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Friday, May 13, 2016

World Esports Association

The World Esports Association has launched, a new arm of the ESL seeking to further organize professional gaming competition. They announce the participation of some high-profile teams, including Fnatic and Na'Vi, and they have plans to add more going forward. Here's their mission statement:
World Esports Association (WESA) is the result of joint efforts between industry-leading professional esports teams and ESL, the world’s largest esports company. Based on similar traditional sports associations, WESA is an open and inclusive organization that will further professionalize esports by introducing elements of player representation, standardized regulations, and revenue shares for teams. WESA will seek to create predictable schedules for fans, players, organizers and broadcasters, and for the first time bring all stakeholders to the discussion table.

Total War: WARHAMMER Trailer

A new Battle Magic Spotlight trailer from Total War: WARHAMMER shows off some of the razzle dazzle from the fantasy-themed strategy game that's due for release on Steam on March 24th. Here's word on what this depicts: "The Winds of Magic blow across all of the Old World and beyond. Dangerous and unpredictable, yet supremely powerful in the right hands, they add an explosive new layer of tactical depth to the colossal battles available in Total War: WARHAMMER. Featuring brand new footage of magic in action, this in-depth look at the magic of Total War: WARHAMMER not only showcases its devastating effects, but reveals how best to utilize the spells at your disposal to thwart your enemies and turn the tide of battle in your favor. The true potential of some spells for instance is only unlocked when combined with smart tactical manoeuvres." Continue here to read the full story.

DCS: SA342 Gazelle Released

Digital Combat Simulator website now offers the DCS: SA342 Gazelle, a new helicopter for Digital Combat Simulator World, the a free-to-play combat game. Here's a trailer showing the whirlybird in action, and here's a bit on the release: "The version featured in DCS is the anti-tank version that is armed with four HOT 3 anti-tank guided missiles. Later, free upgrades to this module will feature Gazelle versions armed with a GIAT machine gun, rocket pods, Mistral anti-aircraft missile, and sniper team in rear compartment." Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

  • Nordic Games on GOG.com.
  • Thomas Was Alone on Steam. Save 75%.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

  • Astral Heroes -- Steam Greenlight. "Astral Heroes is a Collectible Card Game that's simple to learn, exciting to play, and deep enough to challenge even the greatest strategists. It's the spiritual sequel to our older game, Astral Masters, which still enjoys a loyal following over ten years after its release!"

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: What Could Go Wrong?

DOOM Released

Steam News announces the release of the new DOOM game, reviving this old school first-person shooter. Word is: "DOOM® returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience. Relentless demons, impossibly destructive guns, and fast, fluid movement provide the foundation for intense, first-person combat." They also note new GeForce drivers are now available for the game. Here's the description of the game from its Steam page:
Developed by id software, the studio that pioneered the first-person shooter genre and created multiplayer Deathmatch, DOOM returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience. Relentless demons, impossibly destructive guns, and fast, fluid movement provide the foundation for intense, first-person combat – whether you’re obliterating demon hordes through the depths of Hell in the single-player campaign, or competing against your friends in numerous multiplayer modes. Expand your gameplay experience using DOOM SnapMap game editor to easily create, play, and share your content with the world.

MXGP2 Demo

Steam now offers a playable Windows demo for MXGP2 - The Official Motocross Videogame (thanks Frans). This post covers the news, apologizing for not getting this out the virtual door sooner. They also outline what's included, saying this offers the chance to race on two tracks, Nakhonchaisri in Thailand and Teutschenthal in Germany.

Overwatch Beta Cheaters Banned

Many of us who have played a lot of shooters in the past noticed examples of sketchy skillshots in Overwatch killcam replays, and a post on Battle.net seems to confirm that some beta players were indeed cheating, though they also warn that a loss of fidelity on replays may create the appearance of cheating where there was none. They outline a zero tolerance policy, saying cheaters will be banned, and that some bans have already come down after the beta: "In fact, thanks to reports submitted during the beta, we’ve already made improvements to the game as well as removed players who were found to be cheating." They outline how to report suspicious behavior, and say they will also be adding the ability to report players from within the game client. Here's a bit:
What does this mean for Overwatch? If a player is found to be cheating—or using hacks, bots, or third-party software that provides any sort of unfair advantage—that player will be permanently banned from the game. Full stop. Not only does cheating undermine the spirit of fair play that all of our products are based on, but it works to diminish the fun and enjoyment of others. While we are unlikely to publicly acknowledge when accounts are closed as a result of cheating or using unauthorized programs, we have and will continue to monitor Overwatch for exploitative behavior, as well as take action as needed to preserve the integrity of game.

