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Feel the Heat: Deep Immersion in NASCAR Heat 5, Available Now on Xbox One

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  • Get a deep dive on all the new features in NASCAR Heat 5
  • This year’s entry features expanded modes and gameplay
  • Game Designer Elliott Henderson details the new modes and features

NASCAR Heat 5 launches today on Xbox One! A key focus for us this year in the development of NASCAR Heat 5 was to provide expanded and more immersive gameplay, as well as replay-ability along with several quality of life improvements that I’ll share more with you today. So, let’s get started!

Expanded Career Mode

We wanted to improve the sense of immersion and development throughout the Career Mode in NASCAR Heat 5 so we added Statistics. These feature items such as seasonal Starts, Poles, Wins, Laps Led, Average Finish and final Rank on a year-to-year basis broken down for both yourself as well as the AI within the career. It helps create individual storylines and get to relive highlights of your illustrious career.

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We have retained the ability to start your career from any of the NASCAR National Touring series, be it the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series or NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. The Xtreme Dirt Tour returns as your pathway to NASCAR stardom if you’re looking for the challenge of running as a driver with no background or experience as well. DNF’s (Did Not Finish) have been incorporated to provide an elevated point of gameplay. This will give you a little more incentive to race cleanly and maybe not make that divebomb move for fear of wrecking yourself out of the race!

Online Challenges

Fans love the offline challenges that come with the game and we then update and further implement through DLC. This year, NASCAR Heat 5 expands that into online leaderboards to enhance your online experience outside of just race lobbies and give you bragging rights over not just your friends but the entire community!

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These challenges will be based on your assists level and grade your overall time to place you on the leaderboard amongst other drivers completing the same challenge. Complete it the quickest, and you’ll see your name at the top. We plan to take real life events as well completely fictional scenarios and implement them into this new mode to give you variety and allow you relive some of the most impactful moments of the 2020 NASCAR season.

Custom Championships

One of our less notable, yet quickly loved features is the new Custom Championships. In NASCAR Heat 4 we provided fantasy schedules along with real life schedules in the Championship mode. In NASCAR Heat 5, you get to direct the schedule of events, dependent on the series you choose to race in.

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There are many ways to race and you have all the options, including reduced or full playoff formats similar to the top three national NASCAR touring series, or no playoffs at all. You select whether you want a 36-race schedule or a short five race sprint. This is your area to create what you think is the ultimate NASCAR schedule.

NASCAR Heat 5 is available today for Xbox One on the Microsoft Store.

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NASCAR Heat 5, the official video game of the world’s most popular stockcar racing series, puts you behind the wheel of these incredible racing machines and challenges you to become the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion.  
Features all the official teams, drivers and cars from the three NASCAR National Series as well as the Xtreme Dirt Tour, racing on 39 authentic tracks. The immersive Career is complemented by Quick Race, a new Test Session mode and multiplayer, both online and split screen.
 
To take the win in NASCAR Heat 5 you have to Refuse to Lose!
 
· Introducing Test Session Mode – practice without AI, adjust your setup, and refine your race craft
· Deeper career mode statistics – track your performance more accurately, such as average finish, average start
· Race online for the ultimate challenge against up to 39 other drivers
· Take part in the eNASCAR Heat Pro League for the chance to drive for one of the official NASCAR teams!
· Full car set up options allow you to refine the car to suit the circuit and your racing style

Source: https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/07/10/nascar-heat-5-available-now-xbox-one/

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‘Pokémon Go’ gets AR Mapping tasks to enable more realistic effects

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Pokémon Go players may see a new tag marking some PokéStops next time they check the app. Niantic has officially launched AR Mapping tasks for level 20 Trainers and up, almost five months after the company announced that it’s launching the feature. When they spin a PokéStop marked with the “AR Mapping” tag, they’ll get a Field Research task that will require them to open the AR scanning screen and to explore the area.

