If you had to sum up this year’s DOTA 2 International tournament, you’d probably end up using the word ‘unpredictable’. The giants crashed out early, the favourites slowly fell near the end and the underdogs ruled the roost. I mean, who would’ve thought a team that nearly failed at the Playoff stages would end up dominating the competition at the Main Event, eventually taking the crown? Not many, but NewBee were out to impress.
Yes I know, you’ve reached your quota of tolerance towards Dota 2 news long ago, but we are nearly at the end, and by end, I mean the beginning of the main event of The International! The playoffs are done and the teams have been placed according to their performances. Eight teams have been sent packing, leaving the other eight with better odds at grabbing a larger percentage of that $10 million dollar cash pool.
Valve isn't just about Steam, you know. They are also the brains behind Dota 2 and Counter-Strike. Those brains are being rewarded with the success of The International, and they might want to give similar treatment to other games in Valve's stable.
The International 4 didn’t take a break this weekend, shoving teams into back to back encounters that decided who would reach the Main Event. Saturday was a wide open affair, with Phase Two still being a complete mess of results that could’ve allowed literally anyone through. There were upsets, really odd matches and some stunning comebacks, but at the end of the day six teams had to go home.
The International 4 is now gathering steam, with more than a handful of teams battling out for a spot in the finals last night. Many of the favourites struggled against smaller teams, while wildcard winners Team Liquid were one of the teams to beat on the night. But who has their head on the chopping block for today’s matches?
The gaming community was in a state of uproar earlier this year when it was revealed that we would start being charged the standard 14% VAT on digital purchases on the 1st of April this year.
Valve have been pretty quiet in the gaming department for quite a long time now, focusing their efforts on their hardware instead. They may be headed to Gamescom this year though, so what exactly will they be exhibiting?
Most people are excited about the games coming from Ubisoft. People enjoyed Watch Dogs and are amped for the upcoming Assassin's Creed and Far Cry iterations. Of course, everyone hates that horror which is Uplay - and not even a court case could kill it.
If you’re an avid Dota 2 fan, then you have no doubt been following your Compendium closely, eyeing out the rewards of the various stretch goals. In Volvo we trust, and they have finally provided some rewards in today's patch.
Firefly or Babylon 5? Superman or Batman? Star Wars or Star Trek? There are so many geek debates that we could enter into, but the latest and most ferocious is League of Legends (LoL) or Dota 2? Both are wildly popular games in the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) genre - so what sets them apart?
It may be colder than my attitude towards donating charitably to human rights organisations, but it’s about to get a little hot in here. Prepare your wallets and start lubing up your credit card account folks, because the heat is indeed on in the Steam Summer Sale.
The internet is desperate, I know. We claw for any hints at a Half Life 3 announcement - the fact that I'm going to E3 for the first time in 2014 must mean it's happening. I mean, Z is the 26th letter in the alphabet, 4 (from 2014) plus H (8) and L (12) is 26. Combine with E3, and it's confirmed. But now, there is something far more concrete as evidence.
I was in the Steam in-home streaming beta, and it was like a glimpse in to the future. Naturally, it had mixed results and is entirely dependent on your home network, but i was able to stream my steam games from my desktop, to my underpowered laptop connected to my TV, and have it all be rather playable. It’s now out of beta, so you all get to try it too!
eSports is big business, and to prove it, there is some seriously big money on the line at The International. Dota 2 does really well with spectating - it seems more popular in that regard than the actually more popular to play League of Legends. Now, those spectators are making the tournament even more interesting to watch.
Dota 2 is an insanely intricate and varied game, offering players a ton of gameplay options. You could probably play for years and never truly know everything there is to know about the game. Of course, then Valve goes and changes things, keeping everyone on their toes. So, what are some of the latest changes?