I kind of wondered how long it would be before Sam Speaks would catch me totally off guard. It turns out that answer was on January 16th, when I talked to Sean Noonan. Originally I figured I’d be talking to a fun indie dev behind the cute runner game Jack B. Nimble. Then, a few days before we agreed to chat, I figured maybe I should look into this guy just a tad more. It turns out I had accidentally scheduled an interview with the lead level designer of Splash Damage and had no idea. Sean has had a long and varied career in gaming, so much so that we spent over an hour talking about it and I couldn’t reasonably fit it into one article.So welcome to the first two part episode of Sam Speaks. I got to talk with Sean and the many projects he’s worked on. In this part I focus on what got him into professional game creation, his time working at Midway on games like Wheelman and the canceled Necessary Force, and his time working for Ruffian Games where he served as a … [Read more...] about Sam Speaks to Sean Noonan About Getting Into the Games Industry, Wheelman, Crackdown 2, and More
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On a busy bridge in Alinor, sandwiched between the fast-travel wayshrine and the crowded crafting stations, hundreds of Elder Scrolls Online players will cross from one part of the busy city to another. Some thunder over riding horses or bears. Others pause for a moment to rummage through their inventory bags. One particular player, a splotchy black and white Argonian, does the most useless thing a person could be doing at the heart of a lively MMO hub. His name is Sleeps-On-Bridges, and he logs on every night to do exactly that.When a friend told me about Sleeps-On-Bridges I had been absent from ESO, and all other MMOs, for a few years. I’d formed an unproductive Facebook-like habit of logging in daily to frown at my full inventory or list of incomplete achievements and then logging out disappointed and unmotivated. But her description of the Argonian’s routine reminded me of the shenanigans that first endeared me to online RPGs over a decade ago. I fell in love with … [Read more...] about How ESO’s laziest player accidentally started a wholesome cult
That's right everyone, your favorite Overwatch hero Hanzo just got a buff to his scatter arrow! Wait, why are you throwing rotten fruit? Please stop. Jokes aside, it does indeed seem as though the Overwatch devs have in fact accidentally buffed Hanzo's scatter arrow, making it much more effective than before. How, you may ask, have they managed to make Hanzo's already overpowered ability that much more powerful? Well, instead of 10 seconds needing to pass before you can use the ability, the delay is now 8 seconds. Hanzo's scatter arrow ability can often lead to some funny moments depending on if you're playing Hanzo, or the poor victim who dared get close to him when he has his ability ready. It has been known to instant-kill most squishy characters like Tracer and Sombra, but even if you're playing a Tank you shouldn't consider yourself safe. Yes, that's right, even Orisa can die to a ricochet of arrows if she's not positioned correctly. This fact has led to many fans demanding a … [Read more...] about Overwatch Devs Accidentally Buff Hanzo’s Scatter Arrow
A recent Twitch stream has stoked the fire of Modern Warfare 2 Remastered rumors that have persisted over the last few weeks. This time it is Activision Editorial Manager Kevin Kelly who is fanning the flames, revealing that the company will be making a big announcement in March. Given the general consensus that a Modern Warfare 2 Remaster could be in the cards, it’s no surprise that many like-minded gamers took his statement to be a subtle hint towards a looming reveal. The rumors of a Modern Warfare 2 remaster have built steam ever since an accidental listing on Amazon suggested a Modern Warfare 2 remaster would release on April 30, 2018. This would be far from the first time a remaster has been leaked by a premature retail listing, and the success that Activision had with the remaster of Modern Warfare almost begs for more remasters to be made. Still, Activision has yet to confirm the existence of a Modern Warfare 2 remaster in the first place, … [Read more...] about Activision Announcing Modern Warfare 2 Remastered Next Week?
There are many bad places to visit on the web, ones that will leave your PC infected if you're not careful. To protect users from these insidious destinations, Comcast has baked a "protected browsing" feature into its Xfinity XFi broadband service. Unfortunately, it sometimes acts too aggressively and blocks access to legitimate sites. This has largely flown under the radar, but with net neutrality rules on their way out, we're hoping this is not a precursor to a hobbled internet. That's probably being a little hysterical, at least for now. Or maybe not. Either way, Comcast's protected browsing feature continues to aggressively filter out sites that don't always need it. TorrentFreak is the latest portal for fall prey to the filter. The site reports that a reader alerted it to the fact that it is now being flagged as "suspicious." TorrentFreak is not a pirating site, though it does report on pirating and copyright news. Comcast's block seems to be based on controversial content, and … [Read more...] about Comcast’s protected browsing tool found to sometimes ‘accidentally’ block Steam and Paypal