Blizzard Entertainment responds
that discusses a fairly significant decrease in average game
length in Heroes of the Storm
since the most recent update to the MOBA. The post
says based on available data it looks like the average game is about 1:44
shorter than before, so they now end about 8.5% sooner. There are several posts
to the thread discussing whether it is now easier to snowball opponents, and
Blizzard says they are looking to make changes to reverse the shorter game
trend. "Game times are running a bit faster than we'd like now, particularly in
high MMR bands," explains Blizzard's Travis McGeathy. "There are some tuning
changes coming soon to help out with that." In another response he elaborates:
They're tied together. The shorter game times are largely driven by the
strength of push, particularly with mercenaries, allowing the leading team to
take structures and end before the other team has time to come back.
Increasing the strength of pushing with mercs is intended, but its likely a bit
too strong right now.
Monster Hunter World was
for PCs, but from the start CapCom said this version of the co-op
action/RPG was "coming at a later date" than the console versions, which are due
) says the game "is currently being optimized for PC and is
planned for an Autumn 2018 release!" This also includes a video with English
subtitles where producer Ryozo Tsujimoto says they will update us with more
details "later," and thanks us for our patience. He also discusses plans for
free updates that will add new monsters after the January 26th release of the
console versions. He does not connect the dots and say these additions will come
to the PC version as well, but it seems pretty safe to assume so.
Steam News announces
winners of the 2017 Steam Awards.
detail, and here are the honorees:
The “Choices Matter” Award:
The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt
The “Mom’s Spaghetti” Award:
The “Labor of Love” Award:
The “Suspension of Disbelief” Award:
The “The World Is Grim Enough Let's Just All Get Along” Award:
The “No Apologies” Award:
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut
The “Defies Description” Award:
The “Cry Havoc And Let Slip The Dogs Of War” Award:
Just Cause™ 3
The "Haunts My Dreams" Award:
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The "Soul Of Vitruvius" Award:
Rise of the Tomb Raider™
The "Whoooaaaaaaa, Dude! 2.0" Award:
The Evil Within 2
The "Best Soundtrack" Award:
The "Even Better Than I Expected" Award:
Following today's news
that they are
now accepting pre-purchases for this month's release of
, Bandai Namco Entertainment now offers the
opening cinematic trailer
from the upcoming brawler. Word is:
Continue here to read the full story
A new contender is coming for the
fighting game throne! DRAGON BALL FighterZ is fighting, for a new generation. On
January 26th, 2018 prepare to do battle with Goku, Trunks, Hit, Beerus and more!
DRAGON BALL FighterZ will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC via
Steam. Pre-order your copy NOW and gain early access to SSGSS Goku and Vegeta.
the highlights of the January additions to their streaming game service that now
boasts almost 700 choices. This video
accompanies the news, which says that they now offer Batman: Arkham
, Saints Row 4
, and 23 other new games. Here's word:
Continue here to read the full story
It’s 2018, time
to hit the ground running! Here’s a sneak peek at some of the amazing games
coming to Utomik throughout January, including Batman: Arkham City. To top it
off, we are excited to reach a new milestone this Friday: 700 games on Utomik!
We also release TWICE as many games this week, woohoo!
Titles added throughout January:
Batman: Arkham City - Batman returns bigger, better and with more ‘Kapow!’
as the criminals of Gotham City now get locked up in Arkham City, the new
maximum security prison. Face off against some of Gotham’s most notorious
criminal masterminds including The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler, and The
Another Lost Phone - Laura’s Story - The spiritual successor to A Normal
Lost Phone lets you once again piece together the social life of the person
whose phone you have just found. It deals with big issues, dark themes, and
things that other games are too afraid to talk about.
The Longest Journey - Embark on a physical and spiritual journey between
worlds as April Ryan, a young art student, in what is generally seen as one of
the best adventure games ever made.
The Town of Light - In the early 20th century mentally ill people in
Italy got sent to a place for ‘people society didn’t want to save’. This game
tells the horrifying story about one such place, the Ospedale Psichiatrico di
Tiny Echo - Once again developer Might and Delight (from the Shelter
series) manages to combine aesthetic elegance with a mysterious world and an
atmospheric soundtrack. Deliver messages to spirits as Emi in a gorgeous
hand-drawn world filled with peculiar creatures.
Saints Row IV - Go absolutely bonkers in the fourth instalment of the
open world series that keeps redefining absurdity with each new entry.
