John Legend urges “de-platforming” of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in wake of Buffalo shooting

“Tucker and similar proponents of this evil ideology continue to poison the minds of millions,” Legend claimed

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John Legend has called for Fox News’ Tucker Carlson to be “de-platformed”, accusing the presenter of espousing a racist theory that the Buffalo mass shooting suspect allegedly posted online.

Payton S. Gendron, 18, is accused of carrying out what authorities have said was a racially-motivated attack at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York on Saturday (May 14) that left 10 people dead and three injured. Gendron, who is white, has pled not guilty to first-degree murder, Erie County DA John J. Flynn confirmed in a news release.

In a pair of tweets posted yesterday (May 16), Legend made reference to the ‘Great Replacement Theory’ that Carlson has, according to a recent investigation by The New York Times, pushed in more than 400 of his shows on Fox News.

Supporters of the ‘Great Replacement Theory’ have regularly blamed Democrats in the US for utilising immigration as a tool to enhance their voting base. It’s claimed that the Buffalo gunman posted a 180-page document to the anonymous message board 4chan repeating these views, as well as other white supremacist ideologies.

Posting on Twitter, Legend, who also re-shared a viral compilation featuring various clips of Carlson discussing the ‘Great Replacement Theory’ on Fox News, alleged that Carlson “and similar proponents of this evil ideology continue to poison the minds of millions”.

“They have contributed to multiple terrorist massacres and will continue to do so,” Legend added. “This is sickening and dangerous. This should not be on a major cable network.”

Carlson has not directly responded to Legend’s comments. During the opening monologue of his Fox News show yesterday, Carlson spoke about the “horrifying amount of violence in the US”.

He also claimed that the suspect’s 180-page document was not aligned with the political right or left (via NBC News), describing it as a “rambling pastiche of slogans and internet memes” and a “product of a diseased and disorganised mind.”

The presenter also blamed US President Joe Biden and liberals for politicising the tragedy and falling back on “race politics” discourse, while also declaring that “all lives matter”.

When asked for comment, a Fox News spokesperson directed both NBC News and The Independent to on-air statements in which Carlson had denounced political violence.

Justin Bieber, meanwhile, addressed the Buffalo mass shooting while performing at the city’s Keybank Center.

During the show, Bieber referred to the shooting ahead of airing ‘Hurt’, telling the crowd: “As we know, there’s so much division in this world. So much racial injustice. As you and I both know, racism is evil and it is diabolical.

“But what you and I get to do, we get to be the difference makers. We get to be the people who continue to have the conversations with our friends and our family and our loved ones. We continue to be allies.”

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‘Hunt: Showdown’ adds new quest system and armed grunts

New weapons and AI changes have also been added

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Hunt: Showdown has launched update 1.8.1, adding armed grunts, new weapons and a quest system.

The update went live yesterday (May 16) across all platforms, with a bunch of new content. Notably, the quest system has been changed. It’s now called ‘Summons’ and replaces the daily and weekly challenges system. Players will be able to earn stars by completing these new quests, which reset every Monday.

Speaking in a blog post, developer Crytek detailed the new Summons system. There are currently five categories of Quests, which will target different goals/playstyles.

  • Simple Quests: Can be completed by anyone. Rewards 1-2 stars.
  • Core Gameplay Quests: Involves tasks around the core gameplay loop (clues, bosses, and bounties). Rewards 2-3 stars
  • PvP Quests: PvP focused quests that reward engagement with enemy Hunters. Rewards 3-4 stars.
  • Hardcore Quests: A more complex set of quests aimed at veteran players. Reward 5 stars.
  • Legendary Quests: Involves the use of specific Legendary skins (Hunters or Weapons). Rewards 6 stars. (Please note these Legendary Quests are optional and do not need to be completed in order to earn the required 30 stars per week)

Two new enemy types have been added as part of the latest update to Hunt: Showdown. The Pistol Grunt carries a firearm, making it much more deadly at range. The Lantern Grunt carries a lantern, which it will try to break and start small fires. Both types can end up blowing your cover and luring in enemies and other players.

Finally, there are two new weapons for hunters to enjoy:

  • Caldwell 92 New Army – the Caldwell New Army is a new, small slot, compact ammo double-action revolver that comes with a 6-round capacity.
  • Winfield 93 Slate – the new, large slot, 6-round capacity, pump-action shotgun

Head over to the full blog post to read about the other changes that have been made to Hunt: Showdown with update 1.8.1.

