Posted by Moises Taveras from Kotaku
Has Dragon Age: The Veilguard got you excited to jump into the series ahead of its launch this fall? Have you been waiting for the perfect opportunity to snag the entirety of the Dragon Age saga? Now might be the perfect chance.

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From the how-about-that department: New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) signed two bills into law on Thursday that aim to protect kids and teens from social media harms, making it the latest state to take action as federal proposals still await votes. From a report: One of the bills, the Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation (SAFE) for Kids Act, will require parental consent for social media companies to use "addictive feeds" powered by recommendation algorithms on kids and teens under 18. The other, the New York Child Data Protection Act, would limit data collection on minors without consent and restrict the sale of such information but does not require age verification. That law will take effect in a year.

States across the country have taken the lead on enacting legislation to protect kids on the internet -- and it's one area where both Republicans and Democrats seem to agree. While the approaches differ somewhat by party, policymakers on both sides have signaled urgent interest in similar regulations to protect kids on the internet. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), for example, signed into law in March a bill requiring parents' consent for kids under 16 to hold social media accounts. And in May, Maryland Governor Wes Moore (D) signed a broad privacy bill into law, as well as the Maryland Kids Code banning the use of features meant to keep minors on social media for extended periods, like autoplay or spammy notifications.
Posted by Tony_Bacala from The Toyark


Super 7 is back with a refresh of the Ultimates! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line today with all four Turtles from the 2003 Series. On top of this, a new articulation language is being applied giving double joints, swivels, bicep ...

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Posted by Zack Zwiezen from Kotaku
The long-awaited and well-reviewed Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree, is out very soon on all platforms. However, if you’ve been playing Elden Ring on Valve’s portable PC, the Steam Deck, you might have to wait for an upcoming hotfix to check out the new expansion as the game appears unplayable for many.

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Posted by Brandon Morgan from Kotaku
Despite the massive size of its map, Warzone rewards fast-paced, frantic gameplay through close-quarters combat. You’re rewarded for playing aggressively, pushing the enemy, and not letting them catch a breath. To accomplish this feat, submachine guns reign supreme. They’re the ultimate close-quarters battle weapon,…

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Posted by Ethan Gach from Kotaku
Shadow of the Erdtree, a mega-sized expansion for Elden Ring that’s basically a whole other game, sounds equal parts magnificent and brutal. That’s by design, according to FromSoftware director Hidetaka Miyazaki. He recently said the new enemies and bosses in the DLC are meant to push players to the breaking point.

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Posted by Moises Taveras from Kotaku
One of Helldivers 2’s most powerful stratagems is broken. Actually, to be more accurate, the stratagem is actively breaking Helldivers 2, and players are officially being warned not to use it until Arrowhead manages to fix it.

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From the looming-deadline department: TikTok and Chinese parent ByteDance on Thursday urged a U.S. court to strike down a law they say will ban the popular short app in the United States on Jan. 19, saying the U.S. government refused to engage in any serious settlement talks after 2022. From a report: Legislation signed in April by President Joe Biden gives ByteDance until Jan. 19 of next year to divest TikTok's U.S. assets or face a ban on the app used by 170 million Americans. ByteDance says a divestiture is "not possible technologically, commercially, or legally."

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will hold oral arguments on lawsuits filed by TikTok and ByteDance along with TikTok users on Sept. 16. TikTok's future in the United States may rest on the outcome of the case which could impact how the U.S. government uses its new authority to clamp down on foreign-owned apps. "This law is a radical departure from this country's tradition of championing an open Internet, and sets a dangerous precedent allowing the political branches to target a disfavored speech platform and force it to sell or be shut down," ByteDance and TikTok argue in asking the court to strike down the law.
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From the tough-luck department: An anonymous reader shares a report: CDK Global, the company that provides management software for nearly 15,000 car dealerships in North America, is down for a second day following a cyberattack, according to a report from Automotive News. The outage has left car dealerships across North America unable to access the internal systems used to track car sales, view customer information, schedule maintenance, and more.

