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  1. Blizzard has released a cool new short film focusing on everyone's favorite ice-slinger, Mei. The short, titled "Rise and Shine," tells the story of how Mei went from super scientist to Overwatch's resident freezer following a cryogenic malfunction. A lot can change in nine years. As always, this has us wondering why Blizzard doesn't just animate their own feature film. They are so good at making these extended animations. "Rise and Shine" runs the full gamut of emotions, at times sweet and adorable, at others sad and melancholy. Mei's journey isn't so much one of danger, although that certainly comes up. The majority of the short deals with Mei overcoming the challenges of adapting to a new and hostile environment.
  2. Blizzard has released a cool new short film focusing on everyone's favorite ice-slinger, Mei. The short, titled "Rise and Shine," tells the story of how Mei went from super scientist to Overwatch's resident freezer following a cryogenic malfunction. A lot can change in nine years. As always, this has us wondering why Blizzard doesn't just animate their own feature film. They are so good at making these extended animations. "Rise and Shine" runs the full gamut of emotions, at times sweet and adorable, at others sad and melancholy. Mei's journey isn't so much one of danger, although that certainly comes up. The majority of the short deals with Mei overcoming the challenges of adapting to a new and hostile environment. View full article
  3. Microsoft Overwatch Tournament

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    We're back hosting another Overwatch Tournament with Microsoft Yorkdale Mall in support of SickKids Hospital!ADMISSION AND COMPETING IS FREE!*** TOURNAMENT *** 3 vs 3 Overwatch PC TournamentPlatform: PC, (laptops, headsets, and mice available on site) *Must have Battle Net IDMax # of Players: 32 [Teams of 3]Format: 32 Team, double elimination.Series: Best of 3Game Mode: ControlMaps: Assorted PRIZES TBD Tournament check in time: 11am - 12pm Tournament time: 12pm - 7pm * Register your team by emailing maria@extralifetoronto.com --- Register as a team: Please provide team name and (3) names OR --- Register solo/duo: Please provide name and we will do our best to group you into a team of 3! Registration deadline: Fri, July 14 2017 Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible! The tournament will be streamed live on MIXER Spectators welcome!!! *** RAFFLE *** PRIZE(S) TBA There are lots of ways to enter the raffle! Drop by the Extra Life table at the event to learn how! - - - More details to come, light refreshments will be available!
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  5. Step Right up! McCree Cosplayer at the booth.

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  7. Video game Twitter can be a strange place. Twitch streamer S1N3N started it all two days ago when he asked the social media accounts for Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft which game he should purchase. S1N3N streams to a fanbase of about 630 people and can be found streaming games during the late night hours. Fairly innocuous tweet, right? Little did S1N3N know the cosmic forces he had just prodded to life. Sometimes when you shout into the void of cyberspace, cyberspace shouts back at you. You see, someone on the World of Warcraft account heard S1N3N's plea for help and offered the fairly obvious answer that in WOW some players can shoot lasers from their eyes. However, WOW made a classic Twitter blunder: Never retain the @ of your mortal enemy. World of Warcraft's tweet roused the interest of Final Fantasy XIV's social media. They saw laser eyes and immediately went for the one-up. Of course, building-sized meteors of death only made World of Warcraft cackle with malignant malice as they released AN EVEN BIGGER METEOR! However, Final Fantasy was having none of it. They granted that the meteor was indeed larger, but then referred WoW to their moon, which imprisoned the elder primal dragon known as Bahamut, and proceeded to lay some smack talk on Warcraft's mascot dragon Deathwing. Of course, World of Warcraft was loath to be outdone. They threw down the gauntlet of ruin, revealing how much destruction and power was housed in their universe. Moons and meteors? What about entire planets obliterated? As of right now, this is the final tweet in the WoW vs. Final Fantasy Twitter war, but something tells me this might not be the last shot fired.... Oh, and Overwatch kicked back to relax and enjoy the spectacle along with the rest of us. View full article