In other gaming news, Final Fantasy 14‘s new housing lottery system has received much-needed bug fixes.

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‘Apex Legends Mobile’ reveals exclusive legend Fade

Fade’s playstyle will be all about mobility

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The launch of Apex Legends Mobile will include an entirely new legend called Fade, who will be exclusive to mobile platforms.

As Apex Legends Mobile approaches its May 17 launch date, developer Respawn Entertainment has unveiled what new features fans can expect.

The biggest of these is a new legend called Fade, a “bold” and “aggressive” character with no plans to launch on PC or console.

Speaking to press, Respawn shared that Fade is developed to resemble the best parts of mobile gaming, meaning his kit is all about mobility.

Fade’s passive will allow players to move much faster after sliding, and while it allows for incredibly fast map movement, it does have a cooldown to limit how much it can be used.

Fade’s tactical ability is Flashback, which allows him to rewind – moving the character back to an earlier point in time. Respawn has shared that while this will be a forgiving tool for new players, more experienced veterans will find the tool has a lot of manoeuvrability.

Finally, Fade’s ultimate ability is an explosive weapon that can be used to push all players out of the blast radius. This can be used to get out of tough situations, isolate enemies from the rest of their squad, or send Fade’s own team to safety. While the ultimate ability is active, Fade receives another speed buff.

When asked if Fade could ever make his way to other versions of Apex Legends, Respawn said there are “no plans” but that it’s “certainly a possibility” in the future.

Apex Legends. Credit: Respawn Entertainment.

Apex Legends Mobile will launch with nine other legends from the base game, and the main battle royale game mode will take place on the World’s Edge map – which will include a new, snowy point of interest to find.

There will also be two more game modes – Death Match and Clash – for players looking for a faster-paced experience, and after launch players can expect new legends alongside “unexplored and familiar” maps.

Earlier in the month, a new legend called Newcastle was added to Apex Legends.

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Eric Clapton postpones two European shows after testing positive for COVID-19

The guitarist has been outspoken about lockdown restrictions and vaccines throughout the pandemic

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Eric Clapton has been forced to postpone two of his upcoming shows after testing positive for COVID-19.

The guitarist kicked off his latest UK and European tour earlier this month with a pair of shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

However, Clapton has now announced that he is rescheduling his planned dates in Zurich, Switzerland and Milan, Italy, which had been set to take place tonight (May 17) and tomorrow (May 18), after he contracted COVID following the second Albert Hall gig.

“Eric Clapton is unfortunately suffering from COVID having tested positive shortly after the second concert at the Royal Albert Hall,” a statement on Clapton’s website reads. “He has been told by his medical advisors that if he were to resume travelling and performing too soon, it could substantially delay his full recovery.

“Eric is also anxious to avoid passing on any infection to any of his band, crew, promoters, their staff and of course, the fans.”

Clapton’s website adds that the Zurich and Milan gigs will be rescheduled “within the next six months”, with “the present hope being to be able to resume the tour starting with the concerts in Bologna on May 20 and 21”.

Eric Clapton performs live, 2020. CREDIT: Getty Images

“It is very frustrating that, having avoided COVID throughout lockdown and throughout the period when travel restrictions have been in place, Eric should have succumbed to COVID at this point in time, but we very much hope he will be sufficiently recovered by the end of the week to be able to perform the remainder of the planned performances,” the statement adds.

Clapton has been outspoken in both interviews and his recent songs about lockdown restrictions and COVID vaccines, saying back in January that he wasn’t “concerned with being misunderstood”.

Last summer, the musician said he would not perform concerts that require proof of vaccination – although he did play at such a show in September. He has also teamed up with Van Morrison and shared his own songs that criticise pandemic safety measures, including August’s ‘This Has Gotta Stop’.

Back in March, The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards gave his view on Clapton’s controversial stance on the pandemic.

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‘Final Fantasy 14’ housing lottery bug has been fixed

Players who were previously unable to claim a house can now do so

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Over a month after the introduction of Final Fantasy 14‘s new housing lottery system, the bugs affecting it have finally been fixed.

In a recent Lodestone blog post published on May 13, director and producer Naoki Yoshida shared a new update regarding the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game’s housing lottery system problem, confirming that the development team had completed preparations for the fix.

