LoL World Championships Kicks Off, Has Ridiculous Trailer

E-sports continues, wonderfully, to become its own parody. The League of Legends World Championships kicked off today with the sixteen best teams, having qualified throughout the year, competing over the next month to decide who’s best. Chances are you can watch it right now, either live or on rebroadcast as they seem to be aiming for a 24/7 schedule. In celebration, Riot have put together an animated trailer showcasing the most common attributes of League players – hoodies and superpowers. It’s likely sillier than you’re imagining.

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Procedural Generation Jam Is Worth Watching On Nov 8th

You could make this in a weekend, probably.

I wouldn’t normally post about something like this so early, but it’s cool. If you judge game jams on their potential to create interesting works, then the Procedural Generation Jam wins by hoping to ride the wave of interest in “making stuff that makes other stuff” towards a slew of fascinating games, tools and toys.

If you judge game jams on your ability to join in with minimum effort, then the Procedural Jam wins again by also livestreaming an afternoon of talks from experts, including Hazel McKendrick of No Man’s Sky, Mark Johnson of Ultima Ratio Regum and Fernando Ramallo of Panoramical.

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Apply Directly To Hard Drive: Desync

Trailer emotions are a complex web. Indifference, joy, anger, all have been elicited by a series of images meant to sell me a video game over the course of my life. My favourite and the most unique of them is “put it into my body immediately.” I’ll explain: this is when something appears specifically designed with what I want in mind, without knowing anything outside of those two minutes of flashy, cut together footage.

Relatedly, Desync is an in-development high-score-based action FPS which tracks your every movement and shot to customise waves of enemies to defeat you. To counter you have a series of “attack sequences”–combinations of guns and movement options that have special effects and do increased damage. It’s utterly beautiful, very demanding and oh boy do I ever need it.

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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Videos Go Quiet-ly

I’m excited enough at this point for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain that I’m willing to watch videos that are entirely in Japanese. Heck, in some ways I prefer it this way. These latest videos – a three minute trailer and a twenty-one minute playthrough – both come from the Tokyo Game Show, and not being in English means I don’t have to listen to the feverish conspiratorial jibber-jabber and can instead just imagine the wonders of an open-world stealth game.

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Grimoire Demo Has First-Person, MOBAish Spell-Slinging

Wizards! None are more video games than the noble wizard and their host of elemental spells. Wizard duels, wizard fights, wizard squads, wizard books: MOBA-inspired first- and third-person spell-shooter Grimoire plans to feature all this and more. Three man studio OmniConnection have it up on Kickstarter looking for $42,000 and there’s a single-player wave-defense “combat preview” you can try out right now.

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Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Trailer Comes In Peace

Gratuitous Space inspired gratuitous Wikipedia information.

I’ve spent untold hours watching back replays of my own Supreme Commander games, taking the opportunity to slow-down or speed-up time, watch maneuvers by my opponents I missed the first time around, and to marvel at the bombastic laser wars that eventually decide each match.

Gratuitious Space Battles is that whole process as an entire game: you build a fleet, design the ships, and then click go to watch a spectacular hands-off space battle. The sequel seems determined to make those battles more spectacular than ever, as demonstrated by this new trailer. Such pretty lasers and explosions.

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Hand-To-Balls: Front Page Sports Football

American Football, invented by Colonel Pigskin Madden in the mid-nineteenth century, was originally a tabletop game played with miniature figures on a hex grid. Players would spend hours drawing up plans before each encounter, creating complex playbooks that contained all the secrets of the game. The Colonel once claimed that Football was not only “the best turn-based tactical game of the Reconstruction Era” but would continue to be the most important game of its type until “those Gollop boys get to work in the rootin’ tootin’ 1980s”. Front Page Sports Football is a veteran franchise that has been missing in the wilderness for some time. A new release is due this month and the sport most suited to PC will hopefully return in style.

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