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Monday, Feb 20, 2017



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Next Overwatch Hero Greek?

A forum post from Jeff Kaplan dashes cold water on speculation that Doomfist will be the next hero to join Overwatch, saying "24 is not who you think it is." A thread on reddit follows this up with a hunt for clues to who the game's 24th playable character will actually be. They center on this archive of a deleted resume from actor Alex Malaos suggesting a Greek hero will be joining the game (thanks PCGamesN). Under "voice," he lists a role called "Greek" for Overwatch, listing Jeffrey Kapplan [sic] and Aaron Keller as directors. The CV was originally from October, but was apparently deleted around a month ago when it was first discovered.

Hearts of Iron IV Sells 500K Copies

Paradox Interactive announces that Hearts of Iron IV has now sold over a half-million copies:

Paradox Development Studio is thrilled to announce that Hearts of Iron IV, its World War II themed strategy wargame, has sold 500,000 copies worldwide since its release in June 2016. This milestone follows record sales for Stellaris, Europa Universalis IV and Crusader Kings II, once again confirming Paradox as the premier developer of computer strategy games.

Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive, underlines how the continued success of Paradox games justifies the company philosophy.

“The PC remains the primary platform for games of this nature,” Wester says. “Even genres that have traditionally been seen as niche can find a large audience, if a developer is dedicated to quality, variety and learning from both previous experiences and the community at large.”

U.K. Sales Charts

The Sims 4 returns to number one on the GFK Chart-Track top 30 chart of the bestselling PC games in the U.K. for the week ending February 18th. Football Manager 2017 drops to number two, and Halo Wars 2 debuts at number three. On the all platforms chart, For Honor enters at number one and Sniper Elite 4 shoots to number two in its first week. Here's the whole story:

Launched on Tuesday, ‘For Honor’ debuts on top, giving Ubisoft their first All Formats No1 since ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ almost a year ago.

It is the biggest entirely new IP to launch at No1 since ‘No Man’s Sky’ with 57% of sales on PS4 and 43% on Xbox One. ‘Sniper Elite 4’ published by Sold Out Sales & Marketing, also launched on Tuesday and is a new entry at No2, meaning ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ has been knocked off No1 yet again, falling to No3 despite a 7% increase in sales. The last time there were new titles at No1 and No2 was with ‘FIFA 17’ and ‘Forza Horizon 3’ back in W39 last year. Retailer promotions give old favourites a boost; ‘FIFA 17’ is a non-mover at No4 even though sales jumped by 45%, while ‘Battlefield 1’ enjoys a similar sales increase, up one place to No5 with sales rising by 48%. ‘Forza Horizon 3’ (+138%) re-enters the Top 10 at No9 while ‘Lego Dimensions’ (+187%) re-enters the Top 40 at No15, both on the back of retailer special offers. Bandai Namco Entertainment’s ‘Dragon Ball Fusions’ on 3DS makes a first appearance at No36.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Consolidation

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Happy Washington's Birthday! What's that? President's/Presidents Day you say? Well, while it's true that almost half the states in the U.S. call the occasion that, the reality is the holiday was never actually renamed on a federal level. In fact, my home state of New York is one of those where it's still just Washington's Birthday. An interesting note is that Washington's official birthday only became the 22nd upon the adoption of the Gregorian calendar. So by celebrating this on the third Monday in February, it's not actually possible for Washington's Birthday to fall on February 11th, which is the actually date of his birth.

R.I.P.: Dick Bruna Has Died At Age 89.

Presidential Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Vortex Point 8.
Link: YouTuber Builds Lego Version Of Widowmaker's Sniper Rifle From Overwatch.
Story: Los Angeles, Moscow, and New York Have the Worst Traffic in the World.
Images: Good morning, aww - aww.
Media: Japanese Pool Player Gives Great Interview.
Nachthexen - WWII Soviet Female Bomber Regiment. Thanks Mark.
HELLO NEIGHBOR (Teens React- Gaming).


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Sunday, Feb 19, 2017

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080ti Confirmed?

DSOGaming has the image of European retail packaging for Halo Wars 2 that appears to be a confirmation of plans for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080ti graphics cards. NVIDIA usually offers a ti variant as a top-end card, but none has yet been announced for the 1080, in spite of rampant rumors. The box offers Ultra system requirements, and under GPU they list the AMD R9 Fury X and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080ti.

Steam Top 10

Valve offers the following list of the bestselling titles on Steam for last week:

  1. FOR HONOR
  2. Grand Theft Auto V
  3. For Honor
  4. H1Z1: King of the Kill
  5. For Honor Deluxe Edition
  6. Sniper Elite 4
  7. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  8. FOR HONOR
  9. Conan Exiles
  10. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Sunday Previews

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • be quiet! Straight Power 10 600w Power Supply on Play3r.
  • Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 2.1 Speaker System on Mad Shrimps.
  • CyberPowerPC GUA2400BST AMD VR Gaming PC on Techgage.
  • Sandberg PowerBank 18200 on Nikk Tech.
  • Scythe Mugen 5 CPU Cooler on Play3r.

etc.

Out of the Blue

I dropped our glass coffee carafe today, and it broke. There was nothing dramatic about it, as all the shards were contained in the empty sink. So cleanup was a breeze, and we've already secured a replacement. It's not much of a story, but at this point I feel strongly compelled to accurately report all coffee-making disasters in the BlueTower in a timely manner. I've cced my lawyer, so I think I'm covered.

R.I.P.: Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's Funky Drummer, Dead at 73.

Broken Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Link: Bev Morgan Pioneer, Pirate Photographer Entrepreneur. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
Story: MillerCoors brings Zima back to U.S. market. Thanks Fargo.
Science: Scientists shocked by huge discovery deep in our solar system.
Media: Robot Chicken Couch Gag.
4 Female Students vs. 1 Rat.
Red Octopus Face Off with a Swimmer Crab. Thanks Hypothermia.
The Ancient Salt Pans of Peru.
The Funnies: Nintendo Switch « EXTRALIFE.



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