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  1. Hey guys,

     

    I don't think we already have a thread about this so I thought it might help, especially given the global scenario we're in.

     

    I also thought of starting this thread because an ex-colleague is working on a story around how online gaming and gaming communities have helped people deal with mental health issues, and also helped people make friends.

     

    There's a lot of evidence out there that gaming can help people dealing with conditions like anxiety, depression and autism. I personally know a couple of people who, through IVG and the people they met here, were able to over come their mental health troubles. So it would be great to hear some stories of how gaming has helped you or someone you know. You don't have to if its too personal, but sharing your story might help someone else. :)

     

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    Sharing below a message from Anu, who is looking for inputs for her story:

     

    I am an independent journalist based in Mumbai and I've written for Huffington Post, India Today, Scroll, Mumbai Mirror, National Geographic Traveller and so on. Please find more information about me and my work here: anuprabhakar.contently.com.

     

    I am now hoping to write an article on how the gaming community can be a source of support and comfort for those battling anxiety, depression and other mental health issues in India, where seeking help for mental health is still largely considered taboo (although things are changing, slowly). I am looking for people who have made friends through gaming - I believe multiplayer games are very popular for this reason as well - and think of the gaming community as a safe space where they can share their struggles. I would love to get in touch with gamers who would like to participate in my article and share their story. Members can remain anonymous in the article. My email id is anuprabhakar2016@gmail.com. If this article interests you at all, please do reach out and I would love to take this forward. Thank you. 

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  2. Hey guys,

     

    Since many of you here might be creating gaming content on YouTube or platforms, you can use this thread to share your content, get feedback from other members, and maybe even gain a few fans.

     

    A few rules for this thread:

     

    1. Do not spam your content.
    2. Post gaming content only.
    3. Don't just post links. Provide a description and details to what you are posting.
    4. DO NOT SPAM

     

    Posts that ignore any of the above will be deleted without warning.

  3. If you have bought an Xbox Series X or Series S console, or even if you own an Xbox One, you can join the IVG club on Xbox.

     

    Clubs are online meeting places created by the Xbox community for like-minded people to enjoy multiplayer gaming and socializing. Find out how to join a club so you can chat, play games, share content, and join other players’ parties.

     

     

    Once in a club, youu can share the screenshots and clips of games that you are currently playing on the Club's activity feed - other members can like and comment on such shared content. Parties can be created. There are a tons of options for increasing engagement.

     

    The club is called IVG Community and is open to everyone. This is different than game-specific official clubs like Horizon Clubs for Forza Horizon 4. FH4 players can freely join the IVG club, called [IVGC]

     

    Steps to join the IVG Club:

     

    1. Press the Xbox button on your controller to pull up the Xbox guide

     

    2. Switch right to the People tab, where you will find the option for Clubs

     

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    3. Once in the Clubs menu, select Discover Clubs

     

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    4. Next, select Explore all clubs

     

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    5. On the next screen, you will find the option to Find a club.

     

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    6. Search for "IVG Community" and request to join and I or one of the admins will accept your request.

     

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    If your request is not accepted, drop a message here.

     

    If anyone who is regularly on Xbox would like to be a club admin, please post in this thread.

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  4.  

    All interested buyers please post here along with which edition. We can also use this to share info on which retailers have or are getting stock.

     

    List of interested buuyers:

    @HundredProofSam (Standard - Ordered)

    @Snake (Standard - Skipped)

    @CarbonCore (Digital - Waiting)

    @nash (Standard - Ordered)

    @hope (Standard - Ordered)

    @dylanjosh (Standard - ???)

    @KrIzAliD (Standard - Ordered)

    @hussain (Standard - Still looking)

    @kittoo (Standard - Ordered)

     

    Members still looking to buy:

    @Lazyboy8134

    @hussain

    @babywinchester

    @SneakyFunk

     

     

    List of authorised (Indian version) retailers:

     

    PS5 preorders 100% confirmed

    Shop at Sony Center

    Amazon

    Flipkart

    Reliance Digital

    Games The Shop

    Vijay Sales

    Croma

     

    Other authorised Sony retailers (preorder confirmation awaited)

    Gameloot

    Sayonara

    Ninja Games

    Jai Ganesh Games, Movies & More, Viviana Mall

  5. Take-Two to acquire Codemasters

     

    The Grand Theft Auto publisher will use a mix of cash and shares to purchase all currently issued and yet-to-be-issued shares in Codemasters, giving Take-Two 100% ownership.

