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Last Updated May 24, 2017

Overwatch Heroes get Updates. Hanzo Buff, Soldier Nerf?

General

Recoil Recovery Aim Compensation can now be disabled for Ana, McCree, and Widowmaker. The option can be found under the “Control” tab in the “Options” menu. Simply select the appropriate hero under the dropdown menu and look for the “Hero” section

Developer Comments: By default, weapon recoil recovery is overruled by downward crosshair movement. This means that downward movement during the weapon’s recoil recovery phase will override the weapon’s natural recoil recovery. This option allows you to remove this functionality, meaning a weapon’s natural recoil recovery movement acts independently from downward crosshair movement. In practice, this will make your crosshair move faster if you aim downward during the recoil recovery window.

Character Specific

Genji

Removed the attack delay from Genji’s wall climbing ability, allowing him to engage with enemies immediately after he finishes climbing

Developer Comments: This is a quality of life change to make wall climbing feel better.

Hanzo

Removed the attack cooldown from Hanzo’s wall climbing ability, allowing him to engage with enemies immediately after he finishes climbing

Storm Bow Increase charge speed by 10% Charged arrows now maintain their charge after climbing a wall, provided the button is continuously held

Developer Comments: Decreasing Hanzo’s draw time gives him more overall DPS, while also letting him fully charge an arrow and more quickly return to full movement speed when needed. And, like the change to Genji’s wall climbing, this is a quality of life change that will make climbing feel better.

Orisa

Fusion Driver Damage reduced by 9%

Protective Barrier Cooldown reduced from 12 seconds to 8 seconds

Developer Comments: To help Orisa maintain the front line for her team, we’re reducing the cooldown of her Protective Barrier. This change also helps her reposition the barrier more easily when needed. To compensate for this new defensive strength, we’re reducing her Fusion Driver’s damage, as it felt too high.

Reaper

Wraith Form Ammo is now entirely refilled when Wraith Form is used

Developer Comments: Wraith Form is typically used as an escape ability after firing. This change gives Reaper a fighting chance if an enemy chases him down as he uses it.

Reinhardt

Earthshatter Effective height has been lowered from 3 meters to 2 meters The height threshold of objects that Earthshatter can “climb” has been lowered from 3 meters to 2 meters, making Earthshatter less likely to climb tall objects as it moves along the ground.

Developer Comments: Earthshatter tended to climb unexpectedly high, frequently hitting targets that were significantly above the ground. These changes help the ability stay more grounded.

Soldier: 76

Heavy Pulse Rifle Bullet damage decreased from 20 to 19

Developer Comments: Soldier: 76 is in a much better place lately, but his damage output was making him a must pick, compared to similar roles.

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Bringing back the Dead: HotS 2.0

Many of us got hyped when Blizzard announced changes into their MOBA – Heroes of the Storm. Overhauled progression system, improved interface, a new map and A LOT of freebies. The last one is especially exciting – All who log into HotS before 22nd of May get to claim a 20 hero bundle for free.

Buying these heroes with real money would cost you at least 80$, making this a perfect deal for both new players, wanting to try different heroes without spending countless hours grinding gems, the in-game currency, and old veterans who want to complete their collections or try something fresh. For now, you can choose between four bundles – Assasin, Flex, Support & Specialist and Tank & Bruiser bundle. Even if you don’t plan to play HotS a lot, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. You never know when you will use them.

Coming straight out of Overwatch, loot boxes are now a part of Heroes of the Storm. As you level up your heroes, you will open loot boxes containing random new emojis, booster packs, skins and even heroes!

With this system loss streaks and bad games are now much more bearable, as even if you happen to be on a losing spree, the game still rewards you for playing. Duplicate items are broken down, adding shards (used to buy more chests or heroes) to your account.

It is not hard to notice that this is a desperate effort to bring dying HotS back to life. Despite being pushed and promoted almost everywhere, HotS did not become a hit Blizzard wanted to. Seen as a “dumbed down” MOBA by both League and Dota players, it never managed to build a huge player base. Even today, one of the biggest group of HotS players are those who play a game or two in-between other MOBAs to calm down and relax after hard & demanding matches. Seeing declining player base of the game they have so heavily invested in, Blizzard will do anything to avoid the grim end.

It wasn’t supposed to end up like that.

