Overwatch Free Weekend Underway

The previously announced free weekend is now underway for Overwatch, Blizzard's multiplayer first-person shooter. Here's a reminder of all this entails:
Attention, recruits! If you haven't already had the opportunity to suit up and save the world as one of the heroes of Overwatch, now's your chance.

From September 22–25, we're calling on all prospective agents: assemble your team and dive in during the Overwatch Free Weekend on PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One!

For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 25 heroes and 16 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options.

Plus, if you decide to purchase Overwatch after test driving the game, you'll get to keep any progress that you made during the weekend—just be sure to use the same Blizzard, Sony Entertainment, or Xbox Live account that you played on.

For more details and to learn how you can participate, read on below!

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Re: My 2002 PB G4
Sep 25, 2017, 04:39
MattyC
 
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Re: My 2002 PB G4 Sep 25, 2017, 04:39
Sep 25, 2017, 04:39
 MattyC
 
Ant wrote on Sep 24, 2017, 12:33:
MattyC wrote on Sep 24, 2017, 06:29:
Ant wrote on Sep 23, 2017, 19:17:
I still use ancient hardwares as shown in my http://zimage.com/~ant/antfarm/about/MyComputerStuff.txt (primary 64-bit W7 HPE SP1 box).

How is that Powerbook holding up? I still have an ancient dual processor G4 1GHz Quicksilver Power Mac that I got for ~$20 when my university was upgrading their labs. It moves quite well for its age. Uses a ton of power, but it can run Classic and I was always a fan of that case design, so I keep it just because.
It still works as of early 2017, but I rarely use it since it's SO old. I tried to install Linux on it, but it is slow and crashes a lot. Also, its internal wireless only does WEP. I am trying to find a good use for it.

I have heard Mint plays fairly nice with them, but I just stick with OS X. The wireless thing is a complete pain, even if it is understandable given their age.

I mostly just use mine to play old games like SimCity 2000 (the best version!), Marathon, and the like. I also do some programming on it when I don't want to be distracted by bagillion things I could do instead on my desktop.

I personally don't do anything with it, but mine came with a copy of Pro Tools and I have friends who sometimes want to use it for that (though I couldn't say why).
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My 2002 PB G4
Sep 24, 2017, 12:33
Ant
 
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My 2002 PB G4 Sep 24, 2017, 12:33
Sep 24, 2017, 12:33
 Ant
 
MattyC wrote on Sep 24, 2017, 06:29:
Ant wrote on Sep 23, 2017, 19:17:
I still use ancient hardwares as shown in my http://zimage.com/~ant/antfarm/about/MyComputerStuff.txt (primary 64-bit W7 HPE SP1 box).

How is that Powerbook holding up? I still have an ancient dual processor G4 1GHz Quicksilver Power Mac that I got for ~$20 when my university was upgrading their labs. It moves quite well for its age. Uses a ton of power, but it can run Classic and I was always a fan of that case design, so I keep it just because.
It still works as of early 2017, but I rarely use it since it's SO old. I tried to install Linux on it, but it is slow and crashes a lot. Also, its internal wireless only does WEP. I am trying to find a good use for it.
Ant's Quality Foraged Links (http://aqfl.net) & The Ant Farm (http://antfarm.ma.cx / http://antfarm.home.dhs.org).
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway
Sep 24, 2017, 12:32
Ant
 
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway Sep 24, 2017, 12:32
Sep 24, 2017, 12:32
 Ant
 
Midnight wrote on Sep 24, 2017, 10:39:
LaxerFL wrote on Sep 24, 2017, 03:54:
Of all the "Launcher" type clients I've had to put up with, Battle.net is the LEAST annoying, IMHO.

Agreed. One particularly neat feature is that you can still install a blizzard game simply by copying the game's folder from one PC to another. Launching the game will then install B.net and you'll have to login to actually play the game, but it's still much easier than all the alternatives.
See, I really hate these launcer client requirements. I just want to launch the games without them. Bah! I am old school!
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway
Sep 24, 2017, 10:53
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway Sep 24, 2017, 10:53
Sep 24, 2017, 10:53
 
Yeah they've reworked Battle.net launcher... I specifically launch Overwatch which opens Battle.net with the OW splash page loaded, and I can click 'Play'. When I'm done, I close the game and exit Battle.net from the system tray. For whatever reason, I cannot launch Battle.net by itself...

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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway
Sep 24, 2017, 10:39
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway Sep 24, 2017, 10:39
Sep 24, 2017, 10:39
 
LaxerFL wrote on Sep 24, 2017, 03:54:
Of all the "Launcher" type clients I've had to put up with, Battle.net is the LEAST annoying, IMHO.

Agreed. One particularly neat feature is that you can still install a blizzard game simply by copying the game's folder from one PC to another. Launching the game will then install B.net and you'll have to login to actually play the game, but it's still much easier than all the alternatives.
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway
Sep 24, 2017, 06:29
MattyC
 
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway Sep 24, 2017, 06:29
Sep 24, 2017, 06:29
 MattyC
 
Ant wrote on Sep 23, 2017, 19:17:
I still use ancient hardwares as shown in my http://zimage.com/~ant/antfarm/about/MyComputerStuff.txt (primary 64-bit W7 HPE SP1 box).

How is that Powerbook holding up? I still have an ancient dual processor G4 1GHz Quicksilver Power Mac that I got for ~$20 when my university was upgrading their labs. It moves quite well for its age. Uses a ton of power, but it can run Classic and I was always a fan of that case design, so I keep it just because.
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway
Sep 24, 2017, 03:54
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway Sep 24, 2017, 03:54
Sep 24, 2017, 03:54
 
Of all the "Launcher" type clients I've had to put up with, Battle.net is the LEAST annoying, IMHO. I am using it to play D3 and OW on a laptop with integrated graphics (granted it is almost brand new laptop and has Intel's latest/greatest graphics solution) and I see no real performance hit.