     

    It was previously suggested the deal could value Codemasters at £759 million ($994 million), but the latest notice says this will instead by £726 million ($956 million).

     

    The acquisition is expected to be completed by March 31, 2021.

     

     

     

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    IVG Community Showcase: November - Win Cyberpunk 2077

     

    After three months of the IVG Showcase packed with great entries from the IVG Community, we’re now at the final month of the showcase. And as promised, the IVG member with the winning entry this month will win what is possibly this year’s most anticipated release.

     

    In case you’re new to the IVG Community Showcase, here’s a recap:

     

    The IVG Community Showcase is a way for us to highlight – and reward – some of the coolest gameplay moments from the IVG community, whether it’s a great kill streak, a speed run, some skilled stealth gameplay or an amazing goal. Regardless of which games you play, and which platform you game on, you can be part of the IVG Community Showcase. Once you’ve got a great gameplay clip you’d like to share, here’s how you can participate:

    • Upload the clip to a social media platform of your choosing. Make sure you tag/mention IVG in the post.
    • Post a link to your clip in this thread

     

    Win Cyberpunk 2077

    As we did with Marvel’s Avengers, and Watch Dogs Legion this month’s winner will also win a high-profile new release. For month four, we’re giving away Cyberpunk 2077. The winner will be able to choose the platform of their choice: PC, PS4 or Xbox One. The game will also be eligible for a free upgrade to next-gen consoles in 2021.

     

    Picking a winner

    Once the last date for entries has passed, the IVG team will shortlist the best clips. We will then create a poll and invite the community to vote on their favourite clip. The clip with the most votes will be selected as the winner.

     

    The Rules

    While you’re welcome to share any and every cool gameplay clip of yours with the community, here are some rules to keep in mind to be eligible to win a prize:

    • You have to be residing in India
    • You must be a member of the IVG forums to be able share your clips. It's free and easy to sign up and there's plenty in store for gamers, from discussing your favourite games to great deals on preowned games and consoles
    • You must tag or mention IVG in your social media post containing your gameplay clip. That way we know it was intended as an entry into the IVG Community Showcase
    • The social media post and clip should be no older than one month from the date of posting it on the IVG forums.
    • Prize on chosen platform will be subject to stock availability
    • Campaigning for votes is not allowed. If there is any suspicion of rigging the polls, the concerned entry will be disqualified and its votes will be nullified.

     

    Last date for entries: November 22

     

     

     

     

  7. IVG Podcast 54: Bethesda boosts Xbox, Sony India silent on PS5, Xbox Series X sold out

    Another event full week in gaming, both in India and globally, and we're here to talk about it all in episode 54 of the IVG Podcast.

     

    Before we get to the topics for this week, we’d like to give a big shout out to AMD for hooking us up with the PC gaming rig that we’ll be using for streams and reviews going forward on IVG. Here’s a quick round up of this week's episode:

     

    • Updates on month 3 of the IVG Showcase and our FIFA 20 Farewell Cup
    • What Microsoft’s $7.5 billion power move means for Bethesda’s franchises, Game Pass, Xbox console sales and PlayStation gamers
    • Xbox Series X preorders sold out within minutes in India but you might still be able to get one
    • Does Microsoft’s push towards Game Pass endanger single-player games?
    • Sony India remains silent on PS5 launch plans, and retailers aren’t helping matters either
    • Amazon Luna and what it’s doing differently from its potential game streaming rivals
    • Our impressions on Mafia Definition Edition, PES 2021, Serious Sam 4 and The Division 2's new Summit mode

     

     

    You can listen and subscribe to the IVG Podcast on the podcast platform of your choice. More details here.

     

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  8. Since both PS4 and Xbox One had abysmal support for wireless headsets, I've been reading up on whether PS5 and Xbox Series X|S will have better support for third party headsets. And the good news is that seems that they will.

     

    Both consoles will support 2.4 GHz wireless as well as Bluetooth 5. The problem is PS5 and Xbox One X will use different tech so the same headset won't work wirelessly with both PS5 and Xbox Series X. So if you have both consoles, you either buy two headsets, or buy one for your preferred console and use it on the other one via 3.5mm headphone jack.

     

    The one headset that really stood out for me in terms of features is the Audeze Penrose.

