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You wouldn't know it to look at him, but killing Jason in F13 requires you to sharpen your wits instead of a blade. Jason is an undead murderer with only one clear thought: kill the counselors of Camp Crystal Lake. Before you can put him down, you have to worm your way inside the rotten remains of his brain and psych him down.

How to Kill Jason: Preparing to Make the Kill

Every map in F13 provides several ways to escape Jason's clutches or kill him. The most straightforward way requires a bit of prep work. Get set up by following the steps below. There's some wiggle room in terms of which order to complete them in, but our order is a foolproof method. We supply the recipe; you'll have to come up with the ingredients by coordinating with the other counselors in your game.

  • Get Jason's Mother's Sweater. Circumnavigate the lake until you come to Jason's cabin. Go inside and locate his mother's sweater. Only a female counselor can wear it. If you fit that bill, put it in. If not, meet up with a teammate and hand over her (somewhat rancid) change of attire.
  • A Teammate Must Escape or Perish. Jason can't be killed until one of your pals has bitten the dust or escaped and left you to find for yourself. You can summon them back as Tommy Jarvis, but not until you find the large CB radio. Use it, and a dead or escaped player will be chosen at random to return as Tommy.
  • Remove Jason's Mask. You're almost ready to deliver the killing blow. Buddy up with at least one other teammate, grab the best weapons you can get your hands on, (we recommend an axe, machete, or the shotgun, which Tommy Jarvis conveniently spawns with) and batter Jason until you knock his mask clean off his putrid face. The player controlling Tommy must retrieve the mask and put it on.

How to Kill Jason: Going in for the Kill

Once Jason's mask is off his face and on Tommy's, the female counselor wearing his mother's sweater must approach him. Wait for a command prompt to appear, then press the corresponding key or button. Jason will be unable to attack the female counselor, whom he's mistaken for his not-so-dearly-departed mother. This should be the other players' cue to close in and unload on him with everything they've got.

Bludgeon and fire away on Jason until he's stunned. Now that you've got him on the ropes, have the player controlling Tommy follow on-screen instructions to kill him. You'll win the round and receive a nice experience bonus.

Now that you know how to kill Jason in F13, check out our guides to learn how to increase your odds of playing as him in the next match. 

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It's too bad Jason's skill set isn't suited to espionage: he could be a master of disguise. Friday the 13th: The Game lets you assume the masks and moldy, bloody outfits of Jason's incarnations from throughout the popular movie franchise. Unfortunately—and quite logically—only one player can don Jason's hockey mask and wield his cleaver at a time. Each match is set up so that camp counselors, controlled by other players, race to escape from the zombified killer.

This guide will tell you how to increase your odds of assuming the role of Jason.

How to Increase Your Odds of Playing as Jason

There is no explicit method of choosing a character before a match begins. After all, everyone would likely flock to Jason. What you can do, however, is set your spawn preference to let the game know you have a preference: the hunter instead of the hunted.

Open up the Customize Menu and select Spawn Preference. You'll land on a screen with three options: play as Jason, flee as a counselor, or none, meaning you don't really care who you spawn as when a match starts up. Choosing Jason will inform the game of your predilection for that character and raise the odds of you stepping into his boots when you play.

Keep in mind that lots of other players probably chosen "Jason" for their spawn preference, too. Your turn will come up eventually. If you don't want to wait, there's another method guaranteed to work, but you'll need a few friends to pull it off.

How to Play Against Jason in a Private Match

Developer Gun Media included the option to host private matches so that you and your friends can coordinate a date and time to play. Another option at your disposal in a private match is to select to play as Jason. Confer with your friends to decide who wants to be Jason; the other players should select counselors. Once all the counselors have been chosen, the player who's left—the person who wanted to play the "killer" role—will be cast as Mr. Vorhees himself.

Now that you've got a taste for blood, head over to our guides for Friday the 13th: The Game and learn how to earn customization points to unlock more versions of Jason.

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When you think of Jason Vorhees, you likely imagine a muscular zombie in a hockey mask relentlessly cutting down promiscuous teenagers. Jason has taken many forms throughout his prolific career as a movie monster, and Friday the 13th: The Game's customization points (CP) give you the chance to unlock more variations of the classic killer, as well as unlock more content that will benefit both the monster and his prey.

How to Earn CP

Customization points are a currency you use to unlock variations of Jason Vorhees from throughout the long-running movie series. You can also cash in CP to buy executions for Jason and perks for other characters. Before you can get CP, you must level up by performing in-game actions. Every time your character's level goes up by one, Friday the 13th: The Game gifts you 500 CP.

A second way to accumulate CP is by selling perks. Most perks apply to any counselor, so you don't want to get rid of them. However, if there's a perk you find yourself ignoring, or if it goes against your usual play style, selling it will net you 100-200 CP.

