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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. In a free update released today, Ubisoft introduced a new PvP options to their open world hacking game. Additions include a new 2v2 game mode called Showd0wn, online races, loot trucks, a paintball gun, and assorted clothes. Showd0wn mode offers three types of objectives to two teams of two: Steal the HDD, Doom-load (King of the Hill Style), and Erase/Protect the Servers. These objectives play out occur across fifteen distinct locations in-game. The patch release describes Showd0wn as an endgame activity that can be tackled solo through matchmaking or cooperatively with a friend. Additionally, Online drone, motocross and eKart races are launching today. Each race type will come with their own leaderboards. Loot trucks can be found following the patch on the streets of Watch Dogs 2. Players will be able to hack these trucks to get at their valuable cargo, but doing so will summon a swarm of armed police. A paintball gun has been added to provide some levity to the game's arsenal. The paint pellets can stun enemies and also accumulate on the screen of human adversaries in PvP. Finally, thirteen new clothing items. Some tweaks have been made to leaderboards and explosions (the closer you are to an explosion, the more damage you take). The patch should be live sometime today.
  4. In a free update released today, Ubisoft introduced a new PvP options to their open world hacking game. Additions include a new 2v2 game mode called Showd0wn, online races, loot trucks, a paintball gun, and assorted clothes. Showd0wn mode offers three types of objectives to two teams of two: Steal the HDD, Doom-load (King of the Hill Style), and Erase/Protect the Servers. These objectives play out occur across fifteen distinct locations in-game. The patch release describes Showd0wn as an endgame activity that can be tackled solo through matchmaking or cooperatively with a friend. Additionally, Online drone, motocross and eKart races are launching today. Each race type will come with their own leaderboards. Loot trucks can be found following the patch on the streets of Watch Dogs 2. Players will be able to hack these trucks to get at their valuable cargo, but doing so will summon a swarm of armed police. A paintball gun has been added to provide some levity to the game's arsenal. The paint pellets can stun enemies and also accumulate on the screen of human adversaries in PvP. Finally, thirteen new clothing items. Some tweaks have been made to leaderboards and explosions (the closer you are to an explosion, the more damage you take). The patch should be live sometime today. View full article
  5. We've written a fair amount about No Man's Sky over the past year. From impressions, to podcasts, to in-depth stories on its fascinating community (and how it helped save someone's life), people have had reactions ranging from disgust to enthusiasm. It's fair to say that the title from Hello Games proved to be one of the most divisive games released in recent memory. Despite the controversy surrounding its launch and the perceived gulf between its advertised features and the apparent features in-game, Hello Games has quietly continued working on their universe-sized sandbox. That work resulted in the 1.1 Foundation update, which added base-building, multiple game modes (Normal, Creative, and Survival), mobile saving, expanded inventory space, the ability to leave messages for other players, and gave players the option of hiring aliens to pilot freighters to give a massive boost to material collection capacity. It even gave PS4 players a photo mode that allowed them to take pictures of their adventures. Perhaps it strikes people as somewhat surprising that Hello Games haven't cut their losses and moved on to another game. After all, these updates aren't exactly providing the team with extra income since they release at the low cost of zero dollars. However, the team remains committed to the universe they created and has been steadily tweaking and adding new things to the worlds that have been found and those that remain unexplored. No Man's Sky 1.2, titled The Path Finder Update, expands on Foundation while adding a bevy of features in its own right. Ground vehicles have been added to provide players with ways to quickly and efficiently cover more ground on the planets they discover. They provide greater speed, protection from the elements, and more cargo space. There are currently three types: the agile Nomad hovercraft, the hardy, wheeled Roamer, and the gigantic mining vehicle Colossus. These vehicles can equip mining lasers and weapons to defend themselves from attackers and harvest resources from the safety of the vehicle. Vehicles also boost scanning capabilities. Expanded base-building features have more than doubled the available customization options for No Man's Sky architects. This will help players to set their bases apart from those created by other players since this update also allows players to share their bases online, allowing other No Man's Sky explorers to stumble onto bases created by others from around the world. New weapon types give players additional options on foot and in the sky. In addition to the standard bolt caster, the multi-tool can now be specialized into the short-range scatter blaster, the mid-range pulse spitter, and the long-range blaze javelin. Ships now can be equipped with the cyclotron projector, the cone-like positron projector, and the rapid fire infra-knife accelerator. A permadeath mode has been added with unique achievements for those who can manage to make their way through the cosmos unscathed. The survival mode has also been amended to start players on the nearest planet with a crashed space ship when they die in the cold vacuum of space. The ambient music selection has increased by over 