Bethesda Exclusives for PC & Xbox, Pokémon GO’s Legends

Today: Steel yourself for a legendary search in Pokémon Go — Microsoft finalizes ZeniMax acquisition and welcomes new studios into the family — Even more Monster Hunter Rise gameplay footage

Stream your Steam games to your Xbox

Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming are trying to bring the Xbox to PC, but Nvidia is trying to bring the PC to Xbox instead.

GeForce Now publically launched February 2020

When the Microsoft Edge browser launches for Xbox, it will support Nvidia's GeForce Now streaming service, which makes it possible to play Steam games on Xbox! The YouTuber Joe Chip has already demonstrated that it works just fine.

Still in beta: The Edge app is still in beta, but Xbox Insiders are testing it and that means it should be ready to roll out soon. In other words, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you have no PC, but an Xbox and a really fast internet connection, you can get your gaming fill.

Silver lining: The new cloud streaming platforms could make games platform agnostic, and if technical issues like latency get ironed out, cloud gaming can present an alternative to games consoles. It certainly makes sense for Microsoft to push this idea, since they've been trying their best to make Xbox into a cross-platform gaming ecosystem rather than just a perennially out-performed console.

Which of these items are not necessary to finish Morrowind?

a) Sunder 
b) Keening
c) The Scroll of Icarian Flight
d) Wraithguard

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

You’ll go bananas for these sweepstakes

Sega struck a deal with Chiquita for promoting Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll for Wii, which featured Chiquita stickers on its bananas. Part of the promotion was a sweepstakes with a 50-inch flatscreen as the grand prize.

Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll launched in February 2010

Other prizes included a big sofa, four gaming chairs, a Wii Balance Board, A Wii Fit Plus and of course a copy of Step & Roll among other Wii-themed prizes.

Join our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today's fact.

Search for legends in Pokémon Go

The next global Pokémon Go event has started, and adds the Shiny Nosepass as well as boosting Steel-type Pokémon until March 14th.

Shiny Nosepass becomes available for Pokemon GO

The Players Cup III is underway in Pokémon Sword & Shield, and the competition also includes the Pokémon trading card game and Pokkén Tournament DX. Qualifiers for Sword & Shield and the card game are over, and Pokkén registrations have just opened.

Pokémon Go

  • Searching for Legends
    • Lasts until March 14th
    • Steel-type spawn increase, with Shiny Nosepass
    • Timed Research and Special Research for Season of Legends
  • Incense Event
    • Lasts until March 14th
    • Focused on Beldum
    • Metagross can learn Meteor Mash during evolution
    • Spawn increases alternate hourly between Steel-type and Psychic-type
    • Psychic-types: Beldum, Natu, Girafarig, Meditite, Baltoy and Munna
    • Steel-types: Beldum, Alolan Diglett, Magnemite, Aron, and Bronzor and Shieldon

Pokémon Sword & Shield

  • Players Cup III
    • Pokkén Tournament DX open for registration
    • Qualifiers will take place on March 20th until enough players are qualified
    • 128 places in North America, 128 in Europe and 64 in Oceania

Zenimax Media now part of Microsoft

The ink is finally dry on Microsoft's ZeniMax Media deal, and Xbox Game Studios can finally welcome Bethesda Softworks and all her sister studios into the family.

Microsoft is said to have already 'made back' the $7.5bn

“This is an exciting day for Xbox. Today we officially complete the acquisition of ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks,” begins the official statement. The deal adds no less than 8 studios to the Xbox Game Studios stable.

A billion a pop: Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios are all first-party developers for Microsoft now, and Microsoft is excited to “begin working together to deliver more great games to everyone”.

Exclusive fun: Microsoft also confirmed that future Bethesda games “will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players”, which is hardly surprising. The studios' existing portfolio will be added to Xbox Game Pass, while their current live service projects will remain non-exclusive.

Win the entire We Were Here series

What's better than winning a game? Why, winning three games, of course! The entire We Were Here series of first-person puzzle adventures could be yours since we have codes for all three games in the series to give away.

We Were Here first released in 2017

The trilogy was developed by the Dutch studio Total Mayhem Games, and challenges you to guide a team through challenging situations deep in the Antarctic. Check out the We Were Here Series Giveaway to find out how to enter the competition.

Which of these items are not necessary to finish Morrowind?

ANSWER: The Scroll of Icarian Flight!

How can you kill a god? Stabbin’ a big ol’ heart apparently

The early Elder Scrolls games can be pretty inscrutable and hard to play, but not even the famously ornery Morrowind actually requires you to use the Scroll of Icarian Flight, a scroll you can find near the start of the game that allows you to jump high enough to kill yourself. Of course, that doesn’t make fighting Dagoth Ur any less difficult.

After defeating the Sharmat, you need to attack the Heart of Lorkhan with two weapons: Sunder and Keening. Strike once with Sunder and five times with Keening to destroy the heart and finally destroy the brass god Akulakhan. Yes, that’s right – Morrowind features an evil giant robot. If you think that’s weird, just wait until you visit the Telvanni…

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