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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 22, 2019 at 06:30. 3 comments

Sorry, You Can't Spell Out Messages With Skeletons In WoW Classic

Sorry, You Can't Spell Out Messages With Skeletons In WoW Classic

In vanilla World of Warcraft, as in life, skeletons were built to last. If you died somewhere and your flesh decayed to bone, your blanched, skinless husk would stick around for so long that you could die again and produce another right next to it. If you’ve spent more than several seconds around those of the game-liking persuasion, you will not be shocked to learn that a lot of people did...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 17, 2019 at 06:00.

New Overwatch Custom Mode Turns Sigma Into A Dodgeball Player

New Overwatch Custom Mode Turns Sigma Into A Dodgeball Player

If you think about it, Overwatch’s new hero, Sigma, is kinda like a schoolkid—by which I mean he’s slow, and he likes to throw rocks. This, obviously, makes him an ideal competitor for a large-scale game of dodgeball.

Overwatch player Pug has created a custom mode called “Sigma Dodgeball” (code: 0V80F), in which two teams of six Sigmas face off in the time-honored sport that’s basically an IRL...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 14, 2019. 9 comments

Overwatch League's Role Lock Changes Still Can't Please Fans

Overwatch League's Role Lock Changes Still Can't Please Fans

Overwatch League fans asked for change , and they got it. The season’s fourth stage kicked off three weeks ago with the introduction of a 2-2-2 role lock that requires teams to be made up of two tanks, two DPS heroes, and two supports. This change would finally put the long-reviled “GOATS” meta, which involves three tanks and three supports, out to pasture. Now, there’s a new meta powered by...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 08, 2019. 12 comments

Blizzard Creates Tool To Help Old World Of Warcraft Buddies Find Each Other

Blizzard Creates Tool To Help Old World Of Warcraft Buddies Find Each Other

If you’ve been a lapsed World of Warcraft player for the past 10-plus years, you’ve probably let some relationships fall by the wayside—for example, the entire guild that formed the core of your social life when you were in a suffocatingly small Christian high school in Texas. Maybe you’ve found yourself sipping a beverage in the loneliest corner of your local bar wondering, “What ever...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 03, 2019. 24 comments

Sigma's New 'Asylum' Skin Raises Concerns About Overwatch's Handling Of Mental-Illness Tropes

Sigma's New 'Asylum' Skin Raises Concerns About Overwatch's Handling Of Mental-Illness Tropes

Overwatch’s newest hero, Sigma, was introduced to the world on a gurney. Though the video was purposefully non-linear, Sigma had suffered a mental breakdown after attempting to harness the power of a black hole. He hollered half-coherently while being wheeled through what appeared to be a psychiatric facility: “Hold it together, hold it together!” Since then, more and more fans have begun to...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Aug 01, 2019. 2 comments

The Original Diablo Is Now Playable In Your Browser

The Original Diablo Is Now Playable In Your Browser

The sanctity of this place has been fouled!

Released back in 1996, the original Diablo has never gotten as much attention as its successors. That’s one of the reasons a group of programmers took it upon themselves to reverse engineer the game’s source code to make it possible for others to port it to web browsers.

The effort to reconstruct Diablo’s source code began last year, spearheaded by a...

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Joshua Calixto Joshua Calixto Aug 01, 2019. 11 comments

A New Card Might Make Hearthstone’s Warlock Class Relevant Again

A New Card Might Make Hearthstone’s Warlock Class Relevant Again

Hearthstone’s Warlock class has seen better days. While it’s historically boasted some of the strongest decks in the game (the Zoo and Handlock varieties have been powerful for much of Hearthstone’s lifetime), the most recent “Rise of Shadows” set failed to give the class good enough cards, and as a result, the class is struggling. Luckily, Warlock is getting a class-exclusive new card from...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 25, 2019. 13 comments

Sigma Is Tearing Up The Overwatch Playbook

Sigma Is Tearing Up The Overwatch Playbook

Sigma, Overwatch’s newest hero , has descended onto the PC public test server, and already, he’s making a craterous impact. The gravity-manipulating tank has an ult of otherworldly power, but ultimately, it hinges on a simple principle: What goes up must come down. Players are using it to pull off some absolutely devious plays.

When people first saw Sigma’s ult in action, many a tooth was...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Jul 24, 2019. 16 comments

The Internet Reacts To Overwatch's Sigma (And His Feet)

The Internet Reacts To Overwatch's Sigma (And His Feet)

So the new Overwatch character is a scientist? And he got feet?

The fact that Sigma, the new mad scientist of Overwatch, is not wearing shoes did not escape anyone’s notice. In fact, the internet is talking about it a lot. Meanwhile, a Blizzard character artist’s explanation that Sigma is barefoot to “sell the ‘asylum’ look” answers absolutely zero questions.

There are plenty of other jokes to...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 24, 2019. 18 comments

Overwatch's New Hero Sigma Is Slow But Scary

Overwatch's New Hero Sigma Is Slow But Scary

What would you do if you could control gravity? Would you float everywhere? Hurl boulders at people? Yell all the time about a mysterious melody that haunts your every semi-lucid moment? Overwatch’s newest hero , the unhinged, accidentally evil astrophysicist Sigma, can do all of that and more. He’s fun to play, but he definitely takes some getting used to.