  8. Video game Twitter can be a strange place. Twitch streamer S1N3N started it all two days ago when he asked the social media accounts for Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft which game he should purchase. S1N3N streams to a fanbase of about 630 people and can be found streaming games during the late night hours. Fairly innocuous tweet, right? Little did S1N3N know the cosmic forces he had just prodded to life. Sometimes when you shout into the void of cyberspace, cyberspace shouts back at you. You see, someone on the World of Warcraft account heard S1N3N's plea for help and offered the fairly obvious answer that in WOW some players can shoot lasers from their eyes. However, WOW made a classic Twitter blunder: Never retain the @ of your mortal enemy. World of Warcraft's tweet roused the interest of Final Fantasy XIV's social media. They saw laser eyes and immediately went for the one-up. Of course, building-sized meteors of death only made World of Warcraft cackle with malignant malice as they released AN EVEN BIGGER METEOR! However, Final Fantasy was having none of it. They granted that the meteor was indeed larger, but then referred WoW to their moon, which imprisoned the elder primal dragon known as Bahamut, and proceeded to lay some smack talk on Warcraft's mascot dragon Deathwing. Of course, World of Warcraft was loath to be outdone. They threw down the gauntlet of ruin, revealing how much destruction and power was housed in their universe. Moons and meteors? What about entire planets obliterated? As of right now, this is the final tweet in the WoW vs. Final Fantasy Twitter war, but something tells me this might not be the last shot fired.... Oh, and Overwatch kicked back to relax and enjoy the spectacle along with the rest of us.
  9. Hey all! I love to play competitive video games such as League of Legends, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, CS:GO, and so forth. I'm ranked pretty high in each game and was looking to see if we could start up an ExtraLife themed team where we could compete either in local events, or online events, and call it ExtraLife. It would probably gain some notoriety with the scene, and cause gamers to search for what ExtraLife is and such. And if we attended the same type of lan events, I'm sure people would sign up once they meet us. I'm a local around Philadelphia, PA and would love to even get some online events going. Here are a list of the games I play, and a way to contact me: 1. League of Legends - Diamond 4 Support / Top Main 2. Overwatch - Master Tier - Season 3 Ended 3800 MR, Season 4 is currently 3650. 3. Hearthstone - I normally end up around Rank 2-3, but I know there are a lot of tournaments held online for points. 4. CS:GO - Haven't played in a year or two, I was LEM before I stopped. If I had a team I could get back into it for Extra Life 5. Heroes of the Storm - Just started but I am well versatile in MOBAs and am trying to get to ranked now. 6. I also play Smash Brothers Melee in tournaments from time to time. You can contact me on: Battlenet - Clementine#11594 Steam ID - I'll modify this when I get home and get it You can always drop me a message on the forums as well. This is just an idea I had, If anyone is interested in getting a following together, it would be great and super fun! We could even stream our tournament matches, make some vods and get some publicity out there in the gaming world!
  10. A new seasonal event has descended upon the world of Overwatch bringing with it an icy new look and gift-wrapped loot boxes. The Overwatch Winter Wonderland update revamps the maps with snow, ornaments, and goodies to freshen up the experience of veteran players and welcome newcomers. From now until January 2, traditional loot boxes will be replaced with wrapped presents that all contain at least one item from the 2016 Winter Wonderland event. Blizzard has added over one hundred items to be unlocked in this update. Much like the Summer Games and Halloween events, these items will only be available for a limited time before they are locked away again. If the random number gods don't favor you with the skins or items you want from loot boxes, you'll be able to unlock the seasonal items during this month from the Hero Gallery. Winter Wonderland brings one other major addition to the table: Mei's Snowball Offensive. The brawl mode offers players the chance to participate in a 6v6 snowball fight with specialized rules that can lead to some intense skirmishes. Teams of Meis vie for suprem-icy with modified guns that fire snowballs instead of icicles. However, every shot counts as these newfangled contraptions can only hold one snowball at a time before players need to search out a snow pile to reload. Everyone goes down in just one hit, so careful use of Mei's other abilities, properly timed ice walls and cryo-freezes, will be required to survive the playful game mode. Mei's ultimate has also been reworked for the mode, allowing players to fire a continuous stream of snowballs at enemies. Players only have until January 2 to enjoy the Winter event before it disappears until next year. Until then, happy holidays and happy Overwatch-ing!