How to Level Up Quickly

Since earning CP depends on leveling up, increasing your level quickly is in your best interest. You'll receive experience points for practically all in-game actions, including installing batteries and repairing phone boxes. The fastest way to level up is by finishing a match. Resist the temptation to quit out of the match if you die or escape before other players; you'll be rewarded for hanging around by receiving 500 experience points.

Along the same lines, players who remain in a match after they've died have a chance of being recast as Tommy Jarvis. Not only will you receive experience points for (eventually) completing the match and as compensation for the actions your original character completed, the actions you perform as Tommy will add even more XP to your total. Amass experience rapidly by locking every door you can find, in addition to taking other actions as needed.

Last but not least, killing Jason is worth a lot of XP. Of course, killing the seemingly immortal Jason Vorhees is easier said than done. Your best bet for pulling off this near-impossible feat is to cooperate with your team. 

In need of strategies to survive Jason's killing spree? Consult our Friday the 13th: The Game guide to learn how to survive and escape Jason.

Shacknews - John Keefer

GameStop has reported its first quarter earnings, and despite a slight slump on the U.S. side, the company had a 3.8% overall growth over the same quarter last year, with $2.05 billion in sales.

The company, which has an odd quarterly reporting cycle ending January, April, July, and October each year, attributed the boon to "robust" sales of the Nintendo Switch, which released at the beginning of March. The company reported a few weeks after launch that Switch was doing "phenomenal" in early sales, and could eclipse the Nintendo Wii's success.

Overall, U.S. store sales were down 3.2% for the quarter, but international sales more than made up for it, with a 17.1% jump. Switch sales spurred hardware numbers to a 24.6%, but new software was down 8.2% compared to the same period last year. GameStop attributed the loss to a strong released of Dark Souls 3, The Division and Street Fighter V in Q1 last year, with no real trio of games pulling the same type of numbers this quarter.

Overall earnings were down about 10% from $65.8 million to $59 million, but the company reported that its diversification efforts of adding collectibles, such as Pokemon products, to its stores has proven successful. Quarterly sales were up a whopping 39.1% to $114.5 million, while Technology Brand sales jumped 21.5% to $201.4 million.

The company been going through some rough spots lately, having had to close numerous stores over poor performance. The company even had to deal with reports that hackers accessing customer data and credit card info.

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Playing as a counselor in Friday the 13th, your sole objective is to survive. There are various ways you can go about escaping the map and avoiding the murderous clutches of Jason. This article will dive into those different methods and equip you with the knowledge you need to be the best damn counselor out there.

The Police

The first way to survive the night is to call the police. Sadly, it isn’t as easy as just picking up a phone and dialing 911. There are several steps you must take to successfully call the cops and escape. These steps include:

Find the Phone Box.

Find the Phone Box Fuse.

Find Phone.

Repair the Phone Box.

Call the Police.

The Phone tends to be located in the same building as where the phone box is. The fuse will be located somewhere inside of a nearby house, you’ll have to do some poking around to find it. Take these items back to the phone booth and repair it.

It will take about five minutes for the police to show up after they’ve been called. Try your best to be as close to the main roads as possible. The cops will arrive on either sides of the road. Jason will be waiting at the road, blocking the path to safety if you fail to make your way there before the cops show up.

Fix a Boat or Car

Escaping in a vehicle may prove to be a slightly more tedious task than calling the Police. We already have a guide up on how to repair a car and escape in Friday the 13th: The Game, the steps listed there are pretty much the same steps that need to be taken to fix a boat. The main difference being that you need to find the boat propeller rather than car keys.

Call Tommy Jarvis

You can call in the iconic character Tommy Jarvis from the Friday the 13th film series to aid you and the other teenagers in evading Jason. At least one player must survive or have been killed for this option to open up. You must find and use the huge two-way radio to call in Tommy. One of the players who have died or escaped will be selected at random to play as Tommy.

Tommy has higher stats than the counselors and even spawns in with a shotgun. But let it be known that he is not invincible, nor is he a surefire way to kill Jason. Tommy works more as a distraction, shooting Jason with the shotgun usually won’t kill him, but it’ll stun him for a few seconds giving the other players a chance to make it to the cops, car, or boat.

Evading Jason

Jason has the upper hand when it comes to locating and taking you out. That being said, it’s in your best interest to stay away from him and bring as little attention to yourself as possible. Regardless of where you go, running is usually a bad decision. You’ll make a lot of noise and if Jason uses his sense ability, he’ll be alerted to your location.

If you decide to enter a house, lock the doors and make sure the windows are open. It’s still important that you crouch and move slowly. If you have to leave, exit through a window as running and opening doors is just begging for attention.