     

    https://www.audeze.com/products/penrose-wireless-planar-magnetic-headset

     

    It has a PS5 version which also supports PS4 (Penrose) and it has an Xbox Series X|S version that also works with Xbox One (Penrose X). I believe both will also work with PC and Switch.

     

    It's not out yet, but it's up for preorder on Headphone Zone for 25k :panic:. The really cool thing about it is that it can connect via 2.4 wireless and BT at the same time. So you could connect to PS5 over 2.4 wireless and you can at the same time connect to your phone via BT for Discord voice chat.

     

    The PS5 and XSX variants are identical, except for the USB dongle because because they both use slightly different tech. I'm hoping you can buy a dongle for the other one separately, but I doubt it.

     

    Another option (which I haven't read up on a lot) is the Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless. This is also an expensive option.

     

     

     

    I'm guessing the most affordable will be the Sony Pulse 3D headset. Hoping for it to be about 10k in India.

     

     

     

     

    If you guys come across other good options - wired of wireless - please share 

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  9. IVG Podcast: PS5 India launch plans, games line-up, Sony’s cross-gen flip-flop, and more

     

    Note: This episode was recorded before the Microsoft/Bethesda announcement

     

    Sony finally broke its silence on launch date and pricing for the PS5, but unfortunately for Indian gamers, Sony India is yet to make its plans known. But that gives us plenty to discuss on this episode of the IVG Podcast. Here’s a run down of what you can expect to here from us on this week’s episode:

     

    • A quick update on the IVG Community Showcase months 2 and 3
    • PS5 global launch price and dates
    • Sony India’s silence on PS5 launch plans and what it could mean
    • Sony’s big announcements (God of War) and PS5 launch line-up
    • PS Plus Collection thoughts and backwards compatibility ambiguity
    • Sony’s flip-flop on cross-gen games

     

     

    You can subscribe to the IVG Podcast on the following platforms and others:

     

    IVG Podcast on Spotify  IVG Podcast on Apple Podcasts IVG Podcast on Google Podcasts

     

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    IVG Community Showcase: September - Win Watch Dogs: Legion

     

    After two successful months of the IVG Community Showcase, we’re now all set for month three. This month, entrants stand a chance to win Watch Dogs: Legion.

    In case you’re new to the IVG Community Showcase, here’s a recap:

     

    The IVG Community Showcase is a way for us to highlight – and reward – some of the coolest gameplay moments from the IVG community, whether it’s a great kill streak, a speed run, some skilled stealth gameplay or an amazing goal. Regardless of which games you play, and which platform you game on, you can be part of the IVG Community Showcase. Once you’ve got a great gameplay clip you’d like to share, here’s how you can participate:

    • Upload the clip to a social media platform of your choosing. Make sure you tag/mention IVG in the post.
    • Post a link to your clip in this thread

     

    Win Watch Dogs: Legion

    As we did with Marvel’s Avengers, this month’s winner will also win a high-profile new release. For month three, we’re giving away Watch Dogs: Legion. The winner will be able to choose the platform of their choice: PS4 or Xbox One. The game will also be eligible for a free upgrade to next-gen consoles.

     

    Picking a winner

    Once the last date for entries has passed, the IVG team will shortlist the best clips. We will then create a poll and invite the community to vote on their favourite clip. The clip with the most votes will be selected as the winner.

     

    The Rules

    While you’re welcome to share any and every cool gameplay clip of yours with the community, here are some rules to keep in mind to be eligible to win a prize:

    • You have to be residing in India
    • You must be a member of the IVG forums to be able share your clips. It's free and easy to sign up and there's plenty in store for gamers, from discussing your favourite games to great deals on preowned games and consoles
    • You must tag or mention IVG in your social media post containing your gameplay clip. That way we know it was intended as an entry into the IVG Community Showcase
    • The social media post and clip should be no older than one month from the date of posting it on the IVG forums.
    • Prize on chosen platform will be subject to stock availability
    • NEW: Campaigning for votes is not allowed. If there is any suspicion of rigging the polls, the concerned entry will be disqualified and its votes will be nullified.

     

    Last date for entries: October 10

     

    And that’s about it. We look forward to checking out your amazing gameplay moments.

     

     

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  11. IVG Podcast 52 - Xbox thoughts, Prince of Persia drama, Ubisoft Forward, and COD Cold War MP thoughts

     

    It's been an extraordinarily eventful week, and that is reflected in yet another extended edition of the IVG Podcast. Here's what we've covered this week.