The Nexon Q3 2017
came out close to two months ago, but the
that drew attention at the time was their acquisition of a new mobile
that at the time the publisher also revealed that
represented a majority of their "impairment loss" for the
period. Word is: "In Q3, impairment loss related to LawBreakers accounts for the
majority of the total other expense. We will not accrue any more impairment loss
pertaining to LawBreakers." The
explains the term: "Impairment loss is the decrease in an
asset’s net carrying value that exceeds the future undisclosed cash flow it
should generate. Net carrying value is an asset’s acquisition cost minus
depreciation. Impairment occurs when a company sells or abandons an asset that
is no longer beneficial. Impaired assets must be recognized as a loss on the
company’s income statement." Nexon also stated in
that they blame the failures of Boss Key's shooter on the
success of PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
, the battle royale shooter that
had already sold more than
four million copies
a couple of months before
"Our results in North
America in the third quarter were below our outlook, mainly due to the sales
from LawBreakers being below our expectations. LawBreakers is a unique FPS
developed for core users. We had very high expectations for its launch; however,
the timing of its launch turned out to be unfortunate, specifically the
blockbuster PC online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds came out right about
the same time, making the market environment very tough for first-person
shooters in general and for LawBreakers."
from Rocket League
announces the sports game continues to soar since
its launch, and now boasts over 40 million players worldwide (thanks
). Here's what they say:
Rocket League now has 40 MILLION
players worldwide! Thank you to our ever-growing community for helping us start
the new year with such a fantastic milestone.
Nexon announces January 17th is the official release date for Hyper Universe
their four-vs-four MOBA played from a side-scrolling perspective. They offer an
official launch trailer
celebrating the news with a 30 second look at the game. For those who have
already checked this out in Early Access,
explains changes for the launch edition. Here's word:
Continue here to read the full story
Hyper Universe, the
intensely fun action brawler is officially launching on Jan. 17, 2018 for PC
through Steam and the Nexon Launcher. Players can download the game for free and
experience the fast-paced, stylized side-scrolling action across multiple maps
in a challenging 4v4 team setup.
With the official launch, players will see a rebalanced core experience with an
emphasis on individual skill and coordinated teamplay. Items available to
purchase through the Hyper Universe shop will be cosmetic only, allowing players
to deck out their favorite Hypers with fresh skins while still maintaining the
integrity of the game’s skill requirements. Players can find more details about
these changes and more on the Hyper Universe blog here.
Also launching along with the game is the biggest Hyper content update yet,
refueling the Universe with exciting new interactions and team compositions.
With the addition of six new Hypers, one for each class, players will get to
test their skills with Tae’guk, Sonya, Perseus, Han, Camilla and Gulunba, and
find themselves in a heated brawl as one of 41 unique Hypers total.
now offers pre-purchases of DRAGON BALL FighterZ
, the Windows edition of
the upcoming Dragon Ball brawler. Here's a few quick hits to explain what this
DRAGON BALL FighterZ is born from what makes the DRAGON BALL
series so loved and famous: endless spectacular fights with its all-powerful
Partnering with Arc System Works, DRAGON BALL FighterZ maximizes high end Anime
graphics and brings easy to learn but difficult to master fighting gameplay.
High-end Anime Graphics
Using the power of the Unreal engine and the talented team at Arc System Works,
DRAGON BALL FighterZ is a visual tour-de-force.
Build your dream team and sharpen your skills to master high-speed tag
Thrilling Online Features
Ranked matches, interactive lobby, crazy 6-player Party Match... There is
something for every taste!
Exclusive Story Mode
Discover a never-seen-before scenario featuring Android 21, a brand new
character whose creation was supervised by Akira Toriyama himself.
Experience aerial combos, destructible stages and famous scenes from the DRAGON
BALL anime in 60FPS and 1080p resolution!
Thanks Neutronbeam for the link to the
BeefBot on Hackaday
, which outlines the operation of an experimental "robotic
." This likely does not represent the future of Manstovia, since
tending to the food on the grill is part of what I enjoy about the process. This
is also probably way too modern for a setup where we're yet to upgrade to
propane, much less robots. Then there's the fact that this is a long run for a
short bus ride, as it takes ten minutes or less to cook a steak to medium rare.
But it certainly is a fascinating concept.
Thomas Monson, President of the Mormon Church, Dies at 90