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4 weeks ago

The Overwatch League’s Hangzhou Spark know how to brand themselves

Since the Overwatch League announced eight new expansion teams for season two, there’s only been one question on everyone’s mind: what colours will they use? At first, it seemed they were all going to be duds, falling back on the sea of blues and reds already dominating the matches. The Chengdu Hunters did something interesting with their yellow kit, but nothing can match the most…

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Nina Freeman’s sunset themed game jam produces dates, debts, and dreams

As the dusk draws in, take a minute to poke around at some of the creations from Nina Freeman’s sunset-themed game jam, which tasked developers with making “a game that's romantic, nostalgic, spooky, or anything else that has something to do with the day turning to night” in a little under two weeks.

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Fallout 76’s photo-featuring loading screens are good, but morbid

Overall I'm a huge fan of Fallout 76's loading screens, which often select a picture that you've taken in the photo mode to display as you're waiting. Having a little reminder of a past moment while you're stuck not doing anything else is a nice way of reflecting on cool stuff that's happened in the game. Except that oftentimes my pictures aren't cool moments. A…

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EXTREME MEATPUNKS FOREVER season one wraps up with Hope

One part visual novel, one part anti-fascist flesh-mech brawler EXTREME MEATPUNKS FOREVER has released its sixth episode, Hope, wrapping up season one and providing a hell of a tease for the future second season. Questions are answered, questions are raised, and there’s plenty of teeth-gritted, fists-clenched optimism.

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1 month ago

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds declares FIX PUBG a success, talk new development directions

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds’ recent bug squelching period is over, according to its dev team. Executive Plunk producer Taeseok Jang took to Steam to thank players for their “continued support,” give details on improvements to performance and optimisation, and to explain what’s still to come regarding matchmaking, anti-cheat solutions, and the game's 2019 roadmap.

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Paradox Interactive integrates White Wolf, cuts “disrespectful” passages from Vampire: The Masquerade

Paradox Interactive have announced that they’re fully integrating tabletop RPG developers White Wolf after they used the suffering of Chechnya’s LGBTQ+ population as set-dressing “in a crude and disrespectful way” in Vampire: The Masquerade. White Wolf will receive new leadership and continue to “develop the guiding principles for its vision of the World of Darkness,” but will “no longer develop and publish these products internally.”…

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Where The Water Tastes Like Wine adds new stories in free standalone Fireside Chats

Story-collectathon Where The Water Tastes Like Wine now has a free companion game, Fireside Chats, which falls somewhere between expansion and demo. The new release includes sixteen fresh stories, each told by one of the main characters that returning players will recognise, as well as the existing first chapter, so new players can get a feel for what to expect if they go on to…

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Comic style strategy-shooter Void Bastards announced

Developers Blue Manchu are turning their sights towards the first person shooter genre with the new announcement of Void Bastards. It’s quite a difference from their previous work, the collectable card/board game Card Hunter, but they say not to expect your typical FPS either. Take a look at the trailer to see for yourself:

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Forza Horizon 4’s first expansion will take players to stormy Fortune Island

Forza Horizon 4’s first expansion will take players to the mysteriously named Fortune Island, up off the northern coast of Scotland. There’ll be dramatic weather, treasure to hunt, and, at least if you’re anything like me, plenty of cliffs to drive straight off. It’s coming on December 13th, and you can take a peek at it below:

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Microsoft acquires RPG studios Obsidian Entertainment and inXile

Microsoft have once again added to the fleet of studios under their wing, this time acquiring Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind games like Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity, and inXile, who created Wasteland 2 and The Bard’s Tale IV. Both studios put out videos talking about how exciting this all is, and promising that yes, they’ll still be making the kind of RPGs…

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Hours Played is crowdfunding to create a video game clock supercut

Imagine a clock, except made from hundreds of other clocks that once only existed in video games. That’s what artist and video editor Duncan Robson is crowdfunding to create. He wants to eventually stream the supercut online, synced up to wherever you are, so theoretically it could be used to tell the time - or just as a celebration of a very specific and yet…

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Warframe players speak out against crunch

Free-to-play acrobatic shooter Warframe just dropped its second expansion, bringing a whole lot of new stuff to the game. It was doubtlessly a lot of work for developers Digital Extremes – but, say some of its players, hopefully not too much. In a positive step, they’ve encouraged the team to avoid overwork and crunch, even if that means the game gets slower updates.

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Overwatch’s next patch will require players to reinstall the game

Blizzard’s next big update for Overwatch apparently contains “some pretty fundamental changes” – fundamental enough that players will be required to reinstall their game. Details on what the patch will contain are light, but apparently a "substantial number" of "back-end changes" mean that simply patching over the existing download isn't enough.

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2 months ago

Feature: "We’re definitely working our hardest to make sure that people realise the value of all people."

How Immortals are tackling inclusivity in the esports industry

In 2014, Noah Whinston was struggling to see why he should support any specific esports team. He felt as though each was only branding itself on how good their players were, and, as he puts it, “no team wins forever.” In the same year, Sabrina Wong attended her first esports event: MLG Anaheim. Thousands of fans watched hundreds of professionals face off in a variety…

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Kitty Horrorshow’s Haunted Cities Volume 3 is here just in time for Halloween

It’s just ten short nights until Halloween, and so I bring you the spooky gift of Kitty Horrorshow’s latest collection of brief experimental games, bundled together as Haunted Cities Volume 3. It’s got it all: candle lighting, spinning out your car at night, and the most terrifying flickering I’ve ever experienced.

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