Resident Evil Village Thief, Favourite Animal Crossing Villagers Revealed

Today: Japanese players rank Animal Crossing: New Horizons villagers — Capcom’s creature designers are a bit too fond of obscure European horror — Yes, you can play Xbox Series X games on 3DS

Ghost voice actor fired for online abuse

Jeff Leach voiced the role of Simon 'Ghost' Riley

Voice actor Jeff Leach, who voiced Ghost in Call of Duty, will no longer appear in the role after Activision catches him hurling abuse in the game's voice chat.

Leach has been recorded making vitriolic and sexist remarks to other players while streaming Call of Duty, which was brought to Activision's attention by YouTuber NitroLukeDX in the form of a montage of the actor's online antics.

Ghosted: “Sexism has no place in our industry, our games or in society. Activision is no longer working with Jeff Leach. We strongly condemn these remarks. We are committed to delivering a fun and safe experience for all players,” said Activision.

Cancelled comedian: Jeff Leach defends himself by claiming someone was trolling him and that “I (as a professional comic) destroy them. As I would any hateful heckler. Irrespective of gender, race, age.” He added this was taken “out of context to fit a character defaming narrative”.

Which video game composer designed FMV game Contradiction: Spot the Liar!?

a) Jeremy Soule
b) Toby Fox
c) Tim Follin
d) Grant Kirkhope

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.

Sex doesn’t always sell

Acclaim’s BMX XXX was a pretty cheeky game, full of sexually charged humour and even a spot of nudity. Well, in some versions anyway: The PlayStation 2 version was censored, and lost its tagline: “Keep it Dirty”.

BMX XXX let users define chest size and nudity

Why make a sexy BMX game anyway? Rumour has it that Acclaim didn’t think the project had a lot going for it, and so decided to literally sex it up in an attempt to drum up some attention. It backfired, and the game was mostly subject to bad press and didn’t sell particularly well. The Game Boy Advance version dropped the BMX XXX branding and was called Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 3, presumably without nudity.

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Animal Crossing’s top villagers ranked

Dom wins the island popularity contest in Japan

Famitsu's readers have voted for their favourite villagers from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and also completed a survey of their Animal Crossing habits.

The most popular villager among Japanese players is Dom, followed by Marshall and finally Raymond. Almost half of the surveyed players bought Animal Crossing: New Horizons at launch and most of them play from 1 to 3 hours on average daily. Their favourite seasonal event is Halloween.

’Who is your favourite villager?’

  1. Dom (652 votes)
  2. Marshal (480 votes)
  3. Raymond (440 votes)
  4. Fang (236 votes)
  5. Judy (228 votes)
  6. Stitches (220 votes)
  7. Flurry (196 votes)
  8. Lolly (188 votes)
  9. Beau (176 votes)
  10. Lobo (164 votes)

Other survey highlights

  • 47.7% played game at launch
  • 63.1% played a previous game in series
  • 55.1% play 1-3 hours a day on average
  • Ironwood is the favourite furniture series
  • Halloween is the favourite seasonal event

Resident Evil Village rips off Dutch horror

The boss fight unfolds in similar fashion to the movie

Movie director Richard Raaphorst was shocked to discover that Capcom has apparently plagiarised his monster designs from the 2013 horror movie Frankenstein's Army.

The Resident Evil Village monster in question is a boss with a propeller made from chainsaws fixed to its torso. It is remarkably similar to Raaphorst's monster, and the way they are defeated is pretty similar too.

No credit: “In 2013 I directed my film Frankenstein’s Army,” said Raaphorst. “It’s a crazy monster movie filled with my own creature designs, one of which has been used – completely without authorization or credit in the newest Resident Evil game.”

Shameless theft: Raaphorst took to Twitter again after noticing more stolen monster designs: “Oh dude, this is worse than I thought. First I felt angry, then proud, but now I see this, I feel sad,” he said. We've reached out to Capcom for comment, but as of the publishing date we've yet to hear back from them.

Which video game composer designed FMV game Contradiction: Spot the Liar!?

Made some sick beats? Better make an FMV game too.

ANSWER: Tim Follin!

Tom Follin isn't the most famous videogame composer, but his work has surprised and delighted players for a long time. Inspired by prog rock like Led Zeppelin and Rush, Follin wrung complex melodies out of limited hardware like the NES sound chip, and his tracks from Silver Surfer, Solstice and Polk! stand out to this day.

He left the game industry in 2005 due to job instability and poor pay, but returned as a game designer when he founded the studio Baggy Cat. The studio made the two FMV titles Contradiction: Spot and Liar and At Dead of Night. If you want to know more about his work, the YouTube channel Stop Skeletons From Fighting has a great overview of how he pushed rudimentary audio hardware to its limits.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Nick Akerman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!