Complex turned its fashion and music festival into a futuristic video game

Since 2016, ComplexCon has been a place where streetwear enthusiasts can gather in one place to buy exclusive gear, listen to amazing live music, and gorge at high-end food trucks. As with most live shows, though, the event isn’t taking place in 2020 — at least, not in the traditional way. In lieu of an in-person festival in Long Beach, Complex has built a video game where users can shop, watch talks and performances, and, yes, order from local restaurants.

It’s not a sprawling virtual world where millions can gather in one place, but rather a single-player experience designed to mimic the feeling of being at a live show. ComplexLand is a video game where the main activity is shopping, and you chase after sneaker drops like a hero in the latest open-world blockbuster.

ComplexLand will take place from December 7th–11th, and it’s completely free. The experience was built in WebGL, meaning it’s accessible via a web browser, either on desktop or mobile. Once you create an account, you’re dropped into a sort of abstract, futuristic cityscape and immediately prompted to create an avatar, choosing from various brandname hats and sneakers.

From there, the experience opens up, with a big world full of NPCs to talk to and points of interest to explore. To emulate some of the social experience, there will also be a persistent chat where attendees can talk about the day’s events. Most importantly: there are plenty of places to shop.

Complex’s head of collaborations, Neil Wright, says the creative team was inspired by Travis Scott’s appearance in Fortnite earlier this year, but they felt one key thing was missing. “Aesthetically, I thought it looked really cool. It was so over the top and whimsical in a way that was really creative,” Wright explains. “I think, for us, the one thing that it lacked was the commerce aspect. If you wanted to buy any of the merch, you had to go to Travis’ website. You had to go elsewhere for it. So when we were building this world, we wanted to make sure that commerce was top of mind.”

ComplexLand is essentially a game built entirely around shopping. Yes, you can watch talks where Fat Joe and Lil Yachty discuss the best sneakers of the year or listen to T-Pain’s thoughts on the future of esports. (All of the talks will be broadcast via YouTube Live.) But you’re also running through a sci-fi city in search of the latest gear. Complex has partnered with fashion brands like Adidas, BAPE, and Tokidoki for virtual booths that users can visit to shop for exclusive sneakers or hoodies. Everything is branded and shoppable: there are artists booths where individuals can sell their work, or you can pop by a Perrier booth plastered with Takashi Murakami’s iconic smiling flowers.

The experience also gamifies that ever-present part of streetwear culture: the limited drop. As players are exploring the world, they’ll get notifications that a new drop is about to happen. From there,

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Game On: ‘Destiny 2: Beyond Light’ is style over substance

After being postponed from a September release, the “Beyond Light” expansion to “Destiny 2” was launched on Nov. 10. The 2017 game has seen many updates, but this one brought it over to the new Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 and added a slew of new content.

It’s been advertised by developer Bungie as “the beginning of a new era” and a great starting point for newcomers and players returning after a hiatus. I disagree with that notion.

After sinking a few hours into the revamped game, it quickly became clear the missions introduced in “Beyond Light” represent all the worst aspects of “Destiny” – the gameplay is smooth but not very innovative; the story is meandering and dull; and Bungie brought back characters from the original 2014 title so unmemorable, I didn’t initially realize who they were.

I hit a wall just two hours in – playing the campaign missions in order, I soon confronted the Fallen lieutenant Phylaks in an open playing field with almost nowhere to take cover. She was able to kill me in two hits, whereas even my super abilities did miniscule damage.

After fruitlessly attempting the battle 20 times, I cut my losses and began replaying older content to increase my power level. Grinding the same content over and over to attain greater power is the intended way to play “Destiny 2.”

This style of video game is not uncommon, but it’s difficult not to feel disappointed given the development team once promised the franchise would set itself apart from other massively multiplayer online games by allowing gamers to be casual weekend players instead of catering to addicts a la “World of Warcraft” and “Eve Online.”

Initially, that promise was met. I had a lot of fun with “Destiny 2” when it was released traveling the solar system to eradicate hostile aliens and androids in a trio with my best friend and wife. It was challenging at points, but with some trial and error we made it through – just like any good video game.

We certainly didn’t chase after some arbitrary power level to unlock the next mission, which is what the “Beyond Light” expansion requires. The gunplay of “Destiny” is smooth and satisfying, the art direction is gorgeous, and it’s fun to play with friends – despite all that, for myself and many other gamers, the franchise has a fundamental flaw.

