You don't need to have dropped 87 grand on an alpha Black Lotus to know that collectible card games have always been an expensive hobby. In the physical realm, a single competitive Magic deck can easily cost $200, but Hearthstone has always had a fuzzier relationship with cost. Technically, it's a free-to-play game, but if you want to build a competitive collection without spending a dime, it's a hell of a grind. In my analysis of the cost of Hearthstone, I estimated that a committed player will be able to amass around half a full collection, provided they're willing to play the game like a second job. Unsurprisingly, Hearthstone's rivals tend to be somewhat cheaper in order to create competition versus the market leader. Eternal even goes so far as giving advice on how to play the game without spending anything, presumably because the developers hate money and are trying to bring the system down from within. Into this environment arrives Valve's Artifact, which is upfront about … [Read more...] about How much will it really cost to build an Artifact collection?
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If you've paid even a little attention to Destiny 2: Forsaken, you probably know that it's the death of your pal Cayde-6 that kicks off the expansion's events. Early in the Forsaken campaign, you'll find Cayde's Will sitting in the Pursuits tab of your inventory. It's this item that guides you through the steps required to find and repair the Exo hunter's exotic hand canon, Ace of Spades.The Ace of Spades is a powerful weapon that can bring down hordes of enemies in PvE and deliver tons of damage to opponents in the Crucible. It's definitely worth getting, even though completing the quest steps is no easy task. Here's a rundown of how to complete each step.1. Finish the Forsaken CampaignThe first thing you need to do is to get the Ace of Spades from Uldren Sov, the person responsible for Cayde's death. To do that, you simply have to finish the Forsaken campaign.2. Bring the Gun to Banshee-44If only getting the Ace of Spades were as easy as finishing the campaign. But this is Destiny 2, … [Read more...] about How To Do Cayde’s Will And Get Ace Of Spades Exotic In Destiny 2: Forsaken
Fortnite Battle Royale's newest update is here, and if the meteor showers and updated 50v50 mode weren't enough to get you to play, maybe the promise of extra rewards will be. Epic Games is hosting a limited-time Double XP event that's live right now, and it'll run all the way through 8 am EDT / noon BST on Monday, April 23.If you aren't already loading up the game, let's go over what this bonus event actually means for you. For starters, you earn XP at the end of every match, and how much you rack up is dependant on multiple factors: how many eliminations did you get, how long did you survive, things like that. You can also earn bonus XP by completing Challenges, which give you side objectives to complete (often over multiple games). But what is the purpose of XP, other than making a bar fill up over and over again? The answer to that question is more complicated than you might expect.For starters, there's no such thing as a permanent level in Fortnite Battle Royale. There's only your … [Read more...] about Fortnite Battle Royale’s holding a double XP event right now and it’s your ticket to extra Battle Stars
WILL you ever have to pay for Facebook? And more importantly, how much would it cost? Billionaire boss Mark Zuckerberg recently mooted the idea of a paid-for Facebook, and one expert told The Sun it might actually happen. How can Facebook be free in the first place? Right now, Facebook is completely free. You don't pay when you download it, and you don't pay to use it. That's because Facebook serves you advertising when you log on. Companies tell Facebook who they want to advertise to. Then Facebook will charge those companies a fee, and show you their ads – generally based on your personal info. You shouldn't worry too much about this: Facebook doesn't sell your data to other companies. It simply asks those other companies who they want to target, and then does it for them. For instance, if you like a skiing page on Facebook, it's assumed you like skiing as an activity. A ski company would then be able to pay Facebook to show you their ski gear – but the company never … [Read more...] about Paid version of Facebook? Here’s how much it could cost you each month
I’m having a significantly better time than I’d expected with Solid crew spin-off Metal Gear Survive, but something about it does rub me up the wrong way – and I’m not talking about whether or not it stuck a dagger in Kojima’s kidney or how heavily it borrows from other survival games. Like Metal Gear Solid V before, microtransactions have crept into Survive, and though they’re not at all necessary to either singleplayer or co-op in the open-world base-building survival sandbox, they do push against the limits of fairness. $10 to buy a second character slot, for instance, or $2 for a one-day temporary boost to the points required to level your guy up. And this is in a game that costs $40/£35 upfront. This is all thoroughly (and depressingly) modern in-app purchase fare, of course, but maybe it’s causing more public ructions than usual here because it only adds to the sense that a Metal Gear ship bereft of its traditional captain is one … [Read more...] about Metal Gear Survive’s scuzzy microtransactions: paid saveslots, cash for emotes and buy-a-boost