Take a look at the in-game market in Warframe and you'll find a staggering number of cosmetic items to customize every inch of your cybernetic ninja armor. After all, what's the point of slaughtering capital ships full of gruesome mutant soldiers unless you look stylish doing it? Most of these items can be purchased using 'platinum,' a currency you can earn (or buy) easily, but many are only purchasable using real cash. Take the Teplo Syandana, for example. It's a scarf with tattered threads that hum with golden energy, and it costs $5. But the money doesn't entirely go to developer Digital Extremes—a good chunk also goes to the artist who actually created the design. And, boy, does he need every penny.His username is FrellingHazmot—Frelling for short—and he's one of the 30-or-so artists who participate in Warframe's unique TennoGen program where passionate players can make their own mark on Warframe's bizarre post-cyberpunk world. Every few months, TennoGen … [Read more...] about How a struggling artist escaped poverty by designing a Warframe scarf
World series wins by team
The first four teams to advance to the League of Legends World Championship 2018 quarterfinals have now been set with a different team from some of the world’s biggest regions each having a representative. After Sunday’s insane series of games in Group B, RNG came out on top following a tiebreaker matchup with Cloud9, who finished in second. Despite a valiant effort, EU squad Team Vitality finished in third place in the group with Gen.G finishing in fourth with a shocking 1-5 record. Gen.G won the World Championship last year in 2017 so to see them struggle so much is hands-down the most shocking moment of the tournament so far. Group A’s games took place earlier this morning and despite a slow start last week, the Korean team Afreeca Freecs stormed back with a 3-0 record on the day to finish in the group’s top spot. After tying in the region, G2 and Flash Wolves had a sudden death game which saw G2 coming out on top and advancing onward in the tournament. Phong … [Read more...] about Cloud9, RNG, G2, and Afreeca Freecs Become First Four Teams to Advance to League of Legends World Championship 2018 Quarterfinals
The Forza Horizon series has always been about fusing realistic driving mechanics with the freedom and quirks of exploring open environments. One of the biggest changes coming to the franchise with Forza Horizon 4 is that its open world will be populated with actual players, in hopes of making it feel more lived in--hence the ‘shared world’ designation. So long as you're online, real players will be cruising around the world at all times instead of drivatars (AI cars simulating real player behavior) seen in past entries. But the goal isn't just to fill the game with actual people going about their business, the shared world also functions to induce new multiplayer experiences.Entering races alone or as a group (or Convoy, as the game calls it) is said to work seamlessly as you're temporarily put into a parallel server outside the shared world, and immediately put back in afterward. There's also hourly events called Forzathon Live where anyone can jump in for cooperative … [Read more...] about How Forza Horizon 4’s Shared World Works With Real Players At All Times
Major League Baseball’s opening day is today — yes, you read that correctly. It is the earliest the season has ever started, and only the sixth time in the past 100 years the season has opened on a Thursday. Twenty-eight of the 30 clubs are playing, also a record. (Cincinnati and Detroit would have made it a full 30, but, hey, weather happened.) Out Of The Park Baseball, the acclaimed management simulation for Windows PC, Mac and Linux, provided official predictions for MLB Network last night, supplementing about a dozen panelists (among them MLB The Show 18 announcers Matt Vasgersian and Dan Plesac). But where those panelists are giving a single gut call before the first of 162 games for each team are played, OOTP 19 ran 1,000 simulations. Based on the frequency of the outcomes, Out of the Park Baseball 19 predicts this for the 2018 MLB season, as related last night on MLB Network: The Cleveland Indians win the American League pennant, and the Los Angeles Dodgers the … [Read more...] about MLB’s stat-crunchingest video game predicts a World Series win for L.A.
One wealthy esports fan invested in the digital memorabilia of his lifetime. On Monday, one buyer on digital trading site OPSkins purchased a sniper rifle skin for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for $61,052.63, one of the most expensive CS:GO transactions on public record. The skin — here’s the item listing at OPSkins, which requires a login — notably features an “autograph” sticker by Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham. The day before, Latham’s team, Cloud9, became the first American squad to win a Valve-sponsored CS:GO event, the ELeague Major: Boston. Esports fans, personalities and pundits already consider the match to be one of the greatest moments in esports, featuring double-overtime at the end of the best-of-three match. Fans around the world balked at the skin sale’s announcement, but skin collectors — and CS:GO fans in general — envy the details of the skin. The skin, named Dragon Lore, is the rarest drop in a … [Read more...] about CS:GO fan drops $61K on rifle skin signed by tournament MVP