfully for Terra, she initially has amnesia after being freed from the slave crown.

    8 Betrayed His Allies

    Not only does Kefka have a severe disregard for his own soldiers lives and others, but he consistently betrays his allies. As mentioned with Terra, he uses her to burn 50 of the empires own soldiers. And those are neither the first nor the last of his own soldiers which he murders.

    Perhaps one of the most important people he betrays is General Leo. When Leo witnesses the beginning of one of Kefka’s newest atrocities, he tries to stop him. By this point Kefka has grown too powerful and easily kills Leo. Additionally, even the Emperor that he serves was not safe, as he kills Gestahl and kicks him off of the floating continent.

    7 Mercilessly Attacks Other Nations

    While most of the assaults upon other nations are under orders from the Empire, the way that Kefka goes about this is unnecessarily cruel. Kefka desires nothing more than destruction and death, as seen with Doma. Pretty early on in the game, Kefka attacks Figaro Castle and tries to burn it to the ground. It’s ability to burrow itself does save it, thankfully.

    Kefka also leads the assault on Narshe, in which the player must muster their forces to defend it from Kefka’s malice. Undoubtedly there have been many other places that Kefka has targeted and wiped off the map that the player never sees. But he also doesn’t stop there, he also attacks the small village of Espers.

    6 Experiments Upon Espers And Humans

    Because of his role within the Empire, Kefka was in charge of magitek experimentation. Terra was one of the first people he took an interest in because of her half-human half-esper nature, but she was not the first experiment. Kefka was actually the first to undergo the process which turns someone into a Magitek Knight but it was before it was perfected.

    This could go some ways into explaining his twisted nature, but it doesn’t excuse it. Kefka continued to work with whatever espers the empire could get their hands on, using them to perform experiments upon other humans. No doubt many of the monsters in the world of ruin are the result of further experimentation.

    5 Captures and Tortures Espers

    Speaking of experimenting on espers, a major aspect of that is acquiring them. At a certain point in the game, the player gets to witness Kefka’s disdain for the espers as he throws Ifrit and Shiva into the trash. This was, of course, after having tortured and experimented on them. It’s only after he thinks he has gotten everything out of them that he throws them away.

    But perhaps even worse is that, later on, after having discovered how to turn espers into magicite, Kefka goes even further. He finds the gate separating the espers and tricks them into coming out and attacking him. By this point they cannot seriously harm him and so he goes about turning them all into magicite.

    4  Sows Discord

    Perhaps one of the strangest things about Kefka is his ability to convince his allies to do what he wants. This extends to planting seeds of doubt into his enemies minds as well. When he attacks Narshe to get to the esper hiddin within, he convinces his soldiers that the best way to do so is to kill everyone there.

    When Kefka discovers magicite, he attempts to convince Celes to hand them over to him. She doesn’t and teleports both her and Kefka away, but not before he attempts to tell the other characters that she is a spy and a traitor. It’s this strange mix of outright fear of him and some inner charisma within him that make him even more dangerous.

    3 Destroy’s the World

    Now for the most important part in showing how terrible he is, when he breaks the world, causing untold destruction and death. Because of his numerous and terrible actions, he ends up taking control of the Warring Triad and moving them, disturbing their balance. Even Gestahl, in all his greed, tries to stop him.

    But it’s all too late, and the player’s party can do nothing but watch and then flee the floating continent. The ensuing chaos changes the world forever, and is reflected in the game. The world used to be known as the World of Balance. Thereafter it is known only as the World of Ruin. Kefka, in his insanity, destroyed the world that everyone knew.

    2 Smites Innocents

    After Kefka gains his god-like power, he builds up a horrible tower from the ruins of the old world. Sitting upon the top of this tower, he looks down at the people and uses a powerful form of magic called the Light of Judgement to smite others. The reasons he gives are usually that they did something he didn’t like or disobeyed him in some way.

    However, in some of his dialogue he hints that he actually just does it because he thinks it’s fun. This means that people across the world have to constantly live in fear of not just all the new horrible monsters but they also live in fear of his whims. He takes the whole world hostage just because he gets a kick out of killing people.

    1 Changes The World For the Worse

    Hilariously, even when you defeat Kefka, he’s still the cause for something truly terrible. Because Kefka took the power of the Warring Triad for himself, it also means that he is the new being that lets magic exist. When you finally kill him and free the world from his terror, it also means that you have taken away all of the magic.

    So not only does Kefka have to ruin the world and kill countless people, but he also causes everything in the future to change. Even long after the people have rebuilt the world and made some sort of peace, they’ll never have magic ever again. Of course, this does make him one of the most unique and memorable villains in video game history.

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    Method partners with Save the Children for World First Race

    English organisation Method has announced plans to team up with charity Save the Children for the duration of its Race To World First: The Eternal Palace event.

    Method and Save the Children partnered during The Battle of Dazar’alor event earlier this year, which raised $17,000 (£13,500) – $7,000 (£5,500) more than the original target.