It’s purposefully designed to be replayed endlessly, but doing so quickly makes the game feel dull and lifeless. “Beyond Light” has made the issue worse – now it’s apparently impossible to even play the new story once through without grinding missions.

It’s difficult to feel connected to any sense of story progression when you’re encouraged to play random strike missions out of order so that your weapons afflict enemies with more than glorified papercuts.

I understand “Destiny” was never intended to be an arcade shooter, nor present a linear experience like the “Halo” series Bungie is renowned for – but

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Mississippi State women’s basketball game at Southern Miss canceled

Mississippi State’s women’s basketball schedule has encountered another change. 

MSU’s game against Southern Miss – originally scheduled to be played in Hattiesburg on December 12 – had been cancelled. Southern Miss announced Monday that its program has suspended all team activities until December 12 due to COVID-19 protocols.

It’s already not the first time the Bulldogs have had to adjust this season. Mississippi State was supposed to open up its 2020-21 campaign this past Saturday at the Women’s Hall of Fame Challenge in Connecticut. However that event was cancelled due to COVID-19-related issues, costing the Bulldogs a chance to play a couple of games. Instead, MSU scheduled a sudden game against Jackson State for this past Sunday. The Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 88-58 in MSU’s first game under the direction of new head coach Nikki McCray-Penson.

Mississippi State’s season is set to continue with a pair of games this week. The Bulldogs host New Orleans on Wednesday at 7 p.m. central. They’ll then face South Florida on the road at 6 p.m. central Saturday.

With the cancellation of the Southern Miss game, MSU now doesn’t have a game scheduled between the South Florida contest and a December 14 home game versus Troy. It’s currently unknown if the Bulldogs might look to schedule another game now that the instate battle against the Golden Eagles is off.

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Xbox Game Pass: The ultimate gaming gift

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The PS5 and Xbox Series X have been at the center of the holiday gaming rush, with people around the world frantically scouring every major retailer in hopes of bringing a next-gen console home. But you don’t need either of them to enjoy the best thing happening in games right now.

In a year dominated by excitement around new hardware, Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service has steadily and quietly cemented itself as the ultimate value in gaming. It’s the best attempt yet at a true Netflix for video games, and now that you don’t even need a console or PC to enjoy it, Game Pass is the perfect holiday gift for just about any type of gamer.

For the uninitiated, Xbox Game Pass is a multi-tiered subscription service that gives you access to more than 100 games on a variety of platforms. For $10 a month you can get either a console or PC subscription, with the former giving you access to tons of games you can play across Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

Stepping up to the $15-per-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate tier gets you the full console and PC libraries — plus all of the online benefits and free games that come with Xbox Live Gold. Oh, and you also get exclusive discounts, in-game content and the ability to stream many of Game Pass’ best games directly to your Android device.

These games are the real deal, too — we’re talking big names like Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, Destiny 2 and Doom Eternal. Every new Microsoft game comes to Game Pass the day it’s released, so you’ll automatically get hotly anticipated titles such as Halo: Infinite and Fable as part of your subscription.

Game Pass keeps growing in significant ways, too. The service now includes the full EA Play library, giving you access to a huge catalog of Star Wars, Battlefield, Mass Effect and EA Sports games. And now that Microsoft owns mega-publisher Bethesda, you can expect franchises such as Fallout, The Elder Scrolls and Doom to fully come into the fold. That’s a whole lot of games from gigantic franchises for a single monthly fee.

Despite having “Xbox” in the name, you don’t even need a console to take advantage of Xbox Game Pass. PC gamers can enjoy many of the service’s top games, and there are even some Windows-exclusive titles, including Microsoft Flight Simulator and the Age of Empires series. Better yet, PC titles such as Gears 5 and Sea of Thieves are cross-compatible with Xbox, meaning you can play them with your console friends and keep your progress between platforms.

But where Xbox Game Pass really opens itself up to millions of potential new players is with its Android support. Nearly 200 titles on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate are playable on Android phones and tablets via cloud streaming, from big names such as Batman: Arkham Knight and Halo 5 to popular indies such as Celeste and Hello Neighbor.

