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Check Out The Overwatch League’s Fancy New Designer Uniforms

Check Out The Overwatch League’s Fancy New Designer Uniforms

Who needs commentators when the players look so good? The Overwatch League has teamed with legendary streetwear designer Jeff Staple to create an “authentic player kit” for each of the league’s 20 teams. It’s so fancy.

The new kits, designed to bring the esports experience more in line with the traditional sports experience, are more than just fancy shirts. They feature premium graphics...

Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jan 15, 2020 at 22:00. 1 comments

World Of Warcraft's New Update Unleashes Eldritch Horrors On Azeroth

World Of Warcraft's New Update Unleashes Eldritch Horrors On Azeroth

Twisted creatures from nightmare realms invade Azeroth in this week’s Visions of N’Zoth update for World of Warcraft. Am I talking about the minions of titular Old God N’Zoth, who seeks to engulf the world in his dreadful embrace, or the thousands of fox-eared Vulpera now trampling the planet in the name of the Horde? A little column A, a little column B.

The final big story push before the

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 14, 2020 at 05:15. 13 comments

Overwatch League Commentators Are Jumping Ship [UPDATE]

Overwatch League Commentators Are Jumping Ship [UPDATE]

Watching professional Overwatch matches can be chaotic. At times, team fights look less like coherent, role-driven skirmishes and more like cartoon characters punching and kicking inside screen-eclipsing dust clouds. Commentators play a crucial role, making sense of the madness to both esports fans and the uninitiated mainstream audience Blizzard hopes to attract. But with season three just...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 13, 2019.

Overwatch Glitch Allows All Heroes To Fly

Overwatch Glitch Allows All Heroes To Fly

Unlike most first-person shooters, Overwatch is not opposed to allowing some heroes to fly. Pharah rockets up and bonks her head on the sky’s ceiling. Sigma soars above the battlefield on an invisible cloud of psychic energy during his ult. Zenyatta hovers and should never be allowed to walk. Real flight for everyone, though, is a recipe for chaos. And yet, for about a day, it has been...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 23, 2019. 16 comments

Old World Of Warcraft Glitch Created A Terrifying Instant Death Bear

Old World Of Warcraft Glitch Created A Terrifying Instant Death Bear

World of Warcraft contains countless fantastical creatures with otherworldly powers. Legendary dragons, skyscraper-sized fire elementals, several different kinds of boar—the list goes on. One beast from the game’s distant past, however, put them all to shame. I speak of the Death Bear of the Arathi Highlands, though I fear that simply by uttering his name, I may have sealed my own fate.

We...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Nov 20, 2019. 11 comments

Activision Blizzard's CEO Doesn't Think Its Games Should Be Political

Activision Blizzard's CEO Doesn't Think Its Games Should Be Political

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick doesn’t think his companies’ games should be used as platforms for sharing political views. He said as much an interview appearance on CNBC earlier today.

“We’re not the operator of the world’s town halls,” Kotick, who in 2017 made 28.6 million running the video game company behind Call of Duty and Diablo, told CNBC anchor Becky Quick. “We’re the operator...

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Nov 19, 2019. 10 comments

Minecraft Dungeons Is The Kiddie Diablo

Minecraft Dungeons Is The Kiddie Diablo

Blizzard hasn’t tried to hide the fact that it’s going very, very dark on Diablo 4. In the game’s announcement trailer, shown at BlizzCon earlier this month, a trio of adventurers were eviscerated, their insides woven into a hideous flesh cape to be worn by the demon Lilith. Minecraft Dungeons doesn’t go quite so hard on the human-entrails-as-fashion vibe, but it’s got almost everything else...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Nov 19, 2019. 4 comments

Hearthstone's New Battlegrounds Mode Isn't Meant To Be Competitive, Designers Say

Hearthstone's New Battlegrounds Mode Isn't Meant To Be Competitive, Designers Say

 Hearthstone’s always had a sense of playfulness; Tavern Brawls and wacky solo adventures change the rules and add bizarre new baddies. The game’s new auto-battler mode Battlegrounds follows in that vein, offering chaos and complexity that should appeal to both newbies and hardcore players.

Battlegrounds, which was announced at Blizzcon earlier this month, adds a spin on the auto-battler...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Nov 14, 2019. 9 comments

Hong Kong Fans Read A Lot Into A Hideo Kojima Tweet

Hong Kong Fans Read A Lot Into A Hideo Kojima Tweet
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To promote Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima has been going on a world tour. It was announced early last month with Kojima visiting cities across the globe.

Below are the locations included in the original...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Nov 09, 2019. 10 comments

How To Cover Video Game News When Everything's A Mess

How To Cover Video Game News When Everything's A Mess

Last weekend, I immersed myself in the sights and sounds of a busy convention floor at BlizzCon in Anaheim, California. It was work—interviews, hands-on gameplay, meeting with contacts. It was also a chance to see friends. Through it all, I felt guilty. As controversies mounted, I was forced to navigate my guilt in the middle of a massive celebration.