50% with new soundscapes from 65daysofstatic. Players can rename everything they own and they can now own a lot more. Multiple ships can now be kept in storage for use as needed. The camera mode has received adjustments and will now be accessible on PC as well as PS4. The camera now has various filters that can be applied. Time can also be stopped and shifted around to get optimal lighting and sky positioning for the perfect picture. To demonstrate the capabilities of the photo mode Hello Games worked with game photographer DeadEndThrills. New traders have been added that deal with a new currency called nanite clusters. Traders on space stations will accept nanite clusters for rare blueprints. As the player's standing increases with various factions, the rarer the blue prints offered will become. Even the graphics have received an overhaul. The lighting has been made more accurate and revealing. No Man's Sky can now support high and ultra resolution textures. Post-processing has been improved and the game now supports HDR for compatible TVs and monitors. The results are definitely noticeable. A sweeping number of bug fixes for combat, UI, spawning, etc. You can find the full list of changes on the No Man's Sky site. There are more additions, too. For a visual overview of what's in store, check out the Path Finder trailer below. View full article
  6. We've written a fair amount about No Man's Sky over the past year. From impressions, to podcasts, to in-depth stories on its fascinating community (and how it helped save someone's life), people have had reactions ranging from disgust to enthusiasm. It's fair to say that the title from Hello Games proved to be one of the most divisive games released in recent memory. Despite the controversy surrounding its launch and the perceived gulf between its advertised features and the apparent features in-game, Hello Games has quietly continued working on their universe-sized sandbox. That work resulted in the 1.1 Foundation update, which added base-building, multiple game modes (Normal, Creative, and Survival), mobile saving, expanded inventory space, the ability to leave messages for other players, and gave players the option of hiring aliens to pilot freighters to give a massive boost to material collection capacity. It even gave PS4 players a photo mode that allowed them to take pictures of their adventures. Perhaps it strikes people as somewhat surprising that Hello Games haven't cut their losses and moved on to another game. After all, these updates aren't exactly providing the team with extra income since they release at the low cost of zero dollars. However, the team remains committed to the universe they created and has been steadily tweaking and adding new things to the worlds that have been found and those that remain unexplored. No Man's Sky 1.2, titled The Path Finder Update, expands on Foundation while adding a bevy of features in its own right. Ground vehicles have been added to provide players with ways to quickly and efficiently cover more ground on the planets they discover. They provide greater speed, protection from the elements, and more cargo space. There are currently three types: the agile Nomad hovercraft, the hardy, wheeled Roamer, and the gigantic mining vehicle Colossus. These vehicles can equip mining lasers and weapons to defend themselves from attackers and harvest resources from the safety of the vehicle. Vehicles also boost scanning capabilities. Expanded base-building features have more than doubled the available customization options for No Man's Sky architects. This will help players to set their bases apart from those created by other players since this update also allows players to share their bases online, allowing other No Man's Sky explorers to stumble onto bases created by others from around the world. New weapon types give players additional options on foot and in the sky. In addition to the standard bolt caster, the multi-tool can now be specialized into the short-range scatter blaster, the mid-range pulse spitter, and the long-range blaze javelin. Ships now can be equipped with the cyclotron projector, the cone-like positron projector, and the rapid fire infra-knife accelerator. A permadeath mode has been added with unique achievements for those who can manage to make their way through the cosmos unscathed. The survival mode has also been amended to start players on the nearest planet with a crashed space ship when they die in the cold vacuum of space. The ambient music selection has increased by over 50% with new soundscapes from 65daysofstatic. Players can rename everything they own and they can now own a lot more. Multiple ships can now be kept in storage for use as needed. The camera mode has received adjustments and will now be accessible on PC as well as PS4. The camera now has various filters that can be applied. Time can also be stopped and shifted around to get optimal lighting and sky positioning for the perfect picture. To demonstrate the capabilities of the photo mode Hello Games worked with game photographer DeadEndThrills. New traders have been added that deal with a new currency called nanite clusters. Traders on space stations will accept nanite clusters for rare blueprints. As the player's standing increases with various factions, the rarer the blue prints offered will become. Even the graphics have received an overhaul. The lighting has been made more accurate and revealing. No Man's Sky can now support high and ultra resolution textures. Post-processing has been improved and the game now supports HDR for compatible TVs and monitors. The results are definitely noticeable. A sweeping number of bug fixes for combat, UI, spawning, etc. You can find the full list of changes on the No Man's Sky site. There are more additions, too. For a visual overview of what's in store, check out the Path Finder trailer below.
