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Overwatch’s Plans For Symmetra And New Gamemodes

Overwatch [official site], aka The MOBA Where The Camera Is Lodged In Your Head, is in a permanent state of flux. The creators at Blizzard consistently fiddle with every little thing like a gang of fussy monks micromanaging a Zen garden. Latest on their list of tiny stones to shift are the power and abilities of Symmetra, a hero who can place small turrets which…

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Dota 2: The Boston Major, Plus Fall Battle Pass Arrives

Dota 2's [official site] schedule for the latter part of 2016 will see pro players focusing in on the next Major tournament, which will take place in Boston in early December. Meanwhile, everyone else (and maybe the pros too) can take a peek at the latest battle pass if they fancy seasonal loot/cosmetics/competitive mini-tournaments. I'm grouping these announcements together because there's an autumnal map reskin…

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Dota 2 Patch Brings Tiny Adjustments, Meta Thoughts

A non-major but still interesting Dota 2 [official site] patch has dropped. 6.88e is all about tweaks, as you'd expect from a patch with a letter on the end of it, rather than one which heralds a whole jump forward in numbering. The reason it's interesting is more that it gives me a chance to talk about a thought related to patches and living games…

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Rocket League Rumble Racing to Release Next Week

Rocket League's [official site] new Rumble mode will bring a slew of delightful new powerups, we already knew, and now we know a few more things. For one, you'll get to play with all of these new features when Rumble launches on September 8, at long last. It's not all car-soccer silliness, though. Psyonix are preparing for the next spate of Rocket League tournaments, and…

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League Of Legends: The Importance Of Laneswap Patch And Revenue Drama

Catching up on what I missed while I was out of town means I'm currently picking through the fallout from an interview with Andy 'Reginald' Dinh about how a major change to a part of the early game involving swapping lanes wrought by a League Of Legends [official site] patch affect affects professional players. Regi owns one of the most well-known teams on the LoL…

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The RPS Summer Games: AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Today is the day! The parade is prepared, Horace is hovering by the podium, and the orchestra is tuning up to play the current RPS national anthem (Cascada's Evacuate The Dancefloor). Yes! It's the grand final medal ceremony for the RPS Summer Games! You'll remember that last week we ended on a cliffhanger - Alice was in the lead after embracing capitalism and Devil Daggers,…

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Feature: Not a happy little cloud in sight

The RPS Summer Games: Fan Art-stravaganza!

The grand finale of the RPS Summer Games is the Fan Art-stravaganza! This is also the part where you get to weigh in and cast a vote for your favourite RPS artist. In an ideal world you'd be voting for the best artwork inspired by a videogame so try not to fall victim to any emotional blackmail or lobbying for the pity vote!

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Feature: Death by just one cut

The RPS Summer Games: Devil Daggers

The last of the high-score events on the RPS Summer Games schedule is Devil Daggers [official site]. A glorious first person arena shooter with a graphical style determined to catapult us back into the nineties. I admired it from afar when it came out, but around half the staff got really competitive, sneaking off for "email" breaks which coincided with a "so-and-so is playing Devil…

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Feature: Things that go bump

The RPS Summer Games: Five Nights At Freddy’s

Third on the RPS Summer Games agenda is Five Nights At Freddy's [official site]. The cult favourite horror game challenges you to spend five nights in the security room of a building populated by animatronic horrors. Some people find it dull/daft and some people find it unbearably tense. For the Summer Games we're just trying to last as many nights as we can (or, if…

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Feature: Greed is gold

The RPS Summer Games: AdVenture Capitalist

The second RPS Summer Games event is... AdVenture Capitalist [official site]. If Clock Simulator was a sprint, this is the marathon event. Each contestant has 30 minutes to make as much money as possible by clicking on lemons, doughnuts, hockey teams and whatever else this casual clicker can offer.

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Feature: It is the beating of his hideous heart

The RPS Summer Games: Clock Simulator

First up on the RPS Summer Games schedule is Clock Simulator [official site]. Such a simple game - all you have to do is click your mouse in time with the passing of each second - tick, tock, tick, tock. We'll be playing the mode called The Fragility Of Time where you're only allowed to miss the beat five times. Find out which of RPS…

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Feature: On your marks...

The RPS Summer Games!

Inspired by ABSOLUTELY NOTHING going on in the rest world right now, RPS is having a summer sports day - well, sports-few-days! We're all competing in five categories to be the best at digital sports and take home one of three lovingly-drawn medals with Horace's face on them! The events are:

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Feature: Pit pals!

The International 2016: Day Of The Underdogs/Underlord

Day four of The International 2016 main event was all about underdogs (and one Underlord, but we’ll get to that in a bit) – the incredible rise of one, the heart-wrenching fall of another. And, as fate and lower bracket scheduling would have it, these two young Dota 2 [official site] teams would have to face each other in the very first series of the…

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Feature: Shadow Demon ahoy!

The International 2016: Dota 2 Semi-Finals Pre-cap

Dota 2’s International 2016 is almost halfway done, and good grief, what a digital sportstorm it’s been so far. Champions have been slain, underdogs have dominated, and panels have turned into hand puppets for completely unstated reasons. Here’s everything you need to know (besides a puppet explanation) ahead of today's upper bracket semi-finals. Obviously HERE BE SPOILERS:

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eGames Announce Which Games Are Going To Rio

The competitive games being featured as part of the eGames competition over in Rio from 15-16 August has been announced. Remember the eGames? They were announced a little while ago as an esports tournament that would run alongside the Olympics in Rio but wouldn't actually be part of the Olympics. So a kind of Olympics-ish-by-proximity affair which seemed to be experimenting with the idea of…

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Feature: Esports in VR

The International 2016: I Watched A Dota 2 Game From In The Rosh Pit

For The International 2016 I watched a game of Dota 2 [official site] entirely from the Roshan pit in virtual reality. Dota 2's VR hub is all about offering viewers new ways in which to spectate matches, new ways to present information, and new vantage points from which to observe professional players' comings and goings. You can sit in a darkened area watching a massive…

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