Valve’s annual Dota 2 spectacle, The International, only comes around once a year. It’s a high stakes event that has its competitors playing for millions of dollars in prize money. I myself follow the proceedings religiously, but after it is done and dusted, my interest in watching competitive Dota dwindles to a minimum – at least until the next year when the subsequent TI kicks off. That may change, as Valve have just announced three additional major tournaments that will supplement The International. That’s not all -they’ve also announced a new balance patch too… FINALLY!
Telltale Games are really busy. They’re still in the process of finishing up ‘Tales from the Borderlands’ and ‘Game of Thrones’, both of which are only halfway through their seasons. They’re also working on a mysterious Minecraft: Story Mode, which has seen nothing more than an announcement. Their schedule just filled up even more however, because they’ve now joined forces with Marvel.
Seriously weather, make up your goddam mind! You’re hot, cold, rainy, sunny, overcast, and windy… all on the same day. I’m tired of klapping attire that sits somewhere between Eskimo and Durban beach bum, wearing shorts with a jacket just in case, and eating ice-cream with a warm cup of coffee to bring balance to the force. PICK A SEASON DAMMIT!
Final Fantasy IV is easily one of my favourite entries in Square Enix’s long running franchise. It originally released way back in 1991, but has since seen multiple re-releases and even a 3D remake. It spawned a sequel many, many years later (in 2008), called The After Years, which went on to be ported to multiple platforms and received the 3D treatment too. It’s now coming to Steam, giving PC users around the world the chance to experience its mediocre, grind-fest, episodic tales.
Love is a fickle, complicated thing. I dabbled with the strange force in my younger days, only to be met with gruelling disappointment each and every single time. How does it work? Why do people spend so much time pursuing it? I need answers dammit, and by Aphrodite, I will find them! Good thing there’s a new Dating Sim on the market…
Gather children; seat yourself around the warm, cosy fire, because grandpa has a new classic game to share with you today. It’s a real doozy, so make sure you have your hot cup of cocoa ready!
Have you played the Abe’s Oddysee remake, New ‘n’ Tasty? I haven’t, even though I’ve been wanting to for a long time. I grabbed a Playstation 4 copy off PS Plus last month, but I can’t play it yet because, well, I don’t own Sony’s latest console yet. There is a PlayStation 3 port out now, and a Vita one on the way too; I could play those, except I’d have to now pay money to do so, or at least, I would’ve had to. The developers have announced that those versions of New ‘n’ Tasty are free to those who picked it up on PS Plus last month.
You know where’s the first place I (and I’m sure many others) go when bored? YouTube obviously. It’s a giant rabbit hole filled to the brim with videos ranging from “hmmm that was rather informative and illuminating” to “OH GOD WHY AM I WATCHING WHAT DARRYN RECOMMENDED”. I try my best to stay away from the latter, opting to watch videos relating mostly to gaming instead. One game I never watch? Minecraft. I’m part of the minority it seems, because it garners billions of views each month, and topples other titles completely.
STAR WARS! I’m a teeny bit amped for the upcoming movie, The Force Awakens. Heck, I don’t even care if it doesn’t live up to all the hype, I’m just happy that I’ll get to see that universe on-screen once more. If you’re a fan, you’ve no doubt watched both teaser trailers already. Got a soft spot for R2D2? You’re probably already in love with the new BB-8 droid (I sure am). Why wait to see the little fella on screen, when you can have your very own in real life?
I love Lazygamer HQ. It’s filled with gaming, witty banter, and of course, sick burns (bro). One thing it lacks however, is an actual building in which to partake in the usual office shenanigans. How am I meant to put tape on the bottom of Geoff’s mouse if I can’t get up and walk over to his workstation? How are Sandy and I meant to break Portuguese bread for lunch each day if he works far away, straight out of that hell hole… er… Benoni? I think it’s time for Gavin to splash out a bit, perhaps in the same way Riot Games have. They’ve moved to a new building (sorry, CAMPUS), and oh my goodness, does it look like a swell place to work!
How nice would it be if you could drop everything you’re doing right now to grab a nice cup of coffee and stretch those cramped legs of yours? Just listen to those birds sing! Do you want to go outside and build a snowman? Sadly, I know you can’t - your boss is probably the kind of person that considers sunshine and freedom a force of evil. Well, here’s your chance to waste valuable company time as an act of revenge. Welcome to this week’s Work Avoidance Wednesday!
The MOBA genre began to take shape when Defense of the Ancients – the mod for Warcraft III – was first released back in 2003. Now, over a decade later, the genre is flooded with all sorts of different titles; League of Legends, Dota 2, Heroes of Newerth, Smite… the list goes on, and continues to grow. It is certainly crowded, but the now 6 year old League of Legends remains the top MOBA, and according to EEDAR, will hold that position for the foreseeable future.
The majority of fighting games today exist purely for… well, fighting. Though many titles possess a backstory somewhere behind those brutal brawls, very few flesh them out like the Mortal Kombat series has with its last 2 iterations. Mortal Kombat X’s tale may not have been as epic as 9’s, but it was good overall, at least, according to Darryn. The campaign in X has a host of unplayable characters - familiar faces that are sadly, absent in the selection screen. Could we be seeing them playable at a later stage via additional story DLC?
Blizzard are known for their quality products; If they announce a game, there’s a good chance it won’t hit shelves for at least a few decades. Imagine my shock this morning when I found out that their MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, has been given the go ahead, and it will be officially released in less than two months. I’ll give you a second to wipe that coffee off your screen. I’ll also tell you everything you need to know after the jump.
As much as I love Diablo III, I’ve never gone out of my way to max out a character with regards to an amazing skill build and complementary items. I hit level 70 yes, as well as klap several dozen paragon levels, but that’s where I stop. I’ve never purposefully farmed specific items - my only requirement for equipping a piece of gear really is that it ups my damage, toughness, or healing by a decent, even fractional margin. Even my skill choices boil down to what I feel is the most fun to play with, not necessarily what works best. If you’re the opposite of me, ie, you scrutinise every tiny detail of your items and skills, this tool may just help you squeeze every last bit of potential from your character.