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  1. Back in March this year it was announced that StarCraft would be getting a remaster. Today, we got an official release date and a price. The remaster will release August 14 and costs $14.99. It will also include the Brood War expansion. With the remaster, players will get to see the game in 4K Ultra High Definition. See the trailer below for side by side comparisons of the original and the remaster. The original StarCraft released in 1998 with its sequel, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, releasing in 2010. Are you excited for a StarCraft remaster? Will this be the return to the series for you? View full article
  2. Back in March this year it was announced that StarCraft would be getting a remaster. Today, we got an official release date and a price. The remaster will release August 14 and costs $14.99. It will also include the Brood War expansion. With the remaster, players will get to see the game in 4K Ultra High Definition. See the trailer below for side by side comparisons of the original and the remaster. The original StarCraft released in 1998 with its sequel, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, releasing in 2010. Are you excited for a StarCraft remaster? Will this be the return to the series for you?
  3. Today, Bungie held their explosive worldwide reveal of Destiny 2's gameplay. The event showed the opening mission of the game, titled Homecoming, in action as well as a new trailer and plenty of details on what Destiny 2 will do differently from the original Destiny. The event opened with a neat backstory trailer, which you can see here at 14:10 of the livestream. This new bit of story follows Zevala, one of the Guardian Vanguard, as he is resurrected to be a defender of humanity. He fights and dies and then fights again. We see him helping to build the Tower and securing the city... but all of that is just set up before the fall that begins Destiny 2. With just that cinematic, it's clear that Destiny 2 will be more focused on story and building up characters. Luke Smith, Destiny 2's director, took the stage to confirm that Destiny 2 would be tackling many things differently than its predecessor, really hammering home that this was a fresh start for both the franchise and its fans. Smith laid out the the number one priority of Destiny 2's vision by saying, "this is about having a story you can relate to. It's about having characters you want to hang out with, characters you want to work with. This is about having enemies, of course enemies, that you want to face. it's about the way we build our environments at Bungie. We want to create experiences that make you want to seek what's around every corner." The second focus of Destiny 2 will be to provide players with a robust assortment of activities. Exploration has been reworked to include side-missions, treasure maps, global objective events, and more. Those side-missions will have a storytelling focus involving vocal NPCs and send players into Lost Sectors, dungeons that are filled with enemies, loot, and bosses. They have also reworked how PvP will work in Destiny 2. In the upcoming incarnation of the Crucible, all PvP will take place in 4v4 matches. The HUD has been changed to include information on opponents, such as their loadouts and whether their super ability is ready to fire. There will be new game modes, such as the now revealed Countdown mode - the first attack-defend game type. There will be new strikes, a new raid, and more. Players will be able to launch all of these new things while exploring the alien worlds of Destiny 2 without going into orbit. Speaking of the planets, Destiny 2's campaign, titled The Red War Campaign, consist of Earth, Titan, Io, and Nessus. The Earth area is known as the EDZ (European Dead Zone) and it represents the largest in-game space Bungie has designed to date by a factor of two. This is where humanity has retreated to after the fall of Tower. Titan is an oceanic moon on which humanity built massive stations during its golden age. Now the Titan stations are slowly falling into its waters. The Vex have infested Nessus and transformed it into a new machine world covered in their technology and weaponry. Finally, Io stands as a holy world for Destiny 2's warlocks. It was once touched by the Traveler and now presents a number of mysteries that could aid Guardians in their fight to reclaim Earth. The final part of Destiny 2's vision is always having someone with whom to play. Luke Smith estimates that about 50% of Destiny players weren't able to access the multiplayer endgame content like raids or high level strikes. This was largely due to Destiny lacking a matchmaking system. Bungie made the choice to drop matchmaking for Destiny because they believed the toxic nature of gaming communities could lead to too many terrible experiences for players if they were matched with strangers. In Destiny 2, they feel as if they have a solution. Clans will be directly integrated into Destiny 2. Players will be able to fill their own rosters, create clan banners, and fashion descriptions of their respective clans. Bungie plans to implement a reward system that will benefit everyone in the clan when players collectively achieve goals. Not everyone will have to be a part of a clan to care about the clan system. In order to solve the matchmaking conundrum, Bungie has created what they call Guided Games. Solo players looking to raid will be able to pick clans with which they want to play. Clan descriptions can be perused to find good groups of players. This will, in effect, work as a sort of matchmaking curation directed by each player. In Bungie's view, this acts as a win-win. Clans will be able to fill empty spots and solo players will be able to access that endgame content. Bungie showed a portion of the Homecoming mission. Players experience the attack on Tower first hand as fleets of ships deploy troops and artillery bombardments. This slice of gameplay displayed the new class super abilities in action. Hunters can summon the Dawnblade, a fiery sword that grants players the ability to