Final Fantasy 14 underwent maintenance yesterday (May 16) and now the housing lottery results have been successfully implemented, meaning players who were previously unable to claim their in-game home will now be able to do so without any problems.

Final Fantasy 14. Credit: Square Enix

As Yoshida explained, the maintenance has fixed identified errors and properly relayed lottery results for affected plots to the appropriate servers, meaning winning lottery numbers are now displayed correctly, and land purchases may be finalized accordingly. In addition, temporary suspensions imposed on plot purchases and relocations will be lifted.

In the same post, the director also announced when the next lottery cycle will begin on May 26 and will feature a typical five-day entry period and four-day results period.

For winning participants who received a refund due to the “Winning Lottery Number 0” error, Yoshida confirmed that in patch 6.2, the team plans on implementing an NPC by which players may voluntarily return the deposit they were accidentally refunded.

“As these housing lottery issues have been significant and caused great stress and frustration in many players, we have no intention of performing a data rollback to forcibly rescind any refunded gil,” Yoshida said. “We will make an announcement regarding the voluntary return of housing deposits once the NPC in question is ready to be implemented.”

In other news, Paradox Interactive has addressed the Stellaris bugs following the release of its Overlord expansion, saying it was due to rushed features.

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Jeremy Corbyn joins campaign to save Sheffield’s Leadmill: “Get behind it”

The Labour politician has issued a plea to save the iconic venue

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Jeremy Corbyn is the latest high-profile name to join the ongoing campaign to save The Leadmill in Sheffield.

It comes after the iconic Sheffield venue and club recently told music fans of the “devastating news that in one year’s time, our Landlord is trying to evict us, forcing us to close,” leading to an outpouring of upset and support from the music world.

The current bosses of The Leadmill then responded to the owners, denying their intentions to close the venue. Leaders of Electric Group, the company who bought the freehold for the site in March 2017, argued that they’d be removing the current management but keeping the building as a music venue after renovations.

Last month, The Leadmill launched a petition to the government in a bid to “prevent landlords unfairly and unjustly evicting long standing tenants for their own financial gain”, which you can gain access to here.

In a new video shared by Corbyn’s Peace and Justice Project, the Labour politician, who filmed the clip during a recent visit to The Leadmill, issued a plea to save the “fantastic music venue”.

“I’m here in The Leadmill in Sheffield, founded in [the] 1980s. Fantastic music venue. Fantastic place for poetry… entertainment, education, activation, everything,” he began. “Giving people a place to meet, a place to come together in a fantastic musical event and atmosphere.”

He continued: “And it’s now threatened with closure next year. But none of us want it closed. So, sign the petition. Get behind it, get yourself active and save The Leadmill!”

In a follow-up post, Corbyn shared a photo of himself holding a “#WeCantLoseLeadmill” poster outside the venue, with the caption: “The @Leadmill music venue in Sheffield is a different class, but is under threat from closure. Join the campaign to save this iconic part of the city’s music heritage.”

The Leadmill also shared a post thanking Corbyn for visiting the venue and lending his support, alongside a photo from his visit.

“Thanks so much to @jeremycorbyn for stopping by yesterday to add his support towards the #WeCantLoseLeadmill campaign, joining a variety of political figures and artists who have been incredibly vocal about preventing our eviction,” the venue wrote.

It comes after a host of artists including Arctic Monkeys, Bring Me The Horizon, Richard Hawley and Jarvis Cocker threw their weight behind the campaign to save the iconic Sheffield venue and club.

The likes of Eddie IzzardSea Power, The Subways, Ash, Joe Lycett, Nish Kumar, Rolo Tomassi, Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley, Paul Heaton, Manic Street Preachers, The Brudenell Social Club, Enter Shikari, Sleaford Mods and many more have also spoken out in support of the venue.

Last month, it was announced that the legendary Nambucca venue on London’s Holloway Road would be closing its doors, having “tried everything they could” to stay afloat.

Championing new and upcoming acts, they’ve played host to early gigs from the likes of The Libertines, Florence + The Machine, Frank Turner and Wolf Alice. The venue’s final night as Nambucca took place last Friday (May 13).

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‘Total War: Warhammer 3’ patch 1.2 adds new units and major improvements

Alongside the Regiments of Renown pack

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Total War: Warhammer 3 has received a new update which adds new units and AI improvements, along with a retool of campaigns and factions, and improvements to UI.