If all else fails, run. Just run for your life. Do whatever you need to make as much distance between yourself and Jason Voorhees. Check out our guide hub for more tutorials such as How to Play as Jason.

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When you heard about the Friday the 13th game, your first reaction was probably "Will I get to play Jason?" The answer is yes, but it is not 100% guaranteed, as the game randomly lets you play as the masked killer or as the fodder camp counselors. This guide will give you tips on how to increase your chances to play Jason, as well as a few tips for the counselors.

Character Select

In public games, as we said, you won't always play Jason, no matter what you do, but you have better odds if you select your spawn location. Go to the Customize menu option, then choose Spawn Preference. This allows you to choose to play as Jason or a counselor. Since there is only one Jason and numerous counselors, choosing Jason helps. If you choose Counselor from that preference screen, you will always be a counselor. You can also choose none and takes your chances with the pure randomization.

Of course, everyone will likely read a guide on how to play as Jason. If everyone has the preference selected, your odd aren't increased or decreased, but it is left entirely to chance. Just make sure you haven't chosen counselor or none, because then you will never play as Jason. 

In you choose to play with friends in a private game, you can coordinate who is a counselor and who is Jason. That way the choice will be guaranteed. If you have been a counselor too often, then get a group of friends together and trade off with everyone so you can the man in the hockey mask.

Check out our other Friday the 15th guides to get the most out of your experience.

Shacknews - David Craddock

Microsoft has rebranded and launched Beam as Mixer, a streaming service built into Xbox One's Guide and Windows 10's Game Bar. Mixer simplifies the process of streaming gameplay and, as part of its relaunch, touts a new split-screen feature.

"You and up to three other friends can deliver a stream that combines separate stream sources into one shared 'split-screen' view, including a centralized chat experience. Co-streaming is available now for everyone," wrote Beam—now Mixer—co-founder Matt Salsamendi wrote in an update announcing the service's rebranding and features. "And in the coming weeks, Xbox One users will be able to invite friends to join a co-stream directly from the Guide."

Salsamendi addressed the name change to Mixer, acknowledging that dropping "Beam" was a difficult decision made for business concerns. "We believe so much in the power of the platform and want to grow it in every major market around the world. Unfortunately, that wasn’t something we could do with the Beam name. We chose Mixer as our new name because it represents what we love most about the service….how it brings people together."

Microsoft acquired Beam earlier this year. One of the service's primary features, which continues to thrive in Mixer, is a suite of interactive elements that allow viewers to add challenges and weigh in on which quests to complete and weapons to cart around. In my write-up about Microsoft's acquisition, I compared the service to Dungeons & Dragons, where the person in control takes input from a group rather than making all decisions unilaterally.

"We think we have something pretty special here, and are excited to share it with you," Salsamendi wrote. 

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Hopping in a car is one of the ways to escape Jason in Friday the 13th: The Game. There will be a handful of cars that spawn at the start of the map, typically near the main roads. Though, once you find a car, it won’t be ready to go just yet. You’ll have to perform some maintenance in order to get it up and running.

How to Fix a Car

To fix a car, you’re going to need to collect a couple of items. Because of this, collaborating with other counselors is a much more efficient way to go about repairing a vehicle. A car key, car battery, and a gasoline filled jerry can are the three items you need to obtain to fix a car.

Once acquired, Place the battery in the hood and the gas into the side of the car. Once completed, hop in the car in use the keys to start the engine. The first two tasks will require you to play a short and simple mini-game, and failing at one of these mini-games will alert Jason and bring you some unwanted attention.

Now you’re ready to go. Drive along the road and make your way to the exit. Be aware that getting in a car doesn’t 100% guarantee you a successful escape. Jason can still catch you and pull you out of the car if you don’t keep an eye out for him.

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E3 is right around the corner, which means we're getting the usual spate of leaks and pre-seeded announcements to prepare for the big event. Before we look to the future of the industry, though, we're going to take stock of the past. This week the Chattycast talks about the long, rich, weird history of E3–from a relatively small tech retailer show to a press bonanza to its current amorphous press-fan hybrid. 

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True to its word, Sega has launched the remastered sci-fi shooter Vanquish for PC today. It's out now on Steam for $19.99.

If you were a savvy enough shopper to pre-order, you got a bunch of extra goodies, such as a soundtrack sampler of five clips, character and enemy avatars, art book and wallpapers. However, that deal ended once the game launched, but you can still jump into the action with the standard game.

Sega has been pushing out remastered classics as part of a new strategy to rekindle interest in older games. It reworked Bayonetta on PC last month, and promises that more games are in the pipeline to be redone in 4K resolution and usable with mouse and keyboard. 


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