fly, slice enemies, and shoot plasma slices into the distance. Titans can make use of the Sentinel, a shield that both protects its bearer and can be thrown to serve as a powerful attack that ricochets between enemies. Lastly, Warlocks have the ability to summon the Arcstrider, a mystical monk staff empowered by electrical energy that sends its wielder with acrobatic combat energy. The story of Destiny 2 follows the aftermath of a major invasion of an alien called Dominus Gall, the leader of the Red Legion. Gall is an extremist who believes the Traveler chose poorly when it selected humanity to receive its power. He aims to take that power away and use it for its own ends. In taking that power, he destroys the Tower, the last safe human city on Earth. Destiny 2 is a game about loss and then recovery. Players will be starting fresh, having lost everything. The main objectives will be to reunite the leaders of the Guardians, the Vanguard, who have scattered across the solar system. In finding the Vanguard, players will hone and recover their abilities, perhaps building up enough power to challenge Gall. The game will include more cinematics than Bungie has ever created before and more story missions, all in service to the more narrative focused approach the studio is taking for the follow up to Destiny. To cap it all off - Destiny 2 will be available on PC for the first time. That's not news, but now we know how Destiny 2 will be available: Blizzard. Bungie is working with Activision to create Destiny 2 and Activision is calling in Blizzard to support the title via Battle.net. People interested in buying Destiny 2 on PC will only be able to buy it through Blizzard's platform to exist alongside games like StarCraft 2, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch. The Destiny 2 Beta will launch sometime this summer, so be sure to free up the 68Gb of space needed to store the game on your hard drives! You can watch the entire livestream of Bungie's event below. Destiny 2 officially launches for PS4 and Xbox One on September 8. The PC version doesn't have an official release set. Bungie says that they want to do the PC version right, so it is possible the PC version of Destiny 2 will be released sometime after September 8. View full article
  4. Today, Bungie held their explosive worldwide reveal of Destiny 2's gameplay. The event showed the opening mission of the game, titled Homecoming, in action as well as a new trailer and plenty of details on what Destiny 2 will do differently from the original Destiny. The event opened with a neat backstory trailer, which you can see here at 14:10 of the livestream. This new bit of story follows Zevala, one of the Guardian Vanguard, as he is resurrected to be a defender of humanity. He fights and dies and then fights again. We see him helping to build the Tower and securing the city... but all of that is just set up before the fall that begins Destiny 2. With just that cinematic, it's clear that Destiny 2 will be more focused on story and building up characters. Luke Smith, Destiny 2's director, took the stage to confirm that Destiny 2 would be tackling many things differently than its predecessor, really hammering home that this was a fresh start for both the franchise and its fans. Smith laid out the the number one priority of Destiny 2's vision by saying, "this is about having a story you can relate to. It's about having characters you want to hang out with, characters you want to work with. This is about having enemies, of course enemies, that you want to face. it's about the way we build our environments at Bungie. We want to create experiences that make you want to seek what's around every corner." The second focus of Destiny 2 will be to provide players with a robust assortment of activities. Exploration has been reworked to include side-missions, treasure maps, global objective events, and more. Those side-missions will have a storytelling focus involving vocal NPCs and send players into Lost Sectors, dungeons that are filled with enemies, loot, and bosses. They have also reworked how PvP will work in Destiny 2. In the upcoming incarnation of the Crucible, all PvP will take place in 4v4 matches. The HUD has been changed to include information on opponents, such as their loadouts and whether their super ability is ready to fire. There will be new game modes, such as the now revealed Countdown mode - the first attack-defend game type. There will be new strikes, a new raid, and more. Players will be able to launch all of these new things while exploring the alien worlds of Destiny 2 without going into orbit. Speaking of the planets, Destiny 2's campaign, titled The Red War Campaign, consist of Earth, Titan, Io, and Nessus. The Earth area is known as the EDZ (European Dead Zone) and it represents the largest in-game space Bungie has designed to date by a factor of two. This is where humanity has retreated to after the fall of Tower. Titan is an oceanic moon on which humanity built massive stations during its golden age. Now the Titan stations are slowly falling into its waters. The Vex have infested Nessus and transformed it into a new machine world covered in their technology and weaponry. Finally, Io stands as a holy world for Destiny 2's warlocks. It was once touched by the Traveler and now presents a number of mysteries that could aid Guardians in their fight to reclaim Earth. The final part of Destiny 2's vision is always having someone with whom to play. Luke Smith estimates that about 50% of Destiny players weren't able to access the multiplayer endgame content like raids or high level strikes. This was largely due to Destiny lacking a matchmaking system. Bungie made the choice to drop matchmaking for Destiny because they believed the toxic nature of gaming communities could lead to too many terrible experiences for players if they were matched with strangers. In Destiny 2, they feel as if they have a solution. Clans will be directly integrated into Destiny 2. Players will be able to fill their own rosters, create clan banners, and fashion descriptions of their respective clans. Bungie plans to implement a reward