READ MORE: ‘Elden Ring’ hides From Software’s best lore behind its most formulaic set up

Speaking in a blog post, developer Creative Assembly detailed the massive patch 1.2 update, which adds everything from elite units to smaller stability tweaks. The auto-resolve and mount systems have also been altered slightly.

The headline addition is the Regiments of Renown pack, which adds elite, recruitable troops to the game with improved stats and special abilities for use in the Campaign and Battle settings.

Seven units have been added in total:

  • The Dune Dragons
  • Hellforged Host
  • Dazh’s Hearth-Blades
  • Festering Stooges
  • Powder Guts
  • Bringers of Beguilement
  • Blazing Squealers
Total War: Warhammer 3. Credit: Sega

Elsewhere in the post, other gameplay changes are detailed. Firstly, all characters will now be granted their Mounts (and all mount-related skills) automatically upon reaching the required level rather than requiring a skill point to unlock them.

There have also been changes to the auto-resolve system:

  • The outcome is now determined by the Battle difficulty setting rather than the Campaign difficulty setting.
  • The difficulty scaling of auto-resolve has been reduced on Hard (and higher) difficulty settings.

Patch 1.2 changes a fair bit about Total War: Warhammer 3. Campaigns have been rebalanced, as have certain factions. AI behaviour and responsiveness have been improved too. Make sure to check out the full blog post for more detail. You’ll be able to access Patch 1.2 now.

In other news, Xbox has revealed the next batch of games coming to Xbox Game Pass in the near future. Some games like Jurassic World Evolution 2 arrive today (May 17), while others will be added in the coming weeks.

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New Cheez-It Crackers Were Made with Cheese “Sonically Aged” to Hip-Hop

The limited run was inspired by a study suggesting hip-hop could make cheese age better.

New Cheez-It Crackers Were Made with Cheese “Sonically Aged” to Hip-Hop
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Leave it to a marketing team to turn an interesting study into a branded partnership. Cheez-It has teamed with Pandora to launch “Aged by Audio” crackers, which were purportedly made with 100% real cheese aged to hip-hop music. The limited run will launch on May 26th alongside a mixtape of…

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‘Stellaris: Overlord’ bugs were caused by rushed features says director

“…I approved several changes and additions at the last minute that I really shouldn’t have”

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Paradox Interactive has addressed the Stellaris bugs following the release of its Overlord expansion, saying it was due to rushed features.

In a new forum post detailing the newest hotfix that will be introduced to Stellaris, game director Stephen Muray shared the details and addressed the reasons for why the update is coming (via, PC GamesN).

“It’s a pretty long list for a hotfix, and to be completely honest, that’s my fault,” Muray said. “In our eagerness to get Overlord out to you in the best shape possible, I approved several changes and additions at the last minute that I really shouldn’t have.

Stellaris: Overlord. Credit: Paradox Interactive

“Some of the threads have mentioned that we have some bugs in the launch version that weren’t in the prerelease streams – that’s completely accurate.”

Muray went on to explain further how the features caused the bugs, using the example of the change that the developer made to how AI acceptance of tithes and subsidies worked in order to close an exploit that we identified. “I should have let the exploit ship, known issued it, and given the change a proper QA and balance pass rather than rushing it in. I’ll do so in the future,” the director said.

The hotfix includes a range of updates, including one that fixes trade deals that were being accepted and cancelled immediately after, as well as one where Legacy Human portraits have been re-added as an option in empire creation.

In NME’s four-star review of Stellaris: Overlord, Nice Reuben said, “Paradox has made a pro-player choice in divvying up the paid vs free new content, making Overlord feel like a less essential purchase than it otherwise could.”

In other news, Take-Two has addressed the frustration of Red Dead Online players who feel like the publisher has abandoned the game.

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Pearl Jam Reunite with Drummer Dave Krusen and Play Songs from Ten

With Matt Cameron sidelined by COVID, the band sought help from an old colleague.

Pearl Jam Reunite with Drummer Dave Krusen and Play Songs from Ten
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Pearl Jam reunited with their original drummer, Dave Krusen, during their show in Fresno, California on Monday (May 16th). With current drummer Matt Cameron still sidelined by COVID-19, Krusen filled in behind the kit for 10 of the 24 songs played by PJ. As Rolling Stone notes, while Krusen previously…

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