     

    • IVG Showcase - Vote for month two finalists
    • IVG’s FIFA 2020 Farewell Cup
    • Xbox Series X/S pricing, launch details and positioning - we break it all down
    • Online backlash towards Prince of Persia Sands of Time Remake
    • Ubisoft Forward announcements and talking points
    • COD Cold War multiplayer: Treyarch brings some of the Battlefield flavour
    • How DICE dropped the ball on Battlefield
    • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 and Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-reckoning impressions

     

     

     

     

    You can subscribe to the IVG Podcast on the following platforms and others:

     

    IVG Podcast on Spotify  IVG Podcast on Apple Podcasts IVG Podcast on Google Podcasts

     

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    IVG FIFA 20 FAREWELL CUP

     

    With FIFA 21 around the corner, it’s time for the IVG community to bid FIFA 20 a final farewell. The IVG FIFA 20 Farewell Cup is an opportunity to compete with fellow FIFA 20 players in the IVG community one last time, with the added incentive of some cool prizes in store for those looking to jump into FIFA 21.

     

    The IVG FIFA 20 Farewell Cup will be conducted in a knockout format, featuring 18 players. The tournament will be conducted on PS4. Before we get to the rules and entry process, here are the prizes we have in store thanks to support from Games The Shop.

     

    IVG FIFA 20 FAREWELL CUP: PRIZES

     

    • Winner: FIFA 21 Champions Edition (PS4)
    • Runner-up: FIFA 21 Standard Edition (PS4)
    • Final 8: FIFA 21 T-shirts
    • All participants: INR 250 discount coupon for FIFA 21 valid on GamesTheShop.com

     

    IVG FIFA 20 FAREWELL CUP: RULES & REGULATIONS

     

    1. General

    1.1 Each participant must be aware of all the rules listed below. Insufficient knowledge of the rules cannot be used as an excuse for breaking the rules.

    1.2 Teams should be submitted before the start of the tournament kick-off date. Teams cannot be changed after the tournament has started.

    1.3 Matches need to be completed within the days mentioned for each round. Contact your opponent via PM on IVG to set a date and time.

    1.4 Players are required to play with the PSN ID they have specified at the time of registration.

    1.5 Every player is responsible for his own connection and has to have a good internet connection to avoid possible ‘lag’. We have heard from multiple members that whoever is hosting has an advantage. Everyone will be playing a home and away match and hopefully this will minimize the lag handicap.

    1.6 In case of a serious lag issue – quit the game within the first 15 mins of the game and report  to the organizers. Save a video of the gameplay to back the claim.

    1.7 We encourage and appreciate if everyone can save their games using the PS4’s Share button and upload it to YouTube. We did not have this option during last generation, and we are excited to watch some great games.

     

    2. Specific game settings FIFA

    2.1 General:

    • Settings: Standard settings
    • Match duration: 12 minutes (6 minutes per half)
    • Game speed: Normal

    2.2 All matches should be played in ‘Friendly Match’ mode

    2.3 All matches have to be played with the online squads.

    2.4 Only tactical defense is allowed.

    2.5 When the connection is lost, the match will be resumed at the remaining time and the current score. In scenarios like these, extra time is always counted as +5 mins to the remaining time.

    2.6 KO stage:

    • All rounds in the knock-out stage will be Best of Two.
    • Everyone plays a Home and an Away match with the away goals rule being active.
    • When you are the home team, you invite the opponent to the match and vice versa.
    • In case of the aggregate score being a tie at the end of the second match (including the away goals), there will be a new match at a neutral venue with Golden Goal. (The first team that scores, wins the match)
    • Golden goal game: Select a neutral venue for the golden goal game. If there was no lag issue in the previous two games - the one who hosted first game can host the golden goal game in a neutral venue. If either player had lag, Organizers will randomly select the host. 

    2.7 Players are allowed to play with club and national teams. Adidas All Star XI and MLS All Star XI are not allowed.

    2.8 It is NOT allowed to change your team during the tournament. The team you choose for your first match has to be used throughout the tournament.

     

    3. Reporting scores

    3.1 Both players must posts the score after finishing the game in the tournament thread.

    3.2 The total score of a match must be reported by both players.

    3.3 Both players need to report the scores on the same day after the end of the match.

     

    4. Behavior rules

    Play Fair and be nice to your fellow IVG members. Bad language and/or threats against the players are not tolerated.

