Feb 20, 2017

What's New This Week: Video Games

February 20 - February 26
Another low key week as we all board the hype train for the Nintendo Switch. Ys Origin continues the constant stream of JRPG’s for 2017 on the PS4, and the second tactical entry in the Halo series, Halo Wars 2, hits both the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC’s thanks to Play Anywhere. It will be curious to see how the meta evolves with Halo Wars 2, as having a Real-Time Strategy game that can be played on both platforms will surely lead to an interesting development in the competitive realm.

February 21 
Berserk and the Band and the HawkWin, PS4, PSVita
Halo Wars 2Win, XBO
Ys OriginPS4

Feb 17, 2017

Not Enough Resources - Episode 1

For the debut episode of Not Enough Resources, we discuss some of the news in gaming including the death of Steam Greenlight, E3 opening it's doors to the public, Nintendo Switch news and EA revoking Madden winnings.

On the competitive side of things Dylan gives some insight into Korean PC Bang's and how that will effect competitive Overwatch overseas. We also discuss some League of Legends drama between Cloud 9 and FlyQuest, and the ethics of training Pokémon under an anonymous handle on Pokémon Showdown.

Feb 15, 2017

Diablo 3 Prepared Me For The Anxieties of Planning My Wedding

With pure luck and a crappy costume, I met my significant other at a sci-fi convention. Our relationship blossomed around our shared passion for nerdy things, and we got engaged at WonderCon. Thus started our next adventure: planning, and paying for, a wedding. Surprisingly, Diablo played a big role in the process.

Planning a wedding is incredibly stressful. You’ve got to decide on flowers, tastings, dresses, mothers, plane tickets, venues, parking, down payments, suits, rehearsals, guest lists, DJ’s, and so much more. They say that the first year of marriage is the first big test on a relationship, but that’s a lie. The first big test is not killing each other as you plan a wedding.

As soon as we set our wedding date, we started to get snippy with each other. Date nights and wedding-free discussion meals weren’t cutting it. We needed an outlet to destroy our stress just so we could sleep soundly. Some of our normal hobbies, like cosplay, had to be shelved for a while because we were footing the bill for our wedding. Gaming started to take over, as it was relatively cheap, and we could both had enormous backlogs to tackle.

We tried a ton of games out together in our effort to find an outlet: LEGO, Halo, Borderlands. All of those were good fun, and yet they also sparked some frustration. Then we tried Diablo 3.
Our Demon Hunter and Crusader pair helped us through our wedding planning
As a Blizzard die-hard, I knew what I was getting into. I had already cleared out Diablo 3 on PC and was looking forward to finally playing Reaper of Souls, but my wife was skeptical. It didn’t help that early in our relationship, World of Warcraft caused some tension between us. I recognized the worry in her face when the Blizzard logo came on the screen for Diablo 3.

She was relieved when she found out how addicting smashing goblins for loot was and, more importantly, that it was easy to pick up and put down. The feedback loop of smash > loot > equip > smash > loot > equip grabbed her, and she loved decking out her Demon Hunter in ridiculous helmets and boots. We would play for a few bounties in one session, and then a couple days later turn in our keystones to tackle the challenges of the rifts together. And if it was too much, we would just kick the difficulty down a bit.

Three weeks after we installed Diablo on our Xbox One, her Maid of Honor flew into town to visit us over the holiday season. We had finished about half of Act III together, and knew exactly what we wanted to get our guest for Christmas. We explicitly told her to bring her controller so we could all play together. After our gift exchange, the three of us all rolled new characters and as we approached the Butcher my wife jokingly said “That’s the shade of red I want the groomsmen’s ties”. That’s when it clicked for both of us: we could use Diablo to help plan our wedding.
My groomsmen and I, in our Butcher Red-Ties

From that point on we were able to beat the snot out of demons while talking about all aspects of wedding planning, big and small. We began to work Diablo into our busy schedule just for the stress release. We discussed our liquor list over Greater Rift challenges, narrowed down our rehearsal dinner spot while changing skill trees, and found the song that we used for our first dance to thanks to a playlist we listen to while saving heaven. For some reason Rainbow Connection just works when Tyrael is going on about the strength and virtue of the Nephalem. Hell, we even put New Tristram in our cocktail hour playlist.

While Diablo does get co-op right on PC, on consoles it shines. Compared to other ports, and co-op games in general, there are so many great changes Blizzard made when it brought Diablo to consoles. Unlike shooters that cut the screen in half for local play, there is no sacrifice to screen space. You can look at your TV and get the lay of the land instantly. The game will teleport your team to each other to keep the party together. You can join a game in progress without having to go out to the main menu. It’s a wonderful console experience.
One of our many planning sessions with the Maid of Honor

While planning our wedding, talking about white and red wines took on a similar tone to discussing what legendaries would be best for our characters. “This merlot is really good, but if you change the side item from potatoes to bacon cooked brussels sprouts this cabernet pairs better” felt similar to “This helmet is really good, but if you change Entangling Shot to Evasive Fire, that helmet is better.” Discussing complex comparisons became easier because of Diablo. Diablo kept us grounded to reality, because ultimately we knew that in six or seven levels (or weeks) no one would care what armor (or wine) we picked.

This love for Diablo has even translated to other games. My wife can now keep up with Heroes of the Storm because she has a certain affinity for the characters, even if Nova is “the demon hunter from spaaaaaace”. When we went to lunch a few months ago as BlizzCon was happening she instantly demanded I tell her any Diablo news. Both her and I can’t wait for Season mode to finally hit consoles.