On Wednesday, CDK Global told dealerships that it's "investigating a cyber incident" and "proactively shut all systems down" while addressing the issue. However, as reported by Automotive News, CDK Global restored its systems shortly after, only to shut them down hours later due to "an additional cyber incident."
Posted by Kenneth Shepard from Kotaku
Ever since Nintendo confirmed that The Legend of Zelda has an official, branching timeline, fans have been curious about precisely when every new game in Nintendo’s beloved action-adventure franchise takes place. That includes the newly announced The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom. While nothing’s confirmed yet,…

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Posted by Willa Rowe from Kotaku
With less than a day until Shadow of the Erdtree’s release, it’s sad but predictable that spoilers are already on the internet. But what I didn’t expect was for spoilers to come directly from Bandai Namco, the publisher of Elden Ring and its highly anticipated DLC. However, that’s exactly what’s happened with Shadow…

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Posted by msmash from Slashdot
From the hello-IT? department: Facebook and Instagram users are increasingly turning to small claims courts to regain access to their accounts or seek damages from Meta, amid frustrations with the company's customer support. In several cases across multiple states, Engadget reports, plaintiffs have successfully restored account access or won financial compensation. Meta often responds by contacting litigants before court dates, attempting to resolve issues out of court.

The trend, popularized on social media forums, highlights ongoing customer service issues at the tech giant. Some users report significant financial losses due to inaccessible business-related accounts. While small claims court offers a more accessible legal avenue, Meta typically deploys legal resources to respond to these claims.
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Several Japanese-first products recently revealed and listed by Takara Tomy in the international markets are now available to pre-order officially via Western market retailers.  The Transformers Dramatic Capture Series Autobot Headquarters Set, MPG-10 Lift Ticket and MPG-11 DK-2 Guard are all now up and ready to snag.  Read on for official pics and details, hit our sponsors below to grab your copies! Transformers Dramatic Capture Series Autobot Headquarters Set TFSource, Entertainment Earth, Big Bad Toy Store, Robot Kingdom, The Chosen Prime, Ages » Continue Reading.

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Posted by Zack Zwiezen from Kotaku
Oops! Ubisoft seemingly jumped the gun earlier today when it announced the release date and full title for a new remaster of Beyond Good & Evil via Twitter. The publisher has since deleted the tweet, but the internet never forgets.

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Posted by Claire Jackson from Kotaku
After a few rounds of updates, Starfield is slowly shifting into something quite different from what originally launched on September 4, 2023. And I’m not just talking about the cool new mods that are quick and easy to install now thanks to the Creations suite. As of May 2024, a bunch of new features have been added…

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Posted by Jess Reyes from Kotaku
Honkai: Star Rail concludes its Penacony chapter with two highly anticipated characters arriving in its 2.3 epilogue. HoYo’s turn-based RPG is still worth playing a year later, with its riveting story and complex combat, and that’s partly thanks to Firefly and Jade. But who should you choose in the coming month?

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Guild Realm Transfer and Faction Transfer Services Retiring on July 22, 2024

Originally Posted by Blizzard
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

We will be retiring Guild Services currently available in the in-game shop as of July 22, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

Services that will be retired include Guild Realm Transfers and Guild Faction Transfers. After July 22, 2024, these services will no longer be available. The Guild Name Change service will continue to be available.
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From the how-about-that department: A cinema in London has cancelled the world premiere of a film with a script generated by AI after a backlash. From a report: The Prince Charles cinema, located in London's West End and which traditionally screens cult and art films, was due to host a showing of a new production called The Last Screenwriter on Sunday. However the cinema announced on social media that the screening would not go ahead. In its statement the Prince Charles said: "The feedback we received over the last 24hrs once we advertised the film has highlighted the strong concern held by many of our audience on the use of AI in place of a writer which speaks to a wider issue within the industry.â"

Directed by Peter Luisi and starring Nicholas Pople, The Last Screenwriter is a Swiss production that describes itself as the story of "a celebrated screenwriter" who "finds his world shaken when he encounters a cutting edge AI scriptwriting system ... he soon realises AI not only matches his skills but even surpasses him in empathy and understanding of human emotions." The screenplay is credited to "ChatGPT 4.0." OpenAI launched its latest model, GPT-4o, in May. Luisi told the Daily Beast that the cinema had cancelled the screening after it received 200 complaints, but that a private screening for cast and crew would still go ahead in London.
Posted by Tony_Bacala from The Toyark


Earlier this week in the Marvel Legends stream recap, the Hasbro Marvel team shared new pics and info for upcoming products, and now the next wave of Marvel Legends is going live for order.  The Strange Tales Blackheart Build A ...

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Site sponsor BBTS has a new listing for the Syndicate Collectibles Pumpkinhead 1/12 Action Figure.  Syndicate Collectibles came in fast last year, debuting at SDCC 2023, showing off a ton of goods in all different formats.  Since then they’ve slowly ...

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