McDonald’s Uses CS:GO to Sell Food

It’s a weird sort of day today, so that kind of feels right for some off-beat news in my opinion. A Redditor from Copenhagen has decided to show off some McDonald’s CS:GO ads that seek to link the team-based multiplayer FPS with burgers and fries, in what could be seen as an ad company’s attempt at being “with it.”

mcdonald's cs:go ads

The image above comes from Redditor kakipls, which references several McDonald’s menu items with terminology from CS:GO, like calling a large meal a “full buy” and even wishing folks to good luck and have fun beneath its arches.

The signage looks to be part of a pretty large campaign in the country, as another image calls a Happy Meal a noob and refers to someone nicking a fry as a fragsteal.

Considering the location, it’s hard to call these ads a random attempt to connect with the kids: CS:GO has reportedly seen a spike in popularity in Denmark, helped in part by the performance of the Astralis team. Additionally, the sign boards are located close to the Royal Arena, where the sold out Blast Pro Series event is being held.

…and now we’re kind of hungry, so GGWP, McDonald’s.

Our Thoughts

Does this story really have a point? Nah. Sometimes one has to take a moment to double-take or headtilt in the direction of a random gaming-related thing. So that’s what we’re doing here. Seriously, though, when’s lunch?

Sources: CS:GO subreddit, PCGamesN

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Fortnite Rifts Spawning Real-Life and In-Game Items

Ever since the sky got cracked by a rocket launch gone wrong in Fortnite Battle Royale, things have gotten progressively weirder. And in a game that had Thanos stomping around, that’s saying something. The various Fortnite rifts have now begun depositing random items both in-game and (supposedly) in real-life.

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Previously, these rifts that started spawning all over the Fortnite Battle Royale map were simply just eating up random pieces of scenery. Now, however, they’re depositing a selection of random items into the map, including an Old West-style stagecoach and a ship’s anchor.

Furthering the oddness are images from photographer Sela Shiloni, who discovered a giant Durr Burger mascot item plonked in the middle of the desert of Palmdale, California, along with an 80’s era police cruiser and a sign warning that “this site is unstable” in a video. Shiloni, according to him, is not a gamer and up to this point was unaware of what Fortnite is.

When fans went to investigate the site themselves, they were greeted by an unidentified man who handed them a business card that read “Agent #3678” on one side and had a phone number on the other. Calling the number resulted in a garbled playback of the sound effect that plays when a Rift eats an item.

Finally, the Fortnite Twitter account itself has begun to tease Season 5, with a recent image heralding the update’s arrival in three days and showing a picture of someone who, apparently, really likes cats judging by the mask they’re wearing.

Our Thoughts

This is all just too random to speculate upon, so we’re just going to sit here and wait for the final word on just what the heck is going on with Fortnite. It’s safer that way.

Sources: IGN, Twitter

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Fortnite Battle Royale Skin Used as a Playground Insult

Move over, “Hanzo Main”. There’s a new silly insult that’s sweeping the nation. Or, at least, getting one fourth grader in trouble. The Fortnite Rust Lord skin has been officially weaponized according to a disciplinary note that was brought home by a young fan of the battle royale shooter.

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An image shared by a Redditor shows a picture of the alert that was handed to the poster, which explained that their child “called another student a ‘Rust Lord'” during a recess argument. According to the note, this insult reportedly upset the other student greatly and the parent was asked to “please explain courteousness.”

For the record, the Rust Lord skin is a skin that was part of the unlockables in the Season 3 Battle Pass. The skin was gained by climbing up to Tier 23 out of the 100 tiers that can be earned, making it a reasonably lower level achievement.

That said, as popular as Fortnite Battle Royale is, it’s going to be difficult to dethrone the Hanzo Main insult.

Our Thoughts

…kids can be weird. With that said, we do have to marvel at the snappiness and meme-ability (if that’s even a term) of calling someone a Rust Lord. We also kind of wonder what the conversation between the parent and the child was like after seeing this note.

As confounding as this all is, it just goes to show how absolutely immense Fortnite Battle Royale has gotten in terms of popularity. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to feel old and out-of-touch now.

Source: Fortnite subreddit via PCGamesN

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Monster Hunter World Opens a Pop-Up BBQ Restaurant

Vegans and vegetarians, you may want to look away from this one. A new Monster Hunter World restaurant has decided to spring up out of nowhere in London’s Flat Iron Square to celebrate the upcoming game’s release, and the restaurant’s barbecue meat offerings are…um…substantial.

monster hunter world restaurant

The Monster Hunter Meat Shack takes the concept of the game’s gargantuan monsters and translates that into servings that defy description. The barbecue used to cook food alone is measured at 2.5m high, and the restaurant offers up titanic tankards, a giant-sized meat platter, and of course that monstrosity of a burger you see pictured above. If you can successfully walk after eating, you can also take a picture next to a skull of Rathalos, one of the series’ signature dragons.

“Going back to work in January can be a gloomy time for everyone so what better way to eat away the January blues than a free dining experience which celebrates all things monster-sized?” reasons Capcom’s senior PR manager Laura Skelly. “We hope the Monster Hunter Meat Shack is a hit with fans of the game both new and old immersing all its guests deep into the world of Monster Hunter.”

The pop-up restaurant is open between 12pm-9pm UK time January 25th and 26th, and 12pm-10:15pm UK on the 27th and 28th. The meat shack is completely free and open to anyone over the age of 16.

Of course, if you’re not a fan of ultra-sized BBQ platters or you don’t live anywhere close to this marvel of meaty goodness, there is the start of a “making of” series your eyes can feast on. Barbecue sauce is optional.

Our Thoughts

HOLY CRAP LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT SANDWICH.

Source: press release

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ROM Hack Lets You Play Super Mario 64 Online with 24 Others

If you’ve ever been curious what Super Mario would be like with multiple people at the same time, a new ROM hack is now able to answer your question. Super Mario 64 Online is precisely what it sounds like: an online multiplayer version of the Nintendo64 classic.

super mario 64 online

The PC ROM hack comes by way of Kaze Emanuar, Melonspeedruns and Marshivolt, granting players the ability to run through the full Super Mario 64 game with several other players at once.

According to the trailer for the hack, players have the choice of creating their own minigames within the ROM such as running their own races or playing hide-and-seek. Players have a selection of characters to choose from including Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and more, with many of the characters sporting unique attributes or abilities.

You can check out the trailer showcasing the online Mario game below. If you’re interested in playing, the video’s description includes download links and instructions.

Our Thoughts

This looks like an incredible amount of fun! We’re also pretty well concerned that this project will be shut down by Nintendo with great speed. Until such time as a cease-and-desist arrives, we’ll be hoping that people will have a great time with this ROM mod.

Source: Eurogamer

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