I also LOVE some of the extra features the client has, like Live Streaming directly to Facebook Live! All I had to do was link my Facebook account and press F1 from inside any game launched from the client and it uses my webcam to show me in the lower left corner as it posts my game play in real time to FB Live! There is a noticeable performance hit when streaming but really how much can I ask of a laptop?!?!?

I have ZERO problems with Battle.net and since Blizzard makes like 80% of all the games I love, I use it every day.

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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway
Sep 24, 2017, 03:06
MattyC
 
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway Sep 24, 2017, 03:06
Sep 24, 2017, 03:06
 MattyC
 
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Sep 23, 2017, 21:04:
Battlenet client did have some terrible problems maybe 6 mo- 1 year ago with hardware acceleration on their stupid flash shit they force on each games tab.

Its come a long way though, I don't see the performance hit anymore and its way more stable. I still don't let it sit in the background unless I'm using it, but I stopped having issues.

The only one I really remember is needing to turn off "Use browser hardware acceleration" under advanced settings. Otherwise it has been far less painful than even Steam was when it rolled out. I am still not sure it was needed, but I haven't seen any other performance issues.
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway
Sep 23, 2017, 21:04
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway Sep 23, 2017, 21:04
Sep 23, 2017, 21:04
 
Battlenet client did have some terrible problems maybe 6 mo- 1 year ago with hardware acceleration on their stupid flash shit they force on each games tab.

Its come a long way though, I don't see the performance hit anymore and its way more stable. I still don't let it sit in the background unless I'm using it, but I stopped having issues.
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway
Sep 23, 2017, 19:24
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Sep 23, 2017, 19:24
 
NewMaxx wrote on Sep 23, 2017, 18:42:
GamersNexus also did some benchmarks a while back and the Battle.net client caused significant performance issues when running on Ryzen. Of course, Ryzen has had lots of strange issues like that (early Ryzen chips have been RMA'd for those that didn't know) with its host of teething problems (mostly memory-related and mostly alleviated with BIOS updates) but nonetheless worth noting the first point in this post.
Most would never know or experience the issue with the AMD Ryzen chips being rma'ed. https://www.extremetech.com/computing/254750-amd-replaces-ryzen-cpus-users-affected-rare-linux-bug
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway
Sep 23, 2017, 19:17
Ant
 
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway Sep 23, 2017, 19:17
Sep 23, 2017, 19:17
 Ant
 
NewMaxx wrote on Sep 23, 2017, 18:42:
GamersNexus also did some benchmarks a while back and the Battle.net client caused significant performance issues when running on Ryzen. Of course, Ryzen has had lots of strange issues like that (early Ryzen chips have been RMA'd for those that didn't know) with its host of teething problems (mostly memory-related and mostly alleviated with BIOS updates) but nonetheless worth noting the first point in this post.
I don't have AMD anything. I still use ancient hardwares as shown in my http://zimage.com/~ant/antfarm/about/MyComputerStuff.txt (primary 64-bit W7 HPE SP1 box).
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway
Sep 23, 2017, 18:42
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway Sep 23, 2017, 18:42
Sep 23, 2017, 18:42
 
GamersNexus also did some benchmarks a while back and the Battle.net client caused significant performance issues when running on Ryzen. Of course, Ryzen has had lots of strange issues like that (early Ryzen chips have been RMA'd for those that didn't know) with its host of teething problems (mostly memory-related and mostly alleviated with BIOS updates) but nonetheless worth noting the first point in this post.
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Sep 23, 2017, 16:04
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Ant wrote on Sep 23, 2017, 15:59:
Thanks. Its battle.net software is bloated, annoying, buggy, etc. when I used it last year for its Overwatch free weekend #1.

It's got a smaller memory footprint than origin(60MB) and steam now(80MB in beta), just under 40MB and the last 8mo or so have seen huge improvements in stability and proper thread handling during idle.
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway
Sep 23, 2017, 15:59
Ant
 
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Sep 23, 2017, 15:59
 Ant
 
Sacrifice wrote on Sep 23, 2017, 15:57:
Ant wrote on Sep 23, 2017, 13:07:
Has it changed and improved since last year's free weekend to revisit? It was decent, but I hated its battle.net thing.

They've tweaked some characters and added some maps, but the gameplay hasn't changed drastically.

Battle.net is Blizzard's online gaming platform. It is like Steam, but only for Blizzard games. What didn't you like about it? I mean, other than having to run another platform, I find it works decently and is not instructive.
Thanks. Its battle.net software is slow, bloated, annoying, buggy, asking too many different firewall allow requests, etc. when I used it last year for its Overwatch free weekend #1.
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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway
Sep 23, 2017, 15:57
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Sep 23, 2017, 15:57
 
Ant wrote on Sep 23, 2017, 13:07:
Has it changed and improved since last year's free weekend to revisit? It was decent, but I hated its battle.net thing.

They've tweaked some characters and added some maps, but the gameplay hasn't changed drastically.

Battle.net is Blizzard's online gaming platform. It is like Steam, but only for Blizzard games. What didn't you like about it? I mean, other than having to run another platform, I find it works decently and is not intrusive.

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Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Underway
Sep 23, 2017, 13:07
Ant
 
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Sep 23, 2017, 13:07
 Ant
 
Has it changed and improved since last year's free weekend to revisit? It was decent, but I hated its battle.net thing.
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