    The two parties have set a target of $20,000 (£16,000) for the upcoming event to celebrate the charity’s 100th year. Viewers will have the option to donate to the charity at any point during the broadcast through links in Twitch chat and under the stream. Method will provide constant total updates and shout-out those who donate.

    Maral Moghadasi, Gaming Consultant for Save the Children Charity commented: “Over the last several years Save the Children has partnered with the online gaming community and content creators across platforms like Twitch, YouTube and Facebook to help in our efforts to ensure that every last child has the chance to grow up healthy and safe. We are thrilled and honoured to have Method celebrate Save the Children’s 100th anniversary and mission by choosing us as their beneficiary for yet another Race to World First. This time for The Eternal Palace.”

    The event gets underway on July 16th, with Method streaming 24/7 until the final boss of the raid is taken down. The organisation will effectively racing against Limit and Pieces, two guilds that partnered with Red Bull for an event of their own that’s identical in nature.

    Secretlabs recently announced plans to sponsor both of the Method and Red Bull World First Race streams, with the gaming chair brand providing seating for those taking part.

    Esports Insider says: Gaming and esports have always had the power to do great things. Method, and more importantly its viewers, proved that last time by raising an amazing amount of money for a worthy cause. We’re sure the fundraising will do even better this time!

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    Got $300 To Spare? Square Enix Is Selling Two Necklaces Based On Aertih From Final Fantasy 7

    The people who have as much spare cash as the Shinra Corporation might be interested in purchasing two new necklaces that are based on Aerith Gainsborough from Final Fantasy VII. 

    In Final Fantasy VII, Aerith wore a necklace in her official artwork, but the limited technology of the original PlayStation meant that it wasn’t reflected in her in-game outfits. The version of Aerith in Final Fantasy VII Remake has a distinct flower necklace that she is seen wearing in all of the available footage of the game.

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    The official Square Enix website is releasing two new necklaces based on Aerith, neither of which resemble the one she wears in either Final Fantasy VII or Final Fantasy VII Remake. The Ribbon necklace resembles the pink ribbon that Aerith wears in her hair, which also contained the White Materia, while the Flower necklace has a green gem that resembles the White Materia contained within a silver flower. The two necklaces cost $147.99 each and will be released in May 2020.

    The product descriptions mention that the silver from the necklace could be discolored if exposed to moisture, so the people who purchase the necklace are discouraged from wearing it while bathing or exercising. Fortunately, the necklace is meant for diehard Final Fantasy fans, so that likely won’t be a problem.

    Final Fantasy VII is the most popular entry in the series, so it has received some strange merchandise over the years, including perfume based on Cloud and Sephiroth, energy drinks based on potions, and Zippo lighters bearing the faces of the cast. Final Fantasy VII Remake is set to be one of the biggest games of 2020, so it’s likely that even more strange merchandise will be released in the future, especially as the game is meant to be followed by even more entries in the remake series in the future.

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    Black Widow: We Break Down the New Footage Shown at Brazil Comic Con

    Marvel screened never-before-seen footage from Black Widow at Brazil Comic Con on Saturday. While the footage isn’t currently available online, IGN Brazil was there to describe what was revealed behind closed doors!The scene starts with Alexei (David Harbour) dressing up in his old Red Guardian uniform. He sits at a table with Natasha (Scarlett Johansson), Melina (Rachel Weisz) and Yelena (Florence Pugh). They talk about being a family, but observe that the term may not be appropriate to describe them any longer. (We saw a bit of this scene in the new trailer that dropped last week.)Natasha is wearing that same white uniform we saw in the first trailer, with her long hair in braids. Alexei says to Melina, to whom he was once married, that he recently left prison and is "full of energy." He says Melina still looks beautiful but Melina tells him he got fat — a more complete version of the scene previously revealed in the trailer.
    Find out who's who in the new Black Widow trailer:LoadingMelina is like the mother figure of the group, which reunites here after years apart. She says Yelena has become a beautiful woman despite the "big nose" she had as a child. Melina then tells Natasha to correct her posture because she always has her shoulders in a downward position. This scene showcased a lot of the humor between the characters.Asides from the never-before-seen scene, another new trailer was presented, showing car and motorcycle chases reminiscent of those seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Natasha tells Yelena that she wants to be more that a well-trained assassin and that she's trying to do something good.Red Guardian's Connection to Black Widow (and Captain America)There were shots of Taskmaster in a fist fight with Natasha. He wears his mask and hood, and the whole set is black. In another scene, Natasha walks with Alexei, who asks her about Captain America, observing that "He's my geopolitical adversary.”For more Black Widow coverage, check out what the Metal Gear Solid movie director had to say about Natasha's white uniform, find out everything you need to know about Taskmaster, Yelena Belova, and "Captain Russia", and be sure to watch the first trailer again!Black Widow arrives in theaters April 30, 2020.

    Bruno Yonezawa served as translator. Jim Vejvoda also contributed this report.

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