When I first started playing Sigma...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 23, 2019. 24 comments

Overwatch's New Hero Is Sigma, An Astrophysicist Who Doesn't Know He's A 'Living Weapon'

Overwatch's New Hero Is Sigma, An Astrophysicist Who Doesn't Know He's A 'Living Weapon'

After a series of teases that culminated in the apparent demise of Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan, Blizzard has revealed the game’s latest hero. His name is Sigma, and he has the power to see math. Also, perhaps related to that, he can control gravity.

Today, Blizzard introduced Sigma in an animated story trailer. “Gravity is a harness,” Sigma says in the trailer. “I have harnessed the...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 18, 2019.

Hasbro's New Overwatch Figure Shows Off Reinhardt's Pretty Face

Hasbro's New Overwatch Figure Shows Off Reinhardt's Pretty Face

Out of all the characters recreated in plastic for Hasbro’s first wave of Overwatch action figures , the hands-down, hammers-up best is the super-sized Reinhardt with his gorgeous mech suit and dinner plate-sized shield. The only way it could be better would be if we could see the old man’s pretty face. Oh hi there, San Diego Comic-Con Reinhardt Bundswehr version.

Hasbro hit the jackpot when...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 17, 2019. 9 comments

The Internet Reacts To Hanzo's Abtacular Summer Skin

The Internet Reacts To Hanzo's Abtacular Summer Skin

We’re once again in the midst of summer’s steamiest months, and you know what that means: Blizzard has made yet another Overwatch character hot. Also, Lucioball is back for the fourth year in a row. Between those two things, it’s unsurprising that it’s Hanzo “Hotzo” Shimada who’s the talk of the balmy beach town right now.

Today, Blizzard surprise- (well, sorta-surprise-) launched Overwatch’s...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 16, 2019. 14 comments

2018's Worst Overwatch League Team Just Won A Championship

2018's Worst Overwatch League Team Just Won A Championship

Around this time last year, the professional Overwatch team Shanghai Dragons had just finished up a history-making 0-40 season . At the time, nobody would have expected that just one year later they’d be leaving the league’s top three teams in a heap of black-and-blue bodies on the ground. Maybe they should change their name to the Shanghai Phoenixes.

Overwatch League season two’s third stage...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 16, 2019. 7 comments

Overwatch Cheaters Are About To Get Games Automatically Shut Down

Overwatch Cheaters Are About To Get Games Automatically Shut Down

Blizzard is currently testing a new and interesting way of dealing with cheaters in an Overwatch match: whenever cheating is detected, they’ll just automatically shut the game down, no questions asked. They call it the “next evolution of cheat detection” in the game.

Normally that would suck, because everyone else would be punished for one person’s crimes. But Blizzard’s Jeff Kaplan says in...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 12, 2019.

Overwatch Player Goes From Hero To Zero In Seconds

<i>Overwatch </i>Player Goes From Hero To Zero In Seconds

There’s nothing more heartwarming than a good comeback... unless you’re on the receiving end of said comeback.

Jonathan Larsson pulled off a beautiful play as Tracer, resulting in a four-player multi-kill. Each team is made up of six players, so it was essentially a minor extinction event. The other team was getting awfully close to capturing an objective and winning the match. Thankfully,...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 11, 2019.

Overwatch’s New Map Is A Lovely Place To Die Horribly 

<i>Overwatch</i>’s New Map Is A Lovely Place To Die Horribly 

Overwatch recently got a big update, with a brand new Greece-inspired map as the centerpiece. It does not disappoint.

Now that I’ve played a fair bit of Overwatch, I’ve come to appreciate that the game isn’t fun simply because of colorful characters and a wide range of abilities, but rather the interplay between maps and said abilities. There’s a fundamental truth at the heart of Blizzard’s...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 10, 2019.

Players Finally Let Loose At Overwatch League's All-Star Weekend

Players Finally Let Loose At <i>Overwatch</i> League's All-Star Weekend

This past weekend, during one of the Overwatch League All-Star games, NYXL DPS Jong-ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park—a master of split-second timing and precision—rolled right off a ledge into the infernal fires beneath King’s Row. When asked what happened, he quipped, “That’s my plan. It’s fan service.”

The whole weekend felt like fan service, a victory lap after a season of improbable highs (the...

Gergo Vas Gergo Vas Jul 10, 2019.

Working Lights Make This World of Warcraft Weapon Replica Awesome

Working Lights Make This <i>World of Warcraft </i>Weapon Replica Awesome
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Shadowmourne is one of the few legendary items players can acquire in World of Warcraft, and a weapon like that needs its proper real-life version. Kamuicosplay’s Svetlana Quindt made one. Her replica even has flashing lights inside and it looks just as awesome as the weapon in the game.

Forging it was a really big...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 08, 2019.

Overwatch Test Patch Adds Tons Of New Voice Lines

<i>Overwatch </i>Test Patch Adds Tons Of New Voice Lines

Yesterday, Overwatch’s public test server got an update that added new spectator options and tweaked the balance of Ana, Widowmaker, and Junkrat in ways that may or may not make it into the regular game. But that’s not all.

Overwatch players have spent the past 24 hours digging up heaps of new voice lines for the game’s characters, some of which seem to correspond to new levels (read:...

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