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Fatmooch69 has spent the last couple of weeks searching for a bot in For Honor. The AI in question is a Raider, one of the game’s two-handed axe wielding vikings, called TheeLizardWizard. Fotmooch69 has enlisted other Reddit users to help him, asking them to share screenshots if they ever encounter it. That’s because TheeLizardWizard is a tribute to a close friend of his called “B”, who he says died last autumn.

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Sims fans are excited as hell for the upcoming Seasons expansion pack. It's been long awaited, given that every game since The Sims 2 has eventually gotten it, and it has always been a fan favourite. Players have one big problem with what they're seeing in previews, though: The depth of the snow.

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As No Man's Sky players gear up for Next, the big update coming in July, they're readying their communities to welcome new players. For some, that means making new shareable farms and laying out community guidelines. For others, it means creating an intergalactic police force.

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Fanfiction is hardly a new phenomenon, but that doesn't always mean it was safe to write. For a time, in certain fandoms, writing fanfiction could get you a letter from a lawyer. Now, the internet has given fandom enough leverage to allow the dubiously legal practice of writing about other people's characters continues to flourish.

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At a recent Philadelphia Fusion watch party, a man proposed to his girlfriend by asking her to "be the Mercy to my Genji". I am very happy for this couple, but I must have a word with them about their taste in Overwatch ships.

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Ever since Brigitte was introduced as a new hero for Overwatch, some fans have been excitedly shipping her with D.Va, in a pairing called Mekamechanic. We don't know a lot about Brigitte, but that's part of what makes this pairing work: Fans can just make it up as they go along.

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In 2001, when the first Lord of the Rings movie came out, no one anticipated how big a hit the cinematic adaptations of J. R. R. Tolkien's books would be. These movies exploded. Some people loved the lore. Some were into Peter Jackson's directing. And some simply thought that Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen and Orlando Bloom were pretty damn cute. That last group of fans weren't going to get the fanservice they wanted from the films. They had to make it themselves, and they did.

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If you don't read fanfiction, it's hard to really understand the purpose it serves. At its worst fanfiction is self indulgent, but at its best, fanfiction transforms the work it's based on, and gives small moments in the canon more depth. A great example of how a derivative work can add to a piece of media is the incredibly popular Harry Potter fanfiction, The Shoebox Project.

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When I hear the term "shipping" I usually try to remember if I ordered something online that I can track obsessively until it reaches the office. But over the past few years I've heard it in reference to imagining romances between characters in games such as Fire Emblem and Overwatch. I was happy to discover that Kotaku's very own Gita Jackson is an OG shipper from the Harry Potter days. Not only that, but she has an extensive knowledge of shipping, which she wrote about a little while back in a piece that explains the origins of shipping.

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Shipping, or the act of writing about, drawing or being enthusiastic about a particular fictional couple, has become a part of what it means to be a fan of something. It's also older than you think.