  11. A new seasonal event has descended upon the world of Overwatch bringing with it an icy new look and gift-wrapped loot boxes. The Overwatch Winter Wonderland update revamps the maps with snow, ornaments, and goodies to freshen up the experience of veteran players and welcome newcomers. From now until January 2, traditional loot boxes will be replaced with wrapped presents that all contain at least one item from the 2016 Winter Wonderland event. Blizzard has added over one hundred items to be unlocked in this update. Much like the Summer Games and Halloween events, these items will only be available for a limited time before they are locked away again. If the random number gods don't favor you with the skins or items you want from loot boxes, you'll be able to unlock the seasonal items during this month from the Hero Gallery. Winter Wonderland brings one other major addition to the table: Mei's Snowball Offensive. The brawl mode offers players the chance to participate in a 6v6 snowball fight with specialized rules that can lead to some intense skirmishes. Teams of Meis vie for suprem-icy with modified guns that fire snowballs instead of icicles. However, every shot counts as these newfangled contraptions can only hold one snowball at a time before players need to search out a snow pile to reload. Everyone goes down in just one hit, so careful use of Mei's other abilities, properly timed ice walls and cryo-freezes, will be required to survive the playful game mode. Mei's ultimate has also been reworked for the mode, allowing players to fire a continuous stream of snowballs at enemies. Players only have until January 2 to enjoy the Winter event before it disappears until next year. Until then, happy holidays and happy Overwatch-ing! View full article
  12. A little over a week ago, Johnny Cruz, the actor who voices Lúcio, took a tour of the Blizzard HQ and ran into a few of the other Overwatch voice actors. Of course, he recorded a few candid moments with them in-character and shared them via Twitter. Fans went wild over the post and shared it over 50,000 times. One of those retweets caught the attention of Source Filmmaker veteran Greatdictator who proceeded to animate the entire video - replacing each voice actor with their in-game character. The result is pretty spectacular and fun to watch. The video features animated appearances by Mei, Torbjorn, D.Va, Genji, Symmetra, McCree, Winston, a miniature Tracer, Zenyatta, Roadhog, Soldier 76, and a dark alley appearance by Reaper. Unfortunately, Sombra only just released in the 6v6 online shooter, so the Lúcio-Sombra interaction from the tweeted video is missing from the animated version. What other cast of game characters would you want to see interact with one another?
  13. A little over a week ago, Johnny Cruz, the actor who voices Lúcio, took a tour of the Blizzard HQ and ran into a few of the other Overwatch voice actors. Of course, he recorded a few candid moments with them in-character and shared them via Twitter. Fans went wild over the post and shared it over 50,000 times. One of those retweets caught the attention of Source Filmmaker veteran Greatdictator who proceeded to animate the entire video - replacing each voice actor with their in-game character. The result is pretty spectacular and fun to watch. The video features animated appearances by Mei, Torbjorn, D.Va, Genji, Symmetra, McCree, Winston, a miniature Tracer, Zenyatta, Roadhog, Soldier 76, and a dark alley appearance by Reaper. Unfortunately, Sombra only just released in the 6v6 online shooter, so the Lúcio-Sombra interaction from the tweeted video is missing from the animated version. What other cast of game characters would you want to see interact with one another? View full article
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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!