  13. IVG Podcast 51: PUBG ban, Avengers letdowns, Ubi Forward expectations, RTX 30

     

    In this episode of the IVG Podcast, we try to put the horrible memories of Gamescom and hypothesise about what we might see at Ubisoft Forward. But that’s only part of what we have in store in this extended edition of the IVG Podcast, where one lucky listener also has a chance to win a cool Marvel’s Avengers Steelbook.

     

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    Here’s a complete rundown of IVG Podcast episode 51:

    • Winding up month two of the IVG Community Showcase
    • IVG Game Nights are back
    • News round-up: The Division 2’s new game mode, Mario anniversary announcements, The Witcher 3 coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X
    • Marvel Avengers launch-window impressions
    • Nvidia’s RTX 30 series and wondering why PC gaming has to be so expensive
    • India’s PUBG Mobile ban and its indigenous, propaganda-laden replacement
    • A Gamescom to forget
    • Ubi Forward: What’s confirmed, what we expect, and our dream for a new Splinter Cell game

     

     

    You can subscribe to the IVG Podcast on the following platforms and others:

     

    IVG Podcast on Spotify  IVG Podcast on Apple Podcasts IVG Podcast on Google Podcasts

     

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    PUBG Mobile ban announced in India

     

    Let the speculation end: The PUBG ban is real. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has banned 118 apps, most of them made by Chinese developers, the biggest of them being Tencent’s popular battle royale game.

     

    The list of 118 apps also includes other Android and iOS games developed by China-based developers, such as Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade, AFK Arena and several games from NetEase, including Marvel Super War, Creative Destruction, Crusaders of Light.

     

    PUBG Mobile isn’t the only major Tencent game to be banned. Its mobile MOA Arena of Valor has also joins the list.

     

    We should add that the PUBG Mobile ban does not affect the PC and console versions of the game, which are developed by Bluehole, which is a South Korean company.

     

    The list also includes several other lesser known games, as well as many carrom, Ludo and Chess titles.

     

    The official reason for the bans is that these apps “are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order [sic]”.

     

    The latest wave of bans on Chinese apps comes after the government banned 59 apps in June, the biggest of them being TikTok. That ban remains in effect, so it will be interesting to see how long the ban on PUBG Mobile remains in effect.

     

    This story is developing and we will continue to update it as more details become available.

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    It’s time for a celebration because India’s first gaming podcast – the IVG Podcast – has reached a milestone of 50 episodes. What’s really incredible about it thought is that it’s taken us more than 12 years to reach this landmark, after several years of hiatus in between and multiple hosts coming and going. But what’s important is that we’re still here and we plan to stay here.

     

    From the GI Podcast to the IVG Podcast – an briefly the Third World Gamers Podcast – the last 50 episodes have been quite a journey through the history of gaming in India, but as we always do, it’s time to look ahead. And there’s a whole lot of that in episode 50. Here’s what we’ve discussed in this week’s episode of the IVG Podcast:

     

    • IVG Community Showcase: Your chance to win Marvel’s Avengers
    • Call of Duty Warzone’s Black Ops Cold War reveal live event
    • Everything we know about COD Black Ops Cold War so far
    • Fornite’s cool Marvel event
    • Mini-review of UFC 4 (full review here)
    • Takeaways from DC FanDome: Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and Gotham Knights
    • Microsoft Flight Simulator impressions

     

     

     

    You can subscribe to the IVG Podcast on the following platforms and others:

     

    IVG Podcast on Spotify  IVG Podcast on Apple Podcasts IVG Podcast on Google Podcasts

  16. This is the one common thread for the IVG Podcast. Rather than creating new threads for each individual episode, we'll use this thread to post whenever a new episode is published.

     

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    IVG Podcast 49

     

    Just one episode to go before the big five-o, and there is a lot to cover in this episode of the IVG Podcast. So without further ado, here are the topics for episode 49:

     

    • Month two of the IVG Community Showcase
    • The Halo Infinite delay
    • A console without a big first-party launch title
    • DC FanDome: Will we see any gameplay?
    • Horizon: Zero Dawn and Marvel's Avengers PC ports
    • Does Games as a service work for superhero games?
    • Fall Guys: A pleasant surprise

     

     

    You can subscribe to the IVG Podcast on the following platforms and others:

     

    IVG Podcast on Spotify  IVG Podcast on Apple Podcasts IVG Podcast on Google Podcasts

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