  7. Hey y’all! Your monthly Extra-Life Nashville Guild update coming at ya. At our last meeting, we went through goals and upcoming events. We’re going to start getting more involved with some local organizations and heading to tabletop gaming events. Stay tuned for more on that. Let’s go through the highlights of upcoming events! Wednesday March 1st - Monthly meeting will be at the same time (7pm), same place (Children’s Hospital) and we’ll have a lot to go over! Game Day with the kids will be this same day, 2-4pm as usual if anyone can make it Thursday March 17th & Friday March 18th - TEDx Nashville is a go! At the monthly meeting we will be assigning people to be in charge of scheduling and logistics. The TED people are very excited to have us involved and want to give us plenty of space/bean bag chairs/ table tops for games and possible streaming. Email Mark if you’d like to help work it. Tuesday April 4th - Drink 4 a Cause at Kung Fu Saloon! They’ll be donating 15% of sales from the day to Extra-Life. Email Lydia if you have any specific questions! Wednesday April 5th - This is won’t be our typical monthly meeting, but instead will be a Guild Kickoff meeting at the Children’s Hospital Theater! Food will be provided. Bring friends! Email Mark if you have questions, but hopefully we’ll get people from the night before to join us. See y’all in a few weeks for the next Monthly Meeting! We’ll be broadcasting again on Discord for anyone who can’t make it there. If there are any updates before the meeting, we’ll be sure to let everyone know! But in the meantime, all events are on our Community Calendar here. Laterz! Kristina (Spoety)
  8. Can you believe that Titanfall is on its sixth update already? The major addition is a new 8v8 match type called Pilot Skirmish that pits players directly against each other with no AI soldiers and no Titans. The previous featured game mode, Marked For Death, has proved to be so popular that Respawn is keeping it as a permanent addition to the core game. There are also three new options for people with colorblindness. A number of minor improvements are included in the update as well, such as an auto-fill option for burn cards and a faster matchmaking system. Head over to the Titanfall site for the full list of changes and bug fixes.
  9. Developer Switchblade Monkeys has added a fifth playable character, a new map, 4v4 game types, and a new Deathmatch mode to their Early Access title on Steam. The dev team will also be extending their Early Access sale. The gigantic update to Secret Ponchos introduces the sword-wielding Matador, who gracefully moves around the battlefield dodging and deflecting bullets. 4v4 matches have also been added to Domination mode along with an all-new Deathmatch that pits players against each other with no respawns. Finally, players can shoot up a new map that recreates the turmoil of character Kid Red's burned out homestead. Normally I am loath to include purchasing details for an Early Access title, but in this case there is a sale involved so I'm bending my rules. From now until August 19th, Secret Ponchos is available on Steam Early Access for 40% off normal price and people who purchase the Early Access version will receive another copy of the game to share with a friend. For those of you curious about the gameplay, check in on the Secret Ponchos Twitch stream that will be going on until 9PM Pacific today. There is currently no solid release date for Secret Ponchos, but it is expected to release either at the end of this year or early 2015 for both PC and PlayStation 4.
  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. Sorry to be a noob here but how do put status updates on my profile page? I can't seem to find the right input box.
  13. Hey, everyone! Here is the full text of the email that was sent out by the elspringfieldguild@gmail.com account today. If you did not receive it and are part of the Springfield MA Guild, please check it out here and then let us know how to reach you for future updates. ELSpfld101516.pdf
  14. You know that time you felt really accomplished in Minecraft because you managed to make a really big hole or a castle to the sky? I know I was proud of the time I hollowed out a mountain and did my best to create a mini Mines of Moria. Mere mortals can only dream of what YouTuber Reqaug did a mere three weeks after the 1.10 Minecraft update. Reqaug wanted to test the limits of a new block type called the "structure block." These pieces of magic allow players to save entire sections of a given structure. This allowed Reqaug to refresh the Game Boy Advance screen quickly enough to support actual gameplay. And what better game to translate into the digital world of Minecraft than Pokémon FireRed? To be perfectly clear, Reqaug made a functional GBA with a level editor and a basically functional version of Pokémon FireRed running within Minecraft. That is insane. Obviously, the Minecraft Pokémon FireRed is still incomplete, lacking battles and dialogue, but further functions will be coming in future updates as development continues. Those are things that are possible with this GBA construction. You can download the GBA map for yourself over on the mod database Planet Minecraft: http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/working-pokemon-firered-gba/ The future is an insane, scary, wonderful place.
