The Overwatch League Grand Finals kicked off last night in front of a sold out crowd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It was an underdog matchup between the Stage One champions: the London Spitfire, and the red hot Philadelphia Fusion. What we got was four incredible maps, with London pulling ahead in the best of three series after a win on Volskaya Industries.Map 1 - Dorado - Battle for Point CA lot of the best Overwatch from the quarter and semifinals came on point C of Dorado, and that carried over into the Grand Finals. With time running out on the clock, the London Spitfire finally found some traction after a perfect Dragonstrike by Ji-hyeok "Birdring" Kim. It forced the Fusion out of position which led to a few easy kills:As the payload advanced closer to the capture point, Philadelphia regained composure while London began to slip. Seung-tae "Bdosin" Choi had a particularly bad error by using Transcendence far too late in the final seconds of the map: After the … [Read more...] about Clutch ultimates headlined day one of the Overwatch League Grand Finals
Sam Barlow, the typing man behind Her Story, is back with another watch-o-mystery. #WarGames is an interactive episodic video doodad about hacktivists and spunky teenagers saving the world using computers, which Barlow has worked on as an executive creative director of developers Eko. You can play for free in your browser or pay £2 for an ad-free version on Steam. “Join Kelly and her band of misfit hackers as they transform from pranksters to leaders of the international movement #WarGames and take on the powers that be,” the blurb says. Though this is ostensibly related to the untagged Matthew Broderick movie from 1983, being made with MGM, the connection in what I’ve seen so far seems to simply be that both #WarGames and WarGames feature computers. That’s fine; I’d see a nostalgic “D’ya remember this, eh? Eh?” as a negative more than anything. #WarGames has an interesting presentation and branching method. Video calls, livestreams, … [Read more...] about Sam Barlow’s #WarGames now hacking the #planet
Last week, news emerged of Nintendo's immediate and longer term plans for the Switch, reported on the Wall Street Journal, no less. The headline made it clear that there'd be no Switch hardware revision this year, with Nintendo's emphasis shifting to USB-C peripherals and its fascinating Labo initiative. However, tucked away at the foot of the report is coverage of a February investor briefing, where Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima talks about his plans of extending Switch's lifespan beyond the five to six year console average, taking the lifespan of the console hybrid up to 2021 at least. To make this work, hardware revisions may be inevitable. The question of when the first of those updates is set to arrive will almost certainly be a matter of economics - specifically, the build cost of the Tegra X1 processor currently used by Nintendo. The chip is mass produced by Taiwainese semi-conductor giant TSMC, and it's based on their 20nm technology. A stepping stone between various 28nm … [Read more...] about In Theory: Can a Switch hardware revision extend its lifespan?
The first Wreck-It Ralph (2012) animated movie followed a pair of video game characters journey through a variety of video game eras in search of a purpose beyond what they were originally programmed for. The second “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” installment will follow the same characters venture beyond the arcade cabinets to traverse through the internet. The new teaser trailer, released earlier today, sees Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) go online for the first time. The world of the internet, as expected, is full of exciting opportunities such as informative websites like IMDB and retailing outlets like eBay. There are annoying pop-up advertisements, click-bait headlines, and conspiracy theories at every turn as well. The humor and satire in light of the new theme also includes a take on kittens that have overtaken the internet in recent years. The teaser trailer does not reveal what problems Ralph will be facing this time around … [Read more...] about Watch Ralph Break the Internet in Wreck-It Ralph 2 Teaser Trailer
When I’ve made the mistake of arguing with concern trolls about online harassment directed at women and minorities, I usually hear some version of this whataboutery: “yeah, but white guys get harassed too!” Leaving aside any questions of prevalence or the qualitative distinctions of, say, misogynist harassment, the strongest response was always: “why is any abuse acceptable? Why should anyone have to deal with it?” It’s certainly true that harassment/abuse/trolling/”trash-talk” has long prevailed in gaming, but as it’s ballooned in scale it’s become almost a norm in the industry--not just among players, but as the “cost of doing business” as a game developer. Many, many people have taken up this argument--myself included--and shouted from the hills about its evils. In the last few days, Morgan Jaffit of Defiant Development, took up the charge: “The tone of those angry videos and comment sections has slid in … [Read more...] about Opinion: Rethinking ‘the cost of doing business’ for game devs