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Gophers women-Eastern Illinois game preview

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Seven strong for opener

Gophers update: This is the season opener for the Gophers, who will be shorthanded. Injury and illness will limit coach Lindsay Whalen to seven healthy players. The starting lineup likely will include Jasmine Powell and Gadiva Hubbard, starters from last season. Joining them should be Kadi Sissoko, the transfer from Syracuse, freshman Erin Hedman and either Klarke Sconiers or Grace Cumming. Whalen will have either Sconiers or Cumming off the bench along with Justice Ross. Either way, three of the team’s seven available players will be playing in their first college game.

Eastern Illinois update: The Panthers are led by sophomore guard Lariah Washington, a former St. Cloud Apollo star. She led EIU with 18 points and had 10 rebounds and two assists in the Panthers’ season-opening victory over Illinois-Chicago. Washington started 30 of 31 games as a freshman, averaging 11.2 points and 5.0 rebounds. She was the Ohio Valley Conference freshman of the year and all-conference first team member. Abby Wahl, a 6-1 junior center, had 16 points and 21 rebounds vs. UIC.


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Balenciaga to unveil latest collection in video game

Balenciaga is virtually changing the world of fashion — by bringing fashion into the virtual world.

The luxury fashion house has recently announced plans to debut its latest collection in an original video game.

Set to launch on Dec. 6, “Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow” will allow fashion lovers to create an avatar and browse the brand’s 2021 fall/winter collection — while visiting the world of 2031.

“A theme of Balenciaga fall 2021 is human destiny, as seen by an interactive, gamified journey,” the Paris-based fashion house said in a statement.

“The world may appear to be decaying at first, but it is far from a dystopian view, showing instead the slow return to a healthier balance of nature and industry.”

In the game, which will be playable in web browsers, Balenciaga-dressed avatars will advance “throughout distinct zones, motivated by tasks and interactions,” the company said.

“The narrative of ‘Afterworld’ is anchored to mythological pasts and projected futures with timeless archetypes and speculative imagery.”

a sign on the side of a building: Fashion house Balenciaga will debut its fall/winter 2021 collection in an original video game, "Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow," on Dec. 6 2020.

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Fashion house Balenciaga will debut its fall/winter 2021 collection in an original video game, “Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow,” on Dec. 6 2020.

Fashion house Balenciaga will debut its fall/winter 2021 collection in an original video game, “Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow,” on Dec. 6 2020.

Balenciaga’s out-of-the-box way of presenting its new fashion collection is just one in a number of innovative ideas fashion houses are now embracing, during the crowd-restricting world dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For its last collection, summer 2021, Balenciaga used YouTube. In September, Burberry opted for Twitch to release its latest line.

Earlier this month, Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele launched a seven-part mini-series directed by Gus Van Sant and featuring British pop star Harry Styles to showcase its new collection — an audacious project that received mixed reviews.

Demna Gvasalia, Balenciaga’s creative director — a Georgia-born fashion superstar known for the brand’s extravagant runway shows — told Women’s Wear Daily that he hopes to stage one for Balenciaga’s return to haute couture in July.

But he also wants to surprise every season.

“Fashion has become such a checklist. And I feel like I personally want to try to do it differently,” he said.

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Edwards’ career game leads No. 11 Kentucky women by Belmont

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Dre’una Edwards scored a career-high 27 points, matched her career best with 15 rebounds and No. 11 Kentucky pulled away for a 70-50 win over Belmont on Sunday.

Edwards, the Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Year at Utah two seasons ago, was 11-of-19 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers and had three steals and an assist.

It was Edwards’ turn to step up as the Wildcats (2-0) played their second-straight game without All-American Rhyne Howard and starting forward Tatyana Wyatt. Howard returns on Thursday against Kansas State but Wyatt will miss another game.

Edwards, who tore an ACL at the end of her freshman season, had just two points her her debut when Chasity Patterson scored 30 points. Patterson had 10 against the Bruins.

Kentucky led most of the way but didn’t put Belmont away until starting an 11-0 run in the middle of the fourth quarter that pushed the lead to 19. Edwards contributed a 3-pointer, two free throws and an assist during the run.

Madison Treece led Belmont (0-1) with 14 points. The Bruins shot just 26% in the second half, going 2 of 15 from 3-point range.