These assertions aren’t new or groundbreaking for Blizzard, but they’re important and serve as a reminder of our commitment to delivering epic gameplay experiences. For us, it’s not just about creating awesome games, but about supporting those games and their communities for years to come. The upcoming launch of Overwatch on May 24 is in many ways just the beginning, and we’re doing all that we can to prepare for that milestone and (perhaps more importantly) what comes after—not just in terms of new game content, but also how we can ensure a fair and equitable play environment for everyone.

New GeForce Drivers

The GeForce website now offers new WHQL-certified drivers for Windows, improving support for running the new DOOM and other games using NVIDIA hardware. In addition to id's shooter sequel, these offer enhanced support for Homefront: The Revolution and Master of Orion.
With our Game Ready driver you'll have an optimized experience, giving you the best possible framerates and frametimes whether you're playing alone or online. And at a later date support for the Vulkan graphics API will be released, further accelerating framerates in DOOM. For a demonstration, check out the newly-announced GeForce GTX 1080 running DOOM at up to 200 FPS with Vulkan:

If that wasn't enough, id Software has now sent us an uncut 6-minute direct feed, GeForce GTX-powered, Vulkan-accelerated, 1920x1080, 60 FPS, 2.1GB PC gameplay video that shows the full fidelity, speed, and quality of DOOM. This is the world's first uncompressed direct feed footage from the GeForce GTX-powered, Vulkan-accelerated version of DOOM, running at full speed with a 120 degree field of view, giving you a perfect look at how DOOM plays on PC with settings and options cranked up.

Arma III Free Weekend

Another game is free this weekend as you can play Arma 3 on Steam through Sunday afternoon with no obligation. This doesn't get front-page treatment from Steam News, but this post has the details:
Spread the word: you can play Arma 3 for FREE this entire weekend on Steam!

Be deployed to the Mediterranean Republic of Altis & Stratis, and enlist for Bootcamp, create your own scenarios in the 3D Editor, or head straight into multiplayer with friends. How? Just visit your Steam Library, search for "Arma 3", and LMB fire at that Install button.

In addition, to sign up for extended duty, this weekend you can purchase Arma 3 at its lowest price ever. Take advantage of the massive 50% discount on the Arma 3 base game (which was already reduced in price just 3 weeks ago), or 33% off the Arma 3 Apex Edition (includes Arma 3 + DLC + Apex). And if you already own Arma 3, you can now also get the Karts DLC, Helicopters DLC, and Marksmen DLC (or all of them together in the DLC Bundle) at half price!

RefRain -prism memories- Released

RefRain -prism memories- is now available on Steam, offering a cyberpunk shoot-em-up with an anime veneer for Windows. This post covers the release and offers a trailer showing off some hectic gameplay. Word is: "RefRain -prism memories- is an empowering, cyberpunk, bullet-hell shoot-’em-up that focuses on fast-paced, offensive gameplay. “Dive” into a hazardous digital world, cycle through 3 different attack modes, and delete the opposition with superior firepower." Continue here to read the full story.

Ice Lakes

Ice Lakes is an ice fishing simulation for Windows, OS X, and Linux that was recently released on Steam. This trailer offers a look at how this offbeat topic plays out. A new hotfix is now available fixing a connection issue, and this post includes tips on how to play. Word is: "Ice Lakes is an ultimate ice fishing game with a sandbox approach to wintertime fishing. Rare subject, stunning graphics, realistic physics, fish behavior system, wide selection of fishing gear, single and multiplayer with different game modes in the various locations around the world, changing season, day time and weather conditions that also affect fish behavior makes Ice Lakes the ultimate ice fishing simulator." Continue here to read the full story.

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt - Blood & Wine Video Diary

A new video developer diary from The Witcher III: Wild Hunt - Blood & Wine features developers discussing their upcoming expansion for their RPG sequel. GOG.com has word, saying: "Listen to CD PROJEKT RED team members talk about the final expansion pack to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine, and learn more about Geralt's final mission, Blood and Wine's new features, and the new open world location of Toussaint." Continue here to read the full story.

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