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Heroes of the Storm is published in multiple regions with a teen rating, so there are a number guidelines Blizzard has to adhere to. There are are regions where Findlay couldn't smoke and keep the teen rating, so Blizzard could either make two versions of the character (smoking and non-smoking) or just remove the cigar entirely.
"Making 2 versions means more data management, multiple duplicates of the asset (if we update an animation, it has to propagate to all versions) such as the the death ragdoll model, The facial animations, his morph into the Odin, and apply that process to every skin as well," a Blizzard developer said. "This mountain of work affects multiple departments and has to be addressed every time we'd adjust Tychus."
Blizzard said that this isn't the first time it had to adjust a Heroes of the Storm character's appearance to accommodate rules in different regions. Any character that has a skeletal or bloody element has to be changed or removed entirely in some regions.
"It is a full time job managing those exceptions, and the less we have to manage, the more time we can spend making more game!" Blizzard said.
Ahead of the game's official launch early next month, Heroes of the Storm has entered open beta, meaning anyone can now freely download and play Blizzard's take on the increasingly popular MOBA genre.
The homeowner Trevor Pellegrin told KOAA 5 that he was not at home when the fire started. Pellegrin said that the fire also had nothing to do with the Wii wires, and that it started inside of the actual console.
A spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Fire Department told KOAA 5 that all other possible sources of ignition were ruled out.
The fire melted Pellegrin's TV, his Wii, and some of his clothes, and while his roof suffered "extensive smoke damage," it seems his home survived the incident.
In the comments section to the KOAA 5 website, Pellegrin says that he got in touch with a Nintendo representative, but the he was located in the United Kingdom, so he was redirected to Nintendo of America.
One of the images from KKTVO 11 News video segment about the fire shows that Pellegrin also owns an Xbox 360, which appears to have survived the fire unscathed.
Created by JulioNIB, the Just Cause 2 grappling mod for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V is exactly what it sounds like. It adds a special gun to the game that fires a grappling hook, allowing you to easily pull yourself up to high places, or go flying from car to car. Since GTA V already has a parachute, you can even recreate Just Cause 2's unique means of traveling across the map.
It also allows you to tether objects like cars or people to each other, which inevitably leads to some hilarious moments.
Modder JulioNIB said that the ability to steal vehicles while standing on the roof of the car, hijacking helicopter while being "hooked" to them, and the ability to attach to more objects are all on his "to do" list for the next version of the mod.
You can find the mod here.
HonorBuddy allows players to collect honor in PvP without actually engaging anyone and requires no input from the player.
"We will soon release Honorbuddy again," staff member "Bossland" said in a post on the official Honorbuddy forum. "Again, we will give no guarantee and we have never given a guarantee, that our software is immune to detection or bans."
Honorbuddy speculated that its client was detected via "malware-type hidden software," which scanned and found computers that were running software that violated the World of Warcraft's terms of service.
Bossland said that they expect to bring Honorbuddy back by the end of the week, but it doesn't seem like they have quite yet.
Honorbuddy also disputed Blizzard's claim that over 100,000 World of Warcraft account were banned during the ban wave on May 13. "there has never been that many active Honorbuddy users," they said.
Outside of World of Warcraft, Blizzard is gearing up to launch a new MOBA called Heroes of the Storm, which is pitched as a competitive online game in the same vein as League of Legends or DotA 2, but said to be more approachable.
It is also working on a team-based shooter called Overwatch, which it has described as a "pick-up-and-play" FPS. Find out more about the game in GameSpot's in-depth report on Overwatch's characters and gameplay.
"Arizona Sunshine is a VR shooter built and optimized for room-scale VR from the ground up," Vertigo Games said. "Step into the midst of a zombie apocalypse as if you were really there, and defend yourself against enemies close enough to touch. A custom-built physical animation system makes striking your undead enemies more thrilling and satisfying than ever before."