In Blizzard’s original idea, Heroes of the Storm was supposed to be a game changer. A MOBA without a steep learning curve and toxic community, yet complex and enjoyable for the viewers. By removing mechanics common in other games of the genre, such as last hitting or denying, the game hopes to resolve the issue of having less mechanically skilled players drag the team down after tough early game. Focus on team fights and brawling was supposed to give these players a chance to shine and be relevant while improving everyone’s experience. All while keeping a high skill ceiling, allowing the game to grow into a successful eSport.

Perhaps Blizzard overlooked the fact things they call “issues” are actually what makes these games interesting?

The Uprising has fallen

It was fun while it lasted!

As the 1st of May passes, Blizzard sticks to their promise and removes the Uprising event from Overwatch.


For those of you who happened to be on holiday from 11th of April till today a few words of introduction. Uprising was a seasonal event, in which players could for the very first time dive into the lore of Overwatch.

The world of Overwatch is beyond the shadow of a doubt one of the best-written universes in gaming. Sadly, many people don’t know anything related to it as the game does not ram it in your face by any means. For them, Overwatch is all about fun & shooting, with some lore-related flavor texts here and there. But by no means is that wrong! They bought a game, a quick, fast-paced shooter to kill the boredom during these pesky winter evenings! If they wanted to experience a deep and touching storytelling, they would have chosen Planescape: Torment (can you think of a more classical example of a top-notch narrative in a game?) right away and wouldn’t bother with Overwatch at all.

Until the Uprising, the lore was accessible only through comics, stories, and animations (the quality of which, by the way, matches Pixar movies). There was no actual way of replaying the events that have shaped the Overwatch’s world.

The Uprising scenario allowed players to replay Tracer’s first mission. In this story, Torbjörn, Reinhardt, and Mercy had to defend King’s Row from swarms of attacking omnics. In a Left 4 Dead-style PvE Brawl, the players could finally take part in canon events and become heroes of the Overwatch lore.

To keep it fun, Blizzard enabled an all-hero mode allowing to use all characters. The event rewarded participants with seasonal loot boxes containing unique content, unobtainable elsewhere.

In total 114 new items were made available. Needless to say, newer players will look jealously upon veterans equipped with them. Special mention goes to Blackwatch McCree and Combat Medic Ziegler Mercy – these two skins look so well that it will be hard for Blizzard to release something better (these outfits come with Legendary quality; there are 6 other Legendary skins and 2 Epic outfits).

Blizzard stated that more lore-related events are to come, however, as of yet there are no plans to introduce a story mode into the game.

I find this quite sad.

There is so much story that needs to be told.

E-Sports Team

Taking A Look At An E-Sports Team

Imagine for a moment if your life consisted of living in the same house with a group of friends playing video games and making money. With very little exaggeration that is exactly what some E-sports teams do. They live in the same house, practice the video games that they play, and promote brands that have chosen to sponsor them.

Optic Gaming is a popular E-Sports team with a lot of influence in their field. They are doing well enough that they have purchased a seven-bedroom house in the suburbs of Chicago. This home looks like something that would be owned by a high powered official but is instead occupied by video game playing twenty-somethings.

The image of video game players as slobs and unable to make money is something that certainly does not apply to those who are part of this team. They have found a way to make what they love to do work for them. The types of games that they play are “Call of Duty“, “Halo”, “Gears Of War”, and others. The one thing that you will find in common with all of these games is that they are team efforts.

Gaming House

The member of Optic Gaming has all of the latest technology to make team play possible and to make it possible for them to do very well with the games they play. They always have to be able to communicate with one another about strategy and what they are doing in the game at any given moment.

The CEO of Optic Gaming is a 37-year-old named Hector Rodriguez. He has worked to promote the team and has made them very popular. However, popularity is not the only point of doing this. He is hoping to draw in corporate sponsors who will put in the big bucks to make it worthwhile to keep playing. He has not had much trouble on that front. He has even managed to draw the eyes of companies as large as PepsiCo.

In total the team actually owns two houses and has a total of 22 players on it. Some are there solely to make content and put out videos of the team onto their various social media accounts. Other people are there to actually play the games. Either way, the group is a powerful one with a lot of reasons to keep an eye on them. They are becoming a force all by themselves. One member said that he went from being just a fan of the team to now being a member himself with nearly 3 million subscribers on his YouTube channel that follow his every move.

The group has become so popular that almost any video they put up is sure to get millions of people to view it. They do not have to be actively playing against another team in order for people to be interested, they just need to put something out there and people will start watching.