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Indiana vs. Providence line, predictions: Advanced computer model reveals odds for Monday’s game

The Indiana Hoosiers and Providence Friars look to stay perfect on the season when they meet in the first round of the 2020 Maui Invitational on Monday. Tip-off from Harrah’s Cherokee Center in Asheville, N.C., is set for 2:30 p.m. EST. The Hoosiers are 1.5-point favorites in the latest Indiana vs. Providence college basketball odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under is 140.5 (For the latest college basketball predictions on all of the games, visit our college basketball odds page).

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US women’s soccer team wears Black Lives Matter jackets and kneels for national anthem before game in Europe

The United States women’s national soccer team took part in a social justice protest during pregame warmups in the Netherlands on Friday.

The team walked out of the locker room wearing outfits emblazoned with “Black Lives Matter,” and almost every member of the team took a knee for the national anthem, according to ESPN.

“We love our country, and it is a true honor to represent America,” the team said in a statement before the game. “It is also our duty to demand that the liberties and freedoms that our country was founded on extend to everyone.”

The match was the team’s first since the death of George Floyd on May 25 due to a stoppage in play caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The team defeated the Dutch national team by a score of 2-0, with goals from Rose Lavelle and Kristie Mewis.

Earlier this week, President Trump criticized two NFL quarterbacks for kneeling during the national anthem before a game on Thanksgiving, tweeting to his followers, “No thanks!”

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No. 22 UCLA needs 3 OTs to beat Pepperdine; Stanford women add game

The UCLA Bruins have two days before their home opener to try to get their legs back under them after a physically taxing three-overtime thriller against Pepperdine in San Diego.

Tyger Campbell and Jules Bernard hit 3-pointers early in the third overtime, and Chris Smith added a three-point play to finish with 26 points and lead No. 22 UCLA to a 107-98 victory Friday.

Jaime Jaquez Jr. played all 55 minutes while Campbell played 52 and Smith 51.

“There’s a lot of film that we’re going to show tomorrow as we take ice baths,” second-year coach Mick Cronin said. “I’m going to put my head in a bucket of ice and I’m going to have Tyger and those guys take cold tubs, Jaime and Chris, who played 50 minutes.”

Jaquez, a sophomore swingman who had a heads-up play to keep the Bruins (1-1) alive in the second OT, was thinking the same thing.

“I know when I go back I’m probably going to take a nap, get a good night’s sleep, get in an ice bath and do whatever I’ve got to do to prepare for the next game we’ve got,” he said.

Pepperdine's Victor Ohia Obioha (left) and UCLA's Jules Bernard have a meeting of the minds.

Pepperdine’s Victor Ohia Obioha (left) and UCLA’s Jules Bernard have a meeting of the minds.

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Senior guard Colbey Ross also played all 55 minutes and had 33 points to become Pepperdine’s all-time leading scorer but it wasn’t enough to keep the Waves (1-1) from losing their sixth straight to UCLA and their 38th straight to a ranked opponent. Ross hit a floater to send the game into a second overtime tied at 81 but missed a 3-pointer that forced a third OT.

Campbell scored 10 of his 22 points in the third overtime. Bernard had 21, Jaquez 16 and Cody Riley 13.

UCLA was routed 73-58 by San Diego State on Wednesday night in the four-team event at Viejas Arena.

#1 Gonzaga 90, Auburn 67: Drew Timme had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Corey Kispert scored 25 points and the Bulldogs (2-0) followed up their 102-90 win over No. 6 Kansas on Thursday by thumping the Tigers (1-1) in the Fort Myers Tip-Off in Flroida.

#5 Iowa 103, Southern 76: Luka Garza scored 41 points, missing just one shot. Garza was 14 of 15 from the field, making all three of his 3-point attempts, and was 10 of 12 on free throws for the host Hawkeyes (2-0). He also had nine rebounds and three blocked shots in 29 minutes. It was 18th consecutive game of 20 or more points for Garza, the lone unanimous selection to the AP preseason All-America team. Garza had 36 points in the first half, making all 12 of his field-goal attempts, and Iowa led 58-35 at halftime.

#6 Kansas 94, St. Joseph’s 72: Christian Braun scored 30 points and the Jayhawks (1-1) rebounded form Thursday’s loss to Gonzaga to pull away in the Fort Myers Tip-Off. Braun made 10 of 13 shots, hit five 3-pointers and added

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