system that will benefit everyone in the clan when players collectively achieve goals. Not everyone will have to be a part of a clan to care about the clan system. In order to solve the matchmaking conundrum, Bungie has created what they call Guided Games. Solo players looking to raid will be able to pick clans with which they want to play. Clan descriptions can be perused to find good groups of players. This will, in effect, work as a sort of matchmaking curation directed by each player. In Bungie's view, this acts as a win-win. Clans will be able to fill empty spots and solo players will be able to access that endgame content. Bungie showed a portion of the Homecoming mission. Players experience the attack on Tower first hand as fleets of ships deploy troops and artillery bombardments. This slice of gameplay displayed the new class super abilities in action. Hunters can summon the Dawnblade, a fiery sword that grants players the ability to fly, slice enemies, and shoot plasma slices into the distance. Titans can make use of the Sentinel, a shield that both protects its bearer and can be thrown to serve as a powerful attack that ricochets between enemies. Lastly, Warlocks have the ability to summon the Arcstrider, a mystical monk staff empowered by electrical energy that sends its wielder with acrobatic combat energy. The story of Destiny 2 follows the aftermath of a major invasion of an alien called Dominus Gall, the leader of the Red Legion. Gall is an extremist who believes the Traveler chose poorly when it selected humanity to receive its power. He aims to take that power away and use it for its own ends. In taking that power, he destroys the Tower, the last safe human city on Earth. Destiny 2 is a game about loss and then recovery. Players will be starting fresh, having lost everything. The main objectives will be to reunite the leaders of the Guardians, the Vanguard, who have scattered across the solar system. In finding the Vanguard, players will hone and recover their abilities, perhaps building up enough power to challenge Gall. The game will include more cinematics than Bungie has ever created before and more story missions, all in service to the more narrative focused approach the studio is taking for the follow up to Destiny. To cap it all off - Destiny 2 will be available on PC for the first time. That's not news, but now we know how Destiny 2 will be available: Blizzard. Bungie is working with Activision to create Destiny 2 and Activision is calling in Blizzard to support the title via Battle.net. People interested in buying Destiny 2 on PC will only be able to buy it through Blizzard's platform to exist alongside games like StarCraft 2, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch. The Destiny 2 Beta will launch sometime this summer, so be sure to free up the 68Gb of space needed to store the game on your hard drives! You can watch the entire livestream of Bungie's event below. Destiny 2 officially launches for PS4 and Xbox One on September 8. The PC version doesn't have an official release set. Bungie says that they want to do the PC version right, so it is possible the PC version of Destiny 2 will be released sometime after September 8.
  5. After a long period of rumor and speculation, Activision Blizzard has confirmed that the next Call of Duty will indeed be returning to the battlefields of World War II. The next installment will be called Call of Duty: WWII. More details will be revealed in a livestream on the Call of Duty website next Wednesday, April 26. Images purporting to be from Call of Duty promotional material have been circulating internet forums for the past months, but nothing official came out of Activision. The only hint that the images and information might be real was from an Activision investor call back in February in which the company stated that they would be going back to "traditional combat" after their forays into science-fiction action. Due to the lackluster performance of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, they said that their 2017 addition to the series would be "giving the players what they want." Though Call of Duty initially started as a series set exclusively in the historical conflicts of World War II, that changed with Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. That game catapulted the series into ubiquity and Activision never really looked back. Treyarch delivered one more WWII entry to the series in 2008 with Call of Duty: World at War, but after that the series shifted focus to highlight fictional, near-future conflicts. After almost a decade, seeing Call of Duty return to its roots is a refreshing change of pace. View full article
  6. After a long period of rumor and speculation, Activision Blizzard has confirmed that the next Call of Duty will indeed be returning to the battlefields of World War II. The next installment will be called Call of Duty: WWII. More details will be revealed in a livestream on the Call of Duty website next Wednesday, April 26. Images purporting to be from Call of Duty promotional material have been circulating internet forums for the past months, but nothing official came out of Activision. The only hint that the images and information might be real was from an Activision investor call back in February in which the company stated that they would be going back to "traditional combat" after their forays into science-fiction action. Due to the lackluster performance of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, they said that their 2017 addition to the series would be "giving the players what they want." Though Call of Duty initially started as a series set exclusively in the historical conflicts of World War II, that changed with Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. That game catapulted the series into ubiquity and Activision never really looked back. Treyarch delivered one more WWII entry to the series in 2008 with Call of Duty: World at War, but after that the series shifted focus to highlight fictional, near-future conflicts. After almost a decade, seeing Call of Duty return to its roots is a refreshing change of pace.