Arizona Sunshine will use HTC Vive's motion controllers to let you handle, fire, and reload your weapon, and Vertigo Games said the game is built in "bite-sized chunks," allowing you to jump in for just a few minutes or for longer sessions.
Vertigo Games previously developed World of Diving, a multiplayer underwater adventure that supports the Oculus Rifts. It's also currently developing another game for the HTC Vive, Skyworld, a turn-based strategy game.
"In 1997, a videogame was released that caused establishment scandal and media hysteria around the world," developer Stainless Games said. "Banned in some countries, censored in others, and even condemned by a Pope [not the actual Pope, but a British minister of parliament named Pope], overnight it became the poster child for everything that’s wrong in society… and therefore right in a videogame...And now, Stainless Games is proud to announce the FULL RELEASE of the latest ground-breaking game in the series."
The final game's Career Mode spans 16 chapters, each including 3-4 events, with 50 events to compete in overall. The multiplayer mode will allow up to eight players online or over LAN, and includes six event types: Classic Carmageddon, Car Crusher, Fox 'n' Hounds, Ped Chase, Death Race, and Checkpoint Stampede.
There are also nine maps, 36 race routes, and 24 vehicles to choose from, unless you were a Kickstarter backer, which will get you a special edition bonus car.
The game was funded on Kickstarter in 2012 with over $625,000, and in 2013 Stainless Games raised an additional $3.5 million from Bullfrog Productions founder Les Edgar, which the developer said would allow it to bring Carmageddon: Reincarnation to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well as PC.
"In truth, we were never fully satisfied with how Gauntlet turned out," Arrowhead's game director Emil Englund said in a post to Arrowhead's official site. "So, rather than just fixing little things here and there, we have been working on the core of the game to turn it into what we originally envisioned."
Englund didn't get into specifics, but said that the update will include improvements to the Campaign, Colosseum, as well as an entirely new game mode.
Gauntlet was originally released in September 2014. The game, which is a reboot of the 1985 original, got a fair score of 6/10 in GameSpot's review. Earlier this year, Arrowhead released another top-down four-player cooperative game called Helldivers, which got a great score of 8/10 in GameSpot's review.
The update will hit all platforms according the following schedule:
In addition to the old Gun Master mode from Battlefield 3. The patch will add five new weapons, and while DICE didn't share their exact names and look, it gave us a general idea for what to expect:
Gun Master, which gained its popularity in the Battlefield 3: Close Quarters DLC, is like Team Deathmatch, but you only get new weapons every time you get two consecutive kills, and the first player to get a kill with the final weapon wins.
The patch will also "significantly improve client stability on all platforms," fix a number of issues that cause crashes, and rebalance all weapons, which you can read about in greater detail here.
DICE said that it will release full patch notes once the update is released.
The game is named after the infamous 256 glitch. When players reached that level in the original Pac-Man arcade machine, half the screen turned into a garbled mess of random characters. Hipster Whale and Bandai Namco say that in Pac-Man 256, the player will be chased by the glitch through an endless maze.
In short, the game sounds and looks like a mix between Crossy Road and Pac-Man.
"Playing PAC-MAN in a seaside arcade in 1980 is one of my earliest memories," Hipster Whale Director Matthew Hall said. "It is an incredible honor to be able to contribute to one of the most iconic video game franchises in history. Our game, PAC-MAN 256, takes the infamous ‘glitch’ level of PAC-MAN and builds upon this to become a unique game that retains the retro spirit of the original."
Crossy Road, in case you haven't played it, is an incredibly successful "endless hopper" mobile game inspired by Frogger. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's interview with Hipster Whale's Andy Sum and Matthew Hall.
EA says that the new game will have improved time of day lighting that will help highlight Madden NFL 16's updated player likenesses.
EA also said the game will feature all-new wide receiver-defensive back interactions, body relative throws, and the most authentic exchanges to date between receivers and defenders.
Madden NFL 16, which features Odell Beckham Jr. on the cover, launches August 25 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, as well as last-generation consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. If you're an EA Access member on Xbox One, you'll be able to play it a little sooner.