  15. You know that time you felt really accomplished in Minecraft because you managed to make a really big hole or a castle to the sky? I know I was proud of the time I hollowed out a mountain and did my best to create a mini Mines of Moria. Mere mortals can only dream of what YouTuber Reqaug did a mere three weeks after the 1.10 Minecraft update. Reqaug wanted to test the limits of a new block type called the "structure block." These pieces of magic allow players to save entire sections of a given structure. This allowed Reqaug to refresh the Game Boy Advance screen quickly enough to support actual gameplay. And what better game to translate into the digital world of Minecraft than Pokémon FireRed? To be perfectly clear, Reqaug made a functional GBA with a level editor and a basically functional version of Pokémon FireRed running within Minecraft. That is insane. Obviously, the Minecraft Pokémon FireRed is still incomplete, lacking battles and dialogue, but further functions will be coming in future updates as development continues. Those are things that are possible with this GBA construction. You can download the GBA map for yourself over on the mod database Planet Minecraft: http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/working-pokemon-firered-gba/ The future is an insane, scary, wonderful place. View full article
  16. Remember the keys from Super Mario World that you could take to special keyholes and access new parts of the game level? Well, those are being added to Super Mario Maker in a free update today. Players will be able to place keys by shaking P-switches and keyholes by shaking doors. The additional options this opens up for world builders everywhere are pretty exciting. For example, players can attach keys to enemies to create boss battles required to progress to the end of the level. This update will also affect coins and Thwomps. Players can shake coins in create mode to generate pink coins. When someone traversing a level collects all the pink coins, a key appears to allow for additional progress. Thwomps can now be shaken to turn them into the giant falling columns that first appeared in Super Mario World. The free update brings additional difficulties and rewards to the 100-Mario Challenge. Super Expert will pit players against the hardest of the hard player-created levels. Intrepid gamers who manage to conquer Super Expert will be rewarded with five new Mystery Mushroom costumes. Those who complete Normal and Expert difficulties following the update will be rewarded with three and four new Mystery Mushroom costumes, respectively. As of January 27, there were over 6.2 million Super Mario Maker courses in the world with a total of over 400 million plays of those levels. That's a lot of Mario.
  17. Remember the keys from Super Mario World that you could take to special keyholes and access new parts of the game level? Well, those are being added to Super Mario Maker in a free update today. Players will be able to place keys by shaking P-switches and keyholes by shaking doors. The additional options this opens up for world builders everywhere are pretty exciting. For example, players can attach keys to enemies to create boss battles required to progress to the end of the level. This update will also affect coins and Thwomps. Players can shake coins in create mode to generate pink coins. When someone traversing a level collects all the pink coins, a key appears to allow for additional progress. Thwomps can now be shaken to turn them into the giant falling columns that first appeared in Super Mario World. The free update brings additional difficulties and rewards to the 100-Mario Challenge. Super Expert will pit players against the hardest of the hard player-created levels. Intrepid gamers who manage to conquer Super Expert will be rewarded with five new Mystery Mushroom costumes. Those who complete Normal and Expert difficulties following the update will be rewarded with three and four new Mystery Mushroom costumes, respectively. As of January 27, there were over 6.2 million Super Mario Maker courses in the world with a total of over 400 million plays of those levels. That's a lot of Mario. View full article
  18. Can you believe that Titanfall is on its sixth update already? The major addition is a new 8v8 match type called Pilot Skirmish that pits players directly against each other with no AI soldiers and no Titans. The previous featured game mode, Marked For Death, has proved to be so popular that Respawn is keeping it as a permanent addition to the core game. There are also three new options for people with colorblindness. A number of minor improvements are included in the update as well, such as an auto-fill option for burn cards and a faster matchmaking system. Head over to the Titanfall site for the full list of changes and bug fixes. View full article
  19. Developer Switchblade Monkeys has added a fifth playable character, a new map, 4v4 game types, and a new Deathmatch mode to their Early Access title on Steam. The dev team will also be extending their Early Access sale. The gigantic update to Secret Ponchos introduces the sword-wielding Matador, who gracefully moves around the battlefield dodging and deflecting bullets. 4v4 matches have also been added to Domination mode along with an all-new Deathmatch that pits players against each other with no respawns. Finally, players can shoot up a new map that recreates the turmoil of character Kid Red's burned out homestead. Normally I am loath to include purchasing details for an Early Access title, but in this case there is a sale involved so I'm bending my rules. From now until August 19th, Secret Ponchos is available on Steam Early Access for 40% off normal price and people who purchase the Early Access version will receive another copy of the game to share with a friend. For those of you curious about the gameplay, check in on the Secret Ponchos Twitch stream that will be going on until 9PM Pacific today. There is currently no solid release date for Secret Ponchos, but it is expected to release either at the end of this year or early 2015 for both PC and PlayStation 4. View full article