  7. StarCraft received its first update in eight years today. The patch added a number of quality of life upgrades, like windowed fullscreen and windowed modes, improvements to matchmaking, game replay autosaves, new anti-cheating measures, and a number of compatibility fixes for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. Oh, and the entirety of StarCraft and its expansion, Brood War, are now free. This comes on the heels of last month's announcement that StarCraft would be getting a complete remaster. The reborn RTS classic will be getting a full graphical overhaul and offer 4K resolutions to PC fans and newcomers alike. If you've never played or lost your original StarCraft game, now seems like the perfect time to give the game that started eSports and catapulted Blizzard into ubiquity a shot. StarCraft Remastered will release sometime this Summer, but in the meantime you can download and play the StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War for free on PC and Mac. All you have to do is head over to the StarCraft site and scroll down a bit. View full article
  8. PSA: Original StarCraft Is Now Free

    StarCraft received its first update in eight years today. The patch added a number of quality of life upgrades, like windowed fullscreen and windowed modes, improvements to matchmaking, game replay autosaves, new anti-cheating measures, and a number of compatibility fixes for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. Oh, and the entirety of StarCraft and its expansion, Brood War, are now free. This comes on the heels of last month's announcement that StarCraft would be getting a complete remaster. The reborn RTS classic will be getting a full graphical overhaul and offer 4K resolutions to PC fans and newcomers alike. If you've never played or lost your original StarCraft game, now seems like the perfect time to give the game that started eSports and catapulted Blizzard into ubiquity a shot. StarCraft Remastered will release sometime this Summer, but in the meantime you can download and play the StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War for free on PC and Mac. All you have to do is head over to the StarCraft site and scroll down a bit.
  9. Probes. If you've played StarCraft at any point, chances are you've heard the Protoss construction units yammering about how you need more pylons. While that phrase might become irritating, there has always been something endearing about the little golden orbs. Their design feels inviting and they perform a vital function to the gameplay of StarCraft. Now, that function will carry over into the world of Blizzard's MOBA, Heroes of the Storm. Probius, the most heroic of all Protoss probes, might be a bit underwhelming at first glance, but he can pack quite a punch if played right. The hero can construct pylons and photon turrets to protect areas and deal damage while also shooting energy himself. The pylons help Probius regenerate mana for his abilities and provide power for the turrets. The little guy can also create unstable warp rifts that slow enemies and deal damage. His ultimate abilities can either turn pylons into turrets themselves or project a field of negative energy that slows and damages all who enter it. The description of Probius has led some StarCraft fans to the conclusion that Probius isn't just a random probe that Blizzard slapped a name onto and threw into Heroes of the Storm. Part of his background mentions that, "[Probius] may be small, but he made a big difference by warping in a critical pylon during the retaking of Aiur." There's only one key moment that most fans are familiar with that fits that event and it occurs in the intro cinematic for StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. One probe single-handedly turns the tide of battle to establish a Protoss foothold on their conquered home world. View full article
  10. Probes. If you've played StarCraft at any point, chances are you've heard the Protoss construction units yammering about how you need more pylons. While that phrase might become irritating, there has always been something endearing about the little golden orbs. Their design feels inviting and they perform a vital function to the gameplay of StarCraft. Now, that function will carry over into the world of Blizzard's MOBA, Heroes of the Storm. Probius, the most heroic of all Protoss probes, might be a bit underwhelming at first glance, but he can pack quite a punch if played right. The hero can construct pylons and photon turrets to protect areas and deal damage while also shooting energy himself. The pylons help Probius regenerate mana for his abilities and provide power for the turrets. The little guy can also create unstable warp rifts that slow enemies and deal damage. His ultimate abilities can either turn pylons into turrets themselves or project a field of negative energy that slows and damages all who enter it. The description of Probius has led some StarCraft fans to the conclusion that Probius isn't just a random probe that Blizzard slapped a name onto and threw into Heroes of the Storm. Part of his background mentions that, "[Probius] may be small, but he made a big difference by warping in a critical pylon during the retaking of Aiur." There's only one key moment that most fans are familiar with that fits that event and it occurs in the intro cinematic for StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. One probe single-handedly turns the tide of battle to establish a Protoss foothold on their conquered home world.
  11. After seven years in and out of development, Blizzard has decided to pull the plug on its MMO project Titan. Polygon broke the story today after publishing quotes from an interview with Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaine and Chris Metzen, the vice president of story and franchise development. The cancellation of Titan doesn't come as a huge shock in the wake of news that surfaced last year that Blizzard was going back to the drawing board yet again to reevaluate its investment into the new MMO. What does this move mean for Blizzard? Well, not a whole lot. Technically, Blizzard never announced Titan. We don't even know if Titan was going to be the name of the finished game. For Blizzard, the cancellation of project Titan means a lot of wasted resources and time, but it also means the company can refocus on their other projects. As for the public, we won't be seeing another MMO from Blizzard anytime soon, though World of Warcraft 2 is rumored to be in development. We might also expect to see games from different genres or entirely new IPs coming out of the studio. Though the death of Titan might be disappointing, it just means that Blizzard has something even more amazing up its sleeve.