But even with that bright light approaching I already know what our first fight as a married couple is going to be: which one of us will get to be the Necromancer?

This post originally appeared on Kotaku.com.

Next update for Pokémon GO will add 80 monsters from Gold/Silver

Details of the next Pokémon GO update have been released by Niantic, and the monster list is finally expanding to include Pokémon found in the Gold/Silver Gameboy Games. The Gen II games added an additional 100 Pokémon to the original 151 from Gen I, so it looks like we are getting most of the monsters from Gen II. Still no word on the Legendary Pokémon from either generation, like Mewtwo, Suicune, and Zapdos.

There are also a slew of new features coming with the Jhoto region ‘mon. Monsters from If a Gen I monster that evolved into a Gen II counterpart, such as Onix evolving into Steelix, required an item in the original games those items can be found at Pokéstops.

Two new berries will also be added to the game, Nanab Berries and Pinap Berries. Nanab Berries will slow a Pokémon down while you attempt to capture it. Pinap Berries will double the amount of candy you receive when you catch a Pokémon.

These additions are expected some time this week. Check out our 2016 Game of the Year Podcast for our thoughts regarding Pokémon GO.

This post originally appeared on RoguesPortal.com.

Feb 14, 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to get a DLC Expansion Pass

Not only will The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild be the first built-from-the-ground-up Zelda game on both the Switch and Wii U, it will be the first in the main series to have both DLC and a Season Pass like expansion pack! Hyrule Warriors, a psuedo-Zelda game, had a season pass released for both the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game containing new characters. Both Hyrule Warriors season passes had a cross-buy function in which you could purchase the Season Pass once and the content would be available on both platforms. It’s unknown at this time if the purchase of the Expansion Pass will follow suit and transfer the purchase between the Wii U and Switch versions.

There will be two pieces of DLC, with some additional bonus content unlocked in the full game upon purchase of the Expansion Pass. The first DLC will be released in the summer of 2017, with the second DLC dropping sometime in the fall. DLC Pack 1 will have a new Cave of Trials challenge, a Hard mode, and an additional map feature, while DLC Pack 2 will have a new story added, a new dungeon, and additional challenges. When you purchase the Expansion Pass you will have access to three new treasure chests in game that contain useful items and exclusive in-game clothing.

Nintendo has said that the DLC won’t be available for standalone purchase, it will only be available through the Expansion Pass. The Expansion Pass will be available to purchase on March 3rd, 2017 for $19.99.

Many fans have been wondering if Zelda will be a playable character in Breath of the Wild, and I hope the 2nd DLC pack will finally give us that opportunity. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches on March 3rd, 2017 for both the Nintendo Switch and Wii U. Our review will be posted a week later!

This post originally appeared on RoguesPortal.com.

Feb 13, 2017

What's New This Week: Video Games

February 12 - February 19

Another slow week for gaming. Fresh out of Beta, For Honor will bring medieval brawling to the masses.

February 14

Win, PS4, XBO
For Honor
Win, PS4, XBO
Ride 2
Sniper Elite 4
Win, PS4, XBO

This post originally appeared on RoguesPortal.com.

Feb 12, 2017

Another Tavern

For the new Twitch channel Another Tavern, I designed the logo for the channel, and all of the overlays used for the game.

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Feb 10, 2017

Alamo Drafthouse Brick Filmmaker Entry

Over the past week I filmed a stop-motion short film for Alamo Drafthouse, urging people to not talk or text during the movies. I didn't win, but it was so much fun making this!

Feb 9, 2017

Netflix Announces Castlevania TV Show

The box art for the original Castlevania.

Netflix has announced an upcoming TV show based on the classic Konami gaming franchise Castlevania. The game follows the adventures of vampire slaying Belmont Family as they hunt down and kill mystical and haunted creatures such as witches and vampires. The show was automatically greenlit for 2 seasons, with the first season being released in two parts starting later this year.

It is unsure weather or not the show will be live action or animated, although it is likely to be animated. Comments from the Frederator Network, the team behind Adventure Time, said they were involved with producing a show based on a hit video game. One of the executive producers listed is Adi Shankar, famous for his gritty fan-made Power Rangers film that took the internet by storm in 2015. Canadian website The Globe and Mail is also reporting that the legendary comic book writer Warren Ellis has written at least one episode of the series as well.

Castlevania has always been a corner stone of gaming since the original game release in 1986, and focused on eerie atmosphere, unforgiving difficulty, and extensive backtracking. The most recent game in the series, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was released in 2014 for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Hopefully when the Netflix series comes out there will be an HD remaster of Super Castlevania IV or Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, which are widely regarded to be the best in the series.

No exact release date has been announced for Castlevania.

This post originally appeared on RoguesPortal.com.

Feb 8, 2017

EVO 2017's Player Choice: Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3

It’s Mahvel Baby! Today was the closing of the EVO 2017 community vote, and Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 beat out Pokken Tournament by a mere $5,000. Of course, all 9 games in the vote will have their totals donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, totaling over $150,000!

Not to disappoint fans of the second place winner, EVO has promised to donate $10,000 towards Pokken Tournament tournaments during 2017, to ensure the growth of the game. It was also announced that the recently released PS4 version of Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 will be used at the three day tournament held in Las Vegas. Capcom has always had a large presence at EVO, and with Marvel VS Capcom Infinite on the way, it will be nice to give Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 a final send off.

EVO 2017 will be held at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas Nevada from July 14th to the 16th. The finals for Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 will be played on the main stage on Sunday. There were 15,000 in attendance for the tournaments in 2016, with the finale being broadcast on ESPN2 and Twitch.

This post originally appeared on RoguesPortal.com.