  15. Blizzard definitely took some notes from WALL-E while crafting their first animated short since shortly before the release of Overwatch. Titled 'The Last Bastion,' the new animation spans over seven minutes and conveys its story with no dialogue whatsoever. The short delves into the backstory of everyone's favorite turret-based robot, Bastion. And honestly? This might be Blizzard's best Overwatch short to date. It's gorgeous and might just make you feel some feelings. 'The Last Bastion' tells the story of Bastion waking up over a decade after the great Omnic Crisis that threatened to overwhelm the world with army of robots controlled by rogue AIs. For unknown reasons, Bastion had gone dormant during that time and seemingly would have remained that way. However, Ganymede, Bastion's little bird friend, seems to reactivate the robot while building a nest on its shoulder. Retaining its orders from over a decade ago, Bastion sets out to fulfill its programming. I'm not going to say that Blizzard should just make a division dedicated to cranking out animated movies, but I'd throw my money at them if they did. View full article
  16. Blizzard definitely took some notes from WALL-E while crafting their first animated short since shortly before the release of Overwatch. Titled 'The Last Bastion,' the new animation spans over seven minutes and conveys its story with no dialogue whatsoever. The short delves into the backstory of everyone's favorite turret-based robot, Bastion. And honestly? This might be Blizzard's best Overwatch short to date. It's gorgeous and might just make you feel some feelings. 'The Last Bastion' tells the story of Bastion waking up over a decade after the great Omnic Crisis that threatened to overwhelm the world with army of robots controlled by rogue AIs. For unknown reasons, Bastion had gone dormant during that time and seemingly would have remained that way. However, Ganymede, Bastion's little bird friend, seems to reactivate the robot while building a nest on its shoulder. Retaining its orders from over a decade ago, Bastion sets out to fulfill its programming. I'm not going to say that Blizzard should just make a division dedicated to cranking out animated movies, but I'd throw my money at them if they did.
  17. Blizzard kicks off the Olympics a bit early by introducing seasonal events with their own Summer Games. For the next three weeks, loot boxes will be sporting a new look and the chance to unlock special, limited edition gear for characters. These sprays, emotes, skins, and more can't be unlocked through in-game purchases, but each loot box obtained over the duration of the games is guaranteed to contain at least one of the Summer Games items. The event concludes on August 22 and Blizzard says they won't be coming back out. To create a compelling seasonal event, Blizzard turned to musical sensation Lúcio and mixed in a heaping helping of soccer and a dash of Rocket League to make a frantic 3v3 mode. Wall running with speed boosts, jump pads, and a redefined moveset place Lúcioball apart from traditional game modes. Lúcio's primary attack has been replaced with a melee attack that can dribble and pass the ball across the pitch. His alternate fire can pelt the ball across the map at a terrifying speed. His ultimate now pulls the ball toward him from wherever it is on the map. Players have from now until August 22 to enjoy Lúcioball and earn the 100 new cosmetic items. Get to work! View full article
  18. Blizzard kicks off the Olympics a bit early by introducing seasonal events with their own Summer Games. For the next three weeks, loot boxes will be sporting a new look and the chance to unlock special, limited edition gear for characters. These sprays, emotes, skins, and more can't be unlocked through in-game purchases, but each loot box obtained over the duration of the games is guaranteed to contain at least one of the Summer Games items. The event concludes on August 22 and Blizzard says they won't be coming back out. To create a compelling seasonal event, Blizzard turned to musical sensation Lúcio and mixed in a heaping helping of soccer and a dash of Rocket League to make a frantic 3v3 mode. Wall running with speed boosts, jump pads, and a redefined moveset place Lúcioball apart from traditional game modes. Lúcio's primary attack has been replaced with a melee attack that can dribble and pass the ball across the pitch. His alternate fire can pelt the ball across the map at a terrifying speed. His ultimate now pulls the ball toward him from wherever it is on the map. Players have from now until August 22 to enjoy Lúcioball and earn the 100 new cosmetic items. Get to work!
  19. I mentioned it tonight but i'm looking for more people to build a Portland Guild team. The event is Sunday, June 26th 2016 at 6:00PM Eastern. It is only for pc at this time. Let me know if you're interested. People so far: 1.Me 2.Jon Maybes: Nicole Ben
  20. In case it got missed over, we got a tournament brewing! Get your team together and lets get some frags on!
  21. 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
  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 View full article
  23. 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