  12. The latest issue of the film industry magazine Empire holds the first image from the set of the film adaptation of Blizzard's iconic MMO. Scanned by Dark Horizons, the image appears to show director Duncan Jones watching his cast and crew during a filming session. Gamespot gathered some of their creative noggins together and came to the conclusion that the scene being filmed is set in the Stormwind Throne room. Details on the film are scarce, but it is reported to have a plot centered around a conflict between orcs and humans and that industry special effects giant Industrial Light and Magic has been contracted. The film was originally slated for December 18, 2015, but was bumped back a year after the announcement that Star Wars: Episode VII was releasing the same day. Currently the World of Warcraft film is looking at a march 2016 release.
  13. Obligatory April Fools' Day Round-Up 2014

    April Fool's Day is a wonderful time for the video game industry. A time for tech companies, developers, and publishers to come together, let their hair down, and show a bit of their hilarious humanity. This year you can see Optimus Prime in Titanfall, a new fighting game from Blizzard, and Big Head Mode in Guild Wars 2. First up, a new mobile game from S2 Games is looking to do something never seen before in the mobile gaming space. Their next game aims to be something totally unique and wonderful, like a digital snowflake. Prepare to take to the skies with Bastion and Xander! You can download their incredibly original game here. Next, and possibly most disappointingly, Google announced the Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge. Essentially, players use Google Maps to catch Pokémon that can be seen in the real-world using mobile phone cameras. Why can't this be a real thing? Nintendo, get on that. IGN has become somewhat infamous for its April Fools' Day pranks. This year they rose to meet expectations with an exclusive trailer detailing the first piece of Titanfall DLC which features Optimus Prime. Developer Image & Form has announced a major update to the game SteamWorld Dig. Forget all the fantastical elements of mining that you might have picked up from games like Minecraft, Terraria, or even their own game; SteamWorld Dig is going realistic. CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson detailed what this will mean for the game: This new update means that we’ll totally revamp the acclaimed gameplay and graphics in SteamWorld Dig. Rather than focusing on steam-driven robots in a steampunk Western setting, we have decided to follow recent gaming trends. In particular, Goat Simulator from our friends at Coffee Stain looks like it’s going to be huge. Therefore we’ve changed SteamWorld Dig into a real-world mining universe, with real people, real grit and all. It’s taken a while, but here it is: Real-World Mining Simulator! For a long time, we had this silly, romantic notion about mining. Swinging that pickaxe was easy, almost effortless, even exciting! The new version will tell it like it is. Every dull chore in the mines will be questioned, every descent preceded by a negotiation, and quite often Malcolm will rather call in sick, which will lead to a standstill and a delightful pause. It’ll be very realistic. It’ll be great! Real-World Mining Simulator has numerous interesting features like trying to avoid contracting the Black Lung and procrastinating. You can read more about it here. Sega took the opportunity today to reveal their new peripheral, the MEGAne DRIVE. Worn over the eyes, it translates languages, shows your dreams, and works with hundreds of other peripherals. Here are some of the highlights of the gear as translated from Twitter: "Speed shock! Visual shock! Sound shock! ... More light and more to the emotional." "Tonight is Samurai war, tomorrow is to bike hero when it comes transform." "Your delusional power master MEGAne if?" Needless to say, with marketing phrases like that the MEGAne DRIVE looks to be on track to dominate the VR market. Square Enix decided to make a little goof of their own with a crossover between old-school Final Fantasy and Thief. It is entirely in Japanese and there doesn't seem to be much to interact with or accomplish, but is still pretty amusing. OverClocked Remix has decided to launch their new in-house band with the name Rough McGruff. They also require all band members to have beards. This probably definitely maybe in no way relates to YouTuber Smooth McGroove. The new game mode added to League of Legends today, Ultra Rapid Fire, has the goal of providing maximum fun by eliminating mana and energy, giving all champions 80% cooldown reduction, and doubling the attack speed of ranged champions. Playing the game mode will net players an exclusive icon. BioWare has decided that their online store was incomplete without a Garrus Vakarian Body Pillow. Retailing for $40, the pillow is guaranteed to calibrate to your body and provide support, both on the battlefield and in bed. For those of you who have been on the internet for a while, remember Homestar Runner? The site has been dormant for the past four years, but today marks the end of that humorless dry spell. New content has appeared on the site and reassures everyone that the things they found funny in the early 2000s is still pretty dang funny. Just sit on the intro screen for about 10 seconds to see what's been added. CERN, the European organization that operates the world's largest particle accelerator and is on the cutting edge of science, today decided that its website would better suit the dignity of its institution better if all text on the website was in Comic Sans. To quote CERN's head of communications, James Gillies: This is an important year for CERN and we wanted to make a bold visual statement. We thought the most effective way to communicate our research into the fundamental structure of matter at the very boundaries of technology was by changing the font. And it makes the letters look all round and squishy Blizzard Entertainment had a number of astounding press releases today. To begin, they announced that they would be changing the name of the upcoming expansion to StarCraft II from from Legacy of the Void to Herald of the Stars. Details on the renamed expansion are tantalizing. Blizzard promises new units, weapons, armor, hairstyles, and a dance editor. It also appears that the name change is at least partially due to the desire to keep the same acronym that derived from the current expansion, Heart of the Swarm. Blizzard also announced a new fighting game titled Blizzard Outcasts: Vengeance of the Vanquished. Outcasts features many of Blizzard's second-tier heroes and villains duking it out in glorious 8-bit graphics. Where else can you see Deckard Cain beating down Arcturus Mengsk with an old magic tome? Guild Wars 2 has rolled out the Big Head update in its latest patch, doubling the size of all in-game heads. The reason for this change can be traced back to a study revealed in this photo. It turns out that science has determined that larger heads lead to larger amounts of fun. Happy April Fools' Day everyone!
