A big part of E3 2019 was the sudden explosion of game subscription services. Once the territory of a few has become a battle royale as several publishers have now made their game catalogues available for one monthly fee. If you don’t mind losing access to games should you unsubscribe, any one of these services is a substantial value as all of them include access to dozens—if not hundreds—of games in addition to their various other features.But which one is most worth your time, and which offers the best library of games (not just in terms of size but also in terms of quality)?We feel like Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass currently is the best bang for your buck. For $10/month (there's a $1 promotion for E3), it's the cheapest of the subscriptions and still gives you an excellent library of games and new releases at no extra charge. More than that, Microsoft has been aggressive as hell these past two years, buying up indie studios and making good on its promises to better … [Read more...] about What PC game subscription service is best?
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Heroes of the Storm borrows characters from Blizzard’s different franchises, but this time the game is going to do something a little different – introduce a brand new, wholly original character to the MOBA.During the BlizzCon opening ceremony, Blizzard unveiled the Raven Lord’s daughter, Orphea. She comes to the Nexus with sinister magic and a gothic look. Orphea is a ranged assassin that has high damage and survivability. Courtesy of Orphea’s hero page, her abilities are outlined below: Hero Trait Overflowing Chaos: Hitting an enemy Hero with a Basic Ability grants 1 Chaos. Chaos can stack up to 3 times. While Orphea has Chaos, her Basic Attacks against Heroes consumes all Chaos, dealing 50% increased damage per stack, and healing for 100% of the damage dealt. Primary Abilities Shadow Waltz: After 0.5 seconds, deal 150 damage to enemies in a line. Hitting a Hero with Shadow Waltz sets its cooldown to 2 seconds, refunds 0 Mana, and causes Orphea … [Read more...] about Orphea is Heroes of the Storm’s First Original Character and 2019 Updates Announced
YouTube creators want to get paid and, after dealing with demonetization problems for close to two years, YouTube is finally coming up with alternative payment methods. YouTube is introducing a couple of new alternative payment methods for creators, including a $4.99 channel membership that gives subscribers exclusive content, subscriber badges and special emojis (or emotes, as they’re known on Twitch) that people can use. The similarities between YouTube’s new top-tier service and Twitch’s basic subscription model are impossible to ignore, but Rohit Dhawan, YouTube’s senior director of product management at YouTube, didn’t acknowledge the similarities in an interview with Polygon. “We really spent a lot of times with creators,” Dhawan said. “These last two years, it’s been a ton of conversations with small and large creators. All my inspiration is going to come from what they have said they would like this product to kind of be. … [Read more...] about YouTube officially takes on Twitch with wider roll out of $5 channel memberships, badges and emotes