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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jan 17, 2020 at 04:00. 5 comments

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...

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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 Jan 11, 2020 at 04:30. 16 comments

Houston Overwatch League Team Decides To Move After New Neighbors Complain

Houston Overwatch League Team Decides To Move After New Neighbors Complain

Season three of the Overwatch League kicks off next month, and that means teams are finally gearing up to live and operate out of their home cities. The Houston Outlaws, unfortunately, have not received the warmest of welcomes from their neighbors.

Houston Outlaws general manager Matt “Flame” Rodriguez said yesterday on Twitter that his team will be uprooting its base of operations after...

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Jan 09, 2020. 14 comments

How An Overwatch Skin Left Some Of D.Va's Biggest Fans Feeling Betrayed

How An Overwatch Skin Left Some Of D.Va's Biggest Fans Feeling Betrayed

Overwatch hero D.va has been considered a symbol of empowerment by a lot of feminists in the Korean Overwatch community , representing how women could be lauded for their talent instead of their looks. Long before Mei graced protest memes for Hong Kong , a group called FAMERZ, then called National D.va Association, attended rallies and protests for various political causes holding a banner...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 04, 2020. 20 comments

Seven Games That Were Almost My Game Of The Decade

Seven Games That Were Almost My Game Of The Decade
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When people ask me to name my game of the decade, I pause. There are so many. I took away hard-won lessons from some of them, but over time, I’ve come to realize that those lessons were probably wrong.

On a more or less annual basis, my game of the decade...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Dec 31, 2019. 20 comments

The Greatest Game Trailers Of The Decade

The Greatest Game Trailers Of The Decade
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The decade ends, history’s book turns another page, and you’ve still not finished playing The Witcher 3 for some reason. While the games of the past decade have left their marks, we can also remember the flashier side of things: trailers. Here are the...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 19, 2019. 6 comments

Real Overwatch Loot Box Opens, Reveals 100% Chance Of Marriage Proposal

Real Overwatch Loot Box Opens, Reveals 100% Chance Of Marriage Proposal
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I’m not sure what this says about the odds of a successful union, but it’s at least a very nice way to spend big on an engagement.

When Gavin Carter—a producer on...

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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...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 20, 2019. 10 comments

Overwatch Voice Actors Hit BlizzCon Cosplaying As Their Characters

Overwatch Voice Actors Hit BlizzCon Cosplaying As Their Characters
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Back in March, we ran a little feature on Carolina Ravassa, the voice actor behind Sombra who spent a day cosplaying as the Overwatch hacker . That was at...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 19, 2019. 16 comments

In The Era Of 'Live' Games Like Fortnite And Overwatch, Sequels Are Changing

In The Era Of 'Live' Games Like Fortnite And Overwatch, Sequels Are Changing

There was a time when a sequel meant something. I don’t mean that in a wistful, “back in my day” sort of way. I mean that it largely meant one thing: A separate, new game with a shiny “2” somewhere in its title. Then expansions blurred the line, and patches blurred it even more. Now a new generation of sequels is stomping the line clean out of existence.

In the past month, we’ve seen three...

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Nov 12, 2019. 14 comments

HBO's Watchmen Is Better At Lore Than Most Games

HBO's Watchmen Is Better At Lore Than Most Games

Watchmen, the new HBO television series that we find incredibly intriguing , has a lot in common with some of my favorite video games. There is punching and costumes, damn good music, and a thoroughly imagined world that I want to spend a lot of time in. It also pulls off one of my favorite video game tropes extremely well: lore.

I think “lore,” in general, is ridiculous. This is probably why...

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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 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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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. 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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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Nov 02, 2019. 18 comments

Overwatch 2 Announced With Emotional Trailer

Overwatch 2 Announced With Emotional Trailer

Blizzard has finally announced Overwatch 2, the next iteration of the developer’s massively popular first-person hero shooter. It’s a sequel with all-new maps, heroes and modes, including player-versus-environment modes and a new player-versus-player mode called “Push.”

In the new announcement trailer, revealed today at Blizzcon, Overwatch heroes Mei, Winston and Tracer touch down in Paris,...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Oct 23, 2019. 1 comments

Love To Log Into Overwatch And Play Some Tetris

Love To Log Into Overwatch And Play Some Tetris

Someone made Tetris using the Overwatch workshop. It’s pretty incredible.

The Overwatch workshop allows players to make custom modes by altering in-game scripts, and players have already been making some nifty things with it . To me, this latest creation is more than just nifty. This is Tetris. Somebody put a whole-ass other game in this game.

For the Tetris purists, this version is not quite...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Oct 16, 2019. 23 comments

The Switch Just Can’t Handle Overwatch

The Switch Just Can’t Handle Overwatch

With today’s launch of Overwatch on Nintendo Switch, there is officially a worst way to play one of the best games of all time.

There are a lot of sub-optimal things about this port. The timing is inopportune, for one. Overwatch is landing on Switch three and a half years after its original release, and on the tail end of a controversy surrounding its publisher, Blizzard. While the Switch has...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Oct 09, 2019. 23 comments

Overwatch's Mei Is Becoming A Symbol Of The Hong Kong Resistance

Overwatch's Mei Is Becoming A Symbol Of The Hong Kong Resistance
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After Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai called for the liberation of Hong Kong, Blizzard suspended the Hearthstone player and withheld his prize money. The decision has been widely criticized . Fans have now...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Oct 04, 2019. 11 comments

BlizzCon In-Game Loot Is One Of My Favorite Annual Gaming Traditions

BlizzCon In-Game Loot Is One Of My Favorite Annual Gaming Traditions

People get excited about Blizzard’s annual fan convention for many reasons. Some look forward to meeting up with friends. Others are eager to hear news about upcoming games and expansions. Me? I’m mainly here for the ridiculous in-game items rolled out for World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, StarCraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone every BlizzCon.

It used to be that one had to...

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