  14. To kick off the launch of Skylanders Swap Force on October 13, Activision Blizzard is turning the month of October into a celebration of the popular figurine/video game franchise. Beginning October 1 and continuing through the 31, Activision will be giving away a Starter Pack of collectible toys each day through the Skylanders twitter channel (@SkylandersGames). To be eligible for those giveaways, hop over to Skylanders.com, experiment with your favorite combinations of characters, and then tweet your preferred arrangement with a catchphrase and the hashtags #SWAPtober and #Skylanders. October 10 kicks off the official SWAPtoberfest in New York City's Times Square. In addition to giving gamers a chance to play the game earlier than just about everyone else, the event will feature photo opportunities with characters from the game and opportunities to get swag ranging from Starter Packs to Skylanders-themed merchandise from MEGA Brands, Rubie's Costume Company, Hybrid Apparel and Power A. Skylanders SWAP Force will release October 13 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, and 3DS on October 13. It also will be available day-and-date with the launch of PlayStation 4 on November 15 and Xbox One on November 22.
  15. Get out your top hats, monocles, and comically oversized bags of money, Activision Blizzard is taking steps to separate itself from parent company Vivendi and it is doing so with a LOT of money. Last night, Activision announced that it will buy around 429 million company shares from Vivendi for the low price of $5.83 billion, while a separate investment group led by Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick will be buying 172 million shares from Vivendi for a cool $2.34 billion. What does this mean besides that Activision Blizzard can throw around an absurdly large amount of money? Following this transaction, Activision will be its own corporate entity with a majority share held by the public, though Vivendi will retain about 12% of the gaming company. Think that after spending a combined $8.17 billion that Activision might have some financial instability? According to CEO Bobby Kotick, that won’t be a problem, “The transactions announced today will allow us to take advantage of attractive financing markets while still retaining more than $3 billion cash on hand to preserve financial stability.” The transaction with Vivendi is expected to be finalized by the end of September. What do you think? Is this good news? Bad news? News news?
  16. Yesterday, Blizzard implemented a new feature to StarCraft II called “Spawning.” Essentially, spawning allows players who have purchased the latest version of StarCraft II to invite friends to their game who have an older version, or free version, and spawn them in, upgrading their content to the latest version for the duration of their gameplay session. This means that if a Heart of the Swarm player invites a Wings of Liberty player to their party, the Wings of Liberty player is instantly upgraded to be able to access Heart of the Swarm content. The same applies to players with free Starter Edition accounts who are invited to a Wings of Liberty or Heart of the Swarm party. What content is unlocked for spawned players: - All vs A.I. modes, including team games - Ranked and unranked team games - All custom game maps - Access to the arcade (user-generated mods) Spawned players cannot access certain content: - Single-player campaign - Certain social features, like clans and groups - Can only play as a pre-selected race in multiplayer (currently Terran) This is a great day if you have friends that own StarCraft II. Party sizes are capped at fifteen players, meaning that one game owner could invite up to fourteen people who own the Starter Edition and give them access to those higher features from Wings of Liberty or Heart of the Swarm. Also, if you own Heart of the Swarm, playing with friends earns you a 25% experience bonus, so this is a perfect opportunity to play with friends who have never been able to fully check out Heart of the Swarm or Wings of Liberty. For more information on Spawning, you can watch this handy video. For more information on the Starter Edition, you can watch this other handy video. To download the Starter Edition and start mooching off your friends, click this link.
