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Sunday, Oct 13, 2019

blitzchung Speaks Out

Ng 'blitzchung' Wai Chung now offers a response to Blizzard's statement about reducing the penalties he suffered after voicing support for Hong Kong protesters following his victory in the Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament (thanks PC Gamer). After initially stripping him of this winnings, banning him from the game for a year, and making him ineligible for the Grandmasters series, Blizzard restored his prize purse, reinstated his Grandmaster status, and reduced his ban to six months. Here's the English half of blitzchung's bilingual statement, which says he's still considering whether he will continue to play Hearthstone competitively:
Thank you for your attention in the past one week, this is a personal statement and my view on Blizzard's latest decision. First of all, I'm grateful for Blizzard reconsidering their position about my ban. Earlier this week, I told media that I knew I might have penalty or consequence for my act, because I understand that my act could take the conversation away from the purpose of the event. In the future, I will be more careful on that and express my opinions or show my support to Hong Kong on my personal platforms.

Many people has been asking me if I accept the latest decision of Blizzard, I will discuss that on two parts. Tournament prizing and suspension. For tournament prizing, I quoted what Blizzard said on the official website, they mention that I played fair in the tournament and they believe I should receive my prizing. This is the part I really appreciate, Blizzard also said they understand for some this is not about the prize, but perhaps for others it is disrespectful to even discuss it. People from Blizzard had explained this to me through a phone call and I really appreciate that and I accept their decision on this part.

For second part about the suspension, Blizzard had changed their suspension on me from a year to six months. Once again, I appreciate for their reconsideration on this. To be honest, I think six months is still quite a lot to me. But I also being told that I can continue to compete in the hearthstone pro circuit which they mean the grandmaster tournament. I appreciate for this decision they made because grandmaster is currently the highest level tournament in competitive hearthstone. However, I wish Blizzard can reconsider about their penalty on the two casters involved.

Lastly, many people wants to know if i would be competing in hearthstone in the future. Honestly, I have no idea on that yet. Since my next tournament is very likely to be the grandmaster tournament of next season, it's probably at least a few months from now on. I will take this time to relax myself to decide if I am staying in competitive hearthstone scene or not.

Hearthstone changed my the way I live, I really love this community. Blessing to all the players out there, and blessing to Blizzard.

REMOTE LIFE Released

We recently reported the release of the REMOTE LIFE demo, but missed the actual launch of this side-scrolling shooter last week on Steam (thanks Indie Retro News via Ant for the reminder). The demo is still available if you want to check this out, while this trailer shows off the game in action. Here's word:
REMOTE LIFE is a 2D Side scrolling space shooter for PC (Shmup) that can be played with Gamepad (Twin Stick), or with Keyboard & Mouse.

The Graphics are huge 3D pre-rendered sprites and are gorgeously animated. It is full of cool menacing Monsters. The backgrounds look fantastic and fit perfectly to the Alien world. The Bosses look so infinity creepy and scary that the cg-artist had to design them with closed eyes ;).

There are an immense number of weapons. You are surrounded by such a Brutal-Frenetic-Sci-Fi-Techno-Alien World that is so brilliantly credible that you can almost smell the gasses that the aliens create when you blast them off. The soundtrack fits perfectly to the theme and the pace of the game. This game is is a full immersion in an unseen world.
Continue here to read the full story.

Steam Top 10

Valve offers the following list of the bestselling titles on Steam for last week. This once again features a density of Destiny:

  1. Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Digital Deluxe Edition
  2. Destiny 2: Shadowkeep
  3. Destiny 2: Forsaken
  4. Valve Index VR Kit
  5. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  6. CODE VEIN
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. No Man's Sky
  9. Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm
  10. Indivisible

Out of the Blue

Do you like turn-based strategy games? Well then happy National Chess Day! There is also an International Chess Day, which is July 20th, but this is the U.S.-centric version, which is celebrated every year on the second Saturday of October. This has been the case for 43 years now, since this was first declared by President Gerald R. Ford of all people. I'll start things off. e4!

Chess Links: Thanks Ant.
Links: Coffee products you never knew you needed. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Stories: Missing dog found more than a dozen years later 1,000 miles from home under shed in Pittsburgh. Thanks Neutronbeam.
World's heaviest avocado sets record, makes a boatload of guac. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Science: Scientist Gilbert Levin still believes we have proof of life on Mars.
Media: This is why my roommates have to lock the door when they take a shower.
Dog looks at its owners then looks away. Thanks SeaMonkey.
Guy Shows Amazing Contact Juggling Skills.
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