Mei The Best Team Win: Overwatch Open Starts Today With $300,000 Prize Pool

The biggest Overwatch [official site] tournament organised so far starts today, where teams will compete for a share of a $300,000 prize pool. The Overwatch Open will run until September, when its grand final will be held in Atlanta. The final will see the ultimate winner take away a grand prize of $100,000, while the runners-up will get $32,000. You could say they will be competing Pharah few bucks.

Sorry. Come see more details below, including dates, prizes, how to sign up and where to watch the finals live.

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Life Is Strange Ep 1 Now Free, Available On Mac/Linux

Time-altering teenage dramathon Life Is Strange [official site] has just made its first episode free to download forever and ever, while also making the whole story playable on Mac and Linux. For those of you who don’t remember, it is the story of photography student Max and her tough toque-wearing friend Chloe. It’s an adventure game by Dontnod (the studio that made sci-fi action adventure Remember Me) with hints of Heavy Rain and Telltale-style decision-making. Look, they’ve created a new trailer to show off bits of the whole saga. Be warned, though, there are some spoilerish things involved.

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Conception II Bringing Date-O-Dungeoning To PC

How is babby formed? Well, little Timmy, when a mummy Disciple and a daddy Disciple are imbued with the power of the Star God and need to create Star Children to save the world, they take a special matryoshka doll and… this is awfully complex. Maybe it’s best you wait a few weeks for Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars [Steam page] to come along. After a few years on pocket computers, Spike Chunsoft’s weird and trashy dating sim-cum-dungeon crawler is coming to PC. It will explain all about babby.

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Here’s 12 Minutes Of The Infinite War From Call of Duty

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a robot face – forever. In Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare [official site], you will play as the boot. Infinity Ward have graced the internet with a gameplay trailer showing off the first level, where the boot, played here by a soldier called Lt Reyes, must tramp through Geneva, shooting as many robots and robot-loving humans as possible, before flying into space and shooting possibly more robots among the stars. Come watch all the explosive, robophobic action after the jump.

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Generation Next, Part 1: How Games Can Benefit From Procedurally Generated Lore

Mark Johnson is the developer of Ultima Ratio Regum, an ANSI 4X roguelike in which the use of procedural generation extends beyond the creation of landscapes and dungeons to also dynamically create cultures, practices, social norms, rituals, beliefs, concepts, and myths. This is the first in a four part series examining what generating this kind of social detail can bring to games.

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Kick-o! Street Fighter V Adding Juri On Tuesday

This month’s Street Fighter V [official site] will launch on Tuesday, July 26th, Capcom have announced. The biggest addition is Juri joining the playable lineup, returning from Super Street Fighter IV. She’s already appeared in SFV through its Story Mode, released last month, but now everyone will get to kick faces as the Taekwondo expert (cheeky modders have enabled her earlier, mind). Here, this trailer shows some of her moves:

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Toot Toot! Jalopy Rolls Into Hungary With New Update

Fancy a little weekend getaway? Get off Teletext and turn to Jalopy [official site], the roadtrip simulator formerly known as Hac. The latest update on Jalopy’s journey through Early Access has added a whole new country, Hungary. The full journey across Europe is still a good few countries short but you can also now keep yourself busy by repainting your dinky little car and raiding scrapyards for spare parts.

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