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    Who: Our Team of gamers here at the University Village Microsoft Store. What: 6 of us will be playing a 24 hour Overwatch game stream. Others will be playing whatever games they want. They may be doing a 24-hour stream, or will make up the 24 hours over the course of the month. When: 6 of us will be playing Overwatch-PC on October 22nd-23rd from 8am-8am. We will have a live twitch stream. Attached is my twitch page, but I each member of the roster is encouraged to include links to their twitch channel on their individual page. https://www.twitch.tv/gregor2424 Where: From our Homes, preferably wearing super comfortable and nerdy clothes. Why: To raise money for The Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation. 100% of the proceeds go to the foundation. Our Team goal is $1,000, and anything you can give helps a child in need.The goal may go up depending on the donation outlook. I give my sincerest thank you for your support and donations. For more information, I have included the default Extra Life message if I missed any of the talking points. Our team is on a mission to save kids through gaming, and we need your help. Each of us has chosen our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital where thousands of children are treated each year, regardless of their family's ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few. We'll be part of a huge international celebration of the social impact of gamers with Extra Life, and it's our sincere hope that you'll find it in your heart to support us with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to that team member's chosen hospital. Your donation is tax-deductible, and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids. Last year, Extra Life raised more than $8 million dollars to save kids, but in 2016 our goals, just like the needs of the kids we serve, are much, much higher. We can't do this without your help. Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation, please click on the "Roster" tab, then on a participant's name and then click the "Donate" button on their page. Thank you for caring for our kids!
  18. Activision Blizzard launched their eSports division last year with the former CEO of ESPN, Steve Bornstein, as the chairman and Mike Sepso of MLG as the vice president. Pete Vlastelica joins the team as their new president. Vlastelica created Yardbarker, an online sports network, and sold it to Fox in 2010. Since then, Vlastelica has been with FOX Sports as their executive vice president of digital up until he made the leap to eSports. His biggest achievements while with FOX Sports included launching programs like Garbage Time with Katie Nolan and organizing the digital infrastructure to stream Super Bowl XLVIII, which set a new record for online streaming of a sporting event. Bobby Kotick, one of Activision's most well known executives, released a statement on their new hire saying, "We continue to add to our all-star eSports leadership team. Pete is an entrepreneurial leader with a history of creating inspired content and developing new digital channels of distribution. As we continue to build MLG into the premier esports network, Pete will further our mission celebrating the accomplishments of gamers worldwide." Major League Gaming was acquired by Activision Blizzard earlier this year for $46 million. The buyout included all assets and personnel while allowing MLG to continue with its branding. MLG continues to operate mostly independently under Activision's umbrella, joining companies like Blizzard who retain a great deal of autonomy after becoming a part Activision. "I'm joining MLG because of the rare combination of massive digital scale and deep audience engagement around competitive gaming, and because there's no better category of live streaming video content out there," said Vlastelica. "It's clear that video games are the future of sports - and if any company is positioned to capitalize on this global opportunity, it's Activision Blizzard. I'm thrilled to join the team." This new hire follows a series of milestones for MLG. Back in April, MLG's Counter-Strike: GO Major Championship reached record viewership with 1.6 million concurrent viewers, 71 million views, and 45 million hours of footage broadcast across the internet. MLG launched a collaboration with Facebook several months ago to broadcast live events to the platform's potential audience of 1.6 billion people. Just a few days ago, Activision launched the Call of Duty World League while incorporating MLG to host its finals and cover Call of Duty XP. Over 256 million people watched competitive gaming events this year alone. It seems that in all respects eSports continues to grow at a rapid pace. This latest move, bringing on leaders with experience in the world of traditional sports, seems to indicate that one of the largest eSports organizations in North America is gearing up for a big expansion, possibly even into the mainstream.
  19. Activision Blizzard launched their eSports division last year with the former CEO of ESPN, Steve Bornstein, as the chairman and Mike Sepso of MLG as the vice president. Pete Vlastelica joins the team as their new president. Vlastelica created Yardbarker, an online sports network, and sold it to Fox in 2010. Since then, Vlastelica has been with FOX Sports as their executive vice president of digital up until he made the leap to eSports. His biggest achievements while with FOX Sports included launching programs like Garbage Time with Katie Nolan and organizing the digital infrastructure to stream Super Bowl XLVIII, which set a new record for online streaming of a sporting event. Bobby Kotick, one of Activision's most well known executives, released a statement on their new hire saying, "We continue to add to our all-star eSports leadership team. Pete is an entrepreneurial leader with a history of creating inspired content and developing new digital channels of distribution. As we continue to build MLG into the premier esports network, Pete will further our mission celebrating the accomplishments of gamers worldwide." Major League Gaming was acquired by Activision Blizzard earlier this year for $46 million. The buyout included all assets and personnel while allowing MLG to continue with its branding. MLG continues to operate mostly independently under Activision's umbrella, joining companies like Blizzard who retain a great deal of autonomy after becoming a part Activision. "I'm joining MLG because of the rare combination of massive digital scale and deep audience engagement around competitive gaming, and because there's no better category of live streaming video content out there," said Vlastelica. "It's clear that video games are the future of sports - and if any company is positioned to capitalize on this global opportunity, it's Activision Blizzard. I'm thrilled to join the team." This new hire follows a series of milestones for MLG. Back in April, MLG's Counter-Strike: GO Major Championship reached record viewership with 1.6 million concurrent viewers, 71 million views, and 45 million hours of footage broadcast across the internet. MLG launched a collaboration with Facebook several months ago to broadcast live events to the platform's potential audience of 1.6 billion people. Just a few days ago, Activision launched the Call of Duty World League while incorporating MLG to host its finals and cover Call of Duty XP. Over 256 million people watched competitive gaming events this year alone. It seems that in all respects eSports continues to grow at a rapid pace. This latest move, bringing on leaders with experience in the world of traditional sports, seems to indicate that one of the largest eSports organizations in North America is gearing up for a big expansion, possibly even into the mainstream. View full article
  20. World of Warcraft: Legion

    Hey folks, Anyone playing Legion when it hits? I'm planning on doing a minimum 24 hour stream when it hits and it would be nice to have even more company.