BlizzCon, Blizzard Entertainment’s yearly...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 08, 2019. 21 comments

World Of Warcraft Will Reduce Everyone's Level To Avoid A 'Grind'

World Of Warcraft Will Reduce Everyone's Level To Avoid A 'Grind'

After 15 years and seven expansions, World of Warcraft has become the content equivalent of a foot-tall (not -long) sandwich constructed by an overly ambitious stoner. At this point, it’s teetering under the weight of pieces that, in hindsight, don’t really fit. That’s why the World of Warcraft team has decided to cut the leveling experience down to size.

The game’s eighth expansion,...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 07, 2019. 24 comments

Overwatch Stagnated Because Of Its Sequel, Says Director

Overwatch Stagnated Because Of Its Sequel, Says Director

Conspicuous is the word you might use to describe the lack of meat on Overwatch updates’ bones for the past couple of years. Seasonal events like summer’s Lucioball, fall’s Junkenstein’s Revenge, and winter’s Winter Wonderland have ground to such a screeching standstill that players don’t get excited about them anymore. What happened? Here’s a hint: It rhymes with “Bloverwatch Blue” and also...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 07, 2019. 18 comments

World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands' Designers Are Learning From WoW Classic's Success

World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands' Designers Are Learning From WoW Classic's Success

If you’ve been following Blizzard news lately, you could be forgiven for thinking that the company had bulldozed its meticulously expanded World of Warcraft and replaced it with the humble township of Warcraft Classic. Modern WoW, however, is still kicking, and at BlizzCon, Blizzard announced a new expansion, Shadowlands . That said, even Shadowlands’ designers can’t help studying Classic’s...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Nov 07, 2019. 17 comments

World of Warcraft’s 15th Anniversary Celebration Sends Players Back in Time

World of Warcraft’s 15th Anniversary Celebration Sends Players Back in Time

This month marks the 15th anniversary of the release of World of Warcraft, a moderately successful massively multiplayer online role-playing game. To celebrate the occasion, Blizzard’s set up an anniversary blow-out in Azeroth’s Caverns of Time, with special pets, retro world bosses, old-school player-versus-player battlegrounds, and a three-part raid that rewards players with a rideable...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 06, 2019. 8 comments

Overwatch Director Says There Are Story Reasons For Saving The First Black Woman Hero For The Sequel

Overwatch Director Says There Are Story Reasons For Saving The First Black Woman Hero For The Sequel

Overwatch currently has 31 playable heroes. One of them is a gorilla from the moon. Another is a hamster in a mecha ball. None of them are black women. This has led to a series of increasingly exasperated pleas from fans over the years, to little avail. Now, finally, Blizzard has confirmed the existence of an upcoming black woman hero: Sojourn. But she’s not joining the roster until Overwatch...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 05, 2019. 22 comments

Why It Took So Long For World Of Warcraft To Add Diverse Human Customization Options

Why It Took So Long For World Of Warcraft To Add Diverse Human Customization Options

World of Warcraft is about to die—by which I of course mean that its next expansion, Shadowlands , is sending everybody to Azeroth’s afterlife for another day in the fantastical, boar-filled office of questing and looting. But while life after death is probably the most standout new feature, the expansion will also add a suite of new character customization options, including skin tones and...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Nov 05, 2019. 5 comments

The Overwatch D.Va Gaming Chair Makes Me Wish I Still Sat In Gaming Chairs

The Overwatch D.Va Gaming Chair Makes Me Wish I Still Sat In Gaming Chairs

Back before I was paralyzed from the chest down, I spent a lot of time working, playing, and napping in my Titan gaming chair from Secret Lab. My only problems with the chair were that it was not pink and it did not have a picture of a bunny on it. Well, shit.

This D.Va chair, which was teased over BlizzCon weekend and officially announced today, is one of two Overwatch designs Secret Lab has...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 03, 2019. 6 comments

Ragnaros Lives

Ragnaros Lives
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Far and away the most impressive piece of cosplay I’ve seen at BlizzCon is this wildly elaborate take on World of Warcraft raid boss Ragnaros, aka “the big angry fire boy...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 03, 2019. 20 comments

Overwatch 2's New Modes Are Fun, But Play It Too Safe

Overwatch 2's New Modes Are Fun, But Play It Too Safe

Since day one, Overwatch’s existence has been marked by refinement. Balance changes, new heroes, player-made modes, events, role queue, and other additions have indelibly altered the game’s fabric, or at least switched up its stitching. Now it’s getting a sequel , an opportunity for truly foundation-rattling change. So far, however, Overwatch 2 feels like another refinement.

I’ve played demos...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 02, 2019. 12 comments

Hong Kong Protests Are Growing Outside Of BlizzCon

Hong Kong Protests Are Growing Outside Of BlizzCon

This year’s BlizzCon in Anaheim, California has only just begun, but already, a crowd of more than 30 protesters has gathered outside the convention center to show support for Hong Kong in the wake of Blizzard’s recent suspension of Hearthstone pro Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai.

Protesters, some in cosplay, are holding signs and chanting slogans like “People over profit” and “Free Hong Kong.”

This...

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