This is the hidden industry that many people do not even realize exists, but it continues to grow by the day.

Ultimate Gaming Experience

Creating the Ultimate Gaming Experience

With all of the newest advancements in technology, gaming has the ability to be more captivating than ever. Greater quality consoles with enhanced graphics and gameplay continue to emerge in the market. Furthermore, gaming companies continue to brainstorm ways in which the gaming experience can be improved. From online interaction to hands-free gameplay, gaming companies continue to push the boundaries on what is possible. With the recent rise in gaming popularity, many people are interested in making a customized gaming space for themselves. Here are a few tips to help you create the ultimate gaming experience.

1. Choose Your Console Wisely

Perhaps the most important component to a gaming atmosphere is the game console itself. While there are countless brands and models of gaming consoles, there are only a few that have remained consistently popular throughout the years. The Xbox by Microsoft, the Play Station by Sony and the PC are all forms of consoles that have stood the test of time. There is an ongoing debate surrounding which gaming console is the best. You will find passionate gamers on all sides of the discussion. Generally, the Xbox and Play Station offer an unbeatable gaming experience. Both consoles pack amazing graphics, a large selection of games, comfortable controllers and online gameplay. Additionally, they are quite affordable when compared to the cost of a gaming PC. However, many gamers are beginning to turn towards gaming PC’s because of the freedom and customizability they offer. Unlike standard consoles, PC’s can be created and customized to the personal preference of the gamer. However, this is also the reason that gaming PC’s cost more than consoles.

Both consoles pack amazing graphics, a large selection of games, comfortable controllers and online gameplay. Additionally, they are quite affordable when compared to the cost of a gaming PC. However, many gamers are beginning to turn towards gaming PC’s because of the freedom and customizability they offer. Unlike standard consoles, PC’s can be created and customized to the personal preference of the gamer. However, this is also the reason that gaming PC’s cost more than consoles.

2. Purchase a Gaming Chair

Those who are new to the gaming culture may be surprised to realize that there are chairs designed especially for this activity. Generally, these gaming chairs look similar to a large massage chair. They are designed to remain comfortable during long periods of gameplay. Some people may question the necessity of purchasing a chair just for gaming. However, there is nothing more frustrating than sitting in an uncomfortable chair for long durations of gaming. In order to create the ultimate gaming experience, comfortable chairs are a necessity. These gaming chairs can be purchased online and even at some local electronic stores.

Some people may question the necessity of purchasing a chair just for gaming. However, there is nothing more frustrating than sitting in an uncomfortable chair for long durations of gaming. In order to create the ultimate gaming experience, comfortable chairs are a necessity. These gaming chairs can be purchased online and even at some local electronic stores.

3. Invest in a Quality TV

Another critical component to creating the ultimate gaming experience is investing in a quality TV. Playing games on the appropriate screen can mean the difference between feeling immersed in the game or having trouble seeing the game. No matter how powerful a console may be, its full potential cannot be realized without a top-of-the-line television. While there are hundreds of models and brands to choose from, a standard high-definition flat screen will do the trick. They are lightweight, compact and can be surprisingly affordable. Another important factor to consider is the compatibility between the console and the TV. Gamers must be certain that all necessary chords leading from the console can be plugged into the TV. This ensures that all visual and audio components can be successfully transferred from the console and displayed on the screen.

They are lightweight, compact and can be surprisingly affordable. Another important factor to consider is the compatibility between the console and the TV. Gamers must be certain that all necessary chords leading from the console can be plugged into the TV. This ensures that all visual and audio components can be successfully transferred from the console and displayed on the screen.

GenCon

GenCon – A Must Attend For Gamers

If the sound of dice rolling across a tabletop is sets you to excitement, or if waiting for the frown or smile of a gamemaster keeps you in gut-wrenching suspense, GenCon in Indianapolis, Indiana is a pilgrimage that you definitely need to take. Started by Gary Gygax, the father of gaming, almost fifty years ago, you will have the time of your life at GenCon. You will be a real gaming monitor.

Every one of the big game houses is there. Mayfair games, creators of fan favorites like Agricola and The Colonists, has a huge presence. Rio Grande games, one of the biggest innovators in card games, is also one of their top sponsors. Gale Force 9, makers of the hugely popular Firefly: the Game and Star Trek: Ascension, have a large display with all the expansions available for their games. Settlers of Catan has one of the largest set ups, with all the different versions of their game, one of the most popular board games out.