  21. ELOC Guildies! Our friends at Extra Life Los Angeles are organizing a Guild v Guild Overwatch Tournament and we've been invited! If you play OW and would like to take part in the event on June 26th, please let me know! I am not an OW player myself, but I'm sure there are plenty of you out there. If someone would like to take the reigns on leading an ELOC team for this tournament, please let me know! This looks to be a really fun event that we can continue in the future. It will help to build relationships with our fellow Extra Life Guilds! Here is the information: https://battlefy.com/extra-life-tournament-series/extra-life-open-guild-tournament-1/5743dd7fff69ce8212b9823b/info
  22. The second most sold game of all time, Wii Sports dominated gaming culture and beyond when it released on the Wii back in 2006. Bundled with the Wii and sold on the promise of bringing gamers and non-gamers together, Wii Sports made waves for being the harbinger of a new wave of motion controlled games that would change the landscape of gaming forever. While the promise of what the Wii could deliver ultimately fell shorter than what many had hoped, Wii Sports remains as a fond memory for many. Is it one of the best games period? We ran into some technical difficulties with Daniel's audio this week. Apologies if the somewhat garbled sound detracts from what is otherwise a very fun episode! Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Bayonetta 'Lady in Black' by Dj Mystix (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02527) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! You can also follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod Also, we made a very rough cut of some of the Overwatch shorts and animatics into a short film-thing. Transitions and sound editing are shaky and there isn't a solid conclusion, but it is a work in progress that will be expanded and improved on as Blizzard releases more Overwatch footage. We just made it for fun, so hopefully you enjoy it! New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday
  23. The second most sold game of all time, Wii Sports dominated gaming culture and beyond when it released on the Wii back in 2006. Bundled with the Wii and sold on the promise of bringing gamers and non-gamers together, Wii Sports made waves for being the harbinger of a new wave of motion controlled games that would change the landscape of gaming forever. While the promise of what the Wii could deliver ultimately fell shorter than what many had hoped, Wii Sports remains as a fond memory for many. Is it one of the best games period? We ran into some technical difficulties with Daniel's audio this week. Apologies if the somewhat garbled sound detracts from what is otherwise a very fun episode! Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Bayonetta 'Lady in Black' by Dj Mystix (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02527) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! You can also follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod Also, we made a very rough cut of some of the Overwatch shorts and animatics into a short film-thing. Transitions and sound editing are shaky and there isn't a solid conclusion, but it is a work in progress that will be expanded and improved on as Blizzard releases more Overwatch footage. We just made it for fun, so hopefully you enjoy it! New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday View full article
  24. Overwatch Beta

    Did anyone get into the Overwatch beta? Are you looking forward to it? Why or why not? Discuss!
  25. South Korean officials have released a document detailing the findings of a criminal investigation into StarCraft 2 match-fixing. The document indicates the involvement of twelve individuals including a head coach, two pro-gamers, one former pro-gamer, four brokers, two recruiters, and two gangsters. Nine of these people have been arrested, two indicted without arrest, and one is still at large. Though the statement released by investigators doesn't name any of the people involved, it has been widely reported in South Korean media that the prominent individuals involved are Gerrard, the head coach of team Prime, pro players YoDa and BBoongBBoong, and former StarCraft 1 pro turned journalist Enough. The ring allegedly worked like this: The gangsters operated as financial backers, providing money to brokers (one of which was Enough) who would in turn solicit match results from Gerrard, YoDa, and BBoongBBoong. Gerrard acted as a conduit to the players, receiving a cut for continued access. The gangsters would then turn around and profit from the fixed match results through betting clubs or websites. Players, coach, and brokers would receive payouts of tens of millions of won, which converts to tens of thousands in USD. Each match was thrown for amounts ranging from $4,500 to $17,600. Gerrard has been charged with spending over $50,000 in illicitly won money over the past year. Investigators claim to have apprehended everyone involved in this particular ring and seem confident that this crackdown will prevent more occurrences in the future and "preserve the spirit of fairness that is at the heart of wholesome sports culture." For more information, Team Liquid has translated the entire statement. You can even get links to the allegedly thrown matches.