Niantic first announced that it’s working on a PokéStop Scan feature back in May in an effort to improve Pokémon Go’s augmented reality effects. By getting players to scan locations, the developer will get what it needs to be able to create 3D maps of PokéStops. They can then use that data to make critters interact with real—world objects, so they can hide behind a tree trunk instead of just float in front of it. Niantic started testing the better AR effects feature called “Reality Blending” back in May, as well, though it’s limited to users with certain newer Android phones.

The developer says good scans last 20 to 30 seconds and keep the PokéStop in the center of the frame. It’s also encouraging users to walk a full 360 degrees around the location. Niantic Kids accounts won’t have access to the feature yet, even for level 20 Trainers — that’s most likely a good thing, since there’s still a pandemic happening — but parents will get the option to toggle it on in the future.

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AOC aims to get out the vote by streaming Among Us with pokimane and HasanAbi

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We are about seven months into a pandemic and just two weeks from a presidential election. At this point, surprises are a dime a dozen. So it should feel very 2020 that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is about to stream Among Us, the hit game of 2020, on Twitch alongside mega-streamer pokimane and political analyst HasanAbi.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted yesterday that she was looking for people to play the popular game with in an effort to get out the vote, noting that she’s never played before but that it looks fun.

Streamer pokimane, who has 6 million followers on Twitch and whose YouTube videos regularly see more than 1 million views each, responded to the tweet with a figurative raised hand.

HasanAbi, a very popular political commentator on Twitch, who has more than 380,000 Twitter followers, also chimed in to the conversation saying that they’re already making a lobby. It wasn’t long before Rep. Ilhan Omar raised her hand, too.

A good game of Among Us (imagine that someone mixed a fairly basic multiplayer video game with a murder mystery party) usually requires 10 players, so the other six players are still TBD. But the Verge reports that a handful of other streamers (such as DrLupo, Felicia Day, Greg Miller, James Charles, and Neekolul) also lined up to play with AOC.

According to Ocasio-Cortez, the stream is all about getting out the vote. And this isn’t the first time that she’s used video games to connect with her followers. AOC opened up her DMs to all 6.8 million of her followers back in May to let them send her an invite to their island, and she visited them.

Millennial voters (and Gen Z) skew toward backing the Biden / Harris ticket, and AOC is coming to them by getting on Twitch and streaming one of the rocket ship games of this year.

The stream starts at 9pm ET/6pm PT and can be found here.

And you can check if you’re registered to vote here.

Update 9:01pm ET: AOC hasn’t even started playing the game yet and has nearly 250,000 concurrent viewers. 

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/20/aoc-aims-to-get-out-the-vote-by-streaming-among-us-with-pokimane-and-hasanabi/

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AOC’s ‘Among Us’ Twitch stream peaked at over 435,000 viewers

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About a year ago the campaign for Donald Trump joined Twitch to push promotional live streams, and tonight, US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will host her first stream on the service. Trump’s foray into Twitch streaming was curious after his administration targeted the same violent video games many Twitch viewers like to watch, while AOC’s previous interaction with Twitch focused on the Army’s attempts to use it as a tool for recruiting. Hopefully she can avoid a two-week ban for misconduct.

Ocasio-Cortez will be playing Innersloth’s breakout hit game Among Us with streamers including Pokimane. She plans to “officially declare orange sus” as well as encourage viewers to make a voting plan. Her new Twitch channel already has almost 250,000 followers, ahead of the inaugural stream that’s scheduled to begin at 9 PM ET.

Update (9:44 PM ET): AOC was an impostor in her first game, and currently her stream alone has peaked at 435,000 viewers, not counting people tuning in via the streams of people watching Ilhan Omar, Dr. Lupo or other players in the game. For context, that’s not as many concurrent viewers as Drake and Ninja’s record-breaking Fortnite stream that peaked at over 600,000, but it’s enough to be perhaps the third-most ever (per @FionnOnFire), with more than Dr. Disrespect’s February 2018 record of 388,000 and trailing Shroud’s Twitch return stream that hit 500,000.

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