If see a game you find interesting, but just aren’t certain, there are test areas, where trained staff teach you how to play the game and guide you on strategy and tactics. Sit with your friends, or make new ones while you play and learn. There, a gaming monitor will help you learn even the most complex of games.

Are you someone who knows without counting whether throwing three d4s or two d6s is the better gambit, GenCon is without a doubt the place for you. Dozens of purveyors have everything you need for your next adventure, from flashy, custom made dice, to every campaign you can imagine, to the costumes you are looking for for your cosplay. Nothing makes your quest more real than that sword or wizard’s staff your character needs to survive the wilderness.

Aside from the dealer floor, there are dozens of other exciting events. Magic: the Gathering tournaments, as well as tournaments and challenges in almost every other game genre imaginable. Exciting LARPing opportunities abound like “True Dungeon” and several others. A gaming monitor will help you through the dungeons and puzzles. Often these events sell out very quickly, so you’ll want to make signing up a priority when you arrive.

And do not miss the costumes. Heck, participate yourself. Some of the most imaginative and fun costumes appear at GenCon. Things from Steampunk Ghostbusters to a full Klingon band. Many of the attendees dress for the event, some with a different outfit every day. Commander Shepherd, Browncoats from Firefly, Deadpool, little girl Darth Vader, and Dr. Who’s Daleks are some of the most common, but one of the most fun parts of the convention is figuring out who the characters are, especially those who do really creative mashups.

Can you wait? If you are a true gaming monitor, then probably not. But if you make plans now, you can attend this annual event, usually in August. It is a place every serious gamer needs to check out whenever they have an opportunity.

Las Vegas Adds eSports Arena to Woo Gamers

eSports is on the rise, and that isn’t news to anyone around here as the NY Times reported more people watched the eSports championships than the NBA Finals last year, but we see more money get pumped into the industry every week and now Sin City is jumping into the arena (pun intended).

The most recent industry to jump into the foray is tourism as Las Vegas just unveiled a 15,000 seat esports arena.

The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and a broadcast platform for commentators. But what distinguishes this new Las Vegas arena is its dozens of video game consoles.

The 15,000-square-foot e-sports venue slated to open Friday will host competitive video game tournaments. It’s part of a trend that the casino industry hopes will attract the millennial crowd, the 15- to 34-year-olds who are becoming majority spenders in today’s economy but aren’t necessarily interested in traditional gambling.

The stadium opened with a $50,000 Halo World Championship qualifier that was won by team OpTic Gaming (full recap here) and is hosting the Madden World Championships in the coming months. That’s good news for aspiring pro-gamers. No longer do you have to run a 4.4 40-yard dash or be 6-6 with a “wicked jump shot” as the late Notorious BIG once said, now we all have an opportunity to professional “athletes.”

All of this is all good news for aspiring pro-gamers. No longer do you have to run a 4.4 40-yard dash or be 6-6 with a “wicked jump shot” as the late Notorious BIG once said, now we all have an opportunity to professional “athletes.”

Reddit Up to Its Antics Again – Tricks Google with Potato

It is no secret the folks at Reddit like to pull some pranks and often it involves abusing the “Domain Authority” as Search Engine optimization guys call it, of Reddit.com. If a thread in a popular sub-Reddit gets enough upvotes Google’s algorithms have a tendency to rank the content high on the search results page. In this case, the PC Master Race folks will get a kick out of this one. Searching for ‘gaming console’ returns  an image of a potato. I LOL’d

Snapchat Games?

Snapchat is scrambling to find ways to make money in-lieu of its upcoming IPO. It’s latest attempt is filter games that you play with your face on an elf. Snapchat charges a premium for these filters and its hoping people are bored enough to buy these en-masse. Not me.

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Snap is also introducing games in their ads in hopes to make them more interactive.

It will be interesting to see how Snap & games evolve in advertising but how they influence the future stock price of the latest tech-darling to IPO.

Super Mario Themed Pop-Up Bar

There is nothing like a little nostalgia to go along with your delicious libations and this pop up bar in Washington DC has nailed it again. They understand the power of nostalgia in marketing and have spent six weeks decorating their bar for the Cherry Blossom Festival and half of it with a Super Mario theme.

Now they’ve missed an opportunity to have toadstools for the bar seats but the rest is pretty spot-on. A reddit-user also was able to find the drink menu and it looks like you’ll pay a premium for your Yoshi-inspired booze.