Witcher 3 Dev Responds to Graphics Downgrade Concerns: In a interview with Eurogamer, key developers from the Polish studio frankly acknowledge that the visuals for the final game--released this week to high praise--don't exactly match a video shown during the VGX awards show two years ago. They also explain why.
Need for Speed Open-World "Full Reboot" Hitting PS4, Xbox One, and PC This Fall: After a week of teases, Electronic Arts formally announced a new Need for Speed game this week. The game, called Need for Speed, launches this fall for new-gen consoles and PC. We spoke with Marcus Nilsson, GM of developer Ghost Games, about the project. Click through the link above to get the full story.
GTA 5 Ships Nearly 52 Million Copies: Rockstar's open-world action game reached yet another sales milestone this week. The new number comes after the release of the PC version in April.
President Obama, who seems to enjoy The Witcher, has joined Twitter. This comes after six years in office. By comparison, Michelle Obama has had a Twitter account since 2013. What's on Obama's mind? Follow him here to find out:
Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account.— President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015
Chicago-based developer Above and Beyond Technologies has announced that its Kickstarter-funded MMO, The Repopulation, will officially launch for PC in Q4 this year. The game promises a level of player freedom "unparalled in MMORPGs." An in-development version of the game is currently available through Steam Early Access for $15.
Here's a juicy, but pretty sketchy, rumor. Japanese website Gamestalk has obtained what appears to be a promotional image for Shenmue 3. Logos for Sega and Square Enix (??) appear in the image, along with...well, check it out for yourself.
NOVA's Evolution Lab has released a new video game that aims to teach children (or really, anyone else) about the theory of Evolution. It features an interactive digital tree of life and more. Play it here.
Did You Know Gaming's next video has arrived, this one focusing on Sony's Ratchet & Clank series. Watch the video below to learn a lot about the PlayStation franchise.
PC gaming company Razer this week announced that it worked with Chinese authorities to nab two people for illegally selling counterfeit Razer products in China. Per a press release: "Haikui Lin and Ping Gong were each committed to a year in prison and fined 140,000RMB, in addition to a 150,000RMB fine paid to Razer."
Are toys-to-life games like Skylanders and Amiibo a passing fad or here to stay? The Wall Street Journal dug into the issue this week as part of an excellent feature. Read it here.
EliteGamerLive, which aims to be the NCAA of esports, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for its development and expansion. Head to the Indiegogo page to get all the details and to support the campaign.
Here is a video of 49 floppy disks playing various theme songs, including the Tetris theme song Not much else to say here.
If Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic action game The Last of Us were set in Tokyo, it might look this this. Check out this incredible concept art from a current Ubisoft Osaka artist.
A Minecraft player who chose the name "MojangSucksDick" faced justice as Mojang changed his name to "NoWeDont." Good stuff, Mojang. Get the full story here.
Whether or not anyone asked for it, it's happening. It was announced this week that the Adventure Time and Puzzle Quest franchises are coming together for a new crossover game. Stay with me…The game is called Adventure Time Puzzle Quest. It's a match-three puzzle game that features the characters (and accordingly, the humor) of the popular Cartoon Network animated TV show. The free-to-play game launches this summer worldwide for iOS and Android devices.Image credit: TouchArcade
At the request of competitive players, Riot has introduced a new "Hide Eye Candy" option to popular MOBA League of Legends. As its name suggests, this disables elements like butterflies, dragonflies, and water wakes. Get the full scoop over at Riot's website.
Nintendo was victorious in a patent suit involving the Wii Balance Board, the Japanese game giant announced this week. Two years ago, two companies, Ithaca Ventures and Ithaca Development sued Nintendo. They claimed the Wii Balance Board infringed on their patent. However, Nintendo said the suit was meritless, and Ithaca eventually withdrew its case. Get the full story here.
This is some of the best Pac-Man themed trolling I've ever seen. Such dedication!
Have a lovely Memorial Day weekend!